It’s all about drama and bold personalities in this concrete addition to a Melbourne weatherboard home. Modern clean lines, a swathe of stone running through the kitchen and carefully chosen statement pieces bring a feeling of sculptural brutalism softened by fabrics and texture. Toorak House by Melbourne-based architectural firm Kennon.
I may be obsessed as of late with centuries old homes but on the other, completely opposing hand a simple, modern home with a black exterior and concrete floors is something I will always be drawn to. This home is giving me life and is GORGEOUS inside and out. For cityhomeCOLLECTIVE owner Cody’s Derrick’s personal residence, we worked with Sparano & Mooney Architecture and builders Sausage Space to create a “best of both worlds” concept: the goal was to bridge the gap between condo/loft living and a ground-level home that included yard space and room to grow. As lead designer on the project, Cody worked collaboratively with Sparano & Mooney to ensure that a simple but imaginative layout served as the blueprint for a plethora of natural materials and a focus on the elements (water being the feature at the center of the home’s footprint). Local craftsmen were hired wherever possible (in this case, for railings, cabinets, kitchen island, custom dining table, custom pigmented concrete, etc). For the interior design, we focused on a layered approach–from salvaged chandeliers and chairs to plants, books, art, etc.–that would add to the warmth of the open space and balance the newness of the project.
A Spanish villa located in a pine forest in Valakampiai a district in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. Not quite what you are expecting? Interior designers Gabija Pažarskytė and Karolina Juodeškaitė of Dizaino Virtuvė have been inspired by the Mediterranean for this four storey house nestled amongst the trees. A materials palette of concrete, rattan, stone and ceramics recalls Spain while for me the standout features are the cast iron tiles and statement blue spiral staircase rising from the foyer to the first floor. Handcrafted timber beams, a thatch roof, stylish sauna area and the very first squat toilet we have featured on the blog complete the highlights.
Photography by Kernius Pauliukonis
This is a captivating example of how to warm up a concrete shell and how to create cozy zones from a very open concept layout. This penthouse renovation extends across the four top floors of this Maastricht residential tower “Polvertoren’. The tower originally built in the 60s as accomodation for hospital staff has been completely renovated inside and out. A completed reworking of the floor plan on each level meant that each of the spaces connect in a way suited to the lifestyle of the owners. A brief from the clients referencing the tv show Mad Men, designer Jean Prouve and hotels across the world as sources of inspiration set the tone and style of this detailed renovation. Original features such as the formed concrete walls have been restored and left exposed to sit harmoniously against a mix quality new and natural materials. Designed by Nicemakers.
“Curiosity and experimentation are two fundamental principles directing the studio’s approach to shape, texture and color, while always unifying spacial constraints to give birth to unique environments.”
Yes it’s true Paris-based interior design firm Batiik Studio are curious and experimental in their approach to the rooms they create but that doesn’t mean their work is slapdash and half baked. It’s the fine details that stand out for me here. The pattern in the concrete floor, the waves in wood and concrete in the bedrooms and the way they meet other surfaces, the lighting, the shelving, the table. I could go on and on. It’s all in the details.
Photpgraphy by BCDF Studio