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Scriba, a Modern Writing Desk by Patricia Urquiola

By • Jan 19, 2011

Scriba is a modern writing desk with clearly defined lines, where the writing surface support element stands out for the lightness of its carved decoration.

Wooden surfaces, a practical side drawer, a clever book support in lacquered metal sheeting and a side pocket in leather complete the desk.

Scriba, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Italian manufacturer Molteni & C, comes with a computer container which has a pull out shelf for the keyboard.

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Lichtkiste table-lamp by Clemens Tissi

By • Jan 19, 2011

Lichtkiste lamp is an adjustable floor lamp / end table from Clemens Tissi, with a minimalist design. Lichtkiste consists of two independent parts made of MDF and hand-painted surface.

You can modulate the light simply by moving the top element as shown on the pictures below. Lichtkiste’s size is 37cm x 35cm 34cm and its public price is 240 euros.

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Contemporary Renovation of the Mid Century Pasinetti Residence

By • Jan 19, 2011

The Pasinetti modernist residence, which takes its name from its first owner, Italian writer Pier Maria Pasinetti, was originally designed in 1958 by Romanian architect Haralamb Georgescu.

Located in the stars’ neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the residence (2,000 sq ft) was renovated in 2008 by architect Aaron Torrence.

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Monochrome Duplex Apartment remodeling in Paris by Pascal Grasso Architectures

By • Jan 18, 2011

Pascal Grasso from Pascal Grasso Architectures has just completed the renovation of a 3,000 square foot duplex apartment in Paris, France.

The most spectacular parts of this remodeling project is the use of suspended plaster blocks across the ceiling in the main living area, as well as the extensive use of white walls and black furniture.

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Roots, a Limited Edition Rug by Matali Crasset

By • Jan 18, 2011

Roots rug is a limited edition project from Italian firm Nodus that comes in only 20 pieces, all signed by the French designer Matali Crasset.

With a diameter of 220 cm / 7 3/8 ft, Roots is crafted by hand in Nepal, has four levels of height and features a stylized root system against a green grass background.

Roots is 100% and will be shown at the next Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris this month.

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402 Calle Rincon del Mar Luxury Resort House

By • Jan 18, 2011

This expansive 6,500 square foot luxury residence, with 4,000 square foot under roof and 2,500 square foot of open-air living space, sits on the crest of a natural coastal canyon.

The house is located within the exclusive Peninsula Papagayo Resort on Costa Rica’s northern-Pacific Guanacaste coastline.

This masterpiece includes a master suite, a junior suite and two guest bedrooms.

A large infinity lap pool gives way to a grand exterior lounge area, and a built-in barbecue / dining area create an ideal setting for entertaining or an intimate relaxing hideaway.

Here is another perfect spot to listen to the Pacific Ocean waves crash below while you take in the lush Costa Rican jungle habitat!

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Mydna: a twisted Bookcase by Joel Escalona

By • Jan 18, 2011

Mydna is an original and unique bookcase from Mexican designer Joel Escalona with a twisted, unconventional shape.

Its contemporary look is based on the unique double helix design of our own DNA strands.

The concept is that everything you place on the shelves define a significant part of your personal identity.

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Contemporary Lake LBJ Retreat by Dick Clark Architecture

By • Jan 18, 2011

The Lake LBJ Retreat designed by Texas Architect firm Dick Clark Architecture is located near Marble Falls, Texas, about an hour northwest of Austin.

The serene and lovely location of this contemporary residence is an invitation to comfort and leisure.

Waking up to see the lake view must be a wonderful experience!

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Contemporary Home in Brentwood, Los Angeles by Rockefeller Partners Architects

By • Jan 17, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Rockefeller Partners Architects have designed a home in Mandeville Canyon, a small community in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

This custom residence (10,000 sq ft) is inspired as much by its unique setting as the client’s lifestyle.  Due to the irregular shape of the site, which includes a small grove of eucalyptus and pine trees, only one of the 3.5 acres is buildable land.

To maximize the views, the house was split into two wings – north and south – which turn away from the motor court to face an expansive lawn and the surrounding canyon views.

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Villa Vals by SeARCH and CMA

By • Jan 17, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Villa Vals is an all-equipped underground vacation home that was designed by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller, respectively of the architectural offices SeARCH and CMA.

Their design plan was to completely integrate the villa into the landscape to avoid disturbing the unspoiled nature.

That is why access to the villa is only possible via the nearby wooden Graubünder shed, through an underground tunnel which runs straight through the mountainside.

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