I love a good restoration and I especially love one with a great backstory, which is why I am so excited about today’s project. Acne Studios recently unveiled their newly restored flagship store in Stockholm and it is gorgeous!
Located in a former bank, this building has quite the backstory. In 1973 there was a well known six day hostage crisis at the bank. The aftermath of the hostage situation resulted in the famous psychological term known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.
Barcelona based architecture firm Arquitectura- G is behind the newly unveiled restoration and they were clearly the perfect partner for Acne Studios as the final result is minimal and quiet luxury, exactly like the brand’s well known aesthetic.
The original design of the building included marble columns and after stripping everything back to it’s bare bones, Arquitectura-G choose to enhance the neo-classic design by adding additional columns to areas such as the fitting rooms. By painting the walls the same colour as the columns, the final result is a monumental marble lovers dream land. To complete the stunning marble design, British furniture designer Max Lamb created five oversized marble tables which have been place throughout the shopping area of the store.
To sharply contrast with the grandiose design and material throughout the space, sleek and minimal office style lighting designed Benoit Lalloz was used. I love how it balances out the space and elevates the design from looking too heavy.
This space is an Acne shoppers dream, offering an elevated yet cool environment to shop for the gorgeous offerings that Acne produces season after season.
What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below.
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People’s creativity in architecture and design never cease to amaze me and today’s project is no exception. When I first saw an image of the “Air Cabin” on Instagram, I was stopped in my scrolling tracks amazed at what I was looking at.
A glass home hoovering over the edge of a rocky cliff is not something that you see everyday. Designed by Yakusha Design, this is an original and creative design as a holiday home for a surfer. “Air” is the inspiration behind this stunning glass cabin with a goal to create a feeling of weightlessness.
Prominently positioned to overlook the horizon, directly facing the sea breeze in many ways this cabin is is similar to a modern yet radical light house.
Secured on a foundation made with recycled concrete and set on a vertical pillar, the cabin doesn’t take up a lot of area space but maximizes the view over the Atlantic Ocean. In order to curtail any privacy concerns that the resident may have, there is a integrated system of windows blinds built around the perimeter of the structure. Inside the colour palette is minimal but warm and welcoming allowing the stunning views to take centre stage. The various living zones effortlessly flow into one another throughout the home.
Despite the neutral colour palette on with the interior, visual interest has been created within the interior with different shapes such as round lamps and organic forms for the sofas and textures such as straw surface panels on the walls. The combination creates the perfect refuge to comfortably enjoy the breathtaking views.
This cabin is one of the most memorable that I have ever seen, and I am in awe of the level of creativity that is displayed throughout. What are your thoughts on this cabin? Would you ever consider building a holiday home similar to this? Let me know in the comments below!
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Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me. This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.
Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.
The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.
Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.
Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hi Everyone! I have been a fan of stylist Monica Rose for a few years. I love her ability to mix basics with beautiful textures and tones, resulting in looks that are best described as polished, cool and effortlessly layered. When Monica was styling her new home a while ago she turned to Julie Van Daele of Well Recieved. I have been a fan of Julie’s work for a long time and her design style complements Monica’s perfectly.
This project was recently profiled in Lonny magazine and it is everything that I expected and more. The natural colour palette layered with beautiful and sophisticated textiles, this home is a soothing refuge from a chaotic world.
I love the combination of cream, black and cognac and the mix of leather and wood throughout the home gives it a warm masculine vibe that is timelessly cool.
There are many things that I love about this home but my absolute favourite is the gorgeous wood dining table paired with reupholstered vintage dining chairs. The metal frame on the two end chairs is eye catching and edgy and creates an unexpected but cool visual interest within the space. Love it!
Just as you would expect from a stylist to the stars and a very talented designer, this house is filled with gorgeous Instagramable furniture. The Line Reset Togo sofa paired with the Flag Hayland chair creates a cool living space that is both welcoming and photograph worthy. The black marble block coffee table and vintage wood stools as side tables are the perfect accent pieces to such lust worthy furniture.
The use of beautifully textured area rugs throughout the home create intimate spaces to enjoy and the addition of plants of different sizes helps to bring a touch of nature and colour within each space.
This LA abode is a fitting for a talented A-list stylist and perfectly captures her style. It’s yet another example why Well Received is one of my favourite American interior designers.
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Ever since I watched Emily in Paris, my case of wanderlust has gone into overdrive. And while sadly there are no travel plans in my near future, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about exploring new and beautiful places and enjoying new designs. Today’s Inspiring Interior is one of the coolest apartments that I have seen in a very long time. Apartment TP by Studio Arthur Casas is a dreamy elegant refuge from the busy streets of Paris.
Despite being filled with beautiful, sculptural furniture, it is a practical and welcoming family home. Bold black cabinetry, a marble backsplash and light natural chevron floors work beautifully together to encourage gatherings in the open concept kitchen. The contrasting extension added to the kitchen island to work as a dining table makes great use of a smaller space without things feeling overcrowded.
Wood beams throughout the open plan kitchen and living room adds a rustic warmth to the space. The layout of the living room carries thru the spacious feeling of the kitchen. Filled with natural light and tastefully decorated, this living room is currently serving as inspiration for my own space.
Even the cute office nook makes perfect use of a small space.
Bold oversized artwork creates interest throughout the apartment making the space feel even larger.
The colour palette and sculptural furniture extends to the bedroom with the lighter tones taking centre stage. It is a calming and comfortable oasis to encourage rest and relaxation. Love it!
I love the dreamy design of this gorgeous Parisian apartment. The elegant colour palette, combined with intelligent design and beautiful sculptural furniture is everything that I could ever want in my dream Parisian apartment.
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