With its stylish mix of classic and contemporary design, this altbau apartment in Berlin-Charlottenburg by Gisbert Pöppler oozes understated luxury living and comfortable sophistication. Bold colour, striking artworks and modern furniture are the perfect counterpoint to the grand historic interiors.
Photography by Robert Rieger
From its hotel-like foyer to its deep petrol blue hues in the kitchen this church conversion is the height of contemporary chic. A series of steel and glass boxes sit within the sandstone shell delineating spaces and allowing for privacy in what once was an open public space. St John’s Paddington by Sydney-based Tom Mark Henry.
Photography Damian Bennett
“The spirit of the house is grounded in the materiality of its muscular architecture—its chunky plaster walls, terracotta tile roof, stone fireplace surrounds, and dark ceiling of exposed wood beams. The interior appointments alternately reinforce the ruggedness of the architectural envelope and respectfully contradict it with furnishings that place a premium on refined lines, distilled forms, and soft textures.”
Keeping the old while ringing in the new. Fresh, relevant and family friendly with a spirited mix of bespoke and vintage. Ranch House in Southern California by Studio Shamshiri.
“Complete refurbishment of a generously proportioned Victorian family home in East London. Set over 5 floors, the mix of architectural styles is reflected in the interiors with a light, rustic contemporary approach in the lower ground floor and contrasting rich dark Victorian splendour on the upper floors.”
Old and new, Victorian and contemporary, light and dark. It’s all moody Victorian glam in the older part of the house breaking out into a modern, earthy almost rustic extension. The best of both worlds. Hackney, London residence by Frank & Faber.
Sophisticated modern living in a sea side community with nary a beach cliche in sight. Instead strong use of colour emphasised by natural materials, attention to detail and bespoke pieces. What do I love most about this Cardiff by the Sea house by Brazilian-born but southern California based Kitchy Crouse of KC Interior Design? The dark and brooding bar area and that seriously sexy powder room with custom quartzite sink.