Karakoy Loft is a modern industrial penthouse loft designed for a 45 year old bachelor by design studio Ofist, located in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. Comprised of 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) the penthouse faces an old Armenian church Getronagan, and Galata Tower on the background.
The location of the house as well as the personality, way of living and needs of the client were the main parameters in the design of this project. Karakoy had always been the heart of the commerce in Istanbul. Nowadays the old neighborhood is getting more hip and active with many new art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and hotels all around. The house is situated right in the middle of this hustle and bustle. Meanwhile the client’s outdoor personality was of course our main drive when choosing materials and creating space. Natural, neutral, comfortable, practical are the keywords to describe.
The structural approach of the house was to open up to get more light and view. The previous small window openings on the front façade were enlarged and the new folding window frames slide the width of the building to transform the living room into a balcony, since the apartment is missing one. And a large rectangular skylight was inserted just below the peak of the pitch to provide light and view to the mezzanine.
The design approach of the house however was ‘not to have too many ideas’. We evaluated the entire house as a whole and single space since its layout was to be designed for a single person’s use, and all the spaces was planned to be entwined together. There was no need for dividing the space into many small rooms. Therefore, we didn’t need different design ideas for different rooms.
We came up with a few design approaches and used it all around the house: One of the longitudinal walls was resolved as storage. A very simple system was designed with iron rods climbing two floors and running the length of the house, without categorizing as living room, kitchen, library or bedroom. 12mm iron rods coming out of the wall and 16mm rods connected to them creating a 60x60cm grid over the wall surface. Various shelving units and accessories were designed to fit this system, such as a single shelf, double or triple story shelves, vertical separators or hanging units. The user may arrange and utilize this storing system however he likes; as a library, a woodshed, kitchen storage, or a wardrobe.
The other longitudinal wall facing this busy storage system was designed with least movement as possible to create a serene side and was covered with natural stone in varied sizes. This wall starts in the living room and continues all the way up and through the bedroom.
The cast-concrete block surface which was created to form the kitchen counter framed in an iron structure, steps down and forms itself into a cantilevering dining table and ends up as a short plinth as the hearth, which also allows extra seating around the table.
Downstairs floor was covered with 60x60cm natural stone in an irregular angle obtaining the casualness. It only replaced itself to wood in the guest bedroom, which is facing north.
All through out the mezzanine, the surfaces were covered with a cement-based material, uninterrupted, for a pleasant feeling for the naked feet. This surface created the floor all around, including the shower and also the block, which nestles the bed and the bathtub.
Apart from practicality, the warmness that the house needed was achieved with a continuous ceiling of iroko wood, that rise from the wall to the ceiling, creating also a wide seating unit in front of the window for crowded gatherings.
Photos: Koray Erkaya
Palm Springs Residence was given a bright and colorful makeover by interior designer Myca Loar of Shiny Bones, located in Palm Springs, California. The designer created a space that allows an escape to the desert: designed to bring the beauty of nature indoors, while transporting the comfort of a home to the outdoors.
Though practicality and comfort reign the beauty doesn’t relent. The vibrant colors of the landscape, found in the decor, pop against white backdrops; layered texture and playful art encourage relaxation and curiosity.
About the designer – Myca’s career began in the fashion industry, working with Steve Madden in New York City. Her fascination with design grew while in NYC. As a passion of hers, she attends New York Fashion Week each year. When she returned to her hometown, of Denver, she began to pursue her life long infatuation with Interior Design and Shiny Bones was born. “I founded Shiny Bones to be an expressionistic form of design for the client and myself,” Myca states. “I strive to make each creation a unique perspective.” Her designs are unique and modernistic, appealing to forward thinkers. Myca loves searching for once in a lifetime experiences across the globe. She believes, “travel and new experiences are a path to inspiration in my design.”
Photos: Courtesy of Shiny Bones
Jade Ocean Penthouse 2 is a spacious two story penthouse design by Pfuner Design, located in a modern high-rise, oceanfront building in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The residence is comprised of 5,800 square feet of sophisticated living space, with high ceilings, designer furnishings and fixtures and plenty of other luxurious amenities for relaxing and entertaining.
We wanted the space to look light and translucent but at the same time luxurious and rich… clean and modern yet inviting. We based our design decisions on the client’s taste, the architecture of the building, and the location in order to create a second residence that our Chicago client could call “his Miami home.” Our award-winning design was featured in many design magazines and on TV shows worldwide.
Pfuner Design is an award winning licensed Interior Design firm. We offer full service Interior Design solutions for residential & boutique-style commercial spaces.
We approach each project with a highly individual creative strategy and artistic sense of aesthetics that go beyond conventional design solutions. We create luxurious environments that interact and enhance the life and performance of your clients.
Photos: Courtesy of Pfuner Design
The Viking Pencil Factory Loft is a converted loft by industrial designer Morten Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Vipp and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, located in Islands Brygge, a harbourfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple lives here with their 5-years old twins, a New-York style loft completely restored from its original state as an old Viking-Pencil factory from the 1900’s. One key element that drew the couple to the flat was its proximity to the river. To capitalize on the expansive views over the harbor and into the historic city center, the couple plans to construct a second floor of living space on the roof: 320 square feet for a master suite and an additional 1,600 for a garden. It took a bit of luck and a lot of patience to find an urban flat the size of a surburban house.
The Process:“The apartment was stripped to the bone; I spent a great deal of time reflecting on how I want to live. My conclusion was quite simple; function and efficiency must be the starting point, both in the architecture, the interior and in the location. I am close to work, and the city. Being located here, I can minimize transport, use the city and thereby optimize my daily life with the family” – Morten.
The interior: “I feel fortunate to be living with furniture that I have designed myself. I have installed the Vipp kitchen island supplemented by 3 high cabinets that matches my old Vipp kitchen bin. The bathroom furniture as well as the accessories are also Vipp.
When my profession is working with design DNA, I enjoy living in a space that is functionally and visually cohesive. It embodies a certain visual calm and daily efficiency. Living in your own design is a confirmation of how you work and which choices you make professionally. At Vipp I work with a DNA that personally reflects my style and what works for me. Being surrounded by these values and using the products everyday is legitimizing why product design must start with function. That is why I don’t have three different sofa arrangements but only one. I surround myself with things that are meant to be used, which only embraces the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (cosiness)” – Morten.
The Tools: “When designing a new product, we consider it both before, during and after as a tool that will be used to produce or accomplish something – a tool that must have a long life and where the feeling of quality and product eligibility shall be loved each and every time it is used. With this approach we believe that we use our experience and expertise to maximize value for our customers. It gives me a daily pleasure to be surrounded by tools that work. It is a key source of inspiration in my work.” – Morten
The Optimization of Space: The sense of living in an open space is reinforces by the big inflow of light, the sliding doors and the long Dinesen wooden planks crossing the entire main room. The room is a result of our reflections on how to optimize space most effectively. “This explains why we have chosen only sliding doors, a build-in space for fire wood, an integrated book case, closets and cabinets. In this way we liberate a lot of floor space which opens up the room.” – Morten
Jensen and Olsen installed Dinesen Douglas fir plank flooring (known for its wide, long proportions that suit large spaces); they finished it with lye and a “whole lot of white pigment” so that the floor would meld seamlessly with the matte white (courtesy of Danish paint line Flügger) of the walls. And though the space is still loftlike, Forbo linoleum–covered sliding doors throughout ensure a little more privacy than the couple’s previous, even more minimalist abode.
The carbon-colored kitchen, produced by Vipp, is one of Jensen’s first major designs for the company, which is known for its retro-modern, industrial metal bins. (Jensen also has designed a line of bathroom accessories and kitchen tools that figure into the loft’s decor.) The cabinets are powder-coated with a textured, tactile finish, and the wall storage units are built with sliding doors to hide appliances and technical systems. Like most Danish residents, the family cooks almost every meal.
The Details: The Pencil Art piece – ads color and texture to the space based on reminiscences of the product that was once produced in the building. The work desk – made of hundreds of cardboard pieces. The book shelf wall – fully integrated floor-to-ceiling & wall-to-wall, adds cosines to the entire living space. The cabinet/plant installation – works as soft space-divider and ads something organic to the urban space. The firewood rack – practical storage of firewood for the winter time – helps to densify the large living space. The floor-to-ceiling sliding doors – built on spot due to the sizes – allows for a large flow of light & permits an almost entirely open space.
Martin Bourne, interior stylist and Leilin López, his counterpart in the field of fashion, have blended their aesthetic visions in this modern bohemian style flat in Dumbo, a district in Brooklyn, New York. This post industrial flat is a converted warehouse, reflecting primarily a lifestyle, turned into a cozy, romantic and contemporary apartment.
The Eames furniture or Hans Wegner coexist with other anonymous pieces bought at flea markets. When the owners found this house, they did not immediately like it; quite the contrary. It was a white brick industrial building with one room of 3,013 square feet (280 square meters) without gaps and with large ceiling hung fluorescent lights. To top it off, this neighborhood across the bridge was dangerous. They purchased it anyway, perhaps having a hunch that it would become in the near future one of the new it areas, bohemian and modern New York.
Eventually they decided to make the necessary touches to make the space more cozy by visually separating the living room, dining room, study and kitchen, which still share a single open space and reformed the open master bedroom. They also kept a guest room. The wooden walls were painted with pastel tones to add warmth to the immense space previously used for storage.
The owners have defined their home as a modern-romantic. Romantic because it is cozy, with a predominance of pastels like pink, green water, light blue and white, mixed with flea markets finds picked up from all over the US and travels on four continents. Modern because it is not too perfect, its fresh, light and spacious and very eclectic.
The owners favorite is the office space with large tables with axle stands and a lot of personal items that inspire them on the walls. It is in this space where they spend hours reading, inquiring, looking at magazines and thinking. It is the factory where they process everything that catches their attention and need to build their personal creative universe.
Photos: Manolo Yllera for Architectural Digest
Potrero Hill House is a transitional style home design by interiors studio Noz as a Service, located in Potrero Hill, a residential area in San Francisco, California. The owners of this new-construction house were upsizing from a small one-bedroom apartment in a SOMA high-rise.
Without much existing furniture, we had the opportunity to start decorating from a blank slate. Quickly, the clients discovered that they both loved warm, modern interiors, so we created a living+dining area with mixed textures and a “casual chic” feel. But for their “His” and “Hers” offices, we had a lot of fun reflecting their individual personalities.
Photos: Colin Price Photography