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GLORIOUS GRAND: Jaipur’s coolest luxury home

In line with Rajasthan’s own traditional architecture, Malik Architecture chose to gaze back at local construction methods and dig deep to build a luxury 8000 square foot home that not only looks like a treat but touches on local stonemasons’ knowledge to create something truly spectacular.  © Jasper Architects Lost history  The main thought behind Malik Architecture’s choice to set out on this journey of constructing with nothing other than stone comes from their perception that the local sandstone has…

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BONDI BEAUTY: The epitome of Aussie aesthetic

Set amongst a row of red-roofed houses in the bustling heart of Bondi, Fox Johnston’s three storey home uses clever solutions and incorporates outdoor space to create a residential project that feels larger than life.  © Jasper Architects Cleverly creative  On a narrow plot with a relatively steep incline, the owners of this Bondi abode were looking to create a flexible space in which to spend their lives. Not only was the size of the plot a creative challenge for…

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CURIOUS CURVES: A hypnotic concept in the desert

Set within the wide-reaching desert dunes of Kuwait, Jasper Architects’ hotel concept truly embodies the idea of an oasis, its lush palms and spa creating a luxurious sanctuary that both plays with and against the local landscape. Grand geometry The competition prize-winning concept centres around the idea of the sprawling oasis, where luscious greens meet the ever-changing desert. Yet while the greenery stands out from the endless sand dunes, the lulling rise and fall of the structure itself mirrors the…

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DESIGN TALK: GRUPA

Design talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know Filip Despot, Ivana Pavic and Tihana Taraba, the founders of GRUPA, a Croatian design studio based in Zagreb. The brand manufactures quality, handmade products with a particular focus on lighting design. After a successful decade of dreaming up award-winning products, GRUPA decided to manufacture their own products, building lamps that reflect their unique approach to craftsmanship and art. “Our ili…

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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: The Indonesian built on angles and colour

Ismail Solehudin Architecture has taken what could have been a compilation of apartments that looks just like any other in the built-up area of Bogor in West Java, Indonesia, and instead let it sing loud and proud by cladding it with stacked, rich red corrugated iron.   Stacked volumes Rather than a single-family home, the ruby red building contains multiple residential units. These stacked apartments sit above and alongside each other, effectively using the limited space, one of the core…

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WRITER’S BLOCK: The Madrid cabin fit for an artist

Flexible and stunningly simple, the Spanish studio MuDD architects have designed and built a cabin in the north of Madrid for their children’s book writer client, bang in the centre of a lush green landscape.   Contemporary calm As the writer owner was looking for a flexible space that could meet all of her needs, MuDD decided upon a simple, cabin-like structure with a contemporary twist. Rather a large room with open glazing, the feeling of the home differs between…

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DESIGN TALK: ROBUUST AMSTERDAM

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know the people and the mission of the Dutch design label, Robuust Amsterdam. Founded in 2018 by industrial designers Job Althof and Niek Sanders of Studio Althof & Sanders, Robuust Amsterdam is a young brand with a concise mission: to bring a timeless, minimalist esthetic into the homes of people, while helping the environment. The Robuust Amsterdam brand has…

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SERENITY IN THE SOUTH: The luxury cabin at the bottom of New Zealand

Nestled between the coast and the bushland of the South Island of New Zealand, a tiny settlement of 30 homes has now welcomed another escape within its handful of houses. An unbeatable location The owner originally discovered this area halfway between the two larger cities of Invercargill and Bluff while visiting a friend’s family home and spent a couple of years camping in the area in order to understand the land before she began to design the home, even climbing…

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DESIGN TALK: FLUF

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Nathalie Butterfield and Terra Kushner of Fluf, a textile-based design and manufacturing company headquartered in Toronto. What started with the idea to found their very own pillow company evolved to a brand creating feel good bags, made out of sustainable materials. Fluf was born out of a desire to revolutionise and improve the textile industry: the brand does…

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UPDATED CLASSIC: The Portuguese villa with a fresh look

Set within the terraced slopes in the north of Serra de Sintra, the village of Eugaria looks almost like a settlement, each one of its buildings built in the same style and so projecting a unique identity. One home regenerated and reinvigorated by Jose Adriao Arquitecto knowledgeably draws on this area’s style and updates it, creating a space fit for a modern family.   Heritage home This traditional Portuguese home underwent extensive renovations back in the 1980, during which the…

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