De­sign note­book

Q&A with Rafik Pa­tel

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As a spa­tial-de­sign lec­turer, what lessons can we learn from Meg­son?

How the in­ter-re­la­tion­ship of spa­ces with re­gards to the x, y, and z axis make for an en­vi­ron­ment that con­tin­u­ally has you dis­cov­er­ing new things about its ar­chi­tec­ture as you live in it and how, with the ab­strac­tion of in­te­rior vol­umes, you can sculpt space.

What would you have done dif­fer­ently?

Ev­ery de­signer is dif­fer­ent, so I guess a lot. How­ever, I wouldn’t ask for this Meg­son de­sign to be any dif­fer­ent... well, per­haps a more sig­nif­i­cant bathroom.

Where do you find pieces that suit the house?

I scour on­line and visit vin­tage stores for con­tem­po­rary and mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture that has the right lines, and 70s art­works and ob­jects that have the right form and colour to com­ple­ment or con­trast spa­ces.

You’ve used colour. How does it en­hance the space?

Planes and ar­eas of colour are care­fully com­posed to cre­ate a lay­er­ing ef­fect, as if in­side an im­mer­sive paint­ing. The in­ter­play with light, shadow and colour cre­ates a multi-vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence.

With all that glass and open­ness, what’s it like in the win­ter?

Very cold. How­ever, the fire nook pro­vides a warm, in­ti­mate space to camp dur­ing win­ter. Be­ing so open to the ex­te­rior, the vis­ual stim­u­lus and sounds of the rain, birds and rush­ing stream give sanc­tu­ary.

What are your fu­ture plans for the prop­erty?

Main­tain it, re­design the bathroom and build the car­port ac­cord­ing to Meg­son’s draw­ings.

First floor 11 12 13 11 1. Gar­den room 2. En­try 3. Fire nook 4. Liv­ing 5. Deck 6. Din­ing 7. Break­fast 8. Kitchen 9. Hall 10. Laun­dry 11. Bed­room 12. Gallery 13. Bathroom

Far right Zi­dane de­scends the stairs.

Ground floor 7 6 5 4 8 9 3 10 2

Right The lad­der by the ta­ble where Zi­dane works leads to the mez­za­nine – a great place to play and hide away. The ‘Eames PSCC Task Chair’ is by Charles and Ray Eames for Her­man Miller. The art­work is ‘Boat­sheds’ by Michael Smither.

Lower floor 1

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