Some people run from urban developments towards rural establishments in search of a quieter lifestyle, while others thrive surrounded by social urban spaces. Brazilian designer Renata Rubim created a link between these needs, captured in the interesting collection of City Tiles she designed for Solarium flooring and coating. These new tiles are made of a special type of refractory concrete for floors, with durability as its main feature. Imagined as a city seen from aerial view, these fun tiles can be configured in different ways, shaping streets, circuits and blocks. If you’re interested in giving your home a different feel, inspired by the rushing city life, Renata Rubim’s floor and wall tiles create a custom view of a city map, forming the zones of a metropolis under your feet or exposing its subtle carvings from behind furniture items spread across the room. A nice touch would be defining a special zone with these tiles to add a dynamic feel to any modern space.
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in.
It’s no surprise that our friends Down Under know how to get low when it comes to their living rooms. Designed by Georgia Ezra of G. A.B. B. E. Studio, the cool and contemporary Brighton Escape home is made a bit more comfy thanks to a dropped seating area lined with the same wood that accents the ceiling, walls and stairs. Located in Merida, Mexico, Casa Sisal‘s vast great room boasts a recessed sitting area that emphasizes its modern splendor by creating a symmetry with the home’s 3-sided infinity edge swimming pool.The best part? This opulent 2-bedroom home is available for rent for a mere $299 a night so that you can snuggle up there yourself.