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Monday, February 7, 2011

Your thoughts please

A converted electrical plant in France.


39 comments:

Jane @ the girl in the brick house said...

Very funky! Pretty industrial for obvious reasons but I could live here!

NK said...

first thought: not kid friendly

quintessence said...

Love everything except the actual machine!

Interior Design Musings said...

very sculptural and way cool, but ditto on the not kid friendly. M.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

As long as the giant metal thing is not too close to the kitchen, so when one staggers bleary-eyed to make coffee, death is not imminent...well then I like it! It's just edgy enough without trying too hard.

Kathy said...

The fireplace would have been enough "homage' to the building's past for me....I wouldn't need the actual generator in the room to "get it"...however..maybe that is their power source?

Sherman Unkefer said...

Nice post! Very creative but not kid-friendly.

AppleTree said...

that hulking machine would haunt me, but those huge windows might console me enough to overlook it.

Jessica said...

I love all the chairs.
I might fall down the stairs.

erin@designcrisis said...

Ha, I saw this and totally thought of you!

It's a little too Silence of the Lambs for me.

Peeke said...

It's Fronkensteen.....

The Devoted Classicist said...

Leaving so much of the original equipment is too contrived for me; I think the room would be better without it. But it is an interesting spatial volume that I am sure is very pleasant.

Jessica said...

I love it plus it has mountain views! but I'd loose all that red plaid in the grand salon

Jill said...

BDSM lair with a handy cellar

nkp said...

It's interesting and thought-provoking. I'm just not sure what those thoughts are just yet...

ktgirl said...

i guess it's cool, but I kind of wish the kitchen wasn't so austere, a little more organic. After all, those mechanisms are certainly primitive. Not that I don't get the then-and-now vibe.

lucitebox said...

I would expect that this place fits the owner's sensibilities to a 'T.' I love loft type/warehouse spaces, but they're just not for me. I would probably have to go down those steps (to the basement?) a lot because open floor plans make me feel kind of exposed and vulnerable.

An artist friend of mine lives in a gutted bank from the 1920s. He kept the vault (with the original massive vault door with that big spinny combination lock.) The vault is his laundry room. If he owned this place, he'd probably want to use the space that the generator (or whatever that is) hogs. BUT he'd probably feel very compelled to keep it. He's a sculptor. It looks like sculpture. I think it's a wonderful space on many levels and it makes me want to know the people who live in it.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

I'm fine will each of these scenarios as long as there is no child labor involved and provided the owners keep the places well-heated come winter.

Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh, meant "with"...

alcira

dave said...

I envy the hell out of whoever lives there and it reminds me of my favorite nightspot in LA, which is also a converted power plant, but in the basement of a highrise downtown:

http://www.edisondowntown.com/

david john said...

totally the edison.. good call dave!

Becolorful said...

mmmmm. I don't think so. I kind of like the whole industrial vibe but this one may have pushed the envelope off the table.
Pam @ BeColorful

blog said...

I actually really like this. However, that mechanical contraption thing by the dining room is a little scary, even for an adult.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

it all seems highly impractical. and like its trying too hard.

Design Junkie said...

I love how the owner must love it; their sense that it was a great, unconventional idea. And let's go with it. The process of that.

I don't like the space.

Bromeliad said...

Do. Not. Sleepwalk.

nanne said...

mortuary meets meat packing plant...

i do love some of it...the fireplace is fabulous, the sheep that someone forgot to shave chairs, not so much...

nanne in indiana by way of alaabama

David said...

Its a resounding Oui for me.

ChrisToronto said...

LOVE the Ilmari Tapiovara dining chairs, there's a designer who's due for his "moment"

The Down East Dilettante said...

hmmm, not all bad. A bit Dr. Frankenstein's lab, but not too so. Actually has some great moments...and some weird ones..

Raina Cox said...

Sherman Unkefer and Becolorful - Hello to both of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

dave - Fab place!

My Interior Life said...

I'll be unoriginal and echo the others who deemed it not kid-friendly. Although, the French are much more laid back than we uptight Americans, so maybe this is their idea of a family home.

dwr said...

Shaker meets Woody Allen meets Steampunk. I like parts. I can't get behind the whole thing.

Sarah said...

Sure, I have to admit it's cool. But they are trying a bit too hard. You know, they throw a party, or bring someone over for the first time...waiting, just waiting for that shocked expression on their face.
"Wow!" the visitor says in French. "Did this use to be some kind of factory?"
Then the owner goes on about how he decided to leave it
au natural...etc. to preserve the history.
Me? I would be tempted to say nothing when I walked in. Maybe just a blanket polite, "I like your place."
But I would never ask a question, basically ignoring the elephant in the room. I might even avert my eyes from the nuclear fission machine...until BOOM, the owner bursts, screaming something in French about me being an imbosol…and how could I miss the fission machine?

Of course I wouldn't do that, but it would be tempting. ...Yeah, trying too hard, but it is cool.

My Grama's Soul said...

My first thought is how do you DUST that huge piece of machinery!! (O:(O:

Jo

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

Oy it's really going to suck when you go to get a glass of water in the middle of the night and are are meet with a fn drill-press-electrical-humdinger-hugeness on your pinky toe.

dave said...

Raina, if ever you find yourself in LA, your first Absinthe cocktail at the Edison is on me!

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

That whopper of mechanical mess would do to me what the furnace did to Mackauley Culkin in Home Alone!

Raina Cox said...

My Grama's Soul - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Dave - Deal!