Displaying posts from February, 2022

Southampton surf retreat

Posted on Wed, 16 Feb 2022 by midcenturyjo

“This summer home delivered a space for rest and respite, memories under the summer sun, and many a sunrise out in the morning surf.”

Becca Interiors has skilfully updated, refreshed and rationalised this house in the heart of Southampton village creating a city dweller’s surf retreat. A mix of new and vintage, bespoke and found, casual and stylish.

A 17th century stone house

Posted on Wed, 16 Feb 2022 by midcenturyjo

A rambling 17th century stone house in the Castilian town of Pedraza brought to life as a hotel by Madrid-based design team Casa Muñoz. Warm, simple luxury with a restrained palette and a timeless feel.

It is the last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition! The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals.

From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and soooo many more! (You can find all the design categories listed here.) Winning A’ Design Award & Competition, which is an independent and expert appraisal for design, contributes to corporate reputation and brand image. Taking part in the A’ Design Award & Competition provides valuable feedback and experience. With the competition highlighting advertising & advocating good design, taking part will provide recognition, publicity and international peer review. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members. The benefits to the winners are really inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? You can register for the A’ Design Award and Competition 2021 – 2022 here. But you better be quick. The deadline for submission is on February 28. Results will be announced to the public on April 15 and you will find full coverage of the results here on Desire to Inspire. We can’t wait!

In the meantime here are some inspiring past winners …

Transparent Chair by Wei Jingye and Li Yingyi

Ring Bookshelf by Rama Akel

Mubic Modular Table by Katalin Brigitta Csiki

Grille Bookcase by Wei Huang

Elytra Space Saver Coffee Table by Radhika Dhumal

Shell Sofa by Alexey Danilin

Yakamoz Rug Collection by Fulden Topaloglu

Dress Your Chair Removable Upholstery by Yumeng Gai

Pagoda Cabinet by Pandi Li

Axel Chair by Helle Nielsen

House in Repino Residential by Shamsudin Kerimov

Monolithic House Private Villa by Ahmed Habib

Aurora Lodge Chalet by Snorre Stinessen

Time Holiday Mobile Home by Chester Goh

The Bridge House Private Residential by Soheil Afshar Mohammadian

House On The Cliff Residential Building by Shamsudin Kerimov

Hacienda Summer House by Hany Saad

Villa Antioquia House by Dante Luna

S90 Residence Residential Dwelling by Daisuke Nagatomo

Sustainable Single Family Residence by Nahian Bin Mahbub

Sista House Housing by Junghee Lee

Don’t forget to nominate your designs for award consideration hereSubmission deadline is 28 February 2021.


This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition

A Venice Beach refuge

Posted on Tue, 15 Feb 2022 by KiM

Electric Bowery had the pleasure of partnering with clients who share deep roots in the arts, and were looking to establish their own refuge. The goal was to find the perfect balance of open area and urban energy. The site ultimately selected was an oversized Venice lot providing flexibility to build a home with a unique program of accessory spaces for art, yoga, and meditation – without sacrificing outdoor living areas. Upon entry through the front gates, the property is perceived as a courtyard sanctuary with meandering gardens laced together by limestone and vein-cut travertine. The organic hardscape provides a clean canvas for lush landscape design by LA-based Terremoto who has a penchant for softening the built environment. Playing off the verdant landscape are interior plaster finishes in warm whites, subtle blush, and bolder turquoise which add a layer of vibrancy and sustain the feeling of a thriving oasis. Custom steel windows frame each view with thoughtful intention. Handcrafted millwork in indigo-ebony and bleached oak, all designed in-house, are paired with an unexpected yet classic choice of finishes and fixtures. Several light sources by Apparatus Studio double as sculptural highlights. The result is an incredibly relaxed and soothing home, with an organic and sophisticated edge. (Photos: Laure Joliet)

If you have decided to renovate your home in the near future, it may benefit you to familiarise yourself with a number of common problems that you may encounter as well as how to avoid them.

It can be easy to assume that you will take the necessary precautions and, as a result, your home renovation will run smoothly from start to finish, but by retaining the following information, you can know what to expect ahead of time and increase the chances of your home renovation being a success. 

Failing to do your research  

 If you are considering treating your home to a property-wide renovation in advance of relocating or just for you and your loved ones to enjoy, you must conduct thorough research ahead of time. This is especially important if you have little to no experience of undertaking a home renovation.

To ensure your home renovation runs smoothly from start to finish, you must research top-rated contractors in your local area and base your final decision on whether or not they align with your individual needs, wants, and goals as a homeowner. It may also benefit you to research your options before drawing up a rough guide of how you want your home to look when the entire project is complete. 

Forgetting to sufficiently protect your flooring 

 If you are in the process of renovating your home, you must sufficiently protect your flooring to prevent any dirt, mud, or debris from being inadvertently carried into your home by external contractors or their machinery. To do so, cover your flooring with a thick yet breathable layer of material, such as adhesive film, tarpaulin, or newspaper, and readjust or reapply as necessary to continue protecting your flooring on an ongoing basis.

In addition to sufficiently protecting your flooring, it may also benefit you to contact a professional carpet cleaning company afterwards to rid your home of any bacteria or germs that may be hiding deep within the fibres of your carpet unknowingly – often dragged in by workmen’s boots, and heavy machinery.

Exceeding your predetermined budget 

 If you have carried out a number of home renovations throughout your lifetime, you will be familiar with how easy it can be to get carried away and exceed your predetermined budget. By monitoring and tracking your spending, however, you can protect your pennies and ensure you are only spending within the boundaries that you personally set for yourself ahead of time. 

 If you are in the process of planning an entire home renovation project in the coming months, it may benefit you to familiarise yourself with a number of common problems ahead of time as well as what you can actively do to avoid encountering them on a first-hand basis. This includes failing to do your research in advance, forgetting to sufficiently protect your flooring from the resultant effects of heavy footfall and machinery, and exceeding your predetermined budget by getting carried away and overspending. By finding out everything you need to know beforehand, you can proceed with confidence.