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utumn is about to end and we can't wait to embrace winter, hoping it will be full of joy and above all serenity. We continue to spend more and more time at home... But what better to do with all that time? I suggest you use it in something you like: experiment with new cooking recipes, create a gym space (stools, sofa, heavy objects etc. can become an excellent tool), start painting or sewing... And if you are passionate about design: browse this new edition that will inspire you to make a makeover of your home. The new Design Trends will surely help you to get some ideas for your new dĂŠcor, as well as the products of the E-Shop category that you can buy immediately with a simple click. The pages of this edition aren't just filled with pretty pictures and columns of text. They tell also the stories of the houses and their inhabitants: each with individual design and indistinguishable features. Like a Moscow apartment with its boxes and ceiling beams, or a family house in Los Angeles that serves as a resting place, or an Italian home in its new interpretation. This is not all, as in every issue we have reserved you a surprise: something you cannot find everywhere. An architectural selection that reveals the Best Cabins & Lodges. These are hotels' suites, private homes, offices, etc. All of them have one feature in common: they preserve the physical distance that today has become basic for all of us, for our health and for our loved ones. Hope this edition inspires you to dream!

GANDGMAGAZINE.EU INTERIORS Shift House KdnD Studio LLP designed a two-story house with the aim of having a harmony between the building and the landscape, in Aambey valley, India.

ARCHITECTURE Casa Joy is a modern oriental concrete, glass and wood luxurious villa projected by Rodrigo Ferreira in a little central Brazilian city: Goiânia.

STORESS Bright Night and Gentle DOMANI Architectural Concepts designed the Meunier Technology Beauty's first concept flagship store located in Baoan District, Shenzhen.



Design trends Colour and design Trends for the end of the Autumn season reveal a list of intense shades with natural accents that instill health and a feeling of fulfillment, clearly showing an attention to self-care combined with a preference for nature based tones.

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An Architect's Bag Bolshakova interiors presents its latest work: a Bag on request of an architect that would simultaneously serve as both a professional tool for A3-sized materials and an exquisite accessory. Inside the bag, there is storage for the complete set of tools for a modern architect where it was used Hermes fabric from the Animaux CamouflĂŠs collection. The result is the perfect combination of elegance and practicality.


Porous façade

Extremely versatile

Shirò Skyrain is the ceiling shower head designed by Zazzeri for the modern domestic wellness. The new item combines the clean and minimalist design with intense sensorial benefits to experience the shower in the most pleasant way fully respecting water saving.

South African architecture firm SAOTA, designed Kingsway Tower, a new 15 storey high rise building in Lagos, Nigeria. The distinctively swollen, billowing form of the tower subtly references the square sails of the traditional boats on Lagos Lagoon while conveying the effect of the gentle breeze that characterises the climatic conditions of the city. The tower rises above a wavy canopy with a “woven” pattern on its underside, reminiscent of fabric caught in the breeze. The canopy sweeps around a two-level retail podium, providing shelter at street level and lifting invitingly towards the entrance at the most prominent corner.

Exclusive design Boca do Lobo opens the way to freedom and the need of bringing extravagant creations to life with its new Versailles armchair. The creativity and rich decoration of the Versailles Palace contributed to the inspiration of the creation of this exuberant armchair. 30 | G&G _ Magazine

Brass details

The new Mezzo Collection's Waters bar chair invites you to travel through the 50s. Its silhouette breaks the frontiers of vintage and modern remarkably, bringing out the best of them: an alluring combination of color, shapes and materials.

Functional aesthetic

Borzalino presents Franklin sofa collection designed by Carlo Bimbi that consists of fixed and modular in-line sofa and corner sofas enhanced by a series of footstool. The soft and wrap-around lines and the modern design make it pleasantly suitable for a furnishing scheme of international taste at the same time inclined towards the appreciation of the features of good Italian design.


Beautiful creation

A lighting solution inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle, Ottis floor lamp combines modern design with traditional elegance. Its peculiar shape provides a strong presence in a variety of schemes and symbolises a reinterpretation of forms and materials. Suitable for contract and residential projects, all finishes can be customised according to the client’s preferences.


Inspired by the sweetness of kid's favourite candies and with its curved shapes combined with LED features, the Bubble Gum bed is going to be the standout piece you need for a dreamy and funky design. Featuring various storage compartments in modules, you can choose the storage parts you want so that it can best adapt to your room project and space without compromising style.

Functional and expressive

Princype is the new real estate project on the initiative of Fondo Leone managed by Dea Capital Real Estate SGR which sees the collaboration of 3 Milanese prestigious brands: Studio Marco Piva who carried out the architectural and interior design project, Abitare Co. as broker agency and Milano Contract District, the design platform partner of the project for products and services related to home design. The architecture of the building, with the large green terraces located at various levels that slope down towards the internal courtyard, help to further emphasize the lightness of the composition, giving it momentum and evoking the tradition of elegance and style characteristic of historic Milanese residences. 32 | G&G _ Magazine


Learning to cook

Ideal curves

The new Villa bedside table by Adam Court for OKHA is shown here in a rich Walnut Timber paired with a Nougat Matis Marble. To create a unique outline, the designer has moved away from the traditional box shape with four legs and allowed asymmetry and a more organic and intuitive line to establish the form.

Soft interior The elegant CH78 armchair, nicknamed Mamma Bear, by Hans J. Wegner has an attractive shape and a design that combines visual lightness and high comfort. Its angled legs give the armchair a relaxed look and stable, and the raised-end armrests are delicately topped with solid wood molded for a dynamic and inviting look.

Clayton Korte presents the new restaurant Savor The Culinary Institute of America located within San Antonio's historic Pearl district. Running through the space’s limited storefront, a 50-foot canopy unifies an inviting patio, dining room, and gleaming instructional kitchen. A blackened steel frame references industrial surroundings while delicate brass connections and backlit textured glass pull the bright interior outward. Inside the finishes and assemblies are inspired by naturally occurring textures and colors, providing a clean backdrop to the ever-changing range of foods prepared within. Address: 200 E Grayson St #117 - San Antonio, TX, USA


Charm and elegance in a Florentine villa The Notorious collection by Marioni is characterized by a strong identity based graphic research where design and material contaminations merge by melting together the Hollywood imaginary and the contemporary, finds its perfect place in an elegant Florentine villa. Lightings and accessories decorate with sophisticated elegance indoor and outdoor spaces with a refined personality, outlining a harmonious and spectacular style, featured by a modern soul insinuating with delicate authority into contexts recalling a contemporary classic slightly retro.

Alluminium system

Profilo Smart is the innovative made in Italy furniture system designed to create a revolution in the world of design and organization of spaces. The system consists of an anodized aluminum modular track to which various accessories can be hooked in absolute safety, both for common and for specific uses.

Transparent or colored

Parasol glasses are inspired by the silhouette of a Parasol pine, this majestic tree from the South of France to which we pay tribute here. The glass undulates in the image of the trunks that sway to offer themselves to the sun. 36 | G&G _ Magazine

Pure magic

Ceramiche Refin presents its new collection Riflessi characterized by its warm and enveloping tones, proposes a return to the marine atmospheres and coastal views of the Mediterranean, triggering graceful plays of light that reverberate joyfully in every space. With a skilful use of porcelain stoneware, the collection admirably reinterprets the ancient handcrafted decorative techniques, adding a touch of modernity thanks to the wide choice of colors.

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OHLAB led by Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver realised the architecture and interior design of Puro Hotel in the historical center of Palma.

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uro Palma is an iconic 22 room boutique hotel n the heart of La Lonja district (the Palma de Mallorca's old quarter). Adapting itself to the different existing buildings, the hotel has an irregular configuration. The refurbishment project by OHLAB takes advantage of that complexity as a potential tool to generate unexpected and unique spaces where each room is different from each other. The project solves every room with individualized and unique layouts and solutions. The selection of natural and local materials emphasizing the Mediterranean essence has been very important. Puro is defined as an urban oasis, cosmopolitan and contemporary but with local roots that make it unique. A simple palette of natural materials is a constant throughout the project: oak wood, cement sinks and bathroom walls, recovered maresstone walls – the traditional limestone used in traditional Majorcan architecture, natural hemp ropes, stainless steel switches and fittings, aged leather, linen, cotton, fabrics designed by OHLAB and produced on ancient Majorcan looms for upholstery, cushions and plaids, raffia carpets and wicker baskets produced locally, etc. Also, the solid wooden mandala doors, hallmark of the hotel since its origins, have been recovered. The artist Pedro Oliver has work closely with OHLAB producing a special pictorial work for this project, a series of unique custom-made mural paintings strategically placed in each room.

Most of the furniture has been specifically designed by OHLAB for the hotel. Beds, headboards, benches, pure and simple lines are integrated in the room creating a relaxed and lounge atmosphere. Out of this furniture designed is worth highlighting a series of aged bronze pieces inspired on traditional metal carts that bellboys use for carrying the luggage, which replace the old cabinets, desks, minibars and support furniture. The new maxi bar cart, included within this series, includes the more ludic items of the room and works like a fragment of a real bar with all the tools required to perform the best cocktails inside the room.

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Another important focus has been the conception of the bathrooms as spaces for pleasure, spacious and integrated with the bedrooms, with generous, sculptural and freestanding bathtubs placed in the bedrooms just as another piece of furniture. Address: Carrer de Montenegro 10, 07012 - Palma, Illes Balears, Spain 44 | G&G _ Magazine

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A former Augustinian convent becomes a new hospitality project, August, a hotel with bar, restaurant, wellness and shop designed by Vincent Van Duysen in Antwerp, Belgium.

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reated with a deep respect for its heritage, August is a modern-day sanctuary, echoing the sacred soul of historical Belgian architecture whilst intertwining a contemporary modernism. Situated in a luscious green corner of the former Military Hospital site in Antwerp, it embodies the character of the area at its finest. August consists of 5 different buildings, seamlessly blended together under the guidance of legendary Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen in his first-ever hotel project. All this is accompanied by secluded gardens projected by Wirtz International Landscape Architects. The strategy of Vincent was to respect the historical DNA of the site and its surroundings, and to align it with the principles that are used for the general redevelopment of the other historical listed buildings – a careful restoration of its architectural neoclassical splendour in collaboration with Callebaut Architects and the addition of black metal contemporary architectural elements to upgrade to the new function and modern hospitality life. At August the eclectic creativity of the Flemish building styles throughout the centuries meets an understated soulful modernism, creating a perfect blend of both public and private space.

August is a place where you feel calm and at home without neglecting the fact that you are in a place that was sacred. We have fully considered the past as being a beautiful gift to keep and reinterpret what we have in a modern way. August strokes all the senses with the richness of its textures and objects that are in delicate harmony with its sacred soul. - Vincent Van Duysen 48 | G&G _ Magazine

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The interior is designed as a warm and timeless tribute to the dedicated convent lifestyle. August's public areas includes a private guest library, several bookable meeting rooms, bar & restaurant and a wellness zone. The latter invites guests to warm up in the sauna, hammam or on the hot stone. Cool down again with a fresh ice scrub, in the outdoor shower on the adjacent 'Cour Anglaise' or in the outdoor swimming pond. Every part of August shows a meticulously thought-out aesthetic for the hotel. Each element has been custom-designed to match the authentic heritage with a contemporary touch. The intricate designs of the original tile floors were restored and placed back in new-found glory. Large-scaled windows allow for an abundance of natural light, which stands in great contrast with the closed character of its former function. Almost everything you see in August's interior was custom designed by Van Duysen, in collaboration with Molteni, Flos and Serax, among others.

August bar and restaurant are curated and envisioned by well-known chef Nick Bril that has challenged himself to go beyond his signature style and has thought out an internationally inspired menu focusing on product and season. While August bar serves a perfect mixture of elegant drinks and savoury bar food, that can be enjoyed in the high-ceilinged chapel. Food and drinks are served in specially designed August tableware. The 'Passe-partout' collection is designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Serax and includes glassware, porcelain tableware, cutlery and wooden objects. The past is reflected in many aspects of this collection. In particular, with the porcelain tableware, countless visual effects can be created by stacking or by playing with the contrasting white and black exterior colours. The cutlery and wooden accessories also follow the blueprint Vincent Van Duysen had in mind for Passe-partout: nononsense, a tad nostalgic, while at the same time very contemporary.

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The former convent encapsulates 44 rooms and suites that are a warm homage to the dedicated cloister way of life, with the addition of all modern amenities. Due to the original building structure almost no room is quite alike, each having their intrinsic personal touches, like a centuries-old wooden ceiling, an inviting balcony overlooking the former Military Hospital site, or unspoiled chapel or courtyard garden views. In the interior colours refer to elements of the existing with its soft green wood, dark smoked oak or black and white to emphasise the contrast between the contemporary (black) and the classic (white). Bespoke finishing is to be found in every element; from the hand-glazed bathroom tiles to the tailor-made iconic lighting, from custom-built furniture to the carefully restored mouldings and doors. Address: Jules Bordetstraat 5, 2018 - Antwerp, Belgium 54 | G&G _ Magazine

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COLOR MEETS ELEGANCE Marga Rotger interiorisme realised the interior design project of the Hotel Zafiro Palace Palmanova in the tourist area of Calvià. Photography by Gori Salvà


orming part of the “Zafiro Hotels� hotel chain, the Zafiro Palace Palmanova Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotel in Palmanova, only 15 minutes from the city of Palma. Marga Rotger interiorisme realised the comprehensive design of the entire hotel: reception, lobby, spa, themed restaurants, cafeteria and rooms. The result is a hotel that reflects the natural environment that surrounds it through its colors and materials. Following this approach the interior architecture try to integrate with the garden and the surrounding vegetation, the light and the sea, offering spacious, bright, relaxing and comfortable environments. The aim of the project is to achieve elegant and quiet spaces, with character, combined with the textures used in harmony that refer to the Mediterranean.

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At the Zafiro Palace Palmanova hotel, the restaurants represents an ambience of modern luxury and elegance with an impeccable gourmet experience. The hotel has 5 themed restaurants, and also a Cafeteria. The Asian environment of Tastes & Sushi Bar is reflected by the combination of colors 60 | G&G _ Magazine

inspired by the decorative wallpaper by the pastel colors combined with light rose chairs. In contrast, there are the orange color of the cushions and the blue wall inspired by the Mediterranean shades. Everything is accompanied by careful lighting and the choice of accessories. While Portico restaurant offers an Italian

cuisine in an industrial style environment. The predominant colors are black and white combined with the orange leather seats. By the Mediterranean style, El Olivo's space has a fresh, warm and natural air, thanks to the combination of noble materials such as raffia and rattan together with the vegetation hanging from the ceiling.

The Pool Bar-restaurant La Veranda is open to the pool, with a cool and informal atmosphere. Light colors combined with teak wood is a great place for a snack at noon or an open-air dinner. Bordered by black vertical panels the circular Market is a buffet restaurant with modern 62 | G&G _ Magazine

and colorful furniture. Orange, blue, white, pink are all shades that you find within this environment. Cafeteria Lounge Bar offer an informal atmosphere that combines a range of colors with a predominance of blue that results in a direct reference to the Mediterranean Sea.

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The hotel is made up of 240 suites, distributed in 5 different categories. All the rooms are designed under the same criteria but there are 5 different typologies, each one with special characteristics. The rooms have been designed with a design of simple lines, made with noble materials, more comfortable searching for a balance through the combination of wood, lighting and fabrics. Address: Av. de Cas Saboners, 24, 07181 - CalviĂ , Illes Balears, Spain

exotic The award-winning studio Mastrominas Architecture designed Caravia Beach Junior Suites & Restaurant with new 49 junior suites unfolding around a communal pool. Photography by Yiorgis Yerolympos, George Papapostolou, Nikitas Vogiatzis-Vokotopoulos


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he plot constitutes part of the wider hotel Caravia Beach property and had originally been planted with palm and gum trees. The new complex of the suites unfolds around a communal pool which underlines the 5 bungalows and the restaurant and connects with all the structured environment via a network of decks and platforms, creating channels that surround the individual spaces.

The main preoccupation of the architects was to preserve as many trees as we could by integrating them into our design. The existence of a wetland in 500m distance from the plot, has been the reference for the wide swimming pool. The result is a sophisticated interweave of low buildings, water and vegetation. 68 | G&G _ Magazine

The restaurant becomes a reference point and the heart of the summer’s resort around which the 5 bungalows unfold. It is designed with a modern and simple style, thus providing a setting of relaxation for the dining areas, bar and open kitchen. Wood is used to underline the original exotic atmosphere created by the natural landscape, while the textiles participate in grey and natural tones enhancing the calmness and elegance of the restaurant areas. Wide use of stone wall constructions has been performed, built in the local traditional way with the local stone of the island. The cover of the pergolas is made of osier thin logs. The same material is used for the false ceiling with the artificial light from above creating a calm and cosy ambiance, integrating both indoor and outdoor. The modern space is curated with an eclectic mix of furnishings and objects mostly custom made. The firm’s concept, was 70 | G&G _ Magazine

to create a relaxed and sophisticated environment for the hotel’s guests by blending minimalism with an elegant Mediterranean atmosphere.

In terms of a vertical reading of the area, room buildings are organized in two levels, ground floor and first floor, with the first providing direct access to the pool through the rooms’ private courtyards. The architecture of the volumes is a reinterpretation of the simple Greek islandstyle cubic shaped architecture with few openings for courtyard access. In terms of a horizontal reading of the rooms, the layout 72 | G&G _ Magazine

has a gradual transition from the private areas of the bathrooms to the main rooms, then to the courtyard and finally to the communal swimming pool. The rooms are separated by stone walls and their yards are shaded with wooden pergolas. The materials that dominate the room are the cement mortar in the bathroom, the white wood and the neutral gray colors. The Suites and the restaurant are organically

connected via a deck network on the water. The disadvantage of the lack of beach view on this part of the plot, became an advantage as the large swim-up pool substitutes the view and the sense of a beachfront location. Although the restaurant is situated on one side of the pool, privacy for the residents is provided by the pre-existing palm plantation by the pool and the deck network. Address: Marmari Beach 24603 - Kos Island, Greece




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Fougeron Architecture designed a single-family house in Potrero Hill area with views of the San Francisco Bay.


he double-wide lot sits atop a bluff and next to a community garden, making for a rare condition in the heart of the city: a large, secluded site, overlooking the city and the bay. The site was filled and leveled in the early 1960’s to accommodate the original house and pool, the scene of legendary parties. Renovations by a subsequent owner led to a messy collection of rooms out of sync with the flow of daily life. The renovation and addition curated by Fougeron Architecture unravels a chapter of ill-considered renovations to create an urban retreat for a young family on a remarkable site. By re-using more than half of the original structure and improving the home's environmental performance, the project also minimizes the 4000 SF home’s embodied carbon and ongoing carbon footprint. The front facade composed vertical and horizontal wood boards and slats, echoes the trellises and partitions, tying together the home’s public and private expressions and replacing an opaque street presence with a wood screen activated by shifting light from day to night. 78 | G&G _ Magazine

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Fougeron Architecture's design brings clarity and openness to the home by taking an almost surgical approach, retaining essential structural elements while introducing new features. A series of interventions break apart the existing box, rewriting the relationships and connections between rooms. Glass and natural light both diffuse and hold together the composition, defining scenes throughout the house that explore perceptions of inside/outside, private/public, and light/dark as well as materiality. An existing two-story volume, once dominated by a bulky staircase, is opened up to create a more befitting entry way and a flexible lounge for the home. A brown-glass stair and bridge float within this space connecting levels and rooms, and adding a dimension of light and color. The brown glass, which evokes the modern-era origins of the home, shifts from solid to transparent with the changing light each day. Around this lounge extend two wings of living space: a guest room and child’s play room on one side while a living area sit opposite. 80 | G&G _ Magazine

The living area begins with an open kitchen with an island and wooden stools, accompanied by a breakfast area with a pea green color. Next to it we find the all-glass pavilion that encloses a dining and family room. Its insertion is the most visible intervention in the whole project. Neither completely indoors nor outdoors, this volume reaches into the rear yard to engage sweeping views of the bay and East Bay hills beyond. Trellis of aluminum and wood shade the space without encumbering the sense of expansiveness. 82 | G&G _ Magazine

The upper floor is expanded and refined. The master suite is reimagined as a singular, light-filled volume extending the full depth of the floor to the outdoors. A curved glass shower pushes beyond the envelope of the house and into the screened front balcony—a secretly provocative gesture to the street below. In this space in particular the play of privacy and views, light and shadow, recall California’s Light and Space art movement to which the design pays homage. 84 | G&G _ Magazine

WARM SHADES In the SarriĂ -Sant Gervasi neighborhood of Barcelona, The Room Studio projected a timeless and functional home, totally comfortable and lived in each of its corners. Photography by Mauricio Fuertes

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n this 150 m2 house a partial interior design reform and a total decoration and styling intervention have been carried out where brightness and warmth were the main premises for this housing project . An open, spacious and updated space was obtained where the owners wanted to adapt the area to their current needs. So, the redistribution of spaces was carried out, creating open areas where visual fluidity was obtained. Rooms capable of dialoguing with each other were created that were part of the same area but, at the same time, were functionally differentiated. Contemporary elements combine to create very personal and intimate rooms. All the corners maintain a connection and harmony that is breathed throughout the house. The selection of materials and pieces was looked at in detail creating a very warm and special environment. A main color palette based on neutral tones was used, where the touch of color is introduced through textile accessories and auxiliary elements. In the day area the living room, dining room and kitchen are connected, creating a diaphanous and open space. It was sought to provide the house with natural light, so the idea of compartmentalizing the rooms was moved away.

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In the kitchen area a breakfast area was included, incorporating the stools of Miniforms and Santa & Cole's suspended lamps. All this accompanied by a peninsula integrated into the fully equipped kitchen, which allowed to create a secluded,

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welcoming open environment. The corridor lacked practicality, so a wood and striated glass enclosure was included to obtain a room where the office and guest room could be located. In this way, it’s possible to bring natural lighting throughout the house.

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The Room Studio opted for the main use of natural woods, as well as warm and noble materials. The house was endowed with timeless and current furniture to create a very cozy and fluid atmosphere. Different environments are created by an included

lighting, creating different calm areas. As a whole, a range of neutral and simple tones is used throughout the house. These colors are prolonged in the materials used, choosing accessories and complements based on an earthy and soft palette. The timelessness and continuity in time of the elements introduced is sought. The general lines used are clean and continuous, avoiding irregularities and seeking their purity. In addition, soft textile papers are used in different parts of the house. These are combined with very balanced colors and always forming part of the same color palette, without eccentricities In the night area there are: the suite room, the room for the little twins, the baby room and two bathrooms. In the suite, the dressing table was integrated into the cabinets, leaving it visually homogeneous and with continuity. A collected space was obtained that does not stand out from the rest of the elements that make up the suite such as Sancal's bench, the colorful rug of BSB Alfombras and Gubi's suspended lamps.

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The twins' double room was designed and made to measure seeking to take advantage of every space in the area, as well as that of the baby, always thinking about the evolution and stages of the growth of the smallest. As in the whole house, here too, The Room Studio has taken care of the furnishings down to the smallest detail, enriching the rooms with stylish lighting and warm fabrics. The bathrooms, one of the clients and the other of its children, have been carefully designed and fit perfectly into the design of the house.

INSIDE A BOX INT2 architecture completed the interior design of an apartment located in a historic mansion of the early 20th century overlooking one of the oldest streets of Moscow.

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he main task of the project was to preserve the original space of the main room of the apartment while having all the necessary functional areas in it: an entrance hall, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a guest bedroom, a storage room and a bathroom. INT2 architecture have preserved the architecture and the volume of the room with a clear rhythm of the ceiling beams and nine windows, historical brickwork and even picturesque smudges of grout on the walls that appeared during the reconstruction. The solution was to create two subspaces around which they have been distributed the rest of the functional areas like kitchen-dining zone with an island/bar counter, a sofa area and a small but cozy place for breakfast. The historic brickwork and a concrete ceiling with beams and drips of mortar are painted white, while an enlarged English oak parquet has been laid on the floor. A minimalist wall paneling is made along the windows - a rethought of Weinscot (boiserie), which turns into classic panels behind the sofa.

solution was to create two subspaces around which they have been distributed the rest of the functional areas like kitchen-dining zone with an island/bar counter, a sofa area and a small but cozy place for breakfast. The historic brickwork and a concrete ceiling with beams and drips of mortar are painted white, while an enlarged English oak parquet has been laid on the floor. A minimalist wall paneling is made along the windows - a rethought of Weinscot (boiserie), which turns into classic panels behind the sofa.

The first box is located in the living area and contains an entrance hall, a bathroom and part of a kitchen. While the second one is bigger since it contains a guest bedroom with a pantry, a library and a mezzanine on the roof. Here, a mattress has been added that serves as a relaxation area. Instead of interior doors glass sliding partitions are installed in both boxes, which on the one hand act as a sound barrier between the entrance area / bedroom and the public area of the apartment, and on the other - allow light to pass through and visually expand small rooms. 100 | G&G _ Magazine

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The master bedroom is isolated from the main space. At the entrance to the room there is a freestanding bathtub behind glass partition and an area with washbasins. Between this room and the small box, there is the laundry room with WC. As the bathroom, it's finished with geometric mosaic with a dark grout combined with the texture of marble and concrete.

JAPANESE TOUCH Far from the glitz and glitter of Hollywood, EYRC Architects designed a Los Angeles home for a half-Taiwanese, half-Chinese family seeking rest and peace. Photography by Matthew Millman

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he clients is a busy couple with two children that had a straightforward yet ambitious brief for the EYRC Architects team. The couple - she is from China and was born in Korea, he is from Taiwan and was born in Pennsylvania, and their two teenagers imagined their dwelling as an oasis for rest and reflection. These needs immediately resonate with the approach of Takashi Yanai, partner and residential studio director at EYRC Architects. Built on an 830-square-metre plot, the house is a minimalist sculpture of three boxes with different sizes and colours: one white stucco, one grey, and the third (the largest) clad in larch siding. The latter is a two-story volume spread over 440 square metres including a second level exterior deck: it is perfectly tailored for the dwellers to spend quality time surrounded by beautiful views. The entrance expresses the couple’s affinity for gardens and areas for contemplation, with

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a whisper of Japanese influence: the concrete walkway slips through a great gravel garden with low shrubs and a single cercis tree that produces white blossoms in the spring. The ground floor comprises an Lshaped great room that includes living, dining and kitchen. The design is influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese design principles with simple modern forms that celebrate materiality. As a predominant material EYRC Architects have chosen the concrete through the floors and bench/fireplace.

“When you are connected to nature, you are in tune with the universe. Even a blossoming tree can ground a person.� - Takashi Yanai

The kitchen helps to both connect and delimitate the spaces. All around, floor-toceiling sliding glass doors open up entirely to the exterior. It was important to create a feeling of living in a green environment whether you were inside or out.

“The grass literally comes up to the very edge of the house, softening this relationship and making it into an outdoor living room.�

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While concrete is predominant downstairs, white oak wood floors were preferred for the second level including the stairs. On top of them, the little meditative outdoor sky garden invites the dwellers and their visitors to discover the whole spirit of this Zen project connected to nature. It is meant to be a flexible contemplative space you encounter every time you ascend the stairs towards the more private bedroom and bath spaces. 110 | G&G _ Magazine

The second-floor hosts two small ensuite bedrooms (for children) and a master with a wood soaking tub and deck off the bathroom. Here, as in the whole house, the colour palette is minimal, and simplicity is revealed through materials and spaces. The details are 112 | G&G _ Magazine

refined and deliberate without being overly fussy. EYRC Architects wanted the architecture to be elegant but also to be quiet and recede. Sometimes the best details are the ones you don’t notice, creating an elegant, minimal space.

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MODO architettura + design completed a home project in Livorno, Italy, which consists in a total renovation of a building from the 30s-40s of the last century, consisting of two levels above ground, a basement used as a cellar and a roof terrace.


t the time of the intervention, the property was devoid of valuable elements and with a not functional distribution of spaces for the clients’ needs. Originally the rooms were all clearly separated, the roof terrace was difficult to access and the bathrooms were two but obtained in the same room. During the first inspections, MODO architettura + design tried to catch the hidden beauty of this property: some types of flooring, very high ceilings and the large roof terrace. The clients' need was to carry out the entire development of the house on the first floor, obtaining 3 bedrooms, two different bathrooms and a large living area consisting of a living room, dining room and kitchen. The intervention involved all levels of the home: upon entering, an entrance hall was created with a fully equipped wall for use as a wardrobe. Besides, at the center of the Caccaro wardrobe, a cavity covered in wood has been created that can be used for sitting. From the entrance hall you enter the stairwell. The old staircase was completely covered with concrete resin effect slabs, in continuity with

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the entrance flooring. The new microperforated mesh parapet painted in matt black made the staircase a strong point of the home. It leads to all levels and through a fully glazed rear window leads to the large roof terrace. Climbing the staircase to the first floor we find the core of the house: the living area protagonist of the project and of family life with communicating spaces and warm colors. Here, a large glass and iron door painted matt black, reinterpretation of the original one, allows access to the corridor, the absolute center of the apartment. Opening the door you immediately notice the change of flooring. On this floor, in fact, a Listone Giordano parquet was used, laid in a Hungarian style both in the bedrooms and in the corridor, while in the living area rooms there is a concreteeffect stoneware in large format slabs. The combination of the two materials has always been underlined with a brass strip.

In the living room, the protagonist is Moog's Metrica bookcase, suspended and light alongside the Pixel sofa by Saba with a soft and comfortable texture. On the wall, the Flos 265 lamp allows to have the right ambient light while the general lighting is given by the strip-led inserted in the plaster frames. From this room there is access to a first terrace which, if necessary, can be covered by the minimal design arm awning pergola made by Gibus. 118 | G&G _ Magazine

Next to the living room we find the dining room and the kitchen, made communicating through a large opening between the two rooms. The wall that connects them is characterized by the frames of the Orac Decor collection by Bianchi Lecco in high density polyurethane, painted matt white, which creates a contrast with the light gray color of the surrounding walls.The dining room is characterized by the Acco table by Miniforms, with elegant lines but with a contemporary

design - by Touu design chairs and by the Vibia's Wireflow lamp which provides punctual lights on the table. From the dining room you can appreciate the kitchen by Modulnova, characterized by color contrasts between light and dark colors. The kitchen Island is underlined by the granite top and sides in absolute black color and the Tora suspension lights by Miniforms on the fires. In both rooms, the general lighting is given by the strips positioned inside the plaster frames.

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On the opposite side of the living area we find the sleeping area: a private and intimate space where you can relax in absolute tranquility. The master bedroom has a custom-made storage bed and headboard made of natural oak strips while the children's room characterized by pastel colors.

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The main bathroom of the house was built keeping the original flooring of the room in which it was obtained. The existing flooring by yellow, black and white colors has been carefully dismantled in order to allow the construction of the new systems. Then it was placed and laid again following the original design. Here we find the Catino Doppio sink and the Cielo ceramic round mirror, Ritmonio black hardware and the Eden di Galassia bathtub inserted inside a niche. The second bathroom is smaller but with a gritty design. Here the design is characterized by white squared tiles that stand out on the walls painted in a pastel blue. On the wall there is a mirror by Cielo Ceramiche and again Ritmonio hardware. By continuing to climb the newly built

staircase you arrive at the roof terrace, exiting a fully glazed rear window. The terrace was set up with a Gibus bioclimatic pergotenda that enhances all the surrounding outdoor space.


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n its most recent incarnation, it is an untraditional family home that embraces its layered history. Working with creative clients, the design approach is informed by their initial belief that beneath its previous renovations the building’s industrial heritage is quite unique. The project’s primary objective is to realise its existing potential rather than replace it with something entirely new. The space of this house is bisected by a masonry wall across all three stories which forms the axis for circulation. The levels are joined by a stair which hangs from this wall, inspired by an industrial fire stair. Dividing the plan perpendicularly, a central core forms a chimney-like feature which extends through

a 9m high skylight while providing joinery elements to each of the spaces. Within the three-dimensional cross section, half of the house if zoned for public spaces, a quarter to more intimate spaces and the remaining quarter forms the dramatic void which connects the three stories and entry. The considerable internal space is practically indiscernible from the unassuming traditional exterior. The entry is set back from the original façade creating an entry courtyard and allowing a 3-storey glass façade to bring a substantial amount of light into the spaces as well as opening up to a large tree canopy in the streetscape. A large door is fashioned from 140-year-old timber joists repurposed from the demolition.

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The design is first and foremost a process of reduction to allow the character of the original building to be the primary feature. A key component of this is to retain and reveal the masonry construction giving the home an undeniable warehouse feel. Many original details such as arched doors and fireplaces are maintained in working order. Where possible the imperfection of the brick walls

are celebrated as an indication of their history. At a few points glazing is used to fill gaps in the masonry to clearly delineate what is original and what is new. At the ground level, the original timber ceilings are also exposed.

As a balance to the larger architectural spaces, the living spaces are much more intimate, characterised by subtle colours, texture and plush soft furnishings. Rough sawn timber lines the walls and recycled timber creates joinery adding warmth. Strong black detailing in the new areas create a distinctly modern contrast to the brickwork of the original building while linking to the industrial character.

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G&G _ Magazine presents the selection of the Best Cabins & Lodges in the world: where the architecture blends with the surrounding landscape and allows to admire the beauty of nature. Where people are part of that landscape.

1. Wiki WorldMountain&Cloud Cabins / Yichang, China Inspired by nature and the diversity of tea fields and mountains and designed and built by WikiWorld and Advanced Architecture Lab, the timber cabins adopt a split and single-family design, floating in clouds with point foundations. The overall planning and design fully respects the terrain and the environment. The wooden cabins are placed lightly on the mountain like wood cube toy. The point foundation and inverted umbrella-shaped columns bring minimal damage to the environment and allow the wooden cabins to float in the forest. 2. Hotel Feelviana / Viana do Castelo, Portugal Drawn up specifically for the location and proposed in function of its unique characteristics by architect Carlos Castanheira, small houses of different sizes, similar but not identical, are assembled and carefully distributed between the pine trees, where there is sufficient space for them to be inserted. The materials were used that already found in the locale like the wood of the constructions, and some glass enabling the interior to extend into the exterior. 134 | G&G _ Magazine

3. andBeyond Ngala Tree House / South Africa South African based Fox Browne Creative, created an overnight retreat for the guests of the luxury travel company and Beyond in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park. 52 stairs transport guests from the shade of the nearby trees at ground level, up through the tree canopy, to the rooftop of this twelvemetre-tall structure. At less than 25m², each level offers a different aspect of the sleep-out experience: a personal kitchenette and bar at the ground floor, a ‘loo with a view’ on a mezzanine level, an indoor/outdoor shower and vanity one level up, a fully glazed bedroom on the third floor and a rooftop viewing deck and sleep-out platform at the top. Each level is hung from a prefabricated steel frame and clad in tongueand-groove hardwood planks lending a hand-made sentiment to the guest experience. 4. Koto Home Office #1 / United Kingdom Koto Design have created a cabin that serves as a place of deep work and mediation, a contemplative room and an immersive space to a contemplative room and an immersive space to connect

with the surrounding nature. The structure assumes an elegant and functional sculptural geometric form with large glazing that frames views of the garden. The structure is entirely natural and carbon neutral. The charred timber exterior draws from our Japanese design influence and the ancient Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, focused on accepting the transient nature of life and the beauty in imperfection. 5. Cabin Stokkøya / Åfjord, Norway Kappland arkitekter AS projected an all-year cabin for a family of five at Stokkøya, an island situated on the outermost coast of Trøndelag. Situated on a hillside, the site offers dramatic views in two directions; towards Linesøya, the open sea and horizon to the west and towards the landscape to the north. The building follows the terrain and forms a stepped unit on the hillside, creating several levels, both indoors and outdoors. The main unit is a narrow sloping roof-unit, parallel to the contours of the terrain. The inclination of the roof follows the inclination of the slope. At each end of the extended main unit, smaller units step up towards the south and down towards the north.








6. Tree House / Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Surrounded by jungle to the sides and rice terraces in the front, Treehouse by Pablo Luna Studio is a suite from the boutique hotel Stonehouse. It stands five meters above the ground thanks to its strong and long bamboo pillars. Also its ceiling is made from bamboo splits creating a grid-shell that derives its strength from its double curvature. The overall shape shows the integration of architecture and environment, and the relationship between space and nature. The interior floor is also made from bamboo splits that smoothly transitions into a wooden terrace. This moment in the building highlights the wall-less space that keeps indoors and outdoors as one unity. 7. 019 Cabin / Vilnius, Lithuania ŠA atelier created a transportable cabin with a structure as a set of individual elements consisting of columns, floors, walls, roof, etc. In such way the building can be transported in assembled or individual elements depending on the situation. Modular system allows to construct different sizes and configurations of the building. At the base design stage it is unknown where the building will appear. The only known context is the climate elements such as sun, wind and water. As a result, the roof of the cabin protects the structure from the heat of the sun and has a shape that collects rainwater, pours it from one plane to another and exhibits water flow. 8. Abodu Homes / USA Koto Design have teamed up with USA based Abodu to designed their first modular home, bringing Koto’s signature Scandinavian simplicity with a Californian twist. Each home can be supplied with a range of finishes and premium appliances from Wolf and Fisher & Paykel. Landscaping, external decking and a curated furniture packages are also available, creating a hassle-free, turn-key rental solution. 136 | G&G _ Magazine

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9. Kudhva / United Kingdom Projected by New British Design, Kudhva ( meaning hideout in Cornish) are a series of wilderness cabins situated in a disused slate quarry on the north coast of Cornwall. The Kudhva are a physical manifestation of the client’s approach to natural living. The cabins are constructed from structural, insulated paged-pine panels with an EDPM rubber membrane covering. A larch-slatted skin covers the cabin that is elevated above the ground on turned pine poles. While galvanised steel is used for all railings, ladders, frame jointing and ground connections, providing both ease of assembly and extended life span of all timber elements. 10. Gheralta Lodge I / Hawzen, Ethiopia Nicole Cieri Architects designed the lodges completely disconnected from the frantic city life where the guests can be surrounded by nature and enjoy the view of the spectacular mountains punctuated with rocky churches of the Gheralta massif, in northern Ethiopia. In a hostile environment burned by the sun and beaten by the wind, man seeks shelter. To achieve a synthesis between modernity and tradition, as well as pursue a strategy of durability and cost reduction, the architects decided to rely on local materials, the same ones used for centuries by the Tigrinya farmers: dry-stone walls, wooden ceilings and green roofs.


11. Bigwin Island Club Cabins / Baysville, Canada MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects projected 40 guest houses on Bigwin Island respecting the region's distinctive architectural aesthetic, and the environment, employing practical construction techniques and maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability. Exquisitely crafted from natural materials, with a quietly assertive design, the cabins reference the big, sheltering roofs of Muskoka’s historic cottages and boathouses, and even evoke the interior of a canoe, without ever veering into kitsch.




12. Space of Mind / Porvoo, Finland Studio Puisto's modern cabin acts as a dedicated space to think, recharge and unwind. Through a modular system, the cabin can serve as anything from a bedroom to a gym to a home office with the flexibility to be placed anywhere. The outer wooden structure acts as a blank slate while the interior is adjustable to individual needs and preferences creating an ideal functional space.

13. TreeHouse / Cascais, Portugal Madeiguincho designed a shelter with the aim to include three trees in the project that act as a support. A Cedar that crosses the project and two Tipuan that can delimit the platform. The house is built in CLT panels and a cedar roof while the entire exterior of the house was burned to better preserve the wood and subsequently bathed in linseed oil, allowing to gain a cool and raw texture.

14. Cabin Y dmvA architecten's design of this cabin is based on simplicity, self-sufficiency, budget-friendliness, and the use of circular materials. Thanks to its lightness the cabin is easily transportable with a truck with a flatbed trailer. To neutralize the tensile and compressive forces when lifting with a crane, an intelligent system of ten wooden porches connected by X-shaped stainless steel tension cables was used.

15. Lost Whiskey / Delaplane, Virginia, USA GreenSpur's Lost Whiskey is about exploring our personal limits of slowing down and simplifying. This 160 sq.ft. all concrete structure is one part Scandinavian minimalism and two parts Virginia countryside. The off-grid structure is almost maintenance free and should look and function the same 100 years from now. But the secret ingredient is the escape; the trees, a warm blanket, some quality time on the mountain. It’s meant to bring out the best versions of ourselves.


16. The Cabin / South Moravia, Czech Republic Jan Tyrpekl projected an experimental wooden structure that was built on top of a former concrete bunker near to the borders of the Czech republic and Austria. Due to the character of the landscape the shelter was designed as a dominant vertical volume. The principle of the construction was to minimize the material, cost and the time needed for the construction. The building is very simple and can be built by manual labour using only common tools without any technology. 142 | G&G _ Magazine


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