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Simplicity in repetition

“The Lookout” as it’s known to its owners on Broad Cove Marsh is situated delicately along a narrow piece of land between a tree-lined country road and a dramatic ocean-side cliff. This seasonal family escape is located on the outskirts of Inverness, Cape Breton Island. The house sits on a long sliver of coastline with expansive sunset views over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The dwelling...

minimal residence

MK House is a minimal residence located in Antwerp, Belgium, designed by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects. The Belgian architect began his career in Montreal, Canada but for the last five years Nicolas has been working as project director for Vincent Van Duysen in Antwerp, handling various high-end architecture projects in Belgium and beyond. This lineage is important as Vincent...

Autumnal interiors

It’s hard believe we have come to the end of summer already, I have already noticed a shift in the light quality which is probably why this week I have gravitated towards such a rich and warm interior. I have written about Mark Cunningham before, what’s not to love about his work. He is renowned for his interior...

Boho Chic

This building once housed a law practice but is now the chic home to successful young couple Valerio Leone and Nastya Shershen – fashion designer and model respectively.  Long term friend Hannes Peer of Hannes Peer Architecture who has worked for important architects and major fashion brands such as Rem Koolhaas and No. 21, transformed this shell for...

Liveable Luxury

This 200 square metre apartment in New York’s Tribeca area by architect and interior designer Shamir Shah is a clear example of his aesthetic philosophy that draws inspiration from simple and rural constructions such as those in Africa and from the architecture of masters such as Carlo Scarpa, Richard Neutra and Louis Kahn. The furniture, almost all belonging to...

A fashionable interior

For the young homeowner, a French-educated fashion designer, Waterfrom Design created a colourful yet sophisticated apartment inspired by sewing patterns. Loosely translated throughout, from the braided wires in the glass bookcase to the translucent texture of the blue bookcases mimicking fabrics, Vivid Colour as the architecture firm calls this modest 100 square metre apartment is full of subtle...

Blue chip art collection

The four-year renovation and decoration of this Park Avenue triplex penthouse of New York couple Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr is that of legend. Designer Amy Lau even authored a tome for the couple which chronicles the journey!
Working with two architects to help them transform the traditional pre-war layout of dignified but dark rooms into light, airy...

An Investigative Designer – revisited

The Connecticut home of Victoria’s Secret model Hana Soukupová and her business magnate husband Drew Aaron is the stuff of designer legend – a showcase for the duo’s extensive collection of contemporary art, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, not to mention an array of extraordinary midcentury furnishings by such masters as Jean Royère and Charlotte Perriand. The man for the...

An Updated English Manor – revisited

Marshcourt, hidden in the  Hampshire landscape to the southwest of London, is nothing if not eccentric. To begin with, it is built of chalk, a material that had not been in regular use for two centuries at the time of its construction—in the early 1900s—and certainly not for a 12-bedroom country house. A mix of Tudor and Jacobean features (panelled rooms, carved staircases, mullioned windows) with...

Uptown funk

As the year draws to an end, a lot of my colleagues are jetting off overseas to spend the festive season abroad. It’s an Australian tradition to flee during the holidays. I stumbled across this little hotel with some big ideas while researching hotels in Paris for a friend. Located in the Rue d’Edimbourg in a music loving neighbourhood, the Idol Hotel is a colourful...

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