First Crescent is a luxurious mansion by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects. The main features of this light and modern villa are seven bedrooms, two terraces (covered and open), the linear layout and limited palette of materials. So the house is embodiment of minimalist design, but looks great. Many of the walls are replaced by glass that provides natural lighting and breathtaking views of Lions Head, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. What could be better? During the night, a modern lighting system underline the homes contemporary design making it even more interesting. Located in Campus Bay, South Africa, Frescent Crescent is rented out and available for $ 1,500 – $ 5,000 per day, depending on the season.
At Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Pedrali announced new additions to its collection including ‘Pasha’, designed by Marco Pocci and Claudio Dondoli. This elegant and contemporary armchair is the perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation. Pasha is suitable for using either in restaurants and hotels or at home. And it also will be good for both indoor and outdoor interior. Made from injection-moulded polycarbonate, the chair is available in white and black, and comes in a glossy finish or a transparent version.
It is just two weeks before the most romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day. And now all the lovers are thinking about the presents to their sweethearts. The annual love celebration has begun, love signs are everywhere! But I want to tell to you not about the presents but about people who celebrate this feeling all the year round. They add love even to the design of their homes. One of the bright examples is heart-shaped pools. An unusual shape gives such pool romantic and sweet character but besides it is very useful.
Austrian architects of Hertl Architekten presented a new project called Aichinger House. Once there was a restaurant, and now it is a two-story apartment building in Kronstorf. The challenge was to turn the bar into duplex and create contemporary design. According to the architects plan external walls of the house were wrapped in grey curtains, which create the effect of lightness and serenity. That which we used to consider as the important element of the internal decoration became light and movable décor of the façade. This unusual cover lends the building a light, curtain effect. From afar it may seem that the house is fabricated from the bent sheets of steel. The design wraps the whole exterior of the building in the light grey fabric, rendering the layout and form of the interior hidden from the outside viewer. Partings in the facade correspond with the windows to allow daylight into the apartments. At night the residence are lighted like a paper lamp.
As well as the usual bedroom curtains, this fabric can be drawn closed to provide more privacy and protect from the bright sunlight. I do not think, it\’s a practical idea, but looks elegant and stylish.
The Klein bottle is a well-known and interesting surface similar to the Mobius strip. In mathematics, the term means a closed nonorientable surface (a two-dimensional manifold) with no identifiable “inner” and “outer” sides. Ideas of the German mathematician Felix Klein intrigued architects from Charles Ryan McBride who wanted to create something unique. The result is original, futuristic Klein Bottle House, located near Melbourne, Australia. It revolves around a central courtyard, a grand regal stair connecting all the levels. Also you may notice origami stylization. Despite the complete creative freedom, inspired by the mysticism of mathematics, there are usual rectangular rooms inside for comfortable living. The House has won many prestigious awards including World Best House 2009 (World Architecture Festival), Best International Home 2010 (Grand Designs).