interior design

Impeccable Provenance – Melbourne

History is something that fascinates me greatly and historical references attached to a home or place instantly adds an intangible and magic value. In the case of this townhouse, located in East Melbourne Australia, the short roll call of owners reads like the provenance of a great painting. The first owner was Eugene von Guerard, the famed landscape painter responsible for producing some of the...

The Icon – St Kilda

This 17-storey apartment building design by JCB is located in a prominent position at St Kilda Junction Melbourne, at a busy intersection. Skirted by an eclectic mix of medium and high-rise buildings, street signs and billboards, the site is best described as an area to “drive through”, a gateway to St Kilda and Melbourne’s bayside suburbs. While the formal composition of The Icon...

Desert Paradise

Set against the rugged, sun bleached hillsides of Chino Canyon in Coachella valley, California, outside of Palm Springs, the private enclave of Desert Palisades offers modern residences stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape. Designed by Los Angeles based Studio AR+D Architects, the Desert Palisades Guardhouse encapsulates the mid-century modernism of the development while creating a dynamic dialogue between the man-made and...

light house

Lighting designers from Philips Lighting, have collaborated with automotive company Renault on a unique concept car and smart home unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The SYMBIOZ autonomous electric car is not just a car, it’s an extension of the home. The vehicle’s onboard digital technology makes it an interactive and personalized space, connecting its passengers to other cars, people and technologies in the...

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...

geometric lines

Black Drop, which is located in the center of Kavala, a city in northern Greece. Designed and by Ark4lab of Architecture is loaded with geometric lines and unexpected elements that simply keep on giving! As a "coffee experience," the space merges urban contemporary touches with industrial aesthetics, offering patrons a fresh option through many zones that engage the patrons. Before even entering, one...

A Church to Call Home – New Zealand

The concept for this home, located on Waiheke Island, New Zealand and designed by local firm Vaughan McQuarrie, started from the idea that the centre of the house would be a meeting place in the same way a church acts as a focal point in a small village. The church in this design is a soaring double-height room with full-height windows and a...

approaching nature

Architecture approaches nature by rearranging its elements. In Casa Chaaltun, this conformation was an attempt to evoke and interpret the natural and cultural context of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, challenging the mainstream perception and common use of its natural materials. Yucatán Peninsula is known for its peculiar landscapes, which include large trees with tabular roots and natural ponds of crystalline water called cenotes (sounds terrible!);...

The Rimrock house

The Rimrock private residence in Spokane, Washington sits on the edge of a cliff which forms a natural boundary with the plateau fronting it, and perfectly describes this very comfortable, livable work of art. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects the T shaped house is not an intrusion upon the pine covered land as the eons-old, animal trail over which the house is located was included...

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...