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The Armadillo Journal is home to stories and conversations covering Places, People, and Purpose. You'll find features on people who inspire us, places and projects that delight us, explorations of ideas that ignite us, and rich reads for all those who journey with us.

Cathie Hong's recent Emory Ave Project

The Art of Interiors With Cathie Hong

For designer Cathie Hong, creativity has always been her calling but it wasn’t until she had children that her eye for interiors came into focus as a career path. Over the years Cathie has lived in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles before establishing her eponymously named practice in the Bay Area, where she grew up. We caught up with Cathie to chat about her background in the arts, defining a design aesthetic and creating spaces that consider the nuance of modern family life.

Dimitri Vargas in his studio

Exploring the Duality of Design with Dimitri Vargas

There’s a captivating tactility inherent in the work of Dimitri Vargas. When you run your hands over one of his unmistakably sculptural pieces it’s hard not to be curious about its provenance and exactly how something so singularly beautiful was made. It was this curiosity that moved us to visit Dimitri at his factory and showroom to discover more about his creative process, approach to sustainability in his practice and how each new piece has a connection to those that have come before.

Marina Denisova in her Barcelona galleria

At Home With Photographer Marina Denisova

For photographer Marina Denisova taking pictures is both a way of life and a way to make a living; embarking on an ever evolving dance familiar to many creatives that brings her profession and passion together as one. Over the years Marina has created a gently inquisitive body of work spanning portraiture, architecture and design that feels at once intimate and masterfully refined. We spoke with Marina about her career and creative process, as well as her beautiful apartment in Eixample, Barcelona that she shares with her partner Jansen Aui.

Savannah rug in Dust for the Lake Tahoe Project by Innen Studio and Gallois Interiors

A Nordic Inspired Cabin in Lake Tahoe

There’s a gentle synergy between Hana Mattingly (Innen Studio) and Sandy Welsh (Gallois Interiors), two friends and designers who when the stars align, come together to work on special projects. One such project is a Nordic inspired refresh of a family retreat in the heart of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. The creative duo worked together to breathe new life into the home while taking design cues from their client’s Finnish heritage. We spoke to Hana and Sandy about their collaborative process, design philosophies and some of their favorite parts of this unique project.

Restored Casolare in Puglia

On Location in Puglia with Joseph Gardner

For the launch of our beautiful new Mojave collection, we worked with Interior Stylist and Design Consultant Joseph Gardner to bring a very special shoot to life in a lovingly restored Casolare (farmhouse) in Puglia. The property belongs to Australian expats Maree and Ian Coleman who were first drawn to it for both its beauty and historical significance; originally built in 1883 and later used as a school, it was abandoned in the 1960s. When the Coleman’s friend and architect Andrew Trotter showed them the site, the prospect of restoring a character-filled Casalore with a long history to its former self seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity. “We were keen to honor its history and mirror the heritage of the building. We worked with local builders, craftsmen and artisans to restore the Casolare. These craftsmen and artisans used old techniques to maintain a sense of history. Our painter, for example, made his paints by cooking local rock in a wooden oven and mixing it with oils to create a beautiful color and texture that worked back with the building’s age and original look.” says Ian. Now that Mojave is out in the world, we took a moment to catch up with Joseph to talk about putting the shoot together and what he enjoys most about spending time in this sundrenched part of the world.

Outside of The Blade House by Tecture

Inside Blade House by Tecture

Melbourne based architecture practice Tecture thrive on creativity; working across a diverse range of projects each with its own unique identity. We caught up with the Tecture team to learn more about one project in particular that captured our imaginations. Blade House is a testament to the beauty and strength of concrete construction and a study in the relationship between built and natural environments. Throughout the project, textural elements – including Armadillo rugs – were incorporated to conjure warmth and character, with exceptional results. We caught up with the team at Tecture to learn more about their vision for and execution of this ambitious build.

Terra in Moss rug in Venice home of Candida Wholegemuth

Venice Walnut House With Candida Wohlgemuth

Candida Wohlgemuth is never one to shy away from a challenge. That’s why the designer and founder of WHLF Studio jumped at the chance to reimagine a dilapidated Spanish colonial home in Venice, California – with stunning results! Not only was the renovation completed during the ups and downs of 2020, but also while Candida was pregnant with her first child. We spoke with Candida about the design process behind this very special project, her career journey so far, and what she’s most looking forward to for the new year.