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Genets 3 by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners II

Sophie Burton - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This spacious Belgium residence was designed byGenets 3 by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners II, and is found in the lush and leafy countryside. Designed as a place to unwind and relax, high stud ceilings and ample use of glass ensure the owners are connected to the surrounding area, while an upper level private master bedroom guarantees the upmost privacy, and a view out over the tree tops.

View Hill House by Denton Corker Marshall

Sophie Burton - Friday, July 26, 2013

Decidedly majestic and statuesque, one storey hangs precariously over the other at the View Hill House in the winemaking region of Victoria, Australia. The isolated hilltop residence was designed by Denton Corker Marshall architects and assumes king-pin position in the middle of a 32-hectare vineyard. A dramatic cantilever defines the striking silhouette, the overall effect being that the structure looks as if it had been dropped on the hill. Rusting steel wraps the lower unit while the upper has walls of black aluminum.

New: Design Folio magazine

Sophie Burton - Wednesday, July 24, 2013


The eagerly anticipated 5th birthday issue of Design Folio is hot off the press! Seeing as every five year old deserves something special, we’ve given Design Folio a re-design including altering the orientation. The new full scale portrait magazine includes the addition of a bumper 100-page project section, which pays homage to inspiring local and international interiors. 

Overflowing with new and innovative design ideas, Design Folio continues to serve as a comprehensive resource that aims to inspire and help make design ideas tangible. Whether you’re keen to update your home or office, or simply have a strong interest in design and architecture, the latest edition of Design Folio magazine is likely to become a coffee table mainstay. Get your copy from any reputable newsstand across the country or alternatively, purchase your copy here.

Ludovica+Roberto Palomba's Italian home

Sophie Burton - Monday, June 17, 2013

 Modern meets ancient in this recent renovation by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba, the high-profile design couple whose work has been heralded by many superstar manufacturers and won several prestigious awards. Eager to find a holiday home that serves as an escape from their hectic Milanese lifestyle, the designers carved out a serene retreat out of the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, a good 600 miles away from Milan. 

Immediately appreciating the mill's potential, the couple have retained its raw spirit, preserving the ancient stone floors, walls and arches. In order to allow more light into the space, a number of sky lights were created, and the back of the structure was opened up to fashion a sun drenched courtyard, letting natural light flood through the rest of the space. The entire dwelling is filled with the couple's designs, from furniture that Serafini and Palomba designed for Zanotta dominating the living room, through to the artfully adapted kitchen area, complete with two of the couple's designs for the Italian cabinetry company Elmar. 

Maison du Boisé by Gestion René Desjardins

Sophie Burton - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tucked away in the woods of rural Quebec lies a thoroughly modern family residence, designed by interior studio Gestion René Desjardins. The owners' wanted a design that would last indefinitely, an interior that was modern but not minimalist and most importantly, a home that kids would feel comfortable in. Highly refined, and almost the antithesis of the cluttered nature of the standard family abode, the spaces are pared back, with several accents borrowed from classical architecture. The harsh monochromatic bias and minimally furnished rooms are softened by coffered ceilings and theatrical passageway openings, while furtive splashes of colour liven the space up without being overbearing.

Sagaponack House by Bates Masi Architects

Sophie Burton - Monday, May 20, 2013

Designed for an adventurous couple and their four sons, the Sagaponack House by Bates Masi Architects is a stunning example of seaside living, with the Atlantic Ocean and a freshwater lagoon sandwiching the dwelling on either side. Spaces run the full width of the house, with floor to ceiling sliding doors on both sides, allowing both light and air to completely penetrate the house. Both large and small gatherings are easily accommodated, and the lawn, swimming pool, pool house and sports courts emphasise how important the outdoors is to this particular client. 

House on the Minho River by Quico Jorreto

Sophie Burton - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Looking out over the Miño river in Galicia, Spain sits this modern residence, designed by local architect Quico Jorreto. Taking advantage of the site's southern-faced slope the stunning contemporary home opens out towards the river and surrounding hillside in order to maximise natural light. With much of the abode built into the hillside itself, the pool deck, car park and sun room also double as the roof of the central living spaces, which are hidden beneath the base of the structures above. Living and kitchen areas boast panoramic views, intimate outdoor seating areas and a built-in fire pit while more personal spaces are tucked further into the home, away from prying eyes. 

Via Coolist.

Casa Lee by Studio MK27

Sophie Burton - Monday, April 15, 2013

As die hard fans of Studio MK27's work, we were yet again full of praise for the firm's latest creation, Casa Lee. Located just outside Sao Paula in Porto Feliz, this single-story residence boast a dramatic low lying profile, stretching across the width of its site to accommodate a large open-plan living room, four bedrooms, guest quarters and a gym within its walls. Living areas were of utmost importance and thus positioned accordingly, taking pride of place in the centre of the plan and able to be opened out onto the garden on both sides using sliding panels. Bedrooms and spaces requiring more privacy are encased within wooden frames, the louvred Mashrabiya panels able to optimise air flow without sacrificing the hideaway feel that the frame provides. Studio MK27's Eduardo Glycerio designed furniture specifically for the abode, and worked alongside interior designer Diana Radomysler to plan the fittings for each space.

Via Dezeen.

Plus house by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Sophie Burton - Monday, March 25, 2013

 The Plus house is located on the mountain-side of Izu-san, Japan, with views over the Pacific Ocean. Perched in a pocket of untouched coastal wilderness, the residence was designed with the weekend escape in mind, with simple living spaces at the core of the design. In order to navigate the difficult terrain, two intersecting rectangular spaces are positioned at right angles to each other, like an off-centered cross balanced carefully on a narrow ridge. 

The lower frame contains private quarters while the upper consists of breezy living and social areas that boast wide vistas of the ocean and surrounding forest. Water-polished white marble is used to various degrees both inside and out, and the surface gets smoother as it approaches to the southern/western end, eventually reaching a mirror-like gloss.

House Hafner by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Sophie Burton - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

House Hafner can be found in the countryside of Büschelhof, Southern Germany, where it  sits on the fringe of a large forest. Modern and minimalist, the residence stands in complete contrast with its lush surroundings, an open cubic design and abstract gabled roof creating a striking presence from afar while allowing for a variety of different living spaces. One part is introverted, and consists of smaller, more private spaces, while the other is open to the outdoors, featuring wide glass windows and large open rooms that extend naturally outside. A stunning example of how the right skew of shape and dimension can make way for a structure with presence and most importantly, livability.