Apartment in Amsterdam is a renovation project of a duplex unit in an 85-year-old housing for a family of four, carried out by MAMM Design, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since they have not been brought up in Amsterdam where they have a lot of gloomy weather, the clients requested to have maximum sunlight in the 1,431 square foot (133 square meters) house. They also wanted to have a space where they can feel close by each other.
Originally, there is a skylight at the top of staircase which connects upper and lower floors. Though the staircase itself was filled with sunlight coming from the skylight, the stairs and walls around them prevent the light from entering into the other part of the house. We took away the stairs, walls and a part of the upper floor’s slab, so that the sunlight can spread into all over the house. At the same time, the void connects the family.
There is a symbolic tower-shaped element standing through the house. Kitchen, bathroom and toilets are packed into the tower, utilizing existing pipe box. We placed new grating stairs climbing around the tower to create some place to stay at various levels. With the new circulation and spatial device, the family can create and enjoy various scenes of their daily life.
Photos: Takumi Ota
Midtown Apartment is a one bedroom contemporary home that has been designed by New York based interior design firm Cara Zolot Interiors, located in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Showcasing bright and welcoming interiors, this stunning apartment offers an open plan living/dining/kitchen area with one bedroom and one bathroom as well as a guest bedroom/office/TV room, with beautiful views of Central Park.
The client wanted a guest bedroom/office/TV room for this space. The sofa is a semi custom sleeper sofa from classic sofa and a custom designed leather club chair. the rug is a wall to wall strie carpet in caramel and beige muted tones. Vinatge modern nesting tables with a hammered copper lamp from Los Angeles. The coffee table is an antique painted tortoise like design and the art was a gift to our client. A natural grass cloth is on all the walls to really warm the space and pulls it all together adding great texture. It is a very warm cozy welcoming room with beautiful views of Central Park.
This bedroom I designed has navy blue ultra suede on all the walls, detailed with nail heads below the crown molding and above the base molding lining the entire bedroom. the bed was custom upholstered in the same ultra suede used on the walls. the bedside tables were custom made and the lamps and bulls eye mirror are all vintage mid-century modern.
Photos: Matthu Placek
London-based interior design firm Casa Forma has just sent us images of their latest project, One Hyde Park, the most exclusive address in the world, located in Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom. Completed in December 2013, this stunning apartment reflects luxury, sophistication, and timeless interior design. The apartment is situated in a major residential and retail complex, with three retail units totaling 385,000 square feet and 86 residential properties. These hyper-luxury apartments range in price from around $4 million to $182 million USD.
When creating the interior design scheme for this 4,535 square foot apartment in One Hyde Park, Casa Forma’s focus was on practicality and functionality, whilst at the same time exuding the very best in bespoke luxury and elegance. The result is a sophisticated and timeless design, and a comfortable family home.
The immediate focus on entering the apartment is the long corridor leading to the main living space, with its magnificent views of Hyde Park itself.
Two features serve to particularly distinguish the corridor. Firstly, high-gloss sycamore panels add light and subtlety. And then, on the other side of the panel, an abstract map of the Hyde Park pathways – the bronze clasps and metalized panels and resin of which combine to create a subtle 3D effect.
The interior design of the main living space focuses on maximizing those incredible views of Hyde Park. Accents of beveled glass relief on mirrors framing all the joinery add an Art Deco touch to the room.
The modernist chandelier in the main living room is made from a collection of Brazilian rock crystals and bronze frame; the glow it emits visually increasing the ceiling height through its cut-outs. And at the entrance lobby, twin chandeliers designed with smoked quartz shards create a delicate quality of light, enhancing the ambiance of the space.
One of the four original bedrooms has been converted into a multi-function study room, which can also transform into a games room. The furniture is made from darkened solid Indian Rosewood in piano high gloss finish, and with the bespoke leather sofa able to convert into a large guest double-bed, this room can also easily be turned into a bedroom.
The introduction of a Swedish dry sauna in the en-suite bathroom linked to the study room was one of the most challenging aspects of this project. But thanks to Casa Forma’s strong architectural acumen, this small yet complex feature turned out to be an extremely successful addition to the property.
The powder room has been clad in silver & gold-leafed, treated with acid to create a tarnished effect for a more distressed and aged look.
In the dining room, the bronze profile and glass joinery is framed by a subtly backlit tortoise shell and tiger eye mosaic, while exquisitely
colored brown glass chandelier pendants hang over the dining table.
Photos: Courtesy of Casa Forma
The art apartment is a bright and colorfully decorated small apartment design, which was the creative vision of Arent&Pyke, located in Sydney, Australia. Central to the design approach was the understanding of working with young families which we the designer’s do often in their practice. They responded with a palette and design that created a fresh, bold and brave stylistic and practical harmony. A carefully balanced palette of materials starting with a solid neutral base for major furnishing items which was layered with decorative objects to nurture a sense of intimacy and well-lived-in connection with the space. Finally a significant installation of Australian artworks from Artbank celebrates the legacy of treasured objects which we accrue over our lifetimes and the much-loved tradition of passing art through family generations.
As a multi-disciplinary and award-winning interior design practice, Arent&Pyke honor a simple yet clear vision – to enrich people’s lives by creating beautiful and cohesive spaces to which they feel emotionally connected. With a focus on residential interiors, Arent&Pyke’s body of work is testament to our ability to clearly articulate our vision. A palette of natural materials and a sensitive and sophisticated use of color and lighting typify our practice’s work that draws upon the combined experience of not just the team, but the artisans and suppliers with whom we collaborate. We are influenced by realms such as travel and literature, and have an unwavering appreciation for design in all its guises, a respect of architecture and acute attention to detail.
This bold graphic print wallpaper is by Anna Spiro, from Porters Paints.
Photos: Scott Hawkins
Apartment 3 is an incredible urban luxury beach apartment which has been designed by interior architect Daniel Hasson, located in Tel Aviv, Israel. The residential project features a bright interior with clean lines, complemented by the deep blue of the ocean and sky, visible from the windows. The home uses three main colors, black, cream and mocha and the most luxurious materials. The apartment is furnished with top designers such as Iokraam home decor – Armani and Fendi Casa. This 2,690 square foot (250 square meters) apartment has only two bedrooms.It was divided into two suites and a spacious living room to create a feeling of space with the privacy occupants. The position of the apartment hovering over the sea was important,that sitting in the living room the homeowner will be facing the view. The wall shows that the sea is reflected in the black, but it is also practical, used as a multimedia wall.The apartment has advanced and smart technology.
Photos: Courtesy of Daniel Hasson
Spanish architects Anna & Eugeni Bach have renovated an aging flat in Barcelona, Spain’s Ensanche district to show off its mosaic floors and decorative ceiling mouldings. This project changes the manner of inhabiting an apartment in this neighborhood through small and very specific operations that make the most of every corner as if dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and giving over the protagonist role to the existing elements, conserving, reusing or modifying them in order to create new spaces that seem to always have been like this.
The project consisted of the integral reforms of a dwelling in Barcelona´s Ensanche district that dates from the year 1910 and had never undergone any substantial modification in its 100 years of history. The state of the 1,399 square foot (130 square meters) flat, however, was deplorable, as its previous occupier suffered form compulsive hoarding syndrome and had accumulated all kinds of waste, leaving many of its elements in very poor condition. The ceilings (with magnificent rosettes and mouldings) and the floors (hydraulic paving made from small ceramic pieces) had been conserved relatively well, as was the case with some of the original joinery.
The starting point therefore consisted of conserving a layout that would permit the suite comprising the magnificent existing ceilings and floors to be maintained, concentrating any necessary changes required by the new program on the spaces that did not possess such characteristics.
In order to meet this objective the work was done room by room in an attempt in each case to adapt the new program to the rooms defined by ceilings and floors, recessing wardrobes or shifting partitions without modifying the limit of the rooms so that they would gain in functionality without losing their original limits. All the joinery has been conserved in either its original position or by shifting it to new rooms opened up in the flat´s “interior” volume, always respecting the original position of the floors and windows giving on the patio.
The generous height of this flat has been made use of to raise the floor of the en-suite bathroom by 60 cm, making room in a single space for the bath underneath the shower as well as a very useful storeroom-pantry underneath the floor, accessible from the corridor and next to the kitchen. This raising of the bathroom also means that in order to access it three steps have to be climbed from the bedroom, giving the flat a greater feeling of “domesticity” by introducing an element that is more typical of a detached family house than of a single-story flat.
Photos: Courtesy of Anna & Eugeni Bach
The Konstancin House is a contemporary single family home that has been designed by Nasciturus Design, situated in the town of Konstancin-Jeziorna, nearby Warsaw, Poland. The project was designed for a family of four, comprised of 3,767 square feet (350 square meters) of living space. The clients gave the architects a free hand in arranging the interior providing some hints like color preferences and a general vision. They wanted their apartment to be spacious, impressive and one of a kind. Although it was expected to be arranged in a contemporary style, the owners also value a timeless classic.
The ground floor is mainly used for integrating the household as they have a common space to spend time together. The ‘Brunner’ fireplace perfectly attracts long conversations in a pleasant ambiance. A large 3meter glass slab used as a handrail makes the space even more visually appealing. It is not only a remarkably elegant solution but it also enlarges the space. Worth mentioning is also a ‘Fly’ Vibieffe sofa making the living room couched in comfort.
The kitchen is finished in a black and white polished MDF. The working table is a natural graphite board perfectly matching the lockers. We also have managed to add a little bit of lightness by hanging the cupboards above the floor.
Next, there is the dinning room decorated in a balanced contrast of dark and light colors corresponding the rest of the house. The main component is a magnificent ‘Cedros’ dark table ideal for a sophisticated meals and the original and soft chairs ensure a full comfort thought the whole evening.
In the bedroom you will find classic wallpapers, subtle textiles and warm colors that will make you sleep tight. The delicate lighting is making the room all the more welcoming and a large window overlooking the garden guarantees a beautiful view from the very begging of your day.
A roomy and practical bathroom is crucial. To achieve that the project sets up full functionality along with a luxury look. On the over 20m2 there is literally everything you need. The marvelous mosaic and a free standing bathtub makes the bathroom outstandingly unique.
Photos: Courtesy of Nasciturus Design
This charming and cozy Scandinavian style apartment is a private home that has been designed by Soma Architekci, situated in Warsaw, Poland. This modern apartment offers 1,400 square feet of living space, located in a housing facility nearby the Szczęśliwicki Park. An initial projection of the apartment design was met with challenges due to an inconvenient C-letter passageway with a long corridor leading into the bedroom section, as well as the request for an additional, fifth room. However, the architects managed to rearrange the existing structure efficiently and establish a comfortable, functional plan that responds to the needs of future dwellers.
The interior includes a cozy daytime area with a living room and kitchenette, a corridor with a large number of wardrobes and compartments, and four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The design is based upon a light flooring of wide, whitened oak panels and the ubiquitous whiteness of the walls.
This background is accompanied by custom furniture and lamps characteristic of design from the North, featuring substantial amounts of wood, simple brick tiles, and minimalist bulbs. The interior is softened by some dark, graphic elements, including picture frames, mirrors, and the steel lines of the furniture.
The look is complete through the abundant light that enters the apartment from three sides, which the residents did not want to obscure, except for basic nighttime shades in the bedrooms. Despite its stark white style, the living area has a comfortable feel and reflects a warm, inviting ambiance.
Photos: Courtesy of Soma Architekci
Turett Collaborative Architects have sent us images of their latest project, a Manhattan, New York Penthouse, sitting fifty four floors high, with the Statue of Liberty, the horizon over Long Island and the whole of Central Park in view. The clients had a vision of the space, requesting clean design, a layout maximizing panoramic views, and the celebration of an exclusive collection of Asian art. This penthouse renovation came equipped with a unique challenge for the clients. They were moving out of a suburban estate that was almost four times as large as this 5,000 square foot penthouse. Therefore, the design had to go beyond aesthetics and maximize every square inch, incorporating amenities that would typically be found in much grandeur homes.
Penthouse architecture demands unique consideration. A sense of openness and comfort are optimized not only by careful attention to layout, but also through the blending of materials and textures.
New room partitions were crafted of concrete with wood-grain textures. High-gloss ceilings and lacquer panel walls extend the impact of the floor-to-ceiling windows. A glass enclosed study provides acoustic separation with no interruption of the view. Stainless steel wall insets serve as ideal displays for South Asian sculpture.
To maintain the clean, unbroken lines, heightened attention to finish included camouflaged electrical outlets and concealed sound systems, detailed indirect lighting, and self-closing pocket doors. State-of-the-art audio-visual systems are concealed behind nearly invisible doors.
Plentiful pantry, storage, and closet space keeps clutter to a minimum, and tucked-away amenities abound: the mirror in the master bath is two-way, concealing a television behind; the wine refrigerator and water cooler disappear behind custom cabinetry and wall panels.
Kitchen cabinets are faced in back-painted glass. Other rooms feature meticulously selected and matched stone slabs, custom wood veneers, and linen wall coverings. And a final touch that only a penthouse can enjoy: skylights (with both sun-shades and black-out shades) in the foyer and den further flood the home with natural light.
Photos: Travis Dubreuil