interior design

The Melbourne Cup 2013

There were bucket loads of eyelash batting, trotting, skyscraper heels with slim dagger toes, head pieces secured firmly to withstand the unpredictable Melbourne weather.  Tanned arms and sleeveless dresses ruled the Birdcage at Flemingtons’ Melbourne Cup spring racing carnival this year. The Birdcage this year was stepped up a notch with multi-level marquees being the order of the day. All that glitters was GOLD this...

“Using Australian Colour ” by Nexus Designs

Last week in Melbourne Australia, Nexus Designs released their latest body of work, a rather brilliant book called "Using Australian Colour" edition 3. I sat down with Harley Anstee to find out more about the book that is so much more than just another coffee table book. What was the purpose in compiling and writing Using Australian Colour edition 3? The third edition was compiled...

American and Korean fusion

Los Angeles’ new Line Hotel is the fine fusion of American and Korean culture. Andrew Zobler is the creator of the Wilshire Boulevard hotel, which stands amongst Koreatown’s pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings and southern California’s bustling restaurants, bars, and businesses. The building was originally built in 1964 but it recently received a rather hip restoration and renovation complete with innovative public spaces and guest...

Seaside chic

The reinvention of the Watsons Bay Hotel has taken a playful beach house meets surf shack direction which we find refreshing.
The courtyard bar has a relaxed approach with weathered timber panels overlaid with hand painted graphics, bright patterned beach umbrellas cover picnic benches and bold palm tree graphics give life to the bar front and walls.
The interior inside reflects sophistication whilst still keeping a playful feel...

The nature of the subdivided warehouse …

Quite often the essence of the warehouse is lost when converting and industrial building into a home with many developers pushing it too far creating overly domesticated spaces.   This three level conversion by Melbourne Australia based studio Techne aims to promote the open nature of the subdivided warehouse space. The new architectural components attempt to recede within the shell and the subdued palate was...

Precious Boxes … Spain

I just love a creative space that makes you question what is it? The design of the Relojeria Alemana boutique called for OHLAB studio to design five “Precious Boxes”, VIP area, temporary art installations, outdoor lounge, back office area, and the signage leaving the space in between the volumes as an exhibition gallery. Covered in golden stainless steel plates with mirror finish, three of the...

AER gets fully interactive …

Inspired by the growing importance of mobile Internet use in daily life in China, interior designers COORDINATION ASIA created an out-of-the-box telecommunications store  that turns the act of purchasing a mobile product into an active and fun experience. The store is designed as an interactive environment that caters to the needs of different target-customers: Trendy, Lifestyle and Tech Savvy. Products are presented in combination with...

Parisian Jewel

The ability to combine careful consideration and respect to an interior’s original architecture with a fresh and modern vision is a skill not held by many - Laurent Champeau and Kelli Wilde are one such pair that possess this ability. Their recent project in Paris is testament to a commitment to retain the apartment’s original character such as the parquet flooring and ornate detailing while...

the BOX house

Located in Brazil the Box House designed by Arquitetura: 01:01 is a conceptual design on how people live in compact spaces. Designed for a professional young couple the house is a scaled down version of the large Brazilian homes we usually publish. The Box House features two bedrooms, a social bathroom, a small service area and a gourmet kitchen, all in less than 65 square...

Creativity takes Courage

Strong geometric patterns paired with bright flashes of turquoise and yellow have certainly transformed established bar and restaurant, Bluetrain. Located on Melbourne's Southbank, Bluetrain has just celebrated it's 20th birthday and what a way to celebrate, a total make over from design company Studio Equator. The interior is definitely lively with punchy prints and patterns but its all been married together well with a neutral base palette. The...