10th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE Global Design Celebrated
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26 Crown Towers Manila, Philippines by Michael Fiebrich Design
34 Forest Hills Living Room, Toronto, Canada by Laura Stein
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54 Hyatt Regency, McLean, Virginia by CallisonRTKL Inc.
64 Holm Oak, Buckinghamshire, UK by Oakeve Interiors
72 Eminence Mansion, Beijing, China by David Chang Design Associates Limited Edition Empire Tate Bas-relief 790mm x1940mm in warm pewter finish
80 House on Ussishkin St., Jerusalem, Israel by Annette Frommer
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INNO VAT ORS At the helm of Luxury Furniture Brand Nathan Anthony is award-winning designer Tina Nicole, the leading tastemaker of seating design. 1. Dali chair features a fresh take on traditional tufting, applying hand-cut ﬂange across a diagonal intersecting grid. Dali is available in black or brown leather. 2. Elan settee features and artful overstitching technique, creating beautiful asymmetry and has been shortlisted for the IPD award 2016 for sofa.
NOT A BASHFUL BOUDOIR The bedroom should be anything but ordinary. Tina Nicole has designed several must-have vanity stools for the bedroom or any cozy space. 3. Minx vanity stools have that perfect amount of coquettish playfulness for the boudoir or any small space. Pair these with our 35 different bed styles and you’ve got a unique stylestatement. 4. Elan bed is a design inspired by a popular 1930’s art movement. Its “tiled” panels are separated by thin pieces of wood for extra visual interest and balance. A gorgeous example of the unrivaled design talent at Nathan Anthony.
PUSHING BEYOND Known for taking risks, Nathan Anthony pushes boundaries with a punk vibe. 5. Elan/S swivel chair limited edition by Tina Nicole, features a subversive take on a Warholian graphic. Elan/S has been shortlisted for the IPD Award 2016 for chair. www.nathananthonyfurniture.com
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So we are now ten years old. Time really does fly by when you are sitting back publishing magazines. Well, perhaps not! In some ways, ten years seems a very long time; so much has happened and the first copy of design et al, published back in 2006, is a very different title. We still retain the same ideals and aims, but the market we operate within and the world in which we live are a different place. We are of course both grateful and lucky to have survived a brutal global recession that many of our competitors were unable to weather, we are fortunate to have been young and nimble
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enough as a business to move quickly when needs change, to adapt to digital print, to introduce specialist titles when required and to engage an industry with an awards programme that is second to none. Today the little title, that looked quite frankly a bit arty with its black cover and high quality paper stock has grown into something very different than I would have imagined ten years ago. We are niche, but we work at a global level engaging an industry. We print annual design books, host awards for interior design, architecture, super yacht design, and aviation design. Who knows what the next ten years will bring, but one thing I can tell you for sure, we will still be bringing you the most exciting projects in the world. Until next month Joanne
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Creative and Captivating Space Boltons, London by Carlisle Design Studio
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Offering a bespoke personalised service, Carlisle Design Studio specialise in creating truly unique design solutions working across all business sectors. They employ a breadth of expertise that ensure architecture, interiors, furniture and dressing tie together seamlessly and elegantly to create beautiful world class properties. They are a part of Phoenix Prime - a multi-disciplinary collective of property and design experts who offer a holistic turnkey service for the world’s most exclusive real estate investments. Covering Brokerage, Architecture, Interior Design and Development Management, no stone is left unturned.
“ Upon entering the home, the stunning hallway immediately impresses; neutrally toned and accented with mirroring and geometric light fixtures that add texture. ”
This particular project is a contemporary refurbishment of a five-story, 10,000 square foot Grade-II listed family home. The task was to create an impressive and captivating space for the clients, suitable for entertaining while also providing them with an environment where they could feel at home with their dogs. A new conservatory extension at the back of the house opened up the lower ground floor into a light and spacious area for casual dining and relaxing, on a similar grand scale to the rest of the building. Each room has been uniquely fitted with its own distinguishing light fixture, allowing the owners to step into a new world over every threshold. Upon entering the home, the stunning hallway immediately impresses; neutrally toned and accented with mirroring and geometric light fixtures that add texture. The colour palette is soothing and warm so that after a long day the owners will be filled with a sense of content serenity. In the sitting room, plush chairs are sleek, yet comforting. The same tone and texture is carried on through the full length curtains and rug. All hand tufted carpets and rugs are designed and supplied by Colbourns. Relaxing with a book here, the dinning room is just visible, perfectly designed for formal meals, larger gatherings or simple family dinners. A new bespoke wine store was also created next to the large family kitchen. A meticulously thought out feature, this room was designed so that each shelf is specialised for the specific type of wine. A centralised table was included to ensure the owners could take out each bottle, examine, study
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and of course taste them, to their hearts content. Delicate and chic, the bathroom is notably exceptional. A minimalist standalone bathtub resides next to the single pearlescent vanity cabinet and basin, offset with vintage taps and an art deco inspired mirror. The crystal chandelier floats above, dispersing light and dazzling the specifically chosen snow white orchids. These stand in two waist height silver vases, showcasing sleek lines and reflecting sophistication. Upstairs of the home is set apart with differing colour tones, revealing a more masculine personality within. Warm, woodlike colours having been used for the bar area, a perfect complement to the golden nectar in the finest spirit bottles and whiskey glasses. The overall effect is one of masculine power and intelligent charisma, making it stand out as a both a decadent space for entertaining the very closest of trusted friends, and enjoying a private drink. Interior ID provided unique items of bespoke fitted cabinetry for this project. Pieces were designed to update the aesthetic of the house to one of transcendent elegance and luxury. Hand finished wall coverings, Italian marble, sumptuous fabrics and specialist surface finishes were all chosen to work specifically with each room’s palette. A purveyor of extravagant materials, Thomas James Furniture was chosen to supply some of the finest standalone cabinetry, attention was lavished on the detailing of features from the intricate etching on the back face of a mirrored joinery panel to the curve of bespoke sequin decorations on a cushion. While the house was completely transformed into a new luxury space, the personalized design gives the owners the feeling that it is still very much their own home, where they can truly be themselves. Matthew Carlisle, Creative Director for Carlisle Design Studio spoke about this inimitable project: “My favourite aspect of this project has to be the refurbished Library, for many reasons, but in particular the finely detailed joinery. It utilizes the great ceiling height perfectly and uses a rich, masculine palette of finishes.”
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Masculine Interiors and Tailored Moments of Unmistakeable Grandeur Crown Towers Manila, Philippines by Michael Fiebrich Design
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Michael Fiebrich Design is an established, full service architectural interior design firm with strongly developed specialities in guest room design, speciality suites, spas, and innovative dining, bar and entertainment venues. With 20 years of experience in hotel, resort and residential design, the Michael Fiebrich Design team has worked with the most renowned groups and professionals in the industry and have built a reputation serving the most notable projects and demanding global clients. Their goal is to always create timeless spaces that are appropriate and responsive to the individual client and market needs. Comfortable working in any style from cutting edge contemporary to transitional or classic, this firm is truly entrepreneurial.
“ The basic tenets of great design always apply to our work - timelessness, elegance, comfort, functionality and an understanding of service operations - but we try to ensure that our projects also have a sense of escapism. ”
Michael Fiebrich himself, an interior architect who founded his own studio in 2007, has been specializing in hotel and resort design for more than 15 years. He has a passion for innovation and an insatiable desire to create moving experiences through the built environment. He has won numerous design awards, has been widely published and has built a reputation serving some of the world’s most iconic properties and demanding global clients, always dedicated to providing enlivened spaces that offer a sensory appeal, whether its objective is to excite, entertain or relax. He is a consummate Texan, an avid creator and your obsessed host in the design process, whether the project calls for elegant, casual, subtle or dramatic. The Crown Tower Hotel in Manila, Philippines, has seen the brand new development of 500 luxury rooms, suites, and villas, as well as the Silks Restaurant, bar, lobby and spa. It has become a shining example of the Michael Fiebrich design teams’ excellence. Located within the Bayshore development, this project was an exciting opportunity to revitalise the renowned Crown Resort. Strong architectural interiors and bold graphic statements are part of Crown’s image. Therefore, these elements were infused with local ideas and materials to provide brand recognition with a sense of place. Dramatic
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bronze screens and marble inlay floors provide bold patterns that act as a backdrop for the lobby’s vibrant art installations, while double height silk draperies break up lines and add texture. Opulent lighting from Ricardo Lighting washes the site with warmth; custom designed chandeliers provide soft curves and form. The Manila suite follows suit with strong but simple architectural statements acting as a canvas for bold colour and pattern accents and a palette of rich materials. The guest room space planning and amenities were all executed with luxurious comfort and convenience in mind and cater to guests every desire and whim. Combining architectural influences, streaks of light along the ceiling and a rush of either bold blue or warming muted reds, the MFD team have created sensual, enlivened spaces. Impressively large beds in guest rooms are framed from above with inset ceiling lighting fixtures that maintain a masculine character. The entire team at MFD is trained architecturally, making their approach to interior design very 3-dimensional and tactile, with strong structural qualities. “My favourite aspect of this entire project is how the hotel’s Crystal Villas follow suit with the strong but simple architectural statements of the Crown Towers Resort. They act as a hugely exciting canvas for bold colour, exotic pattern accents and a palette of rich materials,” said Mr Fiebrich himself. Fiebrich relates his personal style to the sense of excitement or serenity and relaxation. He says, “The basic tenets of great design always apply to our work - timelessness, elegance, comfort, functionality and an understanding of service operations - but we try to ensure that our projects also have a sense of escapism. We feel that great design should always make the mind travel, whether it’s to a place of relaxation and serenity or excitement and activity or anything in between. As long as this mantra is followed, the designs we provide have less to do with a personal style and more to do with the clients goals and objectives. I want my work to always inspire pleasure, comfort, and an experience beyond the obvious,” said Fiebrich.
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Functional Family Living Forest Hills Living Room, Toronto, Canada by Laura Stein
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Laura is one of Toronto’s most prominent and highly-visible decorating professionals, having won considerable acclaim for her personalised design style, insights on cuttingedge trends, and customised furnishings. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognised with multiple industry awards internationally and in the city of Toronto. Laura is frequently featured as an industry expert in newspapers, magazines, websites and on television across Canada and the United States, and is a regularly contributing writer for Canadian Home Trends magazine.
“ With a focus on exceptional quality, creative thinking and attention to detail, Laura ensures her clients are taken care of with the highest level of personalised service. ”
Laura has pursued design throughout her career in several creative forms, giving her a unique breadth of knowledge and understanding of the field. With training in both Boston and Toronto, Laura’s talents range from interiors to styling to graphic design. After honing her design skills in her early career as an art director, she realised that her passion for design extended to something more tangible than a twodimensional screen or printed sheet of paper. She wanted to create designs that her clients could touch, feel, move through, interact with, even climb on. She fell in love with the aesthetics of interior décor and the way a well-designed space could truly enhance quality of life. With a focus on exceptional quality, creative thinking and attention to detail, Laura ensures her clients are taken care of with the highest level of personalised service. Working within her fresh and timeless style, she develops each design based on the unique personality and lifestyle of her client. Backed by a team of highly skilled contractors and artisans, she has built her business on a reputation of exceeding clients’ expectations and guiding them on an exciting journey to a beautiful home. The living spaces of this project have a lot of character. The layering of materials, the mix of colour, and the variety of textures allow these spaces to be vibrant yet formal enough when they have to be. The interplay between the architectural details and the shapes of the furniture were carefully considered. Open and adjacent to each other, each room needed to relate to the other while maintaining their own distinct look. Considering this, a neutral backdrop of creams, beiges and linen tones where used, while warm oranges and popping blues where used to bring it to life. Plump cushions adorning the low sleek couches make it cozy
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for a growing family, and while art-deco-style mirrors flanking the chimney breast add elements of structure and formal elegance. Within this, a reworked wood-burning fireplace framed by dramatic black granite draws the eye, while above, the checkered plasterwork along the ceiling simultaneously gives the illusion of intimacy and space. This living area adjoins the dining room, where striking black wallpaper featuring a subtle gold fleck was used as a focal point. It works to tie the two rooms together, and gives a dramatic quality to the atmosphere of the space. It was decided to use it only on the main wall so it would act as a backdrop and not overwhelm the room. When seen from the living room it looks like an extension of that space, but it has enough personality to stand on its own and make the dining room a very distinctive area. Laura described this particular project as quite different from anything else she’s ever done. She explains: “ One afternoon last April I got an email from a man who lived in Taipei. He had just bought a house in Toronto, sight unseen, and asked if we could fully furnish the house from top to bottom before he and his family moved in at the end of June. He wanted everything they would need to live in the house, down to the toilet paper in the bathrooms. With less than three months to complete the project every room had to be designed at lightning speed. She continues: “A man of few words, our client’s direction was vague at best. We had only two Skype meetings throughout the project. We learned his taste was contemporary, but warm and comfortable. He liked strong hits of color and bold contrast. Blue, red and orange. Most importantly, he wanted his three children to love their bedrooms. Once our client got possession of the house, we spent the last month painting, wallpapering, installing carpet, lighting, art, and window treatments. Then finally, in a whirlwind, the furniture, accessories, and styling. Last, we filled the bathrooms with toiletries and the kitchen with groceries.” Laura’s client and his family finally arrived at their new home at midnight on a rainy Saturday night. When the design team met him in person for the first time on the Sunday morning, the family had already settled in. His daughter ran to the door to give Laura herself a hug, then took her by the hand and led her upstairs to show off her new room.
Exquisite Design at its Finest Chinoiserie Kitchen, Singapore by Design Intervention
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Design is like love: a very subjective concept. Exquisite design is as much about psychology as it is about beauty. What is comfortable or beautiful to one person may be just the opposite to the next. Understanding what soothes or excites each person is the key to Design Intervention’s substantial success, and the core of their intricate process. With esteemed partners Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage at the helm, Design Intervention’s work has won awards and accolades across the full spectrum of the design field including retail, leisure, architecture, and product and interior design, firmly establishing them as one of the leading studios working in Asia today.
“ The task was to design a home for a young, growing family that reflected their cultural heritage: provide an elegant backdrop for cherished family heirloom antiques and an extensive art collection, while simultaneously creating a glamorous and fun environment for entertaining. ”
They believe that excellent design increases quality of life, improves mood and evokes a sense of well being. With this in mind. Design Intervention has made it their mission to enhance the lives of their invaluable clients by creating homes uniquely tailored to their individual personalities and wildest aspirations. Based in Singapore with an extensive portfolio of international clients, their team of 24 expert designers are a versatile group featuring the best from 12 different nations. By drawing on the valued personal experience of the whole team, Design Intervention ensures each and every one of their projects resonates exquisite global taste. The task was to design a home for a young, growing family that reflected their cultural heritage: provide an elegant backdrop for cherished family heirloom antiques and an extensive art collection, while simultaneously creating a glamorous and fun environment for entertaining. It was a renovation of an existing older building, which became a favourite aspect for the designers, the challenge was to incorporate the existing low hanging structural ceiling beams that were peppered throughout, into a modern home filled with light. These were cleverly integrated into new elaborate details which maximised height, establishing a new vitality. As the kitchen is often at the heart of the home, it therefore deserves special attention. The Banquette is one of the feature points in this room, showcasing the opulent polished finish, which immediately draws the eyes attention. A family area is set into the back of the kitchen, allowing ample space for
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entertaining family and friends. It is the most used area of this home, a perfect corner for the family to enjoy a relaxed meal together or for the children to do homework. Wrapped on both sides by expansive windows, the team added an alcove ceiling design, adorned in gold leaf. Opting for tranquil colours, the designers chose a teal blue leather for the bay window seat, which, with children in mind, is easy to wipe clean. This vibrant colour is reflected in many of the art pieces. White button details add crispness and continuity with the buttoned chairs in the formal dining areas. Side tables at either end of the banquette provide valuable storage spaces which conceal charging stations for electrical devices. The designers combined copper, polished steel and gold tones to create an ambience of serenity in this unique kitchen. A vibrant blue, heavily veined granite was selected for the island top, providing a truly showstopping focal point and a visual anchor to the space. Juxtaposing the blue, a splash of blush accentuates the rose and copper elements in the granite slab. This rose adds warmth to the space and is a visual connection to the coral tones used in adjacent rooms. Trimming copper fronted doors in steel has allowed the designers to integrate stainless steel appliances seamlessly into the design. Gold hardware keeps the look glamorous, linking the kitchen with the rest of the home. The intricate design of this kitchen works so well as it fully reflects the personality of the owners; stylish but approachable, fun yet elegant and a little unexpected all in one exuberant and sumptuous home. Co-founder Nikki Hunt explains where her design inspiration comes from: “The art of interior design is making the sum of the parts much greater than the whole. Each item should make the items around it look better – but we must not forget comfort, either.” Every element of this room has been carefully considered from the ceiling and floor patterns to the crisp architectural mouldings, as well as bespoke furnishings and lighting pieces to ensure a thoroughly cohesive look that resonates with a crisp yet welcoming glamour. An intervention of design is 25% creativity, 25% psychology and 50% hard work: this is the Design Intervention philosophy.
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Awards News Right: Calming Urban Design Leighton Hill by Nude Design
Ubiquitous Natural Escapism
Club Med Punta Cana - Zen Oasis by GG&Grace International GG&Grace International has been successfully shortlisted for the International Hotel and Property Awards 2016, for their prolific design of the Zen Oasis at the Club Med Punta Cana Hotel in the Dominican Republic. The resort proposes an impressive level of high-end comfort and exclusivity, making it a haven for couples seeking to relax and unwind in the chicest style. The Zen Oasis in particular has been designed with ultimate serenity in mind, and so is reserved for adults and couples looking for rest, relaxation and well-being. In seeking to creating a soothing area that would also excite and surprise guests, lively signature elements such as the vibrant mosaic wall at the Pool Bar and eye catching flower rugs in the rooms offer a twist to the contemporary, setting the Punta Cana apart from other hotel brands. By combining a perfect balance of superior finishes with local touches, GG&Grace have assured the distinctive ambience is an environment of total tropical escapism, where any guest will never want for anything. An omnipresent sense of nature permeates the hotel and is present in details such as the headboards and tree-trunk coffee tables crafted from local wood. Spaces in the Zen Oasis are clever, ergonomic and personalized, in line with the different uses that it offers. The modularity in terms of lighting and ambiances in order to adapt to different moments of the day and night is a key factor the design team considered.
A delicate blend of traditional classic details are harmonized against a light palette to rejuvenate a 50 year old apartment. The use of rich fabrics, antique and vintage furnish and bold colours produce a sophisticated and calming timeless appeal. The property is located in a reknowned district of Hong Kong, a buzzing urban area with pockets of old Chinese buildings full of historical charm and cultural authenticity. In creating this haven, Nude Design have been shortlisted for an award for their living space in the global category. The team created a more spacious master bedroom by removing the existing guest room to accommodate a four fixture master bathroom ensuite. The other bathrooms were relocated and made more sizeable and the introduction of an open-plan kitchen also helped visually increase the overall space. The kitchen design is integral to the entertainment space, considering the owners penchant for cooking and entertaining. A liquor cabinet and wine fridge, custom built for the clientâ€™s further accommodated these functions. Bespoke loose furniture decoration and finishes were carefully detailed in the living and dining areas. The wrought iron lattice details above the bar counter, juxtapose fluidity and provide structure as they disperse light from the hanging lamps within. During the conceptual process, it was suggested to use striking colours to break away from the formal classic tradition. Black and white chequered floors are typically synonymous with classic foyers, so the designers integrated a casual warmth by using burgundy tiles. The sharp teal wardrobe doors also brings a striking feature to an otherwise neutral bedroom.
Sophisticated and Bespoke Knightsbridge Townhouse by Elicyon Elicyon, luxury design studio based in prestigious Chelsea in the heart of London, have been shortlisted for their second prize in this years International Design and Architecture Awards. Shortlisted for the Living Space UK Award with a project located in an impressive townhouse in Knightsbridge, London, Elicyon have outdone even themselves. Within a tight time schedule the team deftly imbued this refined two-bedroom apartment and adjoining communal areas with a sublime sense of timeless elegance without compromising on style or quality. Combining contemporary design, luxurious materials and modern technology, Elicyon have skilfully integrated the classical architectural features of the apartment into present day functionality. The neutral colour palette was selected with accents in bold shades of burgundy, to illuminate similar tones in the artwork. Sophisticated bespoke furniture, custom-designed rugs and eye-catching lighting accentuate the striking colour palette, creating the perfect blend of past and present, of historical and contemporary living. The open plan reception and dining area optimises the space and light, creating an environment that is comfortable, practical and spectacular to behold. Matching chandeliers in both spaces unite the living areas, helping to create a tailored environment that has been crafted with precision, care and meticulous detail.
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The Art of Alavus Alavus by Cameron Design House Inspired by the sun setting over the Finnish pine forest, the Alavus emanates warm light through 47 hand-folded brass trumpet sections, like light trying to make its way to the forest floor through the obstacle of canopy. Its unique and contemporary take on a natural setting and the “randomly calculated” arrangement of the trumpets achieves an effect of balanced asymmetry. Every brass trumpet is differently angled to reflect/refract a different light tone, making this a piece that creates it’s own seasons with changing external lighting conditions. Cameron’s design aesthetic takes influence from an amalgamation of his childhood visits to the tranquil Scandinavian countryside and urban upbringing in the bustling city of London. With an equal attention to form and function, Cameron combines natural, engineered, and technological elements to create beautiful, contemporary and innovative lighting pieces. The lights are carefully crafted in the Primrose Hill studio and have customisable finishes and trumpet arrangements. This fixture can be made from aluminium (comes as standard for powder coated finish) or solid copper, nickel, solid brass, solid bronze and 24 carat goldplated. The paint finishes are available in powder coated matte/gloss and the metal finishes: polished, brushed, antiqued or burnished. Cameron Design House is a British lighting design and manufacturing company that provide unique, contemporary and bespoke lighting designs. The Alavus has been shortlisted in the International Product Design awards in the Lighting: Pendant Chandelier category.
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Colorful Tropical Paradise The Colony Hotel by Dorothy Draper & Co The Palm Beach social scene has been beyond lavish from the moment it became the favoured vacation spot for most of Hollywood’s elite, back in the 80s. This project saw the transformation and rebirth of The Colony Hotel, right on the Palm Beach waterfront, into the prolific landmark it was always destined to be. Shortlisted in the Hotel 50-200 Rooms category, Dorothy Draper & Co. have used immediately identifying characteristics of Florida to make this hotel truly memorable. Ms Draper said: “This isn’t the real tropics - it’s Florida. So in this hotel, I haven’t used essentially hot tropical colors, opting instead for true Florida colors, bright and clear; the rich greens of the palms, the soft reds, pinks and yellows of the hibiscus, the bright blues and aquamarines of the sky and ocean.” “Look outside. Look how bright the light is. The inspiration is all right there,” said Carleton Varney, Interior Designer at the company. The new designs embrace the local culture. By taking the colonial feelings of the hotel architecture and mixing in essences of the foliage, flowers and aqua ocean, it creates an exciting and imaginative space. The entire hotel underwent a complete reimagining, from the lobby to the penthouse, the seven exclusive villas, and the pool-view ballroom, into a true showpiece on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Minutes from the ocean, the skilled team at Dorothy Draper have created a brand new Colony that still respected it’s history. The Pavilion Ballroom and the Royal Room Cabaret have retained touches of nostalgia but nonetheless have been the defining showstoppers for the property’s re-centring in Florida high society. The attention to detail shown in this project ensures all guests feel as special during their stay as they truly should be.
Harmonising with the Natural Environment Anantara Layan Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand
The Anantara Layan Phuket Hotel has been shortlisted in the Asia Pacific category of the International Hotel and Property Awards. Those who have ventured in to the otherwordly Asia Pacific corner of the world, will know the climate of sensual indulgence that the region seems to exhale. If you’re seeking seclusion and harmony in South East Asia, the Anantara Layan Phuket Hotel is the edenic destination. Originally built in 2002, the hotel property underwent a comprehensive 18 month renovation with a design brief to create a fulfilling guest experience by harmonising with the natural environment. Traditional Thai architecture had to be flawlessly melded with modern amenities. The resort’s idyllic setting, surrounded on three sides by national park forest while the front opens to a private bay on the coast of the Andaman Sea, is accentuated by retention of existing large trees on the beach. The distinctive language of southern Thai architecture is expressed throughout, in roof shapes and plaster column details, constructed using locallysourced material and methods. Local artisans provided the final completing touches. Decorative tiled floor patterns throughout the resort represent the coastal area’s rich marine life, while designs of water features and flame torches are inspired by local flowers and plants. All 77 guestrooms are orientated for sea and sunset views. Nine room options comprise hillside rooms and suites, pool villas and beachside pool villas, in various configurations. Each airy vaulted interior contains subtle Thai design features complemented by contemporary styling and modern amenities. The resort’s dining options reflect its character: the signature Thai restaurant on a hillside location offers traditional cuisine paired with fine wines; and at beach level, amid ocean breezes, the menus of two restaurants include healthy options and Thai tapas. Bespoke evening gourmet dining on the beach, next to gently lapping waves, allows guests to enjoy views across the resort which is subtly illuminated by flickering torchlight. Anantara Spa, with ancient Asian wellness traditions and pampering relaxations, completes the resort’s fulfilling Thai experience.
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â€œTo expand the imagination, open this book. Be drawn into the joy of color, the mystery of fantasy, the lure of glamour, the art of living - a magical world created by the one and only Carleton Varneyâ€? - Gloria Vanderbilt
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Sharp, Chic and Streamlined Business Styling Hyatt Regency, McLean, Virginia by CallisonRTKL Inc.
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CallisonRTKL is an international architectural company with a business reach encompassing nearly the entire globe. It combines the legacy of two great design practices into a strong, distinct voice, characterized by tenacious ideas, a robust cultural spirit and specialists passionate in the fields of architecture and design. At the heart of CallisonRTKL’s approach is a particular appreciation of relationships between clients and teams, to provide a personalised service. Their process centres on creativity, cross-pollinating ideas and talents to deliver quality at all levels.
“ Spacious rooms are businesslike and tranquil, with a certain retro-modernism about them that exudes a 60’s chic. ”
The Hyatt Regency Hotel at Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA, is one of CallisonRTKL’s most recent showpieces. It represents an investment upwards of $70 million to Tyson’s Corner Centre’s 1.4 million square foot expansion. It’s a simple design, executed in quality, elegant materials that creates a powerful, space-defining edge along the eastern side of the Plaza. It sits adjacent and directly connected to the area’s renowned shopping mall, allowing guests every convenience. Located in one of the top retail centres in the country, the brand new Hyatt Regency is poised to provide everything possible to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning guests. It’s 300 guestrooms, including 18 suites and the Regency Club have been fitted to an exemplary high standard that could never leave a business man or woman wanting. It is only 20 minutes from downtown Washington D.C., Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, making it the go–to hotel for the ever switched-on business person. Spacious rooms are business-like and tranquil, with a certain retro-modernism about them that exudes a 60’s chic. Neutral taupes, creams and greys cascade through the plush embossed carpets and the textured walls—subtle details that add interest and style. A shock of yellow ochre velvet proudly presents itself below the indulgent cotton sheets on the king sized beds, something which is echoed throughout the room vases of yellow flowers. Rooms are dressed less with furniture than furnishing works of art; clean, angular lines of twin bedside lamps flank the framed masterpiece of a tactile checkered headboard, while a mirrored octagonal coffee table
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provides a unique reflection of light within its otherwise matte surroundings. Floor to ceiling windows allow light to rush in, bathing the room in a warm glow. The bathrooms are a feast of masculine angles and sharp greys as a marble countertop holding ‘his and hers’ basins adorn the walls, which are tiled in elegant steel toned mosaic that shimmers opulently. The living areas within the suites explode with sharp lines and corners, but this is softened with warm colour tones and comfortable, liveable furnishings. Guests can lounge on large L-shaped sofas while taking in the cosmopolitan cityscape all around them. On emerging from their suite, hotel guests can enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar offering both indoor and seasonal outdoor seating as well as a private dining room with seating for up to 18 VIP guests. There is also a huge 15,000 square feet of meeting space including a 7,500 square foot ballroom for sumptuous public and private gatherings. Unusual streaks of translucent crystal drop from the ceiling here, picking up and reflecting points of light from the wash of warm illumination emanating from the edges of the room. Extreme site constraints required the meeting space to be spread over 4 floors, however, ingeniously, challenges were overcome by a carefully planned combination of dedicated podium elevators and escalators. Guests will no doubt want to use the 24 hour gym offering the latest in state of the art fitness equipment, or perhaps the indoor heated pool on the fifth floor level will be just the thing to help relaxation and wellbeing at the end of a long day. Floor to ceiling windows expose views across for miles, while streamlined glass balconies overlook the plaza, providing the perfect place to soak up sun, or people watch with a glass of the best liquor. This hotel is part of CallisonRTKL’s master plan for the overall development, which also comprises an office tower and a residential tower, all connected by an elevated, multi-use public plaza to both the mall and the newest public transport links. The Plaza is designed to accommodate an ice rink, outdoor film screenings, holiday pageants, live music, farmers’ markets and many more seasonal events.
Aspirational Opulent Entertainment Spaces Holm Oak, Buckinghamshire, UK by Oakeve Interiors
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Oakeve Interiors is an award winning interior and architectural design consultancy based in Buckinghamshire, offering a comprehensive project management and turn-key service. They believe in creating sumptuous, relaxing interiors for modern living that leaves the ordinary behind. Iona Newton started her development career nearly a decade ago as Director of the construction company ‘Oakeve Limited’, which also garnered awards for it’s work. She now runs Oakeve Interiors to conceive aesthetically stunning and intensely glamorous designs.
“ Tasked with creating ‘one large entertaining space’ between the kitchen, breakfast area and family room, whilst achieving an aspirational and opulent finish overall, Oakeve Interiors have designed a home any owner will never want to leave. ”
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Iona and her skilled team of designers and specialists are ideally placed to provide all aspects of interior and architectural design: spatial planning, lighting design, home automation and multi-media design solutions including smart home technologies, as well as fabrics, furnishings and accessories are all part of Oakeve’s offering. Their team of architectural designers focus on the technical features of the property, improving functionality and utilising innovative technologies alongside artistic creativity to provide an aesthetically stunning environment that can be thoroughly enjoyed. Holm Oak is a luxury residence of grand proportions and the extensive spaces to socialise and enjoy family time are key assets to this very special home. Tasked with creating ‘one large entertaining space’ between the kitchen, breakfast area and family room, whilst achieving an aspirational and opulent finish overall, Oakeve Interiors have designed a home any owner will never want to leave. “As the client envisaged spending most of their time within this space, the open plan kitchen area was a key element,” Ms Newton explains, adding, “the client purchased the house ‘off plan’ before the foundations were even poured. It therefore became a client driven project, with their brief motivating the entire scheme.”
gloss, lacquered Sabbia finish was specified, providing an effective light reflecting surface, further enhanced by the recessed uplighting, creating a bright, contemporary, luxurious atmosphere. These are just some of the details that make this project unique. The team even managed to procure an Ebano display cabinet and dresser with a Macassar veneer and black mock croc detailing, providing texture and that touch of glamour, alongside black mock croc base units for ample storage. The large amount of textured silestone and walnut work surface provides an indulgent marriage of materials, complemented by luscious velvet breakfast bar stools. Practicality is key within the kitchen and under the island countertop, 900mm deep pan drawers are specified for ease of use. This island, by all means a box of wonders, also includes an integrated pop up TV and pop up S-box (housing USB and plug points) within the composite worktop, to ensure there is no change of material and clean, elegant lines are retained when not in use. Throughout the kitchen, electrical appliances are installed to a high specification and quality finish. To achieve a fresh, bright and welcoming scheme, bi-fold doors track along the full length of the entire room with two roof lanterns maximising natural light. Mood lighting and a state of the art multi-room audio system are used to promote wellbeing and a feeling of homely happiness for the clients. The design is seamless between the kitchen and open plan entertaining areas; colours and soft furnishings blend perfectly together. Bespoke elements such as the silk flower arrangements created by Oakeve Interiors specifically for this space, lift the design from the special to the unparalleled.
A continuation of the same interior decor and colour palette throughout the property creates a relaxing atmosphere and a sense of ‘home’. The subtle taupes interjected with striking coral masterfully play against each other between interjecting unique and bespoke items of furniture. Oakeve took great care and attention during the spatial planning phase to optimise space and maintain a light, airy atmosphere; important, considering the oversized statement kitchen island.
Ms Newton said: “My most rewarding and favourite aspect of the entire project was when the client entered the Kitchen Area for the first time, as we had purposefully asked them not to visit site for two weeks whilst we installed, dressed and accessorised this main area.” Upon unveiling the finished project to the client, their immediate and powerful reaction was one of overwhelming delight: “We are simply over the moon, Oakeve have created the most luxurious kitchen and entertainment space, better than we could ever have imagined and it will indeed be the heart of our home. It has the ‘wow factor’ we’ve always dreamt of.”
The ‘ying and yang’ design on this island, a favourite of the designers’, ensures a ‘wow factor’ and focal point for the scheme. Oakeve Interiors design and install their own brand of bespoke kitchen cabinetry and indeed no expense was spared here. A high
The integration of sensible, user-friendly technologies, combined with a beautiful interior design, including statement pieces and iconic design components has created a kitchen that will be a true delight to live and entertain in.
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Ultimate Luxury Eminence Mansion, Beijing, China by David Chang Design Associates
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“ Designers should be like water; easily flowing and versatile enough to fit within any container. Bespoke designs cannot be mass produced if they are to be informed by the Clients’ individual tastes, needs and influences. This continuous dexterity of inspirations is the flame that keeps the passion for design burning.”
Deeply influenced by both eastern and western culture, founder of David Chang Interior Design Associates, draws inspiration from diverse history and culture. Over time, this has transformed his work into the embodiment of global vitality and other worldly artistry. To endow each design with a unique signature that maintains it’s integral importance, David Chang Interior Design Associates place emphasis on functionality and harmonious comfort, but never sacrifice the enjoyment of revelling in unsurpassed extravagance.
enhance the purchasing experience of this prestigious development.
David Chang was born in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Educated both in the United States and Canada, he majored in Interior Design at California State University and also received an honorary interior design degree at Kwantlen University in Vancouver, Canada, which is where his company originated in 1998. They later established offices in Guangzhou and Beijing in 2006 to provide space planning, interior design and soft furnishings services for major real estate developers in China. They are exceptionally well received by the industry having completed projects all over Asia and the United States, and have been setting as the design standards for development and design collection since their birth.
The property comprises 5 bedrooms, all with en suites, a den, living room, dining room, powder room, nanny’s bedroom with en suite and a large kitchen with a centre island as a breakfast area. The living room is 8 meters in width and 5.6 meters in depth, and with sliding door to a large balcony overlooking paradise in the garden. The ceiling has been deftly crafted to hold an ornate crystal chandelier, which hangs above the circular inlaid coffee table. Gold accents are everywhere, juxtaposing the statement lapis lazuli coloured cabinet at the end of the room. A similar chandelier with matching drop crystals resides above the formal dining table, establishing continuity through the rooms. The modernist artwork adorning the walls brings the classical to meet the present day, while the colours are reflected in the joyful floral centre piece on the dining table. The master bedroom is a sizable 8 square meters with added beneficial feature of a walk-in closet. The room features wood panelled walls and timeless, unique furniture pieces that reinvent a space not just for sleeping, but for enjoying.
The company have a design team of more than 90 senior designers and an experienced project management team. Project areas encompass villas, apartments, retail spaces, clubhouses, and hotels for developers as well as private client projects. Their innovative designs have won numerous honorary awards from Canadian design associations. This prestigious development, Eminence Mansion, demanded a show suite that fully embraced the timeless elegance and grace of classical European style. Archival details of Romanticism and Classical elements have been instructive in creating the rebirth of these courtly manor houses. Sensuously rich materials evoking, and indeed incorporating precious jewels have been combined for flooring patterns celebrating historical grandeur. These patterns are then quietly reflected in ceiling patterns to create a majestic yet dignified ambiance. A soft and calming colour palette was introduced to evoke a regal serenity. Unapologetically affluent furnishings were appropriated from the finest suppliers, including Provasi, one of the world leaders in luxury furniture and furnishings, to substantiate this exalted residence. The entirety of finishes, furnishings, materials and details were carefully considered in the delicacy of lighting selection to ensure a tranquility throughout the home to further
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This project is unlike any other that DCDA has taken on before. The 460 square meter Beijing apartment has a ceiling height of 3.3 meters throughout, giving the residence a continuing atmosphere of majesty. This is a true example of ultimate luxury at its finest. Every square foot of this project demonstrates complete beauty from floor to ceiling as well as intricate luxurious touches throughout.
Chang spoke to us about his role: “I believe that you could liken the role of an Interior Designer to that of a movie director. With our Clients as the producers, we take their personal vision, be it classical, modern, contemporary, art deco or neoclassic and synthesize this with all the other actors from artisans, suppliers and trades, to create a bespoke design that narrates their personal story.” In describing his own intricate style he explains: “Designers should be like water; easily flowing and versatile enough to fit within any container. Bespoke designs cannot be mass produced if they are to be informed by the Clients’ individual tastes, needs and influences. This continuous dexterity of inspirations is the flame that keeps the passion for design burning” Chang is currently is studying green building and sustainability at postgraduate level at Harvard University.
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Turnkey Renovation Yields Heavenly New Home House on Ussishkin St., Jerusalem, Israel by Annette Frommer
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“The owners are a young and vibrant family from New York, who acquired this nearly 100 years old landmark property in Jerusalem, wishing to have a “pied-a-terre” in the Holy City...”
Annette Frommer Interior Design Studio is an Israel based Interior Design firm specializing in luxury residential interiors. With over two decades of successful experience in all aspects of interior design, Annette’s created and honed a design studio comprised of highly talented and qualified support staff who offers exclusive, personal and uncompromising design services for high-end residences in Israel. Catering to a global clientele, the design process is bespoke to reflect her clients’ individual personalities, styles, desires and dreams. Annette’s philosophy is to create exclusive designs within the highest standards, customizing each project to reflect her discerning clients’ lifestyle aspirations, with the result of remarkable unique interiors. Her elegant style and sophistication characterizes each of her timeless projects, from initial conceptualization of the layout and interior design to its ultimate completion, resulting in a seamless journey for her clients. A total renovation of a listed private landmark property, this enormous and venerable house has undergone a complete metamorphosis of being. The mansion as it is now is a testament of blinding brilliance of the vision of Annette Frommer, skillfully captured by photographer Elad Gonen. As a listed landmark, renovation of this property had to adhere to very strict preservation rules, prescribed by the municipality. No changes could be made to the existing exterior. Luckily, the original wrought iron front doors, railings and some floor tiles where all in a good condition to be retained, and were built into the finishing design scheme. Throughout the house the large doorways are clad in stone, bringing symmetry to the rooms, and reverently referencing the archaic times during which the house was first constructed. The entire ground floor was developed with entertaining guests in mind. “The owners are a young and vibrant family from New York, who acquired this nearly 100 years old landmark property in Jerusalem, wishing to have a “pied-a-terre” in the Holy City,” Annette told design et al, “The first floor
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was to be formal, to host many parties and entertain their numerous visiting guests. It also had to include a master bedroom suite and one elegant guest suite, while the ground floor had to accommodate 8 bedrooms and a big play area for their young children.” The expansive kitchen was design especially to accommodate a large family who enjoys entertaining and hosting grand, opulent parties. “We achieved the finished look by combining the use of high-end materials and meticulous workmanship throughout the house, with an elegant color scheme with touches of brass, and magnificent chandeliers accentuating the high ceilings,” explained Annette.
the pleasures of being outdoors too. Floor to ceiling translucent drapes provide privacy and disperse direct sunlight, allowing a resident to sit here and almost feel as if they’re inside a large, modern cloud.
The high gloss marble floor in the main entrance was chosen to imbue the area with a sense of majesty, as well as to provide a cooling immediate respite from the heat outside. An eyecatching black and gold rug reflects the floral filigree patterns in the intricate bannister facing the entrance. This was carefully chosen to match the colours of the house.
The master bedroom is cosy and inviting, featuring warm neutral tones on the walls, while the floor is a striking indigo-charcoal. A luxurious fluffy rug is placed over this to make the dramatic colour more comforting. But, the unforgettable focal point of this room is the streamlined spiral staircase leading up to the study which is fitted in the turret above this bedroom.
Immediately right, through an open stone clad doorway, the long family room languishes in a tranquil mist of lilac and grey, with warming gold tones scattered through the chandelier, bookcases and chic side tables. This room serves as a library and features subtle mouldings in high gloss finish to add a touch of elegance. Cosy seating around the large bay window, looking out to the front garden, just one view of the extensive land surrounding the house.
This room as well as another guestroom are situated on the ground level, while all the other bedrooms as well as a large playroom are on the lower level. One guest suite with a small romantic porch conceals it’s entrance to an ensuite bathroom behind mirrored wall panelling, adding Annette’s unique brand of intrigue.
From here, there is a doorway to the formal dining room which is situated in the centre of the house with two further doorways leading to the kitchen. A grand glass dining table takes centre stage in this bright room, which enjoys light from the adjacent living room’s skylight and windows. The dark wood framed doorways draw the eye into a striking perspective. The only new addition that was permitted is the living room: brand new and ultra modern, the whole room is enclosed by large sliding windows, accentuating the contrast between old and new, and allowing the owners to relax in comfort inside, with all
The kitchen is bright and airy; high ceilings feature pendulum lighting in richly faceted crystal. The high chairs that flank one side of the centre island have a chic structured look, drawing attention to the smart and authoritative straight lines present throughout the room. Space is ample, perfect for entertaining guests, especially as there is access to a secluded sun patio and the gardens beyond via the glass side doors.
An inspiring space that would not look out of place in a palace, is the master bathroom. Clad in Statuario Italian marble, it exudes confidence and power. A guest bathroom is more femininely luxurious, featuring mirrored wall panelling from half way up the wall, all the way up to the ceiling, exaggerating space and creating a magical, ethereal ambience, especially when coupled with the gold tones of the Italian marble in this room. The designer explained: “The clients were very involved during the whole process. Aesthetics and symmetry were their guidelines. I enjoyed the journey this project represented; restoring the lost beauty of a century old house, respecting its history and giving it back its lost glamour and elegance.”
Tel: +972543976005 www.annette-interiors.com
DESIGNERS SPEAK OUT
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We spoke to some of the worldâ€™s key names. The designers that are changing and shaping the future of design, with the innovation, directions and unique sense of style.
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David Linley Founder, Linley
Tell us a little about your background in design My interest in woodworking began when I was about 14 years old and studying at Bedales school. I then went on to hone my skills at Parnham House school for craftsmen in wood and was taught by the great John Makepeace. It was he, as well as my family, who encouraged me to pursue a career in cabinet-making and after I left I set up LINLEY in 1985. At first we made one off bespoke pieces of furniture for clients, we then introduced retail collections of furniture and upholstery which was followed by a gifts and accessories collection. Over the years it became apparent that we were no longer just providing individual pieces of furniture for clients’ houses but actually creating the LINLEY “lifestyle” in their homes by suggesting combinations of furniture and accessories that worked well together and recommending other pieces or art that would complement LINLEY furniture. The launch of the interior design service in 2007 was therefore a very natural progression in the development of the business and has gone from strength to strength over the years. How would you describe your personal interior design style? My wife and I both enjoy collecting things from our travels so our house is quite an eclectic mix of wonderful pieces from all over the world. I am as equally drawn to contemporary furniture as I am to antiques so we have a mixture of both, I have learnt not to be afraid of mixing old and new; the two can sit side by side in perfect harmony. Over the years, I have enjoyed filling our home with beautiful fabrics and interesting textures. I like the use of big bold colours but as accents to an interior scheme rather than as a dominant feature. When designing our home it was important for me that it was not only visually appealing but that it also worked as a functional family home where our children could play and learn and grow. Where does your design inspiration come from? Architecture, art, travel and the city of London all inspire me. At LINLEY we source things from all over the world to include in our design schemes so when I travel I do so with an inquisitive mind, always looking for something new to spark an idea which I can
translate into a design. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I feel design is moving away from specific trends towards timeless design; statement interiors as a whole are seen less frequently and statement pieces of furniture have taken their place to add intrigue to an interior. Clients need to be able to open the front door on their return and walk into a space which immediately feels like home. Design needs to be ready to move with the times and for this reason technology has become integral to a household and must be considered when designing interiors - TVs, sound systems, iPad docking systems are central to the modern family’s life. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design. Specific themes and timescales are counter to the LINLEY interior design approach, our core ethos is to design through the eyes of our client so predetermined trends or fashions do not necessarily apply. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Forward planning. The sooner a designer can get involved in a project the better; investment at the beginning of projects pays dividends at the end in terms of design integrity, budget and time. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Recognition of talent is the validation and motivating one needs to keep doing what we do, feedback whether in the form of awards or generally from clients is key to refining our approach. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To keep all our current projects on track and clients happy as well as winning new business on interesting projects. We have many fascinating things in the pipeline the team are looking forward to working on.
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Patrick Ahearn Principal, Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC
What projects are you currently working on? Within New England, I am designing a number of new coastal homes on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I am also working on a restoration/renovation of a family homestead on 17 acres in Cazenovia, New York and a new custom home for a multigenerational family on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. In Michigan, I am currently working on a variety of diverse projects in the historic Village of Grosse Point including a boutique hotel and the renovation/restoration of 1920’s manor accompanied by newly constructed residences designed to look like accessory buildings that could have previously served the manor house. The objective is to give the illusion of a grand estate that was lovingly restored into a residential community rather than a newly constructed planned residential development. What projects have you recently completed? We have recently completed a wide range of projects in varying architectural styles throughout Massachusetts. For coastal homes, we completed a significant project in Chatham on Cape Cod, MA which is a reconsideration of a grand shingle style house overlooking the harbor with a carriage house and pool. In Martha’s Vineyard we completed a new Greek Revival home, boathouse, and pool along Edgartown Harbor. For grand country homes, we completed a wonderful stone and shingle style home in Weston, MA totaling 15,000 SF as well as a compound in historic Dover, MA on a 17 acre horse farm estate including a custom home and a restoration of an old barn. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? We work with a lot of local general contractors and landscape designers including Whitla Brothers in Chatham and Colonial
Reproductions and Donaroma’s Nursery and Landscape Services on the Vineyard - just to name a few. What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? In the residential world, interior design is heading towards a renewed interest in a modern and clean aesthetic. I would attribute this change to the generational shift in economics. Specifically, I have noticed that adults in their 30’s and 40’s are willing to spend more of their disposable income on their homes and as a result, they have rediscovered clean lines and modernism but in a classical shell. Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? Homeowners are beginning understand that the spaces around the home are just as important as the home itself because they appreciate the importance of bringing the living and social aspects of their lifestyles to the outdoors. This is achieved by analyzing the organizational aspects of the home and resolving the appropriate gathering spaces with corresponding outdoor living spaces, creating an essential interplay with a seamless indoor/outdoor transition. These outdoor spaces often include, but are not limited to porches, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas, free standing gazebos, etc. all centered around water elements such as pools, waterfalls, Jacuzzi or the ocean/beach itself. Trends going forward? Recently, there has been a dramatic shift from formal to casual living, even in the luxury market. Today, a home is rarely staffed, resulting in the service areas more commonly used by the homeowners. Kitchens have dramatically increased in size and are now considered the new heart of the home.
Many people are requesting the kitchen to be adjacent to a gathering space but not necessarily wide open. The placement of these connected spaces encourages social interaction while fostering multiple activities and maximizing space. The great rooms and dining rooms are disappearing and bars are now located on the first floor as opposed to the basement. People are looking for a more detailed, higher level of refinement. The idea is that they do not have to go to a specific space to entertain guests and friends; they can entertain throughout their entire house. What are your favorite recent schemes? Please describe key elements. We stress the importance of celebrating the outdoors during the warm weather, however, I have been interested in optimizing outdoor living spaces for the winter as well. Outdoor spaces can be outfitted with removable storm panels and radiant heat under the floors to lend itself to a multiplicity of year-round functions. For example, a pool cabana can be converted into a warming hut to accompany an ice skating rink. The orientation of the space becomes really important because the sun is lower in the winter. Elements such as floor-to-ceiling glass and southern orientation allow the sun to filter in and warm the interior space while taking advantage of the views outside. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Every project we work on, we use MDF Nantucket® BeadBoard. It has certainly become a staple when designing.
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Christopher Dezille Owner, Honky
How would you describe your own personal style?
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself...
I would say mine is a sort of contemporary elegance... with a twist!
Your most treasured possessions? My wife and children, my Moto guzzi V7 Racer
Where does your inspiration come from?
Your favourite holiday destination? United States of America, so much to see and do!
It comes from everywhere in my everyday life... the outdoors, my work environment, cities I visit... In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? It’s moving to a continuation of our love affair with metallic finishes, colour blocking and graphic geometric lines and patterns. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be?
Your favourite hotel? Babington House, Frome, UK Your favourite restaurant/bar? Pollen Street Social, London, UK Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? In the pub If I wasn’t a designer, I would be... I like working with my hands... so maybe a landscape designer/gardener.
Consider what the local market demands and fulfill the likely purchaser expectations...amaze them! How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Participation has raised our profile and presented us with new client opportunities in which I don’t think we would have found without.
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Radhika Seth & Faiza Seth Co – Founders, Casa Forma
What projects are you currently working on? We are currently working on several key projects in London and Internationally. In London our key projects at the moment are two mews houses for international developers, one in Mayfair and one in Marylebone. We are working on several lateral apartments for private international clients in Holland Park and St John’s Wood, amongst others. Internationally, we are working on luxury private client residences which vary from 2,000 – 30,000 square feet in Beijing, Beirut, Dubai, New Delhi, Lagos, Riyadh and The South of France along with a luxury hotel and restaurant in Riyadh. What projects have you recently completed? In London we have recently completed several private client residences in Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? We try not to limit ourselves or our clients to specific companies but rather offer them the largest selection, through our incredible black book of luxury suppliers. We have worked with companies from London, across Europe and all over the US. What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? Luckily, we seem to be bringing back to life the ageless, timeless design culture which is the foundation on which Casa Forma London is built. Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? People are beginning to expect a lot more of their home due to technological advances. Everyone has a smart phone, now they want a smart home. The height of luxury interior design today is having a home that thinks for the owner in a completely customizable way. Curtains should automatically and gradually open so that a person wakes up
naturally in time with their alarm. Walk in closets should have bespoke jewellery storage with specialized motion regulation to keep a person’s watch collection ready for wear at any moment. By design, lighting should dim, brighten and adjust to influence the appropriate moods throughout the day and dependant on the day of the week. Trends going forward? For a period of time design trends went down an ultra-modern path that lacked warmth and left society craving the classic comforts. Today we are finding a happy medium in clean lines with sophisticated elegance. What are your favourite recent schemes? Please describe key elements. CFL is partial to design schemes that embrace natural tones and materials. Bronze inlay, Eramosa marble, and Macassar ebony timber dressed in rich and creamy velvets. Schemes with darker tones paired with expertly designed bespoke lighting create rich environments that are inviting without parallel. What products/services could you not live without when designing? We cannot live without bespoke design. Nothing is special unless it is original, unique and rare. By tailoring design around the space, location and client, we create a completely original, striking and comfortable environment. Everything should be customizable, the key to design excellence however is in knowing what to elevate and what to dial back. Balance is everything. Any final thoughts? This is a very exciting time for Casa Forma London. With current projects spanning 7 countries and pipeline works covering 5 continents and the opening of 3 international offices in the next 12 months we are looking to redefine the way UHNW clients work with designers with our art and lifestyle consultancy and several other exciting services being rolled out over the next few months.
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Sean Cochrane Creative Director, Cochrane Design
What projects are you currently working on? We have a number of projects on at the moment ranging from large townhouses in Clapham to Liverpools most luxurious apartment. We are also designing boutique hotels in Surrey and Ibiza as well as prestigious penthouse offices on Saville Row. What projects have you recently completed? We have a lot happening at the moment and have recently completed a gorgeous 5 storey town house off the Kings Road, a property in Mayfair and a hotel. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? We have some fabulous suppliers who we work with on a regular basis. These include Hermes, Deedar, Material Concepts for plush and tactile fabrics, Subzero and Wolf for most of our appliances and we love Walking on Wood for their detailed flooring including a beautiful brass inlay which we have recently installed in one of our projects. What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? It is important to have a timeless blend of the modern and classic in design as these will hold themselves regardless of trends. I think that people are far more observant of details now and this is where Cochrane Design heads more and more each year. Design is all about layering subtle details to create something bespoke and unique.
room. Whilst we have always known the importance of lighting, we have developed our look and are very proud of what we have achieved. Trends going forward? We have seen a resurgence of interest in wood flooring, so there are now all kinds of parquet styles and extra wide boards with different finishes available. I might use an interesting herringbone pattern and run a plain boarder with layered insets which can add further levels of character to a room. What are your favourite recent schemes? Please describe key elements. I have recently renovated my home which is arguably is my favourite recent project. Maybe I am a little biased! I have used a lot of dark wood and layered warm mood lighting. Weâ€™ve actually ended up designing every item as a bespoke piece. If in doubt design it yourself! What products/services could you not live without when designing? We use some fabulous suppliers and tradesmen who understand our vision, match our passion and drive to produce interiors which excel. It is people who make a design come together. I do love my hot tap in my dressing room. Any more thoughts? Simple layered beauty will always win.
Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? I am a big believer in lighting and the impact of a good lighting scheme on a space and
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Tim Gosling Director and Owner, Gosling Ltd What projects are you currently working on?
heading towards in general terms?
I am currently working on a number of wonderful projects at the moment: a house in Scotland, a coach house in Regents Park, an apartment in New York and a house in Greenwich. This is alongside furniture for two extraordinary superyachts, an exhibition with the V&A, and the Parker collection for Decorex and a few deliciously small but detailed pieces of furniture with Vellum and Micro Mosaic tops, expanding the outside Carbon Fibre Collection we have and the Gosling Range of Chairs that can be made bespoke.
There is a trend for wanting to create things that are unique and are exactly right for the space. Architecture is either being built or being re-sculpted for today’s uses. The idea of making pieces that reflect the owner and not the designer or fashion house is becoming very important, the use of sumptuous fabrics like velvets, cashmere and pure wools are a reflection of peoples desire for comfort above all in their own environments. I’m also seeing a much bolder use of colour as the world moves away from taupe, whites and cream spaces.
I am also working on a brand new collection of Grand Tour fireplaces that will be launched in September with Chesney’s and a new collection of rugs with The Rug Company for early next year. What projects have you recently completed? We have just finished a Palazzo on the Grand Canal, Jaeger Le Coultre’s new flagship watch store on Bond Street, a bespoke collection of straw, bronze and carbon fibre, as well as houses in Geneva, Westminster and Chelsea. I have also published my third book by Thames and Hudson on the DNA of furniture design. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? I have created some wonderful projects with The Rug Company, Chesney’s Fireplaces in New York, Carvers and Guilders in London, using fabulous Fabrics form Dedar, Rubelli, Designers Guild, Zimmer and Rhodes, Pieces from Poliform, Talisman, McKinnon and Harris and my workshop up in North Yorkshire. What direction do you feel interior design is
Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? Yes – I am really passionate about keeping the design link between all the disciplines that we all work with: the Architect, the Interior Designer, the Landscape Designer and the Furniture Designer are all part of the one discussion – we move away from this at our peril. Each one has to reflect the other; each one has to inform the other in the use of materials and its ethos. Your prediction of trends going forward: The work of 3D printing will start to evolve in the way it’s possible to prototype pieces that will be made in small numbers – we 3D print a lot of our chairs to be able to gain an insight into its ergonomics – to really understand what the piece will feel like before its actually made. Furniture pieces that span the spectrum of Classic and Contemporary are becoming the asked for designs – a shape that people feel comfortable with but in new materials – something that looks different to their parents’ generation.
What are your favourite recent schemes? Please describe key elements. I love working and designing on all the projects – no one is the same and the opportunity to work not only with such great craftsman but also the best interior designers and architects around the world is a real privilege. In terms of location I really enjoyed going to Venice each month as I saw the city change from season to season, it’s the closest I will ever get to living there, for a year or so, I guess. What products/services could you not live without when designing? My team – no question. Their ability to understand what needs achieving technically and working out the complexity of my thoughts and what I’m trying to create as a vision is remarkable.
Any final thoughts? It’s been so wonderful as a team and company to have been recognised by design et al for two years in a row with the best bespoke furniture category It’s something I’m immensely proud about and very flattered by. To be held in esteem by your industry and your peer group has got to be one of the best accolades possible in life. www.tgosling.com
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Joanna Wood Founder, Joanna Trading Ltd
Tell us a little about your background... I am probably the least educated person in my office! However I have 35 years of experience in Interior Design. I have always loved architecture and that is where my passion for all things interiors came from. Throughout my career I have gained extensive experience in both the private residential market and also for the property investment market. Projects have included a castle in Spain, a yacht in the South of France, a private aeroplane and the interiors of a Rolls Royce. How would you describe your own personal style? I would say my style is adaptable and eclectic but always of the highest quality with careful attention to detail. Where does your inspiration come from? I have always been inspired by my love of the ballet and theatre. I also find great inspiration in my travels - the experiences I have had and things I have seen whilst abroad really inform my design decisions. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I think it is moving back towards colour and comfort, but with a softer approach. I think design is moving away from minimalism, although there is room to incorporate contemporary systems of technology, equipment, fixtures and fittings within interiors design. Name five key themes to consider when approaching property development in 2016 and beyond. 1.
Always respect the architecture; don’t try to change anything structurally if the building is listed or not suitable for a major transformation.
Look at the light aspect and think about
where the sunshine comes from to ensure that the rooms are planned properly and used to their fullest. 3.
It is important to work out which rooms will work best for which purpose. Consider where the client will relax, eat and sleep and plan each space accordingly.
Think about budget – be realistic with how much work can be done on a project.
Always do the best you can on the structure and bones of a project, even if you have to wait to put up fabulous curtains a few months later; it is most important to lay the foundations of a project – soft furnishings and accessories can be added and changed at a later date.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be? Always consider your buyer and always design for the buyer. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? I think it is great to have such a broad, encompassing set of awards which cover the industry as a whole and recognise the diversity of amazing projects being produced by the industry. What projects are you currently working on? Currently my team and I are working on a ballroom and penthouse in the UK and a country house in Gloucestershire and a pied à terre in New York – to name but a few! What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I want to expand my offices and continue to keep my clients happy.
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Warren Foster-Brown Founder and Managing Director, FBEYE International
What projects are you currently working on? We currently have 25 hotels we are designing in eight Asian countries and two very large private residences in Singapore and France. These include The Park Hotel, The Farrer Park Hotel and Hilton Hotel both in Singapore, Swissotel Singapore, Amari Hotel and Shama Branded Residences in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. We are also working on the Westin Resort in Nusa Dua in Bali, Westin Sonata Hotel in Manila, Philippines, the Taj Exotica Resort in Goa, India, and The Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They are all at various stages; some are previous clients or operators. They feature different designs and some are due to open later this year. What projects have you recently completed? The most recently completed project is the InterContinental Singapore. This was a five year major renovation which embraced the old history of the hotel while implementing modern conveniences guests have come to expect. Recent F&B projects include Saint Pierre, Singapore, for celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant. This is a boutique dining experience for this highly acclaimed chef, TV personality and author, and our second restaurant for Saint Pierre. Additionnally, we have designed and recently launched Shoukouwa for the Emmanuel Stroobant group, a five star Japanese fine dining restaurant with a main dining capacity of 8 persons with a 6 seater private dining room in a contemporary style. Other recent hotel projects completed include the Le Meridien Dhaka and Westin Singapore (both new builds), W Retreat and Spa in Maldives (Renovation), Diamond Hotel in Manila, Philippines and the Four Seasons Resort in Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives.
What companies have you worked with for the above projects? Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts Starwood Hotels and Resorts Emmanuel Stroobant group Four Seasons Hotels and Resort What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? As a brand, we do not have a set design and do not follow trends, each of our projects is unique and fulfils the direction and brief given by the owners or operators. Our portfolio ranges from classical European to contemporary, eclectic to streamlined. As always, projects are somewhat driven by cost, so finding materials that have a luxury look and feel but are a fraction of the cost of its counterpart is a large part of the FF&E undertaking, but each country, each city and each town have their own individual look, and if you compare most of the mid to large chain hoteliers, they have brands stretching the full spectrum of tastes and age groups, all of which we cater to. Trends going forward? In Asia especially there now seems to be a move towards three and four star properties, where the main ‘public’ areas of the hotel, reception, bar, all day dining, meeting rooms, are condensed to one main floor so guests can experience all in one space and staff requirements and movements are not stretched over several floors. What are your favourite recent schemes please describe key elements. Le Meridien Dhaka is a particular favourite of mine recently as it is very playful and full of
local, cultural artwork, adding to the sense of place in the hotel. From the point of entry, you can track the history of the region through wonderful pops of colour and textures. Intercontinental is also close to my heart as this was a project where we researched for many hours to establish and understand the culture that went into the Peranakan history of the hotel (Peranakan is unique to Singapore and encompasses cultural references from India, China, Colonial and Malaysia). To bring an old dame back to her former glory was a wonderful project to be involved with. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Technology is all very well and good, CAD design has helped enormously in the production and time to produce documents, as has Photoshop & on line portals, however nothing can replace the human element so my response would be my team, my wonderful and creative team of designers. Work should be fun, enlightening and rewarding, with a good team behind you this is all possible. The ability to discuss, thrash out ideas and be candid with each other where needed is something no product or service will ever take away. Any final thoughts? We are about to start a project in America. It’s very exciting for us as despite winning awards in the US this is an untapped market and a first, project wise. After covering most of Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe, it’s always interesting to see how different countries carry out projects, rules and regulations, thoughts on design, so we look forward to the challenges ahead.
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Katharine Pooley MD/ CEO/ Founder, Katharine Pooley Ltd
What projects are you currently working on? Current projects include a Cliff top villa in the South of France, Private Jet Lounges in Colorado and Dubai and a contemporary 13,000 sq ft Beach villa on the Palm in Dubai. What projects have you recently completed? A large villa in Kuwait, private residences in Mayfair and a castle in Buckinghamshire. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? Thompson Shultz, Turnon and Gignon fabric, De la Couna fabrics, Bray designs, Tim Page rugs and Neil Riley wall hangings. What products and services could you not live without when designing? Trims for the details on shades and curtains; this gives the detailed look. Tatiana Tafur for unique and incredible pieces. Services from all our suppliers are always very important. What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? There are busy times ahead! Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? The principle of less is more is definitely a key design direction at the moment. When Iâ€™m
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styling a room, I like to have a few key pieces rather than lots. At the moment I love bronze and copper toned accessories which are an elegant alternative to gold, brass or chrome. Layers are also a very important factor of design nowadays to get the lived in feel - this can easily be reached by amassing interesting accessories. Trends going forward? We recently worked on a project where the client had a vast collection of antique pieces, but wanted an overall contemporary finish. So, we incorporated both antique and contemporary elements. I think weâ€™ll see more of this. You already see a lot of people upcycling and refurbishing classic pieces of furniture, for example. What are your favourite recent schemes? Please describe key elements. We completed a Mayfair townhouse which I really loved working on. We were briefed with the renovation of an 11,000 square ft Grade II listed property for a former office block to a family residence. Key elements of the scheme included the restoration and reinstatement of architectural detailing and a fresh and light colour palette throughout with contemporary furniture and accessories to complement the traditional detailing. However, my favourite aspect of the project was the glass lift shaft we installed, which runs through the six floors of the property, with a skylight at the top flooding the staircase with natural light.
Will Meyer and Gray Davis Co – Founders, Meyer Davis What projects are you currently working on? Some projects that immediately come to mind are Four Seasons hotels in Astir, Greece, the Crown Hotel & Casino in Sydney and the Rosewood Litte Dix Bay in British Virgin Islands. What projects have you recently completed? We have recently completed an extensive project for 1 Hotel, Miami. This was an exciting project where we cultivated an environment of casual, easy warmth. We tried to draw attention to earthy qualities in building materials, refining and sharpening them. Sustainability is important, therefore finishes aren’t perfectly finished, which also gives a distinctive look. What companies have you worked with for the above projects? We have enjoyed working with many companies, notably, Four Season Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Crown Casinos, Starwood Capitol. What direction do you feel interior design is heading towards in general terms? People are seeking a bespoke form of luxury, but with interiors leaning towards a residential, personal level of refinement with less trendiness. This should be a key consideration going forward.
Are there any key design directions you would like to discuss? There is a design direction of leaning much more towards flexibility in programmed areas so spaces don’t become unused, meaning they can be occupied 24/7. For the hotel industry, this will be most enjoyed in lobbies and receptions. What are your favourite recent schemes please describe key elements. Favourites have got to be the schemes that quietly celebrate sustainability. For example, the really beautiful, but natural beach palette of the 1 Hotel keeps a space very fresh. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Nothing beats the old technology of your classic no. 2 pencil and trace paper, however when considering modern technology we also heavily use iPhones for photos. Any final thoughts? As designers we feel honored to be in a unique position of honor of influencing the future luxury and design. We take the responsibility serious and to heart and are much appreciative of this opportunity.
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