The real estate agent calls it “understated opulence” and “unparalleled sophistication and luxury”, I call it a trophy home …. but sometimes we want it big and bold and worth a squillion. I
strolling scrolling in Melbourne’s prestigious suburb of Toorak. Expansive city views and expansive floors and walls of marble. Add the obligatory movie theatre, gym, wine cellar, roof top entertainment area along withan underground carpark as big as many people’s homes and it’s contemporary, clean lined luxury all the way. Link here while it lasts.
This modern extension by Melbourne architects Fooman followed the client’s brief for a sustainable forever home. “The design was approached in this context; to be no bigger than required and enduring … Connection was a theme that encompassed planning and detail. A new informal side entry brings inhabitants and friends directly into the kitchen from the street. The living area joins the parents and kids zones. The expanse of glazing and detailing mitigates the distinction between indoors and out.” Timber beams and columns feature throughout along with shelving reminiscent of plumber’s pipe and scaffolding. Robust, sustainable and tactile.
Photography by Willem-Dirk du Toit.
Timeless and elegant, midcentury and antique, wood and white, this light filled Madrid apartment is the perfect marriage of styles. Mirrored walls increase the sense of space while reflecting cherished collections. A chic city pad by Estudio María Santos.
Photography by Montse Garriga
Bright white and every colour under the rainbow as accents can be found in this project by Los Angeles-based Storm Interiors. You can’t help but smile. Especially those sweet outdoor spaces!
Eclectic decadence with European maximalism flair is how I would describe Dimore Studio. Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran have designed and carried out every project in a personal and recognizable way: objects created by historical design masters live together with reclaimed materials and other “bespoke” objects to create and forge a particular atmosphere. A timeless visual and emotional pathway. Research focused on details makes every creation, sign, proposal, suggestion, innovation and reference simple, albeit sophisticated. A language inspired by a set of emotional alchemies made of unexpected choices, preservation, inventions, appreciation of prints, lights, lacquers and oxidations. An uncensored aesthetic where each item has its own power and expressive “raison d’être”, while representing a part of the ensemble as the protagonist. It has been years since we featured this Milan-based design firm (here, here and here) so here is a look at some spaces we haven’t previously featured.