Part concrete brutalism, part metallic industrial, part Scandinavian modern and topped up with a healthy dose of breeze block love. I’m crushing on the contemporary hotel style of the Boro New York on Long Island. It’s a celebration of the simple “guts” of the building, elevating the cinder block from humble to hot.
Built by a builder for his young family, this Balwyn, Melbourne home is the latest project from interior designer Fiona Lynch.
“A minimal approach to materials has created an interior which is reflective and relaxing in feel. Concrete, timber and stone are the main materials in this project. Aged brass and grey stained oak cabinetry compliment the minimal approach to materials.”
Sophisticated, restrained, always with an eye to detail Lynch’s design is beautifully resolved.
Photography by Sharyn Cairns
There is something about Brazilian design. Fresh, young, a little bit cheeky, accessible but definitely not cookie cutter. Love the transition of the floor treatments between kitchen and living room and the touches of retro. Apartamento do Pátio in São Paulo by Felipe Hess.
A stunning location and a stunning building. Almost like paper folds except with concrete. Rugged, box-like, brutal lines broken by walls of glass. A contemporary home on an ancient coast. Casa Ronco by Chilean architectural firm Estudio Valdés.
A couple of years ago I featured this London loft by Inside Out Architecture. The project was so successful, they recently completed 2 more renovations in the same building. The owners of a 3rd floor apartment in this converted industrial building were desperately in need of more space for their growing family. Their novel solution was to buy part of their next-door-neighbour’s apartment, taking the opportunity to refurbish both, resulting in adjoining projects within the same industrial shell but with very different outcomes. In the family home at no.15, the choice of materials sought to create a light and playful atmosphere, incorporating the clients’ love of design classics. With space being tight, most partitions were transformed into useful pieces of joinery. The kitchen incorporates a L-shaped stepped concrete countertop to pay homage to the existing building and divide the living spaces. Whitewashed birch plywood, whitewashed timber floors and plain white joinery provide a neutral background for elements of vivid colour. One element that stood out for me was the concrete beams in the first apartment and how fantstic they look with the rest of the ceiling covered in drywall. Love the concrete countertop too!
In the other apartment no.16, the client was a single male professional. The material palette for this apartment sought to create a calm and sophisticated series of spaces. At the heart of the project is a minimal timber “jewellery” box, discretely containing the main bathroom, storage, study, kitchen units and space dividing panels. This box divided a triangular plan, forming an entrance lobby, kitchen, gallery space and main living area. A secret bed behind the TV allows temporary transformation into 2-bedroom unit for guests.