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Vipp Transforms Historic Log House into Tranquil Riverside Retreat


Vipp’s 9th guesthouse sees a former listed fisherman’s house from 1876 gently relocated to one of Latvia’s most spectacular nature parks, the Salaca River Valley. Situated on the bank of the river, the old log house has been transformed into a blissful hideaway and design retreat.

Arturs Martinsons, founder of the design studio xcelsior and owner of 17 hectares of landscaped meadows and woodland in Salaca National Park, oversaw the meticulous relocation of each log to its new site, where the house was rebuilt on a foundation of 180 stones. With a strong passion for architecture and design, Martinsons approached Vipp to include the house in their growing guesthouse portfolio around the world.

After thoroughly remodeling the interior layout, Vipp’s design team transformed the decaying holiday residence into a contemporary cottage. The new space blends Scandinavian minimalism with the character and charm of the original log house architecture, seamlessly integrating the built and natural environments. The magical surroundings are only fully revealed once you enter the guesthouse where large picture windows flood the space with light and provide an unobstructed view of the Salaca River.

Divided over two floors, the collection of small rooms have been replaced with a large open-plan living areas oriented towards the river views, giving new volume and life to the house. A black Vipp V1 kitchen is fitted into one corner of the living area and is paired with a combined dining and seating area. On one wall is a fireplace surrounded by mirrors that reflect the stunning greenery, bringing nature inside.

On the first floor the master bedroom features a freestanding bathtub overlooking the living area below. A narrow X-shaped window allows just enough sunlight to filter in while maintaining privacy. On the ground floor, there is a second bedroom with two single beds and a window facing the woods, along with a bathroom, entrance hall, and the combined living area and kitchen. The ceiling, painted in a dark grey-brown hue to preserve its original character, together with the dark brown log walls, creates a dense, cave-like ambiance. This is complemented by Vipp's neutral coloured furniture pieces, the V1 kitchen and items from nearby craft shops and vintage finds.

The house opens to large decks with views of the water, furnished with Vipp outdoor furniture. Perfect for lounging after a day of exploring the area or taking part in endless activities such as kayaking, canoeing, salmon fishing, biking, cross country skiing, mushroom hunting, or a swim in the river. Additionally, a separate terrace equipped with a wood-fired hot tub offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Images courtesy of Vipp

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Celebrating Excellence: The 2024 Australian Interior Design Awards


Australia’s leading industry-based awards initiative, the Australian Interior Design Awards, has concluded for 2024 with a Gala event held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The innovative and meticulously styled Northcote House by LLDS was awarded the Premier Award for Interior Design.

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: LLDS for Northcote House, Victoria / Photography by Tom Ross

Celebrating interior design excellence both nationally and internationally, the Australian Interior Design Awards, now in its 21st year, is a partnership between the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and Architecture Media's Artichoke. This year's entries showcased an unprecedented level of sophistication, ingenuity, and exceptionally resolved materiality. The jury remarked, "There's a freshness that characterises this year's entries, regardless of how long they have been in practice. It just goes to prove that as an industry, we are showing no signs of fatigue, and our capacity for excellence and innovation has only been strengthened."

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design, Residential Design Award & Best of State Award for Residential Design (Victoria): LLDS for Northcote House, Victoria / Photography by Tom Ross

This year's program saw an impressive surge in entries, marking the largest shortlist ever with 222 projects. Entries were evaluated across sector-specific categories such as residential, retail, hospitality, public, workplace, and installation design, alongside awards for Sustainability Advancement and Emerging Interior Design Practice. Commenting on this year's entries, the jurors noted, "Competition amongst entries in the 2024 Australian Interior Design Awards was unlike any year before. The calibre of projects was exceptionally high, and while exquisite craftsmanship and detailing reigned, an emphasis on strong colour, natural light, and refined materiality prevailed."

The jury unanimously awarded LLDS’ Northcote House top, praising its "exciting collision of technology, sculpture, and innovative material use," and noting its "unfamiliar yet captivating interior spaces." This project stood out for the jury as it challenged conventional thinking about residential interiors. Northcote House’s sustainability considerations impressed the panel, with every component of the home manufactured within five kilometres of the site. The project was awarded a trio of accolades: the Award for Residential Design, Best of State Award for Residential Design (Victoria), and the Premier Award, with the jurors highly impressed by the project’s confident integration of technology and contemporary styling.

Residential Design Award & Best of State Award Residential Design (NSW): Pattern Studio for Daddy Cool / Photography by Tom Ross

This year's Residential Design Category featured an incredible array of projects. Northcote House by LLDS and Daddy Cool by Pattern Studio were the joint recipients of the Award, with Daddy Cool also receiving the Best of State Award for Residential Design (New South Wales). The jurors commented, “The designers have worked a traditional terrace very hard through their exploration of minimalism in a playful yet sophisticated manner.”

Residential Decoration Award: Amelda Wilde Interior Design for Von Leach Residence, Victoria / Photography by Cricket Saleh

Taking home the Award for Residential Decoration was Amelda Wilde Interior Design's impactful Von Leach Residence. The jurors remarked that the residence had a real sense of expression inspired by its occupants and their personal values, which made the project stand out among the other entries. From a sustainability perspective, the use of vintage furnishings, recycled steel pieces, and reliance on local manufacturing added to the project's success.

Best of State Award Residential Design (Western Australia): State of Kin for Proclamation House / Photography by Jack Lovel

Best of State Award Residential Design (South Australia): Ash McCammon of Enoki for Stirling Residence / Photography by Jenah Piwanski

Residential Design Award Commendation: Prior Barraclough for Union Street House, Victoria / Photography by Ben Hosking

Residential Design Award Commendation: Tsai Design for Kirribilli Downsize Apartment, New South Wales / Photography by Clinton Weaver

Residential Design Award Commendation & Sustainability Advancement Award: Kennedy Nolan with Finding Infinity for Wilam Ngarrang Retrofit, Victoria / Photography by Eve Wilson

Residential Decoration Award Commendation: YSG Studio for Mo Jacobsen, Victoria / Photography by Anson Smart

See the full gallery of 2024 winners here.

Images courtesy of Papermill on behalf of the Australian Interior Design Awards

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Origin Made Launch New Designs at Enter the Salon in Copenhagen


Currently showing at 3daysofdesignEnter the Salon is a joint exhibition of international brands, where design, art and poetry converge, as the past intertwines with the present. Curated by designer Signe Hytte, and taking place within The Conary, a historic townhouse in Copenhagen, the showcase aims to foster quiet reflection, casual conversation, and the exploration of new perspectives.

The inspiring space provides the perfect setting for Origin Made who are launching Part II of their 2024 collection. They are joined by six other distinguished international brands—Karimoku Case, Carpe Diem Beds, Ambientec, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Silkeborg Uldspinderi and August Sandgren

Based in Porto, Origin Made blends modern design sensibilities with masterful craft techniques honed over generations to create collectible furniture, objects, and lighting that celebrate thoughtful design and the authenticity of the human touch. The brand collaborates directly with solo artisans and skilled craftspeople who preserve traditional ways of making. These makers breathe life into their creations, transforming simple objects into conduits of cultural richness and individual mastery.

Part II of Origin Made's 2024 collection builds upon the success of Part I, further exploring the theme of "Materials Intention", with the thoughtful application of natural materials to new shapes, resulting in pieces that feature a captivating interplay of textures and forms. Highlights include the Barco and Calabash Basket Sculptures created in collaboration with renowned Galician artisan Idoia Cuesta, the Flan Side Tables borne of a partnership between Origin Made's creative director, Gabriel Tan, and master ceramicist Joaquim Pombal, and the Lado Vase by Norm Architects.

Minimal and geometric wall-mounted vases, crafted in corten steel, Lado explores a new vast typology by opening up new possibilities for displaying dried plants and flowers in an unusual and elegant way.

Basket weaving sees Origin Made venture into a new craft while pushing the boundaries of traditional basketry. The combination of fully recyclable monofilament fishing lines from Galicia with natural rattan (Barco), and chestnut veneer (Calabash) is a modern and unique take on how basket weaving can create functional art objects.

Testament to yet another new successful collaboration, the Flan side tables feature clay plinths with soft box forms in two varying heights and are ideal for elevating and displaying treasured collectibles.

Enter the Salon celebrates the famous salons that were pivotal in hosting and fostering the avant-garde of the time in Paris, London, Berlin, Copenhagen and beyond—truly vibrant gatherings where intellectuals and creatives exchanged fresh ideas and challenged societal norms. The exhibition invites guests to visit The Canary with the same spirit—to inspire each other and talk, listen and think with an open mind, together.

Challenging the idea of the typical fair stand as a showcase, Enter the Salon is designed to feel like a culturally savvy, indelibly tasteful and strangely timeless private residence with plenty of layers to dive into.

"My vision is to do away with the classic fair stand and tell a story instead. One where every guest can explore multiple layers and find their own to be inspired by."—Signe Hytte, Curator, Enter the Salon.

A place where new movements start casually over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and where the beauty of art and design and the importance of a great party carry equal weight to the people privileged enough to inhabit the rooms.

Throughout, a carefully curated selection of brands mix with each other to form a lived-in, informal, and slightly opulent red thread. Each brand fulfills their own essential role in the larger play that unfolds inside.

The common denominator for all the brands is an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and quality over passing trends and fads, always with a focus on how uncompromising techniques can be emphasised in their pieces. Through intricate wood joinery, advanced LED technology, textile installations and an insistence on keeping hand-crafted work alive, the brands create the new by looking to the refined traditions of the past.

The beating heart of the exhibition is the sprawling Atrium that greets you with warmth and vibrancy. Here, talks, breakfasts and events take place, views are exchanged, and laughter rings out. It’s also where you can retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy festival.

Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Sofie Staunsager

Exhibition Partners: Ruby Atelier, Massimo Copenhagen, Farrow & Ball, Kay Bojesen, Fabric Forest, Kvadrat and Arne Aksel

Imagery courtesy of Origin Made

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