This factory from 1900 in the Dutch town of Gilze was a true ruin. You couldn’t stand up straight, the soil was contaminated and the building was considered unsafe. But Wesly and Astrid knew immediately that they wanted to buy the former factory and how they wanted to renovate it. During the renovations they found the beams that they kept in view and removed all the inner walls so you can see trough the entire home, no matter where you are. They put in wonderful black steeled-framed windows (just as in this Paris Loft) to give the space and industrial feeling. I think they did an amazing job with this former factory!
This industrial Paris loft in the 10th-arrondissement belongs to journalists Sara and Louis Bonnard. Together with their Italian architect Antonio Virga did they create a beautiful home overlooking the wonderful city of Paris. The couple decided to break all the dividing walls so that they could create their own space where the view over Paris from their living room was very important. They put in a large solid oak floar that adds a lot of warmth and which looks great in combination with the industrial black steeled-framed windows. They decorated their home with modern and vintage pieces (which I love, as you know!) making it feel like a very personal home. If you want to see more industrial lofts you can check out the ‘industrial loft‘ tag on my Tumblr page for a lot more inspiration!
Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf are famous for creating items that are more art than clothing. So it comes as no surprise that their headquarters in Amsterdam is truly extraordinary. The 17th-century residence overlooks the Herengracht in Amsterdam in the so called ‘Golden Bend’ and is a former mayor’s home. The residence kept all the original features including ornate ceiling cornices, period portraits, panelling, decorative woodwork, original weaponry and parquet floors. They decorated the residence with nice classics such as the Eames DSA and DCW chairs but also with Wearable Art pieces from their own collection, that look amazing in this place.
Have you ever wanted to transport yourself into a painting? Well, you can! I have posted wonderful Airbnb stays before (a cave in France for example) but this must be the most amazing room I have ever seen, seriously this room actually looks like a painting! The Art Institute of Chicago created this room after the painting ‘The Bedroom’ by Vincent van Gogh. The second version of the painting (the first sustained water damage) is in hands of The Art Institute of Chicago who now have an exhibition called Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. Not to get your hopes up though, the stay in the bedroom is fully booked, but you can see the exhibition ‘Van Gogh’s Bedrooms’ from february 14th – May 10th.
I have posted the lovely home of Louise Ljungberg on Tumblr a couple of weeks ago when it was featured in The Way We Play. Now the home was photographed for Residence Magazine so we can see a bit more of her lovely home. The glass between the kitchen and the bedroom is such a clever idea to let in extra light and I love the shelves she put in front of it.
No words needed! This concrete and brass bathroom by Marika Jarv Creative is absolutely stunning.
Just outside Stockholm in Saltsjö-boo among the pine trees and rocks stands this amazing glass home called the Six Walls House by Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor. The name is obvious, because there are six walls that divide the grand space. Even though the home stands between the trees it has a seaview and to fully embrace that view the 5.4 meter high walls are completely made of glass. Inside the home is minimalistic with large spaces and concrete floors and cement plaster but even though the interior is very grey it feels very bright thanks to those amazing windows! And to make it even better, the home also has a roof terrace between the pine trees with view of the sea.
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.