Welcome to a modern home that seems to embed the spirit of summer. Hijauan House was designed by studio Twenty-Nine Design and is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lush vegetation is present all around and according to the architects, this was one of the main objectives when developing the residence: “Our aim was to avoid cutting a single tree on site. As such, the house notches its way around the existing greenery, especially the two majestic 50 year old mango trees along the side boundary. The ground floor of the house is all glass, and can be opened up to the tropical elements. The 1st floor bedrooms are shielded from the sun with timber screens as well as the tree foliage all around. The massing of the house has been carved out all around with courtyards that bring in light, air, and green, making for tropical spaces that breathe.” Add a minimalist interior design and plenty of wood elements and you have a home that seems especially designed for a long summer escape…
Dutch practice Engelarchitecten envisioned and implemented a modern residence in the town of Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. Villa Nieuw Oosteinde was constructed while obeying strict governmental rules; more to the point, the residence had to resemble a small tower, like a gatekeeper’s house. According to the architects, the solution was a house “with a building system that has its roots in industrial and commercial buildings. The villa is made from prefabricated concrete element. This system is widely used for industrial and commercial buildings, but this is one of the first times it has been used for a villa. One of the big advantages is the cost and the building speed, without having to make concession in build quality and spatial experience“. Prefabricated concrete, wood and glass were the materials chosen for the exterior. Structured on two levels and built with functionality in mind, the residence offers a high living standard, making it perfect for a family home…
Benthem Crouwel Architects have completed the new extension to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. According to the official press release we were sent, the new levitated superstructure contains exhibition space, a restaurant, a shop and the new entrance. Arup is responsible for the structural design and the lighting design. The new building, popularly called ‘the Bath Tub’, adds over 9,000m2 to the historic museum building. This includes programme space as well as 3,400m2 of exhibition space. There is an area located in the basement which is suitable for many forms of contemporary art, being free from daylight.The Stedelijk Museum is now orientated towards the Museum Square, connecting the institute to the illustrious neighbors: the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Concert Hall.“With this reopening the Stedelijk Museum repositions itself as one of the leading arts institutes. It puts Amsterdam in the spotlight as center of artistic renewal and brings new life to the Museum Square, one of the most important cultural landscapes in the world”, stated Ann Goldstein, Director of the Stedelijk Museum. The museum maintains a collection of modern contemporary art and design of 90,000 objects dating from the seventies of the nineteenth century to the present. The historic part of the museum houses the permanent collection, including art from the oeuvre of Karel Appel, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. In addition, the museum offers a permanent design presentation including industrial design, graphic design and applied art. The new building offers temporary exhibitions. As of 23 September, the museum will be open to the public. [Information provided by Arup Europe Press Office]
We recently received a striking apartment design from Christian Di Nicuolo and Simone Dalmasso. Here is the information we were sent: “This is about a restore of an attic in the historic center of the city of Cuneo, Italy. LIGHT is the essential word in the development of this architectural project, realized making the most of the space, as requested by the customer. Therefore was created an intermediate floor to make the bedroom; this new floor compromised the light in the spaces underneath, both for the kitchen area and the bathroom, positioned behind the kitchen wall. So a glass floor allows light to pass to the floor below, generating the effect of a bed laid down on the water. Also the stairs had to have a striking effect, not creating too much interference with the rest. A stratified glass balustrade is the protection for the stairway and the intermediate floor. The laundry with walk-in closet, is filtering the living room from the bathroom, with its particular ceiling made of glass and iron beam. The furnishings finalize this little loft, delineating the owner’s eccentricity“. What is your favorite part of the project ?
Displaying a rectangular wood-covered architecture, the Waldblick Residence (meaning “forest view”) is an independent structure rising from the green surroundings, reaching for the skies with its imposing clean lines. Larch wood profiles cover the exterior facade of the Waldblick Residence, ensuring that the house displays a contemporary, durable design. The low energy home on the outskirts of Lucka, Germany, provides necessary heat and hot water thanks to the solar panels mounted on the south roof.On this side of the house, the lower floor seems carved into the volume to define where the living space ends and the garage begins. Designed by Atelier ST, the 168 square meters of interior living space were split into entertaining and private spaces, all modern and inviting. Deliberately changing from high ceilings to low-cut galleries and function areas, the architects created a set of complex spatial relationships that create a dynamic interior and add charm to each space by the use of bold and natural colors…
Inspired by the designer observing a fisherman floating on a boat one morning, this modern Bathboat captures the essence of relaxation and functionality. Providing “a new experience with a simple intervention”, this amazing project from Dutch designer Wieki Somersprovides a sculptural alternative to bathtub design, integrating the need for seclusion found in a floating boat in a striking contemporary tub design. Adding a water-inspired theme to a bathing tub, the designer re-created the way we look at bathing experiences. Placing the functional elements in the same league as the potential for dreamy escapes, Wieki Somers imagined an oak and red ceder wood boat for modern bathrooms to display with pride. Drifting away on the sea of dreams, an experience including the bathboat could end up being your favorite relaxation secret…
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.
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.
Custom home building and remodeling company Refined imagined a home where natural light meets modern design lines in a successful effort to offer its inhabitants the best customized design. Seen as an elegant background for daily life, the collection of carefully designed spaces feature furniture items you might recognize and lines that accentuate the welcoming nature of each customized room.
An elegant collection of details in the open-space living and dining area, an inviting private zone where sophistication is at home, a masculine vibe in the home office space, plus a fully equipped laundry room makes for the perfect family home. This eclectic modern residence is located in Minnesota, United States, and it was designed by Refined as a timeless home showcasing an eclectic residence design. Combining colors and textures and opening up the spaces to a continuous flow of energy and light, the design studio provided the family living here with a home they can be proud of.
Can you imagine your family photos scattered all over the place?
Bet you never expected this! Another example featured on Giddy Upcycled shows an armoire transformed into a big, beautiful birdcage for live birds. Of course, the glass is replaced again with more appropriate cage-like netting. Neat idea if you want to show off your feathery friends in style.
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.
The best modular shelving systems will encourage individual expression and personal style. An investment in both design and practicality, they are something that we choose to live with (design is arguably always a choice). Famed industrial designer Dieter Rams once remarked: “I am convinced that a well-thought-out design is decisive to the quality of a product. A poorly-designed product is not only uglier than a well-designed one but it is of less value and use. Worst of all it might be intrusive.” This quote, from a speech on ‘Design by Vitsœ’ presented by Rams in New York, 1976, remains pertinent today.
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
From their home-based studio tucked in the remote mountain village of El Valle, New Mexico, the husband/wife furniture design duo Larry and Nancy Buechley crafted a charming furniture collection that includes dinning tables, consoles, rockers and chairs. They recently sent us some information and photos about these inspiring twisted coffee table bases, which we are happy to share further: Both art majors in college — Larry focusing on sculpture, Nancy on painting — the two found themselves increasingly drawn to furniture design and construction. The results of the artists turned self-taught furniture makers are dramatic twisting, turning furniture masterpieces with impossible flowing lines. “Because we approach our work from an art background, rather than a technical school side, we are more interested in form, balance, positive and negative space,” says Larrry. The coffee tables are available for purchase online here, with prices ranging from $1800 for the Wovenwood Coffee Table Base (first photo of the post), to $2000 for the Trefoil Coffee Table Base (second picture)…
There’s nothing quite like an old weathered wooden bench to add some character to almost any bathroom, even if the rest of the room isn’t exactly rustic at all. The State of Things shows a semi-rustic style in this farmhouse bathroom, which obviously works quite well, followed by this more modern and minimalist bathroom featured on Atelierul Decor.
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…