Pareo Hood from Faber by Samuel Codegoni

Minimalism and Japanese elegance inspire furoshiki, the refined technique of wrapping objects in silk cloths and fabrics to conceal, protect and at the same time enhance the contents of the package. Designer Samuel Codegoni followed the same principle for Pareo. He transformed a sheet of stainless steel, used for wire cloth, into a telescopic hood. Using Faber’s up&down technology, the product gently moves close to the burners. The cylinders which make up the appliance are operated by simple remote control. They slide into each other, closing or opening the telescope, like a cloth folded and refolded on each occasion to create the most appropriate garment – or silk-wrapped package.

VIIVA by Angeletti Ruzza Design for Omikron Design

Conceived by Angeletti Ruzza Design, VIIVA is a wall lamp which also functions as a shelf and has been specifically designed for installation on mirrors of various sizes. Its goal is to provide a linear product that suits any environment and ensures optimal color rendering by using two LED sources, for both direct and indirect lighting. Available in two sizes, it can be installed either symmetrically or off-centre.

Essential Checklist For Creating A Contemporary Bathroom

What interior design makes a great bathroom is always going to be subjective, but there particular styles will always have basic facets of design that make the stand out and discernible.

Modern interior design is no different and, no matter what your tastes are in terms of patterns, colour and fittings, there are some basic rules to follow for creating a contemporary bathroom – follow this checklist below and use your own interior design instinct for a perfectly modern bathroom.

12 Creative Wooden Wash Basins

Although they may seem rather unexciting, wash basins have stood the test of time due to their obvious usefulness, unlike its bidet counterpart which is slowly becoming somewhat of a rarity. They have evolved from early forms of a simple bowl accompanied by a vase, sometimes found outside by pumps, to internally plumbed fixtures that offer clean hot and cold water in an instant.

If you ask someone to picture a wash basin they would most likely envisage a neutral coloured ceramic installation, with metallic fittings and an overall clinical feel. This style is usually adopted to emit the impression of a clean environment. However there are other materials that can be used to spice up your everyday wash basin, giving it an aesthetic overhaul whilst preserving its core function. Marble, metal and glass are all valid choices, but more and more people are opting for wooden basins, allowing them to sculpt impressive creations. Although they require a more careful approach to cleaning due to being prone to chemicals and corrosive fluids, they have an average life of 10-15 years; much longer if they are cared for properly.

We have explored the internet and handpicked our favourite wooden wash basin designs, from both established and young designers.

Designed by: Matteo Thun 

This self-titled ‘Water Jewel’ is part of an extensive range of fixtures designed by Matteo Thun. It opts for a simplistic design with emphasis on curved edges and smooth surfaces, and is a great example of ‘less is more’.

Grandmother’s Kitchen Goes Modern – Washington, DC by Mark Lawrence

Architect Mark Lawrence recently renovated his personal home, 63rd Avenue Residence, transforming a 40s-era kitchen into a space that is fresh, modern yet still warm with nostalgia.

The home, which once belonged to the architect’s grandmother, had a limited main living space with compartmentalized rooms. To unclutter the floorplan, the architect removed parts of the loadbearing wall to form three separate wall “units” which feature shallow shelving and recesses on the living room side and stores the refrigerator, ovens and pantry on the opposite side in the kitchen.

With the major appliances off to one side, the countertop was elongated and wall cabinetry removed, creating an open vibe with plentiful workspace. Natural bamboo butcher block and stark white cabinetry and walls further enhance the clean, airy feel.

The bright red glass-topped dining table with antique chairs (family heirlooms) shares the open, 235 square foot kitchen space, with a sun-yellow wall creating a visual distinction between the two areas. On the other end of the room, an additional wall was removed so the kitchen could be viewed from the sunroom and home office. With windows on all walls, and a perimeter of recessed lighting, the new kitchen is light-filled and cheery.

Oak hardwood floors from the original dining and living room were kept and stained a light turquoise hue. In the kitchen, the dated linoleum was pulled up to reveal a knotty pine floor in good condition. This yellow wood floor featured grain characteristics that created interest, so it was salvaged and stained the same color as the oak to create unity and flow.

With imaginative and functional design, a former tiny, closed-in room becomes a bright and spacious modern dream kitchen for many more generations to enjoy.