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Chalet Pearl

By • Nov 25, 2013 •  Selected Work 

Chalet Pearl is an elegant ski lodge in Courchevel, a ski resort located in the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise in the French Alps.

The structure looks like something out of a Christmas postcard, with walls made of rough, carved wood, heavy ceiling beams, and a snow-peaked landscape for a background.

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Forest House by McClellan Architects

By • Nov 20, 2013

Forest House is a private residence created by McClellan Architects, and located in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The interior, done in warm colors, is pure elegance and sophistication.

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The Very Essence of Soho

By • Nov 10, 2013 •  Selected Work 

This sophisticated apartment is located in Soho, New York City, New York.

It has 4 Beds and 5 Baths and covers an area of 7,500 square feet.

It sold for $26.58 million in April 2014.

The Very Essence of Soho:

“Never before has a penthouse loft come to the market that combines indoor and outdoor living, the very essence of Soho, with the architectural proportions, natural light and unprecedented level of finishes and features as this magnificent home. Designed by Piero Manara & Debla Manara-Berger of Casamanara in direct collaboration with the owner, this unique property makes for epic, collector-quality real estate.

The discreet elevator opens to a gracious wood-paneled entry leading to the expansive 65 x 40 foot living room featuring up-lit original cast-iron columns and ceilings that soar from 16 feet up to 22 feet under the light-infusing skylights. Massive windows facing south and west add even more light and create the perfect picture frame of the new Freedom Tower. A cavernous wood-burning fireplace is finished with polished Eramosa marble with a honed Cohare marble hearth. Adjoining the glamorous dining area is a 1,500-bottle glass-encased, climate controlled wine cellar including a Sub Zero fridge for wine and champagne. The Media room is unlike any other with plush, upholstered stadium seating, dramatic cove lighting and ultra-suede lined ceilings and walls to make viewing the large projection screen all the more pleasurable. This Cinema experience with its Dolby 10.1 Surround sound is but a small part of the extensive, fully integrated Savant A/V systems throughout the apartment.

The Bulthaup kitchen in grey aluminum with Carrara marble counters and custom built sink is expertly equipped with Gaggenau, Sub Zero and Miele appliances including built-in coffee maker, instant-hot and filtered water and a large pantry. A dumbwaiter services the rooftop kitchen and entertaining space and there is direct staff access through the laundry room that houses an oversized washer and dryer with a large sink and Corian counter top.

A 30 foot tall glass-peaked bulkhead houses the impressive illuminated stairwell that leads up to the mezzanine floor housing an office and bedroom suite. An additional flight of stairs whisks you up to the rooftop terrace: the landscaped terrace spans approximately 4,200sf with gracious covered seating and dining areas and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. The floor surfaces are covered in Ipé wood decking, pavers and simulated lawn while the walls are clad with Balinese stone, Ipé wood and copper. The 360º views from the terrace allow you to view both the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower simultaneously from under a Boffi outdoor shower.

The sumptuous Master Suite is outfitted with silk carpeting and a lavish white oak custom-milled walk-in closet and vault. An en suite bathroom features a soaring octagonal skylight that hovers over book-matched Gaudi slab marble floors, a freestanding Oceanus soaking tub by Tyrell & Laing and a white Onyx lined double shower ‘room’ with rain-head shower. The three additional bedroom suites are equally impressive and complemented by an exercise room, a housekeeper/massage room and a spa bathroom accommodating a 6-person steam room with Kohler Aroma-therapy and Chroma-therapy via a 100-head fibre-optic lighting system integrated into the mosaic tiled barrel ceiling.

White oak hardwood floors feature throughout the apartment with many walls finished in a creamy-white venetian plaster. The sophisticated HVAC systems, motorized shades, intercom, Lutron lighting, Honeywell Security and A/V systems are integrated into the Savant system and controlled via iPad’s mounted to discrete magnetic wall docks.

The checklist of detailing that has been installed into this property, from the structural to the mechanical and cosmetics is astounding: this is a penthouse of rare distinction, seamlessly balancing the desire for grand entertaining space with the unequivocal demands of an elegant home. Simply put, it re-defines the epitome of ‘Loft living’ real estate in Downtown Manhattan.”

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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Jade Mountain

By • Nov 4, 2013

Jade Mountain is a majestic resort getaway located in Soufrière, Saint Lucia.

The resort complex is surrounded by an opulent landscape of dense forestry and a view of uninterrupted sea for miles.

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Zeta House by 29 design

By • Nov 4, 2013

Malaysian architectural firm 29 design has created the Zeta House.

Completed in 2012, this contemporary home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, consists mainly of large glass panels which can be opened entirely to the outdoors.

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Chestnut Hill Residence by OMA and A+SL Studios

By • Oct 22, 2013

American architectural firms OMA and A+SL Studios have designed the Chestnut Hill Residence in Brookline, Massachusetts.

This home was originally built in 1983 with the primary goal of being eco-friendly. It was remodelled in 2011 with a contemporary design and the latest environmental technologies.

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Villa Chan Grajang

By • Oct 14, 2013 •  Selected Work 

Villa Chan Grajang is located inside Ayara, a gated community on the island of Phuket, in Thailand.

The villa boasts spectacular ocean views, and an interior that is elegant and full of character.

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The One & Only, The Palm

By • Sep 9, 2013 •  Selected Work 

The One & Only, The Palm is a stunning hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

Spectacular landscaping, architectural, and interior design come together to create a wondrous whole, an elegant hotel brimming with sophistication.

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Kubik Extension by GRAS Arquitectos

By • Aug 11, 2013

In 2013, GRAS Arquitectos designed this renovation and extension of a single-family residence located in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The project includes an indoor swimming pool and game room along with the reconfiguration of the existing house.

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Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao

By • Jul 29, 2013

The Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is a sumptuous hotel located in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China.

Its interior is elegant, yet unique, a flawless mixture of western and eastern elements of style coming together harmoniously to create a spectacular whole.

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Faraway Foray

By • Jul 8, 2013

This warm and elegant apartment is located in Tribeca, Manhattan, New York.

With a cozy interior perfect for any visitors intending to enjoy the Big Apple, this apartment is available for short-term rental.

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Breezy Home in Key Biscayne

By • Jun 22, 2013 •  Selected Work 

This breezy home is located in Key Biscayne, an island town near Miami, Florida, USA.

The home is a perfect white against the constant blue Floridian skies and the lush palm trees that inhabit its surroundings.

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Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island

By • Jun 18, 2013 •  Selected Work 

Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island is a stunning getaway resort in the Maldives.

The interior is stylish and sophisticated, with large windows and openings constantly inviting its guests to venture out of doors.

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Historic Hollywood Broadway Loft

By • Jun 8, 2013

This historic Hollywood Broadway Loft is located in Hollywood, California.

The interior is sleek and sophisticated, with elegant lines and a pale, neutral color palette.

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Sportplaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS

By • May 5, 2013

This modern recreation center by VenhoevenCS is located in a culturally diverse area of Jan van Galenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

It is a place were the citizens of Jan van Galenstraat can exercise, socialize, and even find employment.

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The Butterfly House

By • May 4, 2013 •  Selected Work 

The Butterfly House is a private residence located in Dover Heights, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

The interior is fashionable and stylish, and the views from its terrace are spectacular.

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Casa Villa de Loreto by Grupo Volta

By • May 1, 2013

Casa Villa de Loreto was designed by Grupo Volta and is located in San Luis Potosí, México.

The home has a perfectly manicured yard and its design mixes a variety of materials and elements resulting in an impeccable interior.

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