Kissa Tanto, Vancouver Canada - Ste Marie

"A Japanese-Italian restaurant in Chinatown modelled after the jazu kissa of Japan. Inspired by the vanishing jazz cafés of the 1960s to which a distinct sub-culture of jazz record-loving, whiskey-sipping youth would escape, Kissa Tanto strives to transport guests to a different time and place. Taking advantage of the second-storey location, we used the faded Chinatown entryway to foster a feeling of departure and discovery, where guests would ascend the long staircase to stumble upon a dark, eccentric space, seemingly lost in time. Central to the concept was that it be equal parts bar and restaurant while doming the low, high gloss ceiling and bringing the lights onto the wall at eye level helped to evoke a parlor feel. Pink vinyl banquettes, tilework based off Haruki Murakami book covers, typographic art taken from a Kenji Miyazawa poem, and touches of Italian modernist Gio Ponti all coalesce in a social hangout that’s romantic, interesting—perhaps even a bit strange—but wholly singular: a direct counterpoint to the fast-casual, light and airy restaurants that currently dominate the Pacific Northwest." - ste marie

Frieda Gormley + Javvy M Royle (House Of Hackney) Home, London UK - House Of Hackney + Architectural Digest

"Visitors to Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle’s freshly redecorated house in London’s Hackney borough might want to pack a machete—it’s a jungle in there! Flowered papers climb walls and cross ceilings. Blossoming fabrics dress chairs and drape windows. Leafy carpets turn floors into meadows and the stairway into Amazonia. Vines dangle from newly opened skylights as thickly as fringe drips from sofas and lampshades. “We’ve been referred to as maximalists though this place is really just high on print and color,” explains the Dublin-born Gormley, cofounder of House of Hackney, the granny-mod lifestyle brand that she and her husband, a native of Somerset, have nurtured into a cultural phenomenon since its 2011 launch. So much so that two years ago the couple—he resembles a dashing goth rocker, while she is absolutely Pre-Raphaelite—were asked to redo the Terrace room at Annabel’s, the legendarily louche Berkeley Square private club. Which they did, splashing the space with palm-frond motifs and potted plants—think Madeleine Castaing goes hippie. All those botanicals reference what was the borough of Hackney’s pride and joy in the early 1800s: the largest hothouse in the world. “Palm trees were integral to this place, and that inspired our home,” Gormley explains of the project, completed in December with MRA Architecture & Interior Design. (The firm designed House of Hackney’s London flagship.) She and Royle expanded the narrow house, once a warren of bedsits, to the lot line. “Each person’s home should be a place where they exist happily,” she continues, “and psychedelic florals make me smile.” Whales, on the other hand, delight Gormley and Royle’s son, Little Javvy, hence the pod swimming across his walls; daughter Lila likes flowers. Add to this dollops of Morocco, India, and Africa, cultures that make the neighborhood “a melting pot with great energy,” Gormley says. Moorish-inspired arches now lift doorways, while photos by Mali’s Seydou Keïta (“They could almost have been taken here in Ridley Road Market”) hang on the entry’s cream-painted Lincrusta. The neutral background comes as a bit of a surprise given House of Hackney’s polychromania—though, Gormley sagely observes, even brilliantly colored decors require moments of relief." - house of hackney + architectural digest

Canning Cottage, Melbourne Australia - Bicker Design

"Originally built in 1874, the 32 sqm workers cottage has been transformed into a full self contained studio. Through attention to detail and experimentation with materiality, the small space has a big impact." - bicker design

Palm Beach House, Sydney Australia - Alexander + Co.

"Palm Beach House is the transformation of an existing waterfront holiday villa in Palm Beach, Sydney. The project is a restrained approach to a traditional European vernacular, exploring bespoke quality detailing, materiality and architectural framing. The result is a highly detailed and bespoke 5 bedroom coastal home." - alexander + co. 

Doctor Manzana, Valencia Spain - Masquespacio

"The history from Doctor Manzana and Masquespacio started during the summer of 2013 when their founders Fran and Reyes commissioned the creative consultancy to redesign their brand and create their first point of sale. Being the brand specialized in iPhone reparations and mobile phone accessories, above other accessories for smartphones, the brand reinvention focused mainly on the 54 degrees angle of touch screens. That angle was applied both to the brand as well as to the interior design, besides four different colors: green and blue as a reference to the doctor, salmon for the fashionistas and purple for the geeks. Metal on the other hand adds an industrial touch that reminds us of the laboratories. For the second store Masquespacio sought to maintain the brands’ identity already marked during the first project, offering a new custom-made design that could be recognized by Doctor Manzana’s actual clients and at the same time propose a completely different design for this new point of sale. Thereby we can still recognize the 54 degrees angles, colors and materials, but giving more importance to the metal finishes. Above, compared with the first store, additional elements have been added to propose a better service related to storage and the change of the kind of products on sale. To be highlighted is the space that will serve for workshops and talks, that is completely separated from the store and includes the Doctor Workshop high stool chair designed by Masquespacio and that will be the first official product sold directly through Masquespacio below their sub-brand Mas Creations." - masquespacio

Malababa, Madrid Spain - Ciszak Dalmas + Matteo Ferrari

"Spanish accessories brand Malababa is opening up a new space in Madrid’s Serrano 8, where its structure symbolizes and reproduces the firm’s identity features: light, texture, colour and shapes. It is in itself a return to their roots, where raw beauty’s natural sense gets stablished as different, authentic and truly attractive. Everything in Serrano 8 Malababa calls for an authenticity which becomes more beautiful within time. And this is precisely one of Malababa’s mantras. Founders of Malababa Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, together with design and architecture studios Ciszak Dalmas and Matteo Ferrari, have joined forces day after day to materialise the dream of Malababa at Serrano 8. The result is a space that has been built the same way their products are: with passion, consistency, honesty and sustainability. A retreat that breathes creativity and a total involvement of all team members. The “imperfect finish” and natural hues of Malababa’s aesthetics strengthen the artisan and sustainable concept. All walls are rendered with a mix of Galician clay, white marble powder from Almería and totally natural, ecological and non-toxic food thickeners. This kind of finish regulates air moisture and temperature and maintains the space free of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, as well as considerable helping save energy throughout the year. Malababa at Serrano 8 is born as a space full of soul, with an identity that allows it to adapt to changes and endure through times. The store furniture pieces mobile modules that can be combined and rebuilt as needed. They have been manufactured using limestone from Seville, aged brass and beautiful moss agate. Some of them are lined using the same leather that is used for manufacturing some of the Malababa collections. Behind the lattice structure, there is a great team job. The tiles have been placed one by one by all involved members and they have that welcoming warmth of traditional craftsmanship. These bricks have been artisanally manufactured in Toledo with mud from Extremadura quarries, baked in an H2G oven, 100% ecological, using biomass as fuel. The ecocement coating some of the store interiors is sustainable and it is guaranteed by international certificates such as the German Emicode, which certifies low volatile compound –VOC- emissions in building materials. And, this way, as if the brand’s designs would have become space, emerges a spectacular leather courtain which covers one of the internal walls. This decorative item has been manufactured by Malababa master craftsman Osvaldo Ruben Thomas, with entire pieces of vegetally tanned cowhide leather, the same that is used in the Métrica accessories collection. Although not only leather is present in every corner of the store, the agate crystals that make Minihontas and Nanohontas bags come alive are also one of the unifying threads. These stones take modular shapes and get harmoniously embedded into one of the wall units. As if they were back in the place where they came from, it feels like that is where they have always belonged." - ciszak dalmas + matteo ferrari

Hotel Des Grands Boulevards, Paris France - Dorothee Meilichzon / Chzon

While The Grands Boulevards Were Still A Verdant Promenade And The French Revolution (1789) Was In Full Swing, This Hotel Particulier Was Erected. Three Centuries Later, Hotel Des Grands Boulevards Is Born. Its Rooms Are Play With The "Splendor" Of The Time: A Canopy Bed, Glass Cupboards And Red Marble Close To Louis XVI’s Heart - While Allying To A More Peasant Aesthetic : Old Linens, Coated Walls, Worn Wood Furniture, Bronze Sconces With Timeworn Patina. The Hotel, Between A Courtyard And Street, Is Accessible Once You Cross The Porch Of The Building. It’s A Hidden Cove, A Little Secret. It Is Home To A Large Restaurant Orchestrated By Giovanni Passerini, And A Small Cocktail Bar Dear To The Experimental Group. Also The Building Is Set Back From The Street, As Was Done At The Time, Which Gives Us Many Terraces And Courtyards To Meet: Outdoor Bar, Yoga Classes, Vegetation, Grills ... Indoor And Outdoor Spaces Mix! - dorothee meilichzon / chzon

Minna Parikka's Home, Helsinki Finland

"There are seven months of gloomy weather in Helsinki. But in the world of Minna Parikka, the shoe designer behind those playful bunny trainers you've seen on the feet of celebs like Cara Delevingne and Kylie Jenner, grey doesn't have a place. Parikka's home might be right in the heart of her home city, but stepping inside is like being transported to a universe uniquely Minna — and that was exactly her intent. "I wanted to create a home that looks 100% like me and that does not follow the usual Nordic home design. I wanted it to be fresh, fun, and adventurous, but still comfortable and functional," says Parikka. "I love creating worlds that are filled with fantasy and escape from the mundane."Parikka's design skills know no bounds: she designed all the interiors herself with the same childlike wonder and practical functionality as her shoe designs. "There is nothing worse than a beautiful shoe that is impossible to wear or a unique home that makes every day more difficult," she says. The apartment's fluid layout is what attracted her to it in the first place; she could see it seamlessly accommodating her lifestyle. "I was immediately drawn to the high thatched ceiling of the upstairs open-plan living room and kitchen area and the tranquil downstairs bedroom and workspace," Parikka says.While there's no lack of color and pattern, Parikka means it when she says her home is hyper-functional. In typical Finnish fashion, there is virtually no clutter and everything is there for a purpose. "One of my favorite details is the TV cabinet that is masqueraded as a piece of art. The illustration of Ziggy Stardust by the fabulous NY-London based illustrator duo Craig & Karl," she says.Although picking a favorite spot is near-impossible, the pink monochromatic bedroom definitely tops her list. "The furniture is made to order: the bed and the padded leather headboard wall, fitted closets, bedside tables and the window shutters. Not to mention the pink carpet or even the ceiling," says Parikka. "The inspiration for the bedroom came from the totally pink Sketch restaurant in London."While there's not much about the apartment that pays tribute to traditional Finnish design, there's one thing that she couldn't forgo: "I love a sauna. It is the best way to relax after a long flight or day at work. It is common to have one in Finnish houses. It is the luxury of everyday life," she says of the bathroom's sleek built-in sauna.While switching from shoes to interiors is never an easy transition, Parikka wouldn't make a single change to her renovation. "I love designing interiors. I wish to keep the house as it is. It resembles my taste now and everything has its place. I don't need to buy even one more object for it." Hey, if the shoe fits." - elle decor / minna parikka

Alessandro Mendini Home, Milan Italy - Alessandro Mendini

"Alessandro Mendini has a confession to make: “I never created furniture for a house of my own.” The 86-year-old Italian architect has long separated work and home, filling his humble Milan apartment—just upstairs from his atelier—with only simple, functional basics. But 12 years ago, as Mendini looked for a vacation home outside the city to share with his two grown daughters, Fulvia and Elisa, a photo-graph of a beauty in the Stile Liberty mode (Italy’s term for Art Nouveau) caught his eye in a real-estate agent’s office. “I immediately loved it,” he recalls. A private residence that served for a time as a summer camp for children managed by nuns, it sat snugly in the mountains of Olda, a village north of San Pellegrino Terme. Soon, keys in hand, Mendini felt something change: “I put my own furniture on display as if it were a museum and positioned them next to Liberty-style antiques.” The house makes me think, links me to the past, and detaches me for a few days from the speed of life and work. With a wildly prolific career of more than 50 years and counting, there was a lot of material to choose from. Mendini’s affinity for environments began earlier than most. Born prematurely in Milan in 1931, he and his twin sister were placed along with a couple of hot-water bottles in a large, zigzag-patterned armchair designed by Piero Portaluppi (who also decorated the family house) and left to incubate. From that improvised cradle, an infant Mendini gazed up at the Annunciation, a Surrealistic artwork by Alberto Savinio. “That was my first habitat,” he once wrote. “A Tyrolean Futurist arm-chair and a metaphysical painting.” After he graduated from architecture school at Milan Polytechnic, Mendini’s career took off in wild and unprecedented directions. Critical of bourgeois culture, he moved within the late-1960s anti-design Italian Radical movement, from which he went on to cofound (along with luminary Ettore Sottsass) Studio Alchimia and later designed for Memphis (founded by Sottsass). All the while, he built buildings, penned books, and served as the editor of Domus and Casabella. Discerning as he is, he created not only objects of contemplation, but also ones for practical use—corkscrews for Alessi, watches for Swatch, and plastic stools for Kartell, among countless others—that tirelessly deliver his cheerful wit to the masses. Of his new home, Mendini says, “It allows me to experiment, especially with color.” Sweet pastels—calamine-pink; pistachio-green—splash the rooms, which are filled with Technicolor furnishings. Like so much of Mendini’s work, the juxtapositions are improbable, even jarring. As design dealer Didier Krzentowski of Paris’s Galerie Kreo, a longtime collaborator with the designer, puts it: “He will never do something that is not himself. He really has his own world.” The star player of that world, of course, is Mendini’s unforgettable 1978 ode to French writer Marcel Proust: a baroque seat hand-painted with thousands of Pointillist brushstrokes. One of the limited-edition versions shares a sitting room with Fulvia. Two green plastic models produced by Magis—the design has been reimagined in dozens of materials ranging from marble to cast bronze—sit downstairs in the belvedere, and Pointillist spots sprinkle headboards, mirrors, and rugs all over the house. Mendini’s own works (rare prototypes, wild cabinets, and charming rugs) mingle with those of his friends, such as a gelatinous vase by Gaetano Pesce and circus-like poufs by Anna Gili, as well as a table that she designed for the Memphis Group. And all that vibrant modernity sits with the Stile Liberty antiques that came with the house and a cache of other venerables—small tables, lamps by Émile Gallé and Tiffany, a few bronze sculptures—purchased at an auction of decorations from the nearby Grand Hotel." - architectural digest / alessandro mendini

Ballantyne Street, Melbourne Australia - Foomann Architects

"The client’s brief was for a sustainable home that they intend on living in forever. The design was approached in this context; to be no bigger than required and enduring. This resonated strongly with our practice; every decision weighing up cost, longevity and environmental impact. Connection was a theme that encompassed planning and detail. A new informal side entry brings inhabitants and friends directly into the kitchen from the street. The living area joins the parents and kids zones. The expanse of glazing and detailing mitigates the distinction between indoors and out. Exposed composite timber columns and beams form the structure, unifying decorative element and planning device. The frames are integrated with joinery and relate to the furniture layout. They span from the street, across rooms and outdoor spaces; creating connection." - Foonmann Architects