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The Flourist – Canada

Canadian design studio Ste Marie has recently designed Flourist. Yes, I said Flourist, who new that was a thing? Essentially a bakery and cafe with a cool twist in East Vancouver that showcases Vancouver’s only community-based flour mill. The first fully traceable grain, beans, and flour company, Flourist provides premium dry goods and fresh, stone-milled flours and offers an alternative to...

Quintessentially Modernist – Netherlands

"Villa 1" is a modern architectural gem located in a pine-forest clearing in Ede, the Netherlands. Its distinctive and multifaceted structure, glass facades, and forest surrounds, create an innovative residential retreat that sits at the forefront of minimalist design. The villa encompasses a landscape of different spatial qualities that go beyond mere functionality, combining the coziness of traditional farmhouses and the openness of a Modernist...

Village Life – Canada

Smith House is a vacation home located on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, Canada adjacent to the architect’s farm. The home consists of three pavilions on a two-acre site spanning from a salt pond on the east to oceanfront on the west. This small peninsula historically supported an inshore fishing port. Designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple architects, this is a proto-urban...

A desire to stay and age -Queensland

Heavy concrete walls anchor this family home in Queensland, Australia, to its beachside setting, while hiding it from a busy road nearby. Mermaid Beach Residence is situated in Queensland's Gold Coast region and has been designed to reflect "a desire to stay and age". Its owners – a couple with two young children had previously lived further along the same stretch of beach in a...

Referencing 65 million years – UAE

The Buhais Geology Park Interpretive Centre lies south-east of the city of Sharjah UAE in a region of exceptional prehistoric and geological significance. The site features an abundance of marine fossils from over 65 million years ago, spectacular mountain ranges and ancient burial sites from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Seeking to create a series of exhibition spaces which vividly present the region’s significant geological...

FRIEZE bathroom collection – Maison&Objet Paris

FRIEZE  is the new bathroom collection designed by Marcante-Testa for Ex.t which debuted this week at the Maison&Objet furniture fair in Paris. Designed by Italian practice Marcante Testa the range is Inspired by “entablatures” (a horizontal part in classical architecture that rests on the columns and consists of architrave, frieze, and cornice). Designed by Roy Lichtenstein, the project is articulated through different...

chemistry of taste

Charcohol Restaurant & Cocktail Bar Located in a heritage building in Fengsheng Li in the center of Shanghai, is a restaurant and cocktail bar specialising in charcoal-grilled cuisine and craft cocktails. STUDIO8 was commissioned to design the visual identity, architecture, interior design and landscape for the project. The project aim was to create an exclusive food experience. When Chef Mandela Zhu...

Eclectic elegance – London

International architecture and design studio Red Deer has recently refurbished a period Grade II-listed home in central London. The two-storey 18th-century apartment, part of a larger Georgian townhouse, is located in London’s Marylebone. Built in 1750, the two-bedroom property is comprised of a ground-floor open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, bathroom, master bedroom with ensuite and outdoor terrace. On...

Akubra hat house – Australia

Located in the middle of a bull paddock sits an off-grid home inspired by the iconic Australian Akubra hat. This inspiration came about at the first meeting with Alexander Symes Architects clients on their bull farm, around 50mins southeast of Tamworth. The client had selected the site for their new home atop a gently sloping hill, amongst a...