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 Custom Made Abimis Kitchen for Passionate Gourmet Cooks

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The Abimis Kitchen by Italian company Prisma was especially developed for passionate gourmet cooks who want a home kitchen like those of the great chefs. Abimis is the result of a complete redesign of the kitchen environment, which is always centered on the most important figure – the chef – so that every movement is smooth and logical. Conserving, preparing, cooking, presenting and washing: these are the five phases in which every chef operates. Each phase is a sequence of careful and precise movements that, if properly organized, can become quick and easy, leaving greater freedom for expression and creativity.Here is more from the official press release provided by the designers: “Prisma understands exactly how these phases fit together, and has used its thirty years of experience to create Abimis, a new concept in kitchen that makes the efficiency and functional quality of a professional kitchen available to the home chef. The Ego kitchens are made entirely from stainless steel, completely join-free and amazingly impact resistant. The stainless steel surface is orbitally polished to make scratches and marks difficult to see and to give the kitchen a warmer and softer look.” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Prisma] 

 Prefabricated House Design in Vienna Embraces Transparency 

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Architectural office SoNo arhitekti teamed up with Slovenian manufacturer of low energy and passive prefabricated buildings Lumar to design a home that would suit the needs of a modern family and the visual appeal of the world. Displaying cubic architecture and an interesting dynamic shape that changes with every vantage point, this prefabricated home design makes you question your perspective on transparency.This particular prefabricated house design spreading over 180 square meters “consists of two different size volumes with one-gable roof.”The rise of quality building material and architectural vision leads us to see inspiring homes everyday. Now even more, prefabricated house design catches up with customization design to offer new alternatives on the real estate market.“The unified facade constructed of large format panels emphasizes the dynamics of the house’s form. Nevertheless, the type of materials that are used are subdued. Dominant material is wood in its natural colors that are combined with light shades of the facade’s surfaces. Larger glazed surfaces present the connection to its natural surroundings. The result is a modern residential building with optimal functional floor plans, which offer a comfortable and a pleasant living.”According to its designers, the prefabricated house uses transparency to its advantage: “While we enter into an open spacious groundfloor area which because of its shape slowly reveals as a pleasant intimate ambience to the visitor. The living room offers a lot of light through the large glazed window surfaces. They are designed as a sitting area from where we can observe the surroundings. A prominent staircase leads us to the upper sleeping area through the gallery that overlooks the living area below. The sleeping area consists of a large bedroom with its own dressing room and a bathroom, two smaller rooms with a smaller bathroom.”You can see it in one of the biggest show parks for prefabricated houses, FertighausPark Blaue Lagune in Wiener Neudorf. Photographs by Matevž Paternoster give us a glimpse into the dynamic design, but if you’re in Vienna, you should see this prefabricated house for yourself…

 Creative Extension to Classic Edwardian Villa: Malvern East Residence in Australia

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Designed by Pleysier Perkins, Malvern East Residence is a two story extension to a classic Edwardian villa in Victoria, Australia. The new house accommodates a double garage, open plan living area and master bedroom on the ground level and a study and guest retreat on the first floor. According to the developing team, landscape architecture was also a major part of the project: “Designed in collaboration with Jack Merlo Design, the garden spaces include a plunge pool, lawn, vine clad walls and a number of planted courtyards that integrate seamlessly with the architecture and contribute to a contemporary living environment that unfolds unexpectedly upon entry into the original Edwardian villa”.Powerful visual and textural contrasts are created due to the use of concrete block-work, marble and blue-stone, in conjunction with a white interior and timber floors. The most visitor-appealing area of the residence is a living pavilion that includes full height glazing and “an adjacent loggia exhibiting a circular void and marble wall that provides a focal point from the original entry hall. A zinc fascia caps the pavilion and wraps over the first floor guest retreat and terrace in a strong formal gesture that architecturally ties the two levels together.” [Photos by Hilary Bradford & courtesy of Pleysier Perkins]

 Modern Cottage Design Flaunting an Inverted Floor-Plan

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Modern cottage design can make you rethink your perspective on solitude. This modern family cottage with dark framed windows captures expansive views of the forest around. Built on a steep cliff’s edge, the Val-des-Monts Cottage in the Gatineau hills of Canada captures arresting views of the nearby lake. Children will definitely learn to respect nature and enjoy its ever-changing beauty.This modern lakeside family cottage imagined by Christopher Simmonds Architect stands on a stone platform that supports its smart inverted floor-plan.Boasting cantilevered family spaces upstairs, the home gathers stunning views of the surroundings. Private spaces were neatly tucked away in the land, resting on the sinuous lines of the landscape. Entering from the forest side, you move along the pathway into the home only to discover arresting lake views beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.White oak boards were used on the floor and walls to create a warm and comfortable setting. On the outside, the modern cottage design showcases dark frames on the windows, while the interiors are bright and cheery with matching white frames on windows. Dressed in white cedar cladding, the modern cottage design impresses with every turn you take. Photos by Doublespace Photography showcase the abruptness of the land and glimpses of the warm interiors basked in sunlight.We can see details like slabs of silver maple shaping the bathroom vanity or the way light filtered by the forest caresses the interiors and creates a close connection to the outdoors. Cool air rising from the lake naturally ventilates interiors, rising the physical comfort level to match the attractive visual appeal. If you liked this modern cottage design and want to see more, check out this modern cottage rising on old heirloom cottage grounds in Quebec, it boasts inspiring elements you will fall in love with. 

 Artistic Wall Mural Enriches Apartment Design in Central Warsaw

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Proudly displaying an elegant interior design envisioned by Mood Works, Shades of White is a contemporary home located in Warsaw, Poland. According to the architects, “one of the main goals of this project was to preserve the original layout of the building. With a just little modifications in the partition walls layout, it was possible to give a new expression and momentum to the space and create a light, airy feeling of the interior.” The apartment in the photos below has a total surface of 140 square meters (1,507 square feet) and includes a special corner for artistic expression.The layout is described by the designers as simple and open, “with a distinct daily zone contains a living room, connected with a dining room, and a functional kitchen – with a sliding doors system, that can hide all appliances if they are not in use. There is also a private area, where the cozy bedroom, private bathroom, wardrobe and a laundry room can be found. Those two living zones are separated by a partition wall with a mural art from Tymek Jezierski’s, a Polish graphic artist. It underlines a modernist character of a tenement house.” [Photos by Rafa? Lipski]

 Sculptural Wall at Nosotros Bar Drawing Attention to The Bartender

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When you see this sculptural wall dancing its geometry in front of your eyes, you know you are at the Nosotros Bar in São Paulo, Brazil. And since you’re in Brazil, mind as well enjoy a sophisticated drink prepared by Rafael Araújo in a stunning ambiance. Designed by Brazilian architecture and design firm Studio Otto Felix, the Nosotros Bar features an arresting faceted sculptural wall stretching up to shape the ceiling and meant to draw attention to the bartender.Rafael Araújo is not only the co-owner at Nosotros Restaurant and one of the best bartenders in Brazil.With a sucupira wood counter streching 8,15 meters, the bar looks elegant and sophisticated. The white sculptural wall beautifully contrasts the exotic wood while lights under the bar and hidden in the geometry create a catchy ambiance. The 140 square meter space was transformed with the help of wooden structures. Wood was chosen for ceilings and floors to create a warm coziness, a welcoming place to have drinks with friends. Traditional elements were introduced to create a balanced design, one that welcomes all to enjoy and bask in the elegant ambiance. The sculptural wall was a challenge, but one that resulted in an inspiring wall design.Wooden tables and linen chairs group together, while a large modular couch is surrounded by side tables and armchairs, creating a lounge space perfect for relaxing and socialization. Then, on one side you have this geometric sculpture covering the wall side to side, on the other hand, a traditional stone wall lined with wine bottles and a fireplace. In photos by Denilson Machado of MCA Estúdio we can see , but the atmosphere can only be felt there and the drinks only tasted at Nosotros Bar. Send us photos from there, ok?

 Exuberant Green Landscape Beautifully Showcased by Pachamanca House in Peru

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Pachamanca House in Lima, Peru, borrows its name from an ancient Peruvian technique of cooking under the ground.The 682 square-meter home was built by 51-1 Arquitectos for a family of professional chefs and their daughters. Its hillside location allows the inhabitants to take advantage of some amazing views of the ocean and the city of Lima. The clients’ brief requested a residence that was respectful to the environment while in the same time celebrating conceptual luxury, rather than material opulence.In a place where vegetation is scarce due to lack of rain, the architects went with a bold design plan: “Instead of a building, we decided to start the project by generating an exuberant green landscape. Buildings tend to age and get uglier while vegetation grows and gets better over time. Manipulating the site we generated a hill, a valley, a plateau, a cliff, a cave, a ravine, a shore…then each corresponded to certain vegetation class while changing altitude: trees, grasses, vegetables, hanging plants, xerophilous, hydrophytes”. The plan of the residence plays with space, offering multiple levels, various entrances and many possible itineraries inside and out. How would you personally comment on this architecture approach in Peru? [Photography: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma]

 How to Add Modern Elements to Your Landscape Design

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Your landscape design is the perfect avenue to state your personal style, telling others what they should expect to see inside your home. Image Source: ZeterreDesigning a modern home seems almost ‘old hat’. We have so many resources available to us that offer multiple techniques for achieving a clean-lined, contemporary home. But what about the outside of our home—in particular, our landscaping?Our homes exterior often gets ignored, leaving our personal style statements for the interior. We think your style should shout from the rooftops, allowing passerby to immediately admire your personal style.  Your landscape design is the perfect avenue to state your personal style, telling others what they should expect to see inside your home, without ever entering your doors.Here are some great tips to create a modern landscape for your home:Our homes exterior often gets ignored, leaving our personal style statements for the interior. Here are great ways to add your style outside. Image Source: Ibarra RosanoInside a modern home  everything has its place and everything stays in its place. Clean lines rule and clutter is forbidden. These same design principles should be applied to your exterior landscape as well.Essentially, a modern landscape is the opposite of an English garden where it is elegant to let plants roam free and take over. Plants in a modern landscape are controlled and told where to go, and through manicuring they are forced to stay put. Akin to a bird in cage where we can admire its pretty plumage, but the bird is not allowed to fly free.Modern landscaping is broken up into clearly defined, tidy spaces. At this point, some of you may be feeling sorry for the modern landscape, thinking how boring and controlled, but please read on—a modern landscape offers a quaint, unique and pristine aesthetic that most other landscape designs cannot achieve.Plants in a modern landscape are controlled and told where to go, and through manicuring they are forced to stay put. Image Source: Barnes WalkerSquares, rectangles, circles, triangles…all of these simple shapes have a place in a modern landscape design. These shapes have multiple roles, but aside from adding that clean-lined modern aesthetic, they allow you to define areas in your garden and create individual vignettes.For instance, a straight-lined stone path can lead you to an outdoor sitting area that is defined by a squared boxwood enclosure, then perhaps circular stepping stones lead to an outdoor pool area, and so on. Geometry is not reserved for ground cover and stones, it should also be seen in the plants.It is best to choose plants that are open to pruning. Here are just a few modern garden plants that you may want to consider:Squares, rectangles, circles, triangles…all of these simple shapes have a place in a modern landscape design. Image Source: Denver ImageMost modern homes have a bit of a zen quality to them. They offer a place of refuge; a quiet place to sit back and relax, forgetting the worries of your day. Your outdoor landscape should most definitely offer the same zen-like atmosphere.Here are a few tips that help add zen to your modern garden:Your landscape should most definitely offer the same zen-like atmosphere as the inside of your home. Image Source: Westover LDGround cover and stone are essential tools for a modern landscape design. They are used to segment the landscape into areas and lead the eye from one outdoor ‘room’ to another.For instance a low strip of planted ground cedars can create a border around a pond or garden pathway. And concrete can be used to create a squared, grid-like path to a pool or pond. These features don’t always have to lead you somewhere—they can be used simply as visual tools that unify the design, as well.Consider incorporating a square sand garden with just a few well-placed rocks. Rake lines into the sand garden, swirling them around the stones, making a very zen, calming space. The picture below is a perfect example of how stone and ground cover can define a modern garden.Ground cover and stone are essential tools for a modern landscape design. They are used to segment the landscape into areas and lead the eye from one outdoor ‘room’ to another.Image Source: Peter Fudge GardensAs you can see, a modern garden has many elements, but it is not actually that hard to create a landscape that reflects your modern tastes—and we suggest your home exterior should always reflect who you are, just like your interior does. Just remember to incorporate clean, straight lines, lots of geometry, stone paths, borders, and don’t forget to add a little bit zen!Have you succeeded in creating your own modern landscape? Please share with us how you did it! 

 The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Flooring Ideas and Materials

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If you’re considering kitchen flooring ideas to upgrade your cooking area, make function and durability a priority. Most flooring today is designed to be low maintenance and durable. The variety of beautiful material options and styles available can make choosing a kitchen floor an overwhelming experience. We’ve written this guide to help you find the perfect flooring for your kitchen.The most important decision when thinking about kitchen flooring ideas should be the function of the flooring. The kitchen is a high-traffic area, prone to spills ranging from water to oils, dishes and wine. You want to look for kitchen flooring materials that are low maintenance and can withstand use over time.The top durable flooring options include:–Concrete–Rubber flooring–Stone–Tile–Vinyl–Wood laminateBesides durability, cooking usually requires long periods of standing and walking back and forth. Flooring that has some cushioning is helpful, especially if you suffer from back issues.The most ergonomic flooring options include:–Bamboo–Carpet tiles–Cork–Rubber flooring–Vinyl–Wood–Wood laminateLet’s look at the materials available for your kitchen flooring ideas (in alphabetical order) and weigh their pros and cons.Bamboo is a great kitchen flooring material, especially if you like eco-friendly products. Bamboo grows so quickly it’s a good, sustainable source for flooring. Besides the eco-friendly aspect, bamboo’s strength is one of the highest of the natural materials on the market.Tips: When selecting bamboo flooring, go with a reputable brand with the longest warranty possible. The quality of the bamboo flooring is reflected by the length of the warranty.Pros: Durable, beautifully grained, eco-friendly, long warranty available.Cons: Some bamboo flooring can dent easily.Cost: $5 – $7 per square foot, installation averages at $8 per square foot.Carpet has not historically been a popular kitchen flooring option due to its difficulty in maintenance and cleaning. But the latest carpet tiles are a modern kitchen floor solution. Designed and tested to be industrial grade for high traffic areas, made of durable, easy to clean materials and easy to install, they may be the perfect kitchen flooring idea. The best part is that a carpet tile can be removed for cleaning or replacement.Tips: Choose a carpet tile from a company like Flor, designed for the modern, DIY consumer. Buy an extra box of tiles and keep for future replacements. For a modern look, use carpet tiles selectively in certain areas of your kitchen like the image above, instead of wall to wall.Pros: Durable, modern colors and textures, soft and padded, recyclable.Cons: Needs frequent cleaning and vacuuming.Cost: $1.85 to $8.00 per square foot, not including installation.Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. Durable, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great.There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed.Tips: If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the concrete to warm up the material’s cold surface.Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs re-sealing, can stain.Cost: Depending on the level of preparation required to install and finish concrete, cost averages range widely between $2 – $30 per square foot installed.Cork is a good kitchen flooring idea for a unique texture and a padded feel underfoot. Cork is a natural insulator against both temperature change and noise, making it a good choice if you’re worried about either issues. It’s naturally anti-microbial, thanks to a waxy substance in the cork, which repels insects and pests. And if you’re on a budget, cork tiles are a great DIY solution that’s easy to install.Tips: Choose a quality cork that like wood, can be sanded and refinished periodically. Confirm that the cork has a durable finish that will repel water and moisture. If choosing to install cork tiles, buy a few spares that can serve as future replacements should a tile become damaged.Pros: Earth friendly, anti-microbial, soft, padded feel, attractive texture options.Cons: Can dent or scratch easily, creating imperfections on the surface that may bother some cork flooring owners.Cost: $2 to $15 per square foot, not including installation.Laminate wood flooring is an affordable and durable kitchen flooring idea. The top layer can withstand most abuse. If you add padding beneath, it’s a soft, ergonomic flooring solution. Easy to install and available in a wide variety of styles, laminate wood flooring is a simple, modern solution for kitchen floors.Tips: Select laminate flooring with the longest warranty possible. Many come with a 25 year guarantee. For extra cushioning when standing, install a manufacturer recommended thin foam sheet layer underneath.Pros: Durable, cost effective, wide variety of options, easy to install and uninstall.Cons: Is not as valued as real wood flooring, may be slippery, noisy, not refinishable.Cost: $1.50 – $5.00 per square foot, not including installation.Rubber has similar properties to cork, but comes in a larger variety of colors and textures. It’s easy to install adhesive-free thanks to it’s high-grip properties which make it a good temporary flooring upgrade in a rental apartment. It’s cushy, durable and has a non-slip surface. Available in sheeting or tiles.Tips: Choose richer, darker colors which hide oil stains better. Rubber tiles are easier to install than sheeting. For an earth-friendly kitchen floor, choose recycled rubber flooring, which is also less expensive.Pros: Recyclable, naturally water and fire-resistant, durable, easy to clean, soft, padded feel.Cons: Some people are sensitive to the initial smell, oils may stain the rubber’s surface.Cost: $3.50 – $9.00 per square foot, not including installation.There’s a great variety of stone flooring available including the most popular marble, travertine and slate. Because of the variations in pattern and color, stone gives your kitchen flooring a unique, earthy look.Stone flooring is naturally cool, which is perfect in hotter zones. If installing stone flooring in a cold climate, consider adding sub-floor radiant heat to warm the floors in the winter.Tips: Purchase at least 25% more than you need and save your receipt to return the rejected stone. Look through all your stone tiles before having them professionally installed. It’s likely that the grain and coloring of the stone will vary dramatically and you’ll want to hand select the pieces you want installed for a similar texture and tonal match.Pros: Hard, durable surface, easy to clean.Cons: Certain stones may stain, requires routine sealing, some fragile stones like slate may chip easily.Cost: Depending on the material, $2 – $25 per square foot. Installation averages at $8 per square foot.Tile is a great, low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. It’s easy to clean, durable and has a reflective quality that expands the appearance of space in a kitchen.The latest tile designs mimic wood and other textures and patterns. Tile no longer comes exclusively as a 12” square. Some of the latest modern designs are large, rectangular shapes.Tips: Hire a professional to install tile, especially if the subflooring is not perfectly level. For ease of maintenance, install tiles with grout lines that are as small as possible.Pros: Durable, moisture resistant, easy to maintain, available in a large assortment of styles, shapes and colors.Cons: Grout lines may be difficult to keep clean, dropped items like glassware and dishes will likely shatter.Cost: $1 – $8 per square foot for material, installation averages at $7 per square foot.Vinyl is affordable, comes in a variety of textures and styles and is one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring options. While tiles are easy to install, sheet vinyl requires professional installation.Tips: Check out the latest wood-look vinyl flooring planks. Easy to install, water resistant enough to be used in a shower, kitchen or wet area and textured to mimic wood grain, it takes a careful look to see if the wood plank vinyl flooring is actually wood or not.Pros: Easy to install, water resistant, certain styles look just like wood.Cons: Offgasses potentially harmful chemicals in your home, requires a flawless subfloor to install on, can gouge easily.Cost: $1.50 – $5.00 per square foot, not including installation.Wood has traditionally been on the top of buyer’s lists for flooring choices. Wood has a high-end, warm look that’s unique, according to grain and age. But wood in the kitchen requires special protection from excess moisture.Tips: Add an extra coat of finish in the kitchen to keep the wood sealed. If living in a high humidity or coastal region, avoid wider planks, which will cup and warp over time.Pros: Adds resale value, attractive, durable, can be refinished.Cons: Can be noisy, needs periodic refinishing, may dent or scratch easily.Cost: $4 – $12 per square foot, installation averages at $8 per square foot

 Six Parabolic Modules Shape Up Original House Design in Mexico

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The story of this house in Mexico begun when architecture firm PRODUCTORA was challenged to re-purpose six parabolic modules: “A friend of ours inherited of a number of polyester structures recovered from a modular house where they used to spend their weekends in the 1970s. The owners bought a new plot of land in a small town, about one hour from Mexico City in order to accommodate these fiberglass shapes”, the architects explained. The first step was to force the volumes back to their original shape and cover them with a new coating of polyester and fiberglass.The result is a highly original residence with dome-shaped ceilings and a vibrant interior feel: “At the scale of the whole plot, PRODUCTORA gave the powerful flower-like structure of the recycled domes a central position, while all the other additions are scattered around the plot. By considering the whole plot as a active field in which several activities take places (sleeping, cooking, swimming, sunbathing, guestrooms, grill area) the whole composition loses its centrifugal straight-jacket and becomes a more open and dynamic layout.” How would you comment on this unconventional architecture approach in Mexico? [Photography: PRODUCTORA and Luis Gallardo]

 Welcoming Array of Open and Enclosed Spaces: “House Set On The Valley” in California

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Situated on a privileged site filled with vineyards and beautiful mature trees in California, USA, this residential project consists of two separate houses connected by glass. Envisioned by Jørgensen Design, the House Set On The Valley is a welcoming merger of open and enclosed spaces: ” Each dwelling is protected from a busy road with two L-Shaped walls; one is stone and one is cedar. A number of pieces behind these walls are arranged together around courtyards and terraces. In turn giving rise to a sequence of individual gardens, each with their own individual ambiance – gardens set among other limitless gardens. A system of slender spaces act like paths connecting the gardens, courtyards, and interior spaces, each embracing and respecting the landscape.”
Large expanses of glass open up the residence to the surrounding landscape and provide plenty of natural illumination: “The main house opens to vineyards on the valley floor with 270 degree views of the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains, Mt. St. Helena, and Stags Leap beyond. Guestrooms are through the cedar gateway and open to the southern views of vineyards, Stone Mountain, Mt. Vedeer and the city nearby. Meanwhile the utility areas are hidden away in front with easy access while increasing the buffer between the house and busy road and the house.” The open-air swimming pool completes the image of an inviting home in the middle of nature. [Images by Joe Fletcher Photography]

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The rustic-modern bathroom often presents a blend of strong, simple forms and warm, earthy details. Note how the wooden shelves and charming view soften the modern features of the bathroom below from Jasmine McClelland Design. Once again, we see a lovely Apaiser tub take center stage. Warm wooden tones are also alive and well in the next featured powder room. We’re loving how the round form of the tub perfectly complements the modern Vernor Panton Large Globe Light, which adds industrial flair to the space.

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You’re pretty lucky if you have a large enough window in your bathroom that could use a seating area right beneath it. A bathroom reno featured on Beneath My Heart uses an upholstered loveseat bench with added accent pillows for the window area. How about a built-in? This vanity featured on Home Bunch has a bench area near the window, while this other example (also from Home Bunch) creates a window seat out of a bathroom storage unit. You could also try a bathroom storage unit on a much larger scale with a bench as well, like the third option below from BHG. Built-ins are great, but they’re not for everyone. You could try a simple wicker bench with an elegant cushion to place by your bathroom window, like the one below featured on House of Turquoise.

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We came across two interesting lamps designed by the same talented product and lighting designer Giles Godwin-Brown. The first one, named Nepa Lamp, is described by its creator as a ” two-dimensional lamp silhouette that seamlessly transforms into a fully functioning three-dimensional task lamp.” The wall-mounted 6 ft high lamp was built out of conventional materials – birch plywood with stainless steel and aluminum details – with the help of computer-controlled technologies. It uses friction hinges along with a pivot in the base to enable a full range movement and utilizes high-powered LED lighting to spread its functional light.  Last September, the Nepa Lamp was exhibited at Designersblock London.
The second one, named Candor Lamp, is also a wall-mounted lamp, designed for commercial and industrial use. LED technology was incorporated into a cotton and timber design, with a transparent strip that creates a halo-like effect of light on the surrounding wall. Found on Design Milk, both lamps feature original details and are a fun alternative to common lighting systems. Giles Godwin-Brown describes his work: “Inspiration was taken from previous classics of the lighting industry combined with my fundamental design principles that require my products to be in their most simple form, whilst always ensuring this does not inhibit their intended function.”

 Former Wine Cellar Converted Into a More Appealing Winery

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Lower Austria, Wagram region to be more precise, is the setting where a joint effort from the architecture office of Wolfgang Wimmer, Christoph March and Marek Gut of Austrian design studio March Gut began a one-year renovation project of a former wine cellar. Benefiting from the existence of two façades, the converted and augmented building, now has four distinct levels and as main purpose, nowadays, it is a highlighting location for Clemens Strobl Winery.
Older building sections have been exhibited and brought back to original shine, as well as modern new spaces keeping both the utility of a wine cellar and showroom and the exclusivity of finer food alongside with the capability of accommodating a temporary living space, according to necessity. “Following the topic of viniculture and the different uses of the levels, the focus in the overall concept was on appropriate materials, shapes and colours: The wine manufacture is prestigious and appealing, centring on the wine experience. The cellar is cosy, featuring muted light and sound absorption and a snug atmosphere. The first floor is more open and lighter and affords a constant view of the outside directly into the vineyards.” Even if the residence unfolds with a limited number of square meters, the entire building emerges as a heartedly outpost thank to the optimised usage of the whereabouts available. [Project discovered on Flodeau]

 Beach-Inspired Vibes Delivered by Modern Home in Bondi, Sydney

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The feeling you get from viewing the interiors of this charming home in Bondi, Sydney, Australia, is that of lightness. Designed by architect Uri Turgeman and interior designer Shellee Gordoun, the residence boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, all displaying charming white & blue finishes. The ethereal atmosphere is probably related to the home’s coastal environment, which is also reflected in the extensive use of glass and clerestory windows.
The core of the residence is the living room, opening up to a dramatic double-height atrium, as well as to a generous backyard wooden deck. Oak floors, exposed brick walls and skylights create a bright and appealing modern social space. Other amenities of the residence include a a home office, private master wing with study, north facing deck and a luxe ensuite with freestanding bath, a child-friendly garden and a home theater. Enjoy the photos!
 

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You can never have enough storage in the kitchen. If you lack cabinet space but have just enough room along an area of a wall, an armoire can serve as a wonderful pantry. Check out this great example from Decoholic. Alternatively, you could use the same idea as above, but for coffee instead. Ever Evolving Life 4-5 shows the complete transformation this armoire went through to become a cute little coffee bar.

 1960s House Update in The Netherlands Encouraging Healthy Family Living

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An old 1960s house located in North Brabant, The Netherlands was upgraded by WillemsenU Architects in order to serve the modern living needs of a family of four. The clients wanted more space, as well as a new working area connected to the surrounding landscape. The solution provided by the architects consisted of extending the house on one side. By doing so, extra living areas were created on the ground floor, offering room for the business home office, a garage and a carport. The children’s’ bedrooms on the upper floor were also enlarged as a result of this home update.
Several benefits are provided by the new design: “The existing layout, characterised by somewhat cramped rooms, was transformed into a logical, spacious plan. The living room has been relocated from the front of the house to the rear of the house, where large window openings on two sides of the open living space offer views of the surrounding landscape. Specially designed elements, such as the fireplace and the large kitchen unit that turns into a dining table, divide the open plan into several areas, each with its own ambiance.” Each interior offers different and fascinating nature views, ensuring a healthy family ambiance. [Photography by Hugo de Heij & Culimaat]

 Revitalized 1920s Residence: Folded Corten House

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Found on Architizer his residence is a fascinating modern home that shows us how contemporary materials can enhance the beauty of modern residential designs. The Folded Corten House displays 215 square meters of wide open spaces visually connected to the outside with the help of expansive use of glass both on the walls and on the ceilings. The mesmerizing Corten-cladded residence was designed by Austrian studio X Architekten with offices in Vienna and Linz. By resizing and revamping an existing 1920s residential building, the architects designed a link between the public and private area by folding and cutting a Corten steel panel.
The slightly sloped terrain allowed the architects to use this little detail in constructing a clear line between the addition and the original building, seen in the difference between levels and use of building materials. The client’s brief included several points: modern energy standards, strong visual connection to the surroundings, a clearer living space, and terraces that seamlessly connect the interior spaces to the surrounding landscape. Located on the southern border of the Linz city in Austria, the geometric terraced house is unique in both concept and design. How do you feel about Corten cladding – is it too bold?
 

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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.

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