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“less is more”

There is an adage in design that the sign of a good designer is in what they leave out of a room more so than what they put in… or something to that effect anyway. Essentially “less is more”. The maestros at Studio Ko have, in their Moroccan project Villa E, created a house that speaks volumes of this mantra and through impeccable detailing and...

House on the edge

Kidosaki Architects Studio have designed a house on the edge of the Yatsugatake Mountains in Nagano, Japan. Located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains, this house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that soak up finest picturesque scenery in Tateshina. The owner spent many years searching for the ideal site for building his house,...

Margaret River … the Karri loop house

Located south of Perth Australia at Margaret River sits a family home designed by Italian...

The light house

The Light Walls House designed by mA-style Architects in Toyokawa City, Japan, stands in a street shaded by the neigbouring two-storey house. Therefore, the design brief was to create a space with uniformly distributed light by adjusting the way of letting daylight in, and the way of directing the light. By taking into consideration the space for the residents, the functions for living, and the...

“Tooark Extension” born in the 80’s

After a decade as co-founding director of Jam Architects, Michael Jan has returned to his preferred metier of a smaller-scale practice. Michael Jan has a love for designing bespoke houses and residential interiors of great merit and he does it oh so well. Distinguished results arise from his particular attention to the fine detailing of fittings, equipment and surfaces, often incorporating eclectic items and finishes....

New York Luxe – Giancarlo Giammetti’s apartment

Picasso’s and leopard print and gold – OH MY! An apartment as lush as this could only exist in New York City and could only be the result of a lifetime of collecting and imagination. The apartment’s owner, Giancarlo Giammetti (one half of the Valentino empire) worked with designer Jacques Grange to create this ultimate New York pad and with walls of Indian mica, leopard...

the Melbourne Laneway house

A small Victorian cottage located in Inner City, Melbourne Australia was removed to make way for a new home. Designed by Wilson iD the house was designed for a client who wanted to live in a warehouse style home inspired by Melbourne’s Industrial style cafes and lane-way culture. Head designer Ian Wilson said, “The brief was challenging given the suburban context of the project however...

Brazilian Dreaming

Last year I was drawn to Studio Guilherme Torres not so much by their design credentials but more by their website, which required you to complete a game Space Invaders (!) to enter. Of course, their work was phenomenal and though the arcade games may have left their website, their design work has only continued to grow stronger. This project is the principal’s own – a...

New York’s Finest

It’s not often someone gets the chance to buy a place, gut it and turn it into their dream home. Even rarer still is the chance to buy five places surrounding each other, combine them and turn them into a super-apartment in the middle of Manhattan. However, that is exactly what one couple have done. Enlisting the talents of architectural designer Thomas Juul-Hansen and decorator...

The light box

After living in Sydney for many years I saw first hand the challenges...