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See Azzedine Alaia’s Three Paris Apartments

Azzedine Alaia rents out not just one but three separate apartments  next door to his atelier, at 5 Rue de Moussy in Paris.

Between them, there’s a total of five bedrooms and about 3,300 square feet, all outfitted with fancy furniture from Alaïa’s private collection. Apparently, there are similar apartments in the building that rent for €450 a night.

See inside the apartments in the slideshow, just in case you’d like sleeping next to Alaia. *

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Architecture


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Villa Veth – Hattem, Netherlands

Villa Veth is a modern, customized villa, a private residence for a family of four. It is situated on a large parcel of land by a forest near the idyllic town of Hattem in the eastern part of the Netherlands.The house itself and the mostly customized furnishings were designed by Liong Lie of the Rotterdam-based 123DV.

Although the structure from some angles resembles today’s favorite and by now highly overused form – long, narrow boxes situated at odd angles – the design of this villa manages to avoid that cliché by locating only one floor above ground.

The result is a classic, modern residence that functions well for the family inhabiting it, yet looks like it could have existed since the 1950s.

The ground floor and principal living area of the two-storey residence is divided into two. On one side are the master bedroom and two kids’ bedrooms — all with separate bathrooms — plus two small studios. The other half –the south-facing side — of the floor plan is taken up by an open-concept living area that includes the kitchen, dining and living spaces.

One wall of the living area is constructed of frameless curved glass, enabling a seamless connection with the outdoors.In addition, this space opens up to a vast, unadorned terrace or platform, part of which is covered and equipped with floor heating. The first floor also includes a small separate play and TV-room, a laundry and a tiny powder room.

The total floor surface area of the residence is 475 square meters (about 5,113 square feet). 123DV is an architectural firm that specializes in modern villas and supervises the entire construction process.

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Architecture



Private Island Paradise in the Central Bahamas.

You want the whole island just for yourself? $75,000,000 Private Island Paradise is waiting for you at Sotheby’s International Realty. This heaven on earth is located in the Central Bahamas,in the heart of the yachting paradise of the Exumas. The first thing you notice is the aquamarine and turquoise waters that surrounds the 38-acre island.

Paradise – the island can accommodate up to 22 family members and guests in five individual dwellings: Manor House, Beach Cottage, Harbourmaster House and the twin guest cottages of Buttonwood and Seagrape. Luxury Manor House has a wide verandas that offer amazing sweeping views and separate club-style dining. Also, we should mention entertainment building with stylish lounge and top-of-the-line fitness center, a charming chapel built of hand cut stone, infinity pool.

A total of 29 staff members can be accommodated in the chef and butler’s house, engineer’s cottage, pilot’s lounge, domestic staff quarters and bunkhouse. The operations center includes a workshop with fresh water treatment plant, island warehouse, elaborate power system, telephone and data systems, fuel systems and service vehicles.

The island boasts heliport and deep draft docks plus extended dockage for smaller vessels and seaplane, a working lighthouse, staff village and mechanical support system buildings.


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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Architecture


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