interior design

Best Things. Small Packages

Sometimes I like the grand, sometimes the humble. This week is a humble week. The thought of escaping to this tiny little cabin on a canal would be a dream. Design to perform the most basic necessities of a home, the cabin is clad in black timber on two sides and the roof, while at either end the wall are completely window giving the cabin...

Green with Pool envy

Award winning architect Salvador Reyes Rios recently designed this cutting edge villa called Bacoc Hacienda on the site of a Mayan platform in the Yucatan peninsula in south-eastern Mexico This 19th century hacienda has spent many years in abandonment. In the last few decades, its main house stood with preserved stone masonry without a roof, just an empty shell of what it was over...

Melbourne Beauty

Beauty EDU located in Melbourne Australia offers a new approach to practicing beauty therapy. Designed by Techne the aim was to create a retail environment that was simple, clean and unlike anything else on the market. The reception area is the main attraction in the Beauty EDU fitout. This area is the hub of the space, with a large desk for...

Vertical Living

Dutch architects Shift completed extreme makeover of a pre-war city dwelling in the center of Rotterdam. This so called do-it-yourself dwelling in the center of Rotterdam is part of a bold experiment initiated by the municipality to revitalize dilapidated urban areas. Run-down pre-war dwellings are renovated on the outside and brought back to their monumental appearance, while the interiors are stripped bare. The...

Sitting Pretty

The phrase “Pretty in Pink” comes to mind instantly when I saw this lush apartment by Spanish studio Living Pink. Three very attractive Spanish ladies formed Living Pink studio in 2008 and have been putting their signature vibrancy and mid century glamour on some stunning projects. The decorative accessories are a union of disparate pieces, chosen for their unique value....

Malibu Magic

This project is special. Special because of the location, special because of the scale, special because of the end result and special to me in particular because it was one of the first site visits I ever made when I started out in interior design. I was fortunate to do work experience for Scott Mitchell Studio and a...

amongst the Dunes NZ

This stunning home, unlike the 1984 movie of the same title, is simple, well crafted and easily interpreted. Fearon Hay Architects have been bringing us some stunning architecture of late and Dune House is no exception. It is up for an award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in October later this year. The home is rectilinear...

A London Family Home

There are interior designers and then there is Michael S. Smith. He is a true captain of the industry having served as the White House designer since 2008 and regularly appearing on Architectural Digest’s AD100 list. In this latest project, Smith turns his hand to a grand Kensington mansion deep in London.  The proportions of this house alone are...

the red wall

Huge contention walls, built from a local red local red stone quarried from the site defines the house upon arrival. The parallel walls layout perpendicular to the mountain forming the spaces of the house, large windows create a dialogue with the surrounding terrain. The impression of the lack of limits between the exterior and interior of the house is mainly due to the massive glass windows...

the basic requirements

Exploring the nomadic lifestyle of the 21st century, Spanish architecture studio Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10  recently completed an apartment in Barcelona creating two equally balanced spaces pivoted by a central communal area. Focusing on the basic requirements of Sleep, Work, Relaxation & Hygiene the architects created two independent units each housing four internal zones. Each units...