House Interior Design | The Pierre | San Juan Islands | Washington | Olson Kundig Architects



Throughout the house, the rock extrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings. Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. The master bathroom’s sink is composed of water cascading through three polished pools in the existing stone. Off the main space, a powder room is fully carved out of the rock. A skytube is through to the top of the rock and topped by glass. A mirror set within the tube serves as a focal point, reflecting natural light into the space and connecting to a forged bronze sink......more

Office Interior Design | IDEO | Chicago | Perkins + Will


This internationally-renowned design firm relocated from their suburban Evanston offices to the West Loop of Chicago. We designed a space well-suited to the collaborative, unscripted, non-linear work style and culture of IDEO. Within this raw, flexible loft space, we built project rooms with operable walls allowing individual teams to modify the space for their specific project needs. A client-facing conferencing floor, ideal for confidential meetings, is on a separate floor. Also incorporated into the space is a rooftop addition and a fully accessible, structurally independent roofdeck that is perfect for outdoor project work and entertaining. IDEO also required wood, metal, electrical and paint shops for mock-ups and models necessary for their project work. In addition to meeting the design challenges of a moveable wall solution and a rooftop addition, this project is on track for LEED CI 2.0 Silver certification.....more

Convention Centre Interior Design | Hanwha 63 Convention Center | Hanwha Hotels and Resorts | Seoul | South Korea | Perkins + Will


A contemporary nature theme updates the convention floors and visually unifies all spaces. Textured stone, wood veneer, abstracted forest patterns and flowers are some of the elements of the materials palette. Spanning two stories in the atrium, pivoting laser-cut metal panels inspired by water drops create a screen to the central escalators from the venues and filter sunlight. An entry canopy made of the same laser cut panel extends from the street into the vestibule, drawing visitors into the building with an ultramodern experience.

Visitors are indulged in luxury with private dining rooms, VIP spaces and restrooms that feature water, sky and star themes and high-quality fixtures. Flexible organizational components separate pre-function spaces to provide privacy for events......more

Dining Room Furniture

Dining Room Furniture

If you have a second reception room or perhaps you have a large kitchen then you may want to consider buying some dining room furniture. There are plenty of options available so you can choose from modern designs or traditional designs. You should find it quite easy to get what you need if you shop on the web. However, shopping online requires a bit of research if you want to save money.

It can be hard to decide on what you may need for your dining room but most of the time you will just need a simple dining room table and some dining room chairs. These items are fairly easy to find but make sure that you get a good deal by doing some research before you spend any money.

It's quite easy to do research online. All you need to do is grab a pen and paper and make notes about all the products you see. Browse the web until you find a range of products to compare - this will give you the best chances of finding the items you want at a price you can afford without breaking the bank.

Don't rush yourself and don't worry if you don't see what you want straight away. Shopping online takes time so you may need to set aside a few hours. It's important to keep track of your progress so you should use the bookmarking feature in your web browser so that you can see where you have been.

Dining room furniture is widely available and there are several items that you can buy. Depending on the space you have available, you may even want to consider buying a sideboard or a dresser to compliment the table and chairs that you buy. Just make sure that you buy things that match - there's nothing worse than mis matched furniture.

Overall, buying dining room furniture on the web is actually quite easy. As long as you do some research, you should be able to find items that are suitable for your needs. If necessary, you may want to consider asking an interior design expert to help you find furniture that's suitable for the size and shape of your room.

Dining Room Furniture

Dining Room Furniture

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Dining Room Furniture

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Are you getting tired of your kitchen? When was the last time that you really appreciated how your kitchen looked? Do you only go to the kitchen to cook and then leave? Why not consider changing your simple kitchen backsplashes ideas? These can really help in lightening up your kitchen.

Backsplashes are the most exposed place in your kitchen, in danger of getting dirty from all the food stains from all the kitchen activities. Sometimes, you just get discouraged when you see the stains and the thought of having to clean them all up. You sometimes forget to clean them thus adding to more buildup, and, before you know it, your backsplash is the ugliest spot in the kitchen.

You can design your backsplash to unify your kitchen's design. Beautifying it can also add character to your old boring space and turn that into the centrepiece of the kitchen. You may also want to change your kitchen backsplashes in and make your kitchen look brand new. Believe it or not, it helps.

There are few things which you need to consider in creating your backsplash designs. You need to find a theme and work from there. A color scheme can be chosen in order to have other elements planned. You need to pick out materials and texture is really important, consistency is the secret to choosing the perfect design.

Not much effort is really needed to create a beautiful kitchen backsplash. Your imagination is your best guide into improving as well as beautifying your simple kitchen backsplash ideas. There are so many choices of designs from which you can get ideas for your backsplash.

You may opt for a modern design in decorating your backsplash. Materials such as glass, tin, metal, steel and other materials can be used. These are your best bet if you really want a backsplash which will catch attention. These are usually sleek designs that are used in simplicity. Their best asset is the simple designs which they have and how the light colors stand out from the room.

Traditional backsplashes use marbles, chipped tiles in earth colors, wood and other materials that would place the "classic look" into your kitchen. These are the homey backsplashes that make you feel that you are comfortable in your own kitchen.

There are certain themes which are used when designing simple kitchen backsplash ideas. People can go as far as Mediterranean themes which use color and play with it. Usually, colors like blue and green are used for this look. Tiles may be used for accents in the kitchen while keeping the rest simple.

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

Museum Interior Design | Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience | Seattle | Olson Kundig Architects


The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, provides space for community meetings and events, public space for the neighborhood, theater space for performances and presentations, exhibit spaces for community art and emerging Asian Pacific American artists, family-centered learning environments and leadership development for neighborhood youth. The design grew out of the original, 1910 multi-story building that served as a social center and living quarters for Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants. Drawing inspiration from the building’s rich history, we saved as much of the original building as possible. In addition to building materials – such as timbers cut out between floors – the character and scale of the building were maintained. On the upper floors, original narrow doorways and corridors and small rooms preserve the intimacy of the original space, and are a venue for the museum’s immersion exhibits.....more

Kitchen

Kitchen

Why choose a pretend play kitchen?
From all of the things you can buy for your favorite girl or boy, why a play kitchen?

First and foremost, it creates interactive play. It encourages imagination. It allows your child to role play and cook like Mom or Dad. This is a great way to play with your child, and a great way for your child to play with friends. And if you choose, you can turn kitchen play into a learning opportunity. Play food can be used to teach about different foods and nutrition. Also social skills can be practiced with serving food and play eating together. What sort of play kitchen do you want? Children's kitchens range from very small toy kitchens to very large and feature full. You can find a single unit kids kitchen, which include many appliances, to multi-piece kitchen play sets with individual appliances. Choosing a play kitchen set depends on the age of the child, your budget and your setting. It also depends on your personal philosophy. Where is that play kitchen made? Is it eco-friendly and made with sustainable manufacturing and fair business practices.

What kinds of play kitchens are available?
Single Unit Kitchens - These play kitchens include many appliances such as a stove, oven, microwave and sink in one unit. These units have a "front" and "back", so that they can be placed against a wall. Typically this style of toy kitchen is either a "assembly-required" wooden kitchen or it is made from molded plastic. A typical large, self-assemble wooden kitchen measures about four feet long, four feet tall, and about two feet deep.

Island Play Kitchen - These are stand-alone pretend kitchens. Children can play on all sides of these kitchens. Island play kitchens also feature various combinations of sink, stove, ovens and microwaves. Toddler kitchens are typically this style.

Complete Kitchen Play Sets - We are talking about a multi-appliance set here. There are separate toy stoves, toy refrigerators, toy microwaves, toy sinks, and toy dishwashers.

Table Top Toy Kitchens - These are small, typically "two burner" stoves, that are designed with portability in mind. These pretend kitchens can be moved from room to room and be used on a table, shelf or even the floor.

Natural wooden kitchens - These kitchens are made from solid wood and not particle board. Many of the "assembly-required" are made from laminated particle board and are still considered wood by the manufacturer. The natural wooden kitchens are typically made from spruce, pine or cedar. Many of these designs are more abstract in nature. That is they do not offer realistic detail; however, there is no mistaking that these are play kitchens. They usually combine a sink and stove and have moving parts. It is just that the details are left to the child's imagination.

Is my child old enough?
In a word, yes. Well, let's qualify that. Some kitchens also have small parts that may come off and pose a choking hazard for a younger child, so your child should be at least three years old. With a small child it is tempting to get a very small kitchen play set. However, a busy preschooler can quickly out grow the small toy kitchen. On the other hand, if you get a large play kitchen, it might overwhelm a younger toddler. You have to know your child, but you want to plan for growth.

A smaller child may not be able to reach the upper appliances on a large single unit play kitchen. On other units, the stove top or counter height may be too tall for the child to effectively play with the toy kitchen unit. Your choices are three-fold: buy a smaller kids kitchen and patiently wait until your child grows taller. Or, get a little step stool or bench, just like the one you use in their bathroom, to help the child reach everywhere in their kitchen.

Remember, children play with their kitchens for many years, so you probably want to buy a play kitchen as soon as you can and plan for growth.

From what material should the toy kitchen be made?
Wooden play kitchens are sturdy, durable and last for many years. They are less likely to crack, fade or warp as they age. However, assembly may be a challenge if it is a flat-packed unit. Wood makes a sturdy childrens kitchen, but sturdy means heavier and harder to move.

Plastic play kitchens are typically smaller and lighter than their wooden counterparts. They are easier to clean too. However, if the plastic kids kitchen is designed as a wall unit, as opposed to a free standing unit, it could be a tip-over hazard. And just because it is made from plastic, it does not necessarily mean it is cheaper. Nice plastic full featured children's kitchens may be more expensive than many nice wooden play kitchens.

Eco-friendly? Some of the wooden play kitchen manufacturers use sustainable harvesting and use no finish, natural finishes, or low V.O.C water based finishes.

Where are you going to put the play kitchen in your home?
A lot of homes do not have the area to accommodate a large toy kitchen or multi-unit kitchen play set. If you have a play room, multi-unit pretend kitchen set may work for you. If you have the wall space, then a combination single-unit kids kitchen will work. Otherwise consider a play kitchen island or table top toy kitchen.

Once you have decided where the kids kitchen will go, you need to look at the decor of the room. Kitchens come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and patterns, so you should be able to find something that matches or least does not clash with the room.

How long are you going to keep the kitchen?
If your play kitchen is going to hang around for a year or two and then head off to a new home, there's probably no need for a large, heavy, elaborate kitchen. On the other hand, if you intend to keep the kitchen for five or six years or more, you should get a sturdy wooden one that isn't going to fade or crack with time. If the kitchen is to be passed down through a progression of children and perhaps generations of children, a handcrafted, heirloom quality wooden kitchen would fit the bill. Where are you going to put the all the play kitchen accessories? Play kitchens beget play kitchen accessories. There are all sorts of play kitchen toys: pots and pans, small appliances, ovenware, aprons, kitchen towels, utensils, and pretend play food. Some play kitchen sets have more storage than other kitchen play sets. You may want to take that into consideration.

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Lobby Interior Design | One Jackson Square | Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates


In addition to the lobby, Kohn Pedersen Fox designed the elevator cabs, public corridors, lounge, media space, gym and treatment room, as well as the kitchens and bathrooms in all of the building’s 30 apartments. Natural forms and a neutral, earth-toned color palette were used to guide the selection of materials and furniture throughout. The interiors are an elegant, understated backdrop for the natural beauty of Jackson Square Park and the individual tastes of residents.
The lighting within the mirrored walls of the elevator cabs replicates the pattern of the lobby ceiling and floor. The materials of the cabs, including the refined wood ceilings, merge the lobby aesthetic with that of the apartments above. Upstairs, the floorplan positions apartments along a single-loaded corridor, allowing natural daylight to come through a series of punctured windows............more

Retail Interior Design | The Wonder Room | Selfridges | London | Klein Dytham


Selfridges is fast approaching its 100th year in business. When Henry Gordon Selfridge founded the first store on Oxford Street, his vision was to bring wonders from across the globe to amaze and excite his customers. Back then, Selfridges department store was a place where you could find things that could be seen nowhere else. For example, the first public demonstration of television was held on the first floor of Selfridges!

The Wonder Room project was a chance to reintroduce those elements of surprise and wonder to the Selfridges and create a department store for the 21st century. Inspired by the concept of Wunderkammer and Curiosity Cabinets, the Wonder Room is a luxury gifts emporium with the energy of a souk.

The Wonder Room occupies 1,800 sqm of London finest retail space on the ground floor of Selfridges’ Oxford Street store. The key element of KDa’s design is an elegant wall of fins running around the perimeter of the room, and between these fins float crisp display cases. The idea that brands would have a uniform facade that they would all adhere to seemed a clever idea. Each brand would have beautiful open views into their concession stores, but when seen obliquely, the fins become a screen behind which the brands disappear and the focus turns to the central area of the room.......more

Restaurant Interior Design | Monsoon Restaurant | Park Hotel Bangalore | India | Project Orange Architects and Designers


Located in the Park Hotel Bangalore, one of India's first boutique hotels, the inspiration for Monsoon Restaurant is based in the setting of the surrounding area.
We always try to create a sense of place by making connections to the locale, and through our research we were captivated to discover that Karnataka is home to some 318 species of Butterflies. Some travel as much as 3000 miles in their short lives – so they represent another kind of traveller. We wanted to embed this motif into the walls of the space so designed a series of panels with intricate inlay work depicting groups of dancing Butterflies. While completing the projects looking out over the pool we were amazed to see a kaleidoscope of butterflies dancing over the water – maybe they had come to take a look?.......more

Cafe Interior Design | Kalavrita Cafe | Greece | Point Supreme


Kalavrita is a picturesque mountain town surrounded by natural beauty. The project uses a deliberately limited palette of materials that collectively reflect the natural setting.
The existing series of diagonal columns supporting the residential floor above are emphasized and connected to create a continuous line, framing the dramatic views. Custom-made terracotta tiles, echoing the roof tiles of the area, cover the floor and bar and extend to the exterior. The ceiling has been sloped mimicking the slope of the roof above. This combined with the diagonal columns creates an unusual unrest in the space. The contextual colour palette creates a merging of inside and outside and a constant reminder of the natural setting......more

Office Interior Design | Auto Trader.com | Atlanta | Georgia | Perkins + Will


The AutoTrader.com brand is strongly evident throughout the floors and spaces. Designed around the concept of an engine block, the space creates movement and energy. Imagery of automobiles and scenery becomes the background as you travel through the office space. The design intent creates a fun and lively work experience.

In addition to employee work areas, the project includes a data center, 10,000 square foot fitness center and a dining room with capacity to serve all employees......more
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