Singapore’s new wine retail shop Artisans Cellar has its entire collection of luxury cuvee wines displayed unabashedly in a concrete tunnel protruding from the shop front. The cellar is the main factor in drawing the passerby into the store, yet it marks the end of the visit as visitors have to traverse the reception area and wine tasting lounge, giving a sense of an experience they have made its full circle.
Local creative shop Asylum, which designed the interiors, worked with a professional cellar builder to ensure optimal wine storage conditions in the three-by-six-metre tunnel. The walls were insulated, and the glass double glazed with a heated panel on one end to prevent condensation.
Caliper Studio designed a three thousand square foot duplex apartment renovation in a building on New York’s upper west side. their solution removed all existing vertical circulation and connected the two floors with a new feature stair, located centrally in the apartment, free from all walls and supported only at the top and bottom.
Conceived as an urban oasis, the new guestrooms of the W Hotel designed by BBG-BBGM offer a respite from the chaos of the city by immersing the guest in soothing colors and textures inspired by nature. Curving, organic shapes complement modern angles while crisp white is softened with tones from the forest and earth.
Wow and Extreme Wow Specialty Suites Designed to evoke the essence of “chill”- offsetting New York City’s adrenaline and energy, the newly redesigned Wow and Extreme Wow (E Wow) specialty suites at the W Lexington offer something highly coveted and rare in urban environments – a unique experiential setting filled with unpredictable creativity.
Fjäll (pronounced fee–yawl) is a ski resort, located just in front of the Wombats Ramble home trail. The apartments offer one of the most stunning views on the mountain with all apartments looking over the picturesque Tawonga valley.
Fjäll, Scandinavian for mountain has been created marrying the European traditional ski lodge feel with a contemporary twist. Each apartment feature smoked and limed oak timber floors and wall paneling; custom designed oak timber joinery with Calcutta marble bench tops and heated balconies for entertaining in winter.
This 100-year-old chapel in the Dutch city of Utrecht was designed to meet the needs of an order of Catholic monks. But [the owners], who bought the redbrick building—part of a deconsecrated monastery—had a very different wish list, including luxurious kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
Once Zecc Architects’s Marnix van der Meer had laid out the various spaces, he faced the challenge of lighting them. All the existing windows were leaded glass, not exactly a good sources of daylight. Instead of simply inserting clear glass, he says he painted the walls the “whitest white we could find.” Now, the windows festoon the interior with colorful images that travel as the sun moves through the sky. “We actually intensified the windows’ effect,” he says.
Hotel Boutique La Purificadora is located in the oldest part of the historic center of Puebla just opposite of the Church of San Francisco. Converted from colonial stucture from the 1800s, the hotel used to be an ice factory. Much of the old structure including the wood and stone walls have been incorporated in the new design.
Pal’s, by Joseph Dirand
Following on success of Hotel Habita in Monterrey, Mexico Grupo Habita unveils its 8th property, Distrito Capital, in Mexico City’s international business neighborhood of Santa Fe, and most resolutely the world’s 21st-Century metropolis. With Distrito Capital, the Company once again carries its signature chic and outstanding service to previously unthought-of environments and transforms them into instant classics.
The latest, most arresting interior design trends this time courtesy of Parisian Joseph Dirand come into their own at Distrito Capital. Grupo Habita left nothing to chance, from the most prominent vintage furnishings like Eames & Saarinen’s Organic Chair to details like John Pawson’s cutlery, and even in the smallest (yet significant) in-room amenities from Acqua di Parma. In all spaces, rigorous horizontals and verticals are enhanced by modern furnishings courtesy of Platt, Hansen and Aalto among others.