Joseph Dirand, a French architect who is infamous for his stunning black and white, lavish designs, is also a master at what’s called “frame and contain”. He uses contrast and framing techniques that I find fascinating and extremely effective at highlighting views, emphasizing importance, and delineating spaces.
This penthouse apartment on 5th Avenue in New York has an amazing living room, in which Dirand “frames” the window by adding thick black mouldings, which contrast the white surrounding space. Your attention is immediately drawn to the most important thing, the view!
The dining room uses the heavy black framing technique between rooms to create a portal, which also draws your eyes beyond into the kitchen, and to yet another wonderfully framed view.
In the bedroom, the same technique is used to create an amazing real life skyline art piece behind the bed.
This luxurious penthouse is part of an imposing Gothic revival structure at London’s St. Pancras railway station. For years the 19th-century structure had languished in disrepair. It stood neglected until the mid-2000s, when the Manhattan Loft Corporation embarked on an ambitious renovation. But though the building’s exterior was restored to its former glory, the onset of the recession meant the interior got just a basic makeover. Until now.
A new loft located in an ancient building – the 17th century house has been entirely renovated recently- ceiling height of 5 metres and beautiful old wooden beams.
A chic loft in New York City, somewhere on the border between Soho and Tribeca. It is bright, cheerful, modern with just a touch of old world architectural charm.
Near Central Park, in a residential skyscraper called Park Laurel, this luxurious NY penthouse has 360 degrees overview upon the architectural horizon of Manhattan
New York City-based Koko Architecture+Design transformed this penthouse with glorius views of the Empire State Building into modern bright loft-like apartment.
A stunning revitalization of a 1990’s loft… The client wanted to keep the open space, but somehow define different parts of his home.
Ever seen a Christian-themed loft? If no, here’s the place: one of a kind Loft Penthouse with NW English Bay, Mountain & City views designed by a renowned Vancouver artist.
This astonishing duplex penthouse has floor-to-ceiling glass walls with unparalleled views of Manhattan. It has been designed with a modern approach to create a welcoming home space as well as being a showcase of fabulous views.
This loft has a distinctive country feeling, but still remains modern and a bit eclectic. Built from reclaimed materials, it features raw stone walls and bare wood in every corner of the space.
A magnificent chapel conversion, The Chapel in Mayfield provides home for those appreciating originality,a sense of history and elaborate style.
For today, I brought a large gray and red loft in New York. The living room has plenty of space. The red accent color is repeated all over the place.
When Hollie and Sean Strasburg bought their loft in the Tire Town building in Salt Lake City, they knew immediately that they wanted to bring the space back to its industrial roots.
A former warehouse was transformed into this modern loft in Brussels, Belgium by SHSH architects. The goal was to create an experience of colors and textures – on a limited budget. The concept revolved around the loft as ‘the ocean’ and constructed elements (kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom) as ‘the islands’.
In the heart of Mount Pleasant’s brewery district, just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and breweries, you’ll find the Mecca. This double-height, Insane Vancouver Loft is most probably the largest unit in the building.
You could miss this industrial loft for a library – a huge bookshelf dominates the living room.