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.
The Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund in China features elegant and eclectic interior design by Hirsch Bedner Associates. The design is about connecting the hotel to its surrounding environment — one that is anchored by the Huangpu River and its influence on commerce. It is also where the old and the new converge. The contemporary rooms are decorated with antique furniture inspired by historic Shanghai. The traditional details and contemporary elements are perfectly balanced, respecting history without being overwhelmed by it.
Holman House, designed by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, sits on a dramatic 70-meter (230 feet) high cliff in Dover Heights, in the eastern suburb of Sydney, Australia. The living and dinning areas cantilever out over the ocean, providing dramatic views of the coastline and the ocean. The lower floor base is built from rough stone walls forming an extension of the cliff below.
The original floor plan of this apartment in Paris, France was geometrically confusing with 6 rooms squeezed into 60 square meters (about 645 sq. ft.). Architecture firm h2o architects turned the tight and contorted old apartment into a new wide open space which makes good use of every corner. A variety of cavities, niches and alcoves are sculpted into the casework and walls. Previously enclosed areas are opened up to give the apartment through-views and functional space.
Inspired by the Monte Carlo Casino, this architectural desk created by Viscount David Linley is an exquisite piece of furniture priced at about $100,000. Viscount Linley, the bespoke cabinetmaker who is a nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, created this desk using American walnut with inlays of santos rosewood and sycamore. Covering the surface is a dark red leather. The façade of the architectural box bears detailing representing the windows, columns and galleries of the casino. Linley has been known for the intricacy and precision of fine craftsmanship which he brings to all his furniture. The Monte Carlo Desk pays tribute to an iconic building, and is a collectable work of art in its own right.