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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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5 camping essentials selected by author and camper enthusiast Els Sirejacob

Els Sirejacob is a well-known Belgian food stylist, chef, and recipe writer by trade but a camper lover by heart. Her book ‘Camperfood and Stories’ is now available on DECOVRY. She took the time to write a piece on her new book and carefully selected some of her favourite DECOVRY products to take with her on one of her adventures.…

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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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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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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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WALKING ON WATER: A Floating Home

Part of a new local scheme, i29 architects has designed and developed a low-budget family home that not only looks a treat, but is also eco-friendly, energy-efficient and truly packs a punch. Set apart by its dark monolithic exterior appearance from the outside and crisp, white interiors full of high ceilings and glazing, this home stands out from the crowd while providing its owners with stunning views and abundant daylight.   Schoonschip Amsterdam Floating Home was designed as one part…

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Art Retreat of the Future in India

Designed and realised by Indian studio Architecture Brio, this is an artist retreat built for the future. Mumbai Artist Retreat incorporates forward-thinking elements that are set to thrive in the elements, while creating an attractive space in which to enjoy the seaside. With climate change and its potential effects on housing and building construction in mind, Architecture Brio decided to create a space in which visitors could enjoy the beautiful seaside environment and maintain views of the city, while incorporating…

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Villa Savoye: Le Corbusier’s modernist creation in Poissy

Completed in 1931, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye not only transformed the Swiss architect’s career but has long been seen as one of the most important contributions to modern architecture, even being included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Located in a commune just outside of Paris, Villa Savoye is a true icon of modern architecture, drawing on the innovative engineering that emerged in the early 20th century and encompassing a new take on spatial planning and minimalism. The Five Points Le…

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ENVELOPED BY NATURE

Nestled comfortably next to a family farm, this rural home by architecture firm MW Works was designed to offer a warm, comfortable retreat without the built structure stealing the show. Located on a rural lot on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, a farm-owning family hoped to add a part-time residence to the edge of their existing site. Tucked slightly out the way into the edge of a dense forest, this retreat overlooks chicken sheds, cattle fields, a fishing pond and…

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