The rehabilitation of the city of Beirut, Lebanon has inspired famed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron to design Beirut Terraces. Situated in the prestigious Beirut Central District, this apartment tower is made up of slabs overlapping each other, with hanging gardens on every floor, creating a vertical village that blends the indoor and outdoor, views and privacy, landscape with architecture. The building’s extensive balconies allow natural light to come through, making it truly energy efficient. Due for completion in 2013, Beirut Terraces represents part of Beirut’s future with its contemporary waterfront living experience.
This contemporary ceiling suspension light, designed by Ross Lovegrove, places a floating assembly of large pebbles with polished chrome finish below a aluminum disc. The chrome pebbles reflect each other, bouncing light between their surfaces and the surrounding environment. There are two halogen lamps that sit atop the two lowest pebbles, reflecting light up to the aluminum disc. The Artemide Mercury Ceiling Suspension creates optimum lighting precision using minimum energy resources.
The bedroom is your comfort zone, the ultimate private retreat where you could kick back, relax and recharge. These luxurious yet cozy bedrooms have multiple types of fabric and decorated in different shades of the same tone, creating a sense of luxury with sophisticated and calm settings.
A courtyard within a home is a private oasis. MPLA Design Group has some simple yet elegant ideas to turning your intimate spaces into cozy sanctuaries. You can also use bistro patio set to add classy appeal to your backyard and courtyard.
Actress Uma Thurman is selling her townhouse in NYC Greenwich Village Gold Coast. The luxury five stories tall townhouse has 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. The stylish garden has its own gas fireplace, and the traditional interior decor is perfectly suited to this elegant home in a charming neighbourhood. The asking price for the townhouse is US$14.2 million.
Native Southerners Robert and Cortney Novogratz moved to New York City more than ten years ago and purchased their first townhouse in Manhattan — a crumbling building in need of major rehabilitation. They discovered their knack for designing and renovating and launched their business, Sixx Design (a name inspired by their brood of six children). This beautifully illustrated book, Downtown Chic, published by Rizzoli, takes the readers through their innovative design process through the years, from townhouses in New York City to a country house in Massachusetts, and a beach house in Brazil. The book includes before and after photos as well as tips and advice on buying wrecks and turning them into comfortable dream homes.
The interior of Feadship’s luxury yacht Kathleen Anne is a home-away-at-sea. Designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design, the interior of the 39m (128ft.) yacht has a crisp and contemporary look that is smart but homely. The oak and walnut furnishing creates a calm and dignified ambience for this floating retreat.
Les Bardeaux in Guernsey is a contemporary home with rustic comfort. The clean modern design and rich traditional material create a perfect stress-free environment.