Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inner Beauty from Facet Studio

The rafters come first in this Niigata, Japan home from Sydney/Osaka-based facet studio. A simple floor plan, loads of natural wood,  and not a little bit of craftsmanship come together to create a dynamic interior nestled inside a humble exterior. See more at designboom.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mini in Madrid

There's a lot to appreciate about this 28 sqm (301 sqft) Madrid apartment from Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos. Formerly an office space,  the challenge of maximizing the small space was approached with an emphasis on cabinetry, designing the loft to be supported effectively by casework below. And it doesn't hurt that it feels like a childhood fort either. For more, visit design milk and  Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mark Firth in Great Barrington

With autumn in the city, we have country on our mind. Incidentally, we were excited to come across the Berkshires farm and home of Mark Firth, co-founder of Williamsburg's Diner and Marlow and Sons, and more recently Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, MA. Zambia-born Firth sought out the Barkshires both for its proximity to his restaurant and for its relative value over upstate New York. After settling in, Firth says they are close to self-sufficient, from growing the majority of their own vegetables to running their truck on vegetable oil. Highly styled it is not, but who needs style when you have 82 acres and a cast iron stove? See the interview at Freunde von Freunden

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Niall Maxwell in Wales

To accommodate both his design studio, his wife's art studio, and house his family of four, architect Niall Maxwell designed and built the New Barn in Carmarthenshire, Wales. With 800 sq. ft. to work with, Maxwell used dry-lining board, a material commonly used by art galleries for its structural advantage in art-hanging, as a low-cost and visually striking interior wall cladding. Exposed engineering timber framing, corrugated roofing, and exposed electrical conduit fall in line with the embrace of industrial details. All this, paired with distinctively antique furnishings make for a dynamic interior for home and office. For more, visit the Rural Office For Architecture. Via Remodelista.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Maarten Vanbelle and Dries Vens

Located in Ghent, Belgium, architects Maarten Vanbelle and Dries Vens worked within the confines of an existing home to create a continually surprising living space. Initially intending to construct three homes on the lot, the architects changed their plans due to zoning restrictions, eventually developing a visually distinct structure within the home itself. The layout revolves around the kitchen, distinguished by its raised, multi-storied, wood-clad enclosure. Ultimately, the interior seems to speak several languages; Embracing both a sense of minimalism and of eclecticism, somehow avoiding a stylistic collision. 

For more, visit Urbis Magazine. Photos by Tim Van De Velde