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Citterio Bathroom Collection for Pozzi-Ginori

Anna Kidman - Thursday, April 19, 2012


Italy's master of design Antonio Citterio along with Sergio Brioschi have collaborated on the recent Citterio bathroom collection for Pozzi-Ginori. Like his collections that have preceded it for Agape - the bathroom collection is fairly minimalist in its approach. Steering clear of white, the bathroom's colour tones operate in mid-grey hues, with all aspects of the bathroom open plan in their approach. Each object within the range is made from high-quality materials. Further depth is added to the range by combining the ceramic vanities with wood.

W Range by La Cornue

Anna Kidman - Thursday, April 19, 2012


La Cornue is renowned the world-over for producing a classic range of stove tops and ovens that would be at home in any royal abode. This year, the French brand has turned its attention to architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte to conceive a new range that embraces the heritage of the brand, whilst forging a new way forward with a sense of modernity. The W Range, features a beautifully simple stove top, which would look just as at home in your living room, as it does in your kitchen. The stove top (first image) features four inductive burners, all spread out, to give you ample room whilst throwing your wait around the kitchen.

La Cornue is available locally from here.

Slingerlamp by NgispeN

Louisa Penney - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Slingerlamp is one of the latest designs presented by Dutch brand NgispeN at this year’s fair. Designed by creative director Richard Hutten, the laser cut Slingerlamp shape was designed to evoke the sensation of a party whilst at the same time, creating a lamp which doesn't block the light of the bulb, resulting in an atmospheric glow through its fluid and playful yet sophisticated form.

Boutique Bubbles Hotel by Pierre Stephane

Anna Kidman - Monday, April 16, 2012


Fancy staying the night in a bubble? In France no less? Well now you can, thanks to the recent opening of a very boutique hotel concept where you'll find yourself in one of these translucent (but somewhat comfortable) huts for the night. Designed by Pierre Stephane, he has taken the meaning of sleeping under the stars to a whole new level. These eco-friendly huts may not be the equivalent of a five-star hotel, but they are none-the-less pretty romantic all the same.

Casa Corallo by PAZ Arquitectura

Sophie Burton - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Casa Corallo is set amongst a mountainous forest in Guatemala, and appears very much at home amongst its leafy woodland surroundings. Designed by PAZ Arquitectura, the exterior is comprised of three levels and is made of exposed concrete slabs and rustic wood. With the designers determined that the house must complement its environment rather than compete with it, the owner’s closest neighbours are the surrounding trees, with glass used all throughout the home. Outside elements are further used inside the house with a sizable wooden tree trunk growing up through the living room floor, its branches stretching out into other areas of the home. The interior is equally as impressive as the exterior, as you enter through an oversized, reclaimed wooden door to rooms filled with textured stone, glass shelving, dark wooden floors and the pièce de résistance; a large custom built fireplace. 

Oscar Niemeyer refurbishment by Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa.

Louisa Penney - Sunday, March 04, 2012




Architects Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa have masterfully converted this original Oscar Niemeyer space into a refurbished contemporary loft. Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the original 140sqm Oscar Niemeyer creation was completely demolished, except for the columns and shafts, before the duo undertook the new build division. Taking on great challenge such as the refurbishment of a Niemeyer is no mean feat. And we are more than impressed with the outcome. The project set about transforming the original three-bedroom interior into an open loft with no permanent partitions. Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa, introduced a central block to the space to divide the private and social spaces. The main divide cleverly houses linen and closets on one side, with the other side hosting an extensive shelving system and built in concrete bench. The entire space encompasses raw, exposed concrete with stark white walls and exposed piping. These industrial finishes perfectly merge with the wide floor boards and wooden shelves which introduce a sense of warmth to the space, resulting in an interior that captures both the aesthetic of modern loft living with the ambience of contemporary living. The expansive view of the skyline through the windows also allows for ample natural light to flood through the loft. The fact that there are no barriers, or walls in the structural design also aids in the open fluid concept of the space. Steel robust open-able sliding side doors act as dividers, which once opened become one with the exposed column and act as part of the design neatly folded on either side.  The exposed columns and slabs have all been retained from the original structure, which help to preserves the architectural importance of the space. Opposite the main bedroom stands an original concrete wall from the 50-year-old historical building, with all the flaws left untouched. 

Underground Car Park by Craig and Karl

Anna Kidman - Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Community car parks aren't generally renowned as lively spaces, if anything, they are quite the opposite: vast concrete interiors populated with an odd pillar or two. However, New York and Sydney based duo Craig & Karl are set to change that perception once and for all with their recent car park installation which feels distinctively disco in its interpretation. Let's hope its visitors can distinguish between what's a park and what's not.

Azzedine Alaïa's Apartments

Anna Kidman - Monday, January 02, 2012


Fancy visiting the Marais district in Paris but looking for a more boutique experience than say that of a local hotel? Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has converted a traditional 17th century building into three apartments, each at an impressive 100 square metres in size. Each apartment features a fully operating kitchen, designer furniture (including pieces from Marc Newson, Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand and Arne Jacobsen,) and clean minimal bathrooms so that you can truly feel that you're staying in a home away from home. What's even more impressive is that breakfast is served daily from the designer's own personal kitchen (which is literally just around the corner).

Garden and Sea House by Takao Shiotsuka

Anna Kidman - Friday, December 02, 2011


This unusual looking weekend house is the work of Japanese architect Takao Shiotsuka. Designed to utilise both garden and sea aspects, the house is unusually deep, shaped in a wedge, with its widest point closest to the sea. They explained that they planned the first floor as a place to enjoy the garden. The entire house, cloaked in a white colour scheme, even utilises white in the outdoor areas with white gravel illuminating the garden floor. The second floor, utilises large glass windows at either end of its long cylindrical space. The indoor partition wall is also glass, so that from any point of the second floor, you can view the sea. They explain, 'the first floor enjoys the yard, the second floor enjoys the sea [and that] the two spaces [are] divided clearly'.

Pure White House by Susanna Cotts

Anna Kidman - Monday, November 21, 2011


Atop a cliff in Almuñécar, Spain, sits this nearly all-white home. With interiors by Susanna Cotts, the objective for the 'Pure White House' was to create a neutral interior that allows the scenic location of the home to take precedence over furnishings. With its sunny disposition, all aspects of this home face outward toward the view to make the most of its warm location. Inside, the windows are lined with sheer curtains in white and a metallic gray and the light wooden floors are made comfortable with the aid of a plush rug. On the balcony, Patricia Urquiola's famous Canasta loungers provide the perfect respite for taking in the impressive surrounds.