This Split level transformation by Cook Architecture is quite amazing. Wait until you see the before picture. The original house was nothing to really look at and now this home would make me look twice. This modern make over has such great dimension and depth. The interiors look like they have been completely opened up. I would love to do something like this to a house that needed some transformation. Read More
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Bold and minimalist, Afillia is a new collection of lamps designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Italian company exnovo. In plant terms, “Afillia” means leafless, though not lifeless, surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids. According to the designer’s official product description, the collection includes six lighting accessories (three table lamps and three pendant lights). The base or socket ring is in Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions.
The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in polyamide (also known as nylon fibre), sintered by professional 3D printing: “”The shade reveals a web of essential geometric configurations, capable of capturing the light and concentrating it in a spherical, compact and luminescent aura. Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming compact halos, round and bright. This is energy in fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.” explained Alessandro Zambelli. All the lighting units come with green cords to connect them to the power supply. Find this lighting collection as unconventional and intriguing as we do? Read More
If you caught my recent post on rubber flooring, you know that I’m on the hunt for stylish flooring options. In my home, what started out as carpet has proven to be a haven for pet dander and other allergens. Plus, high-traffic areas of our floor are seeing quite a bit of dirt buildup across the carpet. We have a chance to make a fresh start in one room, and while we’d love to go with the cheapest flooring we can find, this room might be a future nursery. We need a safe solution that’s as stylish as it is non-toxic. Impossible? Hardly! My research has uncovered some interesting options. I’m sharing them with you today… Read More
Oxlade Drive House is a private residence designed by James Russell Architect. Read More
A former garage space in Amsterdam’s area de Pijp was turned into a spacious home by i29 Interior Architects. Naturally lit by large roofs, the interior with a generous 230 square-meter surface on one floor level is finished in a simple material palette. The repetition of rectangular rough oak wooden finishes is in great contrast with the stark white walls, black surfaces and grey cast flooring. One of the highlights of this project by i29 is the custom-design kitchen, which includes a large wooden sliding door to cover integrated storage areas, with a contrasting black cooking island in front.
Built-in cabinets and a fireplace have the same characteristics and contrast in materials. Wooden walls from top to bottom with built-in doors are marking the entrance to the more private areas such as the bedrooms and bathrooms. In order to create a better indoor-outdoor connection, i29 interior architects designed a 20 square-meter hand-knotted carpet with a natural mossy pattern. The excess of natural light in combination with the soft layer of green and beige resembles the outdoor experience while being inside. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by i29 Interior Architects]
Instead of opting for a conventional house-tour video, the architects at Studio MK27 chose an intriguing story as a proper way to “describe” Casa Redux in Brazil. Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video below is entitled “That was not my dream” and strangely enough, it narrates the “disadvantages” of living in an ultramodern home: ”Who would want that kind of house – cold, dull, lifeless? I was in search for what I had always imagined, a beautiful neoclassical project, the symbol of permanence, something with history. A home how we always dreamt… with pediments, ornamental columns… it will be impressive, beautiful, classical, a home as it should be.” Have a look at the movie and feel the irony in every sentence.
Casa Redux is a massive single-floor holiday residence in the exclusive Quinta da Baroneza neighborhood, north of São Paulo. As you can probably imagine, the story behind this movie is entirely fictional, yet we considered it an interesting approach to presenting a modern residence. “The idea was to intersect architecture with a narrative, making the space itself the central character. The human relationships here take place according to the architecture – they are transformed by it and they transform it,” architect Gabriel Kogan explained. We would love to know your thoughts on this artistic short film and the house it unconventionally depicts!