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A Theatrical Experience

Wanting to redefine the experience for their guests, hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées recently commissioned Belgian fashion house Martin Margiela to redesign, redecorate and reconcieve part of the hotel. The project included suites, the restaurant, smoking room, bar and reception area. Maison Martin Margiela beautifully created a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l'oeil blend into a surreal and minimalist atmosphere, with utmost simplicity and yet abundant in details. The result is an atypical ambience of different harmonies that come together into something new, innovating and simply cool.

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Inside The Glass House

Every time I'm on New York's West Side Highway and pass by the famous Glass Towers by Richard Meier, I wonder what it would be like to live in such coveted real estate. I've always been curious what people can do with 4,000 square feet of space surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and views that are to die for. Wonder no more. Thanks to this unbelievable house tour I stumbled upon in Yatzer, I can now drool nonstop over this vast and impeccable apartment. Home to architects and life partners George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg from Yabu Pushelberg, this exquisite pad embodies everything I love in a space: minimalist, eclectic and full of personality. Of course, we couldn't expect less from such talented duo and interior trend-setters. Jealous anyone?

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Moby's Castle

Not everyone has the fortune to have a castle as a home, but I was delighted to find out Moby, one of my favorite musicians, does. Thanks to The New York Times, we're able to take a house tour of “this crazy shining castle,” as he called it. The techno artist bought this amazing 1920s gem when he decided to leave the harsh New York winters behind for sunny Los Angeles. After falling in love with this rare find in the Hollywood Hills, Moby put the petit château through a major renovation bringing back all the original details, architectural elements and elegance from its period. He also did a magnificent job with the minimalist interiors mostly using Scandinavian style furnishings and a rather serene color palette. I'm sure one of the selling features for this place was the arresting views of the city. You can read the whole scoop on Moby's move and gorgeous new home here. T.G.I.F. Have a dreamy and relaxing weekend!

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Waterfront Beauty

Can you believe these stunning interiors once transported cars across a Copenhagen waterway? I know, I couldn't believe it either. Danish architect Nils Jeppe Hansen transformed this ferryboat into the offices for his design firm, DSA ARK Studio. Hansen kept the boat's original structure intact and added a sculptural zinc box with a row of skylights on either side and solar panels on the roof. I think it's a unique concept. I'm smitten by all these design studios that are revolutionizing the house boat image and creating sophisticated floating habitats like this one. I'm sure this boat is glad to have put its transporting days behind it to enjoy a new serene and stylish life on waterfront.

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White Perfection

The dream of the owners of this heavenly duplex was to have a very open and airy home. It came true when they had the chance to buy the apartment right above theirs and unify them into one glorious space. It's not often that interior design gets to be combined with home construction and even then it is usually in the form of new housing. The builder Ryan Homes provides an example of how these two professions normally blend. It can be a difficult balance, but to renovate an existing historical home is an even greater challenge. Located in a 1920's Art Deco building in Alicante, Spain, both apartments were very boxy with many little rooms. In order to open up the space and let natural light flow without interruption, they decided to knock down all the walls —only leaving the structural columns intact to keep some of the integrity of the original construction. La pièce de résistance: the sculptural floating staircase that connects both levels making a strong architectural statement.

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