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.
This contemporary penthouse apartment mixes cool, clean interiors and reclaimed pieces in this city work space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The space was too bare and the detailing boring, so the homeowner’s called on the designers at Groundswell Design Group to add character to the home. The designer’s specialize in reclaiming and re-purposing, which came into play on the walls and through the furnishings. To meet the needs of the client, one of the two bedrooms was opened up and turned into an office and lounge. The contemporary style of the home was mixed with rustic and salvaged pieces. The main living area features galvanized metal from a chicken coop roof which adds horizontal bands, rusty patina and an industrial edge to one end of the apartment. The furnishings throughout the apartment function as art.
Interesting facts about the project: The cost of the reclaimed barnwood call, 12 by 20 feet: $13 per square foot; $3,120 total. The cost of the galvanized tin wall, 11 by 18 feet: $7.50 per square foot; $1,485 total.
The team designed the mural and had it executed by graffiti expert Sean Gallagher.
The horizontal lines of the painting on the window wall inspired the design throughout the house, as did the horizontal movement of the Delaware river outside.
The computer desk was made by the design team of reclaimed metal and has a glass top. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was inspiration for the desk.
The high-top desk serves as a unique conference table for client meetings.
Groundswell designed the shelves, which are made of metal and reclaimed joists.
The bar and the live-edge shelves above it are reclaimed poplar wood. The bars between the shelves are supports from old school locker room benches.
The designers composed the half wall and another wall with wood reclaimed from barns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The silvery gray wood is hemlock, and the brown wood is mushroom wood.
The designers knocked down the wall separating what was the second bedroom from the foyer, opening the whole space up as an office and lounge.
The reclaimed hemlock and mushroom wood combination carries into the bedroom on a large headboard. It’s 8 inches from the wall, allowing room for backlighting.
Photos: Top Kat Photo
The Riverhouse apartment embodies the idea of luxury and eco-friendly living in New York City designed by Thom Filicia. The LEED certified Riverhouse is a luxury high-rise that overlooks Battery Park and probably one of New York City’s “greenest” buildings. The condo is comprised of 2,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The entire apartment was conceptualized for empty-nesters and designed using environmentally friendly, sustainable materials such as natural fiber fabrics, FSC-certified woods, low-voc paints and wall paper glues, recycled objects and of course, antiques. Filicia designed the space to be beautiful and livable, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style to design green.
In the living room above, the rug is made from vintage kilm runners and cut up felt. The green glass lamp is made from recycled wine bottles and the telescope in the corner is vintage.
The apartment features a fairly neutral color palette infused with organic earth tones and rich, natural textures such as the biodegradeable grasscloth wallpaper that you see throughout the space. There are a few bright spots though, such as the yellow sofa pictured here. The dining table features a paperstone tabletop and a FSC certified wood base wrapped in recycled zinc panels. The chandelier above is made from recycled jet airplane parts and the floor lamp is made from recycled plumbing parts.
The guest room walls are covered in wood pulp wallpaper with eco-friendly metallic detail. The bedside tables are made from old sewing machine stands, the lamp base is unglazed ceramic and all of the bedding is eco-friendly.
The orange bedside tables are linen sealed with a water-based lacquer. The table lamp was made from old ship’s chain. The sheets are made of naturally sustainable bamboo and even the Ecobamboo mattress, made by Magniflex, are environmentally friendly.
Many of the furnishings in the apartment were custom, such as this sectional sofa in the library which has a FSC certified birch plywood frame and cushions made of organic latex. The coffee table on the left is made from recycled aluminum.
Photos: Courtesy of Thom Filicia
This industrial-eclectic loft is the home of designer and artist Alina Preciado and her two cats, situated in a 1800s industrial building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 2,000 square foot loft with one bedroom and one bathroom mixes old and new pieces together, with findings that Preciado has picked up from her travels to places like Japan, Spain, India and the Middle East. The designer imports handmade goods for her business, Dar Gitane. “Dar” is Arabic for “home” and “gitane” is French for “gypsy”, which sums up Preciado’s personality. The loft was originally a woodshop, which has divots and scratches on the flooring, which has been preserved for its history.
The loft features an incredible flow with an open and airy floor plan, huge windows and high ceilings that keeps the space well lit. The home also has a hammock which Preciado spends a lot of time on, as well as a trapeze bar, perfect for stretching. The living room was a vintage leather sofa from the 1960s, the leaning ladder was obtained from a warehouse. The living area also has a large wood-burning stove with a double-insulated chimney, which is in keeping with the industrial theme as well as providing plenty of warmth in the winter months. A neat tip that Preiado does with her stove is place citrus peels on top and left the smell permeate through the home.
Collected pieces from around the world are displayed in the apartment, like this hundred-year-old metal incense burner from Morocco that sits on one of three metal tables bought in the Middle East. Preciado likes to burn sage in it.
Storage is tough to find in a New York City apartment, so Preciado built this storage space with a sleeping loft on top.
Preciado created a walled-off bedroom with curtains that lets sunshine in or can be closed for privacy.
An interesting piece of art adorns the wall of this bedroom which has been crafted from human hair by Preciado.
Small touches makes a place feel like home, like what is on display here. A perfect example of Preciado’s design philosophy of mixing new, old, found and designed objects under a collection of cloches.
The worktable was from the previous owner’s woodshop, fitting perfectly with Preciado’s style. The table has a ¼-inch-thick steel top, perfect for designing, since they are so sturdy, durable and flat.
One of the first things Preciado brought back for Dar Gitane was a grouping of one-of-a-kind teapot, which she now displays on open shelves in the kitchen.
Preciado preserved these 90-year-old leather dining chairs with the right conditioning, bringing them back to their original luster.
Preciado’s style extends tothisa spacious bathroom, where she includes simple touches from her travels. The bathtub is an architectural salvage. Preciado’s biggest design tip was to “introduce products into your home that are soulful”. Surround yourself with things that are not only beautiful but useful.
Photos: Chris A. Dorsey
This modern high-rise apartment situated in Chicago, Illinois has been designed by Mia Rao Design. The clients wished for a space that showcased modern Italian furnishings, clean lines, and artistic accents. The designer has created a multi-functional space with maximum comfort in the heart of the city. The light fixture featured in this living room is so incredibly unique. It’s like a piece of industrial sculpture in this chic loft. The chrome accents also contribute to the industrial look.
Photos: Courtesy of Mia Rao Design