A Hollywood Hills Hotel Perched on a Beach-Front Hillside in Koh Samui

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/hollywood-hills-hotel-perched-beach-front-hillside-koh-samui/samujana-villa-15-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/samujana-villa-15-2-810x608.jpg" alt="A Hollywood Hills Hotel Perched on a Beach-Front Hillside in Koh Samui" /></a>
                                I’m not a beach person myself, and maybe you aren’t either, but a vacation to the <a href="https://www.samujana.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Samujana</a> might change our minds. Designed by <a href="http://gfabarchitects.com/projects/samujana-koh-samui-thailand/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Gary Fell of GFAB Architects</a>, this lavish estate in Koh Samui, Thailand is made up of large, contemporary villas perched on a hillside overlooking a coral cove. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the beach from the estate’s private beach access or from above in its beautifully designed, architectural villas, the <a href="https://www.samujana.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Samujana’s</a> Hollywood Hills aesthetic paired with the scenic views of Koh Samui makes for the ultimate modern luxury vacation.

Villa 15

Villa 1

Villa 1

There are 25 villas available for booking at the Samujana, equipped with modern amenities like infinity pools, state-of-the-art cinemas, private spa treatment rooms, international satellite channels, and more. Whether your’e looking to book for a quiet family vacation, a corporate or wellness retreat, or a destination wedding, these villas are all equipped
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The Watermark Collection of Handcrafted Tiles Introduces Tides

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-watermark-collection-of-handcrafted-tiles-introduces-tides/cle_watermark_tides_tile-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/cle_watermark_tides_tile-1-810x749.jpg" alt="The Watermark Collection of Handcrafted Tiles Introduces Tides" /></a>
                                A few years ago, designer <a href="http://design-milk.com/friday-five-deborah-osburn-cle/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deborah Osburn</a>, of <a href="https://www.cletile.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">clé</a>, launched the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tiles-inspired-japanese-textile-dying-techniques/" data-wpel-link="internal">Watermark Collection</a> of handcrafted porcelain tiles that were inspired by Japanese textile dying techniques. Now, clé has introduced a new series that was designed by Deborah’s own son, <a href="https://www.cletile.com/pages/meet-the-artists-luca-osburn" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Luca Osburn</a>, called <a href="https://www.cletile.com/pages/meet-the-artists-luca-osburn" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tides</a>. The ocean-inspired line seems like the perfect addition to the Watermark Collection, as Luca is an avid surfer. In addition to the new pattern, there are four new colors, which reflect his favorite Northern California surfing spots – the foggy grey <a href="https://www.cletile.com/collections/deborah-osburn/products/watermark-cronkhite-4x8-special-order?variant=&variant=36238897542&variant=36238897542" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cronkhite</a> and the sun kissed ocean greens of <a href="https://www.cletile.com/collections/deborah-osburn/products/watermark-outer-kellys-cove-4x8-special-order?variant=&variant=36239861446&variant=36239861446" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kelly’s Cove</a> and <a href="https://www.cletile.com/collections/deborah-osburn/products/watermark-jetty-4x8-special-order?variant=&variant=36238274054&variant=36238274054" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Jetty</a>. There’s also <a href="https://www.cletile.com/products/watermark-outer-sunset-4x8-special-order?variant=36239544646" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Outer Sunset</a>, which was inspired by the faded pink row houses bordering San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

Photo by Penni Gladstone

Luca joined clé as the first “Artist in Residence” which was started as a way to introduce young adults tile making by teaching the skills it takes to design and produce their
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A Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Home Gets Lovingly Restored

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/a-palm-springs-mid-century-modern-home-gets-lovingly-restored/mid-century-alexander-michelle-boudreau-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Mid-Century-Alexander-Michelle-Boudreau-1-810x537.jpg" alt="A Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Home Gets Lovingly Restored" /></a>
                                Tasked with bringing one of the Alexander mid-century modern homes back to life, <a href="http://www.michelleboudreaudesign.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Michelle Boudreau Design</a> achieved that while also updating it for modern times. The original owner preserved much of the modernist details but everything still needed to be restored and revitalized, along with a unique and modern design plan that pays homage to the home’s storied past.
Large windows and sliding glass doors were incorporated to bring natural light into every space, while facilitating the indoor/outdoor California lifestyle. Throughout the interior, Boudreau curated a mix of both vintage and modern pieces for an authentic, yet updated ambiance. An addition was designed to add another large bedroom and lounge space with access to the pool and spa area outside. Each room has a bold design scheme full of memorable moments and vignettes, as well as bold color selections. You might also spy the artwork of our very own Jaime
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The Kanuhura Maldives: A Gypsetter’s Paradise

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kanuhura-gypsetters-paradise/kanuhura-outdoors-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/kanuhura-outdoors-3-810x607.jpg" alt="The Kanuhura Maldives: A Gypsetter’s Paradise" /></a>
                                Whenever I ask a group of friends where they’d like to take a dream vacation, it never takes too long for someone to shout out “The Maldives!” and it’s no hard task to understand why. Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, tranquil solace away from civilization — what’s not to love? At the <a href="http://www.kanuhura.com/?" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kanuhura Maldives</a>, you’ll experience all of this and more because <a href="http://muzalab.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MUZA Lab</a> has redesigned the unique island retreat for the modern gypsetter, a word that combines the ideas of a gypsy and the jet set lifestyle. Ideally, a gypsetter is free-spirited, sophisticated, well-travelled, and finds excitement in traveling to new destinations. At that definition, aren’t we all gypsetters at heart?
The monochromatic design of the Boduberu Lounge where you’ll wait for your sea plane to the Kanuhura is inspired by the black and white sarong of the local Boduberu performers. Guests can choose from a
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Where I Work: Aaron Edwards of The Charles

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/where-i-work-aaron-edwards-of-the-charles/where-i-work-thecharles-0b/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-0b-810x540.jpg" alt="Where I Work: Aaron Edwards of The Charles" /></a>
                                Aaron Edwards is one half of the award-winning digital agency, <a href="http://thecharlesnyc.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">The Charles</a>, which he co-founded with his sister, Samantha Edwards. The New York City based firm, which also has offices in Chicago and London, are the brains behind the advertisements of some the most notable brands in the business, like Cartier, MINI, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, Bloomberg Media, as well as fashion related brands, such as Misha Nonoo, Ellen Tracy, and Armando Cabral. They also won the digital design award for <a href="http://www.wsj.com/ad/cocainenomics" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cocainenomics</a> via the Wall Street Journal for Netflix’s show, Narcos. Wanting all of their employees to have a voice on some of today’s most controversial subjects, the duo encouraged each of them to write an article for their recently launched online magazine, Charlie, including topics like <a href="http://helloitscharlie.com/blackgirls" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">race</a>, <a href="http://helloitscharlie.com/inbloom" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">censorship</a>, and <a href="http://helloitscharlie.com/fear" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">fear culture</a>. For this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/where-i-work/" data-wpel-link="internal">Where I Work</a>, Aaron takes us through his work days, creative processes, <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-303073" src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13-810x520.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="520" srcset="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13-810x520.jpg 810w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13-800x513.jpg 800w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13-768x493.jpg 768w, http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13-500x321.jpg 500w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Where-I-Work-TheCharles-13.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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A Kid’s Room That Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/a-kids-room-that-will-make-you-want-to-be-a-kid-again/germ-kids-bedroom-van-staeyen-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Germ-Kids-Bedroom-VAN-STAEYEN-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Kid’s Room That Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.vanstaeyen.be/ontwerpbureau" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Van Staeyen Interieur</a> proves that all it takes to make an incredible kid’s room is some wood, paint, and some imagination. Well, a lot of imagination, as proven in this project called <a href="http://www.vanstaeyen.be/ontwerpbureau/germ" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">GERM</a>. On the top floor of a rural Belgian house, they transformed an empty, awkwardly shaped room into a bedroom that any kid would dream to call their own.
In the middle of the room, a large volume houses a bed on each side, giving two kids their own “bedroom” with incorporated storage. An attached ladder on the end leads to a playhouse with geometric openings for looking out. The bottom half of the structure is painted white with yellow popping out from the accents. The top and inside of the bed cubbies were left in their natural pinewood state for contrast. On each side of the bedroom, desks were installed along the sloped ceiling.
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Beetle-Inspired Acoustic Panels by MUT Design for Sancal

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/beetle-inspired-acoustic-panels-by-mut-design-for-sancal/beetle-acoustic-panels-mut-sancal-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/BEETLE-Acoustic-panels-MUT-SANCAL-1-810x654.jpg" alt="Beetle-Inspired Acoustic Panels by MUT Design for Sancal" /></a>
                                Acoustic panels have grown beyond function with brands trying to also elevate the looks of them. The latest to throw their hat in the ring is <a href="http://www.mutdesign.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MUT Design Studio</a>, who created a collection of modern acoustic panels for <a href="http://www.sancal.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sancal</a> that go beyond the average rectangular shape. After taking a trip to a natural science museum’s entomology rooms, MUT designed these sound absorbing panels after a beetle. That’s right, the little crawly insects most of us don’t think twice about have inspired the <a href="http://www.mutdesign.com/#1" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Beetle</a> collection.
Dropping the ick factor that beetles might conjure up for some, MUT chose to abstract them turning them more into sculptural works of art for the walls that also help reduce the annoyance of sound in public spaces. There are 12 different designs based on six upholstered panels that can be mixed and matched in different ways. Beetle was presented at iSalone during this year’s Milan Design
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Viccarbe Steps It Up at Milan Design Week

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.viccarbe.com/" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Viccarbe</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/viccarbe-steps-it-up-at-milan-design-week/viccarbe_aleta_jaime-hayon_designmilk_header-copy/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Viccarbe_ALETA_Jaime-Hayon_DesignMilk_header-copy-810x540.jpg" alt="Viccarbe Steps It Up at Milan Design Week" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.salonemilano.it/en/" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Salone del Mobile</a>, the furniture fair held during the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week/" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a>, is a high stakes game. For one week in early April, all design eyes turn toward Milan. Italians are not modest in their expectations for the 2,000 exhibitors at their 56-year-old fair: “Design is a condition in itself. Milan is its capital,” President of the Salone del Mobile Milano Claudio Luti has proclaimed With two new major collections pieces, in addition to their roster of hits, contemporary Spanish furniture manufacturer <a href="http://www.viccarbe.com/" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Viccarbe</a>, certainly brought their ‘A’ game to this year’s fair. If your Spring Break plans didn’t happen to include a flight to Milan, here’s a little recap of their best.
Víctor Carrasco, the strategic director for Viccarbe, was about to board a
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