Multicolour + white in Contemporary Interiors

Contemporary style is often daring with furniture and built-ins colours and surprisingly conservative with window treatments. The stripes and patchwork for instance are used everywhere from rugs to furniture, to upholstery.   Saturated tones of red, blue even purple and are accepted and part of the contemporary aesthetic.   This kitchen borrows the baroque blue and…

Lit-Up, blast from the past, 2011

While looking for modern sleek lights on a current project, I stumbled on this older blog post with great examples. Thought I should re-share. With “objects” you never know what lasts and what does not. I guess that’s how some of these pieces become iconic or classical. Some are trends that come and go. The…

Sibiu, Transylvania, Unesco – work in progress!

What a wonderful business trip it is when you visit a fantastic city, work with amazing people and eat lots of great food! That pretty much summarizes my recent trip to Sibiu, Romania. Our project there is shaping up quite nicely, here a sneak peek: the courtyard is getting there, probably last to be paved due…

2016 Kitchen Trends in residential design

According to the design panel at the IDS 2016 Toronto, here are the trends + my take on them! Most of them do come from Europe and I have to say some of them have been around for… a while, over there. As a child and youth I actually saw some of these in real…

Art living in a Home

Very personal topic, probably one of the most personal. What is it that we LIKE to look at over and over again, enough to hang it up in a spot to be seen. ENJOY? That is a step up already.  LOVE? Not many can afford it..or, would it be that we just tend to love…

The power of White, Colour of the Year 2016

My favourite: White. There is no colour like it. It can equally successfully be: modern minimalist sophisticated organic opulent urban see-side fresh pure and friendly-institutional

Dochia renovates UNESCO Building in Transylvania

We’re excited at the unique opportunity to renovate and design the interior of the future Inn! The five-apartment Inn is part of the UNESCO Heritage center of the beautiful city of Sibiu, located in Transylvania, Romania. View of downtown: Panorama: The project as is: Views of Sibiu:   For more information on UNESCO Sites click here.  Wait for it it on airbnb to book your…

The island-neighbourhoods of Stockholm

Out of a list of places to visit, this should be on everyone’s list.   Despite the absurd taxes, or maybe just because of what they have to offer, Swedes appear to enjoy their life in a beautifully balanced way. Stockholm is a calm city with angled perspective views to various architecture due to the…

The art of Artsy Wallpapers

A well-chosen wallpaper can act as over-scaled art. Here is what to use for a strong visual impact in small and big rooms alike. It completely makes the space with minimal investment. Images from Visioni.    

TiFF, with or without PoPcorn

Are you ready for TIFF? Here is a fantastic piece of Toronto architecture and this is the perfect time to explore it! Since its 2010 opening day, the Tiff Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West is a City within a City.   The Cinemas take the place of Cathedrals celebrated thru colour and texture, galleries are…

Travel File

Ever found yourself trying to remember a great hotel room you’ve had when vacationing in one city or another? And regretting you did not take a shot of that restaurant where they had leather panels on the wall that will look only, oh, so good in your bedroom? [Rive Gauche, Le Chaplain, Paris] Time to…

5 projects by Herzog and deMeuron Architekten

A glimpse at the work of this talented team. …2001 Pritzker Prize in Architecture… The Rock Crystal Chandelier installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the objectified essence of their architecture of light and mass. Designed in 2005, you can trace it’s concept in the preceding architecture: 1998 – The Ricola Marketing Building [Laufen,…