Posts filed under interior design

Swan Cafe, Cape Town South Africa - Haldane Martin

"Swan Café is a traditional French crêperie in Cape Town’s burgeoning creative district. Elegant, feminine and atmospheric, the café evokes the charm of Paris in a space completely unique to the Mother City. The blue swan logo at the core of the graphic identity (designed by Heidi Chisholm) is the central interior design concept. A graceful, majestic creature with mythological significance, these attributes inform the brand identity and interior design, using the swan as an emblem and feminine oval shapes. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Leda and the Swan” in monochromatic dark blue forms a centrepiece wallpaper. The Renaissance painting tells the tale from Greek mythology of Zeus disguising himself as a swan to seduce his love, Leda. On the back wall, Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Romantic version reiterates the mythology and symbolism associated with love, music and poetry.The blue, red and white French flag is artfully interpreted into dominant dark blue, grey, pinkish timber finishes and dashes of red accents. The colour scheme extends to the waiters’ uniforms, crockery and merchandise. The space conveys a typical Parisian attitude: cheeky, sexy and oozing French flair. From the wallpaper pattern with its repeated swan motif that hints at a nude in the negative spaces, to large-scale murals of voluptuous figures. Furniture, lighting and finishes pick up the brand’s signature colours. Furnishings pay homage to traditional French cafés, with marble bistro tables and bespoke chairs, original ceramic tiles, and vintage lighting along with bird cage lights that reinforce the avian concept. The final result is sophisticated and inviting in both its interior design, menu and ambience, all of which pay extreme attention to detail and reinforce the Swan brand identity." - haldane martin

Omar's Place, London UK - Sella Concept

"We transformed the ground floor and basement of a Grade ||-listed Victorian corner block in London's Pimlico neighbourhood into Omar's Place, a modern Mediterranean restaurant in collaboration with architecture consultancy; Wilson Holloway. The result is a backdrop of cool terracotta walls, scalloped timber slats and earthy rusty hued banquettes." - sella concept

Medley Pharmacy, Brooklyn USA - Sergio Mannino Studio

"Medly Pharmacy is a new neighborhood pharmacy in Brooklyn, owned by Marg and Sahaj Patel and designed by Sergio Mannino Studio. In a city of more than 8.5 million people, it’s no surprise that the simple act of visiting a pharmacy is often an impersonal experience. Because there’s one of every corner, it is incredibly convenient - but chances are, you won’t know who’s serving you. In a society of such high import and export, you’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to which brand, which flavor and even which size of product to buy. Medly Pharmacy aims to remedy this through a slightly different approach. Being the first location in a series of pharmacies, we knew that the space needed to look beautiful. The design is both playful and elegant; a buffed cement counter with clean geometric tiles as part of a light aqua colour scheme.  The pharmacy consists of two rooms; a cozy waiting room where customers collect prescriptions, and a much larger space out the back, where the administration and prescription work is done. The waiting room is comfortably-sized and provides an escape from the busy city streets outside. As community is a key value of Medly pharmacy, we ensured our design was tailored to include this. The nature of the small space means that customers will instinctively connect with each other and with the staff, unlike larger pharmacies that inadvertently separate people through high aisles and sheer size. Medly also have an easy to use, complementary app that customers can use to have prescriptions delivered directly to their door.  Owning ten pharmacies already, Marg and Sahaj have ample experience with what makes these often clinical places warmer, more comfortable and more community-focused for customers and staff alike. We’re happy to have been able to design this space to suit the values that we believe in too." - sergio mannino studio

The Temps Retrouvé, Milan Italy - Marcante Testa 

"The project involves the renovation of an apartment of about 150 square meters in the center of Milan whose rooms overlook an internal garden. The visual relationship with the natural element was the determining reason for the choice of the client of this place in which to recognize and find each other. From this assumption the project of the Marcante-Testa architectural firm has been outlined as an investigation of those elements that, in the design of the living space, are able to evoke pleasant memories of domestic dimensions, often extra-urban, probably lived in the family: the house as custodian of the most intimate aspects of people and their memory, the house as an extension of an outside in which to isolate itself from the urban context and the working dimension. Nature bursts lightly, evoked and a little surreal on the walls of the rooms, integrating the foliage of the trees that emerge from the courtyard among the leaves. Materials such as wickerwork, Vienna straw and linen that make up seats, equipped partitions and closures of wardrobes, as well as the faux laminate marble of the kitchen table and the wicker beds of the beds, all together remind us of environments, perhaps lived in the "grandmother's house", here reinterpreted and made functional to contemporary needs. A "light" project made of decoration and furnishings (both vintage and designed) for a house to be built in a very short time and with costs commensurate to being a rented home, where the architectural structure of the building is not altered while modifying its perception space. The vision of the rooms changes and is articulated through the contrasts of color on the walls, using the floor resin that, partially covering the parquet, becomes "carpet" to identify the table and its chairs, but also through the metal frames in the rooms that they frame flowers and plants on paper, defining the places for study and rest. To the rigidity of the ridiculously hypermodern and falsely hypertechnological house of the Arpel family in the film "Mon Oncle" by Jacques Tati the soft humanity of "Monsieur Hulot" was preferred: a house able to preserve, making them visual, indispensable aspects of our character such as humor, lightness, and the ability to never take, even in the architectural project, too seriously. A house whose physical rooms help us to highlight the most authentic parts of our interior rooms, combining all the appropriate and useful elements of today with an enriching memory not to be denied, a project in which Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa have been able to conjugate the present at a temps retrouvé." - marcante testa

The Pink Zebra For Feast India Co, Kanpur India - Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio

"The Pink Zebra aka Feast India Co. (FIC) is a take on the bygone British Culture in the city of Cawnpore. With the extravagance of the European Grandeur, not many know how important the city of Cawnpore(now Kanpur) was to the British Corporation of India. The design story initiates the change over time by re-writing an architectural essay through this space amalgamation of old with the quirkiness of Art Nouveau glitz (which can be seen throughout the city) The purpose of making 'The Pink Zebra' was to speak of a complex and contradictory architecture based on the richness and ambiguity of old and modern experience including that very experience which is inherent in art. The core idea was to create a hybrid rather than pure, compromising rather than clean and leave the visitor hanging in the middle of an artistic sea. Ideating initiated from the clients love for Wes Anderson's set ideology and his love for fearful quirkiness along with constructed frames throughout this space.The love for extreme symmetry and restricted color palettes can often give the expression of a surreal , self contained world but adding that certain bizarre element to break that monotony of Wes's spatial ideology came through the black and white zebra lines dipping themselves in the pink monotone set in the British Raj's colonial order. The simple idea was to create a distinct aesthetic architectural style that connects to the city people and poses its stand by the use of a striking color palette. The Pink Zebra with its unique facade design creates an everlasting effect on the passersby and invites them into a magical, expertly crafted world whose spaces are framed to treat the eyes. How about we dip a zebra into a deep pink sea?" - renesa architecture design interiors studio

Las Chicas Los Chicos Y Los Maniquis, Madrid Spain - El Equipo Creativo

"A carefree atmosphere with a distinctly colorful character employing large graphic elements of color with references to the ”Movida Madrileña” and the visual universe created by Almodovar. The main characters of this colorful universe are the two large red bars presiding over the two rooms. All morning they function as buffet tables for breakfast and as snack and beer bars -- in the purest Madrid style -- during the remainder of the day. Another important element of the popular culture of Madrid are the classic neighborhood stores with their large window advertisements, attractive names and incredible offers. Sashes, hats and elaborate mannequins fill some of the scarce shop windows still left in this part of the city. Strange as it may seem, Atocha Street has managed to keep intact some of its more classic shops, to which our design wanted to pay sincere homage filling the space with large luminous posters with attractive commercial names." - el equipo creativo

The Felix Hotel, Sydney Australia - Space Control

"Space Control Design have chosen an Australian version of the ‘mid-century modern’ theme for the interior design of The Felix Hotel at Sydney Airport. The 150 room hotel has inverted the idea of the ‘lobby in the ground foyer’ and so has created a double height glazed penthouse reminiscent of New York’s ‘Boom Boom Room’ overlooking the private jet section of Sydney’s International Airport. The Penthouse check-in area is a breezy modern space rivalling LA’s Standard Hotel franchise. It also serves as a bar, lounge area, conference rooms and outdoor cinema space complete with a gold tiled fireplace. Space Control Design have deliberately chosen a colour palette and furniture selection of copper, pink, green and powder blue referencing the mid-century aesthetic of yesteryear. All rooms have built-in furniture pieces made of compact laminate and steel, custom design pieces including handmade copper light shades evocative of the fifties era and one-off room colourful perspex artwork. We collaborated with fabric designer Kerrie Brown’s to create retro inspired fabric designs and prints for the use in luxurious curtains and cushions throughout the hotel fitout. We also commissioned a series of works depicting Australian legend Ned Kelly from our generation’s answer to Sydney Nolan - Peter Bainbridge. His oversized work on a tri-vison screen punctuates the penthouse lobby. Although Australian-centric The Felix Hotel has a distinct international flavour. It is more than bricks and mortar - it is a successful collaboration with this country’s best designers, artists and artisans. I wanted to create an Australian hotel for travellers from all around the world who could enjoy a slice of Australian design." - space control

Rachel Castle Home, Sydney Australia - Rachel Castle + The Design Files

"Artist and designer Rachel Castle and her family have lived in their much loved Northbridge home for the past 10 years. The essential criteria for buying the house were ‘privacy, great light, and a living area that opened onto a level backyard’ and this property delivered on all fronts. The Castles have since fully nestled into their local neighbourhood – where neighbours have become best friends, and children have grown up together. ‘We are our own little suburban Ramsay Street!’ Rachel describes. Over the past decade, the family has transformed their home, through the layering of Rachel’s bright and cheerful soft furnishings and artwork, as well as through major renovations. After some frustrating false starts with the bureaucracy of planning permits (grrrr), plans for an upstairs renovation were flipped, when approval was instead granted for ground floor works to proceed. Rachel explains that after this process, ‘we were so reno weary, we just left the upstairs in the end.’ While council restrictions limited a large-scale transformation of the site, no administrative red tape could dampen the energy of Rachel’s distinct aesthetic! She views her style as ‘laissez faire’ as she loves ‘too many different things to have a proper style.’ Hilariously, she proclaims ‘I love so much those houses that are highly curated and so easy to find a quiet spot in, I would love to live in one, but I would have to burn everything we own in a bonfire and start again.’ PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS RACHEL! Rachel’s styling approach is simple: ‘sticking all of the things I like in the one spot’ and collecting art that she truly loves. She outlines this straightforward approach succinctly, ‘I never sell anything, so my one rule is just to love it there and then on the spot and commit to it.’ This has resulted in walls laden with beloved artworks, and a house which truly communicates the passions of its owners. While Rachel’s self-described ‘lazy’ style has organically led to the relaxed, bright and cheerful feeling of the space, she is eager to highlight the contributions of interior designer Tina De Salis, too. Rachel enthuses, ‘the house would never have looked half as good without my interior designer’ who specified all of the cabinetry,  windows and doors, all of the fittings. ‘Even though I knew what I wanted, she was KEY to getting all of the details right’ Rachel emphatically concludes, adding ‘my one piece of advice is to invest in the service of a good interior designer.’ If we have any chance of ever occupying a house as beautiful as this, we’ll be following this sage advice!" - the design files

Matcha-ya Darling Square, Sydney Australia - McCartney Design

"A completely new brand and hospitality space, from brand identity to the design of the cafe and retail areas. In the heart of the vibrant new development Darling Square, Sydney, Match-Ya pops with a fresh & youthful Japanese inspired design, giving customers that ‘Instagram moment’. Each stage of the project was a true collaboration with our client, resulting in a perfect blend of food innovation, Japanese tradition and a splash of contemporary Australian flair. The food presentation is designed to be Instagrammable, as are the table tops, floor tiles and the recognisable backdrop of timber panelling and custom lighting." - mccartney design

North Perth Apartment , Perth Australia - Simon Pendal Architect

"Located at the end of a 1990s reproduction Georgian Mews in North Perth, this renovation reimagines a two storey townhouse interior and a modest, high walled north-facing brick courtyard. The new interior was developed on two principal fronts, firstly to accept and occasionally embellish the decorative parts of the original interior – ornate skirtings, ceiling roses, cornices and plasterwork – and treat each of the spaces as ‘castings’, and secondly to intensify these ‘cast’ spaces through the use of a single colour per room on floors, walls and ceilings. Diaphanous linen curtains have been added to all external windows and openings allowing the harsh light of Perth to be tempered and in certain rooms become almost fog-like. Key moments of top light are introduced and transitions between rooms are amplified by vivid colour change. Immersion within the coloured rooms (white for bedrooms, emerald green for the kitchen, black within niche spaces and the dressing room and Prussian blue for the upper sitting room) suspends people and things, orchestrates a powerful sequence from one space to the next and correlates to a specific atmosphere with each room’s intended use. The courtyard was emptied-out and re-clarified as a high-walled brick room addressing the dining room, kitchen and sky. A new brick floor with crushed fines border was introduced. Ficus Pimula has been extensively planted around its perimeter so that in time its walls will be awash in soft green foliage." - simon pendal architect