In recent years, we have seen a rise in the popularity of home interiors deemed to be following the trend for ‘Industrial Chic’. Those who have opted in to this trend have given their homes a distinctly industrial feel through the use of more industrial materials such as cement and metal which may not necessarily have been used in traditional residential home interiors.The Twenty Cemento kitchen by Italian kitchen manufacturer Modulnova, is perfect for any industrial chic residential space. Using an extraordinary new resin technology, the cabinets can be coated in a 3mm liquid concrete layer. The coating dries to a silky smooth, durable finish and is intriguingly cool to the touch but with warm natural stone tones.The cement finish is complimented by the black granite Nero Assoluto sink and the brushed and oiled wooden breakfast bar which is cantilevered off the central island.The pure lines of the kitchen, especially the tall cupboards, conceal appliances and storage spaces which, as with all Modulnova designs, are organised and accessorised to order. The internal cupboards and drawers feature accessories specifically designed to organise work spaces and storage spaces.How do you feel about this kitchen? Do you love the industrial chic feel of it or is it just to cold and industrial for your home? Let us know…
Surrounded by an 18 hectare property, the Storrs Road Residence in the small town of Peachester, Australia, displays a single story architectural body emerged from the original building mixed with modern design to shape the evolution story behind this now contemporary farmhouse. Rising from an orchard-defined surrounding, the residence “aims to reflect in miniature the site as a whole and its history.” The old existing dam – once the center of entertainment for kids – was integrated into the structure by connecting it to a pond in front of the house. Wrapping around a central courtyard, the living spaces were designed to be somehow part of the garden, creating a surprising connection with the help of modern technologies. This is how sustainability became part of the project, as Tim Stewart Architects describe it: “The home itself is far more environmentally conscious than its predecessor, with low energy lighting predominant, solar water heating, over 60 000 liters of water storage, and built with timber taken from the site and from fire breaks cut through the bushland. The timber was milled and finished on site and makes up all of the exposed timber as well as the flooring and much of the sub structure. The house is a reflection in miniature of the workings, life, and history of the farm and the family that continue to take enjoy its offerings.”
We received some photos and information about the 3D wall panels from WallArt, designs with the power to liven up a place, adding that extra aesthetic dimension: “WallArt brings your walls to life with her modern and Eco-friendly 3d wall panels made out of the fibrous residue of sugarcane. This fibers of crushed sugarcane stalks, remaining after raw sugar is extracted from the juice of the sugarcane by shredding it, is now the raw material, called bagasse, that forms the base of this easily installed Eco-friendly product. The raw material used for our 3d wall panel is 100% recycled, compostable and is therefore 100% biodegradable A selection of different styles that take you all the way from the adventurous African shores to a touch of nostalgic France with a modern signature”. Have a look at another series of 3D wall panels by WallArt, featured on our site a while back here…
Light, romantic and positive, this lovely apartment is located in an area in Sweden called Bakers Farm and characterized by the classic charm of the 20th. Spotted on Lundin.se, the crib stands out due to elegance and good taste. The core of the apartment is a living room, cleverly painted in white, in order to increase the feeling of space. The living and dining area is maximized and the interior gives an overall impression of freshness. Purple drapes frame the window and add a bold color to the otherwise neutral palette. The kitchen may be small, but it is all-equipped and has plenty of room for two people cooking together and for a breakfast table. The most inviting part of the crib is probably the bedroom, featuring a king-size bed and hidden storage units. See any other details you consider worth a second look?
Located on the 56th floor of the famous Montparnasse Tower, at a 210 meter-hight, restaurant Ciel de Paris was designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and comes with a sweeping view of the the city below. The comfortable and contemporary design invites guests in a setting that is difficult to forget. Dim lighting is spread through the restaurants, from behind the circular mirrors on the ceiling, the edges of the room and from beneath the curved central bar. Here are further captivating details from the architects: “From the bay windows to the central bar, depending on the aura of the mirrors, the skilled composition of the sombre reflections strengthens and transforms perspectives. The view becomes space; space becomes the view. The golden glints of the City of Light bounce off the sensual curves and materials. Paris is sparkling and all of a sudden the tower is more desirable. This primarily touristic venue has become welcoming and ethereal, a pleasurable experience designed for everyone.” Does this look like a place you would like to dine in?
An inspired collaboration between famous singer Lenny Kravitz and Italian tile manufacturer LEA Ceramiche led to the creation of a fantastic collection of tiles. Meaning “drop” in Italian, the Goccia Three Dimensional Tile Collection imitates the features of moving water, mirroring the light and capturing shadows in a merger of quality material and imagination. Lenny Kravitz extended his creativity to a new media, helping create a stylized version of water in black and white. You might know that back in 2003, the famous singer set up a design studio that transform’s Lenny’s “eclectic global lifestyle into innovative and dynamic design solutions.” – Kravitz Design Inc. Working with the LEA Ceramiche team resulted in a fabulous set of matte and glossy textures that can be used to beautify either residential or commercial spaces. For sure, Lenny Kravitz’s creativity has found another inspiring outlet expressed in this challenging project…
Envisioned and implemented by German studio Titus Bernhard Architekten, House 11 x 11 gives the overall impression of a small, compact home. The 1,960 square foot (182 square meters) contemporary abode in Munich, Germany, was especially developed to serve the needs of a family, in an area that captures the serenity of natural elements. According to the architects, “House 11 x 11 is an icon for its users, symbolic and built with a new method of construction: the exterior walls and the wooden roof made of prefabricated elements are covered by a vertical wood-lamella façade without counter-battens, converging on the ridge of the roof. A pronounced graphic character is the result, reinforced by the variable density and very precise setting of the lamellae, including the integration of the wooden window frames”. The inner layout is based on continuity and the core of the house is an open plan living area, characterized by a minimalist, yet inviting design…
Marcin Wielgosz, the head designer at merely , a start-up furniture firm from Poland, sent us some photos and explained what their latest project called Hocky was all about. Since it seemed so innovative and wonderful, we have decided to share it with you. Hocky is a comfortable and functional piece of furniture, made entirely of segments which once sticked together, form a comfy sofa. Otherwise, the segments have their own individual functionality, serving as armchairs. The concept aims to offer freedom, so let your imagination float: choose the colours and the fabrics and let the designers handle the rest.Pointing on its functionality, Hocky’s armrests transform themselves into small tables in a blink of an eye. It’s really wonderful and interesting how Hocky adapts, following the stream of your needs: no matter if you want a sofa, a small couch and an armchair or only armchairs, this object of domestic use creates endless possibilities to configure an optimal workplace. The hardwood tables support laptops, books and other stuff you need for work or leisure. Hocky is simple, functional and claims your creativity. It’s the freedom of choosing, moving, combining and testing that makes it such an interesting piece of furniture! Now that you know our opinion, how do you feel about it?
On our site, we publish hundreds of projects each month, making it interesting to see which ones you liked the best. Based on your Facebook shares, we put together a list with the most popular posts and we share it further By clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project. Enjoy and tell us if your favorite project made the list for the month of April!#1. In at number one, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the southern most atoll of the Maldives stretches across the sparkling waters, offering a luxurious place to retreat and forget everything – just concentrate on yourself in direct connection with the natural environment. Awaiting guests with its 142 villas, the resort surrounded by white sands accompanies a carefree vacation surrounded by 3.5 miles of Indian Ocean coastline.#2. The patent-pending Rocking-2-Gether Chair designed by Houston architect Paul Kweton creates this shared moment routine while displaying a carefully mastered design. Made out of CNC milled birch plywood, the modern rocking chair can be customized to display different density and sizes for the wooden spacers, so you can control the visual connection between you and your pet.#3. Virtually rising 140 meters in the air over Indian ground, the Bandra Ohm Residential Tower was supposedly designed for a location in Mumbai, India. James Law Cybertecture imagined a cluster of highly contemporary spaces inspired by the ripple effect. A rounded outline shapes a magnificent residential building resembling the Ohm (?) symbol.#4. This white home located in Queensland, Australia received plenty of attention this month. Built on an impressive lot of 824 square meters, the residence features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, an outdoor entertainment area, a swimming pool, and a three-car garage. But how do you clean such a residence?#5.Living Walls is a street art project initiated by artist Nikita Nomerz , from the western Russian city of Nizhniy Novgorod. The graffiti and street artist seeks decaying buildings and paints them into living characters. Just click on the photo below for more examples of his incredible work.#6. The Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Hotel in the Maldives fascinates with its collection of 100 villa designs to choose from, each luxuriously displaying a welcoming interior design and being strongly connected to the astounding surroundings. Located on a private island in the Maldives, the resort boasts contemporary designs merged with traditional influences.#7. Interior designer Rees Roberts collaborated with Steven Harris Architects to create a stunning modern house located in Cabo San Lucas. Composed of private courtyards and elegantly designed interiors, the house on the Baja Peninsula overlooks sparkling waters and was designed to appear as part of the landscape, with large expanses of glass opening the interiors towards the views.#8. What is it that people want from an apartment? Space, comfort, style, a constant feeling of a welcoming space, a private retreat from the world? Let’s see how many of these features we can spot in this rendering of a 300 square meter apartment designed by Alexander Chervinskyi for Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects.#9. Meant to connect Hong Kong to Beijing, the Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus is said to become the largest underground high-speed rail station in the world. This modern concept was designed by Andrew Bromberg of international architecture studio Aedas and its completion is programmed for 2015.#10. The Isaly Residence is a stunning home designed for the Isaly family in a 1848 Gramercy Park townhouse in New York City. By adding a 620 square feet penthouse on top, the building was split into two apartments of equal value. The open floor upper part was to become a beautiful showcase home inhabited by the Isalys. Fractal Construction collaborated with light designer Ingo Maurer and sculptor Emilio Garcia to create an up-to-date residence, displaying plenty of inspirational elements.
Welcome to an original looking attic apartment with a design that literally captures the feel of Stockholm. Found on Skeppsolmen, this 141 square meter home with a double-height living area and 3,5 rooms mirrors a modern lifestyle, yet with respect for the traditional.With a dominant white and gray color palette, the overall impression is that of space and soberness. Classic details which characterize the historic building of this home are mixed with modern elements, with harmonious results. The focal point of the apartment is the living room, with inclined walls, a large sofa and original shelving units. The bookcase wall is ingeniously continued upwards by a tiny desk and further storage ideas. A south facing terrace with seating for six and barbecue makes this apartment even more inviting. See any other clever details worth mentioning?
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?
A sculptural home in Taipei presents its facade with a play of light and geometry that mesmerizes passers-by. Spreading over 635 square meters, the surprising showcase house in Taiwan is known as Casa De Flore. Defined by the carefully designed transparent glass box presenting tall floor-to-ceiling windows shaping a lounge zone hidden behind greenery, the architecture plays with scale and depth to create a protective shield from the noise of the street. Imagined by Arcadian Architecture + Design as welcoming people with a receded facade adorned with a terraced landscape, this home in Taiwan features a special “heart of the home” – a central courtyard.
Casa De Flore is recessed from the road to provide a parking space and an open entrance. Past the massive doors, functional spaces are arranged around a central courtyard lined with pebbles. Bringing light deep inside the home, this interior courtyard is inhabited by a single plant making the whole house seem like a micro-cosmos. Three meeting rooms divided by shelves and an 8-meter-long reception table, together with a lounge zone accessible via sliding doors revolve around the central courtyard. Architects guide us through the spaces: “At the rear of pebble courtyard, a doorway is leading to a residential unit for demonstration. The living room, dining room, studying room and master bedroom are displayed in sequence under a continuous curved ceiling to convey the idea of an open living plan.”
Photographs seen on Archdaily, courtesy of Shining Group,Inc., present the sculptural home from different vantage points, making it come alive. Do you like what you see?
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.
If you are one of those iPhone enthusiasts who love to solve everything around the house by simply launching an app, we have an interesting solution for you today. Tado° is an iPhone controllable thermostat which can help reduce energy costs in your apartment. How is this possible? Here is an explanation from the producers: “A key element of tado° is a small box connected to your heating system. It replaces an existing thermostat on the wall or is attached directly to the heating boiler. It communicates with your smartphone using your home Internet connection“.
“Your smartphone automatically sends information to the Box over the internet about when and how to heat your home, depending on where you are.It works like a personal heating assistant, helping consumers to cut their heating costs by an average of 27%. To achieve this, the temperature of the home is adjusted precisely to the behavior of the residents – in a fully automatic process“. Basically, the system (found on Mocoloco) does three things: it turns down the heating when the last person leaves the house, it turns the heating back up before someone gets home and also heats the house less when the sun is shining. Impressed?
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.
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our site readers in the past we have featured Photojojo’s cool camera lens mugs that look like the real thing! From their camera lens mugs, to sets of shot glass lens cups, there isn’t a product that you don’t love. We thought a great giveaway would be to have you tell us why you love these life-like photography mugs, and why you’d be the perfect person to receive one. Whether you want one for your favorite cup of java, or you want to put a plant in it, these are the perfect pick-me-up to a work day!
Do you love drinking your morning coffee or tea while perusing through our site’s website? The 24-105mm black lens has a realistic lens-cap lid with rubber-grip focus zoom rings. It even has an auto-focus switch that actually switches. Wouldn’t that make your morning complete?
Want to fill your cup with tasty drink, as you comment on our site’s Facebook page? The Original Lens Mug would be perfect for you! It even zooms when you twist the rubber-grip rings on the outside! The lid looks like a lens cap, and the manual/auto focus switch actually switches.
We bet your office desk needs 3 shot glasses to keep paperclips, and staples in… or you can obviously use it for real shots (not at work please!) They’re perfect in every detail, from the teeny raised numbers to the focus-ring ridges to the wee auto/manual focus switch. They’re nice and heavy, too: sturdy ceramic that feels solid in your hand. 3 glasses per set, same size as a standard bar shot (1 1/2 oz).
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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.
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.
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.
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.