MARC Architects, from the Netherlands, have recently completed the Villa S2, a modern volumetric l project, in Amsterdam. With a beautiful lake view and a lounge area for precious moments of tranquility, the house is ideal for a young couple with small children, looking for a quiet and inspiring neighborhood. The house and the deck, raised above the ground, keep a sleek and polished look, thanks to the material used in defining them: white-lustrous marble. The door, the garage and a part of the upper windows are adorned with horizontal wood panels. This was a really smart solution for offering some privacy and also some extra sun protection.The upper level is dedicated to the bedrooms while the main level accommodates the living room (with quite a spectacular view over the lake), surprising from a cozy and comfortable environment, subtle details of the neighborhood and the lush vegetation. An open space dining area connects the inhabitants with the pleasant, breezy site. In the hot summer season, the terrace baldaquin, together with the view create a perfect ambience for those perfect romantic evenings we all dream about. Beautiful and neat, the Villa S2 is a wonderful place, that emphasises the values of tranquility and of the stress-free environments.
Dutch design studio Ontwerpduo caught our attention with a wonderful display of creativity concentrated in a versatile cage chair. Their Cageling hanging chair provokes your perspective on bird cages while offering a comfy place to rest. “A birdcage large as life in which you can swing freely: dreaming away in your own space, without being isolated from your surroundings. Not captured, yet safe – and as free as a bird possibly can be.” Pretty cages are those we build ourselves. From inside the cage, you can safely watch the world fly by … while swinging back and forth. So moving doesn’t necessarily mean progress. But then again, the concept doesn’t stand in the way of you thinking about this while hanging in a cage chair on the porch. Daydreaming goes even deeper if you sit comfortably in the garden, suspended by a tree branch, birds chirping away…“Everybody’s a bird, locked up in a pretty cage. Sometimes you fly to a slightly bigger one, but you never quite have the courage to abandon captivity completely.”— Dave McKean, CagesThey can make the cage chair in any color you wish, so the dream remains intact. The photographs captured by Lisa Klappe beamed me into a fairytale world created by Ontwerpduo. Ah, they have the most creative minds! You surely remember the Marbelous Dining Table which entices you to play while dining, be a child again, just like the swinging motion of this modern cage chair. Weatherproof coating adds a versatility plus – the Cageling looks and feels good both indoor and outdoor. I can just imagine it adorning my bedroom, hanging in my corner bow window. Can you picture a room in your home that would look amazing if the Cageling was suspended there?
Not so long ago, we featured the Tower Kitchen designed by Philippe Starck for Warendorf. With this kitchen collection the German manufacturer has once again sought to collaborate with a high profile designer, this time in the guise of world renowned Dutch designer and master craftsman Piet Boon. His collection consists of three different kitchen designs, all of which bring a sense of subdued luxury to the heart of the home.Original is a kitchen that is functional and timeless, comfortable and pure, distinctive and harmonious. It demonstrates the effect that can be created by combining natural materials with sophisticated surfaces. Stockholm on the other hand is inspired by a variety of Scandinavian design influences, whilst London, with its conspicuously minimalist design, highlights the kitchen’s role as a living space and pushes its functional role into the background.Piet Boon’s design philosophy is best seen in the use of a natural and subtle palette of subdued colours and materials, which marry authenticity with harmony and timelessness. He says: “Kitchens are the heart of the home, so we design them with passion. Renowned kitchen manufacturer Warendorf has been entrusted with the production of our high quality, functional kitchen designs, which are as much an expression of traditional values and the craftsman’s skill.”Do you have a favourite kitchen out of these three? Or do you prefer the Tower kitchen by Philippe Starck?
Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer best known for his scrapwood furniture range that he creates using scraps of reclaimed wood. Each piece of beautiful, timeless and unique furniture is lovingly hand-crafted by Eek and is designed and made to last.Eek first started producing furniture from reclaimed materials in 1990 when he designed and made the scrapwood cupboard as a reaction against the prevalent craving for flawlessness. According to Eek he wanted to show that products that aren’t perfect can still appeal to our sense of aestetic and functionality. He also wanted to design a product that could be made with limited means and a material that was abundant.Over the years, Eek has become very adept at seeing materials and techniques that are available for design, but that are not being used for that purpose. He sees the value in materials that others would perhaps class as waste and he transforms them into surprisingly efficient and lasting pieces of furniture.In a world where minimalism has reigned for so long it is great to see designers that are doing the opposite of minimal. The process that Eek uses to create his masterpieces not only takes a great deal of time but also gives the objects a strong visual and tactile effect. Unlike mass produced churned out goods, the whole value of Eek’s pieces lies in the time and the process that is used to create them.What do you think about these products? Would you buy furniture made from reclaimed and waste materials? Let us know…
The busy city of Rotterdam is filled with small living spaces, smartly designed. Due to the municipality’s idea of revitalizing the pre-war buildings, many small apartments have suffered “overnight makeovers”, borrowing glimpses of the urban core. The industrial landscape served as an inspiration for the urban homes. The Vertical Loft is one of the most recent residential projects completed by Shift Architecture Urbanism, fitting the description. Located in the busy center of Rotterdam, the ingenious dwelling spreads on three levels, all connected through steel staircases, of industrial inspiration. An oversized library, now this is the interesting part! Speading vertically on all three floors, one can access the books while climbing the stairs.The narrow frame facilitated a customized home design. The interior is quite pleasant despite the choice of bringing concrete floors and steel details inside. Minimalism is one of the obvious trends adopted. The house embraces an opened space concept, so you keep a track of everything by simply spinning… on the staircases. The loft is adorned with simple elements of design and it offers vertical circulation. The three levels have different atributions. The main floor is reserved for dining, the second floor for work and relaxation and the top floor accommodates the bedrooms. Beautiful and minimalist, the Vertical Loft is a a great solution and an example of smart design…
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.
With infinite combinations and practical applications, the Montana System is a late 20th century classic. Peter J. Lassen established Danish company Montana Møbler A/S in 1982 and designed its extremely efficient shelving system. Comprised of 36 basic modules in four depths, the system includes shelves, doors, drawers, trays and lighting. With infinite combinations and practical applications, the Montana System is a late 20th century classic. Peter J. Lassen established Danish company Montana Møbler A/S in 1982 and designed its extremely efficient shelving system. Comprised of 36 basic modules in four depths, the system includes shelves, doors, drawers, trays and lighting.
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.
SPG Architects envisioned and implemented Beach Walk House, a modern family residence located in Fire Island, New York, USA. According to the architects, building this home came with many challenges regarding local codes in height, lot line, setbacks, and site coverage, which the team successfully tackled : “Our response was to create a dynamic composition of three intersecting rectilinear forms, rotated on the site off the prevailing grid. This decision maximized both views and privacy“.
Despite the sober exterior, the residence exudes an overall welcoming indoor atmosphere: “The soft neutral colors and natural wood tones used in the architecture are enlivened by the bold use of color used throughout the house in furnishings, textiles and art prints. Indoor-outdoor furniture is used throughout the interiors and the exterior decks, unifying this vacation home’s living spaces with a bright and vibrant palette“. What is your personal stand on the design of this modern American home?
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.
When square footage is limited, the last thing you need is an obstacle course of furniture to weave through. Stick to the basics of what you need to enjoy your space. This doesn’t mean you need to live in an empty apartment; it means you should select pieces that serve double duty. Some ideas for multifunctional furniture include. An ottoman (even better: a storage ottoman). It can convert your sofa into a chaise sectional or work as a coffee table (with a tray on top for stability) or extra seating. A sofa table. This can serve as a makeshift dining table, a desk or an entryway table. Go the extra mile and choose a narrow 30-inch-high bookcase or a sofa table with shelving. Stacking, self-storing furniture. Nesting side tables have a variety of uses. A bench. It can serve as dining room seating, a coffee table or a low media cabinet.
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.
Residence Santa Caterina by Studio Alberto Apostoli has been recently inaugurated in Verona, Italy and consists of an architectural housing design that has become an important part of the environment. The aim of the architect was to create a space pleasant to walk through for residents. The architecture of the complex is composed of vertical elements, due to which the amount of living space gains volume and conceals the ground floor. In total, three types of coatings (stucco, stone and green stratified laminate) are used in the project.
Studio Alberto Apostoli was also involved in the project of the park and lawns of the complex, which includes “hanging” gardens and ornamental hedges. A watchman-gardener, who live there, takes care of all the plants in the complex. The project also utilizes the best energy-saving technologies (solar panels and power plants) and the latest modern materials. All this creates a unique atmosphere without excessive luxury. [photos and information provided via e-mail by Studio Alberto Apostoli]
The Crochet Chair, Crochet Table and Crochet Light are all part of Marcel Wanders playful vision on this traditional means of decorating. The elegant molded shape and fascinating crochet details of the Crochet Collection are made from white cotton and coated with epoxy resin. Eccentric and talented, the designer played with individually hand-sewn crochet flowers to shape different items that are hollow on the inside, creating the extraordinary feeling of an elegant ghost chair. This collection offers new applications for traditional crochet, enlarging the decorative possibilities of this beautiful art. Apparently even Jay-Z and Beyonce have one of these beautiful furniture items – the Crochet Chair by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, for which it is rumored to have paid $40K. The interesting piece of furniture was bought by the famous couple during a private tour of a design exhibition in Miami…
A notable design collaboration between the traverso-vighy architecture studio and the University of Padua’s Department of Technical Physics led to the development of Residence TVZEB, an experimental zero energy building. The new project was especially built to accommodate an environmentally-sound architecture studio and is located in a few kilometers from the historic center of Vicenza, Italy.
The dwelling has a total surface of 190 square meters and was constructed from parts, combining CNC machined and handcrafted components: “The larch glulam and galvanized steel structure is suspended along two longitudinal lines of the foundation and was dry assembled on site: all building components are made from recyclable and/or recycled materials and can be dismantled. The building can be disassembled at the end of its life cycle and its materials can be separated and recycled, restoring the site to the natural landscape“. The residence is entirely fueled by internal energy sources (wood combustion, solar and geothermal energies).