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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

MALAYSIAN APARTMENT BASED ON EARTH ELEMENTS | NU INFINITY

This apartment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was designed by Nu Infinity. Their client was a photographer who travelled and wanted a home focused on natural elements to return to after his travels. The three natural elements used were high quality materials such as solid wood, real stone and plants. Tones such as browns, creams, greens can be seen throughout this home. rsz_7 On arrival to this home you walk in upon the living room which has a dark wooden ceiling as well as two feature walls made up of either stone or foliage. Spectacular views can be seen from the floor to ceiling windows giving a feel that this apartment is situated on the canopy of tree’s. rsz_4 rsz_6 rsz_-5 Next to the living room is the dining room which also has a large foliaged plant wall which gives the room a pop of colour. The large dining table is made of wood and seats eight people. rsz_2 rsz_ The master bedroom has wooden flooring throughout. In between two large black feature walls is the bed on one side with a plant backboard and the large flat screen television opposite it. To the left of the bed is a lounge area which has wooden seating overlooking Kuala Lumpur. The walls here are composed of wood and plant. rsz_11 rsz_12 The photographers wardrobe is anything but small and even has its own ensuite. The walk in wardrobe is open planned with wooden flooring and wooden storage. It is brightly lit with florescent lighting and a reflective black ceiling. rsz_19 From the wardrobe we have the ensuite which is equipped with a deep bath, sink, toilet and shower. The shower doors and walls are made of glass to give a more spacious feel. The walls are tiled for easy cleaning and durability. rsz_15 The second bedroom is smaller in size but has a large bed alongside a work desk and chair which are by the large windows. The feature wall is decorated with a stylish stencilled print design. rsz_20 rsz_16 The guest bedroom has a bed up against the wooden feature wall which gives the room a Indonesian feel. A wooden desk and chair are situated at the window with a light which hangs from the ceiling. rsz_18 rsz_17 For more information please go to www.nuinfinity.com

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”- Albert Einstein

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

 

 

 

 

HOME ON THE HARBOUR | LUIGI ROSELLI ARCHITECTS

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

 

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