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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


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






This beautiful lakefront chalet, known as the Cedrus Residence, is located in Harrington, Quebec, Canada and was designed by the design firm ‘BOOM TOWN.’ The skillful architect in charge of the entire project was Eric Joseph Tremblay. Untitled-9 This lakefront chalet follows the shape of the sloping landscape, allowing it to be shielded by a cluster of majestic mature incline of trunk trees. This unique and functional position allows the home to naturally blend into the surrounding environment.  Untitled-11 The exterior is covered in stone, which minimizes the visual impact of the chalet to its natural surroundings. From within, guests can  absorb the stunning views of the reflective lake through enormous full view windows, which let in the beautiful natural light. Untitled-10 The sloped roof is covered with a zinc finished steel that turns toward the ground portraying a manner of a protective case. The entrance to the chalet is located on the main level, accessed via a large outdoor sheltered porch which leads to the front door. Untitled-6    Untitled-5 The other levels facilitates for the living spaces, such as the living room, bathroom, toilet, bedrooms, kitchen and a dining room. The spacious terrace next to the master bedroom displays the view of the deep blue lake in the surrounding landscape. Untitled-4 This unique residence illustrates how architects can intertwine an unusual landscape into the design of the building itself without disturbing the landscapes natural shape. Untitled-17

For more information go to designmilk.com

“Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.” – Goethe


Many conventional houses have a home office, but these two residential accommodation’s are designed to be part office and part home. Dwell Developments have designed a 4 level home/office, so residents can live and work from the one location whilst decreasing their footprint on the environment in the Seattle area. Untitled-3 These home offices are Seattle’s first 5-Star Built Green certified live/works and developed based on the Environmental Construction Standard Chart, which is based upon the use of materials, water usage, energy efficiency and indoor air quality. These two beautiful twin homes are situated along side one another. On the ground floors of each house there is an open office level which is 700 square feet. Untitled-4 The concept of these offices was to make working from home more comfortable and instead of having the box room as your office, you can now have an entire open planned level. If the occupants have no need for a home office they can also rent it out to commercial or private tenants as a reliable source of income. Untitled-6 On the second level there is an open kitchen with a dining area and living quarters. Each home has two bedrooms with two bathrooms which are located on the third level while the master suite is on the forth floor. There is an outside decking area where functions such as bbq’s and small gatherings can be accommodated for during the nice weather. Untitled-1 Untitled-7 Untitled-8 Dwell Development design and build beautiful ecologically sound architecture which is needed in the Seattle region. They set out 5 years ago to generate a market for green and sustainable homes, with an overall goal to improve efficiency in the way we live.

For more information click here dwelldevelopment.com

One planet, one experiment. – Edward O. Wilson


Welcome to the 22nd edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.

This month  | Focus | features ‘The Treehouse’

When going on vacation we look for the 5 star hotels to rest our heads at night, but have you or anyone you know stayed in this 5 star treehouse in Green Village Bali, no? We definitely think this is one for the bucket list, as this is a luxury stay not to be missed.  tunnel copy1 1 outside copy Why stay in a hotel room with beds shoved up against walls when you can be exploring one of these hand made bamboo treehouse’s, which consists of 4 levels. High in the tree tops along the sacred Ayung River, overlooking beautiful Bali is where these treehouse’s sit. Each of these magnificent homes are designed differently due to each homeowners requests and were built from miniature bamboo models instead of blue prints. 6 building copy hammock copy This luxurious treehouse has 3 en suite bedrooms which sleeps 6 people, an additional 3 people can also be facilitated for if requested. Such a luxury comes at a small cost of €303 per night for the entire treehouse. Minimum 3 night stay during peak season, but who wouldn’t want to stay for at least 3 days in this organic designed paradise.  bedroom door copy kids bed copy 1 bath copy 3 tv room copy You might think this treehouse will be basic living but this home has everything you might need such as kitchen, TV, cable TV, DVD player, air conditioning, free parking, dryer, wireless internet, pool, hot tub, a chef on request and essentials such as towels. In Green Village there is a local school as well as a restaurant within walking distance. sitting room done copy 2 Kitchen chef copy 5 swimming copy1 7 family walk pool copy1 To see more please visit greenvillagebali.com

 “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people.”
Sylvia Plath