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Sunday
Oct062013

An air raid shelter turned loft

My dream of living in a loft has never wavered, and the idea of living in a very industrial loft and having the challenge of warming the space up has always been intriguing. This loft isn't necessarily all that warm and cozy, but I really love the dramatic vibe it gives off. It is a former Nazi air raid shelter (complete with WWII bullet holes) erected in 1942 in central Berlin, and is the home of ad agency founder and publisher, Christian Boros, and his wife, Karen. Formerly devoid of natural light, the homeowners had the 3000 sq m bunker completely reconfigured and added massive windows. They have an amazing collection of furniture (and art of course - love the upside down head!), and the dark flooring and concrete walls make it dark and moody but the windows keep it fairly bright. Oh, to have that much space..... (via Freunde von Freunden)

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Sunday
Sep292013

A photographer's apartment in Madrid

I often get tired of homes that don't look like anyone actually lives there (often the case of architects' portfolios). Perhaps that is why this apartment took my breath away. It is the Chueca, Madrid apartment of British-born photographer Adrian Tyler. It is located in a building built in 1894 and maintains much of the original features, but includes some new touches such as 3 tons of tile from Morocco for the kitchen and bathroom. Throw in some mid-century furniture classics, Adrian's photography and a sh*tload of books and you've got some pretty sweet digs. (Via Neuvo Estilo)

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Thursday
Sep262013

Eichler meet the family. Family meet Eichler.

Take a 1973 Eichler house in Palo Alto. A little tired but very proud. Introduce it to a young family who fell in love with it and wanted to breath new life into it in that minimal sort of way you should when confronted with a faded midcentury gem. Enter San Francisco architectural firm yamamar  and the magic happens. Finally add interiors by Alison Garvey. It's a happily ever after ending.

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Monday
Sep092013

Daniel Hopwood

Check out this funky apartment by British architecture and interior design firm Daniel Hopwood. We designed this London apartment with the intention to create a place where the owners could entertain lavishly. The result was inspired by Halston’s radical 70s New York apartment, layered in tones of white with a limited palette of materials. I am a big fan of large art groupings, and the one in the dining space looks fantastic, especially how it mimics the windows. And LOVE all of the classic mid-century furnishings. Definitively a fun party pad. :)

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Thursday
Sep052013

Chez Ric & Fer

Chez Ric & Fer is a bed and breakfast in Coucy le Château, Northern France owned by Richard and Fernanda Gamba. The home is situated in one of the city's oldest houses which was rebuilt with the castle's stones right after the bombings of World War I. It used to be the village's chemist's shop during the 1920's. Very unexpectedly, Richard and Fernanda gave the rustic accomodations a modern, mid-century vintage twist - who would have thought?! They have a phenomenal suite or a bedroom available if you're looking for funky vacation digs. Sign me up! (I even speak French!)

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