Designed by MARTINarchitects, this transparent loft in Kiev makes you question your need for privacy. What does privacy mean to you and how can you play with it to shape inspiring living spaces? An unusual feeling follows the transparency between living spaces, dining spaces and the bedroom. Not many people can see themselves living in a home that flaunts a lack of interest in conformity.Architects Igor Martin and Olga Novikova of MARTINarchitects knew how to create a space that is both soothing and engaging.An eye-catching green wall lines one side of the dining space, while the other wall is made out of brick. In-between, floor-to-ceiling windows expose guests at the table to stunning city panoramas. The transparent loft occupies 115 square meters. Overlooking the city of Kiev through expansive windows, the sophisticated loft spaces flow from one into another. Belonging to a dynamic young lawyer, this bachelor pad was designed with his owner’s lifestyle in mind. Once per week, the owner and his friends get together to play table games.This is what guests experience: a contemporary loft design infused with Ukrainian craftsmanship. Apart from being a smart house that complies to the owner’s personal phone requests, the transparent loft ahowcases a clearly bold bachelor style. Igor Martin’s furniture pieces from HIS (Home Ideas Supply) make a debut in this exemplary loft design. For example, the fascinating lights that make up the bedroom’s cozy atmosphere can be found in Igor Martin’s collection. Photographs by Igor Karpenko helps us imagine being there, eating at that inviting dining table and sleeping in the elegant bedroom.How would you go about your day if this transparent loft was your home?
A laundry room is increasing in popularity as a necessary household improvement. The 10 laundry room ideas we share will help create a space that’s organized, up to date and attractive enough to enjoy during laundry chore time.If you are wondering where the best place to add a laundry room would be, think of convenience first. Set your laundry room up near where dirty laundry would collect, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry gets sent. Some other favorite laundry room locations include near the entry, mud-room adjacent, in the kitchen, in a bathroom or near a closet or dressing area.Keep in mind that accidental flooding may sometimes happen. Waterproof the flooring below the laundry machine, especially if your laundry room is located on a second floor. Some good ways to waterproof include adding plastic sheeting over the subfloor, building out a shallow pan for the laundry machines to sit on or tiling the laundry floor under the machines.Another consideration when deciding on a laundry room location is the noise from the machine’s vibrations. Laundry machines that are located on the second floor should be fitted with vibration pads that dampen the noise that occurs when the machine is in motion.Although a few of our inspirational photos in the gallery are large rooms, a laundry room can be created in a small space or closet. With a little creativity and some planning, a useful, efficient laundry room can be yours.Here are 10 laundry room ideas that organize, add value and upgrade your space.Make the laundry room workspace bright and cheerful with paint. Paint is an easy, inexpensive upgrade. Choose a color theme that’s bright and uplifts your mood. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Paint your walls or cabinets in the color of your choice.Counter space is vital for folding, placing your laundry basket and other items while you work. Create a custom counter look to your laundry room by adding a counter over your side by side washer and dryer.If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.For a high end, custom-cabinet look to your laundry room, add kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. Choose inexpensive cabinets and upgrade them with contrasting, bright wall colors or wallpaper. Remove builder-grade hardware and replace with custom drawer pulls. A versatile and contemporary drawer pull style is the bar, which can serve as a towel or hanger rack.If you’re on a budget, visit a restaurant supply shop’s used section. Stainless work tables and shelving would be a good laundry room idea and alternative to built-in cabinets.If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.Another creative way to mount your washer and dryer is to mount them off the floor. Raising your washer and dryer make it easier on the back by eliminating the need to bend over to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space below the washer and dryer. Some washer and dryer manufacturers offer the raised storage unit in the matching appliance finish.Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room.Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of three dirty laundry bins for white, light and colors or dark clothing. Asking everyone in the household to sort their own dirty laundry in the proper bin saves time.Laundry rooms often occupy dark or windowless spaces. Good lighting is of utmost importance. Adding under-cabinet lighting or a large, overhead fixture not only brightens and enlarges the space, good lighting helps you find spots and stains on laundry items to pre-treat before washing. Better yet, add a combination of lighting including canned ceiling lights, pendants and under cabinet lighting like the image above.Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical but also add to the design of a laundry room.A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room to also store the iron itself.A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.Besides paint, give your laundry room a modern look by adding visual interest to the walls with pattern and texture. Two great ways to achieve this include:–Wallpaper. Choose a bold, modern pattern in a moisture resistant, vinyl paper that’s easy to wipe down–Backsplash. Add a high-end backsplash design to your laundry room. While some of the most beautiful backsplash tile options can be expensive, a smaller laundry room doesn’t require much tile at allIf you have limited space, make the laundry room a multi-use room. Some laundry room ideas for a multi-purpose space include:–A craft room–A mud room–A sports equipment storage room–A household cleaning supplies storage roomOne of the most successful laundry room ideas involve converting a hall, home office or guest room closet into a laundry room.Add plenty of shelving and be aware of clearances, so doors may close when the laundry room is not in use.Many of our laundry room ideas are easy to do. Take a look at your laundry area and see how you can upgrade yours to organize and add value to your home. What are your favorite ideas to try?
Artigas Arquitectes completed the design of R House, a private residence with a clean modern architecture located in Barcelona, Spain. According to the architects,”the difficulty of the great slope is the predominant factor behind this house project. It is distributed and adapted into the natural ground from pure volumes, instead of making great modifications to the topography, so it creates three habitable levels with wide terrace spaces that have excellent orientation, and a direct and easy relation between the interior and the exterior of the house.”Instead of building a monolithic dwelling, the architects opted for a home that is partially broken up and adapted to the site. Thus, they created “a group of different volumes and roofs strategically arranged to exude character. Each floor has different features that adopt the spaces according to a certain program, using natural materials like white concrete natural stone”. The interiors are welcoming and dynamic, with colorful design elements contributing to a joyful ambiance. Acting as the social core of the house, the open plan kitchen and dining area extends outdoors with a large covered terrace. [Photos by Isabel Casanova]
Designed by Stu/D/O Architects for a family of four, the Joly House in Bangkok, Thailand is a three-level building with a total footprint of 250 square meters. The residence stands out from far away in its dense neighborhood, due to the wood louver panels combined with exposed concrete and its total height of eleven meters. A swimming pool on the second level completes the image of a contemporary luxurious home. With its transparent glass bottom, it allows natural light inside the parking spaces and the main entrance on the first level.According to the architects, “the retractable wood louvers on the third floor are designed using the analysis of the wind walls and shading device diagrams and can be adjusted for variations in the incident angle of sunlight. Combined with the wood louvers on the third floor, the glass louvers on the second level surrounding the swimming pool courtyard help create an ambiance of privacy for this corner house.” The interiors are spacious and airy, with some of the social zones connected to green courtyards. Have a look and tell us what you think! [Photos by: Krisada Boonchaleow, Chanin Limapornvanich and courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects]
Architect Tatsuyuki Takagi envisioned Fly Out House, a m odernresidence in the shape of a cantilevered volume in Toyohashi, Japan. The project was especially built for a small family and suspended above the ground in order to provide an optimum level of privacy from the busy street. Opposite to the main road, views of the neighboring residential area are framed through large windows.The clients’ brief requested a home that would accommodate a large open-plan living space for the family, but also provide parking for the husband’s car collection: “To leave most of the budget for the living area, this project began by proposing a blueprint which will provide enough parking space and create comfortable living by taking an advantage of the less valued sloping land. In this case the client came to us before the purchase, so it became our target to bring the most effective cost between which sort of land to purchase and the design to be built on top“, the architects explained.In order to reduce noise pollution, a deep balcony (serving as a buffer zone) was imagined between the living area and the street side. A plywood staircase leads the way to the bedrooms, tucked away in the most secluded area of the house. [Photography by Satoshi Asakawa]
Opus Architekten completed the design of Nursery +E, a modern nursery project developed for the Town council of the City of Marburg, Germany. The new building comes with a total surface of 1100 square feet and displays an intricate modern architecture: “With the ground floor partly built right into the slope, the compact, two-storied building attracts attention with its folded glass facade towards the meadow and the also multiply folded roof. This striking exterior shape results in a high recognition value, not only for reasons of design but also to create an energy-plus house.” Solar panels are integrated in the folding facade, perfectly aligned to attract as much energy as possible.The modern nursery offers five group rooms for about 50 children: “On the ground floor are two group rooms and a multi-function room next to the entrance. In the back, below-ground area, on the other hand, are the technology- and the housekeeping- as well as the storage rooms, a kitchen and a staff room with an atrium in-between. On the upper level are the other three group rooms. All the group rooms were similarly designed and two groups each at the most share a differentiating area.” With plenty of glass openings and mirrored surfaces, the building reflects shades of green and wood. This makes for a good integration within the landscape, despite the avant-garde shape. [Photographs: Eibe Sönnecken]
Entering this modern home in North of Montana is like accessing a world of private bliss. Imagine pulling up the driveway and getting out of the car walking up the two stairs to the door and stepping inside a home with an open floor plan that wraps around the kitchen island and opens to the garden in the back. These light-flooded spaces are the result of the extensive design imagined by Eric Rosen Architects.Prepared for both large scale entertaining and private relaxation moments, this 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms modern home in North of Montana exudes warmth and a sense of freedom deeply embedded in the indoor-outdoor transition.The modern home in North of Montana has both contemporary design and location as hard-to-beat qualities. Inside, spaces unfold naturally, flowing from one into the next and merging with the outdoors. This large social space includes a sleek modern kitchen with breakfast bar under 12 ft ceilings and connects to the upstairs via a floating stainless steel staircase starting on the polished concrete floors. Besides the living and dining areas, there is an additional space downstairs.The new owner can play around and find a new purpose for this space, be it an office, an additional bedroom or a an art studio. As you might have already notice, the home has clean white walls perfect for showcasing art. What you don’t yet know is that is basement level shelters another convertible bedroom, a media room, and a bathroom.Indoor-outdoor living is mimicked upstairs, where the focus is placed on the master suite with a spa-like bath and a deep soaking tub. Listed at $6,898,000 by Laura Brau, the modern home in North of Montana can boast with not only solar hot water, electricity and radiant heat, but also with its garage equipped to install 2 electric car chargers. Now that’s something you need if you have an environmentally-friendly electric car that you can charge with solar power…
Located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA, Zig-Zag House by Dan Brunn Architecture is a 4,844-square-foot residence especially built for a financial manager and an aspiring artist. Clean modern lines, easy maintenance and materials compatible with the oceanfront location of the building were the main requirements of the clients. Functionally, the couple desired a garage for a boat or trailer, an art studio, and a roof deck. The three-level home features deep terraces on each floor in order to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. Dynamic modern facades are created by these zig-zag balconies and rhythmic window patterns.The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage: “The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. Stairs appear to be floating due to a hidden tension rod design, further contributing to the airy nature of the interiors. The program includes: garage, laundry room, apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom, and full bath on ground floor; living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor two; master bedroom suite with open bath and walk-in closet, office/art studio, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor three.” Various skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring natural illumination inside, resulting in a fresh and airy residence. [Photos by Brandon Shigeta]
A former tax agency in Stockholm, Sweden was recently converted by Richard Lindvall into an impressive venue that accommodates conference zones, a cafe, a bistro and more. The architects entirely re-purposed the building, transforming it from a maze of small meeting rooms into an open space with high ceilings: “The interior is inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with an industrial twist and with Inspiration from hotels and restaurants in Shanghai, New York and Amsterdam. Big impressive buildings with lots of space and hard materials, but which are still keeping a welcoming atmosphere are rare in Sweden. It was important to create a warmth in the environments, but still keep it raw and fresh.”The array of materials is impressive: maple wood, cognac colored leather, concrete, galvanized steel, white tiles and black iron details create a stylish but relaxed atmosphere. Orange and brown were used for table tops, side tables, cabinet doors and menus. Concrete has the main role in the design and you can see it used for the floors, reception desk, bars, the large sofa table and the 3,5 meter wash basin in the bathroom. The venue is divided into three rooms and a black iron installation serves as the focal functional point. [Information provided by Richard Lindvall; Photography by Johan Annerfelt]
Overlooking Lake Vichuquén, in Maule Region, Chile, RP House by CMA Arquitectos was developed longitudinally, in order to capture various perspectives of the landscape. According to the architects, its main volume is defined as a large pavilion, “a body that rests quietly on the territory, mimicking the slope and vegetation. All the stillness of this body is eroded on its roof, which folds into different prisms which capture the overhead light and views of the treetops, bringing inside the spatial perception of living in a forest.” A corridor terrace runs along the length of the dwelling, offering opportunities for quality family moments outdoors.A rustic vibe is exuded by the interiors, which seem to play with light and visual perspectives: “Internally, each space builds its own atmosphere, in a wooden enclosure that traverses floors, walls and roof, until getting lost in the ceiling. A concrete structure intersects the wooden pavilion in the rear, as a longitudinal volume with opaque walls and voids that contain within them all the wet program of the house: bathrooms and kitchen, where each enclosure opens to a light courtyard contained within its walls.” Any thoughts on this unconventional home design in Chile? [Photos by: Sebastian Aedo / Estudio Apulso]
NaCl house was designed by Architect David Jameson and is located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The massive contemporary residence displays a homogeneous white color palette, contrasting the natural surroundings. Here is a description from the architects: “Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, NaCl House aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The resultant massing reveals an imperfect, rough form recalling the natural isometric formation of mineral rock salt. The exterior composition is read as a single object that reflects a dynamic fluid interior. Uncorrelated to the buildings structure, glazing panels are detailed flush to the exterior surface, eliminating shadows which further inhibit a reading of the buildings scale“. How would you comment on the overall layout of this residence, inspired by …salt?
The bathroom is perhaps the one room that doesn’t allow you to do very much in terms of furniture. With so much space taken up by the shower, the tub, the vanity, and the toilet, it can be a challenge to figure out how to bring in a little more style, even with the smallest pieces of furniture like shelves and benches — especially if you’re stuck with a really small bathroom! Lucky for you, there are lots of benches and stools out there that are versatile enough to fit any bathroom, small or large.
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
Here’s another Caroma tub, this time in a pearly shade of white. In fact, this Caroma Pearl (also available through Reece) boasts an oval organic shape. Note the way its simplicity is the perfect contrast to the ornate wall in the product shot below. Would you choose an acrylic tub for your crisp, clean powder room? This Nazzano Acrylic Modern Bathtub from Modern Bathroom Vanities has the advantage of being nonporous, which means it’s very hygienic and easy to clean.
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
We appreciate the elegance exhibited by this 285 square meter split level penthouse designed by ÁBATON Arquitects and located in Madrid, Spain. The project is situated in an unusual circular building, where each of the ten suits it accommodates offers abundant natural lighting and easy reach towards miniature landscaped gardens: “All the access areas to this property were conceived as outdoor spaces to increase the sensation of privacy and isolation.
The terraces which mark out the different areas were decorated with non-invasive plants, leafy enough to give the impression of a ground level garden. A natural irrigation system was designed leading rain water from the roof tops down towards the terraces and no maintenance is necessary. These terraces of warm earth serve as insulators“. This particular duplex occupies the upper two floors of the building and showcases a minimalist design, spiced up with charming wooden furniture pieces. How would you describe its overall look and feel?
Blessed with the chance to live in a beautiful home and needing more space, the owners of this modest bungalow commissioned Australian studio MCK Architects to enlarge the house and create a stronger connection to the outside. The Skirt and Rock House – as it came to be named – is located on a hill in the Vaucluse suburb of Sydney, Australia. The name was inspired by the modern architecture displayed by the new residential structure and the existence of a large rock on the property, that became part of the design.
According to the architects, “the garden was very important, and it became intrinsic to the design. A large rock that sat in the hill to the rear of the house became our focal and pivotal natural element in the new architectural composition. With the underlying philosophy of relative modesty, the new form is setback, maintaining existing amenity enjoyed by neighbors. The first floor is concealed in the black roof form, providing a recessive appearance from the street, nestling into the landscape. ” Customized to suit the family’s modest lifestyle but designed to display a beautiful set of interiors strongly connected to the garden, the improved Skirt and Rock House gives better access to sunlight and fresh air…
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From all of the radios produced between the 1930’s and 1940’s, Paul Sanders finds the ones that have eye-appeal. He restores radios with only the best art deco and mid-century design from the Golden Era of radio. In Paul’s words, “Its not always the most expensive, or the best performing model. Often they came from small companies struggling to compete. The independence of design is very often missing from today’s mass produced and mass marketed items from a shrinking pool of manufacturers.”
On top of being authentic art deco and mid-century design pieces, the radios are also functional for the modern home. Paul can include an MP3 player modification on almost any radio. Plug in and experience today’s music on a vintage radio. Each radio is an individual work of art. Ranging in size from small table top radios to full chairside cabinets, the makers include big names like Zenith and Crosley, as well as lesser known players. Paul keeps an archive of all the radios he has restored in an online Antique Radio Museum for art deco and mid-century aficionados. [Information and photos provided via e-mail
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Taking his passion for computer components further, Italian artist Franco Recchia creates incredible miniature city skylines. Whether depicting Fifth Avenue, Boston or a fantastic future metropolis, each of the tech sculptures envisioned by Recchia and found on Inhabitat consists of an incredible mix of circuits. According to the official press release from the latest exhibition, “Recchia seeks in his sculptures to bring dignity to the process of modern creation, to highlight how every product produced by human hands contains talent, imagination and great beauty, and ultimately stems from the vast reservoir of human experience of which we are all a part. His sculptures are indeed a testament to what is beautiful, elegant and functional in the modern object, and are a tribute to the aptitude and passion that are our inheritance.” Showcasing an incredible attention to details, the miniature city skylines are fun to observe. And we believe they will appeal to most of you computer enthusiasts out there!