Traci Cavender thinks that practical design doesn’t have to mean sacrificing personal style. This pool house created by her is an infinity pool of green. Its living roof is a sustainable solution and it includes a terraced landscape that lets rainwater percolate into the soil. The rooftop garden sits above high, bright windows it looks as though it’s a floating carpet of beautiful coneflowers, black-foot daisies, and native grasses – it’s like a piece of a meadow. From the main house, the pool house virtually disappears, showing only a rich rug of vegetation unbroken by venting or pipes. With more than ten inches of soil, the roof garden mimics the natural way the earth absorbs rainwater; drain holes cut into the metallic frame that anchors the garden act like boat scuppers, allowing excess water to flow out. Genius, isn’t it?
Bottles repurposed into lamps? Kind of that! We’ve already told you of some curious kitchen lights that attract attention and highlight the interior. Designer Arik Levy created a very original collection for glass firm Lasvit – this is Jar RGB collection. The name actually reflects the point: there are jars and RGB is a model for color synthesis. The bottle-shaped vessels designed to hang together in groups of three or seven while the light is emitted through one translucent white glass lamp, while the colored pieces made from clear glass hang alongside to create a form of RGB color mixing. It’s a very interesting lighting solution suitable not only for home but also for some bars and cafes.
Restored houses are amazing because the outside often remains the same – stylish, old and charming, and the inside becomes modern and cozy. Michael Herrman, principal of French studio Ateliers Michael Herrman, renovated an 18th century building in Place de la Madeleine, Paris. Partly the charm of the old interior remained – original limestone walls and the oak beams but some modern features were added – transparent glass floor, super modern fireplace and cool furniture like wrapped coffee tables, mirror tables with lighting and chairs. White was chosen as the main color to widen the space and bring light in. Chic minimalism and charm of the old architecture – that’s a success!
New synonym for luxury, new synonym for style – it’s Flow Spa Jacuzzi by Daniel Libeskind. The shape is fantastic – it’s a mix of two geometric figures which usually don’t combine – a circular base and a square top. This unique shape reminds of famous Roman thermae with some baroque elements in design. Such a bathtub would help you to find harmony for your body and soul, the fact that it’s a jacuzzi would help you to forget about everything. It’s pure luxury as it is – amazing experience and relaxation, thermae-like joy, clearance of every part of your body and soul!
Laurence Rouveure from Ardesia Design collaborating with Amaldi Neder Architects built Chalet Gstaad, a private chalet for relaxation far from any civilization or big cities. Natural wood is a great choice for an Alps chalet because it makes the owners closer to nature and creates a very cozy atmosphere, and here the inside is covered with Australian rough wood and Danish fir tree. The look is completed with wool and linen, neutral tones and soft textures. Instead of headboards you’ll see some fabric, wool and cashmere soften even more. The furniture is modern, a mix of traditional and eclectic findings from the whole Europe.
Markus Johansson Design Studio showed that a piece of furniture can be original due not only to color or material but its shape is the most important feature. This Walking Cabinet seems to be in a playful and harmonic dance. Legs twist in different directions on the pavement; the cabinet seems to pose a life of its own. These colorful pieces are very creative and stylish though simple, they would suit any modern interior perfectly and make an accent. Cabinet allows for the addition of two or more cabinets in a module system which invites new configurations and forms. Walking cabinets – what can be more original?
Cult Design allows you to grow any plant you want on the kitchen counter. May be these will be herbs, maybe your favorite flowers. Kitchen Farming Collection is a product line is made up of a selection of terracotta and ceramic pots of varying sizes and a selection of metal herb name tags for identifying plants. Why is this collection better than usual planters? Because it consists of a self-watering Evergreen herb pot and Grow Green – a box to grow shoots and sprouts in. Grow whatever you want all year round and your salads will always be fresh!
The design of this Swedish house is based on the mix of white and blue colors and patina. The right choice of shades and materials makes the space airy and elegant, and shabby chic accessories add to the style. The interior is truly Scandinavian, cozy and sweet though the colors chosen are cold. Shabby doors, an old hearth, vintage pieces add charm to the house. Every detail is thought over, even the rug in the living room is on its place. The neutral white color is a perfect frame for any bright pieces and works of art. Simple beauty without excessive decorations – that’s Scandinavian elegance!
If you are an artist or just love painting, a studio is a necessary space for you. Here you’ll be able to paint without any problems, nobody would disturb you. An ideal variant is a space with giant windows so that it would be easier for you to decide on shades and lights. White color as the main one is perfect because it would be a great frame for your art works. Don’t bother about the interior and furniture too much – choose everything comfortable for your art. Anyway, the main design feature would be your own works – finished or not, no matter.
Chests of drawers become more and more unusual-looking. Belgian designer Maarten de Ceulaer presented the latest piece from his collection of furniture made from piled-up suitcases. The interesting feature is that all the suitcases are made of leather and stacked up in various configurations, from tall and narrow towers to wide and low benches, arranged either in neat lines or chaotic, overlapping piles. The suitcases come in soft shades of green, blue and cream or alternatively in a monochrome palette of white, grey and black – they are suitable for any interior and any color scheme.
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