The International House In California | Residential Design

Designed by Laidlaw Schultz Architects, this architecture wonder is the result of the beautiful combination of concrete, wood, painted bricks, glass, and beautiful white striated marble. It is lovely how the exterior is reflected into the interior of the house. The same materials and colors used on the facade continue to the interior but with more emphasis on the warm finishes such as walnut wood, fire, and a large orange carpet.

On the exterior however, the emphasis is more on the glass, concrete, and the beautiful pool. This continuity in use of the materials is what gives this residence its balanced feel.

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam By Italian Designer Piero Lissoni | Hotel Design

Piero Lisssoni, one of Italy’s well known designers, designed the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. The steel structure, the volumes, lovely furniture, and color scheme are what make the design of this hotel so spectacular. Sleek and sexy are what best describe every part of this beautiful structure.

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies the famous site of Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck music conservatorium. Originally built at the end of the 19th Century and conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as the Rijkspostspaarbank Building, the construction heralded an urban regeneration of the Museumplein, an area which had been left previously derelict. Knuttel was praised for his ability to fuse simplicity and functionality, and the award-winning Milan-based furniture and interiors designer Piero Lissoni has embraced this tradition through the re-incarnation of this spectacular building 100I years later.

Against the backdrop of the building’s incredibly rich history, the hotel has been consistently imbued with Lissoni’s signature style. Known for his austere lines, demure fabrics and shades of grey that are occasionally dotted by the appearance of bright accents, Lissoni is considered one of the most prominent and exciting contemporary Italian designers. His clean designs are a hybrid of modernist and contemporary chic and contrast playfully with the on-going bath of natural daylight throughout the building’s airy spaces. Furniture from leading Italian manufactures such as Living Divani, Kartell and Cassina sit prominently in all communal spaces while accent pieces such as vintage Asian rugs provide a sense familiar comfort.

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Beautiful House in Maryland | Residential Design

Beautifully complementing the surrounding landscape, this lovely house located in Maryland right outside Washington, DC. is designed by Robert Gurney Architects. The landscape alone is just breathtaking with mature trees and a river view.

The house is of two volumes connected using glass bridges. Other overlapping secondary volumes make the entire structure more dynamic. The large spans of glass give a lovely coherence with the wooded landscape.

The use of stone, wood, and glass is a perfect combination for any exterior to feel balanced and blend in such a beautiful surrounding.

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Jacques Garcia Designs The NoMad Hotel in New York

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I have not tried to recreate a moment in history. I have quite simply thought of the kinds of furniture we want to live with at home today, pieces that are elegant and  functional, comfortable, and convivial. “ ~ Jacques Garcia for Baker Furniture

French interior designer Jacques Garcia possesses a truly unique style, mixing 17th- and 18th-century references with modern influences to create a timeless interpretation of French elegance. From being an interior decorator for clients such as the Sultan of Brunei, to his high-profile re-creation of an 18th-century tea house for Ladurée on the Champs Elysées; and the design of the always relevant Hôtel Costes, his design is timeless. Jacques Garcia has renovated private and public spaces around the world, including many hotels in Paris and is one of Baker’s top designers. The NoMad Hotel is his first hotel in New York. The design draws from his private, idiosyncratic residences and is inspired by his time in Paris as a young man.

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A Church Turned Into A Bookstore | Architecture

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Architecturally, this is a wonder, incorporating a bookstore within a 13th century Dominican cathedral in Maastricth, Holland is just magnificent. Since libraries are supposed to be quiet and serene, this sacred environment provides exactly that. According to MyModernMet, the architects at Merkx + Girod jumped at the opportunity to fuse the old with the new and created a design for Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht that integrating a thoroughly modern bookstore within the preserved historic structure. The problem lies, however,  in the fact that libraries may soon be a place not many people will want to visit!

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