The Stacked system was designed by Julien De Smedt for Muuto. Held together using small clips, Stacked comprises modules of varied sizes that are arranged to create many different storage solutions and set-ups. The 835 Infinito modular bookcase was designed by Franco Albini for Cassina. Comprised of vertical elements, containers with doors or flaps and shelves in two depths, Infinito is an expression of possibilities that are designed to bring order to a space. Randomito from MDF Italia is a single unit hanging bookcase (available in white, orange, sand and green) that can also be turned upside down. Combining units provides a larger configuration with a striking visual impact.
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.
Beautifully integrated into the neighborhood while still managing to turn heads, this contemporary asymmetric house seems guarded by two trees at the entrance. Cladded in cedar, the home showcasing a sloped roof shelters the daily live of a single professional. Tailored by Canadian studio Splyce Design to the needs and desires of its owner, the home rises three stories in the air under a sloped roof design guided by the staircase placement. Known as the East Van House, the playful geometry of the house refreshes the appeal of the street it occupies.
Do you remember the Russet Residenceon a steep slope of land in West Vancouver? It’s part of the same architectural studio’s portfolio and extends the same invitation to enjoy contemporary design, this time as an asymmetric addition to a suburban neighborhood. The main entrance leads to an open-plan kitchen and dining area at the back of the house, plus the living room and terrace beyond, all facing south and attracting natural light.
Down in the basement, the garage, utility room and wine room are accompanied by a guest bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs, the master suite unfolds to surprise you with a west-facing roof light that frames views of the sky and trees from the bed. There’s also a study here and it might seem simple, but it’s the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s work. The dressing area and small terrace beyond completes the picture-perfect home. Don’t you just love it?
Originally built in 1969, this residence underwent a necessary transformation that modified the entire floor plan and facade display. Known as the Northface House, this modern, 277 square meter dwelling was resurrected and can now offer both a beautifully designed setting for a modern lifestyle and unobstructed views of the inspiring landscape to the north. Its location in Stavanger, Norway, allows the glass walls to capture breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the fjord. Element Arkitekter AS were the ones who came up with a solution for the modernization of this house, rehabilitating the bottom two stories and replacing the top story with a lighter construction oriented towards the view and cantilevering 3 meters over the lower levels. Entering at top level and experiencing different vantage points throughout the floors, the Northface House is dressed in wood on both the inside and outside, creating a warm atmosphere for the inhabitants, as well as passers-by…
Envisioned by Hyla Architects in Singapore, this three-level modern residence showcases a sleek façade and an impressive covered swimming pool. The project is entitled “Jln Angin Laut” and has a total living surface of 582 square meters. It is described as a paradigm of living comfortably in the tropics: “Its entrance elevated above the ground, one has to ascend a glass staircase to enter the house. Opening the solid timber front door, you are greeted with a swimming pool and patio surrounded by lush greenery, amply shaded overhead but admitting light and air from the sides”. Access towards the living room is provided by a bridge suspended above the pool.
According to the architects, this bridge “extends the threshold of the house, prolonging the act of entering and highlighting the importance of this space to the overall design of the house. The rest of the house takes its cues from this scene, the main living spaces being punctuated with light, greenery and timber accents. ” A simple color palette dominated by white increases the feeling of space and overall freshness in a country where it is needed at every step. Have a look at the gallery below and tell us what you think! [Photographs: Derek Swalwell]
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.
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.
SAOTA and Antoni Associates sent us photos and information depicting Cove 3 House, a family residence in Knysna, South Africa. The site enjoys spectacular sea views and it was important that the connection to these views was maximized. The primary idea driving the design was to create a single living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a sufficiently high level so that it is out of one’s line of sight from the living space, creating the illusion that one is sitting in the landscape rather than in a room looking out into a landscape. A large triangular cut-out in the roof reinforces a connection with the sky.
A midlevel horizontal sunscreen was added to the double height glass façade and the skylight is protected by a timber screen that hangs into the space to mitigate the scale of the double volume space. The building is orientated towards the view; one enters at the upper level of the double volume looking towards the ocean. The contrast with the external approach is very powerful. A grand stair pulls on onto the living level which holds the kitchen, dining room and living room. To the right the landscaping is pulled into the building, blurring the distinction between the inside and the outside.
A spiral stair connects the living level to a private lounge and the master bedroom on a mezzanine level. This stair was conceived as a sculptural element in the large volume to again mitigate the scale of this space. This spiral drops through the floor to a lower level which houses a guest bedroom, a home theatre and a living room. An L-shaped extension to the South West houses the two children’s bedrooms.”The furniture is modern, and a number of bespoke pieces were sourced from the designer’s retail outlet OKHA. A neutral palette of ivory, stone and shell complement the natural architectural timber and concrete finishes selected throughout,” says Mark Rielly of ANTONI ASSOCIATES. [Information provided via e-mail by SAOTA; Photos: John Devonport & Micky Hoyle courtesy of VISI ]
If you did not believe in eye-catching infographics, have a look at this colorful design chart developed by the creative team at Wayfair. Entitled “Interior Motives”, the graphic reveals some interesting facts about consumer behavior in UK when it comes to interior design and the overall process of decorating. For example, did you know that 60% of people in the United Kingdom buy only new furniture? Or that the most common spend in the first month of living in a property is £1001-3000 (28%)? We were also surprised to see that 72% of the people are interested in DIY projects, which is a lot more than in most countries. Enjoy the colorful decorating items making up the information below, which are available for purchase on Wayfair. And feel free to contribute with a comment with relevant statistics from the design industry in your own country- it would be fun to compare…
Everyday life should unfold in bright, open and ingeniously designed homes. Seen on Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör, this duplex apartment in central Stockholm provides a dose of highly appraised Scandinavian design as inspiration for those who love bright urban living spaces. The Charming central Stockholm duplex apartment spreads over a total of 55 square meters, so the design had to offer a luminous environment fit for Sweden’s long and dark winters. Under high ceilings, the apartment unravels an inviting and somehow sober living space infused with warm textures like wooden floors and stairs, cozy throws and pillow plus a comfy rug.
Arched windows invite sunlight deep into the apartment, penetrating the lower level, while the upstairs mezzanine bedroom is flooded with light from the skylights. White walls bounce the light around, while a contrasting modern dark kitchen breaks the monotony and adds a stylish, contemporary touch to the overall appeal of this compact apartment. Not to mention there’s room for a dressing space and a cozy terrace to enjoy the frisk, fresh air.
Can you think of anything else you need to live a comfortable life in Stockholm?
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.