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Aesop Kyoto by Torafu Architects

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Known for their experience in designing exhibition spaces, Tokyo-based Torafu architects have lent their skills to the recently opened Aesop store in Kyoto. The two storey structure features Oya stone floors, exposed concrete walls and flexible board shelves - and sits as a perfect meeting of industrial and natural elements. Pops of colour come from the spearmint sinks and gold tapware - not to mention the cluster of exposed bulb pendant lights. 

Oban house by Agushi and Workroom design

Anna Coe - Monday, April 28, 2014

Agushi builders and Workroom Design have collaborated to produce this family home in Melbourne Australia. The brief was to create a low maintenance home that incorporates a neutral material palette, yet still feels warm and inviting. 

Consisting of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the two levelled house is based around a central courtyard to allow for natural light, however also features a large north east facing garden with lengthy swimming pool. The street facing exterior allows for a great deal of privacy, due to having just one window that is able to be completely closed off by a louvred screen. 

For the interior, natural and blackened American Oak is heavily present in the joinery and wall panelling, whilst European Oak and travertine dominate the floor finishes. A high, Oak battened ceiling gives the dining and outdoor areas a sense of separation from the open plan design. The use of oxidised steel cladding in the bathrooms and Calacutta marble offers a luxe touch to the interior. 

Featured furniture pieces include Moooi Non Random pendant lights in the living area (available from ECC), a  Jasper Morrisson for Kettal outdoor dining set and two Porro Gentle chairs in the office - both available from Studio Italia.

Float House by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The latest project by Pitsou Kedem architects is the Float house - a family home near Tel Aviv in Israel. The single story residence features movable partitions and internal courtyards, allowing the spaces to be divided up into smaller spaces.

The building's construction predominantly consists of glass, basalt and wooden slats, and all are seamlessly brought together throughout all spaces. The entrance, with it's own reflection pool and tree 'islands', is surrounded by a wooden slat wall, creating a zen like appearance and perfectly blends the connection between the exterior to the interior.

Via Contemporist. 

Design: The Week In Review 31/03/2014

Anna Coe - Monday, March 31, 2014

a. The Dying art of neon signs. [Fast Co Design]

b. Sand creatures suspended in mid air by Claire Droppert. [Colossal]

c. Google's Amsterdam headquarters. [Trendland]

d. Shop-able luxury New York City apartment by The Line. [Yellowtrace]

e. Nick Meek photographs Costa Rica covered in flower petals. [DesignBoom]

Floating steel staircase in Idunsgate Apartment by Haptic

Anna Coe - Friday, March 28, 2014

London studio Haptic have given this Oslo loft a new lease on life with a contemporary update. The main feature of the renovation is a suspended stainless steel staircase powder-coated in white, that subtly divides the living and kitchen areas. Attached to the ceiling beam, the vertical support rods double as the balustrades of the staircase. The steps end before connecting with the ground floor, so a piece of custom wooden furniture is used as a landing and also serves as storage and a window seat. 

Via Dezeen.

Ceresio 7 Pool Bar & Restaurant by Storage & Dilmore Studios for DSQUARED2

Anna Coe - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ceresio 7, a rooftop pool bar and restaurant in Milan has recently been given an overhaul by architectural firm Storage Associati and interior design company Dilmore Studio. The space, which is located in a historical 1930s Facist era Milan building was previously home to the offices of the national electricity company and is steeped in history. 

Nowadays, the building is occupied by fashion house DSQUARED2 and it was the brothers behind the brand, Dean and Dan Caten that commissioned the proprietors to create Ceresio 7, which has rapidly become a hotspot in Milan. The interior is a sophisticated mix of the eccentric and exquisite, featuring polished brass, luxurious velvets, and a combination of contemporary and traditional period furniture pieces - a typical aesthetic for Dilmore's work. 

The lush green planting and bright blue cushions create a tropical vibe for the pool area, somewhat reminiscent of a typical L.A. rooftop bar. 

Via Yellowtrace.

House LS by dmvA Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, March 17, 2014

dmvA Architects have completed this renovation on a traditional house in Brussels. The site was purchased by the owner due to its vast gardens and great location, however he wanted to completely rethink the house. The neighbouring properties had to approve the design planned by dmvA due to the area's building regulations, so they were unable to design a complete metamorphosis, rather just an adjustment to the existing structure. 

The end result is a truly striking addition to the back of the house, and a completely transformed interior. The two large sculptural volumes at the back connect and open up the back of the house to the outdoors. All facades were painted white, and the interior furnished in monochromatic tones. The pool was also renovated and framed by a 'illuminating glazed retaining wall'. 

Palm Springs House by Michael Johnson

Anna Coe - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Photographer James Haefner has captured a striking series of this Palm Springs house by architect Michael Johnson. The home is mid century style with clean lines and open spaces - a prominent aesthetic in Johnson's work. 

A spectacular large swimming pool is the focus point at the front of the property, with all of the open plan living areas spilling out to surround it. The minimal colour palette of whites, greys and beiges has been achieved by incorporating a variety of muted materials such as concrete bricks and tiles, natural stone and floor to ceiling glass.

Via DailyIcon

Panama Biomuseo by Frank Gehry

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, February 20, 2014

After ten years of construction, architect Frank Gehry's magnificent Panama Biomuseo building is complete. Located at the entrance to the Panama Canal, the cultural institution offers views across the water towards Panama City and the old town, its primary purpose to explore the diverse range of species that inhabit the region. The 4,000 square metre building contains eight permanent exhibition galleries designed in close consultation with scientists at the nearby Smithsonian Tropical Reseatch Institute.

The $60 million USD project features brightly coloured undulating and folded roof panels, while inside will play host to a temporary gallery space, public atrium, museum shop and café, with various outdoor exhibits to be displayed within a landscaped botanical garden.

Via Designboom.

The Standard Copenhagen by GamFratesi

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Denmark has once again proved its talent in modern architecture and interiors, with Danish-Italian design duo, GamFratesi redesigning The Standard hotel in Copenhgen, as a "new cultural and gastronomic landmark". Classic and supremely understated, Nordic styling is prevalent here, with the historical building lending more contemporary furniture, such as the wooden Nub chairs by Patricia Urquiola, and Orient pendant lamps by Lightyears, a truly iconic look when immersed in the light-filled surrounds of The Standard. A truly successful overhaul that will no doubt cement the hotel and its restaurants as a hot destination for design-minded travellers.

Patricia Urquiola's Nub chairs are available locally from UFL.