Taking a back seat to the views
This colourful yet understated breakfast table setting avoids overpowering the dramatic outlook to the existing mature trees beyond the home's floor-to-ceiling windows
Big, bouncy and child-friendly all the way
Not all furniture is chosen for style, grace and elegance. This children's game room has suitably large, robust and fun seating. This is an internal room but borrows sea views through several adjacent spaces.
Clean and minimal was the design brief for this luxurious home
From architecture to artwork, the design team behind the minimalist interior of this penthouse apartment strove to honour the ethos of place and time. See how quality craftsmanship and contemporary style meet in this impeccable home
6 simple ways to update your living room style
From big changes to small touches, this round up of ideas will show you how to give your living room a modern update that you'll enjoy for years to come
See how this luxury interior combines a sense of openness with casual living zones
Careful arrangement of furniture pieces helps give a sense of dividing up the living spaces while retaining the long open-plan nature of this apartment interior
Why does this elegantly renovated living space seem so large?
This renovation increases the home's sense of space in part through pale wall and decor treatments and the choice of low, neutral coloured furniture
Refined furniture and artworks feature in ultra-luxury apartment
In the living area of this apartment, a vibrant Tim Maguire oil on canvas hangs above the Minotti armchair. Coming from rainy-day England, the owners found the apartment’s transformation a breath of fresh air
Furniture choices optimise outlooks in this reinvented penthouse
Have a spectacular view that you don’t want to obscure? Choose low-lying furniture such as the Minotti Leslie low lounge chair in this penthouse interior
The interior of this home was inspired by an Indonesian resort lifestyle
Elegant open-plan living seems to go on forever in this generous-sized riverside residence. Luckily there's an ultra-modern wine cellar for refreshments when you arrive at the far end of the space
This dining area benefits from a round table by a curving wall
Suiting your furniture to your space not only looks right, it also saves valuable floorspace. For this kitchen/dining area, a curved wall suited the introduction of a round dining table
How colourful furniture adds a sense of fun to this dining space
With a graphic, multi-coloured rug and bright, mis-matched chairs, this playful dining space wonderfully contrasts the muted tones of the adjacent kitchen. Click below to see more of this home
Why the furniture in this sunken lounge needed to have a minimalist feel
This home's limited yet dramatic palette accentuates the refined furniture choices featured in this sunken lounge. The minimalist material choices create a visual connection throughout the rooms and improve the sense of light and openness
Contemporary California house with modernist influence features cantilevered wings – Interiors – Furniture
Create more interest and better flow in your interiors with curved rather than square or rectangular seating arrangements. Here’s an example on a grand scale.
An elegant turn for the better – interiors, furniture
While the interior of this home is strikingly modern, traditional elements subtly reintroduced in unique ways suggest a harmony between new and old
How this dining space was designed to connect with nature
As with other interior elements on this renovation, the dining table top connects with the home’s oak veneer cabinetry. The choice of materials also makes it feel very connected to the natural environment beyond the doors and windows
Sailing to the Aegean – furniture
Your cladding and interiors reflect or play off your environment, why not your furniture, too? The choice of oak joinery and leather furnishings provides a relaxed, elegant feel for this grand coastal villa
Home designed with two pavilions makes the most of lake and mountain views–interiors–furniture
A traditional stone wall fireplace, classic furniture and contemporary light fixtures all skilfully combine to create a relaxed living area in a holiday home with expansive mountain and lake views
A weighty steel staircase, deep foundations and a cantilevered spa pool were just three feats requiring major engineering for this home – interiors, furniture
A white wider environment usually calls for pale furniture? Dark living room cabinetry anchors the light-filled, white, open entertainer’s level on the top floor of this harbour view home.
The interior of this home is wrapped in warm woody tones
For this dream house in a dream setting, the upstairs in the central block takes in spectacular mountain and lake views. The low-slung furniture tones with the wood interiors and doesn't get in the way of the scenery
Minimalist, easy-to-clean kitchen has dedicated zones and strong material palette – interiors, furniture
When wood and metal are key materials in your kitchen design it makes good sense to extend that material palette to the adjacent dining table, as with this natural-toned, harmonious kitchen design
Using commercial construction material injects drama into this new home – new home, furniture
Furniture crowding out your hard-won views? Wait! There's another way. A sunken lounge is a feature of this open-plan entertainer’s space in an award-winning home. So, how about the dining area treatment?
This unnerving game lodge lets visitors feel they have skin in the game
The open, seamless boundaries between interior and exterior for this South African game lodge have the effect of immersing guests in their environment rather than placing them on a removed spectating platform.
6 tips to buying furniture with staying power
Need help to select quality, long-lasting furniture for your home? Here's how to buy pieces that will stand the test of time
A white linen couch and soft material palette highlight this home's heritage features
This terrace house underwent a major renovation to restore and refresh its spaces. Here, natural textures and a pale colour palette wonderfully complement the original heritage features in the living room
This renovated townhouse has the most timeless interior style
Classic design meets a modern monochrome palette in this townhouse. See how a major renovation and custom-made furniture have created a home with timeless style
Cheetah Plains – game lodge with a difference – hospitality – furniture
One-off Pierre Cronje dining tables, each made from a single sheet of leadwood, establish a central feature in each house. Suspended above them, hand-blown glass chandeliers by Martin Doller reflect and refract the natural light from the surrounding bushveld
Changes in exterior materials and form help define the various zones of this family lakeside home – interiors, furniture
Let your furniture layouts help organise your life! This kitchen’s informal seating area is shaped to accommodate the full family of two adults and six children. Each stool is adjustable to suit the varying heights of the children.
Balancing scale, views and comfort was the biggest challenge in the design of this substantial home – outdoor living, furniture 1
Pick a prime spot for your outdoor dining setting so you and your guests can soak in the views over a long lunch. For great ideas on choices and use, visit the Trends Furniture Hub
New layout, materials and finishes bring dramatic changes to outdated kitchen – kitchen, furniture
Knoll Saarinen chairs around a custom kitchen table with a Ceasarstone Piatra Gray top feature in this casual kitchen dining area
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Commercial Design Trends Vol. 35/2C
The world of hotel design is changing, with a move away from bland repetition of a chain’s design template to giving guests a unique experience that reflects the location they’re visiting. In this issue of Commercial Design Trends, we look at how that’s been implemented in three quite different hotels – the TWA Hotel in the iconic 1960s TWA terminal at JFK Airport, the Sudima Christchurch City and Montreal’s new Hotel Monville.