Kuma Nordic House | roşu – ciocodeică

Description by roşu – ciocodeică:

Located on the seafront, far from the crowdy beach but overlooking the sea, Kuma Nordic House is not only an oasis of relaxation with a breathtaking view, but also a work space full of inspiration, designed for team-building activities.
Kuma, a Danish company that creates concepts for bathrooms and kitchens, wanted to bring a touch from their home country to the Black Sea, recreating for guests and company employees the general atmosphere of Scandinavia. The flexible functional arrangement, the furniture design, the materials used and the differentiated colors on all spaces bring a fresh, dynamic and bright feeling to the design.
The house is divided into four functional areas. The entrance level, the ground floor, is dominated by the large living room, which offers a spectacular view of the Black Sea. Although instinctively the attention focuses on the panoramic opening, the interior manages to create a special atmosphere through the mirrors on the two short sides of the space, creating an impression of continuity, as a reinterpretation through architectural means of the infinity sensation which the sea landscape usually brings. The living room is divided into several functional areas, but the picture is unique, with a color based on shades of white and blue, with accents of brass, thus defining a character both elegant and relaxing at the same time.
The basement is designed for joint team-building activities. The Creative Lab, which is separated from the environment, is divided into two different areas, which can be operated independently or together. The gentle delimitation through white and blue curtains, forms two working capsules, one completely white, a genuine laboratory for purifying ideas, the other one playful and colorful, inspiring for formulating creative concepts.
The guests’ bedrooms, located on the upper floor, look towards the sea or the back garden. The spaces are intimate, treated differently, modeled after boutique hotel rooms, while maintaining simple, Nordic lines interiors. From this level you can reach the terrace covering the entire house, a true point of observation and meditation.
The furniture was provided by Intro, The Home, Maison Deco, BoConcept and Ikea, all with a simple, minimalist design, typical for Scandinavian interiors. The defining elements of the arrangement are the living room study and the grills covering the radiators, manufactured by Comprodserv EURAMA, made of gold covered metal, offering volume and texture accents, complementing the gray-white linearity with precise lines. The furniture was custom made by Linia Furniture, serving all functional spaces and providing unity for the entire assembly.
In arranging bathrooms and kitchens KUMA concepts were used, characterized by minimalist lines of black and white specific for Nordic design. In the living spaces, the products were used to make composite counter tops for the radiator covers.
The lighting fixtures from Eclectico Studio, Ioooi and Domicilio, complete the image space and contributes to the eclectic atmosphere alongside the curtains from Karo.
Vintage and modern pieces of furniture form a harmonious whole, especially through the use of light-colored flooring, a modern reinterpretation of the classic floors of northern interiors.

Design Office: roşu – ciocodeică

Location:Constanta, Romania

Photographs: Andrei Margulescu

Konforsit Edu.Suites | Renda Helin design

Description by Renda Helin design:

Konforsit Edu.Suites boys dormitory located in Eyup, İstanbul is based on two blocks of building which are a fiction venue offers students by having their own private space and another suitable one for socialising. The custom-designed suits furnished with closets, desks, kitchen niches and bed compartments for each student room.
These compartments are seperated each other by letters such as A,B,C and different concept colors to prevent the possible confusions. Bed compartments are designed also to have special drawers. All beds designed with blackout curtains preventing roommates desk lights while they work and provide privacy. Some rooms are designed in more luxurious way having with their own living room, kitchen with full equipment and terraces; balconies to be aimed to regain of home environment.
The rooms have an individuality that given the importance of creating common areas intended to improve socialization; cafe, gentlemen club with terrace, barbeque terrace, hobby kitchen, study room, computer room, mini cinema and playstation room, game park which includes table tennis, billiards, pinball and dart. Sports and health facilities are also very important for the dormitory, so there is a crossfit area, fitness area, sauna, massage room and infirmary areas are designed. These energetic of spaces in public areas, care has been taken to include positive colors,messages and every area has its own concept . Even the concept of laundry which is a horrifying thing for man who do not understand; comic hero names given to the washing machines and all areas being considered waggishly to be a unique venue for all with itself.
Concept of the cafe is that all students become the future lawyers, doctors, ceo’s etc. So it reminds to the students that it is a big decision that what they are going to be or the profession that they choose will change their lives forever. As a symbol usage of blackboards everywhere that they should also work hard for this decision. Some chairs around the longtable is the people that change the world like Tesla, Gandhi, Einstein, Bruce Lee etc. which means that every student have a power to change the world in a better way.
The exterior casing of windows are made of concept colors at the exterior of the building , are designed to cut the intense light comes from South and provide also privacy at the same time as a second task.

Design Office: Renda Helin design

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

RB House | Marcos Bertoldi Arquitetos

Design Office: Marcos Bertoldi Arquitetos

Location: Cabral, Curitiba – State of Paraná, Brazil

Photographs: Alan Weintraub

Private House | Christopher Ward Studio


Design Office: Christopher Ward Studio

Location: Reggio Emilia, Italy


CW Apartment | Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti

Description by Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti:

CW apartment is located in an area on the south part of Trento, a green and rural cameo nestled inside the urban pattern. The flat is set in a new row house surrounded by fields mostly of which are apple orchards. Nearby a farm house, from the end of the nineteenth century, together with some one storey single family houses, recently built, marks out a low population density area. The furnishing project concerns both the day area and the night one, set on the same level: the ground floor. The family, which consists of three members, expressed to the designers the double need to stay with family, cooking or relaxing, and to share convivial moments with many friends during the weekend; the dining table and the kitchen are situated on the best windowed side of the apartment: the one towards the garden. The custom made furniture of the day area creates an efficient and versatile space, flexible to the different living needs; the fireplace, visible from all of the day area, designs an intimate space, relaxing and cozy.
The design idea is inspired by the surrounding rural landscape in which nature meets human culture therefore technology: “warm” materials, such as wood, both used in the living room and kitchen’s custom made furniture, are made “cooler” by white shades of lacquering. On the contrary “cool” materials, such as resins and paints, used for the floor and ceiling, are made “warmer” by using a neutral colour, the dove-grey. The white colour of the walls underlines the spatial continuity of the rooms and, at the same time, divides and highlights the warm and neutral colour of the floor and ceiling. The day area is characterized by the use of glass, as an element both of separation and union, it makes possible to divide the three functional space (entryway, kitchen and living room) and it guarantees a visual and perceivable continuity.
The lightning design revolves around the use of few LED track lighting fixtures, recessed from the line of the ceiling: they “wash” the walls whit light and create an evoking nonetheless “abstract” atmosphere. The only exception, on which the gaze is focused, is a pendant light suspended above the dining table, around which the family meets and shares time, good food and memories.

Design Office: Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti

Location: Trento, Italy

Photographs: Carlo Baroni

Loft BF 109 | Ando Studio


Design Office: Ando Studio

Location: New York, Usa


“Boathouse” Apartment | Bean Buro

Design Office: Bean Buro

Location: Hong Kong


Esters Apartment | Bruzkus Batek Architekten


Description by Bruzkus Batek Architekten:

Bruzkus Batek’s design ideas found an ideal stage in the remodelling and renovation of Ester Bruzkus’s own apartment. A bright and extensive space was created offering Ester Bruzkus a place of both openness and retreat.
The apartment consists of a sunny, loft-style room with concrete floors and ceilings that extends through from one façade to the other. The architectural prelude to the apartment is the freestanding kitchen block with a large work surface of polished statuario marble, also used to clad the niche in the wall of cupboards behind.
Connecting though, the dining and living area extends the full depth of the building. Here extensive built-in furniture hides all elements that could detract from the clarity. The 40cm deep and 180cm wide structural offsets in floor and ceiling heights on both sides of the building seem to create an intermediate zone between the internal and external space. The podium and the balcony on the street side of the apartment have a fine view towards the Berlin TV tower.
Centrally located, the black bath-box can be accessed via two doors, either from the entrance zone or from the bedroom. Painted black on the outside, the wall towards the living room becomes a backdrop for pictures by Niki Elbe, the artist. Inside the box, the walls are clad in slabs of large-format statuario marble with a strong grain – complemented by a waxed and polished concrete floor. The antique-pink built-in cupboards create both generous storage space and an interesting colour contrast. Spatial tension is held in the shift in floor heights that reappears here in the bathroom where the shower is a couple of steps higher.
The architects increased the depth of the existing change in floor height towards the courtyard side of the apartment. The sleeping area is located here, walled with oiled, lightly structured oak cladding. A reading area with a small library supplements the quiet zone, which can be divided from the living area with a five-leaf folding wall. Inspiration for the project came from the traditional Japanese house where changes in room heights are used to differentiate public from private space.

A convincing design was created here, demonstrating the material interaction of concrete, marble and timber in an exemplary way, and allowing Bruzkus Batek to present the essence of their work – also to their clients.

Design Office: Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Location: Germany

Photographs: Jens Bosenberg

Courtyard House | Robson Rak Architects

Description byRobson Rak Architects:

Behind an unassuming façade, the Courtyard house opens up to reveal a pared back design response, mixed with luxurious materials, and practical detailing. This existing building has been altered and extended, with the interior design responding to our client’s love of Japanese architecture and rituals.

The site is 7.5m by 46m with minimal street presence wedged amongst two large double storey residences. Our design response was to create two large courtyard spaces that brought light and greenery into all living areas, and created a much larger interior space that continues to surprise as one moves through the house. The brief called for a complete modernisation and re-fit of an 80’s home. The client’s wish was for a restrained material palette and a strong connection with nature.

Modern amenities such as a lift, cellar, and butlers pantry were added to the house along with furniture and fittings that would bring the building up to the desired current standards. Linearity is achieved by methods such as built in seating and joinery, created to avoid interrupting this flow with superfluous furniture. Every room has a strong connection with nature; even the cellar we created with leather banquette seating has a low window looking out to the courtyard whilst also limiting sun exposure to the wine. As an integral aspect of our design response, we collaborated closely with a landscaper (Ed Purcey) on the external spaces to create the desired outcome of reflection and relaxation. The house opens to the outside and embraces the elements, resulting in the feel of a much larger space.

The interior design contains many hidden and built in elements that allow the rituals of life to be carried out with ease and no fuss. For example, at the entrance, a long joinery unit cantilevers into a bench that functions as a seat. When one enters the house, they can sit on this bench seat, remove their shoes, and place them in the drawers in the joinery unit, like a contemporary getabako shelf. The remarkable aspect of this building is that one can exist within it and feel quite removed from the noise and stress of day to day life that is situated on their doorstep. It is a building to experience life, and take refuge from life. The constant connection to nature is prevalent, even in spaces one would least expect it from. For example, one can sit comfortably in a dimly lit cellar and still have a view and relationship to the courtyard.

Design Office: Robson Rak Architects

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Apartment in Spain | Rubio and Ros

Description by Rubio and Ros:

In the studio we thought about an open space where a light iron folded sheet replace the massive volume of the existing staircase, serving as a basis for redistributing the entire house. The starting point was to make the ladder a special object, a key element that does not interrupt the space, an element that would dialogue with the space and shares with it a discreet role. The ladder becomes thus the leitmotif, dividing into two floors the 177 m2 of this house situated into a building from the early twentieth century, in the neighborhood of La Seu. The house has marvellous views of the historical city center of Valencia from the two terraces.

As far as the realization of the Project is concerned , we have used noble materials such as hardwood, Encaustic tiles (designed by Rubio and Ros especially for the occasion and produced by Enticdesigns), European walnut, brass, glass or wool and silk carpets. The timber cover the space, providing content and density. Its shell and solid presence is balanced with elements of lighter shades. The visual structure of the atmosphere is completed by the brightness of the vertical array of hexagons made in delicate brass; The right expression for a low ambient light space.

The good harmony with the clients allows the studio to evaluate the results: when they come to Valencia, the interior designers Isabel Rubio and Ros Amparo tend to meet them, so they can see how they strengthen its relationship with the housing and the way the house is adjusting itself as a piece of tailor. “You can not always be witness to how the materials and spaces develope and, let’s face it, not always the evolution of the use is positive. In this case, it is undoubtedly. The patina on the brass rail manifests this life: the clients inhabiting.

Design Office: Rubio and Ros

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs: Asier Rua

Restaurant ACME | Luchetti Krelle

Description by Luchetti Krelle:

ACME makes the most of the building’s existing features and heritage. The brief, a refined yet casual space where the food is the hero.
A pared back and considered design, the restaurant is split into 3 distinct spaces over 2 levels. The front bar is a casual dining experience, high top tables and window seating open to the streetscape and passers-by. The surrounding walls have been left untreated, showing glimpses of exposed plaster and stripped paint. Within the formal dining space, dark timber banquette seating sits amongst fresh painted walls complimenting the rough plaster of the front bar and an open kitchen maintains the casual attitude of the restaurant.
Downstairs the private dining room is a raw and intimate retreat. A private cellar that offers diners an exclusive space with existing walls exposed and the sandstone fireplace left intact. An island bench offers an informal meeting space for private diners to gather before their meal, guests are then ushered towards the custom-made extendable table, striking in its design, the table offers collapsible ends that raise and lower dependent upon group size.

Design Office: Luchetti Krelle

Location:Rushcutters Bay, Australia

Photographs: Michael Wee

Modern Home in Ukraine | Yevhen Zahorodnii & Sivak Trigubchak

Design Office: Yevhen Zahorodnii & Sivak Trigubchak

Location: Ukraine

Casa Ljungdahl | NOTE Design Studio

Description by NOTE Design Studio:

Note has made its first private residence project. It is a large loft in Stockholm, in the area of Södermalm called Sofo. The house dates from the 1930s and went through many renovation during the years.

When it was our turn to renew the the 200 square meter apartment our first step was to simplify everything we felt was too much, in terms of dimensions and materials. The task was to create a relaxed, soft environment and the main interior feature is a dark, low-lying base line that runs like a unifying horizon through the whole apartment.

The blue-gray line works as a storage unit and becomes a base for the ceiling height to shoot off from. We utilize the loft’s steep niches in a simple way by filling them with really deep drawers. This framing of the rooms create a classic salon atmosphere, and becomes a wink to architecture of the old days.

All walls and ceilings are painted in apricot pink and sandy beige tones which gives a soft, hazy atmosphere, creating a dynamic but gentle contrast to the blue-gray base. Nothing in the apartment is white!!

Our client’s wish was for us to design a homely, yet representable interior. A place to live everyday family life, to be private, but with the possibility to be professional. A place to invite both business associates and good friends. Warm, welcoming, soft. Our client travels across the world – and so does her guests – which inspired a space of international character.

In the beginning of the project we found three images which together became the foundation of the expression. The motifs: a brown cashmere coat, a pair of sand-colored sneakers and a plaza in Rome. Stylish but relaxed with an international look resistant to time. We looked for inspiration in environments with timeless character in elaborate and classic rooms. Spaces built in indelible, finely worked materials with carefully composed color palettes. We’ve aspired to reach a certain mood rather than a concept.

Design Office: NOTE Design Studio

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Photographs: NOTE Design Studio

House in an Urban Jungle | Dreimeta Armin Fischer


Design Office: Dreimeta Armin Fischer

Location: Augsburg, Germany

Photographs: Steve Herud

The Beach Box | Weststyle Design & Development


Design Office: Weststyle Design & Development

Location: Australia



Description by GASPARBONTA:

STUDIO LOFT is a delicate flat in downtown Budapest. Originally a studio of a well-known hungarian painter, this flat has all the right features to be a contemporary loft home. The huge central space which contains the kitchen and the living room is accompanied by two bedrooms with separate bathrooms each and a small, invisible storage space.

Naturally, the visually most engaging part is the enormous window in the central space, which is almost 4 by 4 meters. The flat happens to be located on a corner of Budapest’s central park area, Városliget, which is currently being transformed into a multi-layered cultural and recreational park (the Liget Budapest project).

The interior design concept is based on using the existing industrial features and combine them with clear geometry, raw and honest materials, like iron, concrete and wood to create a smooth, airy, empty space. Then add some colorful furnitures and art pieces and finally, add some unique lighting solutions, to perfect the visual consistency.

Design Office: GASPARBONTA

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Photographs: Balint Jaksa Photography

Summer house in Paros, Greece | Alexandros Logodotis

Description by Alexandros Logodotis:

Daylight reveals the plasticity of tumor and white colors as watercolors have spread in selected areas, while at night the lights in headlights and other details throughout the building becomes a supernatural setting, hovering over the pool. The orientation is East and spaces organized in turn by the sun to “live” the best of their era: the outdoor kitchen has shade in the afternoon to be able to enjoy a meal in peace. The building appears to volume configured by touch, without straights and tight corners – as if it was slowly over time, with the wind and rain. The smooth curves and holes, the white Cycladic which eliminates the strong light and color harmonies, is what characterizes the area “breathe” the breeze coming through the openings. The center of gravity of the house seems to be the staircase stands like a sculpture. Patiti, gray concrete into alternating with marble tiling and signage in the area around the pool, sand-colored, covered the floors. The house and minimal ergonomic, ideal for anyone who went immediately into the atmosphere, which is something ethereal and water together. Accountable designed built shelves in the living room, a dining room buffet abstract and built beds, without spikes. The minimum-which has nothing but the usual rigor than tenderness and eroticism, is what fits the temperament of their owners and possibly only “ties” with such an advantageous position, as the Cyclades.


Design Office: Alexandros Logodotis

Location: Paros Island, Cyclades, Greece


Italian Restaurant “FRATELLI” | dumdum design


Design Office: dumdum design

Location: Casablanca, Morocco

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Harbour Front Residence | Hess Hoen

Design Office: Hess Hoen

Location: New South Wales, Australia