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.
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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.
The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) waterfront, is one of the largest poured concrete buildings in Brooklyn, New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500 square foot penthouse apartment boasting a breathtaking quadrangular view of New York city. The custom kitchen, designed by Canova for a renovation by developer David Walentas, founder of Two Trees Management Company, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity. With Italian sense of aesthetics, the kitchen has been conceived both to perfectly suit a dream domus and to create a winning combination with the atmosphere of the four clocks. A provocative infusion where the kitchen stems out as a full-relief sculpture in the middle of this dream apartment. This penthouse was originally listed for $25 million in 2009, but was price-chopped down to $18 million by the Corcoran real estate team. If it sells, it would be one of the most expensive homes ever purchased in Brooklyn.
Some incredible features includes, solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway.
The tower has four famous 14-foot-tall glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views.
A highlight to the home is the soaring ceilings, averaging between 16 and 50 feet high.
The entire penthouse measures at just under 7,000 square feet, so you would have tons of space for entertaining.
The home has 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here you can see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The kitchen was custom designed by Canova with white lacquer cabinets, and sandstone and stainless steel countertops.
It also has top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.
The home has three spacious bedroom with private baths, but this one is an obvious favorite with its his-and-hers sinks and gorgeous soaking tub. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan.
The en-suite bath offers fabulous views of the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub.
Additional features includes a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck which also showcases views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Spotted on Skeppsholmen, this charming small apartment is cozy and welcoming, featuring a fabulous rooftop terrace with stunning city views in Östermalm, Sweden. Comprised of 602 square feet (56 square meters) with a living room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The home was built with the highest standards with designed lighting and several site-built features. The kitchen has white countertops of Carrera marble and a dining area which can accommodate 4-6 diners. The living room offers plenty of natural light and access to the private terrace. The living room is flanked by a very cozy bedroom with separate walk-in closet. Lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and wall mounted toilet. There is plenty of integrated storage solutions, as well as two closets, perfect for a small space!
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.
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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 meticulously decorated apartment, spotted on Alvhem, is situated in Linnéstaden, Sweden. The fully renovated 914 square foot (85 square meters) home features carefully selected materials and color schemes with a wonderful open floor plan with the perfect balance between social spaces and secluded private rooms. The renovation extends from the details such as dimmer switches to delicious wallpaper and clever storage solutions. The main living spaces feature wide plank flooring, bright white paint and large windows providing plenty of natural light, blurring the lines between indoors and out. A spacious and cozy balcony with wonderful afternoon sunshine can be accessed from both the living room and one of the bedrooms. The tastefully designed kitchen is a chef’s dream, with plenty of workspace, storage and lighting. With lavish home appliances, cabinets with classic white doors with walnut edging and compact black laminate countertops. There are also two bedrooms, a stylish bathroom, a home office that is between the two bedrooms but can also be used as a bedroom and a laundry room with a wine chiller.
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.
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