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The wood flooring gurus, Ebony and Co, worked along side New York-based architects MSK Design Group to create a fully furbished apartment in the Lincoln Residence. The apartment is located in a luxury condominium building only moments away from the well known Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. Untitled-9 Setting the project foundation for MSK, the client agreed to gut the entire apartment and planned for a more open living area concept, which would take better advantage of the stunning New York city views. The floor plan is impressive and boasts a kitchen, dining area, living room, hallway, five spacious bedrooms and a private gym. Untitled-7 Untitled-6 This beautiful private home, within a residential tower, was completed in 2015 and is a prime example of the quality of handcrafted wood flooring by Ebony and Co. feature2 This beautiful floor is Engineered Continental Oak with a Faded Silvergrey Ultramatt Poly finish. The featured engineered timber floors are a traditional selection of 7-12″ random width planks (17.5-30.5cm) with long lengths ranging from 5-11ft (150-320cm). The total flooring area covers over 3,389 square feet (315m2) of the living area of this home and goes harmoniously with MSK Design Group’s sophisticated interior design. Untitled-5 Untitled-3 MSK Design Group has achieved sophisticated interior design standards for this Lincoln project, which go hand-in-hand with Ebony and Co’s quality hardwood flooring. MSK  are recognized for their ability to provide home interior for their clients whether these be private home owners or commercial, the level of quality stays the same. Untitled-1 Katerina Soukhopalov and Maren Sostmann opened their design firm MSK Design Group in the popular SoHo region of New York City in 2009. The firm offers architectural and decoration services for residential, hospitality as well as many commercial projects and has been able to create advanced interior design statements. feature Untitled-2

For more information please go to MSK Design Group

‘An interior is the natural projection of the soul’ – Coco Chanel



Outside a small village in the Czech Republic stands this energy saving timber clad home by ASGK Design. The original idea from this home came from the client’s son who imagined the family’s home facing a large oak tree on their spacious land. rsz_untitled2 The wooden cladding on the outside of this home used a “burn and stain” technique in order to make the wood longer lasting against weathering. Not only is the exterior laced in wood but so is the interior. The interior is decorated with dark and light tones of wood for the floors, walls and ceiling. The ceiling and walls are mainly plywood which is when thin layers of wood veneer are glued together with adjacent layers making them strong and thin. rsz_untitled3 rsz2 This open planned home consists of a dining lounge, garden, kitchen, patio, stairs, loft, bathroom, office and bedrooms. The kitchen is connected to the bathroom, large dining area and would be a perfect location to host guests as it is very spacious. Large wooden sliding doors connect the patio to the dining room and kitchen and are a way to open the home to the surrounding nature. rsz_33 Upstairs leads to the two bedrooms on opposite wings of this home which overlook the beautiful scenery. A small office area is also situated on the second level of this home as it peaceful and calm unlike the busy kitchen down below. rsz1 rsz_1untitled2 Although the home seems small it is very compact with everything the family may need. Including their own energy source. The roof is angled in a way to obtain maximum amounts of solar energy. Not only is it important to use solar energy but to also conserve it, this energy sufficient home was built in a way that the walls would keep moisture out and heat in so that less energy would be used to heat the home. rsz3 For more information please go to www.asgk.cz

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder


The Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is located in Okavango Delta in Botswana and is a magnificent piece of design by UK based architects Michaelis Boyd and Nichola Plewman architects. Its curvy wooden shape is designed to form a rare native armadillo, the Pangolin. rsz_portada_sandibe_dook_018 In the surrounding areas are the sandy Botswana’s desert plains and thickly wooded vegetation filled with animals such as herds of antelope and a glimpse of other wild animals in their natural habitat. rsz_main_area_ground_floor_plan_copy This beautiful lodge is spread over 11,500 SQF and is built with materials that are biodegradable due to the Okavango Delta being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is it built with biodegradable materials but it is also run on solar power and other renewable energy sources. rsz_sandibe_dook_007 rsz_sandibe_dook_004 The exterior of this lodge is detailed with shingles on the roof to replicate the scales of the native Pangolin. This detail gives a more creative touch to the overall design. rsz_sandibe_dook_099 The interior of this structure is composed of curved beams which give the look of the armadillo’s ribs. The structure opens at the sides to allow light and to reveal beautiful views of the surrounding areas. rsz_sandibe_dook_005 90% of the project consists of multiple types of wood for different purposes. The roof is shingled in cedar wood from Canada due to its quality while the walls are laced with South African pine. rsz_sandibe_dook_102 The flooring of this lodge is decked out with Brazilian hardwood and Australian eucalyptus as they require little or no maintenance and are very durable for everyday life. In bungalows Zambian hardwood is used for sink vanities and was recycled from the previous lodge that was on site before Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was reconstructed. rsz_sandibe_dook_066 rsz_sandibe_dook_010 rsz_sandibe_dook_009 For more information please go to www.expertafrica.com

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir


Architectural designer Ferris Rafauli has created this luxurious home in Toronto which is worth 34.2 Million euro (50 million Canadian dollars) for one of his elite clientele. Ferris is responsible for the lavish interiors as well as the layout of the home which includes indoor theatres, pools, master ensuites, walk in wardrobes and more. rsz_rafauli-toronto-house-tour_05 The living room has warm tones such as browns, creams and some grey which is a colour pattern seen throughout this home. The chocolate brown velvet sofas give us a cosy feel as they surround a large open fireplace. The room is filled with natural light from its three French doors which can be opened to let in crisp fresh air. No aspect was missed when designing this living room as the intricate roof is also an amazing feature of this home. rsz_1rafauli-toronto-house-tour_01 The second floor overlooks onto another living room which has 25 foot walls and windows that have a beautiful view of the Lake Ontario. Hanging from the roof is a large chandelier in the middle of the room. Situated below is where guest would be seated on cushioned sofas surrounding each other for socialising and entertainment. This room is ideal for entertaining guests as its very spacious and is connected to the kitchen area for easy access for food and beverages. rsz_rafauli-toronto-house-tour_06 The Kitchen is laced in Calcatta  grey and white marble along with trickled brass fittings. The colour tones of this kitchen are black, grey white and brass. In the centre of the kitchen is an marble island for food preparation and includes a eating area at one end with four luxurious velvet chairs. rsz_rafauli-toronto-house-tour_03 Up the stairs are the bedrooms one of which is the master bedroom. A lighter colour scheme of creams, greys, brass and a touch of brown can be seen in the bedroom. This room is equipped with additional features such as a fireplace, television, bathroom, walk in wardrobe. rsz_1rafauli-toronto-house-tour_02 rsz_rafauli-toronto-house-tour_08 To see more please go to ferrisrafauli.com.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs






The talented designers at Luigi Rosselli Architects won a architectural competition to refurbish a current property which consists of four existing storeys as well as being located on the beautiful waterfront in Sydney harbour. rsz_2 They won over the judges with their blueprints which created less of a carbon footprint than other competing designs. They planned to keep the existing building with some changes and additional features. rsz_7 Although this location would be ideal for a beach house, it is not intended to become a one due to the art collectors who commissioned this project. They opted for a elegant home which catered for all their collectors pieces some of which needed space and specialised art lighting.On arrival there is a gravelled driveway which splits off in two directions, on the left is the courtyard which leads to the entrance and on the right is the spacious garage. rsz_5 Luigi Rosselli Architects swapped out old styled brick walls and heavy window frames for fine steel columns and frameless glass for a better overall view of the beautiful harbour. They also added additional bay seating windows which come out from the residence for better views of the surrounding area. rsz_3 rsz_10 On particular parts of the home there are distinct patterns of Wall cladding which are made up of three sizes of beautiful western red cedar panels which are finished with a porters grey timber stain. rsz_6 This lush residence even has its own white tiled swimming pool overlooking the harbour where many high class boats dock. rsz_4 Inside the walls are painted white but are decorated with fine art which are hung perfectly and are lit with professional lighting. The art leads a trail around this four storey home from room to room and spiralled up along staircases. rsz_8 rsz_9 Although there is a lot of art it most definitely does not feel like an art gallery but more like a home. rsz_11 For more information please go to luigirosselli.com

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour – Giotto di Bondone