Your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. And while your master bedroom’s design can have a major effect on resale value, it’s also a space that is primarily for you so it’s important that you create a space that you’ll love.It’s easy to change the look of a bedroom on any budget, whether that means bringing in new furniture pieces, adding a few splashes of color or altering the lighting to be more soothing. There are many different styles and aesthetics that you can emulate in order to produce a space that works for you. If you’re wondering where to start, here are some bedroom decorating ideas to help you turn your bedroom into one of your favorite rooms in the house. Bedrooms are a retreat from the world that should be a place where you can feel at ease after a long day. Outfitting your room in soothing colors is a good way to help your bedroom become a tranquil sleeping space. Start by focusing on high impact areas, like the walls and floor space. Using calming greens, beiges or misty blues works well in areas like these because they create a peaceful, serene feeling that will help you feel more relaxed. Keep your bedding colors simple and avoid any bright colors or patterns that might hamper your sleep. Instead, add in tactile luxuries, like fur throws or sumptuous woolen blankets to add texture to the room. Sometimes choosing a theme for a room can be the best inspiration for getting it to feel exactly how you’d like it. For bedrooms, one great theme is going with a country vibe that will make you forget the bustle of life outside the bedroom door. Keep the walls sunny and bright by choosing a pale yellow paint color and decorate with landscape photographs and light wooden furniture. Use antique touches, like a delicate chandelier and curvy nightstands to make sure the room doesn’t feel too old-fashioned or frumpy.Back in the Victorian age, bold patterns were all the rage (in the bedroom and everywhere else in the home). If you’re craving a more dramatic aesthetic, look for bold wallpapers as either an accent wall or an all-around covering. Find a duvet cover that has patterns in the similar colors to complement the look. When using bold patterns, go with vivid colors like bright reds, yellows, blues or oranges; this helps make the patterns pop and gives your bedroom a distinctive look and feel.There’s a reason why people associate the sea with tranquility and relaxation: the colors of the seaside-pale blues and beige-are naturally soothing for your body and mind. You will be able to relax more easily when you feel like you’re in a natural setting that reflects the essence of the oceans. Paint your walls a soft blue and layer natural textures on your bed in order to recreate the look and feel of the seaside. Keep your floors raw and simple, and use weathered pieces of furniture to give your bedroom a timeless feel.For some people, a bedroom is not simply some place to sleep, it’s also a place where they can celebrate their own personality and style. A bedroom is an oasis for personal style and favorite items that you wouldn’t necessarily display in your living room. That makes it a great space for big, bold splashy art or other design elements that inspire you, but might not blend into other areas of your home.
What makes a social space attractive? The atmosphere, details and sounds, aromas and laughs? These are all to be found at Bar Raval in Toronto, Canada. Designed by Canadian architects Partisans, the modern social space greets guests with a unique display of undulating mahogany lines. Imagined to have people enjoy each other’s company while sitting, the ambitious project is defined by smooth lines that invite to touch. It’s easy to lean against soft edges and feel your way along the textured walls and bar edge.“Bar Raval is a 21st-century reinterpretation of Spanish Art Nouveau. The brainchild of celebrated Canadian chef Grant van Gameren and wunderkind mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, Raval introduces Toronto to the pintxo bar, a cornerstone of social and gastronomic culture in Basque Country.”Spreading over 1,980 square feet, the sculptural Bar Raval encourages social interaction: “Raval’s molten quality fosters fluid circulation and close encounters, honoring the spirit of its Spanish pintxo counterparts.”Nooks and crannies become part of the sinuous design. Mahogany stretches from the walls up to the ceilings, where cut-outs showcase the complex ceiling design and bottles found their perfect decor place. The dark color palette alongside gold infusions help create a sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for socialization. Specializing in tapas but revealing a mix of modern and Nouveau design, Bar Raval brings a unique perspective on fun on Toronto’s bar scene.A customized project, Bar Raval is infused with its owners’ personalities: “The bar’s design pays direct homage to the physicality of its three owners. The result: A series of three-dimensional tattooed “limbs” that enfold patrons in a warm mahogany embrace. Passers-by can also admire the artistry—the handcrafted steel latticework we designed to clad the front and side windows. But like van Gameren’s mouth-watering pinxtos, the filigree only offers a tantalizing taste of what lies within.”We recently featured a fascinating bar area that was designed to become the focal point for the bartender’s intriguing cocktails, maybe you’d like to see how that design looks like and compare it to what you know…
Spreading over 650 square meters, this imposing dream home rises in Mexico City, promises this bustling urban community a modern take on possible lifestyles. Known as Casa Sierra Leona, the home in the colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, just outside Mexico City, has risen is the shape of a modern juxtaposition of volumes. Greenery rising up the walls in the garden creates an ever uplifting feeling of freedom. Floor-to-ceiling windows opening the interiors to the outdoors bomb the eye with inspiring green surroundings that help protect privacy.A brainchild of José Juan Rivera Río, this wonderful dream home in Mexico City is raised 2,5 meters above street level, encouraging architects to come up with a creative solution to increase space and functionality inside and out. This is how the home was given a courtyard in front and a garden behind. Those who want a dream home in Mexico City will be thrilled to see the interiors unfolding in photos by Nasser Malek Hernández. Seeing Casa Sierra Leona under both natural light during the day and carefully artificial, we can imagine how it would feel like to live there.Concrete, glass and steel were used to build the frame in which quality materials take central stage. Blurred lines between the interior and exterior create a natural flow through the spaces, up, down and side to side. The flat roof and this wonderful volumetric architecture was inspired by the 1960s modernism. Including a basement accessed from the front facade and leading to the parking lot, this home seems like the perfect solution for urban living in Mexico City. Or maybe you prefer something like this 1960s beach home turned into a spectacular A-Frame residence?
Recently designed and implemented by Studio Metrocubo, House Sperone is a private residence located in Novigrad, Croatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Integrated within the medieval city walls, this place previously functioned as a wine cellar and a discotheque. Today, it is a 5 star holiday house with four bedrooms, living area, wellness and indoor swimming pool. The new design of the building “is put in the background of the existing architectural heritage, further highlighted in all its parts. This creates a symbiosis of past and present, stone walls with striking crenelations at the top mixed with contemporary residential functions inside the house”, explained the project developers.Aiming to create a visual experience with the sea and medieval stone walls, the architects oriented all the major facilities of the residence towards these elements: “The ground floor has a spacious spa area with indoor pool, sauna and gym. Sliding floor to ceiling glass windows can be completely open for access to the lower terrace with summer kitchen and sun deck. Upper level, for the most part, contains daily spaces – living room, kitchen and dining area incorporated in a whole. In front of the living area there is a large terrace directly connected to the interior with sliding glass walls”. On the rooftop of the building, another lovely outdoor space welcomes guests to contemplate the old town of Novigrad and the magic places where it comes in contact with the sea…
The Avenue Residence by Christian Rice Architects is an example of maximizing space on a relatively narrow property through the integration of exterior living areas. Located in Coronado, California, USA, the house features a covered front porch and covered rear patio that engage the open-plan great room at the front and rear through pocketing glass doors. The array of open and enclosed spaces create plenty of opportunities for family gatherings and outdoor relaxation.Exuding a rustic-contemporary vibe, this narrow dwelling is highly welcoming: “A two-story outdoor stone fireplace is constructed on the detached rear guest house, providing a visual focal point throughout the home. The stone fireplace is further accented at night as recessed lights embedded into the hearth provide illumination. The aesthetics of the home take inspiration from contemporary ‘barn’ design seen in the Northern California wine country, and integrates these concepts with more traditional coastal design to create a unique blend of coastal and contemporary architecture.” Enjoy the virtual gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts regarding the overall design of this project. What are the elements you find most inspiring and why? [Photos and information provided by Christian Rice Architects]
Located in the increasingly trendy Mar Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles, this refreshingly modern LA home boasts exquisite details that shape an unforgettable space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and multi-slider doors ensure the owners are met with vibrancy every morning. Natural light makes art flourish on walls and invites outdoors in the beautiful garden.Privacy is protected from the curious eye by windows placed high up that allowing natural light to caress private spaces. Privacy continues in the garden, where the extensive use of glass between indoor and outdoor is protected by green fences all around.The volumetric white and gray facade is interrupted by framed windows and punctuated with wood to mark the entrances to a warm and inviting home. A beautiful corner window hides one of the bedrooms upstairs. Walking past the sleek wood entrance door, the home welcomes you with a large open space leading out to a green garden. A tree planted outdoors is clearly seen through the glass enclosure designed for it, making the space feel both indoors and outdoors.Blue and orange work wonders on creating a vibrant atmosphere inside. Large dark framed windows frame exhilarating green views of the surroundings, also flooding the interior with bright light.The brand new, meticulously designed modern LA home boasts fine details that animate the space: “The kitchen is equipped with Italian cabinetry, and luxury appliances. Limestone walls permeate interior and exterior. Dramatic lighting outside and in, enhances the artfulness of the design. The master bedroom has “his” and “hers” closets with sleek, customizable Italian shelving systems. The house is technologically cutting-edge with operating solar panels, security cameras and the Control 4 Home Automation System which allows the owner to operate systems and view the home from remote locations.”See more details of this modern LA home here and enjoy the inspiring photos! And if you loved this garden, maybe you’d like to see this surprising urban garden exhibited by contemporary home in Bratislava, it’s something to dream about at night…
Reader & Swartz Architects imagined a 1970’s farmhouse rekindled to its old flame with a twist of modern design. transformed from plain and boring into a contemporary example of modern design capabilities, the Virginia Farmhouse renovation literally brought back life and health to its inhabiting family. Architects inform us that “the house had mold problems, and, consequently, its inhabitants had respiratory issues. ”Imagine an old farmhouse, dressed in baby blue vinyl siding being replaced with a modern replica. How would it change?This 1970’s farmhouse in Frederick County, Virginia, was surrounded by fully-grown trees. This was its main feature that convinced everyone the old farmhouse was worth saving. Architects say that “because of its siting, and because the owners were concerned about conserving natural resources, a decision was made not to tear down and relocate the house. Instead, the design parti was to keep the box of the original house as the central core, add two wings which help make outdoor spaces and optimize the sun path, and rethink the building massing.”Oriented for passive solar gain and using locally sourced materials, this home has a whole list of environmentally-friendly strategies used in its design and construction.The owners’ environmentally-conscious way of living was infused in the farmhouse renovation. Boulders found in different places were used as decor indoors and outside. This creates a strong bond between natural and man-made and this was mirrored in the whole design.“The core of the existing house was used for the kitchen, service spaces, and children’s bedrooms. Because the existing house had typical eight foot high ceilings, we opened up the second floor above the kitchen. This new opening connects the centrally located kitchen to the children’s areas above, and drops daylight into the center of the house. One new wing is an open living room, connected to the kitchen and outdoors. The other new wing is dedicated to more private rooms, including the master suite, yoga room, and library.”Photographed by Hoachlander Davis Photography, the renovated farmhouse re-imagined as being an inspiring version of its old self, saving time and money in the process: “Cedar tree trunks were used structurally in the kitchen and yoga room. The building is skinned in cedar siding, arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns and punctuated by art panels.” A re-imagined family home where everything has its place, right?
Residence in Glyfada is a modern two-level private home designed by Dolihos Architects in Athens, Greece. The architects opted for a simple shape, with the southwest façade emphasizing on horizontality, “resulting in a seemingly austere, almost monumental design with two major gates. The southwest gate leads to the house’s main entrance. The surrounding area lies 1m (3.28ft) higher than the street level, which, along with the tall planting, provides privacy to the residents.” Featuring a large courtyard with swimming pool, the retreat offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor entertainment and relaxation.Modern luxury defines the inner spaces, which exude a visually-striking array of materials and textures: “The living areas on the ground floor were designed as an open space, oriented to the south, with views over the garden, whereas a playroom and a guesthouse are situated on the back, along to the backyard. The upper floor accommodates the family’s bedrooms and an open space office, all with direct access to outdoor space. Storage rooms, gym, garage and living area for the domestic worker, can be found on the basement.” Let us know what you think after taking the virtual tour! [Photos courtesy of Dolihos Architects]
Millennials (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design. Image Source: Gunlock HomesHome design trends are like fashion— constantly in flux. What’s hot one minute is not so hot the next, leaving you with an outdated home. Let’s try and forecast what’s coming by catching a trend in its infancy, allowing you to be ahead of the bandwagon and have an on-trend home, or perhaps a home that sets and solidifies an upcoming trend.Here we will look at how millennials (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design trends. Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Let’s delve deeper into the mega-impact millennials are having on home design:Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Image Source: CR MartinBefore we explain how millennials are redefining design, we better first explain who exactly these millennials are.Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X. Most think this demographic ranges in birth years that span from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Imagine for a moment what this generation has witnessed so far in their lives, and perhaps what their parents have witnessed and how that has shaped their upbringing.Author, Eldwood Carlson, who penned The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom, refers to this demographic as Generation 9/11, noting the upswing in births after 1983 that abruptly ended once 9/11 hit. According to many theories, this generation has specific traits due to its timing of birth. The main traits resulting in a civic-minded generation who have a strong sense of duty, and local and global community awareness. Imagine how that way of thinking could affect home design….Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X, and range in birth years from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Image Source: Western Window SystemsWhen researching this topic, one main theme kept reappearing in terms of a millennial lifestyle and what this generation holds high and values: Money & Success.A Monitoring the Future study by University of Michigan, showed a dramatic increase resulting in 75% of millennials noting that wealth was a very important life attribute. This study also noted dramatic decreases in the desire for lifestyles that:These statistics don’t seem to align with the earlier-mentioned traits of millennials being civic-minded and having a strong sense of duty, locally and globally. But with this dichotomy in mind, let’s look at some recurring home designs that builders and home designers are noting popular among millennials.This ‘Generation Y’ holds high and values: Money & Success. Image Source: Wick DesignPresident of the Southern California Edition of Tri Pointe Homes, Tom Grable, believes it’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. He notes: “These people with high-tech or engineering jobs like things that look and feel techy and have practical applications.”He further notes how this urban or millennial trend will filter and spread to the majority: “…a lot of those urbane buyers are thought leaders, and over time their [housing preferences] will filter down to a greater marketplace. So, over time, we’ll start to see contemporary aspects introduced into the more suburbanized or outer edges of our markets.”Since millennials seem to value money and success, it only seems natural for them to flock to high-tech jobs that lead to wealth and success. This lifestyle requires a home that suitably reflects their values. Read below to see what this type of home may really look like.It’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. Image Source: Ellerman HomesEssentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. Realtor Magazine notes the following attributes that top the list of a what a millennial wants in a home:Realtors, builders, architects, interior designers— are you listening? This is the new, up-and-coming generation of home buyers.Essentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. They value originality. Image Source: Nathan GoodAre you a millennial? If you are, are we correct with our above characteristics? Obviously no two people are alike, but is their some truth in our generalizations of this generation?
Having great windows is a major plus in any home–they add character and provide much coveted natural light. Without window treatments, however, the space will look unfinished.Whether you choose blinds, cornices or curtains, windows are a good place to anchor the room’s overall design and inject your own personal style. Before deciding on a treatment, determine what function the window covering needs to serve and the aesthetic you want it to reflect. Is it for a home office? Blinds that block out glare from the sun are a good choice. Looking for an elegant touch to a dining room window? A cornice is a stylish option. Do you need privacy? Opt for an opaque material.Custom curtains can be expensive, so think about both utility and style before making your decision. There’s many options for great window treatment ideas that work for every budget and skill level. Below are our five favorite trends.Wood cornices are one of the most classic window treatment ideas, but they are often overlooked as an option in contemporary homes because of their traditional nature. Used alone, however, cornices can create a sleek, modern look. Though they can be paired with curtains, stained or painted, wood boxes are perfect for the kitchen and bath, where fabric can succumb to water damage. These are best built by a skilled carpenter for a custom fit, so they can be expensive if you aren’t handy. Cornices hide curtain hardware and blend well with luxurious detailing, like crown molding, to give your home a gracious, regal look.If you love the look of clean edges but lack the funds for custom cornices, you can still have a beautiful window without any soft goods at all by painting the window’s mullions, frame and sill instead of dressing it with curtains. Any DIYer with a steady hand and some masking tape can paint a window, and the color possibilities are endless. Try a bold pop of color to highlight the view, but for best resale value, choose a dark brown or black color for a chic look.Swing arm curtains are one of the more unique window treatment ideas, and they haven’t seen much use in the United States in recent years. They require a special hinged curtain rod that allows you to move the curtain to stand out at a 90-degree angle from the window. Swing arm curtains are a brilliant and surprisingly inexpensive solution for bedrooms where you want to be able to block light easily without having to worry about ruining a carefully pleated or artfully scrunched curtain fabric with daily adjustments.No list of window treatment ideas would be complete without the ultra-rich look of opaque panels. Classic velvet is great for blocking light, and it can give your bedroom the feel of a sumptuous palace. Velvet’s beautiful drape allows it to look its best when tied back and allowed to cascade to the floor. Other great choices for opaque panels include sueded fabrics, chenille weaves and silk damask. Choose an unusual color for high impact in both traditional and modern spaces.Sheers are a bestseller for a reason: they look great in every room without costing a fortune. Sheer panels offer privacy while still allowing for plenty of light in your room, so they’re a great choice for north-facing windows or high-traffic areas. White sheers create a beautiful, breezy feel and are at their best when hung from floor to ceiling. Sheer panels are also available in a variety of colors. Match the walls for an interesting textural variation, or add a touch of color to a neutral room by choosing sheers in a pastel shade that works with the overall palette of the room…
There is a very long history of past architects whose designs live on today, but are the current world-leading architects living up to those of the past? Image Source: Far Horizons
We live in a world where it’s an understatement to say that things move fast. We desire and have even come to expect instant efficiency, if not constant entertainment. With the sheer amount of technology waiting at our fingertips at any given moment, it’s not hard to understand why when it comes to creativity, the age of having absolutely everything can make inspiration a bit muddled.
For those who love and aspire to contribute to the world of architecture, this is also a common theme. Between the pressure to create beyond anyone’s wildest imagination and still come up with something that’s functional in society, it’s hard to find a place to stand, let alone build.
When you come to the place where your passion for architecture starts fading in place of technology and the pressure of global competition— it becomes important to step back for a minute and look to the past. Yes, looking back in time can make you a better architect and can help you rediscover your passion for design. Reminding yourself of what has been gives you a foundation for the future. It’s a necessary pause for every architect to remind themselves of what inspiration in the field truly looks like.
This article will take you back in time, so to speak. So, take a break from all your designs for just a moment and reflect upon the real reason that you became an architect—your passion for great design.
Do you admire the great architects of the past and reflect their work in your own designs? Image Source: E-Architect
The beauty of architecture, and those who create it, is that their work becomes an enduring part of the world everybody lives in. The essence of their creativity lives on in stone and design whether passerby’s realize it or not. It becomes a part of everybody’s scenery and looking back to the greats can be a vital step in remembering where genius really comes from and how it flourishes.
Antoni Gaudi is perhaps the best example of extended creativity. As an architect, he wasn’t afraid to mix style in an attempt to revere traditional values. A devout catholic whom one might assume would stick to rigid structure, he instead willingly delved into structures that captured the best of Spanish Late Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau to celebrate the faith he loved.
He also didn’t only design for the here and now. In fact, his cathedral titled Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is so complex, it’s not expected to be finished until approximately 2026. Take a moment to look back to the great architects of the past for inspiration—there is a reason people travel the world to catch a glimpse of their historic work.
Works by Antoni Gaudi are truly forms of art. Image Source: Arch Daily
For some it may be enough to be a good architect, but those who have a true passion for this art will find themselves wondering what it takes to be phenomenal. Great architects leave a mark on the world through their design, and often those designs carry some sort of message.
It is possible to put meaning into design in a technology-driven world, it just takes a patience and perseverance that requires dedication. In the world of architecture, this means designing with a message in mind. Before you sit down and begin to draw it out, ask yourself what you want it to convey. When you look back at those great architects of yesterday, can you clearly identify their messages?
It may come down to actually writing out your message or design meaning before you even begin to measure lines. Having a concrete idea of what it is your are setting out to say will help your structure growing into a creation that speaks to those who lay eyes upon it. What is it that you are trying to tell the world through your designs?
What do you suppose is the message that Gaudi is trying to convey in this amazing architecture that he created? Image Source: Wikipedia
Architecture lends itself to aesthetic appeal. Half of the job is creating something beautiful enough to capture the attention of practically everyone. However, the fear and downfall in this is that while it’s possible to create something stunning, it can equally be created in a void of purpose. Is beauty the only purpose of your design, or is there a deeper message that you want top convey?
For this reason, it’s important that architects train themselves to be above all, superior communicators. If you cannot look at what you are designing and fluidly state what’s its purpose in the world is, than you cannot expect anyone else to either.
The ability to communicate purpose in architecture becomes more important as cities grow, competition in the field increases and pressure to design quickly and efficiently becomes the common demand. In moments where purpose is threatened, it’s imperative that an architect step back, examine what exactly he or she is doing, and be able to clearly articulate that purpose. Once this is established, something truly remarkable can be created.
The purpose of architecture is as important as its aesthetic appeal. Image Source: Global Site Plans
If your heart is set on architecture, but you’re struggling to figure out your niche or creative path, never hesitate to ask yourself the important questions. Are you willing to tell your story to the world? Great architects are able to infuse their work with their own passion.
What they feel and what they want to say is visible in their design and the purpose is clear. Going into architecture is a test of artistic communication and a willingness to dedicate the time it takes to create something that will eventually be considered timeless.
Make sure you’ve asked yourself the right questions before you enter lightly into a world that can quickly decline into design chaos— one that is controlled by technology and instantaneous gratification.
The Montezuma Castle in Arizona certainly tells a story of ancient civilizations and how they lived. Image Source: Arizona Ruins
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to look back to the greats who have come before, examined their messages and determined your own architectural purpose, you’ll be ready to set off on an adventure that could lead you around the globe.
Architecture is a unique and stunning field that can be full of inspiration, if only you know where to find it.
What is your inspiration for design? Who are the greats that you admire?
Apartment Therapy shows a really interesting bathroom design where a bench on an outer wall extends right through the glass into the walk-in shower. Another great and simple example of a shower with a bench (again from Carla Aston) makes use of wood material for both the bench and flooring. You may not have a ton of room for a full-sized bench, so a corner built-in might work instead. This one featured on Angie’s List looks great in this smaller shower! Another from BHG highlights the top of the bench with white.
With a privileged location in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam, this charming family apartment filled with color is the result of a massive design renovation. Conducted by Landmak Architect, the project-located on the 11th floor of an old condominium building- has a total surface of 83 square meters and comprises three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open plan with kitchen, dining and terrace. The crib looks spacious and very well adaptable to the life of a growing family.
Color is a key factor in the overall design scheme. Splashes of yellow, green and orange add dynamics to the space, by creating strong contrasts with the white plastered walls. Patterned ceramic tiles are used as a decorative materials in the open plan living and dining space, with surprising visual effects. We particularly love the giant yellow lamps, with wooden legs and joints for versatility. With comfortable poufs spread around the house, plenty of natural light and lovely flower decorations, this Vietnam apartment is highly welcoming. Enjoy the photos!
We recently received a press release from i29 Interior Architects, announcing us of their new line of second hand furniture recently launched in Amsterdam. The creative team is especially known for a project entitled recycled office, the result of the collaboration between Gummo, i29 interior architects and Krimpex. The photos in the post are part of the recycled office project, which we found particularly interesting; in order to check out the new collection, please visit the official page of the designers. Now here is an excerpt from the press release: Furnished entirely with recycled and reclaimed furniture, the office was a sensation on- and offline, so a lot of praise and a few awards later, we’ve now decided to make a range of brand new second hand furniture available to the public. It’s made in exactly the same way as everything in the award-winning office : we find old stuff we like. We fix it. We cover it with our special blend of solvent-free gray matter. Then it’s As Good As New. Now, another shared collaboration resulted in the online AsGoodAsNew shop and a pop-up shop. “Everything in SPRMRKT’s recycled home is covered in a mat, dark grey nuance, which gives the little shop a highly conceptual look with arty vintage furniture mixing in perfectly in SPRMRKT’s high-fashion universe“, explains Nelleke Strijkers, owner of SPRMRKT…
Another Studio shared photos and information regarding The Convert Vase collection, a trio of architecturally inspired geometric vessels, each constructed from a single sheet of stainless steel. The sheet is folded and shaped by hand in order to create a cylindrical structure. The steel has a semi-matte finish with patterns embossed into the surface to create a soft tactile aesthetic from an otherwise hard industrial material. Clever locking and folding techniques were used to shape each sheet of steel without using adhesives or soldering. This carefully engineered process creates a hand crafted design that is lightweight yet robust in structure.
The Convert Vase collection was influenced by a diverse selection of London architecture ranging from the concrete brutalism of The National Theatre to the sleek Bermondsey Square Bicycle Station and the robust surface of One Coleman Street. Each vessel includes a plastic container inside to hold water and flowers and comes in protective sleek black packaging. Prices range from £30 (for the small model) to £48 (the largest of the three). [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Another Studio]
If you’re married to an architect, you’d better think twice before deciding what to do with your home. It’s a fact that they challenge their creative minds and end up transforming their personal houses into stunning residential projects worth millions. It’s the case of Angelo Morasco who decided to take a chance with his private home and add more value to it. The South Clarkson Residence is located in Denver, Colorado and it had been thought as an eco -friendly project, aiming to protect the natural resources as much as possible. After completing the house, the Morascos decided to put it up for sale! So, in case you are thinking of relocating take a good look at this jewel, worth $ 1 million. It looks like a stylish compact house, with large rectangular windows, in the middle of a tranquil neighborhood from Denver. The exterior is built from natural wood, giving you the feeling that you are looking at a contemporary project with rustic natural finishings.
The spacious house comes with glossy floors, a two in one kitchen and living room area and a noticeable lack of crowded interior design elements. As the project aims to be environmentally friendly, there are not too many useless details added for a dazzling drop of sophistication. We’re talking about a subtle beige and white furniture that highlights the natural beauty of this project: the eco light, the natural wood used in completing it, the wide angles and the amazing sight upon the neighborhood. There is also a small terrace for those who keep a track of dusk’s and dawns. So, in case you are looking for a cozy, beautiful compact house, the South Clarkson is looking for a permanent inhabitant!
There are times when the present meets the past for brief moments – nostalgia. Sometimes, this feeling turns into inspiration and an old object is brought back to life under another purpose. This old bus cabin turned into working space complete with working headlights is, in my book, the result of passion and vision. Occupying the corner of a room, the ingenious office bus cabin presents itself as the perfect solution to re-build a brand’s identity after it has had its glory days. This corner office was created by a Hungarian, using the font part of a bus built by Hungarian bus manufacturers Ikarus, as we find out from Woohome. Reused to contour a different atmosphere in the workspace, an Ikarus bus was salvaged, cut and painted to become a creative room separator. With just enough space to fit a desk and a chair, the interior looks like a time-machine-back-to-the-future thing. Restored to its old glory, but paying for that with about 90% of its body, this old Ikarus has a second chance to inspire and amaze…
If your working table is between 1 and 2,5 cm thick, then setting up this unusual lighting piece will not be a problem. Saint Petersburg designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov envisioned a lamp that is far from our common vision of a lighting object. Entitled Ugol, the project (discovered by our site on Architizer) features a minimalist appearance and is fit for table corners. “The main idea was to create a lamp without different settings. I don”t like to fix lamps”, explains Misonzhnikov.
If you were expecting a vast set of instructions from the designer, again this is not the case: “Simply slide the Ugol to the table’s vertex and it will incline by its own weight. That’s it! For my lamp you don’t need anything. But it’s a little more complex than meets the eye. I like its limitations, You can’t use round tables, very thick tables and so on; this is part of concept also”. Simple and discreet enough for a working desk, Ugol is our idea of a clever and original lamp design…
Meet the contemporary style of some of Melbourne’s finest designers. The work of Robert Mills Architects impresses with the sleekness and the almost sober-contemporary elegance. The perfect blend of black and white creates a strong contrast, emphasising the architecture studio’s choice for luxury chic. It is said that black and white are infallible, therefore the architects played with this combination as much as they liked. Moreover, they added a playful element: the swirly staircase, that somehow breaks the perfect neat, yet sober elegance. At a closer look, the staircase is a sculptural centre piece, a symbol of this gorgeous luxury home.
The project called Verdant Avenue is located in one of Melbourne’s exclusive suburbs, away from the crowded city centre. The glossy terrace and the infinity pool add a note of sophistication to the already impeccable design. The courtyard is filled with lush vegetation, showcasing a refreshing-green environment. “Floor to ceiling glass brings views of a giant pin oak into every room, creating perfect harmony between architecture and landscape.” All in all, it’s about the natural equilibrium every individual seeks for. Now, we are very curious how do you find this project. Please feel free to share with us!
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.