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House With View of the Future – Florence, Italy by Simone Micheli

Two apartments imaginatively converted into one modern dream home, House With View of the Future in Florence, Italy was designed by Simone Micheli for a family of four.

Now a three-level structure, the home is evokes a Florentine-meets-futuristic vibe. An open plan of living, dining and kitchen zones, the spaciousness spans both vertically and with a linear movement.

The predominantly white spaces float above and through one another, with bright lime, orange and violet-blue LED lighting penetrating these chic, minimalist interiors.

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Posted by Suzanne at 18 September, 2013

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Wadia Residence – New York City by Resolution: 4 Architecture

The Wadia Residence is an amazing duplex in the famed Flatiron Building in Lower Manhattan. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, this modern dream apartment feels more like an airy loft with bright white spaces.

Encompassing approximately 3,000 square feet of highly-coveted Manhattan real estate, this luminous and cheery dwelling was designed for a family, including a young son and daughter. Washed in white, the upper level living room, dining room and kitchen are open to each other and interestingly feature bays of windows along each of the three exterior walls–a rare occurrence in New York City.

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Posted by Suzanne at 16 September, 2013

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Penthouse Loft – Barcelona by Pia Capdevila

The Penthouse Loft by Pia Capdevila immediately hits you with a fresh, bright energy. With a flowing floorplan and views overlooking the magical city of Barcelona, this modern dream home resonates with casual urban living.

A complete internal renovation, walls were removed within this attic-level dwelling to create a the light-filled openness. The chic transformation now features two bedrooms, two baths, a shared living-dining room, kitchen and private decked terrace perched over the city.

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Posted by Suzanne at 5 September, 2013

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Penthouse Duplex at The Metropole by FORMA Design

The Penthouse Duplex at The Metropole in Washington, DC is an art-filled, modern dream residence which was innovatively renovated by FORMA Design. 

What was once a rather closed-off duplex is now a spacious and airy dwelling with abundant light and storage. A main strategy was to open up the second level to create an airy L-shaped loft space by combining two bedrooms into one, while leaving it exposed to the adjoining study. Instead of being hidden behind drywall, the sleeping and work areas are now open to the downstairs living room, featuring a cable railing along the balcony so as not to block views of the city or the constant natural light filtering in through the double-story windows. Dark wood floors are a handsome contrast to the light coffee-hued ceilings, which contribute an overall richness to this space and the ones below.

The owners’ collection of contemporary art needed to be highlighted, so suspension lighting was placed throughout. Once incredible fixture is the hand-blown glass pendant which resembles a sculptural atom and is a stand-out design feature hovering over the apartment from the second floor off the study zone.

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Posted by Suzanne at 22 August, 2013

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Green Cube Home – Denver by Re.Dzine

The Green Cube Home in Denver, Colorado is a shining example of what a LEED Platinum-designated building should be. This single-family dwelling designed by Re.Dzine is 1,900 square feet of sustainable, recycled, solar-efficient and low-energy design in place.

Sitting on a small lot, this three-level show home portrays an utterly contemporary facade, a delightful mix of alternating brick, steel, timber and concrete. Brown-grey pops against lime-yellow and bold red window framing, making this remodeled structure immediately eye-catching.

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Posted by Suzanne at 16 August, 2013

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Casa Bauzà – Mallorca by Miquel Lacomba Architect

Casa Bauzà is a one-story modern dream home set against the mountains in Pollença, Mallorca, Spain. Designed by Miquel Lacomba Architect of the same location, this sprawling home is centered around elegant simplicity.

The elevation is striking, a horizontal linear structure with an intersecting box resting on top. The facade of sandstone and wood creates a natural harmony between the structure and its verdant mountainside surroundings.

With a southern exposure, this dwelling harnesses abundant light throughout the day. Knowing this, the architect designed amazing sliding wooden screens across the home so occupants could customize their light and privacy.

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Posted by Suzanne at 14 August, 2013

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Parisian “Tree” Loft by Grégoire De Lafforest

When I first viewed this loft in Paris, I instantly felt a pang of happiness. A cleverly reinvented warehouse space by Grégoire De Lafforest, this 1,100 square foot modern dream home is a light-filled, fresh dwelling innovatively designed with a tall (interior) pine tree as its lively focal point.

With two bedrooms, a shared living room/dining room and custom-built greenhouse kitchen–yes, the entire kitchen sits under a quaint framed glass structure!–interiors are open and spacious, and inundated with natural light from the expansive rooftop skylights.

I’m not sure where to begin, as both the layout and unexpected decor of this apartment are rather perfect for relaxed, yet fun living. The color system entices with bursts of yellow amid grey and pale wood and is carried through to the bedrooms via varying textures and patterns.

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Posted by Suzanne at 24 July, 2013

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