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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


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






YOD design studio have created this modern burger joint called Shade Burger Cafe in the Ukraine where customers can “Meat” up and dine together. It is small but gives a more intimate service rather than other large diners. It holds 25 seats which makes it easier for the staff to tend to each customer.   rsz_16-07-01-105-08a-1125 The design concept is full of unique aspects from every angle such as its ceiling which is dispersed with different tones of natural tree veneer that hangs down and is beautifully lit throughout. The lighting coming out of the veneer is to mimic the sunlight peeping out through the trees as it would in nature.  rsz_ceiling-detail_080816_06-800x862 The walls are made of exposed concrete but are decorated with connecting dots and words such as salad, cucumber and a quirky phrase “Lets meat here!”. The seating is made partially of wood to give warmth to the café which is almost entirely concrete. It is the first Burger café by Shade  and designed by YOD and they plan on opening a chain of restaurants in the Ukraine.  rsz_shadeburger001
rsz_1shade-burger-004 rsz_shade-burger-yod-studio-design-mindsparkle-mag-6 YOD design studio
was founded back in 2004 when Volodymer Nepyivoda and  Dmytro Bonesko put  together a team of hardworking, creative designers and architects. They have a very impressive portfolio of successful restaurants and hotels such as the Switzerland hotel and Sefanos fine food factory.  rsz_shadeburger002 Their projects have caught the eyes of popular magazines and have won many prestigious competitions for their work. YOD take on many new projects that come their way and make each and every one of them unique. They design individual furniture for each project as well as lighting and graphic designs.  rsz_shade-burger-007 For more information please go to yoddesign.com

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw


Cow Hollow was home to many dairy farms which supplied milk to the growing population of San Francisco during the Gold Rush Era. Once known as Spring Valley the dairy farms gave the neighborhood the new iconic name, Cow Hollow. Untitled-B UntitledA Untitled-2 One of many original structures from this once thriving location, Craftsman House has got a well needed face-lift by the well established firm Dijeau Poage Construction. Untitled-3 It now has an additional 2,090 sq. ft of new living space for an extra bedroom for guests, extended kitchen, dining room, play area or even for another living room. Untitled-5 Due to structural upgrades being required, a complete footing replacement and lowering of the basement floor level was needed in order to facilitate and support the new extension. The new extended rear of the house is clean, modern, spacious  and was constructed out of materials such as Ipe’ wood, concrete and bluestone. Untitled-8 Untitled-9 Dijeau Poage Construction installed steel windows, doors with structural steel frames as well as lavish new decking with crystal clear glass guardrails attached to concealed fasteners to the back of  the residential upper levels as a safety precaution. Untitled-1 Due to the extension of the Craftsman House a native black walnut tree had to be removed from the rear yard but was later kiln-dried and crafted into the floating wood and glass stair case in the newly renovated Craftsman House. Untitled-4 For more information go to Dijeau Poage Construction

“I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other.” –Twiggy