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Invisible Kitchen by i29 Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, May 26, 2014

Dutch architecture firm i29 have released a concept design of an ultra slim, almost invisible kitchen island. The idea came from the designers' vision for the counter to be more of a piece of furniture as opposed to a kitchen bench - with their aim being for the system to seem to disappear. 

The counter top has a thickness of around two centimetres and the sliding panels behind the bench are repeated on the front, giving the impression of invisibility.

Elwood house by Robson Rak Architects

Anna Coe - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This recent renovation in Elwood, Melbourne by Robson Ray Architects (with interiors by Made by Cohen) was an extension of an existing Edwardian home. The structure now features clean lines and wide open spaces - a huge contrast to its previous interior.

Furniture used: Tufty time sofa in the living area (available from Matisse), Artemide Tolomeo Mega Terra floor lamp (available from ECC), Poliform Dama side table (available from Studio Italia).

Via Contemporist. 

Megalith table by Christopher Duffy

Anna Coe - Monday, May 19, 2014

Designer Christopher Duffy has produced a limited edition table titled Megalith for British company Duffy London. Taking inspiration from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the large glass tabletop appears to balance atop a group of toppling blocks. 

Via Contemporist.

Joseph Dirand's Paris Apartment

Anna Coe - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Renowned French Architect and designer Joseph Dirand (and the son of esteemed interiors photographer Jacques Dirand) has recently found time to perform a breathtaking renovation on his Paris apartment, despite his booming business. 

The tranquil apartment, located in Paris' 7th Arrondissement features parquet flooring throughout, that is juxtaposed with a neutral colour palette. A signature of Dirand's work is heavily veined marble, and this project is no exception - it has been used in the kitchen, bathrooms and for a fire place, "I like to look for materials that express a lot of disorder" he notes. 

The home provides ample privacy for his family of four - with all of the rooms separated, but all generously proportioned. A highlight of the furniture pieces used would have to be the stunning Oscar Neimeyer chair and ottoman in the master bedroom. 

Via tmagazine

Barn House by Whiting Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, May 12, 2014

The Barn house is the home of Steven and Carole Whiting of Australian studio Whiting Architects. They have taken an existing structure and completely renovated - the original brick first floor has been extended via black timber boards, and the shape is now reminiscent of a traditional barn shape.

The interior colour palette is mostly neutrals with touches of black that tie in with the exterior. Furniture pieces used include a Tom Dixon Offcut stool (available from ECC) and a Foscarini Twiggy floor lamp over the dining table (available from Matisse). 

Via Studio Arrc

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]

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.

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.

NS House by Galeazzo Design Agency

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 05, 2013

The NS House was designed by Galeazzo Design Agency, and is located in the city of Sao Paulo. The client's primary aim was for the residence to be a social hub, while serving as a platform to accommodate a collection of art and design pieces. Separate living spaces are linked by wide passages, and big windows allow daylight to be the big supporting element of the interior. 

Natural and sustainable materials such as demolition wood were used for the floors and raw marble elements add a hint of pared back luxury, while allowing the client's possessions to take center stage. Vintage furniture is interspersed with modern Italian, French and Scandinavian design, including Fornasetti ceramics and a quirky Philippe Starck chandelier for Baccarat.

Plane House by K-Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 07, 2013

This idyllic holiday home, otherwise known as the Plane House, is located on the Aegean island of Skiathos, Greece. Strong horizontal lines dictate the structure's form, the twin L-shapes creating a surprisingly serene effect, blending into a backdrop of pine trees and allowing virtually every room panoramas across the ocean. The dwelling is a paragon of indoor-outdoor living, the owners wishing to abandon all divisions. Despite a largely minimalist aesthetic, the home is not without its surprises. A pine tree explodes out of an overhang, piercing an outdoor room, while a grid of dried palm fronds hang above a dining table, dappled sunlight streaming through to the diners below. Plenty of natural materials have been used throughout, from iroko wood decking on the sea-ward terrace, to drystone walls and mosaic slate walls. 

A stunning example of breezy summertime living.