BBeyond Exclusive Architecture and Design (2020)

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First published in 2020 by BBEYOND BOOKS Š BBeyond 2020 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the publisher of this book. ISBN 978-1-905904-79-2 Designed by


Foreword This 2020 edition in the BBeyond book series showcases selected projects by a number of outstanding, hand-picked architects and designers, with a special focus on sustainability. Each participant outlines how concretely they implement the principles of sustainability in their work, which makes the text in this coffee table book particularly compelling to read. From the latest cutting edge materials to exciting nascent technologies, to lifestyle choices of breathing new life into old objects, the book covers, in a fairly condensed editorial form, a lot of ground and illustrates the commitment of the industry as a whole to longevity, durability, viability and innovation. We hope that readers will find both editorial and imagery informative and inspiring. The book aims to capture the most significant design of today that will remain relevant and iconic in the future – the very essence of sustainability. Order of features Profiles are never arranged in any order of importance.Rather, we try to organise them intuitively, often based on stylistic criteria, to create visual variety. We always leave some of the more interesting profiles for the end of the book in order to sustain interest, rather than have it peter out. In the building trade, this is known as topping off.


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Contents ARCHITECTURE De Reus Architects 8 Robert Marino Architects 20 Marc Soloway 34 FGP Atelier 46 Blakstad 54 A-MDM 60 Infinity 68 DESIGN diSalvo Interiors 78 De La Torre Design Studio 84 Jonathan Rachman 96 Estudio Paula GutiĂŠrrez 106 Bibi Gritti 114 Winch Design 124 Vera Sant-Fournier 134 Laurence Carr Design 142 FDG 150 7


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ark de Reus, a globally recognized architect, founded the eponymous firm on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2005.

This was in response to a growing demand in the resort market on the leeward side of the Big Island, from Kukio up the coast to the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, catering to buyers of world-class coastal properties. De Reus Architects was commissioned by Discovery Land Co., the developer of the highly successful Kukio Beach Club, to design the Kukio Golf Club, followed by a number of residential projects. A new partner and a senior architect joined the firm within a few months and today, de Reus employs 17 professionals in two offices. The design studio’s focus has been, from the outset, on designing resorts and high end residences. De Reus has, to this date, 25 private residences and a dozen of hospitality projects (including two in Mexico) to their credit, reflecting the firm’s sterling reputation and enduring success.


KAUHALE KAI RESIDENCE Located on a two-parcel property above the Kauna’oa Bay, the concept for this design is a series of modern tropical pavilions positioned together with sensibilities of the home as a “village”. Outdoor gardens and spaces are the linking “corridors” for the rooms of the home.


Kauhale Kai residence



PUNTA SAYULITA RESORT – RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO de Reus Architects was hired to develop a new residential resort concept for this 33-acre peninsula alongside the seaside village of Sayulita, Mexico. Exemplifying sustainable principles of designing for both the guest community and the host community, the 62 private residences were carefully sited on lots for view and integration into the hillsides.

De Reus’ second office is in Ketchum, Sun Valley, ID, which is another high end resort destination. The decision to open an office there was a natural choice and a progression, both professionally and personally for Mark de Reus. “Both locations are synonymous with high-end architecture so Sun Valley was an intuitive choice for a second studio.” Hawaii, Sun Valley and Mexico are, of course, blessed with unforgettable landscapes and one might say that an architect/designer is greatly helped by the location and nature itself. In this context, creating a distinctive and unique project that stands out could be something of a challenge. “Wonderful properties are inspiring for architects, but what can be a challenge to innovation is the Design Guidelines within a particular resort development. It’s not uncommon to have archaic guidelines prescribing only traditional roof forms and excluding modern design, in particular flat roofs. It’s a very outdated sensibility that does not make sense on any level: not for the market, not for aesthetics, and certainly not in terms of functionality.”



“A best-practices approach for sustainability is a practical default approach for our studio.�


Although de Reus has no defined “house style” all their projects subscribe to a common approach, summarized thus: Collaborative…organic…harmonious... • • •

Collaborative in the process between client and team Organic in the design response to the circumstance (land, client brief, context, etc.) Harmonious in the composition of elements and appropriateness to the setting.

Innovative design is inextricably linked to sustainability, as well as vision and aesthetics. Implementing the principles of sustainability in a concrete manner is something every architectural firm articulates and applies differently. “A best-practices approach for sustainability is a practical default approach for our studio and we can ramp up from there as needed. This approach allows a collaborative process with our clients and the varying levels of interest we encounter. Hawaii of course is an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and most products are imported from considerable distances. Our firm is impressed with the holistic nature of the One Planet framework (www.oneplanet. com/vision) and we have been promoting this platform as a resource to clients.”


KOHALA COAST RESIDENCE – BIG ISLAND, HAWAII Alongside an 1801 lava flow on the coast of Hawaii, this residence was designed as modern island architecture that connects the owner to nature, region and culture. The spaces of the home are organized as a series of interlocking separate pavilions, which result in a strong use of negative space between pavilions.


“The importance of sustainability varies from client to client, location to location. After 39 years in the business of architecture, and having minored in solar energy in college in the 70’s, I am pleased to report the baseline awareness and commitment has generally increased across the board.” 

De Reus’ most iconic projects to date: Kukio Golf Club at Kukio, on the Big Island of Hawaii Private Villa – a private resort in Mexico Punta Sayulita on the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico Kauhale Kai residence at the Mauna Kea Resort area, on the Big Island of Hawaii Pahinahina residence at Kau’upulehu on the Big Island of Hawaii Kohala Coast Residence – Big Island, Hawaii



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obert Marino was initially trained as an engineer at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and later completed his graduate studies in architecture at Princeton University. He served his architectural apprenticeship in the office of Michael Graves where he worked on numerous projects including the addition to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Robert Marino is a founding board member and treasurer of the Institute for Public Architecture. Robert Marino Architects, founded in 1985, is a practice dedicated to necessity and efficiency as the initiators of architectural production, and increasingly dedicated to public work. Current projects include a visitor center for the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stanford, NY, modular officer housing at Camp Smith, Courtland Manor, NY, and several projects for the Build It Back FEMA hurricane recovery program in Brooklyn, NY. Complete project information is available at Beginning in the fall of 1985 through the spring semester of 2019, he has had continuous appointments in the design studios at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture. From 2003-2008 he taught design studios at Harvard University, and from 1991 to 1998 at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a distinguished vistiting critic at the Technische Universität München, the Ecole d'Architecture de Nancy, City College of New York, and the University of Arizona. At the University of Pennsylvania, he developed a course, Forms of Process, dedicate to the exploration of the possibility of manual techniques as the initiator of form. His work has been extensively published in periodicals and books in Europe and the United States.

MARINO BOSTICK RESIDENCE, EAST HAMPTON, NY The site for this Summer house is adjacent to a harbor with a large boat population. A plywood honeycomb technique forms the upper half of the house and hopefully establishes its presences within this marine context. The honeycomb method also yields a very high strength to weight ratio, and a corresponding savings in materials. The honeycomb is made of prefabricated, site assembled, marine plywood. Insulation is fit within the pockets of the honeycomb, then paneled over with 1/4” fur plywood. The house is approximately 16 feet wide, 60 feet long, and 15 feet tall. This allows a large, almost double height, living/ kitchen/ dining space. A single height bedroom and bathroom take up the rear portion of the house, creating a large sleeping loft above. A 12 foot by 16 foot full height porch forms the main entry to the house.



Sustainable Architecture Sustainable architecture must emulate, but not imitate, Nature. Nature’s underlying principles, allowing so many coexistent organisms to thrive by sharing resources, should be our theoretical model. We take these principles, so beautiful in their simplicity, for granted. Instead, we should subject them to an intensive examination. The organisms that make up the natural world cannot in any way be wasteful. A spirit of both cooperation as well as competition is in evidence at every level of the natural world. A sustainable architecture will embody these principles. A sustainable architecture relies on a tactile understanding of natural materials, their sources in Nature, their limits, their appropriateness for the tasks at hand, and their potential methods of transformation.

A spirit of both co-operation as well as competition is in evidence at every level of the natural world. A sustainable architecture will embody these principles.


Sustainable architecture must support the culture of construction that allows it to be built. The architecture must begin with a knowledge of the worker skills available to it, and to encourage, and amplify, the use of these skills. The architecture must anticipate conventional methods, yet exceed them by presenting to the worker a challenge, an invitation to employ skills to regulate the materials found in Nature, to render them usable in a coherent, efficient way. Sustainable architecture must sustain the intelligent work of the builder.


KRAUS RESIDENCE, MIDDLEBURGH, NY Based on farm structures typical of the site’s rural location in Upstate New York, this house employs traditional construction methods to accommodate a modern artistic lifestyle. The single story house is supported by a series of wooden columns braced by a paneling system, instead of the usual x-bracing system seen in most farm buildings. The house, co-designed with Robert Kraus, has an integrated painting studio and shop that is separated from the rest of the living space by the kitchen, as well as three outdoor sleeping lofts at the front of the house. The formal and informal entries seen on the north elevation are coded by size and the placement of solar collectors on the roof.


In this regard sustainable architecture must engage the skilled worker to use his or her abilities with a special intelligence, one borne of the knowledge of the materials of the earth. This intelligence is felt in the body as much as in the mind. The body will limit the excess that might be initiated in the mind. It is an inversion of the typical “mind over body� trope. It is an essential, typically missing, knowledge for the architect, as the architect has only graphic representation available to him/her. The architect must escape the prison of pure representation in order to enter the sustainable world. For an architect, this is a tactile understanding that can only be gained through the action of a body in direct contact with a material. This is knowledge gained through the body, the kind of knowledge a skilled craftsperson learns through trial and error, and through the use of physical tools. It is a knowledge about work and what it means to both the worker and to the materials being worked upon.



GORDON RESIDENCE ADDITION, COS COB, CT This addition to an existing house perches above a steep drop-off, providing panoramic views of the surrounding woods. Designed as an extension of the original home’s meandering plan, the new wing contains a family room and a large roof deck. By moving the structure to the exterior of the building, the interior becomes an unobstructed space; a quality that is emphasized by the unbroken line of glass panels that wrap around the addition’s facade.

Sustainable architecture must adhere to Mies Vande Rohe’s edict; “Less is more”, to provide the same function with a minimal amount of material and a minimal effort on the part of the skilled worker. Excessive personal expression in architecture is not sustainable. The use of exotic materials for their own sake is not sustainable. Wasted space is not sustainable. The sustainable architecture we seek is the kind of architecture that would find its place in the natural world seamlessly, and not burden the environment with an intrusion, a blockage, or an artificial resistance to it. 

The sustainable architecture we seek is the kind of architecture that would find its place in the natural world seamlessly.


EAST HARLEM HOUSING, NEW YORK, NY This five unit building is on a 18’-3” wide lot. The client desired two bedroom units per floor necessitating a unique jogged bedroom arrangement at the rear of the building. Each unit also has two full baths, one being integral with the master bedroom. A keyed elevator system provides direct access within each unit. The street elevation, designed in conjunction with architect Leehong Kim, features deep window recesses with angled apertures allowing maximum interior illumination. Unique plan arrangements on the first and second floors provide a variation in the overall façade. Three custom iron spot brick types allow continuous solids across angled corners and a continuous running bond pattern. Window systems on the street elevation are floor to ceiling, with a fixed panel below a typical double hung type above.



THURM RESIDENCE, NEW YORK, NY Extensive cabinetry and millwork were used to create clarity and definition in this renovation of a duplex apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Every room is anchored by custom millwork that gives a unique sense of character to each space. The library is defined by an entire wall of built in shelves, while the living room and kitchen are defined by a more porous assemblage of bookshelves and kitchen storage.The detailing of the millwork and storage adheres to a strict geometric and material logic that creates a cohesiveness throughout the apartment, while still allowing each piece enough flexibility to fit itself into the context of each room in both scale and function. The custom mahogany cabinetry and shelving is complimented by a rich material palate of oak, steel, slate, marble, and bluestone.Â




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Gable roof lines, exposed structural elements, crafted stacked stone walls and columns, and architect-designed Entry Door, help set a guest’s initial impressions on entering the Schroeder residence.


Architect-designed “floating’ Pool Table houses a steel cantilever frame anchored to the reclaimed white oak floor.


arc A Soloway, AIA, founded the eponymous Arizona-based, award-winning architecture and interiors firm in 1996, serving residential and commercial clients ranging from east to west coast, USA and across the globe. Since then, more than 1,000 projects have been completed, including multimillion-dollar custom homes, major remodels and luxury hotels. “We strive to be different!” Many firms design residences; we envision homes. A home is a place that speaks your language, expresses your desires, and reveals that you are excited to be living in the place of your dreams” Marc is a practical visionary who creates uniquely dynamic homes that coalesce around a client’s dreams, while amplifying and integrating the panorama. He has an innate ability to create a fusion between architecture and nature, visualising


cutting edge homes, fully integrated with the environment. Whether traditional, elegant old world, contemporary or modern, or a blend of any of these, each project is unique, breaking new ground in excellence. “We approach every project equally, wherever it may be located. When working outside of Arizona, we spend a lot of time in our programming phase doing a great deal of research, learning about local building codes and standards; Understanding local construction approaches; interviewing local general contractors for an initial assessment. Working with a partner general contracting company, we are able to evaluate and discern who is competent vs. who simply talks a good game. It does take a considerable amount of time to digest all the information researched, but it is part and parcel of our business. As an AIA member, I am licensed in every state in which I have clients.”

SIMONS RESIDENCE Initial impression approaching the home: movement among nature. A 360-degree view of the Colorado National Monument – one of the grand landscapes of the American West. The design vision instantiated with building materials and forms that reflect this environment. Rectangular stacked stone complements the large boulders, cement panels the mountains, and gently rising and overlapping roof segments the wide-open spaces. Upon entering the architect designed front door, the expansive Great Room with its floor to ceiling window walls help blur the interface between inside and out. Wood floors, stone accents and gently rising ceilings with multi-level soffits accentuate the design theme. Designed to provide a warm contemporary feeling for its owners yet inviting for large informal parties.

Rear Patio roof sections supported by steel beams, provide a tent-like appearance and unobstructed views. Stainless steel Pool ensures integrity in an area of somewhat unstable ground.

Great Room provides subtle demarcations for Living Area, Kitchen, Formal Dining, Bar and Play Areas. Appropriate space for 200 guests, or more intimate areas for smaller gatherings. Try your skills on the custom designed Pool Table or Shuffleboard Table. Or, relax and enjoy your favorite drink at the Bar showcasing an Alex Turco art panel. Gourmet Kitchen provides for friendly conversation and food preparation. Under-the-counter storage allows for window walls maintaining openness and preserving views. Under extensive roof overhangs, a Patio designed for outdoor cooking, entertaining and viewing dramatic sunsets. Don’t forget to take a swim in the stainless-steel-lined Pool.

Informal entertaining at the full-service Bar housing an Alex Turco art panel. Around the corner, a temperature-controlled Wine Room, and nearby, the architect designed Shuffleboard Table cantilevered and anchored to the wall.

Truly an Eclectic Mix of architecture and interior design, satisfying the vision of a warm contemporary environment set into a dramatic mountain landscape.


Modern take on traditional Mountain architecture using more sustainable materials such as cement board and metal panels.

SCHROEDER RESIDENCE Client’s vision and architects challenge: Modern reimagining of traditional mountain architecture situated on an awe-inspiring, rugged, rocky, sloping building lot. Traditional Mountain Architecture features multiple pitched gable or hip roofs and exposed wood. “Mountain Modern” reimagines the traditional feeling with modern esthetics, employing cantilevered roof lines, exposed structure, multiple types of cement board and metal wall panels. The design vision instantiated with building materials and forms that reflect this environment. Irregular stacked stone complements the large boulders, cement panels the mountains, and gently rising and overlapping roof segments the wide-open spaces. The natural warmth and beauty of wood on durable fiber cement board combines with metal panels to impart a sense of texture on the exterior walls. This design choice improves the building’s energy efficiency while providing long term protection against harsh mountain climate. Initial impression approaching the home: movement among nature. A 360-degree view of the rugged southwest mountain terrain. Upon entering the architect designed front door, Mountain Modern style reimagines the traditional feeling with modern esthetics, sloping tongue-and-groove wood ceilings extending to the outside, exposed structure, wood floors and a highly stylized stacked-stone and metal wall panels. Maximizing view sites of natural outdoor beauty, window walls of glass help blur the distinction between indoor and out. Great Room provides subtle demarcations for Living, Dining and Kitchen areas. Wood textures in floor, ceiling and cabinets, in various shades and textures provide warmth, while tiles, natural stone and metals provide contrast. Note how the floating rectangular soffits over the Breakfast Area create an intimate yet informal space. Large patios and decks further extend the living and entertaining space until it almost touches the trees. Truly an Eclectic Mix of architecture and interior design, satisfying the vision of a warm contemporary environment set into a dramatic mountain landscape.


Powder Room blends the textures of hand carved marble walls, hand scraped walnut vanity and natural stone sink, all highlighted by a blown-glass chandelier.

Great Room views through the window walls showcasing the rugged mountain setting. Central is the iron peak random stacked stone wall traversing from outside to inside, set as a complement to white oak flooring and ceiling.


PARSEGHIAN RESIDENCE The rugged desert setting inspired this Desert Modern home. Approaching the circular Auto Court, the low-lying horizontal architecture, with its undulating facades, reflects the depth of view of the mountains in the background. The Entry’s cantilevered roof helps frame the floorto-ceiling window walls to the Great Room, and straight through to the Covered Rear Patio. Light-colored stucco, complemented with natural rectangular stone accent walls provides a calming first impression. The Entry Door, architect-designed and inspired by the owner’s company logo. A silver travertine wall extends from outside to inside, visually guiding guests into the Great Room - an expansive living and entertaining space. Casual is the ambiance set by the pewter limestone wall containing a horizontal fireplace. Warmth provided by smoke white oak flooring. Kitchen, anchored by a large island that serves as a watch, talk and eat space, with expansive views of the desert to the front and rear. The covered Rear Patio extends across the home, its cantilevered roof provides unobstructed views by a single pair of inverted “L” shaped steel supports. A few steps down, the negativeedge Pool, and an outdoor Kitchen framed with natural boulders from the site. One unique entertainment feature: a TV that pops-up from the ground and swivels 360 degrees.


Approaching the circular Auto Court, the low-lying horizontal architecture, with its undulating facades, reflects the depth of view of the mountains in the background.

Stucco, wood and stone, building blocks of a Desert Modern home greet guests. Entry through architect-designed glass and metal door.

Thoroughly modern, yet warm and calming Great Room, with amazing views of the desert just a few feet away.



An evening retreat – note the extensive Patio roof, cantilevered from the structure and held in place with a pair of inverted “L” shaped beams at the far end, providing unobstructed views.


Although Soloway Designs can deliver projects in a variety of welldefined architectural styles, Marc Soloway has never been one to specialize within a set mould. “I love designing for the clients, all of whom have their own perception of style. It would be a disservice to the client to hoist a particular style on them, even if some architects are known for just that. Using the client’s perception as a basis, you have to adapt it to the environment, with the project evolving to ultimately reflect the client’s own aesthetic and needs. By way of an example, a recent project re-imagined the traditional rustic mountain architecture combined with modern aesthetics and including sustainable characteristics. Equally important is how a home fits in with the owners’ lifestyle, both inside and out, something that cannot easily slot into a well-defined architectural style.” Soloway Design’s sister company, Celaya|Soloway Interiors, is a partnership with Esthela Celaya, a talented interior designer, that takes the architectural concepts to the next level. “Together, we create amazing homes in which every inch is detailed to match the client’s wants and needs. We are often commissioned to also design custom furniture. Our most recent pieces were dynamic modern game tables in a Colorado home. Both the shuffle board table and pool table have modern lines and cantilever elements. As soon as we showed our clients the first sketches, they were in love.” Do you, as a professional, identify with the global movement towards greater/ quasi-total sustainability and if so, how? “We design solar on almost every home. Additionally, there are passive design elements that contribute to a home’s environmental footprint, such as orientation to the sun’s path, extensive roof overhangs that provide shade without impacting view lines, taking advantage of natural light throughout the day, triple glazing, thicker walls and roof insulation, wood-look concrete siding (rather than natural wood) that provides more insulation, needs painting/ replacement much less often, to name a few. I would love to incorporate as much sustainable elements as possible in our homes. The challenge in some cases is expressed in maths: Return on Investment vs Desire to be Sustainable. A critical element, for example with solar, would be local cost of electricity – the higher the cost per KWHr, the quicker the return on investment. There are spirited debates on the subject, all taking into account geography, climate, topography and budget. A recurrent theme is the sustainable pool. If the ground in the local building area tends to be somewhat unstable, this could lead to pool cracks developing over time. To mitigate this, we opt for a completely stainless steel pool, which is unusual but effective.” 


Multi-level Rear Patio is designed for entertaining: a negative-edge Pool, full Outdoor Kitchen, spaces for sitting and enjoying mountain views. Natural boulders from the site bring the desert up close.



Diablos Rojos Baseball Stadium Stadium / commission in collaboration with ADG / Completed March 2019 /


Ted Gibson Salon Salon / Commission / Completed 2019 / 1,500 m2 / Los Angeles, CA / USA


Land Rover Regional Offices Shanghai Office-Retail/ Commission / Completed 2018/ 85,000m2 Height 100m / Shanghai/PRC


rancisco Gonzalez Pulido (FGP) is an international, Chicago-based architect and founder of the eponymous architectural firm. Pulido’s credentials and reputation are built on developing projects of considerable scale, magnitude and iconic status – his legacy already cemented even before FGP Atelier was born. Some of these seminal projects include: The Diablos Rojos Stadium in Mexico City, the Orchid Education Pavilion in Oaxaca, the Veer Towers in Las Vegas, the Leatop Tower in Guangzhou, and Harmony Bridge in Guangzhou. Diablos redefined the typology of the stadium. The Orchid Pavilion had a significant social, cultural, and ecological impact that redefined the culture of the place. Veer Towers was a ‘utopian’ project that created and contributed to a new urban fabric where architecture, urban

planning, energy consumption, and art are equally relevant. Leatop Tower, his first project in Asia, represented a departure from real estate development trends in China at the time. Harmony Bridge (unbuilt), developed as part of an invited competition, is one of the best examples of multi-disciplinary collaboration with engineers, lighting designers, landscape architects and a musician. It went beyond connecting two parts of the city by creating an enriching experience where the vibration of the cars resulted in the bridge itself creating a sound while the pathways connected to the city and a park.

could be, whom it must/could serve, and what the architectural, social, political, and economic impact would be.

Redefining established concepts in architecture is part of the FGP mission statement.

When we were awarded the commission for a nanotechnology lab, we had no preconceptions of how a lab should operate. Instead, we approached the project with a goal to create a community that could generate, exchange, and cultivate ideas. This allowed the building to develop in unexpected ways. In this

“We approach each new project without preconceptions about the typology, building tradition, culture, place, or ecology. Instead, we ask what the project

With the Orchid Education Pavilion, we went beyond the conventional notion of a greenhouse by designing a building that was net zero via geothermal, evaporative cooling, natural ventilation, and offsite solar panels. Further, the building was not just used to grow plants, but as a museum and educational building showcasing the local ecology’s role in how culture, food and medicine developed, as well as how this has influenced scientific knowledge globally.


Felipe Ă ngeles International Airport Airport/ Under construction / 2022 / 215,000m2 / Santa Lucia / Mexico



Orchid Educational Pavilion Greenhouse / Commission / Completed 2017 / 100m2 / Oaxaca / Mexico

“One of the new paradigm shifts that I want to see is the architect becoming a master builder again through the use of technology.�

TecNano Nanotechnlogy Lab / Competition (not built) / through design development / 30,000m2 / Monterrey / Mexico


Harmony Bridge Bridge/ Competition (Not Built) / 2016/ 2km / Guangzhou/PRC

sense, we wanted to create a platform for creativity before we created the lab. The result was a place that went beyond the purely academic to support both the broader ecological and social world. The Land Rover Regional Offices Shanghai began as a speculative office building for a Chinese developer. At first glance, it may not have appeared to be a particularly inspiring project. However, as we looked more carefully at its potential, we were able to convince the client to build an urban campus in which the internal and external connections within, and to the adjacent context became the driving force of the project. This aligned with our concept of creating a unique façade system inspired by local bamboo forests. Together, they supported the developer’s requirement for a strong ROI and were achieved within the set timeframe and budget.

Although the M5 House in Oaxaca is one of the smallest that we have executed to date, it offered an opportunity to achieve maximum impact within significant budgetary and time constraints. In order to address these challenges, we shifted our approach from the “wet assembly method” that is typical in the area to a “dry” approach that utilized prefabrication and the integration of systems during this process. At the same time, we were able to use passive systems to reduce energy consumption.” Is the role of a great architect to always challenge stereotypes in order to remain at the forefront/cutting edge of design and creativity? What are the new paradigm shifts in architecture and design that we can expect to see in the course of this new decade? “Not necessarily… I believe that innovation does not happen overnight but is a

result of a series of steps that happen over time. I always look at constraints as an opportunity that allows us to create something extraordinary. One of the new paradigm shifts that I want to see is the architect becoming a master builder again through the use of technology.” “We would love to solve the housing crisis facing a diverse range of cities, towns, and communities. For many years, we have been interested in low income housing. We have developed a number of proposals to enhance the efficiency of how people use space as well as construction techniques. In the process, belief that high standards are the social and inhabitant.” 

we have adhered to my design and construction a must regardless of economic status of the






lakstad is a multi-generational design and architecture firm established in Ibiza since the 1950s.

“The architecture of Ibiza is only a part of an organic, living relationship between man and nature” - Rolph Blakstad Senior

Theirs is as real a love affair with the island as they come and described chronologically in poetic terms:

Vernacular Ibizan architecture is Mediterranean architecture was introduced to the island by the Phoenicians in 650 B.C., the tradition dates to the Neolithic settlements of the Near East, such as Jerico or Catal Hoynk Catal Hoyuk in Southern Anatolia.

“And so the Blakstad settled on Ibiza, an island inhabited over the centuries by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Moors and Catalans. Rolph began his extensive study of the island and its culture, its building and its architecture – professions still practiced by his two sons, Nial and Rolf.” The description sets the scene, but also gives more than a hint into the Blakstads’ reverence for history and culture, and for the ingenuity of vernacular architecture on the island.

The design and building methods remained virtually unaltered for over two millennia, surviving multiple invasions until the midtwentieth century. Two distinct designs and building methods developed from these first settlements, a pitched roof and timber frame in wet climates, and a flat roof adobe or stone buildings in dry climates.



“Our needs have not changed as much as we believe... that we are attracted to these houses after nine thousand years, and subconsciously identify them as “home”.

Ibiza architecture evolved from the latter. Houses were perfectly adapted to the climate and material resolves resources and also, perfectly sustainable - once abandoned, buildings would collapse and leave almost no trace after a few generations.

The new generation of Blakstads use this centuries-old knowledge to create a modern take on the traditional Ibizan farmhouse, giving the newly built projects a more open layout and creating a more comfortable inside/outside living space, all the while retaining the timeless feel.

"Our needs have not changed as much as we believe, and other than updating building methods, our major introduction has been plate glass. I believe that we are attracted to these houses after nine thousand years, and subconsciously identify them as “HOME”. We continue to use the knowledge of lessons learned over thousands of years in an effort to keep a millennial tradition alive. There is something very special about the old farmhouses and we must always respect that."

The vast majority of projects are developed for private owners and only a very limited number are undertaken at any one time. “The sacred buildings of the ancient civilisations that originated in the Middle East have evolved from these first humble houses in their most primitive and basic form. We recognise these designs as universal and iconic." 




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MDM is an international design manufacturing firm involved in architecture and construction industries.

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A-MDM aims to create a unique and strong environmental design for each project. The company values innovation, uncompromising quality and individual approach to its clients, providing the full gamut of services, from project management and feasibility study, to urban design & master planning, to architecture & interior design, to engineering & structural design. The A-MDM Pre-Crafted concept is an on-factory production of all the component parts of a building and its interior, as well as shipping and fast installation in any location. Each building/interior is produced individually by craftsmen, with the only possible copies being done for a single development/location. Structurally, this technology is similar to high rise steel buildings (extremely strong, light weight and with fast installation). The finishing and decoration are high-end in the sense of quality of materials, lighting and furniture. An A-MDM Pre-Crafted building can be installed in any climate zone and seismic condition suitable for human habitation.






FEATURED PROJECTS ICON Villas Development The main features of ICON Villas are exclusivity and luxury experience/recreation in a pristine natural environment. Villa ICON 1850, 6+1 bedrooms, is intended for entertaining (up to 200 guests) and recreation. Generous ceilings give a sense of space and maximize the views, while the interiors flow seamlessly on to the terraces and infinity pool. The villa is located on the peak of a hill and has a three -way sea view orientation to the west, north and east. From the west and north there is a beautiful panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand; from the east, a partial sea view overlooking the island and mountains. ICON 1850 villa has three entrances: the first main “ceremonial” entrance for owners and guests from the south; the second for maintenance and staff from south and a third for vehicles exit from the east. The layout is designed to open sea view while at the same time providing privacy. All pools have a sea view and the roof skate of the next villa is located at least 4 meters below. Villa ICON 1250, 5+1 bedrooms, shares the same dramatic views, continuing the seamless relationship between architecture and nature, with aesthetic curves and balanced lines. The architecture of Villas ICON 1250 and Villa ICON 1850 represents a solid solution balancing environment, design, architecture, landscaping, interior and production resulting in a holistic PreCrafted Product. Smart technologies are built into each villa allowing energy efficient control over all aspects of water treatment, ventilation and cooling. The visual differences stand out among the many other developments in the region. The unique character of the ICON Villas is based on a spiritual connection with the environment and the inner harmony of the human being. Location Nestled within tranquil and natural surroundings, the ICON Development is only minutes from Ban Por Samui’s fabulous beaches, 5 star hotels and restaurants. Ban Por Samui is located in the northem part of the island, between the beaches of Thong Plu Bay (Thong Plu Bay) and Ban Thai. 



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jinkya Dhumal is the founder and principal designer of Infinity, an Indiabased but internationally recognised architecture and design brand that has worked with a number of prestigious partners, such as BMW, TATA Motors, Mantra Properties, Panama Group, to name just a few. The company’s approach rests on a specific ideology, summarised by the “holy trinity” of Ideate Integrate and Implement. Infinity is geared to the high end market and works with both residential and corporate clients. The brand is a market leader and recognised for its exclusivity and finesse. “Do not linger around the problems, be a part of the solution team.” is its mantra. Since its inception, Infinity has designed over a thousand projects, all of which share a passionate and holistic approach.


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“A powerhouse of creative talent, skilled workforce and dedicated team along with a reliable source of vendors. This is Infinity’s key to accomplishing challenges of any magnitude.” The firm’s focus is on authenticity, with all sourced materials being original and unique for every project and client. Infinity takes a lot of pride in the fine detail of execution and is probably the only design firm in the region where every given site has a dedicated site engineer and individual designer. India has made huge strides in the field of innovative architecture, and is now at the forefront of the industry. “This momentum is driven and influenced by history, culture and religion. It has been shaped over time, and different eras have had an impact on the design and visual appeal. Colonisation and discourse with other countries have added additional layers to Indian architecture with remnants seen even today in many parts of the country. The rise and fall of

various civilisations, dynasties, and external influences have played a significant role in moulding architectural styles.” “Today, one of the fastest growing segments in Indian reality is the luxury housing market. Luxury, however, is relative. Luxury does not simply equal size or material; it is more to do with how well you use your space and the quality of design. Luxury homes in India are all about quality of construction, the magnitude of property, technological competence, automation in security systems and smart living feasibility – all of this in prime locations.” How does Infinity concretely implement the founding principles of sustainability in its projects? “The fusion of technology, structural engineering, architectural art, functionality with urban contextualising should be sustainable in terms of reducing carbon emission, long term cost savings by implementing new age design technologies, and local construction practices – all of which is an integrated approach for future developments.


Castle Royale



“Luxury does not simply equal size or material; it is more to do with how well you use your space and the quality of design.�

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Today energy efficiency has become a must for most commercial buildings. Material innovation is a fast growing area, with ever more innovative substitutes for better performance and workability. This has created an edge in the design field too by adding possibilities that didn’t exist in the past.” “Saving our planet and ecology is more important today than ever before. Goals of eco-friendly buildings are: • • • • •

Life cycle Assessment Building design efficiency Water efficiency Material efficiency Waste reduction

Contemporary architecture is governed by the comforts of modern living. People want to use the newest technologies, as well as variety and innovative materials to make their home/building the best possible. Material finishes are what you see, what you touch and feel. They insulate sound, react to light, and become a backdrop for the artifacts in the home/building. We love natural materials because they weather well and change with time in unpredictable but always interesting ways. We source or specify materials only after the actual mock-up on the site and we are continuously in search of new and better materials that will be more sustainable and maintenance free.” 



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nnemarie and Rosemarie diSalvo are the co-founders of DiSalvo Interiors, a design firm based in Westbury, New York since 1997. Prior to that Annemarie worked at a medium sized design firm in Manhattan, but felt trapped by the constant pressure of having to meet quotas and also by the obsolescence of creativity, intrinsic to “cookie cutter” design projects. “We struck out on our own and made up the rules as we went along. One thing we never compromised on is the individuality of each home or space we design. We do not believe in adherence to a signature style. We explore each project with a fresh eye, take our cues from our clients, and develop a project that is unique and completely their own. I never want someone to walk into a space and say, “diSalvo designed this”. That’s being lazy.” Annemarie is on the Board of Directors of Long Island Home Builders Care and is a member of the American Institute of Architecture, as well as the American Society of Interior Design, frequently working


in close collaboration with builders and architects and emphasizing the value of synergetic approach. “We believe that collaboration between professionals adds immeasurably to our success and to the success of every project. Because we specialize in new construction, we are often brought onboard well before shovels are in the ground. We understand that our designs are conceptual until built. We design for fluidity. When construction begins, we know all too well that paper and ‘as-built’ conditions don’t always align. We need to be able to adjust our designs, to pivot quickly in order to move the project forward. No one appreciates a job site that has been shut down and I refuse to be the ‘difficult designer’ on a project. We work ahead of the building schedule, try to anticipate problems, and offer solutions. An interior designer who doesn’t have a good working relationship with the architect, the builder and the subcontractors runs the risk of delays, cost overruns, and ultimately, frustrated clients.”


The environment in which people live should always be meaningful and attractive, irrespective of budget constraints.


The firm’s range of projects covers the full gamut of single residential to multi-unit/ multi-family, and commercial developments. Each type of project offers its own opportunity to be creative but in very different ways, says diSalvo. “Residential projects should ultimately offer a glimpse into the homeowners’ personality and lifestyle. These are the spaces in which they will celebrate, mourn, laugh, and love. I am incapable of designing without knowing and really liking my clients.” “Multi-family design speaks to the greater community, the collective neighborhood, and should always be aspirational, whether a new luxury condominium development or affordable housing. The environment in which people live should always be meaningful and attractive, irrespective of budget constraints.” The three parameters that define the diSalvo approach to design are: Elevated Fun Evolutionary In terms of implementing the principles of sustainability, commercial clients have more stringent expectations because they tend to think long-terms, say diSalvo. They also look at the bigger picture and want to build responsibly. However, the interior design industry as a whole still has a long way to go when it comes to fully implementing the principles of sustainability in high end residential projects, she feels. Homeowners are primarily concerned with having comfort, beauty, and luxury all wrapped into one package. DiSalvo have designed several projects in which the buildings have been approved for the Green Initiative Designation and take justifiable pride in this. 



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ew York-based and internationally acclaimed, designer Ernest de la Torre is the founder of the eponymous design studio.

He credits David Adler and Mies van der Rohe’s classic architecture as his inspiration and working with some of the great icons in design, Peter Marino, David Collins, Ian Schrager, and Ralph Lauren, for shaping his path. “Each one taught me an aspect of design that I carry forward to today. After almost 20 years in business I still love what I do and I have expanded to projects all over the US, Europe and the Caribbean as well as to Yachts and Aircraft. Now an award-winning designer himself, de la Torre has a diverse portfolio of high value, opulent projects for high value clients. Establishing this type of stratospheric reputation and clientele is not a given. “I learned my luxury level craft from my mentors, and refined it with my Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s London Institute; however getting a client to believe in your vision takes patience and a trust built on years and years of referral after referral. Most of my referrals have come from someone standing in the living room of an existing client, saying “this is amazing, you’re hired”.”


Although sustainability has become a catch-all word, clients have an expectation that its core principles are applied across the board in their homes, aboard their yachts and jets. “To me sustainability, like Feng Shui, is rooted in common sense. I generally design and produce my own furniture or textiles, using centuries old methods and materials, which are sustainable by their nature. When I don’t custom make an item, I find antiques and vintage items for clients. The most sustainable path of all is reuse/repurpose.” Luxury is similarly an over-used word that Ernest de la Torre defines thus: “Being around people who can literally buy and do anything they want, you learn what is truly prized. Comfort, time and health are all-important as they allow people to enjoy family, friends and life itself.






Being around people who can literally buy and do anything they want, you learn what is truly prized. Comfort, time and health are all-important as they allow people to enjoy family, friends and life itself.



For my designs I value unique, one of a kind items that my clients appreciate equally as they like their surroundings to reflect their unique sense of self. In a world of mass production, having something that is uniquely yours and that you identify with as precious is true luxury.” Most exciting/challenging project “A 20,000 square foot house in the Bahamas was one of my most challenging projects. Given that there are no local resources on this private island, every last thing has to be shipped in. This really gives one a unique appreciation of the local hardware store!.” Featured projects “My own home because it was a laboratory for me. Everyone of my favourite artisans from all over the world contributed and it’s perfectly tailored to me and my family. It is one of my favourite places in the world. The others are a wonderful Soho loft and a great turn of the century mansion.” 

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onathan Rachman, one of the most colorful designers in the Bay area and founder of the eponymous JRD brand, is Indonesian-born, but steeped in European and Western culture. His 2000ft 2 San Francisco store attracts an international clientele and showcases antiques, jewelry and objets d’art from around the world, as well as the designer’s ongoing collaborations with other renowned brands. His motto is “Thoughtful Elegance” and, looking at his projects, the style does indeed exude classic elegance, tending towards the opulent but without ever looking dated. “For me, this comes naturally. I never follow trends or what’s ‘hot’ out there. This does not mean I am not aware, but I don’t simply do what’s voguish unless that’s what my clients desire. I am a self-proclaimed romantic both in my personal life and as a designer. To me it is important to design from the heart and to stay true to myself in everything I do. I was never formally trained as an interior designer, I don’t follow formal rules, and this makes my work truly an expression of my aesthetics. Over the years I have been collecting every manner of objects, artefacts and furniture as long as I can remember. As a collector, I also have many sources which help during my design process. Ultimately, for timeless opulence not to look dated, it should also feel effortless.” The JRD interiors are at once very distinctive and eclectic which is another dichotomy, yet one that works very well in Rachman’s case. “As much as it sounds impossible for some people, I see the future style of a room or of any space in my head. First, I always want to know who the owner of the space or home is - not only their background but also their sense of style (if any), their lifestyle and what they love. Second, I need to know the function of each room (or at times I may suggest). Lastly, it is my job to combine, envisage and translate what I see in my head into reality. To me, it is always about the individual.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase, 2017 and 2019


Because I have lived in Asia, Europe and the USA and have travelled the world, my design reference and mind library have been influenced by all the places I have lived in and visited. The East and West aesthetic influence me, naturally - each plays more strongly than the other or in balance depending on the projects. I was raised old school by my parents and all my references starts with the classic, be it in art, fashion or interior design. From that, I modify as necessary to customize the project. It is as much of a mindset as it is a thought process. Fundamentally it is a mindset, but I have a very organized thought process which enables me to achieve what is required from start to the end goal.” Jonathan Rachman started as a store owner before establishing himself as a designer – usually done in the reverse order. “I find it is helpful for clients to see my personal aesthetics in store, which doubles up as my private playground. They experience through the visual and the tactile what I am all about. The store is a vehicle showing my true sense of style and those who appreciate it are either those who subscribe to it or are able to say, “Ah! This is what I have been looking for all along!”. Our world coalesces around a similar sense of aesthetic. My store has become a branding and marketing tool, and it also helps the clients to express what they like.”

Urban Luxury

For timeless opulence not to look dated, it should also feel effortless.



St. Regis



Modern Cottage


Pacific Heights


Featured projects “The featured projects showcase distinct sets of style, as follows: the maximalist layered opulence; the perfectly edited elegance (San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2019 and 2017); the pared-down modern minimalist (St. Regis project and the skyscraper Penthouse) and a transitional style (Pacific Heights and Dogpatch). I have selected the above in order to illustrate the breadth of my style and my adaptability from one project to the next, based on clients’ lifestyle, architecture and taking into consideration geographical location.” Dream project “I am blessed that I am currently doing my dream project: a multiple private villas project on the island of Bali. Bali is close to my heart: not only because it is one of the most beautiful spots in the world and the people are beyond hospitable and kind, but it is also an island in my home country that holds a lot of wonderful personal memories. At the same time, commercial aircraft and airlines have been my passion since I was a child. The amount of time I spend in and out of airports and airplanes is astronomical. I love flying. So, another dream project would be to design an airline interior on the ground and in the air: the office, the lounge, the uniform, the interior and every aspect of the airline’s branding and look.”

Modern Cottage

On implementing the principles of sustainability in the practice Being a self-proclaimed romantic, both as an individual and a designer, I love antiques, vintage and found objects. I find their history and the trajectory of becoming what they now are a most intriguing process. They also add so much personality to my design, whether in the more classic, transitional or modern setting. The use of these objects in my projects is my way of implementing, in practice, the principles of sustainability which I truly enjoy - not just by way of contributing to preserve the environment but as a passion of mine. My clients understand and support this enthusiastically.


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Hotel Awasi, Patagonia



aula Gutiérrez is a leader in the architecture and design industry, and the founder of the eponymous firm in Santiago, Chile. Her career as an architect took off with high end residential projects and evolved in the 1990s when she became part of a team in charge of designing the first Hyatt hotel in Chile. Estudio Paula Gutierrez was founded shortly after as the first ever in Chile dedicated to interior design, as well as the only company headed by a woman in charge of large scale projects. Since then her chosen industry has undergone quite significant changes. “Interior design has undergone a substantial evolution in the last 25 years, moving from classic decoration to chic contemporary. I would define my style as “classic avant-garde”, identifying tendencies that will become a future classic. I have


a certain ability to mix textures and colour, and my objective is to achieve timelessness while at the same time being relevant to the moment. Location, natural landscape and clients’ personality are all a fundamental inspiration in my work. I mix European and local furniture design with Chilean and world class art and design pieces.” Gutiérrez is primarily a Chilean designer in the sense that the vast majority of her body of work has been developed in that country, with a few exceptions. Her clients number many international companies, however: the ESO’s Alma (2018) and Astronomer’s Residences at the Observatories of Paranal (2001), the Los Vascos vineyard, part of the DBR group, Lafite Rothschild at Colchagua Valley, hotels such as the former Grand Hyatt in Santiago, and the Intercontinental on the Santiago coast (project in progress at the time of writing), to name just a few. Her work has been featured in international publications as well as in her own book.

Los Nogales, Santiago, Chile


Hotel Awasi, Patagonia



“Today sustainability is not a debatable concept, it is a given.�


Chile has, in the last several years, become an architecture and design destination in its own right, with a vast number of innovative projects on the map.

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“Chile has a very diverse nature from North to South: from the driest deserts, to the icy plains in Antarctica to the vast Patagonian expanses, these landscapes have inspired a number of talented architects and designers interpreting the wild and incredible Chilean landscape through contemporary design.”

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Creative licence and vision apart, what are the future must-do/must-have, expectation driven aspects of design and architecture? How do you identify with the global movement towards greater/quasitotal sustainability? “Today sustainability is not a debatable concept, it is a given. My interpretation of it is based on permanence, longevity and quality. For me, awareness of light carbon footprint or recycled materials is not enough. The most important facet of sustainability is producing non-wasteable design, that is to say, a result that you will be in love with for many years to come. Waste and cheap design are the antithesis of sustainability. Must-dos include being true to yourself, to your company rather than simply following trends. I don t have preconceived ideas of how a space should look before I begin to think of it. In each case I construct a story in my mind; I have a dream of how the finished project should look; I select the furniture, the finishings, the lighting, the art, etc. to tie in with my dream. Of course there is the colour palette, the textures and specific design which are based on my taste and aesthetic sensibility.” 



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Kohala Coast


SPITI GRITTI Spetses, Greece



ibi Gritti is a household name in some of the top hot spots around the world: Gstaad, Geneva, St Tropez, Mustique... She occupies a unique space in the highend property market in terms of spotting potential, project development, and, when required, organising exclusive rentals. The trajectory that led her to achieve such a pivotal position in this ultra niche market starts with a cosmopolitan upbringing and evolved through her unerring eye and inimitable taste. “I was brought up as a global citizen, between the USA, Switzerland, Austria and Germany where I studied gemmology, as well as at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. I then worked as a jewellery expert with Sotheby’s worldwide, as a designer with Boucheron in Paris and as manager for Bulgari in Switzerland. Having moved to Geneva and Gstaad in the 90s, WHERE I began raising started to raise my family, I was able to decided to create my own interior design and personalised gifts company, building an ultra discerning clientele. Clients would occasionally visit one of my homes and appreciate the eclectic design, mixing antiques with contemporary pieces and art. They would then entrust me with creating their own homes.”

One of Bibi Gritti’s homes is on the island of Spetses. “Spetses is a unique and unspoilt preserved island free of without cars, crystal clear water and a small but special community of international residents and visitors. The appeal is very different to that of Mykonos, for example. Large yachts have to put anchor in the bay as the port is too small and there is just a handful of boutique hotels and restaurants on the island, which has all the charm of St Tropez in the 60s.” Gritti’s success is based on her vision and ability to identify potential. She has a passion for tracking rundown properties which she turns into veritable jewels. “I look for old timber ceilings and doors for chalets; original stone floors, fire places, washbasins - all authentic and rare elements that give a place a tangible charm, yet with a sense that every feature belongs there/ has always been there. This includes the ultra high end, high tech contemporary comfort solutions. Clients tend to give me free rein or, as is frequently the case, simply offer to buy one of my homes.”

operates internationally. She has also built or renovated chalets in Verbier, a number of city homes, as well as holiday homes in France, Italy and Greece. Her particular skill of combining antiques with contemporary art is a reflection of her personal sense of aesthetic. She incorporates as much sustainable energy in her projects as possible and considers “green thinking” a necessary component of the creative approach. “Ultimately, homes need to have beautiful and functional architecture, eclectic interiors, and a true soul to fit clients’ expectations, as well as my own. One must always feel at HOME. This aspect is even more important today as we spend greater time at home and less time travelling, whether out of “green considerations” or for reasons of health/ security.” “Homes are more about quality and less about quantity than ever before.” 

Bibi Gritti may be the quintessential Gstaad person, but she is, of course “beyond Gstaad” in the sense that she




CHALET TROM, GSTAAD, which I bought as an old farm house. It had to be completely gutted inside and reconstructed, keeping the beautiful 17th century exterior, but giving it a highly luxurious interior.



VILLA BEAUREGARD in Geneva. The villa was owned by a family with a questionable taste: fake marble and wood, excessive gilding. Once again, the property was rebuilt and redecorated in its entirety. Today, it sports 1000 m2 of livings space with a large secluded garden in the middle of the city.


“One must always feel at HOME.”



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inch Design has long been associated with yacht design, however the expansion into private aviation design was driven by demand and underpinned by expertise. In 2000, the team went to meet a client to discuss the design for his sailing yacht and left with the request to design the interior of his private jet. The confidence the team felt in being able to deliver the dream jet stemmed from an excellent understanding of spatial design. Additionally, their clients trust the team’s values, design process and execution, whether that applies to their dream homes on land, in the air or at sea. The aviation studio initially benefited from a cross-pollination of expertise from the yacht studio. Space is restricted on a yacht, yet even more so on a jet, but Winch manages to design spaces that are functional and intelligent, offering the same comforts that one would expect on land or at sea. Clients are drawn to Winch Design because the brand carries a certain cachet. Is there one common aspect that would identify a Winch Design interior? “Whilst each project is entirely bespoke, the Winch spirit unites them all. The studio has established a reputation for bringing to life spaces that are as unique and personal as the clients’ own thoughts. The consultation process is holistic; only by understanding their clients’ lifestyles in their entirety can the team design a space that flows seamlessly. The team want to know whether the client is left or right-handed, how they like to spend time with their children, where in the world means


the most to them? Which textures are preferred underfoot? Do they prefer the morning or evening sun? Only by asking these questions can a Winch design begin to come to life. These philosophies are mirrored in the final dressing process – our clients are delighted to find their favourite book or brand of coffee in the cupboard, or perhaps a bath is already run for them. The team want to know that when the client steps into their dream design for the first time, they know they’ve arrived home. The clients feel important to Winch Design because they are, and feel connected to the studio long after their project has completed.” Yacht design has evolved dramatically in the last decade or so, with sustainability becoming a byword in an industry that is often perceived as a serious offender in the ecology stakes. Winch has pledged its dedication to systemic change within the superyacht industry by signing The Water Revolution Foundation’s ‘Code of Conduct’ which has united the whole supply chain in its collective mission. By creating a vast materials library comprising of beautiful, responsibly sourced and manufactured plant-based materials, the team is making sustainable solutions the new norm for every design. Winch hopes to return to its sustainable roots of sailing yacht design more than ever before by encouraging clients to consider the beauty of a sailing yacht. The team is also championing hydrogen fuel cell technology and is working closely with shipyards who are leading the way with exciting and more sustainable methods of propulsion. 

LAKE HOUSE Winch has brought energy and sophistication to a beautiful family home. The Lake House interior was inspired by the changing seasons and the moving skies as you sit and gaze over the waters of Lake Geneva, which is one of the reasons the owners were drawn to build a home in this prime location. Inside, the light flooded spaces flow into one another, with geometric patterns and clean lines drawing the eye to perfectly selected natural fabrics and linens. A graduated ombre carpet in one of the four bedrooms mimics the colour of the lake and acts as a fitting base for the pared back, Scandinavian antiques which give this project its sophisticated, modern feel. Bespoke Winch designed furniture merges seamlessly with original mid-century antiques throughout the property, and statement artworks adorn the walls.


CHATEAU RESIDENCE A sprawling, classically styled mansion house with a contemporary twist, this property is simply breath-taking and perfectly balances the line between ornate and contemporary styling. A faรงade singing with the opulence of classical French design is surrounded by immaculately landscaped gardens showcasing both period and contemporary sculptures. The interiors are palatial, a triple height entrance lobby greets guests together with sweeping staircases, centred by a crystal chandelier. Clean, light, fresh and dramatic spaces of distinguished character give spirit to this incredible private residence. It features an expansive wine cellar, cinema, indoor pool, spa and library as well as a garage large enough for the most enthusiastic of supercar collectors.


YOGA CONCEPT Borne from a conversation with a client who, despite travelling regularly, didn’t want to give up her daily yoga and mindfulness rituals, Winch Design visualised an interior that eschews typical aviation design tropes to create an open and light space focussed on relaxation, meditation, wellbeing, health and balance. The design team took influence from Asian spas, Zen principals, mindfulness techniques and sustainable materials, and drew on the extensive experience that Winch Design has creating award-winning spas on yachts. Taking a deliberate step away from the interiors of the past, the result is a cabin flooded with light and space. Winch Design believe that private aviation should be a joyful experience and the Yoga Concept shows that luxury is no longer about gold taps and deep-pile carpets but about the quality of time, experiences and memories. The design would be suitable for ACJ-Neo or BBJ Max aircraft.


EXCELLENCE (2019) ABEKING & RASMUSSEN Delivered in 2019 in collaboration with Abeking & Rasmussen, Excellence features a superstructure unlike anything that has come before. Her striking and angular American Eagle bow cuts assertively through the ocean waters, offering a silhouette comparable to a spaceship. Her exterior lines draw the eye up to the bridge and owner’s decks which are surrounded on all sides by curved floor-to-ceiling mirrored glass, the largest panels a staggering 6m in height. The statement glass reaches 180 degrees around the master suite, meaning that sleeping guests can wake up in the morning fully immersed in their peaceful surroundings. The experienced client wanted the inspiration for the interior to nod to his extensive collection of classic cars. Faux carbon fibre and curved leather panelling can be found on the walls and the inspiration for the vanity units in the statement bathrooms come from the curves of the seats in the Ferrari Daytona.



NENINKA (2019) AMELS The interior of the 67m Neninka takes inspiration from nature and the surrounding skies. Celestial references adorn her walls and ceilings, and the designers opted for naturally beautiful materials to embellish her indulgent interior. Fresh, soft, light and spacious, she offers a dreamlike journey across the oceans. A calm, harmonious and refined Scandinavian influenced design is brought to life with touches of glamour and intricate detailing to create a lavish, unique and fully custom interior. Individual, bespoke furniture pieces were imagined by Winch Design and built by the best craftsmen, combining high-quality fabrics and carefully selected finishes to create relaxing, light-filled spaces. Upon entry to the yacht, guests are greeted by a cloud-cut and back-lit wall of honey onyx extending through five decks behind the staircase and elevator. The extended transom beach-club features a full-service bar and relaxing lounge space.


PEACOCK Winch were tasked by the client to create a “flying home� for himself and his family, with spacious private areas as well as plenty of options to entertain business guests whilst travelling to destinations around the world. The design comfortably caters for 19 passengers with a long, elegantly detailed shagreen table which unfolds and extends to comfortably seat five guests for dinner, whilst a second table caters for another group of four in front of the stunning under-lit bar with its ingenious high-low bar stools and hidden champagne cooler. A carefully selected collection of artworks is the finishing touch to create a residential feel which goes miles beyond any typical private jet.



Ciliz Blockchain Campus, Malta



era Sant-Fournier is a highly prestigious, multi-award winning Malta-based interior designer offering turn-key solutions to international private and corporate clients.

I feel this quote should be a wake-up call to us all. Rather than being overawed by the ability to see wonders of nature, we should consider this the norm.

Previously featured in a BBeyond book edition, the VSF brand has evolved significantly.

It is our obligation to ensure a bright, healthy future for generations to come. To this end, our studio is doubling down on efforts to pursue the delivery of sustainable interiors.”

“Today I find myself completely rethinking the future of implementing interior design in an evolutionary curve, developing ideas and action plans that aim to educate rather than simply provide an aesthetic, practical and functional service. I seek to go beyond delivering ‘what you see’, striving to give back to the community, the environment and the future generations, in order to promote healthier lifestyle in every space. The global pandemic has given all of us time to stop and reconsider how we relate to nature. “For the first time in almost 30 years (I) could clearly see the Himalayas due to India’s lockdown clearing air pollution. Just amazing,” (Manjit Kang).


Featured Projects Recognised as a top luxury interior design studio, VSF aims to demonstrate that luxury is not necessarily defined by gilded detailing or super expensive materials. “Luxury is quantified by ultimate comfort, quality finishings and inspiring interiors. This year we rewind back in time, showcasing a few of our hand-picked projects with clean lines, raw materials and vertical gardens. The latter have grown in popularity, informed by a general drive towards more greenery in the office space, and are additionally instrumental in controlling acoustics and elevating the mood.

Aquatica Dive Center and Cafe




Now more than ever we have an obligation to explore and implement solutions for sustainable interiors... guiding clients towards making the right choices both for the environment and their own health.


Ciliz Blockchain Campus, Malta

Sustainability means using more up-cycled furniture. We created our first such project back in 2015 for the Malta Street Art Festival: a living room made entirely of recycled items, from grand chandeliers to sofa suites, which was a big hit. The Aquatica Dive Center and Cafe is another project that brought to life simple yet effective room dividers made of sustainable wood with a wow effect. Using recycled and sustainable materials means generating less waste and creating interiors that are far more personal and meaningfully connecting with the end user.” Must-have expectations of sustainable design and architecture “Now more than ever we have an obligation to explore and implement solutions for sustainable interiors. With architects focusing on autonomous spaces in terms of natural lighting, use of recycled rain water and sustainable energy, interior designers should guide clients towards making the right choices both for the environment and their own health (items that we are using in everyday life should be consigned to obsolescence because of their high toxicity levels). Our studio aims to be at the forefront of innovation in terms of lesser carbon footprint interiors, generating a circular economy and encouraging local manufacture. More specifically, we implement greater use of natural materials and work with architects to create truly green homes. The studio is conducting extensive research into the principle and practice of “reduce and re-use”. Much loved old furniture has the added benefit of charm and individuality.” 



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aurence Carr is the CEO of the eponymous award winning design boutique NYC firm focused on holistic and sustainable residential and hospitality interiors. Laurence Carr is widely recognized as a pioneering voice in the movement toward sustainable and wellness-centered interior design. Born and raised in Europe, she draws her aesthetic sensibilities from there.


When wellness goals are woven into the very fabric of the home, living and feeling better become one and the same, as well as far more effortless than ever before. I find that clients are often pleasantly surprised at how quickly they begin to feel better and live happier overall, often citing water elements and biophilia as the elements that made the most immediate difference, with furniture layout and harnessing the soul and science of colors to follow.

For many, sustainability has become a marketing tool that is fast losing some of its original meaningfulness and impact, much in the same way the word “luxury” has. Laurence is evangelical about incorporating the principles of sustainability in her designs.

As a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, I am trained in identifying fellow sustainable industry members and I am a GREEN Leaders Accredited Professional. There are specific certifications I look for in guaranteeing an item or a brand is not a green washed brand but truly something I feel comfortable recommending to my clients.

“Across multiple industries right now, people are jumping on the bandwagon of sustainability and wellness without fully understanding how to concretely and successfully apply their principles.

I am extremely committed to spreading awareness of sustainability, so that clients and other designers can understand how to maintain its intrinsic meaning. My blog “Beyond Aesthetics” was

When wellness goals are woven into the very fabric of the home, living and feeling better become one and the same, as well as far more effortless than ever before.




created in early 2018 with the mission of educating on the significance of holistic, sustainable interior design for our own well being and that of our planet. It marries my global citizenship, welltrained eye for luxury and passion to raising awareness of eco-friendly design that is vital to the future of the interior design industry. I also lead frequent keynote presentations and participate in panels on sustainability in design.“ Biophilia in architecture already has a lot of traction but how does it translate in interior design? “Embracing outdoor plants as indoor collaborators to well-being offers our natural biophilia an opportunity to thrive. Touching and smelling plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress


and enhance the mood. Even potting soil works through “outdoorphins” to release cytokines acting as natural antidepressants. Ebullient indoor plants have long been known to improve our indoor breathing experience. I recently completed a Restorative Room in the 2019 Hampton Designer Showhouse. I included biophilic elements which help offset the minimal visibility to the outdoors that the two windows afford. We know that spending time immersed in the natural world is vital to our overall wellbeing, yet at the same time, our increasingly urban lifestyles diminish contact with the outdoors. So, to provide visitors with a fully restorative experience, I layered in floral installations by the accomplished landscape artist Lilee Fell against the

backdrop of Sofía Willamoës’ magical Jungle print wallcovering” Laurence Carr’s motto is “creating restorative spaces”, whether designing a busy urban commercial project or a residential space. “All my projects are intrinsically linked by my design principles which is how I am able to successfully navigate working on both hospitality and residential spaces, My design philosophy allows me to apply the same principles to each project. While creating restorative spaces is subject to change, it is still about creating a holistic space and capturing the client’s needs. Knowing who I am as a designer and being able to communicate this to clients is how I have been able to work on projects of all sizes”

FEATURED PROJECT A custom-built home inspired by Brutalist architecture “I am a WELL AP designer and approach work based on human-centric and sensory design. This Contemporary residential design connects the client with the ideal feeling and energy in restorative rooms. I used the benefits of sunlight through large Andersen windows, contrasting with white-oak floors and 100% pine cabinets in white and charcoal. Texture is reflected everywhere, especially with the waterfall countertop that adds a grounding feel to the space. The Master bedroom and Master bathroom both reflects a wonderful restorative feel with biophilic elements, plenty of natural light flow with new neutrals tones and over 40 whites and cream monochrome palette to evoke a calm serene . The final result is a contemporary home that intentionally impacts the energetic flow for a wellness-focused stunning design.” 


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DG is an international company founded by its principal designer Fatima Silva in 2018 in Sausalito, San Francisco, California . The founder’s cosmopolitan background and outlook inform the design group’s ethos and approach, as well its broad appeal (projects have a vast geographical range - from Hong Kong to London; from New York to Miami, Aspen and Hawaii, to Mexico and beyond). Fatima Silva is inspired and influenced both by her life experiences and by her eclectic cultural heritage. Of Portuguese descent, but born in South Africa where her father was a developer, she grew up around construction sites, something that furthered her passion for both design and architecture. Fatima went on to live in Hong Kong before eventually settling in California. Today, FDG has an extensive and varied portfolio, with residential and corporate/hospitality projects under its belt and with a primary focus on high end residential properties. Fatima Silva has built on an extensive experience in the hospitality and residential sectors during her 18 year career at Hart Howerton where she developed the interior department.


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Miami residence

“Exacting detail and the use of carefully crafted, rich materials emphasise the individual character of each project.”

“We strive to create authentic, timeless interiors that reflect the project’s location and the owners’ lifestyle. We have a holistic approach to the “art of living”, founded on our credo that a sensory experience creates an emotional connection to the intended space that seamlessly merges interior with exterior. Thoughtful, sustainable design is our ethos.” The FDG aesthetic is exemplified by clean lines and natural materials. Pared down elegance, enhanced by artful and subtle sophistication, is the firm’s signature style. “The FDG design approach is underpinned by our philosophy of bringing a unique set of solutions to each new design that are appropriate to the client and to the geographic location of the project. Exacting detail and the use of carefully crafted, rich materials emphasise the individual character of each project.” The principles of sustainability are applied to different degrees in the work of every architect an interior designer today. “Earth is exquisitely configured to accommodate life abundantly. Our most successful residential projects enhance the relationship between the home and its natural environment to consciously create a lasting balance between the land and its natural resources, including every vital component of its intricate fabric.” The FDG collection The company is in the process of developing highly customised furnishings for clients, as well as its own brand signature furniture and accessories collection for the studio. 



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