Sunday Sanctuary: Villa Waalre

In a week that will filled equally with pre production and post production, a calming space with back to nature elements was exactly what the doctor ordered. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary is a result of a creative sculptural form that is liveable, responsive and elicits an incredible sense of calm. Villa Waalre is located in the town

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Sunday Sanctuary: Curatorial House

  This week at OF HQ we have been channeling the Wes Anderson vibes where the unusual, witty, meticulous and richly detailed are all prerequisites. And just when we thought we’d had enough (said no one ever) this Sunday Sanctuary came along. Known as the Curatorial House, this is where a collaboration between Architect Luke Moloney and interior

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Sunday Sanctuary: Case Design

  There is something to be said about simplicity when it comes to interiors and furnishing. The combination of natural materials and paired back fittings is a match made in interior  heaven. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary appeals to just that, designed by architecture firm Case Design, who are based in Mumbai. The firm work on

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Shortlist unveiled for AHEAD MEA 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: A grain store-turned-hotel and an open-air lodge located on a wildlife reserve are among the projects to be shortlisted in this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The AHEAD MEA awards celebrate hotels and hospitality projects from across the Middle East and Africa that were launched between January 2017 and February 2018. Entries have been

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Sunday Sanctuary: Tedhams

  This week I have felt the need and the desire to get back to basics. Where was my first stop… Tumblr of course. The old school mood board and source of inspiration for many years and many projects. There is a definite ease and nostalgic feeling when getting back in the groove of tumblr, I

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Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul’s House on hillside in Silicon Valley

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the residence – called Pam and Paul’s House – is located in Cupertino – the city where Apple has its vast headquarters.

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Sunday Sanctuary: Frey House II

  An avid Palm Springs lover since forever, this Sunday Sanctuary ticks all the boxes. This beauty is designed by the one and only Albert Frey, often described as one of the founding architects of Palm Springs, California.  Having visited Palm Springs not to so long ago it would be hard to imagine the desert city

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Aurora Aquitectos turns Portuguese family home into brightly-hued hostel

Portuguese practice Aurora Aquitectos has transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations. The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and

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Sunday Sanctuary: Beachside

If I lived in a space like the above I think I would abide by the simplest of itineraries… I would wake with streams of sunshine on my face while snuggled under fresh white linen sheets. I would proceed, every so slowly to the lounge and take advantage of the spaces use of  natural materials

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Olson Kundig reveals plans for Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma

Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig has unveiled a proposal for a museum dedicated to American musician Bob Dylan in Tulsa, close to a substantial archive of his belongings. Olson Kundig will act as lead architect for The Bob Dylan Center, after the firm was selected in an international competition for the project spearheaded by George

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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Minimal photography studio in Montreal has plenty of children’s play spaces

A padded playroom for children features in this photography studio in Montreal, designed by local practice Alain Carle Architecte to look more like a minimal home than a workplace. Studio Bluecerigo is located on the first floor of a mixed-use building in the Mile End neighbourhood, an area of the city known for its art scene,

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Sunday Sanctuary: Summer House

  The recent cold front that has been apparent in my normally warm corner of the world is starting to take its toll… (dramatic) All jokes aside right now the sound of a summer house sounds more than appealing. This summer house is located on a forested cliff, deep into one of the more spectacular fjords

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Trunk Hotel is “a completely new concept for Tokyo” says creative director

Hiroe Tanaka, creative director of the Trunk Hotel in Tokyo, explains how the building was designed to become a hub of activity, in this movie filmed by Dezeen at the AHEAD Asia hospitality awards. Trunk Hotel is a small boutique hotel located in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. It won the New Concept of the Year prize at the AHEAD Asia

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Sunday Sanctuary: Zicatela House

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Sunday Sanctuary: Amangiri

  This weeks Sunday Sanctuary vast expanse of desert terrain is making me feel like a mid year holiday should be on the books, a holiday that evokes a sense of land before time. Located in Utah, Amangiri is a paean to architectural elegance, with low set rectangular buildings matching the colours and textures of the

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David Chipperfield Designs Ssense’s Flagship Store

British architecture practice David Chipperfield has renovated a 19th-century building in Montreal, creating an avant-garde concept fashion store that is to be the first physical store for Ssense, the leading e-commerce platform which stocks luxury bra…

Sunday Sanctuary: Union

Familiar to the union of old and new, ancient and modern this Sunday Sanctuary dates back to the 17th century. An old oil mill in Soglinao Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce, Italy. The raw spirit of the home is still intact where ancient stone floors, walls are arches speak. The old

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Sunday Sanctuary: Vila Tugendhat

  In the midst of an Instagram scrolling vortex, I stumbled across this master piece of beauty and simplicity. With an instant save and a quick google search, a perfect Sunday Sanctuary was in my horizon. And here we are now at Vila Tugendhat, designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built

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SOM converts century-old Chicago firehouse into Optimo hat factory

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has paired blackened steel with warm-toned wood at a new headquarters for hat maker Optimo, created inside a historic firehouse in Chicago. The offices and production facilities are situated within a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in the Beverly neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side. Founded 25 years ago, Optimo has developed

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Sunday Sanctuary: Calming Space

    In a world-wind week which involve launching our very own collection of custom t-shirts and bespoke art prints a bit of R&R and calm was definitely in order.  The architect and owner behind this beautiful calming space, Vincent Van Duysen,  is an advocate for the elimination of excess, and creating serenity in throughout all

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A+I designs New York City school with colourful panels and tiered seating

New York studio Architecture + Information has completed a school in Manhattan, using colour to differentiate between public and private spaces, and create an environment that is “playful, not childish”. AltSchool is an educational startup that was founded in 2014 with locations in New York and San Francisco. Its teaching methodology is intended to respond

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Sunday Sanctuary: Light Fill

  A long time fan of anything and everything tonal, this weeks Sunday Sanctuary is no exception. This somewhat minimalist apartment has just the right amount of character catching our interior eye. Located on the top floor of a centuries-old townhouse in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, sits this bright, woody naturalist’s dream space. The

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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa Modesta

Welcome to Portugal and the magical Casa Modesta, which might I add speaking from personal experience is a pure slice of heaven.  Recently my team and I travelled to the south of Portugal to photograph this instal-drool worthy location which has long been on our travel buck list. Casa Modesta is not like any other

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17 Dubai architecture studios photographed by Marc Goodwin

For the next in his studio photography series, Marc Goodwin visited the Dubai offices of 17 architecture practices, including Grimshaw and Gensler.  Unlike the cities Goodwin has previously visited for his series, such as Shanghai, London and Barcelona, there were few instances of architecture offices adapting historic buildings in Dubai. The recent building boom in the United Arab Emirates

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Marcel Breuer Harnischmacher Villa: Sunday Sanctuary

  Clean, white and tonal furnishing, an absolute winning combination in our eyes, and this Sunday Sanctuary has the lot. Back to basics as I like to call it… Villa Harnischmacher is this beauty’s name, after the World World II bombings destroyed the first version, the German family commissioned Marcel Breuer to re-build. The result received […]

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Call for entries to AHEAD Middle East and Africa awards 2018

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers working across the Middle East and Africas are invited to submit their hotel projects to this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) recognises outstanding hotel design from around the world, through a series of heats in four regions: the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the

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Sunday Sanctuary: Formula

It’s fair to say that it’s in our nature to sometimes overcomplicate things, but I think you’ll agree that often times, simpler is best. The clean lines, open space and understated interiors in this beautiful home in India are a nice breath of fresh air… Add to that, just a surprising touch of something a […]

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Winners announced for AHEAD Asia 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a warehouse-turned-hotel in Singapore and a Maldivian guest suite perched above the ocean are among the winners of this year’s Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Asias. The AHEAD Awards celebrates the best hotel projects across Asia, which have been finished between October 2016 and September 2017. All submissions were assessed by a panel of

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Explore the best set designs on our new Pinterest board

Inspired by Es Devlin’s all blue set for the play Girls & Boys, this new Pinterest board shows interesting examples of set design, including Frank Gehry’s crumpled paper stage for a Mozart opera and OMA’s polycarbonate catwalk for Prada. Follow Dez…

Naturehumaine enlivens mid-century Montreal house with plant-covered wall

A sliding screen offers glimpses to the living room beneath this plant-filled wall, which architecture firm Nauturehumaine has added to a 1940s house in Montreal. The local studio renovated the mid-century property in the Canadian city’s residential Outremont borough for a couple and their two children. At the request of the wife, who works in the

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Rabih Geha Architects recreates shipping container aesthetic in Beirut nightclub

Rabih Geha Architects has used layers of perforated steel to divide up the interior of a nightclub on the waterfront of Beirut, Lebanon. The local architecture studio collaborated with Lebanese entertainment company Add-Mind Group to design  a bar and club in downtown Beirut named 2 WEEKS. Rabih Geha Architects  had only two months to turn the location,

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A minimal kitchen in shades of grey

This kitchen in a Swedish flat has been finished in multiple shades of grey. The worktop, upper cabinets, lowers and steel appliances give multifaceted shades of this cool neutral and keep it interesting while monochrome. I also love super sleek storag…

Marc Goodwin photographs 14 architecture studios in Barcelona

Photographer Marc Goodwin visited Barcelona for the the next instalment of his series on architects’ offices around the world, shooting among others the workspace created inside a former cement factory by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Goodwin, who heads up architectural photography studio Archmospheres, shot 14 workspaces around the city, including the offices of Ricardo Bofill, Office of Architecture

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Pavlina Williams transforms mid-century dome house with angular windows

A dome-shaped house in Palm Springs has undergone renovation work undertaken by its owner, Los Angeles-based architect Pavlina Williams, who added new windows and created open-plan interiors. Williams renovated her home from the inside-out, acting as the general contractor while gutting the interiors, and ripping down walls to create a light-filled space inside. She designed

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Sunday Sanctuary: Crisp

  Herringbone floorboards, ornate wall mouldings and the type of Parisian apartment that we at Oracle Fox dream of, is all right here in one sweet little package my friends. A poetic union of 19th century details and an urban aesthetic of minimalist functionality, this space is homed to Paris-based, Peruvian architect Diego Delgado-Elias. The apartments combination […]

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10 designs for dogs, from miniature IKEA furniture to a canine-friendly staircase

Today is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate it being the year of the dog we’ve curated a selection of architecture and design projects created with man’s best friend in mind. House Renovation in Vietnam by 07Beach This house in Ho Chi Minh City was renovated to include a special staircase for the owners’ dogs, which

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Foster unveils homes for art collectors inside skinny New York skyscraper

Foster + Partners has designed 15 loft-style apartments suited to displaying expansive art collections inside its luxury residential tower, which is nearing completion in Midtown Manhattan. The residences are among the first to be completed at One Hundred East Fifty Third, a 63-storey skyscraper rising next to Mies van der Rohe’s 1950s Seagram Building. While the narrow tower will

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Faceted structures and colourful holds form climbing walls in Minneapolis bouldering gym

Brightly coloured hand and foot holds form climbing routes across turquoise walls at this bouldering centre, set inside an industrial building in Minneapolis. Following the success of the franchise in Seattle and Austin, the Minneapolis Bouldering Project opened in November 2017 at a riverside complex. The building formerly housed office, manufacturing and warehouse spaces, but

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Sunday Sanctuary: Neutral

  A minimalist apartment with just the right amount in character to catch our interior eye… Scandinavian interiors have been a long time love here at Oracle Fox, which comes down to a number of fabulous things. It’s the thoughtful and artistic placement of furniture, the purposeful spaciousness of certain rooms, the collection of simple, […]

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10 museums that are worth a visit for the interiors alone

After David Adjaye’s African American history museum was named Design of the Year, we’ve trawled our Pinterest boards to find more museums with impressive interiors, from a subterranean Roman temple to a restored textile factory. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, USA by David Adjaye The interior of Adjaye’s museum is crafted from pre-cast concrete, timber

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Sunday Sanctuary: Klein House

  A mid century dream… Selkrik Klein House, located on the Scottish Boarders. A somewhat reminiscent of previous interior tours this baby is sure to get the creative juices flowing. The design of the single storey house is essentially a rectangle subdivided into eight foot modules, talk about open spaces. The interior highlights the use of natural materials […]

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Shortlist revealed for AHEAD Asia 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a converted sugar mill set in a Chinese mountain range and a curvaceous bar that offers views of the Indian Ocean are among the projects shortlisted for this year’s edition of the AHEAD Asia awards. There are 27 projects shortlisted for awards at AHEAD Asia 2018, which honours the best hospitality projects completed in the

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SelgasCano transforms Richard Rogers’ former studio into another Second Home workspace

Spanish studio SelgasCano has completed a third plant-filled workspace for Second Home, in the west London building that housed Richard Rogers’ first architecture studio as well as providing the setting for cult 1960s film Blowup. Second Home Holland Park is the third venue that José Selgas and Lucía Cano have created for the London-based company, which provides studio

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Sunday Sanctuary: Maison Kamari

Drum roll please… Let me introduce the dream minimalist summer house on the island of Paros in Greece. Maison Kamari was designed by Athens based architects React Architects who have einterpreted the cubic cycladic architecture with a modern and minimalist twist.  The design of the house is complimented by the decorated interior, a curated mix of mid-century […]

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Lightmaker Studio

Lightmaker Studio has one simple principle at their core – to make beautiful objects.  As you can see, this is something at which they excel.  Each object is carefully designed and assembled in their Toronto studio which takes the nostalgic chandelier and updates it with a modern 21st century twist. Drawing inspiration from elements such […]

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Call for entries to AHEAD Americas 2018 awards

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers working across the Americas are invited to submit their hotel projects to the AHEAD Americas awards for 2018. Now in its second year, Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) celebrates world-leading hotel design from around the world, through a series of regional award ceremonies. AHEAD Americas covers projects from anywhere in

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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa No Tempo

  Casa No Tempo aims to connect the past with the future, leaving out the marks of time. Resulting in the most peaceful and timeless place. And we totally agree! It may be the vast white walls or the minimal yet very effect furnish styling but this little baby ticks all the boxes. All floors […]

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TBD overhauls West Village penthouse with rooftop deck and pool

New York design studio TBD has transformed an apartment in Manhattan’s West Village with white interiors and a new rooftop patio, complete with an outdoor shower and hot tub. TBD reconfigured the New York apartment – located on Christopher Street and measuring 1,600 square foot (149 square metres) – to create an open-plan layout. The

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Black concrete fireplace warms Quebec ski lodge by DKA Architects and Kl.tz Design

Chopped wood fits into the side of a huge black fireplace at this chalet in Quebec, which provides a winter retreat for a family of skiers. The Ski Lodge in Val Saint-Côme was designed by DKA Architects, based in Boisbriand, with interiors by Chambly studio Kl.tz Design. An hour north of Montreal, the chalet provides

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Sunday Sanctuary: Synergy

  This weeks Sunday Sanctuary is in the hand of Raphaël Van Gend, Belgian-born designer with an impeccable taste for paid back minimal interiors. Mmm sounds like something we have in common. This space holds the perfect combination of old and new and rough and smooth, with minimal furnishings, where the absent is peaceful. I’m feeling those […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Ivy

I couldn’t let tonight go by without a little nod the festive season and a holiday themed Sunday Sanctuary for you this Christmas eve. This beautiful home goes to show that decorating for December can lean a little to the minimalist side and still be full of charm. Perhaps neutral tones, a pulled back table […]

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Vans headquarters by Rapt Studio nods to California street culture

Employees of streetwear brand Vans can skateboard around the company’s new Southern California headquarters by US design agency Rapt Studio. The Vans office, which also includes a skate “board room” lined with iconic wooden skateboard, was designed to pay homage to the brand’s local roots. Paul and James Van Doren, Gordon C Lee, and Serge

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Sunday Sanctuary: Neutra House

  In 1959 Richard Neutra, the famed architect designed the 1,300 square foot glass house. Best known as one of modern designs architectural gems. Today the space is home to David Neto and his family, who have filled the interior with a collection of vintage designs, midcentury pieces, art and sculptures… and we only a little […]

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Tangerine: Sunday Sanctuary

  All about the off vibes as of late… Quiet, still and serene. Three words that adequately describe this beautiful space and one that I can’t seem to look away from. It may be down to the masterfully edited tangerine sofa, or the tonal colour palate, a known Oracle Fox favourite. Bravo Bravo! Kinfolk  . YellowTrace  .  Pinterest  . […]

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Observe the growing popularity of co-working spaces via our new Pinterest board

Following the opening of a women’s only co-working club in New York, we’ve created a new board full of striking shared workspaces, including WeWork’s offices in a former Shanghai opium factory and a derelict Mexico City house transformed into a mixed-u…

Yellow Cloud Studio adds distinctive triangular extension to east London house

London-based practice Yellow Cloud Studio has designed a triangular-planned glass and plywood extension for a Victorian house in Hackney that makes a virtue of its awkward space. The existing layout included a north-facing, triangular garden that was slightly higher than the lower-ground floor and accessed via a bulky external staircase from the ground floor. Practice co-founder Eleni

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Dezeen’s top 10 mid-century renovations of 2017

This year saw mid-century buildings across North America undergo impressive revamps. For our 2017 review, US reporter Eleanor Gibson has selected 10 of the best, including a refreshed Eichler house, a 1950s motel transformed into a Japanese-style retreat and a retro lodge. Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, USA, by AvroKO US design firm AvroKO mixed aesthetics from

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Sunday Sanctuary: Times Two

On the island of Zhoushan in rural China lies a house that can only be described as extraordinary, with a story to match. Laying abandoned for over 70 years, two neighbouring houses have received the ultimate makeover by being combined into one, despite a 4 metre difference in elevation. The architects & designers of such a […]

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Dezeen’s top 10 staircases of 2017

Kicking off our review of 2017, editorial assistant Natasha Levy picks the best staircase designs from the past year, including a huge spiral stair lined with copper and set of steps made from 2,000 pieces of plywood. Experimentarium, Denmark, by CEBRA The form of a DNA strand provided the cues for this helical staircase, created by Danish

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New images released of MAD’s design for hilltop village in Beverly Hills

These new renderings reveal more details of the plant-covered residential complex that Chinese architecture studio MAD is building in Beverly Hills. Designed like a hilltop village, the Gardenhouse development at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard is under construction in the affluent California city. The new images show typical interiors for the 18 white gable-fronted dwellings, which sit atop a podium

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Europe’s best hotels offer “experiences that create memories” say AHEAD awards judges

Architects and designers are taking a holistic approach to create Europe’s most successful new hotels, say judges of the AHEAD Europe hospitality awards, in this movie produced by Dezeen. The AHEAD Europe hospitality awards, which took place in London last week, awarded projects including The Ned in London, São Lourenço do Barrocal in rural Portugal and At Six in

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Sunday Sanctuary: History Repeating

You guys, this is how it’s done. This lust-worthy Le Marais apartment is taking us to interior design class and I’m a very willing student. If only we could all get our hands on a Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge or a Jean Prouve Daybed. While we’re at it, some digs in Paris would be mighty fine too. Sunday dreaming […]

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TRIA Arquitectura creates flexible living spaces within compact São Paolo apartment

Brazilian architecture studio TRIA Arquitectura has overhauled a 27-square-metre apartment in São Paolo, with the aim of making the space more adaptable to its tenants. The project was carried out for a client who wanted maximum flexibility built into the scheme, so that the tiny apartment could be moved around to suit the needs of its

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Sunday Sanctuary: The Scarlet

To fans of bright interiors, dark walls can sometimes be the enemy… A moody addition that can dramatically change an interior and darken the atmosphere. But stop the presses ladies and gents, as you can see from the above, deep colours deserve big respect and I can feel my hand reaching for the paint bucket […]

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StudioAC opens up interior of century-old Hilton House in Toronto

Toronto firm StudioAC has gutted a Victorian property in the city to reconfigure the layout and create more spaces for entertaining. The Hilton House, which dates back almost 100 years, is located east of the Wychwood Barns arts centre, northwest of Downtown Toronto. Previously divided into two apartments, the building was returned to a single

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AHEAD Middle East and Africa announces 2017 winners of hotel design awards

Dezeen promotion: the winners of this year’s AHEAD Awards for the Middle East and Africa include a safari retreat in Botswana and a five-star cliffside resort and spa in Oman. The awards celebrate various aspects of hospitality design, with entries assessed on aesthetics, guest experience and commercial viability by a panel of judges comprising leading hoteliers, architects and

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Sunday Sanctuary: Code Red

One of the biggest trend’s for 2017 was red. Red shoes, red bags, even a red leather skirt, to name a favourite. From the runway, Balenciaga red puffer jacket to the street with Dorateymur Red Patent boots we couldn’t help but embrace it. And embrace it we did, bringing it right into the sanctuary. Above we have […]

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Etch House by Fraher Architects contains clues about its previous layout

Traces of the original architecture are incorporated throughout this renovated Victorian house in south London, which Fraher Architects updated with a new staircase that creates multipurpose landings on each level. Joe Fraher and Lizzie Webster of London-based Fraher Architects purchased the property two years ago and decided to undertake a complete refurbishment of the outdated interior to create

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Beige: Sunday Sanctuary

  According to the Urban Dictionary, beige is variously described as a pale sandy fawn colour, a grayish tan, a light-grayish yellowish brown, or a pale to grayish yellow. It goes on to say that beige refers to a person that is normal, with minimal style and works a 9-5 job. I can most utterly confirm that […]

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