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Peek Inside This Wallpaper Designer's Whimsy London Home

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 23:13

Wallpaper designer Sian Zeng invites us inside her dreamy apartment in Greenwich, London, and shares secrets about her design process.

Born in China, Sian Zeng moved to Hungary with her parents when she was seven. She later relocated to London, where she studied textile design at Central Saint Martins, and now lives with her husband.

It's no wonder the enchanting, hand drawn, illustrated wallpapers of Sian Zeng have caught the attention of publications such as The Sunday Times and Elle Decoration.  Her designs have been long adored by creatives all around the world. Inspired by dream-like, fairytale narratives, Zeng's beautiful work offers consumers interesting ways to bring both art and storytelling into their homes.

Recently, we spoke to Zeng to find out more about her design process, as well as how she has used her designs to decorate her 770-square-foot abode. Keep scrolling for a breathtaking peek inside. 

How She Designs Narrative-Led Wallpapers

Born in China, Sian Zeng moved to Hungary with her parents when she was seven. She later relocated to London, where she studied textile design at Central Saint Martins, and now lives with her husband.

Born in China, Sian Zeng moved to Hungary with her parents when she was seven. She later relocated to London, where she studied textile design at Central Saint Martins, and now lives with her husband.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

Zeng finds inspiration in anything that tells a story—ballet performances, movies, photography, etc.—and particularly likes the works of British photographer Tim Walker

"I gravitate toward nature in my designs, as I think it helps bring a sense of calm to a space. When designing a wallpaper, I like to imagine it's a backdrop to a theater set," says Zeng, who explains that the sheer size and scale of wallpaper impacts how she approaches its design. 

Here is a look at her Dino Yellow Green wallpaper. When preparing her designs, Zeng will often create a pattern where the repetition isn't too obvious, as she believes this makes the look more immersive.

Here is a look at her Dino Yellow Green wallpaper. When preparing her designs, Zeng will often create a pattern where the repetition isn't too obvious, as she believes this makes the look more immersive.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

"When you do a sketch or watercolor for a frame, you only need to consider the size of your paper, and perhaps the style of the room where it will hang. But when painting a wallpaper mural design, you need to consider how it’s going to repeat in a typical room," she notes.

"This means thinking about how big the individual elements will have to be in order for it to look striking—both up close and from far away."

Decorating Her Kidbrooke Village Flat in Greenwich

Because this was their first home purchase, Zeng admits she was a little obsessive about making it perfect. She used inspiration boards and mock-ups to help her visual each room.

Because this was their first home purchase, Zeng admits she was a little obsessive about making it perfect. She used inspiration boards and mock-ups to help her visual each room.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

When Zeng and her husband, Sebastian, first saw the flat that was to be their new home, they fell in love with its huge terrace, and decided to turn it into their own urban jungle by building trellises and adding plants.

"Prior to moving in, we didn’t own a lot of furniture, so we had to order most of it in advance before even stepping foot into our new home," Zeng states. "Creating mock-ups not only helped me plan our purchases, but also allowed me to imagine what the space would look like remotely." 

Zeng has beautifully woven modern and classic elements throughout her home's decor. The Sofa Workshop is upholstered with Andrew Martin fabric. The armchair and coffee table are from Made.

Zeng has beautifully woven modern and classic elements throughout her home's decor. The Sofa Workshop is upholstered with Andrew Martin fabric. The armchair and coffee table are from Made.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

"We envisioned a space that was minimal, but not at all sterile.  A place that was full of design, yet still cozy. A home where we were able to relax with our friends on the weekends."

An up-close look at the dining table from Maisons du Monde, a pink dining chair from Habitat, and a black dining chair from Muuto.

An up-close look at the dining table from Maisons du Monde, a pink dining chair from Habitat, and a black dining chair from Muuto.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

"Above all—taking inspiration from our huge terrace—we wanted to bring nature indoors, and find a way to have an outside-meets-inside feel."

Above, the chair is from Made, and the flower pots are from Habitat.

Above, the chair is from Made, and the flower pots are from Habitat.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

Naturally, Zeng used her own wallpaper to help achieve these goals. She decided on the wallpapers for the different rooms first, then color-coordinated the furniture items to complement her choices. 

The sink organizer is from Joseph & Joseph, while the white porcelain vase is from Timea Sido.

The sink organizer is from Joseph & Joseph, while the white porcelain vase is from Timea Sido.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

"Before we moved in, I collected fabric cuttings in my notebook. It was a combination of my wallpaper samples and any inspirational images I found online. I would then divide these into sections of the apartment, based on color and mood. This process helped me conjure an overall feel for the apartment, and determine the color palettes of each room." 

For the living room, Zeng has used Seasons Winter Snowdrift. She opted for this design in the living room because she wanted a minimal pattern that would complement whatever furniture or plants she brought in. She was looking for a pattern that was easy on the eye, and one that would still allow the space to breathe.

For the living room, Zeng has used Seasons Winter Snowdrift. She opted for this design in the living room because she wanted a minimal pattern that would complement whatever furniture or plants she brought in. She was looking for a pattern that was easy on the eye, and one that would still allow the space to breathe.  

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

For the bedroom, she has used Seasons Summer Tropical Bloom, which is one of Zeng’s favorite designs. She knew she wanted a busy, dense floral pattern behind the bed to create the feeling of falling asleep in a jungle.

For the bedroom, she has used Seasons Summer Tropical Bloom, which is one of Zeng’s favorite designs. She knew she wanted a busy, dense floral pattern behind the bed to create the feeling of falling asleep in a jungle.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

The walls of the cinema room/guest bedroom are covered with Seasons Autumn Cloud Forest. Because it’s a cinema room, Zeng and her husband knew they wanted a dark colored wallpaper to help minimize the light reflection from the projector. "We immediately thought of our Cloud Forest design. Full of drama, the surreal composition of plants floating between the clouds seemed like the perfect fit for a cinema room," she says.

The walls of the cinema room/guest bedroom are covered with Seasons Autumn Cloud Forest. Because it’s a cinema room, Zeng and her husband knew they wanted a dark colored wallpaper to help minimize the light reflection from the projector. "We immediately thought of our Cloud Forest design. Full of drama, the surreal composition of plants floating between the clouds seemed like the perfect fit for a cinema room," she says.

Courtesy of Jo Crawford

To learn more about Sian Zeng—or to shop her mesmerizing wallpaper collection—check out her website.

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5 Marvelous Prefab Homes in Michigan

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 22:11

These homes in the Great Lakes State will have you reconsidering the possibilities of prefab design.

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a retreat for visiting families on an idyllic lakeside expanse of land at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. To drastically reduce academic interruption and cut site noise, Garrison decided early on to create an 1,100-square-foot modular building dubbed Koby, with two bedrooms on opposite sides of the structure and a common dining area in the middle “as a therapeutic space for families to gather and eat together.”

Prefabricated and modular homes, known for their time- and cost-efficiency, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Today, we turn the lens on modern prefab homes in the great state of Michigan, from urban environments to small, lakeside towns. Check out five of our favorites below.

Koby Cottage in Albion, Michigan by Garrison Architects

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a retreat for visiting families on an idyllic lakeside expanse of land at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. To drastically reduce academic interruption and cut site noise, Garrison decided early on to create an 1,100-square-foot modular building dubbed Koby, with two bedrooms on opposite sides of the structure and a common dining area in the middle “as a therapeutic space for families to gather and eat together.”

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a retreat for visiting families on an idyllic lakeside expanse of land at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. To drastically reduce academic interruption and cut site noise, Garrison decided early on to create an 1,100-square-foot modular building dubbed Koby, with two bedrooms on opposite sides of the structure and a common dining area in the middle "as a therapeutic space for families to gather and eat together."

Photo: Jim Garrison Architects

Designed by the Los Angles-based design firm EC3, True North Detroit is a half-acre live-work community comprised of nine lightweight, prefabricated homes. Located about two and a half miles northwest of Detroit's downtown, the homes are made of modified Quonset huts with elongated and heightened wall space, polycarbonate kitchens, bathrooms, and utilities, and radiant concrete floors. Apartments range from 475 square feet to 1,600 square feet.

Designed by the Los Angeles–based design firm EC3, True North Detroit is a half-acre, live/work community comprising nine lightweight, prefabricated homes. Located about two and a half miles northwest of Detroit's downtown, the homes are made of modified Quonset huts with elongated and heightened wall space, polycarbonate kitchens, bathrooms, and utilities, and radiant concrete floors. Apartments range from 475 square feet to 1,600 square feet.

Photo by Chris Miele

Traverse City-based MF Architect designed this modern, modular prefabricated cottage that is based on a 14-foot-square module, which can be assembled in several combinations. The home is built in a shop in northern Michigan, and was then assembled on site in 5 hours; its design employs local materials and energy-saving design principles.

Traverse City–based MF Architect designed this modern, modular prefabricated cottage based on a 14-foot-square module, which can be assembled in several combinations. The home was built in a shop in Northern Michigan, and then assembled on-site in just five hours; its design employs local materials and energy-saving design principles.

Courtesy of MF Architect

Exterior shot of Haase home.

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom standard Hygge Supply model was built on a corner lot in Traverse City, Michigan. Paired with the one-car garage, the structures are made of structurally insulated panels encased in powder-coated metal and lined with floor-to-ceiling Sierra Pacific windows. The concrete floors encase radiant heating, adding to the overall energy efficiency of the home, and custom cabinets built into the design streamline organization from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

Photo Courtesy of Hygge Supply

Located on the northwest coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the home overlooks cherry orchards and Lake Michigan. The vertical 1,600-square-foot residence features a prefabricated steel construction sheathed in a skirting wall of recycled translucent polyethylene slats that protrude two feet from the galvanized sheet metal that clads the walls. The result is a glowing, almost ghostly house that dissolves into the landscape.

Located on the northwest coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the home overlooks cherry orchards and Lake Michigan. The vertical, 1,600-square-foot residence features a prefabricated steel construction sheathed in a skirting wall of recycled translucent polyethylene slats that protrude two feet from the galvanized sheet metal that clads the walls. The result is a glowing, almost ghostly house that dissolves into the landscape.

Courtesy of Anderson Anderson Architects


6 Landscape Pros From Across the U.S. Share the Plants They Really Dig

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 21:33

Discover gardening ideas from all over the country.

Edwina von Gal, East Hampton, New York 

Landscape designer, founder of Perfect Earth Project

Black Tupelo

Black Tupelo 

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

There are almost as many names for Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo, black tupelo, black gum, sour gum, beetlebung, pepperidge) as there are reasons to love it. The deciduous tree naturally appears in wet spots, but it’s happy in almost any soils that can hold some moisture. The tree’s branches grow perpendicular to the tall, straight trunk, and its tiny twigs give it a witchy quality, especially in winter. Its leaves and flowers bloom at the same time, all lime green. In the fall, they go from shiny dark green to purple and then blazing red. Bees love the flowers; birds love the fleshy fruit. Squirrels, raccoons, and possums nest in the cavities left when the limbs fall off, which they have a way of doing. Deer eat most of the young seedlings as they sprout, but those that make it live longer than any other non-clonal flowering plant in eastern North America: more than 650 years.  


Joseph O. Evans III, New Orleans 

Landscape designer and permaculturist, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture

Resurrection Fern

Resurrection Fern

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

Some would describe New Orleans as hot and humid. I tend to think of it as a liquid landscape, existing on the precipice of gulf, river, lake, groundwater, and atmospheric precipitation. The cathedral of live oak trees in New Orleans is astounding. I love the plethora of species that live symbiotically with the oaks, especially the resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides). To me, the resurrection fern is more than a symbol of resilience; it models a biomimetic solution for the future. It acts as a living sponge that intercepts rainfall where it lands, going from dry dormancy to green lushness within hours of a rain event. This is what our cities must become—not concrete-laden watershed superhighways, but networks of "green infrastructure" capable of adapting to variable climatic conditions and modulating the pollutants and flooding in our urban environments. 


Shaun Doering, Oklahoma City 

Landscape designer, TLC Garden Centers

Possum Haw

Possum Haw

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

For a Midwestern state, Oklahoma has a very diverse climate, ranging from arid plains to subtropical forests and mountains. Our weather is famously erratic, as noted by favorite son Will Rogers, who, sending up Mark Twain, said, "If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change." Plants must adapt to heat, drought, and cold, as well as a wide range of soil conditions. We have a large palette of native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to choose from, but one of my favorites is the possum haw (Ilex decidua). This deciduous holly has shiny leaves and an outstanding display of vibrant pea-size red berries in winter. It’s best used as a shorter clumping shrub or tree, or to create screens and hedges. The Possum Haw is also great for attracting wildlife, especially cardinals.


Ron Henderson, Chicago 

Landscape architect, L + A Landscape Architecture; professor of landscape architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

American  Witch Hazel

American
Witch Hazel 

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a fall-blooming understory species common throughout the temperate forests of the eastern United States, including in Chicago, where I live. It has a subtle woodland presence compared to dogwood, redbud, viburnum, or magnolia, whose spring flowers or bracts provide more substantial visual punch. Witch hazel is a rare fall blooming shrub, with small strands of lemon-yellow flowers that drift across the lower canopy of woodlands. These flowers occupy the stems at the same time as the previous year’s seed capsules, or nutlets. In the summer, its distinctively large, bright green oblong leaves with deeply incised veins are valuable in gardens for shifts of foliage scale and texture. Few plants reward close inspection of fine details like the American witch hazel.


Jody Estes, Seattle

Landscape designer, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape

Salal

Salal

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

In the Pacific Northwest, our maritime climate features mild wet winters and very dry summers. As a result, our native flora includes large numbers of both coniferous and broadleaf evergreens. One of our best broadleaf evergreens is the native salal (Gaultheria shallon). I love it for its pearly flowers, reddish new growth, and dusky blue berries, which can be used in jams and preserves. This shrub has great visual adaptability and is equally attractive in a woodland setting, a modern landscape, and a Japanese-influenced Northwest garden. I suggest generous swathes of salal for projects needing native re-vegetation.


Carlos Morera, Los Angeles

Cofounder, Cactus Store

Teddy Bear Cholla

Teddy Bear Cholla 

Illustration by Peter Oumanski

The ironically named teddy bear cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) is far from cuddly. In fact, it makes a formidable bouncer when planted in the garden.This obstinate opuntioid enjoys very wide distribution throughout the American Southwest and prefers environments that are hostile to humans. It’s so nasty that even the toughest shoe rubbers are no match for its barbed spines. On a mature plant (five to nine feet tall), the old growth turns black, while its new growth is a bluish-green color with white translucent spines that glow in the sun. Yellow-green flowers come out in May and June. Notwithstanding having features at odds with our general well-being, these many-pronged monsters seduce, like sirens with a silent song. Tie me to the mast of my Jeep and turn it off the road. I want to go into the teddy bears.


Experience Boundless Himalayan Views in This Modern Mountain Retreat

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 20:51

Sited in Northern India, a holiday home is perfectly positioned for glorious views of the Himalayas.

The Wood House has been made available to rent on AirBnB.

In a landscape dominated by the Himalayan mountain range, the sensible architectural approach is a minimalist one. So, when Lokesh and his family fell in love with the sleepy Himalayan village of Satoli in northern India, they dreamed of a holiday home that would sit lightly on the land and blend into its scenic surroundings.

Teaming up with New Dehli–based Matra Architects, the family embarked on a five-year process to bring their dream home to life—no easy feat given the remote, rural location at 6,500 feet above sea level.

The peaked roofline mimics the mountains beyond.

The peaked roofline mimics the mountains beyond.

Ankit Jain

Careful studies of the traditional village houses and the community’s Spartan farming lifestyle inspired the design of the minimalist timber retreat—officially dubbed the Wood House—that steps down a three-acre terraced landscape. To minimize the home’s visual impact, the architects placed the 2,550-square-foot building on the lowest terrace.

A sloped, double-glazed skylight floods the interior with natural light and provides stargazing opportunities at night.

A sloped, double-glazed skylight floods the interior with natural light and provides stargazing opportunities at night.

Edmund Sumner

Much of the exterior is clad in vertical planks of locally sourced oiled Indian mahogany. A continuous band of glazing separates the timber cladding from a dry stonewall base, built of materials excavated on site.

The band of glazing separates the timber cladding from the stone base.

The band of glazing separates the timber cladding from the stone base.

Edmund Sumner

The timber-clad roof is supported atop four exposed truss frames built from glued sal wood planks fastened with steel tie rods. The truss frames span nearly 50 feet to provide an open interior space uninterrupted by intermediate columns.

The entire home is supported by the robust truss frames.

The entire home is supported by the robust truss frames.

Edmund Sumner

Inside, pine-paneled rooms step down in three levels, each roughly 560 square feet in size to match the existing terraced terrain. The upper floor houses the main entrance as well as the kitchen and two bedrooms. The lower level comprises a mezzanine dining area that descends into a spacious living room and two additional bedrooms.

Level changes delineate programming in the interior without the need for walls, which would otherwise block natural light and views.

Level changes delineate programming in the interior without the need for walls, which would otherwise block natural light and views.

Edmund Sumner

"Building this house has not been easy, especially with this kind of wood and glass facade," says Lokesh. "As you can imagine, transporting everything—including big sheets of glass onto the hills—has been hard. After five years of patience, labor, and resilience, we continue to furnish and fix the dwelling on an ongoing basis."

The living room overlooks the landscape through a low horizontal band of glass.

The living room overlooks the landscape through a low horizontal band of glass.

Edmund Sumner

Their effort has paid off in spades—the Wood House has been positioned  perfectly for breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayans during the day, while the twinkling lights of Almora town and stars can be enjoyed at night.

Views of the of the Northern Himalayan range in the distance.

Views of the of the Northern Himalayan range in the distance.

Edmund Sumner

A variety of large square windows have also been carefully inserted on all sides of the insulated envelope to frame "zen views" of the landscape.

The exterior is cladded with tun timber, a wood that is native to the region.

The exterior is cladded with tun timber, a wood that is native to the region. 

Edmund Sumner

Pine paneling clads the interior.

Pine paneling clads the interior.

Edmund Sumner

Peach, plum, and apricot trees grow in abundance around the home, as does an herb garden.

Peach, plum, and apricot trees grow in abundance around the home, as does an herb garden.

Matra Architects

The operable windows can be opened to let in cooling cross breezes.

The operable windows can be opened to let in cooling cross breezes.

Matra Architects

The Wood House sleeps up to 10 guests with five beds and five-and-a-half baths.

The Wood House sleeps up to 10 guests with five beds and five-and-a-half baths.

Matra Architects

Fortunately for us, Lokesh has opened his family’s holiday retreat to the public. If you're interested in experiencing this Himalayan haven, book the Wood House here.

The Wood House upper floor plan.

The Wood House upper floor plan.

Matra Architects

A look at the lower floor plan.

A look at the lower floor plan.

Matra Architects

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Matra Architects and Rurban Planners

Structural Engineer: Mithran Structures Pvt. Ltd.


A Southern Californian Midcentury With Japanese Influences Asks $3.13M

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 20:15

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow light and garden views to saturate this post-and-beam midcentury in Pasadena, California.

The home features a generous wrap-around terrace with access off the great room.

Designed in 1960 by architect Hideo Matsunaga, this midcentury post-and-beam is set behind a gated stone wall and overlooks private, garden grounds. The home incorporates Japanese design elements throughout, with walls of glass providing gorgeous views of the surrounding greenery. Now, this stunning property is on the market for $3,125,000. Scroll through for a tour.

The discrete private entrance to the residence has a Japanese country home meets midcentury modern vibe.

The discreet, private entrance to the residence has a Japanese country home-meets-midcentury modern vibe.

Shawn Bishop

The home features a generous wrap-around terrace with access off the great room.

The home features a generous wraparound terrace with direct access to the great room. 

Shawn Bishop

A brick woodburning fireplace anchors the space.

A brick, wood-burning fireplace anchors the area.

Shawn Bishop

The open-plan great room allows fluidity between functional spaces, while the vaulted wood ceiling contributes to a sense of spaciousness.

The open-plan great room allows fluidity between functional spaces, while the vaulted wood ceiling contributes to a sense of spaciousness.

Shawn Bishop

The great room offers direct access to the wide veranda and extensive use of wood combined with the ample glazing brings the outdoors in.

Direct access to the veranda, combined with the extensive use of wood and ample glazing, brings a strong sense of the outdoors in.  

Shawn Bishop

The open kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and warm wood cabinetry.

The open kitchen boasts stainless-steel appliances and warm, wood cabinetry. 

Shawn Bishop

The kitchen also has direct access to the outdoor deck and a deluxe barbeque station.

The kitchen also has direct access to the outdoor deck for easy use of the home's deluxe barbecue station. 

Shawn Bishop

The barbeque area sits just off the kitchen and features built-in seating.

The barbecue area has easy kitchen access and features built-in seating for entertaining. 

Shawn Bishop

Old-growth trees frame the deck.

Old-growth trees frame the property. 

Shawn Bishop

The wraparound deck enhances the homes' indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

The wraparound deck enhances the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. 

Shawn Bishop

A spiral staircase leads to the lower level.

A spiral staircase leads to the lower level. 

Shawn Bishop

The bedrooms are contained in a private wing with three bedrooms, including the master suite. A fourth bedroom is located downstairs.

A private wing contains three bedrooms, including the master suite. A fourth bedroom is located downstairs. 

Shawn Bishop

The master bath suite.

The master bath suite. 

Shawn Bishop

A spa-like master bath even has a relaxing wet room.

The spa-like master bath even has a relaxing wet room. 

Shawn Bishop

The spa-like wet room.

Homeowners get a pampered experience in the wet room.

Shawn Bishop

The bedroom wing also offers access to a private courtyard.

The bedroom wing also offers access to a private courtyard.  

Shawn Bishop

The large lot is beautifully landscaped and dramatically lit at night.

The large lot is beautifully landscaped and dramatically lit at night. 

Shawn Bishop

420 Lakeview Road, Pasadena is now being listed $3,125,000 by Jimmy Wilson at Deasy Penner. See the full listing here

Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Drop us a line at community@dwell.com. 


This Sleek Travel Trailer Is Practically a Cabin on Wheels

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 19:09

Home ownership, luxury, downsizing, adventure—no matter what you're looking for, this travel trailer can be all that, and more.

Photos taken on an ancient ocean bed.

From its black corrugated siding and streamlined modern profile, to its white-washed pine walls and plentiful windows, the team at Land Ark RV has without a doubt outdone themselves with Drake, their latest model. 

At $139,900, this thoughtfully-designed camper is far from your average camper. Featuring a kitchen, full-size bathtub/shower, plenty of storage, and enough room to sleep up to six, the Drake offers all the essentials of a home in as little as 357 square feet. 

Aside from its stunning look, what makes the Drake unique is the thoughtful expertise that has gone into its design. Crafted by Land Ark RV's founders Brian and Joni Buzarde, who have been living the mobile tiny house lifestyle since 2011, this travel trailer has been years in the making.

Aside from its stunning look, what makes the Drake unique is the thoughtful expertise that has gone into its design. Crafted by Land Ark RV's founders Brian and Joni Buzarde, who have been living the mobile tiny house lifestyle since 2011, this travel trailer has been years in the making.

Land Ark RV

"The unique shape and appearance of the Land Ark RV is an example of form following function—in this case, the spatial quality of the interior drives the shape of the exterior," explains co-founder Joni Buzarde.  

"The front and back walls flare out not only to create a more usable space within the same footprint, but more importantly, it makes the space feel expansive rather than boxed in."

"Psychology and emotional response play big roles when you're living in such a relatively small space, so subtle moves can have a large impact." Whether one is looking for a weekend retreat or a mobile home equipped for an extended sojourn, the two founders have spent years researching and testing so that this model can be the ideal solution for all.

"Psychology and emotional response play big roles when you're living in such a relatively small space, so subtle moves can have a large impact." Whether one is looking for a weekend retreat or a mobile home equipped for an extended sojourn, the two founders have spent years researching and testing so that this model can be the ideal solution for all.

Land Ark RV

With a sleek, contemporary profile, the Drake is equally comfortable in rugged terrain or a more refined setting. Here is a look at the ladder accessing the storage soffit. The bathroom window extends your sight-line through the space and outward.

With a sleek, contemporary profile, the Drake is equally comfortable in rugged terrain or a more refined setting. Here is a look at the ladder accessing the storage soffit. The bathroom window extends your sight-line through the space and outward.

Land Ark RV

This built-in custom couch offers ample storage underneath.

This built-in custom couch offers ample storage underneath.

Land Ark RV

The tall ladder lives secured against the wall, but can be attached to either the guest loft or storage soffit, providing access to either.

The tall ladder lives secured against the wall, but can be attached to either the guest loft or storage soffit, providing access to either.

Land Ark RV

Ample natural light enters via the multiple windows. As you can see above, stylish cabin vibes flood the home.

Ample natural light enters via the multiple windows. As you can see above, stylish cabin vibes flood the home.

Land Ark RV

The kitchen and living areas are integrated together inside the large main room, yet each can still function as its own autonomous zone.

The kitchen and living areas are integrated together inside the large main room, yet each can still function as its own autonomous zone.

Land Ark RV

The master loft fits a king bed, and features an egress window and two awnings.

The master loft fits a king bed, and features an egress window and two awnings.

Land Ark RV

The bar-top is wrapped in gorgeous pine siding.

The bar-top is wrapped in gorgeous pine siding.

Land Ark RV

A closer look at the white-washed walls and sleek black hardware.

A closer look at the white-washed walls and sleek black hardware.

Land Ark RV

The flex room can fit a queen-size bed, or be outfitted as an office.

The flex room can fit a queen-size bed, or be outfitted as an office.

Land Ark RV

Spacious enough to serve as a tiny home, yet small enough to still maintain a tiny footprint—especially within the context of the western landscape—the Drake is ready for adventure.

Spacious enough to serve as a tiny home, yet small enough to still maintain a tiny footprint—especially within the context of the western landscape—the Drake is ready for adventure.

Land Ark RV

Large for a tiny house RV, but still small - especially in the western landscape.

Spacious enough to serve as a tiny home, yet small enough to still maintain a tiny footprint—especially within the context of the western landscape—the Drake is ready for adventure.

Land Ark RV

For more information on the Land Ark RV check out their website here. 


Project Credits:

Designers: Land Ark RV, Brian and Joni Buzarde

Structural Engineer: Yeti Weurks, Nick Geurts

Cabinetry Design:Land Ark RV

Cabinetry Construction/Installation: Twig, Jim Oberlander


This Modular Home in Chile Has Us Seeing Red—in a Good Way

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 18:21

The crimson dwelling, nestled in the Chilean commune of San José de Maipo, is composed of four modules stacked to form a cube-like structure.

Immediately striking for its scarlet hue, this 936-square-foot home by Santiago–based Felipe Assadi Arquitectos takes the form of a solid cube with part of its mass subtracted to create a double-height entrance terrace and a sloping roof.

In the rural, mountainous section of the San José de Maipo commune in Chile's Cordillera Province, houses are commonly set within plots as large as 58,920 square feet.

In the rural, mountainous section of the San José de Maipo commune in Chile's Cordillera Province, houses are commonly set within plots as large as 58,920 square feet. 

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The distance between homes in the area allowed architect Felipe Assadi to make a grand gesture by painting the two-level house bright red to complement the intense green of the surrounding trees, and to "activate the relationship between the landscape and the project through contrast."

The distance between homes in the area allowed architect Felipe Assadi to make a grand gesture by painting the two-level house bright red to complement the intense green of the surrounding trees, and to "activate the relationship between the landscape and the project through contrast." 

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The openness and lightness of the design has the effect of drawing the expansive plot into the overall design scheme.

The openness and lightness of the design has the effect of drawing the expansive plot into the overall design scheme.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The front deck is designed like an extension of the facade and connects with the outdoors.

The front deck is designed like an extension of the facade and connects with the outdoors.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

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Meridian Red Bowl 11.5"

Our richly colored Meridian Bowls are handcrafted of glazed porcelain in Jingdezhen, the Porcelain Capital of China. Each piece is hand-signed to accentuate the connection between the bowl and the hands that made it. This brilliant red bowl fits beautifully as a decorative piece in the home, on an outdoor table, and is also perfect as a serving piece for summer salads. Also available in a 13.75" diameter.

Knoll Barcelona Couch

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Couch (1930) was added to his Barcelona Collection in the year following the introduction of the Chair and Stool. Still produced to his original specifications, the couch gained widespread popularity in 1953, when architect Philip Johnson selected it for his New York apartment. The cushions – welting and buttons included – come from a single Spinneybeck Volo cowhide and are supported by cowhide belting straps. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted. The frame is made from African mahogany sapele hardwood, with stainless steel legs. The bolster cushion is crafted from coordinating leather and secured to the couch with straps and locking snaps. The Barcelona Couch is a registered trademark of Knoll, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Carlo Moretti Bora Tumbler

The Bora, the strong wind that often blows on the Adriatic Sea, is the inspiration behind the unusual shape, and gives the name to these tumblers by Carlo Moretti. Made in Murano, Venice these mouth blown crystal glasses are unevenly shaped as if a gust of wind bent them slightly to one side. Each one is engraved with Carlo Moretti’s signature and the year of production. Photo courtesy of Yoox

Though this particular house was built on-site, Assadi designed the components to mimic prefabrication.

Though this particular house was built on-site, Assadi designed the components to mimic prefabrication. 

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

Each floor is comprises two identical modules.

Each floor is comprises two identical modules.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The four modules, two on each floor, can be delivered to the site by trucks and assembled with cranes.

The four modules, two on each floor, can be delivered to the site by trucks and assembled with cranes.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

A hallway on the upper level leads to a bathroom and overlooks the front terrace.

A hallway on the upper level leads to a bathroom and overlooks the front terrace.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The interior staircase cuts diagonally across the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The interior staircase cuts diagonally across the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The symmetry of the design allows for the incorporation of additional programs to the sides of the modules on both the lower or upper floors.

Assadi says that the color red is commonly used for homes in this part of Chile.

Assadi says that the color red is commonly used for homes in this part of Chile.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

The houses in this area are very isolated, with no visual contact between houses.

The houses in this area are very isolated, with no visual contact between houses.

Courtesy of Fernando Alda

Sectional drawing

Sectional drawing

Courtesy of Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

Floor plan drawing

Floor plan drawing

Courtesy of Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

Project Credits: 

 Architecture: Felipe Assadi Arquitectos 

Builder: Jaime Osorio Tapia 

Structural and civil engineering: Mario Pinto 

Photography: Fernando Alda  


A 17th-Century Conservation Area in England Greets a Modern Home

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Sited in the upper garden of a 17th-century building, a contemporary abode blends beautifully with its historical setting.

The award-winning firm OB Architecture has recently revealed its striking design of Holm Place, a new build nestled in the upper garden of Manor Court, a 17th-Century structure which is located within the South Warnborough Conservation Area of Hampshire in England. 

The two-story house is positioned adjacent to the massing of Manor Court so that the profile of its roof edge on the first and second floors align with the eaves and ridge of the property.

The two-story house is positioned adjacent to the massing of Manor Court so that the profile of its roof edge on the first and second floors align with the eaves and ridge of the property.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

The 3,735-square-foot residence has been designed to harmoniously merge with the surrounding heritage buildings and complement its original site, which it does seamlessly thanks to the use of similar materials, forms, and proportions. The team of architects have also crafted the new dwelling to feature a modern L-shaped plan that extends to the edges of the site to embrace the best perspectives of Manor Court's green gardens.

The design was a response to the homeowner’s request for a bright, modern, and sustainable, four-bedroom home. The clients wanted open-plan living areas, a direct relationship to the garden, and thresholds that blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.

The design was a response to the homeowner’s request for a bright, modern, and sustainable, four-bedroom home. The clients wanted open-plan living areas, a direct relationship to the garden, and thresholds that blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

"From our first visit, we identified a strong relationship between the existing house and the brick boundary wall that bounded the site. This gave rise to the notion of a traditional English walled garden as a means to orientate the new house," says architect James Chapman. 

The simple building materials —brick, timber, off-white render, glass, and zinc— and the elevation of the house take its cue from Manor Court.

The simple building materials —brick, timber, off-white render, glass, and zinc— and the elevation of the house take its cue from Manor Court. 

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

"The building is arranged on a 9.8-foot structural grid, which is expressed both internally and externally to give clarity and order to the composition," says Chapman from OB Architecture.

"The building is arranged on a 9.8-foot structural grid, which is expressed both internally and externally to give clarity and order to the composition," says Chapman from OB Architecture.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

A row of pleached holm oak trees line the garden on the East, hence the house's name.

A solid brick enclosure has been used for the external north-facing wall.

A solid brick enclosure has been used for the external north-facing wall. 

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The ground floor consists of two zones—a northern wing where the open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living area are located, as well as a western wing, which houses the four bedrooms.

The ground floor consists of two zones—a northern wing where the open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living area are located, as well as a western wing, which houses the four bedrooms. 

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

A look at the dining table by Habitat and colorful IKEA dining chairs.

A look at the dining table by Habitat and colorful IKEA dining chairs.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

The sofa in the living room is also by IKEA.

The sofa in the living room is also by IKEA.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

The south-facing master bedroom on the first floor has a terrace that opens to views of the countryside beyond the garden.

The south-facing master bedroom on the first floor has a terrace that opens to views of the countryside beyond the garden.

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CB2 Makan White Wood and Wicker Lounge Chair

Designed by David Irwin, lounge chair proudly sits at the crossroad of then and now, combining traditional caning and modern Midcentury angles. Bleached cane seat and back weaves an airy compliment to the chic white finished frame. CB2 exclusive. Photo courtesy of CB2

Cane-Line Breeze Highback Chair

The tall Cane-line Breeze Highback Chair is an elegantly elongated version of the original Breeze Lounge Chair. Like the other pieces in the Breeze collection, the seat is hand-woven using proprietary Cane-line Weave, an all-weather wicker made out of durable, UV- and water-resistant yarns of polyethylene. The seat color is complemented by the powder coated wire frame.

Hoyne Bed, Queen

A bed built for meditation and rest, the Hoyne is a geometric symphony, composed of clean lines and solid oak. Beautiful details abound, including a mitred reveal on the headboard. Its low design helps keep you cool and promotes better rest, which is supported by a hardwood slat system that eliminates the need for a boxspring. Rest assured, this bed is the stuff dreams are made of. Complimentary wood swatches are available.

A glimpse at the Timber shutters from The New England Shutter Company.

A glimpse at the Timber shutters from The New England Shutter Company.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

 An entrance hall, gallery, and double-height staircase connect the two wings, which frame views of the serene garden.

 An entrance hall, gallery, and double-height staircase connect the two wings, which frame views of the serene garden.  

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

A zinc-cladding system has been incorporated above the north-facing wall as a reference to the agricultural buildings in the local area.

A zinc-cladding system has been incorporated above the north-facing wall as a reference to the agricultural buildings in the local area.  

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Durable Iroko timber—which when weathered, will match the color tone of the surrounding buildings—has been chosen as cladding for the internal courtyard elevations.

Durable Iroko timber—which when weathered, will match the color tone of the surrounding buildings—has been chosen as cladding for the internal courtyard elevations.

Courtesy of Martin Gardner

The site plan.

The site plan.

Courtesy of OB Architecture

A cross-sectional drawing.

A cross-sectional drawing.

Courtesy of OB Architecture

Another cross-sectional drawing.

Another cross-sectional drawing.

Courtesy of OB Architecture

Project Credits: 

Architecture: James Chapman, OB Architecture 

Builder: R. Durtnell and Sons 

Structural engineering: Momentum 

Landscape design: Janine Patisson Studios 

Quantity surveyor: APS Associates 

Photography: Martin Gardner 


Skyview Cabin

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The first in a series of innovative pre-fab home concepts, owners and designers Arno Schuurs and Paulien van Noort of the Netherlands based Qoncepts agency created the cabin as a prototype and show model holiday home. Constructed in two prefabricated sections off site, the parts were transported to and installed on site using an innovative and simple screw foundation technique placing the structure above ground level. Using beautiful, all natural and low maintenance materials including untreated Oregon Pine planks for the facade, oak fishbone flooring, concrete and raw steel, the home is a modern homage to the rustic country cabin. The smart layout combines a modest footprint that creates the illusion of space, with large windows that blur the boundaries between inside and out and a welcoming sense of warmth and style.


Masseria Moroseta

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Travelers looking for a designer holiday home in Italy will love this white stone bed and breakfast, perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. It’s not only strikingly designed, but it’s located in an organic olive grove near the famously picturesque town of Ostuni, Italy. The owner of this property wanted a modern building that wouldn’t feel out of place among the ancient olive trees that surround it. To this end, he recruited designer Andrew Trotter to blend the traditional architecture of local masserie with contemporary minimalism. The result is a bed and breakfast that blends old with new – elegant lines with natural elements and rural simplicity. Recycled local sandstone, tufo, has been used throughout, and each room has a vaulted ceiling, with thick, cooling walls.


The Kumaon

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Named for its perch in the mountainous region of Kumaon in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, The Kumaon, which sits about 5,250 feet above sea level in the village of Kasar Devi, is a boutique hotel that enjoys magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas. Designed by Sri Lankan architects Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera of Colombo–based Zowa Architects, the 10-room hotel is nestled in a sloping, terraced agricultural plot that overlooks uninterrupted views of undulating mountains and valleys.

The impactful dining room is surrounded by glass on three sides and clad in bamboo sticks that reduce the visual impact of the steel structure.
"By dispersing the built structure around the site and using bamboo cladding, we were able to dissolve the visual impact a building such as this can have in a sensitive environment," says Kodikara.
A peaceful library offers a moment of contemplation in an inspiring environment. All the buildings of the Kumaon are equipped for rainwater harvesting with a drainage system that brings collected water from the roofs to a large holding tank at the bottom of the site.
The upper volume of the main building holds the dining facilities.


7 Crafty Alternatives to the Traditional Headboard

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These unusual takes on the classic headboard are sure to shake up your bedroom decor.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Originally a shield against poorly insulated walls, modern headboards are attention-grabbing details that anchor a bedroom. If you're looking for options beyond the traditional wooden headboard, look no further than these unconventional options below.

A Wall-Mounted, Molded Headboard

A typical headboard protrudes from the wall, providing a place to comfortably rest, but this version creates a composition of moldings and trim directly on the wall. Because classical moldings, medallions, and appliqués come in a tremendous range of sizes and depths—and run the gamut from ornate to minimalist—the options are endless.

Jasperware Headboard designed by Eddie Ross

With a nod to 1700s designer Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware pottery, this headboard is constructed with various moldings and a door. “It’s literal but he made it much larger and grander,” says Azzarito of the striking and unusual headboard. Fun fact: Josiah Wedgwood’s daughter was married to Charles Darwin.

With a nod to 1700s designer Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware pottery, this headboard designed by Eddie Ross is constructed with various moldings and a door. "It’s literal but he made it much larger and grander," says Azzarito of the striking and unusual headboard. Fun fact: Josiah Wedgwood’s daughter was married to Charles Darwin.

Photo: Ellen Silverman

An Artistic Headboard

What could be better than a multifunctional piece of art? While it may not be suitable to use a high-end piece of artwork painted directly on a canvas, or one framed with glass, a graphic, printed piece of art can work wonders to transform a bed and its environment.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Toby Barlow and Keira Alexandra enjoy a leisurely Alpine morning in bed in their Detroit high-rise home.

Photo: Raimund Koch

A Textured Accent Wall

One of the main visual functions of a headboard is to give presence to the bed in a room, but this can be done just as easily and skillfully by creating an accent wall where the bed is. Adding texture or color really helps to distinguish this wall from the rest of the space, and gives some flexibility for the bed's location if the room or wall isn't completely symmetrical.

The copper-covered volume proceeds to the second floor, where it forms a storage wall in Sherman’s home office

The copper-covered volume proceeds to the second floor, where it forms a storage wall in Sherman’s home office.

Photo: Dustin Aksland

A Wall-Length Ledge

Often, a low wall behind the bed can function not only as a well-placed shelf for storage, but also as a low, continuous headboard. By running the ledge along an entire wall, the bed no longer needs to be centered, and the low wall keeps the space from being overwhelmed by an entire accent wall.

SAO Arquitetura designed the bed and the board-formed concrete headboard in Santos’s master bedroom.

SAO Arquitetura designed the bed and the board-formed concrete headboard in Santos’s master bedroom.

Photo: Brian W. Ferry


A Trompe L'oeil Headboard

Go the minimalist route with a painted headboard, which takes nothing more than a coat or two of paint directly behind the bed. Rather than covering the entire wall like an accent wall would, the painted headboard deliberately mimics the size and shape of a headboard—but without the cost or commitment, since it can be reversed with another bucket of paint.

Furnished with Rakks shelving, a Blu Dot table, and a sofa bed from ABC Carpet & Home, the floor also includes a spacious guest bedroom. A bright-yellow color accent, painted onto the wall in Benjamin Moore’s Sunburst, acts as a subtle, minimalist headboard.

Furnished with Rakks shelving, a Blu Dot table, and a sofa bed from ABC Carpet & Home, the floor also includes a spacious guest bedroom. A bright-yellow color accent, painted onto the wall in Benjamin Moore’s Sunburst, acts as a subtle, minimalist headboard.

Photo: Nicholas Calcott

Mural, Mural on the Wall

The home already has a vivid color scheme, but to energize certain areas further, Bestor and Grunbaum added murals to some of the walls. Aside from the vinyl decals in the bathrooms, the stairwell is painted to evoke Grunbaum’s family home in the 1970s. Designer Mina Javid created a faux headboard for the master bedroom. minajavid.com

The home already has a vivid color scheme, but to energize certain areas further, Bestor and Grunbaum added murals to some of the walls. Aside from the vinyl decals in the bathrooms, the stairwell is painted to evoke Grunbaum’s family home in the 1970s. Designer Mina Javid created a faux headboard for the master bedroom. 

Photo: Ye Rin Mok


A Cushioned Headboard

While a plush, cushioned headboard might be something you would typically expect, hanging two individual pillows above the head of the bed is a unique, playful take on the concept. The two pillows suspended over the top of the bed mimic the placement of the pillows actually on the bed, but the use of contrasting colors or textiles helps distinguish them.

Off the living room, Samuel uses this den as a second sleeping spot, or "guestroom nook." Crumbling basket-weave texture was covered with painted wood paneling and the headboard is a DIY.

A Windowed Headboard

While it might seem counterintuitive to situate a bed directly under a window because of the natural light that streams through, it makes for a wonderful, bright headboard. If you're particularly sensitive to light, investing in heavy drapes or blackout curtains can be a good way to adapt to a windowed headboard.

A custom headboard made of triangular pieces of black walnut is the clear hero of this 1954 Airstream renovation by ArtisTree, a designer of custom treetop and small-space homes. Because sustainability was a priority in this project, the floors are made of recycled wood (treated with the Japanese burning technique, sho-sugi-ban, to darken them), and the tiles in the bathroom are created from recycled glass.

A custom headboard made of triangular pieces of black walnut is the clear hero of this 1954 Airstream renovation by ArtisTree, a designer of custom treetop and small-space homes. Because sustainability was a priority in this project, the floors are made of recycled wood (treated with the Japanese burning technique, sho-sugi-ban, to darken them), and the tiles in the bathroom are created from recycled glass.

Smiling Forest Photography


A California Couple Customize Their Tiny Home With Multi-Layered Interiors

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After working with a couple to design their custom trailer, New Frontier Tiny Homes decide to officially name the new model after the owners' daughter.

A glance at the kitchen and living area. The leather bench and Oaxacan lumbar pillow are from The Citizenry.

When their baby daughter Escher arrived last year, Bela Fishbeyn and her husband Spencer Wright decided it was time to buy their first home. They opted for a 300-square-foot dwelling by New Frontier Tiny Homes, which they have set up in the glorious hills of Boulder Creek, California.

"The home is just so easy to live in and we do it with a toddler," says Fishbeyn.

"The home is just so easy to live in and we do it with a toddler," says Fishbeyn.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Fishbeyn, who is the editor for The American Journal of Bioethics at Stanford University, spent months searching for the right tiny home designer and builder, but was having a hard time finding one that stood out from the pack. 

Fishbeyn and Wright love that their home is set in a natural landscape with an incredible mountain view.

Fishbeyn and Wright love that their home is set in a natural landscape with an incredible mountain view.  

Courtesy of Bethalee for A Cup of Jo

"We didn’t want to build another studio on wheels. We wanted a house that featured everything—and more—than you’d find in a regular sized home. We thought that since we’d only be paying for 300 square feet, we should make the best of that minimal floor space," explains Fishbeyn.

"As soon as we saw New Frontier’s Alpha model by David Latimer, we knew he was the perfect builder for us. We immediately sent him an email, and pestered him constantly until we were finally able to enter into contract in December of 2016." 

A glance at the kitchen and living area. The leather bench and Oaxacan lumbar pillow are from The Citizenry.

A glance at the kitchen and living area. The leather bench and Oaxacan lumbar pillow are from The Citizenry.  

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Although the couple commissioned an adapted version of the Alpha model, they ended up getting a full-custom design, which Latimer has since included in his portfolio as a new model named Escher, named after Wright and Fishbeyn’s daughter.

The hand-forged, carbon-steel pans are from Blanc Creatives.

The hand-forged, carbon-steel pans are from Blanc Creatives.

Courtesy of Bethalee for A Cup of Jo

Fisbeyn is so satisfied with her family’s new way of life that she’s made it a mission to see tiny homes find a wider audience. "So far, there have been too many barriers of entry for most people to dip into tiny homes. We’re currently working on a model to change that, and distribute tiny homes to a much wider market," she says.

Thanks to the cleverly designed layout, they can witness the changes of seasons from anywhere in their home.

Thanks to the cleverly designed layout, they can witness the changes of seasons from anywhere in their home.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

When building Escher, rather than solely focusing on maximizing square footage, Fishbeyn and Wright collaborated with Latimer to alter the perception of space within the shell. 

They envisioned a home with lots of different areas—some for sanctuary, some for work, and some for entertaining. As a result, the couple worked with Latimer to integrate various soft barriers in the form of floor-to-ceiling curtains, as well as shoji paper doors. 

Hafele hardware has been used for most of the maple plywood cabinetry.

Hafele hardware has been used for most of the maple plywood cabinetry. 

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Instead of a full rectangular layout, they designed the bedroom and bathroom in an L-shape so a larger area of the house would retain its high ceiling. This also meant that there would be enough space for Escher to have a room all to herself. 

The fabrics for the interior curtains are Alpaca wool from Sandra Jordan.

The fabrics for the interior curtains are Alpaca wool from Sandra Jordan.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

"From both inside and outside the home, you can always see a multitude of different spaces and environments. This adds an intriguing vibe, and keeps the house feeling fresh," notes Fishbeyn.

Fishbeyn and Wright spent just around $130,000 to purchase and customize the trailer. Yet, thanks to the help of many of their creative friends who got involved in the project, their home is now valued at $190,000.

Fishbeyn and Wright spent just around $130,000 to purchase and customize the trailer. Yet, thanks to the help of many of their creative friends who got involved in the project, their home is now valued at $190,000.

Courtesy of Bethalee for A Cup of Jo

By weaving numerous interesting details into the design, Latimer layered the interiors to make the home feel more expansive. He added contrasting exterior siding and end-walls, as well as floating bedroom lights and ceiling panels to create a greater sense of depth. 

He also used LED valence lighting throughout the house, and incorporated an interior wall panel that was custom made by 1767 Designs, a wooden wall art studio located in Nashville, Tennessee. 

“Living in a tiny home also naturally directs you towards purposeful activities,” says Fishbeyn.

"Living in a tiny home naturally directs you toward purposeful activities," says Fishbeyn.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Storage has been integrated into almost every part of the house. For instance, the bathroom has a built-in walk-in closet. There is space under the master bed, which can be easily accessed via a hydraulic lift. More so, the dining set can slide underneath the kitchen, and contains two tables, three benches, four stools, and more than 100 cubic feet of storage.

Storage has been integrated into almost every part of the house. For instance, the bathroom has a built-in walk-in closet. There is space under the master bed, which can be easily accessed via a hydraulic lift. More so, the dining set can slide underneath the kitchen, and contains two tables, three benches, four stools, and more than 100 cubic feet of storage.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Most of the furniture has been custom built by Latimer and the New Frontier team, who were also responsible for the copper backsplashes, shelving, and the bathroom vanity that has been crafted out of walnut. 

A look at the Italian ceramic kitchen countertops.

A look at the Italian ceramic kitchen countertops.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

For the interior decor, Fishbeyn has added natural colors and materials to the monochrome palette by using various materials—dried/fresh flowers, leather, wood, quality textiles, as well as a variety of stones, metals, and woods—to create contrasting textures. 

"We sought out objects that would endure and evolve over time so that we never have to throw them away, and we also don’t end up accumulating junk," she says. 

"Seeing our daughter grow up in such a special place brings us a lot of joy. She’s able to explore the world around her and discover a sense of wonder and freedom for herself," says Fishbeyn.

"Seeing our daughter grow up in such a special place brings us a lot of joy. She’s able to explore the world around her and discover a sense of wonder and freedom for herself," says Fishbeyn.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

Fishbeyn says the biggest challenges the family faced during this process were financing, securing land, and dealing with the uncertainty involved in undertaking the project. 

"Presently, there aren’t any banks offering financing secured on the value of tiny homes, and zoning regulations make finding land a big headache," she explains. "There are very few roadmaps for setting up homes such as ours, unless you’re a headstrong ‘do-it-yourselfer,’ which is one of the main reasons why we want to help other people do the same thing." 

After the custom trailer home was completed, Fishbeyn and Wright built a deck extension themselves using Western Red Cedar.

After the custom trailer home was completed, Fishbeyn and Wright built a deck extension themselves using Western Red Cedar.

Courtesy of Bela Fishbeyn

"So many people have the space to set up amazing tiny houses that they could live in, or open up to short-term renters, but all the hurdles along the way keep them from pulling the trigger. We think we can do a lot to remove those barriers, and open up this resource to a whole new wave of people who could benefit," she says. 

To learn more about the family's tiny home, check out their website here.


The Siren Hotel

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Overhauled by design development firm ASH NYC, an early 20th century Renaissance Revival building in downtown Detroit that once housed the famous Wurlitzer Company has become The Siren Hotel. Opened in March 2018, The Siren has 106 colorful guest rooms, a carefully curated food, beverage, and retail program, and one of Detroit's only rooftop bars with views into Comerica Park.

The rooms have a private bathroom finished with colorful custom terrazzo tiles and vanity, as well as a mix of vintage and custom furniture and lighting.
Populace Coffee Roasters, The Siren’s in-house coffee roaster and bar, features coffee drinks, fresh roasted coffees, and pastries baked right upstairs.


Círculo Gran Vía Hotel

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Occupying the former home of The Circle of Trade and Industrial Union of Madrid, this historic landmark building was recently renovated to become an adults-only hotel in the heart of the city. Centrally located and offering 71 fully-equipped rooms that combine tradition and design, the Círculo Gran Vía Hotel has everything you need for a memorable trip to nation's capital.


The Little Black Shack

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An eco-friendly restoration turns a ramshackle shack into a magical seaside getaway in Australia. In 2013, when Jamie Kwong and his wife Ingrid saw the "for sale" sign go up outside an old fisherman’s shack near their house, the two jumped at the opportunity. After all, the crooked little cottage wasn’t just any old beach property—Jamie first spotted it in a television commercial during the early 80s. Once the couple inadvertently discovered that the shack lay just across the bay from their home in Palm Beach, Australia, the modest fisherman dwelling continued to pique their curiosity for years to come.

The couple’s eco-friendly renovation process took 18 months.
The shack is only accessible via two ways: taking a boat across Pittwater Bay or hiking through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Jamie and Ingrid stained the timber facade a dark blackish-brown to blend the shack into the landscape, but kept the window frames white for a stark pop of contrast.
Rainwater is harvested for bathing and washing, while greywater is reused for irrigating the garden.
The shack is decorated with found and secondhand treasures from around the world. If the couple couldn’t find an item secondhand, they decided to make it themselves.


Freehand New York

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Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Freehand New York is housed in the former George Washington Hotel—once home to many storied writers, musicians and creatives. Designed by Roman and Williams and featuring custom-commissioned artwork by Bard College students and alumni throughout, Freehand is revitalizing the artistic community in a historic NY neighborhood.


Hotel SP34

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One of the Latin Quarter’s greatest strengths, besides its ease of access to the Strøget and Town Hall Square, is the fact that it’s in Copenhagen at all — that is, homeland of all manner of mid-century design wizardry. It’s uniquely satisfying to transition from a vibrant street scene of cafés, vintage shops, and galleries to a crisp, contemporary interior, completely free of clutter, a veritable massage for the eyes. Such is Hotel SP34, boutique hotel that earns excellent marks for peace and quiet.


Own a Sleek Midcentury Abode by Iconic Architect Eliot Noyes For $2.75M

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The New Canaan, Connecticut, property boasts an impressive architectural pedigree and a classic emphasis on indoor/outdoor living.

On the market for the first time since being built in 1956, this luminous midcentury home designed by Eliot Noyes of the Harvard Five is now listed through Houlihan Lawrence for $2,750,000.

Located in the modernist enclave of New Canaan, Connecticut, where the architects of the Harvard Five settled, this 3,692-square-foot home is set on 4.66 private acres. Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the bright home enjoys ample natural lighting thanks to expansive walls of glass. The abode comes with a swimming pool and a stunning guesthouse that is reminiscent of Philip Johnson's Glass House. Scroll through for a peek at this architecturally significant property. 

The rectilinear, modernist home features expansive glazing and blurs the lines between the indoors and outdoors.

The rectilinear, modernist home features expansive glazing and blurs the lines between the indoors and outdoors.

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The living room features floor-to-ceiling windows and opens to a patio.

The living room features floor-to-ceiling windows and opens to a patio. 

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Sunlight streams in through skylights and glass walls, allowing the homeowners to feel connected to the setting.

Sunlight streams in through skylights and glass walls, allowing the homeowners to feel connected to the setting.

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The skylights brighten the long corridor and highlight the homeowner's art collection.

The skylights brighten the long corridor and highlight the homeowner's art collection. 

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

White walls and ample natural light create a vast sense of space.

White walls and ample natural light create a vast sense of space. 

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Exterior views.

Exterior views of the home. 

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The detached guesthouse is reminiscent of Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House.

The detached guesthouse is reminiscent of Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House.

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The backside of the guest house.

The backside of the guesthouse. 

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The property has a sleek, low profile.

The property has a sleek, low profile.

courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

90 Lambert Road, New Canaan, Connecticut is now being listed by Houlihan Lawrence for $2,750,000. See the full listing here

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5 Simple Tips For Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 19:31

If you thought you had to have a green thumb and lots of space to garden, think again.

Let's face it: herbs are the superheroes of plants. Not only do they contain healing properties that can treat a number of health problems, but with just a few sprigs, they can also transform an ordinary dish into a gourmet-tasting meal. And the best part? These impressive green leaves hardly need any space to works their wondrous powers. 

So regardless of how big—or small—your current kitchen is, there's no question an indoor herb garden would make a great addition to your home. Scroll ahead for five easy tips on how to get started.

1. Find a Sunny Spot. 

You don't need a full greenhouse to successfully grow herbs, just a dedicated spot that will get at least six hours of sun a day. In fact, your indoor herb garden can be as simple as a row of potted plants.

You don't need a full greenhouse to successfully grow herbs, just a dedicated spot that will get at least six hours of sun a day. In fact, your indoor herb garden can be as simple as a row of potted plants.

Photo by Iwan Baan

Herbs are happy with indoor temperature, but they need sunlight to grow well indoors. Find a warm and sunny spot near a window where they can get at least six hours daily of natural sunlight. Southern-facing windows work best. While herbs will grow well in any sunny room, we recommend finding a spot in the kitchen. This way, you will be able to snip fresh herbs as you cook.

2. Make Sure Your Herbs Maintain Good Drainage. 

The Bosske cubes can be used to house flowers, giving a pop of color to an apartment, or a variety of other plants. The trio planter makes for a great herb garden on a kitchen windowsill or counter.

It is very important to make sure that indoor plants have good drainage. For instance, if herbs sit in water for too long, their roots will eventually rot. Plus, if your garden happens to be placed on your countertops, any leakages could damage these surfaces. Therefore, we suggest using a saucer or a drain pan under the pot to catch water. 

Beyond aesthetics, it is also important to pay attention to the material of the containers you choose. Although clay pots can help with drainage, they tend to dry out quickly and clay saucers let moisture pass through, which can also damage your countertops. We recommend going with plastic, rubber, glass, or metal options.

3. Pick a Few Good Herbs to Grow.

Make sure to do your research when choosing which herbs you want to grow first, as some plants require more maintenance than others.

If you're just starting out, don't feel pressured to go overboard with your herb options. Start with your favorite herb and go from there. Instead of growing a variety, it might be better to grow a few batches of the same plant first so that you always have stock. If you're looking for herbs that require minimal maintenance, chives, peppermint, rosemary, and parsley are superb choices. Others, such as basil and thyme, need more sunlight and can be more challenging to grow indoors.

4. Think About Your Containers and Spacing. 

This self-contained garden by Global Gardens doesn't require a planter. Just dip the soil ball in water and drain to keep the herbs and succulents growing.

It is always best to grow each herb in its own pot because each type of plant has their own water requirements. For example, rosemary likes dry soil, while parsley and chives require more water. Mint is known to take over containers and crowd out other plants, so it's best to plant this herb by itself. Once you’ve figured out the logistics of which herbs to group together, follow the directions on the seed packets. Always use good quality soil and give the plants more space than you think is needed.

5. Regularly Maintain Your Herb Garden.

The Urban Cultivator is a dishwasher-sized micro-garden that appears to be a wine rack for plants. It is poised to slide into pre-existing kitchen designs, making it an easy way to add a drawer of fresh herbs to your home.

As with an outdoor garden, it is vital to regularly maintain your plants. Use your fingers or a scissors to pinch back the tops of the plants to keep them from flowering. Be sure to harvest the plants as soon as they are mature. Just be careful not to remove too much of the plant at once—no more than 1/3-inch at any given time. 

Turning the plants frequently can also help  ensure the plants are draining properly so the roots don't rot.

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A New Retreat in the Indian Himalayas Captures Epic Views

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 19:00

The crown jewel of The Kumaon hotel in Uttarakhand is a cantilevered dining room with glass walls.

Named for its perch in the mountainous region of Kumaon in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, The Kumaon, which sits about 5,250 feet above sea level in the village of Kasar Devi, is a boutique hotel that enjoys magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas. 

The impactful dining room is surrounded by glass on three sides and clad in bamboo sticks that reduce the visual impact of the steel structure.

The impactful dining room is surrounded by glass on three sides and clad in bamboo sticks that reduce the visual impact of the steel structure.

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

Designed by Sri Lankan architects Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera of Colombo–based Zowa Architects, the 10-room hotel is nestled in a sloping, terraced agricultural plot that overlooks uninterrupted views of undulating mountains and valleys. 

"By dispersing the built structure around the site and using bamboo cladding, we were able to dissolve the visual impact a building such as this can have in a sensitive environment," says Kodikara.

"By dispersing the built structure around the site and using bamboo cladding, we were able to dissolve the visual impact a building such as this can have in a sensitive environment," says Kodikara.

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

The main building, where the public areas are located, sits on the most elevated point on the site and comprises two volumes. 

A peaceful library offers a moment of contemplation in an inspiring environment. All the buildings of the Kumaon are equipped for rainwater harvesting with a drainage system that brings collected water from the roofs to a large holding tank at the bottom of the site.

A peaceful library offers a moment of contemplation in an inspiring environment. All the buildings of the Kumaon are equipped for rainwater harvesting with a drainage system that brings collected water from the roofs to a large holding tank at the bottom of the site. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

The entrance to the building is located along the volume on the ground level, where the lounge, library, toilet, spa, and manager’s office are located. 

The upper volume of the main building holds the dining facilities.

The upper volume of the main building holds the dining facilities.

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

The steel upper volume is placed on top of, and perpendicular to, this lower volume to create a cantilevered section that looks out towards India’s second-highest peak: Nanda Devi.   

Above the lounge is a terrace for outdoor dining and yoga.

Above the lounge is a terrace for outdoor dining and yoga. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

By spreading the chalets out across the site, the architects could circumvent the bulky, built-up look that too many structure can have in such a pristine, natural environment.

The foundational level of the chalet was built out of stone quarried from nearby, while the walls  were built with fly ash bricks with bamboo cladding.

The foundational level of the chalet was built out of stone quarried from nearby, while the walls  were built with fly ash bricks with bamboo cladding.  

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

Because the buildings are spaced out, the entire complex connects better with its surroundings, and the overall environmental impact on the site is reduced.  

In the chalet room, the bed, table, and seating were designed as a island unit finished in smooth cement render.

In the chalet room, the bed, table, and seating were designed as a island unit finished in smooth cement render. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

Locally sourced pinewood was used for the floors, doors, and windows, and most of the furniture items were designed and made on-site. 

The guest rooms are located within chalet buildings that are scattered across the two-acre site, with each chalet split into two levels with one room on each.

The guest rooms are located within chalet buildings that are scattered across the two-acre site, with each chalet split into two levels with one room on each. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

The concrete soffits were left unplastered, and the fly ash walls were finished with just a coat of paint to create an atmosphere of rustic simplicity.

The concrete soffits were left unplastered, and the fly ash walls were finished with just a coat of paint to create an atmosphere of rustic simplicity. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

Local artisans handcrafted the copper and stone accessories for the chalets, and Almora weavers made all the wool fabrics for the bedding. 

In each room, the toilet walls are finished in ‘kadappah’  – a black stone cut in to tiles.

In each room, the toilet walls are finished in "kadappah"–black stone cut into tiles. 

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

“Kota”, an affordable granite that’s commonly used in India, and that has a texture similar to smooth cement, was used for the floor of the terraces and balconies.

"Kota," an affordable granite commonly used in India with a texture similar to smooth cement, was used for the floor of the terraces and balconies.

Courtesy of Akshay Sharma

"With The Kumaon, our goal was to highlight the stunning natural landscape, help guests focus on the mountain views, and pay homage to local materials, tradition, and culture," says Samaraweera.

Site plan

Site plan

Courtesy of Zowa Architects

Ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

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Chalet floor plan

Chalet floor plan

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Project Credits: 

Architecture and interior design: Zowa Architects 

Builder and civil engineering: Harsh Kakar 

Structural engineering: Swati Consultants 

Cabinetry: Triloki Sharma  

Photography: Akshay Sharma


Playful Platforms Revamp This Japanese Lake House Into a Fun, Five-Story Retreat

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On the shore of Japan's Lake Nojiri, interrelated levels are cleverly used to create a multi-story home.

The kitchen is layered with the living room—the counter space becomes the flooring in the living area, and steps are used as additional seating.

Designed by Tokyo–based SUGAWARA DAISUKE Architects, the lakeside cottage known as Nojiri-ko Nature Platform reexamines the spatial relationships between nature, building, objects, and humans. 

Yet, that's not all. The home goes one step further, giving its occupants not only multiple perspectives on the use of space, but also providing various views of the breathtaking surrounding scenery.

Rather than create a typical two-story home, the architects have designed a multi-layered space with a series of platforms.

Rather than create a typical two-story home, the architects have designed a multi-layered space with a series of platforms. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

A contemporary take on the traditional Japanese concept of fluid multi-purpose spaces, the interrelated platforms that compose this multi-layered home perform different functions. 

For instance, steps become additional seating. Floorspace doubles as kitchen countertops and tables. These nifty, multi-purpose levels cleverly overturn a common layout. Scroll through for a closer look inside. 

The first-floor cantilevers out and is perched like a platform, serving as a great viewpoint for observing the surrounding forest scenery.

The first-floor cantilevers out and is perched like a platform, serving as a great viewpoint for observing the surrounding forest scenery. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

Partially enclosed, the exterior platform features an outdoor swing that is suspended from the timber-framed porch.

Partially enclosed, the exterior platform features an outdoor swing that is suspended from the timber-framed porch.

Jérémie Souteyrat

 The indoor portion is set behind sliding glass doors and can be used for storing firewood.

 The indoor portion is set behind sliding glass doors and can be used for storing firewood.

Jérémie Souteyrat

Inside, the open-plan layout features a kitchen which morphs into the living area with a raised built-in bench/reading nook, along with an upper level that overlooks the space.

Inside, the open-plan layout features a kitchen which morphs into the living area with a raised built-in bench/reading nook, along with an upper level that overlooks the space. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

The kitchen is layered with the living room—the counter space becomes the flooring in the living area, and steps are used as additional seating.

The kitchen is layered with the living room—the counter space becomes the flooring in the living area, and steps are used as additional seating. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

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“The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with,” says Swedish designer Mattias Ståhlbom of his E27 Pendant (2008). Ståhlbom has distilled the idea of a pendant to its essence: just a socket, bulb and cord. The name of this pendant comes from the 27mm Edison screw base (or E27) developed by Thomas Edison for the incandescent light bulb. Made of indelible silicone, the socket won't retain heat and resists fading over time. The E27 can be hung singly, in pairs, in a row or in a cluster. Requires hardwired installation. Bulb (included): incandescent G40/40W. UL Listed. Made in China. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

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A view of the kitchen from the living room. The reading nook/bench is another layer of space.

A view of the kitchen from the living room. The reading nook/bench is another layer of space. 

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Full-height windows wrap around the home, giving jaw-dropping panoramic views of the lake.

Full-height windows wrap around the home, giving jaw-dropping panoramic views of the lake. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

At the other end of the home on the same level, a stove creates a cozy corner, while steps add another layer to the space.

At the other end of the home on the same level, a stove creates a cozy corner, while steps add another layer to the space. 

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The upper level conceals the bedroom.

The upper level conceals the bedroom. 

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Stairs to the upper level.

Stairs to the upper level. 

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The open attic creates an airy sense of space for the lower levels, and offers more room for storage.

The open attic creates an airy sense of space for the lower levels, and offers more room for storage. 

Jérémie Souteyrat

The glazing faces the lake, providing privacy from the road.

The glazing faces the lake, providing privacy from the road.

Jérémie Souteyrat

Project Credits: 

Architect of Record:  SUGAWARA DAISUKE Architects

Builder/General Contractor: Mizuken Inc. 

Structural Engineer: Techtonica Inc.

Lighting Design: Toh Design

Interior Design: SUGAWARA DAISUKE Architects

 


Before and After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 00:37

Once tied to a rice plantation, a renovated farmhouse in Ritto becomes a bright family home.

The firm’s founder and principal architect Sumiou Mizumoto stripped away the house’s side extension.

Outside the Japanese city of Ritto in the central Shiga Prefecture, a 53-year-old rice plantation farmhouse was renovated to carefully balance old and new. Koka–based ALTS Design Office was careful to preserve the original interior and exterior heritage elements of the existing building as they worked to open up, brighten, and modernize the home.

The facade of the house in Ritto maintains traditional elements.

The facade of the house in Ritto maintains traditional elements.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Before

This classic Japanese room would receive a thoughtful renovation.

This classic Japanese room would receive a thoughtful renovation.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Before the renovation, the bedrooms lacked light and felt cramped.

Before the renovation, the bedrooms lacked light and felt cramped.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

An old stairway connects the levels before the renovation.

An old stairway connects the levels before the renovation.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

After

Staying true to the aesthetics of traditional, Japanese rural homes, architect Sumiou Mizumoto stuck with simple color and material choices. White and wood elements dominate pure, streamlined spaces.

Staying true to the aesthetics of traditional, Japanese rural homes, architect Sumiou Mizumoto stuck with simple color and material choices. White and wood elements dominate pure, streamlined spaces.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

In traditional Japanese architecture, spaces are divided into "tsubos," a Japanese unit of floor area that’s the equivalent to approximately 35.58 square feet.

In traditional Japanese architecture, spaces are divided into "tsubos," a Japanese unit of floor area that’s the equivalent to approximately 35.58 square feet.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

This 7,072-square-feet, two-story house consists of 80 tsubos, which were re-organized to accommodate modern living.

This 7,072-square-feet, two-story house consists of 80 tsubos, which were re-organized to accommodate modern living.  

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

The firm’s founder and principal architect Sumiou Mizumoto stripped away the house’s side extension.

The firm’s founder and principal architect Sumiou Mizumoto stripped away the house’s side extension.  

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

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Mizumoto transformed one of the original Japanese-style rooms into a garden that references the house’s past as a rice field farmhouse.

Mizumoto transformed one of the original Japanese-style rooms into a garden that references the house’s past as a rice field farmhouse.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Glass takes the place of paper in the shoji screen-style doors that close and open to separate and connect the different functional zones.

Glass takes the place of paper in the shoji screen-style doors that close and open to separate and connect the different functional zones.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

A study area on the second level looks down to the first level.

A study area on the second level looks down to the first level.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

By weaving together traditional, Japanese-style rooms in more modern configurations, Mizumoto created a home that exudes plenty of historical charm while suiting the needs of a modern family.

Elements from traditional Japanese architecture such as warm wood, exposed beams, and shoji screen-style sliding doors characterize the home.

Elements from traditional Japanese architecture such as warm wood, exposed beams, and shoji screen-style sliding doors characterize the home.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

The architects installed modern, floating stairs with a wooden tread and steel railings.

The architects installed modern, floating stairs with a wooden tread and steel railings.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Some of the Japanese-style rooms were retained and restored.

Some of the Japanese-style rooms were retained and restored.

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The living and dining rooms were updated.

The living and dining rooms were updated.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Glass panels brighten up and modernize the interiors.

Glass panels brighten up and modernize the interiors.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura


5 Modern Cat Furniture Designs Both Pets and Owners Adore

Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-21 20:44

These sleek cat accessories are so well-designed, they'll rival your own furniture.

The "Feline Sofa" from Hiromatsu Furniture can be purchased directly from the company and seen on display at the tourism center in Okawa.

Gone are the days of unsightly scratchers and subpar cat condos. Thanks to new designer collaborations, your favorite felines can perch on modern pieces that range from minimalist playpens to miniature sofas. Find some of our favorite options below. 

1. A Custom Cat House From Indot 

Indot, an interior design firm in Taiwan, designed this suspended enclosure for a client's four cats. The wood frame and interior elements of the cat house mesh with the rest of the home's interior finishes, while the glass ensures the installation doesn't convey too much visual weight. Even better, it gives the cats a space of their own while still letting the homeowners see and appreciate them.

Indot, an interior design firm in Taiwan, designed this suspended enclosure for a client's four cats. The wood frame and interior elements of the cat house mesh with the rest of the home's interior finishes, while the glass ensures the installation doesn't convey too much visual weight. Even better, it gives the cats a space of their own while still letting the homeowners see and appreciate them.

Photo courtesy of Indot

"We started by asking ourselves if it might be possible to design recreational cat furniture to fit well to architectural modernism or art museums," Neko writes on their website. The company is based in Japan and produces a limited run of 22 cat trees a year, fabricated from Japanese hardwood by craftspeople in Hida.

"We started by asking ourselves if it might be possible to design recreational cat furniture to fit well to architectural modernism or art museums," Neko writes on their website. The company is based in Japan and produces a limited run of 22 cat trees a year, fabricated from Japanese hardwood by craftspeople in Hida.

Photo courtesy of NEKO

The marble base stabilizes the tree, and the choice of material was inspired by designers seeing a cat stretched out on a marble floor to cool itself. The post is wrapped in Japanese-made hemp cord, which is ideal for cats to sharpen their claws and can be replaced when it gets tattered.

The marble base stabilizes the tree, and the choice of material was inspired by designers seeing a cat stretched out on a marble floor to cool itself. The post is wrapped in Japanese-made hemp cord, which is ideal for cats to sharpen their claws and can be replaced when it gets tattered.

Photo courtesy of NEKO

Cats can climb up and down inside the tree and rest on the various platforms. The wool pads are sourced from Kvadrat, a Danish textile company.

Cats can climb up and down inside the tree and rest on the various platforms. The wool pads are sourced from Kvadrat, a Danish textile company.

Photo courtesy of NEKO

Neko writes that carpenters use a "painstaking nail-less method in which small wooden rods known as 'dabo' are inserted one by one...The wooden bars are then treated with a thin layer of urethane, combining the feel of natural wood with the durability needed to resist cat scratches."

Neko writes that carpenters use a "painstaking nail-less method in which small wooden rods known as 'dabo' are inserted one by one...The wooden bars are then treated with a thin layer of urethane, combining the feel of natural wood with the durability needed to resist cat scratches."

Photo courtesy of NEKO

Space between the wood dowels allows for connection between cat and owner, while still giving the cat a sense of enclosure.

Space between the wood dowels allows for connection between cat and owner, while still giving the cat a sense of enclosure.

Photo courtesy of NEKO

A series of miniature cat furniture is available via a campaign to boost the profile of legacy furniture makers in the Japanese city of Okawa. The petite "Raffine" bed is fashioned by Tateyama Wood Crafts in walnut or black cherry. A matching nightstand is also available.

A series of miniature cat furniture is available via a campaign to boost the profile of legacy furniture makers in the Japanese city of Okawa. The petite "Raffine" bed is fashioned by Tateyama Wood Crafts in walnut or black cherry. A matching nightstand is also available.

Photo courtesy of Okawa City Okawa Sales Division

The "Feline Sofa" from Hiromatsu Furniture can be purchased directly from the company and seen on display at the tourism center in Okawa.

The "Feline Sofa" from Hiromatsu Furniture can be purchased directly from the company and seen on display at the tourism center in Okawa.

Photo courtesy of Okawa City Okawa Sales Division

According to Michael Yarinsky, the idea to design a line of attractive cat furniture came about while he and friend Aelfie Oudghiri were "drinking a bit too much" and questioning why mainstream cat accessories were so ugly. Then and there, Yarinsky—an interdisciplinary designer who works in architecture, interiors, and furniture, and runs Brooklyn's Cooler Gallery—and Oudghiri, founder of the Aelfie rug and home goods company, decided to collaborate on their own cat furniture. "The idea with the series was to fall somewhere between cat furniture and sculpture," writes Yarinsky.

According to Michael Yarinsky, the idea to design a line of attractive cat furniture came about while he and friend Aelfie Oudghiri were "drinking a bit too much" and questioning why mainstream cat accessories were so ugly. Then and there, Yarinsky—an interdisciplinary designer who works in architecture, interiors, and furniture, and runs Brooklyn's Cooler Gallery—and Oudghiri, founder of the Aelfie rug and home goods company, decided to collaborate on their own cat furniture. "The idea with the series was to fall somewhere between cat furniture and sculpture," writes Yarinsky.

Photo courtesy of Michael Yarinsky

The pair found inspiration for their line "from designers that fell on the cusp of art and design— people like Ettore Sottsass, Isamu Noguchi, and Peter Shire," writes Yarinsky.

The pair found inspiration for their line "from designers that fell on the cusp of art and design— people like Ettore Sottsass, Isamu Noguchi, and Peter Shire," writes Yarinsky.

Photo courtesy of Michael Yarinsky

Pieces are composed of CNC-milled ash plywood and flat weave rug material.

Pieces are composed of CNC-milled ash plywood and flat weave rug material.

Photo courtesy of Michael Yarinsky

The modular cat tree from KATRIS includes a set of five blocks (each a different shape) and 10 clips for securing the blocks together. The beauty of the KATRIS approach is the flexibility of the design: you combine the blocks to create whatever formation you can imagine, which keeps the cat from getting bored.

The modular cat tree from KATRIS includes a set of five blocks (each a different shape) and 10 clips for securing the blocks together. The beauty of the KATRIS approach is the flexibility of the design: you combine the blocks to create whatever formation you can imagine, which keeps the cat from getting bored.

Photo courtesy of KATRIS

Each block is composed of over 200 sheets of heavy-duty paperboard and can endure over 300 pounds of weight, making it quite durable.

Each block is composed of over 200 sheets of heavy-duty paperboard and can endure over 300 pounds of weight, making it quite durable.

Photo courtesy of KATRIS

With a wall mount kit and select blocks, the pieces can be attached to the wall.

With a wall mount kit and select blocks, the pieces can be attached to the wall.

Photo courtesy of KATRIS


This Amphibious Tiny Camper Tackles Land and Sea For Just $20K

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Affordable, adorable, and convertible, this camper combines a trailer, caravan, and yacht into one.

Large acrylic windows provide expansive views of the outdoors.

Taking your holiday adventure from the open road to the sea is now easier than ever thanks to Sealander, a tiny amphibious camper that starts right under $20,000. 

A feat of German engineering and production, this adventure vehicle boasts beauty and function with its sleek lightweight shell primed for relaxed outings on the lake, or luxurious camping beneath the stars. 

Developed by Daniel Straub, the Sealander combines the German entrepreneur’s love of the outdoors with his background in industrial design.

Developed by Daniel Straub, the Sealander combines the German entrepreneur’s love of the outdoors with his background in industrial design.

Sealander

Weighing in at approximately 1,100 pounds, the Sealander is light enough to tow by car, and can easily also float on water thanks to its monocoque shell made from glass-fiber reinforced plastic. The Sealander chassis is entirely galvanized and waterproof with sealed wheel hubs encased in oil.

The optional cooking module comes with a single-flame spirit cooker station, while the wash module is equipped with a stainless steel sink, glass cover plate, tap with water pump, as well as a 13-liter fresh-water tank and 16-liter tank for waste water.

The optional cooking module comes with a single-flame spirit cooker station, while the wash module is equipped with a stainless steel sink, glass cover plate, tap with water pump, as well as a 13-liter fresh-water tank and 16-liter tank for waste water.

Sealander

Inside, the caravan melds modern and traditional elements, such as high-grade steel with wood and leather for a touch of warmth.

Each Sealander can be customized to the user's preference, from add-on speakers to an on-board shower and toilet.

Each Sealander can be customized to the user's preference, from add-on speakers to an on-board shower and toilet.

Sealander

The interior accommodates up to six in the two benches that transform into a spacious bed. Built-in storage is hidden beneath the seats.

The Sealander motor reaches speeds of up to 5.6mph on water for comfortable cruising.

The Sealander motor reaches speeds of up to 5.6mph on water for comfortable cruising.

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When transitioning from shore to water, users only need to attach an outboard engine to the back of the Sealander before setting sail. And the best part? No boating license is needed to operate this boat-like vehicle.

The stainless steel ladder doubles as a helpful staircase for entering the chassis on land, as well as a railing in water.

The stainless steel ladder doubles as a helpful staircase for entering the chassis on land, as well as a railing in water.

Sealander

The Sealander is fully customizable with a suite of materials and colors to choose from. Those looking to get the most use from their unit may want to consider add-on features including a bathroom, cooler, and a kitchen unit, complete with a stainless steel wash-and-cooking module.

The Sealander features 13-inch steel rims with 185/55 tires.

The Sealander features 13-inch steel rims with 185/55 tires.

Sealander

Large acrylic windows provide expansive views of the outdoors.

Large acrylic windows provide expansive views of the outdoors.

Sealander

The rooftop, made of polyester and reinforced fiberglass, retracts to bring the sky indoors.

The rooftop, made of polyester and reinforced fiberglass, retracts to bring the sky indoors.

Sealander

Interested in setting sail on a Sealander? The German company now sells internationally and offers rental services around Europe. Check their site to learn more.


Calling All Richard Neutra Fans—His Bonnet House in L.A. Hits the Market at $1.8M

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Nestled on a steep slope in the Hollywood Hills, this enticing piece of architectural history has been carefully restored and offers mesmerizing views.

Architecture For Sale has listed the property for $1.8M.

Nearly 15 years after former punk-rock musician Jonathan Anastas purchased the home, the Richard Neutra–designed Bonnet House has hit the market once again and is now being listed for $1,795,000.

An Arco floor lamp ties the great room together.

An Arco floor lamp ties the great room together.

Cameron Carothers

Designed in 1942, this much-published property has been fawned upon by architectural critics for decades. In fact, it was even the subject of a 12-year restoration by former owner David Hay.

Previous owners had painted the redwood siding pink, so Hay—unable to strip the paint out of the wood—repainted the exterior a dark reddish-brown in an imitation of the siding’s original color and texture.

Previous owners had painted the redwood siding pink, so Hay—unable to strip the paint out of the wood—repainted the exterior a dark reddish-brown in an imitation of the siding’s original color and texture.

Cameron Carothers

Set on a steep site, the two-bedroom, two-bath Bonnet House is embedded into the hillside as a series of redwood-clad cubes topped with an angled roof—an unusual find for a Neutra home—that parallels the incline.

The high, sloping ceiling and curved walls are unusual features for a Neutra house.

The high, sloping ceiling and curved walls are unusual features for a Neutra house.

Cameron Carothers

Neutra carefully positioned the home to optimize southwest views of the wooded canyon and the city below. The connection to the outdoors is further emphasized with outdoor patios, International-style ribbon windows, and operable glass walls.

Tucked away from the street is a side yard that travels up behind the home to a flat viewing terrace, shaded beneath a large tree.

Tucked away from the street is a side yard that travels up behind the home to a flat viewing terrace, shaded beneath a large tree.  

Cameron Carothers

The Bonnet House maintains its original floor plan. Much of the carefully restored exterior is owed to Hay, who consulted with designer Daniel Sachs and renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman to restore the early modernist gem and pay homage to its 1940s appearance.

The kitchen features cork flooring and an Alvar Aalto Beehive pendant lamp.

The kitchen features cork flooring and an Alvar Aalto Beehive pendant lamp.

Cameron Carothers

When Anastas bought the property in 2004, he hired Woodson Rummerfield Design for the interior design. In addition to period-appropriate finishes, the home has been studded with iconic midcentury furnishings. 

Wood paneling adds a touch of warmth to the great room.

Wood paneling adds a touch of warmth to the great room.

Cameron Carothers

The roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electric systems have also been upgraded.

A floor-to-ceiling window in the master bedroom brings the outdoors in.

A floor-to-ceiling window in the master bedroom brings the outdoors in.

Cameron Carothers

A curved fireplace anchors a corner of the master bedroom.

A curved fireplace anchors a corner of the master bedroom.

Cameron Carothers

Pale blue hues—repeated elsewhere in the home—stay true to Neutra’s color palette.

Pale blue hues—repeated elsewhere in the home—stay true to Neutra’s original color palette.

Cameron Carothers

Colored tiles line the bathroom, which is set deep into the slope.

Colored tiles line the bathroom, which is set deep into the slope.

Cameron Carothers

A bamboo grove provides privacy to the brick-paved patio in the backyard.

A bamboo grove provides privacy to the brick-paved patio in the backyard.

Cameron Carothers

Hardwood floors line the studio.

Hardwood floors line the studio.

Cameron Carothers

Sliding doors open the great room up to the outdoors.

Sliding doors open the great room up to the outdoors.

Cameron Carothers

The flagstone patio overlooks city views.

The flagstone patio overlooks gorgeous city views.

Cameron Carothers

Architecture For Sale has listed the Bonnet House with an asking price of $1,795,000.

Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Drop us a line at community@dwell.com. 

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In Brooklyn, an 1890s Townhouse Is Reborn With Tons of Light and a Crisp Black Facade

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The Red Hook home was once a warren of dark rooms.

The residents furnished the interior themselves, even hand-picking the exposed reclaimed beams from a barn in Pennsylvania. The dining table and shelving unit are 1970s vintage and the sofa is from Design Within Reach (left). The height of the top level varies from around nine to 12 feet.

When Joe and Ali Pivar purchased their 1890s townhouse in Red Hook in late 2012, their realtor told them they got the last good deal in the transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood. But like all good deals, it came with a downside. The house, unaltered since the ’70s, was a warren of small, windowless rooms, serviced by ancient utilities. 

Architect Allison Reeves was renovating a townhome in Red Hook when she discovered that the existing redbrick facade was falling apart. With contractor John Fasano, she put in a new exterior of dark bricks, punctuated by a slanted pane of glass by Bieber Windows. A new roof supports a deck as well as the home's mechanicals, which the residents opted to move out of harm's way after Hurricane Sandy flooded other homes in the area.

Architect Allison Reeves was renovating a townhome in Red Hook when she discovered that the existing redbrick facade was falling apart. With contractor John Fasano, she put in a new exterior of dark bricks, punctuated by a slanted pane of glass by Bieber Windows. A new roof supports a deck as well as the home's mechanicals, which the residents opted to move out of harm's way after Hurricane Sandy flooded other homes in the area.

Photo: Lesley Unruh

A gut job was needed, which Joe largely took on himself. By the time the couple met their architect, Allison Reeves of ardesign, through friends, the house had been hollowed to a shell. "Whenever there was an option between something fussy and something stripped down, we chose the latter," says Ali. The simplified interior allowed Reeves to focus on the one feature the owners wanted most: light. 

The residents furnished the interior themselves, even hand-picking the exposed reclaimed beams from a barn in Pennsylvania. The dining table and shelving unit are 1970s vintage and the sofa is from Design Within Reach (left). The height of the top level varies from around nine to 12 feet.

The residents furnished the interior themselves, even hand-picking the exposed reclaimed beams from a barn in Pennsylvania. The dining table and shelving unit are 1970s vintage and the sofa is from Design Within Reach. The height of the top level varies from around nine to 12 feet. 

Photo: Lesley Unruh

In her design, Reeves "flipped" the layout of the two floors the couple use—totaling 1,200 square feet—putting the kitchen and living area on the top level and the bedrooms on the level below, in order to maximize illumination in the places where Joe and Ali spend most of their time. She removed the old pitched roof, and, by installing heavy-duty reclaimed timber beams, was able to raise the ceiling to almost 12 feet in the front half of the house. The heightened volume provides space for a large glass bulkhead above the stairs. Additional light funnels in through an oversized, angled box window that takes the place of two existing windows in the new dark gray brick facade.

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Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant

First introduced in 1952, the George Nelson Bubble Lamps by Herman Miller are definitively mid-century modern, and are so iconic that they are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The George Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant follows the same production process of the original design, where a soft plastic is spray-coated around a steel wire frame to achieve the shape.

West Elm Dark 2-Piece Terminal Chaise Sectional

Hand upholstered in the USA, our Drake Sectional's loungy, extra-deep terminal chaise lets you sprawl out in complete comfort and style. We gave it crisp lines, tapered legs and grid button-tufted back cushions that keep it always looking neat and chic. It's available in your choice of fabric so you can pick the one that's right for you.

Helio Prisma Pendant Light

The Helio modern pendant light originates from Niche’s taller and more slender Pharos pendant and is designed for versatility. It is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings and ready for use with an array of different lamping options, including incandescent, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs. The delightfully compact shape of the Helio modern lighting collection works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy.

The guest room features a bed from West Elm.

The guest room features a bed from West Elm.

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"Before construction, we removed every finish and covering to expose the layers beneath. It was almost like an archaeological exercise." Allison Reeves, architect

Next to the steel-and-wood staircase, which leads to the roof, a patch of glass flooring lets sunlight filter down to the bedrooms.

Next to the steel-and-wood staircase, which leads to the roof, a patch of glass flooring lets sunlight filter down to the bedrooms.

Photo: Lesley Unruh

The suffusion of light in the kitchen-living-dining area flows down to the bedroom level through a patch of glass flooring and an open staircase. According to Ali: "The bedroom floor is so naturally well lit during the day that we don’t need to turn on the lights."

The downstairs garden space offers another outdoor escape.

The downstairs garden space offers another outdoor escape. 

Photo: Lesley Unruh


Design Digest: Remembering Will Alsop, Elon Musk Makes Bricks, and More

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British maverick and architect Will Alsop passes away, Elon Musk plans to make bricks for affordable housing, Good Things launches a new line of home office furniture—find this and more in this week's roundup of design headlines.

Good Thing Debuts Furniture For the Home Office

Remote work is on the rise, and Brooklyn–based design brand Good Thing has launched a collection of furniture and lighting specifically designed to help those who work from home. The collection was launched as part of New York Design Week and includes five new pieces designed by MSDS Studio, Ben Kicic, Jamie Wolfond, Ferréol Babin and Earnest Studio. Highlights include a powder-coated aluminum stackable side table and a versatile shutter lamp which can be set on a table or mounted on the wall.

Stylish and functional pieces which help seamlessly integrate your office into your home.

Stylish and functional pieces help to seamlessly integrate your office into your home. 

Good Thing

Elon Musk's Boring Company Will Be Making Bricks For Affordable Housing

By now, most of us have heard that Elon Musk's The Boring Company is building tunnels under L.A. to escape traffic. Now, unsurprisingly, the high-tech CEO has already figured out what to do with all that dirt. Musk announced on Twitter on May 7, "The Boring Company will be using dirt from tunnel digging to create bricks for low-cost housing." The Boring Company FAQ page confirms the statement, and a spokesperson for The Boring Company confirmed these plans to Bloomberg, stating the bricks will come from "excavated muck," and that "there will be an insane amount of bricks." Future Boring Company offices will be also be made from these bricks.

A spokesman from the company told Bloomberg, that they plan to make bricks out of excavated mud from all Boring Co. tunnels, not just the one currently under construction in Hawthorne, California.

A spokesman from the company told Bloomberg that bricks will be formed from excavated mud from all Boring Co. tunnels, not just the one currently under construction in Hawthorne, California.

The Boring Company

Whole Foods Forays Into Home Goods

Whole Foods has launched a new home decor boutique called Plant & Plate inside their new Bridgewater, New Jersey store. The recent Amazon acquisition will be testing the waters, selling home goods and other items with their new concept shop, which will be "dedicated to beauty, garden and home goods rooted in nature," according to their website. Plant & Plate will feature products such as Hedley & Bennett aprons, Beaucycled jewelry, Brooklyn–based Apotheke candles, and pottery by local Bridgewater–based maker Keiko Inouye.

The first new lifestyle shop is located inside the new Whole Foods Market located in Bridgewater, NJ.

The first new lifestyle shop is located inside the new Whole Foods Market located in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Whole Foods

Remembering British Architect Will Alsop

Maverick architect Will Alsop died on May 12, 2018 at age 70. The British modernist was best known for designing buildings such as the Peckham Library in Southeast London (shown below)—a project he did together with German architect Jan Störmer. The structure won the 2000 RIBA Stirling Prize and is known for its "L" shape, double-height reading room, trademark columns, and the use of pre-patinated copper cladding responsible for its distinctive turquoise hue. Other notable designs include his proposal for the Centre Pompidou in Paris that was the runner-up to Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s design; the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, aka the Tube, in Cardiff Bay, Wales; and the North Greenwich Tube Station in London.

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"Will Alsop is a sad loss. He was a free spirit with a creative genius of colorful independence. And his work had an underlying theme of great generosity—to liberate as much as the ground plane as possible for human occupation." —Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president

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New Startup Norn Provides Housing For Global Nomads

A new startup called Norn has launched a members-only club to address the need for accommodations that "fill the gap between visiting and living." Starting in London, San Francisco, Berlin, and Barcelona, the company is launching adapted townhouses aimed at "a global community of nomads." Members can stay for three to six months, a healthy chunk of time that encourages deeper cultural immersion rather than just a holiday. Norn joins a growing breed of co-living companies such as Roam and Outsite

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"Modern life for many of us is missing the space for meaningful gatherings and exchanges among foreign people and ideas," says Norn’s San Francisco–based founder Travis Hollingsworth. "Norn is designing new ways for us to connect in smaller, more intimate spaces."

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A Melbourne Home Gains a Gorgeous Glass-Fronted Addition

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A glass-fronted addition aims to re-engage a small-scale Melbourne home with its exuberant garden.

The architects were looking to create a space that would reflect the client’s eclectic and playful sensibility and to establish a connection between the new living spaces and the garden beyond.

When Melbourne-based Taylor Knights was tapped by clients—a creative couple with a teenager—looking to add a flexible space to their existing bungalow in the suburb of Brunswick West, the team of architects crafted a handful of solutions to meet the family's evolving needs.

For starters, the team decided to repurpose the property's generous ivy-lined side access, creating a lush and unassuming new entry point at the center of the home. Existing rooms were converted to accommodate the family's private space, with the addition—accessed via the new entrance— now serving as the social heart of the home. Scroll ahead for a closer peek.

The architects were looking to create a space that would reflect the client’s eclectic and playful sensibility, while also establishing a connection between the new living spaces and lush garden.

The architects were looking to create a space that would reflect the client’s eclectic and playful sensibility, while also establishing a connection between the new living spaces and lush garden. 

Tom Blachford

The architects were looking to create a space that would reflect the client’s eclectic and playful sensibility and to establish a connection between the new living spaces and the garden beyond.

The team created a new entrance for the home, which leads directly into the new addition. 

Tom Blachford

The architects created a new entrance for the home which leads directly into the new addition.

The strategy behind the revamp was to arrange the spaces around three sculptural masonry walls, which would create cozy nooks while also revealing the open plan of the addition.

Tom Blachford

The strategy was to arrange the spaces in and around three sculptural masonry walls, creating nooks and reveals within the open plan of the addition. With spaces that could offer a place to sit and engage with family, or to withdraw and read a book by the garden window.

Thanks to large, expansive windows, the addition lets in an abundance of natural light. 

Tom Blachford

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Sibast No 8 Chair

In 1953 Helge Sibast designed the chair Sibast No 8. A Danish design classic, which was part of the Danish design wave in the 1950’s and 60’s, and was sold around the world. Now more than 60 years later the chair is the first to be re- launched by the grandson and his wife, Ditlev & Anna Sibast. The characteristic y-shaped legs, the floating seat and the press moulded back rest of the chair demands high quality craftsmanship to be able to create the unique expression and sustainable design; where functionality meets aesthetics – the re-launch of a true Danish Design classic.

Ligne Roset Togo Sofa

Ligne Roset’s Togo Sofa has become a classic ever since its creation over 40 years ago. Designed by Michael Ducaroy, the distinctive, low-profile silhouette is built specially for comfort with an ergonomic design that makes it an inviting spot to curl up. The frame is made up of three densities of polyether foam while the covers consist of thick, quilted polyester. To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013, Ligne Roset released a miniature version of the Togo chair, which was introduced in 2007. For the complete look, the collection consists of a range of seating pieces that can be fit together to create a modular living room setup.

Byredo Burning Rose Candle

What it is: A uniquely scented candle handmade in France using mouth-blown glass and a cotton wick. Fragrance story: She is one of those who leave a trail of fire in their path. Her magnetism draws all eyes. Her elegance is dizzying. There is nothing demure about this rose. She has spent nights curled up in leather, wrapped in birch leaves, rooted in dark and mysterious woods. Burning Rose opens like a velvety petal, and once you think you've understood who she is with her accents of powdery violets and luxurious rose absolute, she plunges you into the darkness of ebony and plumes of birch smoke. Style: Floral. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

The clients were looking to create a calm and comfortable space to retreat within, with moments of privacy and seclusion within the open plan.

Through careful consideration, the architects have designed an open-plan layout that also featured options for privacy and seclusion.

Tom Blachford

The family's favorite Kandinsky (shown above) served as inspiration for the interiors.

Since the clients requested that the extension be designed to accommodate their diverse collection of artwork and literature, it's no surprise the family's favorite Kandinsky (shown above) served as inspiration for the tonalities and the material palette of the interiors.

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Energy efficient glazing and sustainable timber selections have also been used throughout the project.

Because sustainability was also a big priority, energy-efficient glazing and sustainable timber selections have been used throughout the project.  

Tom Blachford

The unique floor treatment included a two-pour concrete slab method, allowing for insulation to be placed between the two slabs—making the space highly thermally efficient.

The unique floor treatment includes a two-pour concrete-slab method, which allows for insulation to be placed between the slabs, making the space highly thermal efficient. 

Tom Blachford

The key sustainability goal was to produce a highly efficient, low-volume addition that "did a lot with very little." As a result, the living spaces have been re-orientated toward the north, and eaves have been introduced to block the sun during the summer and allow light to enter the space during the winter. The extension can also be naturally ventilated, with large openings along the northern façade, as well as to the south of the new pavilion space. 

Tom Blachford

The addition now forms a comfortable and fully functional new social heart for the home.

The addition now forms a comfortable and fully functional social heart for the home. 

Tom Blachford

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Taylor Knights

Builder/General Contractor: Gareth Cannon/ GC &F Constructions

Structural Engineer: R. Bliem & Associates

Interior Design: Taylor Knights

Cabinetry Design/Installation: Marant Industries

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Mallorca Villa

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Zen and dreamlike, this is a daring example of less is more. We loved the dramatic geometric lines and complete lack of ornamentation which let the architecture and the landscape shine. Set in an almond grove on the southern part of the island, Mallorca Villa was designed by John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin, the duo responsible for designing leading retail locations for Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. With stunning views of the sea and the mountains, it is a highly expressive and unusual structure, and a daring leap into what a residential space can mean. Grand in scale and humble in tone, it is reminiscent of an art installation, and it’s clean sharp delineated lines of vertical and geometric shapes evokes a modern take on antiquity. Equal parts mid century modern and ancient adobe castle, the striking minimalist emphasis in and out and use of raw, natural materials creates a harmonious palette with the landscape.