interior design

living fresh Australian Victorian

This single-storey Victorian house located in Prahran Victoria Australia has been skillfully re-designed by Studiofour. With strategic re-planning of the ground floor, and the addition of a new first floor, the design enables more flexibility to adapt each space to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.

The interior of the house was given stronger connection to the exterior courtyards through...

embedded coastal Victoria

Located not far from my home I was lucky enough to watch this little gem rise out of the ground. Cabin 2 is a self contained extension to an existing 1960s log cabin located in hipster bay side suburb Blairgowrie in Victoria Australia.  The surrounding coastal Moonah and tee tree woodland  hides the suburban-like density of houses. Designed by Maddison...

Colour Contempo

Colour, for me as a designer, is so important. Too often here in the west we seem to be adverse to colour or perhaps even afraid of it. Artist and writer David Bachelor explores this at length in his book Chromophobia, proposing a fear of corruption or contamination through colour. This is not the case for Parisian Interior Designer

The Desert House

When I saw the images of this house I thought to myself this has to be either a museum, a luxe resort or a secret lair. All wrong. This is very much a house. I then spent a good amount of time trying to piece the house together to determine the flow and program of the space. I failed. In the end I stopped and...

Melbourne Loft

This reworking of an existing loft-style apartment by Adrian Amore Architects located in inner Melbourne Australia is wonderful play on space and sculptural form. We can see why the East Melbourne loft took out the Best Apartment or Unit category at The 2014 Houses Awards. The judges said, " The minimalist materials and colour palettes contrast sublimely with...

laid-back New Zealander

Inspired by the utilitarian forms of a tent and a shed, Dorrington Atcheson Architects. Located in Titirangi Auckland NZ, the property features a pair of compact buildings that feel twice the size thanks to a soaring mono-pitch roof and full-height glazing. Other cool features include a sunken lounge, cavity sliders that mark off a spare bedroom, and bunk beds that can be converted into desks when the...

Harmony in contrast

Cristina Jorge de Carvalho is a pretty big deal. She has designed numerous chic hotels throughout Europe but today I want to show you this elegant and timeless apartment in Lisbon in Portugal. Carvalho’s signature is to play with contrast in material and texture.  This also applies to the mix of furniture and decorative objects. Here she has skillfully created...

Locally crafted

Kayanoya originates in Kuhara Shoyu , Kyushu, a soy sauce manufacturer whose history dates back more than 120 years. Designed by Kengo Kuma the Kayanoya Shop in Nihonbashi is a reproduction of their traditional warehouse which Kengo Kuma drew inspiration from. Shoyu wooden barrels float to the top, barrels used for traditional shoyu-making are big and robust. To display...

The Easy Life in Brazil

The Brazilian’s are known for their stunning architecture. They are known for their strong aesthetic that seamlessly combines the indoors with the out. They are known for creating extremely liveable homes that speak volumes to our own Australian sensibilities. They are known, basically, for good house design. This house, by Aguirre Architecture, has a narrative that reads easily: high...