artist miranda skoczek, studio

It is ever inspiring to happen across an artist’s interview and their workspace. Here artist Miranda Skoczek discusses her processes with Freunde von Freunden.

Can you tell me about your new work? I understand you recently had an exhibition in Sydney?
My show ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’ was quite the departure for me – I’ve moved away from animals and further explored my love of history and ancient cultures. I referenced motifs from Hinduism and ancient Greek mythology floating in abstract fields of color and shapes – still with a similar pastel, jewel-like palette and my signature mark making. My painting technique has become a little looser and gestural, perhaps as I am relishing in the large scale of the canvases. The venue was an exhibition space within the Sydney store Koskela, an industrial space run by furniture designers and retailers, so it was a little bit different than showing within an art gallery.

How do you feel about your work being aligned to more of a decorative aesthetic?
I think my work is a hybrid of art and design. I don’t have a problem with it, it makes sense that my work would be viewed in this manner as I am hugely informed by the decorative arts and design in all its forms. I unashamedly reject intellectualism within my practice and do not feel the need for my work to be steeped in theory or grand statements. Having said that, I do very much hope to have a meaningful place in the art world. My paintings are explorations of unrestrained fantasy, they create a space to enjoy beauty, the exotic and escape from the harsh realities we are bombarded with daily.

The opportunity to collaborate on new projects is quite an exciting one don’t you think?
Yes indeed, I love to work in a cross disciplinary way – it’s such a great opportunity to acquire new skills and processes and it’s enabled me to reach new audiences. I once customized a pair of shoes for wonderful Australian fashion designer, Gorman, created window displays as part of Melbourne Fashion week and I have collaborated with artists for curatorial shows. In Australia there has been a huge boom with DIY-ers and people who are a lot more aware of beautifying their homes and accessing art on all different levels.

Can you tell me about your working process and painting technique?
It is very automatic, very spontaneous and organic – one mark, one color informs the next mark and color. When I begin a new picture I don’t think too much. In these early stages it is very physical. Often working on the floor with thinned paint, I constantly turn or move around the canvas, capturing that sense of action, building up its history. I delight in the pure process, the act of doing. With the building up of layers I become more considered in my actions and begin overlaying the fields of color with images and shapes. My process is one of adding and subtracting, one that embraces accident and intuition.

k x

Full interview, here.


This is a sweet apartment in Malmö SE. Aside from the delicious parquet floor and the Scandinavian white, throughout the space, you will discover wonderful eclectic collections, while framed art and photographs adorn the walls, a mix of candle holders and flower filled vases sit delicately the length of the dining table. The assemblages continue, gracing the wall above a little round table, there are beautiful clocks and in the bedroom, contrasting draw fronts create a fascinating and provoking storage solution.

Look at that beautiful bed.

via emmas designblogg

swedish summer living

First impression, you just know, there is a myriad of design&ART pieces that you would happily snap up to grace your own home. The eclectic blend of vintage and contemporary, white on white makes for a visual delight.

Idea, the copper pipe housing the pendant lights the length of the table

Love the old doors propped upright at the end of the garden, giving the illusion of leading someplace magical.

Aside, the HOT TUBS, I can think of nothing better to do on a summer’s evening – Brilliant!!

Images kindly sourced from decordemon, the final image via ecosalon, showcasing a relaxing evening at the Canvas Hotel, Norway.


ibiza living

Last week, we received photos via social media of friends holidaying in Ibiza, over the weekend trolling through inspirational websites and blogs, behold The Style Files showcasing these summer holiday retreats for you and I to rent in Ibiza – I could not resist. Here tranquil  Can Sol and Casita Luna are situated in the north-west of Ibiza between San Mateo and San Miguel, and it looks to me like, Happy Days.

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I just love a good workstation

I just love a good workstation, space to sprawl out, light, functionality – this is a very hip loft space in Brooklyn, NY.

David Karp lives by the principle that the world doesn’t need more flashy gadgets and fancy software — which would be fine, had he not founded Tumblr. NY Times T Magazine

Images sourced courtesy of DustJacket Attic via The Designer Pad. Designed by John Gachot. Photographer Ben Hoffman.

Villa E. at the foothills of the Atlas mountains

Architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty keep offices in Paris and Marrakech—which is probably why they are experts in blending Eastern and Western architecture.

Working on luxury projects for the likes of the Hermes family, their firm Studio KO designed this minimalist mountain lodge in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Blocked prisms, earth tones and exotic textures mark the home, which they’ve dubbed Villa E.

Nowhere is the marriage of cultures more evident than in the use of locally sourced Ouriko stone, with its characteristic reddish color associated with nearby Marrakech or “The Ochre City.” When stacked to form the house’s exterior, its brick-like appearance evokes the Midwest’s prairie architecture.

A stupendous view while relishing in the company of cherished family and raucous friends. Love that light.

Images&text sourced courtesy of Trendland via Studio KO. Photographed by Daniel Glasser and Philippe Garcia