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Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces.
The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects, it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation.
It costs about the same price to manufacture as a family car. Mima architects researched for years to be able to put together a single home that was fast to produce, flexible, light and inexpensive, yet was a good quality product wrapped up with a pleasant clean design. Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
Plywood panels transform the windows into walls to create privacy where necessary.
Despite its standardized construction methods, these houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.
Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
The restrained order of its standardized building parts appealed to MIMA architects as the hallmark of a deeply rooted culture, confirmed over centuries and easily adaptable to any new development.
Images: Jose Campos
A mostly white interior palette gets dramatic with tasteful black accents and carefully curated pops of color. This is an incredibly well designed 500 square feet of space and although the original open plan was sacrificed for a large wall of closets that extends in to the living room, the apartment is practical and functional beyond its tiny footprint. This New York apartment is modern in design, but has a richly curated and well traveled worldly feel with its blend of patterned textiles and unique accessories.
Images: The Designer Pad
Hope you all had an amazing Labor Day Weekend! Many of us spend so much of our time working and not enough time playing so I hope you had a chance to relax, enjoy family and loved ones. The best long weekends are when you can be at peace with nature and your surroundings.
Rewarding yourself is sure to keep your energy flowing. How will you reward yourself this fall?
A trip to the picturesque Ram's Gate Winery in Sonoma seems like a perfect reward! "In a world obsessed with making things faster, where speed is valued above all else, Ram’s Gate is our way of pressing pause."
The architecture is a modern interpretation of it's natural surroundings and weathered farmsteads of Carneros, while the interior is an eclectic mix of classic contemporary and urban cool.
Designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy did no wrong here and created something exciting at every turn. The interiors were designed with close attention to detail, from the open beam ceiling, the reclaimed wood walls, and the natural stone tops to the mill-work. Large glass pendant lights work great in open spaces because they make a gorgeous statement without cluttering the space.
Clusters of seating create intimate environments. Low coffee tables are always great for casually seating spaces.
The large island in this modern kitchen creates a perfect area for serving and gathering.
Can't you just feel the calmness of Ram's Gate Winery through these photos? What a serene setting!
Images: Ram's Gate Winery
Exposed brick walls are something everyone loves to have in their lives. Just think about how warm and cozy they make you feel, the stories they tell, and how naturally beautiful they are in their raw form. They really do have the best personality and I've got proof.
I would love to cook up some old world italian cuisine in this industrial kitchen and tell stories about our travels through Tuscany.
The guests can stay in this room curated with pieces from travels around the world.
The brick reveals layers of history as it's exposed from beneath the plaster. The modern elements create a perfect juxtaposition.
Industrial dining at it's finest. It feels like a restaurant in the middle of your home! I love the contemporary chandelier design above the table.
Who wouldn't want to study in this library for hours and hours?! Oh the places you would go and things you would learn!
Working late hours in this office wouldn't seem like that big of a deal I don't suppose.
Moving into the garage couldn't be better!
Painted brick and cozy eclectic furniture truly make this room a conversation piece, with a modern pendant light above.
When you want your brick to be more you...just paint it pink!
Or seafoam green!
At this current time my fascination is with white brick walls! And... I've found a product that would allow every single one of us to have a brick wall! There is a new product on the market called Panel Piedra that comes in approx. 3' x 4' panels that can easily be installed over any wall. My white brick wall would need to be surrounded by natural woods, steel, bright colors, bold patterns, and soft organic shapes. It would look a little something like this...
1. Piquito 11" High Black Mini Pendant Light 2. Arteriors Home Linden Tripod Wood Floor Lamp 3. Laguna Sahara Club Chair 4. Knibb Design Dining Table 5. Helen Frankenthaler "Pranzo Italiano" 6. Panel Piedra Brick 7. Vintage Rug 8. Raw Wood Turntable
Images: Concept Blanc, The Archivist, Apartment Therapy, Desire to Inspire, Yellowtrace, Concrete and Dust, CS Interiors, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Decor8,
When staying at a hotel, sometimes it's the little things that count. Let's take a look at some worldly examples of great hotel design that doesn't overlook the details.
Ever since it's opening, I've been drawn to the windows in the public spaces of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona (above). There's a playful voyeuristic quality to these ultra chic peep-spots.
The fun facade at the Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam (above) is postmodern meets traditional Dutch meets Rubik's cube.
The pencils at the Andaz Hotel in London are made from recycled CD jewel cases (above). I'm guessing they now offer iPod docks in the rooms. The key to great hotel design is not just in the architectural details, but also the accessories that would normally seem unimportant, like a pencil.
The Waterhouse along Shanghai's Sound Bund (above) keeps the crumbling concrete walls of this former Japanese military bunker intact. It's a very real respite from the otherwise hyperreal development in the city that surrounds it. Raw materials and designer desk lamps can give an organic feel to any space.
Artcraft Baby Swan White Chandelier
The Treehouse Hotel (below) sits just 35 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Suspended from trees and featuring mirrored sides, it's virtually invisible from the ground.
Not all the rooms feature a mirror facade though, and inside there's a feast of minimalist decor (below). Loungy, white seating is a fun way to keep a place minimal and modern.
Sonneman Tetra Gloss White Floor Lamp
Designers and graphic designers have to love the Pantone Hotel in Brussels (below), an homage to the color specialists in seven distinct hues.
And sometimes it's the smallest thing that counts: a drink on the top floor at the end of the day. For fans of the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) is the perfect place to re-create your own Bill Murray Suntory whiskey moment.
With a view looking across Tokyo and some of the best cocktails in the world, it's worth every yen. And trust me, you'll spend quite a few.
With so many options, hopefully you're booking a trip and heading to see one of these extremely cool hotel designs.
Images: Contemporist, Design You Trust, Concierge, Open Buildings, CN Traveler, That's Like Whoa!, Ozon3, Nansiepants
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