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Jan 1, 2010


Happy New Year, and welcome to the start of a new decade! To conclude 2009, we’re going to showcase our favorite discoveries as reported on Home Rejuvenation in the past year.

Architect Pedro Gadanho displays his penchant for bold and colorful details in this family home in Oporto, Portugal.

Just how many times would you give your own home a makeover? Hong Kong architect Gary Chang did it 4 times for his 330 sq ft apartment in Sai Wan Ho district (click here to see the 3rd renovation) - the latest renovation being termed the Domestic Transformer. Buying a new house might have been a better and simpler solution, but Chang prefers to stay on as he sees the place as "an ongoing experiment".

Using shifting wall units suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, the apartment becomes all manner of spaces — kitchen, library, laundry room, dressing room, a lounge with a hammock, an enclosed dining area and a wet bar. An alarming total of 24 different layouts can be configured within this small space!

I'll be keen to see how the fifth renovation turns out...

Cloud is a sofa concept based on magnetic forces: the soft floating upper part is supported solely by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base, thus creating the effect of sleeping or sitting on a cloud.
These furniture typeface made me smile all day long.

Planting nature right inside the house doesn't mean bringing in a few pots of plants and chucking them at a corner of the house. Take a cue from Natsiq Outdoor's artistic room divider - I can only see beauty in these towering branches 'growing' out from the lacquered stainless steel base. Yes, it may not screen out much. But I'm certainly not complaining.

French design graduate Rémi Bouhaniche has designed the unusual Etirement light, which can be dimmed by pulling the shade (made in a translucent membrane) using an attached rod at the bottom.

Other than using words like brilliant and clever, I'm not really sure how else to describe Ink Calendar, a date pacer designed by Oscar Diaz that records the passage of time by slowly absorbing ink.

Stockholm architects Wilhelmson Arkitekter made a bold statement creating windows that look like gilded picture frames for this housing project in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura created the elegant Hechima 4 chair using only paper (vulcanized fibre).

I'm gasping for air looking at this stunning kitchen island designed by Parisian duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti. They took a basic IKEA island unit and covered it with close to 20,000 pieces of Lego blocks, creating a colorful head-turner in the kitchen instantly!


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Home Builder Los Angeles said...

With the advent of the New Year, home makeovers would more likely be a household topic especially for interior design and architecture enthusiasts. With these concepts and designs, the year 2010 may become another year for breakthroughs in transcending houses into a not just a home but a place comparable to galleries, offices and modern hang-out places.

jon said...

Nice finds over the year! I love the Cloud chair most.:)