The Frill House by India’s Hiren Patel Architects is completely focused on the climate-altering effects of the gardens surrounding it.
Located in steamy Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the house opens out onto two cool garden spaces on each side.
It has a shaded garden for escaping the heat in summer, seen here on the north of the house.
The wide expanse of flat lawns of the summer garden is shaded all day by the house itself, offering a cool respite from the heat.
The winter garden, on the south of the house is designed like a “forest ” to help tree plantations to create shadows on and into the building.
Deep overhangs and open air rooms are the climate key to protection from the sun.
The winter garden surrounds a family room with tall palms and tropical plants.
Each space has a view to either the summer or winter garden.
“We planned different philosophy to experience the garden from different places,” say the architects. “The experience of garden is like poetry.”
Cool marble chills the floors both indoors and out.
Inside the house, cool marble floors are brightened by colorful Indian artefacts.
An intriguing palm leaf door is an example of the unique Indian craftsmanship to be found in this house. Read the rest of this entry »
The ETR holiday villa in the Caribbean lays on thick creamy slabs of clean contemporary design in an exotic locale.
Inside and out, there is a consistent design esthetic, that’s easy, clean and fresh.
The chic holiday villa is set high in the hills on the lovely island of St. Barts.
In the crisp morning air, a serene al fresco breakfast table hosts ten under a canopy in pared-down elegance.
Bedrooms are open to the Caribbean’s fresh, clean breezes.
Crisp modern design in the bathrooms combines classic white and brown. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s something weird about coffee tables. While they remain one of the most prominent and utilitarian pieces in a home, holding TV and stereo remotes, books, and even standing in occasionally as extra seating or a dining table, we somehow never spend too much time choosing them. We opt for something rectangular, or maybe something round or square, and call it a day. But life is a lot more exciting than that!
Sure, a coffee table serves a practical purpose, but why miss out on a real opportunity to flaunt your style? Choose a unique coffee table and make a stand-out statement. In the living room above, for example, who would have ever imagined that a cast bronze tree trunk could work so perfectly, walking a line between fun and glam while standing up to the other strong elements in the room, such as the patterned wallpaper and curtains? It’s totally unexpected, but it works, and it says a lot about the personality of the home owners as well.
You might say the same about the table below, more restrained and utterly in keeping with the mid-century mod look of the room. It’s simple and modernist, and yet utterly individual and unique. The owners couldn’t have made a better choice.
And if you’re in a mood for a striking coffee table that does not take up a lot of visual space, you might opt for something like this lucite stunner, below:
It’s the best of both worlds — open space and an actual piece of furniture at the same time.
So what should you ask yourself when shopping for a coffee table?
First consider the context. The shape of the room itself, whether it is square, long and narrow, large or small should inform your choice. Do you want your table to take a starring role or to fade into the background? Does it need to have storage space in addition to table space? Do you have kids who like to put hot drinks on the table? Do you need to move your table around to let out the couch when guests arrive for overnight stays?
Whatever you do, open your mind to the possibilities. Just because you need a coffee table doesn’t mean you have to buy a coffee table. For example, the homeowner below chose four stools to provide a sculptural lift in her living room:
These stools can easily be rearranged or moved as the owner sees fit. In fact, stools of any sort can make a great coffee table. Below, see Chinese garden stools used as a coffee table:
Another alternative to the traditional coffee table is an upholstered ottoman table that can serve as a place to rest weary feet, as well as a place to put drinks or books. If you want to go this option, you might invest in a tray to provide a sturdy space for beverages. Keep in mind that upholstered ottomans used as coffee tables will appear bigger and bulkier than your average table, simply because there is usually no visible floor underneath. You can solve this problem to some degree by choosing a piece where the legs are visible.
Remember that coffee table height can be very flexible. While most people prefer tables that rise to the height of the seat of the couch, in recent years, very low coffee tables have come into vogue. Seek out a height that works well with the scale of your existing furniture.
Another take on the traditional coffee table is to go cafe table height. A taller coffee table can work very well in traditional settings. Take a look:
If you’re looking for a “star” coffee table, think any table with sculptural elements. Tree trunks, organic wood shapes, tables with sculpted bases, are all going to instantly catch the eye. Two more examples below:
And what about a suspended coffee table?
So you see, your options are endless! There’s no reason to end up with a dull wood table when there are so many cool coffee table choices out there. Enjoy the hunT!
Centro AMADIP, designed by Juan Alba and Ester Morro, is a cooking school and cafe in Calvià, run by a foundation dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities.
The Palmanova center arose from the idea of giving such people training in cooking and running the cafe, working together in a professional occupation.
The light-filled, tranquil setting is conducive to a peaceful life for its clients.
Its generous and simple clean lines create an atmosphere of reliability and consistency, where they can live together in harmony over an extended period of time.
You can almost smell the calming lavender peacefully growing in the well tended beds.
Sited in Spain’s sunbaked Mallorca region, the site gets abundant sunshine.
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Seeley Architects designed this beach house overlooking the rugged coastline of Australia’s Anglesea.
A gigantic viewing frame extends out in front of a deck that juts from its second floor.
This captures the sea view from the deck outside.
The Dame of Melba is a residence for a retired couple designed to also house family members on vacation.
A comfortable second floor houses the kitchen, living room and dining, and behind the viewer, the retired couple’s bedroom and bathroom that also overlooks the sea.
An angled deck on the back of the house offers an entry into the living room and a view of the framed deck. Read the rest of this entry »