Inside an old Berlin factory interior architect and artist Ewelina Makosa and designer Jan Garncarek have created a light filled art studio. “Life moves at a much slower pace here, compared to the city center of Berlin. The lack of trendy cafes and restaurants provides ideal conditions for genuine contemplation and focus. In addition, the local lake is a great summer destination.” The building had remained unnoticed until an Irish carpenter leased and renovated the property, sectioning the available space into several artistic workshops. The duo managed to save the original walls and flooring from being “renovated”. The interior, designed by Ewelina, celebrates the vertical space, over 5 meters tall.
The Tatra sofa was mass produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s but many of the pieces were designed by Jan himself. The glass top desk and a brass and marble coffee table are prototypes but others such as the two Hasta lamps (imitating fencing foils belonging to Jan’s grandfather), U2 lamps and Metropoli Argand lamps suspended over the table are already in production and can be found at Jan Garncarek Design. “The place is like a haven to us. It lets us quieten down and focus, simultaneously providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration” says Ewelina. The light that streams through the loft windows makes the space perfect for creating the artist’s large scale works exploring memory and the remnants of the past … just like the studio itself.
Last photo by Aleksandra Laska
Based in Los Angeles, Stephen Ken and his partner Beks Opperman design home and travel goods. They dreamt about a space they could use to practice hospitality and offer their designs in a more intimate environment, and so this loft was born. Its minimal aesthetic and clean lines really help to showcase the beauty of the space and their designs against such a beautiful backdrop.
In case you weren’t sure what your dream home looked like, I found it for you. You’re welcome. A bespoke home nestled and perched atop a hill in the Oaks in Hollywood hills, the residence was born out of desire for highly considered design within a modest footprint. A perfect fusion of two worlds, old and new with industrial chic and old-world interiors. An impressive achievement that looks to the tradition of medieval Irish castle and incorporates it into a contemporary California lifestyle. A new and different nod to Case Study Houses as the house continues to further explore the ideological image of intersecting spatial realms and portrays a contemporary commanding presence a top the Hollywood hills. Another impressive project by Mutuus Studio.
Architect: Kristen Becker – Project Designer, Renee Boone, CJ Christensen; Interior Design: Kristen Becker, Mia Sara, Jerry Sarapochiello; Built by: Dow Built: Jim Dow, Kaija, Kela Martinez; Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran; Structural Engineers: Labibe Structural Engineers; Photography: Kevin Scott
Urban luxury hidden down a gritty city lane. Venture beyond the gates and this edgy, masculine interior is all about high end spec and industrial meets art gallery meets downtown glamour riffs. Dark stone is washed by bright light flooding through walls of glass yet all is secluded and private. I’m real estate
strolling scrolling in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton. Link here while it lasts.
I don’t know about where you come from but here is Australia these kind of apartments are common. Whether a new build or as in this case a warehouse conversion the developer maximises their profit by minimising the occupant’s square metres by building the bedroom up on a mezzanine floor. Not my favourite type of living but this little apartment in Melbourne’s Fitzroy (of course!) makes the most with what it has been given. An ivy clad courtyard provides a beautiful outlook through a double height window while the owner’s vintage vibe and love of books injects life into what could be a pokey little box. Exposed beams and judicious use of voids are little added extras. The sad thing is this inner city pad has a guide price of over $1 million when it goes to auction. Ouch. Link here while it lasts.