#tuesdaytrending: high tech flooring options for 2017

#tuesdaytrending: high tech flooring options for 2018 | @meccinteriors | design bites

Flooring is so much more than just a surface beneath our feet or something upon which furniture sits. As award-winning designer Alfredo Häberli says, “We’re surrounded by high tech. Not just houses and vehicles can be smart, but floors too. In the future, they could convert our footsteps into energy.” An intriguing thought, no? What’s coming in …

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lines of light in a thoughtful terrace house

lines of light in a thoughtful terrace house | @meccinteriors | design bites

Corner lots are generally coveted for their greater exposure and yardage, but most people still want privacy from nosy neighbours. HYLA Architects designed a striking and contemporary corner terrace house in Faber Terrace, Singapore. From the architect.  This terrace sits at a corner site and thus the full side of the house fronts the side street. …

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bringing an aged edwardian to the present

bringing an aged edwardian to the present | @meccinteriors | design bites

A once distinctly Edwardian home in Melbourne received a significant facelift and modernization. Jost Architects were tasked with creating a “house that was clean, distinctive and enjoyable to use without feeling like they were an object in their own home purely because it was of a contemporary design.” The ground floor is designed around an internal …

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can we capture energy from our wall paint?

can we capture energy from our wall paint? | @meccinteriors | design bites

The following originally appeared in Science Daily. Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen — the cleanest source of energy. The paint contains a newly developed compound that acts like silica gel, which is used in sachets to absorb moisture and keep food, medicines and electronics …

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glass walls frame beautiful landscapes of the deschutes river

glass walls frame beautiful landscapes of the deschutes river | @meccinteriors | design bites

Located along the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, the FINNE Architects‘ designed Deschutes House seems to appear from the trees. The modern aesthetic features large picture windows along the river side of the house and cantilevered sections to take advantage of the exterior views. From the architect:  The architectural massing of the house has been …

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#tuesdaytrending: cool appliances are key in outdoor kitchens

#tuesdaytrending: cool appliances are key in outdoor kitchens | @meccinteriors | design bites

Grilling certainly isn’t only a seasonal activity, but with Summer now officially here, it’s time to pay attention to your outdoor kitchen, even if it consists of nothing more than a BBQ. As Kitchen and Bath Design reports: “the outdoor grilling station has become an entertainment area with expanded cooking capabilities.” From an appliance standpoint, …

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how to curate a très chic parisian interior

how to curate a très chic parisian interior | @meccinteriors | design bites

Parisian interiors always seem to exude sophistication and glamour, yet they feel like an effortless progression and are never over styled. How do you create a très chic interior that’s both elegant and nonchalant? Follow these simple tips to create your own Parisian masterpiece. Start by lightening up your walls; a subdued palette highlights gorgeous architectural details …

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a picturesque off-grid retreat in the rainforest

a picturesque off-grid retreat in the rainforest | @meccinteriors | design bites

Valdes Island, British Columbia boasts the unblemished beauty typically found in the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. Preferring to support the island’s pristine naturalness, BattersbyHowat Architects chose to minimise the footprint of this tiny home getaway. The off-the-grid retreat is essentially a box that tilts away from its hillside perch, clad in black-stained cedar siding …

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award-winning designs from the other side of the world

award-winning designs from the other side of the world | @meccinteriors | design bites

Do you ever wonder how other pockets of the world design and decorate their homes? The world is a much smaller place these days, with instant communication from around the globe, but local interests and preferences still offer a unique flavour despite outside influences. The Australian Interior Design Awards 2017 were recently announced. Here are …

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bold colour and patterns bring high drama to chelsea

bold colour and patterns bring high drama to chelsea | @meccinteriors | design bites

Bold design means different things to different people. It might be as simple as adding a plant or painting a wall or ceiling in a colour other than white or beige. Or it might mean playing with patterns, scale, and stronger tones. If you’re unsure how to go about mixing it all together, DHD Architecture …

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