Category Archives: Residential Interiors

Celebrating at Saatchi

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Megan

Ten days on from the inaugural World Interiors News Annual Awards ceremony and dinner the winning designers are still basking in the glory of their successes. London’s Saatchi Gallery played host to the most distinguished figures in architecture and interior design, treating the attendees to an opportunity to view the latest exhibition entitled “Body Language” which explores the physicalities of human beings through photography, sculpture and painting.

Escaping the cold November night outside, over 300 guests from across the globe retreated into the gallery’s warmth for a cocktail reception, a 3-course meal and some all-important networking opportunities. Amongst the many well-known faces was judge and interior design guru Sir Terence Conran, who has been a keen supporter of the awards programme.

As petit-fours and coffee were served, the awards ceremony began with a speech from Annalisa Hammond, Editor of World Interiors News, welcoming the guests and introducing Art historian and BBC Culture Show host Andrew Graham-Dixon who proceeded to present the awards for the winning designs.

Whilst the shortlisted entries from each category were announced and the winners collected their trophies on stage, guests from all areas of architecture and interior design were reminded of the designs which have helped shape the material and cultural landscape over the past year.

When the ceremony came to a close, the elated winners and shortlisted designers were photographed with their trophies and certificates, and the champagne flowed as celebrations began.

After overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event, Annalisa Hammond reflects that “the intimacy and originality of the venue appealed to our sponsors and guests, many of whom have already enquired about next year’s event!”

With the 2014 Awards due to open in early January, it promises to be another exciting year ahead for World Interiors News.

Westin Palace

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Megan

Rockwell Group Europe have recently completed the interior design for the new event spaces at the historic Palace Hotel, Madrid. Originally designed by Catalan architect Ferrés i Puig, the internal event space within the 20th century building have been given a touch of modern elegance in a bid to revive the hotel’s longstanding role as a hub for Madrid civic life.

A total area of 1,185 sq m was transformed by Creative Director Diego Gronda and his team. Worthy of note within these designs are several custom lighting features, including an LED lighting system which allows users of the “Circulo Palace” to choose between more than 250 colours, to set the mood of the room at the touch of an I-pad.

The new venue, Espacio Palace, complements the hotel’s existing meeting rooms, providing a distinctive spatial and aesthetic alternative. “We developed a design language that is at once respectful of the 100-year history of this magnificent building, yet offers a contemporary interpretation and accommodates the technological needs of guests and customers of the 21st century,” says Gronda. “This project has been especially important to us because the hotel plays such a prominent role in the life of Madrid, and it’s our first commission in our home city.”

Rockwell Group Europe invented a sophisticated, multi-purpose space that is adaptable to amaximum of private functions, such as business presentations, cocktail parties, wedding celebrations, dinners, and ballroom dances. The design is intended to capture the essence of the glamorous “Palace Brasserie” that occupied this location in the early 20th century while imbuing the space with a modern sensibility and firmly anchoring it in our time. Inspired by the landmark Neptune Fountain in front of The Westin Palace, Rockwell Group Europe integrated subtle design references to water throughout the new venue, connecting the hotel’s interior to its urban context and adding a sense of movement to custom furniture, lighting, and carpeting. Neutral and metallic tones lend the spaces a fresh and contemporary feel.  

The project nearly doubles the hotel’s banqueting capacity, making The Westin Palace the largest luxury hotel supplier for special events in Madrid. It is the culmination of Rockwell Group Europe’s interior redesign of the hotel’s most significant public spaces, which began in 2012 with the renovation of the dramatic rotunda lobby and lounge, long known for its spectacular stained glass dome, as well as four of the hotel’s meeting rooms.

The New Face of Student Living?

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Rosie

Could iQ Shoreditch be the future of student accommodation? Showcasing a pioneering design, this unique residential project offers students a living space like no other academic housing in the capital. “We are setting a new baseline for quality student accommodation within central London,” said developer James Crow of Quintain.

Designed by author and television presenter Naomi Cleaver, the project exhibits details which are creative and forward-thinking, giving the halls of residence a distinct edge over its counterparts. “My strategy was to reflect the famously vibrant character of Shoreditch – already a mecca for young people – as well as creating a comforting sense of home for a diverse community of students from across the world,” said Cleaver. “Student accommodation is as much an expression of home as anywhere else but much of the student accommodation I had researched looked corporate to me. While security and efficiency are important, so is nurture and play.”

Drawing on the context of the surrounding urban environment was a key aspect of this creation; young artists and designers were commissioned to realise the design concept, which aimed to represent the “visual anarchy” found in the locality, to reflect Tonkin Liu’s local pavementscape and to appeal to a broad spectrum of students.

In addition to individual bedrooms, iQ Shoreditch features 24 quirky common rooms and public spaces, each demonstrating imaginative, innovative design.  From the stuffed deer in The Conservatory to the iconic film posters in the TV lounges, the varied designs reflect the youthful, artistic vibrancy synonymous with the area. In the reception area circular leather seating surrounds a large tree, which acts as an unusual feature and compliments the motifs in the adjacent courtyard, designed by architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.  In The Sky Lounge, an installation of copper rods spans the ceiling, mapping and identifying the stars, whilst string art forms a 24-hour time-lapse depiction of London’s flight path.

To encompass the varying practical needs of the students, Cleaver’s design extends beyond conventional study rooms to include a music practice room and an art room, where pinboards line the walls and large tables provide a crucial workspace for art, fashion and design students.

Placing high importance on local manufacture and resourcefulness, Cleaver used reclaimed chairs and desks adorned with ripe graffiti to furnish study rooms, and papered their walls with misprinted sheets of Shakespearean plays.

For students living their academic lives against the backdrop of this ambitious design project, their visual landscape is multifaceted. To wander through the rooms of iQ Shoreditch is to experience the many faces of the accommodation; in one room the colour tones, furnishings and features cultivate a homely, welcoming feel whilst the contemporary lighting, interior accessories and wall art in another exude as much edgy character as the borough of Shoreditch itself.

SieMatic opens flagship showroom in Mayfair, London with Nicholas Anthony

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Megan

Last week World Interiors News attended the opening of the new luxury Mayfair showroom by German kitchen manufacturer SieMatic. The Nicholas Anthony showroom has been chosen to become the flagship showroom for the SieMatic network based on Wigmore Street, and will celebrate its dedicated new SieMatic displays and role.

SieMatic S2 – lotus white

As the originator of the handle-less kitchen, SieMatic has been at the forefront of kitchen innovation since 1960, creating timeless, original interiors. Its luxury kitchens are available through a network of specialist showrooms throughout the UK which are handpicked to offer outstanding customer service and unique kitchen living spaces which are a joy to use and experience.

Bernard Otulakowski, SieMatic’s UK Managing Director, commented:

“We are very pleased to welcome such an established retailer as Nicholas Anthony into the SieMatic team. It has a wealth of experience delivering exceptional kitchens and interiors for over 50 years in the South East. SieMatic has been established for over 80 years and so now is the perfect opportunity for the two companies to work together and further strengthen the position of each as we move forwards. The Mayfair showroom is part of SieMatic’s expansion into the key design cities around the world and this location will attract both those in the UK and internationally.”

SieMAtic BeauxArts.02

This new showroom will give customers the opportunity to experience SieMatic’s product offering within the ‘kitchen alley’ of London and benefit from the invaluable experience and expertise of the renowned Nicholas Anthony team. The showroom showcases a number of SieMatic’s most popular solutions for kitchens including the S2, BeauxArts.02, FloatingSpaces and IndividualDesign. Tony Nicholas the Managing Director of Nicholas Anthony commented, “We are thrilled to be joining forces with SieMatic, creating a dedicated flagship showroom in the heart of London. We believe that SieMatic’s exceptional range of luxury kitchens, rich heritage and outstanding service will provide the necessary ingredients for us to evolve and build upon our successes to date.”

BeauxArts.02

The BeauxArts.02 range, conceived and designed by internationally renowned designer, Mick De Giulio, has been designed for those who would like a more ‘transitional’ style than traditional; something that mixes the best of the modern world while following a classic theme. Following on from the successful BeauxArts kitchen furniture range by SieMatic, BeauxArts.02 the concept utilises Sterling Grey SE2002 doors with polished nickel handles and S2 doors in a rich Ebony Walnut finish with the recessed grip slot in polished nickel. SieMatic explain, “It reveals how it’s possible to create a living and dining space even in the compact spaces common in city homes.”

SieMatic BeauxArts.02 – sterling grey

The design of BeauxArts.02 is purposefully segmented; the cooking area is separated from the cleaning or preparation areas and depending on the segment, different materials, handles and dimensions are used for fronts and surfaces. This gives the kitchen the diversity of styles reflective of the BeauxArts architectural style, upon which the design concept is based.

FloatingSpaces

This innovative design feature concentrates on the kitchen as the hub of the home and welcomes the notion of this room as an open-plan living space. FloatingSpaces is made up of a panel system and highly functional open shelves with customisable finishes such as natural woods, which include matt or gloss lacquer and high-quality laminate. The shelves can be chosen in different lengths and sizes to add a personal touch to your kitchen design.

FloatingSpaces: SieMatic SE 5005 L lotus – white gloss

The shelves provide space for decorative objects and accessories to be displayed, allowing the seamless integration of kitchen and living spaces. The look is completed with matt aluminium shelf elements, which can be clicked into place at regular distances apart between the panelling so you can move your shelving around to suit you. FloatingSpaces provides a multitude of storage solutions for a practical, yet stylish, kitchen.

IndividualDesign

The IndividualDesign concept brings together a combination of the brand’s most successful kitchen programmes with a stylish new lacquer colour; agate grey. Designed to suit modern living, the IndividualDesign concept makes it possible for designers to integrate cabinets from different kitchen programmes to construct completely new and exciting spaces that blend the definition between living and kitchen areas. Pictured below, the IndividualDesign concept has been created that incorporates elements from FloatingSpaces, SE 8008 and the S2 ranges to produce a highly desirable open plan living area.

IndividualDesign, SE 8008

The launch event brought together the wider SieMatic family with guest appearances from SieMatic’s CEO Ulrich Siekmann, Export Director Roy Oldfield, Architect Marc Sporer and world renowned designer and co-creator of the BeauxArts.02 kitchen, Mick De Giulio. Guests enjoyed fine wine, canapés, music from a jazz duo and cookery demonstrations from appliance specialist Gaggenau.

The new showroom is located at 44-48 Wigmore St, London, W1U 2RY.

Another gorgeous entry to the WIN Residential Interiors Awards: Art Gallery House in Pretoria

Posted on March 18, 2013 by Sian

This project by Thomas Gouws Architects + Interiors involved the complete interior renovation of an existing house situated on Muckleneuck Hill, overlooking the city centre of Pretoria, the Capital of the Republic of South Africa. With the modern art loving owners in mind, the design was based on opening up the existing rooms of the house and purifying it into an airy, functional art gallery-like living space.

Several internal walls were removed emphasizing the raw beauty of the original structural features of the house. Honest, simple cement screed floors and pale plastered walls were used to form a neutral backdrop for functional art installations. The entrance hall is dominated by a grand piano with a colourful light shade canopy above it. This sets the playful tone of the colour red that acts as a contrasting focal colour element used through out the house. The stainless steel cooking island was designed as a dramatic minimalist sculpture.

With a Perspex support on one side it appears to be floating. Despite the obvious aesthetic considerations it is designed for functionality and interactive cooking, and forms the centre point of the living area. A sliding screen door hides the service area of the kitchen. In the staircase shaft, the heavy ornamental balustrades were replaced by a delicate cable screen that connects the three levels of the house.

Raw steel tread plates were used as practical finish to the existing stairs. Functional fluorescent tubes placed in steel angles were used as stark graphic lighting element to uplift the dark space. In the master bedroom the dressing room was placed inside a white glass box, which shows a hint of the colourful couture inside.

Charming story of ascendance and transcendence from Elenberg Fraser

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Sian


Elenberg Fraser’s new residential project, perfectly positioned at the edge of Melbourne’s CBD, creates a vertical village that follows a story of ascendance and transcendence, inspired by the ancient myths of the angel Metatron (or Enoch, or Elijah) and Pandora’s Box.

This project’s massing is crucial to its design. Broken into a series of six white, concrete towers of varying heights, and bound by a central lift core, 33M’s profile mirrors Melbourne’s skyline, creating a city within a city – a juxtaposed silhouette of its geographic context. As you enter the lobby you open Pandora’s box and ascendance shifts to transcendence, as infinite mirrors create the sensation of a body suspended in space.

The overall impression is of a box cracked open, bronze and patterned light forming a path through the black depths. The apartments themselves are white and bronze light. Adaptable, their sliding doors enable the space to be reconfigured, residents can choose whether to integrate the front room into living environments.

33M gives you the bird’s-eye perspective and convenience of the inner-city high-rise lifestyle, with the amenity of a house or large complex. The sky really is the limit here! 33M has been entered into the WIN AWARDS Residential Interiors category. Find out more at www.wanawards.com. Early Bird Discount ends Friday 15 March 2013.

Coastal living in the Australian bush

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Sian

Architecture Saville Isaacs Pty Ltd have submitted this light and airy rural residence to the WIN AWARDS Residential Interiors category, demonstrating a seamless contextual blend of architecture, interior design and muted decor.

This holiday home by Architecture Saville Isaacs Pty Ltd is flexible to accommodate extended family, robust for hoards of children, yet with an element of adult luxury. A casual home with strong relationships to outdoors, it takes advantage of orientation and bush setting with sunlight, privacy and diagonal views modulated by pivoting timber screens.

Flexibility extends to opportunities for multiple activities: covered outdoor rooms, open living/dining zone, enclosed rumpus. Internal spaces are delineated by a timber spine formed by the timber walkway and vertical post screen, continuing down the suspended stairs under the kitchen island and out.

Internal elements are extensions of the architecture. Joinery is used as space making elements (timber screen wall folds over as support for benchtop). There is a marked contrast of solid textures, white linear planes, rhythms of timber posts, smooth polished concrete, steel and glass against rough sawn wire-brushed timber create drama that animates the interiors.

Focus is on the tactile quality of materials: a consistent palette of polished concrete, waxed recycled wire-brushed tallowwood, textured white laminate joinery – selected for robustness, low maintenance and recyclability. Low VOC, non-toxic materials and finishes, hydronic floor heating and cross ventilation ensure a healthy indoor environment.

The integrated interior furnishing concept was to focus on a palette of natural materials and finishes, locally sourced, designed and made. These choices are environmentally responsible and the brief was responsive by blending into and creating an emotive response to the Australian bush.

This project demonstrates the possibility of achieving quality design using ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles and sustainable, recycled, low-toxic, cost-effective materials. It focuses on the interrelationship with the surrounding environment, volumetric quality, light enhanced sculpted open spaces, and tactile quality of materials. The design promotes the unity of architecture and interiors, working with the elements of materiality, space, volume and light seeking to achieve a sense of peace and tranquillity.

Montreal interior preserves its architectural heritage

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Rebecca

From a tree-lined street of 1960s bungalows the new house is far from conspicuous, blending with ease into the surrounding landscape. But inside is a deceptively designed space that harbours generous volumes on three levels. The original house was in such a state of disrepair that the clients were granted a demolition permit, on the strict condition that the new building follow the original plan. This could have potentially posed a real problem for the designer, given the clients required the liveable space to triple in size. But with just the one floor, a long façade and a double-pitched roof, René Desjardins has created a space of sheer inventiveness. An essential quality of any family home is the space to come together, but also to disappear. The fluid circulation that is so characteristic of the Desjardins’ style has been rendered in such a way that the parents can easily cohabit with grown-up children seeking independence.

In the vestibule next to the garage, a steel-and-glass staircase leads to both the guest suite and the basement, a place where the boys can venture off on their own, enjoying the living room, the steam room/washroom and the home gym. The designer, whose manifesto is “less is more”, has created a home completely respectful of the clients’ personalities and lifestyle choices.

The ground floor foyer sets the tone. It is generous and unadorned, with the garden on the horizon and a spectacular staircase in anthracite iron lace. A feeling of well-being is immediate, with a unity achieved through materials and colours. There is a definite sense of looking to a simpler future, which is rather apt given one of the clients recently turned 50. The decision to take the building contemporary – a brave decision on the part of the client, has been sympathetically embraced.

The neutral palette serves to frame the beginning of a promising art collection. The same can be said for the discrete lighting rails and niches, which will eventually house sculptures.

The ground floor doubles as both a living area and a setting for parties, with the immense island in the kitchen a great spot for a DJ. A perfect example of minimalism creating space for possibility.

For more information: www.rdesjardins.com

Design Festival coming to London

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Megan

The London Design Festival (LDF) kicks off next week and we are gearing up for a jam packed week full of inspirational interior design events, seminars and parties!

World Interiors News will cover the event from our base at Design Junction, where we will host a booth showcasing products from the shortlisted designers of the WAN Interiors Furniture and Accessories Award 2012. We are thrilled to have products including Karim Rashid’s Sancal Float Sofa, Eric Parry Architect’s Vigilia Bench, Vitamin’s Knot Lamp and the winner Naomi Paul’s OMI pendants range, including her XL GLÜCK pendant which is being shown for the first time.

During the LDF we will also traverse the capital to bring you a roundup of the best exhibitions and products that the week has to offer, out in our next edition of INSIDE.

West London’s 100% Design show takes place at Earl’s Court from 19 – 22 September, highlights of which include the International Pavilions, which will feature over 200 designers from around the world.

The capital’s East End will be abuzz with open studios, pop-up exhibitions and shows all radiating out from the central hub of Brick Lane where, from 20 – 23 September, Tent London takes over The Old Truman Brewery. Tent will promote many young British designers, such as recent graduate Hugh Leader-Williams and his award winning Spun furniture range, and the latest contemporary interior products in ceramics, textiles, materials, lighting, furniture and accessories.

Central London will host Design Junction from 19 – 23 September at the former Royal Mail sorting office on New Oxford Street. The event will showcase over 100 lighting and furniture designers including Artek, Benchmark, Pinch and Thonet.

With so much to see and do this year at LDF it’s worth pencilling in the whole weekend to explore the festival, and make sure that you come along and meet us at booth F60 at the Design Junction, The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BA.

The London Design Festival runs from 14 – 23 September at various venues across the city. See www.londondesignfestival.com for full listings and events.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Latest Residential Interiors projects

Posted on August 30, 2012 by Megan

New projects for the WAN Residential Interiors Award 2012 have been flooding in with only one day left until the competition closes.

Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLP’s La Muna house has caught our eye, with its conscientious use of space and light in relation to nature. The design involved the complete renovation and minor addition to one of the first homes built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado in the United States of America. Thirty years of haphazard changes to the building had hidden the potential beauty and purity of this house.  The new design restored and enhanced this rustic ski chalet with all its imperfections – homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi. Now clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone, and weathered steel and copper, the home is intended to make a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings of forest, stream and mountain.

Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLP

Other notable entries have come from KLID (Kris Lin Interior Design) of Hong Kong, China for their Curve house. The overall design concept of the interior is based on the curve as one of the main axis of the design. In order to clearly demonstrate the curve shape, the materials have been kept simple and concise, mainly white-based, and applied as pure materials and colours to emphasise the perfect line of the curves.

Interior designers and architects from around the globe will have their entries seen by a prestigious panel of judges to include, Jane Lawrence, former Director of Conran & Partners, Hatta Byng, Senior Features Editor at House & Garden magazine and Lee Hallmann, Head of Candy & Candy Design.

The projects will also be featured on our website, so that our readership can make their own minds up about the individual entries, with a comprehensive image library available for each interior. To see the latest entries visit the WIN Residential projects page and don’t forget, if you want to enter a project, the competition closes on Friday 31 August!