architecture

When cherry blossoms fall

Located in Shanghai’s business centre, Omakase is a new restaurant offering kaiseki ryori, a traditional Japanese, multi-course, cuisine that traces its origins to the dishes served at the centuries-old tea ceremony. Designed by local practice Shanghai Hip-pop Design, Omakase deliberately avoids the aesthetic of traditional Japanese interiors. Inspired by the time of year when cherry blossom petals fall gently...

1920s revival after a deadly hurricane

New York studio Champalimaud transformed a 1920s residence that was destroyed by a hurricane into a luxury holiday home on a resort in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Called Su Casa, the property forms part of the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which was also ravaged by the Caribbean island's deadly Hurricane Maria in 2017. The residence was built in 1928 by Clara Livingston, a pilot whose father owned...

Reinvigorating an imagined life

Architect Jake Moulson reworked a dilapidated UK, Dublin townhouse, creating a dramatic interior that can b best described as seductive, flamboyant, restrained and spectacular! The project, called D2 Townhouse, involved renovating a five-storey listed Georgian house that had fallen into disrepair, as well as a coach house in the garden that has become overgrown. An external cladding system of cast-iron panels was...

Australian Interior Design Awards – 2019 Winners

A genuinely clever concept with a daring aesthetic that’s memorable, hair salon USFIN by George Livissianis, has been presented with the 2019 Premier Award at the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA). The way George Livissianis’ USFIN has reinvented the standard hair salon and given considerable thought to the customer experience and employee satisfaction was a key factor in it being...

PURO Lodz hotel

The recently opened PURO Lodz hotel located in the Polish city of Lodz is best known for being the centre of the country’s textile industry is the latest venture by design-led hospitality brand PURO Hotels, aims at showcasing this little known aspect, most notably through its own in-house cinema, which hosts weekly movie nights, and a comprehensive collection of artworks by local creatives displayed throughout...

Interlinked beach house – Point Lonsdale

The Point Lonsdale House is a linear-formed beach-house composed of four interlinked pavilions, each defined by its own vaulted roof. The house is shaped to allow the living spaces to engage with the long garden. Each of the pavilion forms is divided by a series of private courtyard gardens and sheltered decks, which provides the house with a complex relationship to a number of external...

Within a Parisian historic setting

Located in the heart of Paris, close to Place des Victoires, in a grand, 18th century building, this recently renovated one-bedroom apartment by local architecture practice Atelier du Pont exemplifies how radically contemporary design can sit well a historic setting without detracting from its architectural heritage. Working with an elongated floorplan, the architects separated the apartment into an open-plan...

Family heirlooms & mid-century gems – Texas

Ridgeview House is nestled within a grove of heritage live oak trees on a 3/4 acre lot in the Barton Hills neighbourhood of Austin, TX. The wooded, hilly neighbourhood was subdivided in the fifties and is populated with ranch-style houses clad in rugged limestone veneers. The clients wanted to build a house that respected the mid-century character of the neighborhood,...

BERTAZZONI OPENS IN MELBOURNE

One of Italy’s most successful family businesses, Bertazzoni has chosen Melbourne as the city to launch its first Australian cooking appliances showroom. Family members, Nicola and Valentina Bertazzoni flew into Melbourne to host the official launch party. The showroom located at 325 Clarendon Street South Melbourne has been designed to reflect the brand’s values of elegance and simplicity with a key...

A Nature walk like no other

Camp Adventure Park is a 900 meter treetop walk connected to a 45 meter tall observation tower creates a unique opportunity to take a walk above the treetops and experience the stunning nature of the preserved forest from another perspective. Designed by Copenhagen studio Effekt the tower and treetop walk is as a seamless continuous ramp that makes...