Kelly Wearstler, the queen of Californian boheme-style, has recently completed the interior of La Bonde cafe which just opened in San Francisco’s Proper Hotel. Inspired by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren and Viennese Secession art, she covered the walls and floors with hand-glazed vert tiles which are intersected by black and white stripes. The all-black barstools with fine metal legs and leather seats as well as the sculptural brass lights underline the warm elegance and subtle Art Deco charm of this inviting space.
A class in brass: French interior designers Hugo Toro and Maxime Liautard came up with this spectacular look for a residential project in the heart of Paris featuring plenty of the golden metal as material to connect the distinct spaces of the apartment. In the living room it lines the tall mantle piece cladded with green ceramic tiles as well as the marble side tables, likewise it reappears in the kitchen prominently with the arched tap and as in the frame for the counter. Used more subtly by adding little side tables, brass also pops up in the charming pink bathroom and stunning bedroom. 📷 by @___leny_____
Delicate decadence: Interior designers Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet revived an Art Nouveau jewel, built in 1898, for the Paris outing of Ricardo Giraudi's Beefbar restaurant. With a modern interpretation of this opulent, dreamy style, @humbertetpoyet pulled off an exercise in sophisticated maximalism. In this corner, the relief of pointed arches on the white wall panelling and the carpet pattern reference the building's original style, while the simple brass lights as well as the strict vertical grooves of the brass counter give this little space a distinctive edge. The true showstopper is of course the dining room featuring a glass ceiling, large wall mirrors and restored paintings by Jules Wielhorski. 📷 by @francisamiand
Colour inspiration from Kiev: Ukranian interior designer and render specialist Vladislava Torgonsky envisioned this moody bathroom setting featuring dusky walls in raspberry pink, terrazzo flooring and slender metal pendants.
What a fantastic journey: Joris Poggioli's latest furniture edition, named Odyssey, has arrived and offers a wonderful exploration of gentle curves and elegant material contrasts. For the Apollo armchair the French designer combined sleek stainless steel with a smooth deep blue velvet while the slender Éris mirror is supported by an onyx block. Completing the collection is the Marcello bench which, like the other designs, is limited to 12 pieces.
Fast fashion: From concept to implementation, Melbourne-based studio Christopher Elliott Design had only two weeks to deliver the pop-up store for local label Phare Shoes. The result is a fun retail space with bold accents including the red counter, arched mirrors with metallic effects and a blue leopard print covering the seating bench in the front. 📷 by @jack.lovel
Welcome to a new Memphis icon: Inspired by the Beaux Arts architecture of the building and the mid-century heydays of the Mississippi metropolis, interior practice Home Studios designed an inviting, warm interior for the Hu. Hotel. In the lobby, guests are greeted by large chandeliers made with brass and frosted glass whose curved shape is an elegant contrast to the rug's grid pattern and the strict lines of the staircase at the back of the room.
Beauty and bricks: Belgian architect Bernard Dubois created a sleek, contemporary interior for the recently opened Brussels shop of Australian skincare brand Aesop. Choosing sand coloured briquettes for the wall shelving and the counter, he used the traditional building material of Flanders in a modern way. And the table lamp by Gae Aulenti, a late 60s design for Artemide, brings in a touch of Italian post-modernism. 📷 by @romainlaprade
The past is present in the interior of Melbourne’s Bentwood cafe. Prior to the opening of the eatery, the building was the home for a wooden furniture manufactory while later Thonet used the space as a showroom. Australian studio Ritz & Ghougassian referenced the former inhabitants and industrial heritage by choosing bentwood chairs, cladding the walls with primed steel panels and opting for a red-brick-style flooring. 📷 by @blachford
Terracotta tiles and cool cane: For the Sydney branch of Fonda, a restaurant serving modern Mexican dishes, Melbourne-based Studio Esteta opted for natural textures enhanced by pastel colours. In an homage to architect Luis Barragan's modernist aesthetic, the creative team helmed by Sarah Cosentino and Felicity Slattery used bright blue accents and contrasted the strict tile pattern with the gentle curve of the arched room divider. 📷 by @tessarossphelanphoto
High five to this lovely bench! Part of the Ridge collection by furniture brand Beeline, it's made from corrugated metal sheets and Tasmanian Oak. Handmade in Melbourne, the range is inspired by the typical iron sheds that are sprinkled throughout the Australian countryside. The bench is shown here under the painting by artist Tracey Mock, a friend of the brand's founders Adam Brislin and Lucy Grant. 📸 by @lachlan_lachlan
Blooming delicious: In Kiev, local interiors studio Z River came up with this pastel-coloured space for the cozy Japanese confectionery Amai Hana which translates as 'sweet flower'. The company’s directors Zakhar Zibrov and Diana Zibrova chose a scheme dominated by a pale pink, juxtaposing the soft shade with a polyangular seating bench and clear plastic furniture for a cool edge. Inspired by bamboo groves, they decorated the ceiling with wooden sticks which make the perfect topping for this delightful room.
Tender timber: This little seating nook was styled for a case study of Australian wood panelling specialist Porta. Made from kiln dried Tasmanian Oak, the stylists cladded the walls using the Riverine lining boards, one of six models in the brand's Contours range, to create a surface with gentle arches. This round shape is continued on a bigger scale with the upholstered backrest and provides a clever contrast to the sharp angles of the seating corner.
In his atelier based in Petrópolis, a town nestled between the hills north of Rio de Janeiro, designer and furniture maker Gustavo Bittencourt creates refined and charming pieces like this elegant bench. Influenced by Brazilian mid-century, his works offer a refreshing take on the use of traditional materials including rattan, velvet and leather which are often supported by light metal structures, a signature of the designer’s style.
Uplifting: Designer duo David/Nicolas recently presented its first elevator design, developed for Lebanese company MITSULIFT. Featuring walls panelled with carved wood – a technique they’ve also used in their recent furniture collections – as well as smooth laminate and brushed steel, the designers created an intriguing combination of materials on very little space.
Even a classic like Marcel Breuer's B32 deserves a little makeover once in a while. Anticipating the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, creative agency and online platform Goodmoods, founded by Parisienne Julia Rouzaud, took on the task and reupholstered a limited number of vintage pieces. The team choose to reupholster it in vegan leather and corduroy choosing earthy 70s colours and pastel hues for a very contemporary look. Only downside of the brilliant revamp: all chairs proved so chic that they were snapped within a short time. 📷 (1) render by @oursroux (2) photo by @tomokoyasoda_photo1
Wood panelling par excellence: Spanish architects Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica of Madrid-based studio Mecanismo orchestrated the renovation of the upper dining area in Pedro Subijana's iconic restaurant Akelarre. Having designed the chef's adjacent hotel in 2017, they were asked this year to create a seamless transition to the upper floor of the restaurant, named Espazio Oteiza, continuing the warm, natural and pared back aesthetic of the hotel. Using oak panels and triangular white elements, the duo have achieved this with a wonderful mix of 3D-effects balancing rounded corners with sharp lines.
Fibre optics: Brazilian designer Ana Neute has woven stems of golden grass unique to Brazil’s Jalapão State Park in Tocantins into an artisanal lighting collection for Sao Paulo lighting brand Itens. These unusual lights feature flat circles of grass woven in concentric spirals, sewn together with thread made from palm leaves. The circles are set into brass frames with slender arms that hold white glass globes of light, highlighting the shimmer of the grass when turned on.