Welcome to our world of creative madness, discoveries, design tips and tricks, trends, innovations and (why not!) recipes! Here is your source of inspiration that will constantly evolve. Your haven for creativity and new ideas, signed Richard & Levesque.
2016 COLOUR TRENDS
Juts as design styles and tastes evolve with time, the choice and use of colour follows suit. For 2016, colours are making a big splash through the use of daring accents and elegant combinations.
PLAYING WITH SPACE
Sometimes, negative spaces open up a door to unsuspecting design possibilities. Hidden closet, discreet bathroom or even a secret space. Doing things differently is always an inspiration.
What if we used hot water copper piping as a towel warmer as well ? Smart idea, cool design and definitely eco-conscious. We like.
Design thrives on contrasts. Giving new life to old materials, blending the raw with the refined, the square with the curved, the linear with the organic. Neurotic design is as much a way of life as it is a design solution.
(Photo ©Dave Cronin, Colorado)
BLANC DE BLANC
White by day, white by night. White has always been a design standard. It is the ideal canvas on which to express oneself and to splash on selected touches of colours and textures. Nothing says simpler and bolder than white. And since nothing is the new everything…
Less is more is likely the hardest equilibrium to achieve for any designer.
Renowned architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe made this a trademark of his work and designs, and his work remains an inspiration and a benchmark nearly a century later.
Great and innovative design ideas often come from being inspired by what others have done and one’s personal vision of a design solution best suited to a client’s needs.
OLD-NEW OR NEW-OLD?
Contrasts attract. The raw and the refined; black and white; something old, something borrowed…
Lightness, transparency and light: three of the most often used sources of inspiration to create environments whose signature becomes timeless. As shown in this home designed by architect John Replinger in 1967.
One cannot be a kitchen designer without admiring the art of the great chefs of the world and their limitless creativity. Paul Bocuse, timelessly inspiring to us all!
DARE YOU TILE?
The choice of tiles and ceramics is an important part of the signature of any environment. How imaginative or daring do you want your decor to be?
(Photo ©Tom Bonner)
For our designers, a kitchen is above all a place to meet and share.
And what better way to do this than to get friends and family enjoying a summery-fresh bowl of homemade gaspacho, in the purest Andalusian tradition? Summer at its tastiest!
Whether a decor accent or used on a daily basis by the more serious home chefs, nothing equals the quality and beauty of copper-clad cookware. We like the statement copper makes as well as the way its tint and patina change with the years. Timeless elegance personified!
THE PASTEL TOUCH
Pastels charm, calm and help us slow down and feel more zen. Using them to their full potential implies creating a harmonious balance between them and the surrounding colours, the airiness of the space and its ambient light.
One of the perks about being a kitchen designer is developing a love for everything food. And since there are as many recipes as there are ways to design a new kitchen, what more can we say besides… bon appétit!
(photo ©Tim et Angela Chin)
ON TINTS AND MOODS
Layering similar tints is a clever kitchen design solution which allows the exterior and ambient decor to shine through, providing a flaming and contemplative ambiance to the space. This one, designed by our team, allows for the light and mood to change with the time of day and seasons.
The show is changing. Inset rain shower heads, massage jets, steam showers… solutions abound. Today, showers have become lieus of relaxation and wellbeing, a focal point of our bathrooms.
The Italian shower, for instance, is becoming ever more popular, just as are led-lit intent shower heads. What’s your shower style?
MIRÓ MIRÓ ON THE WALL
The never-ending curiosity, naiveté and passion of artists such as Miró inspire and motivate us.
They make us see our world from a different perspective, giving us a vantage point that lets us design our projects with a fresh eye. Creativity at the service of design.
POETRY BY THE OBJECT
It’s amazing to see how often an incongruous, unexpected object brings the design of an entire room to life and makes it shine. Objects inspire us and at times, lose us in their poetry and fantasy. A plant holder, a lamp, a small table, a vase… the important is to have fun with one’s decor and to break the mould of the expected.
We love Italian magazine DOMUS, a veritable icon in what’s hot in architecture and design.
WALL TO WALL DESIGN
What if we looked at the wall as part of the design as opposed to a… wall ? Could be fun.
(photo © Juliana Sohn for Aesop )
THE FINAL TOUCH
Knick knacks, thingamajigs, accessories, deco touches… no matter what you call them, they are the final touch that make a room sparkle with originality and joie-de-vivre.
We like the fun and whimsical objects found at our friends at Chic & Basta, a homegrown success that focuses on artisan and eco-responsible goods.
HARMONY FOR THE SENSES
Renowned sommelier and fine cuisine afficionado François Chartier has made creating harmonies his creative lab and claim to fame. His relentless drive to push the limits inspires us to see how we can create the right harmonies for our clients.
And since designing kitchens usually ends up making us hungry, please enjoy this summery fun recipe…
ON COLOUR AND HARMONY
What color theme would you like your new kitchen or bathroom to have? At Richard & Levesque, colour is an integral and key part of our design solutions. Calming blue, energizing bright yellow, natural lime green, sable zen… whats your choice?
All faucets are not born equal. TodayÈs technological advances allow us to design faucets and taps that turn sinks into show-stopping works of art.
What if the door became an integral part of a design solution, and not merely a barrier to keep people in, or out of a given space? The designer’s role is to constantly challenge the different elements one usually takes for granted.
(photo ©Emily Gilbert, 2000)
THE KITCHEN OF TOMORROW
What will kitchens be like in the future? How will technologies influence it and its design? While this may sound like science fiction, let us not forget that tomorrow begins, well… tomorrow.
COLOURS BY THE PALETTE
Colours inspire, set the table for a desired atmosphere, define space and bring out emotions. For us, colours play a key role in the design of any project, as it often is the mirror of the client’s soul.
ARE YOU COLOURFUL OR CLASSICAL?
Be they colourful, classical, sober or elegant, dishes reflect the soul and the spirit of the people who welcome us. Dinnerware sets the tone, inspires and establishes a relationship with the recipe presented.
As designers, a client’s dinnerware may sometimes prove to be the initial inspiration for our vision and design of a project.
Where do design, sculpture and form begin? Legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer always challenged the prevailing status quo and took architecture to the frontier of fine art and sculpture. A constant inspiration for us all.
THE BRIGHT ONES
Be it hanging, inset, direct or indirect, cool or tinted, light is certainly a key element of any space design. It inspires us and gives us a sense of space, of drama and affects the way we see and use our environment.
BLACK AND WHITE IN FULL COLOUR
Sometimes, inspiration comes from the absence of colours… or does that absence open the way to the thousands understated in a totally black and white environment?
What if you could bring the outside, inside your bathroom? This latest trend helps us view the bathroom in an entirely different light, as an extension of Mother Nature. We like.
(photo ©Janet Paik, houzz)
TAPPING IN TO COLOUR
At Richard & Levesque, we like to draw our inspiration from the world over. The Design-Milk blog is a must for anyone interested in design, architecture and kitchen design.
White on white. Add a floral or a colour accent and the entire space lights up and reveals its innermost soul. Nordic design remains an important influence for us all.
Great design and architectural classics remain timeless sources of inspiration. As shown by this renowned residence, designed over 85 years ago by Le Corbusier.
(photo ©Paul Kozlowski)
MIRROR OH MIRROR…
Do we need to be connected even in the bathroom? Perhaps not, but it is fair to say that we all like to know what is upcoming in our world of IOT (Internet Of Things) and how this is changing the way in which we interact with our environment… even in the bathroom.