Four Floors consists of four couture apartments dispersed over four floors of an historic 19th century stone Galata building that was immaculately restored in Istanbul, Turkey. The contemporary renovation was carried out by it’s owner and designer Sema Topaloğlu, one of Istanbul’s most original designers, and her team of furniture designers and craftsmen. Inspiration for this small and sleek boutique hotel came from the historic culture of Istanbul and the deep-rooted Istanbul traditions of handcraft. The spacious interiors of the 4 Floors contains furniture from Topaloğlu’s own unique collections and other leading contemporary designers such as Marc Newson, Ingo Maurer and Marcel Wanders. These stylish interiors feature sweeping views of Istanbul, combining the new and old to dramatic affect that represents the new contemporary culture of Istanbul.
Features includes a peaceful environment within the busy city is created by the personalized service of Murat Topaloğlu. Spacious rooms with high ceilings and panoramic views of the famous skyline and Bosphorus, unique design and furniture by Sema Topaloğlu Studio, contemporary amenities including fully outfitted kitchens, music players, high-speed internet, in-room coffee makers and selected international and Istanbul magazines. The top floor Penthouse features executive accommodation provides striking views across the Sea of Marmara framing the old Istanbul from atop the living loft and terrace.
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This extremely charming and inviting attic studio apartment offers a social and open floor plan in Linnéstaden, Sweden. Spotted on Alvhem, the apartment is comprised of 473 square feet (44 square meters) of living space, with an airy and inviting atmosphere catering to a social lifestyle. For those who wish to snuggle up with a book, they can look forward to many cozy winter evenings in front of the fireplace. With a sloping ceilings, skylights, exposed wood-beamed ceilings and attic nature, the home has a cozy and snug feeling. With large windows and a French balcony, the home permeates with natural light. White painted walls and visible chimney breaks nicely against the floor’s oiled oak parquet flooring.
The spacious living room with kitchen area, sitting area and sleeping area is all open plan. This is really a very full bodied attic character and charming nook. The apartment’s heart is the working fireplace that offers both warmth and an unbeatable appreciative. At one end of the large living room, is a newly renovated kitchen with white high gloss cabinet doors and worktop in oiled oak. Adjacent to the kitchen there is dining space for four people. The open floor plan allows both the chef and guests can socialize while dinner is being prepared. This is a wonderful home to enjoy, what do think?
Apartment M is an incredible modern apartment designed by Soesthetic Group, situated on Melnikova Street in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, in Eastern Europe. The home features a warm, neutral color palette throughout, with wooden flooring, wood paneling on the walls and beautiful textures and materials. Large expanses of windows bring in urban city views and plenty of natural light, illuminating the spaces. An open floor plan creates a welcoming environment and is perfect for entertaining family and friends.
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This modern Swedish flat is situated in the former Straw Hat Factory (Stråhattfabriken) building dating back to 1887 on Kungsholmen, an island in Lake Mälaren in Sweden. Spotted on Per Jansson, the 925 square foot (86 square meters) home has been newly renovation with a well structured plan full of light and fine original features and beautiful plank flooring of antique oak and double doors in all rooms. There is a spacious open plan living room to kitchen with large dining area and exit to private patio. There are two bedrooms, one with a dressing room and double doors to the cozy patio. Adjacent to the bedrooms there is a large closet wall with lighting and sliding doors. There is a stylish bright bathroom in limestone and travertine. The patio offers built-in seating and space for a dining table, plants and barbecue, a unique private oasis in the inner city. Evergreen climbing ivy are grown in pots for privacy and outdoor lighting illuminates the space. There is a private entrance from the yard.
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.
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This Central Park West penthouse apartment, designed by Foley Fiore Architecture and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio, is hidden beneath the curved copper mansard roof of a Manhattan, New York landmark building. It was artfully created by the former owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment, and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. The goals for this renovation were to provide ample communal living spaces with private retreats for a young family with two teenage children; to maximize the views to Central Park and the interior garden; to create a great working kitchen with a connection to the living spaces; and to shake the eighties feeling out of the design. The unique steel structure supporting the mansard roof was exposed to create a loft-like feeling.
Working with metal fabricator Jake Ducharme, Foley Fiore Architecture designed a sculptural curved zinc wall which houses a dining banquette; a zinc kitchen bar; and hanging steel benches at the park-facing windows. Large scale metal sliding doors provide a gateway to the garden beyond and steel and glass doors create privacy for the master bedroom and second level loft bedroom while maintaining the view. Kathryn Scott Design Studio provided elegant yet comfortable furnishings in a neutral palette to provide balance to the steel and glass. Gunn Landscape Architecture worked with the owners and Foley Fiore Architecture to create an internal oasis at the center of the apartment with a sense of light and beauty at all times of the year.
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Situated between the city of Stockholm and the island of Kungsholmen, Sweden is this tasteful duplex loft apartment, spotted on Per Jansson. The home is comprised of 1,916 square feet (178 square meters) of living space with an open-plan living room, a large lavish kitchen with dining area for many guests, and a door that leads out to a spacious sunlit terrace. A white-washed chimney forms a natural demarcation between living room and kitchen. Additional features includes, built-in cabinetry, exposed wood-beam ceilings, smoked oak wood flooring throughout, floor heating, skylights, a fireplace and built-in sound system. There are two lofts which can be used as an office and guest room. Two great bedrooms with great storage, one with dressing room with built-in fixtures in walnut from Craft Design. There are two bathrooms, with original brick floor and separate laundry area.
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.
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Clifton Beach House is an incredible beach front property designed by ANTONI Associates that combines elegance, luxury and sophistication along one of the most pristine white beaches in Cape Town, South Africa. The client project brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite. It was decided to reduce the size of the double volume and to increase the footprint of the apartment. Added to the brief was a wine cellar, a new study and a gym with sauna. The apartment was completely gutted and had to be re-configured throughout.
The design of the apartment complex resulted in a triangular shaped terrace wedged between the two sides of the building. The designers introduced a timber pergola that provides a shaded area as well as privacy from overlooking apartments. South African lifestyle allows for many months of outdoor living and the extensive terrace allows for areas for outdoor dining and lounging. A narrow lap pool extends the entire 20 meters width of the terrace. A sensual curve staircase leads to the first floor. Here, the designers created a sumptuous master en-suite bedroom. The master bathroom is luxuriously finished in white veined marble, chromed tap ware and stainless steel detailed vanities.
The apartment is entered on the lower ground floor where a formal entrance lobby was created by screening off the open plan kitchen. Here the designers introduced a screen wall with an enlarged portal window to create a view into the apartment. Despite reducing the size of the existing double volume some of this was retained in the entrance hall which is enclosed by frameless glass. A new sleek white contemporary kitchen was integrated and flows into the formal dining and lounge area. An elegant fireplace was placed in the formal living area and overall, there is a simplicity and purity of form with a basic palette of black and white. An eclectic mix of bespoke furniture and the placement of the Clients’ collection of South African art and sculpture gives the interior a curated experience.
The apartment is unique in its detail and quality of finish, the spaces are restful and sophisticated and reflect a living environment that is seductive and inspired by living.
Photos: Courtesy of ANTONI Associates