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The Rinascente department store is a Milanese icon, and one of the city’s faces. Our brief for the renovation plan for Rinascente’s women swear floor was to incorporate elements that would give visitors a tangible sense of the city. Our first move was to install 17 large windows, reminiscent of those seen around Milan, to function as subtle space dividers. Inspired by the unexpected encounters with shop windows, courtyard gardens and public squares that come from wandering Milan’s back streets, we applied a film to the windows to make them opaque when viewed from an angle but transparent when viewed directly.
The project for the new corporate offices of Siemens in Polanco was done by Serrano Monjaraz arquitectos. One of the main objectives of the project was to obtain the LEED Gold certification and for this reason all the elements considered for the development of the project were selected with the adequate characteristics to achieve this goal.
An old factory space in Amsterdam North is transformed into the new office of 123 Makelaar. The assignment was to create a representative office with a tough industrial look, but with enough space for personal contact. For the client it was important to have different places to create, work, meet, relax or to receive visits. We added a mezzanine and two consulting rooms in the double high industrial space.
Stosa Kitchens presents Aleve Allegra, the uniqe design by Adriani & Rossi. It is a project that is part of the collection as an extension Allegra which is already characterized by the overall cleanliness of the different compositions due to the leaf with the inclusion of the groove handle that ensures linearity uncompromisingly. Additionally, the system is modern and functional; Aleve Allegra interprets the casual and friendly atmosphere, thanks to the bench in metal lead-colored or colored rope, matching it with a quality and firm dining table combined by elm wood.
Aleve Allegra is the new project that forms the rationalism and formal simplicity of its dominant notes: it is a blend of the warmth of the modules in elm finish and style of mercury glass mat lead. The doors of the columns and wall units are in fact made with a durable coating in satin glass, also available on the eclectic collection, matching the rolled series program and more than 30 colors just in time.
“We work the clay in the shape of a vase, for it is precisely where there is nothing that the effectiveness of the vase resides. We make openings for doors and windows to make a house, for it is precisely where there is nothing that the effectiveness of the house resides. Thus, we think that we benefit from things that are tangible, but it is precisely where we do not perceive anything that true effectiveness resides.” _Lao Tzu
A void cannot exist without a mass, and the multipurpose art gallery designed by atelier rzlbd is an expression of this realization and a representative of its design philosophy. Located in Bayview Village shopping mall the gallery explores the challenges of integrating shopping experience with public and private events that promote contemporary art and architecture.
Creating a new bathroom for a home is usually about getting the electrical fittings done, and installing the required fixtures. However, if you’re planning to build a luxury bathroom, you will need to do a little more planning and pay real attention to the details. In the following article we discuss the steps needed to build a luxury bathroom that’s worth it…
#1: Decide on the Design
When building a luxury bathroom, start with the design. Consult with a good architect for planning out the bathroom space. You can also get design ideas from interior decorating magazines and websites. If your luxury bathroom is a part of the complete home construction project, then things like the bathroom’s size, shape, plumbing, etc. can be incorporated into the home’s general architectural plan.
#2: Prepare the Budget
Constructing a luxury bathroom can eat into your budget if you don’t set it right. And that’s something you don’t want. So right in the beginning stage, you need to prepare a construction budget for the bathroom. Make sure you include all the necessary supplies/materials that are required for remodeling without going overboard with the budget.
#3: Hire a Contractor
When you hire a contractor, he will employ his own construction workers in order to build the luxury bathroom. Besides that, a contractor will also be responsible for bringing in any subcontractors as needed. Each of the subcontractor such as electrician, mason and the carpenter will have to be brought at the right stage of the project to get his portion completed.
The BELMONT is owned by Alfred Bernardin, who also owns the popular Renoma Café Gallery. For the décor of his second restaurant, Alfred Bernardin and his team have chosen an original ‘mix and match’ theme, combining different styles and materials to achieve a unique and innovative result. Decidedly singular, this new Parisian restaurant stands out for its unconventional style, breaking all the rules with its mix of vintage with contemporary.
When you only have a small and/or awkward space to fit your kitchen into, you’re more likely to need a bespoke design – every corner must be utilised, and all natural light must be taken advantage of. You may even need to knock down a wall or move a door, if you want a room that you’re genuinely happy to stay in for more than it takes to cook a stir-fry; this will need a builder who knows what s/he is doing.
Urban kitchen designers, like London-based Increation, typically recommend prioritising excellent craftsmanship – you need to find someone who can fit cabinets and shelves into difficult corners whilst maintaining a high quality finish. Keep the layout simple, and achieve visual interest with natural textures and intelligent colour instead of fancy footwork.
Galley style is one of the most common kitchen layouts in urban dwellings, and can be an excellent way to keep your space practical but stylish. It’s also a good way to carve a kitchen area out of an open-plan space. Let’s look at some ideas for maximising both visual and practical space in a galley kitchen:
Keep the eye low
Although floor-to-ceiling cupboards seem like a good storage solution when there isn’t much space, they bring the interior surface into the room by a good 20cm, which is fine lower down but makes a narrow room look even more narrow when they’re above head height. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them at all – just use them carefully, and probably not all along the wall.
Break a run of high cupboards with low surfaces – this will be necessary for the hob and sink, anyway – or with a section of shelving. Open shelves above the eye level, or at least head-height, are a good way to keep the space looking wide without sacrificing storage space. If you must have cupboards, try using glass doors with lights inside; this will add depth and brightness without leaving all your belongings out in the open.