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30 Times Architects Impressed Everyone Around The World (New Pics)

One of the most prominent features of architecture is the aesthetics of a building. An architect has to keep various things in consideration before creating a building, including the shapes, sizes, alignments, and patterns as well as the cultures and contexts in which they are being made.

Some architects have mastered the skill of creating magnificent establishments through sheer talent and hard work. We have collected 30 finest examples constructed by the best architects all around the world. Scroll below to dive into the beauty of these artistic structures.

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Besides Being A Pilot, This Man Also Takes Stunning Photos Of Places He Visits Around The World (105 Pics)

If you are sick of lockdown in your house and being forcefully turned into a couch potato, this British pilot, currently based in Hong Kong, will take you on a trip around the world. And although following his father’s footsteps, Lee Mumford indeed knows how to fly a plane and he also can show you the jewels of the planet in an easier, corona-free, and much cheaper way. While working as an airline pilot, he has visited over 40 countries and has seen some of the most magical and picturesque places on Earth. It would be a shame not to share them with others, so he combined his love of flying and photography to provide us with breathtaking photos that range from beautiful landscapes to vivid cityscapes.

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The Tokyo International Foto Awards 2020 Announces The Best Photos From Around The World (30 Pics)

The winners of the 2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards have been announced—these images will blow your minds!

Tokyo International Foto awards recognize, honor and connect talented photographers from around the world to new audiences and new eyes in the creative circles of Tokyo, Japan. The competition is open to everyone and we invite photographers from all over the world to enter their work. The winners receive prizes that are up to $3,000 USD.

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This Nature-Inspired Table Mimics The Wings Of A Beetle

Radhika Dhumal is a furniture designer and a Master’s student at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Looking at the designer’s projects, it becomes clear that she isn’t afraid of non-traditional designs that might surprise you with their ingenuity. Just take this unique beetle-shaped table that Radhika created a little while ago. The designer calls it Elytra and says it was inspired by the movement of the wings (elytra) of a beetle. And don’t think that the table’s unique shape is just a gimmick – the “wings” of the table can actually be opened to add extra space!

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Furniture designer Radhika Dhumal has created a unique table inspired by the wings of a beetle

“‘Elytra’ is designed in a way that allows the user easy access to the table top because of its non-static nature,” writes the designer.

The “wings” of the table can be extended to create more space

Radhika describes the table as “a biomimetic, dynamic furniture piece that is an interactive table that intrigues the user and is a perfect conversation starter over a cup of coffee!”

The designer says that the wooden texture was “an absolute delight to work with”.

Radhika’s Elytra table has even won her a three-week scholarship in the Istituto Marangoni fashion and design school in Milan!

Sadly, even though most of us would love to have such a unique piece of furniture in our homes, it doesn’t look like the Elytra table is up for sale.

Radhika even shared her concept sketches


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First Vertical Forest In Asia With 3,000 Plants Will Turn CO2 Into 132 Pounds Of Oxygen Per Day

Let us introduce you to the greener future of urbanized landscapes – vertical forests in Nanjing, China. These two forest-like buildings are called Nanjing Towers, and they’ll produce 132 pounds (60kg) of oxygen every day once they’re completed in 2018. With environmental concerns being a huge problem in overpopulated and overpolluted China, innovative projects like this are – literally – a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Each of the Nanjing Towers will stand 656ft and 354ft respectively, and between them, they’ll house over 1,000 trees and approximately 2,500 shrubs from 23 different local species. The taller tower will contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a rooftop club. When it comes to the smaller tower, it’s just as impressive, as it will house a rooftop pool and a 247-room Hyatt hotel. Balconies will afford visitors stunning views of the dizzying vertical forests that are intended to help regenerate local biodiversity.

The architectural masterpiece is designed by Stefano Boeri who has already created vertical forests in Milan (Italy) and Lausanne (Switzerland).

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These towers in Nanjing, China will contain vertical forests that will house 2,500 shrubs and over 1,000 trees

The 23 different tree varieties will produce around 132 pounds (60kg) of oxygen every day

They were designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri and they will be completed in 2018

Similar buildings have also been planned by the architect for Lausanne, Switzerland

And two vertical forests, called Bosco Verticale, have already been built in Milan, Italy

For more eco designs check out this floating gym in Paris.

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Starbucks Opens Their First Location In Italy And The Inside Is Even More Amazing Than The Outside

On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy. It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The cafe is designed as a homage to the Italian espresso culture that inspired former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, to create the Starbucks Experience 35 years ago.

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic 25,000 sq. ft. (2,300-square-meter) location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world, freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi and will showcase the theatre of coffee roasting, brewing, and mixology. Another unique thing located inside the newly opened cafe is something called the ‘Dancing Lady’ –  a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting.

The location’s interior is also unique – the interior is exploding with colors, features white marble countertops, mosaic marble floors, and a floor-to-ceiling story of Starbucks engraved in brass. Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi.

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck. Check out the pictures of Italy’s first Starbucks location in the gallery below!

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On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy

It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world

The interior features white marble countertops and mosaic floors

And is full of bright colors

You can even buy freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi!

Another unique thing inside is the ‘Dancing Lady’, a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting

Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck!

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7 Towering Designs By César Pelli, Who Died Friday At 92

July 22, 2019

Dees Stribling, Bisnow National Want to get a jump-start on upcoming deals? Meet the major players at one of our upcoming national events! Renowned architect César Pelli died Friday at 92. Pelli grew up in Argentina and came to the United States in the 1950s for graduate studies, working for a decade for architect Eero Saarinen in Michigan and then for firms on the West Coast. In 1977, he founded his own firm, currently known as Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and also became dean of the Yale School of Architecture, a post he held until 1984.

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New in Europe: 10 Recent Projects in Milan, Madrid, Stockholm, and More

From Milan to Stockholm, a variety of new projects reflect the modern/traditional mix of contemporary European design. These hotels, homes, apartments, restaurants, showrooms, shops, and galleries capture the distinct personality of the brands and clients for which they were designed.

1. Galleria Rossana Orlandi in Milan Opens Glamorous Aimo e Nadia BistRo

Galleria Rossana Orlandi is a mandatory Milan stop for design aficionados. The three-story emporium encourages visitors to linger: They can wander through its labyrinthine rooms, sit in the greenery-filled courtyard, and even have dinner at Aimo e Nadia BistRo, Orlandi’s restaurant located next door. Read more about the gallery/restaurant

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2. Matteo Foresti Modernizes a Narrow Stockholm Building Into a Light-Filled Café

Matteo Foresti’s eponymous design firm had only just opened when a commission came in: the chance to transform a student pub in a circa-1915 building, located in the center of his new home of Stockholm, into a fast-casual spot called Kale & Crave. The opportunity was big, but so was the challenge of organizing a 50-seat restaurant across four narrow floors totaling just 2,200 square feet. Read more about the café

3. Tom Dixon Opens Restaurant/Showroom The Manzoni in Milan

Rather than just another five-day exhibition at Salone de Mobile, this year designer Tom Dixon decided to make his mark on Milan a little more permanent. His Design Research Studio created The Manzoni, a restaurant that doubles as a showroom. Incorporating Dixon’s three new collections, The Manzoni—named for its location at 5 Via Manzoni—elevates the products from simply being on display to functioning in an active environment. Read more about The Manzoni

4. Zooco Studio Masterminds a Witty Madrid Flagship for La Oca Selezione

La Oca Selezione has long been the place—or, with over 20 store locations, the places—for design-savvy Spaniards seeking modern furniture. For its new flagship on Madrid’s trendy Calle de Castelló, the company turned to local firm Zooco Estudio to transform a blandly anonymous space into a witty take on retail design. Read more about the flagship

5. Stone Designs Gives Mid-Century Mod a Contemporary Twist in Teads’ Madrid Office

Global media platform Teads might be a truly 21st-century enterprise, masterminding online ads that reach more than one billion eyes each month, but its new Madrid office is more Mad Men than Blade Runner. Which is not to say the 5,200-square-foot space is a museum piece. Instead, local firm Stone Designsbreathed new life into the 1950s-era building. Read more about the office

6. Auer Weber and Christophe Gulizzi Architecte Create Dynamic Exterior for Arena du Pays d’Aix

The Arena du Pays d’Aix in southern France is a response to the sport-as-spectacle movement. Designed by Auer Weber and Christophe Gulizzi Architecte, the exterior of the 250,000-square-foot elliptical building is as engaging as the activities happening within—mostly handball but also basketball and hockey games, boxing matches, concerts, and other entertainment. Watch a video walkthrough of the stadium

7. NOA Gives Arches a Modern Twist at Gloriette Guesthouse in Italy

The arcaded belvedere, along with its local descendants and the villas they serve, many in the art nouveau style, informed the design of Gloriette Guesthouse, a new 25-room boutique hotel by NOA* Network of Architecture that reinterprets Soprabolzano’s leisured past for the 21st century. Read more about the hotel

8. Natural Light and Neutral Finishes Define a Studio DiDeA-Designed Apartment in Palermo

A couple in Palermo had been looking around for a new house; instead, while looking through a magazine, they found local Studio DiDeA and together embarked on a refreshing of their 1,500 square-foot apartment. Windows on both sides of the home let in not only cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the nearby Parco della Favorita, says architect and cofounder Emanuela di Gaetano, but also ample light. Read more about the apartment

9. Dimore Studio Fashions a Unique Look for Luxury Italian Womenswear Emporium One-Off

Over the past decade, Dimore Studio has become one of the design world’s buzziest practices. Their interiors often bring together unusual color combinations, a wistful nostalgia, and striking originality. Unveiled last month, Dimore Studio’s latest project is One-Off, a 6,500-square-foot luxury womenswear boutique in Brescia, about an hour east of Milan. Read more about the boutique

10. Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten Brings Latin American Modernism to Swiss Villa

Architects Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler have amassed quite an artsy clientele since founding their eponymous firm in 1995. Their residential work is notable for the fluid transitions between spaces as well as the clarity, simplicity, and rich tactility of the materials palette. Those specialties are leveraged in another multistage project they recently completed: transforming a midcentury-era villa into a combination residence, studio, and exhibition space for an art-world couple. Read more about the residence

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16 Danish Furniture Highlights from Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design

Popularity for Danish furniture continues to surge. A great place to experience this in action: 3DaysofDesign, which was held May 23-25 in Copenhagen. With product and brand launches, exhibitions and pop-up events, and a record 150 exhibitors, the sixth edition of Denmark’s annual design event was bigger and bolder this year, with increased citywide presence in part due to a graphic identity crafted by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon. From Michelin-starred restaurant furnishings now available to all, archival pieces finding a new audience, and a reinvention of the lowly toilet brush, here are 16 of our favorite finds.

Photography by Magnus Omme, courtesy of Space Copenhagen.


Take home your very own Michelin-starred restaurant furnishings with the Holmen collection from Space Copenhagen. Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant lauded as one of the best in the world, auctioned off its oak side tables by cabinet maker Malte Gormsen for a cool $4,000 a piece—while the MG 205 side table by Malte Gormsen was offered at a more reasonable price point. 

Photography by Magnus Omme, courtesy of Space Copenhagen.

The browned oak and metal MG 101 dining chair, also part of the Holmen collection by Malte Gormsen for Space Copenhagen, once furnished the 108 restaurant in Copenhagen, a Noma-spin off.

Photography courtesy of Carl Hansen & Søn.

An archival piece with a distinctive pressed veneer backrest saw daylight once more with Carl Hansen & Søn ‘s re-release of the Contour lounge chair, designed by Børge Mogensen in 1949. Available in oak, walnut, or a combination of the two, the chair stays true to original sketches— with the exception of added comfort in the form of an upholstered seat.

Photography courtesy of File Under Pop.

File Under Pop presented a new brand focusing on surfaces, first previewed in Milan last month. A collaboration between File Under Pop founder and creative director Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and architect Elisa Ossino, H+O is a modular tile brand applicable for use on walls, floors, and ceilings. The large-format Rilievi collection consists of eight different tiles with three-dimensional geometric surfaces available in four color ways.

Photography courtesy of &Tradition.

The distinctive shape of a fungus brings the USB-chargeable Setago table lamp for &Tradition to life. Just like a mushroom, the wireless lamp, designed by Jaime Hayon and first presented in Milan this year, can be plucked and moved at ease.

Photography courtesy of Takt.

The stackable oak and plywood Cross chair by London studio PearsonLloyd for the freshly launched design brand Takt can be shipped flatpack—one of the factors leading to its sustainable certification. It’s also made of 100 percent FSC-certified wood.

Photography courtesy of Wehlers.

Fishing nets and steel are recycled and repurposed for the fabrication of the R.U.M. chair—short for ReUsedMaterials—designed by C. F. Møller Design for Wehlers.

Photography courtesy of Please Wait to be Seated.

Bulk just where you want it—at the seat pad—is behind the name of the tubular steel Tubby Tube, a stool by Faye Toogood for Please Wait to be Seated.

Photography courtesy of Jot.jot.

The comfort of wood and the strength of steel are a successful union for the slim yet sturdy and stackable Shadow chair by Boris Berlin Design for Jot.jot.

Photography courtesy of Skagerak.

Bold color marks the 20th anniversary of the Cutter Jubilee bench by Niels Hvass for Skagerak , now available in scarlet red-lacquered oak.

Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.

The armchair, later nicknamed the Grasshopper due to its nod to the herbivorous insect, was first designed by Finn Juhl in 1938. However, it wasn’t until much later that the chair’s avant-garde form received appreciation. Before its release at Milan Design Week under House of Finn Juhl, the firm that carries on the designer’s legacy, only two existed—and one auctioned off for $360,000 in 2018.

Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.

House of Finn Juhl also presented Finn Juhl’s extendable Bovirke table, which premiered at an exhibition in 1948. Available in oak or walnut, Bovirke nearly doubles in size, from 55 inches to 94 inches long.

The Bovirke table by Finn Juhl, an archival piece released by House of Finn Juhl. Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.
Photography courtesy of Fredericia.

In tribute to the former home of Copenhagen’s Royal Mail—now the manufacturer’s showroom—Fredericia presented the Post collection by Cecilie Manz. A plywood seat and back combines with a solid wood frame for the Post chair. First previewed in Milan last month, the collection also includes a table.

Photography courtesy of Unidrain.

A 3 Days of Design breakfast event celebrated the lowly toilet brush with a presentation from Unidrain. With an inner container fitted with a splash guard and a replaceable brush head resisting both water and paper collection, Toilet Brush Wall Mounted Copper is engineered to reduce bacteria and mess.

Photography courtesy of Overgaard & Dyrman.

 The distinctive shape of a technical drawing tool—the compass—inspired the back of the Circle dining chair by Overgaard & Dyrman, while cushions take cues from the round sphere it draws.

The Circle dining chair by Overgaard & Dyrman. Photography courtesy of Overgaard & Dyrman.
Photography courtesy of Montana.

Montana introduced a new color palette for its signature shelving—an endeavor the manufacturer undertakes every eight years. Developed in collaboration with Danish designer Margrethe Odgaard, the 30 new hues include amber, rhubarb, flint, and chamomile, shown (clockwise) here.

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Five Emerging Interior Designers From Around the World

Tristan Auer

Tristan Auer Studio


Tristan Auer’s design makes the interplay of art and architecture the focal point of a Paris apartment, which serves as his design studio. Photo by Yann Deret


Elegant, understated and comfortably timeless, Tristan Auer’s interiors are the epitome of Parisian chic.

The 47-year-old Mr. Auer, who honed his skills while working with Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck, set up his eponymous studio in Paris in 2002. He was commissioned to decorate Coco Chanel’s Paris apartments on rue Cambon probably that same year.

Three years ago, he opened Wilson Associates’ first European office, which focuses on the luxury hospitality market.

Mr. Auer was one of four interior designers chosen to work on the renovation of Paris’s 18th-century Hotel de Crillon, a project that was heralded by Architectural Digest magazine. That and his other residential, commercial and hospitality projects around the world led to his being named Maison & Objet’s 2017 Designer of the Year.

“Interior design is all about layout and flow,” he said. “Decoration is about color and style. I’m not that interested in decoration.”

Mr. Auer, who also designs furniture and lighting, insists that he doesn’t have a signature style, saying he’s inspired by each client’s likes and lifestyle.

Tristan Auer tailors his interiors to the likes and lifestyles of his clients. Photo by Vincent Leroux

“I consider myself a tailor,” he said. “I’m doing a suit not for myself but for them. Each suit will be designed to fit one client perfectly, but all of them will be elegant, comfortable, audacious and of course, modern.”

For Mr. Auer, each project is a psychological study.

“I work to understand not what my clients want but what they need,” he said. “The perfect space will change your life and your relationships. I start each story with people; it’s always a surprise because I never know how it’s going to end up.”

Mr. Auer, who has done work for the royal family of Qatar, recently designed a small apartment for a couple in Paris. “The husband was from India and the wife was from Japan,” he said. “I adapt myself to all cultures, and the scale of the project doesn’t matter. I learn from every project.”

Mr. Auer, a graduate of the ESAG Penninghen school of art direction and interior architecture in  Paris, has always been attracted to beautiful objects. “I cannot live in an environment that doesn’t please my eyes,” he said.

In his own Paris home, he hung a 1910 tapestry depicting fairytales opposite his bed. “It’s the first thing I see every day and the last thing I see every night,” he said. “Its composition is perfect—the harmonious interplay of proportions, objects and colors makes me happy.”

Mr. Auer is working on residential projects in London and New York City as well as on his own newly purchased home in the countryside outside Paris.

Tristan Auer tailors his interiors to the likes and lifestyles of his clients. Photo by Vincent Leroux

Natasha Baradaran

Natasha Baradaran Interior Design

Los Angeles

Contemporary art and casual, comfortable furniture set the tone for a living room Natasha Baradaran designed in a Brentwood, California, home. Photo by Roger Davies

Natasha Baradaran started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates. Photo by Roger Davies

The past and the present reside beautifully together in the casually elegant interiors that Los Angeles-based designer Natasha Baradaran creates.

“My aesthetic is about a mix,” said Ms. Baradaran, who is in her 40s. “It’s a combination of vintage finds, contemporary arts and my own furniture collection in order to create unique spaces that reflect the homeowner. Vintage pieces feel timeless and fresh next to contemporary pieces. I strive to create work that is fresh, sophisticated and relevant.”

Ms. Baradaran, who had done projects in London, Aspen, New York and Montecito, California, in addition to Los Angeles, often finds the past in her own present: She collects many of her vintage objects in Milan, Italy, where she has a summer house.

“I’m inspired by the Italian expression ‘la dolce far niente,’ which means ‘the sweetness of doing nothing,’” she said. “I especially love Robertaebasta, which has the best of Italian vintage presented by decades in four different stores in the heart of the city’s Brera design district.”

If her designs draw deeply from a variety of inspirations, it’s because of her own eclectic background. “They are an amalgamation of L.A. lifestyle, my Middle-Eastern heritage and my time in Italy,” she said.

Natasha Baradaran started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates. Photo by Roger Davies

No matter how sophisticated or refined, her interiors are designed to be lived in. “L.A. has always been a part of me and my aesthetic,” she said. “The casualness and approachability of my interiors, regardless of how grand or formal, is something inherent in me since I am a native Angeleno.”

Ms. Baradaran took her first interior design courses at UCLA while waiting to start a doctoral program in international relations.

“I was a newly married homeowner,” she said, “and I thought it would be fun.”

Ms. Baradaran, who opened the interior design studio that bears her name in 2000, started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates, where she worked on residential and hospitality projects.

Her work has been featured in numerous magazines ranging from Architectural Digest to Elle Décor, and she has received several awards and accolades. She won the 2012 “Star on the Rise” award from West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center and in 2013 was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “25 Most Influential Interior Designers in Hollywood.”

In addition to interiors, Ms. Baradaran designs furniture and textiles. “I see these as three different arms,” she said. “Each arm infuses another and could not exist without the other. To really understand my point of view as an interior designer, each practice is a piece of a complete story.”

New projects include a beach house in Montecito, a penthouse in Century City, California, and a townhouse in New York City. Her latest fabric collection launches in the fall.

“The collection plays with outmoded ideas of masculinity and femininity that have been placed on materiality, such as the perception that a fragile material is feminine or a bold one is masculine,” she said.

Ashley Darryl

Ashley Darryl Interiors

New York City

Large-scale abstract art and colored window frames give a classic contemporary look to a living room designed by Ashley Darryl in a 19th-century house in Clinton Corners, New York. Photo by Marco Ricca

Ashley Darryl’s contemporary classical interiors are designed to be timeless.

“When you look at my projects, you can’t tell when I did them,” she said. “Neither can I.”

Ms. Darryl, 37, who opened her eponymous studio in Manhattan in 2014, artfully mixes old and new pieces to help stop the ticking of the clock.

“I love the story behind each vintage piece,” she said. “I like to know that someone loved it and enjoyed it through the years. These pieces catch the eye in a room. No one can duplicate some of the things I’ve created because the pieces are unique.”

Ms. Darryl, who was named a Next Wave Designer by House Beautiful in 2014 and a Rising Star by the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association in 2017, has an interesting history.

Ashley Darryl in her New York City apartment. Photo by Allyson Lubow

The daughter of an interior designer, she never thought about going into the field. Instead, she studied art history at Southern Methodist University and did graduate studies at Sotheby’s, where she learned about antiques. An internship with an interior designer through that program shifted her focus.

“I was obsessed with interior design,” she said.

After working for Jeff Lincoln Interiors in New York City for seven years, she opened Ashley Darryl Interiors.

Ms. Darryl, whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Vogue and Domino, draws inspiration from a variety of design icons, notably Jeff Lincoln, Billy Baldwin, Steven Gambrel, Jacques Adnet and David Hicks.

And also from her own past. “My mother used to take me to flea markets,” she said. “And I used to bring my finds home rearrange my room every other day.”

Her Texas upbringing also plays into her designs. “I grew up half a year on a horse ranch, so I like bringing greenery into a room,” she said. “It brings life to the cold concrete of New York City. And it makes the space and the people in it feel better.”

Ashley Darryl in her New York City apartment. Photo by Allyson Lubow

Bryan O’Sullivan

Bryan O’Sullivan Studio


In a Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City, Bryan O’Sullivan created bespoke tables to complement the walnut bed by architect Annabelle Selldorf. Vintage pieces, including a 1937 Venini mirror and Roberto Giulio Rida table lamps, add a relaxed sense of glamour to the space. Photo by James McDonald

Bryan O’Sullivan opened his London studio in 2013. Photo by Mark Cocksedge

Since opening his namesake design studio in London in 2013, Bryan O’Sullivan has completed a variety of residential and commercial projects around the world.

His designs, which he describes as “timeless and elegant, homey yet cutting-edge stylish,” are bespoke and personalized.

“We design everything from lighting to furniture, which adds more layers to the uniqueness of these spaces,” he said.

The 36-year-old Mr. O’Sullivan, who is from Kenmare in County Kerry in Southern Ireland, worked for Selldorf Architects in New York; David Collins and Martin Brudnizki in London; and Luis Laplace in Paris after he studied architecture at the University of Westminster.

Bryan O’Sullivan opened his London studio in 2013. Photo by Mark Cocksedge

“I look up to Annabelle Selldorf,” he said. “She is an incredible architect/designer, and she always strikes the right balance of beauty, elegance and art.”

His studio, which he started in his bedroom, now occupies two floors in a London office that houses a team of 20.

As a young designer, he strives to offer a “fresh perspective” that takes his clients’ needs and wants into account.

Mr. O’Sullivan takes inspiration from a variety of sources, including the beauty of his native Ireland.

“My parents’ house has big floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the bay,” he said, “and I was always interested in the idea of creating spaces both architecturally and internally and the connection with the outside from a young age.”

He recently completed a four-and-a-half-year restoration of an 11,000-square-foot townhouse in Paris, a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in New York City, a ski chalet at the  Courchevel resort in the French Alps and several yachts in the Mediterranean.

Mr. O’Sullivan has done projects for several hotels, including the Berkeley in London, The Green on St. Stephen’s Green park in Dublin, the Tamburlaine in Cambridge, England, and the LAVIDA at the Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

He’s developing a bespoke lighting and furniture collection and is looking forward to adding textile design to his oeuvre.

Andrew Sun

Atelier SUN


Live bamboo trees, which have become Andrew Sun’s signature, were used at the Courtyard House in Toronto to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. Photo by Chao Chen

Architectural and interior designer Andrew Sun creates naturalistic, minimalist spaces that explore spatial relationships and the interplay of light and shadow.

“My heart lies more in the architectural field,” he said. “I strive to cut to bone in my design to seek the balance point where there is nothing to add and nothing to take away.”

Mr. Sun, 35, who graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2008 and established his boutique atelier in 2013, is best known for the Courtyard House, an award-winning home he designed and decorated that features his signature statement: live trees planted in the living space.

“I like to divide spaces into multiple areas to create smaller spaces and use live trees and plants as dividers,” he said. “It’s like designing a village, and it gives a treehouse feeling.”

Andrew Sun started his career with an architectural firm. Photo by Jean Su

The greenery is meant to complement Mr. Sun’s use of natural materials, notably wood flooring and stairs. “I want to create a connection to nature,” he said. “Tiles and concrete are too cold.”

He said the idea of bringing nature inside is particularly appealing to his clients in the Greater Toronto Area, where the cold and snow make it impossible to enjoy the outdoors for great lengths of time.

For commercial projects, he takes inspiration from the local culture, the clients’ identity and the particular use of the building. “I always embed a little surprise,” he said. “I want the design to evolve when the user interacts with it.”

At a newly constructed hand-pulled noodle restaurant in Toronto, for example, he took inspiration from the noodle-making process and hung cutting boards on the ceiling.

“The space is very long and narrow, and the client didn’t think the very end of the restaurant would attract many customers,” Mr. Sun said. “We applied different finishes on each side of the cutting boards, so the moment customers look back, they see a completely different restaurant. The further you are inside the restaurant, the greater the effect is.”

Mr. Sun, who started his career in an interior design firm and worked in the interior design division of an architectural firm, soon will be a licensed architect.

Andrew Sun started his career with an architectural firm. Photo by Jean Su

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