From the outside, this handsome villa in Helsingborg, Sweden is a textbook example of classic restraint. Inside, the ground floor apartment is a surprisingly elegant combination of old and new.
Lisbon-based design brand Dooq has steered away from traditional Portuguese furniture design by creating a collection of furniture that thrives on unexpected contrasts in styles, shapes and materials.
Those of a certain age, swept up in a nostalgic wave for the 1980s and 1990s, would do well to collect the remarkable ceramic objects created by Osaka-based Toshiya Masuda.
Designed to titillate and delight, these ceramic masterpieces by Melbourne-based designer, artist and chef Ryan L Foote are sure to elevate humble meals into culinary extravaganzas.
The Freycinet national park in Tasmania is full of natural wonders to explore, but the Coastal pavilions at Freycinet Lodge may just succeed in tempting visitors to stay in all day.
In a world increasingly dominated by all things digital, Tijs Gilde's focus has been to create objects with striking forms and colours to strengthen our connections with the physical world.
This Victorian villa in Melbourne has been extended by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design to create an uplifting space which more than fulfils the homeowners' brief to optimise their outdoor living space.
Zhekai Zhang, who just graduated from the Royal College of Art, aims to rediscover the beauty of randomness with his No. 1 Fabric Formula project.
When it comes to summer living, few do so as effortlessly stylishly as the Italians. Consider the Masseria Le Torri, a beautifully restored 18th century farmhouse not far from the coastal town of Polignano a Mare in Puglia.
As evidence of the all-conquering power of words, multi-disciplinary artist Ravi Amar Zupa created a series of steampunk-esque sculptures of weapons made from old typewriter parts.
How to combine outdoor living with the need for privacy? The answer, according to Christchurch-based Cymon Allfrey Architects, is to build a cluster of three wood cabins around a communal courtyard.
Traditional Chinese calligraphy is a revered art form which has long been celebrated in paintings, books and graphic design. We can now add furniture to this list thanks to Korean designer Chulan Kwak.
Ski chalet apartments often fall into the cliche of sauna-like wood panelling with Heidi-inspired decorative details. Not so for this apartment in the Italian resort of Cortina.
Norm Architects recently redesigned the interiors of a coastal home, bringing nature indoors in a style that oozes cool Scandi-charm.
YOY explores the storytelling possibilities of minimalism, with "between space and object" as its design theme.
The Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition in New York is a great place to spot exciting new contemporary design and this year's edition is no exception.
It may be difficult to draw the line between the soft comforts of home and the hard edges of a professional office, but if the right balance is struck the results can be impressively uplifting.
It takes a designer with a special talent to create stunning sculptural forms with simple materials. Rotterdam-based product designer Jonas Lutz clearly has it.
The multi-talented Soren Rose may be based in New York, but his aesthetics are firmly grounded in his Danish roots.
Earnest Studio has launched a collection of products at the Salone Satellite in Milan which stood out for their sculptural quality and graphic simplicity.
Minimalism and nature are not easy to reconcile, but the Verdable side-table planters designed by Berlin-based Beriana come pretty close.
There's no better way to brighten up an old sofa than to add a few colourful cushions or throws, especially if the fabrics are as heart-warming as those created by Yuri Himuro.
The Aussie-Dutch design collective Studio Truly Truly burnished their reputation for elegantly sculptural designs with the launch of the Pitch suspension lights at the Salone Satellite in Milan.
Danish designer Niklas Jacob worked with a number of international designers to create a series of products that poke fun at the ubiquity of a certain Swedish flat-packed furniture chain.
This quirky 101 square metre apartment may look industrial with its concrete ceilings and brick walls but the design inspirations are more 1001 Arabian Nights.
Popularised by the ancient Romans and a mainstay of classical architecture, there are few architectural features as dramatic, imposing and graceful as the humble arch.
Open plan living is great for maximising space, light and circulation, as this cleverly designed apartment in the Taiwanese city of Taichung shows.
Paris-based Corpus Studio came up with a design concept which looks resolutely contemporary but yet totally in tune with the timeless beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Most people see Japan as the land of minimalist living, but this unusual house may well be more in tune with the messy reality of modern family life.
This petite mountain abode designed by Rapin Saiz is a good example of how great design can turn even the smallest spaces into the most charming homes.
The Norwegians' love for the great outdoors is matched by their fondness for the great rustic cabin. This example in Norway is an unusual showcase of cabin style.
The Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair sadly didn't boast sub-tropical temperatures but this annual showcase of emerging designers was definitely sizzling with new design talent.
It takes courage to use bold colours at home. This light and airy apartment in Barcelona designed by Miriam Barrio is a masterclass on how to do it right.
Renovating a derelict farmhouse is not a project for the faint-hearted. It takes real skill and dedication to understand the local vernacular and reinterpret it for contemporary living.
Our regular hot date at the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris is a bright spark which cheers up an otherwise cold and dreary January.
Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows (a principally British affliction) should take a close look at this stunning rural retreat, which showcases the allure of single-floor living beautifully.
The brief for Austin Maynard Architects is to extend and update a Victorian style weatherboard cottage in Melbourne in order to create a modern family home fit for both work and relaxation.
Only 34 square metres? I hear you ask, how can anyone live in such a small space?
Captain Kelly was a well known mariner and adventurer who made numerous discoveries around Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century.
When asked to design a vacation home at a beautiful location in the Rockies, the team at Skylab Architecture adopted the humble triangle as the key design feature to great effect.
If the greatest trick of the devil is to convince the world that he does not exist, then perhaps the cleverest trick of the architect is to make a building disappear.
Marcel Wanders is renowned for his daring designs and maximalist aesthetics; his design for the Mondrian hotel in Doha is no exception.
This small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot.
Japanese trains have long been synonymous with speed and punctuality.
Japan has long been a playground for residential architects, who have to be extra creative in order to squeeze the maximum amount of space into restricted plots.
The residents of this house in the Anhui province of China may think of themselves as recluses, but there is no chance of staying out of the spotlight with a home as beautifully harmonious as this.
Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses.
Amongst the furniture and other objects on display at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show were a number of designs which were more about concepts than products.
Fashion is so obsessed with daring new ideas that we thought we have seen it all, but not until we came across these clever and eye-catching designs from the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show.
Product design is a mainstay of any design school, but we are consistently impressed by the ability of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates to elevate product design to a much more conceptual level, creating products that are clever, thought-provoking and often surprisingly delightful.
Design Academy Eindhoven is one of our favourite hunting grounds for new design talent and their graduation show this year proves to be no exception.