From breathtaking homes to showstopping stores, step inside the world’s most beautiful spaces.
Holiday maker: The Calile Hotel by Richards and Spence
Revolving brass arms held aloft by concrete columns mark the passage of time on the corner of James and Doggett Streets in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. A symbol of civic connection, clock towers like these are usually reserved for train stations and city halls. Here, this timepiece announces the civic intentions of recently completed The Calile Hotel. It also marks a cornerstone in the comprehensive body of work realised by its architects, Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence of Brisbane practice Richards and Spence.
September 16, 2020
Lee Broom launches ‘Maestro’ chair at London Design Festival
During a year like no other, the 18th edition of the London Design Festival is currently underway online and in-person. Among the line-up of launches and events across the nine days of the festival’s dynamic program, British designer Lee Broom has unveiled ‘Maestro’, a sculptural dining chair that is inspired by the designer’s fondness for classical music and its instruments.
September 15, 2020
The futuristic fit-out for a minimalist fashion label
Occupying a 120-square-metre space in Coastal City, the retail precinct of Nanshan’s CBD, the trippy concept store belonging to minimalist womenswear brand Geijeong dazzles with its layered use of reflective, translucent and transparent materials. The interior designers, Chinese firm Studio 10, say that the futuristic fit-out “explores the interactivity between materials, light transmission, refraction, reflection and fabric”.
September 8, 2020
Kvadrat’s ‘Knit!’ exhibition corrals 28 designers including Adam Goodrum and Benja Harney
Kvadrat’s ‘Knit!’ exhibition corrals 28 cross-discipline designers who, using Kvadrat’s Febrik textiles as their medium, have snipped and stitched their way toward a brilliant showcase of objects – from chairs and sofas to tableware and fashion items. The exhibition brief required the designers to harness the qualities of the knitted fabric collection and, by applying […]
September 7, 2020
Italian furniture powerhouse Paola Lenti launches its best-ever outdoor fabric
After four years of intensive research and engineering, the technical team at Italian furniture house Paola Lenti has developed a coating solution that considerably increases the performance of the mono-material yarn called Twiggy. The brand says that the new yarn will deliver incredible performance when put to use in the manufacture of outdoor furniture, while also respecting the environment. Twiggy is an evolution of the polyolefin yarn that Paola Lenti first started using for its outdoor furniture fabrics 20 years ago.
September 3, 2020
The LittleNap ‘luxury hostel’ in Hangzhou by Say Architects
Overshadowed by visions of cramped living quarters, squeaky bunk beds, shared amenities and a sprightly clientele with the predisposition to party hard, there's no denying that the humble hostel gets a rather bad rap. But the ongoing popularity of hostels around the world suggests, to a certain extent, that travellers are prepared to surrender some of life’s little luxuries in order to benefit from a hostel’s price point, prime location and community atmosphere.
August 25, 2020
Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel
Yoga classes as first light magnifies the copper hues of the Arava Valley and the Edom mountains. A day journeying through undulating ancient valleys on camelback. And late-night stargazing sessions after sundowners in the dunes. For many, right now, these are the activities of an unreachable desert-holiday dream. But as international airlines look to ramp-up flights at the end of this year and beyond, Israel’s soon-to-open Six Senses resort will no doubt capture the imagination of luxury-seeking adventurers around the globe.
August 18, 2020
Canvas House: co-living quarters for expats by Ministry of Design
The colonial shophouse buildings of Singapore, so-named due to the shared retail and residential functions, evolved from the early 19th century. With a restricted budget and only four months to complete the project, MOD opted to blanket Canvas House with an all-white veil, a brave move that Colin says, “blurs the distinction between new and […]
August 7, 2020
Home tour: A contemporary house in Subiaco with quaint cottage appeal
Subiaco House, however, is far from cliché. Designed and coordinated from nearly 4500 kilometres away by Brisbane-based architecture practice Vokes and Peters, the two-storey family abode is located on a prominent corner block and wears a distinctive bell-shaped ‘top hat’ clad in petite terracotta shingles. At ground level, the suburban home engages politely with the […]
August 6, 2020
Home tour: A concrete house in Singapore with lush tropical gardens
Appearing like a mirage in the metropolis, the property is situated in a Singaporean landed housing estate that hails from the 1980s. Zoom out and within a 1.5-kilometre radius the new dwelling is surrounded by typical low- and high-rise housing estates. Within the same radius, Stark House also rubs shoulders with Changi Prison, Changi Airport […]
August 3, 2020