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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


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






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


Gasholders 10, 11 and 12 are known as the Siamese Triplets due to their frame structure being joined by the same spine. Since the 1960’s on Kings Cross in London these gasholders were built to store gas for Pancras Gasworks and were later enlarged in 1879 with the added feature of telescopic lifts. For years gas was manufactured here by using coal but was sadly decommissioned in the late 20th century.  rsz_p_kxc_n1_dev_001_n53_kxweb-800x450 This magnificent piece of history was not to be forgotten; many creative designers competed in a competition to refurbish the Siamese Triplets into a residential building within its decorative hollow cast iron columns. It was won by the design team at WilkinsonEyre. Gasholder Park nearing completion, King's Cross WilkinsonEyre is founded by Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre and they alongside their large team of engineers design buildings for residential and commercial as well as complex structures. They create buildings that are functional that give a spiritual impact on its observers.  rsz_gasholder-park-by-bell-phillips-architects-5 WilkinsonEyre’s concept for this project proposed that each building would sit at different levels in order to create the look of movement. The original gasholders would rise up and down depending on the pressure of gas within so WilkinsonEyre thought this was a vital personality trait of the building that must be kept.  rsz_c_150513_823d067_higha3 The concept is a mixer between new and old from modern living to its historic structure which can be seen wrapped around the building. The apartments are embellished with brass and bronze elements in order to create contrast with the dark steel columns.  rsz_gas21_1 Not only were the gasholders being revamped but they were also getting moved. The Siamese Triplets were taken apart to be restored and reallocated from Kings Cross to the north of Regents Canal where it will be re-erected. They are the world’s only connected triplet to be transformed into residential spaces. rsz_p_kxc_n1_dev_001_planning_cgis_hi_res_can-be-used For more information please go to www.wilkinsoneyre.com

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles