Industrial Steam Punk Around The House – Close Up Interior Design Details.

Leather Belts for Wine Racks? I’ll Take A Basement! 

Interior Design Details – Industrial Close Ups


Heavy materials, dark colors, and exposed construction elements all contribute to the distinct look and feel of the industrial style. To show you just what we mean, we’ve compiled a few examples of extreme close ups of pieces and details that are right at home in an industrial interior. Let’s take a look.


1. The steel rebar supports for the railing and the concrete of the actual steps give this staircase a modern, industrial look.

Cadaval & Solà-Morales designed this house in Mexico City. Photography by Miguel de Guzman.

2. Wheels on the bottom of large steel kitchen islands create an industrial look and makes it easier to reconfigure the kitchen should the mood strike.

Inspiration from an apartment designed by Cindy Bayon of Muratore Construction + Design, Photography by Scott Hargis.

3. These pendant lights hanging from a modern pulley system put a contemporary spin on the traditional rustic look of the older pulley systems.

Atelier I-N-D-J designed this restaurant featuring pendant lights on pulley systems. Photography by Seth Powers.

4. The dark color of the sliding door mechanism completes the industrial look in this shipping container home.

Studio H:T designed this shipping container home. Photography by Braden Gunem.

5. This small pendant light, made from a glass jar and a concrete top, brightens the space and contributes to an overall industrial vibe.

Inspiration from a house designed by Lendager Arkitekter. Photography by Jesper Ray.

6. Concrete steps and thin metal handrails give this staircase a simple, modern, industrial look.

Inspiration from a house in India designed by Matharoo Associates.

7. Dark metal, leather strips, and brass hardware make this wine rack the perfect modern industrial accent piece.

Arthur Umanoff designed this industrial wine rack. Available through 1stdibs.

8. The wheels on the bottoms of this sliding bookcase add an industrial touch to the modern piece of furniture.

Vincent Martinez designed the Literatura Open bookcase. Manufactured by Punt.

9. Light wood crates contrast the dark metal frame and pull tabs on this small industrial kitchen unit.

Frama designed this industrial office kitchen. Photography by Michael Falgren.

10. The clean look of this metal barn door hardware puts a modern spin on the traditional industrial look of sliding door hardware.

Aero Barn Door Hardware from Real Sliding Hardware

11. The dark, thin metal handle bolted to this light colored door creates a modern contrast made from industrial materials.

The Studio Pull from Rustica Hardware.

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2016 World Interior of the Year in Marble Powder

 Amazing interior done in marble powder by Weng Shang Wei

Marble powder creates “seamless” finish for World Interior of the Year 2016

In this exclusive movie, designer Weng Shang Wei explains how he achieved the deep, uniform shade of black inside the Hangzhou fashion store that was named World Interior of the Year at Inside 2016 last month.

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

Black Cant System by Weng’s studio AN Design, which he co-founded together with Jiadie Yuan, is a concept store for a fashion brand called Heike.

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

The boutique is located on the second floor of a furniture showroom in the Chinese city. Customers climb a narrow staircase to enter, emerging into the space from a large, black, wedge-shaped volume.

The idea behind the unusual structure was to conceal the stairway while maintaining the open plan of the store, Weng says.

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

“Originally, the staircase divided the second-floor space,” he says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed at Inside 2016 interiors festival in Berlin.

“I don’t like it when a space is divided like this – it’s incomplete, it’s not united. In the end we found a solution that is somehow separate but allows the space to remain as a whole.”

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

Other functions are built into the same black structure to make the most of the available space.

“The design has multiple purposes within it,” Weng says. “It contains a fitting room, a showroom for accessories, as well as integrating the handrails of the staircase.”

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

AN Design used concrete and steel throughout the store. The monochrome aesthetic was informed by Heike’s clothes, which are largely black.

“Heike as a brand wants to create fashion that transcends age, gender, and all of those barriers,” Weng says.

AN Design's interior for the Heike concept store in Hangzhou

Powdered marble coats the entire exterior of the wedge-shaped structure.

“It is applied mostly on the surface of the wedge, as well as on the supporting columns,” Weng explains. “I like it because marble powder can be seamless, without divisions or lines.”

He adds: “The texture is also very warm, comforting and soft when you touch it. It achieves the completeness that I was looking for in this space.”

Weng Shang Wei of AN Design
Weng Shang Wei of AN Design. Copyright: Dezeen

This movie was filmed by Dezeen in Berlin for Inside festival of interior design. Photography is by Yujie Liu, unless otherwise stated.

Dezeen is media partners for Inside 2016, which this year took place in Berlin in conjunction with World Architecture Festival 2016.

3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Wood this Winter Season.

3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Wood this Winter Season.

3 Ways to Waterproof Wood

That natural beauty demands protection! Choose the products and techniques that work best with your wood.

By Glenda Taylor

How to Waterproof Wood


Some of most delightful furniture, cabinetry, and trim work are crafted from wood, the world’s oldest and best-loved building material. Without protection, however, most wood will suffer from exposure to moisture and high humidity, resulting in swelling, warping, or even rotting. You might even find that some pests try to destroy your wood. That’s why if you find you have woodworm, bring in specialists fast! Protecting your wood is easy if you know exactly how to do it. Fortunately, you can easily avail yourself of products that protect wood while enhancing its natural beauty. When choosing the best method for how to waterproof wood, keep in mind that not all waterproofing products are the same—some are better suited for interior or exterior items, while others are geared towards dark- or light-grained wood. Here, we’ve outlined the three surefire ways to preserve your wood for years to come. If you’re wanting to keep wooden logs safely stored away in winter then look on sites like gardensite for log storage products.

How to Waterproof Wood


Linseed oil, derived from the seeds of the flax plant, and Tung oil, extracted from the Chinese Tung tree, are the basis for nearly all hand-rubbed (a.k.a. wiping) oil finishes. Employed for centuries, these oils beautify and protect such dark-grained woods as walnut and mahogany, and they’re still in use today—with a few improvements. Blending the oils with other ingredients hastens drying times and eliminates stickiness. You can purchase pre-blended Tung and linseed products, or mix your own for a custom finish.

A standard hand-rubbed oil blend consists of one-part oil (either Tung or boiled linseed), one-part mineral spirits, and one-part polyurethane varnish. Stir thoroughly before applying with a natural bristle paintbrush to dark-grained wood that’s been sanded and cleaned. (If looking for how to waterproof wood that is lighter in color, such as pine or ash, skip this method in favor of one of the next two; hand-rubbed oils have a tendency to yellow over time.) Let the oil soak into the surface, and reapply to any spots that look dry. Then wipe off the residual oil, rubbing well with clean dry rags to remove all excess. Allow the wood to dry completely; this can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the degree of oil in the mixture. Finally, sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Repeat the process with as many additional coats as required to obtain your desired finish.

As you become familiar with oil-rubbed blends, feel free to experiment with the formula. For a thicker product, reduce the amount of mineral spirits. If you’d like more working time before the finish dries, reduce the amount of varnish. Add more varnish for a glossier finish and quicker drying time. You can create a multitude of custom blends!

Note: Oily rags used to rub away excess oil can spontaneously combust—yup, even without being near flame, because as the oil dries it generates heat. Take precautions by keeping a bucket of water handy while working; as a rag becomes oil-saturated, drop it in the bucket while and continue with a clean rag. Later, hang rags out to dry separately. When completely dry, you can throw them away without risk, but rags should not be reused.

How to Waterproof Wood


Polyurethane, varnish, and lacquer are tried-and-true sealants with excellent waterproofing properties. They’re either brushed or sprayed onto clean, sanded wood and allowed to dry completely, then the piece is lightly re-sanded and recoated. For best results, apply in a “room temperature” environment and never shake or briskly stir sealants before application—that can cause air bubbles that would remain on the surface, even after the sealant dries. Though relatively quick drying (some in as little as 15 minutes), these sealants often contain chemical solvents so ventilation is necessary during application. Read on for the pros and cons of these popular sealants.

• Polyurethane sealants, which contain various amounts of solvents in addition to acrylic and polyurethane resins, let you choose your favorite finish effect, from a high gloss shine to a gentle soft sheen. Plus, today’s polyurethane won’t yellow, so it’s a good choice for light-toned woods. Oil-based polyurethane offers the greatest durability, but brush cleanup requires mineral spirits or turpentine. With water-based polyurethane, cleanup is a snap with soap and water.

• Varnish, a combination of resin, solvent, and drying oil, gives a hard-shell finish that resists scratches without yellowing. To waterproof wood that will be placed outdoors, choose marine varnish, which contains UV absorbers to resist sun damage. For interior use on end tables and coffee tables, spar varnish is a good choice to resist pesky cup rings. Clean brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits.

• Lacquer, a mixture of dissolved tree resin or synthetic resin in alcohol, is the sealant of choice for indoor hardwood furniture. While it can develop a yellowish tinge over time that’s considered unattractive on lighter woods, on deep-toned wood lacquer brings out a rich, warm finish that’s uniquely scratch resistant. It’s available in a variety of sheen choices, and can be thinned with lacquer thinner. For optimum results, apply lacquer in multiple light coats. Note: Lacquer emits off strong fumes, so ventilation is absolutely essential; work outdoors or open windows and use fans.

How to Waterproof Wood


When time is of the essence or you’re protecting a large project, such as a wood deck, go for a stain-sealant combo. These multitasking products add color while providing water resistance in a single step. Stain-sealant products contain color pigments with the addition of binders, which can be oil-, water- or alkyd-based. Depending on the concentration of pigment in the product, the final result can be transparent, opaque, or in-between. If applying a stain-sealer to exterior wood, you’ll want to reapply every year or two to keep the wood protected.

With the exception of alkyd-based products, stain-sealants don’t build up on the wood surface; instead, they soak in and any excess evaporates. Alkyd-based stain-sealants leave a light surface coating on the wood, making them better suited for interior wood items, such as indoor exposed beams or rustic furniture, that won’t require future applications. Outdoors, alkyd-based stain-sealers have a tendency to peel if the wood isn’t perfectly clean and dry when applied.

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Minimalist Bachelor Pad In Montenegro

The perfect blend of color and space, I love it!


When asked to design an apartment for a young IT engineer, the M3 Architectural&Construction group took a minimalist approach. Located in Budva, Montenegro, a coastal area on the Adriatic Sea, this bachelor’s apartment has great views so a scaled back interior was decided upon. Montenegro offers enough inspiration alone as it’s so visually attractive. Take a look at these Montenegro Guides if you’re thinking of visiting.


Throughout the interior, a neutral palette of white surfaces, grey accents, and natural materials was used as not to detract from the views.


The main living area was kept open with floor-to-ceiling curtains acting as dividers to separate the space when needed.



To pair with their minimalist design, they incorporated furnishings from Coliform, Artemide, Deltalight, Zanotta, Duravit, and Grohe.








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Inside Tip On Finding The Best Blow-Dryer

 Nothing Quite Like Having A Good Hair Day.. Everyday!


Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to invest in a new tool.

“Basic” may have adopted a negative connotation in recent years, but there’s no shame in seeking advice on theoretically simple sartorial conundrums. In our latest column, “Back to Basics,” we’re here to guide you through life’s most common (and important) fashion and beauty concerns.

Shopping for a blow-dryer can seem daunting. The good ones with high-tech promises and fancy attachments are enticing but expensive. And if you want to find the one that’s not an absolute pain to use, then speed, weight and (of course) results are all of importance. But it’s hard to know which one’s actually going to deliver until you take the plunge and actually try it. We tapped some hair experts — hairstylists Harry Josh and Matt Fugate — for their best blow-dryer-buying advice.


Don’t assume that the tool your hairstylist uses is definitely going to be the one you’ll want to invest in for home use, says Fugate. “Professionals are looking for something different than the average person, as we’re using our dryers on all hair types. At home, you need to figure out what you’re using your blow-dryer for: Do you want to stretch your hair out? Do you want to create volume? Are you diffusing?” he says. All of those are important factors that can help you narrow down which tool will yield the best results.


Hair texture and type — as well as your desired styling results — will also determine whether or not you’ll want to seek out a dryer that produces ions. “Ions counteract frizz and static, and a blow-dryer with an ion setting will really help women with frizzy, unruly hair achieve a sleeker blowout,” says Josh. But the flip side of that is that it can leave fine hair limp and deflated looking. “If you have fine, straight hair, you amy notice a decrease in body from your blowout, so this setting is really best for women with a lot of pre-existing texture and thickness,” says Josh, whose own eponymous blow-dryer offers an on/off switch so you can toggle between releasing ions or not.


“I’d first look for a warranty,” says Josh. “That way you know you’re getting your money’s worth and that the dryer isn’t going to die after a few months. This is imperative for women who are drying their hair every day.” Josh makes a solid case for investing in a higher-end tool, pointing out that the cheaper models might not hold up well to daily use. “Cheaper models can get cracks in the barrel, give uneven heat or sometimes even give off a smoky smell,” says Josh.


“I always recommend using attachments. Many dryers come with nozzles which help concentrate the airflow,” says Josh, who points out that one common misconception is that these nozzles make the blow-drying process take longer. “It actually makes your blow-dry much more efficient,” he says. Fugate also points out the importance of technique when you’re using a concentrator attachment: “I recommend not placing it up against the hair or the brush, since it’ll burn the hair and also cause the motor to fail over time,” he says. Hold it several inches away, pointing in the direction you’re styling the hair, for the best results.

For anyone with curly hair, a diffuser attachment is a must. “Diffusers help distribute the air from the dryer without creating a frizzy mess,” explains Josh.

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Designer Kitchen – All About Black

I’ll Take One! What Do You Think? 

Kitchen of the Week: A Study in Black by Designer Nicole Hollis

October 27, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Photography by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Nicole Hollis.


Above: In the studio’s communal staff kitchen, floors are custom dark gray concrete and walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White—the same finishes used throughout the rest of the studio.


Above: The kitchen has two handmade backsplashes: a row of hand-glazed, glossy black Moroccan Clé tile, and a “bleached metal” steel wall surround—an effect Hollis developed with Oakland’s Chris French Metal “to add depth, interest, and contrast to the space,” she says.


Above: Two white accents—a petite planter and a salt grinder from Hudson Grace—in a sea of black: a budget-friendly dish rack Hollis found on Amazon, Cutting Boards by Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. from March in San Francisco, and a pair of black Rubber-Coated Soap Pumps and black Rubber Cups from CB2.


Above: A custom steel kitchen island with Calacatta marble top (from CoorItalia) is one of the few nonblack surfaces in the room. The requisite microwave (it’s a staff kitchen, after all) is hidden in the cabinet just to the left of the sink.


Above: Direct light reveals how complex the black shades really are, including a Belgian bluestone countertop from Cooritalia. “There is not just one shade of black here, but many,” said Hollis, “as well as a variety of textures. That’s key when you are working with a restrictive palette.”


Above: Glass jars from Fort Standard hold a variety of loose-leaf teas, perched over a Viking electric range.


Above: The sink and faucet are both matte black from Blanco. To incentivize plant-watering, Hollis stocked the kitchen with a polished brass watering can by Lee West for Carl Auböck, from the Future Perfect.


Above: The staff sits at a James Perse dining table surrounded by a mix of designer chairs: Panton, Thonet Era, Tolix Marais A, and Eames Eiffel, plus Prouvé Standard and DWR’s Salt Chair (not pictured). Meals are served on Heath Ceramics tableware. The glassware shown is Flaskwareby Adam Reineck and Yvonne Mouser from Front SF. The loft windows look out over a cityscape toward the Twin Peaks hills of San Francisco.


Above: The dramatic wall light above the dining table is from Dimore Studio.

A Cheeseboard Never Looked So Glamorous!

 I am a HUGE fan of cheese & black, so this is a must!

New from Normann Copenhagen: A Glamorous Cheese Board in Black Marble

October 27, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

New (and noirish) from Normann Copenhagen: the Pebble Cheese Set, designed by Simon Legald, consists of a smooth, pebble-like black marble serving board and a set of  elegant silcone-handled serving implements.


Above: The black marble oval serving board has a recessed grip for serving.


Above, L to R: The Pebble Cheese Plane, the Pebble Cheese Slicer, the Pebble Cheese Fork, and the Pebble Cheese Knife; each is $32 CAD ($24 USD) from the Modern Shop.


Above, L to R: The Small Pebble Board and the Large Pebble Board; $114 CAD ($85 USD) each.

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From Playboy Bachelor to Family Living – Lofts For Everyone

From Playboy Bachelor to Family Living


While loft living might not be for everyone, others find it dream-worthy. If you want to convert your loft into a place to relax or even live then visit to see if you can makeover your empty loft. The wide open spaces paired with high ceilings lead to innovative storage solutions and clever furniture layouts is amazing for some, while others become overwhelmed with the lack of walls. The choice of furniture can make a difference to the look of a room and can be the make or break of its design. Something simple like the size and style of rug or table can impact it massively. Here is a great place to get started if you’re looking for some inspiration. When done well, lofts become the covetable places that any urbanite would love to hang their hat, which led us to search out ten lofts that are doing it right. There are a number of beautiful looking lofts on that have an amazing look to them. Take a look.

Photo by Koray Erkaya

Designed by Ofist in Istanbul, Turkey, the Karaoke Loft belongs to a 40-something bachelor who longed for a comfortable space with a focus on natural and neutral materials. Horizontal wooden planks rise from the window wall up onto the slanted ceiling, giving the slightly industrial space a warm, cozy feeling.

Photo courtesy of courtesy of The Saint Martins Lofts

Photo courtesy of courtesy of The Saint Martins Lofts

Once the Saint Martins School of Art has now become the Saint Martins Lofts after a renovation led by 19 Greek Street, who designed the model apartment. The loft-like space features high ceilings and white surfaces to keep the space light and bright. Eclectic furnishings give it a modern, contemporary feel.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Hoppen

Photo courtesy of Kelly Hoppen

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen once called this London loft home, which features double height ceilings underneath a pitched roof with wooden beams. A curved metal staircase and a hanging chair make for bold statements in this large open space.

Photo by SABO project

Photo by SABO project

This Brooklyn loft designed by SABO project was first gutted before rebuilding the interior to become more functional. Dropped ceilings were removed, as were partition walls to open the space up and give it 12? tall ceilings. Mezzanine levels were created and now house additional storage, a closet, and custom cabinets underneath.

Photo by Hunting for George

Photo by Hunting for George, via Gravity Home

Housewares brand Hunting for George collaborated with Melbourne design studio Grazia & Co on a collection of signature lifestyle products. That led to them furnishing a gorgeous, light-filled loft with all the timeless goods.

Photo by Fran Parente for Casa Vogue

Photo by Fran Parente

Part time New Yorker Hussein Jarouche, who’s a Brazilian artist, enlisted Ana Strumpf to design his Chelsea loft to feel like home despite only being there four times a year. The loft is filled with an eclectic mix of artwork and design objects to give it a fun and quirky vibe.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Behun

Photo courtesy of Kelly Behun

Kelly Behun has a way of creating spaces that have an understated glamour, which is the case of this New York City penthouse. Instead of the all-white space appearing cold and sterile, it feels cozy with its layers of rich textures and framed city views.

Photo by Luc Roymans Photography

Photo by Luc Roymans Photography

The Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten renovated a factory outside of Kortrijk into this loft full of curvy walls and light wood tones. The extra tall ceilings and massive windows keep the interior bright, and the rounded brick ceilings are a nod to the building’s former life.

Photo by Daniel Talonia

Photo by Daniel Talonia

Design42 Architecture renovated this loft in downtown NYC to maximize its modest space. Since the square footage is limited, they built up to create additional living areas while adding plenty of extra storage options throughout.

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Clean Up In Black – The Best of Black Soaps

 Clean Up With Black Soaps!

10 Favorites: The Best of Black Soap

October 25, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Essential for the noirish bath: black bar soap: Here are 10 favorites, ranging from Seattle-made Blackbird soap inspired by the Mount St. Helens eruption to a soap evoking “the feeling of drinking a fine scotch in a wood-paneled den.”


Above: Maria Evora Black Cameo Soap is $11.74 from Small Flower on Amazon.

binu-binu-black-shaman-soap-2-768x520Above: The Binu Binu Shaman Black Charcoal Soap is made with charcoal, lavender, cedar wood, and clary sage; $18 from Binu Binu.


Above: A box of three bars of Caswell-Massey triple-milled Onyx Soap (a blend of coriander, black pepper, and tobacco). Contact Caswell-Massey for pricing and availability.


Above: The Joya No. 6 Black Soap has a scent of vetiver, amber, and cedarwood and comes with a black soap dish to match; $48 on Amazon.


Above: Sort of Coal’s Kuro Soap for face and body is made of Japanese charcoal; $25 at Sort of Coal.


Above: Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap emits a “masculine scent of bergamot and black pepper”; $9 per bar directly from Duke Cannon.


Above: The Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap is $45 on Amazon.


Above: In Japan, the sea bream is associated with good fortune. Welcome Soap, made by a 120-year-old Tamanohada soap factory, is a good house gift. It has a brown sugar scent; $45 from C.O. Bigelow.


Above: Activated Charcoal Soap handmade in Michigan with a mix of natural oils and activated charcoal is $6.50 from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy.


Above: From Spanish company Magno, two bars of glycerine La Toja Soap are $7.75 on Amazon.


Above: The Detox Soap from Pearl+ is found in the bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon; New York; and Pittsburgh; $8 each at the Ace Hotel Shop.

For more in soap, see our post The Return of Soap on a Rope, Plus 7 to Buy.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 27, 2013.

Curated From Remodelista