This extremely spacious one bedroom apartment was decorated with personality and retro treasures by studio Atelier HR, located in central Madrid, Spain. Materials and designs make nods to the past, although everything emanates with an absolutely contemporary air. An upward trend can be seen in recovered pieces of retro style and adapt to the needs of the XXI century. The result is a very grounded home with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which includes high ceilings, with painted white trim, and an impressive library, designed as an inner courtyard and vital center of the house. The uniqueness of this area lies in its furniture, most exceptional pieces acquired in the famous Flea Market in Paris.
Looking to the walls and ceiling, including doors, windows and shutters you can see the play of lines and volumes of the moldings, thin strips of wood on the fronts and ornate pieces at the intersection between the walls and the roof.
The flooring throughout the house was coated with a Nordic solid wood flooring in a very natural, safe tone. In the library and in one of the bathrooms, the designers selected tile, giving a new look to this floor: fresh, natural and stylish. Here, the past is trendy.
In this house there is an atmosphere that stands out above the others, with charm that captures plenty of attention. The library receives plenty of natural light, and open to the rest of the house through a dark metal enclosure and glass, replacing partitions. Also conceived as a study and reading and relaxation, highlights the industrial style furniture, a gateway that provides access to the grid library, and with iron rivets.
Only the kitchen has broken away from tradition, boasting a refined style of straight lines. As a counterpoint to the total white furniture, the ceiling is painted in black. Two elements emerging with force: Caged lamp ceiling and a mural picture in black and white, which opens this space to breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.
Photos: Mi Casa
This Tribeca loft has been renovated to the highest standards, keeping a modern feel while honoring its industrial roots of exposed beams and bricks. Preserving and showcasing its original details and character, this beautiful 1,400 square foot turn-key home is the epitome of downtown New York luxury loft living, blending refined modern design with a cool industrial aesthetic.
We spotted this sensational loft listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $2,595,000, from here.
The light-filled living area offers perfect proportions for entertaining and features white brick walls, wide-plank solid walnut floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and 6 large windows. Adjacent to the living room is a quintessential chef’s kitchen with a large center island, Calacatta gold marble countertops, stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, and ample custom cabinetry.
As part of the renovation, the beadboard was ripped out in the ceiling, which exposed the loft’s old rafters to open up the space. Sheetrock was placed between the rafters to help soundproof the ceilings. The exposed beams and the exposed brick were painted white.
The spacious master suite has abundant closet space, a dressing room, and a serene limestone bath with double vanity and high-end fixtures.
The master bath has Italian stone reminiscent of wood, to accentuate the ‘woodsiness’ of the rafters.
Part of the apartment’s renovation included creating a second room that can be a bedroom, den or home office. The doors leading into the room are frosted glass, with leather handles and brushed steel locks on the bottom.
The second bedroom of the home, now a nursery, was previously used as an office, seen here. The total remodeling of the loft, which was completed over eight months in 2008, cost about $500,000.
A large guest bath has a cool downtown feel with dark grout subway tiles, grey stone floors and a soaking tub. There is also a laundry area with a Miele washer/dryer.
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
While buying a house is a huge step, the financial implications can sometimes outweigh any perceivable benefits. That is why many are opting to rent a home rather than purchase one outright. Plus, depending on where you live, finding affordable apartments and houses is fairly easy.
Renting usually entails the signing of a lease—a contract bounding the leaseholder to the property, usually for a minimum of one year. The fact that a lease usually doesn’t last a while is one reason why many folks find renting a home so attractive. If when the lease is coming to an end and you want to move somewhere else, all that needs to be done is to notify the landlord of your intentions. In many cases, if you’re able to find a tenant to take your place, you may even be able to end your lease early.
Renting a home also means that the landlord takes on most of the responsibility associated with house maintenance. So if the water heater—a costly fix—decided to break down, the burden of fixing it would fall upon the landlord’s shoulders, rather than your own. Moreover, if you’re lucky, some of your utility bills will be factored into your monthly rent.
Obviously, finances are a major factor when considering renting or buying a home. While most landlords require an upfront payment of 2 months’ rent, imagine if you had to foot the bill for a down payment on a home (which can be as much as 20% of the purchase price). So if, for example, you were contemplating the purchase of a home that cost $150,000 and you had to cover a 20% down payment, you would be looking at a $30,000 down payment upfront. However, if a rental home cost $600.00 monthly, you would only need to shell out $1,200 upfront. That is a $28,800 difference. Not to mention the fact that you are not responsible for paying property taxes when renting a home.
While renting does pose significant benefits compared to buying a home, as with everything, it also has its disadvantages. First and foremost, many landlords will raise the rental costs after each lease renewal, which can sometimes lead to large increases; unless of course, the house or apartment is located in a rent-controlled area. Homeowners can also take advantage of tax deductions that renters are not eligible for. These deductions are usually applied to property taxes and interest on mortgage loans. Since renters do not qualify for any of these tax deductions, they are not recovering any of the costs associated with living in the apartment.
Another possible drawback lays in the landlord himself (or herself). You are dependent on the landlord for practically everything relating to the home or apartment. If something goes wrong, the repairs are at the mercy of the landlord, which could take a while in some cases; especially if the landlord manages several tenants. With major repairs, the landlord may not be equipped to make the repairs, in which case he or she becomes the middleman, having to contact the necessary repairman to come out and fix it.
1 Kindesign Reader’s, do you rent an apartment or home? Share with us what you enjoy about the experience and what you dislike! Do you plan on renting for awhile? If you are in the decision making stage – what are your main concerns?
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HT Apartment is a playful flat of 893 square feet located on the 11th floor of an old condominium building, designed by Landmak Architecture, located in Me Tri, a ward in the district of Tu Liem South, the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. The building belongs to the resettlement housing group (low income) with the old status and has divided the site due to poor lighting and ventilation and arrangement diagrams of the rooms are messy. The landlord was very confused: Should I move into a place like this?
Question, the suspense pursued them until they met architect. We said: “They should live in” (because price of house is very expensive in Hanoi where the position of apartment is relatively center, convenient for moving in the city), with the condition is to renovate and repair space of furniture and the work is started.
The apartment is designed and modified to give a young couple + 1 small child + grandparents. Status site includes 3 bedrooms with an area almost equal, the kitchen is arranged independently. Space of living room is small and it is almost no light, poor ventilation.
In this apartment, we have pressed tiles to television cabinet block together (it’s inside the bedroom), large are of living room, in the main bedroom is a little in the kitchen. By this way, the landlord can feel the “Art” feeling to be just enough and in everywhere.
We have destroyed one-bedroom in the center of apartment to create a public space (living room + dining room + kitchen + Terrace), four spaces can “borrow” traffic area to create the continuity of different functions of rooms into a large space with ventilation and good lighting.
Patterned ceramic tiles is used as a decorative material (tile appeared in Vietnam in the 90s of last century, is used to pave the floor popularly). It goes on the minds of the Vietnamese people to remember a difficult time in the economy. But, at the present, this material is re-produced with role to beautify decoration for artistic interior spaces.
Small bedroom is set in the position of old kitchen, positions of walls could also be adjusted to be small to ensure to be able to put the standard sleeper (small bedroom). At the position in main bedroom, wall area is adjacent to the living room to be cut away a part (40cm) at the top of the forehead before meeting ceiling of house. By this way, it helps the living room to have more light, the wall area of main bedroom is tiles block of television becomes gentle and happy like a puzzle.
Photos: Le Anh Duc
One Beacon Court is a modern Central Park Condo, located in one of Manhattan’s most luxurious condominium residences, the Bloomberg Tower. Designed by local interior designer and painter, Tara Benet, the condo offers sweeping views of New York City. With large expanses of windows, the mostly white interiors are flooded with natural light, giving an open and airy feel. Benet worked with art advisor Kati Lovaas to fill the space with emerging art that pops against the white walls.
Pairing a calacatta marble dining table with leather chairs from Poliform on top of a neutral rug from ABC Carpet & Home creates a neutral environment for the artwork that’s featured in the dining room. The large green “X” is from Philippe Decrauzat and the iron sculpture that hangs is by Valentin Carron, both of which add visual interest into the space.
The white sofa is accented with dark gray and black pillows providing a nice contrast. The dark wood floors also set the tone for the entire apartment making white the perfect choice for the walls and ceilings.
The massive modular book shelf, also from Poliform, features gray cubbies helping to break up the white.
The living room is complete with the placement of an Arco lamp from Flos.
The painting is by Gardar Eide Einarsson and the white marble credenza below is from Cassina.
In the kitchen, a Knoll Saarinen dining table is partnered with Cassina Philippe Starck 245 Caprice chairs.
Photos: Marili Forastieri
You like to keep things simple, especially when it comes to your home decor. Aside from the attractive modern aesthetic, creating a minimalist design in your new place can be beneficial to your sense of well-being: namely stress relief. Minimalist homes also tend to be more charming and inviting – they appear more spacious, and tend to focus on the innate beauty of a single piece of furniture or work of art. It’s not bare; it’s artistically restrained.
And, as a plus, they are much easier to clean. Think about how easy it is to clean a home without having to maneuver around so many unnecessary objects or pieces of furniture. So how do you create a minimalist style in your new home?
Maybe you’ve moved with a ton of stuff. Well, if you’re unsure of what to keep and get rid of, here are some things that can go: excess magazines and newspapers; unnecessary furniture; unused glassware, hardware, kitchen gadgets, pots and pans; clunky pillows, candle holders, magnets and vases; tired artwork, office supplies, seasonal decorations, sports memorabilia and old mirrors. For a successful modern minimalist design, these items are not necessary. They can be thrown away or donated (after all, there must be someone in your life who can use those old pots and pans).
As you de-clutter your space, you are naturally going to want to keep some items. These should be organized and stored away in a very specific place, which is another perk of the minimalist home: succinct organization.
The mantra here is “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” That means, with some exceptions, showing only the bare essentials. Whether it’s the bedroom, kitchen or living room, you want to keep things off of the floor and out of sight.
Keep it Simple, Start Small
Focus on one room at a time. For example, start with the bedroom, move to the living room, and so on. If you live in a loft or studio, it’s easy to get going because there’s only one room to worry about. Though a single room offers new sets of challenges, lofts or studios can benefit greatly from a minimalist design’s dedication to openness.
Pay great attention to the furniture choices, as this is what takes up the most space. Keep in mind, when it comes to sofas and couches, sharp lines, narrow construction and smooth curves are a minimalist staple. One way to keep minimalism consistent throughout an apartment is to find a bunch of pieces you like, come up with a plan or theme, think it through and then start to eliminate any unnecessary furniture from those you’ve picked – without sacrificing comfort, of course.
Flat surfaces, like countertops and coffee tables, should be sparse and clean, aside from maybe a few appliances or art books, respectively. Remember you want to keep only the essentials. You can always add decorative accents later.
You only want to keep a few pieces of simple furniture in the room, such as a couch, a comfortable chair or two, and a coffee table. What’s more, all of these items should be solid colors – make the hues stark whites and bold blacks for a more dramatic effect.
There should not be a lot of artwork on display – just one or two pieces at most. These works should be very simple as well, with a solid colored frame. For instance, simplistic cubist paintings and designs complement minimalism extraordinarily well. On the other hand, you can certainly keep some walls bare.
As far as window treatments go, windows can be kept bare, or treated with solid color curtains or wooden blinds. Similarly, while natural light provides a minimalist space with subtle accents, the right indoor lighting fixtures – whether strategically placed wall mounts or hanging options – from sites like We Got Lites are integral to a seamless interior design.
Decorations should be kept to a minimum as well, but feel free to add a splash of color with a standing potted plant. The natural greens will liven up the room a bit and contrast nicely with the whites, beiges and tans. Keep in mind, the rest of the room should be filled with solid, neutral colors like these.
On the surface, minimalism seems easy, but if a home is too bare, that’s just as noticeable. With these tips in tow, your new apartment will astonish, welcome and relax everyone who walks in.
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The 29 Square Meters project is the makeover of a small flat to maximize space, completed in 2012 by architecture studio 3XA, located in Wroclaw, Poland. As the name suggests, the entire apartment only covers an area of 29 square meters, which is equivalent to 312 square feet!
29 square meters is a rather small space to live in. Therefore the priority of this makeover was to maximize the space and to create an independent bedroom.
The ceiling at 3.7 meters didn’t allow the designer to create two equivalent levels, but it was possible to build a semi-mezzanine. Above the bathroom and the hallway there is a huge bed area 1.35 meters high, whereas above the wardrobe there is a passage 1.85 meters high.
Moreover, to increase space, the living room, kitchen and dining area are combined into one room. Additionally, to deceive senses, a blind door was put on one of the walls.
The slight industrial features of the painted brick walls and composite wood accents make for a clean living space, one that feels much larger than it actually is. The home’s entryway passes a bathroom on one side and wall storage hidden behind curtains on the other. It opens into a large room with a restored wood floor, comfortable seating, a desk space and a bookshelf staircase on the left.
It wraps around into a kitchen and dining area with modern appliances and attractive hanging lamps. A loft-style sleeping area peers over the flat from above, using the vertical space to squeeze more room into the 29 meter volume. In total, it’s a marvelous use of such a small space, one that makes small living a charming endeavor.
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