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Stanley Dock Regeneration

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Lynne Hunt London

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Damir Hurdich

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Laney LA

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DUST

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Berglund Architects

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ByBeau

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TruLinea

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Angelina Askeri

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Kendal Schutt

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Sarah Z Designs

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Villa Whimsy

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WELCOME TO BBEYOND

DESIGN ICONS BBeyond Design Icons is in its eighth edition. We have been featuring outstanding architects and designers around the world for close to a decade: from the opulent to the minimalistic; from whimsical interiors to floating homes; from mega regeneration projects to truly awe-inspiring public buildings. Our coffee table book series have added a touch of glamour to private residences, superyachts, museums, galleries and more for two decades.

As ever, the order in which the projects are placed does not reflect their importance or scope, nor the caliber of the practice credited with developing them.

They represent a formidable collection of highly illustrated content on the best of the best across different topics: a veritable “bible” of exclusivity, epitomising our “BBeyond” motto.

Rather, we try to balance our books in a way that will sustain the reader’s interest, typically building up a crescendo as he or she turns the pages for more inspiring pictorial spreads.

In this edition, we showcase a number of exceptional private home projects, in city, mountain and desert locations; we focus on a sustainable landscape designer; we detail the mega regeneration of Stanley Dock.

As ever, we trust the reader will enjoy reading about these feats of creativity and looking through the beautiful imagery as much as we have enjoyed compiling the content.

We feature multiple award-winning designers and a product designer.

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STANLEY DOCK REGENERATION The spectacular regeneration of the historic Liverpool Stanley Dock is the epitome of “iconic”.

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To give the project some context, Stanley Dock was at the centre of the largest and most complete system of historic docks anywhere in the world for over a century. During World War II, the docks suffered from extensive bombing and destruction, followed by a downturn in fortunes and structural decay. In 2010, with the encouragement and support of Liverpool City Council and Invest Liverpool, Stanley Dock was purchased by its current owners and regeneration work began on site in January 2013.

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The North Warehouse and the Rum Warehouse were converted into the ‘Titanic Hotel Liverpool’, all the while retaining the maximum amount of historic fabric – they still look and feel like Victorian warehouses. The next phase of development was perhaps the most challenging: the conversion of the neighbouring Tobacco Warehouse into residential apartments. A UNESCO heritage site and in 1901, the world’s largest building at 1.6 million square feet, Tobacco House has a wealth of history. Originally designed by architect A. G. Lyster, it was built using 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tonnes of steel girders.

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One of the most architecturally and historically important buildings on the Liverpool waterfront, Tobacco Warehouse has a grand and elegant 14 storey façade with tall windows, ornate pediment, brick pilaster columns and lettering carved in brickwork and terracotta. Between 1901 to 1985 the Tobacco Warehouse was used to store rum and tobacco (up to 60,000 barrels) with the ground floor used as a Sunday market between 1985 to 2011. During WWII Tobacco Warehouse was converted into a US military base storing supplies to the US army based in the UK. One of the floors was turned into a US field hospital and another stored valuables captured from Nazis ships. More recently, Tobacco Warehouse has been used as a film set for historical movies.

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Work on the dilapidated structure began in 2015, using hundreds of local builders for six years, carefully cleaning, preserving or replicating all original features. Inside, the building has exposed brick walls, castiron columns and concrete ceilings, providing the new residents with open-plan warehouse homes that retain the raw industrial character of the Grade II-listed building.

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The visionary behind the conversion of Tobacco House is legendary property developer, Patrick “Pat” Doherty.

The warehouses at Stanley Dock have been transformed from being on the “Heritage Buildings At Risk Register” to an award-winning hotel and conference centre and unique homes with a clear sense of place and identity and a sustainable future. All the duplex apartments have dramatic double-height living rooms and upper mezzanine levels, providing a sense of volume and light rarely seen in Liverpool. Each offer a combination of city, river, dock and/or courtyard views. PATRICK DOHERT Y

FEATURED PROJECT TOBACCO WAREHOUSE Tobacco Warehouse is the residential part of the £250 million (completed value) regeneration of Stanley Dock into a leading leisure destination, including the Titanic Hotel.

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LYNNE HUNT LONDON Lynne Hunt London, known under its acronym LHL, has achieved a rare status in the world of interior design – that of a brand in its own right. Its signature is writ large on some of the most glamorous resorts and sophisticated hotel interiors, each imbued with their own distinct character, itself a credit to a clientfocused designer with “no house style”. DESIGN ICONS VOLUME VIII

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The LHL-designed hospitality projects are all highly individual. Hunt is clearly on top of her game and an expert at avoiding the generic resort look. Nor are a signature LHL style and aesthetic immediately identifiable.

We offer bespoke interiors: each project is developed independently and is, therefore, a stand-alone. We do of course have our own style of detailing, so some of these elements could be identifiable as they work together to create a seamless look. The individual colour palettes and selections of materials collated together contribute to the cohesive look of our interior schemes. My inspiration for projects, drawn from architecture and location, is an organic process. I believe this gives an authentic look and individual character to each of our projects which ultimately leads to an authentic human experience.

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The LHL “audacious, not ostentatious” motto is easier to articulate than to implement in design and can be an elusive quality to achieve in private residential commissions in particular. The LHL style cannot be shoe-horned into any of the easy handles used in design narrative: maximalist or minimalist or any combination of words including “contemporary”, “chic”, “opulent”, etc. It is, in fact, LHL’s motto that defines it.

The motto is inspired by our desire to produce the best and most thoughtful design for a space or destination. It is about understanding and researching our projects, and bringing an element of excitement to the interior that is both appropriate, thought provoking and inspiring to the most discerning of eyes.

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FEATURED PROJECTS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL HOME IN CHELSEA, LONDON Located in a cobbled Chelsea mews, this prestigious residence has a contemporary English Country House feel. LHL enhanced and selected FFE for key rooms including the formal living area and formal dining rooms.

Beautiful high-end furniture is complimented by the clients’ amazing art collection. The living area has Holly Hunt sofa in C & C Milano bouclé fabric, complemented with accents of blue, Hermes upholstered chairs by the classic fireplace, and sumptuous Dedar chenille pillow shams, alongside an organic Nacho Carbonell lamp on the console table. The dining area has a stunning custom sized Holly Hunt table with Frederik Molenschot chandelier suspended above, Bruno Moinard textured rug and leather dining chairs, complemented with red leather dinner benches. The credenza sitting below the beautiful John Currin painting is also by Bruno Moinard and features textured ceramic tiles. PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL VILLA IN IBIZA LHL have created a relaxed and contemporary bohemian chic interior for this family residence, nestled in the hills on the western side of Ibiza.

The contemporary architecture is enhanced with textured clayworks paint finishes along with local natural stone accent walls. A striking spiral staircase adorned with contemporary and colourful eye-catching art work, from the owner’s private collection, sits comfortably on the warm coloured local stone textured walls. The furnishings are luxurious yet relaxed, with linen fabrics and accessories of colourful antique kilim cushions, in contrast to the organic teak outdoor furniture in pastel shades of green and grey complimenting the soft landscaping with olive trees, bougainvillea and lavender all adorning the central swimming pool and terraces.

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Damir Hurdich is the founder and principal creative director of the eponymous landscape design firm, DHD, based in San Francisco and San Carlos. Damir has a master in Landscape architecture of UC Berkeley, where he teaches a “Design and Detail: Introduction to Landscape Materials and Construction” class. Picture Credit: Levente Photography

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DHD specialises in estate planning, high end residential design and art installation, with an emphasis on ecology and sustainability. Landscape architecture is fundamentally important to the execution of any project, whether urban, residential or public.

It runs deep on a daily basis in all decisions we make, whether as placemaking, creating liveable and lifestyle spaces, or simply creating climateappropriate planting palettes. The responsibility of professionals lies in all aspects of decision making but also educating clients about ecology and responsible sourcing.

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Urban residential landscaping, in particular, has transformed architecture and the built environment in ways that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. To some extent, this has, of course, been driven by the general momentum towards more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

In California, in particular, we are experiencing prolonged droughts, almost regular fire seasons, as well as, increasingly, atmospheric rivers hitting the larger geographic area after long periods of drought. There is, therefore, an imperative to consider the fastchanging climate impact on all outdoor designs. The built environments are responding to these events in intriguing and Picture Credit: Marion Brenner Photography

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Gardens are living organisms that evolve with time – in this context, an “iconic” design needs to factor in a lot of variables and some imponderables (water scarcity, climate change) too.

The concept of “iconic”, as in timeless, when it comes to creating the gardens of the future is influenced by other cultures and, in the case of California, by the sense of freedom, or “the west coast way of life”. This can really drive designs in interesting directions.

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The design continues to evolve, but form and function lead the way. California’s climate is Mediterranean and landscape design can borrow from many different cultures that have cultivated design for much longer in a similar climatic zone.

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Landscape designers’ work is quite distinct from that of architects and interior designers, in that the former have an inherent understanding of landscape, topography, and designing without clear edges.

Landscape designers, by definition, create better outdoor spaces.

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It has been claimed that future homes will be conceived as self-sufficient mini-food farms. More than 50% of DHD’s clients regularly request vegetable gardens and orchards.

However, modern living does not necessarily align with food growing. Food growing is like having a baby one has to nourish it and take care of it, protect it from pests – it is work, not a hobby. It will suit some people, but I am personally not convinced that in practice, the mini food farm is viable if we continue living the way we do.

FEATURED PROJECTS SARATOGA RESIDENCE A clean suburban design approach with a modern, Japanese influence. LOS GATOS RESIDENCE An interesting blend of modern and ornamental. The house was re-done inside and out, however the “Spanish Mediterranean” style was limiting, at least from the design language perspective. Fortunately, the clients liked both the modern and the ornamental, the result being quite interesting. We opted for the simple black and white concept that brought the house and the landscape together.

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BENNETT VALLEY RESIDENCE Northern California - this is a large site, over six acres, where we really did the responsible thing and developed a very small area (house and landscape), focusing on minimal negative impact, minimal permeability, and native planting, emphasizing the views. LOS ALTOS HILLS RESIDENCE A minimal, modern, crisp and clean approach to landscape design, with a slight touch of japanesque. This project won a merit award from the Northern California ASLA chapter and was shortlisted by the World Landscape Architect.

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LANEY LA Anthony Laney is the founder and visionary leader of the eponymous Los Angeles architectural and design studio, established in 2014. He holds an Honor Award from his local AIA chapter and a Residential Architecture Merit Award from the AIA|LA and…

… his particular gift is bringing out the best in creative teams and adventurous clients.

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“Mission Statement” The studio’s stated mission is creating architecture that inspires those who experience it, that shapes and enhances neighborhoods, and impacts the way we steward the environment. Their diverse team specializes in residential, commercial, and interior design projects along the western coast and mountain ranges of the United States. “The team is united by the shared pursuit of critical discourse, insightful listening, and vibrant culture. Conscious of architecture’s ability to connect our lives with nature, Laney LA pursues symbiosis not only between the built and natural environment, but also between exceptional design and the captivating journey taken to accomplish it.”

Recognized for its scalloped concrete walls, this residence embodies an exploration of raw materiality. Nine concrete walls anchor the project, defining its spaces, supporting its structure, and establishing its formal identity. Picture Credit: Roger Davies

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The upper level features a series of outdoor balconies, carefully balancing the degree of exposure and protection. The scalloped concrete walls serve at the guardrails, creating privacy from the street below, while opening up the space to the ocean view. The cedar surfaces completely surround guests, providing a moment of calm retreat.

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With every project, Laney LA manages the resistance of competing parameters with nuanced expertise, factoring site and contextual needs into their unique and inclusive solutions.

Laney LA’s approach requires an embrace of the tension between sustainability and affordability, nostalgia and progress, rigorous design and artful service. We are often led to believe that our only option is a binary choice; however, this is a false framework. For example, it is perfectly possible to heat and cool one’s home using passive ventilation, which is both sustainable and affordable. While there is a tension between these two factors, it is a tension that is manageable. Ultimately, we believe that there is strength found in tensility and beauty in paradox.

The private bathroom exemplifies the rejection of false choices in design. Thanks to a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor, an oasis of serenity and relaxation is created. A bathroom becomes so much more. Picture Credit: Roger Davies

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Nostalgia is one of the Laney LA team’s favorite devices to deploy in design.

We believe Nostalgia represents more than a longing for the familiar or for the past. We believe it can represent a journey from the familiar to the unfamiliar. At its most potent, nostalgia is an oscillation between the familiar past and the unfamiliar future. For example, nostalgia and advanced technology can most certainly be embraced within the architectural experience of a space. In these situations, the architect is the tour guide, leading a client on a journey that is both within and far outside their predetermined comfort zone. In its most successful instances, we believe this embrace can transform a collective experience far beyond the status quo. Not only does this new home seek to preserve existing vegetation, but the design weaves nostalgic touches such as ancient portuguese cobblestones with modern technology such as hydronic heat systems in the full size lap pool and passive ventilation in the home. The result is a space that maximizes healthy rituals and environmentally sensitive living. Picture Credit: Joe Fletcher

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Laney LA projects have strong geometrical lines with a touch of whimsy, a “marriage” between rigorous design and artful design.

We believe that “the marriage” between rigor and art is crucial. Steven Pressfield in his book The War of Art writes “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is the sitting down to write.” He summarizes this dynamic with the apt word “resistance”. We believe it takes both discipline and inspiration to accomplish exceptional design. It takes discipline to serve clients well, create clear processes, and accomplish projects on budget and on schedule. It takes inspiration to take a client’s wish list beyond what they might have imagined. Similar to sustainability and affordability, there is a tension or “resistance” that exists between these two things, but we must have both. This is the truth we embrace with rigorous and artful design.

The HT residence embodies this balance between rigor and artfulness. The design ambition for this home was to challenge the suburban status quo by introducing a small, sustainable structure. On paper, its 1,400 square feet disguise the density of design decisions that were required for success. Every inch of the double gabled volume is calibrated to challenge convention and promote a responsible lifestyle. Picture Credit: Joe Fletcher

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Removed from standard ocean views and hidden behind a discreet hedge, this Manhattan Beach residence chooses to reveal itself slowly. It is discovered only through intentional approach. Organized around a massive courtyard, the interior floor plan layers indoor and outdoor spaces to accomplish the sensation of being surrounded by nature and light. With views toward downtown Los Angeles, the courtyard bleeds into a hardscape, outdoor room and terminates in an infinity pool. The resultant architecture creates its own context and a new type of architecture for its “City of Inches” neighborhood.

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Geographically, Laney LA projects cover the “western coastal and mountain ranges of California”. Significant aesthetic differences characterize these two regions.

Coastal projects are often defined by the density of their small lots. One of the primary cities we work in, we have nicknamed “The City of Inches”. That said, most projects are in search of a singular view to the west and often seek to find the right balance between privacy and exposure, since they are often located in areas with high pedestrian traffic. Despite the limited square footage, we seek to expand the experience of the space by capturing the dynamic light qualities of this region within the architecture. On the other hand, we’ve found that mountain projects seek to insulate and shelter their users from the environment. While there may not be an ocean on the horizon line, there are opportunities to capture a larger variety of views that often contrast field and forest, dappled light and dark shadow. More significantly, these lots are far larger and privacy becomes less of a concern, so there is a sense of sprawl that the architecture can accomplish.

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DUST has since evolved as “an alliance of architects, craftspeople, artists, designers, and builders with practices rooted in the master-builder tradition: a collective of people grounded firmly in the tactile, in pursuit of the intangible”. There may be a semantic dichotomy between tactile and intangible, but Robles and Hayes reconcile the two neatly.

JR: Louis Kahn speaks about the quality of a building beginning with the unmeasurable, going through measurable means when designed, and ultimately becoming unmeasurable. In many ways we are aspiring to that. A space, moment, experience that can transcend space and time; moreover, be so exact with time in its moment that it transports us to a daydream, a memory, a feeling. Our tactile is the way we perceive and experience the world through material and craft, light and shadow. The intangible we pursue is the poetic, the illusory, a bit of mystery that remains in our world.

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The intangible refers to the

CH: The tactile pertains to the realm of physical

elusive, abstract and symbolic

sensations, touch, and materiality. The tactile

dimensions of human

encompasses tangible aspects of the world that one

experience, such as emotions,

can directly perceive and experience through senses.

memories, dreams, and the realm of imagination. Intangible is subjective and not easily measured yet plays an enormous role in shaping our understanding and perception of the world. As design practitioners we are driven by aspirations toward intangible qualities of beauty, meaning and transcendence. The tactile provides the foundation for expressing and experiencing the intangible, which infuses significance and resonance. Together they form a rich, holistic and elusive approach to all we do.

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Attentiveness to the qualities and play of light, and how it interacts with surfaces, textures, materials, and how it shapes space. We very much value the physical and material qualities of our surroundings from the macro to the micro: as in the sensation of mud in one’s hand or the smell of the desert. It is about the stickiness of the mud, and also the smell, taste and textural sensations, as well as the sound of the grains of sand rubbing together: it’s auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. We use our profound experiences as deep wells of inspiration and incorporate all of the above

DUST’s approach is articulated by philosophical, poetic, whimsical even narrative that matches the nature of their projects.

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elements into our work to evoke

We draw inspiration from a deep sensitivity to the

a feeling of connection with the

sensory world through an intentional cultivation

environment and trigger a myriad

of memories and experiences, and deliberately

of human sensory responses to

integrate these elements into our work.

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We live and work in the desert, and spent most of our lives in arid regions. Naturally it is a preference and reflected in our work, however, we have projects in other climates, biomes, regions. We would like to be known for work that is responsive to its environment, wherever that is, and reflective of the cultures of the place in which the architecture exists: deserts, mountains, grasslands, forests, tropical, sub-tropical. We come from peoples that have migrated and settled and adapted to their environments. That is a common human trait.

DUST’s projects are primarily desert-based, blending perfectly into the landscape. All are characterized by natural ventilation provided by a central passageway across the structure (a zaguán). However, the studio punches above its weight and would not be pigeonholed.

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An acrylic panel at the end of the full-length lap pool hovering 3 stories in the air allows swimmers to be immersed in the surrounding mountains and trees, while people on the observation deck with its open grate deck surface can observe the swimmers, getting the sensation of floating 30 feet above the ground.


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The full-length lap pool is on a 3rd level terrace nearing the top of the surrounding trees. Extensive patios around the pool, a 4th level roof top bar and outdoor sitting area focused around a fireplace create indoor/outdoor living with fantastic views.

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One of the leading high-end architecture firms in the Vail Valley, Colorado, the 17-strong team Berglund Architects is led by Hans Berglund, Adam Gilmer, and Stephanie Lord-Johnson who have a 70-plus years architectural and interior design experience between them. An acrylic bottom to the pool creates a dramatic lower-level patio with firepit, framed by the carefully detailed exposed steel column supporting the pool a full 2 stories above. This creates a surreal experience swimming above people and fire.

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The warm rich palette of natural materials in the great room balances the extensive floor to ceiling steel windows that capture views. The soft brownish-gray stained wood ceiling compliments the darker walnut paneling above the 3-sided modern fireplace with it dramatic black-toned slab floating hearth.

The charette method of collaboration extends to engaging the client and spending intensive time on site until the design perfectly matches their lifestyle and vision.

The exterior of this “Mountain Modern” home is clad in black slate stone where it connects to the ground and a combination of dark gray and light gray Swiss Pearl cementitious panels that complement the dark bronze steel windows. Frosted glass panels provide privacy for the roof top deck, while the steel trellis over the outdoor seating area support lights and exterior infrared heaters. Extensive steel planters adjacent to the house and stepping with grade integrate the house into the landscape.

We use advanced 3D computer modeling, computer renderings and 3D computer walkthroughs so that the clients have a thorough understanding of all design components prior to the start of construction.

Extensive windows and a floating vanity in front of a window supported by columns wrapped in stone slabs brings the view into the entire spa-like primary bathroom.

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Berglund Architects has created exceptional “mountain modern” and “regional modern” homes, commercial and educational buildings throughout the Rocky Mountains, the US and internationally since the firm’s founding in 2004. With a nod to local vernacular architecture and through use of natural materials and modern design influences, the firm’s focus is on connecting clients to the surrounding environment.

We are committed to innovation by implementing new technologies and products to push mountain and regional modern expressions while adhering to fundamental, timeless design principles: respecting the client’s budget, vision and goals; working with the site to maximize sun, unique features, and views, while mitigating any negatives; carefully This organic modern house is highly integrated into its 35 acre site through extensive patios, boulder rating walls and covered indoor outdoor living spaces, as well as a natural toned palette of exterior materials. The composition of shed and curved roofs relates to the surrounding mountains.

balancing proportions and building forms, exposing refined structural elements; connecting people to the outdoor through expansive floor to ceiling windows and doors that

Curved wood ceiling and beams accented by LED lights on top of the exposed steel beams at the entry create a dynamic juxtaposition of industrial and natural materials. The stone veneer and reclaimed weathered wood siding connect the house to the colors of the surrounding landscape.

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seamlessly flow out to patios and covered outdoor living spaces.

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Our team constantly researches new but tested cost-effective, environmentally-friendly products and building practices, working with manufacturers to re-engineer products in order to provide greater sustainability.

The firm promotes sustainable and environmentally responsible design in all its projects through the latest super insulation techniques, long lasting low maintenance materials, high performance energy efficient windows and building systems, and healthy indoor products. The cleanly detailed modern angled stone fireplace with inlaid steel bands and adjacent copper paneling is complimented by the massive organic boulder hearth and the curved wood ceiling and beams to create a casually eloquent living room. Large sliding doors open up to the covered outdoor room.

To date, it has designed eight LEED certified projects including two LEED Platinum, the highest level off certification possible, as well as three Net Zero Energy Projects.

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The silhouette of the simple but contrasting angled shed roofs are inspired by the forms of the surrounding mountains. Natural stone on the house and terraced boulder walls with extensive landscaping makes the house of the site, while large windows, zinc siding and concrete panels create a modern uplifting expression.


A covered outdoor room with a built-in BBQ and outdoor kitchen, exterior dining and seating area focused on view and fire pit immerse the owners to the site. The wood ceiling with integrated infrared heaters and lights, and an operable wind screen warm the space to extend the outdoor living season.

Through a marriage of modern design sensibilities, rich palette of beautiful natural and man-made material, balance of subtle industrial and structural expression, and the contextual influence of the local architectural vernacular, we strive to

The great room has continuous walls of floor to ceiling steel windows to capture the incredible views, while a sloped wood ceiling and oak wood floor, both in a grayish brown color create a soothing environment. Exposed steel beams and sculptural freestanding fireplace separate the living area from the dining room, while still providing a sense of openness and connection. The roof rises up to the view of the mountains and sky creating a very uplifting space that is sophisticated yet relaxing.

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create sophisticated timeless design with a casual elegance.

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Although we love crystal chandeliers, we hate the visible point source of light required to illuminate them. While searching for a solution, we realized that no LED was small or powerful enough to achieve the effect we wanted. So, we waited for technology to catch up and eventually developed our own system to perfectly showcase the beauty of crystal chandeliers.

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One of the studio’s seminal projects, Reflective Flow, known by the people of Qatar as “the pride of Doha” is still the largest chandelier in the world. The studio has revolutionized lighting design with four innovative modular concepts. These concepts offer endless possibilities for creating unique lighting solutions. The studio’s cutting-edge technology allows them to craft custom art installations that are so advanced they can respond to movement, surroundings, sound, and even your mood or lifestyle. In addition to their pre-designed concepts, the studio specializes in creating bespoke installations that are tailored to their clients’ specific requirements. Other collections, like DUSK, are born out of necessity

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Vine A stunning LED-lit Wine Rack system that cradles wine bottles between crystal platforms. The crystal’s natural reflective surface beautifully responds to the reflection of each bottle.

At Bybeau we believe every bottle of wine is a masterpiece and deserves to be displayed as such. Our wine rack showcases your collection with individually controlled shelves and stunning digital content triggered by sound or movement. Plus, our touchscreen interface provides up-todate information on each bottle, making it easy to locate and track the value of your liquid asset.

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Dimple DIMPLE is a flagship product of Bybeau, and has been a part of their journey since the very beginning. The product has won numerous awards over the years, and continues to be their best-selling design. Dimple’s immense popularity has established it as a true design icon in the industry.

BYBEAU STUDIO is focused on making exclusive product ranges and bespoke commissions for the high-end market. We are also commissioned to art direct and create huge shows, some of which helped us to develop products such as Dimple. Being able to launch Dimple to a captive audience helped us understand what works and what does not. Our products stay as modular system for our high-end clients only and cannot be bought through agents or retail outlets.

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XYZ XYZ is founded on the Cartesian coordinate system, which operates in three-dimensional space and comprises an ordered triplet of lines that intersect at a common point and are mutually perpendicular. This design approach embodies a precise and minimalist aesthetic, characterized by clean lines and a focus on essential elements.

This design extends lights from a central hub to each access point, using cutting-edge technology and magnetic engineering. It offers independent control of tunable dynamic light, and we hope reflects our commitment to the impact of lighting on health and well-being.

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T R U L I N E A


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TRULINEA “The most important project is yours.” TruLinea is an architectural practice specialized in ultra-high end residential projects set in spectacular natural environments. Based in Colorado, founder Luke Trujillo has created some spectacular mountain properties there, however, the design is ultimately site-specific and client-dependent, and the know-how lends itself to any geographical location. Luke Trujillo completed his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1999.

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With over 25 years of design experience, our office creates ‘theorydriven’ design that is never repeatable. “Site specific, as well as time in place” are the premise that underpins every project. Construction is a very expensive and serious endeavour; the design needs to be of longlasting value. We only take on projects that match our vision and goals of longevity.

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Our clients are detail-oriented and expect a finish that is like a custom-built supercar: unique in time and place, with crisp detailing, and not repeatable. This requires a lot of research and creativity on the part of our teams. What all projects have in common is a connection to nature and the surroundings, in keeping with a particular lifestyle and aesthetic, characterised by vast open spaces. TruLinea’s team is skilled at adapting to each client’s program and location.

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The architectural practice is transcendent in the sense that it is entirely client-centered, a particular type of client, wherever their project may be based.

We are looking for opportunities to create something that is unique and long lasting. TruLinea is as interested in picking the clients, as the client is interested in picking the architect: the goal is to challenge the client as well as ourselves.

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Whether designing a project in Colorado, the Bahamas, the UAE or the Côte d’Azur, the primary driver, says Trujillo, is the fit between client and architect. Luke Trujillo will pick up the client from TEX (Telluride airport) at their convenience; and fly them via helicopter to a special project for the initial interview. Luke Trujillo is also a private pilot with a rotorcraft. All safety measures will be in place with a 2nd pilot on board for a safe and memorable flight to a spectacular project.

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Our product is not a commodity, it is artwork. I don’t necessarily ‘need’ the work, I ‘want’ the work - if the challenge and the client meet my expectations.

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A N G E L I N A A S K E R I


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ANGELINA ASKERI Angelina Askeri is a designer whose sophisticated and intriguing interiors are rooted in her multicultural background and lifestyle. Of mixed Russian and Iranian origin, having trained in Italy and lived in different European countries, as well as the United States, she brings to bear an unmistakeably eclectic flavour to both residential and commercial projects, with a distinct preference for the high-end residential. Commercial projects benefit from a transfer of skills, deep research, and a flair for the whimsical, and are almost always commissioned by existing private clients whose residences she has designed.

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The Angelina Askeri interiors are distinctive in that they always use art works as their focal centerpiece.

I am an art collector, as are many of my clients. My sister has an art gallery. Visiting major art fairs is my passion, as is collectible design. We have been known to design an interior around a major art piece, making it a starting point of the project. I find it difficult to imagine a space without art and always try to emphasise its importance to clients.

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Angelina Askeri’s projects are timeless but always tailored to, and reflective of clients’ lifestyle and requirements, which inform the entire approach.

I try to structure an interior on a very classical basis so that the décor doesn’t need to change every few years, then add changeable pieces, fabrics and accessories that are easily removable and replaceable as needed, to give the space a new life every so often. Always, quality trumps trends.

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Angelina has developed her own signature range of rugs “grounded by the heritage of artistic experiments of the beginning of the XX century, after Kandinsky and Malevich” that are an art form in their own right. Angelina s “dream project”?

The home of a major art and furniture collector who has an appreciation for history of art and design. I would love to source unique and exceptional pieces from around the world.

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K E N D A L S C H U T T


KENDAL SCHUTT Kendal Schutt is a product designer whose distinctive chairs are as much functional pieces of furniture as they are objects of art.

Starting her career at Osborne and Little, Kendal’s progression to setting up her own practice and gaining international recognition has been nothing short of vertiginous.

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What initially sparked my profound passion for design was an intense fascination with fabric. I recognized that chairs, generally considered as objects of mere utilitarian value and of unrelenting sameness, had a great deal of potential in terms of design reinvention.

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Kendal set herself a challenge: to change the traditional perception of chairs through giving them a distinct artistic dimension. Her chairs have a certain fluidity of form that defies the conventional notion of comfort and are meticulously sculpted into striking pieces. Aesthetically captivating as they are, the Kendal Schutt chairs are equally sturdy, comfortable, and ergonomic.

I am firmly of the opinion that artistic expression should not compromise functionality.

This commitment to comfort, combined with ingenuity of design, a certain ethereal quality and undeniable elegance have helped establish Schutt’s reputation as an innovator in a notoriously crowded industry, her name becoming synonymous with the art chair.

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S A R A H Z D E S I G N S


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SARAH Z DESIGNS Sarah Z Designs is a concept-to-build, turnkey service studio based in Florida, founded by Sarah Zohar.

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Zohar’s projects epitomize coastal chic, incorporating signature beachside elements, and making the most of the spectacular views.

Living in Miami, being constantly surrounded by endless water and beaches, I draw my inspiration from what nature has to offer, incorporating it into my interiors and creating a strong link between interior and exterior to enhance my biophilic design element.

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Biophilic design is about incorporating nature and organic materials, both of which are proven to enhance mental health and wellbeing, contributing to a sense of serenity. It is also visually impactful without being ostentatious.

Biophilic design is a reflection of my personal taste and belief that the home is a sanctuary that should contribute to a sense of happiness the moment we step in. I design homes where my clients derive a sense of contentment and relaxation.

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Sarah Z Designs encapsulates my belief in the power of design to enrich life. The brand stands for thoughtful and elegant designs that are at once timeless, yet modern and mindful of environmental stewardship. We are family oriented and thrive on crafting spaces for the client and their family that represent a serene oasis of their own.

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V I L L A W H I M S Y


VILLA WHIMSY

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Old Fort Bay, Nassau, Bahamas Project: Owner-managed The name says it all.

This is a whimsically conceived and painstakingly executed project of a villa renovation on Love Beach, in the Old Fort Bay area of Nassau, Bahamas. Whimsically, because the owner is an art collector with very particular ideas of interior design.

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Painstakingly executed, because, the fabulous villas and gated club residences notwithstanding, the Bahamas is short on skilled contractors.

The owner bought outside a gated development precisely because he wanted to put his stamp on what was a very dated and woefully neglected villa, yet strategically situated on a commanding elevated plot overlooking the sea. The 1.5 acres of mature and rather spectacular gardens were equally a deciding factor.

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The concept Having initially hired a general contractor, an architect and an interior designer for the project, the owner ended up firing the first, sidelining the second, and working alongside the latter as his own project manager.

A car port was built in front of the garage for the purpose of installing a full set of solar panels.

The beginning The villa was built in the 1980s and its interior was tired and dated.

General contractors in the Bahamas typically take on large multiple occupation projects. Private villas are often placed on a backburner and remodelling projects even more so.

The exterior required remedial and structural works, primarily for the purpose of re-orienting the house towards the ocean (the original design had the windows primarily oriented towards the pool and extensive gardens).

With the exacting expectations of the owner, it was inevitable that he would have to step in to manage the project – as many others do even in the ultra-exclusive enclaves of Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay clubs.

This required gutting the interior in its totality, demolishing two external walls, redesigning the front entrance and adding floor to ceiling impact windows throughout.

The garden shed at the bottom of the extensive grounds was converted to a water purification system, credited to the very professional crew of PureH2O Caribbean Ltd.

The objective was to end up with a modern, hyper-functional building, but decorated with the owner’s whimsical and eclectic collection of artefacts, bronzes, rugs, classic and contemporary furniture and specially commissioned pieces.

The majority of internal walls were similarly demolished, the kitchen and bathrooms gutted.

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The result:

… a modern, future-

The execution

The Gardens

This was the most challenging aspect. The owner spent two 6-month stints in the Bahamas, overseeing different crews, firing many of them, and redoing portions of the house multiple times. The natural shell stone tiles were re-laid three times; the ceilings were redone three times; the outside walls resurfacing and painting twice.

The gardens were an existing feature of the property: mature and established, with scores of coconut and palm trees, fruit trees and local species.

The roof was repaired twice. The impact windows were supplied and fitted by Storm Frame Windows.

proof, ocean-facing villa with a highly personal character to it, combining

The owner turned a portion of the back garden into a vegetable-growing lot, along with added papaya trees, watermelon, limes and avocados, to complement the mango, sapodilla, and ackee trees, as well as the banana grove.

classic and contemporary features to reflect the two owners’ often colliding

Some climbing plants were introduced to cover the walls of the caretaker’s cottage and garnish various columns. These will take time to fully develop and come into their own.

aesthetics, and resulting in the current distinct whimsical look.

The pool renovation was started by one Gareth Johnson, who quit half way through the project, abandoning it in a sorry state. The pool was eventually renovated by Paradise Pools.

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