A moody gray-toned apartment in Taipei and a pastel-colored apartment in Stockholm are some of the most striking residential interiors to emerge over the past 12 months. Continuing with our 2017 reviews, editorial assistant Natasha Levy picks the top 10.
Hidden Tints, Sweden, by Note Design Studio
Note Design Studio replaced the restrained aesthetic of Scandinavian minimalism with pastel shades of yellow, green, and pink when converting this Stockholm office into a family home. Colorful walls are complemented by patterned cabinetry, sculptural lighting, and swings.
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The Cubes Apartment in Belgium, by Arjan de Feiter
Interior architect Arjaan de Feiter added warmth to this dreary Antwerp apartment by integrating wood grain units and brass hardware. Gauze full-height curtains ensure that natural light floods into the space.
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IN 3, Canada, by Jean Verville
Jean Verville balanced minimalism and theater when renovating this Montreal apartment. The Canadian architects incorporated a “golden ribbon” by running full-height panels of brass throughout the house, but kept the rest of the material palette to concrete and marble.
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Duplex Tibout, Spain, by Raul Sanchez Architects
At the heart of this duplex apartment in Barcelona are two golden cubes, one housing the stairwell and the other housing the sleeping pods. This building was previously in ruins, but on the walls he painted three vivid works of art, which the client chose to leave intact.
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13m2 house, UK, by Studio Mama
Studio Mama had just 13 square meters when renovating this London home, which was previously a mini-taxi office. It features an array of space-saving plywood furniture, including a fold-out bed, standing desk, and extendable dining bench with pink cushions.
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Apartment in Taipei, Taiwan, Wei Yi International Design Associates
Wei Yi International Design Associates tapped into this year’s moody interior trends by combining cement floors, gray tiles, and dark-stained wood furniture in this Taipei apartment. Flashes of color are provided by unevenly finished deep blue walls.
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Apartment in Porto, Portugal by Atelier in Vitolo
Atelier in Vitro has nostalgically redesigned this Porto apartment, paying homage to the building’s 1940s origins. The studio restored original features such as parquet flooring and added retro decorative details such as decorative rugs and colorful chairs.
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“The Hide Out”, USA, by Dan Brann
Studio Dan Brun looked to traditional Japanese teahouses when overhauling a 1970s Los Angeles home. The house features a sloping wooden volume on the ground floor. Serving as a space for residents to read, meditate, and play music, this nook overlooks a bamboo-filled garden.
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Old Jaffa House 3, Israel, by Pitso Kedem
Israeli architect Pitso Kedem created contrast in this Jaffa apartment by combining black iron surfaces with white plaster walls. In his studio, he introduced a series of arched doors and windows to match the home’s traditional domed ceilings and offer views of the Mediterranean Sea.
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“A Room for Two” (UK), by Studio Ben Allen
This plywood structure, added by Studio Ben Allen to a children’s room in an apartment on London’s Barbican Estate, offers space for rest, work and play. Equipped with a storage unit, a cozy sleeping corner and a desk, the arch of this insert is intended to imitate the barrel-vaulted shape of the nearby terrace apartment.
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