Home Design Find - Interior Design, Architecture, Modern Furniture - Part 4

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Design Trend: Miami Takes Residential Architecture to a New Level

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Brooklyn is home to the brownstone and San Francisco the “Painted Lady.” Boston is admired for red brick townhouses and Los Angeles for the Spanish-stucco villa. But where do you go for cutting-edge, futuristic architecture that we normally associate with cities like Dubai and Tokyo?  The answer is Miami. There are some seriously interesting residential projects in the works, each more daring than the last. Here are five of them:

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Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, One Thousand Museum is Hadid’s first residential skyscraper in the western hemisphere.  Internationally renowned for her designs incorporating the organic in a sensuous and usually soaring way, the new residence elegantly blurs the line between art and architecture. Take a look at the magnificent swimming pool below:

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And here is a rendering of the building from outside, where balcony openings are reminiscent of Antoni Gaudi’s organic, almost animalistic forms and shapes:

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One Thousand Museum will include duplex townhomes, half-floor residences, full-floor penthouses, and a single duplex penthouse. Interiors are being designed by an elite team of designers, including lighting artists and residential technology specialists. Every residence will offer multiple oversized terraces that form part of the tower’s sensual, sculptural exoskeleton.

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Gran Paraiso Residences

These residences are located in the Paraiso master planned community developed by Jorge M. Pérez of The Related Group,  the nation’s leading developer of multifamily residences and one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States. Located in the Miami district of Edgewater, Gran Paraiso overlooks Biscayne Bay, with Miami Beach just over the horizon. Like One Thousand Museum, Gran Paraiso also has some important names in architecture attached, including architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of the Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica and Italian designer Piero Lissoni, internationally renowned for the design of hotels, residential complexes, corporate headquarters, yachts, and lifestyle products.

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As you can see from the above picture, the design is more linear and less organic than Hadid’s, but nevertheless striking. Here’s a different view:

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And an interior shot:

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Based on what we can see, the Gran Paraiso looks to be one of the preeminent places to live and play in Miami.

Hyde Beach House Hollywood

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Yet another high-profile name is attached to another development at water’s edge. Brazilian architect Debora Aguiar focused on sensual sophistication throughout the Hollywood Beach development called the Hyde Resort & Residences, which features dramatic indoor and outdoor spaces. Like Hadid, Aguiar was also inspired by the organic, this time in the form of, natural wood and stone. You get the idea in the picture above, in which textured stone and tile take center stage. Here is a shot of the outdoor pool space:

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And below, the poolside bar, featuring an organic, live edge bar top counter.

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Hyde Resort & Residences features two- and three-bedroom homes with glass rails, wraparound terraces and sliding glass doors that make the indoors feel like the outdoors, and vice-versa.  All residences include gourmet kitchens, elegantly appointed bathrooms, spacious closets and tech-savvy features include fiber-optic wiring, WIFI, and electronic door locks.


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Marina Palms

Located in North Miami, Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences (pictured above) is two, 24-story towers with 468 residences that overlook Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This is the place to be if you love boating or water sports. The development includes a 112-slip private marina that can accommodate yachts up to 90 feet long.  There’s open ocean access for boaters via Haulover Inlet, just 20 minutes away, plus plenty of aquatic activities: jet skis, kayaks, water skiing, windsurfing and snorkeling. Inside, you quickly understand that living here is not just about the boat:

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The condos are either two or three bedrooms and range in size from 1,821 to 2,500 square feet.

Aria on the Bay

Meanwhile, Aria on the Bay is a whole different concept. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the building will feature panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows offering endless bay and city views, spacious floor plans and easy flow between rooms.

Here is a view of a bathroom that feels almost like it’s outside:

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Below, the lobby manages to feel both “glam” and organic at the same time:

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The Aria features oversized balconies, a pet friendly green park, tennis, volleyball and baseball, areas as well as a children’s playground.

We say kudos to South Florida, for moving the country a few steps ahead when it comes to residential design!


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Design Dilemma: Quirky in Stockholm


Have you ever craved quirky, kooky, colorful design in your home, but you don’t quite feel you have the courage? Well, we’ve found some inspiration for you! This home, in Stockholm, Sweden, appeared on a Swedish real estate site, and we took notice. It’s a 56 square meter apartment up for sale for 5.05 million kroner. And it couldn’t be funnier or freer in design!

What we’re liking is its bold use of primary colors — the sort of colors that come straight out of your child’s box of crayons, along with wacky, idiosyncratic, design choices that move this apartment out of the realm of the simply colorful into the world of the wild.


Above, the lower cabinets in the kitchen are painted a bright kelly green which stands out, in a good way, against the basic white tiled kitchen wall that remains a clean, modern, grid backdrop. Accessories like salt and pepper shakers in magenta and sky blue and bowls and tea kettles in cherry red and lemon yellow,  help balance the color of the cabinets and pick up on the happy, child-like theme.

Pink flamingo wallpaper in the hallway continues the feeling of the unexpected. And the funky platform shoe collection points to more off-the-wall individuality. We wonder if the owner of this apartment might actually be a professional clown?


In a different hallway, bold, green palm-frond wallpaper again picks up the playful nature theme. Contrasting elements are the bold pumpkin orange pendant, along with a few colorful shoes and clothes on a practical shoe and clothes rack.


Take a look at this living room. We’d call it unapologetically maximalist, with its mix of eras, colors, prints, and artwork. And the best thing about it is that there is nothing particularly trendy or costly in sight. This is pure vision (and a practiced, studied eye) at work.


Another angle:


And here’s a view of the gallery wall:


Here’s more in the bedroom:


And the happiness continues in the bathroom:


Polka-dot wallpaper and a hanging pendant leg lamp make for pure laughs.


This Scandinavian home is the exact opposite of what so many of us associate with “scandinavian” design. It’s not about minimalism or all white, or all black, and we applaud the owner of this home for taking a path so very different from most.

What’s our take away for going quirky?

  • Be fearless. Take chances with color and design choices. It’s okay to go kitsch!
  • Use wallpaper. It’s an opportunity to inject instant funk into any space, depending on how bold you go.
  • Mix patterns. In the bedroom below, a small polka-dot wallpaper looks great with a larger-patterned, bolder bedspread.
  • You can never go wrong mixing bold primary colors. Colors of equal intensity that contrast and complement on the color wheel will always look great together, as long as they are also allowed to breathe with a white or neutral backdrop.
  • Forget the name-dropping. There’s no need to drop a lot of money on new “brand name” and “designer” pieces. All you need is a thrift shop around the block and a good eye.

So the question is, would you have the guts?

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Opaque Black Glass Clads a Home with London’s Greenery


The very unique “Tree House” by London architect Ian McChesney which entirely clad in glass, reflects some planning conflicts in an neighborhood of architectural heritage.


The opaque shiny black surface reflects back the surrounding trees of the park next to the house, making it appear that the house is clad with trees.


Glass may seem like a cold choice for cladding, but a layer of insulation lies between it and the interior wood cladding.


While the exterior is glossy and hard, inside, the house has a protected sense of encased warmth.


The ground floor includes not just the public living cooking and eating areas, but also houses the master bedroom.


Four children’s bedrooms are located upstairs.


The house faced 68 objections in local planning comments in a neighbourhood of old Victorians.


The use of the opaque black glass was ultimately favoured by the planning committee for its perceived ability to blend into the surroundings.


But that must seem like a fragile victory in the face of such opposition.

Let’s hope none of the angry neighbours throw stones.