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Rough Luxe Design

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 by

Rough Luxe Design is a beautiful book which I’ve been meaning to share with you all for some time. Curated by interior designer Kahi Lee and produced by boutique publisher The Curated Collection, it is quite simply a coffee table essential. First, this is a publication that defies the aphorism “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Do! Judge it by its wonderful flocked cover and the aged wooden boards on its slipcase. And then dive straight in, because there’s design inspiration to be drawn from every single page of Rough Luxe Design.

Rough Luxe Design, curated by Kahi Lee, published by The Curated Collection, £95, Amazon

Rough Luxe Design, curated by Kahi Lee, published and produced by Farameh Media LLC

Rough Luxe Design, curated by Kahi Lee, published and produced by The Curated Collection
Image courtesy of The Curated Collection

“Hard Times”, said Coco Chanel, “arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity”. So perhaps the recent economic climate has prompted this “new love of old”. Or maybe the proliferation of technology has made us re-evaluate the beauty of original craftsmanship and vintage treasures.The Rough Luxe aesthetic reinvents the past and redefines luxury, with an emphasis on authenticity. It’s a look characterised by imperfection, by the unfinished,by vintage pieces and by places of heritage given new life. There is nothing pristine or perfect about Rough Luxe. And yet this rough imperfection has an unquestionable and enduring appeal.Rough Luxe Design features over 60 places around the world where the Rough Luxe aesthetic has been embraced to stunning effect. Through exceptional photography, we’re given a glimpse inside the private homes, offices and professional projects of an exclusive list of interior designers, furniture purveyors and industrial designers, all of whom are responsible for bringing “rough luxury” into the cultural consciousness.

From residential to commercial settings, every case study is yet another compelling example of how a space can be at once imperfect, industrial, unfinished and yet at the same time fulfil every expectation of a luxury interior. The home of renowned Architect Ricardo Bofill (below) is a jaw-dropping example of how a former factory building can be transformed into a contemporary live-work space while retaining its raw industrial characteristics.

The astonishing home of revered architect Ricardo Bofill, in a restored 19th century cement factory just outside Barcelona

The astonishing home of revered architect Ricardo Bofill, in a restored 19th century cement factory just outside Barcelona, still features the original pipes and silos through which the concrete used to flow
Image courtesy of The Curated Collection, Photo credits Gregori Civera & Lluis Carbonell

Rough Luxe Design opens with an introduction by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of renowned design studio Roman & Williams, who are pioneers in the Rough Luxe Movement and whose client portfolio includes the Ace Hotel New York (showcased in the book). For Standefer and Alesch, Rough Luxe is an ethos. The Roman & Williams office in New York City, also featured in the book, oozes pure masculine, monochrome rough luxe.

Roman & Williams Office, New York City, as featured in Rough Luxe Design published by Farameh Media

With its wooden factory tables, blackened steel wall panels and custom-made glass and steel work spaces, the Roman & Williams office in New York City is a powerful representation of the design studio’s aesthetic
Image courtesy of The Curated Collection, Photo credit Michael Mundy

Throughout Rough Luxe Design, vintage, aged and distressed pieces are juxtaposed with the contemporary. And it’s their careful curation and combination that achieves such a soulful, sophisticated style. This is an aesthetic that reminds us that interior design need not be created at enormous expense in order to feel exclusive. It reminds us too that our homes, our offices should represent us as individuals. “There is no roadmap for Rough Luxe design”, says Robin Standefer, “it’s about finding a personal voice”.

This calm interior has a soft rustic aesthetic

I love the soft rustic aesthetic and neutral tones of this calm interior and cosy reading nook
Image courtesy of The Curated Collection, Photo credit Matthew Millman Photography

Stripping back peeling paint and paper, exposing brickwork and uncovering original tiles and beams, the very soul of the building begins to emerge. Rough Luxe preserves rather than perfects.

A stunning home characterised by unfinished exposed brickwork and raw concrete. Rough Luxe Design, Farameh Media

Another example of a stunning home featured in Rough Luxe Design is this industrial loft in a former print press factory in Barclona. I love the unfinished exposed brickwork and raw concrete floor. And those glass floor panels add real wow-factor to the space!
Image courtesy of The Curated Collection, Photo credit Nuria Vila

This is a stunning book and I cannot recommend it highly enough. There are many blissful hours ahead of you as you pour through its pages.

I hope you enjoyed our review of Rough Luxe Design. You might also be interested in two other books we’ve reviewed recently: Industrial Chic and Modern Rustic. And for further inspiration from My Warehouse Home, be sure to follow us on Pinterest.

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NB. Since this post went live we’re thrilled to announce the first Warehouse Home book will be published Thames & Hudson in Spring 2017. Join us as we travel from New York to Melbourne, London to Hong Kong, visiting some of the world’s most inspirational industrial conversions in this, the debut Warehouse Home coffee table book

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