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Stylish Handmade BUBBLE Sofa Inspiring Cosiness by Sacha Lakic

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The BUBBLE sofa is part of the new furniture designs by Sacha Lakic for the Roche Bobois autumn winter collection 2014. This entirely handmade sofa brings to mind a puffy cloud, and offers great comfort through its reassuring forms. It may be colorful and fluffy, yet its appearance is also elegant, perfectly fit for a high-class social zone or a public spaces. Its friendly look is also given by the lack of supporting legs, a feature which seems to “root” the sofa into the room.
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The fabrication of the BUBBLE sofa required the development of an innovative textile, Techno 3D. This unique fabric is tenacious and extendable in three directions, which allows for the well rounded and tight shapes. It is composed of a robust black jersey onto which a soft touch honeycomb wool is applied. The seat and backrest are made of a bi-density foam based on a solid wood frame. The sofa is available in three colors and two dimensions, with a matching ottoman in different sizes. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Sacha Lakic on behalf of Roche Bobois]
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High Level of Transparency Defining Mar de Luz House in Peru

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Mar de Luz House in Paracas, Peru boasts a total living surface of 778 square meters and embraces its neighboring landscape: “The premise in the development of this project was to always keep the views of the bay and the horizon present in every area of the house. We needed to place the program so that the spaces would connect visually, the transparency should be the primary axis of the first floor“, explained the architects at Oscar Gonzalez Moix. Due to strong winds, the developers could not plan a front yard with direct access to the beach. Instead, they imagined an inner courtyard, which visually communicates with the shore through the first transparent level of the residence.

design modern residence6 High Level of Transparency Defining Mar de Luz House in PeruThis highly modern home in Peru displays a intriguing mix of concrete, bamboo and stone, in tune with the hues inspired by the site. The inner program was planned as follows: “The main house is defined between the two side stone walls. With a width of 20 meters, the front had to be shared by all social programs on a first level and all private programs at a second level. For the very different nature of the program, the second level, a concrete box perforated on both sides, lies suspended above the two solid walls. This allows the living-dining room to materialize as a glass box through which the views remain between the sea and the rest of the house.” What are your thoughts on this imposing home design?

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Why Neutral Colors Are Best

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There are a lot of reasons to use neutrals in your interior design. image Source: James Thomas

Do you think neutral colors are boring? We are going to debunk the myth that bold is better. Of course, there is always room for pops of color in your life, but there are a lot of good reasons to stick with a neutral color scheme for your interior design.

Neutral colors don’t have to be boring! In fact, a calm, neutral backdrop allows you to bring out some pretty bold elements into your design that may otherwise look garish. So, put down that can of red paint, at least for a moment, and read this first…

Here are the top reasons to stick with a simpler, more neutral tone-on-tone color scheme for your home interior:

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You will never grow tired of neutral colors, and you can liven it up with textiles such as the zebra club chairs in this photo. Image Source: Thompson Custom Homes

Neutral Colors Show Off Furnishings and Textures

The textural elements of a room often get over looked. Interior designers are schooled and excel at this textural  design secret— a neutral backdrop creates a welcoming interior when mixed with warm textures such as rough hewn wooden elements, shiny tiles, nubby linens, and brushed velvets.

If walls are painted in a bright orange, for example, then the bold color takes center-stage, making any textural elements disappear into the backdrop. This is not necessarily a bad thing, when done properly, but it can make a room feel unwelcoming by omitting a layered, textural design.

Simply put, layering textiles is the key to creating a warm, well-designed space, and neutral colors allow you to create this space more easily. Scandinavians have had this design style down-pat for centuries.

Look to the bathroom in the image below— the neutral color scheme allows the modern tub, shiny tiles, rustic wooden ladder, and modern dark wood vanity to come to the forefront and tell the story of the room design.

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With a neutral backdrop, this bathroom shows off its modern tub, textural tiles and wood flooring. Image Source: I Custom Designs

Never Grow Tired Of Neutral

Have you ever painted a room in a bold, bodacious color? If you did, how long did it take for you to pick up the paint brush again, covering the once-loved color with something more calm?  Another example of bold-gone-wrong— the bright red couch that you thought you just had to have.  Fast-forward three years later—yeah, you are pretty sick of it now aren’t you?

This is the best feature of neutral colors—you will never grow tired of them. Neutral will always be a classic. If the mood strikes and you decide you need some vibrant hues in your life, then you simply add a few inexpensive pillows in a bold color, or buy a beautiful bouquet of bright flowers.

Think of a neutral color scheme as an investment, allowing you to avoid buyers remorse and ensuring an interior design that will never grow old.

The bedroom in the image below is a perfect example of neutral done right. Imagine this bedroom with bold walls…it certainly wouldn’t be the same calming bedroom retreat that it is now.

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Neutral colors are very calming and are perfect for a bedroom retreat. Image Source: Amy Studebaker

Neutral Colors Offer Colorful Opportunities

We hear you. You want a unique interior that speaks to your vibrant personality, so you think a neutral home wouldn’t work for you, right? Wrong!

This is all the more reason that you should choose a neutral backdrop for your interior. With a neutral background, your personal tastes can come to the forefront, allowing you to show-off all your cool design choices and personal style.

There is a reason designers commonly choose neutral walls, especially in modern interiors, it allows the lines of high-quality furniture and the architecture of a room to come alive and be noticed. Look at the bold black-and-white chevron cushions in the image below— they work because the backdrop is neutral and they certainly show-off a bold personal style.

Also, the  architectural elements in this photo come alive thanks to a calmer color scheme. The wooden wall and vaulted ceiling would have been lost within a bolder backdrop.

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A neutral backdrop and neutral couch allow the bold chevron to take center stage. Image Source: Johnson Mcleod

Neutral Works For Any Style

We  have already touched upon why neutral is best for modern interiors, but here is the great thing about neutral colors—they literally work with any style! Whether you are modern, traditional, eclectic, or love rustic country charm— a neutral backdrop is ideal for you.

Home stager, Barb Schwarz, notes that white and grey neutral walls (which are very popular right now) allow a room to seem larger, more airy, clean and welcoming.

She adds that these neutral colors work with any style or range of taste, allowing prospective home buyers to envision their own furnishings in the space.

The living room in the image below certainly attests to that statement. The grey-on-grey color scheme is anything but cold. The room appears very clean, welcoming, well-designed and warm!

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Regardless of style, neutral works with everything. Image Source: AJI

So there you have it, neutral color schemes are the ideal choice for any interior style statement. Use neutral colors in your home to ensure that you never grow tired of your design choices, thereby creating a classic home that never gets old.

Neutral colors are also great options for modern interiors, allowing the architectural elements of your design to take center-stage.  Plus, if you get bored of your neutral backdrop, then you simply add a few inexpensive, brightly-colored cushions.  Proving, that neutral is anything but boring, rather it is for the savvy home designer that loves keeping their options open.

What is your favorite neutral color scheme and why do you love it?

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New Colossal Mixed-Use Performance Space in The Netherlands: Theatre Spijkenisse [Video]

architecture design Theater Spijkenisse New Colossal Mixed Use Performance Space in The Netherlands: Theatre Spijkenisse [Video]The close collaboration between UNStudio architects and Arup led to the development of the New Theatre Spijkenisse, a contemporary building design in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. The mixed-use performance space is defined as “a remarkable building with an inviting and open character”. The internal organization and the circuit of functions has been designed around the flow of visitors. A strong indoor-outdoor connection was one of the main purposes of the overall design. The double curved, partly transparent, roof surface is draped as a steel skin around the structure. Light is pouring through the facade, resulting in a warm glow effect at night.

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Visitor circulation is an important aspect of any theater building. A clever structure has created a spacious lobby with a minimal number of columns. The large auditorium has 650 seats and a smaller multifunctional auditorium (200 seats) with a retractable tribune. Arup helped to facilitate the organization layout and complex geometry by the use of Building Environment Modelling (BEM), enabling an integrated structural, lighting and building services design. Have a look at the video below for a general idea on how the new theater will look and let us know your thoughts! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Arup]

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Future Fitness Tracks Progress, Suggests Exercises and Keeps You Engaged: Gymtrack

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We’re all keen on providing a healthy environment for ourselves in the privacy of our home, but once at a gym, the power is somehow stripped from you. Adding a personal insight into your every workout, Gymtrack keeps track of members workouts by using a “smart pin” that transforms the web of your gym’s machines into a virtual personal training wonderland. This new system organizes the gym experience by dramatically re-shaping what gyms can offer their customers in terms of tracking, motivation and feedback.

A bracelet worn by each gym member tracks their workout and suggests improvements. This high tech fitness solution for gyms encourages members to shape up by keeping them motivated and engaged. Gyms can provide automated workout tracking and feedback to all members by simply installing the Gymtrack on all their machines, weight stack, cardio machines or free weights and it can even be used when doing body weight exercises. The Gymtrack is standalone, it needs no smartphone to function but “using Gymtrack with a smartphone or app-enabled device allows users to receive auditory feedback in real-time. Gymtrack will guide members through their workout, motivate them, and make sure they don’t feel lost, confused, or intimidated in the gym ever again.

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Gymtrack is presented as the Future of Fitness and it can certainly become just that – the beginning of a fitness revolution. Traditional personal training can be supplemented with these patent pending sensor systems that easily install on any existing gym equipment. Challenging not only members to work consistently but also your personal trainers to re-shape their interaction and impact on members, Gymtrack changes the rules:  “Personal trainers from your gym can create personalized workout plans for your members and use the Gymtrack platform to track their progress, provide feedback, and update their plan to help them reach their goals. Clients can message personal trainers through Gymtrack’s app or website, rate exercises, workouts, and even personal trainers in order to make sure they end up with a workout plan that’s right for them.”

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In addition to this, “Gymtrack even provides important metrics such as force, power, explosiveness, tempo, range of motion, and time under tension– allowing both members and personal trainers to gain a deeper insight into their workouts.” Since you can’t lie to a machine that monitors your pulse, force and determination, you can’t lie to yourself. Going beyond regular fitness tracking technology, Gymtrack creates gym communities and helps members reach new height in their fitness levels. Even if technology is one of the 10 must-have items that luxurious buyers want most, the Gymtrack will change the way your interaction with gym equipment changes the outcome. So a gym membership will be starting to look differently with the implementation of this new gym tracking system. It will be even more worth it to work out in a gym.

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Fabulous homes we feature come equipped with different sporting facilities like basketball courts or tennis courts or even skateboarding half-pipes. But those who love gym equipment and feed on the energy exuded by like-minded people working out will be thrilled to be accompanied by virtual personal trainers that enhance their gym experience. The hi-tech fitness system suggests a higher flexibility in reaching goals and a better transparency leading to a higher level of commitment. Pre-ordering your Gymtrack means staying ahead of fitness goals. As a member, your gym will be the one motivating you like never before.

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Elegant and Light Infused Fully Renovated Villa in Belgium 

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This bright and inviting fully renovated villa invites you to step into an inspiring world as you put aside reality for a few moments. Imagine this contemporary piece of architecture adorning a 25 acre plot in Uccle, Belgium spreading over 8,073 square feet. Social spaces look warm and inviting thanks to the ingenious way the architects re-imagined the areas everyone would use daily. This home’s living room could start a new list of 30 Modern Living Room Design Ideas to upgrade your lifestyle quality.

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The fully renovated villa’s 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms make up the private spaces used on a daily basis. Sleek and cleverly designed to not only accomplish their functions but also look magnificent and make you feel even more so, these warmly colored rooms, nooks and connections make a powerful first impact. Dark-framed windows pierce the modern architecture in a successful attempt to bring the outdoors inside.

If you include a full separated studio to the mix of private and social areas, you get more than you bargained for. The basement shelters a garage for 6 cars and above it, bay windows open onto the lovely south-west facing garden. An interior courtyard fitted with minimalist elements guides natural light deep into the home. Priced at $6.74 million, the fully renovated villa with contemporary flair can easily be described as a dream property.

Enjoy and maybe send us some photos if you buy it!

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Playful and Provocative Wooden Safe Box Inspired by Clock Gears: mr.knox

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A safe deposit box may inspire many things, but it is not exactly the type of item you would like to have around for an inviting, homey feel. Envisioned and implemented by Utrecht-based furniture designer Stephan Siepermann, mr.knox cabinet is “a funny translation of a heavy steel safe box into a smart and playful wooden piece of furniture”. The wooden safe locker displays a friendly look, making the object easily adaptable to a variety of modern interiors with a twist. Additionally, the opening and closing system inspired by clock gears is provocative for anyone happening to take a sneak peek at it.
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According to the designer’s description, the CNC cut gears fit perfectly together which enables the closing system to work exact as its steel example. The cabinet is 99,9% safe and it is delivered together with a beautiful ‘gold’bar of 99,9% oakwood. mr.knox comes in a standard size of 60 x102 x 45 cm and is currently available for purchase, at a price of €999,99 (probably a good reflection of the extensive work put into the design). Be sure to have a look at the video uploaded at the end of the post and find out more about the making-of process!
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How To Bring Japanese Simplicity Into Your Interiors

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Where Japanese interiors are concerned, serenity is paramount. Image Via: Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty

We all lead hectic lives. It’s no surprise that after working all day and schlepping the kids to activities, we want come home to something a little calmer. The easiest way to do that is by simplifying our interiors.

Folks looking to bring more simplicity into their homes should look toward Japanese interior design for inspiration. With a strong focus on clean lines and negative space, Asian-inspired interiors are almost as calm as it gets.

Of course, the question becomes how to bring this style into your own home. Don’t worry, we have the answers. Check out our tips below to see how you can capture a touch of Japanese simplicity – no matter where you live.

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Japanese interiors embrace the art of minimalism. Image Via: Balodemas Architects

Create Open Layouts:

If we had to name the most important concept in Japanese design, there would be no contest. It would be an effective use negative space. The Japanese have a concept called “Ma”, the practice of leaving gaps between compositional elements. These gaps are essential to creating harmony and consciousness of place.

So, how do you achieve negative space that looks both pretty and purposeful?

Start with a single focal point. Keep in mind that a focal point does not have to refer to just one element. Sometimes it can refer to a unified collection of elements that define the room’s purpose. Think about grouping two couches to create a seating area in your living room or keeping your dining room simple by focusing the entire room around your table and chairs.

Once you have your focal point, arrangement is key. Japanese interiors thrive off of symmetry and balance. Focus on creating mirror images when putting your furniture in place.

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Japanese interiors often feature a strong sense of symmetry. Image Via: Design First Interiors

Keep Furniture Minimalist:

Where Japanese furniture is concerned, simplicity is key. There are no overstuffed sofas or ornate dining chairs here. Instead, when it comes to furniture, focus on sleek looks that put function in the forefront.

As you shop for furniture, concentrate on finding pieces that appear minimalist. Ideally you should search for designs that feature straight lines and clean corners. Opt for furnishings made of natural materials whenever possible.

In addition to the look of the furniture, if you want to fully embrace Japanese style, you should also consider size. More specifically, you need to focus on the height of the pieces you choose. Japanese homes often feature tabletops – especially dining tables – that sit lower to the ground. 

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Less is more when it comes to furnishings. Image Via: Design Nehez

Choose Natural Colors:

Like western style interiors, many Japanese-inspired rooms adhere to the 60-30-10 Rule when it comes to color. (For those unfamiliar, this principle dictates that 60% of an interior should feature a neutral shade, 30% should focus on a secondary color, and the final 10% should be a brighter accent color.)

Black and white are commonly used as the neutral base of a room, but Bamboo can also considered a neutral since it is so popular in Japanese homes.

When it comes time to pick secondary colors, all you have to do is look out the window. Japanese interiors take inspiration from nature. You’ll want to focus on rich browns, leafy greens, and stone grays. When choosing shades, pick a muted tone over one that especially bold.

But, of course, there is an exception to every rule and in this case it’s the color red. In Japanese culture, red is associated with life, energy, and vitality, so you will often see red hues incorporated throughout a design scheme. Choose red as your accent color and use it to draw attention to the design elements you love most. Try a rich set of couch cushions or a wall hanging that highlights red shades.

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Stick to neutral shades with pops of natural color. Image Via: Highshots Photography

Add Interest With Texture:

We know what you’re thinking: Which such simplistic design elements, how do you keep the room from becoming, well, boring? The answer lies in texture. As you design your Asian-inspired interiors look for items that will bring a lot of texture to the space – and make them as contrasting as possible.

The idea behind contrasting textures comes from the principle of yin and yang. This contrast is another example of bringing harmony into a space by achieving balance.

There are lots of ways to achieve this contrast. Think about pairing a wooden table with metal chairs in your dining space, placing woven maps on top of highly-polished wooden floors, or arranging small pebbles inside of a glass vase on your coffee table.

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Vary textures on your walls, floors, and furniture. Image Via: Intexure Architects

Don’t Forget An Element of Serenity:

What’s the purpose of all this simplicity, anyway? At its core, it’s meant to help you bring a sense of serenity and calmness into your home. According to the Buddhist principle of Zen, to which many Japanese people subscribe, a calm environment is essential when trying to achieve enlightenment.

Elements of serenity often come from nature. Try to incorporate a stone wall in your master bathroom shower or add floor-to-ceiling windows in your kitchen to let light from the outside stream in. Even if you can’t make huge changes to the space, a few small houseplants can liven up any living space.

If you want to go the extra step in bringing Zen to your interiors, you could always incorporate a little Feng Shui. Make sure your home is free of clutter and that your entryway looks inviting. Let in as much natural light as possible. Be sure to arrange seating areas so no one’s back faces the door.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows help bring nature indoors. Image Via: Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

With such a sleek and clean aesthetic, it’s no wonder why Japanese interiors are so intriguing. If you’re interested in recreating the look in your own home, you’re not alone. Luckily, this style is also incredibly simple to recreate. We’ve got tips to help you make it happen. Read over this post to get a sense for of how to bring Japanese simplicity into your own interiors.

What do you think about Japanese interior design? Would you consider bringing it into your own interiors? Have you? Tell us how in the comments below.

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Contemporary Split-Level House With Views of Downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier

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This contemporary split-level house in Seattle, Washington, USA is the result of an extensive renovation process delivered by the team at Grouparchitect. Ballard Remodel stands out in its neighborhood due to its distinctive large cantilevered shed roof, an unconventional outdoor terrace and a tasteful mix of exterior finishes. Unlike many other modern home designs, this particular conversion project roots the house in its environment, maintaining basic common features with the surrounding dwellings.
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To this extent, the architects explain that “the original split-level configuration of this home was maintained but the central stairway was rebuilt and exposed to access a new upper floor and rooftop deck with views of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier.” Moreover, “all opportunities to expose structure were taken on the interior, from uncovering existing wood decking and floor beams to the open wood stair and steel railings. Sustainable building strategies and materials were utilized wherever possible throughout the project.” Despite a minimalist decorating approach, the interiors are filled with personality. Extensive use of wood and sprinkles of color make this place cheerful and inviting.
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Handcrafted Origami-Inspired Lampshade Adding a Stylish Touch Where Needed

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Portugal-based studio blaanc borderless architecture shared photos and information regarding one of their latest works. Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper and carefully hand-crafted. Despite its complex, origami-inspired construction, Orikomi is simple to hang and serves much more than an aesthetic purpose: a portion of the sales profits of each piece goes to the Adobe for Women non-profit association, which empowers women in Mexico to build their own homes and earn a viable living. The purpose of this association is to recover and teach vernacular construction skills and at the same time help women in need, women who are often the real family pillar and who bring up children despite the enormous hardships they face.
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The form of the Orikomi lampshade is simple and elegant in its visual effect, yet complex to create. According to the project developers, the design is suitable to light a variety of spaces in the home. Also available in this collection are packs of three tealights which make the perfect home decoration. Prices for a single lamp range from $58.67 to $71.71, depending on the complexity of each product. Check out the studio’s Etsy online store to see the entire collection! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by blaanc borderless architecture]
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