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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



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


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


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 Eco ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland once was an abandoned inn which housed many workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant but was left vacant back in 2011. Santa Monica design studio Minarc saw its potential and renovated it.  ION Adventure Hotel The Hotel reflects a mixture of modern design and natural elements from hot and cold. Due to the location of the hotel it gives access to the best of Iceland from the Mount Hengil Volcano to the Northern Lights and is still very close by to Reykjavik town.  Aurora borealis over Hotel ION located by Nesjavellir Power Plant, Iceland. Image shot 2013. Exact date unknown. The hotel have many organised activities for its guests from Earth, Fire, Ice and Water. Activities range from Horse back riding, exploring  ice caves, glacier hikes, helicopter rides, off roading in the eco super jeep, exploring  the nearby volcano, snow mobiles, Snorkeling, Rafting and even river jets.  rsz_3-on-top-of-the-world-glacier-tour rsz_helicopter-glacier-iceland The hotel offers luxury experiences from the hotel also such as the delcious Silfra Restaurant and bar for exquisite dining, the Northern Lights Bar for spectacular views and the Lava Spa to revitalize the body and soul which is situated on the ground floor with has amenities inside and outside of the hotel.  rsz_ion-luxury-adventure-hotel-iceland-luxury-travel-ker-downey-lounge- rsz_ion-hotel-reykjavik-12 rsz_ion-hotel-reykjavik Each spacious room is eco friendly to every last detail from chairs and beds being made from recycled materials to fair trade organic linens and water saving showering systems.  rsz_deluxe-1-1280x720 rsz_ion_06 For more information please go to Ioniceland.is

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