An Oslo apartment with a floating steel staircase

This central Oslo apartment features on the shortlist for the World Interior of the Year award which was announced yesterday.

Designed by London based Haptic Architects, the apartment is located on the top floor of a 19th century building. By purchasing the loft space above the apartment the owners were able to undertake a refurbishment project that allowed them to combine the two floors into one unified space. A floating metal staircase links the different levels and adds spatial drama by introducing striking vertical lines.

Above: The double height en suite bathroom to the master bedroom is arranged over different levels and has an elevated bath and shower area.

Above: The floating steel stair case leads up from the main living area via a section of wooden cabinetry which also provides storage and seating space.

Above: A sunny terrace brings light deep into the apartment.

Above: The walls have been colour matched to the pendant lighting. The use of a dark grey shade, in contrast to the white used elsewhere in the apartment, defines the kitchen area.

View the complete shortlist for the awards at www.insidefestival.com


Bretelle Chair

Coloured suspenders form the back and seat of this Bretelle chair designed by Luca Martorano in collaboration with craftsman Georg Muehlamm.

The Bretelles (Italian for suspenders) are wrapped and layered to provide a light and comfortable seat and back, with the contemporary angles providing the perfect framework.

Produced in Italy, the chair is available in beech, walnut, oak or apple wood and can be customised from a choice of over 164 suspender colours.

A minimalist design with maximum visual impact.

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Wimbledon Whites

There have been several extended lunchbreaks around here this week. The distraction of uninterrupted afternoon tennis coverage has proved too much on more than one occasion.

Meanwhile out in the garden, the mid summer days have been long and warm, and this year's (excellent) crop of strawberries has arrived bang on cue for the tennis season, providing another temptation to lure me away from my desk.

So in an effort to channel distraction into productivity I've put together a Wimbledon inspired all white summer wishlist.

Happy Friday. x

perfume - Diptyque | bag - Whistles | sunglasses - The Row | shirt - Proenza Schuler | cushion - Waffle Design | tennis visor - Emilio Pucci | book - Bernd Kuchenbeiser for Vitsœ | shoes - Ancient Greek Sandals | chair - Richard Schultz



GIVEAWAY | Win a selection of interior design books

Today's giveaway is from French Forest Floors who create beautiful wooden flooring solutions sustainably sourced from French Forests.

To help you with a little design inspiration (and because you can never have too many interior design books) they are offering three great books featuring beautiful homes from around the globe. If you are inspired to plan your own renovation or remodelling project you can explore their artisan flooring range, which includes ash, oak and walnut, here.

The lucky winner will receive a copy of each of the following titles:

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Bedroom Makeover

Over the past few weeks we've been working on giving our bedroom a bit of a makeover - and here's the reveal! Gone are the old sludgy grey green walls and instead we've opted for a clean monochrome look (with a hint of taupe) and lots of soft textiles to add texture and comfort.

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Style Notes | Wooden Flooring

I love the warm minimalism of wooden flooring and the way in which it introduces texture, grain and natural colour into a space. It's also low maintenance and easy to clean, and with its winning combination of practicality, durability and visual appeal it is both timeless and enduring.

Different types of wood have different qualities. Each has its own intrinsic natural colour and grain. So which type to choose? Here are a few pointers.

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Seasonal Essentials | The Summer Trench

It's Laurie here from Bell & Smokey, with the latest instalment of my fashion column. This month we're focusing on the summer trench.

If, like me, you're happy to throw on your favourite coat to disguise whatever you've thrown on underneath - a summer trench coat might be a useful addition to your wardrobe. As the weather does a volte-face from torrential rain to glorious sunshine, a light coat protects against the elements but won't leave you flustered, sticky and regetting that extra layer as soon as it brightens up.

This versatility means its hardly a surprise that trench coats are a British staple - we're hardly renowned for our blue skies - the traditional cut of a trench coat is iconic and synonymous with British fashion.

But the trench doesn't have to be conventional. Look beyond the traditional, by marrying practicality and style. This season's reincarnations of the classic include oversized and loose-fitting creations, while pastel colours and crisp whites give a summery feel.

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