What a wonderful atmosphere managed to create Georgia Ezra, the head of G. A.B. B. E. studio! Take a look at the exquisite Brighton Escape house in Australia and let the positive energy flood your senses! We really like this stunning interior space because it is the result of a wonderful play of shapes (without being too eccentric) and it also inspires a warm feeling of belonging in a place that evokes serenity. Contemporary lines, beautiful curves and impeccable finishings – this is what the Brighton Escape house is made of.The interior captures the tranquility of the natural environment, making the inhabitant feel like tasting the sweet escape of freedom. The courtyard has corners sprinkled with zen pebbles and a green emerald grass field surrounds the house. “The space was treated from its genesis, with the same respect for design as a museum. Carving of ceiling, walls and floor not only creates sculptural partitions throughout the residence, but with the spirit of a rock pool, provides channels to flow through and delineates ample space in which to dwell together.” The result is a harmonic composition, that seems to evolve together with its inhabitants…
We love creative interiors! Creativity is a matter of practice, like many other things in life. There’s no doubt that anyone can be creative, as long as he or she looks for less ordinary approaches. When we first saw the Nussberg Penthouse interior, in Vienna, we thought that the client really wanted “a house to remember”. And that’s exactly what Beef Architekti (the studio responsible with the decoration) managed to deliver to their client. Exquisite, playful and with a touch of rustic elegance, the Nussberg Penthouse, with its bohemian setting (an old Vienna hotel with an exterior spiral staircase), seeks to offer a unique living experience, by blending the natural feel with the contemporary comfort.The penthouse, located on a hill, overlooks the wonderful city. The apartment stands out, due to its “excess” of brightness. You can enjoy wonderful moments, watching the sun at dusk or drink a cup of coffee in the morning, on the terrace. Wood floorings, chairs and different shades of brown, create an environment of natural and almost cottage-like inspiration. The paintings on the walls and the colourful rugs, though, transform it into a more interesting and contemporary home. The result: a playful, creative and bright modern interior…
Designed by Spanish architect and product designer Patricia Urquiola for Gan Rugs, the Mangas Collection features rugs, runners and pouffs made from 100% wool and hand made in India. The products are made from a patchwork of different design wool knits which create unique textured designs in different complementary colour ways and sizes.We recently wrote about the trend for knitting in interior design and these products would fit in with this trend perfectly. The big chunky knits are perfect for lazing about in front of the fire on a cozy winter evening. Don’t you think?
Nature and the environment have proven to be a big source of inspiration in interior design and architecture over the past few years, particularly where material choice is concerned. We have seen a rise in popularity of natural materials such as wood, stone and slate as people are seeking to reduce their impact on the environment by choosing products that will last longer and that are readily available.Particularly when it comes to flooring, wood, stone and slate are very popular choices. However, not everybody sees the attraction of using these materials in their homes, preferring the comfort, warmth, noise reduction and improved insulation offered by carpet. Picking up the trend for nature in interior design and wanting to cater to carpet lovers, Danish carpet producer Ege came up with the Out of Nature collection.The innovative carpet collection emerged from a desire to bring the rustic beauty of nature inside as part of a building’s interior design. The collection’s expressive, photographic designs adds character to a room, as well as providing good acoustics and comfort underfoot.These carpets look unbelievably realistic and allow you to get the look without compromising on comfort. They definitely have my vote! What about you?
A bold signature style. Meet Greg Natale, one of Australia’s top designers and explore the universe he imagined for the Clarke Payne project. The designer achieved a stunning effect by mixing details of modern patterns with the artistic style of the 17th century. Overwhelming images filled with precious velvet populate the living space, giving birth to that perfect royal ambience, pictured in movies. As the interior is dominated by shades of grey blended with white details, a certain cool atmosphere is preserved. The baroque details, the high ceilings with the white detailing extending on the walls, the neutral colours, the chandelier and the expressive cold beauty gives us the feeling that this is a European aristocratic residence, updated to our contemporary tastes and standards.The living room is extremely beautiful and imposing. Probably the most important piece of décor, the chandelier dominates the already breathtaking design. The master bedroom is nothing but royal. With precious fabrics of velvet, combining majestic tones of blue, the bedroom could be reduced to a particular feature: sophisticated. Discovered by the Italians, but borrowed in the entire Europe, the baroque as an artistic style had one major purpose: exaggerate and transmit cathartic exuberance upon people. Back to our home, every single detail exhales grandeur. From fabrics, to motifs, Greg Natale is one of a kind. The edgy blending of classy and modern creates a unique line that characterises his work at Clarke Payne…
We ran across a lovely collection of eclectic interiors spiced up with vintage elements by designer Timothy Oulton and thought of sharing them further.Boasting sophistication and creativity, each of the 20 interiors below was developed according to a certain theme. As the designer explains, some of them were inspired by the “Beat” culture of 1950s America, where writers and creative-types championed non-conformity.As you will look through the photos, you will also discover “a nostalgic tribute to the romantic era of luxurious sea voyages“, in various decorative objects. such as vintage trunks, classic upholstery pieces, and travel memorabilia. The interior below is dedicated to old English sports such as tennis, rugby and sailing and is said to exude “the class and refinement that once defined the world of sports”. We are charmed by the array of great details in this remarkable design portfolio and are looking forward to see which elements caught your attention…
It’s very funny how we usually wander with our minds, imagining all sorts of beautiful places: from spacious luxury homes with breezy patios, to NY lofts with a particular bohemian flair or small compact Scandinavian apartments with a sharp sense of style. We see everyday the work of some of the most brilliant minds, designers and architects, that create out of nothing impressive living spaces and yet, we rarely think about their homes and how do they look like. So here we are, “sneaking” inside the house of a designer, Susan Drover from SAM Design and exploring her “imaginarium”.Collect this ideaHer lovely home is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Simple, yet elegant, Susan Drover’s living space has something that makes you say: “Yes, this is definitely a warm place, where I can enjoy the little things in life. A real home”. The impeccable white is interrupted here and there with splashes of purple shades. The kitchen, the dining area and the living room are connected (the doors have been eliminated), offering a unique living experience, by having a lot of space to move. The fireplace and the raw wood deposit add a touch of warmth. So, what do you think?! Is it the way you expected it to be?
Studio ALBUS Design took our breath away with a project inspired by Brazilian culture. Gathered around 150 pounds of bananas celebrating artist Carmen Miranda’s influence on cultural diversity, a collection of carefully chosen decorative elements create a Latin-inspired home comfort. Encouraging this radical aesthetic innovation started by Carmen Miranda, the design created by architect Henrique Steyer and designer Felipe Rijo, of ALBUS Design was imagined to encompass the owners’ significant artwork and antiques collection – “the drawings by Djanira in the wall over the sofa share the space with a painting by Di Cavalcanti and the cocoon-shaped sculpture by Siron Franco” – as well as an interesting collection of feather art displayed throughout. Baroque saints and silver torches next to an antique mirror steal the spotlight once you got used to the bananas: “Yes, we have bananas!” That is how we sum up this project in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Inspired in the Brazilian culture and its many influences, this living room is an example of Brazil’s cultural diversity. Just as the Brazilian people is a result of miscegenation, the creation of this living was a search for the perfect mix. Henrique traveled with the home owner to New York, Miami and Rio de Janeiro, looking for an essentially latin harmony.”
The outstanding attachment towards nature, made a Canadian family decide to move their permanent home…into the woods. Gestion René Desjardins, the Canadian studio that completed the interior of this particular house, had to “investigate” what their clients wanted. Located in the rural Quebec, Maison du Boisé is a contemporary home in the middle of the woods. The clients requested a home that is modern, without being “minimalistic”. Moreover, they wanted a space that provides freedom of movement for their three children.After gathering ideas and suggestions, the designers managed to create a fun place, offering “fluid circulation for joyful fun of all kinds”. The theatrical high ceilings remind us of the classical architecture where grand means gorgeous. The designers explain: “Reinterpreted from a modern perspective, the coffered ceilings, theatrical openings in the passages and wide matt-white mouldings running along the base of the silk-grey walls combine to create a sense of elegance and harmony, but, surprisingly they bring comfort, too.” Wide windows complete the décor, showcasing the beautiful green site, inviting you to relax, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and explore the surroundings. Gorgeous spherical chandeliers adorn the living and the dining room and playful tones of purple add some fun to the ambiance…
One word to describe the stunning and stylish Breust Residence in Australia: transparency. The house, flooded by light, is a gorgeous mix of sophisticated details, guarded by an infinity pool (also with a transparent structure) on a side and a marvelous garden on the other. The people responsible for accomplishing such a mesmerizing final result are the ones behind JUO, an Australian, Perth-based design studio. The living room is structured as a long (and transparent) corridor. The high ceilings and the glass walls create this perfect breezy atmosphere that enhances the feeling of freedom.The Breust Residence is playful: striking shapes, contrasting materials were used in defining it. The two-story residence is spacious and luminous with incredible high ceilings, exhaling elegance (just take a look at the gorgeous copper-like circular bulbs hanging from the ceiling) but also piece of mind, due to the uncluttered décor. “The full height glazing not only maintains this main living area as an extension of the outdoors – with gardens and water on either side – but also allows for natural cross ventilation to cool the space efficiently and naturally without mechanical intervention or air conditioning. The view of water has been created through the use of glass to the side of the above ground lap pool, mimicking the extent of the volume between the two pavilions.”
When challenged to rebuild an old “gumno” (traditional farming unit in Croatia used for threshing the grains), the creative team at Turato Architects came up with a spectacular result. Gumno House is an original contemporary residence boasting a total area of 930 square meters that currently serves the living needs of a married couple and their two adult children. In the planning process, it was decided that gumno, together with the circular dry stone wall, should be restored, and that the cultivated garden, driveway, orchard, and olive grove on the site should become a kind of a contemporary park, a reanimated place where the family would meet with their guests, friends, and the locals of Risika village.
According to the architects, The Gumno house consists of three different functional areas: “The first is a massive, rustic cellar containing a konoba, which serves as a wine and oil storage space, as well as a place for gatherings. The second is a spacious glazed living room intended for the family. Finally, the third is a big pool with an indispensable view of the sea. On top of the house there are four small units with intimate terraces and a quiet sleeping area for each member of the family.” Enjoy the photo gallery and tell us what you think! [Photography: Ivan Doroti?, Igor Crnkovi?, Sandro Lendler, Maja Bosni?]
BKK Architects have completed the designed for the Enclave House, a contemporary extension for a heritage residence located in Melbourne, Australia. The new building boasts spacious and open interiors, with minimalist furniture arrangement. According to the architects, the project “required clever solutions and planning in order to overcome the restricted inner-city site”. The extension consists of a single volume, especially carved to let plenty of natural light inside.
Despite its high degree of openness, the inhabitants enjoy a good amount of privacy: “Deep reveals to the upper floor windows shield the gaze from the surrounding neighbors. This also gives the residence a profound sense of containment, like a protective cocoon. The private courtyard garden links the studio space with the main residence. The landscape has been manipulated to frame the views between the two“. Add a generously-sized swimming pool and the image of a luxurious modern home is complete…
Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
Alta House is a project completed by AS/D Asociacion de Diseno in México, the ideal weekend retreat. Perfectly set in a green lush scenery of trees, the venue, envisioned as a weekend retreat, overlooks the valley and the distant mountains. This is the place where time stands still and the air is so fresh that it instantly recharges you with energy. The dynamic environment allows you to enjoy and observe nature. The construction, made of striped exposed concrete and doubled on the outside by doubled on the outside by a ventilated facade Trespa panels, boasts an abstract image of a tree (branches can be easily observed), in order to blend with the surrounding site.
The house is vertically organised. A stacked staircase allows circulation throughout the entire house. All three floors can be easily accessed, taking different functions. A rooftop terrace/ garden, just like an observatory, allows you to relish the magnificent green landscape. Uncluttered and simplistic, the interior displays furnishings made of concrete and wood. A concrete-framed fireplace represents the key element of the living room (located on the first floor), where most of the social activities take place. During the summer, the infinity pool, grill and lounge area are just perfect to enjoy the outdoors.
Rubin & Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the northern Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture. The building’s concept turns to the Cree people’s traditional longhouse, the shaptuan, and to the particular context of the region. In this village, built in 1992 and unique in many respects, the main buildings were set within a broad circle in the centre. The Aanischaaukamikw Institute rounds out the layout of this space, where the Band Council office is also located.
The Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place. Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community. [Photo and information provided via e-mail by Rubin & Rotman Architects]
By completely renegading the idea of conformity, designer Robert van Embricqs created an elegant table, that breaks the pattern of flat table tops on four legs. The result is a surprising mixture of fluid design that “blends the multifaceted tabletop with the latticework of wooden beams that function as the center of the construct. From there, the table sprouts four wooden beams that hold up the entire construct“.
Rising Table is the consequence of closely studying the transformations which occur in nature, without the participation of men: “This inspired the incision pattern in the flat surface of the wood that resulted into the creation of a latticework of woven wooden beams that make up the center of the table. By emphasizing nature’s logic, a seemingly random collection of wooden beams organically merges to form the figuratively beating heart of the Rising Table“. Find its design original?
Initially built in the 60?s by architect Wilfried Hilger for his family, House S was recently redesigned by German studioCHRIST.CHRIST.Associated Architects. The existing single-level bungalow was cleverly transformed into a two-story contemporary residence. Located in Wiesbaden, Germany, the modern dwelling is a masterpiece of contemporary urban developments, creating a balanced volumetric architecture that allows further building if necessary. The roof line creates new opportunities in residential dwelling, especially since the new family of four living here needed more space, but did not have enough room on the property to build more.
Architects decided to raise the residential structure and build a second floor consisting of three boxes placed on a cantilevered flat roof and connected via a glass corridor. These words from the architects will describe the new floor plan and aditions: “The new structure creates zones with different qualities: in the south-west a meadow with a small apple tree, in the north a stone paved courtyard with a pine tree and in the east a roof terrace with a magnolia. In one of the new boxes the master bedroom, dressing room and bath room is located. The two other boxes function as personal living room and home office for the landlords. In the first floor nearly all walls and installations were removed, so that a large living room could be created. An open kitchen was placed in the midst of that living area. This floor additionally includes the children’s rooms with dressing room and bathroom. In the ground floor a guest room and an additional apartment is located. By the usage of triple glazed windows and highly effective insulation an energetically optimized building could be realized.”
Japanese studio Takehiko Nez Architects created an interesting play of light and volumes when designing the extension to an existing hair salon in Yamanashi, Japan. Called Vision, the modern hair salon sits at the confluence of past and future, displaying a welcoming glass front facade. This allows a clear view of daily employee-client interaction while exploring an interesting architectural set of design lines. By allowing full visibility towards the modernly designed interiors, the hair salon is a much more inviting commercial space now that a fascinating glass facade draws curious passers-by. Long and elegant curtains manipulate the amount of natural light needed for the interiors in different times of the day. This exposure facade faces a parking lot, while the existing building and the addition have a garden in between. An underground shampoo space links the existing building to the extension, creating a logical and modern path for clients moving from one part of the hair salon to the other. Transparency seems to have been the main goal of the addition, setting new standards for the daily routine of the Japanese hair salon…
With the modern worker is on-the-go, moving from meeting to meeting and from quiet to collaborative environments, Steelcase brand turnstone created the Shortcut stool and chair for short-term sits that keep pace in today’s office. Shortcut is ideal for conference room meetings or impromptu brainstorms around the kitchen. According to the project developers, the fully customizable project is ergonomically designed to support the modern worker. The chair features a pneumatic handle on the left side, allowing multiple uses and height adjustments.
Other features of the design include a special cut-out imagined to allow for seat flexibility and support, elbow rests that stay out of the way to easily scoot up to a desk or tabletop when needed. The product is available in two heights – standard and high stool. With seven color choices ranging from bright reds and blues to traditional grays and blacks, there’s no question of its versatility. The user can opt for an additional splash of color with various cushion options that add comfort and enhance design. The chair back cut-out allows for both colors to be seen at once, adding a fun design element to any room. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by turnstone]
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.