I’m a bit rubbish at spotting trends (this is a really terrible admission given my job) but I’ve noticed quite a few new homes with interiors clad in Oriented Strand Board, aka OSB, aka the really rough-and-ready timber board made from big chips of wood, like extra chunky MDF. Aside from its cheapness, I think it’s a way of getting textural interest into the home, especially when contrasted with shiny flat materials. And it gives a minimal, industrial feel while still looking warm and natural, something that can’t be said of other industrial materials such as concrete and steel. Here are three houses on a theme, then: Rural Designs‘ Fiscavaig on the Isle of Skye; the Cubby House in Melbourne by Edwards Moore (see what I mean about how it contrasts well with shiny things); and Fiat Lux in Brussels by Label Architecture, who have ruined my argument about OBS being a warm and natural material by painting it all matt black.
- @SoVeryBritish My eyes!!!!! 22 hours ago
- Chuckling at the idea of an "iconic towel" as described to me in a press release that just arrived in my in-box 1 week ago
- Mmmm lovely apartment in Venice. A bit Carlo Scarpa (with colour) a bit po-mo, a bit of everything really… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 1 week ago
- RT @FryRsquared: A life in banknotes (from here: tinyurl.com/ycf2zgez/) https://t.co/PRP8kkYNvc 1 week ago
- Been thinking a lot about the dreamy view of the Ouse from this house in Lewes, by @SandyRendelArch, on sale throug… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 1 week ago