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Helsingborg Apartment by the Sea: SEK 6,890,000

 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. 

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World of Material Contrasts at Dooq

World of Material Contrasts at Dooq 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.

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8-Bit Digital Ceramic Artworks by Toshiya Masuda

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. 

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Design Tableware by Ryan L Foote Design Studio

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.

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Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge by Liminal Architecture

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.

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Stimulating Forms by Tijs Gilde

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.  

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Hiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

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.

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No. 1 Fabric Formula by Zhekai Zhang

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. 

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Summer Living at Masseria Le Torri

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.

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Mightier Than Series by Ravi Amar Zupa

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.

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The Bach Family House by Cymon Allfrey Architects

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.

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Dragon Calligraphy Furniture by Chulan Kwak

Dragon Calligraphy Furniture by Chulan KwakTraditional 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.

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Cortina Apartment by Studio Rinaldi

Cortina Apartment by Studio RinaldiSki 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.

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Seaside Abode by Norm Architects

Seaside Abode by Norm ArchitectsNorm Architects recently redesigned the interiors of a coastal home, bringing nature indoors in a style that oozes cool Scandi-charm. 

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Magical Minimalist Designs by YOY

Magical Minimalist Designs by YOYYOY explores the storytelling possibilities of minimalism, with "between space and object" as its design theme.

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Sculptural Masterpieces at Sight Unseen Offsite

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.

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Fifth Avenue Office by Fogarty Finger and Dumais

Fifth Avenue Office by Fogerty Finger and Dumais 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. 

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Furniture Collection by Jonas Lutz

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. 

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Hudson Street Loft by Soren Rose Studio

The multi-talented Soren Rose may be based in New York, but his aesthetics are firmly grounded in his Danish roots.

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New Collections by Earnest Studio

New Collections by Earnest StudioEarnest Studio has launched a collection of products at the Salone Satellite in Milan which stood out for their sculptural quality and graphic simplicity. 

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Verdable by Beriana

Minimalism and nature are not easy to reconcile, but the Verdable side-table planters designed by Berlin-based Beriana come pretty close.

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The Enchanting Textiles of Yuri Himuro

 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.

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Pitch Lights by Studio Truly Truly

  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.

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IDEA - The Design Supermarket by Niklas Jacob

 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. 

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Mehr Khaneh by Keivani Architects and Studio Persian Primavera

 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.

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Tarumi House by Hata Tomohiro Architect & Associates

  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.

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Sunny Apartment by Very Studio / Che Wang Architects

 Open plan living is great for maximising space, light and circulation, as this cleverly designed apartment in the Taiwanese city of Taichung shows.

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Katskills Refuge by Corpus Studio

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.

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House in Miyamoto by Tato Architects

 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.

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Typography Lighting System by Studio Truly Truly

 The utilitarian track-based lighting system is functional but rarely celebrated for its beauty. The Typography lighting system designed by Studio Truly Truly might be about to change that.

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Sarreyer Mountain Barn Conversion by Rapin Saiz Architectes

  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.

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Cabin at Trolltind by Rever & Drage

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.

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The Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair

 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. 

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Arago Street Apartment by Miriam Barrio

 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.

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Springing Stream House by Wei Architects

  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.  

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Maison & Objet January 2018 Discoveries

 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.

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Pound Ridge House by Tsao & McKown

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.

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Kiah House by Austin Maynard Architects

Kiah House by Austin Maynard ArchitectsThe 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.

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Yojigen Poketto by Elii

Yojigen Poketto by EliiOnly 34 square metres?  I hear you ask, how can anyone live in such a small space?

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Captain Kelly's Cottage by John Wardle Architects

Captain Kelly's Cottage by John Wardle ArchitectsCaptain Kelly was a well known mariner and adventurer who made numerous discoveries around Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century.

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab ArchitectureWhen 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.

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Pavillion of the Lake by depA Architects

Pavillion of the Lake by depA ArchitectsIf 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.

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Mondrian Doha Hotel by Marcel Wanders

Mondrian Doha Hotel by Marcel WandersMarcel Wanders is renowned for his daring designs and maximalist aesthetics; his design for the Mondrian hotel in Doha is no exception.

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Peak House by Satoshi Kurosaki at Apollo Architects & Associates

Peak House by Satoshi Kurosaki at Apollo Architects & AssociatesThis small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot. 

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Train Suite Shiki-shima by JR East

Train Suite Shiki-shima by JR EastJapanese trains have long been synonymous with speed and punctuality.

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Oriel Window House by Shinsuke Fujii Architects

Oriel Window House by Shinsuke Fujii ArchitectsJapan 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.  

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Tongling Recluse by RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

Tongling Recluse by RSAA and Ziyu ZhuangThe 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.

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Smuga House by Zrobym Architects

Smuga House by Zrobym ArchitectsTimber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses.

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Conceptual Provocation - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Conceptual Provocation - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show RoundupAmongst 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.

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Fashion Forward - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Fashion Forward - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show RoundupFashion 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.

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Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show RoundupProduct 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.

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Fantastic Furniture - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Fantastic Furniture - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show RoundupDesign Academy Eindhoven is one of our favourite hunting grounds for new design talent and their graduation show this year proves to be no exception.

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