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Nordiska Kök & Caroline Sandström Unveil Modern Minimalist Kitchen

2.03.2023

Together with Swedish interior designer Caroline Sandström, Nordiska Kök introduces a stunning kitchen collection that embodies the essence of modern minimalism through its carefully curated details and organic shapes.



Minimalist, linear cabinets create a calm and unified appearance that is synonymous with Scandinavian design. The rounded cabinet softens the sharp lines, lending a dynamic silhouette to the kitchen.




The striking marble adds a touch of drama and sophistication to the kitchen. Appliances are expertly concealed behind cabinets and cupboards, resulting in a cohesive look that blends smoothly with the rest of the minimalist home and its surroundings.



A contemporary yet timeless kitchen that meets all the demands of a modern lifestyle without compromising on design or quality. The minimalist kitchen collection is available in all colours and will be available from February 2023 as part of Nordiska Kök's regular kitchen range.



Photograhy: Kristofer Johnsson

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Victor Hugo: A Haussmanian Apartment in Paris Designed by Sandra Benhamou

1.31.2023

Parisian Interior Designer Sandra Benhamou has recently completed the redesign of a family apartment on the fifth floor of a Haussmanian building, just a stone’s throw from the Place de l'Etoile. The owners, who work in the fine jewellery business and have returned to Paris after living in New York for 20 years, wanted a sophisticated space with a peaceful atmosphere.



Reworking the apartment's layout, Benhamou transformed the original classic triple reception area into a large living space that includes an open kitchen, dining room, living room and a large office. The majestic entrance has been preserved and restored.




The careful restoration of mouldings and cornices, antique mirrors, stained-glass windows, and period fireplaces serve as the foundation for the apartment's design. To contrast this bourgeois style, Benhamou created custom-designed furniture pieces such as the Mia sofa from her own Ginger collection, which was inspired by the atmosphere of 1970s American bars. Two custom-designed dining tables in glossy varnished rosewood, as well as walnut and brass bookcases, are combined with Brazilian and Italian vintage design pieces and a collection of contemporary art.

The beautiful curation includes lighting by Angelo Lelli and Fontana Arte, armchairs by Marco Zanusso, coffee tables by designers Erwan Boulloud from Galerie Glustin and Dan Pollock from Galerie Desprez Breheret, a sideboard by Joaquim Tenreiro, a desk by Franco Albini and paintings by Gideon Rubin from Galerie Karsten Greve





Benhamou used 1980s-era materials like patinated brass and polished stainless steel, which echo the Santos de Cartier universe, and mixed them with exotic woods like teak and rosewood, travertine, and tinted mirrors. The variety of materials allows for a contrast of matte and shine, opacity and transparency.

The spectacular kitchen in aged nickel and stainless steel with a central island dressed in very unique travertine scabas is the living room's masterpiece.





Benhamou’s love of muted colours is evident throughout the apartment, where a palette of sand, soft grey and cream is punctuated with warm walnut and tactile surfaces. The overall effect is one of understated grandeur, elegance and serenity.










Image Credits 

Photograpy: ©Ambroise Tézenas

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The Bolder Unveils Off-Grid Lodges in Norway by Snøhetta and Vipp

1.26.2023

Norwegian architects Snøhetta teamed up with local entrepreneur Tom Bjarte Norland and Danish interior brand Vipp to create a unique experience on the edge of Lysefjorden on Norway's west coast. The Bolder project consists of four cabins raised above the ground, designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature and blur the boundaries between inside and out.



Started in 2020, the project was born out of a desire to create a truly special and authentic experience where nature plays a major part. The four cabins, named Stylten, Myra, Stjernaand and Eldhuset, are located on the edge of Lysefjorden and were built to blend into the landscape with minimal impact on the environment. Elevated above ground on large concrete pillars, the cabins feature glass façades, allowing guests to enjoy the natural surroundings and bring nature indoors.





“With the Bolder project, we strived to preserve nature and enhance the experience of moving in an untouched landscape, with the smallest possible footprint on the surroundings. The cabins are lifted over the ground to create a weightless feeling on the edge of the spectacular, steep mountain sides, diving down into the clear blue fjord. The goal was to create a total experience for the visitors - coming back to a cosy, warm wooden nest with a spectacular panoramic view of the ever-changing weather after a beautiful day of hiking along the fjord”. — Snøhetta architect, Frank Denis Foray.



Once inside, guests have the illusion of floating in the air on the edge of the cliff, with uninterrupted views of the fjord and mountains filled with bonsai-like pines and boulders left by the glaciers at the end of the Ice Age thousands of years ago.

To bring the tranquillity of nature into the cabin, the interior design and styling adhere to a minimalist design ethos, with furniture made from natural and durable materials in earthy tones and organic textures. Consideration underpins interior choices and emphasises the meditative flow evoked through the space.

The cabins have a Vipp kitchen and dining area on the upper level, and a built-in bed and bathroom on the ground floor. Wood, marble and leather are recurring materials of choice in the selection of furniture. Concrete flooring on the lower level adds a rawness and contrast to the refined space.





“We are proud to have done this project together with Snøhetta. When we were looking for someone to design these cabins in one of Norway’s most spectacular places, the choice was easy for us. For the interior, Vipp has a timeless and honest elegance combined with a solid and functional refinement which is of great importance when you have guests every day. This aesthetic fits well with our concept of architecture in nature". — Tom Bjarte Norland



To reflect the nature of the site, which is dominated by granite and slow-growing pine trees, Snohetta chose to use wood and concrete with aggregates from the actual site as the primary materials for the project. Trees that had to be cut down during construction were set aside for reuse in other parts of the project, and granite cut from the ground was used to make concrete for construction.

The wood used to build the cabin is untreated red cedar, which will naturally grey over time and blend in with the rocky landscape. The oak wood used inside is treated differently in the three small huts, allowing visitors to have a slightly different experience when they return.

The cabins are precise objects shaped from the inside, each focusing on the views and the qualities of the different rooms. The roof is mirrored on the underside to create an object free from the ground –hovering above the edge. The asymmetry creates the illusion of the cabin leaning towards the fjord, enhancing the feeling of weightlessness.

The light bridges above the landscape and are made of Corten steel, which is also part of the region’s natural materials. What makes the Bolder cabin even more unique is the unobstructed, wild and ever-changing environment that can be enjoyed from bed, day or night. A true 24/7 experience.



Aside from electricity powering the light and the amenities in the cabins, the site is off-grid. Natural spring water comes from the treatment plant under the parking area and is a lot cleaner than the water from the local river that flows over the mountains.

The Bolder project also includes two other buildings due for completion in the next few years. This includes a lounge and a gourmet restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine.

Three of the cabins are complete and available for booking from 1st February. The last one, Eldhuset is universally designed and will open around Easter.

Credits

Developer and owner: Tom Bjarte Norland
Architects: Snøhetta
Kitchen and interior partner: Vipp
Photography by Elisabeth Heier 

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Chalet 1550 in Courchevel by Joséphine Fossey Office

1.17.2023

For the third property in the Iconic House collection of luxury rental homes, Joséphine Fossey Office signs a unique interpretation of the art of living in the mountains. Located in Courchevel in the French Alps, and inspired by modernist architecture and the works of Henri-Jacques Le Meme, Charlotte Perriand and Marcel Breuer, the unique décor reflects a quest for charm and authenticity.


Working with Lyon-based interior design studio Atelier Giffon, Joséphine Fossey focuses on designing spaces that blur the lines between inside and outside, emphasizing intimate and warm atmospheres and relationships with nature.

With Chalet 1550, Joséphine Fossey offers a new way of thinking about the mountains, moving away from the classic chalet aesthetic with a neutral colour palette, and giving pride to bright colours, raw materials and geometric shapes. Marked by the omnipresence of wood and strong aesthetic choices, the decor combines vintage pieces, custom-made furniture and collectors' items.




Joséphine Fossey brings together the region's painters, sculptors and artisans to initiate a new, deeply human way of life through the prism of creative collaboration. A synthesis of today's arts.




The entrance area features a carved solid oak console, specially crafted by the young designer Ateljé Loupchat, to invite nature inside.



A masterpiece of the alpine chalet, the large living room is lined with huge bay windows that open onto the mountain and features a fireplace carved from approximately 7 tons of Mont Blanc granite stone. It also features the Prieuré floor lamp in solid oak from Maison Henry Jacques Le Même, the first of a limited series of 30, created from the archives of architect Henry Jacques Le Même.




Joséphine Fossey called on cabinetmaker Sylvain Perrier from Savoy, to create the impressive lacquered wood table of the dining room, inspired by the work of Charlotte Perriand. Wood scraps from his workshop were also recycled to create small geometric and modernist sculptures, nestled under the dining room roof.




Joséphine Fossey designed the interior with an emphasis on detail as well as overall coherence. Each element of the living room's impressive library of art books, novels and biographies follow the guiding principles of adventure, architecture, relationship with nature and introspection related to the unique mountain environment.



Photography: ©Alice Mesguich

Previously featured on TDC, take a look at the first residence in the Iconic House collection L'Etoile des Baux by Joséphine Fossey Office here. 


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