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Versatile Modern Home Office by Splyce Design

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Versatile Modern Home Office by Splyce Design

Vancouver design studio Splyce Design managed to create an ingeniously versatile, yet visually spare, home office  for a local client seeking both a formal office and a craft/hobby studio—thanks to a custom made modern storage unit and flexible work surface. Limited to the confines of just 115 sq ft of space, Splyce created 200 cubic — Continue reading

World Expo 2015: UK Pavilion’s “Virtual Beehive” by Wolfgang Buttress

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
World Expo 2015: UK Pavilion’s “Virtual Beehive” by Wolfgang Buttress

The UK Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan is creating quite a…buzz, and we can see why. Designed by the British artist Wolfgang Buttress, the structure, entitled BE, is a stunning piece of architectural sculpture in which 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel have been woven together to create a ‘virtual — Continue reading

Exuberant Studio Job Archives Wallpaper Display in Angola

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Exuberant Studio Job Archives Wallpaper Display in Angola

Imagine working in this office! For a design project in the southern African nation of Angola, the interior designers smartly merged floor treatment, wall treatment, and ceiling treatment into a seamless interior with a strong Mid Century bent—thanks to Archives, a highly illustrative modern wallpaper pattern by Antwerp’s Studio Job (see — Continue reading

Sonia Rykiel Shop Celebrates Paris’ Literary Past

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends
Sonia Rykiel Shop Celebrates Paris’ Literary Past

Fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has opened her first shop in Paris, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s…bookish. 50,000 books, to be exact—are on hand to command the viewer’s attention (and, yes, to read) in the sprawling, two-story space, which could very well be a glamorous library for well-heeled (or well-read) Parisiennes in search of a midday respite. — Continue reading

Artful Contemporary Interior for Manhattan’s Apparatus Studio

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Artful Contemporary Interior for Manhattan’s Apparatus Studio

We wouldn’t blame Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson, founders of the Manhattan design studio Apparatus, for never wanting to leave work. When a working environment is this inspiring—and inspired—why bother going home? Anderson and Hendifar, who beguiled us at last year’s ICFF with their Cloud Chandeliers, conduct business out of a space they — Continue reading

Vondom Modern Furniture Lights Up Australia’s Matisse Beach Club

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Vondom Modern Furniture Lights Up Australia’s Matisse Beach Club

Western Australia’s Matisse Beach Club, resplendent in striking modern outdoor furniture by Vondom, is racking up 2015 design awards. Located in the Perth suburb of Scarborough, the club’s design was overseen by Oldfield Knott Architects, whose sharply angled architectural elements and Miami-esque color scheme were conveniently aided by a dazzling selection of futuristic, faceted contemporary furnishings from the Vondom Faz and Vertex collections. Featuring a suite — Continue reading

‘Big City Rome’ Public Art Project by Street Artists

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
‘Big City Rome’ Public Art Project by Street Artists

As if we need another reason to wish we were in Rome, this transformative mural by the Italian street artist Jerico may be added to the list. Part of a recent public art project known as Big City Rome, the mural is one of 20 in the city’s district of Tor — Continue reading

Matthias Jung’s Surreal Houses

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Matthias Jung’s Surreal Houses

Collage and Surrealism collide imaginatively in Matthias Jung‘s fantastical architectural compositions. The German graphic designer constructs detailed contemporary artworks from photographs of houses and buildings, cutting and piecing together disparate elements into elaborate edifices that could only exist in Jung’s mind. Placed in desolate fields and barren landscapes, Jung’s highly ornamental houses—which soar skyward or ramble on, appear ready — Continue reading

Boundary Window by Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Boundary Window by Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo

Tokyo-based architectural practice Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo have transformed an ordinary two-story Tokyo building into a striking loft-like dwelling via an unusual architectural element: a steel-and-glass grid of windows that entirely fronts the structure like a gate. The 2014 project, which garnered the young firm a prestigious Emerging Architecture Award by The Architectural Review, was undertaken to meet the requirements of — Continue reading

Modern Chicken Coop by Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern Chicken Coop by Architecture Research Office (ARO)

“Just because it’s a chicken coop, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative,” opined Stephen Cassell of New York’s Architecture Research Office (ARO)—who got very creative indeed in designing a home for a brood of chickens on the eastern end of Long Island. Built for a Hamptons-dwelling, chicken-raising client who had designs on a coop — Continue reading

Tom Dixon Designs Interiors for Mondrian Hotel, London

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Tom Dixon Designs Interiors for Mondrian Hotel, London

Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio has created the interiors of the first Mondrian hotel outside U.S. shores. The Mondrian London, at Sea Containers—so named for its location inside the famous Sea Containers House that overlooks the river Thames in the city’s South Bank neighborhood—is Dixon’s first hotel project, and bears many of the sensuous — Continue reading

In Canada, a Grotto Sauna Sculpted from Wood

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Canada, a Grotto Sauna Sculpted from Wood

Toronto architectural firm PARTISANS has conceived of and created a freestanding sauna on a private Canadian island that takes its inspiration from the undulating form of a grotto. Grotto Sauna, built on a prehistoric rock formation, straddles the line between sculpture and architecture, appearing to be a simple rectilinear volume on the outside, but masking an exquisite set of curves on — Continue reading

From Vipp, Modern Pre-Fab Shelter

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
From Vipp, Modern Pre-Fab Shelter

Danish company Vipp, best known for its pedal-activated luxury garbage bins, is now in the pre-fab housing business. Vipp Shelter, a predictably stylish steel and glass modern house, is shipped in two containers, its 590 square feet ready and waiting to be assembled onsite in 3-5 days. While pre-fab retreats — Continue reading

Behomm: Home Exchange Heaven for Artistic Nomads

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel, Modern Holiday Ideas
Behomm: Home Exchange Heaven for Artistic Nomads

Creative types who find themselves afflicted with wanderlust may have found their nirvana in Behomm, which tantalizingly bills itself as “a home exchange community for designers and visual artists.” And, make no mistake, this is no Airbnb. The brainchild of Barcelona graphic designers Eva Calduch and Agust Juste—a pair of veteran home swappers with discerning tastes—Behomm (pronounced — Continue reading

A Brooklyn Renovation to Showcase a Mid Century Collection

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Brooklyn Renovation to Showcase a Mid Century Collection

In addition to vying for impossibly cool urban status, Brooklyn seems poised to become the ideal showcase for Mid Century Modern furnishings—thanks to an abundance of early 20th Century apartments defined by volume and period details particularly suited to the proportions and profiles of classic modernist pieces. This Brooklyn Heights renvoation, spearheaded by Manhattan architect Ed Kopel, — Continue reading

Swede Sensation: Stockholm’s New Miss Clara Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Swede Sensation: Stockholm’s New Miss Clara Hotel

Well, at least we know where we’d like to stay, next time we’re in Stockholm. The city’s recently opened Miss Clara Hotel is a wow of a refurbishment, courtesy of Gert Wingårdh Architects, who have compellingly transformed a 1910 former all-girls school into a 92-room hotel, and charmingly named it for the school’s — Continue reading

A Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist

This meticulously refurbished Lisbon loft has plenty to recommend it—we could begin with its decadent size and sumptuously ornamental (circa 1893) ceiling, for starters—but it’s the space-dividing open bookshelf that caught our eye. No doubt, this spare-no-details renovation by Lisbon architectural practice AVA Architects had every contemporary demarcation (and storage) device at their disposal, but how — Continue reading

Pre-Fabricated Mini House: Happiness in 160 Square Feet

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Pre-Fabricated Mini House: Happiness in 160 Square Feet

Can happiness be found in 160 square feet? Well, we’d be more than willing to find out, if this house concept form Swedish architect Jonas Wagell morphs into reality. Wagell, who’s collaborated on the project with Sommarnöjen—a Swedish manufacturer specializing in the fabrication of wooden, eco-friendly holiday houses— originally developed his design as a simple wooden — Continue reading

Tokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Tokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek

The recently concluded Tokyo Designers Week was an occasion for Artek and Vitra to present their first joint installation since Vitra’s acquisition of the Finnish brand in 2013. Taking over the Light Box Studio exhibition space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood, the suite of installations merged the most iconic modern furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces—including Artek’s Stool 60 — Continue reading

New York City’s Fulton Center Subway Complex

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
New York City’s Fulton Center Subway Complex

Of the many things subway-riding New Yorkers never expect to see—a clean surface and a smiling ticket agent, notwithstanding—a ray of sunlight may be the least expected. Until now, that is—when riders taking a trip through the sparkling Fulton Center can expect to see a thick swathe of sunlight streaming down from the city’s streets, two — Continue reading