The Barn @ Barra Castle

I had the good fortune of being invited by a fellow photographer to The Barn in order to support him during his first ever interiors shoot.

The weather was gloriously sunny, and the brand new venue, near Inverurie, shone bright. One lucky couple were due to have their wedding there later that afternoon and so we had to grab our shots and disappear before the festivities began.

The Barn at Barra Castle
The Barn – Main Exterior View

The view from the windows point towards Bennachie, making the vista both awe-inspiring and romantic (perfect for that wedding!)

Spacious, Yet Intimate

It is easy to imagine a couple taking their vows in front of such a picturesque backdrop. However, The Barn would be extremely well-suited to other activities such as ceilidhs and corporate events.

The space is large and open, but can be separated into sections by light and airy curtains.

Details and Textures

The owners have obviously taken great effort to create a beautiful environment, and have succeeded, and then some!

For anyone considering a location for their event, far enough away from the crowded towns and cities in order to disconnect, then this is the place for them.

To see further images from the day’s shoot, see the gallery here.

If you are interested in further information about the venue visit the Barra Castle website here.


William Krisel’s Palm Springs

Corrine Krisel and Twin Palms tract house (1957). Photograph by Julius Schulman. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust.

I recently bought this book as I was already a fan of Midcentury Modern design, and of the photographer, Darren Bradley, who contributed many fantastic images to the publication.

I admit that, prior to reading, I was unfamiliar with the life and works of the prolific architect and landscape designer William Krisel, on whom the book is based.

Krisel’s professional career has extended from the 1950s onwards and during that time it is estimated that he has designed more than 30,000 homes in Southern California including Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Part of Krisel’s genius, in my opinion, is that he has been able to take relatively similar designs and modify them in such a way as to make neighbouring homes appear unique through the use of different roofing styles, colour schemes, landscapes and building orientations. This is particularly significant given that Krisel’s focus was mainly on so called “tract” homes built on estates.

Prior to Krisel, such estates would have been created with “cookie-cutter” homes: rows upon rows of the same repetitive and monotonous buildings. Krisel broke that mould. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Sandpiper estate of Palm Desert. These homes were arranged in a circle around a central pool area. Very communal. However each of the properties was still able to retain its own privacy.

Modernism is a philosophy that creates a better way of living through design. It improves one’s appreciation of design and ecology.

– William Krisel

The images throughout the book are provided by a number of photographers. In particular I’m drawn to the “old” versus the “new” images of Southern California.

The historical images were mostly created by, the now late, Julius Shulman. Many of the modern images were provided by the equally talented Darren Bradley. Whilst the Shulman images mainly capture the scenes in his signature black and white style, Bradley’s are bright, vivid and beautifully contrasted.

William Krisel’s Palm Springs – The Language of Modernism was edited by Chris Menrad and Heidi Creighton, both enthusiastic followers of Modernism. Other individuals have contributed photographs, chapters, anecdotes and interviews to the book which ultimately provides a wonderful insight into the life of this pioneer, who is truly under-appreciated outwith Southern California.

ISBN Number: 978-1-4236-4232-9

Published date: 2016

Sofa, So Good

Relax in style with Hitch Mylius

Continuing with the theme of seating, this image is taken from a series I captured in February 2016 as part of a shoot for a designer friend of mine. He was looking for some new portraits of himself for his website and we stumbled-upon this piece whilst scouting for a location.

Following a query from a follower on Instagram, I decided to take a further look into this beautifully simple sofa and found that it is a Hitch Mylius design.

Hitch Mylius has been producing quality furniture in London since the early 1970s, and has grown from strength to strength in the intervening years. A number of the original designs are still in production today, such is their iconic quality.

See Hitch Mylius’ website here for some awe-inspiring colours and sleek designs.