interior design

Re- use recyle

Ukraine seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons, this cosmopolitan and diverse country is home to many great bars and hotels. The Shustov Brandy Bar, designed by Denis Belenko Design Band is custom designed and manufactured. The bar’s walls are clad in recycled barrels, the stunning illuminated ceiling is made from recycled brandy bottles and the table tops are made from...

hiding underground

This house located in Lower Austria, is a former wine cellar. Converted, renovated and enlarged, the building now has four levels and serves as a cellar door for Weinmanufaktur Clemens Strobl (wines). Together with architect office Wolfgang Wimmer they exposed the old building in parts as well as created new spaces. While still exposing much of the old building, the...

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014

For me, the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase is as much a feature of my design calendar as any major furniture fair or design event. The showcase house is always an amazing and often unbridled expression of a designer’s ability and this year’s house is no different. With free reign given, twenty-six designers were chosen to design their own...

mirror mirror on the wall

German architect Bernd Zimmermann has recently renovated a three bedroom family house from the 1950?s near Stuttgart Germany for a married couple, cladding the exterior of the house with hundreds of fun-house mirrors. (not much fun for the birds I'm thinking) While the exterior form of the existing building wasn’t allowed to change, the interior was completely converted. New Air-spaces and...

hibernation reimagined

Winter is coming. Fact. I am actually looking forward to cold nights hibernating at home and being comfortable on the sofa with the fire going. At the extreme end of the hibernation scale is this beautifully reimagined cabin in the Swiss Alps. Using the original log walls as a cast for the concrete structure, the new cabin references the traditional materials and techniques of the old while...

south California vacation

This three-bedroom vacation home located on the spectacular south coast California is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the surrounding landscape. The design literally embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views.
The long, thin house...

Suited Up

What do you get when you mix white gloss square tiles, chipboard and concrete?  An uncomplicated palette of finishes!  This is exactly the direction HAF Studio took when developing the latest Suit store recently opening in Reykjavik. These simple finishes have been cleverly used to create a striking interior space which rings true to the brand's ethos of "tailored...