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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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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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A VISUAL INTERLUDE: Luxury living in Bangkok

With a low-key but high-impact façade, architecture firm Ayutt and Associates Design created this couple’s home in Khet Sathon, Bangkok to be an escape from the busy city streets, a moment of privacy and togetherness and a luxurious space in which to entertain.   Positioned within a rather densely populated area, the entrance to this property is through a busy, narrow road, filled with tall, modern apartment buildings. The owners were looking for a space that could ebb and flow…

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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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DESIGN TALK: MXHome

Design talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we want to introduce you to Malvina Vanbever, the founder of her own sustainable lounge cushion company, MXHome.     Malvina, a young and promising French designer started this company in her native St. Tropez in 2017, and has since made a name for herself in the world of interior and exterior lounging accessories. A graduate of the acclaimed design school Istituto Marangoni, Paris, Malvina has…

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AUTHENTICITY DONE RIGHT: Hiroshima’s coolest new hotel

Paying homage to its original architecture and the building’s history, Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects reimagined a former hospital and designed what is now the cool, chic boutique hotel Kiro Hiroshima.   A different dynamic When Japanese architecture firm Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects took on the design and creation of a pared-back hotel in the centre of Hiroshima, the team decided to retain many of the original features of the space in order to build a home away from home. Rather than falling…

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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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