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    Stewart-Schafer renovates modernist house in Connecticut woods

    The founders of Brooklyn studio Stewart-Schafer have renovated a modernist home in Connecticut for themselves, using a natural colour palette to complement the surrounding woodland.

    James Veal and Christine Stucker, co-principals of Stewart-Schafer, chose to overhaul the modernist-style “architectural gem” for their family
    Stewart-Schafer principals James Veal and Christine Stucker added a personal touch to a house in EastonBuilt in 1984, the four-bedroom home sits within 18 acres of woodland in the town of Easton, a 62-mile (100-kilometre) commute from New York City.
    “The bones of the house and property were incredible,” Veal and Stucker told Dezeen. “You can tell the original owners who had this house built put a lot of love into it, no detail was spared.”
    The studio replaced some of the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors during renovation workThey had been searching for a house in Connecticut for a year, to no avail.

    But when they found this 4,700-square-foot (437-square-metre) residence on Morehouse Road it was “love at first sight” and they put in an offer almost immediately after viewing.
    The kitchen was given an update using wooden cabinetry”Sadly the second owners did not maintain it over the years and there were several things that needed to be fixed and replaced,” they added.
    An extensive renovation involved updating the family room, kitchen, and powder room, and redesigning the interiors throughout.
    A large bedroom was converted into a family room upstairsSeveral of the large glass windows and doors were replaced, and the exterior was transformed with new decking and planting after clearing the site of dead trees.
    The couple also renovated a cabin in the woods on the property, to serve as a guest house.
    Textures and colours were chosen to complement the original architectureIn both buildings, a blend of Japanese and Scandinavian decor was used to complement the existing wooden floors, ceilings and other joinery, in order to stay true to the original designs.
    Bedrooms and bathrooms were painted with earthy hues, while other rooms feature rugs, upholstery and bedding that continue the same palette.
    Rugs and upholstery continue the natural colour scheme in the bedrooms”With all the wood and views of the property we knew that inside we needed to play on those organic colours,” said the duo. “We used various textures throughout the home to balance things out.”
    The main house is split over three floors, with the majority of living space located on the central level.
    Clerestory windows bring light into the upstairs bedrooms from multiple sidesA double-height formal living room and adjacent dining area have decks on either side and connect to the separate kitchen that features white tiling and wood cabinetry.
    The primary bedroom suite on the same level leads to an indoor pool, which can be exposed to the elements by fully sliding back a floor-to-ceiling glass wall.

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    Upstairs, a large bedroom was converted into a family room with a custom-made modular sofa.
    “Originally it was just a huge open bedroom with no real sense of direction or purpose,” said Veal and Stucker. “By adding a fireplace and custom millwork along an oversized double sided sofa this room serves so many purposes.”
    Bathrooms were painted in darker huesThis room and two further bedrooms on the top level have clerestory windows that allow natural light to enter from multiple sides.
    The lowest level accommodates a home office and a mechanical room. All of the floors are connected by both internal stair flights with open risers and a black spiral staircase outside.
    The project involved replacing the outdoor decking and planting new foilageOverall, Stewart-Schafer aimed to imbue the almost 40-year-old house with contemporary flourishes that respect and celebrate the original architecture.
    “We really feel like this house has been a great example of how good design stands the test of time,” the couple said. “We feel even in 30 more years it will still be very relevant.”
    Built in 1984, the house sits on 18 acres of woodlandThere are many examples of modernist architecture Southwest Connecticut – an affluent area where many New Yorkers have long chosen to live within easy reach of the city, but with the benefits of rural surroundings.
    Others that have been updated in the past few years include a Marcel Breuer home expanded by Toshiko Mori and a mid-century residence renovated by Joel Sanders.
    The photography is by Alice Gao.

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    Ten homes that make a feature of their corridors

    Our latest lookbook showcases 10 homes that prove that with the right use of elements such as colour, unusual flooring or feature walls, internal corridors can be much more than a necessary evil.

    Corridors are sometimes frowned upon, with contemporary architects often preferring to create open-plan layouts that avoid any potentially cramped passageways.
    But in some cases, corridors are unavoidable, and they can even become a space to enjoy in their own right.
    Below are 10 examples of the various ways in which architects and designers have sought to celebrate corridors in residential interiors.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring compact bedrooms, interiors that use room dividers and homes with built-in furniture.

    Photo is by Ståle EriksenUpper Wimpole Street apartment, UK, by Jonathan Tuckey Design
    This elliptical corridor leads from the living room of this flat in a Regency-era London townhouse into an antechamber next to the master bedroom.
    Architecture studio Jonathan Tuckey Design used pastel pink for the walls and striking black and white triangular floor tiles that contrast with the palette of the adjacent room, defining it as its own space while conveying a sense of intrigue about what lies beyond.
    Find out more about this Upper Wimpole Street apartment ›
    Photo is by Jeremie WarshafskyCandy Loft, Canada, by StudioAC
    Toronto firm StudioAC gave this loft conversion apartment in a former factory a more intimate feel by creating white, arched corridors with pale Douglas fir floors from Dinesen skirted by warm inlaid LED lights.
    “The upward glow of the lighting highlights the curve overhead as you move through the extruded thresholds,” the studio said.
    Find out more about Candy Loft ›
    Photo is by Stijn BollaertWeekend House, Belgium, by Bovenbouw Architectuur
    Antwerp studio Bovenbouw Architectuur designed this bungalow to make visitors feel like they are walking up a path by opening the front door onto a curving hallway of wooden steps leading up through the house.
    “We liked the idea to see the house as a walk up the slope, a path,” practice founder Dirk Somers said. “When you walk up the ‘path’, the corridor, you look into the trees in the back of the garden.”
    Find out more about Weekend House ›
    Photo is by Nick GlimenakisRiverside Apartment, USA, by Format Architecture Office
    A translucent glass portion is set into the pale hardwood wall of this corridor in a compact New York apartment renovated by Format Architecture Office.
    The glass allows light to pass through to avoid making the space feel cramped, while the millwork contains cupboards for storage, with the corridor itself serving to create a clear distinction between different areas in the home.
    Find out more about Riverside Apartment ›
    Photo is by Pol ViladomsMontcada house, Spain, by Hiha Studio
    Slicing through this long, narrow dwelling near Barcelona renovated by Hiha Studio is a corridor defined by an inward-curving wall bearing full-height doors, designed to break up the linear layout of the space.
    To accentuate the curve, the rooms behind the doors have a slightly lower ceiling that continues beyond the corridor and cuts diagonally across the adjacent living area, carrying with it the same light-grey colour.
    Find out more about this Montcada house ›
    Photo is by Maxime BrouilletMB House, Canada, by Jean Verville Architectes
    Jean Verville Architectes filled this house in Montreal with recesses and passageways to delineate the space in a sculptural manner.
    Like nearly all the surfaces in the home, the corridor running from the front door is made of plywood, producing a minimalist, functional aesthetic while also concealing storage spaces.
    Find out more about MB House ›
    Photo is by Brian FerryBed-Stuy Townhouse, USA, by Civilian
    Brooklyn studio Civilian actually created a new corridor in this renovated historic townhouse by adding a full-height maple millwork block to divide two spaces while also providing storage.
    The small corridor section itself, which connects the kitchen to the living room, is lined with aluminium laminate and framed by parquet-styled American oak flooring.
    Find out more about Bed-Stuy Townhouse ›
    Photo is by Yannis DrakoulidisTrikoupi Apartment, Greece, by Point Supreme Architects
    The flooring plays a crucial role in creating a different kind of corridor in this Athens apartment reworked by local studio Point Supreme Architects.
    A long strip of oak parquet running perpendicular to the entrance hall creates a notional walkway from the dining area out to the balcony, acting as the clear central spine of the interior despite its open-plan layout.
    Find out more about Trikoupi Apartment ›
    Photo is by Luis Diaz DiazInner Home, Spain, by Azab
    Architecture studio Azab had only a very tight budget to refresh the interiors of this 1970s flat in Bilbao and was unable to make any major structural changes.
    Instead, it chose to liven up a long corridor through the centre with bold bubblegum-pink paint and a matching carpet, with a gabled glazed doorframe fitting into the pitched ceiling at one end.
    Find out more about Inner Home ›
    Photo is by Gonzalo ViramonteCasa Genaro, Argentina, by S_estudio
    This residence in Córdoba was designed by Argentine firm S_estudio for a family with a son who uses a wheelchair, so contains numerous elements of accessible design.
    Among them is a wide, central entrance hallway that extends to provide direct access to every room in the house, illuminated by generous skylights.
    Find out more about Casa Genaro ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring compact bedrooms, interiors that use room dividers and homes with built-in furniture.

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    Nwankpa Design creates compact, colourful sanctuary for working mom in LA

    California studio Nwankpa Design has transformed a room in a family house into a colourful, private space for a mother to work, breastfeed and exercise.

    The project, called Cumberland Hideaway, was designed by local firm Nwankpa Design for a creative director and mother of two. Totalling 200 square feet (18.5 square metres), the slender, rectangular room is located within a suburban, ranch-style home in Los Angeles.
    Cumberland Hideaway was designed by local firm Nwankpa DesignThe space formerly held a storage area, and before that, it served as a garage.
    The client desired a “sanctuary” where she could work, nurse and ride a fitness bike, in addition to having storage space. The design needed to be as efficient as possible because of the room’s limited size.
    “The programme packs a lot into the small footprint,” the studio said.

    The room was designed for a mother to breastfeed, work and exerciseThe team opted for blocks of colour, streamlined cabinetry and contemporary decor. The combined elements create variety without making the space feel too crowded.
    A skylight and slit windows bring in daylight while also offering privacy. Extra illumination is provided by globe-shaped Carina Maxi pendants from Nuevo Living, a Restoration Hardware chandelier and sconces by Brooklyn studio In Common With.
    Nwankpa Design added colourful accents to the spaceWalls are sheathed in a light-grey wallpaper from Fayce. Bush-hammered porcelain tile was used for the flooring.
    Furnishings include a wooden treadmill desk, a Blu Dot table and a peach sofa from Interior Define. A bold, striped rug by Ralph Lauren helps delineate the lounge area.
    Furnishings include a wooden work deskCustom medium-density fibreboard cabinets – in shades of pale pink, baby blue and white – were staggered to fit a Peloton exercise bike. Brass was selected for knobs and handles. A mini fridge was incorporated into cabinetry along one wall.
    A range of potted plants helps to round out the space.

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    Studio founder Susan Nwankpa Gillespie said the project brief resonated with her, being a working mom herself.
    “It’s about all of the things we need, without compromising what we want,” she said.
    “We need a space to decompress – somewhere we can focus and get work done, whatever kind of work that is,” she added. “We also want it to feel special, to uplift us.”
    Nwankpa Design scattered potted plants around the roomOther spaces for working moms include Big and Tiny, a co-working facility with on-site childcare that features wooden decor and a blue-and-pink colour palette, and a variety of outposts for The Wing, a women-focused, co-working company.
    The photography is by Madeline Tolle.
    Project credits:
    Design studio: Nwankpa DesignTeam: Susan Nwankpa Gillespie (lead designer), Lillian Nguyen (designer)

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    Tala Fustok Studio layers different metals to create calm ambience in Manhattan loft apartment

    Tala Fustok Studio used different mineral textures and materials to soften the hard edges of this industrial apartment in New York’s West Village.

    Designed for a single female occupant, the apartment is located on a five-block stretch on Bleecker Street within a restored late 1800s building that was originally designed to house the Schumacher and Ettlinger lithographic printing business.
    A corten steel staircase connects two floorsThe 348-square-metre three-bedroom apartment is split over two floors connected by a corten steel staircase.
    The client asked London designers Tala Fustok Studio to create a calm, contemporary space using artisanal and mineral materials inspired by the city.
    Oversized windows let in natural sunlightThe designers reorganised the space to emphasise the apartment’s tall ceilings, oversized windows and natural sunlight.

    To create better clarity in the space, the staircase that connects the two floors was also designed to separate the kitchen from the living room.
    This monolithic piece is wrapped in a patchwork of welded corten steel produced by Brooklyn-based metal fabricator Gabrielle Shelton.

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    The studio also added a maple and glass wall that houses a Patagonia stone workspace and a display cabinet that showcases the client’s vase and vintage crockery collection.
    Patagonia stone was also used in the kitchen, while the apartment’s walls were rendered in limestone and textured glass was chosen to dapple the natural light, creating a serene and calm ambience.
    A display cabinet holds vintage crockeryIt was important to the studio and the client to work with local artisans like Shelton. Other locally-made pieces include the liquid metal bespoke bathtub and living area walls by New York-based atelier Courbet.
    The reclaimed walnut flooring was sourced locally and an array of different metals in the kitchen, such as the blackened steel cabinets and brass cooker hood, were all handcrafted by local artisans.
    The kitchen has decoratove Patagonia stoneThe London studio previously created an office with a blood-red bar and all-blue cinema room for a BAFTA-winning game developer in Cambridge.
    The photography is by Isabel Parra.

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    OWIU creates tranquil environment in renovated LA home

    California studio OWIU has revamped the interior of a 1950s home, adding elements that were inspired by traditional Japanese inns to create a peaceful environment.

    The 1,516-square-foot (141-square-metre) house, called Palmero, sits within the San Rafael Hills in LA’s Mount Washington neighbourhood.
    On the exterior, OWIU applied smooth, tan stuccoThe single-storey residence was bought as an investment property by actor Kane Lim and was sold last month following a renovation by local studio OWIU, which stands for The Only Way Is Up.
    Originally built in 1955, the dwelling looks toward the city skyline in the distance.
    OWIU designed the home, which overlooks the city skyline”We were drawn to the home’s seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles,” said Joel Wong, who leads OWIU with Amanda Gunawan.

    When the designers embarked on the mid-century renovation project, the house was in rough shape, with soiled carpets, degraded flooring and broken windows, among other issues.
    It is a mid-century renovation projectThe designers aimed to transform the neglected home into “a refuge of calm” by drawing upon the landscape and using neutral elements that would help quiet the mind.
    “If you go in strong with design, it energizes you quickly and then promptly dies out,” said Gunawan.
    Palmero takes cues from traditional Japanese inns”Much of our design leans toward the ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, enabling us to achieve a visceral effect,” she added.
    On the exterior, the designers applied smooth, tan stucco. To create a more open atmosphere within, they removed several non-load-bearing walls and false ceilings and reconfigured part of the layout to create a main bedroom suite.
    Earthy colours give the home an organic feelEarthy colours like terracotta and beige – and materials such as light-toned oak flooring – give the home an organic feel.
    In certain rooms, walls are clad in Venetian plaster. The designers said that this material “brings the delicate texture of the surrounding mountains into the home”.
    Original wooden beams and panels were sanded down, revealing the natural colour.
    The kitchen has quartzite countertopsIn the kitchen, one finds quartzite countertops and oak cabinets, along with an island made of glass blocks. The same material was used for a partition separating the living area from a bathroom, creating privacy without obstructing flow.
    The designers noted that the glass bricks – which are structurally strong while still enabling the passage of light – are often associated with “a period of garish flash from the ’80s”.
    Retro glass bricks feature in the interior design”OWIU sought to restore the material to its original glamour and refigure what might otherwise be considered obsolete,” the team said.
    To furnish the house, the designers worked with the vintage collector Jullie Nguyen of LA’s Ban Ban Studio.
    Vintage collector Jullie Nguyen assisted on the projectNotable pieces include a modular sofa by Vladimir Kagan and a 1980s Hexa coffee table by Bernard Vuarnesson, both of which date to the 1980s.
    Lighting fixtures include three lamps by Isamu Noguchi and several George Nelson pendants.

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    “These pieces brought a distinctly modern-yet-practical touch to the home while remaining in harmony with the existing architecture and new design elements,” the team said.
    Beyond the interior, the studio reimagined the backyard by creating a sculptural, poured-concrete terrace and a custom bench around a fire pit.
    A small wooden desk takes cues from a platform in a Zen gardenMoreover, the studio added a small wooden deck off the main bedroom that is meant to evoke a platform in a Zen garden. It also takes cues from tea ceremony rooms found in ryokans.
    “The step down leads, almost imperceptibly, into the garden, easing the home dweller into the natural space,” the designers said, noting that the yard features bonsai and maple trees.
    “The action is so unassuming that one might forget this step after the routine of living, but this is precisely the goal: a ritualized transition into calming spaces.”
    Japanese ryokans informed the design of Palmero houseOther projects by OWIU include a renovated apartment in an old factory in downtown LA, which features Japanese design elements that encourage “a mindful lifestyle”.
    The photography is by Justin Chung.
    Project credits:
    Designer and builder: OWIUDesign team: Joel Wong, Amanda Gunawan, Claudia Wainer, Nathan Lin, Bonnie Wong and Leo Yang

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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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    NeuronaLab reorganises Barcelona loft with blue stair storage unit

    A large blue unit provides extra space and storage in a compact Barcelona apartment, which has been renovated by local architecture studio NeuronaLab.

    The renovation transforms Loft in Poblenou, a former studio loft, into a two-bedroom apartment with a separate, dedicated workspace.
    A blue unit divides the former studio apartmentThe owner bought the flat 10 years ago, when he was living alone.
    The space started to become cramped after his partner moved in and they had a baby. Things became even worse during the pandemic, with the couple needing to work from home, and their son increasingly needing more space.
    A living space and kitchen is created in front of the unit”The family had no choice but to have all their objects in the middle of the space; it was a real mess,” said NeuronaLab founder Ana Garcia.

    “The challenge was to make much better use of the volume, so that the new family would not have to change homes due to lack of space and order,” she told Dezeen.
    The unit creates storage and integrates a staircaseGarcia’s solution was to insert a large piece of furniture that informally divides the space into different zones and provides plenty of storage.
    She has also taken advantage of the loft’s high ceilings by installing a new mezzanine floor, which is accessed via a staircase built into the storage unit.
    With these two interventions, plus the relocation of the old bathroom, the apartment now has a completely different layout.
    A blue shade was chosen to contrast the wooden flooringThe space in front of the storage unit becomes an open-plan living and dining space. A bedroom and study are located behind, with the new bathroom sandwiched in between, while the mezzanine overhead creates a second bedroom.
    “Four spaces are generated that are similar in size and interchangeable with each other,” said Garcia.
    “On the other hand, the mezzanine allows a certain disorder on the higher level, which remains out of sight on a day-to-day basis, such as the toys or the children’s bed.”
    A mezzanine takes advantage of the high ceilingsGarcia developed two possible colour schemes for the space, with the owners eventually settling on blue rather than pink.
    An aquamarine shade was selected for its natural contrast with the warm tones of the loft’s wooden floorboards, which have been revived using water-based varnishes.

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    Made from pressed, recycled cellulose panels, this unit serves various different storage purposes. It contains the fridge-freezer and food larder, it serves as a wardrobe and it creates room for utility items such as an ironing board.
    The layout was carefully planned to ensure everything had a place.
    “We made a list of everything that we had to relocate in the proposed cabinets,” explained Garcia, “and we measured the approximate volume of storage needed.”
    This space provides one of two bedroomsGarcia was previously a founding director of Nook Architects, but recently left the practice to launch her own studio.
    Nook is a specialist in creating space-saving solutions for small homes, with previous examples including a flat with a storage floor and one with a mezzanine bed deck.
    Garcia continues this approach, but also introduced elements of psychology and neuroscience to her design process. Her aim is to create homes that don’t just work well, but also promote wellbeing.
    A second bedroom and study slot in under the mezzanine”At NeuronaLab, our initial questionnaires go far beyond the typical briefing of a project,” she explained. “We not only ask about the number of bedrooms, but we delve into a client’s routines, their lifestyle, their chronotype, if they receive guests, if they exercise at home and how they need the space to respond to the new needs of the home office.”
    “We also analyse the space from parameters beyond proportion or functionality,” she continued.
    “We visit the house at different times of the day to observe the change in the light that enters through the double facade, we analyse the cross ventilation, the smells and also the noise from the environment.”
    A new bathroom is sandwiched between these two roomsHere, she believes the combination of different lighting zones and heights more comfortably allow different domestic activities to coexist.
    “The higher height encourages common life and social relations with guests, and the lower height in the darkest area favours rest,” she added.
    The choice of materials supports this ambition. Garcia opted for breathable and moisture-absorbing products – including ceramic tiles by Matter Atelier – to improve air quality inside the home.
    Photography is by Marcela Grassi.

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    YSG designs playful Sydney penthouse for empty nesters

    Australian studio YSG has added quirky fixtures and furnishings to this penthouse in Sydney’s Darlinghurst neighbourhood to suit the owners’ new post-lockdown design tastes.

    Drawing on references from tiled Spanish tapas bars to the colour palette of surrealist artworks, YSG gutted the apartment’s formerly “sober” interior to make way for a bolder fit-out.
    A fluffy armchair decorates the lounge of the Dream Weaver penthouseThe owners’ newfound freedom as empty nesters, alongside the lifestyle changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, played a key part in their wish for more aesthetically striking living quarters, according to YSG.
    “The past year of being sequestered at home amplified their desire for individual expression and more colourful injections regarding final furnishing selections,” the studio explained.
    “As consummate entertainers, they also requested conversational custom pieces.”

    Slabs of blue lapis lazuli stone clad the kitchen prep counterThe living room is now dressed with thick pile rugs, purple patchwork sofas and a shaggy pink armchair.
    A zingy pop of colour is provided by a trio of Murano glass floor lamps with contrasting transparent and metallic gold stripes. Nearby, a sliding door was inset with a matching amber-tinted porthole.
    Lapis lazuli is also incorporated into the custom drinks trolleyAlmost-black cabinetry was fitted in the adjacent kitchen alongside a backlit steel-framed shelf, which YSG said helps to display the owners’ tableware with “museum-like finesse”.
    The space is anchored by a blocky prep counter clad in purposely mismatched lapis lazuli stone slabs. A sculptural white breakfast bar is fitted with a rotating granite platter, on which the owners can present cheese and canapes when guests are over.
    A plum-red bed centres the principal bedroomJust beyond the kitchen is a dining area complete with a wooden table that was made bespoke by YSG and local industrial designer Adam Goodrum.
    There’s also a custom drinks trolley that features a worktop and handles made from the same blue lapis lazuli stone that covers the prep counter.
    At the back of the space is a wall overlaid with glossy off-white Moroccan tiles that reflect light around the room.

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    A similar medley of materials and colours can be found in the principal bedroom, which was extended out onto the penthouse’s terrace to make space for a study nook and walk-in wardrobe.
    At the heart of the room is a bespoke wood-veneer bed frame stained in plum red and topped with a Calacatta Viola marble headboard. Berry-hued pendant lights are suspended at different heights directly overhead.
    The adjoining en-suite bathroom features an onyx stone surroundIn the ensuite bathroom, the studio installed a panel of veiny onyx that winds its way around the shower cubicle and beneath a row of mirrored vanity cabinets, at which point it turns into a ledge with two integrated sinks.
    Similar stone fixtures were created in the guest bathroom and the moodier main bathroom, which is entirely clad in deep indigo tiles.
    Indigo tiles create a moodier feel in the family bathroomAround the terrace, YSG added a number of large potted plants and succulents to keep the outdoor area out of sight from neighbouring properties.
    The space is dressed with blue furnishings that create a visual link to the waters of Rushcutter Bay, which can be seen in the distance.
    Tall plants provide privacy to the penthouse’s terraceYSG was established in 2020 and is led by designer Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem.
    The studio has completed a number of projects in its hometown of Sydney, including a family house with tactile interiors and a moody gin bar featuring black walls and juniper berry-blue furnishings.
    The photography is by Prue Ruscoe.
    Project credits:
    Design: YSGStyling: Felicity NgBuilding: Promena Projects

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