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Coveted’s Exclusive Selection of Outstanding Design Projects – Part IIMonday 18 September 2017
Yesterday, COVETED Magazine displayed the first part of a unique and exclusive selection of outstanding design projects. Now, you can be mesmerized by the second and final part that includes tremendously well-executed commercial and residential projects from the leading figures of the industry. Just a reminder, the eight issue of our magazine was recently launched where you can get insightful information about the best design events in the world, showrooms, luxury hotels, exclusive interviews with influential designers, inspirations regarding fashion and design, and much more. Be a part of CovetED’s World by subscribing to our latest edition HERE.
— French Quarter by Mallina Studio —
The task of this project consisted of creating a full sleeping space, lounge area, spacious kitchen and organising a sufficient number of places for storage of fifty-two square meters. At the same time, there was the need to save enough “air” and create a bright modern interior. Eco-style is divided into four “elements”: fire, water, earth and air. Alexandra Davidovich and the design team from Mallina chose earth and air as their own fundamental elements.
The kitchen and living room were linked and are now a complement to each other. To achieve this result, wooden beams in two different colours were used on the ceiling and wooden panels on one wall. This duet of “light and dark”, with the correct accents, followed the interior design in each room so that the balance was kept and the task was concluded with success.
The decoration of the walls in the bedroom was a real challenge! The designers didn’t want straight lines, but, at the same time, forms needed to maintain their natural curves and character. After going through a lot of options, the best solution was found – wall panels took the form of broken boards, the beauty of which was emphasised by hidden decorative lighting.
— Flamingo Restaurant by Marisa Gallo —
Fairly recently, Marisa Gallo design studio, Interiorismo, was responsible for the interior design of the Flamingo restaurant project involved in Casa Decor, Madrid. The atmosphere of the dining venue is very much inspired by Miami City during the 80’s while also gathering personal touches of Marisa Gallo, including most of the furniture pieces which were designed by Interiorismo Studio and handcrafted by artisans in Spain with some of the best fabrics brands.
The central concept was to conceive a tropical and vibrant aesthetic alongside a cosmopolitan ambience. This idea came from the notion of escape and disconnect from the frantic spirit of the city life, and to just unwind while enjoying a scrumptious meal. The studio created an urban oasis bursting with colour that exudes tranquillity, happiness and positivity.
The covering of the walls in golden hexagons was completed in order to blend multiple materials, speciality to unify the exclusivity and grandeur of the gold with the encircling natural elements. As a whole, this becomes one of the most spectacular achievements that the studio conceded to Flamingo. They were able to create a space that combines a vegetation, selected colours as well as an exquisite selection of wallpapers. As a result, the restaurant has been honoured as one of the best projects of Casa Decor.
— Masquespacio Workspace Renovation by Masquespacio —
The design from Masquespacio’s workspace starts with the redesign of the design studio’s brand image set up on one hand by its logotype and on the other by its icon ‘Mas’, better known as ‘More’ in English. The letter ‘S’ in this case divides each of the graphics applications in two different parts; a division that symbolises the added value offered by the creative consultancy in each of its projects.
Regarding the colour selection of the brand, it allows to play continuously with the various brand’s colours and choose the most “trendy” colour for each moment and project. This fact shows clearly the versatile nature from Masquespacio as a multidisciplinary design studio that works both on commercial as well as exclusive projects. The same concept is used for the interior design that plays with the different colours and partitions from the brand’s identity.
“Although it is a working space, we looked to incorporate decorative elements, besides vivid colours and upholstered furniture with the aim to create a warm atmosphere above just designing a place to work at.” – Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, Creative Director of Masquespacio
Image Credit to David Rodríguez and Carlos HuecasCualiti
— GQ Bachelor Pad by Maurizio Pellizzoni —
The project took months of preparation but the final result was simply mesmerising to its beholder. In a wonderful collaboration with GQ Magazine, the designer styled the extraordinary Bachelor Pad. Maurizio was given carte blanche to source the location and theme of the two room settings.
Originally set on a living room anchored with a Baby Grand piano, Maurizio’s natural design prowess expanded the narrative into two room sets, a living room and a music room, adjacent to the former.
The partially destroyed wall doorway behind the Poliform bookcase leaks light in through the window but more importantly displays the contrast of rough texture. As with all of Maurizio’s projects, it was important to respect the appearance of the original structure of the building. He worked with the existing colours to select the final pieces to create a masculine ambience with a touch of luxury and add colour throughout using a display of artworks.
— Mandarin Oriental Paris —
Mandarin Oriental, Paris is Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s first address in France, at the heart of this fashion capital, just steps from Place Vendôme, the Garnier Opera, Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre all close by. Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a modern Palace housed inside a historic Art Deco building that comes alive with unique character. Everything about this elegant hotel says ‘Paris’, from its sense of style to the immediate sense of belonging, and of luxury to be enjoyed. Comfort meets modern in a hotel that is infused with a subtle air of exoticism and romance, making every stay a singular experience.
The hotel brings together the foremost international names in architecture and design. The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has supervised the renovation of the building, its facade and patio, in consultation with landscape design agency Neveux-Rouyer. Sybille de Margerie of SM Design imagined the interior design and decoration of the rooms, suites, Spa and public spaces while Agence Jouin-Manku lent its talent to the bar and restaurants.
The style of Mandarin Oriental, Paris takes inspiration from the richness, modernity and creativity of the 1930s and Art Deco, as well as from the hallmarks of luxury and Parisian fashion. The 1930s ushered in elegantly simple styles for women in softly draped fabrics, trimmed with jewels and lace. Mandarin Oriental, Paris revisits the aesthetic of this abundantly creative era and pays tribute to muses past and present with its truly feminine, romantic mood, its subtle shades and textures, and delicate details… an invitation to sensual pleasure.
— Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s Interior Design by Patricia Urquiola —
Quickly becoming a destination for discerning travellers, the deluxe hotel is an epitome of excellence. Located right next to the prominent “Paseo De Gracia”, the Hotel is comprised of 120 exclusive and generous rooms and suites. A few years ago, the hotel was refurbished and Patricia Urquiola came back to renovate the space more vigorously than ever.
Immediately after entering a suite, one is confronted with a vigorous environment that is decorated with natural textures and graphics reflective of the oriental style. This is characterised by Tai-Ping carpets and furniture exclusively designed by Patricia Urquiola for the Mandarin Oriental Collection. As a matter of fact, all decorative pieces and furniture were designed by Urquiola for various exclusive collections.
The new suites are grandiose and rather flexible not only in terms of space including high ceilings with natural lighting on both sides of the room but also in colour, with an omnipresent bronze tone that produces an idea of generosity and nobility. In addition, the bold carpets and extraordinary artworks add a sense of brightness.
— Bar 228 at Le Maurice Hotel by Philippe Starck —
A few years back, Philippe Starck designed the public areas of the esteemed five-star hotel Le Meurice, located on the Rue de Rivoli, in Paris. In 2016, the fearless designer came back to conduct a selective reinvention of the premises steeped in surrealism, as he explains:
“The objective of this new project is to explore – more deeply and from many more angles – the surrealist world that is the life, structure and soul of Le Meurice. If God is in the details, the devil of surrealism is, too. Every shadow, every corner of this place is bursting with the potential to surprise its inhabitants. Le Meurice is a space for the mind, where everything is poetry, allusion, reference, reﬂection and diffraction. Where the air thrums like some mysterious, mesmerising, benevolent music. And, like any mind, Le Meurice is unique.”
Starck was also responsible for the emblematic design of Bar 228, a cosy space adjacent to the Balí restaurant, renowned for its sophisticated and welcoming British club style, with a nod to 18th century France. Starck’s aim was always to amplify the guest’s experience to the fullest and to achieve that, he renewed one of the main features of the bar, the counter that features gleaming decanters in rare crystal, deep leather armchairs, dark wood panelling, as well as the immense Lavalley frescoes created in 1907 from depictions of garden parties at the Château de Fontainebleau.
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— Chelsea House by René Dekker —
The apartment designed by René Dekker feels like a penthouse suite at a 6-star hotel as the designer continued the gold and grey theme throughout. In the master bedroom, the walls are draped in a gold silk wall covering, which is offset by the grey joinery. It is a cosy yet luxe room with its grey silk carpet and luxurious scatter cushions. Moreover, the restrained introduction of ice blue just adds another dimension to the palette.
The bathroom is simple yet elegant with a bespoke vanity unit, a marble basin and a large walk-in shower. Finally, there is a study in the turret, basically the fourth floor of this Grande dame. It is accessed by a narrow staircase which leads to a bright and cosy room with windows on two walls. This space is quite different to the rest of the apartment and has much more of an Indiana Jones feel to it with its dark beaten metal style wall covering and African masks. There are lots of books and personal photos that are mixed in with a rich collection of collectables from all corners of the globe.
“This was a very special project,” says Dekker “as we needed to create a home that would wow yet still reflect the taste of the owners. I think we managed to do this with great aplomb! This is, without doubt, the ultimate glam pad for an aspiring couple.”
— Fifth Avenue Apartment by Robert Couturier —
When the owner of this fifth avenue apartment approached Robert Couturier to do the interiors of this home, she asked for a typically French look. She wanted coveted traditional architectural details, she wanted her home to have statement-making contemporary sofas, chairs, tables and lamps. She was looking for something more extravagant and crazier than exclusive 18th-century furniture. She also had her mind set has to which colours she wanted to be used throughout the apartment. From the very beginning, she suggested the Hermès orange room and the pink living room.
Combining such distinct elements into a single one is an area in which Robert excels. Set off by the electric hits of colours, the result is anything but tame. The designer considers the clash between the furniture and walls a success with a design that never fails to elicit visceral reactions.
In the entrance hall, there is a contemporary bronze and crystal chandelier by Herve van der Straeten which hints that this home is anything but a typical eighteenth-century French apartment. The curtains are custom embroidered silk. In the entry hall, one can also spot a pair of Vosges sconces that flank a Croco console by the Claude Lalanne. Furthermore, two curvaceous polished stainless-steel tables by Ron Arad enhance the atmosphere of the dining room. The tables are surrounded by Karl Springer dining chairs that are upholstered in lavender velvet and green silk. The ceiling fixture is by Eugene Printz. The living room has multiple seating areas that can be reconfigured on a whim, including a Ueli Berger sofa and zebra rug that anchor one corner of the space.
— Nobu Downtown Restaurant by Rockwell Group —
The Nobu Downtown is a modern exploration of materiality in Japanese craft and cuisine. This project was born from David Rockwell’s collaboration with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. This collaboration came to life with one small restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood, in which the duo conceived a design concept inspired by Chef Nobu’s innovative cooking and the culture of the Japanese countryside.
For the bar and lounge area, Rockwell conceived a design influenced by the Japanese art of calligraphy. Bronze, glass table and floor lamps merge modern Japanese design with art deco influences. A delicate ash wooden sculpture designed by Rockwell Group, hand-carved and realised by New York artist John Houshmand depicts a swirl of watery Sumi-e ink suspended in mid-air.
The dining area is organised into a series of experiences connected by an undulating wooden canopy inspired by kirigami, a type of origami involving the folding and cutting of paper. Abstracted ash trees, inspired by Nobu’s original location, seem to support the canopy. The main dining room is flanked by a sushi bar towards the back of the space and a semi-private dining room behind the stair, featuring plush banquette seating upholstered in custom fabrics with Japanese patterns in a rich Peruvian colour. The shelves in the 13-seat sushi bar are filled with handmade ceramic sake carafes by Girardin.
Images Credit to Eric Laignel
— Podol Loft in Ukraine by Sergey Makhno Architects —
Belonging to a young family with a two-year-old son, in which the father is a businessman and the mother a director of a tailoring shop, the Podol loft consists of a 128 square meter loft designed by Sergey Makhno Architects. The objective of this project was to create a modern living space with private areas for the parents and their son as well as a personal SPA. The name of the space came from the Kyiv district Podil, in which the building is located. The designers’ team restored and covered the bricks with a protective polish, which allowed them to work as the base for a design concept.
Concrete panels, wooden rails and metal elements were combined creating the visual appearance of the space, bringing an industrialist touch to it. Solid oak covered the floors and on the walls, wooden slats added additional textures and warmth. The apartment also has several elements made of glass, from doors that separate a bedroom from the bathroom, a glass-enclosed shower floats in the centre of the bathroom, and large glass windows fill the space with light making the loft look softer.
The furniture line is built according to the unique sketches of Sergey Makhno. In terms of decorative items, designers opted for contemporary pieces from Minotti and Poliform. Technical lighting is combined with lighting fixtures by Artemide and Foscarini.
— Petit Palace by Teresa Sapey Studio —
Given the characteristics of the building and its large courtyard, Teresa Sapey Studio projected a magical place to accompany the romantic spirit of the building. A wild garden but cosy at the same time, in which anyone would retreat from the city’s chaos. It was thought a complete renovation to transform an old and dowdy wasted space in a reference point among the terraces of the capital. The first step was to colour the walls, which would bring light and spaciousness to the box, in which the courtyard is located.
Many large plants and trees of different leaf were used to convert this space into a vegetable urban oasis. And finally, three different zones were created to provide various customer services; an outdoor dining area, a cocktail bar and the wider one, a rest area where one can relax in front of a large fireplace. The furniture plays a very important role into the decoration, national furniture firms are combined with prestigious Italian brands to achieve the best contemporary design that keeps functionality and comfort in the same way.
The touches that recall the design of Teresa Sapey are clearly recognisable in its entirety. The walls painted in aquamarine green, the hydraulic tile designed ad hoc for the area and the light garland are touches that make this terrace one of the best places to be in Madrid.
— Radisson Blu by JOI Design —
The partnership between the experienced interior design company JOI Design, the well-known German magazine WOHNIDEE and the Radisson Blu gave birth to an extraordinary project. Two suites in Radisson Blu Frankfurt were transformed into spaces of design and style. The challenge proposed to JOI design was to develop two space-personalities that would be able to evoke different sensations and experiences.
For JOI Design this meant a space with chic colour schemes, high-quality finishes and sophisticated design pieces while enveloping them with a feeling of comfort and familiarity. The result was a design pleasure for all of us in love with what quality luxury expression has to offer. The suites have truly become alive personalities singing through their composition. Natural light embraces the entire room which is embellished by welcoming pastel blues and antique pinks as well as light wood colours.
— Copper Project by ZOOI Studio —
ZOOI studio offered the client the design in a loft style. And yet, this brutal interior had its own chic style, thanks to the saturated colour of copper and its gloss. Components presupposed expensive Italian brands that feature an expressive look at the background of burning metal. Monochrome colours are diluted by the upright green wall, not to mention that the turquoise chairs by Ligne Roset made a striking accent. Design kitchen, table of Danish company Vipp and famous lamps Tom Dixon are very laconically and show the status.
In general, this is an open space. The wall that separates the kitchen from the hallway is lined with copper plates. Throughout the ceiling, it was decided to leave the primary concrete texture and, in part, the cooker hood. In the centre of the kitchen, right on the ceiling, a plasterboard element was designed with a micro-cement finishing. The staircase was also designed by ZOOI studio, consisting of perforated metal handrails and steps console, fixed in the wall.
In the living area, you can find floor lamps of the Korean designer Seung Yong Song and a coffee table. In the evening, a light of the torches creates convoluted shadows, which flirt with each other, causing a special romantic atmosphere.
— Café Mollien by Mathieu Lehanneur —
Located in the Denon Wing of the Louvre Museum, the Café Mollien reopens its doors after a one-month closure for remodelling. Managed by Elior Group and redesigned by Mathieu Lehanneur, the Café is a new venue linking the Carrousel and the Tuileries Gardens with the Louvre and its collection of masterpieces. In this monumental setting of 150m², with its vertiginous ceilings and marble tiled floor punctuated by massive columns, the designer has succeeded in creating a prestigious cafe on a human scale.
Mathieu Lehanneur went on to tackle the remodelling of the Café Mollien in the Louvre, the most prestigious monument and museum in Paris. Café Mollien comprises an L-shaped dining room and a 230 terrace offering the best view of the Louvre Pyramid. Inside, 66 seats are arranged around a magnificent brushed-brass, acrylic lighting structure, with organic-like extensions stretching up to 4.5 meters high.
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