Last weekend I packed my bags and headed off for a four day trip across Europe with my brother, Pepe, (who randomly runs a butter company in Australia @Pepesaya). Our aim was to check out butter, cheese and doors as we spent some time together. We managed to cover 5 countries in total including Amsterdam and Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Aachen in Germany, Bastogne in Belgium, Luxembourg and Metz and Strasbourg in France.
What struck me the most was how beautiful some of the old doors we saw were and still are. I'm a total champion of contemporary design but its a real joy to see how 'the door' has developed over the years. I especially love the fact that some of my favourite doors are on cathedrals - let's face it most towns in Europe have one and they really know how to impress!
The architecture as we whizzed through these cities and towns was really interesting with a mix of contemporary and traditional all in a bit of hodge podge but still working well. I think its essential to show that change without taking away the beauty of the older architecture.
It's quite inspirational to see so many metallic finishes taking centre stage - I love how they have weathered and despite some damage work so well in the facades. The tall cathedral doors blew me away the most with the construction and attention to detail especially. Some interesting handles as well.
All in all a great trip with lots of inspiration and great company thanks to my brother and lots of great food!