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E Residence

The E residence stands in Beverly Hills, known for its high-end residential homes. On the 5500 m2 lateral land that stretches from north to south, the 3-story main building (including a basement) stands in the center. The guesthouse is on the southwest side, and the pool and pool-house CABANA are both in the west garden. The owner purchased this land together with the buildings 3 years ago. Jeff Vance of iD Group (a design and construction company) advised the owner to renovate the original building to meet the lifestyle of the family, instead of building a new house, since getting construction permits approved is a lengthy process. The designing started with interior designers Peter Carlson and David Plante; both are acquaintances of the owner.
The designers first relocated the pool from the south side to practically the center of the land. They placed the CABANA in-between the main building and the pool to make the level difference of around 11m in land more seamless. The terrace, garden and outdoor space surrounding the main building can be walked around so one can enjoy the garden from various angles.
On the ground floor of the main building is the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms were planned on the 2nd floor. The basement, previously used as storage, was renovated into a game room and CANASTA. The volume of the space remained in balanced with the designer's original plan. The carefully selected materials and moldings add charm to this beautiful and comfortable space.
Carlson works as the designer for the lighting brand CL STERLING&SON He selected decorative chandeliers and pendant lights for the classical interior. On the other hand, he selected simple, beautiful line lighting for the outdoor space such as the garden walkway. The lighting matches the different themes of the house, and warms the entire home.

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N Residence

The N residence is a one-story wooden house that stands in the residential area of Saitama. The architect Yuichiro Yamanaka designed a house to surround the courtyard. The owner couple requested an open house with separate public and private spaces. They wanted to create a luxurious interior like the hotels they stayed in Europe, and appointed Elisa Sumita of "I'm home" to design the interior. Within the 530m2 land, the home was planned to surround the courtyard, with the living room, the dining room and the kitchen in a 65m2 on the north side. On the east side, and connected to the living room, 3 children's rooms were planned. The main bedroom was placed on the south side of the space. The bathroom was placed on the west side, and is connected to the laundry room and the kitchen through the bath terrace. In the living room and dining room, sofas, lounge chairs, pendant lights and art were selected to create a lounge-like feel in the open space. The TV can be hidden in the wall storage in the living room depending on the owner's mood. In the bathroom are outstanding double sinks with natural stone washbasins that make the space beautiful. By starting the interior design process at the same time as the detailed design, the interior design elevated the house to a whole new level. The beautiful house, created with the teamwork between the architect and the interior designer, has feels like a vacation villa.

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Marchetti

The furniture brand Marchetti was founded in 1968 in the northern Italian town of Cittadella. Cittadella is a place full of manufacturers of wood furniture from the old days, and Marchetti has created only solid furniture. Marchetti's founder, Gianni Marchetti, was born into a furniture craftsman family. He respected nature and created furniture that maximized the wood's expression and texture. To minimize warping and deformities of the solid wood and to enable the furniture to be used for a longtime, he used his expertise and knowledge of wood to create furniture that was authentic. The beloved wall storage piece "Liberia" (which can be ordered to size starting at 1cm) was first announced in 1983. After Gianni passed away, his daughter Giordana started designing all the furniture. Her furniture uses classical elements that are added into more modern designs; it coordinates well with various interior designs. She creates various expressions in one piece of furniture by finishing the furniture not only with oil but also by sandblasting the reliefs, inlaying the marquetry, and using colors. A style that combines lightness and heaviness or the feminine and the masculine created a new possibility in the realm of solid wood.

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Peter Carlson

CL STERLING&SON is an American lighting brand which Peter Carlson designs all the lights. The simple and modern design blends in with the interior yet keeping its existence. The brand was launched in 2001, and immediately captured customers. Keeping its base in Connecticut, USA, the brand expanded overseas to Japan, England and Hong Kong within these 10 years.
The brand has 2 main collection lines. Archer Collection is a lineal simple design using brass and frost glass. Rock Crystal Collection uses the crush crystals, which the idea came from the glass crumbs he saw at the glass factory in Portugal. By having the craft man connect the glass pieces that are different in size band shape with the wires, the lighting that blurs and exist like an object was created.
He not only values the inspiration or design, but also values the functionality, durability, relationship with the craft man, and manufacturing process. He often visits the factory, and discusses the process and the quality with the craft man. Through this craftsmanship, the brand continuously creates warm and universal designs.

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Gervasoni Residence

In Udine, a town in northeast Italy, Michele Gervasoni, owner of the furniture brand GERVASONI, and his wife live in a 27-year old apartment. The apartment is a duplex, with a 120m2 space on the 3rd floor and a 70m2 space on the 4th floor. The architect Alessio Princic renovated the apartment. Both floors were divided into small rooms, and not useful. Therefore, the apartment was gutted and a totally new plan was created. The staircase, which was originally at the center of the apartment, was repositioned to the west side to create a giant space. The lower floor became one big room, and the living room, dining room, and kitchen were positioned in an L shape. By enlarging the openings of the terrace, light now comes in throughout the rooms on the south and east sides of the space. On the floor above, there were originally two bathrooms, but they have been renovated into one bathroom with a walk-in closet, a bedroom, and a giant opening facing the east terrace. The couple wanted to make a simple, box-like space and selected white and grey material that can be easily changed depending on their mood. The home has a GERVASONI FACTORY "feel" to it since the couple used GERVASONI material and furniture, such as the tiles on the ceiling, and the aluminum on the fireplace wall. GERVASONI's furniture and colorful fabrics and textures add charm to this simple and modern space.

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A Residence

A residence is a 2-story house with a basement that stands in the quiet residential area of Tokyo. The plaster finished square building with arch entrance catches ones eyes. The architect Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura, planned the living room on the 2nd floor south side which has the best view, as the building is surrounded with other buildings on 3 sides. The kitchen and dining are placed a half floor below, connected by the skip floor, and the open stairwell in between added spaciousness. By intentionally making the windows small and keeping the natural light minimal, the sand plaster, Oya stone, walnut used for the walls were highlighted in the shades. Also, lighting designer Hirohito Totsune of Serious lighting office, joined the team. He imaged that "the lighting needs to be selected per space, matching its character and function" and chose pendant light for the open stairwell emphasizing the 3D space, and soft spot light was selected for the dining room emphasizing the low ceiling. On the other hand, no ceiling light was used for the living room, and the lights were set in the wall storage appealing the sand plaster wall and expanding the direction of the eyes to the terrace. From the request of the owner, most of the light chosen was LED, and by choosing only the yellow light, the house is dotted with warm lights.

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R Residence

The R residence is a renovated apartment in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Interior designers Iriya and Chiyo Mita created an urban chic image while still keeping the vintage feel of the 35-year-old apartment and fulfilling the owner couple's request to create a space like a New York loft. In order to create a space with nuance utilizing material texture and lighting, the lighting designer Chiaki Murazumi joined the team. Together, they created a giant 2,635mm-high ceiling by connecting the bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen, and taking down the suspended ceiling. They also placed the toilet, bathtub and washbasin in one bathroom, and connected the bathroom with a wide opening to the adjacent main bedroom. As a result, a spacious and comfortable space where natural light shines in throughout the whole apartment was created.
For the living room, the lighting plan was to use a floor lamp as the main lighting to light the space gently. No ceiling light was used, and a table light was placed beside the sofa. This light can be dimmed to create suitable lighting depending on one's mood. The dining room is lit with two spotlights. The electrical wiring was done within the walls and ceilings to so lighting could be added or taken out if needed. Also, to maximize the lighting effect, the color and finish of the plaster wall was carefully selected.

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Euroluce

Euroluce is an international lighting exhibition held every two years together with Milano Salone. 2013 marked its 27th exhibition. 479 lighting brands presented new products in the 38,000m2 giant exhibition hall consisting of four pavilions outside of Milan. 60% of the brands were Italian, and most were from European countries, but many North American brands also presented attractive lighting.
With the development of LED, the lighting design industry has expanded dramatically. For example, new designs were presented from Italian brands, such as Flos or Artemide. Many Italian brands known for luxurious lighting such TERZANI, or CONTARDI also joined the exhibition and presented interesting products created from its distinct production technique.
In addition, recent breakthrough brands such as moooi from Holland and DIESEL from Italy, reaffirmed the notion that "Lighting is a part of interior design and good interior coordination enhances appeal." These brands had solid concepts and storylines, and their lighting was far more than just lighting itself; it enhanced the entire interior of the spaces.
Compared to the 2012 Euroluce, a dramatic change in lighting technique is evident: LED is here to stay, and the importance of LED in lighting design has been reaffirmed. Many brands seek a "classic design" for the future rather than a radical new design.

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