Studio ALBUS Design took our breath away with a project inspired by Brazilian culture. Gathered around 150 pounds of bananas celebrating artist Carmen Miranda’s influence on cultural diversity, a collection of carefully chosen decorative elements create a Latin-inspired home comfort. Encouraging this radical aesthetic innovation started by Carmen Miranda, the design created by architect Henrique Steyer and designer Felipe Rijo, of ALBUS Design was imagined to encompass the owners’ significant artwork and antiques collection – “the drawings by Djanira in the wall over the sofa share the space with a painting by Di Cavalcanti and the cocoon-shaped sculpture by Siron Franco” – as well as an interesting collection of feather art displayed throughout. Baroque saints and silver torches next to an antique mirror steal the spotlight once you got used to the bananas: “Yes, we have bananas!” That is how we sum up this project in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Inspired in the Brazilian culture and its many influences, this living room is an example of Brazil’s cultural diversity. Just as the Brazilian people is a result of miscegenation, the creation of this living was a search for the perfect mix. Henrique traveled with the home owner to New York, Miami and Rio de Janeiro, looking for an essentially latin harmony.”
The creative team Geometrix Design recently completed the design of a challenging room, serving as a parlour (special living room area) for a family of musicians. Here is the press release we were sent from the architects: “Our main tasks were: to think out a storage system for musical equipment, books, and other belongings without making the room even more narrow, to provide a place to sleep, and some room for rehearsals and giving lessons.We decided to break the geometry of the room, thus getting rid of the habitual dead-end planning. The wall with a TV was decorated with felt-lined panels (felt is a very good soundproof material); between the panels mild local lighting was built-in and the wall itself was designed in such a way that it makes impression of lightness. The central part protrudes with regard to the basic wall, and mirrors are attached to the lower and upper parts of the wall, which makes you feel like the wall suspends. The color continuity can be changed with the help of a LED strip, so the warm, restrained colors of the room can be altered any time” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Geometrix Design]
Designed by Spanish architect and product designer Patricia Urquiola for Gan Rugs, the Mangas Collection features rugs, runners and pouffs made from 100% wool and hand made in India. The products are made from a patchwork of different design wool knits which create unique textured designs in different complementary colour ways and sizes.We recently wrote about the trend for knitting in interior design and these products would fit in with this trend perfectly. The big chunky knits are perfect for lazing about in front of the fire on a cozy winter evening. Don’t you think?
A bold signature style. Meet Greg Natale, one of Australia’s top designers and explore the universe he imagined for the Clarke Payne project. The designer achieved a stunning effect by mixing details of modern patterns with the artistic style of the 17th century. Overwhelming images filled with precious velvet populate the living space, giving birth to that perfect royal ambience, pictured in movies. As the interior is dominated by shades of grey blended with white details, a certain cool atmosphere is preserved. The baroque details, the high ceilings with the white detailing extending on the walls, the neutral colours, the chandelier and the expressive cold beauty gives us the feeling that this is a European aristocratic residence, updated to our contemporary tastes and standards.The living room is extremely beautiful and imposing. Probably the most important piece of décor, the chandelier dominates the already breathtaking design. The master bedroom is nothing but royal. With precious fabrics of velvet, combining majestic tones of blue, the bedroom could be reduced to a particular feature: sophisticated. Discovered by the Italians, but borrowed in the entire Europe, the baroque as an artistic style had one major purpose: exaggerate and transmit cathartic exuberance upon people. Back to our home, every single detail exhales grandeur. From fabrics, to motifs, Greg Natale is one of a kind. The edgy blending of classy and modern creates a unique line that characterises his work at Clarke Payne…
One word to describe the stunning and stylish Breust Residence in Australia: transparency. The house, flooded by light, is a gorgeous mix of sophisticated details, guarded by an infinity pool (also with a transparent structure) on a side and a marvelous garden on the other. The people responsible for accomplishing such a mesmerizing final result are the ones behind JUO, an Australian, Perth-based design studio. The living room is structured as a long (and transparent) corridor. The high ceilings and the glass walls create this perfect breezy atmosphere that enhances the feeling of freedom.The Breust Residence is playful: striking shapes, contrasting materials were used in defining it. The two-story residence is spacious and luminous with incredible high ceilings, exhaling elegance (just take a look at the gorgeous copper-like circular bulbs hanging from the ceiling) but also piece of mind, due to the uncluttered décor. “The full height glazing not only maintains this main living area as an extension of the outdoors – with gardens and water on either side – but also allows for natural cross ventilation to cool the space efficiently and naturally without mechanical intervention or air conditioning. The view of water has been created through the use of glass to the side of the above ground lap pool, mimicking the extent of the volume between the two pavilions.”
Eduard C?liman is an architectural visualizer based in Leeds, United Kingdom who recently completed an intriguing living room project. The luxurious interior was envisioned as having an open layout, with a generously-sized sofa located in the middle, visually separating the lounge area from the dining space. Large crystal chandeliers seem to spice up the room, adding a touch of royal elegance. The eclectic mix of furniture employed give the place its unique character.This project contains elements that belong to the Visionnaire Ipe Cavalli brand collection such as the feathery mirror (Bird) and the console (Gretel) while the sofa was designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia. The lamps and the ceiling lights come from Giovanni Sforza Home luxury Collection and were carefully chosen to further depict a more bright and luxurious lifestyle. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Eduard C?liman]
Nature and the environment have proven to be a big source of inspiration in interior design and architecture over the past few years, particularly where material choice is concerned. We have seen a rise in popularity of natural materials such as wood, stone and slate as people are seeking to reduce their impact on the environment by choosing products that will last longer and that are readily available.Particularly when it comes to flooring, wood, stone and slate are very popular choices. However, not everybody sees the attraction of using these materials in their homes, preferring the comfort, warmth, noise reduction and improved insulation offered by carpet. Picking up the trend for nature in interior design and wanting to cater to carpet lovers, Danish carpet producer Ege came up with the Out of Nature collection.The innovative carpet collection emerged from a desire to bring the rustic beauty of nature inside as part of a building’s interior design. The collection’s expressive, photographic designs adds character to a room, as well as providing good acoustics and comfort underfoot.These carpets look unbelievably realistic and allow you to get the look without compromising on comfort. They definitely have my vote! What about you?
Do you find it difficult to choose a living room layout? This infographic put together by The FurnishedUp Blog makes it easy for anyone to decide on a practical decorating scheme. Developed around the user’s personal needs, the information below counts for quality advice when planning your house. For example, if you would like to direct attention to a particular focal point in your living room (be it a bookcase, fireplace, television set or a fantastic view), all furniture should be oriented towards that focal unit, with armchairs, pillows and ottomans creating an inviting conversation circle.If you plan on having a kids-friendly interior, setting up “areas” is considered the best way to go. Simple partitions can be used to create a distinction between the children’s space and the adults’ conversation zone. Three further options are illustrated below, feel free to “investigate” and choose what layout best suits your own living room. Be sure to also check out the kitchen layout guide, an infographic presented on our site in a previous post, helping you choose a kitchen design based on the fridge-oven-sink work triangle…
We ran across a lovely collection of eclectic interiors spiced up with vintage elements by designer Timothy Oulton and thought of sharing them further.Boasting sophistication and creativity, each of the 20 interiors below was developed according to a certain theme. As the designer explains, some of them were inspired by the “Beat” culture of 1950s America, where writers and creative-types championed non-conformity.As you will look through the photos, you will also discover “a nostalgic tribute to the romantic era of luxurious sea voyages“, in various decorative objects. such as vintage trunks, classic upholstery pieces, and travel memorabilia. The interior below is dedicated to old English sports such as tennis, rugby and sailing and is said to exude “the class and refinement that once defined the world of sports”. We are charmed by the array of great details in this remarkable design portfolio and are looking forward to see which elements caught your attention…
Istanbul-based designer, Tanju Özelgin, completed the interior of T House, a gorgeous multi-level residence sited in Bosphorus district. With objects of décor displayed in a museum-like manner, he imagined a stylish dark-toned living space, making use of local forms and materials. The neutral palette of colours, ranging from white/ beige to different hues of grey and sheer black create an astounding visual effect. Space looks modern, yet a little bit gloomy. Despite the excessive use of obscure colours, the interior inspires calmness and elegance. High ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, long curtains and exquisite artwork adorn the living room.“In this project, Özelgin has used rough stone and raw concrete mixed with polished marble, wood and glass for the interior and sections of the exterior. Also the widespread use of stone surfaces on walls, floors and exterior areas can be considered as an example of the use of local elements. Besides, the use of stonewall panels in the primary living spaces is one of the most important features of the design.” From polished marble tables to futuristic-like sculptures – everything seems to fall into place visually. The overall design appears to be fascinating and intimidating, in the same time…
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.
Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects the main building with the garden and features sliding glass doors which retract into brick walls: “Even though we wanted the new extension to really feel contemporary in kind and use, we also wanted to use a material that would hyperlink this new aspect back to the history of the current building and area as a complete. If done properly, brickwork adds movement and texture, and will stand the test of time”, ” stated Tigg Coll.
An original personality was imprinted in the new home extension :””We like the idea that although the indoor and outdoor spaces are linked, they still remain different and the brick threshold helps to emphasize this.” As you step inside, you are greeted by a row of bricks, marking the indoor-outdoor boundary. Inside and out, the architects employed large white porcelain tiles, creating bold color contrasts with the neighboring yard and with other materials from the main building. How would you personally comment on the outcome of this project ? [Photography is by Andy Matthews ]
The Batea Outdoor Grill is one of the two first objects of MateriaLitica‘s foundational series entitled “Fuegos Concretos” (Concrete Fire). “Batea” is the result of an innovative work with reinforced concrete made of marble. This reinforced concrete allows, at the very end of the process, the final polishing of the pieces, obtaining as a result different textures and finishes that exalt even more the enormous plastic possibilities of the material. As you can probably observe in the photos below, Batea is a barrel type grill. It has a 3.2 mm iron overlay fire crate placed over a reinforced concrete base with a front opening. The whole structure is placed over four red quebracho tree legs.
Here is an inspirational statement from the project developers: “We try to accomplish products that can really be out in the open without the need of major care. Our objective is that both the passage of time and an out in the open environment can nourish the product’s esthetics. From this point of view the robustness and the use of iron in very thick levels are understood. Iron which we rust in a handcraft manner with different sulfates to achieve, in every iron sheet, a unique and particular stained finish. The process ends with three polyurethane lacquer hands. We believe that in the Plata River, design still has a lot of things to say about the elements we consider deeply our own, from our culture, such as the world of grills, barbecues and burners”. How would you comment on the appearance of this modern grill? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by MateriaLítica]
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.
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
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.
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
Located in Buk-Chon, a quiet and traditional district of Seoul, Songwon Art Centre, designed by the South Korean studio Mass Studies, is a building entirely made of solid strips of steel. It spreads over two levels and it occupies also the basement area (three levels below the ground). “This composition allows the building to be seen as performing a ‘silent acrobatic act,’ slightly floating above ground while still staying close to it.” The building was adapted to the inclining site. Its irregular shape was determined by the shape of the plot, which also determined the building plan. Adopting a contemporary look, the art centre stands out, unveiling a different and a more updated side of South Korean.
The exhibition levels are located underground, allowing the curators to adjust the atmosphere and adapting the artificial lights to each exhibition’s particularity. The upper floors have social functions: there’s a parking area, a restaurant and a gathering place. The art centre is envisioned as a place that doesn’t “suffocate” the visitor but relaxes him. The impeccable interior (polished concrete floors and white walls) showcases a strange mix of shapes and lines. Perceived as a big monolithic structure, Songwon Art Centre “gives an illusion of being casted in a single piece, rather than being an assembly of several smaller pieces.”
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Fab Rugs World Tangier Pouf Ottoman at wayfair.com is a colorful piece that can be used as a cocktail table (add a tray), extra seating or a footstool. Jonathan Adler First Lady Needlepoint Throw Pillow by the king of kitsch adds a little vintage fun to a room. DENY Designs Miss Penelope Throw Blanket at allmodern.com has all the vibrant colors in fashion now, blended in one pattern. My Art Outlet Tile Tic-Tac-Toe Painting at allmodern.com has nine hand-painted canvases that can be hung in any configuration. Jonathan Adler Happy Needlepoint Throw Pillow has happy words like cash, puppies and sunshine for some retro chic.
An armoire can be a lovely addition to your bedroom, even if you already have a giant walk-in closet. If you have enough stuff, you may want to dedicate your armoire to neatly organizing and storing all your jewelry, scarves, purses, handbags, shoes, and other smaller accessories. Do you own enough hats? Simply replace the glass doors with netting for an interesting way to display them.