White boxes might be a cliche for modernist houses, but when placed against the clear blue skies and emerald waters of the Mediterranean, the appeal of a dazzling white villa is easy to understand.
It would be impossible to do justice to the thousands of new designers who showed their works across Milan during the design week, much of which are as likely to delight as they are to bewilder.
Furniture design from down-under may have been under the radar, but that is set to change with emerging design brand SP01.
The team at Design School Kolding had created what looked like a supermarket on a quiet street in the Ventura-Lambrate district of Milan during the Milan Design Week.
During the Milan Design Week the wild frontier of design was undoubtedly the Ventura-Lambrate district, where emerging and experimental designers showed their wares under the vast rusting hulks of disused industrial facilities.
For some people less may be more, but for others too much minimalism makes you a dull boy.
One of our highlights of Milan Design Week is the Norwegian contemporary crafts and design exhibition curated by designer Katrin Greiling, who put together a highly polished showcase of the most exciting design talent from Norway.
The exhibition halls of the Milan Furniture Fair can be an endless, monotonous stream of same-ness, so imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon the JCP stand.
Capturing the fleeting beauty of nature is the raison d'être of Andrea Forti and Eleonora Dal Farra, the experimental design duo behind Alcarol.
Patricia Urquiola has designed a collection of Moghul-inspired outdoor rugs and furnishings perfect for those who want to recline in style.
The team at Anotherview has created a series of evocative artworks with films of window views from locations around the world.
Ever wondered why it is bad to watch TV or use computer devices before you go to bed?
Nestled in a forest clearing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, north of Barcelona, is a remarkable house which looks sculptural and futuristic in equal measures.
Russia is well known for its dachas, or country cottages - holiday retreats where city dwellers can go to refresh and recharge.
The skiing season might be over, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about the perfect mountain escape, especially if the chalet in question is as stylish as this.
Looking for a gem of a penthouse with truly unique features? Look what we have unearthed! Hip Shoreditch location? Check. Vast open plan space? Check. Historic building with original industrial features? Check. Wow factor? Check check check.
For all serial plant-killers out there, Barcelona-based designers Álvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera have come up with a clever and stylish product to help keep your indoor plants alive.
Lofts with vast roof gardens in the heart of New York's Tribeca are as rare as hen's teeth, so when architects Young Projects were called upon to design one such gem they made the most of the site and created a masterpiece of light and space.
When the Paris-based Murano glass specialist Veronese decided to make use of the spare crystal ornaments which have been accumulating at the basement of their Paris showroom for over 40 years, they knew exactly who to call.
Products come and products go, but what is the best way to preserve the beloved but outdated brands and products of yester-year?
"Industrial style" conjures up images of loft apartments, exposed brick walls and perhaps a few concrete accessories.
Nordic cool and Japanese minimalism make great design bedfellows, as the simple and sleek collections from Finnish design collective Kaksikko show.
It's not an exaggeration to say that Piaggio, the creator of the Vespa scooter, changed the concept of mobility.
Discerning tourists have long flooded to the Broads, a network of picturesque lakes and waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Craft of Thread Wrapping is an ongoing project by Swedish Chilean designer Anton Alvarez to create objects using different materials bound with colourful glue-coated threads.
Whilst many city dwellers yearn for a simple, green life, few manage to merge the urban and the bucolic in such style as this apartment in Milan.
The desire to leave a mark in the world is part of human nature.
The renowned Treehotel in Sweden has just added the 7th room to its eclectic collection of treehouses.
Studio Diff has designed a daringly contemporary home within a traditional country house in Italy in a masterclass of mixing the classic with the exotic.
Ever wish you could breathe new life into old ceramic plates?
Those who wish to maximise exposure to sunlight (or themselves) should check out this spectacular glass pavilion in the Hamptons.
Restaurant design specialist Studio Modijefsky has created a funky restaurant in a former tram depot in Amsterdam that combines industrial chic with delightfully quirky features.
At first glance this unusual structure in a suburban plot on the outskirts of Madrid looks more like an industrial installation than a family home.
As part of its ongoing charm offensive to bolster its creative credentials, Airbnb has teamed up with Pantone to create a whimsical house based on Pantone's colour of the year, a lush shade of yellow-green known as Greenery (Pantone 15-0343).
Always complaining about not having enough time? French designer Bina Baitel has designed a unique clock which encourages you to take the time to enjoy time.
Never one to let creativity restricted by material limitations, Swedish designer Erik Olovsson has created a series of highly appealing stools using nothing more than pine blocks and paint.
Small can be beautiful. In the case of this diminutive but perfectly formed apartment in London, also functional, clever and very cool too.
For many people, apartment living is an unfortunate but unavoidable aspect of modern urban life.
What do you get when you mix mid-century design style with a dash of contemporary attitude?
As we freeze our socks off in the frigid northern European winter, our fantasies turn to the sunny shores of Australia with its promises of sun, sand and beautifully designed houses.
After the excesses of Christmas, wouldn't it be great to start the new year in a state of zen?
Thinking of building an extension? There are plenty of great design inspirations from this pod-like addition to a Victorian house in the suburbs of Melbourne.
Fed up with city life? Long for an escape to the rural idyll but can't quite afford a country mansion?
Alexander McQueen's fashion design genius is beyond doubt, but his interior design skills are somewhat less remarked on.
Stone, wood and bricks are the raw ingredients of this old carpenter's workshop in Barcelona.
As winter closes in, what better way to lift the spirits than to see the creme de la creme of design art in sunny Miami?
Concrete and wood are great design bedfellows, as this slick and serene house in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architected illustrates.
We may be in deepest winter but it's never too early to start planning for the spring clean.
Paris is well known for its grand boulevards and elegant buildings.
Victorian houses are hugely popular with UK homeowners, although their structures and layouts are often at odds with the demands of modern family life.
Many people associate Mediterranean style with a twee mix of terracotta tiles and an aqua blue colour scheme.