Finest Inside Design Posts of 2020

10. Lounge boat: a couple of architects designs an apartment by the water
The lounge boat is a joint creation by the German architect couple Tanja Wunderlich-Finckh and Chris Finckh, who were born out of their love for water. They set out to design a waterfront apartment with a creative floor plan and materials that are not normally found on a boat. The result is a floating retreat that suits both their design style and functionality.

9. AAmp Studio renovates and expands a 100 year old Toronto townhouse
AAmp Studio was hired to completely renovate and add to a 100 year old townhouse in the West End of Toronto. This included redesigning the entire interior into an open floor plan and adding a third floor to the narrow structure. The Sunnyside Townhouse now has spacious, light-filled rooms with light wood floors and white walls throughout much of the interior. In contrast, bold black accents were set in the kitchen and the dark staircase that spans all three floors.

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8. How virtual reality is changing the world of interior design
In our increasingly digitized world, where everything from our phones to our thermostats is “smart”, it should come as no surprise that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are playing a role in the design industry. It is a logical relationship: designers have always imagined new or newly existing rooms, created a drawing with analog or digital means and presented this visualization to their customers.

7. A contemporary Japanese interior in an Amsterdam canal house
The eclectic canal house in the city center of Amsterdam, Netherlands, was designed by the Amsterdam studio Mokkō as a minimalist retreat. The designers were tasked with creating a contemporary central living room inspired by Japanese sensibility and aesthetics.

6. The shoebox: A 16 m² micro-apartment in Beirut
The shoe box, which only spans 16m2, makes scaling back a lot easier as it adds built-in features everywhere for maximum efficiency. The micro-apartment designed by Elie Metni is located on the roof of an older building in the center of the Achrafieh district in Beirut, just a few steps from restaurants and shops.

5. Enhance a simple bathroom with 20 modern accessory options
While not everyone can do a major renovation, incorporating new modern accessories into a room can turn it into a space that you enjoy spending time in. We decided to use this bathroom as inspiration and did an internet dive to find something cool things like artwork, shelves, toiletries, planters, items and linens that make any simple bathroom a much happier place.

4. In Boston’s historic district, a minimalist gem breaks the mold
Hacin + Associates, an architecture and design studio in the South End of Boston, has completed a Four51 PH maisonette for a couple and their extended family that is both modern and formal. The most striking and central feature is the double-height atrium which hangs a custom light curtain installation and illuminates a unique protruding steel and glass staircase.

3. A sofa that turns into a bed by lowering it from the ceiling
Ori is a smart space company considering how people live with multifunctional, robot-controlled solutions that increase usable space. Her designs pack two for one, like her latest, which can be moved from the living room to the bedroom in 30 seconds with the press of a button, swipe of a finger, or a voice command. The Cloud Bed Sofa Edition hides the bed at the top of the ceiling in a built-in frame and when it’s time to sleep it easily slides onto the floor and covers the sofa.

2. 12 things I learned from Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass
We share 12 things we learned while watching an Interior Design MasterClass with color-loving global lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler. A Great Pro: Watching Kelly Wearstler apply paint swatches to a white wall at the Proper Hotel in Downtown LA is like ASMR for the home design set.

And the most popular interior design post of 2020 is …

1. Workstation Cabin: A Home Office Pod from Hello Wood
With the pandemic still affecting parts of the world and others still taking precautionary measures, working from home has become the norm for many. Not everyone has the space to create a home office setup, and even when they do, having other family members at home to distract them isn’t always ideal. Enter the Workstation Cabin – a multi-purpose geometric refuge designed by Budapest design studio Hello Wood.

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