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Trocadero Apartment by Francois Champsaur

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Parisian apartment renovation is yet another exquisite project by French designer Francois Champsaur. The residents' family have owned the apartment for several generations, and the brief from the current residents was to give it a complete overhaul and make it "unrecognisable". The result is a truly spectacular layout - slim corridors and pokey areas have been removed to make way for large spaces with lots of natural light. 

Curved wooden dividers cleverly separate areas without closing them in, while also adding a sculptural aesthetic to several rooms, in particular the living area where Charlotte Perriand's lounge, and Cassina Tre Pezzi armchairs (both available herefollow this up seamlessly. 

The new dining area features banquette seating - designed by Champsaur himself (and similar to those he installed in the new Hotel Vernet) that adds pop of green amongst the black Diana dining chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Classicon (available locally from Matisse). 

Via TheCoolHunter

London House Extention by Tigg Coll Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, August 25, 2014

Tasked with designing a kitchen and living room extension that would connect the inhabitants of this London based home with the property's large back garden, local studio Tigg Coll Architects came up with the idea for a refined, contemporary add-on. With vertically and horizontally laid bricks framing all the openings including the feature glazing that disappears into the walls, the generous aperture serves to connect both the indoor and outdoor spaces as specified. 

Via Dezeen.

Villa F by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keeping in mind efficiency and sustainability, Villa F's ultra modern design wouldn't be out of place in a science fiction setting. A holiday retreat located on Greece's Rhodes Island, the main structure is made from plaster coated timber with sharp angles and vast open spaces that make the most of the spectacular views. A perfectly balanced example of interior and exterior living, the house is perched above the waterfront road that is bordered by a natural stone wall providing an element of privacy.  

Via Archisearch

Design: The Week in Review 18/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014

A. The DNA bench by True Design [via Contemporist]

B. 19th Century Spanish Apartment Restored into Bright Modern Home [via TheCoolist]

C. The Science of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger [via FastCoDesign]

D. Bibo: Street Art Meets French Dining [via Trendland]

E. Breathtaking Aerial Landscapes of Iceland by Sarah Martinet [via ThisisColossal]

F. Residence Roy-Lawrence by Chevalier Morales Architects in Quebec [via DesignBoom]

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Friday, August 15, 2014

The latest project out of Studio Arthur Casas is the three storey Casa Al. Located in the Brazilian hills near Rio de Janeiro, the elevated property affords breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. 

The first floor houses the entrance and social areas alongside the sleek infinity pool, whereas the ground floor is home to the guest accommodation  and service areas. The piece de resistance is the smaller timber clad volume that sits atop the first floor that forms the master suit and spa.

Studio AC have utilised materials that reflect the residence's surroundings such as quarry stone and cumaru wood.

Via DesignBoom.

Penthouse apartment by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Situated in Tel Aviv, this penthouse apartment designed by Pitsou Kedem blurs the lines between private and public space by being completely open and transparent to the surrounding city. 

The large floorspace (approximately 600 square metres) is wrapped within a clear screen shell and the internal rooms all float within this area. Essentially everything is open to the urban backdrop and each room affords a spectacular view of the city. The level of privacy is regulated by various levels of shading. 

Many of the materials used have been left in their raw state - the flooring is poured terrazzo and several feature walls are in exposed concrete. The muted colour palette is offset with pops of colours from several pieces of furniture. The space features lighting by Serge Mouille (available from Cult) and bathroomware by Boffi (available locally here).

Via DailyIcon.

House M by Studio Aire

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Conceptualised by Argentinian firm Studio Aire, this stacked concrete home was designed with consideration for the artist owner's specifications for a home that felt like a warehouse. Choosing concrete for its 'brutal texture and dignified aging process', the stacked box design creates sculptural overhangs while the concrete itself has been indented with wooden planks to achieve a rougher surface. 

Internally, the living spaces vary in size with lowered ceilings in the bedrooms and bathroom creating a more enclosed environment. The narrow entranceway offers a view straight through the house to the pond that lies beyond.     

Via Dezeen

Logo Island Headquarters by Oto Arquitectos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In a bid to improve management on the volcanic Logo Island located off the west coast of Africa, the Cape Verde government commissioned Oto Arquitectos to design a headquarters facility for the outpost's natural park. Taking heed of its barren surrounds, the low lying building aims to blend in with the impressively austere landscape. 

Applying a dark matte colour to the building's low ramping form that wraps around a central courtyard, the design also considers an effort to minimise light radiation in order not to disrupt the habitat of the island's native birds. As a facility serving visitors and inhabitants of the nearby village, the structure provides spaces for cultural and recreational enjoyment as well as offices and laboratories for the technicians responsible for the preservation of the area. 

Via Designboom

Design: The Week in Review 04/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 04, 2014

A. Oto Arquitectos blends Fogo Island Park HQ with volcanic landscape [via DesignBoom]

B. Chilean beach pavilion house is a private Pacific escape [via TheCoolist]

C. Versailles to get first new permanent sculpture in 300 years [via FastCoDesign]

D. Palm by StudioPepe [via Trendland]

E. Generic plastic bubble wrap transformed into mini goldfish bowls by Daisuke Akiyama [via Colossal]

F. A Japanese artist launches plants into space [via Tmagazine]

Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Situated amidst the arid shrubbery of Scottsdale, Arizona on a peninsula of granite outcroppings lies the Desert Courtyard house. Designed with much consideration to the surrounding landscape, Wendell Burnette Architects created this zen garden of air, light, privacy and tranquility housed within the subtle yet grandiose structure of the home itself. 

Via Archdaily