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OPEN LIVING: Portuguese countryside residence

Located within the rather traditional Portuguese village of Comporta, Lisbon-based architecture firm Fragmentos has designed and constructed a five-bedroom family home that spotlights low, minimal volumes and open living known as Comporta 10 House. (c) Francisco Nogueira Easy life This five-bedroom home is designed within the interplay between various living volumes, not only encouraging an elegant transition between indoor and out, but additionally allowing for a range of orientations as seen from central living and sleeping spaces, resulting in a…

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DESIGN TALK: KABINET VAN LOOK

Design talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we want to introduce you to Jan Van Look, the founder of the Belgian design brand KABINET VAN LOOK.     A passion for creative functionality A self-taught designer based in Antwerp, Van Look founded his own design studio in 2010. A skilled and passionate artist with a passion for creative functionality, he uses inspirations of the moment to create innovative, artful objects that showcase his…

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A BREATH OF LIFE: Cetto’s rebirth of Pedregal

Max Cetto’s iconic project was a true testament to his design aesthetic and imagination. Designed upon land devastated hundreds of years earlier by a volcanic eruption, his masterpiece led to the rebirth of the area of Jardines del Pedregal. What is now a rather desired, upper-class modernist residential colonia of southern Mexico City was for hundreds of years nothing but empty land, built up of volcanic lava and home to interesting foliage. Architect Max Cetto took this opportunity, however, as…

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STUNNING SIMPLICITY: A modern Pugliese holiday home

Nestled within a traditional baroque village in the south of Italy, Villa Cardo may look unassuming when viewed by passers-by, but this Mediterranean villa houses within a rather modern, 21st century aesthetic.   Modelled on traditional architecture, this three-bedroom holiday home designed by Andrew Trotter is a true haven from the hustle and bustle of modern life, allowing visitors to relax and revel in the beauty of the Pugliese countryside.   Vernacular architecture The home was built using traditional Pugliese…

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We asked an expert: how to add colour to any home

Nothing affects the mood of a home quite like colour does — that may be why 95% of people are intimidated by having to choose one. The brand-new book The Complete Book of Colourful Interiors aims to change that.   This useful, illustrated volume takes you, step by step, from tones to hues, and answers all of your questions about colour in the home. Which colours suits which spaces? How do I combine the right shades? What’s the matter with…

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DESIGN TALK: Lorena Canals

Design Talk means it’s time to get to know the face behind the brand. Today, we want to introduce you to Lorena Canals, the creator and founder of her eponymous brand of rugs, textiles and home accessories, (not just) for kid’s rooms. The Lorena Canals brand mission is centred on practicality — their rugs and textiles are machine washable — quality, and heart: kids and parents alike love their eco-friendly, durable and quirky designs.   Moms know best Lorena Canals…

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GOING FOR BOLD: The style clash in India

Feast India stands out from the crowd, both on the inside and out. Designed by architecture and interior design firm RENESA, a studio known for taking risks with colour and pattern, this restaurant brings together a ‘concoction of design theories’ to respond to its environment.     A true hybrid Located within one of the oldest structures of the industrial city of Kanpur in Northern India, the scheme set out to play with the varied, and often contradictory, architecture found…

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DESIGN TALK: NORDIC D’LUXX

Design Talk means it’s time to get to know the face behind the brand. Today, we’re introducing you to the designer of NORDIC D’LUXX. This Danish label with a passion for Nordic design is behind the unique NORDIC D’LUXX Flowerpot and Lantern, made by the acclaimed Danish designer Henrik Pederson of 365° North.     Who’s Henrik Pedersen? Born in 1967, Henrik Pedersen is a trained fashion who has angled those skills towards designing objects for interiors. His keen interest…

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LIGHT, BRIGHT AND AIRY: A Vertical Loft in New York

Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village in NYC, SKOLNICK architecture + design partnership’s renovation of an 1830s townhouse has created a new type of loft living, transforming traditional design concepts into a vertical space fit for a family.     Preserve and update To honour the history of this federal style façade, the architects retained many of the original interior floor plates as well as the existing exterior. While from street-side the elegant 19th century house looks much like…

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DESIGN TALK: THE FILLUP CLUB

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know the founders of The Fillup Club, Lode Ivens and Kenny Packo. These two talents from Belgium put their heads together to create luxury inflatable furniture — just the thing to bring up memories of a perfect summer’s day and cocktails by the poolside.   The Fillup Club is a story about two friends with a common passion for…

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