design folio

Amchit Residence by Blankpage Architects

Jocelyn Muir - Thursday, May 28, 2015

Through a visual and compositional celebration of horizontality - the Mediterranean horizon in particular, the Amchit Residence has been designed to maximise its relationship with the sea. The master bedroom occupies the upper platform which opens up on an elongated lap pool and expansive sun deck. The two bedrooms and family living living area is on the middle platform, and the lower deck serves as a reception area that extends outdoors towards the sea through an infinity pool as well as a staircase to the shore. A system of external ramps and staircases connects the platforms, linking the various levels of the rocky landscape that stretches between the street all the way to the sea.

Via Contemporist.

Concrete Courtyard House by 3ARCH Mexico

Franky March - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Designed to feel as a environmental den, this concrete home in Mexico city is located on a steep rock face flaunting minimal concrete accents reflecting the natural landscape and surroundings. With the occupant voicing his extreme connection with nature, the structure was designed to reflect that, with its staircase descending around a courtyard and where the outer space never ends and the interior never begins. With a goal to create a space for isolation, reflection and rest, the minimal design stays true to the pure natural environment, employing a series of design responses, including a tree, a cliff, a stonewall and a canyon. 

Via Yellowtrace 

Malvern East Residence by Pleysier Perkins Architects

Franky March - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A seemingly classic Edwardian villa from the front, this residence is a prime example of fusing the old with the new. The extensive contemporary extension, includes a double garage, study, guest retreat, a spacious open living space and master bedroom, basing their design on uniting strong textural contrasts such as zinc, concrete blockwork, marble and bluestone with white interior and timber floors. The aesthetic is clean and attractive, offering generous zen spaces and modernised living. 

Via Contemporist 

Waterloo Kitchen by Poggenpohl

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, May 25, 2015

This fully renovated 150-year-old home in London features a modern kitchen by German manufacturers Poggenpohl. Its island forms the central hub of the informal living space, with a dual-material bench top surface fabricated from stainless steel and Quarella composite stone that appears to float above an elegant negative detail. Internally the drawers are customised with organisational accessories such as the walnut cutlery inserts to ensure that all storage requirements are met, and a minimalistic effect can be achieved with cooking instruments stowed away and out of sight.

Poggenpohl is available locally through Akzente Design.

Traveller Daybed by GamFratesi for Porro

Anna Coe - Monday, May 25, 2015

As part of their 2015 novelties, Italian brand Porro presented Traveller, a day bed designed by GamFratesi that encapsulates the spirit of a nomadic lifestyle. The wood, leather and upholstery piece is also an ode of the craftsmanship typical of classic Danish furniture, whilst paying homage to the process typical of contemporary Italian design. 

Porro is available locally from Studio Italia

Harbour Front-Row Seat house by Luigi Rosselli

Anna Coe - Monday, May 25, 2015

Situated in Sydney's Woollahra, this waterfront property by Australian firm Luigi Rosselli is a complete renovation on what was an existing three storey house - one of the reasons why the owners chose the firm, as many others proposed a clean slate solution. The brief was to include plenty of flat wall space and corner nooks to display the owner's prominent art collection as well as creating a contemporary urbane and elegant residence. The piece de resistance is the seven metre tall Lindsey Adelman chandelier that dominates the stairwell.

OVD 919 house by SAOTA

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Friday, May 22, 2015

South African architecture practice SAOTA has designed 'OVD 919' - a cliff-side home which offers panoramic mountain and sea views. Positioned on a ridge in Bantry Bay, Capetown below Lions Head Mountain with views of Robben Island, the brief called for a property that balanced these external sightlines with internal privacy. 

The interior fit out specified by Studio Tarkington includes Tufty Too sofas by B&B Italia available locally from Matisse; Platner high back arm chairs by Knoll, available locally from Studio Italia; the Lampadaire 3 Bras by Serge Mouille, available locally from Cult; outdoor Cove Sofa & Ottoman from Paola Lenti, available locally from ECC. 

Via Designboom. 

Nana Chair by Alegre Design

Franky March - Friday, May 22, 2015

A rocking chair designed for new parents with comfort at the forefront of the design. Using breathable fabrics, the Nana chair's backrest is adjustable and provides much needed back support, whilst the armrests are specifically designed to curve outwards to offer a resting position whilst holding your baby. Made with an oak wood structure, the chair is connected by black steel legs attached to curved rails to aid a rocking motion. 

Via Design Milk

Zelda Lighting Collection by Bec Brittain

Franky March - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lighting guru Bec Brittain has revealed her latest collection 'Zelda' showcasing deconstructed diamond shaped forms, as well as a new range of light diffuses. Made from brass and LED tubes, different design configurations can be connected to the primary form which are called 'Zelda Links' - creating different lighting designs resembling an orbit like aesthetic. Available in three different metals and five different glass finishes and are made to order in Brittain's Brooklyn studio.

Via Dezeen

A Converted Church by Gianna Camilotti

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gold winner of the 2014 London Design Awards, Gianna Camilotti converted this hallowed institution into a home, purchasing it for herself to express her dream work and living space.