A commercial building designed for creative minds.
Marcel Wanders, in collaboration with Aedes Real Estate, designed Amsterdam’sWesterhuis. The former school was transformed into a commercial building filled with Wanders’ trademark designs, such as his Carbon Chairs for moooi and Big Shadows lamp for Cappellini. The Moooi Gallery occupies most of the main floor, while the upper floors house multiple art and culture firms.
An affordable sisal remnant is a smart choice that adds texture to this entrance.
A large black mirror, a steal at $50, visually doubles the space of this area and fits perfectly above a narrow table. The roman blinds throughout the main level are inexpensive linen attached to tension rods and held open with black ribbon.
Polished and sparkling, lacquered accents contrast beautifully with natural materials in a room.
The white lacquered desk, sideboard and bookcases look sleek and modern against the neutral palette. Designer Deb Nelson used many vibrantly hued lacquered trays and catchalls to provide continuity and a pop of colour. Her inspiration colours for the room are a bright yellow (Hot Curry) and a creamy white (Corn Rows), both from Para.
Display pretty pots and dishes for a bit of colour
Rows of open shelves make this light and airy kitchen space feel relaxed and informal. The freestanding island unit that houses the sink keeps the cook connected to the dining area while offering storage space and cleverly concealing potentially messy work areas.
Homeowner Christine Woolner wanted a functional kitchen with a vintage black and white look, which design firm McIntyre Billsachieved with Shaker cabinetry, granite counters and traditional hardware. “Install dimmer switches on your lighting,” advises Ronald Bills of McIntyre Bills. “Whether for ceiling fixtures or lamps, they’re essential.” Especially for lights over an island, dimmers allow for low lighting while entertaining around the island and brighter lighting while cooking.
Using store-bought cabinets, an apron-front sink and classic finishes, design editor Cameron MacNeil created a relaxed space. The glass-fronted cabinets, open shelves and butcher-block counters are key to the room’s casual feel.