architecture

Beyond the facade

When the current owners bought the listed school façade (anno 1908) with the vacant piece of land behind, they were the fourth owners in a row. The other buyers hadn't found a solution to build a contemporary house behind the heritage facade. What do you do with a heritage listed school façade that you have to restore in the original state with the authentic window...

sense of luxury

Onion started designing 138-room Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort 5 years ago. In January 2018, the first phase - 52-room beachfront was opened for guests. Every room has a private swimming pool and beach views. There are 2-Bedroom Presidential Pool Villa next to the beach, framed the view by the old Banyan Trees, 4-Pool Villas and the rest of...

colour in bold tones

Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager, Wendy Rennie, has put together her key colour take outs from the 2018 Milan Design Week. Wendy has broken down her findings into three main points; textures, mixed materials, and colour in bold tones. Rennie say’s, “Textures were more prevalent and varied than ever, both in soft and hard accessories, from plush velvet, to woolly, animalistic furnishings. Gloss and matt...

southern modernism

Workstead House | Charleston is the exploration of southern modernism, a design philosophy informed by the distinctive heritage of the American South.  Originally built in 1853 on Charleston’s historic “Bee’s Row,” the grand, three-story home and accompanying carriage house were meticulously restored under the careful direction of Workstead, with every element curated in deference to, and reverence of, past and future,...

NSW Sunshine house

Sunrise House is a beachfront home in the dunes of the Australian NSW South Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but it could be easily at home in Brazil, São Paulo due to its architectural language . Designed by MCK architects the original brief was humble, calling for a house that was as comfortable for a family of four, as it was for an...

lakeside house

Architectural studio “A Parallel Architecture”, described the Lake Austin Residence, “like a butterfly specimen pinned to its mounting”. This lake-front home’s light floating roofs are anchored to its site by heavy rustic limestone, while its horizontal footprint is spread out and sewn through the sycamore, cypress and pecan trees. The resulting form reflects the organic character of its site, and...

Shelter in the vineyard

Shelter in the vineyard is located in Fontanars dels Alforins, Spain. The project sits between a pine forest and vineyards of the farm, practically diluted in the vegetation. The decision to develop the home into a single plan, in addition to the materials chosen, which contributes coherent tones. Designed by Ramón Esteve, the rural shelter takes as a generative idea the traditional rural...

inspired by Morocco and nature

Fresh of the docks, Casablanca - Imported from Spain, Skhemes Casablanca Series is inspired by stunning Moroccan Zellige tiles. Available in a 132x132mm and 65x200mm format and made from glazed porcelain, Casablanca series can be mixed and matched to create eye-catching patterns. Suitable for wall only and features a soft gloss finish with gentle variation. Its undulated edge allows for an...

Colour Balance – Melbourne

The young family of this 19th Century Victorian weatherboard home in Melbourne’s leafy suburb Camberwell, Australia, were ready for a re-vamp. A makeover inspired by the clients love for the fabulously eclectic New York apartment of American-Italian model Carmen Dell’Orefice; artistic and chic but not too precious - the project aim was to create a mix of re-purposed vintage furniture with the kitsch, embracing the...

compact intervention – Melbourne

Brunswick West House is a small-scale, 50-square-meter alteration and addition to a Californian Bungalow home located in the Brunswick West, Melbourne, Australia. Designed by Taylor Nights architects the addition forms a low room, compact intervention on the project’s site, that aims to re-engage the home with the generous north-facing garden beyond. The modest nature of the project called for simple, incisive moves that...