Royal Residence for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Following their fairy-tale nuptials on May 19th, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue living in Nottingham Cottage that’s a part of Kensington Palace, a 17th century eponymous royal residence. Its lavishly designed with refined spaces like the Cupola room and King’s staircase, showcase intricate details that were spearheaded by infamous British architects like Sir Christopher Wren and William Kent over the Palace’s multi-century long expansion and renovation.

Nottingham Cottage

Yet the uber modern new royal may add a touch of her eloquent simplistic style to her new royal residence as she so famously did when she chose the super minimal Givenchy and Stella McCartney wedding gowns.

Meghan Markle's wedding gown by Givenchy and Stella McCartney

With Meghan Markle’s influence, the otherwise palatial interior may have a modern twist. With understated, unfussy elegance, the sumptuous space occupied by the royal newlyweds will perhaps be diluted by cream-colored streamlined sofas, naturally finished wooden tables with glass legs, and bedrooms that offer simple lines and important essentials that collectively highlight the traditional grandeur of the Palace. Lago’s Air bedroom and dining room collection as well as its Slide sofa all have an intrinsic aptitude for blending interior styles and environments, proof of which can be seen in the incredible parallels between interiors curated by Lago and the infamous Palace.

Slide sofa by Lago

Air collection by Lago

Celebrating women – Eileen Grey a modern design revolutionary

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

On March 8th, as we celebrate International Woman’s Day, it is fitting to recognize one of the most influential women in modern interior design, a true revolutionary and a legend, Eileen Gray was a brilliant furniture designer and an architect and was an incredibly strong woman. A pioneer of the Modernist movement along with the likes of Le Corbusier, Saarinen, Jacobsen and Breuer, Eileen Grey was first recognized for her commissioned project, an armchair for Madame Mathieu-Levy’s apartment in 1922. She later went on to create architectural sensation, the E-1027 holiday home overlooking the Mediterranean. She was keen on creating adjustable furniture that would alter with the needs of the people using it with the most infamous piece being the E-1027 glass coffee table that was height adjustable to be used for eating and as a side table.

E-1027 glass table by Eileen Grey

Eileen Grey

Madame Mathieu-Levy's apartment in 1922

Aynhoe Park – architectural time capsule and an interior paradox

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

To describe Aynhoe Park in one word would be simply impossible, other than to say that it’s a paradoxical experience. Located an hour outside of London, in the Oxfordshire countryside, Aynhoe Park was originally built in 1615, in Jacobean style architecture with Palladian splendor. While its interiors continuously undergone major and minor renovations that added Baroque details to the estate, its gardens were designed by renowned English landscape architect, Capability Brown. In 2006, Aynhoe Park was purchased by James Perkins who was determined to reinstate this historical country house to its original opulence while adding contemporary design elements and a whimsical touch to its bespoke interior experience.

Aynhoe Park exterior

Aynhoe Park interior

Aynhoe Park magnificent interiors

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Editors Pick – this Christmas you get a house!!!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

For the parents who happen to be huge fans of contemporary design and modern architecture, there is an appropriate gift through which they can project their passions on their wee ones. Perhaps it’s a way to translate something personal into something playful and fun, a sort of inspiring journey, like the gift of a book or the first set of paints; or perhaps this is a way to dream up a home very early on by letting imagination soar.

Lo and behold, there is a house designed for children to play in, unlike anything else with similar intentions, this is not a cottage but rather its Italian counterpart called Villa Julia. Fittingly manufactured in Italy and a part of Magis MeToo collection of children’s furniture and accessories, Villa Julia is designed by Javier Mariscal.

Going beyond its obvious utility, Villa Julia is a realistic dream house with enthralling potential and vast possibilities for creativity innate to designing and building a real-life house. With a mid-century modern flair, Villa Julia gives children autonomy to build it and decorate it as they wish; making it an entirely personal experience with smaller scale construction challenges and design decisions that they could be facing later in life.

Villa Julia house by Javier Mariscal for Magis (part of MeToo collection)

Villa Julia house by Javier Mariscal for Magis

Defining design – Biophilia

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Originally brought about by 20th century biologists, Edward O. Wilson in the 60’s, Biophilia is a theory that focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature. It is also one of the most powerful influences on sustainable design and modern architecture. Biophilic design affiliates nature with physical dwellings, blending man-made boundaries and focusing on those aspects of nature that are pivotal to health, fitness, and well-being. It goes beyond plants and greenery and into a scientific proof that the presence of nature and aspects of the natural world contribute to higher productivity, faster healing and better learning as well as a more thriving human habitat.

Biophilic design translates into a variety of elements that are used by architects, designers, and engineers. Frank Lloyd Wright, was famous for biophilic design, an example of which is the Fallingwater house that is situated next to a waterfall and is actually integrated into its surroundings.

Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright

Another advocate of biophilic design is Toyo Ito, a Japanese architect that designs for Horm among others and is famous for his Ripples collection. Featuring a bench, dining table and stools, Ripple collection integrates five different solid woods into a seamless surface, carved and hand-finished to produce a rippling effect of water.

Ripples collection by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples collection by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples bench by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples bench by Toyo Ito for Horm