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Piret Johanson Studio recently completed a complete renovation of this Paris Pied-à-terre. The existing 1,300 square foot space was revised to open the floor plan up and to redesign the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and closets. Instead of removing all of the original 19th century features, they were incorporated into the new design, while introducing modern elements throughout. The designers used pieces of art from the residents’ private collection, like the blue Elias Crepin

In an East-end neighborhood in Toronto, +tongtong renovated and designed an addition to a traditional Victorian house while respecting the surrounding homes. The homeowners longed for a modern house with bright, open living spaces, but wanted it to honor the architecture of the neighborhood. +tongtong managed to complete the task by using natural and industrial materials that were inspired by rural living and the home’s original build date. Both the interior and exterior feat

Sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz collaborated with architects Marie-Claude Hamelin and Loukas Yiacouvakis, of firm YH2, on his house surrounded by a forest in Bolton-Est, Quebec, Canada. After much discussion, a vertical structure was decided upon to stand harmoniously with the trees. The bold exterior is made up of two wooden volumes where one is light and the other is dark, along with plenty of windows that welcome the natural light on all three floors. An open floor plan gives the

The following post is brought to you by A’ Design Award and Competition. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. It’s about that time of year again – the submission deadline for the 2016-17 A’ Design Award & Competition nominations. Maybe you’ve seen some posts about it on Design Milk before. A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading design award, reaching design

Studio Benicia recently completed a four-bedroom house in Concord, Sydney, NSW that was inspired by the homeowners’ love of concrete. The original red brick cottage didn’t work for the family any longer so the new, low maintenance Concord House_I was designed. Both indoors and out, concrete is incorporated as the main building material, which is paired with elements of wood. In the kitchen and dining room, concrete floors are paired with black and wooden cabinets and w

SIDES CORE recently wrapped up a relocation project for a hair salon in Osaka, Japan. Vinyl’s Mix opened their new location where they wanted to incorporate art, music and more into the laid back salon. The urban surroundings, like the cement block wall of the property next door, inspired the causal, raw feel of the interior, which features concrete and unfinished wood for materials. Instead of covering the original features, they chose to highlight them in the new design. Cri

Renovation of “KANBAN-style” Building is a minimal renovation located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Rei Mitsui Architects. The client requested to maintain the outward aesthetic of the building while constructing reinforcements in order to retrofit the space to resist earthquakes. There was once a tailor shop closed for over ten years, and the existing building was almost abandoned, and the damage was disastrous. The architects created a lift for the building, and reconstr

It’s that time of year again – the Blank Space Fairy Tales competition is now open for submission. The past three years have yielded some really incredible results: 2014, 2015, and last year’s winner, Olsen Kundig: 2016. The competition brings together architecture and storytelling in a unique merging of creative worlds, inviting everyone to enter from architects to designers, writers, artists, illustrators, even students. You choose whatever you want to write or dr

Sergey Makhno Architects worked with the homeowners, who are both modern and independent, to design this contemporary Ukrainian apartment. Spanning 80 square meters (approx. 861 square feet), the apartment feels cozy and accommodating with its concrete-inspired plaster walls that continue onto parts of the ceiling. Dark walnut floors round out the look, which lends itself to an industrial feel. The main living space remains fairly neutral, with the exception of the green sofa and con

Ibiza Interiors enlisted Standard Studio on a project that turned their 200-year-old stable into a guesthouse and showroom on a mountain in San Lorenzo, Ibiza. The new contemporary interior of Little House in the Campo respects the historic details of the structure by using basic materials throughout. The result is a relaxing blend of modern and rustic, new and old. The original ‘sabina beams’ on the ceiling were saved keeping the building’s authentic character. Iro

While its façade is unmistakably modern, the Pink House was designed with sensitivity by Scott Posno Design to the other houses in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The single family home manages to fit 3,000 square feet into its design, despite the face that the front elevation doesn’t overwhelm the houses beside it. The house is clad in thin strips of black stained cedar that were installed horizontally on the ground level and vertically on the second story, whic

HAT is a minimal home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by APOLLO Architects & Associates. The client, a couple in their 50s who both work full time, wanted to rebuild their parents’ residence in the urban area in order to live with their mother. One of their main requests was to rebuild the structure so that it could sustain natural disasters in the future, such as earthquakes and fires. The home is constructed of reinforced concrete, and utilizes a deformed shape in order to ma

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