Adding a contemporary addition to an Edwardian home can be a challenging task. Cloud House is a project envisioned by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia and consists of a renovation and extension of a century-old home. According to the architects, “the street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients’ respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in color, united by exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-colored ‘box’. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space.” The unusual design of the living room creates a dramatic interior language and a highly original space for various social events…
Through studying and predicting its customers’ present & future kitchen habits and preferences, Egyptian kitchen manufacturer Amr Helmy Designs claims to be able to invent breakthrough organic design solutions. The company’s catch phrase is “7 Years Ahead”, which sums up its goal to fill a gap in the kitchen market by 2015 by offering improved functionality, taste and service. With the Cubello Series, Amr Helmy was aiming to revolutionize kitchen design by offering a range that is designed around a grid system based on just 24 different units and one size of door.This approach top kitchen design has a number of benefits. The factory has a minimum number of components to work with so a number of costs are reduced including: warehousing; machine set-up; packing; and shipping. The grid system allegedly makes it easier for designers to work with and ensures that all design output is aesthetically maximized.The most interesting design aspect of the Cubello kitchen though has to be the innovative configuration options provided by the island unit. Featuring the sink and the cooktop, the island unit provides the main work area within the kitchen. Surface space is maximised through the use of off-set counter tops and a swivelling surface that contains the kitchen sink. This surface is on wheels so it can easily be repositioned for best use of space.How does this kitchen appeal to you? What do you think of the swivelling counter top on wheels? Leave us a comment to let us know or send us a tweet or a Facebook message…
Connecting parent and child in a new and interesting way, the Steps Bench was created to display a simple design with a versatile use. Providing a long-term bond between the two users, the bench transforms from one age to another to accommodate the needs of the child: “Placing the stool under the hole of seat, it is a table for the child. When the child grows a little older, they can sit next to each other at the same level by fitting the stool back into the hole.” Designed by Kohdai Iwamoto and part of the Design Soil project, this beech wood bench rests its curved top on four legs. Urethane foam covered in colorful fabric was used to create the comfy stool and the hole on one side holds this muffin-resembling element when your kid is old enough to comfortably sit next to you. Its name offers a perspective on the steps each child has to take in order to grow up happy alongside family. Do you think this bench would increase the amount and quality of time you spend with your child?
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa in the Philippines is set between the expanses of Puka Shell Beach’s white sand and the luscious hillside it adorns. The luxury beach resort boasts 219 rooms, suites and villas constructed to aid you in enjoying the perfect vacation. For example, the luxurious Seaview Suite promises to spark up your interest in prolonged awe-inspiring moments with Abaca weave rugs laid at your feet and local capiz shells composing an exotic atmosphere. Spacious balconies with daybeds in all rooms acquire sweeping views over the surroundings, preparing you for sleep while enjoying splendid sunsets. The CHI Spa complex set amongst a rocky peninsula overlooking a private bay intensifies the feeling of relaxed living while you recalibrate your body and soul. The resort acts as the perfect background for an unforgettable experience spiced up with exciting activities like kayaking, parasailing and deep sea diving – you’ll want to return for more soon!
Take 5,000 square foot and give them to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis! The output: an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in the city of fascination, New York. This city is so vivid because it vibrates in the very own heart of it. A crowded-bohemian lifestyle, filled with luxury and exquisite tastes, this is what New York has to offer! The very own shelter of many architectural wonders, Manhattan is probably the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper called Park Laurel, a stunning apartment with 360 degrees overview upon the architectural horizon of Manhattan is out for sale!Amazing sight, high ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors and the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art and an imposing fireplace, now that’s something we call dream home! Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight upon this magical city. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well: “This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.” In case New York is an option, this duplex is an excellent choice for those who can afford it! We’re talking about a valuable residential space, offered for sale at 26.5 million dollars!
Looking at Maximo Riera‘s latest work – the Elephant Chair – we can’t help but wonder how a sculptural piece like this one can ever be ignored. It’s massive elephant head and body shares the feeling of surrendering to higher powers while drawing inspiration from one of the oldest living civilization of Earth. Adding to his existing three animal pieces – the Walrus Chair, the Rhino Chair and the Octopus Chair– this fourth piece is an ode to the world’s largest animal. Surprising exceptional details in yet another fabulous piece of furniture part of his now famous Animal Collection, the Spanish designer insisted that each project be biologically accurate to create a stunning first impression that lasts. Besides being inspired by the widely worshiped Indian deity Ganesha in all it’s shape, this imposing chair also features Indian patterns carved into the front legs – these were designed after original hand-made pieces of furniture found in India. Would you make room for a fabulous piece like this one in your home?
Born in Baghdad in1950, British- Iraqi Zaha Hadid is the first woman architect to win the prestigious Pritzer Prize, which she did in 2004. Her childhood saw Baghadad’s better days without strife and warfare. There she attended a religiously diverse Catholic school and was instructed in French by nuns. Her father was a politician and it was assumed and expected that she would further her educational studies. She attended the American University in Beirut where she studied Math. Her family fled the country after Saddam Hussein came to power, and the outbreak of war with Iran. In 1972 Hadid moved to London and enrolled at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. In 1980 she opened her own office which proved a bit of a challenge; at first her ideas were more in demand than her actual designs.Today she is well revered and in the forefront of architectural design. She has broken through the glass ceiling and her modern, cutting edge philosophies have helped her to push the boundaries of architecture and design. Today her firm employs 350 people and has handled 950 projects in over 44 countries.Hadid, while considered and thought of as a revered architect, has also branched into the world of interiors. Her constant search for an aesthetic vision encompasses all areas of design, from the large exteriors of her architecture to interiors and furniture. The interiors are just another extension of the outside. Her interior talent is seen at The Hotel Puerta America in Madrid where Hadid and other renown architects were commissioned to designed various rooms within the hotel.The Phaeno Science center, an interactive science center, located in Wolfsburg, Germany, is a perfect example. In 2000 Zahid participated in and won an architectural design competition for the design of the building. The center opened about five years later, and houses over 250 interactive exhibits from Ansel Associates, Inc. The astounding concrete structure designed by Zaha Hadid, her German associate, Mayer Bährle architects and Adams Kara Taylor has been described as a “hypnotic work of architecture – the kind of building that utterly transforms our vision of the future.”Cleverly “the building effectively stands on concrete stilts allowing visitors to the Autostadt to pass through without having to interfere with the workings of the building. Phaeno is connected to the Autostadt via a metal bridge accessed by escalators and stairs either side. The underside of Phaeno is illuminated and the stilts are too.”Her thinking of spacial issues is what sets her apart from the crowd – both men and women. The BMW Central Building was based on the architect’s beliefs that a building is a space that is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. Here she reinterprets a traditional office. The building and its functions become a more “dynamic, engaging nerve center.” Her fluidity transcends the traditional blue collar/white collar spatial divisions, effectively blurring the barrier.The Maggie Centres in Fife, Scotland does just this by blending the natural and the man-made. The building was designed to offer a protective environment, a haven, for cancer patients. Located adjacent to Victoria Hospital, the centre sits at the edge of a hollow surrounded by lovely foliage and countryside, blending man-made, modern building and technology with nature.To add diversity to her architectural projects, in 2002 Zahid completed the building of the ski jump at Innsbruck, Austria. Zahid describes the ski jump as “a concise piece of functional design, an instrument for high performance sport, shaped with mathematical precision.” She created this to “develop a seamless hybrid. The assemblage of elements was resolved in the manner of nature, developing a seamless hybrid, where parts are smoothly articulated and fused into an organic unity.”Architecture is meant to be looked at and enjoyed from many angles. Hadid breaks through, not only the glass ceiling, but all the barriers put up by traditional walls and floors. What could better reflect Hadid’s spatial philosophy than an Olympic ski jump?Despite Hadid’s level of success, of which she is grateful, she claims that it’s been and continues to be a very long struggle. She still sees her fair share of rejection which she claims keeps her in place and helps her to think about things and create things in a different way. The Millennium Center takes visitors on a journey through 3 aspects of the mind – input, process and output. Here floors and walls and other architectural elements are “pulled from one continuous space to house a wealth of thought-provoking stimuli.”Architecture is forward moving and forward thinking. All the greatest architects have had this modern, cutting edge vision. The Hoenheim-Nord Terminal in Strasbourg, Switzerland was created to echo the movement of everything – people, bicycles, cars and trams. Together they form a constantly shifting but clearly delineated whole.Another example of the fluidity of movement and space is Hadid’s creation of the 2012 Olympic Aquatic Center in London, England which was heavily influenced by the movement of water. It was created to resemble the motion of a wave with an undulating roof that sweeps up enclosing the pools with a “unifying gesture.”The Vitre fire station was created to fill an empty void created by a devastating fire in the 1980s. Built into a landscape with existing factories, the fire station was built to define rather than occupy space. It represents a moment frozen and ready to explode. The fire station is no longer housed in the building, instead it is home to a chair museum.The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinatti, Ohio was the first project to be completed by Hadid and the first museum in the United States to be designed by a woman. Her idea was to bring the city into the building, an open, “urban carpet”, welcome to everyone. She wanted to bring contemporary art to those who were not used to or exposed to such. In back of the museum she has created a backdrop as though the carpet is rolled out – a sort of flights of fancy allowing visitors see all these different spaces. Her desire to move away from the “white cube” that we think of when we think of architecture. Here movement and light flow giving each gallery and exhibition a unique feel.Strong-willed, and feisty Zaha Hadid has been called difficult to work with by others, but her clear, defined and forward thinking vision, combined with her steadfast determination have garnered her as not only one of the world’s leading female architects, but one of the world’s leading architects. Her visions continue to transcend time, movement and space and will for years to come…
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.
Very elegant and neat, this interior exhales style and sophistication. The decoration is the work of Fertility Design, a very interesting Chinese studio, that managed to integrate a movable wall inside the house, in order to create a breezy atmosphere and a more dynamic environment. The studio found the perfect solution and embedded a sliding wall/door, to isolate the working area from the rest of the house. The wall is entirely made of glass, so it creates a pretty good sound isolation.
The smooth transition, from one room to another is emphasised through pale neutral colours. The main material used in defining this space is the natural wood, which offers an elegant touch to this space. Everything is neat and “at the right place”, following the streams of simple, rectangular lines. The place inspires calmness and coziness. The bedroom is spacious and minimalist. There are no particular decorations that disturb the general fresh and relaxed atmosphere. Gorgeous and stylish, this is one fine and distinguished place to both, live and work. Agree?
According to the creative team at Karv Luxury, nothing says manliness like big and broad hand-sculpted Walnut shoulders. The designers of The Ultimate Valet wanted to bring some style and additional utility to the common valet, while simplifying its appearance. Another goal was to add an element of craftsmanship and sculpture that is absent in a lot of today’s mass produced furniture: “The way we see it, either we let automated manufacturing and homogeneous design take over, or we stand up (with chisels, rough hands, and an eye for detail) to create something that’s out of this world.” The project is designed by artist and master woodworker Jacob Sorenson and built by traditional craftsmen in New Hampshire.
The Ultimate Valet combines cutting edge design with traditional craftsmanship. Anatomically correct, life-sized shoulders carved by hand from solid Walnut set the tone for a masculine furniture piece. A surprising USB charging unit for smart phones and a shoe cabinet enhance the functionality of the design. You can back this project and find out more about the studio’s work via Kickstarter. Check out the presentation video at the end of the post and let us know what you think!
In recent times, Dutch design furniture has been heavily focused on creating eco-friendly designs while using sustainable materials. The Bamboo Chair follows this trend. Using long-established Asian plaiting methods in combination with modern Dutch design techniques, designers Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen were able to create a chair that is made 100% from bamboo, displaying a refined look.
Utilizing strips of bamboo 25cm by 10mm that are arched to create the main frame, the Bamboo chair is similar to the typical tub-chairs found on cruise ships. This project was designed to create a beautiful, comfortable, and more importantly a sustainable chair. The lightweight and sturdiness of this design are key aspects that make it unique. The final prototyping and production of the bamboo chair (available in limited edition) was sponsored by Dutch Design Only. [information provided via e-mail by Dutch Design Only; Photo Credits: Guillaume Favre]
Renowned architects Franson Wreland are behind this cozy and tasteful villa design with a total surface of 294 square meters, located in Stockholm, Sweden. The residence (discovered on Skeppsholmen) accommodates seven rooms and was especially developed for a large family. The wooden exterior surrounded by a beautiful garden is not very revealing. That is why, once inside, a potential visitor is likely to feel overwhelmed by the imposing layout and overall design.
The double height living room is framed by floor to ceiling glass windows, opening into the sheltered garden and cozy patio. The simplicity and nobility of Swedish design are present throughout, creating a home filled with character. White walls enhance the feeling of space and splashes of color were carefully “dropped” here and there to liven up the rooms. The second floor is introduced by a lovely bookcase and by a comfortable reading space. Enjoy the virtual tour below and tell us what you think!
Hobbyists often have lots of stuff that require lots of storage room that’s easy to access and keep tidy. Whether it’s sewing, crafting, gardening, or something else — organization is key, and an armoire can really be the perfect solution for it. You might be surprised to find how versatile armoires can be to use in place of other pieces of furniture. Check out this desk from Apartment Therapy! Put it out of sight by closing the doors when you’re all done working. If you’re expecting, an armoire can be a clever use of a changing table. And when baby is all grown up, you’ll have the opportunity to find another use for your armoire. An old armoire works just as well as a regular bookcase — if not better for the unique look you get. Check out how these home owners replaced the glass doors with netting to show off their book collection.
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]
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.
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
Gabriel? Perez, president of Green Asia Real Estate and Development, sent us photos and information about a relatively small apartment (69 square meters) located in Manila, the Philippines. Here is the description we were sent: ” The owner, despite having a small space, loves to entertain guests and thus configured an open floor layout. The all-white living room features an L-shaped leather couch accented by a steel-mounted Black Emperador marble center table. Above the couch is a circular-patterned mirror piece that hangs opposite the entertainment cabinet. The owner/designer used combination shades to elongate the feel of the space. At night when these panels become a mix of black and white, the shades become an instant focal point.
The dining room is similarly linear with a table for six that uses a glass top to “lighten” the vibe. Above the dining table hangs a customized acrylic chandelier that complements the owner’s clean and stark aesthetic. The leather chairs are accented by steel legs. The ceiling height that spans more than 3meters, accented by cove lighting, gives an airy feel to the space. All across the apartment are jamb-less swing doors to create a seamless look and further open up the space. The bedroom is likewise a play of black and white with huge mirror panels. The ceiling again coves to provide an accent to the all black padded headboard”. Find the design of this small apartment practical?