Russia is well known for its dachas, or country cottages - holiday retreats where city dwellers can go to refresh and recharge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stone, wood and bricks are the raw ingredients of this old carpenter's workshop in Barcelona.
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.
Patricia Urqiola is a an acknowledged master in crafting stylish contemporary interiors and her latest project, at the Il Sereno Hotel on Lake Como in Italy, is no exception.
Putting together a sleek, minimalist interior design scheme without looking bland or clinical can be challenging.
Madrid-based designer Teresa Sapey's renovation of an apartment in London is a wonderful showcase of how to apply contemporary design in a classic space.
Too much minimalism can make a boy dull, sometimes it's good to let go and indulge our senses with vibrant colours and exotic shapes.
For those who think that industrial style is just about concrete and exposed brickwork, this stunning house in Terrassa near Barcelona is irrefutable proof that green can be cool in an industrial style design scheme.
This light and airy canal-side loft in Amsterdam is perfect for modern city living.
Next time you find yourself in Madrid with a filthy car, go visit Burbucar on Costa Rica Street, a long established carwash which has been funkily transformed by local architect Lina Toro.
Even the most convinced urbanites sometimes dream about country life and country life doesn't come much more appealing than at the Soho Farmhouse, which opened in autumn 2015 with promises to revolutionise country retreat holidays.
The words "designer boutique hotel" and "budget" may not seem to be natural bedfellows, especially when the said hotel is designed by Patricia Urquiola.
If the essence of architecture is to define space, then the Skyhouse penthouse is truly a masterclass in architecture.
Hong Kong has some of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, so it is unsurprising that the city is home to some of the most creative smart living solutions in the world.
Sometimes a man's man needs a man's pad and nothing is quite as manly as a masculine industrial style loft.
Designers are often accused of putting their creative visions above that of their clients, but this apartment in Singapore designed by Produce Workshop shows how you can create compellingly original interior spaces when the designers apply their creativity sensitively to accommodate the client's personality.
New York may be the spiritual home of lofts but few are as inspiring as the Crosby Street Loft in Soho.
The grand canals which loop around the centre of old Amsterdam are lined with graceful canal houses, many of which date back to the 18th century.
Many people are afraid of using strong colours at home.
As this duplex penthouse in Tel Aviv by Toledano Architects shows, when combined with a dash of natural wood, concrete and steel can be used to create industrial-style spaces that feel warm and effortlessly cool at the same time.
How to create interest in a minimalist space when the brief is to maximise storage with limited decoration?
The allure of loft living is easy to understand when you see homes such as this airy loft apartment designed by Cloud.
Valentine's Day is getting near so let's go all fluffy and indulge...
One of the highlights of this year's IMM Cologne furniture fair is Das Haus, the inspirational "ideal house" installation by product designer Sebastian Herkner.
Living and working in the same space is a dream come true for many people, especially if the space is as attractive as this Tribeca loft designed by Desai Chia Architecture.
Simplicity, natural materials and a neutral palette are the perfect ingredients to create a warm and serene interior, as this mountain lodge by Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti shows.
The climate in the UK is hardly conducive to pool-side living, but that didn't stop the owner of this unusual house in Suffolk from trying.
Small can be beautiful, as this exquisite micro apartment in Taiwan by Folk Design demonstrates.
We are big fans of Frederik Roijé and are delighted to see his style realised so well in this Amsterdam apartment designed by him.
Devotees of spy movies (especially Kingsman) would love Foxglove, the cool new restaurant cum lounge bar designed by Hong Kong based NC Design and Architecture.
Those who think contemporary interiors are all stark minimalism with neutral colours should take a look at this gem of an apartment in Cape Town.
This converted warehouse loft in Athens by Ese Studio shows how industrial style spaces can be softened with clever design touches.
Many people find open plan, industrial style spaces intimidating to furnish.
Industrial style lofts are not usually associated with open green spaces, which is why this penthouse apartment in a former caviar warehouse in New York is so refreshing.
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world where reasonably priced contemporary style hotels are surprising difficult to find.
In the metropolis of Hong Kong, food and eating out is such an ingrained part of the culture it is almost close to religion.
For most people Scandinavian design conjures images of flat-packed furniture, pale wood and a monochrome palette.
If you are designing the lobby of a hotel with uninterrupted views of a beautiful beach, it would be wise to have as few distractions as possible.
If a loft apartment is the ideal canvas to create an industrial look, then concrete must be the material of choice.
Japanese design has a way of distilling the essence of simple objects to their purest forms, in so doing creating works of great refinement and grace.
Loft apartments often fall all too easily into the cliche industrial look with endless exposed brick walls, cast iron beams and polished concrete floors.
The lobby of Hotel Hotel in Canberra has just been named World Interior of the Year 2015 at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Singapore.