Looking to build the highest performing LEED Platinum house possible, the owner of the Tiburon Bay House chose a sloped area on the north side of the Tiburon peninsula in San Francisco as the background for this residential project. By commissioning American architecture studio Butler Armsden, this project became an ode to environmentally-friendly architecture. All materials used to built the residence are reclaimed or sustainable. Solar powered electricity and hot water ensure modern, eco-friendly comfort, while the contemporary interior spaces and landscaped surroundings complete the residence’s indoor/outdoor living amenities. Here are a few words from the architects, explaining the structure and design of the modern house: “The floor plan of the house is centralized around a vertical stair to minimize circulation for people and utilities. The rooms are then allowed to spiral away from this core to take advantage of the views and the garden. An exterior bridge that serves as an outdoor living space also connects the garden to the house and solves the difficult problem of entering a house on a fairly steep uphill site. All of the materials used in the project are recycled or sustainable and in some cases, like the retaining walls, were salvaged from the foundations of the original house. Electricity and hot water are solar powered, and there is even a complex water reclamation system that is technologically ahead of the local building codes.”
The Bamboestoel (Dutch for Bamboo Chair) is a great chair design that captures the potential of a fascinating and versatile material. By using one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth to create a standstill of its texture and properties to create a nest-like design, the artists working on the project – Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen – give the impression of considering the implications of loosing contact with our natural environment. It seems to me like bamboo is a material that constantly reminds us of something sensual and precious. Using bamboo instead of wood allows the artist to create a solid yet highly flexible design and the round corners and perfect thickness of the bamboo strips create a stunning representation of natural materials enhanced through modern woodworking techniques. The limited edition bamboo chair we found on BlogDecoDesign could be that object with a story behind it, the great design that adorns your inspired home. Or maybe you have other bamboo chairs you liked and would love to share them with us…
We received an inspiring project from Northern Innovators Inc., who recently created a new concept in interior landscaping. Here is some information from the press release we were sent: “Smartwall is an art piece that can be customized into various textures and colors. Whether this artwork is green or has seasonal colors Smartwall gives you choice and flexibility for a look that will comfort and impress. Imagine a living wall where you create whatever you please by mixing and matching plants into one of a kind murals. Smartwall is self watering and plant material can be easily replaced. It is a smart solution for bringing low maintenance natural beauty into almost any location”. What an original method of keeping your your home healthy and green. And for those always looking to change things in their crib, this is a great color-shuffle idea. Prices for Smartwall begin at $300 and you can check out the company’s online shop here…
Welcome to a generous penthouse that mixes opulence with modern elegance. Situated on the 77th floor of the famous Trump World Tower Condominium, with extensive views of New York, this place is probably a dream home for any American involved in the real estate business. Designed by architect Mark Cunningham in collaboration with architect Michael Gilmore, Apartment 77B is a luxurious 2,871square-foot home, with plenty of inspiring elements. The penthouse features 12-foot ceiling heights and enormous windows to the east and south, which flood each room with light and provide breathtaking vistas of the East River, the Manhattan skyline and beyond. At the heart of the home, lies a contemporary kitchen, complete with marble countertops, custom cabinets, and abundant storage. Also refereed to as the epitome of high style, this project ensures a high level of comfort and the feeling of living large. Have a look at the photos below and tell us if this is the type of apartment you imagined would “adorn” Trump World Tower.
We received a press release about a project designed by architects Lipkin Warner Planning and Design Associates and located just seven miles outside Aspen, Colorado. Here is the description we were sent: “The owners had specific goals: a warm, modern, luxurious ranch house with lots of entertaining areas, a horse barn and artist studio, capturing views of all four ski areas. Exteriors are of Pennsylvania lilac block cut stone, metal and pressure treated spruce. The interior is an open floor plan with Colorado sandstone and reclaimed Bavarian oak floors, acoustically designed wood ceilings and alder and wenge walls and built-ins, giving warmth to a modern design. The owner artists’ hand is reflected in custom furniture and wrap around fireplaces with mantles of glass, wood and steel provided by Andi-Le. [Lighting design by Elumenate, Inc]The owners’ mutual love of cooking and entertaining is reflected by the restaurant design kitchen, wine cellar and entertaining areas. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding floor to ceiling clad glass doors brings the magnificent views in and connects the outdoor living areas. Landscaping and water features assure absolute privacy. An open floor plan of this 6,200 sq.ft. home looks out upon horse pastures, 1400 sq.ft. barn and 1,000 sq.ft. artist studio where one of the owners designs and builds custom furniture of steel, acrylic glass, and wood. A full home audio visual system designed by Paragon Technology , a 1200 bottle wine cellar, music room, restaurant kitchen and three outdoor heated patio living areas, the home captures what Colorado living is about”. How do you fnd the overall design of this retreat?main level planupper level pan
Mosaics have been used since ancient times either as a decorative art form or as an aspect of interior design. Ancient mosaics typically depicted historical scenes or were used to record scenes of everyday life. Whatever they featured, they were a lasting way to immortalise our existence during a certain period of time.Giving the art of mosaics a very modern twist, SICIS The Art Mosaic Factory has created the Portrait Collection. By using photographic shots recreated in mosaic form the Portrait Collection can capture your existence for eternity. Create a wall-sized portrait of your favourite image of yourself, your partner, your child or someone else important in your life.If having a picture of yourself recreated using mosaics does not appeal, you can always choose to immortalise your favourite stars or celebrities instead. The limited edition Marilyn Collection features portraits of the glamorous screen siren and goddess taken from the historically famous shoot by her friend and photographer Milton H. Green.What do you think? Would you like to immortalise yourself in mosaic or would you choose to capture someone else in a mosaic portrait?
With a total living area of 238 square meters, this inspiring modern home located in a municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden, is not what you would normally expect from a typical Scandinavian home. The residence (seen on Residence.se) is said to be designed in a contemporary international style and offers fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. Large sliding patio doors lead to a generous terrace for large dinner parties. The main house is structured on the levels. The upper floor accommodates the living room , kitchen and master bedroom with en-suite walk in closet and bathroom. On the lower level of about 80 square meters, there are three bedrooms, a TV room, a bathroom and laundry room. The villa is located far out in the Stockholm archipelago and around the corner is Fagelbro Golf and Country Club which offers golf activities, restaurants, stables and gym. More summer pubs in the local area are easily accessible by boat. Can you think of any other features that would have better adjusted this home to its surroundings?
We received a unique chair collection from Life Given A Shape that we would love to share further. Here is the description we were sent from the project developers: “The inspiration for Individuale came from our observation of the interplay of people, personalities and characters that colour our lives. Sitting with friends, family or complete strangers, we were amazed by the diversity of their identities and the unique attributes they brought to the table. Through verbal and non verbal interaction, these characters exhibited such varied traits, from confidence to extroversion while highlighting social roles much like in a family unit. This very basic idea of diversity in humans inspired Life Given A Shape to translate these observations into our collection. Therefore the concept of different personalities and functions is embodied in Individuale, where each chair brings to the table unique attributes and a distinct usability creating together a harmonious environment.The components of Individuale are a product of fine Italian craftsmanship from the Emilia Romagna and Veneto regions. The chairs feature several high quality natural materials which were chosen for their narrative potential and aging properties. The raw solid wooden seat, the real leather backrest and the steel framework will catch your attention enticing you to investigate all the fine details which will make each chair personal to you. Each individual chair in fact features distinctive details such as the uniquely aged wood and bears, engraved, the date of realization”. For more details about each chair, you can check out the official Life Given a Shape website here. Enjoy correlating the design of these chairs with the personality of your friends and don’t forget to give us your feedback…
We recently received a press release about a project that will surely appeal to all of you out there keen on technology. Gas fireplace manufacturer Escea has just launched their new range of gas fireplaces, which feature a world first: inbuilt WiFi connectivity, and the ability to control your fireplace from your iPhone or Android smart phone. According to the information we were sent, “Escea gas fireplaces are synonymous with minimalist modern sophisticated style and design. This range of Indoor and outdoor fireplaces has proved popular with architects and interior designers, so If you’re renovating or are planning a new house you should consider Escea for your gas fireplace. Escea fireplaces come in a variety of heat outputs, various modern fascia designs, and a variety of fuel effects including black and white coals, New Zealand River Rock and Logs, stones and driftwood. These gas fireplaces are available in both natural gas and LPG (Propane)“”. Be sure to check out the video below for a better understanding of how the project works. How do you find this idea?
In 2011 we could not help but notice your appetite for beautiful places of relaxation. This is why for today we gathered 15 incredible resorts across the world that were presented on our site last year. As usual, you can click on each photo for more pictures and details about the retreats. If you happened to see any of them for yourself, we would love to know the details!#1. The luxurious 5- star Pimalai refuge blends with the natural environment creating unforgettable experiences for the tourists who decide to spend their holidays here. This boutique beach resort occupies 100 acres of tropical vegetation with direct access to a 900 meters stretch of pristine sandy beach and offers 121 accommodation units. Click the photo below and tell us if it manages to bring the inner serenity it promises.#2.Â Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort located along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Australia, within a fascinating natural landscape. The interiors of the villas feature lavish King beds, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom featuring Southern Spa amenities and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed.#3.Â Como Uma Ubud Resort is located in Bali, Indonesia, overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley, in the cultural town of Ubud. The resort has a total of 29 rooms, some of which are terrace rooms with comfortable four-poster bed draped in white voile, garden rooms with access to the fish pond and seating area and suites. An incredible 25-metre pool offers a chance for guests to be surrounded by green lawns and tropical trees.#4. Who hasnâ€™t heard of the romantic sunsets in Santorini? Mistique Resort is actually the name for eighteen suites and villas located in this Greek island, overseeing an amazing landscape. We particularly enjoyed the fact that this hotel is not an opulent and extravagant one, but a piece of architecture perfectly integrated in the spirit and sceneries of the island.#5. The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives is a five-star exclusive resort, surrounded by lush tropical plants and crystal clear blue waters. Located in one of the largest lagoons in the area, the accommodation units spread idyllically along a mesmerizing beach, providing a lovely relaxation setting for its visitors.#6. The Residence Zanzibar was designed by design firm HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates and is a fascinating resort located on a remote corner of the island of Zanzibar. Stretching over 80 acres, the 66 villas designed by HBA boast a colonial theme and draw inspiration from the Swahili, Omani, British and Indian cultures present inÂ Zanzibar.#7. Located where mythology tells us the God Apollo was born, the luxury resort called Mykonos Grand Hotel offers 32 square meter ground floor garden view rooms in blue or orange with spacious mosaic bathrooms, 33 square meter rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea â€“ adorned with Greek marble and typical Mykonian arch separating the bedroom from the sitting area and 37 square meter superior sea view rooms with Spa bathrooms.#8. The Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel is a man-made attraction in Bali. The most striking of the hotelâ€™s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside.#9. The Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia is a place where each room has its own infinity pool. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature. The resort is characterized by the bold architectural design â€“ individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky.#10. Casa de la Flora Resort is located in a secluded ambiance near Phuket, Thailand. Featuring a series of differentiated beachfront pool villas and suites and a presidential suite, the resort offers luxurious interiors for the perfect holidayÂ Designed by VaSLab Architecture, the resort features exceptional facilities, gathered on a 4,900 square meter property in Pangnga.#11.Â Astarte Suites is a spectacular 9-room complex designed by Aygoustis Krousis and located on a cliff on the beautiful Santorini Island in Greece. Small, but with impeccable services, infinity pool, and unforgettable views, the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.#12. This fascinating place of retreat is called Ayada Maldives and is located on the island of Maguhdhuvaa, inÂ Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll district. The resort consists of 112 luxurious villas and was recently open. The accommodation units have a beautiful warm and traditional feel and are fully-equipped, providing comfort beyond expectations.#13. Composed of 8 modern resort units, Villas Finestre is a simple yet imposing beachfront vacation complex made of separate 500 to 1000 square meters villas. Nestled on a cliffâ€™s edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the villa units are located in a small beach resort named Ixtapa, in Guerrero, Design studio CC Arquitectos constructed this welcoming set of villas as a natural response to the growing desire for privacy and luxury.#14. Whether you are looking for fabulous vacation destinations or just browsing for interior design inspiration, this next resort can offer you both things. Located in Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, the fabulously luscious coastal resort Out of the Blue, Capsis Elite Resort awaits guests with intriguing interiors and contemporary facilities.#15. The Alila Villas Hadahaa island resort in the Maldives promises a relaxing vacation. Designed by SCDA Architects, the retreat welcomes its guests with a surprising collection of inside and outside spaces. Featuring 16 Island Villas, 20 Island Villas with a private pool, and 14 Aqua Villas, the retreat complex is the first luxury resort in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in the Maldivesâ€™ new southern frontier…
When Homepolish Designer Gabriel Fontes de Faria moved into this new construction townhouse in the city of Chicago, he had a blank canvas to create the perfect space for himself and his husband. Modernism was something Gabriel was taught to love from a young age with his mother being an architect. His husband Grant grew up in a more traditional home where everything had to be really comfortable and cozy, so the main goal for their new place was to merge the two backgrounds in some way. They chose to go with a modern and somewhat minimalist aesthetic, but tried to choose pieces that not only looked good, but were also comfortable.
The gallery wall above the stairs is full of prints by the artist Gray Malin. The couple both grew up in beach towns and love to travel, so they immediately fell in love with the artist’s work. “A big challenge was to make it all cozy and not sterile looking, so I used a lot of natural elements and finishes (wood, wool, woven natural fibers), as well as a few select family pieces. Overall I think we did achieve our goal. The house feels really clean and minimal, but still warm even during Chicago winters. My favorite part of our home is definitely the wood burning fireplace. When it’s cold out, we love to light a fire and sit in the living room reading, or drinking wine and playing Cards Against Humanity with our friends”, explained Gabriel Fontes de Faria [Information provided via e-mail by Homepolish; Photography by Dustin Halleck]
As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.
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.
you’re a fan of the clawfoot look but you’re searching for a selection that’s a bit more modern, check out the Kado Classic, available through Reece. A contemporary form meets detailed feet in this modern tub find that takes a bit of the past and brings it into the present. When it comes to round bathtubs, which styles are your favorite? And in which types of powder room do you think they work best? Modern? Traditional? Rustic with a twist? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
An intriguing play of geometric shapes and exterior finishes defines 166 The Kingsway project, a modern house located near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom dwelling is currently on sale, listed at approximately $2.4 million and is briefly defined as “a custom home with exceptional modern lines, signature outdoor space and finishings inspired by couture and luxury modern living.” Structured on three levels (including basement), the residence boasts a total surface of nearly 4000 square feet.
A black&white color palette, spiced up with powerful red elements adds up to the overall elegant feel of the residence. Special features of this contemporary house in Canada include a Master bedroom floor to ceiling custom built-in closet by PEROLA KITCHENS, an ultra modern open concept bath and shower area in the master en-suite bedroom, in floor heating in the basement and two bedrooms, glass and stainless steel interior railings, custom designed front door and garage door, sound system throughout the home and exterior landscape lighting. Enjoy the gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts! [Photos by: BirdHouse Media]
As winter approaches, there’s nothing like the warmth and ambiance a fire creates. For many, a wood-burning fireplace isn’t always an option. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a collection of the best electric fireplaces (as well as some bioethanol options) on the market in every size, style and price range so you can enjoy the warm glow and even the crackling sound of a real fire. The fireplaces featured below offer more than just a pretty image. Most have built-in heaters and blowers to circulate heat in a room. Some use state-of-the-art infrared heat, which is a less drying, more efficient heating system. And they come with a remote so you can control the heat, the flame or both from anywhere in the room.
With a total surface of 67 square meters, this cozy apartment in Moscow envisioned by studio Odnushechka did not leave us indifferent. The project consisted in the rehabilitation of a cramped space with a poor layout. For the architects, the main challenge was to get rid of various design elements that made the apartment feel unwelcoming and create an open space living area for socializing- all within a relatively tight surface.
The result is an elegant apartment, characterized by “Eco-furniture”, antique elements and an overall neutral color palette. The open plan living space is well organized, displaying plenty of practical details together with subtle decorations. Wood is present throughout, adding that much needed sense of warmth. The bedroom is particularly interesting, with its giant bed, nice wooden headboard and matching night stands. We don’t know about you guys, but for us this is a modest and tasteful display of contemporary design…
Round bathtubs are often used to accentuate clean, crisp powder rooms. And when it’s a room with a view, a simple form is the preferred tub of choice, especially when the focus is on the scene on the other side of the glass windows. Bathrooms with round tubs often feature round sinks. Here’s one more modern powder room with a view. Round tubs are often used to mirror other round forms in the powder room, such as the skylight in the all-white bathroom below. Curved built-in wall shelving provides another focal point in this space, especially since it’s filled with coral and other natural wonders.
The FVArquitectos firm has done a marvelous job with this exquisite modern house located in Quinta Patino, Portugal, managing to integrate “chunks” of the outdoor into the house’s internal configuration. They have imagined several openings and they extended the rooms to the outside zones, creating the effect of a breezy, extensive habitable space. On one hand, the house is bordered by an irregular rock cliff, offering a very interesting view for those who got bored of a regular neighborhood site and on the other, you’ve got mature trees and rich vegetation embellishing the courtyard. A lap pool is also integrated in the courtyard’s plan, running parallel with the house’s rectangular structure.
It’s interesting how the architects chose to bring the nature inside. Beside the interior courtyards, connected to the outdoor environment through massive plank wood doors, the ground floor accommodates open spaces, without the additional window protection. The vegetation sneaks inside, making the human feel more connected to its natural habitat through vegetation walls. The upper ground windows are all protected with hardwood shutters. The wooden staircase connects the floors, leading you to the bedrooms and the office area. Except one, all the upper rooms facilitate access to a private terrace. Returning to the outdoor space, the outdoor private space shelters a mini soccer field. The courtyard can easily be called the entertainment and relaxation area, offering a variety of fun things to do: from swimming to soccer, lounge area or meditation. The house’s neutral grey colour is adorned with the nature’s authentic green power glam. Is this something you would choose for your home?
The Boaçava House in Sao Paolo, Brazil is a residential project with a strong and rigid structure, supported by asymmetrical concrete volumes and with the lower side “painted” in “red”, as a result of the iron oxide pigmentation. The project has been completed by Una Arquitetos, in 2011, surprising us with its volumes and colorful walls. The industrial-like approach (plenty of concrete has been used in defining it) suits people who are rather into modern and urban details, than cozy elements of décor. The simplicity of this house is striking: the interior walls look the same as the exterior ones, while the exterior wooden deck extends inside the house, connecting the two environments and creating a fluid living space: “wood floor connects this level since the entrance until the pool, bending itself inside the living room.”
The house and the courtyard are well isolated, providing some extra privacy. There’s a clear contrast between the ground level and the first floor, where the bedrooms are.” It indicates some intimacy, views from these rooms are mediated by reentrant balconies. These extractions ensure diagonal views, multiple light and ventilation accesses emphasizing the sun’s path.” Relaxing and a little less warm than expected, the Boaçava House expresses the urban vibe of a fast-growing city…