Hampstead Mews House, London UK - Space + Matter

"SPACE+MATTER were appointed to fully refurbish a typical Victorian mews house in a conservation area in Hampstead, London. In reconfiguring and extending the existing ground floor, we created an open, flowing space with defined living, kitchen and dining areas that work well for a young family. Redesigning the layouts of the first and second floors also allowed for more practical access to each of the bedrooms. The garden was landscaped and transformed into a tranquil and spacious outdoor area that can be used for entertaining as well as providing a safe children's play area flowing directly from the house. Further outdoor space was created by the addition of a large, private roof terrace at first floor level overlooking the garden." - space+matter

Twin Peaks Residence, Hong Kong China - Lim + Lu

"The client, an eccentric fashion designer from Paris, commissioned Lim + Lu for the design of his 46 sqm bachelor pad in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, and hoped that the flat can reflect his whimsical personality. The limited space is planned with the client’s lifestyle in mind. The dining room merges with the living room and extends to the outdoor balcony, forming a public area for the client’s frequent social gatherings. From walls to furniture to small accessories, the palette of the apartment is a juxtaposition of colours and textures. Experimental colour combinations brighten the small flat and create a more expansive visual illusion. Red, yellow, blue and green hues collide in harmony and vitalize the space. Furnishings with simple and clean lines are consistent throughout.  Cool metallic pieces contrast with warm fabric seating, revealing a sense of multi-layered beauty. Mirrored surfaces on cabinets and tables create the vibrant interaction of light and shadow while visually enlarging the actual depth of the space." - lim + lu

The Budapest Cafe, Chengdu China - Biasol

"Inspired by Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style and Melbourne’s café culture, our fresh and modern interpretation is defined by design, materiality and brand. The Budapest Café is designed to feel feminine and fun, and layers, elevations and surprising design features encourage customers to explore and physically engage with the space. The concept, colours and details continue through the branding, which is integrated into the design of the café to contribute to the imaginative and evocative space." - biasol

Kento, Valencia Spain - Masquespacio

"In search of a healthier lifestyle Valencian’s entrepreneur Eduardo Hijlkema started to investigate Japanese food. After witnessing the need to offer a high-quality sushi take away with a range of reasonable prices, he started to play with the idea to found Kento. Above counting on the help of Masquespacio for the design he also decided to contact chef Taka Sasaki, well-known youtuber with more than 300.000 followers on her youtube-channel “cocinajaponesa”, a Spanish channel about Japanese cooking. For the interior, Masquespacio got back to the age of traditional Oriental decoration in search of a strong unique identity that could highlight Kento on a highly competitive market. Ana Hernández: “Taking in mind that the kitchen of Kento could evolve in the future, although the first restaurant focusses mainly on sushi, we wanted to create an overall design that offers the possibility to add other types of Oriental food without being related totally to Japan. For this you can find a mix between Japanese elements and an overall Oriental aesthetic through the interior.” Although the past was interpreted, in every moment it has been the aim to create an avant-garde identity. That way we can see that a set of metallic elements, bricks and concrete show an urban and modern aspect, while through wood a touch of warmness is added to the design. The used colors from their part, fusion a funny with serious appearance, adding an ironical joy. To be highlighted is the fact that Kento mainly offers take away food, although a small space inside has been set up to provide the local visitors to take their food immediately inside." - masquespacio

Melburnian II, Melbourne Australia - Studio Tate

"The Melburnian II was another complete renovation of a smaller residential apartment in the same complex, following a very successful penthouse renovation for the same clients. Acknowledging that good things can very often come in small packages, we borrowed from the idea of a jewellery box to create a compact and fabulous space filled with many special elements. Opening a jewellery box is always a moment of discovery (or rediscovery), and Studio Tate injected that same element of fascination throughout this home, with lots of hidden surprises concealed within the apartment’s surfaces. Details reflect the delicate shades and textures of a felt-lined treasure trove, with wallpaper lining the walk-in robe in delicate grey and pink. The bathroom is a soft cocoon with a delicate pink painted ceiling, accented with black-veined pink marble. Appliance cupboards have grey Corian lining, while other drawers, shelves and cupboards are lined in navy and pink accent colours. The jewel itself is a bevelled island bench in the kitchen in grey marble, the diamond shape giving it a gem-like form. The filigree detail of jewellery box latches and hinges has also found its way into the design, with gleaming, metallic features. Brass handles become sculptural objects in themselves, and this finish has also been used to make a statement with hinges, door levers and joinery pulls in various rooms. The adjustable make-up station mirror is also edged with brass trim, with brass details for storing cosmetics and fragrance. A hinged bedhead also brings in the comforting glow of this metal. The colour palette has been built around the judicious application of striking, bold tones: navy blue carpets, doors and skirting provide warmth and drama without constraining the volumes. Each element of this project was an exercise in detail. We think of it like the clasp on a luxury handbag – subtle notes of luxury that speak volumes. Picking up on our client’s love of black and white, we made this is a central theme throughout the apartment, such as the chevron tile with black stone border in the master ensuite. Other special touches include the powder room with sumptuous pink-veined green marble, pink pendant lamp and bronze mirror trim. Custom features are found in panelling on the kitchen and living areas, detail on the ceiling strapping and distinctive lighting choices." - studio tate

Cutler + Co Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia - If Architecture

"After 8 years at the sharp end of Fitzroy’s vibrant dining scene, Cutler & Co was ripe for a creative makeover to re-engage customers and reignite the senses. Imagine this… Seeing a city skyline and tasting blackberries. Or hearing a violin and feeling a tickling sensation on your left knee. Or thinking Wednesdays are light red. You’d be in good company — amongst the likes of Aphex Twin, Tori Amos, Leonard Bernstein, Mary J Blige, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Robin Hitchcock, David Hockney, Eddie Van Halen and more — who experience what is known as Synesthesia: when senses collide. This notion, the collision of the unexpected, inspired our reinvention of Cutler & Co, a century-old metalworks factory reformed into the epitome of modern dining. Sculptured semicircular booths create quiet intimacy. A light-flooded open kitchen displays frenetic activity. Custom-designed contemporary table lighting meets a random collection of junk-shop memorabilia. Knobbly gourds and pumpkins sit alongside elegantly styled bar tables. An elaborately ornate side table, at home in a Versailles drawing room, rests against the raw unfinished factory wall. Think contemporary mixed with antique. Custom-built competing with reclaimed. Curated coalescing with haphazard. A hit-or-miss mix of textures — velvety vs granular, crunchy vs smooth, earthy vs. glossy — that intensifies the experience and keeps patrons coming back for more. The restyled Cutler & Co is all about a celebration of difference. A playful play of opposites. A disruption of the senses. The creative amalgamation of an eclectic collection of elements that shouldn’t work together, but somehow do." - if architecture

Oh Joy Tile Collection - Joy Cho/Clé

"I have always been obsessed with tile. Both the simple tile in repeat that becomes a permanent wall in a bathroom as well as complex color-filled tile that you might see on the floor of a trendy restaurant. As a lover and creator of patterns in my work, to me, tile has always offered a fun and modern way to introduce pattern into the home. When working on a recent renovation project that required a lot of tile, i wanted to bring oh joy in the the space through our use of tile. I'm so thrilled to partner with clé on our first-ever cement tile collection. Inspired by our usual sense of whimsy and color, the oh joy for clé tile collection, offers moments of whimsy, flashes of color, and endless ways to create pattern in a palatable and versatile collection that we hope you'll love putting in your homes and retail spaces." - joy cho/clé


Posted on January 23, 2018 and filed under product design.

Clerkenwell Grind, London UK - Biasol

"The rich heritage architecture of an 1870s warehouse was the backdrop for our eighth collaboration with Grind. The project occupies a prime location in London’s up-and-coming Clerkenwell neighbourhood, alongside some of the city’s next generation of dining venues. For the Grind team, this project represented the next step in the growth of their business, marking their transition from successful coffee and cocktail venues to a full-scale restaurant and bar. From a design perspective, this meant redefining the visual language that we developed for their other locations and building a new flagship for the Grind brand that would set the direction for their future venues – a dynamic new take on the contemporary British dining experience." - biasol

The Penny Drop, Melbourne Australia - We Are Huntly

"An exciting new local for Box Hill residents. At the base of the new Australian Tax Office building, The Penny Drop Café was designed in collaboration with Pop & Pac, playing on the concept of the ‘penny dropping’ from the pockets of the ATO office above. Art deco light fittings and textured surfaces create a friendly and inviting space to start your day, and the large, curved bar makes for a cool place to wait for your morning coffee." - we are huntly

The Water Tank Keeling House Claredale Street, London - Brian Heron

"This hugely exciting and unique one-bedroom duplex penthouse has been converted from the former water tank on top of Keeling House, one of London’s finest Modernist residential buildings. It has just been completed and is being sold for the first time. Keeling House is approached via a set of secure gates, and across a forecourt to a glazed atrium which is manned by a concierge. There is lift access to the 14thfloor, then a walk up a set of metal stairs to the entrance to this apartment, which is on the 16th floor. There is lockup storage outside the front door, and coat storage as you come in. The open-plan reception and kitchen occupies the 17th floor, with full-height glazing on both sides looking east and west. This is partly frosted and partly louvered for planning reasons, providing remarkable framed views of the surrounding city. The bedroom is on the 18th floor, containing a raised OSB bed with a child’s bed beneath and built-in stepped storage alongside. It faces east so that you can lie in bed and watch the sunrise, and there is an opening rooflight above for stargazing. The bathroom is on the western side and enjoys the sunsets. A freestanding Italian square bath doubles as a shower, with a vertically sliding tap. The aesthetic is deliberately functionalist, with walls and ceilings made from OSB, and micro-cement polished concrete flooring. The German flat-pack kitchen continues this narrative. The apartment has mechanical ventilation, a heat recovery unit, underfloor heating, and an Automist fire suppression system on the 17th and 18th floors. It also has a small area of separate outside space on the 15th floor, which is covered overhead and has open sides; potentially this could be used for storage or as an outdoor studio space. Claredale Street is very well positioned for both Columbia Road flower market and Broadway Market. Open space can be found at London Fields. Bethnal Green Underground station (Central Line) is approximately 500 metres away, providing easy access to Liverpool Street and the West End. Rail services are available from Cambridge Heath, and there are good bus links." - brian heron / the modern house