Designer Michael Hilgers together with German furniture manufacturer OTTO has created ANNIK, a small yet modern corner desk.
This floating wood desk was designed as a solution for small spaces, like apartments and student dorms, where space is limited, and by using the corner of the room, it keeps the work area out of the way.
The triangular-shaped desk can be attached at any height, making it possible to use as a standing desk. There’s also a small upper shelf and a hole in the desk with a grommet for cord management.
Here’s a video that shows you close-up looks at the overall design.
Interior design studio ALTA IDEA, has recently completed the interiors of an apartment in Kryukovshchina, Ukraine, and included in the apartment, is a two-toned bedroom.
The bedroom has different shades of chocolate and beige, with the lighter color being used for the upper portion of the room, and the darker chocolate colors used for the lower areas. The line that wraps around the room matches up with the bottom of the window frame.
The textured accent wall above a wall-to-wall padded dark headboard is made from plaster, while the curtains, which meet the wall at the corner, continue the two-tone look with the lower section of the curtain perfectly matching the horizontal line of the painted walls.
At night and when the curtains are closed, light from the hanging pendant lamps on either side of the bed, cast interesting shadows throughout the room. There’s also hidden lighting behind the curtains.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the apartment…
A small nook has been filled with a custom-built floating storage cabinet that also acts as an entryway table. Above, there’s a round mirror, while a wall-mounted lamp adds light.
The Living Room
In the living room, a black vertical slat partition creates a separation between the entryway and the living space, where there’s a large and colorful couch that faces the television.
The Dining Area
Separating the living space from the kitchen is a round dining table, a minimalist pendant light, and chairs with metallic frames.
A Small Sitting Area
Tucked away into the corner in a small alcove is a sitting area with a comfy chair with views through the window.
Filling up an entire wall, the linear kitchen has an integrated fridge and hardware-free cabinets. The color scheme is also reminiscent of the color scheme found in the bedroom, with dark lower cabinets and light upper cabinets.
The bathroom includes a white, gray, and black interior, with a bright white vanity, concrete wall and floor tiles, white geometric tiles with black grout, and a custom black shelving niche.
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A’ Design Award & Competition is the Worlds’ leading design accolade reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages: A’ Design Award winning works are translated to all major languages in order to connect design lovers, press members and design buyers from across the globe.
The Laureates of the A’ Design Award & Competition get fame, prestige, recognition, credibility, publicity and international awareness, in addition to a comprehensive and extensive winners’ kit which includes everything you could potentially need to celebrate the success of winning the A’ Design Award. Here’s a link to all of the winners from the 2018 edition of the awards, here. Find out all the prize details, here. If you are interested in registering for next years award, you can do so, here, and you can discover the who the jury of the awards are, here. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the awards, here.
Let’s have a look at 20 of the winning designs from previous years of the competition.
Grotto Sauna Freestanding Residential Sauna by PARTISANS – more information here.
Photography by Jonathan Friedman, Grotto Sauna, 2014.
White Church by Jingye Li – more information here.
Photography by Jingye Li.
Sagano Bamboo Furniture – chair and lamps – by Alice Minkina – more information here.
Loyly Public Sauna and Restaurant by Avanto Architects Ltd. – more information here.
Photography by kuvio.com.
Infinite Steel Stool by Fernanda Marques – learn more here.
Photography by Fernanda Marques, 2011.
Cypris Ring Ring by Brazil & Murgel – more information here.
Photography by Henrique Murgel
Seehof: a garden architecture Hotel by noa*Network of Architecture – more information here.
Photography by Alex Filz, Seehof, 2017.
Randen Arashiyama Station Railway station by GLAMOROUS co.,ltd. – more information here.
Photography by SEIRYO YAMADA, Randen Arashiyama Station, 2013.
Pasta Nikita Packaging by Nikita Konkin – more information here.
Photography by Nikita Konkin, 2016.
House on the Rocks House by HELENA WEBER ARCHITEKTIN ZT – more information here.
Photography by Adolf Bereuter.
Hangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore by Li Xiang – more information here.
Photography by Shao Feng, Hangzhou, 2016.
Super String Sculpture by Metakaos – more information here.
Photography by CI&A
Or2 Photochromic Canopy Structure by Orproject – more information here.
Photography by Orproject, 2012.
Inside Out Cafe’ by Chenchi Lin – more information here.
Photography by Ivan Chuang
Heart Bike Hanger by Martin Foret – more information here.
Photography by Martin Foret, 2016.
The Bad Cafe by Nuru Karim – Nudes – more information here
Photography by Sameer Chawda.
Motif Wine Wine Packaging Design by EN GARDE Interdisciplinary Gmbh – more information here.
Photography by Stefan Leitner
Construct Fashion by Mor Nov – more information here.
Photography by Hila Chen
Golden Moon Public Event Space by Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) – more information here.
Photography by Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD), 2012.
KAP House by ONG&ONG – more information here.
Photography by Derek Swalwell
Entries are now open and to be part of the A’ Design Award and Competition, you can register – here. You can earn more about A’ Design Award and Competition – here
Winners of the competition will be featured here, on contemporist, on April 15th, 2019.
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Architect Amrish Maharaj has recently completed the renovation of a home in Sydney, Australia, and included in the re-design is a combined mudroom and laundry.
One wall of the room is designated as a mudroom, with a pegboard wall, a bench, shoe storage, and built-in hardware-free cabinets.
The pegboard wall, which includes pegs with colored tips, can be used to store coats, bags, and other items that can be hung.
The opposite wall is dedicated to the laundry area, with the washer and dryer tucked away underneath a white countertop with a sink, while above there’s a white tile backsplash and cabinets that match the mudroom storage.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the home…
The Before Photos
The original single-story federation home in Sydney’s Inner west had been subject to a series of complicated additions. The building suffered from an uninspiring street presence with the entry porch enclosed and much of the detail stripped from the street facade.
The Updated Facade
The house’s original front was restored with a wide central hallway, which dissected four traditional front rooms. Timber panel detailing, herringbone flooring, timber picture rails, and ornate ceilings restored the front of the house to its former glory.
The New Rear Extension
A simplified rear addition with a black and brick exterior includes a kitchen, dining, and living room with an improved connection to the outdoors via a covered patio.
The Wood-Lined Built-In Window Seat
Stepping inside, and there’s a large square timber-lined window box seat with a blue upholstered cushion, that extends the view out to the garden.
There are minimalist white cabinets, concrete floors, a glass backsplash, and an island with a wood facade in the nearby kitchen.
The Dining Area And Skylights
A series of large north-orientated skylights flood the addition with daylight that illuminates the natural materials and textures.
The Living Room
A textured white wall provides a backdrop for the gray couch with wood accents.
Each bathroom has its own aesthetic; however, dark green penny tiles have been used to create an accent wall in one bathroom, while they’ve been used as flooring in the other.
Photography by The Palm Co | Architecture: Amrish Maharaj Architect | Interior Consultant: Kitty Lee Architecture
Architecture and interior design firm Enter Projects Asia, has shared photos of a sculptural design installation they completed for Spice & Barley, a new gastro lounge in Bangkok, Thailand.
The restaurant has a 98 foot (30m) high glass facade that showcases the restaurant interior and the rattan structures inside.
The architects explain, “The initial concept centered around the adventures of three sisters, May, Zaza & Fei who were born in Sichuan decades earlier.”
As the architects explored the story in more depth, a design narrative was formed, connecting the past and present in a complex web of free-flowing, statuesque rattan structures.
Fusing 3D digital technology with traditional arts & crafts, the Enter Projects team sought to incorporate natural, renewable rattan into the 30-meter-high space, and generated a design that would mimic beer as it’s poured into a glass, giving a strong nod to the restaurant as a craft Belgium Beer destination.
The rattan columns frame the backdrop of the three sisters, a dual nod to the Sichuan cuisine which ingeniously complements the beer offering.
Whilst the forms of the sculptures are visually eye-catching, the gold-painted rattan also serves to hide the beer pipes, air-conditioning, and other related services.
Here’s a glimpse at the building process of the sculptural elements.
Photography: William Barrington-Binns | Architects: Enter Projects Asia | Construction and Installation: Project Rattan
TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten has completed a new office building in Saint Petersburg, Russia, that appears to be woven with weathered steel.
The sculptural weathered steel facade of the building is constructed in a geometric grid and presents itself as a dynamic, organically flowing fabric of loose “warp and weft” threads.
The three-dimensional stripes span the rectangular building both horizontally and vertically, while the alternation of flat and protruding modules creates the illusion of woven threads.
When the building is viewed from the side, the horizontal lines at the intersections of the strips appear to thread behind the vertical lines and vice versa.
The name of the office building “Ferrum”, which is Latin for iron, is a reference to the material structuring the facade and a reference to the history of the former industrial site on which the new building was erected.
When discussing why they chose weathered steel for the exterior material, the architects mention, “This corrosion-resistant and extremely durable building material with its characteristic rust-red patina and velvety texture gives the building a particularly striking, expressive appearance.”
Over time, the weathering steel will change color as it’s exposed to the elements.
Here are a few close-up looks at the weathering steel details that cover the building.
Photographer: Ilya Ivanov | Architecture Firm: TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten | Architect: Sergei Tchoban | Project Manager: Valeria Kashirina | Project Team: René Hoch, Natalia von Kruechten, Puk Paludan, Evgenia Sulaberidze | General Contractor, Project Management, and Landscaping: Teorema (Business Park Polustrovo Ltd.) | Structural engineering: Nord Fassade | Corten steel: SSAB
Dutch designer Caspar Schols, has created ANNA Stay, a versatile small wood cabin with two different ‘shells’ as outer walls, which are supported on rails, allowing the interior to be opened to the outdoors.
The inner wall, consisting of a framework of wood and glass, is separated from the roofed, wooden outer wall. By shifting the shells and the glass framework, different setups are possible.
In regards to the design of the cabin, Caspar Schols explains, “It’s primarily about being outside, and about creating a dynamic interaction between yourself, cabin ANNA as your home, and nature.”
The cabin allows for the user to create an open platform, changing the wooden exterior and glass interior to adapt to any occasion, mood, or weather condition, whether it’s closed off to the elements or exposed.
The cabin includes a kitchen, bathroom, living room/bedroom, and a hidden bath within the floor.
Here’s a closer look at the structure that shows the wheels at the base of the walls.
Carter Williamson Architects have transformed an old industrial warehouse and turned it into a modern home with a striking black exterior.
Located in Sydney, Australia, the home showcases a facade of glazed black tiles providing a new sophisticated exterior provides a backdrop for the landscaping, which includes a lush urban garden and a small pond.
The black tiles are not only on the front of the home, but also wrap around to the side, reflecting various architectural details.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the house…
Stairs and a wall covered with aged steel lead the way to the tall wood front door.
Stepping inside, and you’re immediately greeted by a recycled three-storey brick wall that follows the staircase up, and compliments the steel beam elements on display throughout the home.
The Living Room
The living room looks out onto the street through black-framed windows and embraces the old and new structural elements instead of hiding them.
The Kitchen + Courtyard
The kitchen, which separates the living room from the dining area and courtyard, has matte black cabinets, black countertops, a mirrored backsplash, and a long island. The courtyard is accessible through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and features natural stones, black steel-capped tall wood panels, and reused beams that were fire damaged in the warehouse’s previous life.
The balcony is located at the front of the house and overlooks other buildings on the street.
Back inside, and the en-suite master bathroom has the ceiling and tall walls clad with light grey fan tiles which complement the brass fixtures, while a secondary bathroom has small gray square tiles.
Architecture and interior design firm FCstudio, have recently completed an apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and included in the design is a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit by the front door.
The eye-catching white shelf is designed with deep and wide shelves that are decorated with plants, small lights, books.
Taking a closer look at the shelves, it’s interesting to see that instead of having the LED strips visible, the designers have chosen to hide them behind a small strip of matching wood, which also creates an angled shadow onto the shelf below.
Here’s a view of the shelves that shows an angled view and how the hidden lighting shines on the shelves below.