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Smuga House by Zrobym Architects

Smuga House by Zrobym Architects

Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses.

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Collectors Refuge by mf+arquitetos

Collectors Refuge by mf+arquitetos

If light is one of the most precious gifts from nature, our ability to control light must be one of our greatest achievements.

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North Carlton Green House by Zen Architects

North Carlton Green House by Zen Architects

It is a dream of many to have an urban abode surrounded by nature, a circle which is squared beautifully by Melbourne-based Zen Architects.

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Cabin at Longbranch by Olson Kundig

Cabin at Longbranch by Olson Kundig

Seatle-based architects Olson Kundig is renowned for their designs of palatial residences.

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Attic Guest Room by Vincent Van Duysen

Attic Guest Room by Vincent Van Duysen

Loft conversions are often associated with light and space, but this atmospheric attic room shows how a dark brooding space can become a stylish sanctuary.

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Tree House by Malan Vorster Architecture

Tree House by Malan Vorster Architecture

Unlike the rickety and ramshackle nature of most tree houses in the popular imagination, this charming abode in a heavily forested area outside Cape Town follows a rigorously geometric arrangement but still manages to blend perfectly into its woodland surroundings.

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Light Corridor by Figr Architects

Light Corridor by Figr Architects

Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows are sure to change their minds after seeing the Light Corridor house by Australian architects Figr.

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Bunny Run Boat Dock by Andersson-Wise Architects

Bunny Run Boat Dock by Andersson-Wise Architects

As spring turns slowly into summer, our thoughts drift to lazy days by the water, perhaps with a drink in hand and a barbecue sizzling nearby.

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Phellem Collection by Alcarol

Phellem Collection by Alcarol

Capturing the fleeting beauty of nature is the raison d'être of Andrea Forti and Eleonora Dal Farra, the experimental design duo behind Alcarol.

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Furniture and Accessories by Kaksikko

Furniture and Accessories by Kaksikko

Nordic cool and Japanese minimalism make great design bedfellows, as the simple and sleek collections from Finnish design collective Kaksikko show.

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Backwater by Platform 5 Architects

Backwater by Platform 5 Architects

Discerning tourists have long flooded to the Broads, a network of picturesque lakes and waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

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The 7th Room by Snohetta

The 7th Room by Snohetta

The renowned Treehotel in Sweden has just added the 7th room to its eclectic collection of treehouses.

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Outside In House by Pantone Greenery, London: GBP 200 Per Night

Outside In House by Pantone Greenery, London: GBP 200 Per Night

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).

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EFH Hochleitner House by LP Architektur

EFH Hochleitner House by LP Architektur

After the excesses of Christmas, wouldn't it be great to start the new year in a state of zen?

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Vista Mini House by Escape

Vista Mini House by Escape

Fed up with city life?  Long for an escape to the rural idyll but can't quite afford a country mansion?

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Puro Hotel by OHLAB

Puro Hotel by OHLAB

Many people associate Mediterranean style with a twee mix of terracotta tiles and an aqua blue colour scheme. 

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Delicate Thread Dividers by Juno Jeon

Delicate Thread Dividers by Juno Jeon

Korean designer Juno Jeon is well known for his Alive Furniture Series, featuring cabinets with wooden "scales" which move as the drawers are open and closed.

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Green Inspirations

Green Inspirations

Autumn might be closing but it's never too late to start your little patch of indoor nature, especially with the help of these clever products spotted at Maison & Objet in Paris.

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Text Block by Pini Leibovich for Tre Product

Text Block by Pini Leibovich for Tre Product

We love a good modular shelving system so we were more than excited when we came across Text Block at Maison & Objet in Paris.

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Newberg Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

Newberg Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

Those who fancy a water feature in their backyard should take a closer look at the Newberg Residence designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, winner of the American Institute of Architects 2016 Housing Award for excellence in housing design.

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Mirage House by Kois Associated Architects

Mirage House by Kois Associated Architects

If the greatest trick the architect ever pulled is to make a building disappear, then Kois Associated Architects must be master magicians of the trade.

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Nidum, Bubo and Sto by Pip Jay King

Nidum, Bubo and Sto by Pip Jay King

The Euro 2016 football tournament might be over, but the buzz surrounding Wales, the surprise package of the tournament, lingers on.

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Hollow by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye

Hollow by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye

Nestling in the grounds of the Royal Fort Gardens in Bristol is a remarkable art installation which tells the story of trees and mankind's relationship with nature.

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Hillside House by SB Architects

Hillside House by SB Architects

Many houses promise green living but few live up to expectations; the Hillside House just outside San Francisco, designed by SB Architects, is a rare exception.

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Geography Collection of Furniture by Design Soil

Geography Collection of Furniture by Design Soil

Geography, as we learned at school, is the study of nature and our relationship with it.

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Enignum Series of Furniture by Joseph Walsh

Enignum Series of Furniture by Joseph Walsh

Few materials convey the beauty of nature as well as wood but it's only with designers like Joseph Walsh that you see its true potential for creative expression and poetic beauty.

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Cresta Chair by Jorg Boner

Cresta Chair by Jorg Boner

For those who wonder why we need to add another new chair to the millions of existing designs, the answer is simple: the world doesn't have enough beautifully designed and crafted chairs like the Cresta chair.

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La Casa En El Bosque by Grupo Arquitectura

Nestled in the forests on the outskirts of Mexico City is an extraordinary house that is thoroughly contemporary yet completely at one with nature.

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Under Pohutukawa House by Herbst Architects

Should one live by the sea or in the forest?

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Buttes Chaumont Apartment by Glenn Medioni Architects

How to create interest in a minimalist space when the brief is to maximise storage with limited decoration?

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Pastoral Carpets by Alexandra Kehayoglou

Many dream of country living, but those who are stuck in the city should perhaps consider bringing nature into their homes instead.

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House H by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Japanese architects (and their clients) have a well earned reputation for producing adventurous designs for residential buildings.

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Casa VI by Alfredo Vanotti

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.

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Sharma Springs by Ibuku

In the Far East, bamboo has been used as a building material for millennia, much praised for its strength, versatility and sustainability.

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Renovated Mazot in Sarreyer by Alp'Architecture

Regular readers may think we are obsessed with industrial style lofts, but in fact we are also partial to small but perfectly formed abodes.

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Calvin Klein's Waterfront Villa, Miami: USD 16,000,000 (£10,700,000)

Calvin Klein is famous for his slick, minimalist look and his waterfront retreat in Miami Beach is no exception.

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Split View Mountain Lodge by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

As winter advances our thoughts turn to snow and the pleasures of being ensconced in a warm, inviting mountain lodge with picture postcard views.

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Hilton Pattaya by Department of Architecture

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.

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Endgrain by Raw Edges

At first sight, this collection of benches and chairs looks like they are made of wood with an elaborate pattern painted on it.

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Story Pod by AKB

Hot on the heels of the artists-designed pop-up libraries in Indianapolis comes another brilliant mobile book exchange, this time in the town of Newmarket in Ontario, Canada.

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Pigment Store, Tokyo

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.

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Hotel Hotel in Canberra by March Studio

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.

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Vivarium Restaurant, Bangkok by Hypothesis and Stu/D/O Architects

Vivarium, Latin for "place of life", evokes images of glass terrariums filled with exotic plants.

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Food Art by Hargreaves + Levin

There are few things as universal as the human desire to eat, preferably well. 

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Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila by Kengo Kuma


The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge may be planned for a busy street corner in Manila, but the nature-inspired design proposed by Japanese architect Kengu Kuma could easily have transported visitors back to the neolithic age.

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Floating House by Friday

For many people Friday is the start of the weekend, when thoughts turn to lazy, relaxing afternoons reconnecting with nature, away from the rush of the city.

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Fringe by Tijs Gilde


Working in modern open plan offices is as much a curse as it is a blessing.

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Hinged by Jelmer Wind


Jelmer Wind, who has just graduated from the BA course at the Design Academy Eindhoven, is fascinated by door hinges.

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Hand Crafted Ceramics by Studio Arhoj


As regular Do visitors would know, we find hand-crafted ceramics irresistible, especially when they are as charming as the ones from Copenhagen-based Studio Arhoj.

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Keemala Resort in Phuket


Winter is almost here...  As the days get shorter and the tan begins to fade, the best cure for the winter blues is to book a holiday at a luxury spa retreat.

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Tannic Acid Furniture by Steven Banken


Further education is a good thing and today our lesson is on Chemistry.

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Bosco Verticale Skyscrapers in Milan


Green architecture has been much discussed but few architects have realised the concept in such spectacular fashion as Stefano Boeri with the Bosco Verticale ("Vertical Forest"). 

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