Journal

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.

Marina Denisova in her Barcelona galleria
People

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 Au.

Outside of The Blade House by Tecture
Place

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
Place

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.

Agra in Gun Metal in Sorrento House by Fiona Lynch
Place

Sorrento House With Fiona Lynch

Fiona Lynch’s eye for painterly color and texture is woven into the core of every project that she takes on. Over almost a decade Fiona’s office has crafted a signature style imbued with a soft minimalism that strikes a pitch perfect balance between the raw and the refined. We had the pleasure of speaking with Fiona about her beautiful ‘Sorrento House’ project, the office’s dedication to sustainability, and how design can be a conduit for collaboration.

Agra in Artichoke rug in Los Angeles home of Rosa Park
People

Between Two Cities with Rosa Park

Rosa Park is the kind of person that thrives wearing multiple hats; as the Editor of acclaimed travel and design publication Cereal, she’s crafted an unmistakable visual and written identity that is at once sophisticated and effortlessly cool. More recently Rosa founded Francis Gallery in Bath as a way to showcase artists whose work resonates with her and connect them with the gallery’s ever-growing audience. Over the past 15 years, Rosa has lived a somewhat nomadic life, leaving her home in Seoul to live in myriad cities including Vancouver, New York, Paris, and Honolulu. Today, Rosa and her partner Rich along with their son Turner reside between Bath and Los Angeles in two very different but equally enviable homes.

Purpose

Giving Back is the Only Way Forward

In recognition of International Day of the Girl, this October we speak with three girls who have been directly supported by the work of our not-for-profit organization, The Armadillo Foundation. The Armadillo Foundation aims to inspire and empower underprivileged communities, providing self-supporting tools and infrastructure so that children can have the best start in life.  We are proud of the Foundation’s mission to enhance and improve the lives of girls, allowing them an opportunity for further education.

Andes in Rye in a New York living room
Place

A Study in Balance with Charlotte Sylvain

For Charlotte Sylvain, founder of the Brooklyn based interiors firm Studio Fauve, design has always been in the details. So when she was first presented with the opportunity to bring her curatorial eye to an apartment in the recently completed 180 East 88th Street building, it was her warm but precise touch that would set this exceptional space apart. We spoke to the French born designer about interpreting her clients brief, sourcing sustainably, and how to create a space that will last a lifetime.