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    Masquespacio founders create home and office where “everything revolves around play”

    The founders of Spanish studio Masquespacio have transformed a traditional Valencian farmhouse into their self-designed home and studio, with maximalist interiors that nod to the Memphis movement.

    Creative and life partners Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse renovated the 1920s villa, which was once a farmhouse on the outskirts of Valencia, to create a hybrid home and studio that reflects their maximalist approach to interiors.
    Masquespacio has designed a live-work space in Valencia”Everything revolves around the concept of play,” explained Hernández Palacios, who co-founded Masquespacio with Penasse in 2010.
    “We’ve been influenced by many styles over the last decade, from New Memphis to art deco and futurism,” Penasse added. “We can say that our private home is a mix of it all.”
    The ground floor holds the studio’s workspacesThe duo maintained the building’s original timber front door and white facade decorated with light-blue window frames and ornate grilles.

    Inside, the ground floor was reserved for their studio, spread across several interconnected meeting rooms in the former farmstead, known locally as an alquería.
    Masquespacio restored the building’s original hydraulic floor tilesHere, Masquespacio restored the building’s decoratively patterned hydraulic floor tiles alongside its traditional doors and windows.
    Painted in bright hues, they help to colour-code the different office spaces, filled with the studio’s characteristic chunky, lumpy and latticed furniture.
    There is a double-height interior courtyard at the centre of the home”As always, the project includes a mix of colours, textures and forms – one of the main aspects of all our designs, no matter what aesthetic we’re working with,” Penasse told Dezeen.
    At the centre of the home is a double-height interior courtyard illuminated by skylights, with exposed-brick walls painted in lilac surrounded by wiggly flowerbeds with lush statement cheese plants.
    From the courtyard, visitors can see up to an interior balcony on the first floor, which is accessed via a purple concrete staircase and contains the living spaces.
    The couple’s bed is encased in a green dome next to a hot-pink seating booth.The balcony reveals two sculptural objects – a giant green dome that conceals the couple’s bed and a curved hot-pink screen that hides a seating booth.
    This immersive furniture – Penasse’s favourite part of the project – creates a focal point that connects both levels of the house but also provides more private quarters for the couple despite the open nature of the overall plan.
    A mosaic of yellow tiles defines the bathroom”There are no wall partitions to hide our home [from downstairs] but it’s kept private by the bed’s form and a semi-transparent green curtain that allows us to take advantage of the natural light almost everywhere on the upper floor,” explained Penasse.
    The sleeping area is connected to the main living space via a tunnel-like corridor, which includes an all-yellow bathroom with triangular cabinets and walls clad with a mosaic of handmade ceramic tiles.

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    Opposite the bathroom is a colourful open-air terrace featuring circular windows and similar built-in seating to Bun Turin – an Italian burger joint designed by Masquespacio with boxy blue-tiled tables created to look like swimming pools.
    “Geometry can be found all over our house,” explained Hernández Palacios. “Everything is a game of circles and triangles.”
    The terrace follows a similar geometry to the interiorsThe light blue kitchen includes large, triangular alcoves and cupboards finished in natural stone and aluminium, designed to conceal utilities.
    There is also an island made from veiny marble and petite glazed tiles. Bespoke Masquespacio bar stools were wrapped in matching pale blue fabric.
    Triangular cupboards feature in the kitchenNext to the open-plan kitchen, the living and dining spaces include more brightly coloured furniture from the studio’s Mas Creations collection, which features the same twisted and angular shapes and soft upholstery as the pieces downstairs.
    Floor-to-ceiling curtains form a backdrop for a snaking lime green sofa, while dark green dining chairs with pyramidal backrests were positioned around a jewel-like glass table.
    Striking pyramid-shaped dining chairs continue the maximalist theme”Ninety-five per cent of the furniture and objects in our house are part of our Mas Creations collection, locally designed and produced by our studio,” said Penasse.
    Similarly bold projects from Masquespacio include a restaurant in Milan, Italy, with interiors that take cues from futuristic spaceships and the first Mango Teen store in Barcelona featuring vivid graphic shapes.
    The photography is courtesy of Masquespacio. 

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    Nine home interiors brightened with colourful window frames

    Shades of green, red and yellow run throughout this lookbook, which collects nine home interiors enlivened by colourful window frames.

    Whether painted wood, plastic or metal, opting for colourful window frames is an easy way to brighten a residential interior.
    The examples in this lookbook demonstrate how they can be used to create a focal point in a pared-back space, draw attention to a view or simply help establish a colour theme.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring organic modern interiors, eclectic hotels and flooring that enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors.
    Photo by Fred HowarthCamberwell Cork House, UK, by Delve Architects

    A bright forest green paint lines the window frames at Camberwell Cork House, helping to draw focus to the lush planting outside.
    The paint juxtaposes the deliberately simple, white-walled interiors of the house extension, while outside it pops from against walls of tactile cork cladding.
    Find out more about Camberwell Cork House ›
    Photo by Mikael OlssonHouse 669, Sweden, by HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter
    HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter incorporated sunny yellow frames throughout House 669, a prefabricated home it created in Stockholm.
    The irregularly placed windows help enliven the otherwise neutral finishes to the home while adding a sense of “individuality” to its uniform structure, the studio said.
    Find out more about House 669 ›
    Photo by Megan TaylorCork House, UK, by Nimtim Architects
    Another studio to have married bright window frames with cork cladding is Nimtim Architects. At this extension in London, the studio punctured the cork-lined walls with Barbie pink timber frames, offering a contemporary counterpoint to the Victorian house to which it is attached.
    The windows are complemented by more subtle pops of pink inside, including the kitchen splashback and metal legs of the dining chairs.
    Find out more about Cork House ›
    Photo by José CamposBouça Family House, Portugal, by Fahr 021.3
    Turquoise accents feature throughout this family home by Fahr 021.3 in Porto, including its window frames and doors.
    The colour was intended to help liven up the interiors, which are finished with white walls, wooden floorboards and wall panelling, while also giving the home “an element of distinction”, the studio said.
    Find out more about Bouça Family House ›
    Photo by French & TyeValetta House, UK, by Office S&M
    Among the distinguishing features of the Valetta House loft extension in London are its yellow-framed arch windows, three of which feature in one of the bedrooms.
    Office S&M modelled these on the arched sash windows found in neighbouring Victorian residences but gave them a vivid yellow finish to appeal to the client’s children. The colour was based on a light fitting the client had picked for the kitchen.
    Find out more about Valetta House ›
    Photo by Séverin MalaudDailly, Belgium, by Mamout
    Slender sage-green frames trim the window openings in Dailly, a courtyard house nestled between two buildings in Belgium.
    It is among the pastel tones that its architect Mamout has used to bring character to the home, in addition to an array of reclaimed materials sourced from a warehouse that previously occupied the site.
    Find out more about Dailly ›

    Ugly House, UK, by Lipton Plant Architects
    Ugly House is a 1970s house in Berkshire that Lipton Plant Architects expanded with a contrasting two-storey extension.
    A bright orange finish was chosen for the windows, including the large garden-facing opening in the kitchen that juxtaposes pastel-blue cabinetry and wooden floorboards.
    Find out more about Ugly House ›
    Photo by Francisco AscensãoHouse in Ancede, Portugal, by Atelier Local
    Large rectangular and circular windows bring light inside House in Ancede, which Atelier Local completed on a sloped site in a nature reserve near Porto.
    The openings are outlined with bright red aluminium, brightening the cool-toned interiors that are defined by exposed blockwork and concrete to evoke brutalist architecture.
    Find out more about House in Ancede ›
    Photo by Megan TaylorYellow House, UK, by Nimtim Architects
    Another project on the list by Nimtim Architects is Yellow House, named after the spectrum of yellow-green hues that run throughout its interior.
    This includes the buttercup-coloured wooden frames of the rear picture window and three skylights in the living room, which stand out against a backdrop of white walls and neutral furnishings.
    Find out more about Yellow House ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring tactile organic modern interiors, eclectic hotels and flooring that enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors. 

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    Uchronia founder designs own home as “love letter to French craft”

    Glossy walls, ruched curtains and oversized flower-shaped cushions characterise this eclectic 1970s-style Paris apartment, designed and owned by Uchronia founder Julien Sebban.

    Called Univers Uchronia, the apartment is in the city’s 18th arrondissement, close to the Uchronia office – a Parisian architecture and interiors studio known for its bold application of shape, colour and reflective surfaces.
    Julien Sebban designed Univers Uchronia as his homeSebban designed the dwelling as his home, which he shares with his husband and Maison Royère artistic director Jonathan Wray.
    The Uchronia founder created the apartment as an extension of his studio – “it’s truly a manifesto of our universe,” he told Dezeen.
    Colourful interiors anchor the apartmentSebban worked with local studio Atelier Roma to create all the walls and ceilings, which are either lacquered and glossy or made of matte pigmented concrete, respectively reflecting or absorbing light throughout the day.

    Finished in hues ranging from cloud-like pale blue to lemony yellow, the walls and ceilings complement the poured-in-place resin floor that spans the apartment and features a bold motif that “waves and moves in relation to the architecture”.
    A metallic island features in the open-plan kitchenThe home is anchored by a predominantly pink living space, which includes Uchronia-designed pieces such as low-slung interlocking coffee tables made from walnut burl and orange resin.
    Translucent and gathered pink curtains were paired with a geometric vintage bookshelf and a blocky but soft sofa finished in purple and orange.
    A bespoke onyx dining table was created for the home”The apartment is very colourful with ’60s and ’70s inspirations and a mix of our contemporary pieces and vintage objects,” said Sebban.
    In the open-plan kitchen and dining room, a veiny Van Gogh onyx table was positioned next to a metallic kitchen island, illuminated by a blobby seaweed-shaped table lamp.
    Ornamental jellyfish decorate the home officeA portion of the otherwise orange wall was clad with tiny, mirrored tiles. Reflected in the gleaming ceiling, the tiles have the same effect as a shimmering disco ball.
    Opposite the dining area is Sebban and Wray’s home office, characterised by a bright orange, built-in day bed topped with silk flower-like cushions and a wave-shaped backrest.
    The dwelling’s bathrooms follow a similar designAbove the bed, ornamental jellyfish were suspended like planets against a constellation of gold stars, which decorate the ombre orange and yellow wall that nods to the colour-drenched interior of the city’s Cafe Nuances – also designed by Uchronia.
    The dwelling’s bathrooms follow a similar design. Accents include dusty pink alcoves and ceramic tiles depicting underwater scenes, as well as a lily pad-shaped rug and a mirror resembling a cluster of clouds.

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    “The apartment defines the codes we have tried to develop at Uchronia over the last four years,” concluded Sebban.
    “It’s a play on colours, textures and materials, and a love letter to French craft.”
    Univers Uchronia is “a love letter to French craft”Uchronia was named emerging interior designer of the year at the Dezeen Awards 2023. The studio previously renovated a Haussmann-era apartment for a pair of jewellery designers with multifaceted furniture pieces created to mirror the appearance of precious stones.
    Various architects have designed their own homes, such as John Pawson, who created this minimalist second home in the Cotswolds in the UK.
    The photography is by Félix Dol Maillot. 

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    FDA designs playful colour-block interiors for Italian seaside hotel

    Italian architecture office FDA has updated several guest rooms and suites at the family-friendly Hotel Haway on Italy’s Adriatic coast, introducing bespoke furniture in colours that evoke the sea and mountains.

    Fiorini D’Amico Architetti (FDA) was tasked with modernising the interiors of the 50-room hotel in Martinsicuro, a popular seaside resort in the Abruzzo region.
    FDA has updated the 1980s interiors of Hotel HawayThe first phase of the project involved refreshing rooms on the fifth floor of the 1980s building to make them more appealing for all sorts of families.
    “The main goal we wanted to achieve with the design of the new rooms was to create a unique space where guests can discover a new way of feeling at home,” said Alessio Fiorini, who founded FDA together with fellow architect Roberto D’Amico.
    The studio brought in colours of the nearby sea”The spaces emphasise the importance of being together, the joy of sharing happy moments and the refreshment that comes from a sense of community,” he added.

    The architects sought to inject a sense of creativity and surprise into the rooms by incorporating colourful bespoke elements such as bed frames, bunk beds and built-in furniture.
    Bespoke details include lozenge-shaped mirrors by PolvanesiHotel Haway has views of the sea as well as the nearby Apennines mountains, which led FDA to reference both of these features in its welcoming colour palette.
    Colour blocking was used to create visual separation between different zones within the rooms, where walls, floors, ceilings and furniture are finished in shades of blue or green.
    One of the custom-made elements in the sea-facing rooms is a double bed with a pull-out cot hidden underneath. A headboard that emerges from one side functions as a backrest so families can lounge together on the bed.

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    Some of the rooms feature bunk beds with curtains for privacy and guard rails incorporating playful tensioned bungee ropes in matching colours.
    Other bespoke details include vertical lozenge-shaped mirrors fabricated by Polvanesi – an industrial carpentry workshop and regular FDA collaborator.
    The lighting was designed to create different atmospheres throughout the day, with bright ambient lights for daytime play and more targeted task lighting for evening relaxation.
    Several of Hotel Haway’s rooms also feature a small deskThe en suite bathrooms are decorated with ceramic tiles featuring playful geometric patterns. High-quality fixtures and finishes including speckled Staron countertops bring these spaces up to modern standards.
    According to FDA, the rest of the hotel is set to be refurbished in a similar style over the next four years. The project will include the ground floor areas including the lobby and breakfast room, as well as all outdoor spaces and two top-floor suites with private terraces.
    Other Italian hotels that have recently been featured on Dezeen include a converted 12th-century monastery and a cliffside hotel that incorporates medieval stone defences.
    The photography is by Carlo Oriente.

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    Ten rooms that make clever use of the “unexpected red theory”

    An interior design trend born out of a viral TikTok video, championing the addition of red “in places where it has no business”, is the focus of our latest lookbook.

    The “unexpected red theory” was coined by Brooklyn-based interior designer Taylor Migliazzo Simon in a video that has had over 900,000 views on TikTok.
    Simon describes it as “adding anything that’s red, big or small, to a room where it doesn’t match at all” with the result that “it automatically looks better”.
    The theory suggests that red is as versatile as a neutral colour because it can work in almost any palette of colours and materials, either as an accent or complementary tone.
    Here, we look at 10 home and hotel interiors that show how it’s done, either in the form of architectural fittings and finishes like a balustrade or floor surface or in the form of statement furniture.

    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring homes with indoor slides, colourful renovations and innovative New York City lofts.
    Photo is by Douglas FriedmanHotel Saint Vincent, USA, by Lambert McGuire Design
    Red is paired with shades of grey and purple in the bedrooms of this hotel in New Orleans, designed by Lambert McGuire Design, which occupies a former 19th-century infant asylum.
    The colour can be found on a range of elements, across furniture and textiles, with key pieces including the red velvet bed upholstery. The overall effect heightens the sinister atmosphere conjured by the building’s history.
    Find out more about Hotel Saint Vincent ›
    Photo is by Jim StephensonWalled Garden, UK, by Nimtim Architects
    A warm palette of natural materials characterises the interior of this London house extension designed by Nimtim Architects, with the exception of a statement dining table.
    This table features four oversized columnar legs with a glossy red finish, providing a visual focal point for the room.
    Find out more about Walled Garden ›

    W Budapest, Hungary, by Bowler James Brindley and Bánáti + Hartvig
    The W Hotel in Budapest is housed inside a grand neo-Renaissance palace, so interiors studios Bowler James Brindley and Bánáti + Hartvig chose most of the details based on the existing architecture.
    This led them to combine cool shades of blue, turquoise and green with golden details. But they also added a series of curved red sofas and tables, which result in a more playful feel.
    Find out more about W Budapest ›

    House for Beth, USA, by Salmela Architect
    With a series of timber-framed windows, the view takes centre stage in the living room of this rural Wisconsin home designed by Salmela Architect.
    The room is otherwise very simple in its decor, but red-painted dining chairs prevent it from feeling too minimal.
    Find out more about House for Beth ›
    Photo is by Henry WoideThe Secret Garden Flat, UK, by Nic Howett Architect
    Red floors and walls both feature in this renovated London home designed by Nic Howett Architect.
    The colour provides a warm counterpoint to the dark blue flooring and curtains that also punctuate the exposed wood interior.
    Find out more about The Secret Garden Flat ›
    Photo is by Yannis DrakoulidisTrikoupi Apartment, Greece, by Point Supreme Architects
    Red and green should never be seen together, or so the saying goes. Point Supreme Architects challenged that rule with this apartment interior in Athens.
    Standing in front of a stained green plywood storage wall, a kitchen island topped with red Corian becomes the room’s standout feature.
    Find out more about Trikoupi Apartment ›

    Maryland House, UK, by Remi Connolly-Taylor
    London-based designer Remi Connolly-Taylor showed how red and gold can be paired in this design for her own London house and studio.
    A folded, perforated staircase in red powder-coated steel provides a counterpoint to the golden kitchen cabinets, making a statement in the otherwise minimal, white interior.
    Find out more about Maryland House ›

    Cowley Manor Experimental, UK, by Dorothée Meilichzon
    Designed by Dorothée Meilichzon of French interiors studio Chzon, this hotel in the Cotswolds shows one way of applying the unexpected red theory to a bathroom.
    Building on a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme, some of the pink-walled guest bathrooms feature glossy red lacquered bathtubs.
    Find out more about Cowley Manor Experimental ›

    Redwood House, USA, by Studio Terpeluk
    This bathroom, located in a Noe Valley home designed by Studio Terpeluk, shows how to apply the unexpected red theory with just one small piece of furniture.
    A mid-century-style stool adds a vibrant accent to the muted pink tone of the walls.
    Find out more about Redwood House ›

    Casa Pousos, Portugal, by Bak Gordon Arquitectos
    A courtyard divides the two concrete buildings that form this Lisbon home designed by Bak Gordon Arquitectos.
    The space might have felt stark if it were not for the addition of two bright red lounge chairs.
    Find out more about Casa Pousos ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring homes with indoor slides, colourful renovations and innovative New York City lofts.

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    Eight colourful renovations that use vibrant shades to transform the home

    From a bold blue apartment in Paris to an all-lilac kitchen in Stockholm, this lookbook rounds up renovations that cleverly use bright colours to update and refresh home interiors.

    While neutral colour palettes are often chosen for a sense of serenity, embracing bold and bright colours can add a sense of fun to a home and reflect the owner’s personal style.
    The interiors in this lookbook show how even period buildings, from an Edwardian London townhouses to a 1950s Norwegian home, can be renovated to have colourful, modern and playful interiors.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring New York City lofts, living rooms with vintage furniture and interiors with burl wood surfaces.
    Photo by Félix Dol MaillotParisian apartment, France, by Uchronia

    Local studio Uchronia coated walls in gradients of bright colours and added colourful geometric furniture to this Parisian apartment, which was designed for a pair of jewellery designers.
    The bold tones sit against a backdrop of detailing including boiserie, mouldings and parquet flooring. These are original to the mid-century building the apartment is located in, which was designed as part of Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s reconstruction of the French capital.
    Find out more about the Parisian apartment ›
    Photo by Jesper Westblom1980s Stockholm apartment, Sweden, by Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor
    Lilac hues coat the walls, ceiling and floor of the kitchen in this apartment in Stockholm, which was renovated by local studio Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor.
    Set in a 1980s prefabricated concrete building, the studio also created an all-yellow bedroom and added accents of burnt orange to the home’s doors and bespoke furniture.
    Find out more about the 1980s Stockholm apartment ›
    Photo by French + TyeGraphic House, UK, by Office S&M
    Architecture studio Office S&M drew upon its clients’ love for graphics to create the colourful and geometric renovation of Graphic House in London.
    The studio added art deco forms in a variety of colours to the mid-terrace Edwardian home, including mint green walls and kitchen cupboards, yellow window and door frames, and a blue staircase.
    Find out more about Graphic House ›
    Photo by Paolo FuscoRetroscena, Italy, by La Macchina Studio
    Swathes of primary colours feature throughout Retroscena, a 1950s apartment in Rome that was transformed by Italian architecture practice La Macchina Studio.
    The practice aimed to create a “surreal” and “quasi-theatrical” interior with bright blue archways and zesty yellow curtains contrasting against white walls.
    Find out more about Retroscena ›
    Photo by Magnus Berger NordstrandYellow House in the Apple Garden, Norway, by Familien Kvistad
    With a name referencing the sunny hue of its monochrome exterior, Yellow House in the Apple Garden is a 1950s house in Oslo that local studio Familien Kvistad renovated to have a more modern feel.
    Based on the client’s favourite colours, the interior palette includes bold tones of mustard yellow in the kitchen tiling and shades of plum and forest green in the soft furnishings.
    Find out more about Yellow House in the Apple Garden ›
    Photo by Taran WilkhuEast London townhouse, UK, by PL Studio
    Interior design office PL Studio added shades of blue, green and yellow to this east London townhouse, informed by a Morrocan villa that was once the home of artist Jacques Majorelle.
    Applying the colours in graphic shapes on the home’s walls, PL Studio wanted to create a sense of character that reflected the clients’ joyful and positive energy.
    Find out more about the east London townhouse ›
    Photo by Sean DavidsonHudson Heights apartment, USA, by Ideas of Order
    US architecture studio Ideas of Order updated this 1,000-square-foot residence in Manhattan with pops of colour in the style of French midcentury designers, such as Charlotte Perriand.
    The studio gave each room in the apartment its own identity by using different colours. The kitchen was refreshed and made more suitable for entertainment with raspberry and periwinkle cabinets, a lime green storage wall was added to the bedroom, and pale pink cabinets were inserted in the entryway.
    Find out more about Hudson Height apartment ›
    Photo by Megan TaylorSunderland Road House, UK, by 2LG Studio
    Sunderland Road House is an Edwardian home in London that local firm 2LG Studio renovated for a family of five, aiming to incorporate the clients’ love for colour while respecting the period elements of the house.
    Shades of pastel green cover the walls in the baby’s room, the entry hall was coated in hues of pink, and the kitchen was fitted with sky-blue cabinets.
    Find out more about Sunderland Road House ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring New York City lofts, living rooms with vintage furniture and interiors with burl wood surfaces.

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    Ideas of Order selects bright colours for New York apartment renovation

    Bright hues define the different interventions that New York architecture studio Ideas of Order has made in this apartment at the northern tip of Manhattan.

    The 1,000-square-foot primary residence in Hudson Heights was partially renovated for a couple, who had been living in the space for several years before deciding to invest in making it better suited to their needs, rather than buying another apartment.
    One side of this Manhattan apartment was overhauled by Ideas of Order to make it function better for its owners”Their sons had been sharing a room, but were beginning to need their own spaces,” Ideas of Order told Dezeen.
    “They also wanted a space that could be designed for flexibility for when their children left for college.”
    In the newly created bedroom, a lime green built-in houses a bed, a desk and storageThe kitchen also needed updating, to make it more suitable for entertaining, and more efficient storage space was required in the entryway.

    So the architects reworked one side of the open living area, adding a bedroom on one side of the kitchen and refreshing the other areas.
    A new wall divides the bedroom from the kitchenThe husband is French, and the couple spent several years living together in France.
    During this period, they both became enamoured by the midcentury architecture and design in the country and wanted to apply this style to their own home.
    Raspberry and periwinkle cabinets surround the cooking area, which also features aluminium panels”Inspired by their stories and the history of how colour was used by French midcentury designers like Charlotte Perriand, we suggested a series of polychrome millwork pieces inspired by Perriand’s design language, but updated for a contemporary home,” said Ideas of Order.
    The different areas of the home were therefore given their own identities by applying bright hues.
    A porthole looks through from the bedroom into the kitchen, which has rubber flooringLime green is used in the bedroom across a full wall of built-ins that incorporate a single bed, a workstation and plenty of storage.
    Sliding doors with fritted glass panels pull across to enclose the slightly raised room, while a porthole window with double shutters looks through the new wall that separates the kitchen.
    Storage in the entryway was made more efficient by new pink and grey built-insThis adjacent space is denoted by raspberry and periwinkle millwork, which surrounds a small preparation area with an aluminium backsplash and matching panels above.
    The same metal also fronts the bar counter between an arched opening to the living area, which is topped with concrete.
    Archways between spaces throughout the apartment have curved cornersRubber flooring in the kitchen offers a practical alternative to the wood used through the rest of the apartment.
    Finally, in the entryway – which is again raised slightly higher than the living area – an L-shaped cabinet system was constructed in a corner beside the door.

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    Pale pink is applied to the frames, while the doors and drawer fronts are finished in light grey and walnut is used for the trim. Choosing the right hues was a challenge that took many iterations to find the right balance, according to the architects.
    “It was important that each pair of colours in the millwork work together, but that the colours also harmonise when viewed as a whole,” they said. “We wanted the colours to be bright, but not overpowering. And we wanted the colour pairings to feel timeless and not too trendy.”
    The architects went through many iterations to find the right balance of coloursAnother challenge was the budget, which was modest by New York City standards and required some conscientious spending – particularly on small details that would make a big impact.
    “We love the custom pulls for the millwork, the shutters for the circular window, and the rounded end to the partition between bedroom and kitchen, which reflects the rounded openings throughout the apartment,” the architects said.
    The couple had been living in the space for several years before deciding to invest in making it better suited to their needsIdeas of Order was founded by Jacob Esocoff and Henry Ng, who are both Fosters + Partners and WORKac alumni.
    Their renovation is one of the most colourful interiors we’ve featured in New York City of late, compared to a neutral show apartment inside the One Wall Street skyscraper and a loft in Dumbo with a subdued palette.
    The photography is by Sean Davidson.

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    Maximalism to make way for “quiet refinement” in 2024 say interior designers

    Interior design in 2024 will have a focus on individualism and see a backlash to the rise in AI design while colours will be informed by global warming, interior designers across the globe told Dezeen.

    While the trend for locally sourced materials and sustainable biomaterials looks set to become more pronounced, designers also believe that interiors will move away from the earthy hues and soft shapes seen during the pandemic years.
    However, the maximalist trend predicted by many to take off in 2023 appears to have given way to a more individualist take on interiors, with a focus on simplicity recalling the designs of US fashion pioneer Halston.
    Studio Becky Carter designed the interior of Cecchi’s restaurant. Photo by Joseph Kramm”I’m seeing a growing interest in post-industrial aesthetic and quiet refinement,” said Becky Carter, founder of the eponymous US studio.
    “Maximalism now seems out of touch,” she added. “Even the womb-like softness of the 1970s inspiration we’ve seen so much of is starting to feel heavy and overdone.”

    “There’s a refreshing air to Halston-esque modernity: simple, unfussy materials, elegantly arranged, detailed, but without excess.”
    “We foresee a shift in direction”
    Yohei Terui and Hiromu Yuyama from Japanese studio I IN also believe we will see a move away from earthy hues in interiors.
    “Over the past couple of years, the theme has revolved around earthy colour and simplicity through the use of natural materials,” the duo told Dezeen.

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    “However, we foresee a shift in direction, trending towards a more ‘decorative’ approach, in contrast to the previous style,” they added.
    “We believe that this shift is driven by the prevailing desire of self-expression and individuality in today’s culture.”
    New Delhi-based interior designer Iram Sultan echoed the preference for more individual designs, saying we will see: “Emotional design, personalized spaces, a fresh approach towards materials, finishes and textures, and interiors that are easy, warm, comfortable and sustainable.”
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    The rise in artificial intelligence (AI) in 2022 and 2023 was also on people’s minds, with several designers mentioning a backlash against digital designs.
    “Memorable and customised spaces that are not Pinterest- and AI-generated will be preferable, as the race against interior design and AI technology grows,” said UK-based designer Tola Ojuolape.
    The Standard in Ibiza was designed by Oskar Kohnen. Photo by Salva LopezIn 2024, interior design will be more about creating tangible spaces, according to London-based Oskar Kohnen Studio.
    “We want to see less digital dream houses of pandemic years, and go back to real places,” studio founder Oskar Kohnen said. “Forward-thinking conceptual interiors that create long-term value rather than effects.”
    Julien Sebban of French studio Uchronia agreed, saying: “The biggest trend will be very textured materials, cosy and comforting such as shearling or thick wool. As people need an antidote to digital they need to feel the physical world.”
    2024 may see “resurgence of the arts and crafts style”
    When it comes to material trends for 2024, designers are choosing to work with natural and local materials.
    “For me, natural materials with a strong connection to their placement have a profound bond with today’s design,” said Pedro Ramírez de Aguilar, co-founder of Mexican studio RA!
    “I believe materials such as wood and natural plasters play a crucial role in creating a sense of grounding.”
    Spacon & X designed Noma spinoff POPL. Photo by Bjørn BertheussenDanish studio Spacon & X partner Malene Hvidt argued that the materials used also affect the colours chosen for interiors, saying: “We also try to use colours that emphasise the natural appearance of the material itself, such as treating wood with tinted linseed to preserve the pattern of the grain.”
    This sentiment was echoed by Tim Greer, director at Australian studio TZG. “I’m hoping that we will see more natural materials with fewer complex and unsustainable finishes,” he said.
    “I think the drive towards sustainability will see the use of more natural materials and a resurgence of the arts and crafts style,” Sultan added.
    “There is a genuine return to solid bold colours”
    The colours of our interiors next year will range from pale fresh hues, such as pistachio, to stronger shades.
    “Palette-wise, I feel there is a genuine return to solid bold colours – be it a punch of emerald green, mustard yellow or Yves Klein-blue to provoke the visual energy. The expression of materiality and tactility is also a key focus for my studio this coming year,” said Hong Kong designer André Fu.
    “Customers are thriving for experiences to express their own personality and values – this has led to a greater awareness for the role design plays in the realms of hospitality.”

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    “I’m loving seeing light, lemon-lime yellow being utilized. I also think pistachio has yet to peak,” said Carter, while Ojuolape believes in “rich, pigmented and plaster colours”.
    “The colour and material trends will be very warm colours and more specifically orange as we need joy and to warm things up,” said Sebban. “With global warming more important than ever, that will be the colour we get used to.”
    “Embrace a bold departure from the ordinary as the world adopts warm, earthy tones inspired by landscapes and eclectic hues drawn from various cultural expressions, all crafted with sustainably sourced materials,” added Nigeria-based designer Titi Ogufere.
    Biophilia will continue to “be a staple”
    The designers Dezeen spoke to all said they were taking the subject of sustainability seriously. There is a need to create “lasting design,” said US-based designer Giancarlo Valle.
    “Sustainability cannot be separated from the world of building,” he argued. “The most sustainable thing one can do as a designer is to create something that someone will not want to take down after a short period of time.”
    Nordic Knots in Stockholm has an interior by Studio Giancarlo Valle. Photo courtesy of Nordic KnotsSpacon & X’s Hvidt added that customers are also increasingly demanding when it comes to sustainability.
    “Sustainability is fast becoming a key consideration when it comes to interior design,” she said.
    “Studios such as ours are always looking for new ways to become increasingly responsible – this is also what clients are expecting as we collectively become more aware of our impact on the planet, especially for future generations.”
    This focus is seen in the use of plants and trees indoors as well as outdoors to create biophilic designs – interiors that are more connected to the natural environment.
    “Biophilia will continue to be a staple in the design aesthetic as well as beautiful, natural and healthy surface finishes,” said Ojuolape.
    “The biophilic movement will remain strong,” agreed Sultan.
    “In the future, ‘high-end’ may mean local artisan work” 
    Ogufere added that sustainable design will draw on local communities.
    “Sustainability takes a global stage, with collaborative projects empowering local communities and embracing circular design principles, reflecting a collective commitment to environmentally conscious practices worldwide,” she said.
    “Personally, I believe that sustainability is about building with a local hand, using local materials to create a profound sense of community and reduce carbon emissions,” agreed RA!’s Ramírez de Aguilar.
    “Architects are becoming more aware of their immediate context and are losing the fear of only using ‘high-end materials.’ In the near future, ‘high-end’ may mean local artisan work.”
    Uchronia believes we will see warm colours like in its Paris coffee shop. Photo by Félix Dol MaillotFinally, designers were also planning to include technology in their interiors next year.
    “Technology will be used to enhance the quality of living,” said Sultan.
    Terui and Yayama from I IN, who see textiles as a strong trend next year, said: “Collaboration between the interior design and fashion industries can contribute to the development of new technology which in turn allows innovative spaces to be created.”
    Fu believes this can also help make projects more sustainable, saying: “I think considerations for sustainability is an integral aspect of my design approach, it’s all an organic and subconscious act – from the selection of materials to the integration of technology into the design without undermining the overall experience in mind.”
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