“I‘ve bought this decaying nobleman’s house for a bit money and I try to start a sensitive restoration…playing with old and new, four years ago. The Italians are great at ancient and are also great at modern interior design but they are not so hot at usually mixing the two!”
- Sabrina Bignami
Casa Orlandi Guesthouse, Prato, Italy, by Architect, Sabrina Bignami at b-arch studio
Photos by Nathalie Krug
Oddfellows is Chester’s new open house members’ club located in a renovated 17th Century Georgian manor house. Everything is designed to make the usual unusual; the ordinary extraordinary. Décor veers from gracious sophistication to dramatic intensity. Nothing matches, but everything makes complete sense.
Member or no member, all are welcome to enjoy the bars, restaurant, club and garden, and just being in this wonderful space gives you the feeling of belonging to the most exclusive members’ club around.
While the facade is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, each of the Hotel Puerta América’s 12 floors – from the elevator lobbies down to the blankets and bathrobes – has been conceived by powerhouse architects and design studios, among them Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Richard Gluckman, Javier Mariscal, Victorio & Lucchino and Zaha Hadid. With public spaces like the Black Tears restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and the underground garage by Teresa Sapey, the Puerta América can bill itself as “12 floors with 19 stars.”
Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, Spain, $250 to between $1,500 and $3,900 for the suites, designed by Starchitects.
A quirky gallery space in Japan with very thin walls.
Gallery Sakuranoki, Nagano, Japan, by Designer, for Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
The MUFG brand combines a sense of logic and functionality with an unusual sense of design style, something that gives MUFG an identity different than any other bank in all of Japan. Like fine Japanese laquered bowls, the exterior of the bank is a stark contrast to the colors and material found inside.
Design is a fusion of form and use. As this is a new type of banking office, the ambition is to give a new feeling to the experience of private banking. Here, the environment is accessible and friendly, yet have a special sense of contemporary design. The two most important features to the design are first, the smooth surfaces that shape the ceiling and walls into a continuous, flowing world, and second, the contrasting materials of white plaster and two types of wood veneers. The subtle curvatures and angles of the surfaces are specially designed to help the space become embracing, while the colors and materials combine to give a fresh, warm overall feeling to the space.
MUFG, bank interior branding, Japan by NMDA
Head chef, Izi Ani simply describes his food as ‘different’. Indeed, not your usual British dining experience.
Vanilla, London, UK, Link: Vanilla
Quant is a new luxury apartment project in Stuttgart. It is a conversion of an old 1960’s laboratory building. In order to give potential buyers a feeling for the numerous design possibilities inherent in a Quant apartment, the developer LBBW Immobilien GmbH has created an exceptional model apartment.
Quant, Stuttgart, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group
A ridge of tall, thickly wooded dunes separates this house from the ocean, some 200 yards away. Responding to the limited allowable buildable area of the site, the house is conceived as a dense grouping of volumes, stacked in such a way to allow for enclosed outdoor spaces, both expansive and intimate, and loft-like interior spaces which look out over the tops of the trees to the shore.
Beach House, Long Beach Island, NJ, USA, by Christoff Finio