Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona

Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona

We are so excited to show you the last project from one-of-our-favourites RÄS studio, apartment la Diana.

If you follow our blog for a while, you might’ve seen their amazing design in la Dominique and la Carme apartments. We almost believe it’s possible to tell how great an architectural studio is, simply by the way they name their projects.

La Diana is (now) a two-story apartment, and the challenge for the architects was to link visually and functionally two independent entities: a commercial space on the ground floor and an apartment on the first floor. Continue reading “Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona”

Blaarchitettura’s complete transformation of two old apartments that will surprise you

Blaarchitettura’s complete transformation of two old apartments that will surprise you

Would you believe us if we said there’s a big chance you’re already living in a perfect apartment?

You’re probably looking around, finding it hard to believe. We get it. Just a few weeks ago, in this post, we claimed we don’t live in perfect apartments. But we love to be proven wrong.

Why? Because once we realize we were wrong about something, it opens up a whole range of new possibilities. And for us, interior design is all about endless possibilities.

So we found the best examples to show you what we mean. And no matter if you’re a kind of reader who just looks at pictures or the one who also reads the text, you might want to stick around. We’re saving a little piece of information for the very end, convinced it will come to you as a surprise. It sure was a surprise for us!

Join us on our tour through two lovely apartments, both designed by BLA ARCHITETTURA. Continue reading “Blaarchitettura’s complete transformation of two old apartments that will surprise you”

Why we love raw concrete in interiors

Why we love raw concrete in interiors

Ready or not, concrete is here to stay.

It entered our homes like a big-shot, covering our floors to help us create beloved „industrial lofts“. Some of us immediately fell in love, some of us didn’t. It was too cold. It looked like the interior wasn’t finished. It was maybe just a trend – nothing we’d love to live with for years to come.

Then little concrete products happened. The coasters, the knobs, the vases and bowls. And we started to think: “Hey, this is nice!” Product design is sneaky that way. It familiarizes us with things and ideas we would otherwise never consider.

Yet there is something special about concrete. When you think about it, it doesn’t really look good.

Now, you can take a block of exotic timber, coat it with high gloss lacquer, and call it a side table. And it would be a pretty side table, no doubt about that.

Just like putting a slice of fancy smoked salmon on a piece of toast would be a delicious snack.

Concrete doesn’t work that way. Concrete works only when you have an amazing idea and an amazing execution of that idea. You know, like a hamburger with brie instead of standard cheese and arugula instead of lettuce. Oh, and maybe a pinch of truffles mixed with mayo. Hungry much?

Us comparing cooking with interior design isn’t new, but here’s what’s new – this week’s breathtaking interiors featuring concrete finishes, furniture pieces and few of the most beautifully designed details we’ve ever seen.

So even if you don’t like visible concrete in home interiors, you still might like this post. Because really, it’s not about concrete surfaces – it’s about ideas and executions.  Continue reading “Why we love raw concrete in interiors”

Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

“But how do you start?”

This simple question got us thinking. It wasn’t about how to design something specific, it wasn’t even about how to design an apartment as a whole, it was about how to start designing an apartment as a whole. It was about the small slice of time where the design begins.

As we were remembering all of our projects, the answer cleared up. We start with a client’s wish that seems like something that can’t be done. Sometimes because the space is too small, sometimes because building structure is not flexible enough (with only load-bearing walls and nothing to tear down), sometimes because the client wants two contradictory things.

The “impossible wish” is a priority because it is also the reason clients contact us in the first place. Without it, most of them would probably do the remodel by themselves.

That approach is based on our honest belief design solves problems.

And design does solve problems. Continue reading “Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use”

RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel

RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel

This Barcelona-based studio seems to amaze us more and more with every new project. They are doing a great job at seizing opportunities of every apartment they design.

We love the simple designer’s tricks they use to give the apartment exactly what it needs. With every look at their interiors, you can discover a new amazing detail you’ve never noticed before. Continue reading “RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel”

JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider

JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider

Writing about our own projects tends to get quite technical. As the authors of the design, we try to explain what we did. What changed. How it was done.

Writing about interiors designed by architects we admire, is different.

We write about things we notice.

We carefully go through every image of the interior noticing all the wonderful details, while creating sentences to describe our impressions.
We write about the effect of the interior. About emotions it evokes and thoughts it inspires.

And it’s really not that hard to notice amazing design. Continue reading “JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider”

Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis

Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis

There is something comforting in a thought “This is what everyone does”. Normal is good.

Yes, in many cases, a standard thing to do, is also a good thing to do. But that rule doesn’t really apply to interior design.

And we are not just saying that. We have an amazing, the most wonderful example for you today. The one that will make you rethink everything you thought was a good, normal thing to do in your apartment.

Continue reading “Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis”