The old Queensland worker’s cottages were built to deal with the heat and humidity of a subtropical summer. A hallway from front to back channelled breezes through the house, verandahs provided shade while its position perched on stumps allowed the air to circulate underneath and around. This inner city Brisbane renovation and extension in Gibbon St by Cavill Architects takes the those principles just a little further. In/out living is paramount. Boundaries are blurred as walls and windows move to open up the rooms to cooling breezes and the shade of overhangs and trees provides respite from the sun. It’s never really cold here, perhaps just a chilly winter morning here and there, so this house is all about the balmy subtropical days.
A keen eye for detail, a heightened sense of luxury, carefully considered minimal style. It’s lean luxe. It may seem very simple but you know it’s all about the clever design creating the effortless style and subtle sophistication. French director, art director and magazine editor Fabian Baron’s residence by JG Neukomm Architecture.
Sharing another simple, white space in Madrid because simple can be so good. This 250 m² home is in the Salamanca neighbourhood and was designed by Ricardo de la Torre. It has a cool, eclectic vibe with some mid-century and rustic elements that make it homey. I’m really digging all of the lighting here.
What is the definition of luxury in New York City? A spacious apartment with beautifully appointed rooms? A sleek and chic bespoke kitchen? Sumptuous stone in the bathroom? No the definition of true luxury in New York is a terrace as big as some people’s apartments. This Manhattan penthouse pied-à-terre has been re-imagined as an elegant, bright, and functional space by Gramercy Design with terrace landscape by Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.
Photography by Emily Andrews.
CB House, located in Madrid and designed by Plantea Estudio, is about as uncomplicated and neutral as you can get. Everything is painted white, the pale grey concrete floors ground the space and accents in copper, peach and tan and a bit of zing. I adore this space because you can change up the entire vibe quite easily and go very bold if you wanted to.
Photos: Alicia Macias