Ski 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.
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.
Minimalism and nature are not easy to reconcile, but the Verdable side-table planters designed by Berlin-based Beriana come pretty close.
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.
If 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.
This small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot.
Italian production house Car-Met has turned to a new generation of designers to create an enchanting collection of furniture that plays on shapes, colours and versatility.
If cleanliness is next to godliness then simplicity must be the favourite companion of the design gods.
Frama is one of a new wave of Scandinavian brands which eschews ever more exuberant and indistinguishable designs in a return to fundamental values of utility and timelessness.
New-built apartments are often accused of being boxy and soulless.
It's a problem common in all big cities: as property prices skyrocket and living spaces shrink, how should furniture manufacturers fit the same amount of stuff into broom-cupboard sized apartments?
Somewhere in the wilderness of northern Norway an architect's fantasy rural retreat takes shape in the form of a glass and concrete structure as stark and beguiling as the surrounding landscape.
The phrase "bachelor's pad" often evokes images of wild party spaces full of extravagant boys' toys.
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.
Furniture design from down-under may have been under the radar, but that is set to change with emerging design brand SP01.
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.
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.
It's not an exaggeration to say that Piaggio, the creator of the Vespa scooter, changed the concept of mobility.
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.
Those who wish to maximise exposure to sunlight (or themselves) should check out this spectacular glass pavilion in the Hamptons.
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.
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.
Concrete and wood are great design bedfellows, as this slick and serene house in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architected illustrates.
Victorian houses are hugely popular with UK homeowners, although their structures and layouts are often at odds with the demands of modern family life.
Ability to create ambience is the key to success for any interior design scheme, but how?
In a world full of noise, wouldn't it be great if we were able to tune out parts of the soundscape in order to focus on the sounds we really want to hear?
When Puck Dieben was a little girl she liked to build structures out of bedlinen and towels.
As winter approaches (and Brexit-induced anxiety escalates), the temptation to relocate to sunny Los Angeles becomes ever more appealing.
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.
A new breed of Nordic brands is propelling Scandinavian design into the 21st century and Danish newcomer New Works is right at the forefront.
Park Lane may be the most expensive street on Monopoly, but private residences on this most famous of London streets are actually rare as hen's teeth.
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.
As the rain came falling down during a recent afternoon stroll in Copenhagen, we sought refuge at the Georg Jensen shop and were delighted to come across the new Urkiola collection of tableware by Patricia Urquiola.
We live in the age of big data where sometimes truth and emotional significance can be buried in a mountain of information.
If your idea of sustainable living conjures up images of ramshackle farmhouses with free roaming pigs and disproportionately large wind turbines you should take a look at this futuristic villa designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.
Can something as mundane as switching a light on and off become a remarkable experience in itself?
The Netherlands is famous for its flowers and also for its great design, so it is perhaps appropriate that Amsterdam-based UNStudio would design a house in the province of North Holland that somewhat resembles a flower.
Dutch houses are renowned for their large windows which maximise sunlight in their often deep and narrow interiors and which also reflects the Dutch people's spirit of openness and transparency.
They say people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, even though glass used in modern buildings can probably withstand a fair few rocks given advances in material technology.
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.
Our lives may be enhanced by mobile and computer devices, but until further advances in battery technology we remain slaves to ugly charging cables.
Dining tables are too often either a messy depository of detritus from our daily lives or an expressionless blank slate in the middle of our living rooms.
On a quiet residential street in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya sits an unexpected house.
The ski season may be over but fun can still be had on the slopes, especially at a ski resort as exclusive as Courchevel 1850, in a chalet as palatial as the Petit Palais.
This spectacular penthouse was designed by architects Richard Hywel Evans, who described it as the coolest penthouse in Notting Hill.
Architectural practice Mima has designed a modular house which is truly at one with nature.
Schoorl may sound like a misspelt educational institution but is in fact a picturesque village nestled amongst the largest sand dunes in the Netherlands.
Patricia Urquiola's trademark style is instantly recognisable in this elegant penthouse in a luxury residential building in Tel Aviv designed by architect Richard Meier.
As the Autumn Winter 2016 women's collections draw to a close, we look back on the whirlwind tour that took fashionistas from New York to Paris via London and Milan.
Function coincides beautifully with form in this minimalist and elegant series of desk accessories designed by Industrial Facility for Herman Miller.