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    Ten lounge areas with fireplaces suspended from the ceiling

    Suspended fireplaces that are used as the centrepiece of contemporary but cosy living rooms are the focus of this lookbook, which includes a mix of rural residences and urban dwellings.

    Also described as hanging or floating, suspended fireplaces are stoves and log burners that are mounted on ceilings and unsupported from beneath.
    They are a popular choice with architects and interior designers in lounge areas, as they can add warmth to a space and transform unused ceiling space into an opportunity for a focal point.
    As demonstrated by this roundup, they come in different shapes but are most popular with a bold black finish that is suited to a variety of homes.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring cottage interiors, converted warehouses and Bauhaus-informed interiors.

    Photo is by Denilson Machado of MCA EstúdioHygge Studio, Brazil, by Melina Romano
    Brazilian designer Melina Romano suspended a statement black fireplace within the lounge of this São Paulo apartment, which she designed with a “rustic charm”.
    The structure stands proudly against its tactile surroundings, which include tan brick walls and a decorative cobogó screen, as well as a sculptural wooden chair, woven rug and sofa.
    Find out more about Hygge Studio ›
    Photo is by Marià CastellóCa l’Amo, Spain, by Marià Castelló
    At the heart of the living room of Ca l’Amo on the Spanish island of Ibiza is a pivoting log burner, around which fold-out wood and leather chairs are arranged.
    The sculptural finish of the black fireplace juxtaposes the home’s lightweight and geometric structure, which is crafted from cross-laminated timber left exposed inside.
    Find out more about Ca l’Amo ›
    Photo is by Richard John SeymourVaratojo House, Portugal, by Atelier Data
    The sleek interior of the Varatojo House in Lisbon forms an ideal backdrop to this floating stove, which Atelier Data has incorporated into the open-plan living and kitchen area.
    While acting as a centrepiece around which to gather, its design and placement ensure it does not detract from the views of the valley framed through the surrounding windows.
    Find out more about Varatojo House ›
    Photo is by Rory GardinerMarramarra Shack, Australia, by Leopold Banchini Architects
    An inconspicuous shack-like dwelling overlooking a creek in New South Wales unexpectedly opens into a lofty, wood-lined interior with a tall floating fireplace.
    Surrounded by tiered seating, the metal flue acts as the centrepiece for the living area and is complemented by an industrial-looking, north-facing window that is opened with hoists and weights.
    Find out more about Marramarra Shack ›
    Photo is by Jomar BragançaValley House II, Brazil, by David Guerra
    Architect David Guerra used a suspended fireplace to subtly demarcate the sitting and dining areas in the open-plan living room of Valley House II in southeast Brazil.
    The verticality of the fireplace emulates the structural columns dotted throughout the room, as well as those on the adjoining veranda that is accessed by sliding glass doors.
    Find out more about Valley House II ›
    Photo is by Peter BennettsTowers Road House, Australia, by Wood Marsh
    This fireplace is an ideal accompaniment to the snug conversation pit at the Towers Road House, which Australian studio Wood Marsh created in Melbourne’s Toorak suburb.
    Its conical flue overhangs a circular, chunky firepit, which is complemented by the curved forms of the retro setup that also includes a concrete plinth, polychromatic carpet and sofas.
    Find out more about Towers Road House ›
    Photo is by Nacasa & Partners IncShell, Japan, by ARTechnic
    Within this holiday home in Karuizawa, ARTechnic has hidden a cosy, winding seating area that centres around a floating fireplace.
    The curves of both the room and the sculptural log burner complement the form of the house, aptly named Shell and composed of two tubes with oval sections crafted from concrete.
    Find out more about Shell ›
    Photo is by Tiago CasanovaCork House, Portugal, by Inês Brandão Arquitectura
    Inês Brandão Arquitectura arranged the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space of the Cork House in Portugal around a suspended fireplace.
    The burner’s black finish is echoed by furnishings including a sculptural Maisons du Monde table and a dark grey sofa, but stand out against the white walls and sliding doors that surround it.
    Find out more about Cork House ›
    Photo is by Tiia EttalaVilla K, Finland, by Mer Architects and Ettala Palomeras Architects
    This log burner hangs between the living room and dining room of this Finnish house, which perches on bedrock in a forest near Helsinki.
    It helps bring warmth and a sense of cosiness to the dwelling while also tying in with its minimalist aesthetic of exposed pre-cast concrete elements and monochrome furnishings.
    Find out more about Villa K ›
    Photo is by Marc GoodwinGeilo Cabin, Norway, by Lund Hagem
    In the lounge of a blackened-timber holiday cabin in Norway, local studio Lund Hagem hung a fireplace from its sloped ceiling to create a striking focal point.
    Its bold black colouring tones with black concrete floors and dark oak panelling all work in tandem to provide the occupants with an intimate, sheltered feel.
    Find out more about Geilo Cabin ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring cottage interiors, converted warehouses and Bauhaus-informed interiors.

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    Ten cottage interiors that offer a place for peaceful reflection

    A renovated dwelling in rural China and a converted stable in Ibiza feature in our latest lookbook, which collects 10 cottage interiors that promise rest and relaxation.

    Cottages are small dwellings that are traditionally characterised by a sense of comfort and cosiness. However, interior designers are increasingly pushing the boundaries of how to dress the insides of these homes, as seen in these innovative examples.
    As the weather cools down in the northern hemisphere, here are 10 calming interior spaces in cottages by architects and interior designers from across the globe.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring neutral living rooms, homes in converted warehouses and Bauhaus-informed interiors.
    Photo is by courtesy of Sun Min and Christian TaeubertHai Zhen cottage, China, by Sun Min and Christian Taeubert

    Located in Hai Zhen, a village just outside of Beijing, this previously neglected cottage was renovated by fashion designer Sun Min and architect Christian Taeubert.
    A large, open-plan lounge area displays a mixture of rustic features such as the original roof and timber beams, which are presented alongside more contemporary elements including stainless steel and spindly, wireframe lighting.
    Find out more about this Hai Zhen cottage ›
    Photo is by Timothy KayeBarwon Heads House, Australia, by Adam Kane Architects
    Barwon Heads House is a renovated cottage by Melbourne-based studio Adam Kane Architects with a barn-style extension defined by an open-plan living area.
    Shortlisted for the 2022 house interior of the year Dezeen Award, the cottage interior features a monochrome interior palette and statement geometric furniture, such as a pair of Kangaroo Lounge Chairs by designer Pierre Jeanneret.
    Find out more about Barwon Heads House ›
    Photo is by Jim StephensonEnglish cottage, UK, by Invisible Studio
    Architecture practice Invisible Studio added a double-pitched extension to this cottage that is located on the borders of Hampshire and Surrey in England.
    Exposed concrete accents contrast with rectilinear sliding glass doors in the living space, which cantilevers over the sliding patio doors below with the support of a concrete chimney.
    “All the materials are fair-faced so had to be perfectly made,” explained studio founder Piers Taylor. “Nothing is covered up and everything exposed.”
    Find out more about this English cottage ›
    Photo is by Youri ClaesensCasa Campo, Ibiza, by Standard Studio
    Casa Campo is a cottage in Ibiza that Standard Studio converted from a 200-year-old stable to an off-grid showroom and home for the owners of an interior design shop.
    Original beams crafted from Ibiza’s native Sabina pine trees are paired with contemporary low-slung furniture in the double-height living space that is illuminated by bright white walls.
    Find out more about Casa Campo ›
    Photo is by Jim StephensonMade of Sand, UK, by Studio Weave
    Architecture office Studio Weave designed a wooden extension to a stone cottage in Devon’s Blackdown Hills in the English countryside, which was created as a creative workspace for its owners and visiting artists.
    Called Made of Sand, the extension’s interior is defined by built-in timber window seats and wall storage that is framed by large glass windows.
    “The contrast between materials, old and new, in and out, are foregrounded to create a distinct sense of rest and relaxation in the new spaces,” said studio director Je Ahn.
    Find out more about Made of Sand ›
    Photo is by Ronan MézièreLa Brèche, Canada, by Naturehumaine
    Two volumes connected by a walkway make up La Brèche, a ski cottage in Quebec by Montreal studio Naturehumaine that features facades informed by the area’s vernacular architecture.
    Floor-to-ceiling corner windows illuminate the living space, which is characterised by a polished concrete floor and minimal accents of colour and texture.
    Find out more about La Brèche ›
    Photo is by Joel EspositoMuskoka Cottage, Canada, by Studio Paolo Ferrari
    Named after its location in Canada’s Muskoka region, this cottage interior features exposed finishes informed by the surrounding natural forests and the area’s geological details.
    These include sandy-hued, Douglas fir exposed ceilings and large slabs of granite that make up various statement islands throughout the home, as well as a large fireplace in the living space.
    “The granite is coarse-grained and hard,” noted Studio Paolo Ferrari. “It references the minerality of the site and imbues the interiors with a sense of ruggedness.”
    Find out more about Muskoka Cottage ›
    Photo is by Paul Crosby PhotographyThe Marlboro Music Cottages, USA, by HGA Architects and Engineers
    The Marlboro Music Cottages are a series of cabin-style dwellings by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) for musicians staying in New England over the summer during the Marlboro Music School and Festival, an annual event.
    HGA took cues from the single-storey boxy dwellings with gabled roofs that populate Cape Cod for the cottages’ architecture. Cedar plank cladding and pitched roofs were used to embrace the homes’ natural setting.
    Inside, the cottage interior features exposed timber ceilings, pine-sheathed walls and slate flooring, adding to this pared-back approach.
    Find out more about The Marlboro Music Cottages ›
    Photo is by Michael MoranHamptons cottage, USA, by Birdseye Design
    A double-height living space offers views of the surrounding Hamptons at this cottage by architecture studio Birdseye Design, which is wrapped in thin wooden slats that nod to local traditional buildings.
    Eclectic geometric furniture makes up dining and living areas that anchor the west side of the property and open out onto an outdoor dining space.
    “Operable glass walls open to a large stone terrace off the living room and the kitchen opens to a wood-slatted, pergola-covered porch,” said Birdseye.
    Find out more about this Hamptons cottage ›
    Photo is by Trevor MeinCaptain Kelly’s Cottage, Tasmania, John Wardle Architects
    Australian studio John Wardle Architects has repaired this weatherboard cottage in Tasmania, which originally belonged to its architect, harbourmaster Captain Kelly, in the 1840s.
    Furniture created from materials left over at the end of the project’s renovation feature in its updated design, while a focus on wooden interiors maintains a sense of the dwelling’s history.
    “Over 175 years there had been many unsympathetic alterations to the small cottage,” said the studio. “Part of our work involved the removal of these non-original works, to respectfully return the cottage to its original form.”
    Find out more about Captain Kelly’s Cottage ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring neutral living rooms, homes in converted warehouses and Bauhaus-informed interiors.

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    Dezeen announces interiors winners for Dezeen Awards 2022

    Dezeen has revealed the winners of this year’s Dezeen Awards interiors categories, which include interiors by Proctor and Shaw, Kelly Wearstler and Woods + Dangaran.

    The 11 winners awarded in Dezeen’s annual awards programme are located across nine different countries including Denmark, Taiwan, USA, Belgium and Canada.
    Three interiors that feature various reclaimed materials have been awarded this year, including a supermarket-style secondhand bookshop in China, a design school with mobile furniture in the south of France and a flexible retail interior for Italian eyewear brand Monc on London’s Chiltern Street.
    Other winners this year include Atelier Boter for its glass-fronted community hub in a Taiwanese fishing village and Hariri Pontarini Architects for its warm wood-toned clinic in Canada.
    Danish studio Tableau and Australian designer Ari Prasetya collaborated to design Connie-Connie Cafe at the Copenhagen Contemporary, winning them restaurant and bar interior of the year.

    Entries were initially scored by our jury of 25 leading international interior designers before the winners were decided by a master jury that met at One Hundred Shoreditch in September and was made up of Lore Group creative director Jacu Strauss, Studiopepe co-founder Chiara Di Pinto and London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou.
    They were joined by Design Haus Liberty founder Dara Huang and French architect and designer India Mahdavi.
    The 11 project winners will now compete to win overall interiors project of the year award, which will be unveiled at the Dezeen Awards 2022 party in London on 29 November.
    Find out more about the winning interiors projects on the Dezeen Awards website or read on below:
    Photo by Joe FletcherHouse interior of the year: Twentieth by Woods + Dangaran
    Twentieth is a three-storey house designed for a couple and their three young children in Santa Monica. Living spaces are organised around a courtyard with a decade-old olive tree with a U-shape ground floor, creating space for living rooms on both sides of the courtyard.
    The kitchen and bathrooms designed by Los Angeles studio Woods + Dangaran feature dark grey marble surfaces with streaks of white.
    “This project demonstrates a nice interplay between inside and outside and a good mix of different finishes and textures,” said the interiors master jury panel.
    Read more about Twentieth by Woods + Dangaran ›
    Photo by Stale EriksenApartment interior of the year: Shoji Apartment by Proctor and Shaw
    Shoji Apartment is a 29-square-metre micro-apartment in London that features birch plywood joinery throughout its interior.
    The apartment has an elevated sleeping area enclosed in translucent panels, which reference Japanese shoji screens and lend the project its name.
    “This is a highly innovative solution to the treatment of a challenging space that retains all the functionality of a normal apartment,” said the judges. “We would definitely accept an invitation to dinner!”
    Read more about Shoji Apartment by Proctor and Shaw ›
    Photo by Michael RygaardRestaurant and bar interior of the year: Connie-Connie at Copenhagen Contemporary by Tableau and Ari Prasetya
    Connie-Connie is a 150-square-metre cafe located within the Copenhagen Contemporary art gallery, an international art centre in a former welding facility. Tableau created the overall spatial design while Prasetya was in charge of the design and manufacturing of the bar as well as several other furniture pieces.
    The cafe explores how furniture can also be art and features chairs made by 25 designers from offcut wood.
    “The project addresses everything we expect from an interior design today, not only does it connect on a physical level, it connects with the community,” said the interiors panel. “There is also an impressive sobriety and humility to the design.”
    Read more about Connie-Connie at Copenhagen Contemporary by Tableau and Ari Prasetya ›
    Photo by The IngallsHotel and short-stay interior of the year: Downtown LA Proper Hotel by Kelly Wearstler Studio
    American designer Kelly Wearstler transformed the interior of the Proper Hotel group chain’s new hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Wearstler stripped out alterations made to the 1930s building to reveal existing grand ceilings, checkered tiled floors and wood panelling.
    The interiors are furnished with custom furniture as well as vintage furniture and artwork.
    “This project exudes a sense of joyfulness that needs to be rewarded!” said the judges. “The interior design evokes an experience that subverts the formality of conventional hotel design through its sense of identity and integrity throughout.”
    Read more about Downtown LA Proper Hotel by Kelly Wearstler Studio ›
    Photo courtesy of DysonLarge workspace interior of the year: Dyson Global HQ, St James Power Station by M Moser Associates
    M Moser Associates reconditioned the interiors of a power station in Singapore to create the global headquarters for multinational technology company Dyson. The interiors feature amphitheatre-style seating to encourage informal gatherings and a sculptural spiral staircase in the former turbine hall.
    The judges valued using an existing building to house a leading global enterprise such as Dyson.
    “We were pleasantly surprised that Dyson, a bleeding-edge company in innovation and technology, have opted for a refurbishment rather than a new build,” they said. “We were impressed with how they took an old shell and modernised it.”
    Read more about Dyson Global HQ, St James Power Station by M Moser Associates ›
    Photo by James LinSmall workspace interior of the year: The F.Forest Office by Atelier Boter
    The community centre situated in a fishing village in Taiwan was designed by Atelier Boter as a hybrid dining, working and event space, loosely divided by a curtain.
    The 53-square-metre venue is almost entirely lined with warm-hued plywood. A plywood partition wall at the end of the workspace is fitted with bookshelves and a small hatch, which connects to the kitchen.
    “This project is very well embedded in its cultural context and, despite a small budget, the designers were able to create something beautiful and modern – a small jewel within an old fishing village,” said the interiors panel.
    Read more about The F.Forest Office by Atelier Boter ›
    Photo by Hu YanyunLarge retail interior of the year: Deja Vu Recycle Store by Offhand Practice
    Deja Vu Recycle Store is a second-hand bookshop located on the first and second floors of a three-storey building in Shanghai. Local studio Offhand Practice aimed to create a relaxed shopping environment by mimicking the experience of grocery shopping. The clothes and books are displayed on shelves that resemble fruit and vegetable crates.
    Green mosaic tiles made from stone off-cuts were used to frame the building’s windows and accentuate other architectural details.
    “This is food for the mind!” said the judges. “It’s stripped back but in a confident way, exuding calmness and thoughtful simplicity.”
    Read more about Deja Vu Recycle Store by Offhand Practice ›
    Photo courtesy of Nina+CoSmall retail interior of the year: Monc by Nina + Co
    London-based Nina + Co incorporated biomaterials throughout the interior of eyewear brand Monc’s debut store.
    The glasses made from bio-acetate rest on cornstarch-foam shelves and mycelium display plinths. Long mirrors lean on blocks of local salvaged concrete.
    “This project demonstrates integrity between the finishes used and the product they are selling,” said the jury. “It is a very well-executed retail interior with an encouraging use of sustainable materials.”
    Read more about Monc by Nina + Co ›
    Photo by A-Frame PhotographyLeisure and wellness interior of the year: Barlo MS Centre by Hariri Pontarini Architects
    The clinic was designed by Canadian practice Hariri Pontarini Architects for patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), a complex autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
    As some MS patients experience vision and cognitive loss, as well as fatigue and decreased coordination, durability and accessibility were present throughout the design process. Barlo MS Centre features atypical colours, materials, textures and lighting to rethink sterile-looking healthcare spaces.
    “We were impressed by the fusion of the spa and the medical facilities, introducing a wellness element into something that would not traditionally have such an emphasis,” said the judges.
    “It is a more holistic approach to healthcare design, which is considerate to the mental aspects of healthcare environments.”
    Read more about Barlo MS Centre by Hariri Pontarini Architects ›
    Photo by Antoine HuotCivic and cultural interior of the year: Ecole Camondo Méditerranée by Émilieu Studio
    Émilieu Studio designed the interior of Camondo Méditerranée design school in Toulon, France. The studio aimed to create a large-scale flexible learning space, only furnished with reused local materials.
    The project features a mobile furniture system that can be easily compiled, transported and deployed outdoors. The furniture is made from locally sourced construction offcuts.
    “This school sets a new example of how to approach design education, creating a sense of openness and mobility, which is what a school should be all about,” said the interiors master jury panel.
    Read more about Ecole Camondo Méditerranée by Émilieu Studio ›
    Photo by Jochen VerghoteSmall interior of the year: Relaxing Geometry with Pops of Yellow by Van Staeyen Interieur Architecten
    Arched portals, curvy furniture and yellow decor accents feature in Van Staeyen Interieur Architecten’s revamped attic in Antwerp.
    The local studio refurbished a neglected attic in a family home, turning the area into a multi-functional space.
    “This is a good example of how design can be joyful and whimsical,” said the judges. “Accessible in many different aspects, financially and physically, it’s not just a playground for kids but a playground for everyone.”
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    Alexander & Co maintains residential feel inside self-designed Sydney office

    Australian architecture practice Alexander & Co has created its own office inside a Victorian-era property in Sydney.

    Situated a stone’s throw from Bondi Beach, Alexander House acts as a “design laboratory” where Alexander & Co’s team can meet, collaborate and find space to work independently.
    Alexander & Co’s self-designed office has a double-height kitchenThe homely office occupies a semi-detached property that dates back to the Victorian period. Though the practice decided to preserve the building’s original facade, its interior was completely remodelled to function as a modern workspace.
    Staff enter the office via a ground-level vestibule with rammed-earth walls before climbing a flight of stairs to reach the open-plan living and dining area on the first floor.
    A “cafe-style” area provides seating for staffOne half of the space is dressed with an angular olive-green sofa, a glossy coffee table and a puffy grape-coloured armchair.

    The other half of the room is occupied by a double-height kitchen. At its centre is a chunky breakfast island crafted from pink-hued concrete, around which the team can congregate for meals, client catch-ups or company events.
    Construction waste was used to make furnishings in the courtyardAdditional seating is provided in a “cafe-style” area at the edge of the room, which features a custom leather seating banquette, cane chairs and a couple of tables.
    Concertina glass doors at the rear of the kitchen open up onto a courtyard. This houses a pool and an ice bath alongside a collection of mottled stools and side tables that were custom-made out of waste generated from the building’s renovation.
    A cosy library can be found on the building’s mezzanine level”Beauty can be found in the irregularities and developing patinas that have resulted from incorporating handmade and natural materials throughout our new space,” explained the practice.
    “Blemishes, cracks and connections – they are all magic and inform our storytelling through scale and detail.”

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    Directly above the ground floor is a generous mezzanine level that accommodates a cosy library space where Alexander & Co can host more intimate meetings.
    The room’s bookshelves and kidney-shaped table are crafted from walnut wood, while chocolatey leather curtains are suspended in front of the doorway.
    Visiting team members from other offices can stay over in the bedroom suiteThe narrower end of the mezzanine was turned into a quiet work area for up to five people, finished with a thickset concrete ledge for laptops.
    The upper floor of the building was made into a bright loft-esque space. Here there’s an events room and a bedroom suite, where visiting team members from other offices can stay.
    Down in the basement is the practice’s materials libraryTraditional workstations can be found down in the basement along with Alexander & Co’s materials library.
    From this level of the building, you can also access the landscaped back garden, which will be used during the summer for alfresco gatherings.
    A concrete staircase runs through all four levels of the buildingAll four levels of the building are connected by a concrete staircase with brass balustrading and a dramatic seven-metre-long pendant light dangling through its central void.
    Alexander House is one of six projects shortlisted in the small workspace interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards.
    Others in the running include F.Forest Office by Atelier Boter, which sits within a glass-fronted building in a Tawainese fishing village, and Samsen Atelier by Note Design Studio, which also serves as a wine bar.
    The photography is by Anson Smart.

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    Ten interiors that draw on the principles of the Bauhaus

    A hotel that pays tribute to early German modernism and an apartment within a ski resort designed by architect Marcel Breuer are among the projects collected in our latest lookbook, which explores interiors informed by the Bauhaus.

    The most influential art and design school in history, the Bauhaus’ was established in Germany in 1919 and although it closed just over a decade later continues to influence interior designers today.
    Work produced by students and teachers during the school’s 14-year history, centred on founder Walter Gropius’ ethos that art and craft should marry to create a new architecture.
    The below projects feature distinctly Bauhaus elements including chrome tubular chairs, geometric shapes, primary colours and abstract textiles.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring living rooms that use warm neutrals to create a cosy ambience, bedrooms with wardrobes that are disguised as walls and contemporary living rooms in Georgian and Victorian homes.

    Photo is by Arthur FechozCassiopeia Apartment, France, by Volta
    Tasked with reviving the “Bauhaus spirit” of this apartment set within a Breuer-designed ski resort, architecture studio Volta added soft furnishings in mustard yellows and royal blues, referencing the colour palette of movement.
    Armchairs with steel frames that resemble Breuer’s Wassily Chair have also been used to decorate the living room.
    “The Bauhaus movement was predominant in the design of the project,” said the studio. “It has influenced its history, its choice of materials and its furniture. The challenge was to revive its influences in a contemporary context.”
    Find out more about Cassiopeia apartment ›
    Photo is by Nicole FranzenDe Maria, US, by The MP Shift
    Design studio The MP Shift wanted De Maria, a contemporary American restaurant in Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood to look like an artist’s studio, complete with white brickwork and pink-tinted plaster.
    The studio paid tribute to Bauhaus and 1970s Soho style by adding sofas upholstered in tan-coloured leather, orb-shaped pendant lamps and simple pieces of art with triangular shapes.
    Find out more about De Maria ›
    Photo courtesy of Agnieszka Owsiany StudioNadzieja, Poland, by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio
    Design influences from the Bauhaus collide with Israeli flavours at Nadzieja, a restaurant in Poznań, Poland designed by local studio Agnieszka Owsiany Studio.
    Filled with brown-leather chairs with tubular steel frames, high granite ivory counters and spherical pendant lights, the eatery has a bright and warm interior that draws parallels with the large number of Bauhaus buildings found in Tel Aviv.
    Find out more about Nadzieja ›
    Photo is by Edmund DabneySchwan Locke Hotel, Germany, by Fettle
    Influenced by the work of proto-Bauhaus association Deutsche Werkbund, design studio Fettle wanted the interiors of aparthotel Locke to be at once nostalgic and distinctly contemporary.
    Its 151 apartment rooms feature a combination of light timber, raw plaster, chrome, steel and mohair materials set against a colourful yet muted pink and green backdrop.
    Find out more about Schwan Locke hotel ›
    Photo courtesy of KasthallQuilt by Ellinor Eliasson
    In this living room, Swedish designer Ellinor Eliasson’s tufted rug acts as a centrepiece and gives the space a warm and richly textured look.
    The graphic, modernist rug recalls the work of renowned Bauhaus weaving workshop teacher Anni Albers, who is best known for her textiles and recognisable lines, colours and forms.
    Find out more about Quilt ›
    Photo is by Andrew Joseph WoomerSoho House Nashville, US, by Soho House
    At the Soho House in Nashville, guests can enjoy a taste of the city’s musical heritage while uncovering the building’s industrial past as a knitting mill.
    Designed to feel warm and rich, much like the rock and roll, jazz and blues music that Nashville is known for, the accommodation features bespoke lamps, brassy industrial finishes and plenty of tubular decor to create an industrial interior that still feels modern.
    Find out more about Soho House Nashville ›
    Photo is by Stephen Kent Johnson53 West Apartment, US, by André Fu and AFSO
    Architect André Fu and his Hong Kong studio AFSO referenced the geometric designs of the Bauhaus school for 53 West Apartment, a model unit set within architect Jean Nouvel’s New York tower block.
    The two-bedroom apartment is peppered with sculptural pieces of furniture such as a room divider comprised of dark wood and rods, which compliments the existing walnut doors and oak floors and cabinets.
    Find out more about 53 West Apartment ›
    Photo is by Fran ParenteRP House, Brazil, by Estúdio BG
    Inside this stripped-back two-storey residence called RP House, black steelwork, bare walls and simple white volumes stacked on top of each other come together to create a sparse yet light-filled Brazilian home.
    São Paulo studio Estúdio BG said that the design referenced the principles of repeatability and standardisation advocated by designers of the Bauhaus.
    “This 1920s movement was characterised by the replication of design in an industrial format,” the studio said. “The simple geometric volume, the elimination of decorative elements and the use of the roof as terraces reinforce the principles adopted in the project.”
    Find out more about RP House ›
    Photo is by Krista JahnkePalm Springs Dome House, US, by Pavlina Williams
    Los Angeles-based architect Pavlina Williams added multiple windows and knocked down several walls in her renovation of this Californian house, transforming it from a gloomy residence into a desert sun trap.
    In the open-plan living area, a caramel leather Wassily Chair by the Hungarian architect and designer Breuer sits alongside a spiral stainless-steel staircase that leads up to a loft.
    Find out more about Palm Springs Dome House ›
    Photo is by Derek HudsonKaDeWe, Germany, by India Mahdavi
    French architect India Mahdavi borrowed from the Bauhaus’ preoccupation with strong graphic lines and shapes in her renovation of department store KaDeWe by adding sweeping black, white and grey stripes of Santa Margherita to the floor of the womenswear section.
    Elsewhere in the 2,000-square-metre shopping space, pink carpeting is set off against triple-tiered, brass clothes rails and olive green and dusty pink velvet curtains.
    Find out more about KaDeWe ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bathrooms where the sink takes centre stage, homes with arched openings that add architectural interest and bookshops designed to enhance the browsing experience.

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    Emilieu Studio uses local materials to form mobile furniture in Toulon design school

    Moveable furnishings crafted from old ship sails and plywood offcuts appear throughout the École Camondo Méditerranée design school in Toulon with interiors by French practice Emilieu Studio.

    The southerly outpost of Paris’s École Camondo is set on the coast of the French Riviera and features a pared-back open-plan interior meant to reflect “how design and sustainability intersect”.
    Design school École Camondo Méditerranée has a pared-back interiorIts sparse 2,000-square-metre floor plan is interrupted by a series of boxy storage units where students keep all their equipment.
    Each one is made of marine plywood offcuts that Emilieu Studio found in a nearby factory, selecting the material for its lightweight, hardwearing and water-resistant qualities.
    Storage units were painted to look like local rock and marbleDecorative artist Pierre-Yves Morel was enlisted to paint the surfaces of the units to resemble different types of marble and rock that are local to Toulon.

    “We had two difficulties with adornment: aesthetics could not come across functionality and we had to showcase the wonderful raw materials of Provence without extraction,” explained the studio. “Our only room for manoeuvre was surface, so we dared to rehabilitate faux.”
    Wheeled plinths can be turned into mobile whiteboards and trolleysOtherwise, the decor was kept to a minimum save for a few blown-up maps of Toulon that the studio mounted on walls and moveable partitions.
    “They allow a better understanding of the territory and encourage collaborative projects by being fully annotatable and magnetic,” Emilieu Studio explained.

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    Marine plywood was also used to create several wheeled plinths that, with some extensions, can be transformed into mobile trolleys, whiteboards or work tables.
    The plinths also form the basis of the school’s modular sofas, which are finished with chunky cushions upholstered in old boat sails from the harbour in nearby Marseille. These can be removed and stacked to create seating in other pockets of the room.
    The plinths also form the base of the school’s modular sofa systemThe only fixed elements of the school’s interior are the stainless steel units that make up the kitchen area, as these had to be linked to the building’s plumbing system.
    There’s also a colour-coded bin station with built-in weighing scales so that students can manage their waste output and organise it for use in future projects.
    More traditional desks with glossy white countertops were also dotted around the space.
    Blown-up maps of Toulon act as decorationEcole Camondo Méditerranée is one of five projects shortlisted in the civic and cultural interior category of the 2022 Dezeen Awards.
    Other projects in the running include the world’s first multi-storey skatepark in Folkestone and Stanbridge Mill Library by Crawshaw Architects, which occupies a former cow shed.
    The photography is by Antoine Huot. 

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    Ten industrial yet inviting homes in converted warehouses

    For our latest lookbook, we’ve selected 10 warehouse conversions that have transformed industrial buildings into welcoming homes with charm and character.

    Built for storing large amounts of manufactured goods, warehouses have practical designs characterised by exposed structures and unfinished surfaces, including exposed brickwork, revealed joists, concrete floors, steel window frames and uncovered pipework.
    Their interiors are often considered cold and uninviting, but their high ceilings and large open-plan layouts make warehouses ideal for family homes and hybrid work and living spaces.
    Below, Dezeen has rounded up 10 examples of converted warehouse interiors that celebrate industrial details and introduce elements that turn the space into a warm and inviting home.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bedrooms with cleverly disguised wardrobes, neutral living rooms with warm tones that create a sense of cosiness and Victorian and Georgian homes with contemporary living rooms.

    Photo is by Lorenzo ZandriEarthrise Studio, UK, by Studio McW
    Architecture practice Studio McW aimed to enhance the building’s original features when converting this 1924 warehouse in London into a home office and living space.
    Industrial elements such as steel windows, brickwork and exposed concrete beams were contrasted with softer textures introduced to the space, including timber floorboards and clay wall finishes.
    Find out more about Earthrise Studio ›
    Photo is by Salva Lopez10AM Lofts, Greece, by Studio Andrew Trotter, Gavalas Ioannidou Architecture and Eva Papadaki
    This former warehouse in Athens was transformed into a penthouse and multi-purpose event space by Spanish design practice Studio Andrew Trotter and local studios Gavalas Ioannidou Architecture and Eva Papadaki.
    The 1970s building was stripped back to reveal its concrete structure. The addition of new windows and white-painted walls lightened the interior, and vintage furnishings were used to soften the project’s industrial appearance.
    Find out more about 10AM Lofts ›
    Photo is by Rory GardinerRedfern Warehouse, Australia, by Ian Moore Architects
    For this warehouse conversion in Sydney, local firm Ian Moore Architects stripped back the original structure and extended the building with contemporary elements indicative of its industrial past.
    In the large open-plan kitchen and dining area, glass louvres and windows in metal frames extend to the roof’s ridge and overlook an internal courtyard.
    Find out more about Redfern Warehouse ›
    Photo is by Rory GardinerDefoe Road, UK, by James Davies
    James Davies, founder of London architecture studio Paper House Project, was informed by the Albert Docks in Liverpool and the Tate Modern gallery’s Turbine Hall when transforming this Hackney warehouse into his own two-bedroom home.
    Windows and skylights were added to flood double-height living spaces with natural light. Davies worked closely with an engineer to minimise the amount of visible structure in the open-plan interior, achieving a clean, minimalist design.
    Find out more about Defoe Road ›
    Photo is by Mariell Lind HansenSt John Street, UK, by Emil Eve Architects
    Oak joinery, glazed tiles and terrazzo flooring add warmth and colour to this converted warehouse apartment in London, designed by architecture studio Emil Eve Architects.
    Original concrete columns were used to zone the open-plan lounge space, dining area and kitchen, while partition walls with built-in storage were introduced to separate the other rooms in the long, narrow apartment.
    Find out more about St John Street ›
    Photo is by Eugeni BachDirk and the Chocolate Factory, Spain, by Anna and Eugeni Bach
    Architecture studio Anna and Eugeni Bach designed exposed green-painted metal beams to support the original structure of this former chocolate factory and warehouse.
    The studio converted the 19th-century warehouse into a family home and studio apartment that showcases the building’s natural materials and distinctive construction, including Catalan brick vaults and wooden framework ceilings.
    Find out more about Dirk and the Chocolate Factory ›
    Photo is by Kasia GatkowskaCanal House, the Netherlands, by Thomas Geerlings
    Thomas Geerlings, creative director of design studio Framework, transformed a disused 19th-century warehouse into a family home with oak floorboards and walls rendered in concrete stucco.
    Although most of the interior of the Dutch house had to be stripped away, Geerlings retained a structural partition on the first floor, which now divides two seating areas used for dining and as a workspace.
    Find out more about the Canal House ›
    Photo is by Fionn McCannAvenue Road Warehouse, Ireland, by Clancy Moore Architects
    Local practice Clancy Moore Architects converted this Dublin warehouse into a home and studio by organising intimate, cosy spaces around a double-height atrium.
    Flashes of colour add warmth and character to the otherwise stark white interior, including green doors and black kitchen cabinets.
    Find out more about Avenue Road Warehouse ›
    Photo is by Nirut BenjabanpotResidence HM, China, by Lim + Lu
    Sliding steel partitions and bright red pipes distinguish this loft apartment in Hong Kong, which was converted from a former printing press by design studio Lim + Lu.
    Informed by New York-style lofts and industrial buildings in the surrounding area, Lim + Lu emphasised the warehouse aesthetic with industrial-style furniture, black kitchen cabinets and concrete tiles in the bathrooms.
    Find out more about Residence HM ›
    Photo is by Jim StephensonHope Wharf, UK, by Feix & Merlin
    Located within an old grain store, London studio Feix & Merlin renovated this warehouse apartment by lowering the floor level and opening up the ceiling to create and double-height kitchen space and mezzanine level.
    The studio designed industrial-style detailing in keeping with the warehouse’s history, including steel and glass balustrades and a concrete breakfast bar.
    Find out more about Hope Wharf ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bedrooms with cleverly disguised wardrobes, neutral living rooms with warm tones that create a sense of cosiness and Victorian and Georgian homes with contemporary living rooms.

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    Victorian warehouse in London transformed into Greencoat Place office

    British architecture practice Squire and Partners and office design firm Modus Workspace have retained the ornate cast-iron columns and glazed tiles of a 19th-century warehouse in London while turning it into a contemporary workspace.

    Located in London’s Victoria, the Greencoat Place building was originally used as a warehouse, storeroom and food hall for the Army & Navy Stores – a military cooperative turned department store that was acquired by House of Fraser in 1973.
    Greencoat Place is a warehouse-turned-office in LondonNow, the building belongs to serviced office provider Fora and houses a mix of workspaces and amenities including a fitness studio, a colourful terrazzo bar and a vertical farm on the lower-ground level, where fresh produce is grown for workers to take home or eat for lunch.
    Two historic halls sit at the heart of the building – one serving as a flexible communal space for events or casual meetings, while the other is a workspace flooded with natural light from a skylight above.
    The building’s original brickwork was exposed in several placesReferences to the building’s past can be found throughout its interiors. This includes carefully preserved mouldings and glazed tiles, some featuring marine details in a nod to Army & Navy Stores’ history as a military cooperative, which supplied officers and their families with price-controlled goods.

    The building’s cast-iron columns and original steel doors were restored along with the vaulted ceilings on the lower ground level. In places where the original brickwork was exposed, the design team deliberately left layers of paint behind to visualise the renovation process.
    Its decorative glazed tiles were also retainedModus Workspace chose a soft, calm interior palette to contrast with the building’s industrial shell. Lime-washed oak was paired with richly textured fabrics and arch-shaped details, which echo the arches in the original halls.
    Colourful mosaic tiling unearthed in neighbouring residential buildings was reinterpreted in the flooring of the office’s communal spaces, introducing colour and pattern.

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    Open lounge spaces provide a calm environment to relax and collaborate while a series of video call booths are equipped with integrated lighting designed to show people in their best light.
    Video call facilities are also available in every meeting room to cater to hybrid working patterns, while secure cycle storage, changing facilities and showers promote an active commute or lunch break.
    Well-lit booths provide private spaces for video callsIn line with biophilic design principles, the interior combines plenty of planting, daylight and natural materials in a bid to enhance occupants’ wellbeing.
    To make the Victorian building more energy efficient and minimise its operational emissions, the architecture firm installed new glazing, sensor-controlled lighting and a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, which only circulates the minimum amount of refrigerants needed during a single heating or cooling period.
    The building’s concrete shell is softened with biophilic design elementsGreencoat Place has been shortlisted in the large workspace interior category of Dezeen Awards 2022.
    Two former industrial buildings are also in the running for the title – Dyson’s global HQ housed in a Singapore power station and a shared workspace, which is set in the generator building that once supplied Bristol’s tram system.
    The photography is by Jack Hobhouse.

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