Up a winding lane in a village nestled beneath the Swiss Alps. Climb a rustic stair and… wow! This amazing renovation is by Christian Speck of Formzone. Lashings of rough and just enough luxe. It’s sleek and minimalist modern meets stone monolith and I love it. Age old beams and so fresh you can smell it pine. I dream of a view of the alps like that. A remarkable house in a remarkable part of the world.
I have no uncles. If I did I’d want him to be just like 3rd UNCLE. Ok that was a pretty sappy intro but you must admit it’s a memorable name for a design studio. Toronto based 3rd UNCLE Design create modern spaces that are light, bright and fun. Too many people think minimalism is cold, hard and rigid. Lighten up! Minimalism is about being resourceful, creative, clever. What I wouldn’t give for a soak in that tub!
Clean minimal lines. Beauty in simple form and enjoyment in function. Modern and fabulous. Chris Connell and his design studio are not only interior designers and architects but symbiotically are MAP International, classic contemporary Australian furniture. His spaces are elegant and at ease but as we all know less may be more but it’s also a darn sight more difficult to achieve than more. It is all about well executed details, about making everything look effortless but always about the quality of design. I’ve included some of the design studio’s commercial work too. Those of you familiar with Melbourne’s cafe scene will know and most likely already love these dining spaces.
Bruce Stafford Architects. Clean contemporary Australian style (although Bruce himself is originally from South Africa and responsible for that dream boutique African hotel Singita). Minimal but still sensual and always in tune with how a family leads a modern life. Inside flows freely to the out and public spaces are just as much about decks and pools as living rooms and kitchens. Garden glimpses through unexpected window placement. Celebrations of sloping sites and rough hewn rock walls. It’s light, bright, open yet private.
Wow! If modern design is your thing you’ll be smitten by the work of Barcelona based architecture firm YLAB – Yolanda Yuste Lopez and Tobias Laarmann. This design duo and their team create outstanding spaces with minimal clean lines, a muted colour palette, strong textural elements and clever spatial solutions. Far from being cold, their spaces are sophisticated and clever. The first apartment is a penthouse refit with a luxury hotel vibe. New space layout, new surfaces and fittings and furniture design. Cool and elegant. The second apartment is just too fabulous for words. The bathroom is a dream. Obviously Interiores magazine thought so to. The same week Yolanda shared their work with us I picked up a copy and there was their work. Watch out for this architectural studio. They’re hot!