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A BALANCED BUNGALOW: Modern twist on an Australian classic

The recent renovation of a bungalow in the heart of Sydney by Vanessa Wegner Architects breathes new life into a classic Australian home, turning what looks from the outside like a dark and closed-off property into an open, airy space that embraces all that the outdoors has to offer.     Blurring the lines The extension of this family home was brought about in the view of designing and creating a larger space for the residents while drawing inspiration on,…

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DESIGN TALK: ZILALILA

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anita Walstra Bakos and the women of the extraordinary, conscious design brand Zilalila. Zilalila is a line of hand-woven textiles — from plush throws and blankets to slouchy beanbags — but it’s so much more than just that: every single Zilalila product is handmade in Nepal, by women who take their expertise of weaving craft seriously. According to Bakos, the meaning…

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RUGGED RESPITE: Sunken holiday homes

Two private guest residences and a wellness centre sit within a small village on the Greek island of Kea. Referencing the local landscape, this minimal development by Bobotis+Bobotis lies half submerged within the landscape itself.     The natural environment Nature plays a key role throughout this guest complex, primarily in the architects’ decision to sink the homes down into the ground and so making them almost part of the landscape, and secondly in the design choice of incorporating local…

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DESIGN TALK: VLUV

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know the founder of VLUV, a German line of ergonomic sitting balls and seats, all about reforming a sedentary lifestyle. VLUV was founded by Kristof Hock, the head of his own eponymous label, Hock design. Before setting up his own brand, he worked as a product and concept developer at a number of international advertising agencies. But Hock felt he was…

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POST-MODERNIST PARADISE: Jenck’s London home-turned-museum

The architectural historian and cultural theorist Charles Jencks’ name is known the world round. And now, after his passing in 2019, his former London home is set to open to the public as a museum in the autumn of 2021.   Out of this world The writer and critic Charles Jencks was key in the understanding of postmodernism, making these theories and ideas accessible to the public, and his home is full of this movement’s influence. After purchasing the Holland…

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DETAIL-ORIENTED DESIGN: Old meets new in Tokyo

Kooo Architects’ recent apartment renovation in Meguro, Tokyo incorporates soft, warm wood tones and elements of a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Undertaken by the firm’s founders, Ichijo-Toma focuses not only on the bigger picture, but also on the details.     Japanese lifestyle The founders of Kooo Architects decided to draw on the wisdom of the generations that came before and the materials that have been respected in the culture to create something that now is rather out of the ordinary.…

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BRUTAL BUILDING BLOCKS: A Viennese spa pavilion

Austrian architecture firm Smartvoll decided to go outside of the box for a new private spa in the countryside town of Hinterbrühl near the country’s capital. And what they came up with happened to be a deconstructed monolithic box housing a true wellness temple. Vertical and horizontal Situated at the rear of a residential property, the private spa designed and developed by Viennese firm Smartvoll brings design back to the basics of modernism, focusing on form and function above ornamental…

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DESIGN TALK: ANNE LINDE

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anne Linde, the head of her own eponymous design label. The Danish Anne Linde founded her own label in 2004. As a young designer with an earnest, no-nonsense demeanour, Linde set off on a path that ultimately proved once and for all that she is not just one of many. She chose to focus on developing ideas according to her own…

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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL: A modern Portuguese home

An angular concrete house in Celorico de Basto, Portugal focuses on glazing and maximising beautiful courtyard areas from which to enjoy the landscape. Designed by Portuguese architect Hugo Pereira, the home aims to make an impact, without impacting the landscape.       Luscious landscape Known as Cork Oak House, this home gets its name from the dynamic landscape it sits within, overlooked by trees of this variety stretching out toward the horizon. The conditions of the hilltop site informed…

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HOLIDAY HYGGE: A small Norwegian seaside retreat

Nestled right into the edge of a seaside cliff in the coastal city of Sandefjord, architecture firm Lund Hagem designed a small holiday home with a somewhat different profile.   Commissioned for one of the architecture firm’s very own founding partners, the project is designed as a small annex to accompany an existing holiday home on the secluded coastal site. The 30 square metre residence is carved into the rocks, its stepped roof and vertical glazing curved around the weather-beaten…

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