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Designed and defined by Nico van der Meulen Architects, the exquisite House Duk is a wonderful property that invites you to enjoy the benefits of the outdoor living. Nested within a nature reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa, it provides a large array of recreational possibilities and naturally, it encourages residents to embrace and explore the beauty of nature. The spacious two-storey mansion is encircled by a landscaped garden which can be admired from every room in the house. That’s a big, big plus! A covered patio serves as an extension to the living room. The two environments (in and outdoor) merge seamlessly creating the perfect warm and welcoming home. Natural materials and earthy tones of colour intentionally adorn the house to discreetly match the surroundings. Comfort and elegance result from the carefully selected décor elements, the inspired combination of colour hues and the smooth textures. Both floors feature outdoor lounge spaces. “The best part of this design is the way the entrance entices your curiosity with long stone cladded screen walls and once inside, the transparency and openness of this home that lies behind these solid entrance walls creates interesting contrast.” Undoubtably, this is a captivating home, a delight for the eyes and a soothing place where you can retreat to and relax in whilst enjoying the wonders of nature.
Arborwall combines traditional solid log construction with state-of-the-art precision manufacturing methods to produce homes that are solid, sustainable and exceptionally energy efficient. These homes retain all of the benefits of log construction but have a surprising new look and design versatility that can appeal to modern, contemporary or classic tastes. Continuous Insulation is considered to be a best practice in residential construction. Because Arborwall homes are constructed with mass cedar walls, traditional structural framing is not needed. This allows insulation to be applied directly to the mass wall without breaks, resulting in a significant reduction in heat loss and air infiltration, as well as a significant increase in R-value per inch.
The company produces complete custom material packages (or “kits”) that are delivered worldwide. These packages include everything needed to construct the home above the foundation and make it weather tight. A true continuous insulated wall is the only way to eliminate thermal bridging in exterior walls. Each and every Arborwall home is custom-designed and manufactured to fit the personal tastes and style of the homeowner.
Arborwall homes are produced using a proprietary building system that has been developed and refined over 40 years in the log construction industry.: “Once the home’s design is finalized by our in-house design team, the design file is transferred to our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for custom milling. Each cedar timber is pre-cut, drilled, labeled and bar-coded by our computerized system, and then sequentially stacked for delivery. What that means is, once the kit arrives on site, the home goes together quickly and efficiently like a tight-fitting puzzle. Each precision manufactured cedar timber has a specific purpose and place“. How would you comment on this innovative idea? [Photos: Trent Bell Photography & Arborwall Solid Cedar Homes]
If you’re looking to purchase a home to dream of, with astounding sea views in an exquisite location, villa Chameleon might just be it. The property is currently for sale and you can check every house-related detail on Mallorca Sotheby’s website. Located on one of the finest and spots in Palma de Mallorca, in the exclusive area of Son Vida (right on top of a hill), the property boasts a flawless glossy white interior, which can be nicely illuminated in different colours, depending on your mood. The fascinating interplay of the light effects has the ability to change the décor of your home in the blink of an eye. Colours can be programmed to highlight specific corners of the house. However, the name of the villa is more than suggestive. Bu with an interior that constantly changes, how could it be not?!
Large expanses of fine glass decorate the living space. An impeccable white interior opens to the lush garden and the rocky landscape. The views are simply spectacular and the house itself only complements the setting. Villa Chameleon is composed of three buildings. The main house comprises a spacious living room, library, TV room, master bedroom with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen and a wine cellar whilst the second and the third are used for lounge and relaxation, serving as guest and pool houses. Aside from being very stylish, the house feels also very comfortable. On top of that, the property has its own helipad. Cool, isn’t it?! [Photo credit: Benjamin Antony Monn]
Blok Wschodni /Eastern Block is a collection of paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The series has been created by Hispano-Polish graphic design studio Zupagrafika and is made up of iconic examples of functional architecture in the Polish capital (Rotunda PKO), some less classic buildings, however, familiar to the city dwellers (Za Zelazna Brama district, Smolna 8 street, Mokotow), as well as “Wielka Plyta” prefab blocks from the outskirts (Tarchomin and Pulawska districts).
The series is eco-friendly as it is made from 100% recycled paper and cardboard. The buildings illustrating paper objects are all hand-drawn. Every item includes a short technical note informing about the architects, year of construction and exact location. The main idea behind the collection is an attempt at understanding the city from its outskirts towards the centre and viewing it from a reverse perspective, as well as emphasizing the equally significant role both the anonymous and very recognizable architecture has got in shaping the city`s identity. The complete collection is edited and distributed by Zupagrafika and can be ordered online from their site or purchased in bookshops and concept stores around Poland. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Zupagrafika]
Swiss designer Christoph Steiger envisioned the Pi chair during his studies at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. The unconventional dining chair stands out due to its elegant curves. The fusion between its back support and legs is a creative twist which can act as an instant eye-catcher. Embedded in a minimalist decor, this creative furniture piece can turn a common interior design scheme into a spectacular one.
The project is constructed from a wooden tube, which makes it very easy to manufacture and shapes a unique character. Certain details of its construction are based on the concept of a puzzle, which adds to the playfulness of the design. Pi was recently part of the Greenhouse exhibition at Stockholm Furniture Fair where students at Bergen Academy of Art and Design showcased their work. How would you comment on its design? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Christoph Steiger]
Fatima House by Jorge Hernández de la Garza is a modern family retreat located in Del Valle, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Mexico City. The project started by studying the site conditions and designing a rational square floor plan in which every space was used the best way possible. Especially designed for a young couple, the architectonic program consists of a main level where the social areas are located, with an inviting living room, dining room, bar, wine cellar, kitchen and family room. The second floor accommodates the bedrooms and a studio. According to the house plans below, there is also a third level, where the service ares are located.
One of the most original features of the design is the ventilated facade covered by a NBK ceramic cover, a natural material of terracotta that provides warmth and durability. This house is the first single family housing project in Mexico covered with this material, proving that technology and its constructive methods are an important part of the design process. [Information provided via e-mail by Jorge Hernández de la Garza ]
Bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, so their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. Creative solutions for small bathrooms have completely changed the way we look at spaces, while the endless design possibilities for spa-like environments have surpassed our wildest dreams. In between, details transform dull bathrooms into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces.
When your home displays vaulted cathedral ceilings in the master bedroom and porcelain floors throughout, you know you’re surrounded by high quality and ask nothing less than that in the bathroom, too. This is one of the four bathrooms in the Elysium Penthouse located in the Grace Tower building in Vancouver. It flaunts a free-standing bathtub right next to the window overlooking the city, so that a bubble bath is a sensory and visual experience.
When your bathroom employs a natural color palette backed up by warm materials, relaxing baths are surely part of your routine. With a modern rustic appeal, the bathroom shown above makes use of wood to create a pleasant ambiance basked in natural and artificial light. If you’re looking to get the best use of space in your bathroom, try using mirrors, good lighting and a monochromatic palette that can balance a small bathroom.
Showcasing a crisp interior design, this modern bathroom is part of the 813 Laurel Avenue House. Within a luxurious home like this one, the bathroom had to be spacious and induce a feeling of openness. The wall acting as a background for the freestanding tub was not only painted dark, but also fitted with a window that frames the natural outdoors – that’s an interesting idea to apply in your own large bathroom to add character.
Making the most of your bathroom requires careful planning before inspiring decorating. An efficient layout stabilizes the overall appeal, leaving room for moving around freely, as we can see in the Mandeville Canyon Residence‘s bathroom above. Use a practical bathroom layout guide to help you define the areas in your bathroom that necessitate attention so that you can enjoy the results with no regrets.
Luxury bathrooms like the one in this stunning Aspen home is an example for those of you who aspire to live in a sumptuous environment. Contemporary bathroom design is made up of carefully chosen details, colors and textures and defined by the use of space and light.
When your home is a chalet-inspired modern villa in Madrid, the bathroom conveys a sense of luxurious relaxation. Greenery makes the space more welcoming, while the bathtub is basked in natural light coming through a floor-to-ceiling window.
Modern spaces that inspire our own fantasies of what a bathroom should be like are only a click away. The contemporary bathroom seen in the elegant Punta Brava 2 Residence merges a spa-like environment with finely crafted details and glimpses of an outdoor green area that balances intimacy and openness.
Moving on to a more minimalist bathroom design, this warm and inviting bathroom seems defined by the presence of French oak both on the floor and the ceiling. Part of the Naramata cabin, it showcases the use of wood as a softening element and manages to “achieve a sense of simple luxurious comfort, that feels curated rather than designed”.
Inspiration can come from all sort of sources. Displaying all things needed to leave this room refreshed, the luxury Malimbu Cliff vacation villa in Indonesia flaunting this modern bathroom was imagined as a cheery space that provokes you to leave worries behind.
The sophistication seen in the bathroom of British studio SHH‘s Addison Road House makes use of vanity mirrors to induce a sense of deep relaxation and visually enlarge the space. Between the oversized mirror and two windows welcoming natural light inside, bathing here seems to be reserved for royalty.
Seeing the amazing bathroom of Villa des Parcs makes us wonder how details like that could do for our own private spaces. Employing the warming power of wood and the serenity showcased by a combination between clean contemporary lines and intriguing dirty pink furniture, this bathroom exudes serenity and relaxation.
Finding the perfect tiles for your bathroom could mean the difference between kitsch and luxury. Seen on Fap Ceramiche, the exemplary bathroom above transposes us into a world of perfection, where colors and patterns collide to shape an inspiring bathroom design.
Wood can completely transform your bathroom. This has been proven not only by South African Metropole Architects, who imagined the Albizia House as having a comfortable bathroom mirroring the design seen in the rest of this amazing residence. The carefully planned bathroom looks as inviting as a living space – isn’t that something you would want in your own home?
We’ve seen many modern bathrooms flaunting a dramatic free-standing bathtub, but this example designed by Len Cotsovolos and LC²Design is simply stunning. This bathroom’s sophistication and astounding openness to the ski resort beyond the framed window was “designed from the inside out, while trying to bring the outside in”, just like the rest of the house it serves.
Wood and brown hues compose an almost surreal comfort zone enhanced by the use of a frameless mirror that runs the length of the raw wooden basin support. Photographed by Rachel Lewis, this monochromatic modern bathroom is a provocative example of today’s design possibilities.
Taking a bath at night, when everything is quiet, is like hitting the reset button. This spa-like bathroom with steam belongs to a robust Los Angeles home and facilitates your journey to dreamland with an attentive selection of details like the concrete column in the corner or extensive use of glass.
Overlooking nearby Lake Tahoe in Nevada, the bathroom in the impressive dark-skinned Lake House seen above provokes our senses and inspires our minds. This spacious private room displays a large shower area dressed in glass and a free-standing bathtub so that the owners can choose between a quick shower and a long bath while enjoying panoramic views over treetops and the sparkling lake.
When your home is a luxurious Penthouse in Budapest, high-quality materials and perfectly fitted details come with the territory. Deep chocolate hues employed in the apartment were also used to create a sense of belonging and comfort in the bathroom.
This spacious bathroom is found on the French Riviera, in the beautiful Villa in Cap Ferrat. A fresh design and good lighting create a sense of cleanliness. Storage underneath the sink was ingeniously continued to shape a powder table and a round stool was fitted underneath.
Up-to-date modern homes might be dealing with large bathrooms that can be creatively transformed into bathing and relaxing experiences. Pebbles around the oval bathtub massage your feet as you enter the hot water and the busy city of Taipei seems to be just a framed moving picture through the floor-to-ceiling window.
Most bathrooms don’t come equipped with panoramic views, yet present themselves as sophisticated private spaces where light is present during the day and the night brings romantic ideas. Just a few carefully placed candles and this black and white bathroom becomes an exotic retreat in the middle of Stockholm.
Cream-colored and revealing a simple design, this modern bathroom displays an ingenious solution for the shower area. Everyone likes the possibility of choosing between a quick shower and a long bath. And when you know how to choose a relaxing bathtub for your home, this dream is easier to materialize.
When even that window is missing from the bathroom, a carefully planning of the space, great lighting and the use of mirrors could mean the difference between seeing your eyes under poor light and leaving the bathroom confident and refreshed. Not to mention that the vessel sink surrounded by mirrors from three sides stylishly completes this space imagined by Merlin Bergeron Design and seen through the lens of Cody Gephart.
Flooded by natural light, a modern bathroom like the one above imagined by London-based TG Studio can showcase an imperial London influence toned down to create a simple and elegant space with white beveled tiled and accents of veined white marble.
From luxurious influences to contemporary design, bathrooms can make you feel you’re royalty or that we’ve already colonized other planets. The modern bathroom above was designed by Iñaki Leite for the sustainable Dezanove House. A sense of stillness and peace was achieved in this bathroom in “frozen glass” warmed up by textured wood.
Unusual spaces can easily become intriguing bathrooms when designed by creatives like Mark Dziewulski Architect. Mirrors on both walls make this long and narrow space look wider, while the glass-encased shower and free-standing bathtub are almost hidden by the curve.
Vessels sinks are one modern way to update your bathroom. Take as example the private space shown above: simple clean lines kept in neutral colors beautifully contrast the green outdoors.
Compact modern bathrooms rely on creative ideas to look larger and feel cheery. You can update your bathroom on a budget by working with what you have. Open shelves decorated with a repetitive pattern of plants and rubber ducks is all it takes to make a boring bathroom pop out. This is a simple idea applied in the minimalist N House.
For a feminine modern bathroom, elegance and sophistication are the main ingredients. Mixed with select patterns and basked in natural light, the bathroom photographed by François Halard and designed by Tiffany Eastman Interiors showcases amazing details like the marble tiled floor, gray linen drapes, acrylic Z chair under the built-in vanity and freestanding tub basked in light.
One way to update your bathroom is to work with the given environment. Decorating an Australian home designed by Gary Marinko, this bathroom looks made for relaxation. Within this spa-like environment with a door leading outside, you can indulge in a little well-deserved “me time”.
So all you Freshome readers out there, which details in this list of 30 beautiful modern bathrooms captured your attention?
The DROP XL modules by Barcelona-based design studio In-tenta are part of the large emerging trend in the field of modular micro-architecture, suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires and the land permits. The aim of DROP modules is to meet the growing demand for Eco-tourism with customers that like traveling but don’t want to stay in common hotels and demand sustainable architecture mixed with quality design.
The new DROP XL models can be used as removable hotel rooms, cabins, pop-up pods for events, singular architectural elements and so on. The 30 sqm projects are off-site manufactured, and then road-transported to their final location by truck. Made from wood, steel and glass, each unit is aimed to have a minimum impact on the environment. As you can observe in the video below, the structure’s base is elevated from the ground, on adjustable steel legs, to minimize the contact with the soil and adapt to the irregular terrains. A notable feature of the design is the large bubble windows at the ends of the cylindrical tube. the modular units offer a solution for both environmentally conscious use and smart interior design. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Marta Gordillo and Manel Dur on behalf of In-tenta]
Designed to store all sorts of objects, Balka Console is a sleek and modern furniture piece that adds a sense of colour and freshness to any home entryway. With a peculiar design, a top made of oak and a crazy yellow bag drawer, the item envisioned by Gregoire de Lafforest is the perfect place to deposit those “small treasures of everyday life” that lost their use (sets of keys, clothing buttons, batteries and such). We tend to collect all kinds of objects for no particular reason. Therefore, every home keeps a stash of “little things”with no particular functionality. The purpose of Balka Console is to replace the classic tray, where you keep those, with something a little bit more pretentious.
Boasting a simple, neat design, the top of this funky furniture piece is supported by solid plastic legs. Wood and plastic work well together here. “The oak top of the console, pierced with a drain, allows objects to slide in and disappear in a flexible bag drawer. Stored, the user can keep them there indefinitely or unearth them at any time.” Balka Console is, besides, that item that helps you better organise those little things of no particular, a functional table.
Under the slogan “Shopping Made Simple”, Amazon launches Amazon Dash, a small hi-tech wand that aims to make shopping more convenient. The new product is about the size of a remote control, and it features both a microphone and a bar-code scanner, which allows users to either speak the name of the product they need or scan its bar code. With a simple setup, Dash connects to your Wi-Fi network and from here on registers what you need.
According to the producers, the gizmo helps buyers choose from over 500 000 products, ranging from fresh grocery and local products to electronics. The new device works with AmazonFresh, the company’s delivery service that currently only operates in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle. If you would like to give Amazon Dash a try, you can sign up to receive a free version. We’ve also uploaded the presentation video below. Have a look and feel free to share your thoughts on this new Wi-Fi shopping system !