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!
How about a little bit of modern with a smidge of mid-century for your Wednesday afternoon? I’ve got just the thing for you if you’re like me and the mention of “modern” and “mid-century” makes your heart flutter. Joel Sanders, Architect is based in NYC and the firm has won countless awards and been featured in The New York Times, Dwell, Wallpaper* and Interior Design. Below are photos from a couple of their projects, the fist group being a San Francisco duplex penthouse that is to die for, and following that is a New York loft renovation that includes an indoor urban garden.
Suppose Design Office is a Japanese architecture firm headed by 35 year old Makoto Tanijiri and employs what looks to be a bunch of very creative young people (from what I can tell on their profile page). That creativity oozes from every corner of every space they have designed. I am adoring the exposed concrete, the use of timber in somewhat odd places, cool staircases, wacky exteriors. Incredible. They definitively think outside the box.