Rove Concepts
Wednesday
May162012

House on the island

Nestled amongst the trees on Barrier Island, New Zealand is this sustainably built home by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan. Opening out to the site it embraces the landscape, borrowing its beauty. It is a simple home but its simplicity sits strongly with the majesty of the surrounds. External walls mimic the tree trunks while walls of windows dissolve the barrier between inside and out.

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
May162012

House at the beach

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that New Zealanders build the best beach houses. This is a big concession coming from an Australian. We pride ourselves on understanding the beach culture and our architects are some of the world's best but it just seems that the Kiwi's just do it better with the bach. For those of you who don't know bach is the kiwi for beach house. But it means more than just the building. It's the memories. It's the summer days and the salt spray and the barbeques and the fun. It's about summer rituals and roughing it and making do and fishing and wet swimsuits and sandy towels. Even when it's a luxury bach. It's stunning but it is still not overly precious. After all it really is about the sand and sea and the view and those long days with family and friends. A series of connected pavilions on a dramatic site at Kuaotunu by Auckland based architects Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
May152012

Miami loft

Check out this swanky pad by Toronto's Prototype Design Lab: Miami Loft was designed for a celebrity client. This residence has incredible spanning views of the local beach front on two sides and has a bespoke quality to its interior design. Juxtaposition between the more traditional design features and the more modern and sleek components such as the bedroom media unit and master bathroom vanity come together elegantly in this project.  This characteristic also renders the space dreamlike as well as a perfect entertainment space. Every element has been custom designed to the smallest detail to fit the particular needs of our client and his desires and habits. SWEET!!!

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
May152012

Nest Interior Design

I'm so glad I stumbled upon the portfolio of Dallas-based Nest Interior Design (I was informed by Beth Dotolo that she is now operating as Pulp Design Studios with her partner Carolina Gentry) in my recent internet travels. Their style rocks - it's a bit modern, with a healthy dose of colour and pattern to keep you interested, creating dramatic spaces that wow but don't overwhelm. I want that yellow desk and chair, and the artwork over the fireplace. Photos by Kevin Dotolo.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
May152012

Kitchen

Just had to share one more from Feldman Architecture. I loved the kitchen in the Old Bernal House in my previous post and I really like this one too. It's in a 1950's ranch house in the SF area and stays true to the original home. Actually I'm taken by a lot of their kitchen designs. (I know you will be too when you click on over to their website.) Light, bright, contemporary and not at all MacMansion. Understated, sensitive, practical and stylish.