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Roman and Williams turns historic police station into NoMad’s London outpost

September 15, 2021 Ali Morris 0
NoMad London hotel by Roman and Williams

New York interior design firm Roman and Williams has combined decorative Victorian elements with references to New York’s jazz age in its ornate interior for the NoMad hotel in London. Set in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, the hotel is the first international outpost from American hospitality chain

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Bureau uses pastel shades to create dreamlike interior for Geneva float spa

September 6, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Origin Spa Geneva by Bureau

Blocks of pastel-coloured tiles overlap across the walls and floors of this spa in Switzerland, designed by local studio Bureau to reflect the serenity of “floating naked in a highly salted water pod”. Bureau aimed to create a space for the Origin in Geneva’s Saint-François neighbourhood that complimented the spa’s floatation therapy offering – where clients unwind

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Pirajean Lees channels 1920s Japan in ornate Dubai restaurant interior

September 5, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Mimi Kakushi restaurant by Pirajean Lees

London practice Pirajean Lees has converted a nightclub in Dubai into a restaurant informed by Japan’s jazz age and the grandiose parties of silent film actor Sessue Hayakwa. The restaurant, which serves modern twists on Japanese classics, is named Mimi Kakushi after the distinctive bob haircut worn by the young Japanese Moga, or modern girls,

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Wutopia Lab wraps bookstore in perforated facade to mimic clouds

September 4, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Duoyin bookstore Huangyan by Wutopia Lab

Architecture studio Wutopia Lab has used layers of perforated metal to transform two disused buildings on the banks of Taizhou’s Yongning River into a bright and modern bookshop. Rather than demolishing the existing buildings or attempting to perform “cosmetic surgery” on their cluttered, commercial facades, the studio decided to simply wrap the structures in white

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Fettle designs Schwan Locke Hotel in homage to early German modernism

August 29, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Schwan Locke hotel Munich by Fettle

A proto-Bauhaus association that counted architects Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe among its members informed this nostalgic hotel interior in Munich, designed by Fettle for aparthotel chain Locke. UK studio Fettle’s design for the Schwan Locke hotel pays homage to the early modernist principles of the Deutsche Werkbund – an association of architects,

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Liang Architecture Studio creates retrofuturistic boutique in Hangzhou

August 24, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Diamond-shaped lamp

Grand steel and micro-cement structures, celestial lighting and symmetrical layouts add a sense of ceremony to the shopping experience within this clothing boutique in Hangzhou, China by Liang Architecture Studio. Located within a corner unit on a busy street in the city’s Xiaoshan District, the 300-square-metre Audrey boutique sells women’s fashion. Arranged over two floors,

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ConForm Architects creates “homely” office in brutalist Smithson Tower

August 22, 2021 Ali Morris 0
An office table in Smithson Tower

ConForm Architects has completed a “homely” office for a financial firm on the 11th floor of the recently refurbished Smithson Tower, the brutalist complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the early 1960s. Formerly known as the Economist Building – and home to the publication of the same name until 2016 – the Grade

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Garrison Architects completes modernist Catskills retreat with 24 elevated cabins

August 20, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Piaule by Garrison Architects

Prefabricated wooden cabins perched on stilts surround a central lodge at this 50-acre resort in the Catskill Mountains designed by Brooklyn firm Garrison Architects. Called Piaule, the boutique hotel and spa is the brainchild of Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs, the NYC-based creatives behind the homeware brand of the same name. Located between the Upstate

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Balbek Bureau slashes through walls in understated Kyiv tattoo parlour

August 19, 2021 Ali Morris 0
6:19 Studio tattoo parlour by Balbek Bureau

Balbek Bureau has translated the minimalist artistic style of Kyiv tattoo parlour 6:19 Studio into a sparse and desaturated interior. Located on the ground floor of a residential building in the city’s historic Podil neighbourhood, the 111-square-metre studio belongs to Ukrainian artist Ulyana Nesheva. “The concept of the studio is that all our artists, despite the

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Mudd Architects snakes wavy bookshelf up to roof of Spanish writer’s cabin

August 18, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Writer's cabin by Mudd Architects

A towering, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf made from 100 pieces of CNC-cut pine creeps up one side of this writer’s cabin in the north of Madrid by Mudd Architects. The Barcelona-based practice was commissioned to create a studio in the garden of a local children’s book author that could serve as a source of inspiration for her

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