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From up on Princes Hill

The inner city suburb of Princes Hill in Melbourne Australia is home to some beautiful Victorian Architecture. The challenge here: to juxtapose what is a contemporary renovation while championing the heritage of the building. Charged with the task to bridge this historical language was Christopher Elliott – and what a conversation! This family home seems to draw design motifs from many eras: Victorian...

Chromatic tension

Situated on Boston’s famous Beacon Street this stately apartment is an exploration of colour and balance by Dee Elms of Elms Interior Design. Traditional in it proportions and architectural detailing the home is an eclectic mix of contemporary, mid-century and classical decorative elements. Australian made lighting from Christopher Boots sits alongside New York’s Apparatus Studio and vintage Serge...

Crown Jewel

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park – the crown jewel of the hotel group recently commissioned Joyce Wang for a multi-million dollar renovation of their flagship property. Located at London’s most prestigious address the property has hosted fame, fortune and royalty in its glittering history. Wang has taken her inspiration from the building’s park-side location, specifically the different textures, forms and colours...

A place amongst the Poplars

Alexander Place is a Grade II listed Georgian terrace, sitting in the heart of swanky South Kensington, London. Nestled amongst a Poplar lined street, the listed exterior required the deft hand of Minale + Mann to fineness the renovation. Redefining the internal space typologies to a more contemporary layout, Minale + Mann have created a generous family home. The design...

An Australian designer’s home

Rob Mills creates exceptional homes.  He and his team are responsible for some truly innovative and inspiring projects in Australia and across the globe. So when it came to designing his own home, it is no surprise it is just that – unique, resolved and with his own brand of masculine glamour. Originally a cardboard factory in the leafy Australian suburb of Armidale...

Masculine in Mexico City

This 150 square metre home in the posh Lomas de Chapultepec neighbourhood in Mexico City is the residence of Eugenio López, the owner of Jumex – the juice megabrand popular throughout the USA and Latin America. Famed as having perhaps Latin Americas largest private art collection, this home doesn’t have your traditional Western “white box” gallery-like interior. Famed Spanish designer Luis Bustamante has...

A Classic French Home Filled With Sottsass

The long and eclectic career of the architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, a leading figure of the 1980s Memphis group, is on vivid display in the ornate 18th-century Rue de Grenelle apartment in Paris of the architect and designer Charles Zana – whose work we love! While Zana, not typically known for a Memphis emphasis in his aesthetic - certainly incorporates the bold...

Thinking laterally

The demand for whole floor or lateral apartments as they are affectionately known in London is at an all-time high. This Notting Hill home of “empty nesters” is a stunning example. The resolution by Louise Holt is urban but elegant with strong statement furniture, lighting and finishes that showcase the clients' art collection. Rearranging the space typologies and rationalising the circulation of the...

First impressions count

Making a great first impression can be tricky. What do I wear? How do I smell? Am I interesting? So when Mayes Office was approached for this complete renovation a big part of the design resolution was focused towards this and it shows! The entry creates a memorable experience, orientating us towards the rest of the house in a concise...

Intoxicating mix

I have been fortunate enough to visit London a couple times and every time is more inspiring that the last. Spending days in galleries and design museums is such a decadent pleasure for me. What I love most about London is walking the streets, particularly the more affluent suburbs, peering through terrace front windows in the hope of glimpsing “the good room” beyond. I can...

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