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Banks Peninsula House by Lume Design

6.03.2020

Located on a quite hillside in Banks Peninsula, the interiors of this holiday home were designed by Christchurch-based Lume Design. Expressing the owners passion for land and sea, the aesthetic engages with both through a subtle blend of coastal and Scandinavian style. Though effortless in appearance, the interiors are a result of a complex approach where each element of the design plays a vital role, while at the same time celebrating the architecture and liveability of each space.


Lume had completed the client’s family home in Christchurch shortly before commencement of this project, so were well attuned to their style, keen eye for detail and passion for design. The brief was to create a holiday home that was beautiful without being precious, a place to feel relaxed yet robust enough to withstand family life with children and dogs. Deliberately pared-back, the minimal furnishings include curated objects and sculptural statements to lift the home from 'kiwi bach' to beauty. 


In the kitchen a delicate yin-yang balance is achieved, with white finger tiles and V-groove cabinetry punctuated by black sockets and pull handles. Up-lights in the characteristic trusses wash the ceiling with a gentle glow at night, to complete this picture of intimacy and ease. 


Architect: CoLab Architecture
Builder: Casa Construction
Photography: Anna McLeod


Images courtesy of Lume Design 

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The Loft Kitchen by Nordiska Kök

6.02.2020

Nordiska Kök has designed a minimalist compact kitchen for the TypeO Loft, a slow living bed and breakfast in the idyllic Österlen countryside in the south of Sweden. Centered around natural materials in soft tones inspired by the surrounding landscape, the Loft Kitchen is harmonious and calming, with a timeless Scandinavian aesthetic.


Embedded between the Österlen countryside's beautiful hills and expansive fields, the 50 square metre loft is designed with relaxation in mind. Painted a warm beige tone throughout, the kitchen's mix of wood and stone injects texture while softening the clean lines and complimenting the neutral palette. Featuring a Thala grey limestone countertop, white pigmented ash and a simple yet contrasting black faucet, the space is both elegant and functional. 


Thoughtfully designed for the compact space, the kitchen features bespoke cabinets to hide all the appliances, while a small open shelf has been installed in lieu of cupboards. Here sits a beautiful edit of handpicked pieces from local designers. Just enough storage to cater to the need of the weekend visitor, as an added bonus, all of the accessories and furniture are available for purchase when checking out.


In the living room, the black leather Ligne Roset Togo sofa picks up the black details from the kitchen, while the Noguchi table matches the loft's original wooden details.

Photography by Mike Karlsson Lundgren


In case you missed it, the recently featured Scandinavian Shaker Kitchen by Nordiska Kök is another must see!

Images courtesy of Nordiska Kök 

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The Home of Therese Sennerholt for Länna Möbler

5.29.2020

Swedish furniture store Länna Möbler visited the apartment of sought after Art Director and Creative Consultant Therese Sennerholt, and together with stylist duo Sundling Kickén and photographer Erik Lefvander, created a beautiful home story. Elegantly curated with a mix of timeless classics and modern objects including sculptures and striking photographic artworks, the interiors showcase Therese's love of the natural and tactile. Showcased across a colour palette of earthy, neutral hues, the stylish spaces exude a beautiful sense of calm.


Inspired by her surroundings and by people who are style, quality and environmentally conscious, Therese believes in choosing carefully when it comes to pieces for her home, and investing in quality design that will last. Her favourite armchair is the Flag Halyard Chair, pictured above. A true design classic, she envisages it will be passed on to her children, and their children.


In the story - featured last year but still incredibly relevant - Therese shares further thoughts on design from an environmental perspective as well as her take on 'trends'. To read it in full, alongside a selection of the furniture and interior details featured from Länna Möbler, take a look here. 


Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Erik Lefvander

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Norm Architects for L.Ercolani

5.28.2020


Norm Architects have partnered with L.Ercolani on the design of two new product series, the Reprise chair and Canvas series. A sub-brand of UK furniture maker Ercol, L.Ercolani represents a heritage firmly rooted in a century of design tradition, continuing the legacy of well-built furniture, designed and crafted to be cherished for generations. A philosophy that Norm Architects understand intuitively, the Copenhagen-based practice were were able to channel this native familiarity into the collaboration, through a shared approach to craftsmanship and the use of honest materials.


An elegant statement piece for the contemporary home, the Canvas Cabinet features sliding doors and front covers with architectural references, combining form and function in an unassuming, sophisticated manner. Available in different sizes, the Canvas Tall cabinet pictured above is paneled in Kvadrat’s Hallingdal fabric. 


"To create the Reprise Chair, Norm Architects combined Ercol's traditional woodturning steam bending techniques with a classic Danish design from the 50's. The chair's legs are held in place with a singular, steam-bent piece of wood, paying homage to an Ercol tradition stretching back to 1944. The end result is a graceful, well-constructed chair with spindles for the legs and backrest" —Frederik Werner, designer at Norm Architects

The Reprise Chair is available in six wood finishes, with leather sling, canvas strap, or upholstered seat options. 


Styling by Sofie Brünner / Photography by Christian Møller Andersen

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Dulux Winter 2020 | Decadent Tones and Luxe Detailing

5.27.2020

For Winter 2020, Dulux have drawn inspiration from their striking Indulge palette. One of the four themes identified in the 2020 Dulux Colour Forecast ‘Essence', the palette combines rich and cocooning tones of russet and berry to transform your home into a nurturing retreat for the cooler months.


“The Indulge palette is warm and sophisticated, the ideal colour cure for those gloomy winter months,” says Davina Harper, Dulux Colour Specialist. “Deep burgundy, soft violet and accents of coral and mustard feel opulent and exciting, with hints of art deco and 70s disco adding a touch of nostalgia.

A great palette for revitalising formal areas in period and heritage homes, such as the living room, dining room, hallway and master bedroom, it cleverly blends old and new so you can introduce contemporary flair into your home whilst honouring its history. To show how easy it is to rejuvenate your home for winter with colour, stylist Bree Leech made over a home office in a heritage home using the Dulux Indulge palette.

Before and After // Colours:Dulux Wash&Wear in Russet Tan and Cardrona 
Artwork: Still Life with Dianthus and Bee by Dena Khan

Paint is by far the easiest and most cost-effective way to invigorate an interior space, and what's more, Bree has achieved this without changing much of the furniture or even the curtains. She says “Given the room’s grand proportions and character, the Indulge palette of rich, saturated hues was a natural choice. I chose Dulux Wash&Wear in Russet Tan for the walls and shelving in the home office, which has a luxurious, enveloping feel. Colour contrasts can be incredibly effective when you want to highlight specific features in a room; I retained the existing white ceiling and fireplace, which were painted in Dulux Cardrona – a classic warm white, that allowed the cohesion of these elements with the white desk."


The addition of a large rug in warm colours of rust and coral that harmonises with the walls provides softness underfoot, while an art deco inspired side table was chosen to tie in with the curves of the desk and chair.

To learn more about Dulux’s 2020 Colour Forecast, Seasonal Trends or to view the eMag visit www.dulux.co.nz

Styling by Bree Leech / Photography by Lisa Cohen 


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Villa Mandra by K-Studio

5.25.2020

Today we're escaping to Mykonos with a look at the stunning Villa Mandra by Athens-based architectural practice K-Studio. Built on the idea of slow, laid-back summer living, the six bedroom holiday house was created for a young, dynamic couple to enjoy with their family and friends. Sitting on the ridge of the hill of Aleomandra, Villa Mandra looks straight out to sea and the sunset over the neighbouring island of Delos, celebrating its spectacular view from a grounded viewpoint blended into a sensitively landscaped, stone-walled garden that screens it from the road behind.


Built to encourage mindful connection with family, friends and the freedom to exist peacefully in nature, form follows emotion rather than function, as every space becomes another opportunity for rest, reflection and exploration.


The house's character is defined by a palette of traditional materials such as lime-wash, stone and wood that have been applied and engineered with contemporary techniques that bridge heritage and locality with contemporary life. Simple white volumes and hand-built stone walls are built around a large courtyard living area which is covered by an expansive but lightweight chestnut pergola. A focal point for the house, the courtyard is seamlessly connected to the living room and kitchen, overlooking the pool and gardens beyond. Enriched by natural materiality and inspired by contemporary summer living, the considered design includes private bedrooms separated from the living areas for privacy, with quiet uninterrupted views over the lower garden and sea. 


See more of this incredible project at K-Studio

K-Studio Design Team:
Dimitris Karampatakis, Ileana Vlassopoulou, Alexandros Zomas, Antonells Theodorakatou, Christos Papachristodoulou, Christos Spetseris, 

Photography by Claus Brechenmacher and Reiner Baumann 

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