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Berlin Beauty by Mar Plus Ask

6.19.2019

Architectural duo Mar Vincens and Ask AnkerAistrup (of Mar Plus Ask), have impressively converted the ground floor of a former pharmaceutical supermarket into a one-bedroom home and office. Located in the heart of Berlin's diverse Kreuzberg district, the space has had a complete overhaul and now boasts beautiful high ceilings, polished concrete floors and stucco-style rendered walls.


Carefully designed and beautifully executed are the built-in elements that run wall to wall. In the living area, small windows have been replaced by huge oak windows, custom designed by Mar Plus Ask and made in Denmark. Bringing in lots of natural light, they brighten up the home and open out to a small private garden in the courtyard. Central to the common areas is the show-stopper kitchen, which features a very long concrete island cast directly on site with a gorgeous terrazzo-like texture.




The raised living room was a deliberate design element to create a sense of intimacy in the open plan space. The large built-in closet is one of my favourite features (I’m taking notes for our downstairs living), and provides plenty of storage space. Beautifully furnished with Safari chairs by Kaare Klint for Carl Hansen & Son, these are paired with the Piero coffee table by Joa Herrenknecht from Bolia, and Mayor sofa by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen for &Tradition. The pared back aesthetic continues through to the bathroom with a minimalist concrete cube and cleverly hidden elements for a purist finish. In contrast, the bedroom’s soft earthy palette and circular curtain creates a meditative, tranquil atmosphere to unwind and encourage restful sleep.

Photography by Piet-Albert Goethals

The built-in desk by one of the beautiful bespoke windows creates the perfect study nook!

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A Dream Farmhouse Kitchen by Nordiska Kök

6.17.2019

For their newly renovated farmhouse, Ellen Dixdotter, marketing and visual director of By Malene Birger and her architect husband Jacob enlisted Nordiska Kök to create the kitchen of their dreams. Located in the iconic Österlen countryside, in the south of Sweden, the farmhouse is a relaxing retreat where the couple gather with friends and family. At the very heart of the home is the bespoke shaker kitchen. Painted in a warm grey tone, with just a hint of green, the calming colour pairs beautifully with the raw timber detailing.  



To enhance the overall rustic feel of the space, the solid oak counter top has been created as one seamless piece and the stunning cabinet features antique glass. The doors open to reveal a textural wood grain interior and open shelving, perfect for storing an earthy mix of ceramics and tableware.  

Photography by Andrea Papini

A second-hand kitchen island looks right at home in the space, while a simple shaker peg rail provides the perfect finishing touch. I can just imagine this kitchen coming to life with kids running around and the smell of delicious meals in the oven. It really is the dream farmhouse kitchen! 

Images courtesy of Nordiska Kök

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Three Ways with Concrete

6.14.2019

Always bookmarking inspiring projects, this week I noticed a theme of concrete emerging. I love seeing this raw and textural material used in new and interesting ways, and these three projects provide plenty of eye-candy. 


— Purgatory by Photonic —

Collaborating with clients across the globe, from Monaco to Melbourne, and New York to Moscow, Brisbane-based creative studio, Photonic, specialises in marketing CG images, architectural concept and spatial design. This bathroom entitled 'Purgatory - A quiet place of particular charm' features a minimalist design and expansive use of concrete. The stairway leading down to the arched entrance gives the space a a spa-like feel, and I love how the sheer curtains add a softness to the space.

Images via Photonic


— Atilleriet Presents Past Present Future —


Always inspiring, Swedish store Atilleriet has undergone a complete renovation, with the addition of a brand new floor. Celebrating the reopening with Past Present Future, the exhibition is a tribute to all the brands they have collaborated with over the years. The new space features concrete floors, exposed brick and textural walls, providing a raw and interesting backdrop for the beautiful curation of furniture, lighting, art sculptural ceramics. These include some of my favourite chairs, including the Mattiazzi Clerici Lounge Chair, the Crown armchair by Mass Productions and the Little Petra sheepskin armchair by &Tradition. Artilleriet always showcase the best collection of vases, with some of picks below being the new Muses collection and Shell Pot by ferm LIVING, the Shell Marula ceramic vase with handles and Sphere Square by 101 Copenhagen.  


 Images via Artilleriet


— Perfect Storm by Killing Matt Woods —

Inspired by Brutalist architecture and dubbed the 'concrete bunker' due to its heavy use of rendered finishes and textural interiors, Perfect Storm is an inner city warehouse conversion in Camperdown, Sydney. Created by Killing Matt Woods, the open plan apartment is a lesson in restraint designed to be free of clutter and visual noise. Featuring pure and monolithic forms, I love how the use of curves introduce a softness and contrast to the overall design. This element can be seen in the kitchen island, furniture, wood-panelled bedroom wall, arched mirror and bathroom door.


Styling by Madeline Mcfarlane / Photography by Katherine Lau

Images via Killing Matt Woods

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Darling Point by Alexander &CO.

6.12.2019

Working within heritage walls and with a limited footprint, Alexander &Co have transformed a Victorian cottage in Darling Point, Sydney, into a richly personalised 'house of rooms' for a family of five. Wanting to regain the spirit of the building, rather than simply recreate its history, Alexander &Co sought to dismantle the components of a home typical of the surrounding neighbourhood before scaling it back to fit the specifics of the site. With a new contemporary floorplan, and elements that draw from historic references with a focus on textured finishes and the hand made, the resulting home is beautiful in its exploration of finding the contemporary and grand within what is historic and compact.


The new floor plan included the relocation of stairs, rooms and amenities as well as external works. In the absence of ‘open plan', the architects’ pursuit throughout was to create a story of rooms and a home in which each inhabitant could find their own usage, favourite nook or public arena. Alexander &Co catered to each parent's particular needs for privacy and adult space, along with ample amenity for their kids including separate rooms with desks, wardrobes and play areas. The lower floor rooms and limited garden provide space for the children at both meal and play times, as well as for the family to operate at different times of the day. 


Similarly, the interest in the textured, hand constructed and materially robust spirit of the home was a theme the architects maintained during the design of this project. All surfaces have been deliberately hand detailed and finished from polished plaster and painted tidelines to ceiling lining boards and contemporary wall panelling.

In the kitchen, two pot railings and light fittings in solid brass are encouraged to patina with time, reflecting the authenticity of material selections within the home. 

Alexander &Co also explored several historic references throughout including the application of traditional paved limestone floors in the kitchen and scullery, a grand central stairwell and light-well and the hearth of the grand rooms as well as contemporary interpretations of traditional wall panelling shown throughout. Upstairs, the family bathroom was designed as an abstract of a traditional winter-garden with steel-framed skylight and timber ceiling panelling.




Styling by Claire Delmar / Photography by Tom Ferguson

Showing plenty of innovation, while being sympathetic to its surrounding heritage environment, this beautiful home is detailed to feel valuable within its small footprint, while still telling a grand internal story. Youthful but also reverential, Darling Point is a delicate, slightly feminine study in the role of the contemporary classic.

Project courtesy of Alexander &CO. and v2com

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