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TRENDS 12 DESIGN SELECTION SUMMER 2019
LATEST NEWS FROM DESIGN WORLD
THE BEST SHOTS FROM INSTAGRAM
THE DESIRES OF THE MOMENT THE WORLD'S BEST RESORTS
THE HOXTON PORTLAND
FRESH LOOK TORO TORO
MAGICAL ILLUSION IN ROME D&G BOUTIQUE
IMAGE OF WINE WINE CELLAR
FLORAL SECRETS MOXY CHELSEA
CONTENTS INTERIORS 88
SERENE LIFESTYLE HOUSE BY ARRCC INTERIOR DESIGN
AN ALLUSIVE HOUSE ARTISTIC PROJECT IN NYC
LONDON LOFT APARTMENT BY MAURIZIO PELLIZZONI
EXTRAVAGANT GAME INTERIORS OF A MAISONETTE APARTMENT IN STUTTGART
ECO-SUSTAINABLE APPROACH SOCIAL CENTER IN BLANCAFORT
LIGHT OF THE MINDS PARK LEGEND KINDERGARTEN IN CHENGDU
THE POWER OF FORM HOUSE IN THE SHAPE OF AN X
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ear Reader, I hope you're enjoying this Summer! And to make it even more exciting, we have reserved an edition full of inspiration and novelty. Summer is the synonym of relaxation and leisure but don't forget to renovate your interiors. We propose you the new selection of Design Trends that will help you refresh the rooms with a few steps: just choose the chic furniture like a mid-century modern piece or create an extravagant combination of different styles. Besides remember to find the ideal place to spend your holidays if you haven't chosen yet. So while you browse through this issue, think about how you want to spend your days of relax: on an island to sunbathe, or go on a safari amidst wild nature, or enjoy the view of the ocean sunset while sipping a glass of Italian wine. So we present the key of this edition - a selection of the Best Resorts in the world that will guide you to your ideal summer destination. Instead if you want to visit a city, there are some restaurants & hotels that make your stay enjoyable. What are you waiting for? Escape from the routine! And don't forget to keep up with all the design news on our website www.gandgmagazine.eu!
INTERIORS The architect Patrícia Bergantin presents the 800m² house, located in São Paulo, that received total internal renovation. The focus was to prioritize the integration of internal spaces with the external area and the nature around the house.
ARCHITECTURE This getaway home designed by SAOTA in Uluwatu, on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia, is dramatically perched high on a limestone cliff edge. Ulu means “land’s end” and watu means “rock”, which aptly describes the rugged beauty of wild, arid peninsula. Uluwatu is also known for having some of the world’s best surfing beaches, and its steep, rocky cliffs provide sought- after elevated ocean views.
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Design trends If youâ€™re looking for ways to give your home a chic and summery aspect, then take advantage of all our trends we have reserved for you! Monsho Wood Sorrel Table lamp by BLACKBIRD BESPOKE
Ula Pendant light by DOUNIA HOME Tsquare Ceramic by TERRATINTA
Clock Clocks Plate by MINEHEART
Diamond Rug by OKHA
Corset Chair by MUNNA DESIGN
Nakita Armchair by MURANTI
Neutral palette OUTFIT YOUR HOME WITH SOOTHING NEUTRAL COLORS SUCH AS WHITE, LIGHT BEIGE AND GREY. THESE PIECES DON'T COMPETE WITH ANYTHING ELSE IN A SPACE AND ALSO WORK WELL WITH OTHER COLORS. EACH OF THOSE PIECES WOULD LOOK GREAT IN ANY SPACE 12 | G&G _ Magazine
Private Armchair by MUNNA DESIGN
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Oka Rare armchair by BRABBU
B 97 Coffee table by THONET
DESPITE BEING ONE OF THE SYMBOLIC COLORS OF THE AUTUMN SEASON, IT HAS ALSO BECOME THE BOLD WARM COLOR FOR THIS SUMMER. SOFT AND ENVELOPING, PERFECT FOR THE WALLS BUT ALSO SOME FURNITURE OF THESE SHADES WILL GIVE A TOUCH OF FRESHNESS IN OUR HOMES
KLE Ceramic by GIOVANNI BARBIERI Vernici Ceramic by TERRATINTA CERAMICHE
Mustard Parsley Fabric by LOMAS&LOMAS
Angelie Armchair by DOMKAPA
Timberline | Yellow Geometric Pillow by BRABBU 14 | G&G _ Magazine
Stecca Chair by COLOS
Enjoy the journey in our sustainable world of delicacy from the Italian regions.
#SUMMER2019 Galaxy Lamp by BRAND VAN EGMOND
Mid-century modern CHARACTERIZED BY SIMPLICITY, DEMOCRATIC DESIGN AND NATURAL SHAPES, THE MIDCENTURY MODERN FURNITURE COMPOSE THE AUTHENTIC AMBIENCES WITH WOOD AND METAL FINISHES
Omega V Server by OKHA
Hanoi Wall screen by BRABBU
Diamond Small Mirror by MAISON VALENTINA
Embrace Chair by CARL HANSEN & SON Gramercy Side table by MisuraEmme
Bailey Sideboard by MEZZO COLLECTION 16 | G&G _ Magazine
Joan Armchair by DOMKAPA
Tibur Table lamp by MURANTI
Pallasite Wall mirror by MURANTI
Bogart Sofa by JETCLASS
Iguazu Armchair by MAISON VALENTINA
Tamara Night stand by KOKET
Celestine Painting by ANNE B. SCHWARTZ
Antique Sensation THIS SHADE OF A BUTTERY OFF-WHITE WITH ANCIENT DRAWING WORKS DELIGHTFULLY AS PART OF THE SUMMER 2019 DESIGN TRENDS, GIVING A TOUCH OF THE FEMININE ROMANCE TO YOUR HOME SPACES AND BALANCE TO SOME INTENSE COLORS
Kelly Sofa by KOKET
Mix Pattern RETURN TO THE 90S. FURNITURE, FABRICS AND ACCESSORIES INSPIRED BY THE PAST WITH FUTURISTIC DETAILS AND PRINTS THAT GIVE LIFE TO A THEATRICAL PLAY OF VOLUMES AND SYMMETRIES. THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF DESIGN AND ART Peonyplay Sideboard by MINEHEART
Genesi Ceramic by TERRATINTA
Malay Armchair by BRABBU
Moving Forest 1 Carpet by G. T. DESIGN
Kintsugi Plate by MINEHEART
Malay Rare Bar chair by BRABBU 20 | G&G _ Magazine
Zellige Cushion by BRABBU
LATEST NEWS Bold tones H2R Design, the award-winning design studio creating renowned commercial and hospitality spaces, was tasked to design Rose Poudre, a refined salon concept for women situated in Galleria Mall, Abu Dhabi. With the original project evolving from a hair styling bar into a full-service salon, the design was developed to redefine conventional female accents to feature industrial styles and robust materiality while maintaining a cozy â€˜feel at homeâ€™ mood. www.h2rdesign.com
Lightness The DĂŠco research continues to offer outdoor spaces suitable for every functional and style requirement. The family of coatings proposed by the company is now expanded with Panorama, the new collection of bamboo slats for outdoors, designed to meet the ever-changing design needs. www.decodecking.it
Huge windows With a new inauguration in Singapore in partnership with P5, Molteni Group is taking another significant step towards requalifying its distribution network in the Far East strategic markets. The Flagship Store with a total surface area of 600 sq. m. and it is located along Somersetâ€™s luxury design area at Winsland House. www.molteni.it
The luxury 11 Ravens introduces the Let 'em Fly Dartboard collection of a stunning luxury gaming tables and accessories. The collection has three exquisitely made dartboards. Each carries the 11 Ravens luxury touch of design and excellent aesthetics. www.11ravens.com
Outstanding Décor Hotel Victor Hugo is a four-star Parisian "private property" located in the heart of Paris. Inside it, an Art-Deco environment blends with contemporary style, giving to its hosts the right vibes for a comfortable stay. The creator of this small gem is Laurent Maugoust, a renown Parisian architect, chose the modern contemporary design pieces by Brabbu like Maya armchair and Koi side table. www.brabbu.com
The birth of marble “MARMOR NATVM”, the new furniture collection by Curiosity designed for BUDRI, Italian leading company specialized in marble inlay. The collection expresses an homage to the poetry of nature: the different materials fuse together, creating new marble species www.curiosity.jp “Dynamism, created by juxtaposing light with a wave-like contour fuelled the initial research. Exploring scale, pitch and frequency and various materials helped settle for the most effective and interesting radiance...”
A touch of light The Canadian designer Caine Heintzman realised Vale series for ANDlight. The undulating profile of the lens translates emitted light to a striking gradient; while its prismatic surface further carries light across, creating a soft hue and ambient diffusion. Technically intricate, Vale optimises functionality through its multidirectional luminescence. www.andlight.ca
An appointment not to be missed! ME Milan Il Duca hosts the Lodola Hotel exhibition until September 4th! The 5-star luxury hotel comes alive in the summer with a virtual and suggestive "concert" of music icons, represented by the light sculptures created by the internationally renowned artist Marco Lodola. Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 13 – 20124, Milan (Italy)
A fine structure Designed by Mirco Crosatto, Dress Code "dresses" the light with the elegance typical of Made in Italy. The new Linea Light's table lamp is composed of interchangeable parts in each component, from the articulated head with LED source to the tapered arm, also articulated, up to the solid circular base. The structure is solid and robust, the joints reliable, the aesthetics unmistakably elegant. www.linealight.com
Breath of Light Blueside Emotional Design presents “Medusa Soffio di Luce”, their new lamp hand-crafted from glass and ceramic. An intimate and elegant furniture accessory, designed by Sabrina Masala and chosen for the uniqueness of its shape and for its versatility by chef Mauro Uliassi, who was recently awarded his third Michelin star in the 2019 restaurant guide. It is a dimmable, batterypowered lamp that brings together the ideals of refinement and uniqueness in a single product. www.blueside-design.com 28 | G&G _ Magazine
An Interactive Shop Experience Masquespacio is glad to announce its latest project: the first flagship for Cuadernos Rubio, a 60 years old Spanish publisher specialized in exercise notebooks to learn mathematics, language and calligraphy. The design that represents the shop as a white paper made of mosaic tiles represents the notebooks in an interactive environment to create an unforgettable experience both for the youngsters as well as for adults. www.masquespacio.com
Dirty pink Fir Italia, a brand active in the sector of designer taps, adheres to the Tide project offering very special installations characterized by the union of design and colour. So two brands launch the Synergy collections with the new Silky Rose finishing, which is part of the Matt Luxe family: sophisticated colours and shades, embellished by slight effects and iridescent glows. www.fir-italia.it
New Must Have Designed by Aldo Cibic, Selva presents its latest iconic piece of furniture expressing a poetical idea of design using solid wood - Pont Table. “Its profile is like a bridge and actually, from the symbolic point of view, I like it very much”; that’s why the table has this name. The table consists of 2 parts: the plane is large, slim with curved legs, smooth and oval enlarging reaching the intersection. www.selva.com
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Being in the middle of Summer, all of us want to escape to a place isolated to enjoy the nature. So we decided to give you an accurate selection of the Best Resorts in the world where you can run away from the usual routine.
the desires of the moment
The view of Velaa Private Island Maldivesâ€™ beach. To the left one of the UXUAâ€™s houses.
sits amid the surreal, lava-sculpted, saltglazed landscapes of northern Chile. A creation of glass and adobe that takes your breath away as much as the unparalleled views of stars that twinkle above it by night. From the outside the lodge blends into the windswept plateau, but inside every aspect has been designed to frame the views of the volcano-dotted Atacama Desert, be that the guest rooms with their huge windows, private terraces, the cosy lounge and even from the infinity pool. Tierra Atacama operates an Adventure / Spa philosophy, where treatments come after adventures in the desert: snow-dusted volcanoes and bubbling, steaming geyser fields, moonscapes and the glittering salt pans. The staff are attentive, the atmosphere relaxed and the dĂŠcor restrained mid-century. Above all, everything at Tierra Atacama is inspire by nature.
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Interiors of the living area and, at the top left, the view from Tierra Atacamaâ€™s room.
The top view of COMO Uma Paro. Top right the dishes from COMO Uma Paro cuisine: the strong flavours and sophisticated techniques make them stand apart, while the sourcing of ingredients - in part from organic kitchen garden - ensures the taste of freshness.
Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway. The name of this private retreat, an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that have flocked here to nest and hatch. The resort design borrows from this theme, with turtle motifs, and the colors and patterns of turtle shell pervading the property. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. Velaa Private Island also ensures plenty of room for its marine visitors, with a hatchery and conservation plan in place. Address: Velaa Private Island - 2071, Noonu Atoll (Maldives)
COMO Uma Paro is an intimate 29-room resort featuring the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan with an enviable location in the Paro Valley. This puts you within striking distance of the country’s great cultural landmarks. The style combines local artisanship with COMO’s contemporary style, while activities range from yoga to Himalayan camping adventures. The 9 private villas and 20 luxury rooms combine the colourful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship with the clean-lined contemporary design. The result is a luxury resort with a fresh, original look that feels sleek even as it recognises COMO Uma Paro’s cultural context. Address: Paro Valley – 222, Paro (Bhutan)
Interiors and, below, the exteriors of Beach Pool Villa by Vella Private Island.
Soneva Kiri offers unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences on the island Koh Kood with its untamed jungle, pristine beaches and fishing villages. The resort is composed of sprawling 6 bedrooms ocean view offering the luxury experiences with eco-friendly design to clients. Soneva Kiri offers a wide range of different activities like excursion in the National Parks, the Thai cooking lessons from Chef Benz, the film screening at Cinema Paradiso etc. The resort reserves also a unique experience for children: Eco Den, a giant molded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray suspended in the treetops. The Den is dedicated to learning, excitement, and meaningful experiences. Address: 110 Moo 4, Koh Kood Sub-District – 23000, Koh Kood District (Thailand)
Top left "Jardinière légumes Arlequin" dish from Arpège menu. To the left lunchroom of Arpège. To the right Blue Hill's interiors.
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Thai food from Soneva Kiri’s menu. In the top right the beach with its pure white sands and crystal-clear waters. To the left Eco Den experience.
Lagoon views from South Camp. To the right, Vumbura Plainsâ€™ lounge area. Below, Double-bedded tent and family unit at Vumbura Plains. The camp is surrounded by grasslands locally referred to as 'melapo', that offer good seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo.
Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience. Vumbura Plains comprises two separate but linked camps, consisting of a total of 14 raised, spacious rooms, unique and contemporary in design with indoor and outdoor showers and an en-suite bathroom. Additional features include a private plunge pool and 'salaâ€™ - from where you can watch the passing parade of wildlife or even enjoy a relaxing soothing massage. Address: Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, (Botswana)
Southern Ocean Lodge
Australia Southern Ocean Lodge with view. Below the Osprey Pavilion bathroom
is Australia’s most extraordinary luxury lodge experience. Located on the Kangaroo Island, the world-class lodge is sensitively designed to float amongst the coastal drama of the island’s south west, offering an unforgettable blend of contemporary luxury and pure nature. Twentyone luxurious suites welcome panoramic views of the great Southern Ocean and boundless coastal wilderness, and feature lavish sleeping areas, sunken lounge and glass-surround ensuite. The Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals designed to relax and rejuvenate. All-inclusive rates, first name service and personalised experiential itinerary combine to offer guests the ultimate Kangaroo Island encounter. Address: Hanson Bay Rd – 5223, Kingscote (Australia)
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa is composed of houses that date back 500-years to the village's founding. They were restored by designer Wilbert Das in collaboration with local artisans using traditional techniques and reclaimed materials. These houses have a soul, each with legends and family history, every detail uniquely crafted by caring hands. Authenticity is the greatest luxury a visit to Brazil's Bahia state can offer, and living among native families in the heart of old Trancoso delivers the experience naturally, in style and comfort, and with an ethos of sustainability.
Address: Rua da praça do bosque 10, Estr. de Trancoso 45810-000, Porto Seguro, (Brazil) 44 | G&G _ Magazine
Pink house by the UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa. Above Bahian bar/cuisine service on the beach based on low impact, sustainable and delightful.
Alila Villas Uluwatu's Sunset Cabana bar where the clients enjoy an evening of sublime artisanal cocktails, perched over the cliff edge with unparalleled ocean views, the sound of waves crashing below, and a stunning Uluwatu sunset. Dramatic and seductive. A bar like nowhere else.
Indonesia Alila Villas Uluwatu is composed of 65 villas situated on an elevated plateau along the southern coastline of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. Each individual villa is specifically designed and constructed to follow an environmentally sustainable framework, with its own pool and private cabana overlooking the Indian Ocean. The villas showcase contemporary interiors enhanced with touches of nature and traditional Balinese accents - reflected in planes of wood, water, stone and rattan. Walkways and bridges connect the relaxation pavilions and pools to the spacious living areas. The open-plan design, unique flat lava rocks roof and bamboo ceiling allow the gentle sea breeze to circulate throughout all rooms of the villas. Address: Jalan Belimbing Sari Banjar Tambiyak Desa Pecatu, Bali (Indonesia)
Designed by WOHA, Alila Villas Uluwatu is completely integrated with the architecture, seamlessly flowing from inside to outside blending in with the natural environment.
Maldives COMO Maalifushi
nestled in the archipelago's southern reaches in the sparkling turquoise waters, is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers with its overwater villas and beach suites. It features a mix of 65 land and over-water suites and villas. The resort accommodation references indigenous architecture while remaining elegantly pared back to reflect the island's calming setting. The overwater suites and villas are built off wooden walkways that stand above the shallow lagoon. Each has its own private terrace for slipping into the sea, while the garden rooms benefit from being set in the island's tropical heart. Address: Thaa Atoll – 08190, Maalifushi (Maldives)
Sabi Sabi Selati Camp epitomises a classically vintage experience. Born of history, inspired by the legends of hidden bullion and fearless hunters, the exquisite seven suite Selati Camp is a tangible reminder of this grand steam train era, and epitomises the ambience of yesterday. Seven beautifully appointed suites – each romantically named after long-gone railway stations, is intimate, luxurious and comfortable. Classic safari styling is evident in all suites where authentic antiques and vintage décor are reminiscent of a time gone by. Address: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve – 1350, Sabi Sand Wildtuin (South Africa)
Top left Maalifushi Beach Villa’s master bedroom and private picnic island. Selati Camp’s entrance and historically themed lounge area, where superb meals are enjoyed under the star-studded African sky or in the intimate “Farmhouse Kitchen”. 46 | G&G _ Magazine
Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is a grand western destination offering an ultra-private collection of historic guest ranches set on a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch outside of Saratoga in south central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley. A Preferred Hotels & Resorts LEGENDÂŽ destination, ORVIS Dual-Endorsed Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting Lodge and Beretta Trident Lodge, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch features rolling hills, verdant river valleys, lush forests and majestic rock formations that create environment where guests can escape in an true luxury. This summer, Brush Creek Ranch debuted The Farm at Brush Creek, an immersive culinary experience focused on seed-to-table dining. Address: 66 Brush Creek Ranch Road â€“ 82331, Saratoga, (USA)
Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch outside. Above the modern accommodations that harken back to the old west while providing the luxury you expect in every detail.
Fettle, the LA and London based design studio has worked in collaboration with Ennismore to design The Hoxton Portland, the sixth hotel in The Hoxton portfolio, located on the site of a former 1920â€™s theatre in the historic Chinatown area of Portland. Fettle was appointed to design the public areas of the hotel, including the restaurant, cocktail bar, lobby, apartment style meeting space and coffee shop.
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Photography by Alan Jenson
Fettle was appointed to design the public areas of the hotel, including the restaurant, cocktail bar, lobby, apartment style meeting space and coffee shop. When designing these areas, Fettle responded to the location of the hotel, which has an industrial, gritty backdrop juxtaposed with areas of surrounding natural beauty. The original building played a large part in the inspiration behind the design of the project: the hotel is a combination of an old 1920â€™s theatre and a new build tower which houses the hotel rooms. The old part of the hotel includes heavily textured wooden columns as well as old plaster finishes and textured concrete. In contrast, the new part of the building is clean and industrial with a striking glazed facade. This combination of modern mixed with traditional underpins the Hoxton Hotel House style. The public spaces of The Hoxton Portland each have a distinct personality yet merge seamlessly into one another and Fettle has used contrasting styles of furniture to differentiate the areas. The lobby is open, comfortable, and inclusive. It's designed to be a community hub for both locals and hotel guests alike. The space includes an expansive brick wall featuring an integrated central fireplace that acts as a focal point around which the mid-century inspired furniture, upholstered in colourful and comfortable fabrics, is orientated.
The pendant lights that feature in the lobby were custom designed by Fettle especially for the project. Additionally, Fettle chose Armstrongâ€™s Tectum range for the ceiling. These specialist wood wool panels have a heavily textured modern feel feel as well as strong acoustic properties. The team chose a complementary colour for the interiors, settling on Bella Pink. 50 | G&G _ Magazine
The plush mohair and leather upholstery of the furniture alongside brass detailing of the feature lighting sits in contrast to the exposed concrete finishes of the existing building and simple cement board wall cladding. The bar and restaurant spaces sit to the front and are surrounded on two sides by the full height glazing of the existing facade. A large timber topped bar with colourful teal underside stands prominently on one side of the space, while reclaimed timber flooring, sourced locally from Pioneer Millworks, runs through from the lobby. The restaurant space, La Neta, is located at the other end of the room and is surrounded by walls clad in dark painted timber panelling, scattered by Latin-inspired artwork curated by local art consultant Upfor Gallery. 52 | G&G _ Magazine
The architectural palette for Hoxton Portland is subdued and natural, with half century old timber columns and grey textured cement board, referencing the industrial nature of the city. This provides a great backdrop for the colourful seating and patterned Robert Allen fabrics that are used throughout the spaces. The overall feeling is one of warmth and homeliness, generated by the layering of different textured materials and lighting designs.
Simple freestanding banquettes, upholstered in aged green leather, are paired with timber and tan leather chairs and oak dining tables. A bespoke black, white and gold patterned floor tile differentiate the restaurant from the bar space.
The design team created a space which really tells the story of its location and where guests will feel inspired as well as comfortable.
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FRESH LOOK LW Design Group is getting attention for its latest project: the revamping the South American restaurant and bar in Dubai, Toro Toro, providing visitors with their signature holistic experience using new design elements.
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The South American-inspired fabrics and finishes radiate distinct warmth that was balanced with eccentric wallpaper featuring oversized palm prints to exude the rich South American exoticness. Designers created a sense of equilibrium by using vibrant colors, like teal and burnt orange, which helped create a dynamic sense of energy in the space.
The restaurant and bar Toro Toro went through a re development aiming for a new look with an intimate atmosphere and relaxed space that accommodates a wide range of clientele. Yet, distinct features of its South American theme have been retained to keep the transformation seamless. With a surprising transformation Toro Toro is making a comeback with new design elements and an air of sophistication that mixes with the interiorâ€™s dynamic energy. Itâ€™s located at the landmark Luxury Collection
hotel, the Grosvenor House, and offers an amazing view of the Marina. The restaurant came into existence after well-renowned South American chef Patron Richard Sandoval partnered with the Grosvenor House. The design team aimed to align the space with current trends, so they toned down the color accents in the ceiling, which also serves to make the onyx finishes a focal point of the setting. The cage staircases brought an urban vibe, but now visitors can see it filled with plants that radiate a tropical aura.
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Some of Toro Toroâ€™s original design elements have been retained. This includes the enigmatic Backlit onyx show kitchen, black metal cage detailing and its iconic bronze bull sculptures.
A selection of furniture is custom-made. Dining chairs from Stellar Works, the sofas, arch mirrors, and candle chandeliers were from Restoration Hardware, and White Moss DĂŠcor provided black timber and leather weave lounge chairs. It also features saddle armchairs from Timothy Oulton, pendant lights from Brokis, locally made live edge tables with live walnut tops were made by Chabros.
Designing team LW chose to upgrade the kitchen by switching from white to black textured tiles that seamlessly blend with the entrance. The finishes incorporated in the design are tactile and subtle yet luscious at the same time, be it the handwoven accent panels in the dining chairs and beautiful live edge walnut feature tables or the dark grey hand-applied concrete wall finish and warm tobacco hue timber flooring. They updated old art pieces like Kudu horn wall hangings with graphics painted patterns that display an array of colors while featuring minimalist copper and gold detailing for a hint of luxury. Despite the captivating interior overall, the artwork is a major focus here, such as the specially commissioned breathtaking doublestory murals of authentic gauchos at the entrance and the Bull inspired burnt timber art in the kitchens and washrooms. All these pieces reflect the central theme of the South American ranch lifestyle. 62 | G&G _ Magazine
To bring forth a new and revamped Toro Toro, different materials were implemented, like chevronpatterned oak floors, oversized leaf wallpaper, dark concrete for the walls, leather for seating, and woven cushions and Pampaâ€™s rugs for traditional detailing. In addition, the smoked oak timber joinery and waiter stations included hand painted detailing. In the bar area, chocolatecolored fur throws on leather chairs give a back-to-basics feel.
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MAGICAL ILLUSION Located within Romeâ€™s distinguished Piazza di Spagna, Eric Carlson and his Paris based architecture office CARBONDALE designed in collaboration with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana the new 800 square-meter, two level luxury boutique for the archetypal Italian fashion house.
ome is “the eternal city”. Its historical layers of monumental architecture are a mineral mastery of of power and beauty held up by the ubiquitous and emblematic stone column. Eric achieves an insightful and beautifully impressive contemporary interpretation of the rich traditions of Roman culture, power, craftsmanship and the Italian baroque. For store design “THE COLUMN”, 59 in total, becomes the unifying element for exterior and for the 11 interior spaces. Upon entering, to inaugurate the experience Eric, the founder of the studio, employs the Baroque technique of “forced perspective”, a magical illusion that distorts the perception of depth, inspired, by Francesco Borromini’s colonnade at the Palazzo Spada. Three contiguous spaces decrease proportionally in size, ceiling heights, column proportions, and floor patterns to create the magical illusion of depth. Even the dazzling red and gold handblown Murano glass chandeliers were custom designed in 3 different scales to accentuate the effect. From the entry space visitors are drawn into the GRAND ROOM, 22 meters long with a 6 meter high ceiling that’ capped with two skylight domes, each lined in gradating colored rings of handmade stone mosaics. The walls of this “Vatican-scaled” space are 66 | G&G _ Magazine
raw concrete punctuated with glass covered moiré silk panels in a luminous cardinal-red. The stone floor is masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship. 15 different marbles are geometrically collaged in a range in colors from intense yellows, reds, ivory and creams, blue quartz, mother-of-pearl whites and intensely veined blacks and greys. This majestic space is dedicated to women. Dresses, shoes and accessories are displayed on simply designed polished and brushed brass freestanding shelves, tables and jewelry cases. Embedded into the white Calacatta marble floor is a circular crest of handcrafted stone mosaic tiles. Depicted is the 2000 year-old story of the she-wolf nursing the reputed founders of the city, Romulus and Remus, represented here like Roman superheroes with a polished brass “D” and “G” emblazoned on their chests.
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Rome is a BAROQUE CITY, built by artists and architects such as Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Their creations are vital, lavish with a hyperreality that deform and exaggerate perceptions to astonish and inspire. Eric has creatively layered into the store’s architect numerous baroque experiences conceived in a contemporary manner with modern materials and technics. A stunning example of this is the “DIGITAL GALLERY”. Inspired by the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and Gallery of Map. After climbing the grand marble staircase visitors discover a linear gallery transporting them into a heavenly paradise. In a contemporary
Through curved LED ceiling and wall screens Hercules and Athena are brought to life engulfed in billowing dark clouds of thunder and lightening that slowly give way to a rising sun while surrounded by the penetrating vibrations of Gregorian Chants.
baroque architectural maneuver the linear half-vaulted space is made magically whole by its reflection within a full-length mirror wall visually completing the vaulted form. The modern baroque gesture is brought to its culmination by digitally transforming Paul Troger’s 18th century ceiling fresco.
Rome’s rich cultural of literature, philosophy and poetry are captured into the floors, wall friezes, door passages and window frames. In all, 32 Latin inscriptions, pervasive and inextinguishable, reverberate their wisdom throughout the stone architecture. Bands of handcrafted gold glass mosaic tiles with black granite letters crown the large rooms. Marble and polished brass letters are inset into stone mosaic floor crests and doorways punctuating spaces and transitions.
The piano noble is organized as linear series of rooms following the exterior façade and the 11 windows that allow for natural sunlight and give rare views to the piazza and Spanish steps. Echoing the opulent 16th century PALAZZO ROMANO each space is designed as a modern palatial room of stone, color and light. The walls are striated with vertical floorto-ceiling bands of different marble types and combinations. Each ceiling is ringed with a bushed brass frame and raised with a central skylight of illuminated Azul Cielo marble. The sequence of spaces culminates at the prestigious Men’s Sartoria.
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Intimate and warm, this room is enveloped in 3 tones of lacquered woods. Panels of smoked redgum, walnut, dark ebony and bars of polished brass vertically line the walls and vaulted ceiling.
Zooco, a multidisciplinary study of architecture, design and retail based in Madrid and Santander, presents the project of a wine cellar in the heart of Valladolid, Spain.
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This chain of curves originates a serie of arches of the space that linearly will be seen as vaults, a constructive system that evokes the ancient underground cellars.
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The circumference shape is very noticeable in many ways, e.g. in the wooden barrels that can be visible inside the cellars, in the bottles, in the antique vaulted cellars. Therefore, the circumference introduces us into this world as the leitmotiv of the project.
The juxtaposition of several circumferences in transversal and longitudinal direction of the local creates a space where the required situations appear such as the counter, tasting table and exhibition-sale space. Once the system is generated, the architects atomize it in its longitudinal direction dividing the system in vertical spaces of 15 cm, obtaining in this way two frontal elevations of product exhibition. Therefore, the space is perceived as a sequence of wooden ribs in which the circumference shape is even more present. 76 | G&G _ Magazine
To realise this project, the architectes used the three different materialst: wood is used for the ribs system as the barrels, stone for the floor as the antique cellars, and the mirror material which generates amplitude and an atmospheric world of reflections where those circumferences seem to contain some kind of liquid.
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ROCKWELL GROUP UNVEILS THE PUBLIC AND AMENITY SPACES AT MOXY CHELSEA IN NEW YORK. TUCKED INTO THE BUSTLE OF MANHATTAN’S HISTORIC FLOWER DISTRICT, THE HOTEL’S RESTAURANT, LOUNGE AND ROOFTOP WERE CONCEIVED BY THE DESIGN STUDIO AS PLACES OF DISCOVERY, SURPRISE AND REJUVENATION.
pon entering Moxy Chelsea, guests encounter a botanically-inspired space seen thorough a modern lens. Appealing to today’s youthful global traveller or sophisticated city insider who craves a contextual sense of place as well as an escape, Rockwell Group has combined layers of rich colour, material, pattern and form to create a vibrant and welcoming design. The end result is a highly sophisticated and curated environment that embraces today’s multi-tasking, multicommunicating and multi-experiential world. Featuring exquisite craftsmanship and unexpected details at every turn, Rockwell Group’s design scheme for Moxy Chelsea comprises of Feroce, an Italian restaurant on the Ground Floor, a dynamic lobby lounge and the Fleur Room, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar with views of the Empire State Building and New York’s famed skyline. Italian restaurant Feroce is entered at street
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Recessed Venetian plastered walls holding a collection of containers, a terracotta-like barrel vault ceiling, and refined geometric light fixtures, all conspire to transport guests to early 20th Century Milan and Rome. A ribbon of over-scaled mosaic tile floor dramatizes the counter from the expanse of floor with a stripped, biased pattern that introduces guests to a geometric motif that repeats throughout Moxy Chelsea.
level and organised as a series of choreographed rooms that lead to an outdoor terrace. Inspired to create a clear distinction between the street and the hotel, as well as an immediate, curated moment, a collection of Italian candy displays greets visitors at the 28th Street entrance. Beyond the apothecary candy jars, aperitif and digestif bottles hover on delicate glass and brass shelves creating an unexpected juxtaposition that sets the tone for everything Moxy Chelsea. After guests enter the transparent and ribbed glass-paned lobby vestibule they also encounter a window-side,
A sliding glass door leads to the private dining room, where the walls feature large-scale, deconstructed vintage Italian liquor posters behind antiqued mirrors. Ground floor restrooms have rich, emerald-painted walls and dark terrazzo, creating immersive, luxurious hideaways.
old school doughnut machine that appeals to everyoneâ€™s inner child and a pass-through window that allows locals to pick up coffee, freshly-made doughnuts and pastries on the go in the morning. Passing through Feroceâ€™s cafĂŠ and bar, guests enter the main dining room of the Feroce restaurant, which is capped with a barrelvaulted ceiling. Three niches fitted with semicircular Hollywood banquets face opposite a gridded industrial window looking onto the outdoor dining courtyard spanned with a 50feet long banquet seating and terrazzotopped tables.
Each area of the Moxy lounge is marked by a variation in terrazzo flooring, ranging from coloured slabs of tile, scaled from “The Little Shop of Horrors”, to crisp geometrics in black. The elevator bank marking the front and back of the lounge is wrapped in shelving with a curated display of artwork. What first appears to be reproductions of figurines have in fact been transformed into humorous caricatures, almost like a sculptural version of music sampling. A similar approach to disrupting the expected appears in paintings where classical Italian scenes are distorted by a ‘technical glitch’.
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Moxy Chelseaâ€™s vintage Italian flair continues on the second floor with the Moxy Lounge, a hub of activity for the hotel guests. The lounge is a narrative of counterpoints, contrasts and cultural cues, a distillation of the urban experience bottled in a dynamically choreographed space that offers enjoyment, comfort and flexibility. From the entry vestibule guests ascend a grand concrete staircase, encased in tubular glass, arriving on the second floor to meet, eat, drink, work and lounge. The pleasures of home, work, travel and everything in-between merge into a dynamic social space. To the right of the space, the Winter Garden, which looks out onto the heart of NYCâ€™s Flower District, spans the width of the hotel. It is sandwiched between a live green 20-foothigh wall and partially screened glazing with tinted circular panels that echo the platonic geometries of Modernism. To the left of the stairs, a lounge area adjacent to the bar is anchored by a 20ft long sofa and a family style table. Two studios provide guests with a quiet, private workspace during the day. In the evening, these custom tables fold down to create credenzas and plush, modular furniture creates a space for socialising.
The bar is screened from the Winter Garden by a kinetic plane of tilting glass tiles that change configuration. Grab & Go cabinets at The Pickup, next to the bar, offer snacks and beverages 24/7.
Arriving into the barrel-vaulted vestibule wrapped in bronze plaster, guests can move to an indoor space to the south or outdoor space to the north. The Fleur Room interiors are comprised of a lively palette of materials. The bar in the Fleur Room appears like a bronze extrusion that recalls the chic precision of intimate bars found in Rome or Milan. Opposite the bar is an indoor/outdoor lounge wrapped in kinetic windows that transform the space into a sky veranda at the touch of a button. Doubling as a dance area, the barâ€™s flooring is made from concrete tiles in black, white, and green configured as segments of circles, recalling the circular motif used throughout the public spaces. 84 | G&G _ Magazine
Rough concrete and industrial windows are mixed with polished bronze, warm wall coverings and plush furnishings to create glamour with a touch of grit. Subdued indirect lighting both reinforces the spectacular views and heightens the intimacy of the space, while inverted resin pyramids glow with embedded florals, recalling the surrounding Garden District.
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ARRCC Interior Design is proud to presents its latest project: a new house for a young couple with children on the outskirts of Paarl â€“ a 30-minute drive from Cape Town.
xchanging big-city living for a more relaxed lifestyle, a young family opted for he private golf estate of Pearl Valley as its new home. Through the vision of interior architect Jon Case of design studio ARRCC, the living spaces were carefully conceived to produce a home epitomizing casual luxury. There is a strong tactile element throughout the house, which was designed by Gauteng-based architect Gardiol Bergenthuin, and it was this natural quality that the ARRCC team chose to champion, starting in the foyer. Here, ribbon-stone water-walls flank a bridge, with the sounds of cascading water welcoming one inside. Nature’s elements are visible throughout the design, often as focused visual features. By wrapping the home around a central courtyard garden with a reflective pond, the theme of living in nature is a constant connector to the home’s unique setting. The primal theme of the interiors spills over into the formal living and dining area, where fire governs the open-plan area that features a ‘Kutu Slim’ coffee table and custom seating by OKHA, with the placement of fireplaces on either end. The wood-burning fireplace in the living area highlights the double-volume space leading up to its trussed ceiling, its stack of timber logs and the room’s hanging halo light adding a sense of homely ambience. In contrast, the linear gas flame in the dining area introduces a slick contemporary edge. Its flames dance in the reflection of the wall’s stainless-steel inset and bounce off the draping glass chandelier presiding over the raw solid oak table surrounded by ‘Phillips’ leather dining chairs by Minotti.
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«The subtle details and quality of finishes reflect a seductive living environment.» - Mark Rielly, ARRCC director
Glass stacking doors encourage the constant feeling of being outdoors, an idea strongly adapted in the sunken TV lounge, grill room and casual dining area, which look onto Pearl Valley’s seventh fairway. A ceiling of slatted timber creates a visual connector for these adjacent spaces, while at the same time forming a verandah-like setting. The weaver nest hanging lights by designer Porky Hefer, a playful nod to the industrious local birds, while the purple abstract artwork by Andrzej Urbanski from Everard Read gallery references the fynbos spotted around the golf course. Two large Lshaped couches, a circular eight-seater dining table and a grill-side table with benches makes casual, large-scale entertaining an effortlessly stylish affair.
Looking head-on to the courtyard and pond, the kitchen acts as a pause point between the formal and entertainment areas, as it claims a central position in the left-hand wing of the home. Its raw concrete ceiling a foil to the houseâ€™s otherwise organic elements, allowing the kitchen to claim its own identity as it leads one up its floating Caesarstone-slab staircase to the top storey. OKHA leather-and-steel â€˜Frameâ€™ barstools stand elegantly in front of the kitchen island, modest in silhouette but perhaps the best seat in the house. On the opposite end of the courtyard, in the right-hand wing of the home, and accessed via floating steps leading over the reflexion pond, the bar is a social cosmos in its own right. Leading to an enclosed firepit on one end and looking over the expansive swimming pool on the opposite side, it conjures notions of complete seclusion. A spa-pool and TV perfectly positioned for series binging make this a much-utilised part of the home.
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ÂŤSensory pleasures continue upstairs with textural details present in all four bedrooms.Âť
On the second floor, the lighting plays an integral mood-enhancing role in the private zones. The edges of recesses and bulkheads shine with a peripheral glow, allowing the organic finishes to be appreciated. Timber wall cladding in the en-suite bathrooms present an additional element of natural layering, where wooden materials, textured leathers and raw linens come together to present a casual-meets-curated ethos of uncompromising refinement.
an allusive HOUSE THE ARCHITECTURAL AND DESIGN BUREAU N&G ANANIEV INTERIORS FOUNDED BY A FAMILY AND CREATIVE DUET - NADEZHDA AND GEORGE ANANYEV PRESENTS AN ARTISTIC PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH BRABBU IN THE METROPOLIS OF NYC. 96 | G&G _ Magazine
View from the â€œart roomâ€? to hall and stairs. This room is a true inspiration, as it understands and connects extraordinary color spectrum and fantastic textures to provide a complete sensory experience. Friends and neighbors enter this house like into a museum. And one must admit, itâ€™s a fair resemblance! 98 | G&G _ Magazine
his is the first project in USA for N&G Ananiev Interiors, and the designers were excited to share this experience and the outcomes. Nadezhda And George met the owners of this property ten years ago- a couple with four children. The family has Russian origins and visits their homeland from time to time, but now they decided to reinvent the house they bought in 1980s1990s near New York and make it their permanent address. The owners imagined this house in bright and
unusual colors: the result was an amazing interior in vintage style with contemporary furniture. Everything was built having in mind the main idea of â€œvisual impression and magnificent appeal for the eyesâ€?. It was important to make a statement with expressive walls through bright wallpapers, combine artistic and remarkable furniture and also outstanding and even provocative pieces of art. Speaking of planning - the first floor gathers singular public area, which is a suite of rooms closed in a circle.
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On the second floor - a private area. There is one room for each child and a separate outhouse for the guests. The walls remained in the same place - the Ananievs did not move them, but completely cleaned the â€œstuffingâ€?, leaving only the doors, as the designers found them really beautiful and in conformity with the concept.
The main living room also highlights the walls with beautiful wallpapers from Casamance, while the painting by Ilya Kabakov presents a serene nostalgic scenery in a nature-themed artwork. Meanwhile the â€œmusic loungeâ€? has an amazing merge of bright colors and a playful composition of vintage to modern furniture.
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In the ÂŤmusic loungeÂť, one of the main entertainers are mustard-yellow MAYA Armchairs from BRABBU, an intense addition to this living room design. This velvet accent chair has the perfect combination of sensual and delicate forms and due to its fierce color can invoke long and comfort conversations.
LONDON MAURIZIO PELLIZZONI WAS COMMISSIONED TO RE-DESIGN AN IMPRESSIVE LOFT APARTMENT THAT OCCUPIES THE TOP FLOORS OF A VICTORIAN GRADE II LISTED BUILDING IN VIBRANT AND UBER COOL SHOREDITCH, EAST LONDON.
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his stunning loft apartment combines striking industrial features, an abundance of glass and a sophisticated colour palette to create a light, modern and welcoming space with some interesting design details. To achieve the desired look Maurizio retained several original features. The exposed brickwork on the disused chimney breast and the steel air conditioning vent have an industrial feel, while the kitchen with its white surfaces and floating island adds a touch of modern-day luxury to the main living space.
In-keeping with the contemporary look the main colour scheme of the property was restricted to a palette of cool blue, white and grey accessorizes and finishing touches. Save for some impressive blue speakers in the living area, much of the technology is discreet, including bond style electric black out blinds throughout. 106 | G&G _ Magazine
Connecting the apartmentâ€™s ground floor, mezzanine bedroom and small terrace is a magnificent bespoke white steel and glass staircase designed by Maurizio Pellizzoni, which creates a light and open look. The glass panels of the staircase also mirror those of the bedroom wall, creating an effortless and sleek continuation. As it is such an impressive feature, one of the main challenges that they faced was the bespoke staircase that connects the two floors, Maurizio spent months designing and engineering it from the original concept, and both the staircase and giant glass panels for the mezzanine bedroom wall had to be installed in the apartment by crane.
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The patchwork rug in the living room and the striped bedroom carpet give the scheme some depth and interest. The abundance of soft furnishings and subtle patterns throughout the apartment creates a softness, which perfectly balances the overall masculine appearance.
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The second bedroom, with study, has a cute mix of wall finishes and slightly twee blue wallpaper. Here the special piece is the desk, a custom design and creation by Maurizio Pellizzoni.
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IPPOLITO FLEITZ GROUP, A MULTIDISCIPLINARY, INTERNATIONALLY OPERATING DESIGN STUDIO REALIZED THE INTERIORS OF A MAISONETTE APARTMENT IN STUTTGART, BELONGING TO TWO DESIGNERS, A SENSUAL COLLAGE OF ITS OWNERS' THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES.
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n architect and a textile designer have created a sanctuary in a listed Wilhelminian building in a soughtafter location on the edge of Stuttgart’s city centre. Their new apartment stretches over two floors with an unusual tapering floor plan that resembles a slice of cake. The 290 m² have been transformed into a vibrant cabinet of curiosities, filled with mementos and inspirational pieces, which they have collected or sourced on their travels. A characteristic period feature of the building is its layout of individual rooms grouped around a central hallway. This layout was carefully modified, respecting the building’s listed status, to create a spacious, open discourse with shifting vistas and overlapping perspectives. The upbeat is given by a pale grey, gallerylike hallway, which forms a cabinet brimming with travel curiosities. A striking element is a wooden bench from India, which draws you into the space, accentuating the suction effect of the trapezoidal layout. A black, herringbone parquet floor runs from here throughout the apartment, giving the suite of rooms a flowing feel and creating a strong graphic counterpart to the typically bourgeois Wilhelminian architecture. At the head of the hallway is the living room, a salon-like space with strong contrasting colours, intense graphic elements and large forms. A lemon yellow bookcase is positioned against powder blue walls. The dining room is connected to salon by a small room with a bay window and a graphic character. A deep pile rug with a bold, geometric pattern in strong colours and a Moustache chair are more works of art than pieces of furniture, yet even these are outdone by the expressive pictures and objects on the walls. Two circular, intersecting shapes on the ceiling take over the circles theme, which is echoed at multiple points in the room, as well as spotlighting life below.
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In this room, a contrast comes from the more subdued, natural materials world of the furniture and the intense light that is filtered into the room through golden venetian blinds, which shine brightly in the sun.
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rosewood table, about which various chairs are gathered. One end of the table top is lacquered black. This shiny reflective surface creates a bridge to the piano as well as to a smoked oak sideboard hanging on one wall. Its partially black lacquered front resembles a fragmented mirror and dissolves the solidity of its form.
An asymmetric, curved wall opening in the opposite end of the salon leads into the staircase room, the only room in which the original oak parquet floor has been preserved. Creating a first connection to the upper storey, two suspended lamps emerge from a ceiling opening to hang above the horse, almost like a rider. The upper storey is reached via a staircase with indigo treads and a dark green stringer. From the staircase room, a second doubleleaf door leads into the bedroom, which is also a library. The dark wood of the bookcase and sideboards coupled with the elegant colour of the walls give the room a delicate feel. A silken Berber rug and the leather of the bed bolster the quiet, elegant impression of the space. To the right of the hallway lies a spacious bathroom. The salmon-coloured design is in harmonious dialogue with the limestone of the floor and several walls. Multiple mirrored surfaces expand the space and create optical bridges to the other rooms by means of reflections.
The walls of this room are papered with an English, hand-printed wallpaper featuring a jungle motif. The exotic atmosphere is heightened by a life-size wooden horse, an archaic artefact from India, which stands before a dark grey, smoked glass wall.
A freestanding washstand made from rosewood with a superimposed mirror unit form a strong centerpiece, about which are grouped a freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower. Black, wooden, venetian blinds and a black, dotted pattern on the ceiling provide some necessary contrast in the otherwise soft atmosphere.
A stunning view over Stuttgart is visible in the other direction. The green theme is programmatic here: the room is filled with succulents of all shapes and shades of green.
Cooking with friends is one of the ownersâ€™ passions. So the kitchen at the other end of the apartment has a stainless steel, industrialstyle kitchen block at its centre. Original tiles on the floor and wall provide a scintillating contrast to the precise, sharply edged, solid surface, built-in cupboards. A freestanding marble-topped table offers space for more intimate gatherings. The guest WC is located next to the kitchen. This small room with its many wall-mounted pipes was panelled to create a clean, polygonal shape. The folded effect of the walls is dissolved by a geometric mural. A softly curving mirror provides a welcome contrast and also expands the space. The upper storey houses a spacious study and private TV lounge. The light-flooded top floor also has access to a generous terrace with a view of the treetops in the neighbouring avenue. 118 | G&G _ Magazine
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THE ARCHITECT GUILLEM CARRERA WAS HIRED TO BUILD A NECESSARY SOCIAL CENTER FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE VILLAGE OF BLANCAFORT AND THE NEIGHBORING MUNICIPALITIES, NEAR THE PORT CITY OF TARRAGONA.
ay care center and home for the elderly are the main two functional components in entire complex. The architect worked precisely to combine this two activity in design program. The initial observation of the plot and its environment led to consider that the future building did not have to solve only a program and a requirement of an isolated building, but it also had to help consolidate the nearest urban fabric, creating an entrance to the village with its own personality and public character. It is proposed to open the building to the three surrounding streets and public green area, turning the preexisting retaining wall into the base of the building and creating a core of common access and an internal courtyard for each of the two public facilities. Level difference of the streets, meet and derived purpose solution on that, by creating one street level entry of the complex, at the same time, other side you can directly enter from the street to courtyard.
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The interior finishes aim to provide users with the warmth necessary to enjoy a building designed to be comfortable during the last stage of their life. The structure has been projected according to the passive solar architecture criteria. Each of the spaces of the building has the ability to cross-ventilate, since all areas are open both in the exterior faรงades and interior courtyards.
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The Home for the elderly directs its main space to the surrounding landscape, while the Day care center directs its main space to a larger internal courtyard, designed for the gathering together and more leisurely activity of its users. Creating V shape building foam, with a green courtyard between two wing of it, and covered space have both the side open for
deriving light and ventilation. The external finishes respond to not require continuous maintenance. The possible perception of concrete as a cold material is balanced with warm wood finishes, weathering steel and stone that lines the wall socket (used in several places in the same village which is typical from the area) and projected vegetated areas.
The minimization of energy demand has been treated at an early point of view by creating an envelope (skin of the building) with a thickness thermal comprising at least five layers and 40 -45 centimeters thick, establishing a concordance with thermal inertia in the climate where the building is located. From a second perspective it is treated by an integrated global building air conditioning system that takes advantage of solar energy to reduce electricity consumption. Moreover, the new air intake and extraction are carried out through a system of double flow that ensures the extraction of stale air from kitchens and toilets and simultaneously collects fresh air from the outside (controlling its humidity) and enters it inside in the multipurpose and administrative areas, being the air filtered.
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The materials used in the construction of this building were used simple materials of natural origin and proximity with the intention that the environmental impact of the building and landscape is as low as possible.
LIGHT OF THE MINDS THE CHINESE FIRM CHALLENGE DESIGN PROJECTED PARK LEGEND KINDERGARTEN LOCATED IN CHENGDUâ€™S TIANFU NEW AREA, WHICH FEATURES A SOUND ECOSYSTEM AND IS CLOSE TO LUXELAKES ECO-CITY, XINGLONG LAKE AND TIANFU CENTRAL PARK.
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Architects: Challenge Design Project Team: Jie Lee, Fang Yan, Suya Lin, Hailian Li, Wubing Feng, Wei Lin, Xiuxian Xu Interior Design: Enjoydesign Construction Drawings:Arch.age Design Landscape: Wisto Landscaps Lighting: Pread Lighting Facade: Yehua Construction Photography: Prism Images, Lujing.
indergartens are stereotypically multi-colored, yet the design team has broken existing conventions and presented a pure, simple and interesting building in light of the theory that childrenâ€™s brains simplify complex shapes automatically in their minds. The site is surrounded by a one hundred meter-long green belt to the north and a dramatic urban landscape. The layout of the buildings fits well with the unregular site, creating a harmonious blend of nature and modernity. While enjoying an amazing connection with nature, the children will also learn from their environment by appreciating the eco-friendly buildings. The designers have exercised their inventive minds to divide the indoor spaces, and they have scientifically placed several entrances to ensure that children and teachers from different rooms can enter or leave the buildings without forming jams at the exits. To secure abundant sunlight and outdoor activity space, the designers have placed the kindergarten in the southern community. Theyâ€™ve also exercised our creativity by designing miniature landscapes between the buildings and the surrounding environment.
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â€œDesign is the abstraction of nature's elements in purely geometric terms.â€?
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Challenge Design aimed to create a place in which children can play with their peers, learn from their teachers and stay comfortable. The design team constructed elaborate and unified buildings according to the surrounding geographical features of this irregular plot. Following the layout of the plaza at the entrance and the gardens, buildings are constructed into a non-enclosed circle-like shape. Itâ€™s always been of concern to designers to break the constraints of every enclosed partition, provide a multifunctional learning and gaming space for childrenâ€™s
mental and physical development, and offer an interaction area and some more public activity areas for children. Corridors are able to form transitions and boundaries, so a circular corridor was built to link and divide the indoor and outdoor spaces, while simultaneously satisfying childrenâ€™s psychological needs, integrating public and private spaces and enabling the transition between dynamic and resting states. All of the sections are integrated into an unbroken whole, and contradictions are eased.
The outer shapes and colors are perfectly united both vertically and horizontally, and geometrical spots on the surface are scattered like an abstract waterfall, making the whole garden look more energetic, graceful and delightful. Finally, the complex natural elements act not as barriers for designers but have, instead, assisted with the emergence of a peaceful atmosphere while blending harmoniously with the surrounding buildings, making for a gorgeous scene. 134 | G&G _ Magazine
This project provides the perfect example of putting geometrical elements from nature into the design of its buildings, giving children the chance to grow vigorously in a natural environment. The shape of the
buildings mimics the profiles of mountains, and the high set entrance makes the whole building more prominent. Strolling leisurely within the compound, people will feel as though they are surrounded by real forests.
â€œWhite reflects all light, thus it magnifies contrast and helps to showcase various colors, lights and shadows. Knowing this, we have designed the buildings in white, giving prominence to the buildings and creating a piece of canvas for nature. Both the natural environment and the buildings here will enhance each other's beauty."
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The architectural studio Cadaval & SolĂ -Morales worked on projecting the house in the shape of an X located on the upper part of a hill in Cabrils, in the outskirts of Barcelona.
ith remarkable views and an important slope, the site is accessed from a single street located at the top of the site. The location of the house within the site responds to the aim to minimize excavation and optimize, within possible, the use of the non-occupied land. The access to the house is two meters depressed from the street, and the project searches to empathise through the use of blank walls the desire to be anchored in the site and to disappear from the street; the project clearly prioritizes the faรงades and views overseeing the valley. The house has two floors. The top floor, beyond incorporating a parking and allowing the access to the house, is conceived as a private suite of the owners: main room, with dresser and and washroom / toilet, and spacious studio. In the lower floor there is a clear distinction between the front and the rear of the house; the front part has a totally open and public nature, build up with a living area in a double high space next to a kitchen-dining room articulated around a significant marble table, 8m long. The form of this house is the result of a long process of search of individual answers to each of those challenges; thus, the form is not an a priori, but an effort to give a unitary response that satisfies each of the questions rose up in the design process. This architecture is a living expression of the specific technique, and accumulates in its skin the diverse and continuous knowledge acquired within the process of construction. 138 | G&G _ Magazine
The house is also a constructive exploration: a technique regularly used for the infrastructural construction such as bridges and tunnels, is here developed to meet the architectural scale, aiming to incorporate efficiency, and reduction of costs to the construction. The use of a mixed technique based on the application of a high-density concrete allows projecting the material at a high pressure to a single-sided formwork, and to acquire high structural resistance in extremely short periods of time.
The rear part of the lower floor holds the rooms and service areas, which through the patios are given direct and protected views to the valley, the sea and the mountain. 140 | G&G _ Magazine
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Mainly, the project of the house uses form to qualify spaces of very different nature and provide them with an individual character, always incorporating landscape as a main actor. Beyond the effective spatial arrangement at the front of the house, the views are the protagonist in each space.
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