When it comes to modern design, China is one of the countries definitely not lacking inspiration. Tianxi Oriental Club was envisioned and implemented by Deve Build Design and is located in Huizhou, a city located in central Guangdong province. One look at the interiors of this contemporary gathering setting and a potential visitor is likely to feel overwhelmed by the height of the originally-designed walls. Wood is the material which dominates throughout the oriental club, adding a distinctive label to the place. The seating units disrupt the homogeneous color palette, by adding an interesting mix of black&white. Even though the space is continuous, the layout of the tables ensures a high degree of privacy. All in all, you are looking at an elegant Chinese club, perfect both for intimate encounters and group gatherings…
House in Estoril, Portugal was developed by Frederico Valsassina Architects in the shape of an imposing modern residence, with large windows, capturing its surroundings. The house is a result of the rehabilitation project: “Through simplicity, and taking as a premise the redevelopment and rehabilitation of an existing house, the intervention tries to overcome the irregularity of its original form. Thus, massive volumes that are subtracted from each other promote a monolithic image, on which the controlled choice of materials intended to enhance the shape as whole. Inside, the adaptation of existing spaces for the new housing program aims to reveal a clear fusion of the social realm, more exposed, and the service area, which appears in the continuity of this zone to a more protected area in the backyard“. A dematerialized stairway connects the two levels of the residence, allowing quick access to the bedrooms flooded by natural light on the second floor…
Named after the Latin word for ” free time” – Otio – this residence was built for a catholic priest. At first glance, the stone wall and saddle roof look simple and graceful, but a walk around the property reveals an atrium shaped out of the stone wall and leading to the interiors through a glazed wall. Here, built-in furniture, alongside Verner Panton chairs and an Eames Lounge Chair rest on stone floors and contrast with the white walls. With a budget of 150,000 Euro, Sebastian Nagy Architects constructed the home in Dražovce, Nitra, Slovakia as a single person residence spreading over 1,400 square feet. The entrance is guarded by a cross just above the entrance, while the inside allows a clear view of the nearby Roman Catholic church of Francis Xavier. Adapted to suit a modern lifestyle and constructed in the parish garden, the Otio Residence displays its functional design in a successful attempt of becoming a link between the past and the present…
Ready for this month’s most popular our site posts? From the latest gadgets in the creative industry to fabulous homes and modern resorts, July did not lack intriguing design and architecture surprises. As usual, by clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project.#1. The new zSpace display envisioned and implemented by Infinite z offers a revolutionary working platform for designers and artists everywhere. The virtual-holographic experience has a futuristic vibe to it and reinvents the computer interface as we know it. Click the photo for more information and a short movie on how it works.#2. When it comes to celebrity cribs, opulence is no surprise. Yet this insanely luxurious penthouse in Soho, New York, boasting 6167 square feet (plus 3000± square feet of enchanting terraces) and three levels is guaranteed to leave a mark. The striking triplex is known as the ex-home of Lenny Kravitz and displays an inspiring design.#3. Immersed in the natural rocky landscape of Mykonos and offering great open views of the Aegean sea, Rocky Retreat Two is a perfect holiday escape for those in search of special accommodation. The traditional rocky exterior of the residence is complemented by great outdoor features. Each room displays an intriguing combination of traditional materials and furniture, spiced up with modern decorating ideas.#4.Constance Halaveli Resort is more than a luxurious retreat – it’s a six-star Maldivian Paradise captured in between blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This is one of Maldives’ North Ari atoll getaways where pure white sand beaches meet turquoise waters in an unforgettable scene. Sun terraces and plunge pools, an overwhelming connection to wild nature and comfortable villas create a mixture of natural and man-made in perfect balance.#5. Exotic surroundings, Caribbean views and extreme luxury are just some of the features of the modern ETR holiday villa in the lovely island of St. Barts. With a privileged location on the Flamands hillside, two heated swimming pools (one per level), barbecue area and a generously-sized wooden deck, the possibilities for outdoor entertainment are unlimited.6#. IKEA shows again how committed the brand is to “improving the everyday life for the many” with the opening of its temporary VIP Lounge for everybody to enjoy. Found in Terminal 3 of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the company’s products become part of a relaxing installation – passengers are encouraged to spend the time between flights resting on a comfy bed or sofa, watching TV or reading.#7. This imposing contemporary home located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, on the southern slope of Mount Carmel in Israel, was designed by Heidi Arad Architects and pays tribute to sustainable architecture. With a total living area of 250 square meters, the residence showcases an elegant exterior, dominated by a white color, partially disrupted by wooden cladding. The project is opened towards the sea, with the help of glass sliding doors.#8. The elegant and highly welcoming L’Atelier Cafe in Cluj, Romania is a place combining cultural events, good coffee and quality gatherings. According to the designers, the idea of planning was initiated by a simple thing – that need for a space meant to influence the mood at a subtle level of perception, that kind of perception which only culture might develop.#9. The SGNW House was designed by Metropole Architectsand is embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, South Africa. No matter what the standpoint, this modern home offers details that inspire and amaze. Click the photo for a real display of opulence.#10.Maurício Karam completed the design of Apartment Leopoldo, a great example of how to optimize a 45 square-meter space without any compromise in style. Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the small flat was reinvented by getting rid of some of its existing useless walls and creating a continuous living zone, yet keeping a high level of privacy in the bathroom and laundry room. Have a look!
Inspired by his father, who used each moment of boredom as a chance to build and put up another shelf on the wall, artist and furniture design student Darragh Casey developed an intriguing project entitled “Shelving the Body”. According to Fubiz, several photos were taken by the artist at the Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Show, with a theme that is said to explore the relationship between people, shelves and the objects they hold. The originality (and dare we add- craziness) of these installations consists in the fact that the shelves are only stable if supported by the human body. Do not even try to understand the practicability of this project, but instead try to appreciate its oddity and playfulness. The resulting photos are not so bad either; be sure to check out the video below to see how they were made…
We received some photos about an original coat hanger conceived by David Cathro, a designer from Sweden. Blomp is a wall mounted coat-hanger as well as an unusual support for keys or other small objects that fit in pockets, such as credit cards, gloves and so on. The project comes with a textured, ribbed exterior surface, perfect for hanging various clothes. Each Blomp is hand cast in polyurethane resin and individually hand finished by the designer. Various colors are available, making the coat hanger easily adapted to a variety of contemporary interiors. David explained that he could not find a manufacturer for the design, as the production process is considered too difficult (perhaps some of you out there can help with that), so he currently assembles the items in the comfort of his own home. We appreciate the originality, playfulness and functionality of this coat hanger and are eager to find out your opinions as well…
What you’re looking at is a kitchen wall, covered in drawings – a fluid design on a New York residential wall depicting the greatest monuments of several cities melting into a global artistic vision. The Global City Wall is the brainchild of artist Deck Two, who created a fresh perspective on two high white walls. Extending its dynamic shape across two walls, this black and white wall painting showcases the artist’s love for drawing. Found on Fubiz, Global City Wall is an inspirational project that must have started with sketches of different cities – the artist’s portfolio proves that this creative wall expression came after tackling with this idea for some time. There is even proof of the meticulous work that went into this project – a video by Nathalie Thomas and Lapicorey Dartigues which you can enjoy after the photos…
We received photos and information about Boom Boom Chairs, a project by designer Christine Delvecchio that you will certainly find original: “Inspired by the exquisite craftsmanship and luxurious fabrics of fine upholsterers from Spain, Italy and even Dubai then peppered with the unique and eccentric influences of South Beach Miami. Boom Boom Chairs are all recycled and refurbished chairs from the USA and Europe, circa 1920-1970. Each chair is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will never be duplicated. Authentic Boom Boom chairs are labeled and hand signed by the designer along with every craftsman or woman that were involved with the re-birth of the chair. This Authenticates the chair but it also promotes the utmost pride from every crafter. Boom Boom Chairs are not for everyone, nor will they be available to just anyone, because it simply will not be possible to mass produce this particular line of chairs… If you see a Boom Boom chair that you love, keep this is mind…that is the ONLY one”. Enjoy the details and feel free to comment on the original design of the armchairs below…
Welcome to a virtual tour of a villa displaying sophisticated traditional details and accommodating no less than seven bedrooms. The 53 Strand Beach Drive Residence in California, USA has a total area of 9,000 square feet and extensive ocean vistas. Here is more from the official description: “Occupying the most enviably sited parcel on this beach, this villa enjoys numerous vistas of the Pacific, islands, and sunsets. Interior spaces open seamlessly to loggias, terraces, and Mediterranean gardens overlooking the ocean. The defining features of Italianate architecture have been artfully blended with an informal plan to create a home that is grand and substantial, as well as warm and inviting. The impressive three-story residence is built around a courtyard awash in sunlight optimizing privacy, light, and ventilation.” Would you say that the traditional details of this oceanfront residence make it an interesting alternative to modern rental holiday homes?
The new Enigma Floor Collection by Jamie Beckwith emphasizes on quite a few original designs helping you find inspiration when it comes to wooden floors. Some of our readers have been complaining about the monotonous look of their living room or kitchen floors, so this post comes with several options to consider. Here are the arguments behind this collection from the producers: “Designers often specify wood for their projects because it brings a natural element to interior spaces, and because of its durability, availability and ease of installation and maintenance. The Enigma® flooring collection invites you to rethink wood flooring. Consider some of these options—use one of the 14 patterns as a wall to wall flooring installation, mix colors or patterns, or create an inset rug pattern in a traditional plank floor. Finally, floors become a design element, instead of an afterthought“. Find these patterns inspiring or do you rather consider them high-maintenance?
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.
Having grown up in the wilds of Exmoor and now living and working in rural Cornwall, it is no surprise that ward-winning lighting designer Tom Raffield draws inspiration from nature for his lighting and furniture designs – and the Bloom Light is no exception. The lovely lighting unit utilizes petals of bent wood arranged into a symmetrical shape around a central bulb.
Tom explains: “Using the shapes in nature and crafting them in wood are what interests me. As the name suggests, the inspiration for this new light came from the blooming of a flower and the design was all about trying to create something organic and free-flowing. The large petals are made of high quality wood and mask much of the bulb, whilst also cutting through the light to create soft shadows and a warm glow“. The product is available in sustainably sourced ash, oak or walnut, or in a combination of oak and walnut, and as either a pendant or floor-standing light. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Tom Raffield Design]
Benches can be great for increasing storage space, given that you can find options that come with cubbies, shelves, and drawers. Check out this bench from Porch.com that has lots of room for extra towels. Another bench featured again on BHG has a drawer pullout where you can store all your accessories. Everyone knows standing up in the shower is the norm, but if you have a disability, or if you just want to safely be able to wash the soles of your feet, a bench in the shower can really help! Keep that in mind for your next shower remodel. Here’s a beautiful marble bench that extends from the subway tile in this shower, featured on BHG. You can get really creative with built-in shower benches by using different types and colors of material, like this example of a black tiled shower from Carla Aston. Or why not just keep it subtle? Extend the tile to include the bench, like this white and pink bathroom featured on BHG.
Cooking enthusiasts worldwide will probably appreciate the elegant design of these wooden cutting boards. Geometric edges with opposite angles create two unique faces in each of Taylor Donsker Design‘s handcrafted, hardwood cutting boards. Available in Wenge, Black Walnut, and Birdseye Maple, each cutting board is made from one solid piece of lumber in California. These boards/serving trays are treated with an exclusive, food safe and completely natural organic oil consisting of organic bees wax and organic Jojoba Oil.
Unlike cutting boards which are laminated from smaller pieces of wood and finished with mineral oil, there is no petroleum, formaldehyde, or other harmful chemicals used. Each set you buy includes a small packet of organic oil to allow the board to last for generations and maintain the beauty of the board’s grain. [Photos and information received via e-mail by Taylor Donsker design]
Nestled aloft the Watchung Hills, in New Jersey, USA, there is a recently constructed home that truly defines old world craftsmanship. Just over 6,000 square feet, this timber-framed home was designed and built by the artisans at Interior Design Arts, who dedicated their passion for natural aesthetics and fused it with modern amenities to transform this home into a magnificent work of art. A masterpiece in itself, this home possesses immeasurable charm from the hand-crafted woodwork and exposed timber beams to the custom copper accents and exposed brick walls.
Upon entering the home, the rounded entrance foyer seems to embrace guests as the custom concrete and wood floor lead the way to a wide-open living space. Stucco walls and turret ceilings add to this fusion of art, luxury, comfort and function. The richly stained concrete floor is accented by contrasting wood and river rock inlays and oversized, imported privacy windows frame the two acres of forest and greenery that surround the property.
In the center of this great room, a two-sided stone fireplace towers over 20 feet and seems to disappear into the timber posts and beams ceiling. On the opposite side, the gourmet kitchen boasts original, high-end stainless steel appliances, a custom wooden island with rounded drawers and floating cabinets. With a large eating and sitting area and a sizable yet inviting brick fireplace, this kitchen is perfect for both entertaining guests and intimate family dinners.
Making your way to the second floor, a floating staircase of stainless steel and wood leads you to the master bedroom complete with an open master bath that features one-of-a kind handmade copper his-and-her sinks commode and soaking tub. Throughout the home, modern and old world styles effortlessly fuse and define extraordinary yet timeless. This Watchung masterpiece composed of natural building materials, heated floors and ductless air conditioning systems provides dust free, healthy environment and wonders with its efficiency. Despite its unique and luxurious design, the home’s grandeur is juxtaposed by many natural elements that create a sense of strength and safety. From each handpicked stone and imported timber to the love and inspiration that went into its creation, a home like this can never be replicated. [photos and information received via e-mail from Mishka Kluk of Interior Design Arts ]
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter designed three identical houses situated on a steep slope in the mountainous north of Sweden. Defined by wood and having a minimum impact on the environment, the residences were especially developed for recreational purposes. The layout of the houses is a consequense of the building regulations and a response to the topography of the site. The great scenery and the mountains across the ?re lake can be enjoyed trough the piercing windows. Here is more from the official architects’ description: “A connection axis extents along the building’s long side, divided in four generously-sized sets of stairs. This space allows a view of the whole house from the entrance to the opposite end. Height difference between the highest and lowest point is 31 stairs, as in any other 1 ½ story house with two staircases. The difference, though, is that these buildings have 5 individual levels. The upper floors shelter the hall, two bedrooms, bathroom and sauna, and the two bottom levels accommodate the kitchen and the living room, with a terrace facing south“. Talk about using terrain irregularity to your advantage!
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.
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.
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.