Slovenia based company Oikos has hit the nail on the head in terms of sustainable modular housing. Clean Scandinavian design and versatility can be seen in each of the 5 models. The homes modularity makes it especially appealing for those not interested in creating permanent dwelling as the home can be picked up and placed on a new foundation down the road. The modular houses currently ship throughout the EU, fingers crossed they someday decide will across the Atlantic.
The Lopes family home is a piece of art nestled in the mountains of Cape Verde. The remote island town of São Vicente is the location of Spanish artist Eltono's latest mural. The geometry of the home and its surroundings influenced the artist, but it was a billowing laundry line that served as the ultimate inspiration.
LAMAS, a Toronto based architecture studio, transformed an old group of camp buildings into a family home located in Kent, CT, aptly named "Camp Kent". The winterized house now provides a year-round retreat and an escape to the country for the owners. The outdoors are the focus of all interior spaces, an almost blank canvas inside draws the eyes outside. A nod to the camps' history can be seen in the rough sawn knotted pine that blankets the walls and ceilings in the structure.
The mountains of Monterrey, Mexico are home to a modern marvel that practically disappears into the surrounding landscape. Los Terrenos (the terrains) was designed by renowned Mexico City based architect Tatiana Bilbao. The structure was made using elementary components of rammed earth, terracotta clay bricks, and mirrored glass. The materials used allow the finishes to be front and center, textured clay tiles, unfinished wood, and minimal decor contrast the sleek reflective exterior of the project. The result is a modern retreat that takes advantage of its surroundings while creating a simple escape.
January in Minnesota brings snow, below zero temps, black ice, and naturally day dreaming of a warm escape. Cue the newly opened Hotel Bienvenue located in Paris' 9th district on rue Buffault, Adrien Gloauen's latest venture with French interior designer Chloé Negre. A pastel palette reflecting the English countryside merges with modern graphic and linear furniture design.
The hotel at once feels like a stay at a friends house (albeit a VERY chic friend that designed all the furniture and lighting themselves.) It is not hard to imagine a day spent wandering the streets of Paris, croissant in hand and heading back home to this little slice of design heaven.
The founders of White Arrow, a Brooklyn based interiors and design studio, revealed their own home project this fall, a converted school house. The glamorous Williamsburg project looks nothing like the original utilitarian space it once was. The 1800's shell was dressed with custom Victorian millwork, tin ceiling tiles, salvaged doors, and claw foot tubs. The result is a spectacular statement of modern furniture and design in a historic jewelry box setting.