Noticed lately: architects and designers embracing the past with the “excavated look”: unearthed, distressed plaster walls, remnants of long-covered-up wallpaper, and more. The look suggests a sympathy for historic buildings, and happy accidents such as pink plaster, dried glue patterns, and painted frescos are the kind of details that can’t be made up. Here are 15 ways it’s done.
N.B.: We identified the look as one of the new design trends in our post
Trend Alert: 10 New Design Developments on Our Radar for Fall 2017. Above: The 200-year-old Durslade Farmhouse of Hauser & Wirth’s Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser was restored by Laplace & Co. and Benjamin & Beauchamp who stripped paint and wallpaper to reveal original surfaces. See more at Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset: The New Bloomsbury? Above: German artist Anne Schwalbe embraced the excavated look of plaster walls and peeling paint in her country house. See more in Portrait of an Artist: A Photographer’s Soulful Cottage in Rural Germany. Above: In a historic building on the Spanish island Menorca, architects Quintana Partners renovated some elements while exposing the raw plaster walls. See more at Casa Telmo in Menorca, with Rooms Inspired by a World Traveler. Above: Italian architects Archiplan Studio exposed the 400-year-old fresco in a 1600s apartment designed with a “blurry relationship between the natural and artificial,” say the architects. See more at In Mantova, A Romantic Apartment with Remains of a Late Renaissance Fresco. Above: Designer Cassandra Ellis renovated a Victorian Terrace house in London leaving some of the old details—like the half whitewashed stove housing—in place. From Expert Advice: Developing Style with Designer Cassandra Ellis. Above: In Gothenburg, Sweden, architect Axel Robach transformed a historic auction house into a cafe and multipurpose space but left the original walls exposed to “use the soul of the room and its humble character” as a design element. From Restaurant Visit: Past Present at Kafe Magasinet in Sweden.