Longhua Airport in the Xuhui riverfront area of Shanghai, has a history that spanned from being the first large-scale airport in China in 1917 to becoming one of the longest-servicing airports in the world when it was completely shut down in 2011. How could this piece of history be celebrated...

Anne Hidaglo, mayor of the city of Paris, France has announced the city's plans of transforming the emblematic Champs-Élysées avenue into what she is referring to as "an extraordinary garden." The entire project is expected to be completed by 2030 and centers on making this highly transited area into a...

Situated in South Australia's cosmopolitan coastal capital city of Adelaide, is the Willunga House. The conception of this garden retirement home is from the creative mind of architect-in-training Reuben French-Kennedy for his parents. For French-Kennedy the challenge was "to create a home which successfully met the brief and all functional requirements,...

[disclaimer] IDF is fascinated by color psychology and the impact that selecting the right palette can have not just on the design of a room but also the spirit it evokes. Green is a powerful shade that can go from symbolizing a strong connection with nature to representing tranquility and help...

Casa Mas is a testament that Miami's restrictive development codes and lot limitations cannot hold back an innovative designer from creating a spectacular piece of residential architecture. Doo Architecture, based in Miami and Barcelona, designed the home as a collection of raw concrete volumes. Design elements such as natural light,...

Washington, D.C. is the home of the U.S. National Arboretum whose mission is to "enhance the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits." Trahan Architects and Reed Hilderbrand were selected as the designers for...

Sim-Plex Design Studio and its founder Patrick Lam cross boundaries in their approach to renovations of small spaces. Having himself experienced what life is like in a tightly fitted apartment, Lam uses that knowledge to invoke his ideas for these projects. On the island of Lantau, this creative thinker fused...

Los Angeles, with probably over 4 million inhabitants, is the setting for a design that serves as an oasis from the busy streets of the city. ANX/Aaron Neubert Architects were commissioned to create an open and transparent family home that would be submerged in its organic surroundings and provide plenty...

[disclaimer]   Despite its 7000 year history of use, leather is still a fixture in the design industry. Leather is a durable, wrinkle-resistant fabric, and it can take on many different looks and feels that contribute to its ongoing popularity. IDF provides an array of leather pieces, from fashion to furniture, that will...

[disclaimer]   The appeal of geometric design is ample. Straight lines and angles usually symbolize structure and order, while curves are softer and can represent connection and community, making the possibilites of introducing this geometric elements in your aesthetics endless. Here are some ideas to play with that IDF has hand-picked for...

Butterflies have come to symbolize freedom, beauty, and change. The designers of 314 Architecture Studio certainly embraced not just the shape of a butterfly but what it represents in their recent residential proposal for the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece. Capturing the organic curves of a butterfly's characteristic...

Amsterdam based architectural firm ZJA has revealed their plans for a unique underwater museum that will showcase a 271-year-old vessel that was part of the Dutch East India Company. But the uniqueness of the project is not just the museum itself. When the cargo ship, named the Amsterdam, was returning from its inaugural...

At Thailand's season-long festival Moonbaan Wonder, which highlights the country's cultures, arts, music, food, tastes, talents, and unique identity, architectural firm Bangkok Project Studio invites you to take The Walk. The firm, led by Boonserm Premthada, built an elevated red walkway that was envisioned with the goal to increase appreciation for the minute things...

IDF takes you to Germany to visit the vibrant artistic community of Wedding in Berlin where you will find the exclusive, Michelin-starred restaurant 'ernst'. Focused on using the top local produce of the region during its ever-changing seasons, they highlight the people and work of the land. To accentuate and...

Rocky landscape and lush forest were the canvas that Canadian architect Natalie Dionne worked with on her project aptly named Forest House I. IDF takes you to this forest haven in southeastern Quebec, which was created for a couple seeking to live in closer proximity to the natural world. The location is about 60...

IDF was drawn to this delightful renovation by Klopf Architecture of San Francisco. Preserving the original contemporary, mid-century style of the home while also accommodating a family of varying ages was a crucial requisite for the design firm. The four bedroom and three-bathroom home turns into a much brighter and...

As lover's of all things fashion, IDF shares a delightful new exhibit. V&A Dundee's major exhibition titled Mary Quant is the first international retrospective on the iconic British designer who disrupted the fashion establishment, captured the spirit of London in the 1960s, and started a fashion revolution that a whole...

When you think of contemporary design, you may not link the visual to a dental office. However, IDF presents to you exactly what the team at Merge Architects accomplished with the Chelian Orthodontics office, a new orthodontic clinic in Beverly, MA, which is a part of Dr. Suren Chelian’s growing...

Moving Dunes is a temporary art installation on Montreal's Avenue de Musée imagined and brought to life by NÓS, a Canadian design firm. As winner's of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM-Musée des Beaux-Arts) annual selection for this type of exhibition, NÓS created an empirical optical illusion on this busy...

[disclaimer]   They say something magical happens when we read books, it’s like taking a journey through familiar places or uncharted territories. IDF invites you to explore the world of fashion through the enchantment of these must-reads that include delving into the creative genius of some of the most celebrated designers, appreciating...

[disclaimer]   Sculptures are an exceptional way of expressing your style and displaying art that fits your personality with your living spaces. From modern to whimsical, realist to minimalist , you can find lovely new focal points for your home decor. IDF brings you a varied selection of classical and original sculptured...

IDF was just entranced with The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) new exhibition opening on December 20th called Moth to Cloth: Silk in Africa, which presents silk textiles from Ghana, Nigeria, and Madagascar.  The focused exhibition spotlights the centuries-old sub-Saharan tradition of silk production through indigenous and imported practices. The...

With sweeping views of the Montbui region in Catalonia, Spain we find the 'Castell de la Tossa', a remnant of the rich medieval history of the area. The architectural studio of Meritxell Inaraja is behind the renovation of this important structure that still preserves the historic stonework of the 12th century. Sitting...

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), was the “influencer” of his day in the world of architecture. A Swiss architect and city planner, he broke away from the excessive embellishments of his time period and embraced the functionalism of Modernism along with sculptural expressionism which made him known...

Jewelry designer Jessica McCormack and Los Angeles-based artists the Haas Brothers add an irreverent edge to fine jewelry with their new collection of bejeweled sculptures. The witty, biomorphic forms synonymous with the work of the Haas Brothers are here interpreted in three Fairy Berry sculptures – set with diamonds, they cut other-worldly silhouettes. ‘We wanted...

A stark, yet intriguing contrast, this 1,400 sq ft hospitality project by Alexey Gulesha from the Ukraine-based design studio Sivak+Partners in Odessa, Ukraine is inspired by 80s era James Bond films. According to designer Gulesha, it’s intended to create a luxurious atmosphere with cozy minimalist furniture that stands out from...

[disclaimer]   The wire art trend seems to have begun back in the 1920s. Yet today, it still presents a contemporary feel to any space. Here IDF selected some of their favorite wire-inspired designs for your home or office.   Work Lamp by Design House Stockholm This wired lamp brings the traditional garage lamp to...

Elegant, powerful, and imaginative. Glass and geometry set the tone in this two-story residential gem designed for Los Angeles super-developer Mauricio Oberfeld, envisioned by the renowned architecture firm SPF:architects. Its inception was a little rocky, perhaps quite literally, as SPF architects had to do some burrowing of six feet into...

IDF was excited to explore this refreshing take on the subject of consumerism through creative projects. Studio DRIFT’s Lonneke Gordign and Ralph Nauta engaged in a process they termed “de-producing”, where they broke apart and reprocessed man-made items such as a Russian AK-47, a Volkswagen Beetle, an iPhone 4, and...

[disclaimer]   Many designers love to use a mix of clean lines and natural materials to create warm, engaging spaces. To accentuate your organic modern style, IDF has a few pieces they are enchanted with that use natural forms, materials, and neutral colors that will certainly love.     Swami Pendant by Arteriors Old-world techniques meet...

[disclaimer]   Calmness, security, and trust are just some of the feelings that the color blue can evoke in our beings.  Since colors can produce such a powerful emotional response, IDF wanted to share some of their choices for that hint of blue that can greatly impact your space.   Knot Cushion by Design...

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, winners of the 2015 AIA National Firm Award, designed and brought to life with the Waverly Residence a vision where they sought to ‘experience the outdoors from within’. The home was commissioned for a young couple in the century-old neighborhood of Palo Alto, California, and...

IDF whisks you away to the Aegean Sea to visit the island of Tinos and an award-winning structure by Aristides Dallas Architecture Studio based in both Athens and Tinos. As part of the firm's standards that each project "is a synthesis of aesthetics and functionality", see for yourself just one...

Fran Silvestre Architects of Valencia were given the project to combine a musician's studio and home in one building. The challenge also included being able to create such a structure within a very dense residential neighborhood near Valencia. The result was a visionary design that created a lower level for...

Come take a dip with us in this new short film by Greek photographer and visual artist Mariana Bisti, where architecture and the beautiful aesthetics of dance come together for a refreshing escape. ‘The Lap Pool House’ is a creative and provocative exploration of bodies, movement, and space. The piece...

[disclaimer]   With its shiny, eye-catching hue, brass is a favorite accent for all areas of your living space and personal attire. The metal's warmth and resiliency are highlighted in these IDF selections that will give you a newfound appreciation for this centuries-old favorite. Which one is your favorite? Bash Vessel by Tom...

[disclaimer]   Winter is definitely the time for comfort, good food, and warmth. As you bundle up on the weekend, IDF has the perfect selections to sleep in with these cozy bedroom options. Combine these with other favorites to make the best of the chillier season.   Linen Pillowcase by Parachute These standard pillowcases are...

[disclaimer]   Art lovers have a refined sensitivity toward the beauties of expression we find in the artistic world. As you select the perfect gift for that special individual, IDF has some varied and wonderful selections to entice your imagination. International Design Forum and its editor are proud to support The Metropolitan...

[disclaimer]   A sofa is not just a piece of furniture. It is a synonym of relaxation and a strategic point for the coming together of laughter and family. Here are some of IDF's selections for the right centerpiece of a home made to lounge and live in.     Striad Sofa by Herman Miller Designed...

[disclaimer]   In these times where our beloved museums are a bit out of reach, we can still enjoy art without setting foot outside. Our homes have become the perfect gallery to showcase exciting and interesting pieces, including the uniqueness of a variety of wildlife creatures. We shine the spotlight on whimsical...

In a suburb of Silicon Valley in northern California, American firm Field Architecture has designed a home around two natural features of the site: large oak trees and a flowing creek. Titled ‘Dawnridge’, the residential property takes advantage of the area’s picturesque topography.     According to the design team, Dawnridge began by re-envisioning...

[disclaimer]   When you select raw materials for your decorating or furnishing you bring together a set of elements with a unique aesthetic that manages to engage all senses beyond the visual. Reminiscent of brutalist structures and organic sources found in nature, we've eyed some interesting finds in our digital catalog to...

[disclaimer]   Is there anything more enjoyable than a day spent at the spa? We think not. Those hours of pure pampering are the ultimate indulgence, but when a spa trip doesn’t quite fit into your schedule (or the lockdown restrictions for our dear readers in Europe), there are plenty of easy...

Inspired by “nature, magic, and all things fantastical,” British textile artist Emillie Ferris stitches embroidery designs featuring butterflies, moths, bees, and flowers. She first began embroidering in 2013 and has since developed a style that she calls “needle painting.” Each colorful design is rendered using long and short stitches, similar to paint...

IDF found an exquisite gem in what has been called "Everybody’s Favorite City," referring to the variety enclosed within the scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine of San Francisco. Enhanced by views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which create a relaxing and romantic environment...

Grab a cozy blanket and join us at the lake with this stunning property that beautifully marries sober wooden elements with sleek glass and metal. The result is a modern retreat strategically adorned by its natural surrounding. Picturesque Lake Michigan is in full view of this fascinating design by Desai Chia...

Pack your virtual bags and join us in Menorca island, Spain, where the 'Villa Patio' by Nomo Studio offers unobstructed views of the Mediterranean Sea. This stunning residential project is nestled peacefully on a sloping site overlooking the coast and is strategically designed to offer highlight a gorgeous backdrop with...

Lucidi Pevere has created a unique set of seating furniture on behalf of La Cividina inspired by the sleeping sections in a train, which despite being connected, still provides user privacy. With social distancing being the new normal, this couchette provides interchangeable, safe, and private pieces that are useful in...

As the COVID-19 pandemic started locking everyone down worldwide,  Vienna-based photographer Horacio Reyes Páez was also going into isolation with his family. After Páez’ suffered a flight cancellation, the visual artist found himself facing an unexpected six months extended stay in his country of birth  Retreating into his family home...

If you’re finding yourself reluctantly glued to your desk or stuck indoors while longing for bits of nature, a micro terrarium just might be the delightful solution. Design studio Level Scapes has created micro terrariums in hopes of alleviating stress while sparking creativity and space optimization in homes and office spaces. The small but...

During 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen last month, Kvadrat presented its fourth edition of Kvadrat’s Design Projects, which enlisted 28 designers to create designs using their Febrik knitted textiles. Knit! came together with the help of curators Anniina Koivu, Jeffrey Bernett, Johanna Agerman Ross, Njusja de Gier, and Renee Merckx who hand-picked designers that...

Hidden in the Sao Paulo Forest is one of the most unique residential projects you will find in Brazil. Built adjacent to the Atibia River, the project combines an outdoor experience with the comforts of home in a Brazilian modernist style. A vision of designers Charlotte Taylor (Maison de Sable)...

Design is about more than just interiors. On this year’s World Architecture Day, we are celebrating eight exceptional architectural marvels in different parts of the world. Send us your favorites to editor@internationadesignforum.com   Herradura Golf Club Grand Villa Bolivar Arquitectos designed this expansive 17,600-foot villa that manages to fit well into the landscape...

Architecture studio Heliotrope Architects has created a holiday home for art gallery owners that is wrapped in dark metal, punctured with white stucco and large stretches of glass. Collector's Retreat is located on a forested site on Orcas Island, which lies just off the coast of northern Washington. It serves as a second home...

This stunning project by Portugal-based Aurora Arquitectos speaks to resistance and permanence, at a time when the city of Lisbon has been gradually emptied of its inhabitants by pressure from tourism and real estate speculation. The project is the result of a family's desire to remain in their neighborhood, the...

From vacuum-packed orchids to poppies cloaked in a garbage bag, the imagery in the Italian artist’s ‘Nature Morte’ explores nature’s survival against humanity. Federico Pestilli conveys an important message of truth. His ‘Nature Morte’ photo series sheds light on the global environmental crisis, threatening life on earth and jeopardizing the...

Join us on a tropical escape to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, to explore the 'Art Villa’, a majestic concrete structure situated on a hillside location, envisioned by Czech architecture studios Formafatal and Refuel Works. Embedded into its local and cultural context, the elevated structure features charming and luxurious spaces with sweeping...

Beautifully fusing form, depth, and texture, the Western French countryside is adorned with the ‘C&T.B House’, by architecture studio Atelier MIMA. The talented design studio designed this minimalist wooden home with a harmonious relationship with its natural surroundings. The stunning dwelling makes a quiet statement amidst the green landscape of...

Indoor play has been a hot topic in 2020, but New York and Rome-based architecture practice Architensions stepped to the challenge in a geometric composition that beautifully fuses play, color, and imagination in Brooklyn, New York.  The project was just completed before the Big Apple went into lockdown in Spring 2020...

In this modern, uber-minimalist dwelling, less is definitely more. Chinese multidisciplinary design agency Spring Design Office has reimagined the spaces of ‘Explorative Home’, a residence in Guangzhou, China, to focus on different living experiences through modern interior approaches. Chief Designer Wu Jiachun reinterpreted the original arrangement of the home’s space...

In a refreshing iteration of tropical beauty, Hermès has launched Passifolia, a sweeping new collection of tableware that celebrates the wild beauty and richness of nature. Featuring an encyclopedia’s worth of exotic plant species, every element of these tableware pieces is a unique work of art—from a bowl with a...

It's estimated that the economic and behavioral ramifications of COVID-19 will significantly reduce global long-term energy demand, according to the authors of DNV GL’s “Energy Transition Outlook.” COVID-19 has also hastened the decline in carbon dioxide emissions — with 2019 set to be the year of peak CO2 emissions —...

TUMI, a travel and lifestyle brand, has launched Merge, the brand’s first travel collection made with recycled materials, as well as select styles within the Alpha Bravo and Devoe collections. The company has created a program that underscores the importance of sustainability throughout every aspect of its business. It focuses on: ...

Brazilian architecture firm MNMA has designed ‘Selo’—a peaceful, minimalist retail space in São Paolo which is inspired by the natural passage of time.   In any bustling, fast-paced city, moments of calm are hard to come by. For architecture firm MNMA, the chaotic backdrop of São Paolo served as an opportunity to provide escapism...

London’s National Gallery will be the first major museum to reopen in the UK on July 8, as the country’s cultural institutions begin to emerge from months of lockdown. “As the nation’s gallery, we feel it is imperative we open our doors as soon as we are safely able to...

Continuing the company’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity, Starbucks has opened its first signing store in Japan on June 27, 2020. situated in Kunitachi City, Tokyo, the new coffee shop celebrates deaf culture and sign language through clever design tools and vibrant artwork. The location of the new signing store...

Brazilian photographer Michael Willian explores the unique facets of personality in his captivating images.   First discovering his passion for photography during his studies at the renowned fashion design school Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Willian has gone on to craft an ever-expanding portfolio that embraces both fashion and portrait photography. Particularly inspired...

After months of lockdown, travelers the world over are looking forward to once again heading for the airport and jetting off somewhere glamorous and inspiring. Soon, there will be even more reason to get excited, thanks to four newly commissioned artworks by major international artists Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura...

Inspired by the long tradition of Argentinian rural farms, this house in the South American country’s area of Entre Rios, sits in parkland within a large estate. Created by the Buenos Aires-based architecture studio Tacadi, the project draws on the local vernacular and the region’s history, but also contemporary references...

From ceilings to flooring and every surface in between, these interior finishes will make you feel as good as they look.   Hex, Papertile Montreal-based Papertile sources its primary raw material from the waste paper bins of local businesses. After shredding, pulping, and pressing the paper into large panels, which are then slowly...

If Japanese traditional bamboo work has moved from being a folk craft into a recognized contemporary art form, then Nakatomi Hajime (b. 1974) is one of the leaders of the evolution. Bamboo has a special place in the culture and rituals of Japan, symbolizing vitality, prosperity, and courage. For centuries,...

Edmonds + Lee’s latest residential offering is the redesign of a Noe Valley Craftsman house in San Francisco, which maintains the original historic facade untouched, while completely reimagining the interior and rear, following the studio’s acclaimed modern minimalist approach. Inspired by London-style Victoria conversions, the owners of a newly bought Noe...

Illustrator Romane Bonsoir creates images that combine colorful nature with the beauty that comes from feeling yourself. Whether it’s surrounding yourself with flowers, wearing an outfit that highlights your curves, or just spending a quiet moment with your cat, these pieces offer a reminder to be kind to yourself. Buy yourself...

Flooding is a significant problem for buildings all around the world, including architectural treasures like the Farnsworth House that have been plagued by the issue time and time again. In particular, one-third of the entire continental U.S. are at risk of flooding this spring, especially the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and Deep South. Last April,...

The Tree Top Residence is a visually rich, highly sophisticated multi-level property, located in sunny Los Angeles. An impressive product of the creative vision of the Belzberg Architects design team, the project celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging with it seamlessly and emerging from it atop the canopy of trees...

Travel with us to Sagaponack, New York, to the sleek and sophisticated Sagg Farm project, envisioned by Bates Masi + Architects. Sagaponack, with its flat terrain and fertile loam, has historically been a farming community set within the resort enclaves on the East End of Long Island. The open expanses...

Green building and affordable housing continue to find new ways to fit together as the construction industry transforms. People who live in low-income housing often benefit the most from energy-efficient structures, which has prompted companies to develop ideas for combining both while keeping rent affordable. So, how is green building making...

Ingenuity and serenity collide in this one-of-kind project in Italy. Cemetery Castel San Gimignano has been renovated by Italian architecture studio Microscape using local limestone stacked in metal baskets. The church of Castel di San Gimignano, a medieval town in the Tuscan countryside, was built before the 14th century.     Preview (opens in a...

Mycelium pendant lamps dangle above recycled-plastic dining tables inside Silo, a zero-waste restaurant in east London designed by studio Nina+Co. Silo is set within The White Building, a creative hub in the Hackney Wick neighborhood that contains studio space for artists and a craft brewery. The restaurant, which is headed...

A San Rafael-based technology company XiO, Inc. has released a Lift Station Control System package designed to allow operators remote monitoring and control of pumps used to transport sewer waste through collection system pipes to wastewater treatment plants. The announcement comes as sanitary districts and collection agencies throughout the country...

To address plastic pollution plaguing the world's seas and waterways, Cornell University chemists have developed a new polymer that can degrade by ultraviolet radiation, according to research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society."We have created a new plastic that has the mechanical properties required by commercial fishing...

Through her weaving collection Bouncing Patterns, Juliette Berthonneau imagined modular 3D pleated spacer fabrics that contain absorbing, cushioning, and self-supporting qualities. In her collection, textiles showcase an intricate design while being surprisingly cushioning, absorbent, light, and simultaneously self-supporting. As contradictory as that may sound, Juliette Berthonneau, from France, proves that that...

For your consideration, the minimalist (and uber-cool) Fragment Lights series, by Hayo Gebauer. The table lamps are composed of fragmented and slanted shapes that form primal outlines. Color helps liven the rather austere shapes.     “The resemblance with monumental and industrial silhouettes is opposed by a bright color palette,” explains Gebauer.   Form meets...

Let's drift away to Corona del Mar on Newport Beach with one of our favorite designers, Rachel Horn. For her glorious Bahia Serena project, Rachel worked with award-winning architect, Brion S. Jeannette, on every detail of the interior, exterior and garden of this stunning 17,000 sq ft home on the...

Serenity Sliding Door Systems has recently released a new “Antimicrobial Slide”, the first complete sliding door system with antimicrobial finishes available for both healthcare and commercial office interior space.       “It’s no secret that doors and door handles are one of the most commonly touched places. This creates many opportunities for transferring...