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Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 20:17
Wind River Tiny Homes creates a tiny house that caters to its owners’ outdoorsy lifestyle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
When a young, Chattanooga-based triathlete couple approached Wind River Tiny Homes to build a new house, they sought to keep the new build around 600 square feet—but with plenty of outdoor entertaining space. To meet their request, Wind River designed a 650-square-foot house within code, with just the right dimensions for passageways, clearances, a stairwell, and a bathroom under the stairs.
To accommodate guests, the designers incorporated a garage door that opens to provide 150 square feet of deck space. There's also a 300-square-foot outdoor area with a fire pit defined by pea gravel.
Keeping the owners’ hobbies in mind, Wind River created space for paddle board storage, a carport with a pulley system for lifting kayaks off the couple’s Subaru, and a battery charger for their training bike.
As homage to the couple’s love of cycling, the Wind River team inlaid bike gears on the bar counter of the rustic modern kitchen.
The interior finishings are made from locally sourced and reclaimed materials. Integrated speakers, ceiling fans, smoke detectors, and a smart thermostat create a compact, yet efficient home.
The kitchen features grey shaker cabinets, engineered hickory floors, and two-foot ponderosa pine brackets custom made by Wind River Tiny Homes.
The section under the kitchen bar counter features wainscoting reclaimed from an elk lodge building in Chattanooga, with a herringbone middle section. Three bike crank cogs are inlaid into the concrete bar table, creating a unique design.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:51
Seamless indoor/outdoor living allows a family to relax and unplug in this contemporary New Hampshire lake house.
A family of four was looking for a retreat where they could disconnect from their busy city life back in Boston and embrace the great outdoors. They tapped Concord, Massachusetts–based Murdough Design, an architecture firm whose specialty is creating contemporary residences that engage with nature.
Located on a wooded lot bordering Squam Lake in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Tom Murdough, principal in charge, and Rob Potish, project manager, designed a three-story, 4,200-square-foot, modern cabin, which was the recipient of 2018 AIA New Hampshire Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture Design.
When designing the house, the architects had to deal with a handful of constraints, like an existing foundation. The previous structure, a 1960s-era cabin, was taken down to the foundation, and the contemporary cabin built in its existing footprint.
"Utilizing the existing foundation was a way of being advantageous, but also created limitations in some ways," says Murdough. "We were able to crate a unique building in a conventional footprint."
Embracing the simplistic design of cabins, the getaway took on a basic rectangular form, but it was modified in ways to make it look more dynamic and contemporary with a dark cedar and metal exterior, sloped roofline, and strategically placed windows.
To help the family unplug from city life, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath lake house was designed to engage with nature. "A big part of a retreat is outdoor living," says Murdough. To create seamless indoor/outdoor spaces, the architects integrated the design of the home with the terrain and surrounding views.
Murdough and Potish did this by positioning decks to take advantage of lake views and sunsets. All primary living spaces—such as the family room, dining area, and kitchen—are placed strategically next to exterior living spaces, with large sliding doors that lead to the great outdoors. "Moving indoors and outdoors is very easy," says Murdough.
While public living spaces are exposed to nature with expansive glass windows and doors, as a counterpoint, private spaces—like bedrooms and bathrooms—are cloistered for privacy. "Those feel more cocoon-like and intimate," says Murdough.
In private rooms, window openings are smaller with more selective views. "In some ways, [they’re] more precise in how they frame the view of the outdoors," adds Murdough.
The two types of environments—exposed and intimate—were linked through a series of intentional passages. "Movement through the building is very important—how you arrive and what you see as you circulate between the spaces," says Murdough.
For instance, moving up the stairs, you feel as if you are outside, with the dark cedar exterior siding carried into the stairwell from the outdoors. "When you move through the building, there is a choreography where you understand the site more clearly because of the views you see through the different windows," says Murdough.
Architect: Murdough Design
Builder/General Contractor: Denali Construction
Structural Engineer: RSE Associates Inc.
Civil Engineer: David M. Dolan Associates, P.C.
Landscape Design: Richardson & Associates
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:47
Named Oikos, a moniker derived from the ancient Greek word for home, this Cor-Ten steel vacation home resides in Hepburn Springs, Australia—a resort town about 90 minutes from Melbourne often referred to as "the spa center of Australia." Architectural firm Robert Nichol & Sons were tasked with constructing a holiday rental that would complement the already existing structures on their client’s sprawling property, called Breakneck Gorge, which include a homestead, another short-term rental, and some agricultural buildings. The architects also sought to take advantage of the site’s spectacular scenery. "We knew our design had to respect and connect with this stunning location," they explain. "This region has a plethora of available short-term stays, but given the unique potential this site offered, connection to the landscape was critical."
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:27
My love for the minimalistic design style and my desire to plan and live in such a residential environment has made me, the designer of this apartment, and my family, face a debilitating question: What do we really need in our living environment? And so A 120 square meter garden apartment in the center of Israel caused our family change the culture of our consumption habits and adopt minimalism as a way of living. As the owner of the house, and as an interior design studio based in Israel, I decided to examine whether it is possible to maintain a dynamic family life in a meticulous and minimal space. The complex process, long and not simple, combines the analysis of living habits while emphasizing the smallest details. but above all the importance of willingness to be honest with yourself and free from social influences. Once we understood what each family member's living habits are, what we really needed (and not one thing beyond) and what we can separate from, I was able to start working on the design concept, planning and distribution of the new space. As an enthusiastic admirer of the minimalism trends I examined the Japanese and Scandinavian design culture. Both are known for their fine and meticulous minimalism, but I also took into account that the consumption habits in Israel are very different from the consumption habits in these countries. While Israelis enthusiastically embraced the excessive consumption habits of the West, in Denmark minimalism is a way of life for all intents and purposes. Still, both in Denmark and in Japan, families are living and maintaining a dynamic life just as in Israel. If so, the need for a functional living environment does not necessarily contradict such meticulous design as minimalism. With the understanding that there is no room for mistakes I was required to create a storage solution for each and every item the family needed. Thus, every cabinet, niche or shelf plays a precise and clear role and Every detail knows its place, therefore there is no spare room for anything else - this forces us to examine our shopping habits again and again, knowing any new purchase will come at the expense of something else. At first it sounded a bit impossible for us to maintain, but we were surprised to find that living in a neat and orderly space creates a sense of satisfaction and fullness. The design concept is also influenced by the culture of minimalism, the idea was to create an airy space that simulates levitation - in order to let go of the distraction and move freely with clear mind and new thought. The characteristics of the Scandinavian color palette in monochromatic shades are expressed in the form of the gray concrete floor and thin white iron windows - these were designed with minimal partitions, thus allowing the central space to be flooded with natural light. In order to avoid a feeling of too sterile a space, we took care of a recurring theme in a variety of oak-shaped elements that create a gentle warmth. The slim library in the living room is influenced by both the Scandinavian and Japanese streams and combines storage and a small work area. The idea of not placing a living room table I got from Japanese culture, although most of them have an element that simulates a living room table but is low and their seating culture is on the floor. This made space feels even more airy and hovering and in our daily lives we felt it was more useful to us. The bedroom doors were designed with integrated iron and glass, and thus enabling the natural light from the living room penetrate and illuminate the northern and darker side of the apartment.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:46
The Rolling Huts are low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on their forty-acre site, a floodplain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased this former RV campground with the aim of building several guest huts for friends and allowing the landscape to return to its natural state. Zoning restrictions did not permit permanent structures to be built on the site. Kundig’s witty, delightful solution was to put the huts on wheels, which lift the structures above the meadow, providing space for native grasses to grow while yielding unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. The construction of each hut is simple. It is, in essence, an offset, steel-clad box on a steel and wood platform. Walls are topped by clerestory windows, over which a SIPs panel roof floats in an inverted, lopsided V. At the north end, a double-paned sliding glass door opens to the outside and a covered deck. Interior finishes—cork and plywood—are unassuming, inexpensive, and left as raw as possible. Exteriors are durable, no-maintenance materials: steel, plywood, and tongue-and-groove car decking. The rustic character of the materials responds to the natural setting. The six huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited toward a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. Showers and a parking area are located in and near the centrally located barn, a short distance from the herd. Rain and snowmelt from each hut are allowed to run off into the ground. The huts evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods—structures that take second place to nature. "Here, you can hear the silence; here, there exists a great escape from daily life." - Tom Kundig. Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Jerry Garcia, Project Manager. General Contractor: Tim Tanner Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering)
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:32
Oikos is a sculptural hideaway set on a private homestead in Hepburn Springs, where guests can bask in sprawling views while enjoying luxe amenities.
Named Oikos, a moniker derived from the ancient Greek word for home, this Cor-Ten steel vacation home resides in Hepburn Springs, Australia—a resort town about 90 minutes from Melbourne often referred to as "the spa center of Australia." Architectural firm Robert Nichol & Sons were tasked with constructing a holiday rental that would complement the already existing structures on their client’s sprawling property, called Breakneck Gorge, which include a homestead, another short-term rental, and some agricultural buildings.
The architects also sought to take advantage of the site’s spectacular scenery. "We knew our design had to respect and connect with this stunning location," they explain. "This region has a plethora of available short-term stays, but given the unique potential this site offered, connection to the landscape was critical."
The final outcome ensured that the design would "work with the land, not against it." Because a single material forms the exterior of the entire structure, as opposed to separate wall and roof finishes, the dwelling appears folded in upon itself, taking on a sculptural quality.
The minimalist interiors frame the spectacular surroundings, ceding to the scenery rather than competing with it. The layout is correspondingly simple: "The decision was made very early on to remove any dedicated circulation space, instead adopting a simple sequence of arrival into the open plan living, transitioning through the dressing and bathing zone, and finally into the bedroom."
Oikos can now be booked directly for short-term stays.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:24
A lovely, light-filled midcentury-meets-California-contemporary home in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, seeks a new owner.
Located in historic Middle Haddam along the Connecticut River, this pristine post-and-beam home was built in 1987 and has received multiple updates—all in keeping with the elegance of the original design.
Set on 1.9 acres, the 3,235-square-foot property features four bedrooms and three baths. The home opens to a bright and airy, open-plan living space with soaring cedar-paneled, tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings. Extensive glazing—including clerestory windows and skylights—is inserted throughout, flooding the home with natural light.
7 High Point Drive, Middle Haddam, Connecticut is now being listed for $595,000 by Elke Martin of Coldwell Banker.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 17:13
Snuggle up in these creative corners with a newspaper and a cup of coffee—and relax. Take a peek at our editor's favorite homes from the Dwell community that carved out stylish spaces.
Architect: StudioMET Architects, Location: Houston, Texas
From the architect: "This modern home is situated on a corner lot in the heart of the city close to the Texas Medical Center. The simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines are classic modern elements. Inside the home, an open floor plan utilizes screens and planes along with floor and ceiling level changes to delineate room divisions. Brick, natural woods, and warm colors were utilized to underscore the homeowners’ connection with nature. The couple who live here have no children, and he is a doctor in the medical center, so the location is super convenient. Before they moved into this home, they lived in a midcentury modern home that was flooded, so they wanted their new home to have some midcentury character."
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light. A green roof continues the home’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings."
Architect: OFFICIAL Design, Location: Dallas, Texas
From the architect: "The Clover Residence is a renovation and addition to an existing house in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The owners requested a design that would bring light into an otherwise dark home. Our design shifts the kitchen and living space to open onto the backyard and adds a series of clerestory windows to bring light into the center of the house. The yard contains a long pool ideal for volleyball and lap swimming, as well as a small pool house."
Design firm: Schiller Projects, Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts
From the design firm: "The Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is ‘Up-Island’ Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss."
Architect: Ravit Dvir Architecture, Location: Harutzim, Israel
From the stylist: "In the township of Harutzim, on a long rectangular plot, Ravit Dvir Architecture planned and designed a house with a double central space with a green patio area at its heart. The owners sought to build a new and modernist house, including a slate roof. [The architect] designed the building using clean, clear, and simple lines, integrating materials such as wood, iron, light-colored plaster, and dark windows. These combined with the slate roof frame the exterior as if it was a picture looking inward to the house."
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 23:00
Still have some last-minute gifts to cross off your list? Don't panic—here are this year’s most popular products from the Dwell Shop, guaranteed to please.
’Tis the season to shop ’til you drop, and we’ve got a hunch you can cover all your bases—even the impossible-to-shop-for crowd—via the Dwell Shop. With an expertly curated selection of finely crafted home, office, travel, and lifestyle products, it won’t take long to see why our online store has quickly become a one-stop shop for the design obsessed. Whether you’re still searching for gift ideas or eager to add to your own wish list, scroll ahead to see which 20 items gained the most attention this year.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 20:45
The Sondern-Adler House exhibits the tenets of Usonian design.
A classic, Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at 3600 Belleview Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri—one of two Wright homes in the city—is now being offered at $1,650,000.
The residence was built for Clarence Sondern in 1940. Originally only 900 square feet, the home was expanded to 2,965 square feet in 1948 at the request of the second owner, Arnold Adler. The Adlers reached out to Wright and commissioned an addition to the original structure. The work included a new entry, a carport, an extra bedroom, bathrooms, and additional living space. The house is set on a small hill, so the expanded living room was built a few steps down from the rest of the structure and features a higher ceiling as a result.
The Sondern-Adler House, as the home is known, features a flat roof with a cantilevered overhang, clerestory windows, and is constructed from red tidewater cypress and brick—adding an organic element to the L-shaped, Usonian design. Set on a 1.4-acre private lot and surrounded by greenery, the home is a simple and beautifully executed example of Wright’s work.
3600 Belleview Avenue is being listed for $1,650,000 by Tom Suther and Heidi Peter with the LOCATE Team at Reece Nichols.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 20:16
A creative California couple turn a Bill Mack-designed midcentury residence into a beautiful and practical modern home.
Interior designer and artist Christa Martin and her husband, TV executive and creative director Geoff Katz, were looking for a house with open ceilings, natural light, privacy, views, and a commute within 30 minutes for Katz. After seeing more a dozen properties, they finally found their dream house on the edge of Bel Air—a 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, post-and-beam, midcentury house designed by well-known architect Bill Mack.
Christa began working on the redesign while the property was in escrow. The structure and foundation were sound, but the house had been neglected for 40 years—and the kitchen and baths were no longer functioning. They kept the property's original footprint, but improved the flow and function by relocating the closets and some of the doors.
The old kitchen and baths were stripped down to the studs and reworked to create larger, more contemporary spaces.
"I always start with the architecture, the landscape, and the character of the house. I wanted to enhance what was already in existence – it’s more sustainable, and I think a little age and patina makes a house feel homey. For this house, I wanted a casual, lived-in, and comfortable space that would be easy to maintain. Nothing too precious or complicated. We were determined to be living in the house within three months, so we needed to select stock fixtures and finishes. My mantra became ‘do the simple thing’—if I thought of a solution that worked, we did it and moved on," says Martin.
They left the building’s envelope intact, preserved most of the existing windows (including the reeded glass along the entry atrium), and retained the open ceilings and the wood-burning fireplace.
The couple also sanded and sealed the wood ceilings, removed posts and window frames, relocated the closets and cabinets for better circulation, modernized the kitchen and bathrooms, and gave the exterior and interior walls a fresh coat of white paint.
The couple replaced the old aluminum windows with wood-framed fixed glass, and they swapped the old water heater with an on-demand unit. They removed the washer and dryer from the second bedroom and installed a stacked set behind flush walnut panels in the hallway. The site where the washer and dryer used to sit now features large windows that look out upon the patio.
"My goal was to bring this house back to life and make it a home. I wanted to strip away the damage that had happened over the years and make the architecture sing again. I created a palette of natural wood, soft white walls, and concrete floors with accents of blue. The finished house is open, light-filled, and private, with patio doors coaxing everyone out into the sunny backyard," says Martin.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:42
This new two-story home in Los Angeles blends Art Deco with a modern, minimalist edge.
In the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, architecture firm Hsu McCullough designed a new home for a young family after a planned renovation of their existing 1925 home revealed an unworkable structure. The totally new Moore Residence is designed to meet the family's every need while fitting in with the 1920s and 1930s homes found throughout the neighborhood.
The family sought a design that suggested California Mediterranean in terms of materials and colors. They also wanted several gathering spaces throughout the home—both indoors and out—that would accommodate the family of four.
The architects interpreted these requests and developed a white exterior with punched and horizontal windows, wood siding, wood decking, and black window frames. The material palette is simple, and natural light fills every room. In order to carve out enough room for the shared spaces requested by the client, the architects sized down some of the bedrooms and condensed closet and bathroom space.
The result is a very open first floor. The den and music room sit near the kitchen, which opens out onto the dining room and an exterior dining deck. The dining room has a particularly strong connection to the outdoors, with a floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass looking onto the driveway, which is paved in textured concrete.
A central staircase leads to the second floor, which contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sizable outdoor deck outfitted with a movie screen and fire pit. The deck allows for evening ocean breezes while providing privacy and some shade from the sun.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:31
Constructed for $700,000 AUD, a forever home on the Australian coast offers an adventurous couple a comfortable and worry-free home to age in place.
When an older couple approached Prahran–based Coy Yiontis Architects to design a home to age in, they asked that the new house be almost everything that their existing residence was not—contemporary, low-maintenance, and brimming with smart home technology.
At the time, the clients had been living in a grand, heritage, country homestead and wanted to downsize to a smaller home along the coast of Barwon Heads in Victoria, Australia.
"Comfort, ease of maintenance, and facilitation of established daily rituals were primary elements of the clients’ brief," explains the firm of the highly customized and "consciously contemporary" home.
Constructed in just nine months for $700,000 AUD, the design of the timber-clad building—dubbed the Humble House—was informed not only by universal design principles for comfortable aging in place, but also by existing site conditions that shaped the resulting dynamic facade.
Stretched across a single story on a sloped site, the 2,206-square-foot home features a long and elevated profile along the west boundary to protect against views from its two-story neighbor.
Meanwhile, the living spaces are carefully oriented to optimize natural ventilation and lighting, a site-specific strategy that—in addition to energy-saving systems like hydronic heating and electric blinds—has helped the project earn a 6-star energy rating (BERS).
"The clients revel in the ‘touch button technology’ throughout the home," note the architects.
"Also important are the small touches that aid day-to-day living," say the architects, "a bench seat at the front door for removing dirty boots, the outdoor shower for rinsing sandy feet after a beach visit, the secret hatch in the garage that accesses the internal kitchen pantry directly so that the heavy grocery bags don’t have to be lugged."
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 00:33
The homeowners tackled much of the work themselves to refashion a dated home into the ultimate, 700-square-foot city loft.
When they first stepped foot into their Mission District loft in 2015, Kathryn Heller and Kevin Short knew they’d found what they were looking for, though surface impressions were deceiving. "The interiors were ugly, stained, and completely outdated," the couple tell Dwell. "The previous tenant had smoked cigarettes inside for nearly a decade, so it was particularly dreary and felt like a time capsule from the ’90s."
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Even so, with such a great location and no structural or exterior problems, the couple—she’s a designer and he’s an architect, both at Tiny Monster Design—knew that they had found the perfect blank canvas in the loft. "We both had had that urban loft fantasy, and this space was our opportunity to not only live it, but also design it," say the couple.
Scroll ahead for a look at the transformation.
Builder: DLiu Construction
Landscape Design: Stephen Stolte Designs
Lighting Design: Tiny Monster Design / Kevin Short
Interior Design: Tiny Monster Design / Kathryn Heller
Metal Railings: Mission Iron Works / Manny Lopez
Wood Counter: Mac Cutting Boards / Bart McHale
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 00:19
The Tatone Residence is a new-build project in Canby, Oregon
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 00:13
Most of us are past the hostel stage of our traveling lives. But reserve your judgment for a moment. The Share Hotels Hatchi offers both shared and private rooms, but it’s not like the rowdy hostels you stayed in that one summer when you had a Eurailpass. This is Japan, after all. And not the touristy epicenter of it, but Kanazawa, the elegant capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, a four-hour train ride northwest of Tokyo. (If you’d guess that a small hotel here, yes, even one with shared rooms, would be futuristic yet adorable, you’re right.) That’s not even to mention the fact that the hostel concept has always been a smart one. Why else have so many hip new hotels from New York to Paris borrowed the idea of open layouts, communal kitchens, and central lounge space for guests to socialize or write a few e-mails over coffee and cocktails? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Share Hotels Hatchi. Peer through the floor-to-ceiling glass panes at the hotel’s entrance and you’ll see baristas preparing flat whites, travelers poring over minimalist Japanese guidebooks or drinking sake under the glow of flattering lighting at the wood-paneled bar. The look mixes industrial chic with traditional Japanese details: plenty of smooth cement and wood, locally crafted modern cabinetry lined with traditional ceramics and exotic-looking Japanese candy. Guest rooms are small, cleverly designed to optimize the limited space. A standard room features a bed lofted high above a sofa, accessible by a wooden ladder, the layout similar to what you’d find in a sleeper train compartment. Or splash out on a private room with its own private terrace and en suite bathroom. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 00:11
In a century-old, brick-and-industrial steel building that originally housed horse stables, the Annex is a hybrid hospitality concept that is part Airbnb, part boutique hotel. Designed by Toronto–based architecture practice StudioAC in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and Moss, the carefully curated hotel reflects the local community: all of the spaces feature the work of hand-picked local artists, musicians, and chefs.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 00:11
Here’s a hotel that plays against type in NoMad, a neighborhood that’s heavy with historical associations. While many Manhattan hotels are still aiming for a sort of upper-crust prewar atmosphere, MADE Hotel looks like something straight out of present-day Brooklyn. And with its minimalist décor, modernist design, modular fixtures, and unapologetically unfinished surfaces, its rooms look right up to date - like the Williamsburg loft apartment of your design-magazine dreams. It’s aimed at New York’s creative class, who have, almost by definition, more taste than money. As a result there’s no needless opulence, just some well-chosen materials — reclaimed walnut floors, Japanese ceramic tiles, textured concrete ceilings - and some well-curated furnishings and decorative elements by a who’s who of in-demand designers. The lobby lounge is a welcoming multi-purpose space, with both a coffee shop and a cocktail bar, and there’s a rooftop bar as well as a stylish New American restaurant headed by chef Greg Proechel. But as appealing as the social life is, it’s a touch more low-key than some rowdier boutique hotels - rather than nightly DJs, think book signings, cooking classes, and other cultural offerings. This is a hotel that doesn’t just look creative - it walks the walk. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 21:56
Named after a downtown Toronto neighborhood, the Annex is a fresh take on the boutique hotel experience that helps guests feel like locals.
In a century-old, brick-and-industrial steel building that originally housed horse stables, the Annex is a hybrid hospitality concept that is part Airbnb, part boutique hotel.
Designed by Toronto–based architecture practice StudioAC in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and Moss, the carefully curated hotel reflects the local community: all of the spaces feature the work of hand-picked local artists, musicians, and chefs.
Unique in layout in response to the building’s street front site, the plan runs from side to side, allowing for daylight-filled spaces with multiple windows and inventive, built-in furniture solutions. Elements in the rooms were built mostly from plywood, including a long millwork piece that extends from one side of the suite to the other, changing from an end surface to a desk, and even a washroom vanity. The minimally designed interiors respect the industrial, historic nature of the space with a contemporary aesthetic that brings new life into the building.
Design shines at this hotel, and so do the amenities. The home-away-from-home concept does away with formalities like a front desk (you check in online, get a code to unlock your room, and text the staff), TVs (you get a 13" iPad Pro to stream your favorite shows), or a gym (you get 24-hour access to a facility five minutes away)—in favor of tailored perks that engulf guests in the local culture. From a breakfast bar with delectable pastries to a wine bar with locally sourced shared plates, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with fellow travelers or local residents in a well-designed space.
Rooms range between $150 and $250.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 19:53
In the Sixties Stockholm was the capital of the kind of modernism that’s synonymous with “Scandinavian” design. Nowadays that utopian, vaguely futuristic look is the last thing on anyone’s mind. In the Nordic countries, the best hotels — and their guests — are devoted to something much warmer, a luxe, stylish sort of coziness, and an eclectic approach which makes use of mid-century modernism as just one element among many historical references. And even if Ett Hem’s aesthetic isn’t strictly homegrown — designer Ilse Crawford is London-born, to a Danish mother — the fact is, it’s probably the finest example anywhere of the current tendency in Scandinavian boutique hotel design. More importantly, it’s simply one of the most impressive hotels in the region. Twelve rooms might just be the perfect size for a boutique hotel, especially one whose name means “home” — small enough that each room is an authentic original, and the staff has a chance to get to know every guest. The rooms are well-appointed, and with their blend of contemporary and vintage design, they’ve got more personality than any ordinary luxury hotel, and in certain departments, more comfort as well — some have rain showers, others luxurious freestanding tubs, not to mention fireplaces or stoves, handy for the long winter months. And like any house worthy of the name, there’s more to Ett Hem than just bedrooms. There’s a library and a couple of sitting rooms, all of them equally as stylish as any space in the house, and come mealtime you’ll have your choice of a walled garden, a sunny conservatory, or the kitchen, where guests gather at a long table for a bit of classic, old-style hospitality. We’re tempted to say it’s like being at home, but if we’re honest, most of us can only wish home was so good. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 19:40
Get your vintage on with these amazing midcentury furniture finds on eBay—but act quickly before they’re gone!
One of our favorite strategies for furnishing a home or updating our decor is to hunt for vintage pieces. Midcentury furnishings can add a sense of personality and flavor to a space, and they're often available at a lower price point than contemporary furniture for the same level of craftsmanship and quality. For our very first roundup, we’ve trawled eBay and selected our favorite finds—from well-known designers to names you might be less familiar with—that are currently on the market and ready to be scooped up!
Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 19:11
University Arms, Cambridge, re-created in 2018 by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, offers 192 rooms and suites, with views over Parker’s Piece, historic Regent Street and the hotel’s inner courtyard. The style reflects classic Edwardian interiors with bespoke, leather-padded writing desks, low ottomans and rooms full of natural light. The result is ambitious, beautiful and full of life. Occupying ground floor of University Arms, Cambridge, Parker’s Tavern is a quintessentially English brasserie. Chef Director Tristan Welch has designed every dish to be a whimsical re-imagining of a British classic, sourced from field, fen and seas. This is where you will find plates piled high with Norfolk fruits de mer, or in winter, suckling pig with wild mushrooms and Tristan’s signature pie of the day. You can taste England on every plate. Text Courtesy of Marriott
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Great hotels have stories that go beyond providing a bed for the night – they offer moments of discovery, unexpected adventures, encounters to be savoured and retold. Text Courtesy of The Calile Hotel
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Encased in glass, this summer getaway melds luxe living with the great outdoors.
Tucked in the charming province of Nova Scotia is the coastal cottage town of Chester—a picturesque getaway right out of a children’s book. Home to puffins and seals, with an abundance of water sporting options, it’s the perfect summer getaway for a young couple with energetic children. Working with Canadian architect, Omar Gandhi—widely recognized for his bold designs as seen in the award-winning Rabbit Snare Gorge—they built a contemporary waterfront haven.
Embodying Gandhi’s minimalist modern style, the vacation home is a major departure from the traditional residences that dot the coastline. Formally composed of three rectilinear volumes on a plateau overlooking the ocean, the abode was designed to make the most of indoor/outdoor living. The varied sizing and orientation of the volumes offers privacy and protection, and the home is perched high enough to take in sweeping views.
A stacked, red cedar-clad box floats above the glass-encased ground level, serving as the main house. Transparent all the way around, the main level offers a seamless connection to a wooded grove on one side and the pool on the other, with the ocean just behind. Massive sliding panels open up the social areas of the home—the kitchen and living room—to the deck and pool, and the private guest quarters lie just beyond. A gorgeous, wood-paneled outdoor shower includes both a rain and detachable shower head for a quick rinse after kayaking or a swim.
"The main level is transparent from front to back, creating the illusion and opportunity for total connection to the landscape," explains Gandhi.
Inside, lies an alabaster monochromatic dream—herringbone white oak floors, earth-toned stones and tiles, and white quartz counters. Floating stairs (also in white oak) merge the ground floor with a light-filled upper level with punched windows and skylights. A sprawling corridor window stretches nearly 30 feet, bathing the area in natural light and creating a serene space for reading, relaxing, and soaking up the landscape.
Midcentury-themed furnishings compliment the modern interiors. Geometric chairs and a square marble coffee table add structure to a comfy sectional set alongside a cozy fireplace. Just behind lies an extra-long dining table for luxurious meals and entertaining. Juxtaposed against fun programmatic spaces like a movie room and a place to play ping pong, the summer getaway exudes a harmonious relationship between chic living and fun.
"The home provides the family the opportunity to come together during the warm weather months and [it serves as] a playground for recreation..." says Gandhi. "The adjacent aluminum-clad boxes (garage and pool house) run perpendicular to the main house, creating both an entry court, a swimming pool court, and a play zone between them."
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Deck the halls this holiday season with these creative, modern Christmas decorations.
’Tis the season to fill your abode with sparkle and cheer. Though it’s an age-old tradition, that doesn’t mean you can’t update classic looks with modern Christmas decor that reflects your style sensibilities—and your home’s aesthetic.
Minimalist Christmas decorations are no less festive than traditional decorations; in fact, this is a case where adage "Less is more" rings true. Your pared-back choices reflect a peaceful holiday vibe, while brightly colored, midcentury modern Christmas decorations bring nostalgia and merriment into the abode.
Here, we’ve got all the inspiration you’ll need to bring modern Christmas decor into your home this holiday season.
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A rear extension makes this bungalow in a Melbourne suburb more suitable for a growing family.
In the suburb of Ascot Vale, northwest of Melbourne, architect and photographer Jaime Diaz-Berrio teamed up with architect Mark Allan of Crosshatch to create a 484-square-foot rear extension for a two-bedroom bungalow. The reconfiguration and expansion of the now 1,560-square-foot residence adds a third bedroom, bathroom, and central living lounge.
This is the second project that Crosshatch has designed for this client, a young family who love the character of their old Californian-style bungalow but realized they needed more space for their growing children.
The duo named the project Tetris Extension because the forms of the new addition are arranged in a Tetris-like configuration that’s expressed in the plan, elevation, and section.
"The interlocking volumes unite the form and function of the old and new," says Allan. "The Tetris concept is further iterated through the interior detailing, including bespoke cabinetry and custom kitchen door handles."
The house’s original Californian bungalow facade was retained, so the modern extension is not visible from the street, and only reveals itself as the user walks through the old house.
The additional 484 square feet allowed the architects to reconfigure the floor plan to accommodate three generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sun-drenched, central courtyard that can be accessed from the kitchen/dining area, living room, and the kids’ play room.
The backyard, which was previously completely disconnected from the house, is now integrated into the design with large window openings that enable the interior spaces to flow out beyond their physical boundaries.
The 15-foot window in the extension is the focal point of the project, as it marks the connection with the existing house, creates a substantial volume in the kitchen, and frames views out to the beautiful gum tree on the rear property.
"Working with an old building always poses a few challenges, as you never know what you might find once construction starts," says Diaz-Berrio. With this in mind, he and Allan ensured that their intervention only "gently" touched the existing building with minimal structural alterations.
"Our self-imposed challenge was to resolve the family’s functional requirements in the most efficient way whilst creating a memorable living environment," he says.
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Step inside the wonderful world of Barcelona’s Walden 7.
Ricardo Bofill’s avant-garde approach has been influenced by everything from baroque to Islamic architecture during his five-decade-spanning career. A prolific Spanish architect, he continues to push boundaries with his philosophies on large-scale design, leading what’s now a three-generation family business at his Taller de Arquitectura, which is based in a converted cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona.
One of his most pioneering projects, Walden 7 was built in 1975 and aimed to tackle the problems of modern city living, such as a perceived lack of both community and privacy. A stone’s throw from his firm’s headquarters in Sant Just Desvern, the imposing 14-story structure consists of 18 towers and five courtyards arranged in a modular but unsystematic fashion—an architectural solution conceived to counteract the uniformity of conventional apartment blocks.
The staggered, geometric configuration of the 400-plus apartments, combined with a complex labyrinth of internal bridges and balconies, creates a proliferation of unexpected views and intimate spaces. A bold, Moorish-inspired color palette was implemented to enhance the building’s striking silhouette, with a rich terracotta exterior and an interior resplendent in azure blue.
The apartments themselves are based around the idea of a modular "cell," which normally comes with a kitchenette, a toilet, bath, table, and an assortment of cupboards. Units are designed to be connected together, allowing for a diverse range of housing typologies. The smallest apartments, measuring 30 m. (323 ft.), are made up of a single cell. The largest combine up to four cells in a duplex formation and can be joined or divided as changing lifestyles or family needs require. Whatever the configuration, most of the apartments benefit from a view of both an exterior and interior courtyard.
An ambitious social housing experiment, the idea for Walden 7 came to Bofill in the early 1970s, when he pooled the various talents of a team of sociologists, philosophers, and mathematicians in a bid to design the housing estate of the future. The name came from the 1940s science fiction novel Walden Two, which explores utopian ideals for communal living. Hence, the roof of the building—rumored to have been used as a venue for extravagant parties back in the 1970s—features two swimming pools for residents, while extensive public gardens surround the base. While Bofill’s vision for Walden 7 hasn’t always panned out as planned over the years, the building does retain a strong sense of community spirit. Amenities and activities include a library in the lobby and art classes for children, while a residents committee—and a strong sense of shared pride—ensure the ongoing upkeep of this unconventional building and its surrounds.
Text by Tessa Pearson, from Petite Places, Copyright Gestalten 2018
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Designed and built in Chilmark, Massachusetts, the Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is “Up-Island” Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss. We designed and built many of the freestanding furniture pieces specifically for this project and enlisted great designers and long time collaborators.
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An initial inspection of the raw space of our Empire State Apartment revealed rotted flooring, an open air toilet and a dilapidated Dark Room, reeking from years of stale chemicals. Located at the foot of the Empire State Building, the challenge to both re-envision and reclaim the space were gleefully accepted. The design’s anchor element is the centrally located kitchen around which the life and experience of space rotates. Dismantling and re-imagining the entire space within the confines of the building structure gave us a fresh canvas on which to test design ideas and create an organized, yet flowing, space for our clients’ and their growing family.
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Architect ORA, Jan Hora, Barbora Hora, Jan Veisser Website o-r-a.cz Contact e-mail email@example.com Project location Božice, South Moravia, Czech Republic Client Private Project year 2013 Completion year 2018 Project size 191 m2 Usable area 169 m2 Photo credits Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice www.boysplaynice.com Description The task was clear: Design for us a contemporary country house. Concept We began by exploring the concept of a contemporary Moravian village. Today, the definition of a rural house in Czechia seems to be ambiguous. Within a village, nobody pays attention to the historical and settlement context anymore. We think that Czech and Moravian village experiences one of the largest urban planning crises in history. Our aim was to show that a country house should not act as an urban villa placed carelessly in the middle of the estate, a phenomenon common for most of today's projects. Rather than isolating the estate from its surroundings, it needs to open up and find its way back to the street. Instead of turning away from the street, we wanted to highlight its existence. Unlike a garage, a prominent window was to articulate the connection between the interior and the street. Nonetheless, maintaining privacy for the inhabitants formed an important consideration - a private courtyard located behind a wall is also a well-known feature of local country houses. Location The estate is situated on the edge of a village, where the traditional rural structure has been replaced by villas of a more urban character. It seems as if the house formed an imaginary boundary between the old and the new urbanism. The plot is narrow and sloped. Our design came out in an elongated, single-storey shape. The scale of the house corresponds to the scale of a local traditional homestead. The building border has returned as near to the street and neighbours as regulations and neighbourly relationships permit. If it were only for us, the building would have been pushed right to the edge of the estate as it was usual hundreds of years before. Construction As the building owner works in agriculture, we first considered using rammed earth as the material for the exterior walls. Using this method, we would have had plenty of cheap straw and dung at our disposal. But in the end, the investor opted for using conventional cellular concrete blocks. The roofing is bright red and the walls of white so pure it makes one’s eye narrow. The traditional porch provides a pleasant shadow. Opening A gable facade with a bay window forms the face of the house. The bay window gently breaks through the facade and the surface gradually seems to soften. This is one of the main features of the house. We strove to maximize the view and to form a relationship between the house and the street. At the same time, we wanted to articulate the representative gable wall of a country house in a contemporary language. We refused to settle for small windows and wished to avoid exaggerated romanticism. This house was our first commercial commission. That being so, the house owners expressed a great belief in ourselves. The construction lasted three (together with the initial design phase four) full years. During that time, we became friends with the investors. Until this day, we gladly and often keep coming back to Božice. Products and brands windows - Rand / Jánošík Table - Jutland / TON / dining room Chairs - Leaf / TON / dining room Blocks - Theta / YTONG Roof Tiles - roof tile / Tondach