Creating spaces with powerful focal points
Spaces are often defined by a single focal point. In most cases, this would be a set of furniture. In this concept, on the other hand, we set our focus on the staircase.
Staircases are sometimes taken for granted for its traditional function which is to bridge levels in structures. Though to most people it is an integral piece solely for that purpose, I do find them fascinating for a different cause which is aesthetics.
The main feature of a staircase would be the steps, a rather simple idea or structure. When viewed, however, would surprisingly reveal a very intriguing play in perspective. It is quite interesting how a set of stairs can direct a visual path without having to be too complex.
Borderless views; interiors designed beyond the walls
A place to relax is everyone’s dream of escaping from a stressful environment. If you are looking to spend some much needed vacation down by the seaside, then this modern beach house is the perfect option for staycationers.
Feel at home walking bare-footed on wood flooring that will surely calm the feet. This type of environment certainly calls for a wood-flooring rather than carpeting. It is clean yet requires low-maintenance.
The floor-to-ceiling clear glass adds to a perception of wide space inside. It also improves the flexibility of open spaces. It serves as a frame of a spectacular view of nature as if there are paintings on its walls. It is truly a power-saver during day time as it lets the natural light illuminates the whole area and there would be any use to switch on the lights.
Tuscan Sun of the Indoors
When I think of Italy, I think about being in the warm Tuscan countryside. Everything is open and homey. Cooking is not just an everyday necessity, it is a happy ritual. It is no secret how Italians are passionate about food. They often associate this to family, love and joy. The kitchen should always be prepared to accommodate groups of people who work together to both prepare and consume the food.
This kitchen reminds me of that. The windows and doors let in that beautiful sun. They give this very light and airy atmosphere and comforting warmth. I adore the arch framed doors. They always make entrances softer and more welcoming. I also love how the windows can accommodate little pieces on it. I would love to use them for fresh spices and flowers which go particularly well with this Italian, country style kitchen.
Old is Gold - way to decorated
Oh, the chipped off paint on the walls, the cracks, the cement clearly visible, the outline of the water which has seeped in from the roof after the monsoon! Disaster has struck! How can one hide such a wall? The question lingers…
Lo and behold! It isn’t what you think it is. This is just wallpaper made to look like all the faults a wall can have! Old is definitely gold, you see. The style of this room is “old is gold” which is obvious from the way the room is decorated. The wall gives a textured look with the help of the wallpaper which has a plastic backing so that it doesn’t peel off, even if there is water seepage from the ceiling or the bathroom made on the other side of the wall. This actually is what we call art! The wall draws attention to itself, thus hiding any architectural flaws which are definitely there in every building in the world!
Beauty and the Beam
I am posting this image to point out yet one more time the contribution of no-nonsense ceiling to the overall appearance of interior space. Tin ceiling, decorative painted ceiling, bean ceiling, .... anything but flat white sheetrock does for the space as much as the eyebrows for the face.
This located in Londrina, Brazil home is a great example of minimalist architecture, achieved while respecting the exigency of modern design. The compact exterior resembles a "contemporary fortress", charming due to its simplicity. There are only simple, natural materials used for this project; plaster, bricks, cement, wood.
Modern with a rustic touch
White paint is extremely versatile, and is a perfect wall color for a large living space with a dark or vibrant color wood floor. To create more drama it's worth to use the same type of wood on some of the walls. Great idea, keep in mind while creating modern open spaces.
Coastal Cave House by Alexandre de Betak
French Designer, Located in a small village in the Tramuntana territory from Majorca, with a great view of the Mediterranean Sea, is home of French fashion and furniture designers Alexandre de Betak. Inspired by cave dwelling, by taking the interior in the original form, even a shelf apparently pushed out from natural stone to cradle of the family possessions. Rural wooden beams, doors and furniture warm the stone surroundings of this eco-friendly construction, and ceilings are cut away in seemingly random patterns of abat-jours in the hallway.
Rustic Meets Industrial
I went across this amazing staircase looking over the internet for interesting spaces where rustic meets industrial. Dyed concrete opens the whole new chapter on today's interior design field.
Designing the perfect staircase
The most important aspect of choose a stair shape is space. The space available for stairs is going to determine the types of stairs that can fit for the house. A skilled architect knows while considering comfort, that stairs that are wide and have a less steep climb are more inviting.
Rustic meets modern
Rustic meets modern in an extraordinary place - this unique bathroom design, is built in what seems like a worn out attic or barn. The four-piece bathroom set by Duravit stands center of this weathered but beautiful room, immersed in a haze of natural sunlight beaming in through the knotty walls under exposed beamed ceilings. The fireplace adds warmth and a sense of authenticity.
La Cucina Alessi Poetic Kitchen
IDA believes in rhythm and balance of all elements being used by an interior designer. For example here; a new fabulous rhythmical kitchen design emerges. This kitchen is certainly easy to wax poetic about... smooth, curved shapes bring a sense of grace and balance.
Bulthaup b2 kitchen
The most important key to the success in designing bathrooms and kitchens is functionality. With the Bulthaup B2 kitchen workshop, they are radically rethinking the concept of the kitchen and cooking. All the key functions are determined in three elements:
Transparent Concrete Litracon
Interior Design Arts admires the world's first commercially available transparent concrete Litracon® is a combination of optical fibers and fine concrete. It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks. Due to the small size of the fibers, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate.
This is an example of a comfortable minimalism nestled in the average size master bath. The modern, clean design was composed of two types of carefully chosen tiles stretched from the bottom to the top of the walls and the main decorative element is the light bouncing between the walls on the surface of a glass tile.
Connection to the natural world
"People need water, not mixers" Jean-Marie Massaud stated when describing the approach he took during his first bathroom design project. This highlights his design credo. Inspired by nature, his designs seem to work without any technology. The bathroom collection from the French architect and designer also evokes images from nature and focuses on a connection to the natural world.