Designing a home or home extension is an exciting time. It is a chance to reimagine how you live and create a space which is perfect for you. Of course, there are numerous aspects to consider, including layout, materials and cost – all things an architect will help you with.
- June 5, 2020
How to Design a Home with Security in Mind
- May 14, 2020
3 Tips for an Eco-friendly Kitchen Remodel
As well as making sure your new kitchen works for you, it is also worth making sure that it works for the planet, too. Looking after the environment might not be the first thing on your mind when looking to remodel your kitchen, and you may not be sure if it is even possible.
- April 6, 2020
Architecture Practice Working At The Time of COVID-19
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has been unprecedented situation that brought many changes to our daily lives very quickly. For the team, as well as Clients, we set up a system to collaborate and discuss and manage projects via online tools.
- March 12, 2020
Design with Geopathic Stress in Mind
Underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels and underground railways, mineral formations and geological faults distort the natural resonance of the Earth thus creating geopathic stress (GS).
- February 10, 2020
Feria Zaragoza 2020 - Interiors Fair in Spain
We were invited to visit the furniture fair in Zaragoza (Feria Zaragoza) in January 2020, which is second biggest one in Spain after Feria Habitat in Valencia that takes place in September.
- June 10, 2019
Bette - Tour of The German Headquarters
This renowned bathtub (but not only, as it turns out) supplier invited us to visit their offices in German. The tour commenced in Bette’s beautiful headquarters and was followed by a top secret factory tour.
- May 14, 2019
Visit to the Heart of Porcelanosa's Operations in Spain
I have been well familiar with the brand and their products but seeing it all (or probably almost all) showcased in one place was totally astonishing.
- April 26, 2019
Visiting Salone di Mobile 2019 Milan
Anyone who ever attended a design show knows that despite arriving with a carefully planned list of exhibitors, it is easy to let the discipline slip and find oneself being drawn from one stand to another. And this was exactly what happened to me.
- April 19, 2019
Where to Find An Architect?
Especially, if this is your first construction or renovation project, it may feel not very clear where to look for an architect. We have put together a short list of a few starting points that we could recommend and experienced Clients using them.
- April 10, 2019
Neoclassical Architecture in Nice, France
If this architectural style was present during fifty years throughout Europe, it could be expected that it eventually reached Nice. A number of buildings are part of this artistic trend, especially those located in the center of Nice.
- March 24, 2019
Why Work With An Architect?
There are many more aspects of services that architects provide. They have an important role to play at every stage of a construction project and to each one they can bring something very meaningful.
- March 15, 2019
Haussmannian Style Architecture in Nice, France
It is true that Nice, with its colourful facades, wooden shutters and large terracota-coloured Masséna square, does not, at first glance, remind us of the Haussmannian style, but this style has managed to creep in everywhere.
- February 2, 2019
Plethora of Inspiration at Maison et Objet 2019 in Paris
This year, after a few years of break, I made a last minute decision to attend the Maison & Objet fair in Paris. My previous visit impressed me deeply and stuck in my memory.
- December 10, 2018
13 Client Supply Items - Introduction
This mini-series goes through the most common items to decide on for a renovation project. Separate chapters cover: kitchens, joinery, bathrooms, flooring, lighting, heating, garden
- January 17, 2019
Art Deco Architecture in Nice, France
Art Deco has had a major influence on the architectural landscape of major French cities since its appearance in the 1910s. Nice is part of the very example of art deco style architecture.
- October 15, 2018
Monaco Yacht Show 2018
The show encompasses an essence of high-end sector of the yacht design industry. This is the place where one can meet many of the top designers, manufactures and of course to see the yachts themselves. All of this in an amazing setting of beautifully situated Port Hercules.
- May 9, 2018
Choosing a Plot of Land in France
When looking for a plot, the main 5 factors would be its location, size, orientation, view and of course price. There are, however, some crucial checks to be made before committing to a project.
- January 23, 2018
Sea View Properties in the South of France (and they can be affordable too)
Being situated right at the coast-line is not the only case when a property can benefit from having a sea view. What’s more, often the price tag can be much much lower then too.
- March 18, 2018
Living Room design with a Bioethanol fireplace
One of them was a fireplace in the living – dining room, which also opens up onto the kitchen. A fireplace instantly brings in warmth and a feeling of relaxation into a space.
- May 5, 2018
First Visit to Salone di Mobile Milano 2018
The trip to Salone di Mobile in Milan was a real treat. I have never attended Salone di Mobile but heard about it a lot. It is one of the main annual interior design fairs in Europe, so a great place to learn about current trends and new products.
- November 22, 2017
London Open Houzz @ Miele, Pro Panel
On 16th November 2017, we had a great pleasure to be a part of London Open Houzz @ Miele. The event took place in Miele’s showroom in Cavendish Place, London.
- November 10, 2017
Opening night of The Holiday House London
On 8th November 2017, we attended the opening night of The Holiday House London. The Holiday House is a truly unique idea with a 10 year record in the US.
- September 29, 2017
Design Junction King's Cross 2017
The feel of the show is more modern / industrial, probably to a large extent thanks to being located at the newly redeveloped part of King’s Cross, which rich in its railway history.
- September 27, 2017
Visit to Decorex 2017
The biggest arts of the yearly London Design Week surely must be Decorex. It brings under one roof some of the biggest suppliers to the interior design industry and attracts visitors from the UK and beyond.
- September 28, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Garden / Terrace
If you own a house or a ground floor apartment, most probably after extending and/or refurbishing your property, you will have an outside space to think about.
- May 12, 2017
13 client Supply Items - Blinds, curtains and shutters
These items can easily be fitted at the end of a construction project. The only consideration is if they need to have a niche in the ceiling – in a more contemporary design – or to avoid a visible pelmet cover;
- May 5, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Heating - Radiators or Underfloor Heating
Heating is a very important part of your home as it will need to keep you and your family warm for years to come. Heaters come in different shapes and type these days
- April 29, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Switches and Sockets
The amount and location of sockets and switches need to be decided on before the works start. Although your Architect will make suggestions to their planning,
- April 14, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Pendants, spots and shades
This is by far the most fun part – for us at least! Apart from the final paint colours and the joinery, this category gives the most amount of character to your rooms;
- April 7, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Paints, colours and wallpapers
Colour and the type of wall finishes can completely transform a feel of a room. Imagine the same space with neutral colour walls,
- March 31, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Joinery and Furniture
Although the kitchen, which we discussed in Part 1, is also part of this group of items, here I am referring to wardrobes and other storage units,
- March 24, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Cornices, architraves and skirting
These are decorative elements that will clearly set your rooms’ character. It is the little details that will add to the beauty of your new interior.
- March 17, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Floor finishes
The choice of which floor finish goes in which room is part of the tender process – we call it Stage 2. The reason is mostly because of the preparation of the subfloor.
- March 10, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Bathroom – sanitary ware and water pressure
Unless you have a small apartment, you most likely have more than one bathroom to design and equip. A typical house has a powder room/guest WC near or under the stairs to the first floor,
- March 3, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Internal doors and ironmongery
I wanted to discuss these in a separate topic, even though they are part of the joinery group of items, as they are of course very important and sometimes you do not need any other joinery made.
- February 24, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Sliding doors and windows
If you are building an extension, you have the opportunity to have much larger openings than your property currently has.
- February 17, 2017
13 Client Supply Items - Kitchen
This is by far the most important and personal decision you will need to make. It is the heart of your home, and the place where you and your family, and friends, will most likely spend the majority of time.
- April 28, 2017
The Foundation - Snohetta Lecture in Warsaw
The Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation invited in 2017 to a lecture from the series “From vision to project”, whose speaker was Jette Hopp from Snøhetta. “From visions to projects” is a series of lectures, organised since three years by the Foundation.
- September 16, 2016
Dulux Trade Colour Futures 2017
You may not know it yet, but the colours you might want to put on your walls next year have already been decided. A team of trend forecasters, as well as design experts,
- September 20, 2016
#vorbildtour - A detailed tour of refurbishment process
We recently completed a 119 days long campaign on Instagram , where we shared and talk through various stages of a project, from the initial site survey up to the installation of fixtures and furnishing.
- July 18, 2016
VORBILD Architecture on The List by House and Garden!
VORBILD Architecture is very excited to announce that we have been chosen by House & Garden for The List, a brand new directory of the best property professionals.
- May 11, 2016
Grand Design Live Highlights
Grand Design Live Highlights
VORBILD Architecture had recently an opportunity to visit Grand Design Live at London ExCel. The multi-day event benefits not only professionals
- April 11, 2016
The Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation: Lecture with Amanda Levete in Warsaw
On 1st April 2016, The Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation in association with the Polish Cultural Institute in London, organised the first ever lecture by Arch. Amanda Levete in Poland
- November 14, 2015
The Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation - Lecture at RIBA: No problem – Architecture!
On November 3rd in the Lutyens Room at RIBA in London, Prof. Ewa Kurylowicz, held a talk called No Problem – Architecture! The lecture by Prof. Kurylowicz, one of the leading Polish Architects,
- October 29, 2015
First visit and a first impression – PAD London 2015
This year it was my first time that I attended PAD London. I must admit that I didn’t hear much about it prior and had mixed expectations, as there are so many fairs happening in London and
- June 21, 2015
Vision – trade show for architects
Early in June, we visited “Vision”, an interesting trade show held near Olympia, in London.
- March 15, 2015
How to make the best use of your loft
Loft conversions are extremely popular, primarily because they are one of the most cost-effective ways of increasing the living space of your property. Think about it…..usually it is a room as big as the entire footprint of your floor!
- February 12, 2015
Pool and gym – yes but not side by side
Clients often like the idea of building a pool and gym side by side, but on a practical note there is one main complication to consider. Put simply, you need very different climates for each of these environments
- February 1, 2015
How much should you invest in improving your home?
When considering a sizeable project in the home, there are two main factors that determine most people’s budget:
How much have you saved to put towards the cost or how much can you borrow?
- January 25, 2015
Maison et Objet 2015
Maison et Objet is a French interior design trade show, held biannually in Paris. The next show will be in early September.