More neutral and modern from Arthur Casas in this 375 m2 New York townhouse. In an elegant prewar building standing five stories tall, just a few steps from central park, this ground floor apartment called for extensive renovations. The aim of the design was to illuminate the interiors and re-create environments, eliminating dividers and lending a visual unity to the apartment. We imagined the living room, with its 6 m ceilings, as the central space in the house. It connects the apartment’s three levels via a staircase that goes from the basement—transformed into a guest suite and laundry area—to the walkway on the upper level, which leads to the children’s bedroom. The garden is separated from the living room by large glass doors that slide into the walls, integrating interior and exterior spaces. Sober, neutral tones; simple gestures; integrated spaces; and furnishings that cover much of the best in 20th-century american design—with works by icons such as george nakashima, peter lane, and edward wormley, among others—are all key points in the design.
Photos: Ricardo Labougle
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
Amsterdam interior designers Joyce Urbanus and Dax Roll, partners in life and design, are known as ‘Nicemakers’. And nice does not begin to describe their spaces. Functional and liveable, but high on style and thoughtfully curated. I featured a kitchen below a few years ago but the photos were too small to do it justice so another peak was in order. It’s a stunner.
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.
I published this post a couple of weeks before Christmas but I was a bad girl. I broke a press embargo but now that it has been published in Country Style magazine it’s time to feature this amazing holiday getaway again. An absolute must stay.
Introducing Room + Board the latest in the stable of fabulous accommodation properties by stylist and decorator Lynda Gardener. The purpose built open plan barn in the Victorian country town of Daylesford is part warehouse, part greenhouse and totally delicious. The perfect getaway for couples or single guests in Gardener’s signature style you can book here.