September 25, 2018
The archetypal loft apartment might have been born in New York, but this apartment shows that when it comes to effortless cool the West coast is hard to beat.
Californian architects and construction firm Marmol Radziner converted this two-bedroom apartment in a renovated toy factory in the Arts District of Los Angeles into a sophisticated open-plan bachelor's pad. Instead of partition walls the architects used clever ways to delineate the different zones of the apartment. The main living area, for example, is on a raised platform which creates a feeling of intimacy as well as strengthening the connection with the view outside. The piece de resistance is the custom-made rotating bookshelves separating the living area and the master suite. When turned 90 degrees, these create discrete openings between the two areas, allowing even more light to flood into the bedroom. The use of dark wood, metals and leather throughout the apartment complement the exposed concrete surfaces well, creating a masculine vibe which feels warm and welcoming.
Sculptural, metallic accessories such as the Axonometry desk trays set from Ghidini 1961, the Flip candleholder from Car-Met and the Metrobowl New York from Frederik Roije would look great in this loft apartment.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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