The industrial eclectic home of actor Gustavo Salmerón has been designed with reclaimed materials and plenty of imagination, located in Madrid, Spain. The actor came in and reinvented the home, which had been left unfinished by the previous owner. He invented the kitchen from scratch, improvised a second level and finished the frame with walls and floors of polished concrete. Below is the living area, and up the staircase you will find two bedrooms and the office.
The actor invented a polished concrete space where everything moves. It’s a great open and transparent space with permeable natural light that extends throughout the home. What happens in its 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) is controllable from any angle. With peculiar objects that inhabit and move to and fro with small wheels, as a prop, and lead to an interchangeable, chameleon stage, like a mechanical toy. It has an anachronistic point, fantastic story of Jules Verne, in which the recovered metals, old and rusty, the gleaming copper and a massive glazed abound. Nod to some prefab ago, lots of wood and lots of second hand customized waste in fireplaces, stoves, panels, faucets and other craft items. It is designed as a living theater, of regular warehouses, junkyards and salvage yards. They fed the creativity that has resulted in this home: futuristic, industrial and retro.
I had very clear ideas explains Salmeron. A New York loft, industrial, a decadent Berlin and leave a squatter point, and the third-a tropical Brazilian air with vegetation everywhere. I took the work like running a movie where the premise is fundamental. In this case it was to observe beams, columns, piping, or other structural elements. If they are there its because they are needed. We were like a film crew. When we were lost, each builder, plumber, electrician, blacksmith … all we had to follow was the premise: nothing should be ornamental. No plasterboard, ceilings, baseboards, paint, trim or anything that serves to cover another. That does not mean that later, if you want, you put a vase of flowers. The aim was to achieve “gritty”. Therefore, the concrete walls are vain in their nakedness. I want my house to be a sculpture in itself, says the artist, always ready to go onstage.
Upper West Side Combo is a prewar apartment renovation by design firm StudioLAB of two dark and tightly configured units into a single unified space, located in Manhattan, New York. The designers were challenged with the task of converting the existing arrangement into a large open three bedroom residence. The previous configuration of bedrooms along the Southern window wall resulted in very little sunlight reaching the public spaces.
Breaking the norm of the traditional building layout, the bedrooms were moved to the West wall of the combined unit, while the existing internally held Living Room and Kitchen were moved towards the large South facing windows, resulting in a flood of natural sunlight.
Wide-plank grey-washed walnut flooring was applied throughout the apartment to maximize light infiltration. A concrete office cube was designed with the supplementary space which features walnut flooring wrapping up the walls and ceiling. Two large sliding Starphire acid-etched glass doors close the space off to create privacy when screening a movie.
High gloss white lacquer millwork built throughout the apartment allows for ample storage. LED Cove lighting was utilized throughout the main living areas to provide a bright wash of indirect illumination and to separate programmatic spaces visually without the use of physical light consuming partitions.
Custom floor to ceiling Ash wood veneered doors accentuate the height of doorways and blur room thresholds. The master suite features a walk-in-closet, a large bathroom with radiant heated floors and a custom steam shower. An integrated Vantage Smart Home System was installed to control the AV, HVAC, lighting and solar shades using iPads.
Photos: Courtesy of StudioLAB
We just love the new Corvi Concrete Wine Cooler, an extravagant design for wine lovers and those who just love to entertain, by designer Fran Corvi of Argentina-based studio PPi3D. The wine cooler is a sleek and stylish alternative for those searching for a sophisticated way to store their most prized bottle of vintage. Inspired by the simplicity of stone, the cooler’s clean, sharp lines offer a refined interpretation of the features of a gem. The product is handmade in Chicago from soft concrete, a material developed in Sweden, which conveys strength in a slender profile; the vessel feels smooth to the touch. This strikingly modern piece is rooted in designer Francisco Corvi’s heritage: “In Argentina, wine is a symbol of high society. The wine cooler is a piece of me, my roots and my life.”
This stunning product retails at $75 and can be found at the unique online establishment of IntoConcrete, where you can find everything you need to outfit your home.
Aside from its contemporary appeal, concrete is a perfect practical medium for temperature maintenance. After being placed in the freezer, it stays chilled for quite a while because of its mass. Single coolers can be stacked in endless design arrangements to make a customized wine cellar.
- Dimensions: 100 x 100 X 250 mm
- Weight: 1,700 g
- Color: Gray
- Material: Soft Concrete
- Handmade in the United States
About the designer: Francisco Corvi
Industrial Designer Francisco Corvi is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who graduated from the National University of La Plata. He specializes in the development of furniture, stands and displays. “I am a very simple man, in love with the little things,” he explains, noting that he is simultaneously focused on the larger picture and continuously improving his products and prospects. Francisco teamed with Leonardo Anbinder, a Da Vinci School graduate and multi-media designer, to form PPi3D. The Buenos Aires-based creative design studio is known for producing visually striking and unique contemporary forms. Each piece is the result of a meticulous blend of its creators’ expertise and individual philosophies. Their distinctive creations feature beautiful, functional elements that are aesthetically and structurally built to withstand the test of time.
This Upper West Side Manhattan apartment has been designed by 1100 Architect, comprised of a neutral color palette, minimalist details, and refined materials, creating a warm, modern atmosphere. Throughout the space, sleek materials like concrete, marble, and white lacquer are complemented by accents of softer materials including Belgian linen and bleached wood. 1100 renovated this duplex apartment in 2008 and returned for a second renovation when the neighboring unit became available in 2010.
Careful detailing and a cohesive design approach allowed us to seamlessly combine the two apartments into a single home. A breakfast area was added to the existing kitchen, acting as a transitional space and opening up views across the apartment. Two new bedrooms and a utility room were also included in the addition.
1100 Architect is the New York- and Frankfurt-based architectural firm, best known for works of architecture that are timeless manifestations of place, at once distinctive and modern while always thoughtful about site, setting, and environment. Fundamental to this pursuit is the belief that building design is a progressive process informed by client aspirations, site, history, available resources, and time. We believe that design can motivate and inspire users, and make an affirmative, lasting impact on individuals and communities alike.
Photos: Nikolas Koenig
The Woodlands project is an Edwardian red brick family home that has been designed by Madcow Interiors, located in Woodlands, a small area located in the borough of Hounslow, London. This restored home showcases an industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
Our brief was too restore, add period features and rebuild this North London Edwardian red brick family home. Using reclaimed materials and upcycling into bespoke designed furniture, our goal was to create a thoroughly industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
The Woodlands Project required us to plan and manage structural modification to the property, including the building of a new basement, rear extension, a 2 storey corner extension and a new loft conversion/extension. Once structurally complete, the interior design and bespoke styling began.
This was a huge project, which saw us working closely with a team of professionals and tradesmen. We custom designed and manufactured all the joinery and various bespoke (and upcycled) furniture; some of which are available to order. Other specialists were brought in who helped achieve the very specific finishes around the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Mad Cow Interiors
In the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark where winters are long and dark, people have come up with clever ways of maximizing light all year round. Light, refreshing hues, stream-lined furnishings and a marked absence of clutter characterizes Scandinavian style. Lighter tones help to combat the darkness since the sun goes down very early. Coziness, especially during the winter, is pertinent to this style. Scandinavian interiors make reference to landscapes which are rich in lakes, forests, rivers and mountains. There are many lessons that we can learn from Scandinavia to have stylish interiors and an upbeat lifestyle that lets the outdoors in.
#1 Bring in the light
Scandinavian homes are typically bright and cheery, with the main goal of drawing in and sustaining as much natural light into the space as possible. To increase the reflection of light throughout the interior, soft washes of color on the floors and walls, sheer curtains, mirrors and glass accents are applied. If you want to follow the Scandinavian example, get rid of heavy curtains and any decor items sitting on window ledges. If you do not like the option of sheer curtains for privacy concerns or to block out the light at night, wooden shutters can be used. This will also help to keep your home better insulated, more energy efficient and stave off the chill coming through the windows from the cold winter nights.
#2 Decorate with natural materials
The interior design of homes in Scandinavia draw upon inspiration from nature, with the application of natural finishes on wood furniture and tidy stacks of firewood adjacent to efficient stoves. Wood is used for for flooring and wall treatments, furnishings and accessories. When wood has been treated, it is generally minimal to show the natural beauty and texture of the material, either using a neutral oil or a whitewash. Other popular Scandinavian textures includes natural textiles of linen, hemp and cotton, leather, plastic and metal. Fur is also commonly used due to the cold climate, draped on chairs and wrapped on sofas, fur pelt throws and used as bedspreads.
#3 Color — it’s all about white
Scandinavian homes generally show off a lot of white, with walls, ceilings and even flooring painted in white tones or neutral hues. With their enduring cold winters and the sun barely rising in the sky, white interiors and expansive windows can cheer up even the tiniest of spaces. White also helps to expand a space and make it feel bright and airy. Wallpaper is occasionally used, but usually as an accent wall. Furnishings and textiles are also in neutral hues of beige, ivory, taupe, black and gray. Bright accents are applied in accessories and wall art to energize the space.
#4 Keep organized in small spaces
Part of the Scandinavian design aesthetic is keeping things organized and stream-lined. Even the smallest of spaces try to squeeze in extra storage in the most unlikely of places. If you find yourself with the dilemma of have a tiny alcove behind the stairs or a sloped ceiling or even a tiny attic space, you can install built-in cabinetry, or shelving units to house extra clutter. Consider creating a functional nook with a wall-mounted organizer with small cubbies to store items.
#5 Simple living spaces
Many Scandinavian homes follow a general guideline of keeping knickknacks to a minimum to keep the home clutter free and main furnishings are either white in a light neutral hue so they can switch up their accents with the seasons. During the long winter months, bring out some extra candles, cable knit throws and even some beautiful fairy lights.
#6 Clutter free living
Keep your home organized with shelving units to keep clutter at bay. Shelving can store bins and attractive boxes to hold your belongings. Having good storage is the key to creating a Scandinavian interior that is spacious and airy. Built-in furnishings will keep things out of the way. This will keep your home tidy, easier to clean and create a less stressful environment. Only display items that you enjoy seeing in your home, ones that create positive energy.
#7 Immerse your home with nature
Despite the fact that winters are long and cold, spending time outdoors is a Scandinavian lifestyle. Fresh air and exercise promotes a healthy way of life and well-being. Bringing nature into the home helps to continue this healthy lifestyle, purifying the air and bringing more life into your house. There is something about bringing live pieces of nature inside that just radiates a healthy energy throughout the room. Spending time outdoors can give you inspiration, and you can even gather things to decorate your home, the Scandinavian’s love DIY!
This Scandinavian bed surrounds itself with plenty of natural light and elements of nature as well as a cozy stove to keep you warm and toasty in the cool winter nights.
#8 Plan for a dining space for entertaining guests
Entertaining and socializing is a large part of the Scandinavia culture. Design your home to equip a decent-sized dining table and chairs for entertaining. Even in small homes, the kitchen is used for entertaining, with longer islands with bar stools or built-in banquettes, window seats and small dining spaces for at least four. Spending time with friends and family, cooking a delightful meal and stimulating conversation is the perfect recipe for enhancing your mood.
#9 Bring in some fresh air
Homes in Scandinavia have large windows and doors that can be opened in good weather to bring in fresh air and nature. Blur the boundaries between indoors and out in your own home with sliding glass doors that can be opened in the warmer months. Fresh air helps to improve one’s health and sense of well-being.
Blurring the lines between indoors and out, nature plays a key role in this stunning bedroom showcasing a luxury bed by Hasten’s. The layers in this incredible mattress include flax, wool and cotton, as well as horsehair, which has been not only cleaned but permed. Horsehair is a key material in this mattress, which is made up of hollow tubes, nature’s air-conditioner. If you consider that you sweat one liter a night, all of that stays in the bed, unless the bed can breathe.
#10 Decorate with wall decor
Pops of color on the walls help to break up the endless sea of white and gray to create a more interesting living environment. Decorating with contemporary black and white photography is very popular. Other trendy options are contemporary posters, paintings and even stickers. However, try not to over-decorate your walls, as hallmarks of Scandinavian style are concise and minimalistic decor.
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