In the cultural center of Amsterdam stands this 5-star hotel that combines historic architecture with modern design named the Conservatorium Hotel. You know I love historic architecture with modernity, not long ago I shared with you the QVEST Hotel in Cologne where they combined neo-Gothic architecture with modern interiors. The building of the Conservatorium Hotel was designed late 19th-century by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as a bank office. In 1983 the building became the homebase of the Sweelinck Conservatorium (that’s were it got its name!) after they were forced to move because the building wasn’t big enough anymore the building was bought by The Set who would make it into a hotel. They asked Italian architect Piero Lissoni to design the hotel and the result is stunning! I love the occasional pop of colour in the interior of the hotel which is filled with Italian design (more Italian design can be found in this apartment in Rome). So if you, as a design lover, want to take a trip to my capital city then a stay in the Conservatorium Hotel might be a good idea.
It’s no secret that I love combinations of old and new design and this hotel in Cologne, that links history with modernity, is a perfect example of why it works so well. Located on a quiet square in Cologne, Germany stands this former historic city archive. The building was designed by Friedrich Carl Heimann and was built in a neo-Gothic style which is also very prominent in the interior of the building (those windows!!). The QVEST hotel was designed by Michael Kaune (the owner of QVEST Magazine) who has a big love for modern design and most of the artwork and furniture in the QVEST Hotel comes from his own personal collection. This beautiful hotel is filled with design classics by Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe and together with a wonderful photography and art collection makes this hotel a dream for design lovers.
Happy saturday! I hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. Today I got inspired by this apartment in Rome by Quincoces-dragò & partners. This architectural and design studio based in Milan specializes in luxury retail, hospitality and residential spaces. I love the light, calm feeling of this apartment and if I see correctly it has an amazing view over Rome on the balcony, how wonderful!
Friday, the last day before the weekend. That alone should make you happy but friday is also real estate day in Sweden (is that official? I have no idea). You get overwhelmed with many beautiful homes that hit the market so it’s a wonderful day to be a interior blogger! This home in Göteborg by Stadshem is one of those beautiful homes. There’s a nice contrast going on, the kitchen and workspace are very white & light but they wanted to give the living room and bedroom a warmer feeling, so they are painted a lovely dark grey/blue. It looks absolutely stunning.
Japanese architecture and design is well known for its minimalistic feeling. This hotel in Tokyo truly embraces that peaceful and serene feeling that characterizes Japanese design. The rooms in Hotel Aman Tokyo are decorated with traditional Japanese furniture, from washi paper sliding doors to a furo deep-soak bathtub. I love how they created nice window seats to fully enjoy the view of Tokyo and just imagine sitting in that bathtub, wow! Next to a restaurant and a bar that you ususally find in a hotel does this hotel also have a large wellness centre with a swimming pool, 8 treatment rooms, a fitness centre and large Japanese hot baths with gorgeous views over Tokyo. I’ve never been to Tokyo but I think I have found my hotel if I do!
I love the work by Berlin based interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu. I’ve posted a dark Berlin apartment of her on my blog before and on Tumblr I’ve also posted homes by her design here & here. Today not a dark apartment, but one decorated in neutral colours. I love the comfortable living space and the cozy sitting space in front of the fireplace with the layered rugs that give the space a lot of warmth.
I’m in a French mood today. This morning I showed you a beautiful Paris apartment on the Place des Vosges, now I’m taking you further south to Lyon. This apartment belongs to interior designers Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin of Maison Hand. This modern light filled apartment is completely the opposite of their last apartment, which was completely black. The apartment lies in a building from 1852 and kept its original details like moulding, panelled walls and a gorgeous parquet floor (oh man, I love original architectural details!). The original details can make a home quite busy so they kept the colour scheme very neutral but they filled their home with artwork and items from their travels in every room which makes it a very personal home. It’s so beautiful, can I just pack my bags and move in?
Herringbone floors, plastered ceilings, walk in closet ánd large windows. What’s not to love? And this home on the oldest square in Paris has it all. As one of the finest squares, Place des Vosges is located in the Marais district between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris and has housed many famous French people. The apartment is very light thanks to the large windows and the details in soft pink gives it a feminine feeling, with the exception of the grey industrial office space, I like that contrast. I always love a mixture of old and new in furniture and this Paris apartment has found the perfect balance. I’m longing for a trip to Paris after seeing this home, don’t you?
In Malmö stands this early 20th-century home of interior designer Helen Sturesson and her family. Even though the home is quite big, around 120 square meters, it only has two and a half rooms, which means they had to be creative not to make this home feel impersonal. The apartment still has its original features such as wallpanels and pilasters on the walls and they have created an amazing gallery wall on one side of the living room. They filled their home with old items that have personality and history (whether it’s inherited or from a flea market) and new items such as an IKEA rug, dining table and cabinets which makes the home feel very personal and cozy.