The designers knew they had a gem in the rough. The apartment in a functionalist building was derelict but as they stripped it back they discovered a ribbed ceiling and massive concrete columns. Reconfiguring the layout the main public area is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that embraces its industrial elements while softening them ever so slightly for family living. Apartment N1M by Bratislava-based Benko Benkova.
Photography by Nora and Jakub Čaprnka
Hands up who is tired of beige-on-beige monochrome rooms? Hands up who craves colour and fun? Justine Guillermou of Rainbow Shaker is a French interior designer who recently moved to the UK. Her work is colourful and playful incorporating raw and industrial materials like wood, metal and construction materials like OSB. She shared one of her recent projects Bow Brook, an apartment in a converted schoolhouse. What a transformation! Tired, nondescript spaces are now vibrant and fun.
Photography by Justine Guillermou of Rainbow Shaker
A cinematic color palette of olive green distemper is the interior version of a camera obscura; moody hues urge one to focus attention on a world beyond – city lights and formidable views –before turning your attention to the crafted interior. Designed specifically for entertaining, this space is intimate during the day and dashing at night. In this 4,000 square foot space, a gathering of people and fine art by masters such as Louis Bourgeois, Mark Grotjahn and Jean Dubuffet mix well in purposefully rustic, modern comfort. A layered collection of textured textiles, industrial, antique and modern pieces contrast the sleek lines of this penthouse, creating an environment that is at once studious and negligently glamorous.
I love this industrial, rustic and edgy look. Designed by Jane Hallworth.
Stark, brutal and beautiful. The 10AM Event Space, Athens, Greece by Studio Andrew Trotter provides a stunning shell with its raw concrete, corten soften by sofas, curtains and antique furniture. The space can be divided and is available for events, exhibitions, special dinners, shootings and other creative purposes.
Photo by Salva Lopez
The building at 55 East Cordova, a former relic of sand-blasted brick and old-growth timber, was a 150,000 sf warehouse built in 1909 by architect Edward Evans Blackmore in downtown Vancouver, B.C. It housed hardware and building supplies for a large-scale importer and distributor and was conveniently located next to the CP Rail terminus station. Almost 100 years later in 2004, the expansive warehouse was converted into live-work loft spaces, with the brick and fir beam construction exposed keeping the character of the building intact.
A lover of musical genres from acoustical to electronic, our client wanted a space that could expand and contract for hosting other music enthusiasts. The floorplan worked really well so we focused our efforts on updating the finishes to reflect his preference for bold colour and pattern. A few tired areas were rebuilt and we curated an eclectic mix of new and vintage furnishings and treasures. The client’s interest in music and art was the foundation on which we added layers of depth and authenticity.
Loving all the exposed industrial bits – every loft needs exposed brick, wooden beamed ceiling, pipes and large windows, and hardly any walls. This one is all that and a bag of chips. Designed by Falken Reynolds. Photos: Ema Peter.