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Barcelona Gothic Quarter Apartment

This innovative and award winning apartment is located in Barcelona, the 2nd largest city in Spain. The London based team at David Kohn Architects was tapped to redesign this iconic small space and they did an amazing job. This triangular shaped building resembles the legendary Flatiron Building in NYC, and cuts diagonally across the grid of Barcelona. David Kohn’s main goal of this redesign was to remove all interior cross walls to create one large space for two brothers who call this their holiday home. Continue reading

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A Contemporary Photographer’s Loft

This photographer’s loft, located in a former manufacturing plant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, provides a seamlessly divided space for this homeowner’s commercial and residential requirements. The project team of Michael Chen and Kari Anderson has created a carefully edited and purpose driven abode. Michael Chen is a master at creating cleverly hidden storage spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Continue reading

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Fun House

A small 40 sq.m apartment on the beach in France gets a refreshing and relaxing update by UdA architects. The retreat itself asks you to take a vacation from your expectations of a space. The modular interiors of this holiday home is created to be defined by its occupants and their wishes and relationships. It also pays homage to nautical history and beach cabanas. Continue reading

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MA Residence

I can picture this 55 sq.m. home and its luxurious furnishings when it was built in Moscow, prior to the revolution. Now its classic and stunning bones have been maintained to create a contemporary home with a new definition of luxury. Continue reading

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Tiny Sodermalm Apartment: 1 and a half rooms with a view

I’m always amazed at the stylish ways to make the most of what many would consider spatially challenged spaces. This small three room apartment in Stockholm does it again. Perhaps it’s the enviable tall ceilings and herringbone wood floors that provide a solid foundation and inspiration to make the most of them. Generous windows provide volume-increasing day light. Continue reading

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Wiesbaden Apartment: life in watercolor

As you enter this clearly defined apartment, it cannot be denied that you are swept away by the feeling of being in an intimately designed space. Created by the dynamic team at Studio Oink, this small two room apartment radiates gentle light, alternately illuminating and silhouetting the walls and furnishings in this home. Continue reading

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MK1 Transforming Coffee Table: Configuring Comfort

The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table is exceedingly simple but outrageously complex all at the same time. In the city where apartment space is minimal if almost feeling non-existent sometimes, the MK1 is desperately needed. At once a coffee table and a dining table, this multi-purpose piece of furniture can switch to one or the other depending on how space is needed. Continue reading

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My cool shed: an inspirational guide to stylish hideaways and workspaces

Creating your own small space where you can work, play and relax is a challenge of creativity and individuality. However people from all around the world are making their dreams come true with practicality and style. In the book “my cool shed“, by Jane Field-Lewis, you will find loads of inspiration for oh so beautiful sheds, cabins, studios and workrooms, lovingly created by artists, writers, gardeners, musicians, designers and more. Continue reading to take a closer look at this amazing collection of private hideaways and the stories behind them. Continue reading

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Tyler Residence: Simplicity in the Suburbs

The quirky and creative team at el dorado, or as they affectingly call themselves “Eldos”, are located in the mid-western region of the United States. This architect-led, design build firm offers its clients a streamlined process for building and remodeling; they serve as both the architect and general contractor. Anyone who has been through a remodeling project (including me) knows how helpful this can be; trying to effectively communicate with multiple sub-contractors can be stressful.

The Tyler family, whose home is located in Leawood, Kansas, commissioned el dorado to create additional space while maintaining the current footprint and meeting local architectural review regulations. Continue reading

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Wonderland: Mid Century Modern Marvel

The influence of mid century design is abundant in today’s furnishings and architecture. I believe that one of the reasons it has made such a big comeback is that the clean, crisp lines of the period’s architecture and furnishings mimic what homeowners seek in their lives, balance and simplicity.

This beautiful 380 sq. ft. home remodel, by architect Bruce Bolander in sunny Los Angeles, is a lovely case study in the mid century design aesthetic. The branch of architecture, originally known as “Modernist Architecture” has come to be known as “California Modern”. Continue reading