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.

Outside of The Blade House by Tecture
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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.

Agra in Gun Metal in Sorrento House by Fiona Lynch
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

Living room in Elia House
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Enduring Simplicity with Studio Prineas

Evoking her background and passion for heritage conservation and sustainable design, Eva-Marie of Studio Prineas approaches each project with keen vision and understanding of place. With Elia House, she masterfully mixes old and new, creating a pared-back aesthetic that allows the home’s original detailing to breathe. Below, Eva-Marie shares how relationships with her clients, community and Country allow her to create enduring spaces to live, work and visit.

Living room with agra rug
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Northcote Point Residence by Studio 11:11

Inspiration comes from many places for Melbourne-based design duo Studio 11:11. In their latest project Northcote Point Residence, the designers have paid homage to their NZ clients’ hometown aesthetic, creating a space that is both soothing and visually inspiring. Muted colors and organic textures combine to provide the perfect backdrop for locally sourced antique furnishings and modern design classics. Below, Annabel Smart and Marijne Vogel share details of their design process, where they seek inspiration and their global outlook.