The Desert House is an organic modern estate that has been designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, situated in Joshua Tree, California. Comprised of 4,643 square feet of living space, work begun on the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home started in 1988 and was completed in 1993. The sprawling residence is nestled on 10 acres of desert landscape, sheltered by large boulders. The interiors were meticulously designed by John Vugrin. The end result is a dwelling in concrete, steel, glass, and copper, flawlessly blending in with its rocky landscape.
This spectacular home is currently listed for sale at $3 million, from here.
The most important architectural house you may have never seen. It is physically of the desert, a part of its surroundings. The strength of the hard and rugged protective shell exterior is drawn from the desert. The interior is a warm intimate space of flowing organic shapes wrapping gently around its inhabitants. Light enters through continuous openings that separate the towering concrete panels. The textures provide the touch and feel of the desert as materials were meticulously selected from the desert. The property highlights the masculine and feminine forms that are the hallmark of organic architecture.
This waterfront mid-century modern home features spectacular mountain and lake views, situated in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle. This house was custom built read more
Iconic mid-century modern design is once again a trending interior style. The look is characterized by its functional simplicity, open layout and geometrical accents. Many homeowners are incorporating these retro features with their contemporary interiors for fashion-forward homes.
To achieve the mid-century modern style, integrate these four elements.
1. Functional Layout
Mid-century modern style includes clean lines and no clutter. Begin by clearing out any unnecessary trinkets, making sure each piece of furniture has a purpose. Arrange the room in a spacious, open layout with clear seating areas, orderly tabletops, wide walkways and plenty of livable space. For new furniture, opt for low-slung pieces with limited hardware.
2. Natural Materials
Another basic element of the mid-century look is the incorporation of natural materials. Architecture of the era worked within the context of nature, embracing large windows and exposed beams. Interiors feature media such as wood, glass, concrete, leather and metal wherever possible. Brass accents are highly popular, whether included as starburst wall art or accents on the legs of tables and chairs. Metal furniture leg caps, also known as ferrules and sabots, can be specially ordered online to add mid-century modern flair to current furniture.
3. Geometrical Features
Another material commonly featured in mid-century modern design is plastic. Although the style calls for clean lines, many retro homes include wild geometric shapes made from metal or plastic. Some iconic pieces are egg chairs, tulip tables or bubble lamps. These elements are typically sleek with limited legs or hardware. In a streamlined room, a single geometric pendant lamp adds a striking statement.
4. Retro Colors
Although the general tone of mid-century modern design is neutral due to its natural elements, retro style is also colorful. Designs might include numerous colors in a single room, but most hues incorporate a shade of brown to complement the earthy tones. Because the style was initially popularized throughout the lengthy timeframe of the 1950s and 1960s, color selections range vastly. Common palettes pair a bright tint with a darker shade. Bold hues include pastels such as powder blue, butter yellow and pale pink with warmer tones of navy blue, olive green and burgundy. Walls are either white or another neutral hue while expansive windows welcome natural light.
These four elements help master the mid-century modern design, whether homeowners are decorating a newly-purchased house, updating a long-term property for resale, pairing interior design with home architecture or invigorating a new construction property with historical flair. The mid-century modern style creates inviting and spacious designs that continue to withstand the test of time.
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Villa Chamade is a minimalist and contemporary estate situated just a few minutes away from the center of Cannes, France and the prestigious Cap d’Antibes, a perfect compound for your French Riviera holidays. This property has a commanding hillside position on 3,400 square meters of land, featuring sumptuous panoramic views of the bay and the Lerins Islands. This attractive luxury residence offers 7,104 square feet (660 square meters) of living space with its six en-suite bedrooms, meticulously designed spacious living room and two kitchens for summer and winter time.
Exuding a feeling of spaciousness throughout the residence, the interiors have been designed in a highly contemporary manner, with diverse finishes. The array of textures creates a welcoming and dynamic ambiance. If all these were not enough to define a striking French Riviera home, you will also be enjoying a gorgeous pool overlooking the bay with its jacuzzi, a spa and hamman which completes the perfect picture.
Villa Chamade is currently listed for sale on Sotheby’s, with the price is available on request.
Casbah Cove is a luxury designed Moroccan riad by Gordon Stein Design, nestled in Palm Desert, California’s most upscale gated community, Bighorn Golf Club. The golf course offers two award-winning 18-hole courses, bocce ball court, tennis courts, and more. Relaxing has never been so easy, with a bevy of treatments offered at Bighorn’s full-service spa. Casbah Cove is likely the most innovative home in the desert, built high on a hill of the canyon side of Bighorn, surrounded on three sides of BLM land with unobstructed views of snowy mountains and glittering valley lights below.
Ascend the winding driveway, dotted with Moroccan gas lanterns, to reach the oversized motor court adorned with date palms submerged in a sweeping water feature. The impressive main entrance boasts enormous sliding doors that articulate the workmanship consistent throughout the home. Craftsmen from Morocco spent many months at Casbah Cove estate, carving wood, stone, plaster and brass. Step through the doors and observe an expanse of jaw-dropping mountain and valley views. In the foyer, the sliding doors are flanked with dual fireplaces and overhead you have star-shaped skylights. A truly amazing 30′x40′ retractable glass ceiling over the courtyard.
Price and showings on request from Bighorn Properties.
This stunning 16,800 square foot property has the following amenities: 4 Bedrooms, including detached, separate guest house with kitchen area and private entrances; 5 full baths, two half baths; giant unfinished room could be two bedrooms with two baths, a gym, indoor theater, etc. Plans available or will built to suit; 3 outdoor dining areas, 8 fireplaces, vanishing walls of glass in library and master, outdoor shower, guest living room with hidden kitchen, second kitchen for catering, elevator walls lined with mother of pearl, adorned with a TV and music control pad, 9 built in flat screen TV’s plus movie theater, guest rooms with a large, private outdoor area, upstairs bar with wine storage, refrigerator, icemaker and sink, temperature controlled wine cellar that accommodates (??) bottles, three car + two golf cart garage, stone slabs, Moroccan tiles and Siberian oak floors, radiant heated floors in master and most common areas of the home.
Unparalleled privacy allows you to enjoy both your 75′ lap infinity pool and also the 40′ round swimming pool for sunning. There is a Hammam spa with steam room and built ins. Landscaping featuring date palms, mature olive trees, birds of paradise, secret garden of white rosebushes, and much more. Hookah room features seating for twenty, with disappearing doors, overlooking the preserved mountainside. With a touch of a button, a 20 foot screen raises from the ground to change traditional movie watching into a truly spectacular experience. Whether you’re having a party for 20 or 200, Casbah Cove can easily accommodate all of your guests!
Imagine being whisked away to the most opulent, exotic destination in Marrakech: The consistent sun and arid warmth envelops your body as you step out of a seventy-five foot, salt water lap pool lined with black granite. You reach for a cool, refreshing cocktail, as king palm trees sway overhead. Now, imagine that you only had to travel two hours from Los Angeles to get there. When you combine the countless amenities with top-notch security, stunning grounds of lavish landscaping, and a younger median age of residents, it adds up to a resort community that is a little more ‘hip’ than hip replacement.
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Spotted on Sotheby’s, this stunning duplex penthouse features brilliant light, quality craftsmanship and timeless design mingled together to create a one of a kind on Greenwich Street, New York. This three bedroom loft offers 4,500 square feet of interior living with an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space and private elevator. Upon entering the loft you find classic open-style loft living with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls, skylights, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and home office. The skylit chef’s kitchen features a 5-burner Miele cooktop, double ovens, Sub-Zero and Italian granite counter tops. A spectacular cantilevered solid oak and steel staircase leads to a stunning master suite, with dressing room, spacious bath, kitchenette, and living room. Experience unparalleled indoor/outdoor living with breathtaking water views via floor to ceiling windows that slide open to the terrace. Outside are multiple entertaining areas, & top notch materials such as IPE decking, granite sandstone, hot tub, custom lighting and irrigation systems.
This spectacular New York penthouse is listed for sale at $8,995,000, from here.
This charming and compact apartment spotted on Alvhem offers a very space efficient and functional floor plan with plenty of natural light in Stockholm, Sweden. The flat is situated in a property that was built in 1935, with many beautiful functionalist attributes well preserved. Thirties and functionalism is known for its sparse and uncluttered style of architecture and the look and feel has been preserved in the apartment. Large windows, high ceilings and decorative moldings are in good condition and tastefully preserved.
The cozy 764 square feet (71 square meters) home welcomes you upon entrance, with the colorful entryway opening to an open floor plan. The living room is characterized by space and light and well-proportioned surfaces. Next to the living room is the spacious master bedroom that has a fabulous corner position offering lots of light and large glazed balcony doors. Original oak parquet flooring graces the space. The bed is framed nicely with wallpaper from Ferm Living and the other walls are painted white. The balcony is surrounded by an elegant balustrade of wrought iron which can be enjoyed by many wonderful evenings in spring and summer!
The fully functional kitchen is accessed from the hall, with kitchen furniture in country style and white tile mosaic above the work surfaces and cabinets made of oak. The kitchen contains a small breakfast table and the original wooden floor creates an authentic atmosphere.
Next door to the kitchen is a very cozy room that is currently used as a children’s room . There is an old opening between this room and the master bedroom that opens up if you want direct access between the two rooms. White painted walls and oak parquet flooring.
Chameleon villa offers unique architecture and design in the exclusive area of Son Vida, Spain with breathtaking views to the sea, the city and the harbor of Palma. Spotted on Sotheby’s, the Chameleon house is comprised of 26,867 square feet (2,496 square meters) of living space with 10 bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The villa attracts through its exceptional light effects, which accomplish a true miracle of light; finest crystal on which surface has been installed with a special LED technology that can be programmed in its colors corresponding to your wish. The villa consists of three buildings. The main house is divided into three floors with living room, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. The second building offers the pool, wellness and fitness area. The third building is used as the guest house with 200 m2 of living space.
Special features of this exceptional villa includes, wine cellar/grotto, water view, various terraces/outdoor space, immaculate gardens, steam room, staff quarters, steam spa/hot tub, indoor and outdoor pool, gym, media room/home theater, prestige fitted kitchen, lift, living and dining room with fireplace, library, laundry room, stone floors, underfloor heating throughout, intelligence system, electric gates, installed music system and security system, as well as a guest apartment and garage.
This spectacular property is listed for sale from here.
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This sensational cedar and glass house is one of nine secluded homes constructed around the edge of Little Lovett Bay, an inlet accessible only by boat less than an hour from Sydney. The open living room has timber floors and a wood-burning stove. The kitchen is connected to the outdoor deck with folding timber windows, and skylights bring in sunlight filtered through the spotted gum trees that surround the house. The countertops are granite, and the stainless steel sink and drain board match the stainless steel gas appliances. A built-in bookcase holds cookbooks. The ground floor has two guest bedrooms and a full bath. There is an additional downstairs room that could be used as a bedroom or a formal living room. The master suite is upstairs, and includes a bedroom with a peaked ceiling, an en suite bathroom with a soaking tub and a sitting area. A walkway suspended above the living room connects the master suite with another bedroom and an office nook.
This spectacular five-bedroom house is on the market for $2 million (2.25 million Australian dollars.)
Kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras frequent the national park behind the house.
Timber-framed folding doors in the living room and kitchen lead to a deck that overlooks the bay.
The living room has timber floors and a wood-burning stove. Above, a sky walk connects the bedrooms on either side of the house.
Large windows and skylights in the kitchen frame a view of the spotted gum trees that surround the house.
Another view of the deck. The house was built ten years ago.
A ground floor bedroom behind the kitchen has direct access to the deck.
The sky walk on the second floor leads to the study, with a guest bedroom beyond.
A skylight bathes the master bedroom with natural light.
One of two guest bedrooms on the ground floor.
The dining room windows face the back of the house and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a wild expanse of pristine bush.
This extra room on the ground floor is currently configured as a den.
The property has a guesthouse with a sleeping loft, a full bathroom and a kitchenette.
The house is one of nine on a secluded inlet north of Sydney. There is no road access to the house. It’s ten minutes by boat to Church Point, and from there it’s a 45 minute drive to Sydney’s Central Business District.
Some of the world’s most iconic names in architecture and design are turning their attention to the Philippines. Giorgio Armani, the houses of Versace and Missoni, Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox, and Daniel Libeskind are all doing projects in the country.
This is thanks in part to the efforts of Robbie Antonio, managing director and head of international collaborations of Century Properties Group—a real estate firm that is best known for its upscale projects like Essensa East Forbes in Taguig.
Robbie Antonio pursued partnerships with these iconic designers and brands for Century Properties.
The partnerships with Versace Home and MissoniHome have resulted in the two iconic design house’s home brands to interior-design Century’s Milano Residences and Acqua Livingstone, respectively. The outcome has been nothing less than fabulous—with each of the fashion house’s design aesthetics clearly imprinted in the interiors of the buildings.
Yoo inspired by Starck, the company founded by French designer Philippe Starck and British property developer John Hitchcox, meanwhile, is designing the Acqua Iguazu building. The exclusive sky deck, aptly called the Cielo, is something to behold with its Wonder Bar/Library, Dining Area, Movie Room, Pool and Lobby done in signature Starck style: sensually-engaging and intellectually-stimulating.
Last year, Robbie Antonio added another feather to the Century cap by successfully sealing a partnership with no less than two of the biggest names in international design—Giorgio Armani through his home and interior design brand Armani/Casa and award-winning architectural designer Daniel Libeskind.
Giorgio Armani needs no introduction as he has, for decades, been one of the leading names in fashion design and his Armani/Casa extends his classy, sophisticated aesthetic into home and living products. Libeskind, meanwhile, is best known for his one-of-a-kind architectural designs of several museums in Europe and North America and residential and commercial projects in different parts of the globe. He, too, is best known for winning the reconstruction design competition of the World Trade Center in New York.
In bringing these big names to the Philippines, Robbie Antonio and Century Properties are further enhancing the country’s image as the next luxury residential destination in Southeast Asia.