Design Unleashed

  • Designer Kimberley Seldon placed an enormous ancient mill stone from Italy dead centre and aligned it with the front door, immediately creating a sense of order in the space.
  • Custom arm chairs flank a metal drum which acts as a coffee table, providing a perfect perch for quiet contemplation.
  • It's not uncommon to find large columns poorly placed in new condos but again, it makes decorating a wee bit more challenging. To give the column a sense of purpose Kimberley placed a tall wooden Buddha in front of the structural feature.
  • The comfy grey sectional (Jamie Alexander) surrounds a round wood coffee table from West Elm. Colourful salmon and navy pillows from ELTE fill the space with colour.
  • Behind the sectional, a low Asian bench tucks beneath a sofa table.
  • Sculptural pieces like the Buddha and bronze leaf offer big style statements.

Interior Design by Kimberley Seldon Design Group
Photography by Ted Yarwood

Who doesn’t want to feel zen at home?

Easier said than done when you have challenging spaces to decorate—like the pie-shaped entry hall that greets you as you enter the front door of this urban condo.

The cool couple who live here had lots of ideas when it came to decorating. They wanted to display some of the treasures they’ve collected on their extensive travels for instance. But when it came to the sitting area…they were stumped. How to deal with a severely pie-shaped space?

How to Karim-ify Your Home

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You name it and he’s designed it. Over 3,000 designs in production, countless awards and numerous collections for some of the world’s best known companies.

Dabble talks design aspirations and dreams with Karim Rashid in the March 2014 issue.

Here are Karim’s ten most important recommendations for the home:

  1. Create large white spaces with accents of strong positive colors.
  2. Knock down walls that are not structural and open up spaces as much as
    possible.
  3. Have less but better furniture. Try to substitute 2 or 3 pieces with one.
  4. Impose order. Line everything up perfectly: vases, objects, books,
    stereo equipment. Order inspires. Order is Zen. Order is relaxing.
  5. Avoid curtains. Curtains are dirt and dust collectors and make spaces
    look smaller with added bulk and weight. Use seamless mesh blinds instead.
  6. Make do with less. And make sure you really want what you¹re buying. I¹m
    not anti-consumption per se but I think it¹s essential to consume with
    awareness. Buy only what you need.
  7. Use materials that are easy to clean and that age well. Plastic floors
    (laminates, vinyl sheeting, or artificial rubber) are lightweight and
    inexpensive materials that wear well and are more resistant to scratches and
    staining.
  8. Avoid sharp edges. Let your space flow.
  9. Make your space reconfigurable.
  10. Embrace (don¹t fear) technology