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…
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…
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!
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…
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…
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?
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…
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 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…
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?
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.
Definitely an imposing residential project, with a sense of boldness, the two-storey 1232 Sunset Plaza, located in the Sunset Strip, near West Hollywood, is an exquisite dream home, a luxury resort-like sanctuary, that will conquer your heart, as soon as you see it. The house designed by Belzberg Architects is just seconds away from the glamorous world-class restaurants and shopping spots. Spreading over 13,000 square feet, the house was listed with a staggering price tag of $28 million. You can find more info about the this 8-bedroom mansion on The Agency, the real estate company responsible with the selling. “Architecturally inspiring, in both appearance and function, 1232 Sunset Plaza radiates a warm, California modern allure draped in sophistication and delight, while conveying an unmistakable sense of strength, volume and boldness. Exterior and interior transitional spaces are rich in fluidity so that the capacity to enjoy and entertain is always sensible and effortless.”
The view is splendid and living here can be a delightful experience, for it gives you the feeling that you are always on vacation. It’s definitely one of those homes that will make you see life in colours. You’ve got panoramic views of the city, an amazing lounge area, where you can drink your morning coffee, an infinity pool and a spacious courtyard, quite intimate and relaxing. How do you find it? Does it inspire you?
Teaching us to look beyond the apparent, these surprisingly creative greeting cards by Etsy Shop FINCHandHare grab the attention with an offensive line only to unravel heart-warming messages. These funny foldout cards display mean messages when closed, but once opened they invigorate you with a fun and funny line: “You are awful” turns into “You are awesome & wonderful”. Others are prepared to give your friends and family a different feeling this year for Christmas. There’s a card that says “Santa hates you” and unfolds to read “Santa has some favorites & one is you.”
How about admitting someone was right? How many of us take Marie Forleo’s advice on how to handle conflict and use two “magic words” to dispel an argument? These cards help you admit to anything in a funny way that will warm the heart of the receiver with either a laugh or a smile. Packages like the “Lover’s Trio: Relationship Essential Card Set – Three fold-out funny cards to get you through a year in your relationship” make it easy to have a card at hand when you most need it aka when you forget.
The designer – Heather Abbott – makes a note about how she came to love birthday cards and postcards and wants to share this ongoing love through her work: “I imagine the cards in this shop bringing a little excitement to mailboxes all over the world.” How many times have you found yourself in a situation where the other person scares you a bit, but that’s exactly why you like them? Their birthday is the perfect occasion to shine a funny light on this feeling with the card that folded says “You are terrifying” and unfolding it uncovers a much friendlier message: “You are terrific. I am really, really enjoying getting to know you.” Printed on cardstock, these unassuming greeting cards are filled with wit and provoke an emotional reaction in people. That’s their main functionality, right? Bright, simple and elegant, they come with a matching envelope.
Remember the exhilarating feeling of cards in the mail?
See how the New Generation of Sub-Zero & Wolf refrigeration & cooking appliances fit your home
In our ever-changing world of high innovation and demand for homes that reflect gorgeous detailing and quality, your kitchen is the number one room where you love to see gorgeous technology. Your kitchen appliances are lifetime investments for many homeowners and Sub-Zero Wolf, the leader in food preservation & innovative cooking products since 1943 have proven how a new generation of innovation is awaiting your kitchen. From seamless aesthetic details that blend into your cabinetry to delivering your guests culinary expert cooking experiences from the cookware. You won’t be able to help but brag with these 10 innovative and contemporary ideas for your kitchen that you can’t wait to have.
There is some things that homeowners don’t like to mess around with and that is their kitchen appliances. Similarly to your car, your refrigerator, stove and ovens are all a major investment and the third-generation family-owned company; Sub-Zero and Wolf realize this. Your classic kitchen still wants the reliability of well-made design, trusted manufacturing and gorgeous detailing but now with seamless ways to fit amongst your kitchen cabinetry with integrated design that oozes sophistication.
See how your refrigerator and cooking appliances disappear amongst your gorgeous kitchen
Whether you are a design fanatic or you just enjoy fine appointed details, there is nothing like integrated refrigeration that blends seamlessly with your cabinetry. The New Generation of products feature more than 60 new appliances of which many disappear into your interiors. Get the look in your home by choosing one of 3 new design styles: Professional, Transitional or Contemporary to incorporate your modern kitchen with gorgeous appliances. New handles, minimal lines on refrigerator facades and controls that disappear are just a few amenities that you will love.
For many years kitchens were dull and strictly utilitarian. There has been a renewed sense of pride and love for modern kitchens that show off color or the absence of color in kitchen cabinetry, finishes, countertops and even in tile backsplashes. Look to your own personal design style to see how you can add or detract these from your kitchen. Details such as the designer styled iconic red control knobs for your Wolf cooking range, black or professional stainless steel all reflects your culinary design style.
Beautiful lighting in your kitchen and in your appliances has become a new design aesthetic
Similarly to kitchens as a whole, lighting has taken on a new sense of form in modern kitchens. Whether your style is traditional with an ornate chandelier gracing your kitchen island or if you prefer a minimal set of pendants lamps – embrace lighting in your kitchen. Look to the New Generation of Wolf ovens and Sub Zero refrigerators to offer better lighting inside them for better visibility for you to see your food and to create a gorgeous experience preparing your meals.
For many homeowners the way your family lives and uses your kitchen is reflected in the appliances that outfit your home. Refrigerator drawers are ideal for busy families with children or entertaining homes that need extra refrigeration for easy accessibility. While busy professionals may opt for sleek appliances that heat up quickly to cook a quick culinary creation on their induction stove cooktop. With the new line of Wolf cooking products you don’t have to choose between cooking and your personal design and lifestyle. Blur the lines and combine the way you live into the innovative kitchen amenities you opt for.
If you have appliances that aren’t a joy to use everyday, then why settle? Sub-Zero and Wolf have taken innovation you love in your tech gadgets and brought them to the kitchen! Features such as: Dual convection, curved back walls in their ovens, a third halogen lamp inside the oven, LCD screens, preset categories and more are what homeowners love. Bring innovative ideas into your kitchen and decide what features do you love the most. Programmable modes, “finger-swipe” technology on the control panels has never been such a pleasure to operate.
If you are a hot drink lover of coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, hot teas or more, why not use innovative ideas such as Wolf’s new coffee system in your home? Innovation always means following the trends and if your kitchen is like most, preparing a personal hot drink experience for friends and family couldn’t be easier. The fully integrated system cleans itself, steams milk, and easily cleans for all the comforts of your favorite barista at home.
New integrated coffee system for your kitchen
While you may not be a professionally trained chef, there is nothing like professional-grade appliances to make you look and feel wonderful. Cooking is an emotional experience that you love to spend by yourself, with friends and family and adding on professional modules to your Wolf stove and oven can step your kitchen status up to a rock star! Consider adding a steam oven, fryer, induction cooktop, Sous Vide for water bath cooking and a teppanyaki iron griddle can all transform your cooking experiences!
We all love being transported off into a new world and creating a personalized kitchen with design style that you love. Kitchen innovation has come a long way over the years and from custom and fanciful range hoods overhead to appliances that exude the same designer appeal as your cabinetry and finishes, your kitchen becomes a destination that you love to escape to. The New Generation of Sub-Zero & Wolf products meets your design needs in innovation and versatility with interchangeable size options, installation custom settings, and more.
Create a kitchen that you love to escape to in destination each day
With over 60 new products from Sub-Zero & Wolf, the New Generation is showing how our world is constantly revolutionizing how you experience your home. Many of the new refrigeration wine coolers, refrigerators are Energy Star compliant and are seeking to create a conscious effort of saving energy while still delivering a gorgeous kitchen experience.
our site readers it’s all up to you, how will you design your kitchen with these innovative ideas?
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.
If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.
Stealth Barn is a new project by London-based studio Carl Turner Architects that was constructed near one of their other modern projects – the Ochre Barn – and complement the simple residential brick construction it stands by. The Norfolk countryside was the perfect place to experiment with the construction of two equally interesting projects and we will concentrate on the Stealth Barn, which was designed to be used either as a guest house, studio or meeting place. “Stealth Barn pays respect to the form of the agricultural context but contrasts with the traditional barn.
Stealth Barn is a sharp black mass – a shadow of the adjacent barn or a silhouette on the horizon. It is a robust exterior wrapped with a restricted palette, devoid of fussy detail, and formed to withstand its exposed position.” Interiors were dressed in OSB, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere reminiscent of old barns divided by straw bales. Compartmentalized interiors were given the chance to visually connect to the surrounding landscape through carefully placed windows. Pocket-like spaces convey the idea of a semi-open, welcoming space that can easily be used as a bedroom, dining space, office zone and meeting room without interfering with one another…
There’s a dash of tropical style in this bathroom, thanks to deck-like flooring, a view of palms, and a tub that mirrors the round shape of a porthole-style window in the distance. This luxe bathroom is filled with glamorous details, such as a plush rug and Mirror Ball pendant lighting. A round tub and two round basins complete the look.
Floating above a treasured entrance, a unique rooftop infinity pool embellishes beautiful Tinos Island in Greece’s Cyclades archipelago. The largest of its kind, Tinos Island has recently become a focal point for architectural inspiration. Among the island’s derelict windmills and over 1000 artistic dovecotes, sculptors and painters have found inspiration and so did Athens-based studio Kois Associated Architects when creating the fascinating Mirage House.
The rocky hills defining this beautiful island’s topography were the inspiration for such an enticing project. Rugged terrain of unspoiled scenery lays as an invitation to explore living possibilities. Integrating the house into this picturesque landscape was the ultimate goal. The cavernous house ended up serving a higher inspiration purpose once the rimless infinity pool started reflecting the sun. One single level was enough for the owners and the 210 square meters offer a spacious collection of rooms.
An open air living room sits below the infinity pool, tying the Aegean Sea to daily life and seamlessly connecting it to the excavated interiors. Facing south over the Aegean Sea, this home was imagined as part of its surroundings, so locally sourced materials and the characteristic dry wall construction methods were used to achieve this. Thanks to the team’s creativity, the island’s unforgettable landscape will bear this unique rooftop infinity pool as proof of dreams coming true.
Imagine yourself lounging in the pool with your favorite drink in one hand, captured in-between stars shining from above and mirroring in the pool … is that how heaven must feel like?
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.