Modern Industrial Japanese Home Redefines Boundaries of Style and Space

Landscape around the house and the extreior reflect a subtle industrial vibe

Finding the balance between the right style, functionality and smart utilization of space is often the biggest challenge when designing a modern home. Add to this the demands placed by unusually heavy snowfall, and you need a structure that can withstand the rough weather while creating a relaxing, contemporary living environment. Nestled in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan, GO BANG! is a home that does all this…

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Wall Hangings with Modern Style

Macrame wall hanging from Etsy shop Slow Down Productions

Wall hangings, especially those involving macrame, were a ’70s crafting craze. Officially “back”, but in a more minimalist, modern way, wall hangings are perfect for a range of interiors, from the retro to the Bohemian. In fact, an increasing number of design lovers who enjoy eclectic style are incorporating them into their spaces. Today we round up 10 of our favorites, from budget-friendly finds to pieces…

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Step into This Smart Dutch House with Home Automation and Green Solutions!

Unique exterior of eco-friendly dutch home with a smart home automation system

It is easy to see the charm of W.I.N.D House, even without really getting into the finer details and the many eco-friendly features that it boasts. Designed by UN Studio and nestled on an unspoiled coastal site in northern Holland, the unique contemporary home is surrounded by a wooden area on one side and polder on the other. This provided the architects the perfect opportunity…

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Decorating with Wooden Letters

Metal trim letters from Restoration Hardware

If you’re looking around the room and you feel like there’s one special touch missing, why not personalize your space with a wooden letter? Large letters can be combined on a wall or shelf to spell out a word, or they can serve as monograms that help you put your own unique stamp on your interior. Nowadays there are many designs and styles to choose…

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Hot Summer Trend: 25 Dashing Powder Rooms with Tropical Flair

Mirror frame seems to complement the pattern of Thibaut wallpaper in the powder room

Inspired by the elements of nature, creating a soothing backdrop that is both vibrant and colorful and filling you with unbridled excitement, tropical style is quickly becoming a favorite among young homeowners. It definitely is one of the top summer trends and will serve you well (even as you move into fall and winter) by offering an idyllic and at times exotic little escape that…

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Ernest Race: The Idiosyncratic Proponent of Midcentury British Design

Antelope chair and Donkey table

Ernest Race (1913 – 1964) was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city in England’s northeast. A textile and furniture designer, manufacturer and retailer, Race was a true proponent of midcentury British design and someone who very much embraced modernism. His rather idiosyncratic design lexicon (a combination of modernism and Victoriana) enjoyed particular success in the years following World War II, during the 1951 Festival of Britain1 and…

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Yoshi: Ultra-Modern Aesthetics Matched by Cutting-Edge Technology

Multiple wooden finishes give you a variety of options to pick from

A kitchen that is geared towards those who adore minimalism, refinement, and of course the ease of working in one of the most advanced kitchen environments on the planet – Yoshi from Arrital is as good as it gets! This smart kitchen comes with everything you need, can be customized to fit with your exact needs both in terms of space and functionality, and would…

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Public Sleeping Pods That Showcase Modern Design

MetroNaps energy pod

The idea of sleeping in public might seem strange, but as our lives get busier and busier, sleeping pods (also called nap pods) are becoming a way of life. There’s nothing like resting and rejuvenating in the middle of an eventful day. In fact, napping can boost productivity, which is why so many offices are installing nap pods and incorporating them into the design of the…

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House Pibo: Partially Underground Home Turns Its Roof into an Extended Garden!

Gorgeous partially underground house in Belgium

Living underground has a charm of its own that instantly draws us in with a sense of mysticism. It’s probably an attempt to escape from the world around us that makes the idea of an exotic underground home seem even more alluring. Moving away from the mundane and reversing the traditional floor plan, House Pibo in Maldegem, Belgium offers a great balance between a unique underground…

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Hans J. Wegner: The Danish Modernist

CH24 and CH388

It is difficult to deny the momentous impact that Danish design has had on furniture design, architecture and interiors across the world. Quintessentially people-centric, Danish design enjoys a level of integrity and democracy that far surpasses the design attributes of many other nations. In Denmark you will find good design in numerous public arenas, from hospitals to schools and urban developments. In a country with well-executed design, everyone benefits….

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Bedroom Design Tips for a Serene Sanctuary

Tropical bedroom with fresh greenery

In the middle of a bedroom makeover? Or perhaps you’re looking for a few easy ways to refresh your sleeping space! There are many reasons to revamp the bedroom, from the desire for a new look to the need to de-clutter. With current design trends such as tropical style and pastels on the rise, design statements such as lush greenery and relaxing colors are making their…

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Zaha Hadid: Architecture’s Grande Dame

Zaha Hadid in the auditorium of her Guangzhou opera house

It is a plausible assertion that Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016) was the only female architect the general public could name or recognise. Formidable, venerated and brilliant, she was indeed the architectural world’s grande dame. Zaha Hadid in her London office circa 1985. Image via Dezeen. Zaha Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital city. She studied mathematics at the American University of…

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Fabulous Walk-In Closets to Make Your Mornings a Lot More Organized!

Bronze painted aluminum frame gives Pass its distinct look

How often have you been left scrambling around frantically as you try and get things in order each morning while attempting to head to your office without delays? It is something every one of us encounters, and often this mad race with the clock leaves you drained mentally even before the day is halfway through. But what if your home can help you in overcoming…

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Picturesque Aussie Home Wraps Itself Around a Relaxing Central Courtyard

Central courtyard of the stylish home in a Melbourne suburb

Nestled in the beautiful little suburb of Eaglemont in Victoria, Australia, this elegant private residence was designed by InForm with custom solutions that cater to the specific needs of the homeowners. Combining a hint of traditional charm with modern aesthetics, a series of single-pitch roofs in alternating direction ensure that each room of the house receives ample natural light while being protected from the harsh…

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Luminous Brilliance of Philippe Starck: Lighting Fixtures to Swoon Over!

Colorful modern dining room with Phillipe Starck Romeo Louis II pendant

Few designers across the globe have a profile that is as diverse and delightful as Philippe Starck. “Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator”, he says, and that is exactly what we get as he constantly aims to reinvent styles, reimagine spaces and create a wonderful fusion of the intelligent and the casual! It is truly a…

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