This contemporary condo in Vancouver, British Columbia’s Coal Harbour, a secondary residence for a family of four, showcases the recent efforts of designer Gaile Guevara on curating lifestyle shifts from suburban living to urban living. The designer gutted the entire 1,333 square foot interior down to the framing and completely redesigned it, with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and all new finishes and fixtures throughout. The open den was also re-framed into a deluxe den.
I’m not a fan of contrast when designing small spaces unless it serves a visual function, and keeping the interior color palette quite means minimal variation between materials and finishes. Painting a single color on all vertical surfaces created a visually seamless continuation between rooms. To further de-clutter any visual mess, we painted all the electrical and mechanical details (think baseboard heaters and HVAC grills) to match the walls.
Continuing with this impression of seamless transition, all the existing carpet was replace with wide plank floors of engineered hardwood, with the exception of the bathroom and master en-suite.
Panelized walls with integrated flush doors and recessed pulls make a great customized feature, as showcased in the entry foyer of this condo. The millwork paneling really becomes a beautiful wall texture and art piece of its own.
Photos: Eric Scott Photography
One Hyde Park is a luxury residential complex with one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, created by award-winning architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in London. One Hyde Park is an important 21st century addition to London’s architectural landscape — a landmark building that is iconic in form, celebratory in spirit and respectful to its environment. The building has been designed in four pavilions to create maximum light permeability throughout each apartment. The angled form of the architecture ensures breathtaking views from every internal space, without having to compromise on privacy or security.
The building is comprised of 86 apartments and duplexes – including four penthouses – and three retail units at ground-floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. Additional facilities for residents include a private cinema, private wine-tasting facility, bullet proof windows, purified air systems, “panic rooms”, 21 meters swimming pool, a squash court, saunas, a gym, a golf simulator, a wine cellar, room service and 60 trained staff on call 24 hours a day, and a business suite and meeting rooms. Renowned lighting artist, James Turrell has created a unified lighting concept that interacts with the development’s architecture. It includes perimeter lighting for the five glass stair and lift structures and a colorful light display (the LEDs are a mix of red, green, blue and white lamps that, when combined, can render every possible color in the spectrum).
Candy & Candy have exclusively designed all the communal areas including the spa and recreation facilities, the grand double-height reception space, Park Library and Serpentine Suite. Each apartment is finished to their exacting standards and they have carefully designed and assigned to each apartment either of the two exclusively designed base build palettes, light or dark. Each palette provides the perfect foundation on which residents can imprint their own interior design personality with the help of Candy & Candy’s design team if they so desire.
The apartments also include provisional writing for audio visual systems and visual systems and programmed lighting controls which will enable residents to select their preferred suppliers for all their personal audio visual requirements.
The vision of Candy & Candy is to create the most exquisite interiors for the most exclusive address in the world. Each apartment has been designed to reveal the beautiful and carefully designed proportions and every detail has been considered to ensure the experience of living at One Hyde Park is unsurpassed.
This fantastic cozy modern apartment is situated in Karlaplan, an open park-plaza area in Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden. The flat is comprised of 2,658 square feet of living space, featuring a spacious living room, large kitchen, two entrances, laundry room four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living room offers gray painted walls and beautifully painted ceiling with several windows. The lounge can accommodate a large dining area as well as social interaction via a large sliding door from that separates a guest room / study. From the hallway and kitchen with dark painted double doors is the master bedroom with a large walk-in closet hidden behind a wall with graphic patterned wallpaper and painted gray ceiling and walls. Next to the master bedroom is a bathroom with black matte mosaic on walls, black sink in seamless concrete , shower, toilet , storage and stylish Moroccan tiled floor. The entire floor breathes New York City and the Urban Life Style and has a very cool and sober impression with fantastic layout.
Photos: Alexander White
Olympia Center Penthouse has been designed by interior design firm jamesthomas, situated in Chicago, Illinois. This gorgeous two-level property is the conversion of two units into one cohesive, contemporary home, which allowed the designers to fully utilize all design resources: space planning, architectural design, project management, interior decorating, art procurement, custom furniture design and accessories. This fabulous home features a neutral design palette throughout and incredible city views through large expanses of windows.
Photos: Courtesy of jamesthomas, LLC
The CHWH Apartment, which translates to Cool Head, Warm Heart, is a high quality fit-out of a Bangkok penthouse apartment, designed by MCK Architects. With an emphasis on a sophisticated blend of clean architectural lines and contrasting finishes of quality materials to form a series of unique bespoke spaces. The application of a strong conceptual line of thought informed the process and shaped the final outcome being the Cool Head Warm Heart (CHWH) Apartment. The design offers a blend of respite from the Bangkok street with enough intimate areas that provide the ‘cosiness’ of a home. The owner was also genuinely involved in the design process and his ideals were often incorporated into the design and ultimately, into the finished product. Materials, furniture, furnishings and artwork were selected to sit harmoniously and to provide a high level of visual richness. The finished product is an amalgamation between contemporary and eastern ideals.
Photos: Willem Rethmeier
This attractive and luminous apartment we spotted on Skeppsholmen is located near the very exclusive area of Strandvägen (Swedish for ‘Shore Street’) in Östermalm, central Stockholm, Sweden. The flat offers an excellent floor plan layout comprised of 1,571 square feet (146 square meters) with a balcony and spacious terrace. The ground floor has a magnificent open plan kitchen with a large dining area and working fireplace. From the dining area, a door leads out to a balcony facing the pleasant courtyard. The tastefully designed kitchen has cast concrete floors and an adjoining wine room. Also on this level is a fabulous bedroom with a stylish bathroom. Via an elegant staircase, an accessible attic offers an open living area with access to a spacious terrace and adjacent separate working area. The living room features a beautiful fireplace with wide plank pine flooring. There are two bedrooms on the upper level, one with fireplace and adjoining walk-in closet. Another very lavish bathroom with beamed ceilings, sunken tub and shower.
After moving into an apartment studio without storage room in Bern, Switzerland, Till Könneker decided to make a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for his vinyl collection, television, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside the cube is plenty of storage space. This is a 2 x 4 x 1,4 meters cube tapered on the door side. The material used is a 3-Layer spruce of 22 mm and the surface is a black and pickled finish with Biofa Hard Oil. Remo Zimmerli transferred Könneker’s sketches from a design concept into a finished product very beautifully. “A house is not really flexibly but we can re-think the space and furniture inside. I believe useful furniture must be adapted to the needs of the user”, states Könneker. If you love this “living cube” design, you can have one custom designed for yourself, from here.
Photos: Rob Lewis
Today we bring to you another incredible apartment we spotted on Alvhem, situated in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. This dreamlike home has been undergone a meticulous and tasteful refurbishment, comprised of about 731 square feet (68 square meters) of living space with open social spaces. Located at the second to the top of a beautiful turn of the century building, the apartment has three generous-sized rooms, high windows with plenty of sunshine and open floor plan between the kitchen and living room. Glazed doors from the kitchen opens up to a spacious wrought-iron balcony bathed in sunshine all day and facing towards a newly renovated courtyard. As if this were not enough, the apartment also has a fully renovated bathroom as well as a variety of beautiful turn of the century details preserved in the finest condition. A light and airy bedroom that is well separated from the other social spaces offers plenty of room for both double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, work space and a reading corner. Along one wall there is an unusual amount of storage in the form of wardrobes with sliding doors. For those who dream of yet more storage, the spacious bedroom also offers a walk-in closet. with a built-in wardrobe will keep you rested and happy and there is enough room for a double bed, a dresser and other small pieces of furniture. With an atmosphere that feels timeless stylish and tranquil, the apartment offers a relaxing lifestyle in the middle of the city.
Impressive views over Barcelona, Spain surround this penthouse apartment spotted on Mi Casa, refurbished and decorated with recovered materials to become a cosmopolitan haven for a couple. The home is situated in the city center with views of the rooftops of the Gothic quarter, the oldest core of the city and its historic center. The penthouse exudes authentic charm, distributed over two floors and restructured completely in a reform that the owners planned to gain luminosity and open and interconnect spaces. The result is fabulous, with a living/dining room integrated with the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a spacious and cozy rooftop terrace.
The decoration is also the common thread of this project for which the owners used the creative advice from the firm Úsame, specializing in the design of furniture and objects through reused materials. The ceiling, the walls coated with mortar and lime, stucco or brick, are all mostly recovered. When open, the doors of this house can be seen by the original elements with respect and admiration for the parts recovered. The stylish rooms are decorated with a deep aesthetic sensibility and overflowing with personality, adding plenty of luminosity and gave freedom in circulation of spaces.
This fantastic bright and airy loft apartment is situated in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. The building was constructed in 1891 and has since been restored to optimum condition. The 753 square foot (70 square meters) home features beautiful details, with a spacious living room with large windows allows plenty of natural light. The space features fine details with deep niches, door lintels, wall panels, oak flooring and whitewashed walls. The living room and kitchen are elegantly shared with a classic pair of doors. The tastefully designed kitchen has a restaurant feel, with a kitchen island, lots of work spaces and a dining area. The space offers white high gloss cabinet doors, worktops and white tiled walls. Classic black and white tiled floors match perfectly in the space. Above the living room is an open loft space with sisal carpet, white walls, hidden storage and built-in bookcase. There is also a generous sized bathroom with luxurious details with a feeling of coherent sober style.