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SOLAR ENERGY CZECH HOME, ASGK DESIGN

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

SANDIBE OKAVANGO SAFARI LODGE

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

JOSEPH WALSH | INNOVATIVE WOODEN DESIGNS

Self taught Irish designer Joseph Walsh creates innovative furniture and abstract art that can be seen and bought across the world. He takes his inspiration from the growth of nature resulting in his exquisite pieces being made from large wooden blocks that are carved out into many different pieces of furniture or artistic structures.  rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919543_i5 Joseph has created signature pieces by stripping down wood into thin sheets and reconstructing them in abstract forms that resemble natural elements such as vines, seashells, stones and more. rsz_2014-10 He has many different enchanting series of art such as the Lilium, Enignum, Erosion series and many more. In his work, he aims to explore the differences between ordered and chaotic. rsz_3445 The Enignum series has many wooden pieces but the most intriguing piece is the Canopy bed which gives off the impression of a protected sleeping pod. The wood is used as a base for the mattress but continues to mimic a tree growing over the bed where it drapes white curtains. Only five of these beds have been hand made in his collection by using the wood species Ash. rsz_2014 Another bespoke piece is the shelf; it is made entirely of thin sheets of wood which are manipulated to twist and turn into a manmade structure while keeping its overall natural look. The wood used is Olive Ash and has a White Oil finish. The name Enignum comes from two Latin words Enigma meaning mystery and Lignum meaning wood. rsz_enignumvishelf_2_low1536_l His cork based studio was founded in 1999 and is made up of highly experienced craftsmen and design technicians. rsz_24 rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919542_i4 For more information please go to www.josephwalshstudio.com

“The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.” – Tony Konovaloff

TORONTO’S LUXURIOUS HOME | FERRIS RAFAULI

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

 

 

 

 

CLIFF FONG | DESIGNER

Well established interior designer Cliff Fong was born in New York and has been in the design industry as interior and fashion designer as well as an entrepreneur. As a designer he creates unique and versatile designs which are made personally for his clients either in the fashion or interior industry. He now has his very own design studio known as Matt Blacke inc.   cliff rsz_05-another-project-cliff-fong-740x494 Cliff did not always want to be a designer in any aspect as when he applied for college he intended on moving to California in order to study marine biology but later realized it wasn’t for him and started art history classes instead at California State University and became as salesman and buyer for Fred Segal and Maxfield.   rsz_pistola_bar_img_9060-web His love for design blossomed as he went on trips to Paris for work handpicking quality pieces that were fashionable and affordable. While working for Fred Segal and Maxfield he was exposed to top class clients such as Ellen DeGeneres which he made personal friendships with over the years. His friendships with clients are important as they help him understand their wants and needs when it come’s to design.  rsz_ellen-4 rsz_ellen-5-1200x800 Cliff’s work is mainly in residential homes but he has also created beautiful commercial areas such as night spot H. Wood and Michael Voltaggio’s Ink restaurant.  Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Peter Dunham, Mallery Roberts Morgan, a For more information please go to www.mattblackeinc.com

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” – Charles Eames