Fit for a king
Wow! Clever behind-the-scenes design allows this curvaceous limestone staircase to appear to hang and twist in mid air. Explore the rest of this breathtaking clifftop home
Floored by the scenery
This kitchen in a dramatic mountain home is set back to provide uninterrupted lines out to the scenery. From this vantage, the long benchtop and choice of rich Oak Tobacco Grey, wide plank flooring lead the eye out to the spectacular landscape
Expansive, light-filled home threads elegantly between existing, tall willow trees
This formal lounge in a home by O’Neil Architecture is a double-height volume – accentuating its importance in the home and optimising views of mature willows on the property.
Putting the great into great room
A new home by the lake makes a statement but it is the interiors that really respond to the views – the dramatic great room in particular
Fresco – tiles with atmosphere
Fresco – an evocative new Naxos collection from Casa Italiana – embodies a contemporary style that seeks elegance in the contrast between materials and finishes, enhances the pairing of ancient and modern, and focuses on small, unique imperfections that are the root of the very concept of beauty
So what's on? Well the shipping channel looks good
With dramatic river views beyond the windows, it's doubtful this home's large family television in rich wood joinery ever gets much attention
Yes, of course I've been studying
A home office trained on a great river view may not be conducive to putting your head down. Still, maybe that view is worth a failed paper or two...
White coastal kitchen complements the blue ocean and modern interior
The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be in keeping with the clean-lined home it forms part of.
As green as can be
MVRDV designed a small office and residential building using a gridded rack system to cover the building’s entire exterior in a variety of plants. The look and feel of the 'planted' facade also impacts the cool, airy interiors
A wine cellar becomes a display feature in this lifestyle home
The lower level of this home is set up for relaxation time – including this small informal lounge next to a 1000-bottle wine cellar. There was also room on this level for a cinema, sauna, and exercise area
Dreading next winter? With cost-effective underfloor heating, you don't have to
The great thing about one season arriving is you can look ahead to plan for the season that follows. Here Warmup New Zealand Founder and CEO Paul Fielding responds to commonly asked questions about the increasingly popular option of underfloor heating for both carpeted and tiled areas of your home
Elegant interior a match for million dollar view
Cool, luxurious and with stand-out artworks, this harbourside apartment's elegant interior matches its outstanding view
Heavy and light - this staircase combines both
Greeting you just inside the entrance to the home, these stairs have a dramatic, sculptural quality. Designer FuTung Cheng cast each of the 160kg concrete treads, which were then post-tensioned into the concrete wall and cantilevered out to give a floating effect. The wire balustrading plays no structural role in the design.
Using commercial construction material injects drama into this new home
There are many ways to bring warmth into your interior – even when the main cladding materials are concrete and glass. Here, a snug sunken lounge provides a cosy seating option, while a wood ceiling warms up the space visually. In fact, the home has several unique features.
Heat pumps are perfect for winter and summer
It's well known that heat pumps are the most energy efficient form of electric heating for New Zealand homes. However, they are also an efficient way to keep your home cool and comfortable over summer. Here we answer some questions around having one efficient heating and cooling appliance, rather than buying two
Elegant star-burst pendants were the perfect choice for this lakeside home
The sculptural, star-burst lighting pendants in this living space are a natural match for the airy interior and natural setting. They have the added advantage of drawing attention to the gabled home's high ceilings
Making an entrance
OK, so you’ve done your best with your beautiful front garden and attractive street-facing cladding – now it’s your entry space’s turn to wow your guests. Here are 10 ways to make your entry space look more dramatic, upmarket and welcoming
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
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
4 ways to make your living area feel more spacious
The next best thing to having more spacious interiors is looking like you have more spacious interiors. Here are four ways to visually grow your interior without a major renovation. Already have generous spaces? These tips can make them seem even grander.
A crane delivered this sculptural staircase
The owners of this home chose this steel stair as a sculptural element connecting all floors – however, the budget ballooned when council dictates meant the stair had to be craned in from the far side of the home
Made in the shade
A spectacular harbour outlook and floor-to-ceiling windows can raise issues of glare. So what better response than drop down shades tucked into the ceiling?
Turn this way – when an entry directs traffic
There's nothing like a functional feature. A wood batten wall at the entry to this suite acts as a wayfinder. Its curved nature guides you towards the bedroom, while the battens admit light through into the bathroom
Woodn't you know it – this interior is connected to the outlooks
The upstairs in the central block of this home takes in spectacular mountain and lake views – and fair to say there's more than a nod to the many trees on the site
Come right in – cladding runs indoors in this inviting design
A double height brick wall runs along the boundary line of this suburban property – inside as well as outside
Colour and tone are always your design friends. A glass walled ensuite leaves little to the imagination in this light-filled hotel suite. Luckily, the natural tones of the bathroom floor and wall tiles connect with the warm wood tones in the bedroom.
Down about your interior? Try looking up
For this master bedroom, the cathedral ceiling was re-engineered so that the bed could be relocated to improve harbour views. Existing niches were furnished with daybeds and storage.
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.
Balancing scale, views and comfort was the biggest challenge in the design of this substantial home
Organising the space planning in a Y or propeller shape ensured this home met all of the owner’s specific requirements while making the most of the spectacular views
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
The layout of this playful apartment was redesigned to create more space
You can't add space to an apartment – but could you make better use of the existing space? That's exactly the outcome for this clever rethink of an existing dated layout.
Making the most of everything
Brave and daring, The Barnhaus has been innovatively designed to ensure that every room is used every day and no space is wasted
Window on the inside – this renovation move makes the most of natural light
Internal glazing at the entrance to this bedroom means that natural light can spill into the adjacent corridor. A curtain can be pulled across when privacy is required in the bedroom
A dynamic new home respects its natural setting in several ways
Standing tall amongst mature trees, this home on an awkward site, boasts simple, robust materials; an adroit layout, with minimal site disturbance; and several sustainable strategies
Warm heart, warm feet
There are many ways to bring a sense of warmth into your home and material choices are certainly one. Timber cabinetry and wider cedar interiors create a cozy look in this Wanaka home but just to be on the safe side underfloor heating runs throughout
This kitchen takes the love of wood to new heights
Love the natural tones of wood? Well don't stop with the cabinetry. A wood ceiling is an important part of the picture in this architect-designed entertainer's kitchen
lyf – but not as we know it!
Ever wondered if we could live a more connected lifestyle where like-minded people live shoulder-to-shoulder in an atmosphere of mutual creative stimulation? As the largest co-living property in Southeast Asia, lyf Funan Singapore is an excellent working example
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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.