interior design

Island Magic

To some people eclecticism might seem like a bad thing - an ugly hodge podge of things thrown together without reason. In the case of María Lladó however, eclecticism is perfect and this home on the Spanish island of Menorca is proof of that and given the history of how this project came to be it’s little wonder the interiors are so eclectic. This is Lladó’s own holiday home...

opening up

Nestled into a forested slope along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet in the US state of Washington, this small retreat designed by MW works opens to a western view of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining into the dense forest...

Dialogue house

Located in Phoenix Arizona the Dialogue house by Webdell Burnette Architects is based on two volumes of light – one warm and one cool – one projected to the expansive horizon and one toward the canopy of the desert sky. Inspired by John Van Dyke’s ruminations on the phenomena of desert light specifically “colored air” and “reflected light” in...

a sensitive home

Nestled in the middle of pristine Brazilian rainforest, UNA Arquitetos have constructed a modest home. Located in the southern city of Joinville, the narrow house covers a huge swathe of land that sits at the bottom of a steep slope. Built with various prefabricated elements, the house features an outdoor swimming pool, exposed concrete, rustic saw-cut timbers and glass walls which frame...

a metropolitan feel

Interior architecture firm Amos and Amos recently completed a penthouse apartment at  Wapping Lane, a new 18-storey building in East London. The project aim was to re-plan the layout of the 241 sqm penthouse to create a clear space throughout the apartment with the result being a contemporary interior that balances immaculate detailing and bespoke design with a carefully selected material palette...

putting on the Ritz

The Ritz Carlton is synonymous with old world glamour and elegance so when I found the David Collins Studio 2013 Ritz Carlton Residences, MahaNakhon, in Bangkok I was intrigued how this iconic brand could be reinterpreted to a contemporary aesthetic while maintaining a sense of authenticity and grandeur that this brand commands. This residence actually made my...

Matthieu Paley Nomadic Portraits

Matthieu’s photographs often explore themes of remoteness and isolation in Geo-politically sensitive areas. After 10 years of using Hong Kong as his base, he recently relocated in Turkey. Over the last 12 years, Matthieu was sent on assignments by various magazines such as National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Outside, Discovery, Vanity Fair and Figaro among others. He has collaborated on numerous books including a book on...

EDEN in Ibiza

The house of designer Louis Galliussi in Ibiza is set among carob pine trees and cacti. When Galliussi purchaed the property over ten years ago it was a small ruin which has been rebuilt and restored with its whitewashed stone and masonry. This laid back home has a very stress-free, go-with-the-flow type of feel. However, it took some strategic decorative moves in order to...

St. Moritz Engadine-style

Located in Pontresina St. Moritz the aim of the project was to create a dialogue between the minimalist approach of the design, pure spaces and lines with the typically warm atmosphere of Engadine-style houses in Pontresina. Carlo Donati Studio wanted to combine sophisticated design with ironic decorative motifs such as wallpaper with tree patterns and a custom-made elk...

trading paces

The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in a bush clad creek gully. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic. Conceived by Hamish Monk Architecture the house was designed for a couple in their mid-sixties who had always...