Amassing an eclectic collection of mesmerising interiors from across eras and geographies, Instagram account @__dreamspaces is a useful research resource for interiors inspiration, as well as simply a joy to peruse. Run by London-based graphic designer Isabelle Wuilloud, the account offers a cornucopia of exciting design ideas. Wuilloud relocated to London from LA, after graduating from business school at the University of Southern California and now works as a designer at various agencies and fashion design companies.
Among her page’s most recent highlights is furniture designer Lisa Lombardi’s vegetable garden breakfast nook, shot in 1986. Like something straight out of a Surrealist painting, various hand decorated root vegetables, tomatoes and pea-pods form the back supports and legs of chairs and stools, surrounding a giant cauliflower-esque table. The curious beauty and eccentricity of Lombardi’s home is typical of the aesthetic championed by @__dreamspaces.
Elsewhere, Hearst Castle’s indoor pool, built to mimic an ancient Roman bath, as publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst requested, is a veritable sea of blue and orange, thanks to shimmery glass mosaic tiles inspired by the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy, created by British muralist Camille Solon for the California home. The walls are all marble and the ceiling a faux evening sky with stars. Eight marble statues of Roman gods and goddesses, copies carved by Carlo Freter in Italy, adorn the pool’s banks.
Another gem, Adolf Loos’, the Austrian and Czech architect and influential European theorist, bedroom, devised as a dreamy spectacle by Loos in 1903 for himself and his wife, Lina. The bed, draped with a white silk sheet, appears to float over an opulent white fur rug, and white linen curtains mask the walls. The only colour that is not white is the azure blue of the carpet.
Scroll further back and discover postmodern Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein’s Austrian Travel Agency (Österreichische Verkehrbüro). This project was one of Hollein’s most extreme uses of ornament. The inclusion of a dome, fake Greek and Roman ruins, and a series of palm trees act as symbols of travel, quotidian sculptural elements that reference the use of the building, underneath a contrasting white, Secessionist vault. The set-up of everyday objects underneath an articulated Modernist structure exemplifies the ironies of architecture and life in postmodernity.
Feature image: Adolf Loos’ bedroom (via Pinterest)