Casa del Tec 167 was designed by GLR Arquitectos and is a modern residence located in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, México. The project occupies an area of 600 square meters, on a site that is double in surface. Featuring enormous windows, the design of the Casa del Tec takes full advantage of its beautiful surrounding garden and mountain views, while allowing a high amount of natural light to enter the actual living space. The volcanic rock used for the exterior finish of the building contrasts the white painting and complements the metallic window blinds. Once inside, visitors are overwhelmed by an incredible ceiling- in the living room, its height reaches 7 meters !- and inspiring modern arrangements. The overall appearance is that of an elegant, opulent, sober, yet inviting home. Do you find this design approach practical?
The need for more space does not necessarily require a small residence. Managing to blend different functions in the same piece of furniture shows how versatility has become an important feature for modern furniture items. Christian Lessing‘s Collecteur is one of those objects that encompasses both a piece of furniture and a storage system, making the surroundings more spacious by implementing a double function. Part filing system, part stool, this industrial-looking piece of furniture/storage can elegantly display magazines while offering you or your guests a comfortable surface to rest or sit on while putting on shoes.The fun part about this stool is that is grows in height depending on the amount of magazines stacked underneath the seating unit. This modern solution for storing newspapers or magazines can do even more for you – place a tray on top and you have a modern side table prepared to become a stool if needed. Two sliding pieces of metal make this possible – they can rise between 28 cm and 52 cm. The white or grey painted steel with removable cushion will help you save space and adorn your home at the same time. The German designer based in Dusseldorf has been working on many interesting pieces, but this versatile furniture/storage item caught our attention…
The first Active House in Russia was designed by architecture firm Polygon Lab and is situated in the outskirts of Moscow, in Zapadnaya Dolina. According to the developers, “the design is based on the Active House principle of reaching a balance between energy saving, healthy indoor climate and care for the environment, all of which add to the architectural quality and well-being of the residents“. This particular home in Russia is said to be energy efficient and easy to operate. Its design integrates various energy sources, such as solar thermal collectors, roof windows, a PV solar cell system to generate electricity and a highly effective heat pump. Moreover, the residence features multiple layers of insulation, as well as a healthy indoor climate, filled with natural light and fresh air. This is possible due windows that open and close based on the CO2 levels in the house. More information about this project on Aktivny Dom…
Hampden Lane House was designed by Robert Gurney Architect and is located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. According to the architects, the client for this project was a forward thinking entrepreneur who wanted his home to be energy efficient and to occupy a small part of the property. The new building was designed as a cube, having 2,200 square feet and with spaces fully utilized. There is also a flat roof providing an additional 1,100 square feet of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline. Here is more from the project developers: “This house represents a deliberate departure in both the thought process and the realisation of current building trends in the neighbourhood. Instead of building a large house with pretentious ties to the rural past, this new house is smaller with a stronger relationship to the modern, urban area that Bethesda has become. The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces“. We salute this approach and looking forward to see more similar projects. How do you find this home’s design?
Capturing the essence of privacy and comfort, the Karlusic Residence was built around a 30 year old Japanese Maple in the front yard. This beautiful tree guided the architecture from many points of view – the front facade was finished in a light warm grey lime wash that accentuated the shape and color of the tree, the two slotted windows were designed to capture views of the Maple and even the whole spine of the structure is oriented according to the Japanese Maple’s position.The front yard display a beautiful play of contrasts – the cladded volume, the Maple tree and a series of landscaped areas “such as the textured water wall along the steps towards the front entry, a shallow reflective pond with Gold fish and turtles, segmented raised platforms with each platform holding a different form of plant-life, and with the middle platform holding sand with a 3mx.6m old solid wood pier beam that was recycled from the docklands piers.” The hidden garage door in the back has a natural zinc finish, matching the rest of the natural stone facade. An internal courtyard with a lap pool is flanked by the large windows of the ground floor on one side and a line of bamboo on the other. Splendid interiors shelter living spaces on the ground floor and private room on the upper level. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the Karlusic Residence was designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates…
Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Saturday Design Spotter, our way of bringing you even closer to the home of your dreams. We will begin with this lovely and sophisticated bathroom decor, meant to tickle your senses. So what if this photo was actually taken in a villa resort? The important thing is that anyone can decorate their tub with rejuvenating flowers and turn a regular bath into a relaxing experience.This truly mesmerizing “Maine Shoreline” room was designed by Annie. The interior is crazy, yet fun and inspiring. There isn’t a single element in the room that can be referred to as “common”. And did you notice the blue knitted rug?Are you a fond of immaculate rooms? Then this interior photographed by Lincoln Barbour for designer Jessica Helgerson should relate to you. White inclined walls, flower arrangements and an overall minimalist design make this room truly captivating.Next off, we have a living room that book lovers will certainly enjoy. A horizontal bookshelf defines the interior, while a wooden wall and staircase accentuate the warmth this room inspires.If you like of idea of an airplane crashing into the meeting room in the middle of an argument, here is the next best thing. We like this giant wallpaper that inspires dynamism and brings some life into an otherwise dull office interior.We like to call these unusual architecture additions, “smart pillars”. But they are not only clever (supporting a home that was built on a pretty challenging site), but also aesthetic and original. In case you are wondering what’s with the huge wooden rectangular shape on the wall, it is the back of a room on the upper level. Cool, right?We really liked the overall atmosphere this room below inspires. Floor to ceiling windows, a curved sofa set and a fireplace descending from the ceiling make the interior very friendly. The photo was taken in a remarkable modern residence in Australia.If transparent bedrooms are your thing, here is an idea for an interesting wall or sliding door. Made entirely out of glass, the design is perfect for a bedroom that is minimalist and worth showing off to all the visitors. We featured this a while back on our site here.This intriguing traditional room is literally filled up with suitcases. The photo belongs to Italian photographer Sergio Ghetti and we love it because it is genuine and inspiring for those of you out there who appreciate vintage interiors.This next idea might get you a bit puzzled. Take a good look at the photo… It is not a wallpaper, but a real pool outside the room, with a swimmer. See more revealing information about the fascinating home where the picture was taken here. Tell us if you enjoyed the decors presented today and tune in next week for some more captivating designs!
Bali is a small island in Indonesia, a magical place, known worldwide due to its rich culture and mesmerizing landscapes. For today, we will present Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, a man-made attraction. The most striking of the hotel’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. Decks adorn the pool, offering visitors a chance to relax in the sun, while contemplating. Taking full advantage of the setting, the resort was built on wooden pillars among the steep rice fields of Ubud. This way, each of the 38 luxury private pool villas is perfectly integrated in this scenic environment. You can consider this a perfect Balinese hideaway for romantic couples and honeymooners, or a comfortable family retreat. Either way, this tropical paradise plays with senses and provides experiences beyond imagination. Enjoy the photos!
Back in 1976, when Steve Jobs just started the Apple Company, he was coming back from an apple farm, and he was on a fruitarian diet. These facts inspired him to name the company after the well-known fruit, thinking that the name was “fun, spirited and not intimidating“. Now, after his passing, many tributes show how important his life’s work was. This is what multi-disciplinary visual artist Olivier Lefebvre wanted to accomplish with his representation of Steve Jobs’ portrait made entirely out of apples – the landart tribute expresses the impact Steve Jobs had on modern technology and the apple silhouette. This organic portrait features apples of different sizes and colors, arranged to shape a red/green portrait. How do you feel about this tributary way of thanking an important visionary for his inspirational creations?
We ran across this delightful modern home in Gloucestershire, a county in South West England. The project impresses due to its dreamy surrounding landscape and original design. The architecture of The Lake House maximizes its privileged location, blurring the indoor-outdoor boundaries. With a lovely wooden facade, the house is visually integrated in its environment and inspires an inviting feel. The residence is structured on two levels, each of them featuring floor to ceiling windows. This allows a large amount of natural light inside, and insures a good ventilation throughout. Once inside, you are greeted by an open plan living room, which mixes modern furniture elements with traditional decorating ideas. The eclectic style is taken further, to the rest of the rooms of the house, with a few exceptions. The kitchen for example displays a simple modern design which also happens to be quite practical. Enjoy the photo and tell us if you find this architecture approach suited for a lake house…
Welcome to a home that inspires harmony and relaxation. This crib is composed of two rooms plus kitchen and its layout is clever and inspiring. With old times still echoing between the rooms of this lovely Scandinavian building, modern style combines with traditional details in a fascinating way. Through the courtyard and up the staircase, you reach the apartment’s entrance. The hallway has plenty of room for six closets and is connected to the kitchen and living room. Old wooden floors feel soft against bare feet. Bright and generous, the living room is the core of the apartment and hosts a reading corner, a large sofa, a dining table for four. A peaceful bedroom with large windows overlooking the quiet courtyard is up next. This is large enough for a double bed, wardrobe and a workplace. Along one wall, there are several large cupboards that provide plenty of storage. The walls are painted in a broken white color and the wooden floors do a great job complementing the room…
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
Curves or angles? This may be the very question you’re asking yourself as you shop for the perfect bathtub. And if you’re a modern design enthusiast, the choice becomes even more difficult, as there are clean-lined advantages to both approaches. Today we shine the spotlight on round bathtubs, both oval and circular. We’ll take a look at the different styles that can be evoked by round tubs, and we’ll even point you in the direction of some fabulous bathtub sources should you be ready to make a purchase!
A vanity bench can always help if you spend a lot of time in the bathroom putting on makeup or doing your hair. Have a look at this incredibly elegant tufted bench from Alice Lane Home that could do the trick. A more compact option is a simple stool, like this gorgeously elegant selection (again from Home Bunch) that matches the style of this bathroom. This vanity from APD Architects actually has its own seated area, with a matching cushioned stool. Even a regular ottoman can work in a bathroom. This one featured on HGTV has a space against a wall right across from the vanity. This next very interesting bench featured on BHG stems out from the vanity beside it, where there’s a window. If the size and architecture of your bathroom make it work, then why not?
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
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.
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.
Apaiser is a great source for luxury round stone tubs, such as the Eclipse Stone Bathtub shown below. In fact, Apaiser tubs are perfect for spaces that showcase building materials such as stone and tile. Soft edges are a highlight of this piece, and it’s also available in a range of hues and materials. Keep in mind that when it comes to the modern powder room, a round tub has the power to soften the bold lines of the space. Yet you don’t have to play it safe with the bathtub, as shown below by a bold selection in black, a Caroma product purchased from Reece.
Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
We stumbled upon an interesting infographic developed by the team at Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc. The chart below (discovered on Houseplans.co) presents some of the trends of home sizes in America. According to the data gathered, a changing economic climate and a growing concern for sustainability led to people buying smaller houses in the US in the past five years.
This decline in house size was also caused by growth of single person households and the overall need to reduce energy costs. In addition, the infographic includes house plans, predicting what US homes will look like in 2015. Builders anticipate the average American home size will continue to decrease in the following years. Opposite to this trend, family rooms will likely increase floor space. Other popular movements concerning the American home development include more green features, a larger interest towards technology and more outdoor living space.
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.