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Branding The Entire Interior Experience

With the motto of ‘inspiring the world through interior design’, Nydia Orlatta, Cindy Jane and Robert Loa, the Indonesian trio of designers behind IOOR Studio, come equipped with an unbridled enthusiasm and an aim to provide a creative platform for other young designers to develop a passion for interior design. In a country like Indonesia, where the infrastructure to provide support for creative professions as a career path is still under development, IOOR Studio is setting a strong example, leading not only with a creative but also entrepreneurial savvy that sets a strong foundation for the studio’s designers and interns and palpable presence for its clients. “Design is so wide, creative and limitless, but the way we do brainstorming is the most important thing,” says Nydia Orlatta, creative director of IOOR Studio. “We are in the service industry where we must have a great understanding about the consumers – our clients. Thus, first thing is first for IOOR Studio: our clients’ brand identity, needs and wants.” [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="81601,81603"]
Kyouchii Café, Indonesia
Indeed, brand identity as part of the design philosophy is at the forefront of IOOR Studio’s design thinking: the trio’s projects take a holistic and personalised approach to its roster of commercial spaces, allowing each brand’s ethos to be reinterpreted through interior design. “To bravely create a fresh concept” is Nydia’s way to differentiate from competition and make a design concept last longer than a trend. This approach is evident in IOOR Studio’s design solutions for its diverse roster of clients who turn to the studio expecting not a pre-prescribed design aesthetic but rather a holistic and unique response that encapsulates their brand. Such is the case for the studio’s recently completed Panbakers Two – a rustic café where sincere and earnest service is at the heart of its business and where accent design details and furnishings, such as a variety of in-house designed bespoke tables, drive the brand’s message. Similarly, the recently completed Ardent coffee hideout is an embodiment of a greenhouse turned inside out, projecting a vaguely traditional Japanese aesthetic reinterpreted with a contemporary twist. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="81597,81599"]
Ardent Coffee, Indonesia
Not adhering to a specific style, IOOR Studio is setting sights to become a strong lead in the industry by catering to the client’s identity when crafting each experience. “Our aim is always to design spaces with a whole understanding of both interior design and branding and we always ask ourselves how to interpret the client’s brand identity and personality through interior design,” says Nydia. IOOR Studio ioorstudio.com Photography courtesy IOOR Studio
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Ioor Studio Panbakers interior seating Panbakers, Indonesia
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The Standout Living Spaces From Habitus House of The Year Giving Us Design Envy

Bardon House by bureau proberts

Brisbane, QLD
Photography by Alicia Taylor
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Bardon House

 

D House by ARO Studio

Vietnam
Photography courtesy of ARO Studio
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D House

 

Hahei House by Studio2 Architects

New Zealand
Photography by Simon Devitt
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Hahei House

 

Horizon House by Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Sydney, NSW
Photography by Brett Boardman
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Horizon House

 

Chau Doc House by NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS

Vietnam
Photography by Hiroyuki Oki
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Chau Doc House

 

Open House by Formwerkz Architects

Malaysia
Photography by Fabian Ong
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Open House

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Pastel Colours Champion This Indonesian Café By AlvinT Studio

How do you break the mould of the generic coffee shops that have mushroomed around Jakarta in recent years? And in so doing, how can you bring a meaningful experience to the ground floor of a large commercial building that by nature favours a quick stop? AlvinT Studio was up to the challenge, seeing the need to establish a social space and a variety of clustered seating arrangements. The goal was to support an experience of much more than food and drinks; it was to encourage social interaction between strangers. Ottoman’s Coffee is defined by three colour-driven zones: a green bar, a blue dining area, and a pink amphitheatre. The green bar is smartly positioned at the corner of the café, like an anchor point that draws people to watch the baristas at work. Inclusive and open, the bar is transparent and performative and suitable for perched encounters on bar stools or a quick takeaway break on foot. Adjacent to this clustering zone, and facing the main lobby space of Sopo Del Tower, is the pink amphitheatre – a stage set for watching the passing parade and allowing it to watch you. Says Alvin Tjitrowirjo, founder of AlvinT Studio, “The purpose is to encourage social interaction between strangers, creating a space where conversation flows between tables, personalities and space.” The platforms of the amphitheatre become a stage for social encounters and the expression of one’s presence in the space. Generously placed power outlets encourage allow you to charge your devices while you enjoy the coffee and the view. A variety of loose furniture pieces bypass formality and instead encourage a more casual mode of inhabitation and potential interaction. The third and final zone is a blue area adjacent to the kitchen, containing tables and chairs. Tucked away in the inner reaches of the floor plan, this zone is a focused space for consumption and discussion in small groups. All the furniture was designed specifically for the project. Ottoman’s Coffee is a space that disrupts the formula of commercial lobby environments with its urban emphasis on zones that gesture to the adjacent circulation space. AlvinT Studio alvin-t.com Photography by Sefval Mogalana. Ottomans Coffee AlvinT Studio cc Sefval Mogalana We think you may also like Captain Grey by Biasolabc
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A Classic, Yet Contemporary Cottage For Today’s Modern Family

Gable roofs are recognised as one of the most popular roofing styles within the realm of modern architecture, gable-roofing systems can be traced back to Greek and Roman architecture. Having stood the test of time as a result of its simplicity and functionality, the gable roof enables residences to take advantage of vaulted ceilings, increases usable floor area and improves the amount of natural daylight within the interior. Gable House, by Sheri Haby Architects, can be seen as the epitome of this – drawing people towards its familiarity, sensibility and comfort. The existing Edwardian weatherboard home is situated among a row of classic light-coloured timber houses. The front portion of the residence remains intact with three generously sized bedrooms a formal lounge, a dining area, and an alluring hallway. Although its heritage and façade remain untouched, the home needed a comprehensive modification in order to meet – and enhance the lifestyles of the entire family. Gable House Sheri Haby Architects CC Lisbeth Grosmann open kitchen and dining space Following the brief, Sheri Haby Architects focused on creating a spacious interior by adopting an open plan living, dining and kitchen area – one that incorporates the rear garden space, ensuring that the home is constantly flooded with natural light. Unsettled by the lack of sunlight, the architects swap the kitchen with the dining area and added a floor-to-ceiling window that increases the perception of the entire space. Revolutionising the kitchen into a space where residents can now bask in the sun from the east, it becomes the ideal place to have breakfast. The effects of the relocated kitchen space ripples throughout the home – creating a continuous flow between the indoor and outdoors as it extends into a lofty outdoor timber decking with a gable roof – much like a pergola. The inclusion of a gable roof structure in the front-end of the house not only maintains exterior continuity but also increases vertical space within the home. This allowed for cathedral-style ceilings that add to the illusion of the space while speaking to the heritage nature of the existing build. To further increase the separation between private and public areas, the master bedroom was extended to include a walk-in robe and ensuite, reworking the entry to interrupt views between the family living area and the bedroom. Gable House Sheri Haby Architects CC Lisbeth Grosmann kitchen with east window opening With a key emphasis on increasing space within the confines of the existing structure, daylight plays a big role. Apart from the fact that natural light has been touted for its health benefits, the aesthetic advantages reveal that light is the medium that allows people to experience space, form and textures. As the design team adopts a neutral colour palette, light reflects the interior and decorates the space with an unsurpassed glow. The inclusion of insulated roofs, doors and double glazed windows also means that the house functions sustainably. The subtle shifts in tones and textures were informed by the sites location and close proximity to the beach. During the process of reminiscing ‘stick-drawings’ of family homes that I used to indulge in for hours, Gable House by Sheri Haby Architects is a real-life version of every child’s dream family home. Each space was carefully considered to create a sense of homey comfort, whilst providing a modern and light effect on an elegant – existing – heritage home. Sheri Haby Architects sherihaby.com Photography by Lisbeth Grosmann Dissection Information Dishwasher by Bosch 700-Wide Oven and Cooktop from Smeg French-Door Fridge Freezer by Fisher & Paykel SL-350 Gas Log Fire by Heat & Glo Tapware from Astra Walker Sink by Franke Happy D.2 Basins and Bath from Duravit Down lights and Wall lights by Inlight Vision Pendants by Laser Lighting Under The Bell Pendant by Muuto Bona Traffic Flooring Finish from Blackbutt Strand Temple Carpet by Godfrey Hirst Lab White Floor Tiles and Vogue In Ghiacco Wall Tiles by Classic Ceramics Nieve White Bench Tops by Smartstone Inax Yuki Border Kitchen Splashback Tiles by ArteDomus Blackbutt Breakfast Bar by ZP Woodworks Whisper White Joinery Finishes by Dulux and Blackbutt Veneer Charolais Cream Fireplace by Bowral Bricks Gutters and Downpipes from Colourbond Surfmist White Duck Timber Weatherboards from Dulux Windows and Doors by Whetstone Joinery Pergola by Blackbutt Decking Panels from Stringybark Gable House Sheri Haby Architects CC Lisbeth Grosmann outdoor dining Gable House Sheri Haby Architects CC Lisbeth Grosmann indoor outdoor open plan living Gable House Sheri Haby Architects CC Lisbeth Grosmann exterior entrance We also think you might like Blinco Street by Philip Stejskal Architectureabc
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&tradition – Danish Design Heritage Reimagined

Young in age but mature in values, &tradition was established in Denmark in 2010 with the desire to bridge the ideals of Nordic tradition with contemporary design thinking. By reshaping, redefining and reinventing materials, techniques and forms, &tradition strives for timeless design, honouring past traditions and continuing to create new ones.

Working with both established and emerging designers, the &tradition collection spans from the 1930’s to the present day. Available in Australia and New Zealand through Cult, this unique library of furniture is a collection where craft meets art, function meets form and material meets its potential

Initially conceived in 1939 by Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen, the iconic Mayor sofa is a fusion of form and function, brought back to life by &tradition to become one of the Danish design brand’s most well-known pieces. Building on the Danish tradition of craftsmanship imbued in the sofa's wooden base, the sophisticated three-seater combines a Scandinavian wood aesthetic with a tightly tailored canapé shape, elegant button detailing and three loose cushions, a look inspired by the modernist movement of its time and one that creates a sense of quality yet livability. [gallery columns="4" ids="81657,81661,81659,81650"] Showcased in Cult’s Sydney flagship showroom and available to order from Cult showrooms in Australia and New Zealand, the &tradition collection exemplifies that principles of quality are timeless, but the beauty of design and the methods of production can be re-thought through designs that are made to last. Cult cultdesign.com.au abc
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How To Design For The Compact Kitchen

“If you look at design globally, there is a definite trend towards smaller kitchens as a result of high-density city living,” says Adam Moody, Chief Designer in the cooking and dishwashing product development team at Fisher & Paykel.

Compact Kitchen Design For Compact Spaces

“There are multi-million dollar apartments in places like New York or Hong Kong where there’s no shortage of money, but space is at a premium.” Design loving residents of apartments and terraced houses are still investing in premium kitchen appliances — but are on the lookout for products that work smarter, look better and blend seamlessly into their condensed spaces. “A large part of our work focuses on the idea that space efficiency can be as ambitious and beautiful as any other aspect of design. Done well, a compact kitchen with a smart layout and the right appliances can be the centrepiece of the home.”

A Suburban Home

When architect Henri Sayes and strategist Nicole Stock began designing their first home together they were working within tight parameters; a small plot of land in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga, and an even tighter budget. Despite this, the young couple’s goal was to create a unique house that would use clever design to repurpose inexpensive materials, draw in light and use the space to its full potential. The house itself was designed as a simple, barn-like shell, says Sayes, who tackled the project on his own time, away from his day job at Auckland’s Malcolm Walker Architects. One side of the house is split into two storeys, with snug bedrooms on the upper level, one of them with a cutout that looks out over the other side, which is an open-plan space – with double-height ceilings and functioning as a mixed living, dining and compact kitchen area. Rather than separate spaces from each other through walls, Sayes used different materials, colours and ceiling heights to define different “rooms” within the plan.

The Kitchen

When Sayes was working through the overall house layout, the kitchen was established in a very rudimentary fashion, with two parallel benches that formed a galley-style space. Within these spatial parameters, the cabinetry was designed to function as generously and utilitarian as possible. The two chose flexible appliances that would maximise the compact space, including the DishDrawer Tall, which is the ideal size for a couple, and also allowed them to fit a drawer beneath for otherwise awkward plastic storage. Like many compact kitchen spaces space for a large cooktop wasn’t an option – yet the couple still wanted both gas and induction cooking for the kitchen. Fisher & Paykel’s combination cooktops allowed them to install a two-burner induction-cooking surface alongside a gas burner. The induction burners can be used independently or as a single cooking zone for larger pots, and the gas burner can be configured for any cooking method, from a large wok to a small espresso pot. Sayes felt that eye-level upper cabinets would have the effect of boxing in the kitchen by visually separating it from the living area. To avoid this, he built under-bench drawers for storage, giving the whole space a more streamlined appearance, with less visual clutter. Similarly, rather than design tall cabinetry to house the fridge, he left the smooth sides exposed and slid it into the space between the wall and back bench, giving it the effect of being light, temporary and almost moveable. He also added extra space within the compact kitchen area through the addition of a bespoke narrow, but ample, pantry under the stairway that runs alongside the kitchen; adding an oversized pegboard slider to hide it when not in use became a feature of its own. “We began with a very simple plan,” says Sayes. “As we worked on it, it changed and we realised there were opportunities to create more interesting and complex spaces within it. The kitchen is a good example of that. From a technical perspective, it is compact and efficient, but it borrows from the larger, double-height room around it to feel like a generous architectural gesture, establishing it as the centre of the home.” Check out Fisher & Paykel for more kitchen inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYVaWlKAO-wabc
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Habitus Loves… A Statement Armchair

The Braid Sofa from Apato

The repetitive sticks of the back and the paper cord braided arms of the Braid sofa are inspired by patterns found in classic bamboo constructions and tatami mats. The deep and low sofas are created for a lounge environment and the beautiful rear structure ensure that they are perfect even when placed in the middle of a space. Apato  

The Confetti Armchair from DesignByThem

Made in Australia, the upholstered Confetti collection captures the vibrant multi-coloured nature of 100% recycled plastic and translates it into bold and visually distinctive forms. Confetti Armchair is available with an optional swivel base. DesignByThem   

The Finley Sofa from JD Lee Furniture

The Finley Sofa’s strong and grounded design lend to its soft and laid back appeal whilst maintaining the design savvies attention. The winning combination of deep colour and figure found In the American Walnut timber matched with the natural fabrics make the Finley Sofa feel like home wherever it is. JD Lee Furniture  

Pieces from the Icons Collection by Sika Design from Domo

Sika Design looked to the past to some of Denmarks most skilled and important architects and designers when establishing their ICONS Collection. The designers were all significant to Danish design history with their experimenting and ground-breaking designs. Each in their own way, they performed magic with the sturdy, genius qualities of the beautiful natural material of rattan and wicker. Domo  

The Trace Armchair by Adam Goodrum from Tait

The Trace Armchair is a generous lounge chair showcasing Trace’s brave design detail, generous forms and sumptuous upholstery. With a striking tubular frame manufactured with exterior grade aluminium, the Trace Armchair is supported by robust legs that can be selected in either sustainable Accoya or Cambia timber or textured powder-coated aluminium. Tait  

The Ruche Armchair by Inga Sempé from Domo

Inga Sempé completed the Ruché range including an armchair with asymmetrical arms. A stylistic effect, certainly, but it is more than that. The high armrest with its elastic-webbed suspension, enables one to lean back comfortably and then hook one’s legs over the low armrest. Domo  

Chair C from the House Chair Series by Liam Mugavin

Japanese-based Australian designer Liam Mugavin recently exhibited this series of seating, Unconfined For Convention, for Criteria Collection. Exploring cultural and design narratives referencing home, domesticity and traditional Japanese aesthetics, the collection uses reclaimed Australian wood and traditional Japanese woodworking techniques. The result is a humble range showcasing the dark patina of the timber within refined silhouettes. Liam Mugavin

The Athena Chair from BoConcept

A private escape. Striking beauty, hugging shapes and a seating comfort out of this world – that is the essence of the Athena recliner chair. Inviting you in with its soft flowing lines and feminine appearance, this modern recliner chair is dressed to impress. BoConcept

Camper Armchair by Jardan

Camper is completely balanced and rounded, oozing with comfort and style. Available with or without arms and made to order, Camper brings a fresh new look into any interior with an upholstered hardwood frame, high resilience foam seat, and a powder-coated steel base. Jardan  

The Roly Poly by Faye Toogood for Driade from Hub Furniture

The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the Italian design house takes the rounded, welcoming shapes of her limited-edition Assemblage No 4 range. Hub Furniture  abc
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This was your Sustainability Awards 2018

For twelve years Architecture & Design and Infolink have been championing Australia's most sustainable work through its annual Sustainability Awards. Bringing in a high calibre of design, this year's awards continue the message of environmental commitment to sustainable design. The gala ceremony took place on Thursday 11 October, with Environ Studio's Tone Wheeler taking up the role of master of ceremonies. The shortlist was made up of a truly astonishing range of examples of how design can be not only sustainable, but beautiful too.

If you missed the 2018 event or need a catch up on the Sustainability Awards winners - you can see them here!

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Luo Jingmei On Habitus House Of The Year

Singapore’s residential architecture landscape has a rich history beginning from traditional typologies of the Malay attap house and the black-and-white bungalows that British appropriated from the former; to innovative brick and constructs of the 60s and then the Modernism-inspired glass cubes that continue to manifest today. Along the way, a hodgepodge of various influences has resulted in Spanish-type villas, pitched-roof timber homes with stone walls attempting to recreate the atmospheres of Balinese retreats and the odd Fengshui-guided houses in shades of fuchsia or tangerine. While it is hard to critique on style – a home is, after all, a matter of personal taste – what is good and bad architecture can be debated upon. To quote Le Corbusier from his 1927 manifesto Vers Une Architecture (Toward An Architecture): “A house is a machine for living in. Baths, sun, hot water, cold water, warmth at will, conservation of food, hygiene, beauty in the sense of good proportion.” So if one were to ponder on the idea of what a house should be, it should be a shelter that for over a prolonged period, providing a functional and pleasant framework for everyday routines to take place comfortably. In order to ensure comfort in the context of Singapore’s harsh tropical climate, architects and designers must ensure issues of shade, rainfall, light and ventilation are well taken care of. More than simply engaging the easy convinces of air conditioning, a house should be designed to passively engage the natural environment it is set within. The two local contenders for the Habitus House of the Year Award – the Branksome Road House by Amer Architects and Open House by Formwerkz – are good case studies of how this is done. Nature is embraced rather than shut out, translating to sustainable buildings. More than physical comfort, they are also well designed for comfortable connections between occupants – meaning a good balance of spaces and thresholds for social and private connections, which is the very basis of effective family life. While architecture awards are plentiful, it is important that there are more, such as the Habitus House of the Year Award, specifically targeting residential architecture. After all, there is a sea of well-designed houses in the region to highlight and set apart as good models for homeowners who, compared to commercial architecture, have the autonomy of choice. Since this award is intended to showcase outstanding examples of residential architecture, the organiser should consider extending the award perimeters or creating another award for a more generic umbrella to include housing and interiors. It would be relevant to a dense city like Singapore where majority of homeowners reside in apartments rather than landed property, and will be able to address in greater detail primordial topics of space constraint, communal living and the relationship of housing within the urbanscape.abc
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Gessi 316 – Where Style Meets Technology

Designed with a precious and noble material, the durable surprisingly warm toned Gessi 316 collection is a benchmark for how taps can exist as functional designer objects. Available in the four brushed colour options of steel, warm steel, copper and black metal, the thoughtful stainless steel pieces add another dimension to bathroom and kitchen interior designs. The collection comprises of the following styles: Trame – inspired by high-end jewellery, this design features a spiral drawing pattern that is timeless and contemporary Intreccio – a sophisticated woven texture that is graceful but strong, rich and distinctive, this design is a combination of traditional and modern architecture Meccanica – a classic look reimagined with an accentuated and bold pattern creating an industrial chic feel that is rich and captivating Cesello – sophisticated industrial glamour created by a refined and discreet punctured texture Flessa – a smooth, minimal design that lets the iconic round shape and metal speak for itself Through the charming stainless steel patterns of Trame and Intrecci, a refined sense of style can be imbued into the bathroom – perfect for those who wish to give to the bathroom a luxurious touch that’s high-tech but decorative and warm. Thanks to a rich and captivating consistency of design, the Gessi 316 collection gives design lovers various and surprising opportunities for bathroom flourishes. From the lighting shining of the pure metal and smooth, easy tones, to finishes for accentuated and brave, like the industrial-chic represented by the Meccanica and Cesello styles. An emblem of elegance, the Gessi 316 collection is impactful design and innovation at its best. The woven designs are the first of their kind for steel manufacturing and Gessi has given the iconic shape another dimension with a modern concept. Abey abey.com.au abc
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A Fine Bordeaux – BoConcept’s New Shelves

Proper home design should make us smile when we walk through the door – that welcoming feeling of soft, inviting textures and touchable materials under feet and beneath hands. Danish design is world renowned for this the world over – inspiring homes that charm with sophisticated and urbane design, which is deeply rooted in the country’s DNA. BoConcept believes we can all achieve this style and design aspirations we dream of, imagining a world where “Scandinavian design is right there within our reach”. BoConcept is a Danish international retail concept that has been working with design and home furnishings for over 60 years. Back in 1952, the foundation was good craftsmanship, quality and value for money. It is still the same today, after several decades of change in the marketplace, with major industrial and global development across the globe. The Bordeaux leaning rack is effortlessly versatile and a true example of the Danish design spirit of BoConcept. This versatile strength is rooted in the unit’s mobility – the design requires no wall fixing, and as such can be moved around the home with ease. The wall hanging rack can be ordered in either horizontal or vertical orientations. Its considered dimensions and minimal styling allow it to be used in a myriad of rooms: from entrance hall to living room to bathroom. Both hanging and leaning racks come in either white or black. The BoConcept collections are part of the Danish design heritage, never compromising on functionality, quality and comfort. BoConcept designs are not made to only look great but also work in everyday life. BoConcept’s Scandinavian furniture range can be customised to match existing styles or aesthetic visions for the contemporary home. From different shades of clothes and fabrics to different woods and colours, you can mix and match until you find the perfect expression of your personality, at affordable prices. The Bordeaux shelves are able to be customised to suit your space and style with different design options, and in a variety on premium materials and leg options. BoConcept boconcept.comabc
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Pattern, Texture And Colour In Bathroom Tile Trends

While many clients favour a pared-back aesthetic in their homes, the one place they don’t mind a bit of decorative flair is the bathroom. Often times the smallest room in the house presents as a surprising contrast to the rest of the home and this is usually due to bathroom selection. Pattern, texture and colour are being introduced into the contemporary bathroom via tiles that are eye-catching not only for their intricate motifs and textural surfaces, but also for a diverse palette of hues, ranging from the very bright to the quietly subdued. However, architects and designers are still exercising a degree of restraint, ensuring statement tiles appear on the floor only or as a feature wall. Architects Ink’s recently completed PR House exemplifies the trend perfectly. The Port Elliot beach house is an exquisite study in modernist lines and form yet open the door to the main bathroom and the patterned handmade concrete floor tiles immediately demand attention. Upstairs in the powder room and ensuite, the feature walls are covered with vintage tiles sourced by the clients, a couple who own an antique shop specialising in mid-century design. While such finds might not always be readily available, there are new designs on the market sure to satiate even the strongest desire for decoration, including the following ranges by Mercante Testa and Raw Edges.  

Dekorami by Mercante Testa for Ceramica Vogue

The old adage of ‘what’s old is new again’ rings true with Italian architecture and design studio Mercante Testa’s new tile collection for Ceramica Vogue. Dekorami is a range of textured glazed stoneware tiles featuring simple geometric patterns that have a decidedly retro flavour to them. Even the colour options – emerald green, peacock blue, pale grey, white and eggshell – nostalgically evoke residential interiors of the 1970s. While each tile is a standard 25cm x 25cm, finishes are available in either satin or high gloss, adding to the maximalist aesthetic and guaranteeing a statement effect. [gallery size="medium" ids="81301,81286,81284"]  

Tape by Raw Edges for Mutina

Raw Edges’ love of layering colours and pattern serves as the basis for their third and most recent collaboration with Italian ceramic tiles manufacturer Mutina. The London-based design studio developed a collection of glazed porcelain stoneware tiles featuring eight patterns in muted green, blue, brown, grey or black. Each highly graphic, minimalist motif, including small oval shapes, chevrons and a fine mesh-like screen, are laid over either black or white base tiles. The most appealing aspect of the Tape range is the diversity of its application, with tiles able to be mix and matched depending on the end user’s needs and taste. It makes for subtle tonal variations when seen from a distance and creates even more curiosity when viewed up close. [gallery size="medium" ids="81372,81374,81279,81280,81282"] Architects Ink architectsink.com Mercante Testa mercante-testa.it Raw Edges raw-edges.com Feature image PR House by Architects Ink. Photography by Sam Noonan. We think you might also like MH House by Architect's Inkabc