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Coveted’s Exclusive Selection of Outstanding Design Projects – Part ISunday 17 September 2017
COVETED Magazine has recently launched its 8th edition. Besides speaking about a series of upcoming events, showrooms, exclusive interviews as well as design and fashion inspirations, COVETED Nº8 also emphasises on thirty of the most outstanding design projects from all over the world that were conceived by influential figures in the industry. In this article, you will see the first part of the exclusive selection, so embrace this phenomenal projects whole-heartedly and be a part of CovetED’s World.
— Lili’s Bar at Sofitel Frankfurt Opera Hotel —
At the heart of Frankfurt is the recently opened 5-star-hotel Sofitel Opera. Not only does it provide a luxurious sense of comfort, but also a unique experience through the combination of the mid-century French Design style with the contemporary and modern culture of the city itself.
As you come to the Hotel, you are overwhelmed with the lobby’s refreshing feeling of elegance and sophistication, and you have a similar yet exclusive experience in each of the 120 rooms. The entire concept relies on this magical sense of standing in a wonderland where everything is extraordinary. And it truly is. The grace of every detail throughout the corridors lead the guests to astonishing places within the hotel, making them feel and believe in an artistic and conceptual design style.
The strength and naturality embodied in the furniture add personality and character to the design that, when combined with the concept behind, it makes Lili’s Bar a powerful and influential place to enjoy. The design features BRABBU’s Kansas armchair, MAYA armchair and the stunning MAASAI sofa. All of these handmade pieces make a statement through the high-quality fabrics used and the colour combination. It fits perfectly within the charm of the hotel.
— Mid-Century Hollywood Glam Penthouse in Spain by Bconnected Living Concepts —
When Hollywood Deco style meets Miami colourful vibe by the sea, the final result is this breathtaking penthouse anchored in sunny Mallorca. A three bedroom apartment where Bconnected Living Concepts and designers Monica Cernich and Marie-Luise Leja let the inspiration take over.
Monica and Marie-Luise were responsible for the shaping of an elegant diplomatic suit into a sassy cocktail dress, flamingos and pineapples included: the best for the very best; an exquisite place for an exquisite family and as they said in their own words: “a client like this comes around once in a lifetime”!
— Fontain Square Apartments by Nataly Bolshakova —
The project consists of 2-bedroomed apartments located in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, with a total area of 175m2 designed by Nataly Bolshakova. This project was created for a young couple, who are well travelled and have formed their own vision and taste in decor. The aim was a symbiosis of hotel style, luxury contemporary design and not dry minimalism.
The bedroom is a special place. Deep and warm textures of wood, ochre and bronze create a cosy feeling in the space. Bespoke design wood panels feature here. The open bathtub installed in the bedroom is an unusual solution, but it worked. Walls in the section containing the bath are covered with panels of glass and wood. The significant and decorative elements in the bedroom area are the lighting Coltrane by Delightfull.
— The Bennet Bar by Delphine —
“The experience at The Bennett revolves around the art of the cocktail, so we’ve accentuated the bar as the focal point. All seating around the elongated marble-topped bar is elevated so guests can watch the bartender prepare their cocktails.”
“To make The Bennett a truly special place, its elegance and intimacy had to stand out. This elegance is conveyed through the contrasting materials we used: the chevron dark wooden wallpaper, the plush blue velvet banquettes, the raw concrete floor, the shagreen leather on the table tops”
“To reinforce the path between the bar and the seating area, elevated wooden patterns were added onto the wall. Together with the retro golden chandeliers above the elongated black marble bar, they create a warm and intimate atmosphere. I always pay great attention to detail: when designing for the hospitality industry, this can elevate a space to the next level. The service bell I mentioned before is one of those details that no other bar in New York City has, but it is a feature a lot of people talk about and appreciate.”
— Barcelona Apartment by ARRCC —
The renowned interior design studio, ARRCC created the flawless interiors of a Barcelona Apartment, located in the prominent area of Passeig de Gràcia. Through the combination of African influences and contemporary design, the studio led by Mark Rielly transformed the apartment into a tactile a welcoming space. In addition, ARRCC also drew inspiration from the culturally-vibrant Barcelona lifestyle and high-end fashion.
Each division displays a spectacular narrative that is enhanced by exquisite textures and polished raw materials, such as stained oak woods, bespoke vertical brass screens, modern cladding and lacquered panelling. Throughout the apartment, minimalist and modern appeal alongside masculine and feminine finishes are quite conspicuous.
“We wanted to create an intimate, warm and moody interior that we found was common in a lot of high-end boutique stores. Masculine colours and darker woods provide clues to the African rhythms. To build on this, we took a relaxed approach to curved shapes, adding draped leather sofas and details such as the vintage endocrine coffee table,” disclosed Mark Riely, the proficient director of ARRCC and project leader.
— The Villa in Copperhill Mountainside Lodge by Anemone Wille Våge —
The Wille Interior Studio was responsible for the design of a Villa, in the Copperhill Mountainside Lodge, in Åre-Björnen, Sweden. The project was concluded in 2010 and is considered to be one of the most stunning private villas in all Scandinavia.
The Villa is a luxurious log cabin with top-notch facilities and sensational views of the Jämtland Mountains. Sleeping up to 16 guests, this private chalet oozes glamorous alpine charm, without losing anything in terms of comfort and intimacy. Stylish furnishings, sophisticated interior design by Anemone Wille Våge, tailored services and an ambience of warmth and luxury blend to create one of the hippest and most exclusive ski lodges in Sweden.
The Villa was conceived as a unique set of a classic and exclusive winter resort that clearly stands out from other hospitality retreats in the Scandinavian Peninsula. It gives emphasis to the “Home Away from Home” saying and can be characterised as a faultless and entertaining “winter wonderland”, as described by the owner of the private ski lodge, Petter A. Stordalen.
— Country House by Arch.Predmet Interior Design Studio —
In 2016, Arch.Predmet Interior Design Studio completed the project of a country house in which they combined contemporary design and natural materials. As soon as the designers encounter the country house, they envision an empty space without any partitions. The layout of the place was made taking into consideration the wishes of the clients. For the ground floor, they opted for a spacious loft, a lounge zone, a study, a dining room with two informal living rooms and a small kitchen is also enclosed in this space.
Since the loft’s ceiling was 7 metres, the designers decided to design the space in the most efficient way, including arranging a mezzanine floor that includes a library and a cigar room. In the meantime, sleeping accommodations are located on separate floors. Each one has their own bathroom, walk-in closet, a mini-kitchen, and much more. In addition, renowned architect, Thomas bar reinforced the interior concept.
This gorgeous country house is comprised of a series of custom-made elements that raise the glamorous vibe of this project. The increasingly high day beds were made in Italy based on sketches by Olesia and Ekaterina. The carpets were made by Kovёr Bür and designed by the dynamic duo. One of their favourite brands is the Portugal-based contemporary art furniture brand Boca do Lobo which was responsible for the design of the avant-garde and customised cabinets dubbed Pixel. The brand utilised four species of wood to complete them and the interior is decorated with powder-blue velvet matching the colour of the daybeds.
— Heritage Home by Brendan Wong —
Brendan Wong is well-known for its signature style of providing an unexpected interior space, which is reflective in the interior design of a heritage home in the East of Sydney, originally built around 1890. To accommodate the needs of a modern and growing family, Brendon Wong Design created a luxuriously contemporary and clever sanctuary where the clients’ were looking for classic architectural integrity and a special interest in collections of art.
Embracing Sydney’s sophisticated side the structure came together by combining furnishings that are elegant yet comfortable and robust. The forms, materials and details present intriguing twists which blend perfectly in the furniture and lighting pieces. The grand ceilings allow the introduction of contemporary chandeliers to update and illuminate the period details of the generously proportioned living spaces, grounded by the textural underpinning of wool and silk hand knotted rugs.
— Aquazzura’s Flagship Boutique in Florence by Casa do Passadiço —
The Portuguese design firm, Casa do Passadiço was the author of the interior architecture and decoration of the new Aquazzura flagship boutique located in the classical Palazzo Corsini, on the picturesque banks of the Arno River, right at the centre of Florence. The main concern the studio had while conceiving this project was guaranteeing that the balance between the historical setting and the contemporaneity of the brand was perceptible. The Atelier wanted to give an authentic display of high quality by coalescing contemporary elegance with discreet luxury.
Casa do Passadiço designed all the interior architecture to the very last detail, creating custom-made furniture exclusively for the project, using outstanding craftsmanship techniques and noble materials, such as rare marbles, brass furniture, hand-woven wool carpets, leather velvets, and opulent silks. The boutique is characterised by clean lines, in addition to an extremely well-appointed and symmetric use of both space and light. Overall, the Key to the entire project becomes clear in the spare lines and juxtaposition of high-quality textures which blend perfectly with the glamorously chosen materials.
— Khalkedon House by EscapefromSofa —
Khalkedon House is a penthouse apartment located in Erenköy, a peaceful spot in Istanbul, Turkey, with the design signature of Escapefromsofa. The layout is combined with two floors including one dining & living room, a kitchen, two master, one double guest, one single guest room and a wide terrace space.
Contemporary modern style shows itself through every detail in the house. The living space is a blend of minimalistic lines enriched with luxurious materials such as brass and various Italian marbles are used in furnishings. Iroko flooring gives the space a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Custom designed wallpaper is the key element of the apartment.
Custom designed mid-century style cabinets and storage units, premium solid wood and marble coffee tables tune-up with general aesthetics designed to comfort the residents. In every room, furniture is custom designed, mostly handcrafted, expressing a style variation in between them. This penthouse apartment opens to a terrace garden with a mesmerising Prince Islands view through the living room.
— Electic Apartment by Ganna Design —
Ganna Design was responsible for the interior design of an eclectic apartment, in central Taipei, Taiwan, providing a lovely family, an uncluttered yet playfully refurbished setting to live in.
With an open-plan living configuration, the three-bedroom apartment is installed with large windows on two sides, which offer plentiful natural lighting and mesmerising views of the city. The Living room was designed to be the idyllic family nucleus, integrating not only a dining space but also an open plan kitchen. In order to add a sense of playfulness, the designers opted for furniture designs that can be rearranged at the owners’ desires, for the exception of a few pieces. One of the key pieces that mirror this concept is the six sofa-mattresses that can be moved around or placed on top of each other, almost feeling like a game of Legos.
The design group selected finishes that are rough and delicate, which is made evident in the exposed concrete ceiling and the light coloured veneer flooring. Several other pieces, including the deep aqua-marine sofa and the kitchen counter, add a splash of colour in an otherwise desaturated palette, while a fur-lined rocking chair provides a spot of texture.
— Info Center at the Groninger Museum by Hayon Studio —
Hayon Studio was responsible for the conception of the new Info Center at the glorious Groninger Museum, in the Netherlands, which symbolises a “true pièce de résistance”.
Regarded as a crucial part in the Museum, the interior of the centre has been completely renovated and is now composed of a small theatre where films and documentaries related to running exhibitions can be viewed. Instead of developing a conventional impersonal atmosphere that is quite conventional in this sort of setting, the idea behind the Info Center was to concede a cosier yet functional approach that is more flexible. The designer also incorporated a series of objects that are reflective of the latest technological achievements.
The aim was also to create a truly exceptional space that was unlike any other one could possibly visit in a museum, thus the reason why every furniture design is custom-made and manufactured exclusively for the centre.
— Mayfair Townhouse by Katharine Pooley —
Katharine Pooley was briefed with the complete renovation of Mayfair Townhouse, an 11,000 square ft Grade II listed property in the heart of London’s Mayfair from former office block to a complete family residence. In particular, the client wanted the restoration and reinstatement of the architectural detailing, achieved sensitively, but with a contemporary finish.
Being a Grade II listed property, the brief stated that it was important for the design to respect the classic, period detailing but to also be workable as a family residence. Katharine Pooley was therefore inspired to use a fresh, light palette with contemporary furniture and accessories in order to complement the traditional detailing.
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