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While most communications agencies are part of a larger, international group, the New York City BGB Group is privately owned, which means they can control how their colorful personality can come through via their TPG Architecture-designed offices. Working with managing partners, Gregory Passaretti and Brendon Phalon, TPG Architecture designed the new space to reflect their personality with bright colors, themed conference rooms, and other details that are bound to make their staff hap




The following post is brought to you by She’s Mercedes. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Special thanks to Sarah Weinknecht for this interview. Running an independent studio while traveling the world for her projects, Mexico City-based architect Frida Escobedo makes an impact well beyond her own country. Whether it’s a design hotel on the Pacific Coast, a pop-up store for hip cosmetics brand Aesop or a




With a desire to respect the home’s original character and the large poplar tree in the backyard, Architecture Microclimat planned a low-impact intervention to this centennial home in the Plateau Mont-Royal. The family wanted to give the Hotel-de-Ville Residence an update that also created a connection between the home and the surrounding environment. The new mezzanine level, which houses the master bedroom, cantilevers out on both sides of the home. It appears to be floating a




With a past that involves housing workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant, this former inn was sitting vacant in 2011 when it was acquired. With the help of faraway Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc, the abandoned building was renovated to become the eco-conscious ION Adventure Hotel, represented by Design Hotels™, in Selfoss, Iceland. For this month’s Destination Design, we visit this luxurious Icelandic hotel. The easily accessible hotel blends modern design w




Located in Mansonville, Québec, the Nook Residence, designed by MU Architecture, has a demure front facade with the back much more open and revealing. Strategically placed windows and an opening in the structure give a glimpse at the views of Lake Memphremagog. The home is located on a steep lot that directed the design to point towards the lake. It’s made up of two volumes that are connected by a bending “ribbon” that joins the roofs together. The slanted walls cre




Seattle-based firm FINNE Architects designed the Deschutes House on a narrow lot that faces Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes River. The design had to include preserving a stone ledge that was close to the water by building the main deck to hover a few inches above it. To maximize the enjoyment of watching the water crafts going by, all of the major spaces in the house open up towards the water. The exterior is clad in both tightly space Western red cedar that’s stained a natural




Loft Hřebenky is an 85 square meter (approx. 915 square feet) flat in a new building in Prague, which Formafatal was tasked with designing. A complicated floor plan required the architect to design 44 pieces of furniture to work with the unconventional layout. To complete the look, additional pieces were added, most of which were from the 1950s. A large terrace just off the main living area adds additional square footage and brings light into the space. Instead of keeping the builde




Modern homes are a hot commodity these days and with their popularity always on the rise, there’s usually a good amount of inventory available and more on the horizon. Luckily, there are also knowledgable real estate agents that specialize in modern houses making it even easier when you’re on the hunt. You can also do your own looking online thanks to plenty of sites showing what’s for sale. Here’s a sampling of where to start your search. We’ll keep upda




rh Studio redesigned this apartment in Valencia, Spain for a young working couple. The modest 70-square-meter (753 square feet) interior wasn’t functioning for them, so walls were removed and the terrace was renovated to connect the indoors with the outside. To give the illusion of more space, smooth white resin floors were installed in every room, including on the terrace, creating one continuous plane. Most of the other surfaces were kept white to keep it feeling bright and a




It’s almost June and temperatures are on the rise, meaning outdoor time is upon us. There’s nothing better than a great outside space, and when you can add it as an extension to your home, it’s like bonus square footage. Here, we look for houses designed to give the best of both worlds, ones that offer that dream of seamless indoor/outdoor living. In the suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, the Two Houses at Nichada project, designed by Alkhemist Architects, ha




Matt Fajkus Architecture designed the Main Stay House in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood of Austin, Texas with flexibility in mind. The structure is scaled back to eliminate extraneous details while still presenting an intriguing facade. The entryway is hidden from view adding a sense of privacy from the street. A concrete pathway leads visitors to it. The design was thoughtfully planned to deal with the brutal temperatures of central Texas through orientation, double glazed windows,




The Canal House, a historic loft on one of the Dutch canals in Amsterdam, was recently refurbished by Houtwerk BV, using the design of Witteveen Architecten. The interior utilizes contemporary HI-MACS® material (acrylic stone), which they’ve paired with original details, like the brick walls an columns, to result in a cozy, industrial loft. Most of the rooms feature the solid surface HI-MACS® material in Alpine White to give the space a clean, minimalist feel. The l



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