La Casa Del Tempo (The House of Time) is situated in Venice, Italy on the Grand Canal. This colorful apartment interior was designed in 2010 by Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design for a couple of collectors of contemporary art, which has been installed by a unique picture hanging system. With high ceilings, exposed beams and a wonderful open plan design, this light-filled home features spectacular views over the canal.
Photos: Giorgio Baroni
David Howell Design brings us this incredible apartment located in the Sugar Warehouse building in Tribeca, New York. The first action the design team took was to reclaim some classic loft elements that had been obscured. Exterior brick was exposed and the grand height was accentuated. A key component was a generously large kitchen for the chef owner. Additionally the master bathroom was pulled from the small-scale interior of the apartment into the prime space with high ceilings. With small windows in the massive brick facade, natural light was limited. New lighting throughout helped to supplement the limited daytime sun while creating a warm inviting setting at night.
This stunning luxury apartment has been designed by world renowned architect /designer Robert Couturier on the 59th floor of the Metropolitan Tower skyscraper, New York. The 4,4198 square foot living space features an open art gallery feeling that captivates you upon entrance. The museum-quality selection of contemporary furnishings complemented by reflective surfaces, bleached oakwood floors and a glass-curtain wall overlooking Central Park enhances this ultra-modern home. The pristine eat-in kitchen with custom built white lacquered and opaque glass cabinetries compliments the open lofty feeling of the apartment.
Along the south wing of the home, the master suite offers a sitting room, his and hers bathroom, generous closet space and is replete with sumptuous pleated velvet wallpaper, and an Art Deco inspired liquid metal and resin patented panel depicting the New York skyline. Also in the south wing of the home is an additional guest suite. The north wing of the home with its own private entrance, a secondary master suite with a glamorous bathroom, wet bar, dressing room, and a spacious sitting room. An additional bedroom with a hall bath and two elegant powder rooms completes the north wing of the home. This incredible home also offers audio, lighting, temperature and window treatment controlled through the Creston system.
In the heart of Linnéstaden, Sweden is this stylish apartment full of inspirational design. The home features 807 square feet (75 square meters) of living space with a living room with high ceilings, large communal kitchen, two bedrooms and a spacious wrought iron balcony adjacent to the kitchen. Entering through the hallway into the home, there are impressive high ceilings and white smooth walls, combined with delicious wallpaper from Cole & Son. The floor is made up of dark gray Italian ceramic tiles with underlying warmth, perfect during the cold and slushy months. Further into the hallway is oak parquet flooring, which will continue uninterrupted throughout the home.
Straight from the hallway is an open kitchen which runs at an angle and is open to the dining area which creates an airy atmosphere. There is plenty of room for a large dining table and late-night dinners with friends, great feature in this apartment. The living room is at the other end of the apartment, with two tall windows, it offers plenty of natural light to flood the home. The walls are lined with striped wallpaper in two white tones. The bedrooms are on each side of the balcony, one of which is characterized by a rounded designed brick wall, adding a warm tone to the otherwise gray walls. The second bedroom is papered with bright walls and three white wardrobes. Via
This charming apartment we spotted on Alvhem boasts high ceilings and unique design features, situated in Vasastaden, Stockholm, Sweden. The 1,087 square foot home has been beautifully preserved with a welcoming entryway and spacious floor plan consisting of a living room/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom. The flooring throughout the main living spaces consists of orginal plank wood floors. The open living and dining area is perfect for entertaining. The bedroom is spacious and harmonious with a quite courtyard location. The wallpaper gives a romantic atmosphere and the contrast blends nicely against the white painted planks on the floor.
After receiving some positive feedback on the DIY-inspired home we featured here, we decided to feature another unique home that was designed by an industrial design student who is just 27 years old and lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ron Benshoshan and his girlfriend had just purchased their first apartment and the place was in need of a major overhaul, so they decided to do all the renovations themselves. The 65 square meters apartment was built in the 70’s, the couple wished to have a contemporary yet functional design that is attractive and comfortable. With a limited budget and a short time frame, the project was daunting as everything needed to be replaced. Due to the budgetary constraints, it led the couple in a new direction, consisting of hand crafting and building the majority of the items that are featured in the project. It took approximately two months to complete.
Here is a description of the project from the homeowners, “In short we re-did the whole place: Tore down the wall in the kitchen opening it up to the living room and dining area. United the bathroom making one long and spacious bathroom. Made the bedroom bigger by closing an indoor balcony. A bar that comes out of the wall. I personally designed and built most of the items seen in the pictures: Large wall clock, floating unit below the TV, round table and red chairs, table, pipe lamp and the cats playing area which is hung in the red room, faucet in the bathroom, wooden bar, lights in the living room (with red cords)
bed and side table in bedroom.” Via
Be sure to take a look at the before pictures at the bottom of the page to get an idea of how much work went into creating this incredible space! If you want to see more images with before and after’s, be sure to check out Ron’s website here. Please leave us some feedback on what you think of this project. What was your favorite part of the design? Anything that didn’t work for you?
PHOTOS PRIOR TO RENOVATION:
Photos: Ron Benshoshan
This ultra-funky apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil is chalk full of color which helps to make everything seem so much larger. Spotted on Casa, this small living space is only 700 square feet (65 square meters) but with an abundance of light and color, the home feels spacious and cozy. This combination is the big hit of this interior project, which was carried out by the architect and designer Adriana Yazbek. The apartment was originally compartmentalized, which made the rooms dark and unlivable. Adriana opened one of the two rooms and joined to the living room, organizing the office. The door was taken out of the bedroom and exchanged with a curtain to add privacy and separate the space. The flooring was replaced with wood in the dry areas and blue cement in the kitchen and colorful tiling in the bathroom.
Photos: Marco Antonio
This loft conversion has been designed by architecture studio Dalibor Hlavacek and is situated in Prague, in a corner apartment house built in the thirties. The attic is northeast oriented, facing the street. Originally, it was used for drying laundry. The basic disposition concept reacts to the configuration of the surrounding urban environment. The “social” quarters utilize a view of the Stromovkapark and a Zoo in Troja, the bedroom part is placed in front of a high-grown lime-tree. The tree obstructs a view from the opposite buildings and helps cool the interior in the summer.
The concept arises from two contradictory requirements; an effort towards the most effective usage of limited floor space, and at the same time, the creation of a clear, generous space. The loft apartment is therefore conceived as a duplex apartment; the kitchen – living room is two-storey and offers a view into the roof construction. The quiescent part of the disposition (bedroom, bathroom and toilette) is spanned with an open gallery containing a study.
If need should arise the study can be used as a guest-room. In the future, the gallery will function as the parents’ bedroom and the present bedroom will be changed into a children’s room. The gallery is accessed via staircase and a steel footbridge, creating an intimate “promenade architecturale”, thus enabling perception of the elevated living-room space and the gallery space from different perspective.
The goal of the design was to create a clean interior without decorative overkill. Every centimeter of space is used as storage space. The staircase to the gallery also functions as a kitchen unit, a gas boiler and a bookcase are placed into the niches between chimneys. The kitchen was designed with great care. Even though it is small, it offers all the necessary surfaces and spaces. Kitchen cabinet doors are made of oak veneer, the worktop is patinous granite neroassoluto, appliances and holds are stainless-steel.The rare-facing panel of the kitchen is lined with glass of the same tincture as the upper cabinets.
The interior material solution creates a dialogue between rough surface of the original brick chimney walls and the clean contours of plasterboard constructions. Mass of the sanitary space is clearly distinguished by gray plaster inviting to be touched. Floors and solitaire furniture are oak; the inbuilt furniture is white varnished.
On the gallery, two working tables are placed into the space between windows, offering a view of the roofs of the opposite houses. Four window triplets of roof windows with low-energy glass illuminate the entire loft space. The windows minimize the need for artificial lighting and help to create a feeling of interior airiness. Outside screens are connected to an intelligent electronic system and in the summer protect the interior from overheating.
Inbuilt wardrobes form an entire bedroom wall as well as a gallery wall. An electric switchboard is part of the inbuilt furniture.
Bathroom cabinet harbors a washing machine and a drier. Space above the toilet holds cleaners and closet literature.
Photos: Filip Slapal
This intriguing Brooklyn Brownstone Apartment was designed by the talented design firm of Kelly Behun | STUDIO. With wood flooring throughout, except for tiling in the kitchen and bathroom, no details have been overlooked. Original ornate wood moldings have been preserved and given a brand new coat of white paint. The entryway features a unique detail with funky graffiti to greet you into the warm and cozy home. Designer furnishings helps to update the historical space mixed with unique decor that adds character. The interiors work in synergy to evoke a harmonious ambiance that creates a fun and playful living environment.
Kelly Behun|STUDIO is an interior design firm specializing in residential design that operates on a laboratory model where experimentation is encouraged and collaborations with contemporary artists produce pioneering designs for the home. STUDIO provides a very hands on approach with specialized services that produce customized environments unique to each client.
Photos: Douglas Friedman
Clifton View 7 is a spectacular contemporary property designed by Antoni Associates in Cape Town, South Africa. The scope of the project was to do a gut renovation to the two-story apartment and re-configure the interior layout to further accommodate more spaces in the program, including four bedrooms, en-suite, gym, entertainment cocktail bar, cinema room and wine cellar. The site is perched over dramatic boulders and the Atlantic Ocean and experiences sweeping views of the Clifton beaches as well as the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
Here is a description of the project from the architects, “Access is gained to the apartment on the upper level. The dining room, living room and kitchen are open plan and have direct access to the extensive terrace. The open plan dining area acts as a pivotal focal point between the spiral staircase and the main entertainment space. The success of the space is a culmination of bespoke detailing, unexpected stylistic juxtapositions and dramatic artworks.”
The pool bar leads onto the swimming pool and spa terrace with uninterrupted views of the seascape. The infinity pool allows the eye to flow from the pool to the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
Moving through the apartment is a journey of styles and ideas that all fuse together to make the apartment a tailored and personally nuanced space. This tailored look was achieved by avoiding over use of recognizable brand names; the clients instead were keen to create one off signature pieces through the OKHA Design Studio.
A feature spiral stair was introduced to link the two levels of the apartment. Feature timber screens extend from the upper level through the upper volume to contain this circulation space.
Lighting design is an important feature in any project. Bold and discreet lighting was specified in conjunction to create a powerful ‘wow’ factor and layering of lighting was used to set various moods throughout.
Photos: Adam Letch