We are always inspired by the unadulterated, pared back, stripped-of-adornment approach to design, allowing the beauty of pure form to be the focus, whether it is in product design or architecture or interiors.
Piet Boon is the architectural practise that lives and breathes this, and who is responsible for this stunning residence in South Korea. Oak Valley is a golf course, ski-resort and museum (designed by leading Japanese architect Tadao Ando) surrounded by private residences.
Piet Boon was commissioned to design this one with the surrounding natural environment being protected and considered as a crucial element to the concept.
We are focusing on the exterior landscape design (although we can't resist sneaking in a few interior shots as well) as it really exemplifies how using a restricted palette of materials and finishes can produce a truly serene space, where the manicured landscape actually compliments the natural landscape beyond.
The house is bold and shamelessly graphic - strong linear shapes are celebrated and highlighted in both the design and choice of material used. The long bricks made from local granite give the impression that the house is almost growing out of the ground, and the surrounding slender silver birch trees only add to this impression.
The restricted colour palette of pale greys, blacks and the warmth of timber gives a seamless interaction between the architecture, interiors and the landscape outside.
Talking of interiors.....Piet Boon's philosophy is 'refined sophistication' and it is clear to see that this is forefront at Oak Valley.
It is clear how crucial the relationship is between the interior and exterior spaces as the interiors appear to also blend seamlessly with the landscape design outside, and then the natural environment beyond this.
Piet Boon is renowned for using natural materials to produce timeless designs (there is no trend orientated work here) and the result is stunning in it's apparent simplicity and will certainly stand the test of time.
We love the impact that the ruffled pendant has above the dining table - a little sense of frivolity and a textural contrast to this sleek space as well as being the perfect tool to lead your eye outside to the trees beyond.
We could all do with a little reminder every now and again that sometimes less is most definitely more, and by restricting ourselves to a reduced colour palette and materials, it can ultimately lead to both a sophisticated and simultaneously relaxed and serene environment. Something the Detail Collective team is obviously craving at the moment!