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BOLD IN BARCELONA: 2 tries create a dream apartment

Situated within an art nouveau building in Barcelona, a Californian family has created its own dream Spanish residence. With the matriarch of the family initially spearheading the renovations alone, local studio Colombo and Serboli Architecture came in mid-way after a fire cut out half the work, and half the budget.     While the original plans, many of which had already been undertaken before the fire struck, were much more elaborate, when it came to round two the Californian owners…

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OBJECTIVELY OPEN: Exceptional exterior living

Bending the rules in a curiously clever way, Amsterdam-based architecture firm Studioninedots really turned the concept of indoor/outdoor living on its head when it designed and built this home in Eindhoven.   Fifty-Fifty Villa Fifty-Fifty was born from the clients’ wish to live closer to nature in a more minimalist environment. Studioninedots unpacked the idea of living between inside and out, creating both home and garden in one volume: fifty-fifty, imposing importance on neither one element nor the other.  …

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DESIGN TALK: WIJNPAAL

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Ruby Oudejans and Mike Plevier, the founders of Wijnpaal. Their Amsterdam-based label is all about wine — the word ‘wijnpaal” means wine pole in Dutch — and makes display racks for all kinds of wine, from red to sparkling. Their objects emphasize the beauty of bottles by setting them into the foreground.…

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EXCEPTIONAL ERAS: Blended interiors in the heart of Paris

Alongside Patrizio Miceli, the head of Parisian-Roman creative agency Al Dente, interior architect Hadrien Breitenbach has designed a blended interior in the heart of Paris for the agency.   The downtown interior is nothing but ordinary, moving confidently away from the standard office typology. Designed to feel like a living space, the agency’s new home additionally includes a hidden indoor swimming pool, a patio complete with lounge and dining space, two photo studios and a bright and airy conservatory.  …

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All natural: A Finnish forest escape

Finnish firm Sanaksenaho Architects’ 2010 design of a lakeside family home focuses on all-natural materials, reducing energy consumption and the appreciation of the lush local landscape to create an escape that truly soaks in its natural surroundings.     A material world Known as Villa Musu, this lakeside retreat was built entirely of wood, aside from the concrete foundations of the structure. Black painted timber cut to various lengths and widths clad the façade, chosen by architect Matti Sanaksenaho and…

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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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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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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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MODERN FORMS: An organic lifestyle in Mexico

Situated on a peninsula north of the iconic surf area of Troncones, Punta Majahua is a flowing, modern and striking residential complex designed by Zozoya Arquitectos in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.   The original concept for this eye-catching project was to create a large complex composed of luxury beachfront residences, focusing on an organic architectural style that would both integrate seamlessly to the site, while simultaneously allowing for a magnificent, striking aesthetic.   A link to nature Punta Majahua…

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