This Painting Studio in Coquimbo Region, Chile is an example of modern architecture in the service of neighboring art. Architects Felipe Assadiand Francisca Pulido were challenged to develop an oasis of creativity well integrated in its surroundings. The new building can be visually perceived in a variety of ways: “The painter’s studio has been erected to one side of a house in Bahía Azul. A small space, it appears to be a prolongation of the terrain when seen from the entrance, but from the slope it stands out as a piece embedded in the hillside”, explained the architects.The space, ultimately conceived as the extension of its own window frame is said to “mediate between the sea and an interior garden located at the entrance. Reached by a narrow staircase, excavated out of the rock, it leaves the user in complete isolation. It is a sort of retreat from the surrounding constructions, basically just a wall with indirect sunlight entering from above to witness the process of painting.” Extensive use of wood for the ceilings and floors leads to a warm and friendly working environment, while glass doors allow inspiration to flow freely from the surrounding natural elements. [Photography: Fernando Alda]
A multifunctional kitchen tool like this bowl and colander set can save you time and help you cook smoothly. Whether you’re making a salad or cooking pasta dishes, this modern bowl and colander set helps you easily spin and drain what later becomes your fuel.The cool-looking Spin & Drain kitchen aid from Guzzini is what takes cooking time down and enhances your intuitive work in the kitchen. Maximizing your work in the kitchen, the Spin & Drain bowl and colander set uses the force of gravity in a subtle way. This enhances and speeds up the cooking and serving process, making your life easier.The multifunctional kitchen aid has an innovative rotation system designed by Nilo Gioacchini and Criodesign. This ensures that gravity helps make everything easy and intuitive. The set consists of a container and a colander set that can be used together or individually.“The internal basket first collects the water from washing and then drains it, but it can also be used separately like the classic colander; for example, for draining pasta. The external container, on the other hand, is also a bowl that can be used at the table to serve pasta, salad, or to prepare dishes.”The innovative gravity spin system is made from sturdy food-safe SAN plastic and designed to help you out on numerous occasions. The bowl and colander set is also dishwasher safe and measures 12 by 10 by 5-Inches. With an intuitive design, the Spin & Drain kitchen accessory helps you easily wash, drain, serve, mix and even defrost food. When you have unexpected guests, this modern kitchen aid helps you put together something to serve fast and easy. The outer bowl becomes a reliant serving bowl that you can take to the dining table. What is the dish you surely could use the Spin & Drain bowl and colander set for?
Located on the picturesque island of Mykonos, Greece, Scorpios by Michael Schickinger of Lambs&Lions is an exclusive getaway that celebrates beach culture. The project was developed in close collaboration with interior designer Annabell Kutucu to merge natural textures with functional contemporary amenities: “We tried to infuse Scorpios with the traditional materials and construction techniques found in Cycladic architecture to root it in its site and context. It was then peppered with collected objects found by Michael and Annabell on their travels”, the designers stated.Inspired by the contrasts revealed by the island of Mykonos (mainly its rocky, hot landscape juxtaposed by the invigorating the blue sea), the project tea envisioned a holistic retreat: “We wanted the place to be a stage that invites all aspects of Mykonos life but always with a focus on leisure. The design is inspired by natural materials that set a laid back, down to earth and comfortable back drop for all the different activities that will take place there. It is a place that simultaneously excites the senses and calms the soul.” See any details you find particularly inspiring? [Photos by Carolin Saage]
A barn-like house can help connect you to the rural dimension of life, especially when living in a secluded area. If you love modern Canadian home design, you will definitely love the Malbaie VIII Residence. Imagined by MU Architecture, the contemporary home reinterprets the traditional barn in a subtle manner.Details like the shape and height of the house are reminiscent of big old barns that used to be scattered around the land. An inverted floor plan spreading over 3,500 square feet makes this barn-like house is located in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada.Dark grey metal dresses up the home’s exterior, making it look sleek and eye-catching. Geometric architecture found an ally in this dark gray solution covering the sides of the house and shaping the roof. Contrasting white cedar wood creates an inspiring connection to the green surroundings. Even more, the carefully manicured garden seems to make it all come together in a dreamy home.Protecting the interiors from forces of nature through architecture, the studio imagined three cutouts in the house’s volumetric architecture. This allows for the appearance of spaces tucked under and spaces that reach for the sky. With an inverted floor plan that encourages seeing panoramas of the surroundings beyond floor-to-ceiling windows, Malbaie VIII Residence frames tree trunks in all directions.According to the architects, “the experience of the house takes root in the basement, within its wood cladded and concrete formed walls, where a large playroom and children’s dormitory cohabit. At the ground level, the main lobby, entirely covered in wood, welcomes you in a cozy spa-like atmosphere. From the main entrance you can access four large en-suite bedrooms and the main staircase. In contrast to the white cedar walls, the railing of the staircase is made entirely of raw hot rolled steel. With surprising lightness it acts as a backbone connecting the different levels of the house.”Upstairs, the living space and spaces connecting these modern areas all capture glimpses of the surroundings via dark framed windows. Where the open-floor kitchen, dining, lounge and living space are, the panoramas behind large windows bring inside an almost still landscape under an ever-changing sky. Cedar walls enhance coziness while a fireplace under cathedral ceilings make the living space seem like an enchanted forest.“At night, low light levels slip the ceilings into shadow creating a warm but mysterious atmosphere that evokes the traditional Québécois evenings of yesteryear.” Photographs by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard of YUL Photo showcase the way white cedar planks mark the entrance and upstairs terraces. Every detail inside seems to mirror a minimalist version of the outdoors, with large, open, tall spaces.It’s fun comparing different homes, especially when they’re named in an ascending manner. This elegant and energy efficient home is known as the Malbaie V Residence. And there is one more here on our site: this luxury hillside residence taking advantage of the surroundings is also known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse. Do you have a favorite Malbaie yet?
Located in an old harbor canteen on Amsterdam’s artificial island KNSM, this interesting House Like Village is a loft conversion designed by Marc Koehler Architects. It is an exemplary home for those who love re-imagined spaces. An eye-catching bookcase staircase leads up to a mezzanine level that allows this double-height space to be utilized at its full potential. Dealing with an old space that needed a serious re-configuration, architects imagined a home that would contain “a group of small houses inside the house”.This also explains the name of the home and helps owners enjoy their unusually planned inspiring home that looks like a small village.We’ve seen historic churches turned into homes or even cement factories re-imagined as residences and now it’s time to see an old canteen turned into a modern home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A space that seemed too high was partitioned to shape a contemporary loft in a very peculiar manner. Volumes inside shape private spaces underneath an open eating, cooking and working space. Beyond large windows, the city reveals itself and natural light is invited inside.Spreading over 160 square meters, the House Like Village is a loft conversion that can later on be “colonized” by building new volumes as the family expands. Highly functional ans well-planned, this loft conversion is perfect for the family living here. The couple expecting their first child wanted a multi-functional space that you can play with. Working close with the architects, they got maybe more then they bargained for.Photos by Marcel van der Burg showcase how the spaces were arranged and you can also see the floor plans as you scroll down. The House Like Village is also on our list of 31 Inspiring Mezzanines to Uplift Your Spirit and Increase Square Footage. See another inspiring and unusual home in Marc Koehler Architects portfolio: the Dune House, half-sunk into a harsh landscape overlooking the North Sea and enjoy the inspiring details!
Once inside your front door, the first room your guests and family members are likely to encounter is your living room. You host gatherings in your living room, snack on the couch while watching TV, listen to children practice musical instruments, and just generally hang out in this multifunctional space. The way you design your living room can set the design feel for your entire home. You may also change your living room décor at various times of the year for different holidays and seasons.Because you spend so much time in your living spaces, physical and visual comfort is important. You don’t have to compromise on style and décor in favor of comfort, however. In fact, you can fill your living room with furniture that is as functional as it is beautiful. Similarly, you can choose accent pieces and floor coverings that also boast comfort and usability.Another important aspect to consider when designing your living space is durability. Due to the high traffic your living room will likely experience, it is worth spending a bit more on higher-quality furniture and floor furnishings to realize extended use and not necessitate constant repair, refurbishing or cleaning. Choose fabrics that are both pleasing and durable. In addition, choose colors that transition well when you set out new décor items each season.More extensive living room remodeling projects may include structural changes. These can include changing windows and doors, replacing walls with ceiling beams to create an open concept, and refacing or replacing fireplaces. If your project includes these in-depth changes, you’ll need to research local building codes and permitting requirements. Changes that include electrical or plumbing work may require working with a licensed professional under special permits. If your interior changes impact your exterior design, also check with your homeowners association to ensure you are staying within regulations.No matter how many ways you use your space or how many times each year you change out your tchotchkes, you can find living room ideas in the collection of inspiration pieces we’ve gathered and shared below. From ultra-formal to ultra-comfortable, your living room can become the blank slate upon which you introduce your home’s design.As with all the uniquely designed rooms in your home, you’ll want to have a focal point for your living room. This focal point is where your eyes are instantly drawn when you enter the room. Without a focal point, your room can feel like an overwhelming mix of decorating themes, each competing with the next for attention.A centerpiece is a great way to create a focal point in your living room. Living room centerpiece ideas can include floral designs, an elaborate design piece like a monogram or a stunning fireplace. Your own furniture can be a great way to create your living room centerpiece. Classic designs usually place sofas or seats along walls, creating empty space in the middle of a room. Instead, you can center your seating furniture to create both a great visual and a cozy conversational area. Don’t be afraid of angles, either, when you arrange your furniture. Often, placing facing pieces on the diagonal can change the entire feel of your living room.Maximize your living space with minimalist designs, clever pieces of décor that make a small space feel bigger or pieces that serve multiple purposes. When it comes to small living room ideas, the common theme is that less is more, both in the colors you choose for your walls and the furniture that fills the space. Oversized furniture can make an already small room feel even more cramped, and change a space with a lot of potential to a space you can’t wait to exit. Likewise, overly vibrant paint colors can make your walls look like they are closing in on your room.Instead, aim for a light and airy feel, with smaller or more delicate-looking furniture, and emphasize light and bright through neutral hues, lots of natural light and mirrors to create the illusion of extra space. Wicker or Victorian-era wooden furniture can instantly open a small space. Light blues and yellows can make a cramped space seem larger, and less bric-a-brac on your tables and walls can create an uncluttered and hospitable design.A geometric rug in vibrant colors can add interest to the living room.You can choose between one of two schools of thought for living room decorating ideas — a variety of pieces that all reflect one unified theme or a simple design that can be the backdrop for décor pieces representing many styles. To begin designing your living room remodel, literally begin from the ground up. If your living room is part of a much larger open concept space within your home, you can choose a different type of flooring, like an area rug, to set off the living area. On the flip side of that design, if you have a small living room, unifying the flooring with surrounding areas can lead to the feel of a much larger space.In addition to flooring type, you can change up the style and color of your flooring to create different feels. A vivid geometric design is a great addition to a modernist space, while refinished hardwood floors can harken back to a historic home’s past. You can use complementary hues between your floors and walls to create the overall color palette.A can of paint is one of the easiest, fastest and least expensive ways to completely change the look of your living room. Two great living room paint ideas include adding an accent wall and adding texture to your walls. If your living room lacks a focal point, or if you want to further emphasize a focal point, an accent wall can emphasize a particular shade, or you could use a complementary design like stripes or two hues separated by a chair rail. In a small room that a bright tone may overwhelm, you can still incorporate your favorite shade on one wall while the others boast a more neutral color. If your décor pieces can best be described as eclectic, an accent wall can pick up on a common hue and make each item pop.Textured walls are also a great way to change the feel of your living room. You can use either visual or physical texture to fulfill this idea. With visual texturing, your wall may feature a feather design with contrasting paint to the main wall color. This type of design is still flat against the wall and often called faux painting. For physical texturing, your ultimate design may encompass the look of a plaster wall, a swirl effect, a Mediterranean or Spanish knife texture, or nearly any other texture your mind can imagine. Once you pick your room’s overall design, texturizing your walls is a great way to show it off.If you’re struggling to find the best living room ideas to update your home, use our vast library of design inspirations to get started. For eclectic collections, read about creating a unique vintage feel. When it’s time to redecorate for the holiday season, use our Christmas design ideas for inspiration. If you can’t figure out where the TV should be placed, we have advice on that too. And don’t forget to check our infographic that provides guidance on laying out your furniture to maximize results. When you spend extra time thoughtfully planning out your design, your living room will become the wonderfully welcoming space you want it to be…
A handmade desk is something you appreciate beyond its function. Skilled craftsmanship and quality materials can be spotted by connoisseurs a mile away. When you work hard, you want beautiful things to tell the story of your hard work. A unique handmade desk tells even more stories, like the one behind its fabrication.The Crawford Desk is one of those handmade desks designed to beautify a space. Created by self-taught design duo behind Hellman-Chang, 32 year-old designers Eric Chang and Daniel Hellman, the handmade desk speaks about the way it was imagined to act more than a piece of furniture and become a conversation-starter. It tells its own story.Imagine you have this contemporary office setting that needs an eye-candy focal point. This is where the uniqueness of a handmade desk comes in. The Crawford Desk steals the show with a combination of sophisticated desk design and handmade tenacity: “The sleek angles of the Crawford Desk meet with Hellman-Chang’s coved surfaces. The top and side panels float off each other for lighter presence while creating intersecting lines with their negative space. The Crawford Desk features low-profile beveled drawer faces, and can be paired with optional pull-out keyboard tray, top grommets, and a privacy panel as add-ons.”And if you feel like an executive desk is more your cup of tea, then the Xie Executive Desk is a sleek alternative for the office you have in mind. Scroll down to see the executive desk design and let us know which one you like best, we’d love to know.“The Xie Executive Desk creates a dramatic yet elegant statement for the office. Arching coved surfaces carry Hellman-Chang’s theme on the front drawers and on the back to allow for placement in the middle of the room. A floating oriental top provides lightened balance to the ample side storage units and pencil drawers. Additional options include inset leather top, pull-out computer tower storage, keyboard tray, grommets, and privacy panel.”(Information and photos received by email)
Rehabilitating one of Bucharest’s charmingly old buildings is no picnic at the park. Reviving what was once a stunning architectural masterpiece and modernizing it to fit a modern kitchen and bar was brilliantly executed by Romanian studio SYAA Architecture (Soare & Yokina Associated Architects) and Cella Cosimex construction and restoration. An amazingly intricate project inside-out, this new restaurant & bar in Bucharest is something worth visiting and admiring.Built in the early 20th century, the house that shelters the Simbio Kitchen & Bar was mostly adorned with custom furniture and a few key items found by the owners at flea markets, in warehouses and on the internet. The team of architects that made this project possible is made of architect Eliza Yokina, architect Irina Plopeanu, architect Cosmin Anghelache, and architect Simina Ignat. They saw with the mind’s eye how the old house could be transformed into a place where people meet to grab a bite together or come to work undisturbed on their projects. They collaborated with the owners to create a sense of freedom and coziness in the middle of Romania’s capital.According to SYAA Architecture, “the space had two roles to play: to be perfectly functional for the restaurant, but also to be representative for the house on 26 Negustorilor Street that existed for a century there.” The project comprises the rehabilitation and interior design for a new restaurant and bar opened by Dana Nica and Iulia Younis. Spreading over 360 square meters, spaces photographed by Catalin Georgescu look awfully inviting.“It was exciting the first contact with the house: quiet, beautiful, dark, with its green light filtered by the abundant garden, with smoked stoves, pale mirrors, and heavy furniture. The house had already well defined spaces: the lounge with skylight, the green stove room, the small room, the great room, the staircase, the basement with brick arches … It was obvious from the beginning that the bar will be at the basement, the restaurant with show kitchen on the ground floor and the working space in the attic. We just accommodated the functional scenario as efficiently as possible in the existing spaces, meaning in some cases gaps in the walls, non-structural walls changes, and generally minimal interventions.”After minimally intervening on the building’s spaces, the WOW factor was introduced through carefully selected alterations: “We have taken some measures that have impacted quite decisively on the house look like eliminating the eaves – nonspecific to the Venetian style in architecture, the Cartesian model introduced on the facade and the newly built roof terrace.”So you see how love for the old can beautifully blend in with the new, creating exceptional spaces? Romania has many historic buildings beautifully renovated, so come see the Alt Club, an Exclusive IT Club in Romania Occupying a Historic Building in Timisoara…
Spreading over 233 square meters, the surprising Nozomi Sushi Bar in Valencia, Spain, was imagined by Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio as a place where tradition and modernity clash in a fusion of colors, patterns, shapes and aromas. The founders of this inspiring project, José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell, are both fascinated with Japanese culture and love authentic traditional sushi so much, they named their restaurant Nozomi, meaning “Japanese high speed bullet train“.Working on branding and interior design for the new sushi restaurant in Valencia meant taking into account aspects of the complex Japanese culture. Masquespacio told us that “during the whole 2014 we’ve been studying Japanese culture and the origen of sushi. As a result we created Nozomi Sushi Bar, inspired by both traditional and contemporary Japan, reinterpreting a Japanese village street, origami and the authentic mobile sushi stall; represented in this project continuously as a duality between ´Emotional classic’ and ‘Rational contemporary’.” This duality can be seen in the logo and brand identity, while the space oozes a combination of concrete and wood. “On one hand being ‘Rational contemporary’ through the pure state of concrete and grays, mainly present in the most structural parts such as walls, ceilings and floors. On the other hand the ‘Emotional classic’ aspect makes its introduction thanks to the carpentry, its hand finishes and the warmth of natural wood.”We received this creative project by email and were surprised to see how it all came together. From photographs by David Rodríguez and Carlos Huecas of Cualiti Photo Studio we gather that the space flows naturally from one into another.If you want to see more inspiring restaurant design ideas from Masquespacio , check out the Fresh Design for Kessalao Mediterranean Take Away Restaurant in Bonn and the Eye-Catching Language School Design in Valencia to see how school runs creatively these days. Enjoy, share and let us know what you think about modern Spanish creativity in the comments section below…
Designed by Felipe Bueno & Alexandre Bueno in Uberlândia, Brazil, RMJ Residence is a contemporary family home boasting a living surface of 550 square meters. The project showcases an array of open and enclosed areas and offers the inhabitants various opportunities to interacting with the surrounding natural elements: “The entrance to the social area is through large frames that integrate interior and exterior spaces, such integration is repeated for the internal garden, opening to the living room, dining room and kitchen to the leisure area of the house.” One of the highlights of the design is a vertical garden that expands form the main courtyard inside.The presence of a beautiful tree on the site dictated the division of the residence in two volumes, one hosting the social areas and the other, the bedrooms: “Without dramatically changing the natural contour of the land, we divided the program into two floors: on the street level are all the technical units (garage, laundry, cellar), while the rest of the program (social, private, and leisure areas) are organized in a single upper floor, which is in a way a house on high ground, explained the architects. Have a look at the photos below and let us know what you think! [Photography by Cae Oliveira]
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
The history of this water tower located in north-western London, England, UK is interesting to say the least. Built in 1877 by Fowler and Hill, as part of Lambeth Workhouse and Infirmary (latterly Lambeth Hospital), the Venetian-Gothic construction has been a landmark for centuries. In 2008, Leigh Osbourne and Graham Voce bought the 99 foot tall crowned with a huge steel water tank tower for £395,000 and converted it into a luxury home.
Discovered on 1st Option, the water tower now accommodates four bedrooms with extensive London views (360 degree views to be more accurate), a striking living space entitled “The Cube” and a modern elevator. Each of the interiors display an impressive, minimalist-modern design, suited for a highly unique home. We are certain that the photos below will not leave you indifferent and we would love to find out your honest impressions regarding this original architecture conversion
Situated on a corner lot in a dense neighborhood in Toronto, Canada, the Contrast House by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design is a modern rehabilitation of a 120-year old dwelling. According to the architects, the primary design challenge was to “increase natural light in the space, accomplished through both physical and perceptual means. The long, narrow house was reorganized in plan and in section, introducing new sight lines to the expanded openings at the rear of the house and updating the layout for a growing family.” The name of the project hints towards the contrasting elements spread around the house with the purpose of brightening internal spaces with no direct access to natural lighting.
The interiors are connected through a light stairway, said to increase the overall light flow. Special furniture elements contribute to the originality and charm of this Canadian family home: “From the tall black bookcases housing the owner’s colorful collectibles on the ground floor, the chalkboard wall for play on the second level, these bold, dark pieces, in combination with rich walnut floors and crisp white walls and ceilings, create contrast to produce an intensified effect.” After seeing the photos below, you will certainly appreciate the designers’ efforts in creating spaces filled with light and good vibes…
Whether you wants to smarten up your kitchen to prepare for holiday entertaining or seek a unique gift item for your modern home kitchen, this Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser from INNOVIA is worth considering. The product is “hands-free”, uses smart technology, is easy to use and has a stylish design. How does it work? Simply hold your hand near the sensor until the correct amount of towels is distributed. The dispenser learns the perforations of paper towels, tightens when one is being pulled away for a clean break, and automatically retracts any excess towels. If you are worried about the installations process, the product arrives fully assembled and installs with a few provided screws under cabinets for space-saving technology. With a stainless steel finish as well as white, black, red and blue, you are looking at a sophisticated addition to any modern kitchen. Check out the short video at the end of the post to see the towel dispenser in action and tell us if you find it useful. This product currently retails for $129 and is available online on the official producer’s website…
Making a statement in the kitchen can be done in numerous ways but cooker hood manufacturer Elica has found a unique way to bring a breath of fresh air into the heart of our homes. Combining efficiency, innovation and design, the Italian company has produced an extensive range of unique and eye-catching cooker hoods that feature cutting edge technology making them some of the most sought after designs on the market.
Since the company was founded in the 1970’s, it has collaborated with famous personalities of the design world including the likes of Roberto & Ludovica Palomba, Gaetano Pesce, and Fabrizio Crisà to name but a few. This has allowed the company to take cooker hoods to a whole new level, revolutionizing the traditional image of extractor fans and replacing it with something far more elegant and enticing.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on these stunning statement cooker hoods so be sure to leave us a comment below or on our facebook page. We want to know which one you would choose and why?
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.
Whether you live in an urban space full-time or commute in from the surrounding suburbs, the architecture of transit is a force to be reckoned with on a daily basis. Image Source: Booms Beat
Living in a city can be an exciting experience. With an endless variety of restaurants, entertainment and business opportunities, it’s no wonder that people are drawn to these frenzied centers of civilization. Where big-city dreams await, people are always going to migrate in masses with the hope of being a part of something bigger.
That being said, those masses are growing daily. The world population is on the rise and the numbers are drifting upwards quickly. More people can mean more excitement, but it can also mean tighter living spaces and definitely crowded commutes. Whether you live in an urban space full time or commute in from the surrounding suburbs, the architecture of transit is a force to be reckoned with on a daily basis.
Those who create urban transit systems have felt the growing pressure and opportunity to design differently as cities grow and populations explode around them. There is an urgent need for transit systems that not only function super efficiently, but cater to the human aspect of daily travel as well.
Let’s look at a few of the ways urbanization is affecting the design of our transit ways:
This new station design in India will allow for ticketless travel and will handle over 500,000 passengers per day. Image Source: Daily Mail
It’s not a secret that those who commute in urban spaces feel the wear of it daily. While it’s a necessity, it can also be stressful and extremely time consuming. Plenty of commuters easily spend hours of their day in transit, making the trek to and from wherever they are heading becomes a central theme of their daily lives.
Transit architects are paving the way towards making commuting something more than an obligation. They are working hard to find ways to make commuting a lifestyle. The goal is to take the stigma out of commuting and make it a life experience in and of itself where time doesn’t seem to be lost, but maybe even gained.
The strategy behind this is clear; transit architects must design systems that allow for people to experience life in motion. It’s not enough to be carried from point A to point B—passengers should be inspired and productive along the way. Great examples of this are the metro stations in Paris, France. Each acts as its own themed gateway to travel where passengers can be inspired by art, or even do a crossword on the ceiling while they wait!
Similarly, other transit systems around the world are invoking the idea of quick commuting that simply seems easy. It’s now possible to shop, eat and read all while making your way somewhere else on time. Transit architects are dedicated to the idea of inspirational commuting as the population grows, and the evidence is in the increase of inter-commuting activities that are popping up everywhere.
Make your commute a life experience in and of itself where time doesn’t seem to be lost, but maybe even gained. Enjoying artwork in this Stockholm, Sweden station seems like a great way to pass the time. Image Source: The Guardian
One of the most frustrating parts of commuting, or transit in general for urban areas, is the wait time involved. Whether you’re waiting for a bus, a train, a taxi or a tram—waiting causes stress that can quickly spread throughout a crowd. Pick the wrong morning to forget your metro card and you could easily find yourself at the end of a long ticket line without any hope of making it to work on time. Similarly, it’s not hard to imagine the frustration that comes with stepping on a bus just to realize you left your cash or change at home.
In order to avoid these logistical hassles and save a growing population time and money, transit architecture is moving towards a realm of increased technology. The age of ticketless transport has begun and the benefits are quickly making themselves known. Prepaid collection smartcards are a feature of the future when it comes to public transportation and a more fluid commute.
These reader friendly cards eliminate the need for cash altogether and cut out those long, frustrating lines as well. Easy to recharge from the comfort of your own home, the majority of these cards don’t even need to be presented to be read. Scanners can pick up on them from inside a purse or wallet which means you don’t even have to worry about dropping or losing it along the way.
Additionally, this efficient scanning system can let transit controllers in on data more readily to help eliminate congestion during crowded times of the day. Patterns can be more easily established and dealt with, diminishing the opportunities for stressful situations.
This transit station in Naples, Italy appears as though a glowing sky is opening up and welcoming you. Image Source: The Guardian
While the growing population flocks to large cities and becomes increasingly dependent on public transportation, there is a deep seeded need within human beings to be somehow attached to nature as well. This is not lost on transit architects and in fact, is increasingly incorporated into their designs. Just as important as efficiency and ease of travel, is the need for people to be connected to the natural world while they make their way through an urban space.
This shows up in many different forms depending on the city, but those in Moscow have given their transport a little natural touch by painting individual metro cars with natural scenes. Bringing something aesthetically pleasing from above ground to below ground transport is an excellent strategy when it comes to giving transportation architecture a more natural feel.
Sometimes it’s not even necessary to create a natural scene to boost transport means, but simply allow the system itself to reflect the natural world. Much like the theory surrounding skyscrapers, urban trains can be designed in a manner so sleek that while they wind through cities, their exteriors reflect the sky and world around them. This creates a more integrated look for the system as a whole.
Beyond creating a natural feel, transit architects are understanding the clear need for green solutions to transportation systems in urban spaces. Longevity of systems is going to be directly linked to the health of a city as a whole, and therefore, there is definitely green work to be done. The city of Chicago has implemented a green transportation strategy that aims to connect with all of their primary commuting routes. As cities grow and populations expand, the need for green transportation to keep citizens healthy will be a top priority for transit architects.
Just as important as efficiency and ease of travel, is the need for people to be connected to the natural world while they make their way through an urban space. Image Source: Architecture Framed
While it may seem counterintuitive at first, all of the hard work transit architects are putting into creating efficient, inspirational and natural urban systems may eventually eliminate the need for it altogether. Is it possible that people will eventually walk or bike to work on a daily basis instead of hopping a train or waiting for a bus ?
But before that happens, certain transport systems are already heading up efforts to double-up on transportation methods. In Germany, there are now trams that have front loaders for bicycles that belong to commuters. This type of transport implementation means commuters not only get the efficiency factor in their travel, but can also utilize their preferred methods of transport once they get there.
A similar system has been put in place in large cities around Europe including Paris. Bike rental systems such as Velib, are being more commonly used in congested cities to encourage citizens to hop on a bike that can then be returned close to their final destination. This increases a city’s green effort while keeping public transport numbers manageable as well.
All of these new systems have a common goal of creating a more fluid transport architecture in urban spaces, while simultaneously empowering people to enjoy their commutes— and not just put up with them. While it may eventually lead to less use of public transportation, it definitely won’t lead to the elimination of travel that is engrained in the human spirit.
Is it possible that people will eventually walk or bike to work on a daily basis instead of hopping a train or waiting for a bus ? Image Source: Wikimedia
A growing population shifting towards over-crowded urban centers is a real fact that has to be dealt with by urban transport architects, but it’s not an impossible one to manage. Urbanization opens the door to opportunity when it comes to design, and transit architects have the ability to make the lives of commuters better by taking human need into consideration when they set up systems.
Managing this type of growth is going to continue to be an ongoing process with exciting new steps along the way. Whether transit architects go green, create ticketless trains or give people the power to take themselves wherever they want to go, they are all together in the business of building a better urban existence.
How do you get to work everyday? Do you suffer through a hectic commute?
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
ZPSTUDIO sent us photos of their latest work, a series of objects evolved from a research on traditional and avant-garde techniques and manufactured in collaboration with Tuscan craftsmen.
Clochette table lamp is a copper lampshade that clings on a white Carrara Marble pedestal, with a pink marble sphere as a handle to direct the beam of light. The unique design enhances the qualities of natural, classical materials. The marble base is made through CNC machines and then accurately refined by hand; the copper lampshade comes from a copper plate, that is turned on a lathe over a solid wood counter-form.
Ottone Secondotable lamp brings together two peculiar manufacturing processes , both standing out par excellence and deeply grounded in the tradition of Tuscan craftsmanship: the white Carrara marble base pedestal is processed through CNC machines and then accurately refined by hand. The brass lampshade is turned on a lathe from a brass plate, over a solid wood counter-form, the same technique as the one used to turn the silver cuples for the ancient Florentine embossed silver manufacturing.
Made out from a single Carrara marble block, Plug has a simple structure and multiple use: if placed on the floor, it can be used as a stand for three umbrellas. If turned around, it acts as a nice candle holder. Plug is made in Carrara by skilled marble workers through CNC processes, and then carefully refined by hand. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by ZPSTUDIO]
The best spaces give equal consideration to comfort and style. Image Via: Linda McDougald Design
As regular readers of design sites like our site, it should come as no surprise that many of us consider pleasing aesthetics to a be an essential component of interior design. But, there should be no shortage of people who also agree that the rooms in our home should be comforting, an oasis of sorts from the stress of the outside world.
While many products that are both stylish and comfortable are available, when designing an entire room it’s common to find a little give and take between the two options. In these situations, it can be difficult to properly balance comfort and style to achieve a final look that you love.
Thankfully, we’ve got your back on this one. We’ll explain when it’s worth it to cave into comfort versus splurging on style. Use this as a guide for the next time you tackle a design project and you’ll create a space that’s the perfect mix of cozy and chic.
You should also consider incorporating comfort elements as part of your look. Image Via: Dorothee Junkin Design Studio
Did you know that there is very literally a class of interior design that acts as a middle ground between modern and traditional design? As you may have guessed, it’s called transitional and the entire premise of this aesthetic focuses on striking a balance between comfort and style.
It’s important to note that while you may occasionally see rustic elements used in modern design as a means of creating contrast and juxtaposition – or the other way around – that is not the same as a transitional look. Rather, transitional spaces focus on incorporating a relatively equal number of modern and traditional pieces in order to create a balanced space overall.
As for the other hallmarks of transitional style, focus on incorporating lines that are straight and clean, using warm neutrals like tans and chocolate browns, and work with woods. Then, add flair to your space by mixing statement elements that are either vintage or trendy.
Notice how this transitional kitchen mixes cold metals and warm woods. Image Via: Noel Dempsey Design
In an ideal world, you would never have to choose between comfort and style when shopping for the items to fill your space. However, that is unfortunately not always the case and we have to prioritize.
Essentially it boils down to choosing comfort where you need it the most. After all, it doesn’t really matter how cool that ultra-modern couch looks if you don’t like to sit on it for long periods of time, does it? Make comfort a priority when it comes to overtly functional items like furniture to lounge on, flooring that feels good on your feet, and textiles.
Budget is also a factor to consider. Since we’re more likely to keep comfortable items around for the long haul, take that into account when your shopping for items with larger price tags, so you can be sure to get your money’s worth.
Seating areas always call for comfort. Image Via: Niche Interiors
After you have your comfortable foundation in place, step back to take a look at the rest of the room. Challenge yourself to identify the areas in which you can bring your sense of style to the space. Don’t worry, it won’t be difficult, though, because the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Aim for the areas that will have the biggest visual impact. This means things like the color of paint that you choose for your walls, wall hangings and other strictly decor items with which you’ll decorate the room, and lighting fixtures.
Since trends tend to change rather quickly, it makes sense to keep your stylistic choices to items that have a lower price tag. That way, if you find yourself itching to give the room a makeover in just a few years, you’ll be able to switch out items like pictures and throw pillows in order to create a new look without breaking the bank.
Build your style through decorative elements. Image Via: Amory Brown
Here’s the thing about both comfort and style: They are completely subjective. What may look like a professionally designed space to you may not be someone else’s cup of tea and the same holds true for whether or not you find a room relaxing as opposed to much too busy.
Since only you can determine if something fits within your aesthetic taste and comfort level, our best advice is to try to see all of your design elements in person before buying them. Online shopping is great for connivence, but sometimes photographs can miss tiny details that make a design really pop. Similarly, no amount of written descriptions to tell you how you’ll feel about lounging on a piece of furniture after a particularly long day.
Once you’ve found design elements that work for you, buy them with confidence! Remember, in the long run it doesn’t matter whether the pieces are traditional, traditional, or super modern. As long as you’re happy with them, they’ll be worthwhile investments for your home.
Make sure you love each individual design element. Image Via: Tom Stringer Design Partners
When redesigning a space, the way a room “feels” is often just as important as how it looks. A room that has the cutest furniture, but is horribly uncomfortable to sit in is going to go just as unused as a room with horrifically outdated decor. A successful design is all about the balance of comfort and style. We’ve got the tips to help work these two factors together in order to create a seamlessly chic and relaxing space that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Do you think comfort or style is more important to a successful design? Do you make an effort to balance the two in your home? Let us know in the comments below…