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Intoxicating mix – revisited

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...

A Luxe Bachelor’s Pad – revisited

After spending his days making the world's most famous faces beautiful, it makes sense that the owner of this New York apartment would want the same for his home. Make-up artist to the stars, Mario Dedivanovic, enlisted young design super-star Ryan Korban (famed for designing the interiors for Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and more) to completely renovated his penthouse...

A new apartment of yester year

At the top of a classic Art Deco building on the Upper East Side is a home designed by Billy Cotton and his exploration of contradictions in a coveted Classic Six building by Emery Roth who was one of the Manhattans definitive early-­20th-century architects. Cotton pays homage to the classic apartments of previous times, as well as...

Tradition meets Sottsass in LA

I pondered this week on what should be my final post for 2018. Looking back over the incredible design we have discovered, dissected and discussed I wanted to try and show you something that I believe is truly unique and new – of course I wanted it to be playful, colourful and joyous – just like the holiday period. The answer had to be

Wide Open Land – Wyoming

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, my mind always turns to thoughts of escaping the city and heading out into the wide open land for a few weeks of rest and relaxation and this year if I could teleport myself anywhere it would be to this stunning contemporary mountain home designed by British firm McLean Quinlan and located near...

Atop a Rocky Edge

Located on a cove near the coastal community of Los Vilos in Chile, Bahia Azul House sits atop a rocky edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designed by Santiago-based studio Felipe Assandi Architects the house’s rectilinear in form and is slanted to accommodate the slope of the terrain. This inclination, combined with the irregular openings of the sea-facing facade, gives the impression, when...

A Sympathetic Renovation

It can be a tricky business remodelling an existing home whose pedigree is without question, as is the case with this home located in Sea Ranch the rugged Californian coast north of San Francisco and original designed forty years ago by Ralph Matheson whose home are seromucous with the region. A sympathetic renovation occurred in the 90s by William Turnbull & Associates, however it was...

The Jet Set

The Costa do Sol or the Portuguese Riviera is famous with the jet set elite and royalty alike, so its no surprise then that such a chic apartment presides over a slice of this dynamic coastline. Cristina Jorge de Carvalho’s aesthetic could be described as a monolithic massing of materiality meets mid-century eclecticism. There is a real sense of confidence in the way...

The Light & the Land

In a laid back, yet exclusive corner of California, Clint Eastwood has built a town around a golf course called Tehama. The name Tehama is Native American and means “abundance of nature,” a term which could not be better suited to this recently designed house by Studio Schicketanz. The architects describe their design as  ‘producing a deep exploration into the ways in...

Upper East Side – party of five

This family home is located close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the New York’s uber chic Upper East Side, Manhattan. Effortlessly stylish, this family home for five occupies two floors of a Central Park facing building, with the entire second floor as a parents retreat. The ultimate in luxury. The palette of materials is mostly neutral with swathes of natural stone -  Arabescato for...