Our homes represent a place of belonging, a place where we rest, gather and make memories.
In the last decade, eco products have become all the rage as people make an effort to be kinder to the environment, as well as their wallets. A green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. And also focuses on the efficient use of energy, water, and building materials.
Having that in mind, we prepared a selection of our favourite modern eco-houses designed by amazing architects to inspire you and your clients next projects.
A collaboration with the German company Huf Haus to bring life to the house owners vision of an energy-efficient premanufactured home.
The house has triple glazing, underfloor heating, a heat pump and excellent insulation. But adding a 10kW array of solar electric panels, 12kW of storage batteries and LED lighting meant the home achieved its zero-bills aim.
From the outside, The Curved House has an unassuming posture that evokes curiosity. Once inside though, the home shines with distinctive character and thoughtful placement of community spaces. The home was designed by Hufft Projects an architecture firm that has quietly built an impressive portfolio of modern designs in the heart of America. The Kansas City-based firm considered sustainability at every phase of designing The Curved House, most notably with a solar array on the cabana roof, a geothermal system and radiant floor heating.
Floating house brings luxury design and pure fantasy together in their minimal design. The house was designed with the highest standards of sustainability and the idea of seamless connection with nature. The home was architected by Singapore based Dymitr Malcew. Malcew’s designs include imaginative takes on sustainable office, retail and residential spaces.
Clients opted for a highly insulated timber frame with a blockwork outer skin and triple-glazing to ensure their award-winning project met Passivhaus standards. Warmth generated by solar gain and activities such as cooking is recirculated throughout the building by a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system. An air source heat pump (ASHP) warms the property’s domestic hot water supply. This results in extremely low annual energy bills, despite the Scottish Highland location.
The owners new home offers the accessible and comfortable environment they were after and keeps energy bills to a minimum. Warmcell, a cellulose insulation made of recycled paper, provided an eco-friendly way to make the engineered timber frame thermally-efficient. The windows and doors are timber and triple glazed with a powder-coated aluminium cladding, so they require little to no maintenance.
The Ecocapsule was designed as an independent alternative to settling down in one place. The design uses solar, wind and rainwater to allow for off-the-grid living from anywhere. You’d have to live without a white picket fence, but something about this idea provokes some serious feelings of wanderlust.
The Meera Sky Garden House connects design to nature through four stories of brilliant architecture and tranquil gardens. The Singapore home was created by Guz Architects, best known for their use of sustainable materials and commitment to increasing the use of gardens to break down the transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
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Almost all new interior design trends 2022 are aimed at creating comfortable, cozy rooms with a favorable atmosphere. The emphasis is on sustainable materials.
A nostalgic revival style that started in fashion is going to be popular again in the next 2022 interior design trends.
The street art movement that started in this decade, will be back with a contemporary feel.
Adapted to the new consumer, furniture with a digital or automated feature is an upcoming trend.
Glass foldable walls or dividers will create a dynamic between interior and outdoor living, the entire year. Also, in furniture, glass is a key sustainable material.
There’s an increasing awareness in having natural pieces. Elements such as cork walls or hump curtains will highlight the interior design trends 2022 season.
A space designed for work and recreation will have major importance in the next interior design season.Read More
Why limit yourself to a lawn with just a grill when you can own a home that has a full-on outdoor kitchen?
Below, a roundup of listings where outdoor kitchens are a standout feature.
Built in a Georgian Colonial style, this home in the tony town of Greenwich has an entrance featuring a curved staircase and several formal entertaining rooms. The lower level is decked out with a gym, sauna, movie theater, game room, and wine cellar. And then there’s the impressive 7,000-square-foot stone terrace that includes a pool, and a cabana with a souped-up kitchen that even has a wood-burning fireplace.
Sustainably built with a solar-energy system and energy-efficient appliances, this estate is located in The Strand, an upscale Turks and Caicos development with oceanfront residences. Owners have access to amenities such as tennis and pickleball courts, a pool, and a yoga deck. Grand Residence R-4 includes a main house with a great room that leads to a terrace with an infinity pool and a kitchen that has two grills.
Featuring uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views from most rooms, this property has 12-foot ceilings and overlooks the 16th and 17th holes of the Hualalai Golf Course. The nearly 2,500-square-foot lanai, or covered porch, is the big claim to fame: It has a large pool and a chef-worthy kitchen complete with a pizza oven, fire pit, and Molteni oven: the centerpiece appliance in the kitchens of the world’s top restaurants.
This architecturally distinctive home is contemporary in design and overlooks the Strip and the Red Rock mountain range. There’s plenty to be impressed about: the neutral serene color theme, indoor-outdoor casita, gym, billiards room, glass wine cellar, bar, and indoor-outdoor office. The outdoor area is equally wow and includes a courtyard with a reflecting pool, two infinity pools, a cooking area with a hibachi grill, a bar, and a swim-up barbecue kitchen.Read More
Whether your living room is an open plan space in need of parlor-style seating zones or a smaller, cozier spot, these living room ideas from the world’s top interior designers are sure to inspire your next decorating project.
With everything from fearless splashes of color to richly patterned wallpaper, these masterful displays will guide you in creating chic, statement-making living rooms that burst with their own senses of character.
Here are a few topics to have in mind to help with your living room decoration:
All comfortable everything
Plenty of texture
One of the most critical aspects of making a restaurant successful is the design itself.
A restaurant interior plays an important role in the whole experience of eating out, a good review isn’t solely down to the food. Creating an environment that complements the menu and the space’s interior architecture is no simple feat.
At its core, restaurant design is all about creating a holistic dining experience for the customer. Whether it’s the entryway of the establishment, the communal seating area of a private dining space, or the energy of the bar, every component of restaurant design is purposeful.
Below a list of the top 7 topics to keep in mind when undertaking a restaurant design project:
Cinema is, probably, one of the most inspiring of all creative arts, which has a special power to bring its audience to the past or future and show how everything looked or will look like there.
Today, we brought you 10 movies for Architecture and Interiors lovers that will boost your creativity and inspire your next design adventure.
“As far as interiors inspiration goes, there’s no better place to look than the imaginations of the world’s favourite image-makers.”
1. Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963
A masterpiece of cinema, Le Mépris is just as mythical as its setting. Perched on a cliffside on the island of Capri, Villa Malaparte overlooks the Bay of Naples with its pink walls and majestic staircase. Designed by architect Adalberto Libera for writer Curzio Malaparte between 1938 and 1943, it sees Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli replicate it in one of Jean-Luc Godard’s best-known films.
2. Shining by Stanley Kubrick, 1980
Among Stanley Kubrick’s crazy sets, The Shining is one of the most successful, resulting in one of the most famous horror films in history. Long corridors and seventies interiors characterize the famous Overlook Hotel, especially the particularly distressing green Art Deco-inspired bathroom.
3. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, 1982
An architectural wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright and a true star of Hollywood cinema, the Ennis House can claim to have appeared on screen more than eighty times.
Built-in 1924 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles for Charles and Mabel Ennis, it is its unique style, inspired by ancient Mayan temples, that makes it a prime setting for the SF masterpiece of Ridley Scott. While several elements had to be adapted to match the futuristic universe of the film, this is where Harrison Ford’s character’s apartment is staged.
4. Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann, 2013
In Gatsby’s house, played by Leonardo Di Caprio, exuberance and opulence are the order of the day: he wants to impress his beauty. Evoking the glamor and effervescence of the 1920s, it features gilded metal, crystal chandeliers, and marquetry.
Most impressive: the entrance hall with an oversized ceiling height with its incredible staircase. Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn won the Oscar for Best Production Design for this film adapted from the novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald.
5. Marie Antoinette, 2006
Joyously extravagant, as history itself imparts, Sofia Coppola’s mid-noughties production captures the essence of the French Queen’s reputation in every way. Historic, extreme, and heavenly chic.
6. Down With Love, 2003
Catcher Block and Barbara Novak’s New York condos were the his’n hers of modernist Manhattan style.
His, brown with hints of navy, clean tiled walls and sparsely furnished; hers, hot-pink and pale-pink with tutti frutti cushions and pearlescent teardrop chandeliers.
7. Call Me By Your Name, 2017
Maximalism never looked so enticing. Everything in Elio’s parents’ house is simple and timeless, from antiques, lamps, and sofas to decorative objects and a grand piano. The epitome of faded Italian Buona Famiglia charm.
8. Darkest Hour, 2017
A WWII biopic that sees Winston Churchill deciding whether to fight or negotiate with Adolf Hitler, “Darkest Hour” is also a feat of traditional British design. If your ideal home is full of rich mahogany, marble mantles, and polished silver, this is your movie.
9. The Shape of Water, 2017
If you can distract yourself away from the River god in the bathtub, “The Shape of Water” swims through rooms that are gorgeous, if not in a bit of disrepair. In this shot alone, we have leather-bound books, a gallery wall, and a molded window that we would travel the sea for.
10. The Devil wears Prada, 2006
While it’s not actually a home, Miranda Priestley’s office in “The Devil Wears Prada” features one of the most perfect gallery walls we’ve ever seen. And her townhouse isn’t too shabby either.
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Penthouse in Magdalena
The intimate area of the project is characterized by the dominant use of warm tones, optimizing the lighting in the space and at the same time creating a comfortable atmosphere. The playfulness of the lines present in the finishes and furniture give visual continuity to the project, in addition to subtle textures. In this way, Penthouse in Magdalena is conceived as an interesting project in terms of interior design and distribution, where its elements are related both in functionality and aesthetics, providing identity and character.
De Rotterdam Suite
Trends are promising in terms of changes leaning towards the search for safe haven and harmony in our homes and diversifying their multifunctionality .
Home automation and Smart homes
Open And Multipurpose Spaces
The commitment to integrate different areas of the house to create diaphanous and multi-purpose environments is becoming clearer. This solution will allow you to enjoy more meters, what you get from the dividing walls and very practical spaces for the whole family.
The Bathroom Is A Space To Relax
The bathroom is no longer just a space dedicated to personal care. This stay is now understood as the place to relax after a hard day’s work. Where to disconnect outside to reconnect during a shower that will release our tensions. And all this thanks to the design and decoration.
Protagonism Of Floors And Walls
These decorative elements become more prominent in the architectural trends of 2022. The roofs with quality tiles that imitate different materials are imposed by their functionality.
The New Minimalism
The trend towards minimalism in architecture translates into a commitment to simple forms using modern and cutting-edge materials. Contract designs are highly required for homes and hotels, as well as for office buildings and shopping centers. It is a tendency to use quality materials to ensure thermal and acoustic insulation that will result in economic savings and an environmental benefit.
Less Noise, More Light
Noise is a pollutant that we are exposed to inside and outside our homes. That is why more and more architectural projects are carried out with this hassle in mind, using distributions and materials that minimize noise within buildings.Read More
The artist, designer, and inventor of the term “Jungalow” (jungle + bungalow) crafts interiors that beg to be Instagrammed. Justina Blakeney is a master of this colorful and lively aesthetic, with an Instagram page that overflows with plant-filled, tropical inspiration.
On Barnett’s Instagram page, you’ll find gorgeous interiors, inspiring art, and an overall sense of empowerment, through the design world and beyond.
Emily Henderson is an LA-based celebrity blogger, interior designer, and TV personality, who crafts refined interiors with a bohemian edge. If you head over to her Instagram, you will find bright, color-filled spaces that are oh so photogenic.
COREY DAMEN JENKINS
Corey Damen Jenkins crafts high-glam interiors that embody his sophisticated aesthetic. One scroll through his Instagram and you will see: CDJ is a must-follow for any design lover.
As the principal and founder of Young Huh Interiors, the Detroit native is an active Instagrammer with a bright and summery page to match her signature aesthetic.
Orlando Soria uses Instagram to share his bright and modern interiors, and is always ready to engage with his 197,000 followers.
ARIEL ASHE & REINALDO LEANDRO
Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro are the golden couple of interior design. Known for their “modern luxury” aesthetic, the two create comfortable spaces that are functional and lived in, with a distinct sense of style. Their Instagram page is wonderfully curated with design for everyone.
An industry native and one of the interior design world’s biggest names, Ken Fulk shares his signature eclecticism and irresistible interiors with his 70k followers, where he invites fans to take a look into his aesthetically driven lifestyle that makes for an Instagram dreamland.
Airy, tailored rooms is the perfect way to describe Alyssa Kapito’s beloved aesthetic. “[I] try to break the mold every time,” says Kapito.
With an aesthetic that fuses vintage French styles with a modernist sensibility, Bikoff’s Instagram page is no less impressive. Her 2,500+ posts embody her fearless aesthetic and keen eye for design.Read More
Christian Liaigre was a visionary interior designer who has built his reputation on the refined quality of his furniture and interiors, whose clients included Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Rupert Murdoch and the Mercer hotel in Soho, New York.
Christian’s work was so good he has been described as Europe’s most renowned industrial architect of this century.
Christian Liaigre is credited with redefining modernism and pioneering the use of dark wood, leather sofas and the luxurious cream, brown and grey palette integral to today’s stylish interiors.
Defined by being one of the best french interior designers, in a global scale, so his reputation is an absolute legend.You can feel the luxury behind his projects, and how it all states into a perfect combination, as you can see in this project, where the bright color mixes perfectly with the dark wood furniture.
In this project you can observe a perfect balance between a darker and a brighter furniture, giving it the perfect concept for a minimalistic, yet classical concept to this living room. Christian Liaigre also left some rustic touches to the décor of this room, giving its full potential to combine miscellaneous styles.Read More