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    Ten home interiors framed by impressive shutters and louvres

    From windows framed by slatted aluminium fins to colourful metal panels that wrap around a building’s facade, our latest lookbook showcases 10 homes with shutters and louvres.

    Made from slats, fins and blades, shutters can be used to control the amount of sunlight that enters a home, provide privacy, open the house up to scenic views and protect against extreme weather conditions such as wind or humidity.
    They can be adjusted electronically or via hand with pulleys and levers to change the amount of light and regulate the airflow that comes into a room.
    In a similar fashion, architects and designers typically add horizontal or vertical louvres to the outside of a building to shade it from the sun or decorate its facades.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks on bedrooms with balconies, decorative ceramics and bathrooms with statement tiles.

    Photo courtesy Nishizawa ArchitectsHouse in Chau Doc, Vietnam, by Nishizawa Architects
    This multi-generational home in the Vietnamese city of Chau Doc is shared by three separate families. Renovated by Ho Chi Min-based studio Nishizawa Architects, the airy structure features moveable corrugated metal panels instead of walls.
    Occupants benefit from unspoiled views of the surrounding rice fields as well as plenty of sunlight, greenery and natural ventilation that filters throughout the three floors.
    Find out more about House in Chau Doc ›
    Photo by Cristiano BauceCasa Ventura, Brazil, by Arquitetura Nacional
    Casa Ventura, a house situated in a gated residential community in Xangri Lá, has reinforced white concrete shutters punctured by cylindrical openings across its facade.
    Brazilian studio Arquitetura Nacional added the panels to shade the upper level of the house, which contains four minimalist bedrooms, a massage room and a sparsely decorated room in neutral shades for watching television.
    Find out more about Casa Ventura ›
    Photo by Gonzalo ViramonteObra Luyaba, Argentina, by Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos
    Córdoba-based studio Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos paired creamy floor tiles with warm wooden furniture, shelves and battens in the living space of this property in a remote spot in Traslasierra Valley.
    A terrace with operable full-height wooden shutters wraps around the project and gives the homeowners unparalleled views of the mountainous surroundings.
    Find out more about Obra Luyaba ›
    Photo courtesy of Bates Masi ArchitectsAmagansett Dunes House, US, by Bates Masi Architects
    Kaleidoscopic patterns of dappled light decorate the interior of Amagansett Dunes House, a four-bedroom home that backs onto a wooded nature preserve in Amagansett, New York.
    The sunlight filters in through the louvres on the building’s western facade. As well as creating intricate patterns, the louvres are designed to allow breezes to pass through which keeps the occupants cool.
    Find out more about Amagansett Dunes House ›
    Photo courtesy of Jinnawat BorihankijananForest House, Thailand, by Shma Company
    Containing 120 trees and 20 different plant species, the aptly named Forest House is situated in a dense, urban spot in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
    Narrow balconies nestled between white steel louvres fringe the house and are populated with a variety of potted plants, trees and evergreens.
    “The house is designed to maximise natural ventilation and sunlight,” Shma Company’s director Prapan Napawongdee told Dezeen. “The interplay between solids and voids, which is present throughout the three storeys, brings the greenery close to every room in the house.”
    Find out more about Forest House ›
    Photo by Amit GeronLE House, Israel, by Bar Orian Architects
    Built for a couple and their three children by Israeli architecture studio Bar Orian Architects, LE House was designed to pay homage to Brutalist architecture.
    On the ground floor, polished concrete flooring is set off against an exposed concrete wall that separates the kitchen, living and dining room from the library and master bedroom.
    The occupants can rotate or slide open the dark red louvres – which are made from strips of aluminium and Corten steel – electronically to adjust the amount of sunlight depending on the time of day.
    Find out more about LE House ›
    Photo courtesy of Smart Design StudioBrougham Place, Australia, by Smart Design Studio
    Travertine stone floors, timber stairs and concrete walls and ceilings create a neutral backdrop throughout Brougham Place, a three-storey home by Sydney architecture studio Smart Design Studio.
    Splashes of colour and strips of daylight punctuate the otherwise muted interior through the multicoloured vertical wooden louvres on the front facade.
    Find out more about Brougham Place ›
    Photo by Federico CairoliWoven House, Colombia, by Santiago Pradilla and Zuloark
    Woven screens made from a natural fibre called Yaré divide this long, cabin-like home designed for the owners of a coffee plantation in Colombia.
    Shutters made from the same material frame the double-height living area, dining and kitchen spaces, allowing the house to be opened up to the outside.
    Woven furniture that matches the shutters and screens is dotted throughout the two-storey home while a fabric hammock hangs from its timber beams.
    Find out more about Woven House ›
    Photo by Amit GeronSea of Galilee House, Israel, by Golany Architects
    Israeli studio Golany Architects wanted to maximise views over the Sea of Galilee in this newly built family home set on the slopes of the Jordan Rift Valley.
    Floor-to-ceiling glass glazing on both the ground and upper level offers panoramic views over the garden, nearby village and the freshwater lake.
    To help keep residents cool during the hot summer months, the studio added rolling linear shutters which filter the sun and double as a privacy screen.
    Find out more about Sea of Galilee House ›
    Photo by Harshan ThomsonKsaraah, Bangalore, by Taliesyn
    Furniture and fittings inside Ksaraah were made from materials and crafts local to Bangalore, with tables made from local stone, bedding made from “khadi” cloth and “kansa” metal crockery.
    Architecture and design studio Taliesyn wanted the 487-square-metre house to create a connection with nature.
    Living spaces are either fully open to the outside or able to be opened up via sliding and folding shutters so that residents can enjoy the tropical surroundings. Some rooms are also elevated to take full advantage of the views.
    Find out more about Ksaraah ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing residential bathrooms, dining areas anchored by sculptural pendant lights and homes with French doors.

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    Flack Studio designs Ace Hotel Sydney as a “deep homage” to Australia

    References to the landscape and industrial heritage of Australia are woven into the Ace Hotel’s new outpost in Sydney, with interiors designed by local practice Flack Studio.

    Situated in the city’s historic Tyne House factory in Surry Hills, the 257-room Ace Hotel Sydney marks the American hotel group’s first location in the southern hemisphere.
    Ace Hotel Sydney houses a lobby, bar and lounge on the ground floorOn the ground floor, public spaces include a lobby, bar and lounge, a neighbourhood restaurant and a day-to-night cafe, while the building’s top floor is occupied by a rooftop restaurant designed by Australian interiors studio Fiona Lynch Office.
    Describing the project as a “deep homage” to Australia, Flack Studio said the interior draws on the warm neutural tones of the country’s desert landscapes and the paintings of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.
    The sunken lounge features brown leather sofasThe hotel has sandstone feature walls on the ground floor, a red marble staircase that stretches from the lobby to the first floor and terracotta-coloured tiles in the guest bathrooms.

    A sunken lounge on the ground floor is rendered in shades of caramel and burnt orange – reminiscent of the easygoing design favoured in Australia’s suburbs in the 1970s – while abundant planting throughout the hotel recalls the country’s lush rainforests.
    A red marble staircase leads up to the first floorFlack Studio also took cues from the work of Australian architect Robin Boyd, who proposed a functionalist and regionally grounded approach to architecture using simple forms and local materials.
    In the Ace Hotel Sydney, this can be seen in the off-form concrete walls, locally sourced timber and aged brass that reflect the utilitarian history of the building and the neighbourhood.
    Guest rooms are designed to feel cosy and residentialThe hotel’s 18-storey brick building was originally erected in 1916 to house the factory and distribution centre of chemist chain Washington H. Soul Pattinson.
    It also sits on the site where one of Australia’s oldest ceramic kilns was discovered, used by potter Jonathan Leak to produce domestic pottery as early as the 1820s.

    Luchetti Krelle creates eclectic bar Jane inside former butcher shop

    Ace Hotel Sydney’s wayfinding and signage were created by graphic design practice Studio Ongarato, incorporating elements of 70s modular design alongside bold geometric forms and textured materials.
    A sense of craftsmanship is conveyed through glazed ceramic room signage and hand-painted details on the entry signs.
    They feature custom lighting, furniture and fixturesThe hotel’s guest rooms feature custom lighting, furniture and fixtures and are designed to feel cosy and residential. Each room features a Rega turntable and a vinyl collection put together by Melbourne-based record label Efficient Space.
    Other highlights include an art collection curated by Flack Studio that showcases the works of contemporary Australian artists and a minibar stocked with goods from local producers.
    In the coming months, the hotel is also set to launch a residency programme spotlighting First Nations artists.
    Terracotta-coloured tiles line the walls in the guest bathroomsAce Hotel was founded in Seattle in 1999 and now has locations in cities including Los Angeles, New Orleans and Kyoto.
    Last August, the hotel chain opened its Brooklyn outpost, which features art in every room and a public gallery in its lobby that houses rotating exhibitions. Ace Hotel’s next location in Toronto is due to open in 2022.
    The photography is by Anson Smart and Nikki To.

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    Luchetti Krelle creates eclectic bar Jane inside former butcher shop

    Seventies decor, French bistros and indigenous flowers are some of the references design studio Luchetti Krelle has mixed inside this bar in Sydney, Australia, which occupies a converted butcher.

    Serving local wines and small plates, Jane is meant to be the more casual counterpart to Arthur – a nearby restaurant offering only five-course tasting menus.
    The bar retains the butcher’s original facadeBoth venues are run by chef Tristan Rosier and are named after his late grandparents.
    The building now housing Jane originally served as a butcher but was subsequently reincarnated as various eateries, which made it in desperate need of a revamp, according to Luchetti Krelle.
    A cosy group seating area was created by the entranceThe studio made some minor tweaks to the building’s tiled facade, restoring the brass framework and replacing its tinted windows and door panes with clear glass to allow passersby to look inside.

    A section of the butcher’s original gold-leaf signage was also carefully preserved.
    The seating area features a marble table and vintage chandelierThe interior’s 70-square-metre footprint only allowed Luchetti Krelle to make minimal structural alterations.
    A cosy dining area fit for eight guests was created beside the entrance, featuring a curved seating booth and a Rosso Levanto marble table with a built-in Lazy Susan. Overhead dangles a vintage chandelier, its ornate design reflected in the mirror-clad walls.
    Natural red fibres were sprayed across the ceilingA banquette runs the length of the bar on the right-hand side, its backrest upholstered in caramel-coloured corduroy as a subtle tribute to the 70s-style interiors found in the former home of Rosier’s grandparents.
    The banquette is accompanied by a series of bespoke wooden tables with slanted corners so that even when the bar is busy and guests are in closer proximity, they can’t bump into any sharp corners.

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    On the opposite side of the room is a brass-edged drinks bar finished with a Carrara marble countertop.
    High stools upholstered in butter-yellow leather stand in front of the bar, framed by a tiled floral splashback that’s meant to be loosely reminiscent of a Parisian bistro floor.
    A corduroy banquette nods to the 70sPrior to Luchetti Krelle’s intervention, the interior featured a “cold” black-and-white paint scheme. So the studio was keen to introduce some bolder colours – particularly those synonymous with the Australian bush.
    The existing concrete floor was coated in eucalyptus-green paint while the ceiling was finished with a natural red fibre that’s similar in hue to the indigenous Waratah flower.
    Just beneath the ceiling is a sequence of custom shelves, just high enough to fit a typical wine bottle.
    Brass ribboning runs around the base and countertop of the barCorduroy seating and Rosso Levanto tables were installed in Jane’s narrower rear dining room to create an aesthetic connection to the rest of the bar.
    From here, diners can access the bar’s private courtyard and the toilets, which take over the butcher’s former salting room.
    A new skylight brings light to the windowless dining area at the rearThis space was previously accessed via a short flight of steps. But the floor was raised to meet the level of the front room and further enhance the sense of continuity.
    A new skylight and glazed panel in the back door help illuminate the space, while a false ceiling was knocked through to make the walls appear taller.
    This room was also fitted with corduroy-lined furnitureLuchetti Krelle was established in 2008 and is led by Rachel Luchetti and Stuart Krell.
    Jane joins a multitude of bars and restaurants in Sydney, which is known for its vibrant dining scene.
    Other examples include moody gin bar Four Pillars Laboratory and Glorietta, an airy Italian restaurant decked out with timber and rattan furnishings.
    The photography is by Anson Smart.

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    Ten homes filled with pottery and decorative ceramics

    A mid-century home renovation in Canada and an oversized thatched-roof home in Ukraine feature in our latest lookbook highlighting 10 homes with interiors that make use of pottery and decorative ceramics.

    Ceramics were a focus at this year’s Milan design week, where French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created an installation that featured pastel-hued ceramic sculptures.
    Luxury brand Off-White also unveiled a collection of ceramic homewares for the design week that was informed by architecture and the natural world.
    In this lookbook, we have highlighted a number of projects from the Dezeen archive that centre on decorative ceramics and pottery – including floor-to-ceiling shelving adorned with pots and vessels as well as open-faced cabinetry filled with ceramic kitchen and tableware.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks residential bathrooms, bedroom balconies and French doors.

    Photo is by Maja WirkusK916 and K907, Poland, by Thisispaper Studio
    Thisispaper Studio designed this holiday apartment in Warsaw with an interior scheme that boasts a minimal, stark look.
    Furnishings and cabinetry were organised sparingly throughout the home. A narrow, rectangular shelving unit was lightly populated with a collection of vessels, ceramics and objects, which juxtaposes against the home’s restrained interior.
    Find out more about K916 and K907 ›
    Photo is by Miran KambičHouse for a Ceramic Designer, Slovenia, by Arhitektura d.o.o
    House for a Ceramic Designer is a low lying concrete home that was designed by Slovenian practice Arhitektura d.o.o. It features a number of living spaces that are connected to the owner’s ceramic studio.
    Arhitektura d.o.o lined one of the rooms with steel shelving units, which have been used to display ceramic works, much like the walls of a gallery. A wooden desk was oriented toward floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch across the entirety of the garden-facing wall.
    Find out more about House for a Ceramic Designer ›

    Canadian Mountain House, Canada, by Scott & Scott
    Canadian studio Scott & Scott brightened up the interior of this mid-century home near Vancouver by incorporating a minimalist interior scheme that features wooden surfaces, white-washed walls and exposed cabinetry.
    A collection of ceramics, tableware and vessels sits within and on top of exposed cabinetry, work surfaces and shelving, adding a rustic look to the home.
    Find out more about Canadian Mountain House ›
    Photo is by Ewout HuibersHome of the Arts, The Netherlands, by i29
    Located in a former industrial area in the north of Amsterdam, i29 designed this apartment to include double-height shelving units, bespoke glass vitrines and plenty of storage space to display and accommodate the owner’s book and art collections.
    Ceramic ornaments and sculptures were placed within the highest point of the open shelving, which stretches from ground level to the Amsterdam home’s mezzanine first floor.
    Find out more about Home of the Arts ›
    Photo is by Serhii KadulinShkrub, Ukraine, by Sergey Makhno
    A large thatched-roof tops this home in Ukraine that was designed by architect and designer Sergey Makhno for his own family. Makhno looked to Japan when creating Shkrub, incorporating Japanese design and architectural elements throughout.
    In the living room, floor-to-ceiling shelving built from salvaged wood has been lined with Makhno’s own ceramic collection, mimicking the form of a nearby sculptural fireplace.
    Find out more about Shkrub ›
    Photo is by Graham SandelskiThe Box, US, by Bamesberger Architecture
    Titled The Box, this home is located in the town of Valparaiso in Indiana. The home was designed with a focus on the views overlooking its surrounding wetland.
    Its wood-lined interiors were created to reference the building’s untouched, natural surroundings. Doors were removed from wooden cabinetry and shelves in order to display collections of baskets, pottery and books.
    Find out more about The Box ›
    Photo is by Tim CrockeGallery House, UK, by Neil Dusheiko
    Architect Neil Dusheiko renovated and extended this north London home, built for his own family, adding a large kitchen and an extra bedroom.
    The kitchen was extended across the home’s former side alley and fitted with rows of skylights that adjoin oak-lined storage walls used to display an assortment of the owner’s ceramics, glassware and pictures.
    Find out more about Gallery House ›
    Photo is by Mark WatanabeShed showroom, US, by Raina Lee and Mark Watanabe
    Hidden in the garden of Lee and Watanabe’s Los Angeles home, a stilted plywood shed was built to house a pottery showroom for ceramicist Lee.
    Much like the wooden-clad exterior, the interior was lined with plywood while shelving and furnishings were crafted from scavenged wood and adorned with Lee’s ceramics, which fill the walls and floors of the shed.
    Find out more about the shed showroom ›
    Photo is by Masao NishikawaSetagaya Flat, Japan, by Naruse Inokuma
    Untreated plywood and cement smeared over concrete cover the interior of this Tokyo apartment, which was renovated by Naruse Inokuma.
    The kitchen has an open-plan design and has been organised around a single row of cabinetry that houses its sink, oven and appliances. Two rows of shelving were placed above the sink and work surfaces and used to display sculptural tableware and ceramics.
    Find out more about Setagaya Flat ›

    Airbnb apartment, Hungary, by Position Collective
    Hungarian firm Position Collective renovated this studio flat in Budapest, incorporating furniture and storage systems that cater to temporary Airbnb guests.
    An oversized wooden pegboard stretches across one wall of the studio apartment, crossing the bedroom and kitchen, and holds a number of decorative objects, paintings, books and vessels.
    Find out more about the Airbnb apartment ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing French doors, homes with terraces and children’s bedrooms.

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    Ten dining areas brightened by statement suspended lighting

    A brutalist apartment in Antwerp and a house in rural Virginia feature in our next lookbook, which showcases 10 dining spaces that use sculptural hanging lights as their centrepiece.

    Hanging, dropped or suspended ceiling lighting is an easy and popular way to create a focal point and ambience in any room.
    These lights are commonly found in two styles: pendants, which hang from a single cord with just one or two bulbs, and chandeliers, which are comprised of multiple lamps and branches.
    The contemporary examples listed below demonstrate how pendants and chandeliers can add flourish to a dining area and create an intimate atmosphere around a dinner table.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homes with French doors, bedrooms with balconies and bathrooms with statement tiles.

    Photo is by Olmo PeetersRiverside Tower apartment, Belgium, by Studio Okami Architecten
    A black ceramic light plunges down through the double-height dining room of this apartment, which Studio Okami Architecten overhauled for its founder in the brutalist Riverside Tower in Antwerp.
    The light’s sculptural form, designed by Polish creative Pani Jurek, helps soften the home’s exposed concrete shell in tandem with various artworks dotted throughout.
    Find out more about Riverside Tower apartment ›
    Photo is by Joe FletcherThree Chimney House, USA, by T W Ryan Architecture
    The focal point in the dining area of the Three Chimney House in rural Virginia is an ornamental Drop System Chandelier designed by Lindsey Adelman.
    It has a mottled brass finish and spherical bulbs that pop out against the wooden furniture below and a white-brick chimney that forms a backdrop to the room.
    Find out more about Three Chimney House ›
    Photo is by Fernando Guerra and ExtrastudioRed House, Portugal, by Extrastudio
    A delicate paper-like shade characterises this pendant light, which hangs from the ceiling in a pared-back house Extrastudio created in an old Portuguese winery.
    Its minimalist design complements the airy feel of the home’s interior that is achieved with white-painted walls, large windows and a series of skylights.
    Find out more about Red House ›
    Photo is by Charlie SchuckThe Cedars, USA, by Michael Yarinsky
    The adjustable Shape Up light, designed by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, anchors the dining area in The Cedars, a house on Long Island by Brooklyn designer Michael Yarinsky.
    Resembling a piece of art, the ornate fixture comprises three different-shaped pendants made from mouth-blown glass and metal that hang from cords threaded through pulleys.
    Find out more about The Cedars ›
    Photo is by Ståle EriksenAC Residence, UK, by DeDraft
    Three tubular brass branches capped by spherical white bulbs define the Slingshot Chandelier, which architecture studio DeDraft used as a centrepiece in the opulent AC Residence in London.
    The light, which is designed by Doozie Light Studio, is teamed with white walls, wooden chairs and a marbled Tulip Table designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.
    Find out more about AC Residence ›
    Photo is by Riley SnellingWalker House, Canada, by Reflect Architecture
    Pearlescent glass lamps resembling unravelling ribbons form this chandelier, which Reflect Architecture used in the open-plan kitchen and dining area of a house in Toronto.
    The light forms part of Canadian design company Bocci’s 87 series and is crafted from hot glass that is pulled, stretched and folded like taffy.
    Find out more about Walker House ›
    Photo is by Matthew MillmanRiverbend, USA, by CLB Architects
    This molecular chandelier draws the eye to the dining table of the Riverbend residence, which CLB Architects created near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
    Its metal branches are capped with circular glass shades in earthy tones that echo the wooden finishes of the furniture below and the ceiling overhead.
    Find out more about Riverbend ›
    Photo is by Adolf BereuterHaus im Obstgarten, Austria, by Firm Architekten
    Haus im Obstgarten features an open-plan kitchen and dining room with simple finishes that draw attention to an ornamental suspended pendant at its centre.
    The sculpture-like light, designed by Michael Anastassiades for Italian brand Flos, features three geometric forms that are made from black powder-coated aluminium parts which can be rearranged in various configurations.
    Find out more about Haus im Obstgarten ›
    Photo is by Doublespace PhotographyBaby Point Residence, Canada, by Batay-Csorba Architects
    This draped chandelier is found in the white-walled dining room of a Batay-Csorba Architects-designed house in Toronto.
    Named Vitis, the light is designed by US lighting brand RBW and features nylon-wrapped fabric that swoops from the ceiling and supports hand-blown frosted glass lamps.
    Find out more about Baby Point Residence ›
    Photo is by Rory GardinerCasa Mérida, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy
    These inky black pendant lights hang low over the dining table at Casa Mérida, matching the upholstery of the mid-century-style chairs beneath.
    Their bold yet minimalist design is a fitting accompaniment to the brutalist form of the Mexican house, which sees exposed concrete used across all of its main volumes.
    Find out more about Casa Mérida ›
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homes with French doors, bedrooms with balconies and bathrooms with statement tiles.

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    Bethan Laura Wood wraps boudoir in swirling marble-like pattern

    A psychedelic print in summery shades adorns the walls, bedspread and furniture inside Summer Room, an installation at Milan design week by British designer Bethan Laura Wood.

    Wood created the site-specific installation inside the art gallery Nilufar Depot as a reference to Ornate, a furniture exhibition set inside a boudoir that she debuted at Milan design week 2021.
    Wood has installed Summer Room inside Nilufar Depot”Summer Room is a continuation of the solo show Ornate that I had in September,” Wood told Dezeen.
    “I wanted to show the Ornate project in a very different environment. I specifically picked colours and added in a lot of yellow and greens to kind of have this kind of sugar summery colour tone which is slightly different,” she said.
    The living room and bedroom are furnished in a psychedelic printThe living area is wrapped in Wood’s new design Endless Meisen – a looping repeat pattern made from high-resolution scans of bespoke Alpi Wood veneers.

    This pattern was then used around the two-roomed interior to upholster bedding, cushions and also furniture such as the desk and shelving unit.
    The bedspread is covered in the same bold patternVisitors can wander from the living room through to the boudoir – the traditional term for a woman’s bedroom or private interior space, in another nod to the Ornate exhibition.
    “In here we wanted to play with what it looks like in a much more enclosed space, and with a much darker background behind aluminium so that it really kind of pops in a very different way,” she explained.
    New objects installed in the maximalist space include Temple Panda wall sconces, while a wiggly headboard above the bed is among previously featured items.

    Bethan Laura Wood’s Ornate exhibition features furniture informed by boudoirs

    In the corner of the living room is a new piece called Trellis Column, a hanging light that Wood designed to recall the metal structures often found behind traditional lighting fittings.
    “When I visited factories like Venini or these old school glass houses, a lot of the armature behind the light fittings is something I’ve always found really beautiful,” she said.
    “I really wanted to make a project where the armature and the decoration were more in conversation rather than the decoration [alone].”
    Wood has displayed a hanging light called Trellis ColumnNilufar Gallery showcases existing and new pieces by 24 other designers selected by Nilufar’s gallerist Nina Yashar, who founded the centre in 1979.
    Other projects by Wood include an installation of giant canapé-shaped sculptures and a group exhibition that explores the friendships between designers.
    Photography is courtesy of Nilufar Gallery.
    Summer Room is part of Milan design week 2022, which takes place from 6 to 12 June 2022. See Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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    Mind Manifestation lines self-designed studio in Pune with perforated bricks

    Indian practice Mind Manifestation has set up its studio in a converted apartment in Pune and designed the interior to reflect how the local landscape changes colour from season to season.

    Pale green lime plaster and perforated bricks transform the 120-square-metre flat into a workspace that is both compatible with Pune’s tropical climate and reflective of the grassy hillside on which it is set.
    Perforated bricks line the reception area of Mind Manifestation’s studio”The material palette has been tastefully chosen so as to match with the different shades of the hill throughout the year,” Mind Manifestation explained.
    “Thus nature flows through to the indoors and the space becomes part of nature.”
    Seating in the reception area is crafted from recycled cardboard tubesThe office is fronted by a small reception area, where both the floor and desk are lined with perforated bricks.

    Here, visitors can sit and wait on a bench that curves around one corner of the space, fronted by recycled cardboard tubes.
    Just behind the reception desk is a door that leads onto a small terrace, which is also floored with bricks to foster a seamless connection between the studio and the outdoors.
    The window seat looks out across a hillsideBeyond the studio’s entrance area are a few rows of oakwood desks with cane-backed office chairs. There’s also a deep-set window seat that offers views over the sunny eastern side of the hill.
    Walls here and throughout the rest of the office are washed with lime plaster, specifically selected by Mind Manifestation for its breathability. The floors, on the other hand, were poured over with terracotta-coloured concrete to match the bricks.

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    To one side of the plan is a large meeting room centred by a wooden table. The same cardboard tubes that feature in the reception were used here to clad the table’s cylindrical base and to create a textured wall feature.
    At the back of the space is a chunky concrete ledge where staff can recline as well as a shuttered window.
    Green lime plaster covers the meeting room’s wallsAdditional work areas can be found towards the rear of the floor plan, along with a more casual meeting room where staff can gather for brainstorming sessions or team lunches.
    This room is fronted by a series of perforated brick screens that allow cooling winds to pass into the interior. Bricks were also used to build a block of tiered seating at the back of the room.
    Perforated bricks also create screens in a secondary meeting roomArchitecture and design studios often take on the responsibility of creating their own offices.
    In London, the couple behind local practice 2LG Studio established a workspace in their four-bedroom home, while Esrawe Studio set up its Mexico City office inside a former dance hall, taking care to preserve the building’s weathered ceiling trusses.
    The photography is by Hemant Patil.
    Project credits:
    Architecture: Mind ManifestationLead architects: Anand Deshmukh, Chetan LahotiDesign team: Pranjali Ekre, Dipti Kanade, Vidisha Paltewar

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    Bachmann Associés gives Belle Époque hotel in French ski resort a modern update

    Bare brick and concrete are exposed in this renovation of a grand hotel at the foot of Mont Blanc by French architecture practice Bachmann Associés.

    Set in the ski resort of Chamonix, La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix occupies the former Savoy Palace – an 18,000-square-metre Belle Époque building with 250 rooms and five restaurants that was originally constructed in 1904.
    La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix is set in the renovated Savoy Palace hotelIn the 1920s, the hotel hosted lavish balls and tennis tournaments. But it later fell into disrepair and was abandoned by French travel operator Club Med in 2018 after it stated that “the site simply no longer meets our criteria”.
    Commissioned by the hotel’s new operators – hotel groups La Folie Douce and Les Hôtels Très Particuliers – Bachmann Associés wanted to reconnect the hotel with its opulent heritage and create spaces that would appeal to an “eclectic clientele”.
    Concrete and brick are exposed throughout the interiorThe Dinard-based studio, founded by architects Christophe Bachmann and Jérôme Gesret, left many of the hotel’s walls and ceilings intentionally rough, using lighting to accentuate any cracks and uneven textures.

    These raw surfaces are contrasted with opulent antique furnishings and finishes, including velvet-upholstered chaises longues, bespoke patterned carpets and brass fixtures.
    Modern fixtures replace old-school chandeliers in the atriumIn the public areas, dark and intimate spaces are alternated with generous light-filled rooms blessed with expansive Alpine views.
    In the lobby, partitions and false ceilings were stripped out to create a grand atrium with a sweeping staircase and a series of contemporary suspension lights that replace the hotel’s old-fashioned chandeliers.
    On the first floor, a cocktail lounge called Le Janssen is anchored by a brass-fronted bar and surrounded by arched floor-to-ceiling windows.

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    “For this project, we had an exciting playground,” Gesret and Bachmann explained. “It was demanding because we had to bring an old palace back to life by completely reinventing the codes of the classic hotel industry. But that is really what appealed to us.”
    “We really like to shake up and reinvent places and we had a lot of fun exploiting the volumes, imagining spaces of freedom and conviviality in the very spirit of La Folie Douce.”
    The cocktail lounge has a brass-fronted barWith a similar aim, Snøhetta recently updated another Belle Époque hotel set in a tiny mountain village in Norway, while Roman and Williams converted a historic London police station into the first international outpost from American hospitality chain NoMad.
    The photography is by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.

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