Fifteenth-Century Palazzo Renovation in Florence
Habitat Magazine
by Emilie Froment
6M ago
This apartment is located in Borgo San Frediano, the Oltrarno district in Florence on ‘the other side of Arno River’– voted one of the coolest ‘hoods in the world.     Pierattelli Architetture’s restyling of the 240 sq-metre space breathes a new and elegant life to the project that reflects both the identity and eclecticism of this location while emanating a sense of welcome and still being functional. In addition to its extraordinary historical treasures, the Oltrarno has another advantage: it’s far from Florence’s busy central and eastern quarters. This means ..read more
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Wide-Ranging Upgrades to Lexus UX Compact Luxury SUV
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
Available in three model grades and exclusive in hybrid, all derivatives adopt a new multimedia system that provides improved connectivity, faster performance and easier operation. New features include user-friendly 12,3-inch touchscreens, an improved navigation system and the introduction of wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto (cable). Other changes include enhanced and additional Lexus Safety System+ functions, as well as a new F Sport bi-tone paintwork option for the UX 250h F Sport. The new UX 250h comes in EX grade (entry level), SE grade as well as F Sport – which are all available f ..read more
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Natural Built-In Oasis: How to Transform a One-Bedroom Retreat into a Dynamic Escape for a Growing Family
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
This house in Healdsburg embraces the outdoors with large pivoting walls that blur the boundaries between inside and out. Created in collaboration with Arterra Landscape Architecture, the project comprises a 195-sq-metre main home and a 79-sq-metre guesthouse. Aiming to secure an escape away from the buzz of Downtown San Francisco and the pressure of working in a tech company, the owner purchased a rural plot north of the city in Healdsburg. It was a quiet haven of tranquillity, offering solitude which was exactly what they were longing for. Feldman Architecture were brought on board and ..read more
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Special Second Lease of Life: Ancient Stone Continues to Deliver Character into a Former Theatre Refurbished as a Family Residence
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
The former theatre itself being the project’s soul: From a one-hundred-year-old manor house and abandoned village theatre to a single-family home, Can Garrover’s contemporary renovation is located in Sencelles, Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. Bonba Studio pays homage to Can Garrover’s cultivated history, while giving it a second lease of life as a sophisticated Mediterranean home. Determined not to lose the essence of what Can Garrover once was, the architects maintained many of the theatre’s original features. The obvious differences between Menorca and Mallorc ..read more
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Sun-Kissed Baja Beach House: Your Steps Slow & Mind Body Follow
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
In harmony with its surroundings along the coast of Mexico, this vacation home embraces beauty as well as durability. Custom concrete walls matched to the color of local sand were poured in lifts to create a unique wavy texture that shifts as the light changes throughout the day.     ‘As you approach the property,’ notes Sharon Okada, Senior Project Manager for Walker Warner Architects, ‘you are greeted by the soothing sound of water that draws you into the central courtyard and towards the ocean. The stream of water flows under the handcrafted gate made of weathered teak and st ..read more
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Off-Grid Beauty: A Retreat with Private Rooftop Spaces Fulfils a Homeowner’s Dream to Foster Social Connections
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
Nestled near the renowned Lanseria Airport and the world-famous Cradle of Humankind, this exceptional project finds its exquisite location at the Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate. The residence reflects the visionary design expertise of AMA Architects. Bearing the name of a prominent family on the original farm of Gary Player, the Blair Atholl Golf and Equestrian Estate emerges as a serene oasis that’s a stone’s throw away from Johannesburg. Adorned with lush trees and bordered by the enchanting Crocodile River, Blair Atholl boasts many acres of open ground, providing ample space fo ..read more
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Lexus Sponsors One of SA’s Most Illustrious Art Events & Re-Invents the Battery Electric Vehicle Driving Experience
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
Lexus sponsored the local 2023 RMB Latitudes Art Fair by three talented artists. The marque was proud to be the exclusive vehicle partner. It was the ultimate indoor-outdoor art experience aimed at celebrating the creative spirit and fostering new relationships – connecting artists, galleries and sponsors alike.  Now in its fourth year as a physical exhibition, the RMB Latitudes brought art and nature together. Visitors soaked up the finest African contemporary art, while strolling through the iconic Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg. The event took place at the end of May and showcased a ..read more
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Striking ‘Spatial Acrobat’ Wins Awards for This Busy Family’s Relaxed & Luxurious Home in Sydney
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
Smac Studio’s First Blush in Sydney’s Dover Heights is a home that’s cleverly reconfigured to maximise space, storage and light. Emotional encounters brim in this house. A dream outcome for the client, who lives with her husband and three young girls, she warmly refers to Smac Studio’s Principal Architect Shona McElroy as a ‘spatial acrobat’ for opening up the spaces with unexpected additions such as curved walls and ceilings.     Thoughtful storage solutions ensure the home is clutter-free, while warm wood and opulent marble finishes help create a zen-like feel throughout. Outstan ..read more
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Yoga’s Transformative Power Entwines with a Design Consultant’s Holistic Practice and Philosophy
Habitat Magazine
by Habitat Magazine
6M ago
Australian interior architect and designer, change maven and yogi Merinda Garrett explains how our residential and work spaces can fulfil several roles in our lives. The roles of supporter, nurturer, leader, motivator – and the list goes on. Our homes, consciously and intently curated and designed, can influence and ‘hold us’ in becoming the person we dream to be; the person we are meant to be.   Merinda is mother to one and devoted to Mother Earth. She dreams big, loves large and believes each of us has the capacity to change the world. ‘My soul purpose is to teach you how ..read more
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Shaped By Air at Miami Art & Design Week, Intersect By Lexus (IBL Tokyo) & Milan Design Week
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by Emilie Froment
6M ago
Lexus partnered with acclaimed New York-based artist and architect designer Suchi Reddy, founder of Reddymade Architecture and Design, to develop a series of art installations for Miami Art & Design Week, Intersect By Lexus (IBL Tokyo) and Milan Design Week, with the aim to promote Lexus’ Electrified vision for a more sustainable future. Ahead of Milan Design Week, where Lexus and Suchi unveiled the new installation, the Shaped by Air installation from Miami was on view at IBL Tokyo in a new configuration.     Responding to an overarching theme – shaping the future – Lexus has ..read more
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