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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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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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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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DESIGN TALK: MPOWERD

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger, the founders of MPOWERD and the creators behind Luci, the first inflatable solar light. Jeong and Salzinger lead their own revolution on a mission to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, conscious technology: MPOWERD is a brand with brains and heart. Everyone deserves to be empowered Jeong, the CEO, brings two decades of consumer…

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HOUSE ON THE HORIZON: The Cape Town villa with a view

One of ARRCC’s latest ventures, Horizon Villa is a five-bedroom villa set seaside in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Boasting an unbeatable view of the Atlantic, this family home’s classic materials, open feel and pops of colour create a contemporary modern home that wouldn’t be out of place in any interior magazine.   Open concept Together with architects SAOTA, ARRCC’s Bantry Bay project successfully marries the feeling of modern luxury with a comfortable space for a young family. Apropos to its…

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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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