“An escape from the busy Brooklyn streets, the heart of the home was carefully curated. Keeping the kitchen airy and open, it was conceived as part of the living space with emphasis on the long marble shelf in place of upper cabinets. The shelf topped by two sconces serves as a backdrop showcasing the honed purple-green veined marble. The layout then allows the fridge to be tucked away from the dining room, leaving it unseen. The bedrooms were perceived as a moment of serenity with integrated open shelves and an ensuite walk-in closet and bathroom. An operable skylight was introduced in the second bedroom, allowing even more light to flood through the 16-window corner apartment. With adaptability in mind, an alternative floor plan was conceived, allowing the addition of a 3rd bedroom with minimal construction. The living space then remains open, boasting the two historic bay windows overlooking Amity Street.”
There is nothing better than a collaboration between designers. Two points of view, two life experiences, two design ethoses working in harmony. A dialogue of opposites was the main theme behind the creation; minimal but warm, understated yet rich. 173 Amity by Elma Akkari and Rawan Muqaddus.
Photography by Sean Davidson & Clement Pascal.
Our obsession with faux flowers, botanicals and plants is where it all started. But a beautiful bouquet needs a great side table. A kitchen needs a statement plant. A reception desk needs a stunning arrangement… And so one side of our business feeds the other. Led by Tracy Cole, we work closely with our clients to create cosy modern interiors full of texture, layers and luxury with lots of faux details.
Such wonderfully cheerful colours used in these spaces (especially the first few photos!) designed by UK based interior design, event and botanical styling firm Hello Flora.
“Put simply, the brief was for a down-size apartment for a client transitioning from a large house and garden which came with a lifetime of carefully and intelligently collected art and furniture … The nexus of a decorative late-modernist building, definitive spatial planning and a desire to make a setting for art, objects and furniture came together in a particular way. Materiality, texture, surface and colour draw on the tertiary hues of late modernism and the luxurious intensity of a design movement at its hedonistic zenith – an approach epitomized by the extensive use of that most bourgeois of tones – beige. Enfilade planning opens up the interior and de-limits horizontal space, a progression which is enlivened through intense but purposefully muted colour and texture at the entry and in the snug. And finally, the impact of precious objects is heightened through designation of specific places – plinths, platforms and ledges, but also through an elevated entourage of grasscloth, raw linen, limed oak and polished plaster.
This apartment is civilized in the very best sense, it is not vulgar luxury, rather it reflects a thoughtful and cultivated approach to living beautifully and well.”
Re-imagining a small apartment in Melbourne’s iconic late-modernist apartment building Fairlie by Kennedy Nolan. Part Wunderkammer part inner city luxury pad all fabulous.
Photography by Derek Swalwell.
“An eclectic apartment based around a client’s wonderful collection of art and objets. We embraced the industrial elements of this former tannery and chose a vibrant palette which extended to the bespoke kitchen which was handmade to make the most of the unusual space.”
Two colourful London homes today. I couldn’t think of anything better. As for that green kitchen? YES!!! Loft Apartment by Howark Design.
“A mid-century house in the West London neighbourhood of Holland Park, that had been the client’s childhood home. Lonika was tasked with making the house more comfortable, more contemporary and more functional, breathing new life into the house whilst still preserving its history. Alongside the structural changes, Lonika focused on bringing in colour. Each room is now filled with colour and decorative objects that have meaning and family connection.”
A kaleidoscope of colour layered with playful textures and pattern. Fun, fabulous and fresh. Holland Park residence by Lonika Chande.
Photography by Milo Brown.