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Frost Glassware by Front for Stelton

Anna Coe - Friday, February 15, 2013

As part of Stockholm Design Week, Swedish studio Front launched a creative collection of frosted glassware for Stelton. Titled 'Frost Glassware', it reflects the way ice forms on the exterior of a window and all of the pieces feature a frosted translucent bottom that graduates into clear glass. The series consists of a carafe with cork stopper, tumblers and an ice bucket. 

Stelton is available locally here.

Urca Penthouse by Arthur Casas

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, February 08, 2013

Nestled between the green hills of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in a wealthy residential neighbourhood sits the Urca penthouse. Designed by Studio Arthur Casas, the penthouse is the perfect example of contemporary, warm weather living, featuring sliding glass doors that wrap around one side of the penthouse, opening out to a large terrace that boasts views out across the sea towards Rio's glimmering cityscape. Inside, clean lines and minimalism dominate, creating a refined space that's also comfortable and inviting, with wooden detailing softening harsher aspects. An impressive site that's now home to an equally as impressive residence.

L'and Vineyards Interior by Studio MK27

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Famed Brazilian architecture practice Studio Mk27 has recently completed the lush interior of the L'and Vineyards and Resort in Montemor. The building was designed by Portuguese practice Promontorio and houses not only a winery, but with individual rooms and residences, a spa, suites and a restaurant. Mk27 have incorporated furniture from local artisans, as well as pieces from well known design houses, such as Tom Dixon and Secto Design. Earthy tones of brown, black and grey are featured throughout, complemented by a range of warm wooden textures.

The Waterhouse at South Bund by Neri & Hu

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Waterhouse at South Bund is a stunning boutique hotel in Shanghai, designed by esteemed architectural firm, Neri & Hu, an architect firm considered to be one of the most important forces in contemporary Chinese aesthetics. The hotel fronts the Huangpu River, while looking across to the Pudong skyline and contains nineteen spacious guest rooms, a destination restaurant and a rooftop bar. A great example of contemporary hotel design, this is sure to be popular with design conscious visitors to Shanghai.

Gentlemen's Office Interior by Pudelskern

Anna Coe - Friday, September 14, 2012

The above office for communications company Zanon Beilein by Pudelskern highlights the incredible visual result that can be achieved when combining the traditional with the contemporary. The protected 19th century space in Vienna consists of four former parade rooms, discreet back rooms, all with listed dark wooden walls that are contrasted with the use of bright and angular furniture.

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Ipês house by StudioMK27

Anna Coe - Monday, July 09, 2012

The Ipês house by StudioMK27 in São Paulo, is yet another example of outstanding Brazilian architecture. The architects wanted to experiment with the use of exposed concrete and to create a house in which the top floor appears to 'float' atop the first. The ground floor houses the living area which flows seamlessly out onto the veranda and garden due to door panels that are able to be opened completely. Similarly, pivoting panels act as doors for the main entrance, opening up the side area entirely as well. The top floor holds several bedrooms, bathrooms and a TV room.

Vivente at Evoque

Anna Kidman - Sunday, June 24, 2012


In central Newmarket, in the space that Metrix once occupied, a new design collective has set up shop - with a variety of offerings from bathroomware to furniture and soft furnishings. Tucked away upstairs, Josh Heath looks after Vivente - an interiors accents company. He explained to us that "Vivente was created specifically for interior designers, hospitality and trade professionals who want to bring new life to important spaces." Their collection is rather vast, with interior accents including cushions, floor rugs, throws and more. From real to faux fur, there are pieces that will satisfy both true fur lovers and animal advocates within the collection. If you haven't stopped by Evoque yet, we suggest you do - they won't be the new kids on the block for much longer, and the overall collection displayed over two levels will resonate with most.

Visit Vivente at Evoque, 23 Davis Crescent, Newmarket, Auckland.

Bookstore in Buenos Aires Theatre

Anna Kidman - Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Whilst we have reported on incredible bookstores before (like this one), this new bookstore conversion, made from an old 1920s theatre in Buenos Aires, is also incredibly dramatic, and channels the old worldliness we like to embrace when reading. Much of the original interior remains intact. Gaze towards the sky, and you'll find beautiful frescoes, sconces and ornate carvings. The stage, still has its original burgundy curtains, whilst the original theatre boxes provide the perfect hideaway for curling up with a book.

Etch Shade by Tom Dixon

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, April 20, 2012

Luminosity’ is Tom Dixon’s latest exploration into the world of lighting, which he presented in Milan today at MOST, a new and exciting area envisioned by the designer himself. One of his standout pieces is the Etch Shade, a digitally manufactured pendant light etched from stainless steel. Employing an industrial process used to produce electronic parts, the method allows for detailed patterns to be cut directly onto the metal, creating a mass of intricate shadows when lit. 

Maison Martin Margiela Apartment in Milan

Anna Kidman - Thursday, April 19, 2012


Maison Martin Margiela has impressed us once again. This time, with their collaboration with manufacturer Cerruti Baleri. Together, they've recreated a showroom in Milan with their four different housing models, featuring trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) prints on their Luigina chair and Luigi XV sofa. The entire flat has been furnished by Maison Martin Margiela. Stepping away from their usual monochromatic tones, Margiela still retains the same sense of quirkiness imparted throughout their own store interiors. The flat features a bed with a skewed headboard, and furniture pieces that would feel at home in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.