With brass chandeliers, a concrete ceiling punctured with round skylights, sleek fireplaces, leather lounges and shaggy topped stools, the aesthetic is a unique and luxurious take on the Australian shack. The space is high end but without the stiff, unapproachable feel of most hotel lobbies. As soon I walked in I had already decided that I was coming back.
Nestled in the quaint surrounds of hip roofed pavilions in Canberra’s New Acton precinct, stepping into A.Baker feels as if you’ve plunged into another world. The new restaurant, bakery and bar designed by DesignOffice, is a dark and raw beauty and a lively urban addition to the precinct. I was lucky enough to fill my belly with orriechiette there, whilst visiting Canberra.
Ahhh goodness. Are these images real or is this some artist’s impression of a place where gravity doesn’t exist? The slickness of the folded steel stair is verging on implausible. That thin and that crisp? Really? Alas, you’ll be pleased to know that this loft is real, it’s just been subject to the wizardry of adn Architectures in Brussels.
The smokin’ hot showroom by Dutch designer Roderick Vos is full of awesome products and extreme moments of beauty at every corner. Everything about this place is a total knockout! Part workplace and part store, this design forward showroom is located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), a small town outside of Eindhoven, and is full to the brim with products exclusively designed by Roderick himself.
CVDB Arquitectos have converted an old hospital in the tiny town of Arraiolos in Portugal, into a Tapestry Museum. The town is famed for the embroidered rugs and carpets it produces, so for the 3300 inhabitants that live there, the museum celebrates the local cultural identity. The exterior skin of the building remains largely intact, flowing seamlessly with the character of the surrounding streetscape. The only new external addition is the delicately crafted stair shaft, which hides quietly at the back of the site.
Didomestic apartment in Spain is a small, hyper-functional apartment situated in an attic of an old building in Madrid, designed by Elii Architects.