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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. 



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



Design: The Week In Review 12/05/14

Anna Coe - Monday, May 12, 2014


A. The Drinkable book that has water filters for pages [via FastCoDesign]

B. The Cloud Table by Studio Maks [via Trendland]

C. Young & Battaglia suspend a chandelier inside a lightbulb for Mineheart [via DesignBoom]

D. By Design | Inside a remote island made of marble, an artist's new abode [via Tmagazine]

E. Matisse beach club in Perth by Oldfield Knott Architects [via Contemporist]

F. Norm architects have created a beer foamer that promises better pints [via Dezeen]



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



Hotel Vernet by Champsaur

Anna Coe - Tuesday, May 06, 2014





The grand Hotel Vernet in Paris has had a complete overhaul by French interior designer Francois Champsaur, which also coincides with the hotel's 100th anniversary. Champsaur has given it a contemporary elegant feel, while still keeping many of the original French features, including Gustave Eiffel's incredible glass dome above the restaurant. Champsaur is known for his work on several other hotels, but also many art collectors' homes, which is reflected in his design of Hotel Vernet where art and design take centre stage. 

Majority of the new furniture and lighting has been designed by Champsaur himself, however the entrance hall features Minotti armchairs by Rodolfo Dordoni, and the rooms feature desk chairs from &Tradition. Artist Jean Michel Alberola was commissioned for the fresco in the bar's ceiling - and was then asked to design the carpet for the same area.



Baleia Condo by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Monday, May 05, 2014


Last year saw the completion of Studio Arthur Casas' Baleia condo that sits between a large rainforest reserve and the beach of Baleia in Sao Paulo. Four houses are positioned on the plot of land, and the studio have designed each one to allow for maximum privacy, but with a strong architectural aesthetic. Although the homes are relatively narrow, they all afford incredible views through the open plan interior. 



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]