This Week in Interior Design: 1 September 2014

The latest, hottest, and up-to-date news in design, architecture, and real estate

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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We've gathered all the latest news you'd love to know in the fields of interior design, architecture, real estate—and everything in between.

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CELEBRealty: Kesha buys a classy Spanish-style bungalow in California

The pop star who seemed to have a taste for all things glittery has settled for a classy, Spanish-style, 1920s bungalow in Venice, LA, to the surprise of celeb-watchers. The home, built in 1926, features French doors, arched entryways, and a one-car garage that Kesha has reportedly turned into a detached artist’s studio. It also has its own patio with outdoor kitchen, and a backyard with a fire pit and Jacuzzi. Looks like the 27-year-old singer is going to be writing down songs in chic, elegant style!

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Modern Kitchen Island is the Ultimate in All Things High-Tech

If there ever were a movie to be made that’s set in the not-so-distant future—and there probably will—this kitchen will definitely fit right into it. Called the LEAF kitchen by its designers, a Dutch company named Culimaat High End Kitchens, this incredibly high-tech kitchen makes use of a clean, minimalist aesthetic and has a gracefully stunning kitchen island as its focal point. The rounded, organic shape was actually inspired by nature (hence the kitchen’s name). Because of its seamless design, storage space can be found behind the wall cabinet units, as well as in electronically opened drawer units in the kitchen island. The material used for the latter is called HI-MACS, a nonporous, heat-resistant acrylic stone, which, according to My Modern Met’s Sara Barnes “made the graceful curves of the kitchen island possible and created joints that are virtually invisible,” and which also gave “an overall lack of visual clutter while evoking a sense of tranquility throughout the space.”

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Building a Communal Home with Strangers? This London Co-Housing Project Shows It’s Possible

We all know constructing a house isn’t without its headaches. Imagine building that home with other families—who begin the project with you as mere acquaintances? Totally possible, as the London co-housing project called Copper Lane has shown. They borrowed money together, purchased a piece of land, and hired contractors, architects, suppliers together, and build their communal home together. The result of this seemingly painstaking project is a shared open space with a laundry and communal room for entertaining, but with each family still maintaining some semblance of privacy, with several shared and separate entrances to their homes. Know more about this development here.

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Bauhaus and Scandinavian Style Inspire These New Products from Afteroom

Two styles that still have far-reaching influences in today’s design scene are Bauhaus and Scandinavian design, and Stockholm-based agency Afteroom’s new products marry both styles beautifully. Part of Afteroom’s Autumn-Winter 2014 collection are the Afteroom bar stool, lounge chair, and coat hooks. The stool and lounge chair feature tubular steel legs with clean, simple, but graceful lines, and wooden backrests, while the coat hanger makes use of a horizontal powder-coated aluminum bar with dot-shaped coat hooks. Now wouldn’t these look great in your contemporary-Scandinavian space?

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Yes, It Exists: A Pool That’s Worth US$2 Million!

In the Animal Planet television show called “The Poolmaster,” host and landscape architect Anthony Archer-Willis featured a mammoth swimming pool in Utah that’s worth $2 million. Designed to look all-natural, the pool features a 19-foot manmade mountain, five waterfalls, a grotto, waterslide, hidden passageways, an integrated indoor kitchen/bathroom/showering facility, a scuba diving practice area—among others (yes, it has more features). Above are photos of the pool, or better yet, watch the episode here and prepare to be blown away.

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