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The Italian born interior designer Claudio Celiberti has created a kitchen, that differs from the rest not only because of the materials he used for the design, but for its £1m price tag as well, which makes it the world’s most expensive kitchen. It is called “Fiore di Cristallo” and has been hand-crafted in Italy which has taken 12 months.
Photographs by: Sean Gardiner
Claudio Celiberti has combined the world famous “Crystal of Murano”, copper and stone to create the stylish and exquisite look of the kitchen. The look is completed by a £ 26,400 bespoke Swarovski Crystal Chandelier. There 27 cabinets which cost over £400,000 and are lined with copper and have 9 mm thick crystal doors and handles. The cost of the kitchen island is £36,850 and is made of Murano Crystal as well. The kitchen is supplied with custom made appliances by Gaggenau which cost £24,000 as the fridge, wine cabinet and the coffee machine are not included in this total.
Photographs by: Sean Gardiner
Claudio Celiberti states that he wanted to create something beautiful but yet functional that strikes with the quality of the used materials and details and showcases fine craftsmanship. The kitchen is the only model available at the moment.
Recent studies suggest that office design impacts the workplace productivity. People are spending around 40-50 hours per week at their workplace which is a big part of their waking hours. That is why happiness and comfort are very important for people so they can work better and enjoy what they do.
The new challenge for designers and architects is to create a comfortable workplace that attracts and motivate the workforce by improving the functionality and ergonomics in the office design. There are a few factors that influence the office design:
Choice of Furniture – All the necessary furniture needed for a normal functioning of the workplace and good office design, such as desk chairs, filing systems, shelves, drawers, etc., have to be ergonomic. Ergonomic furniture give comfort and if they are not chosen correctly could lead to different health problems and even injuries of the employees and their workplace productivity would be affected.
Noise – Noise impacts us more than we think, possibly causing us health problems as well. There are various sources of noise pollution such as noise from construction projects, traffic, conversation noise, etc. In the office environment, too much noise can irritate people and reduce their focus and productivity. But some studies show that light background noise will comfort and relax people. The best solution for a good office design will be reducing the distracting noise by high-performance echo-reducing ceilings, sound absorbing materials for furniture and carpets where possible.
Light Intensity – Receptors in the retina of the eye influence a part of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness, affecting our levels of alertness. The latest studies show that more exposure to natural light can reduce low and sad mood, and where is possible the amount of natural light in the workplace should be increased by installing skylights and large windows. The quality of office light also affects the alertness, task performance and concentration. Reading the computer screens by the people can be difficult with excessively bright lighting.
Air quality – Poor air quality in the workplace can lead to tiredness and lethargy as the main factors contributing to air quality are: temperature, humidity, ventilation and cleanliness. Workplaces with closed windows can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air therefore when considering the office design, air purifiers should be installed as they can remove the pollution, germs and allergens and improve air circulation. Temperature and humidity should be controlled thermostats and dehumidifiers as the best values for them respectively around 70°F (21°C) and between 40 and 60 percent.
Colours – Wrong choice of colours in the workplace can cause eye-strain, headache and fatigue. They have impact on the mood as well. There are two types of colour categories: cool colours( blues, greens, purples) and warm colours(red, oranges, yellow). The cool colours are best suited for workplaces that require an intense concentration such as accounting and boardrooms. The warm colours are required for workplaces with high level of creativity such as advertising and software design.
Google Office in Tel Aviv, Israel is a perfect example for a modern office design with 500 workstations and variety of spaces for communicating, collaborating and sharing ideas. It has been designed with the employees’ well-being and unique local identity in mind. The office is colourful and ergonomic and meets LEED Gold Standard Certification. Google office has a music room, a Lego room and fully outfitted gym. The employees can use the rooftop deck with WiFi and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea and can choose from three kosher and non-kosher restaurants.
The video at the end of the article show you the interior of Google Office in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Josephine Gintzburger is a Bavarian born interior designer who lives in France and worked in the fashion world for a long time before she decided to transfer her passion into something she loved – creating her amazing interior designs. Her interiors are adventurous and eclectic, a mixture of styles and colours, that will stir your imagination.
Josephine decorated this 200m² apartment in Paris, in the neighborhood of Saint Eustache using different elements – from retro and vintage to minimalist and industrial – as she decorated the space with layers of different textures.
The contemporary style sofas contrast with the rustic beams, the funky retro clock and the wooden ethnic statues.
Josephine used bright colours in the kitchen to create fun but functional space with stainless steel worktops.
The summer holiday is not only time for fun with your children but also a time when you can start planning some DIY work or doing a few changes in your children’s bedroom with their help. Doing this does not always involve spending a lot of money, but just getting creative and designing a room full of personality.
Choosing Colour Palette
Choosing the colour palette could be very easy task for some people but others would struggle with it. Some parents decide to go for the typical palette – pink colour for the girls and blue – for the boys. But you can break the pattern and make a big change to the room just by injecting colour using painted picture frames, cushions, bean bags, colourful rugs and bed spread, a new wallpaper or a splash of paint.
The first step to take is to gather some ideas about what your child likes and choose the colour scheme together. It is always fun to involve them as well. Children know exactly what they like and want, and can suggest some creative solutions.
Use of Colourful Picture Frames and Paintings
The easiest thing to do is to refresh the walls with some colourful picture frames that could be made by you and the children. You could use some of the paintings done by them and some old picture frames that you could splay paint in any bright colour.
Use Colourful Accessories
If you do not want to spend a lot of money and do a lot of work then the best approach is to refresh the colour palette is to add some accessories that will attract the attention and will add some freshness into the room.
Scatter some colourful cushions and bean bags or change the curtains, place some stars and a moon on the ceiling or attach a bed canopy that could be made by you, all this will change the look of the children bedroom completely. Rugs, lamps and bedding also can personalize the bedroom.
Inject Colour With Storage
You have to think about the storage as well. Children have so many toys and books nowadays that storage is essential. You can use a re-painted existing piece of furniture and add some colourful knobs. A great idea for the knobs would be either an old wooden toy, anything suitable for the purpose or just paint the existing ones. A great idea is to buy different adjustable shelving and modular units to store your children’s books that can be colourful, useful and fill awkward spaces and can be also fun for the children. As children grow they tent to like contemporary furniture more so these could be a good investment if you decide to change the interior of the children’s bedroom again.
Another way to add personality and colour to your children’s bedroom is to paint the walls and add some wall stickers with a certain theme that your children love. If you feel creative, you can use some masking tape or stencils and create your own art on the walls. This way you will add a personal touch and will create a unique interior. There is a huge variety of wall stickers on the market as well and there are some cheap options. Here are some ideas:
Use Wallpaper To Add Pattern and Colours
The latest collections of wallpaper that you can find anywhere offer different patterns combined with lots of colour. Some of them are suitable for small children and some – for teenagers but they will add an unique touch in the chosen style of the room.
Picture sources: http://www.wallstickersdecals.co.uk
Two existing penthouse apartments have been merged into only one spacious penthouse with open plan interior and the result is really amazing. The penthouse features five bathrooms, three bedrooms, a suite with a built-in library and a bathroom, a spacious entrance hall, a gym and an entertainment area with a commercial-size bar. There is also a separate home office and four balconies.
The different areas in the penthouse such as the dining room, the living area and the kitchens have been outlined by using different interior features. The lounge has been defined by rising the floor and by feature wall that has a completely modern look which contrasts with the middle eastern style sofa. The wooden floor has been made from timber recycled from 100-year-old storage shed.
A cutting-edge technology including portable touch pads enabling remote control from every room have been used throughout the penthouse.The bar area has an integrated fiber-optic lighting system with changing colours and a drop down LED screen which complete the contemporary look.
The kitchen has sleek and elegant look with glass mosaic splash back as a contrast with the gloss white units.
The master bedroom has a stylish custom made bed-head and a matching blanket chest.
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