The Northland House is a modern home designed by Parsonson Architects which sits on a high ridgeline overlooking Wellington Harbour in Wellington, New Zealand. Looking east, there is a spectacular view of the harbour and hills beyond. A protective courtyard wall gives the house a lot of privacy from the roadside, while the interior spaces feel very open and connected to the harbour side of the outdoor landscape.
Archives for January 2011
Designer Vicente Wolf bought a loft in an old office building on the edge of Manhattan and turned it into a stylish residential loft. Pipes and sprinklers of the original industrial space are still visible, Wolf feels the raw quality is what makes a loft special. Each piece of furniture stands on its own. In an unconventional space, the designer wants an unconventional arrangement of furniture. The sense of space is played up, only the bedroom and bath have sliding doors. The continuity of the open space is enhanced by white walls, ceilings and floors.
The Puri Angsa is a beautiful tropical home situated in Seminyak on the west coast of Bali, Indonesia. With the help of architect Robert Weir of Weir Phillips Architects, the owner renovated the old villa and updated it with modern amenities. The property has a main house, a separate house and a pavilion which are organized to form a satellite village. The main house is a two hundred year old traditional Sumatran structure full of beautiful Indonesian artifacts. Ceiling fans and mosquito nets in the bedrooms provide a Bali-esque touch. The swimming pool and beautifully landscaped grounds complete this tropical paradise. The Puri Angsa is available for rent as a vacation villa.
British furniture company Squint offers exclusive collections of furniture using both contemporary and classic English designs, and upholstered traditionally. The mixed fabrics used give the sofas distinct personalities. The Bespoke collection of sofas includes Chesterfiled sofas. The Shoreditch Collection offers more contemporary design. These colourful and elegant sofas can be purchased through select retail outlets such as Squint and Harrods in London, Barneys New York, Lane Crawford Hong Kong and Beijing, or shipped internationally.
The Dolomites House in the Dolomite mountains in the Italian Alps at the border between Italy and Austria was remodelled by JM Architecture. Everything has been custom designed, from the kitchen to the see-though-the outside gas fireplace. The bright and open concept of the house is enhanced by custom built maple wood floor. The large glass sliding doors create interaction between indoor and outdoor. In the garden, tall wood walls and ipe wood deck surround the house. The sunbathing platform with a Jacuzzi completes this contemporary Alpine home.
Interior designer Roseann Repetti of West Chin Architect (WCA) turned a small New York City apartment into a modern and fashionable part-time residence for her client. The blue glass windows of the original apartment fit nicely with the new modern design. By using neutral carpets and fabrics to balance the deep blue colour of the windows, the apartment is given a modern twist. The streamlined look of the apartment creates an open living space that is both practical and inviting.
This modern home located in Cerro Lo Curro, Santiago, Chile, and designed by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, sits on a gentle slope with a forest of eucalyptus trees. Materials such as stone walls and wood floors are used for the house. The big windows bring the interior and exterior together, creating an open environment for the enjoyment of the natural landscape. The tiered lakes made of stone provide sound and moisture to the air.
Castello della Costa d’Oro is a vineyard estate located in Cambria, California on 80 acres on the Pacific Coast just south of the Hearst Castle La Cuesta Encantada. This awe-inspiring 33,500-square-foot Venetian-style residence has unobstructed ocean view and is lavished with luxury finishes. There are fine art murals painted on domed ceilings and walls, and classical statuary throughout the estate. This Pacific coast paradise stands among the finest homes in the world.