Posts Tagged ‘ Interior Design ’

Dracula’s Castle Up For Sale


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Now picture this, the Craigslist ad for Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, which is now up for sale. It can’t be an easy one to write, but it’d be fun to read:

“New listing: 8 Bed/4 Bath castle near Transylvania… Built in the 13th century, but renovated in the early 90s… plenty of space… lots of old world charm… previous owner Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, aka Vlad The Impaler, was known for excessive cruelty, but the stench of 80,000 impaled souls is long gone now due to a newly remodeled kitchen and lanai… great play room for kids… asking $80 million or next best offer.” While we’re not exactly sure of those room details, that asking price is actually legit.

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Chongwe River House


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Chongwe River House is a stunning holiday home located in Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia, and overlooking the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers. The villa has 4 bedrooms, and a stay can include guides, canoes, a boat, and armed scout and private vehicles for exploring its wild surroundings. Sitting on the deck, under a huge winterthorn tree and next to the large pool, your view across the Zambezi escarpment is magnificent. In the foreground the Chongwe River, a magnet to wildlife, passes by.

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Lightinthebox – Sprinkle


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Lightinthebox presents the Sprinkle, a wall mounted, color changing LED widespread waterfall with the high class ceramic faucet in a contemporary style bathroom sink. It features two installation holes plus single faucet center hole with a single handle. The Chrome finished faucet body including other parts is made of brass material, an anti-rusting weaved steel wire and EPDM aging resistant inner tube. The high density, high pressure resistant, anti- corrosion, retain strength and at high temperatures, strong antioxidant are the properties of the Sprinkle. The copper ions can restrain the bacteria growth in the water for your better health.

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Matthew Perrys Malibu Beach House


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Views of the Pacific abound, as the home’s interiors include wooden beams, large glass windows that radiate a sophisticated kind of laid back chill that only $12 million can buy. Maybe it’s the open floor living plan? Maybe it’s the fact that you can fling your table scraps into the ocean? Either way, the view is worth it alone.

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Gallery House In Pereira, Colombia


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This 500-sq.-meter (about 5,382 square feet) head-turner was built on a hill, so there’s plenty of natural ventilation, and with the dining room cascading into the pool area.  This region of Colombia is known for its warm weather and abundant bamboo. The French windows are designed to generate a nice mix of indoor/outdoor air flow, and the white-on-white color scheme is meant to showcase the natural green and artworks on the property.

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The Warehaus In Perth By Residential Attitudes


 

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Giorgio Armani Casa Luxury Residence


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Giorgio Armani’s interior design studio Armani / Casa has announced plans to work on its first Chinese luxury residential project in the city of Chengdu. L’Art Residence will be situated in the center of Chengdu and will consist of two 222–meter-high buildings, each containing 65 apartments. The fashion mogul’s brand will work in partnership with the Chinese cultural body Mind Group for the design and development of the project. Each apartment block will feature a heated rooftop swimming pool, whilst the living spaces themselves will be furnished with pieces from the Armani / Casa, Armani / Rocca and Armani / Dada ranges. The apartments will be sold in the second half of 2014. The development period is slated for 2016.

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Modern Seaside Estate Residence In Malibu


 

Southern California is home to some of the most valuable and beautiful real estate on the planet, and Malibu is among the most sought after destinations along the Pacific coastline. Based out of California, the Burdge & Associates Architects have recently completed their newest project in the Seaside Estate residence during 2011. The massive home is constructed from neutral earth-toned stucco mixed with sections of concrete for a sleek, contemporary finish. To fully capitalize on the ocean views, the home has been equipped with plenty of floor to ceiling windows, and pocket doors that open up to outdoor living spaces. The residence also features a beautiful guest home along with an outdoor kitchen and 50 foot swimming pool.

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X-House in Barcelona


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The Spanish design team at Cadaval & Sola-Morales designed the amazing X-House in Barcelona. The name describes it all with this particular residence. Crowned the ‘X-House,’ this remarkable contemporary dwelling is shaped like a massive letter X. The home features four separate triangular recesses, with one of them offering breathtaking views from where the cliff top home resides. The two story home features a parking area, access to the home, as well as the master suite and studio. The social living spaces are all located on the bottom floor of the property. A roof top patio for entertaining provides the perfect finishing touch.

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Sustainable Floating House Concept


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Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment. This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials. The residence is quite spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room kitchen, and terrace. The home also features luxury finishes throughout, and with the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption.

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Abandoned Underwater Strip Club In Israel


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Photos of abandoned buildings have always be fascinating, but of all the deserted spaces we’ve seen in the past, nothing has measured up to the awesomeness of this abandoned underwater strip club. Many times when buildings are left to decay, they do just that. The Nymphas Show Bar is a different story entirely though. While the outside of the building is quite rusted, photographs of the inside show that the former strip club is still completely intact. The photos were taken by marine biologist Gil Koplovitzin in Eilat, Israel. The structure once served as an underwater restaurant before transforming into a strip club, and ultimately ending in this.

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Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad By Michael Palumbo


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If there was an award for the greatest bachelor pad on Earth, this Beverly Hills masterpiece would certainly be a contender for the title. 1201 Laurel Way is a modern mansion designed by Michael Palumbo and his team of architects. There are few places more desirable than Los Angeles when it comes to living destinations. Sure there’s the smog problem everyone promotes so much, but the place really is beautiful. This 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom residence takes advantage of the stunning coastline views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows used heavily throughout the home along with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool to really take it all in. The open floor plan creates a nice social setting, and the spacious garage has plenty of room for your McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin.

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Lake Lugano House, Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland


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Lake Lugano House, is one fascinating oval glass house, and it is located in Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland. This amazing project is made by jm architecture. The main concept of the project is architecture with an oval shape and highly stylish interior design.

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Manta Resorts Underwater Hotel Room


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Situated off the eastern coast of Africa by Pemba Island, a private floating island at the Manta Resort provides guests with an all-inclusive hotel room submerged four meters below the surface of the ocean. Designed by swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, each of the three levels that make up the buoyant building has its own unique view: A rooftop terrace for sun bathing in the day and star gazing at night, a landing deck at sea level equipped with a lounge and restroom, and an underwater hotel room below surrounded by panes of glass for a 360 degree marine panorama. Throughout the day, guests of the resort can remain encapsulated in the submerged hotel room, floating amongst the turquoise blue water swimming with tropical life and coral reef. By night, sleep beside the fish – the bottom platform is illuminated with underwater spotlights beneath each window, attracting a variety rare marine creatures.

Manhattan Micro Loft By Specht Harpman Architects


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It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City apartment that’s set at the top of a six-story building. By creating  living platforms, they were able to accommodate all the necessities an apartment might need while keeping the space open and bright. Helping with that was the fact that they were working with over 24 feet of vertical space, making it possible to create the multiple layers of  rooms. The compact bathroom is hidden away on the bottom floor beneath the staircase. While the kitchen is small, it remains open to the living room. They kept the cabinets and countertops white which helps keep it bright and airy. Every detail was kept simple as not to overwhelm the tight quarters and it really appears larger than the actual square footage. Up the first set of stairs you have the bedroom layer which seems to almost float above the living room below.

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Stunning Digital Sculptures by Adam Martinakis


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Fiji Airways


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FutureBrand Australia was selected by Air Pacific as their lead design partner to assist the airline with rebranding its identity and experience, as it transforms to ‘Fiji Airways’ in mid-2013. When tasked to search for a new visual language for ‘Fiji Airways’, Air Pacific CEO Dave Pflieger sent the FutureBrand team out to Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca outer islands to see Fiji and its people at their best. It was there that we saw first-hand the prevalence, beauty, and respect that Fiji has for tradition and its traditional Masi art – an ancient art that embodies the spirit and stories of Fijian culture. From there, we partnered with Air Pacific and locally renowned Masi artist Makereta Matemosi to create the new identity for ‘Fiji Airways’. Makereta created a traditional Fijian Masi for the airline, which is celebrated in the airline’s new identity and translated into its new livery design. Our team also helped design the new cabin interiors of the new ‘Fiji Airways’ A330 aircraft which have Makereta’s Masi motifs embedded in the details.

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Space-Saving Suspended Bed in a Modern London Apartment


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Good urban architectural design takes space and aesthetic into account, allowing them to work in unison, much like this efficient London apartment in Camden. While some compact residences use a modular design to create the visual effect of more space, this particular English home opts to design vertically by featuring a suspended bed overhead. This innovative apartment allows inhabitants to have more walking room on the ground floor without disrupting the tastefully modern design. The bed hangs above the living area like an elegant, simple balcony with a equally complementing staircase leading up to it. The bed is also situated below a retractable glass skylight that leads to a 500-square-foot rooftop garden. It proves that smaller living spaces don’t mean cramped, unattractive environments.

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Foster + Partners’ Atrium Awarded Best Bar


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The nine-story Atrium Champagne Bar in London, designed by Foster + Partners, has been awarded “Best Bar” at the fifth UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Arriving guests pass through the ground floor lounge, and ascend to a dedicated hotel lobby (The ME Hotel) and champagne bar on the first floor, housed within the hotel’s main spatial event – a nine-storey high pyramid, clad entirely in white marble, with a highly reflective, black polished granite floor.

“The project is the first hotel in which everything, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings, has been designed by Foster + Partners. As a result, the drama of the interior spaces is provided by the bold geometry of the structure – the challenge for the design was to complement and not detract from, the 80 foot high top-lit space. The minimal furnishings were custom-made and include a 30-metre long curving bench, sleek black reception desks and a freestanding triangular champagne bar. Rather than works of art that interrupt the space, the projections celebrate its scale – giant jellyfish rise upwards as if from the depths of the sea, and the triangulated panels of the marble cladding are illuminated and animated like origami.” say the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
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AIBS House in Ibiza


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Located at an altitude of 159 meters on the rocky island cliffs of Ibiza, Spain, the AIBS House has been designed by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners to allow the inhabitants to fully appreciate the stunning sunsets and surrounding landscape. All the main living areas feature floor-to-ceiling single frame windows which look out upon the infinity pool and terrace, both of which mimic the cliffs and sea during calm weather and act as a direct contrast during stormy weather. Inside, the 400 sqm space has been sparsely and minimally decorated so as not to draw attention away from untouched countryside.

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Lakehouse Residence Winter Haven, Florida, US


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Florida-based architectural practice, Max Strang Architecture have designed the Lakehouse Residence project.  This eco-friendly contemporary home is located in Winter Haven, Florida, US. Registered with the USGBC, this modern property is anticipated to be Winter Haven’s first LEED-certified residence. The interior design has been conceived as wooden volumes nestled within an outer stucco “shell”. The shell provides generous eight-foot overhangs, which shelter the walls of glass from the Florida sun. A narrow courtyard amplifies the arrival experience and creates a privacy barrier for the private realm of the home.

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The luxury property incorporates important passive environmental design concepts that result in abundant day-lighting and cross-ventilation potential. Glazing on the south elevation is extremely limited and a mature oak tree filters afternoon solar heat gain. Active environmental design features include a solar photovoltaic system, solar hot-water heaters, geothermal HVAC and LED lighting. The luxury Miami home, located on a central Florida lake, contains four bedrooms and a kitchen, dining room, living room and office. A pool and covered terrace are positioned along the lake-side of the home.

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Saint-Tropez Private Estate


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Located amongst the lush shrubs and trees in Saint-Tropez, France, this contemporary private home stands in direct contrast to its natural surroundings, constructed from a combination of glass, raw concrete, and steel. Each level is reminiscent of an open pavilion, with the boundaries to the outdoors broken down by sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Inside, the layout has been kept as open plan as possible, with a large lounge and kitchen/dining area lending itself perfectly to simple Mediterranean meals. Direct access to the large roof terrance is also available from the lounge area, from which you can see an additional shipping container-style guesthouse in the grounds.

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29 Square Meters


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As the name suggests, “29 square meters” is an apartment which covers exactly that amount of space (roughly 312 sq ft). Located in Wroclaw, Poland, the tiny home has been efficiently maximized by local architecture firm 3XA, who added a semi-mezzanine (an entire second floor level was not possible due to the restricting 12ft ceilings) above the bathroom and hallway, allowing for a rather spacious sleeping area. Below, the living room, kitchen and dining area were all knocked into one open-plan space, giving a sense of freedom and airiness. Additionally, to deceive the senses, a door leading to nowhere was added to one of the walls.

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The Fish House


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Guz Architects have created a tropical bungalow perfect for it’s location in Singapore called The Fish House. The modern home is designed to encourage natural ventilation, to do this the team of architects set out to create large open spaces, and glass walls that open up into functional outdoor activity areas. Guz explained that their main goal was to create a home with seamless integration of the surrounding nature. This was accomplished through the pond-like pool and by creating great views of the water and vegetation.

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Dark Knight Home Theater


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Dark Knight crazy fans with $2 million hanging around, make their friends jealous by installing this high-tech Batman-inspired screening room in their homes. It features a Bat-mobile hidden behind bookshelves, life-size Bat-suits and much more. It is currently being built into a 12,000 sq. ft. home in Greenwich, Conn. The room includes a 180-inch movie screen, a series of accessories inspired by the film like gargoyles and a cylinder-shaped elevator, that touts the bat symbol.

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