Posts Tagged ‘modern design’
October 16th, 2013 – Most of us stand in before a mirror each day, searching for a sense of reality. The same reflector that we grow to trust, is the object that artists have used to manipulate the mind in powerful ways. A clever use of a mirror can make a room look larger, make an object appear as though it’s floating, or make a space go from dark to light. Get a dose of some magical mirror trickery in this week’s roundup.
Seemingly floating Monopoly-like mirror houses designed by photographer and creative director Autumn De Wilde.
Bureau Betak used spherical mirror globes to visually distort Christian Dior’s runway at the Place Vauban, Paris.
Artists Hiromi Tango and Craig Walsh’s mirrored fishing boat, Traces: Blue, is nearly invisible to the eye.
Madrid-based architecture studio OHLAB created five eye-catching gold boxes inside Port Adriano’s new jewelry boutique, Relojeria Alemana.
A metropolis has been cleverly turned upside down due to mirror trickery at Audi’s ‘Hanging City’ during Frankfurt’s 2013 International Motor Show. The innovative exhibition was designed by Munich-based KMS Blackspace, in collaboration with Schmidhuber Architects,
Found Associates employed black mirrors to add visual depth and dimension to a symmetrical space. The shoes on display at this Kurt Geiger boutique multiply in record numbers, showcased on mirrored tables and cantilevered glass pedestals, behind back lit Kurt Geiger artwork.
The massive mirror globe overlooking the lobby of London’s new EDITION Hotel allows patrons to be more discrete when “scoping the talent”, thanks to Ian Schrager and design studio Yabu Pushelberg.
Holzer Kobler Architekturen designed the outer skin of the new Paläon Research and Experience Center to act as a giant mirror that reflects the surrounding landscape and thus becomes one with the surroundings. Ultimately, the precisely crafted volume is covered with a reflective surface that becomes a mirror of the landscape.
In this piece entitled Fear Expanded, by artists Ryan Everson and Jason Garcia, the idea of fear seems to vanish into a soothing and peaceful landscape. The pair decided to work on the project together, with Everson building the letters and then handing them off to Garcia to further develop them based on his own personal vision. The final results are these four large wooden letters covered in variously-sized pieces of mirror.
August 12th, 2013 – Luxury is no longer enough for the modern traveler. Instead, the sophisticated globe trotters of today are in search of true authenticity. Mexico, is a historically enriched region that is flourishing with a new generation of boutique hotels that provide a genuine, culturally relevant experience needed to ignite the ultimate travelers high. Mexican Destinations such as Tulum, Veracruz and Puebla are staying true to their roots, by shutting out some of the big name hotels in order to keep smaller, local hoteliers in business. Among the bona fide boutique Hotel’s is Azul Oaxaca, a tiny new establishment in central Oaxaca.
Celebrated Mexican architect Hector Esrawe, founder of Mexico City based design studio Esrawe, transformed a crumbling building into a contemporary space that still preserves the warmth of Oaxaca by providing an atmosphere created in careful detail by local artisans.
The attention given to working with local artists means more than simply that Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca is just a well-designed hotel; it is a statement about the importance of Mexican design in the international landscape.
From the design of the lobby, to the rooms, to the menu with Oaxacan specialties like shrimp in yellow mole, and the films that play in the hotel’s screening room, the Casa Azul radiates the unabashed cool that comes from embracing an ancient culture and re-envisioning its place within the current aesthetic landscape.
Cool shadowed walkways leading to patios, cactus, and hidden retreats within the walls of Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca make for an environment open to the interpretation of each guest’s personal experience. Once hidden, the dominance of Oaxacan design is only a stay away.
Photography Courtesy of Azul Oaxaca
September 11th, 2013 – For some, libraries are a place of study and silence. For others, a total snooze-fest. But for the Monterrey-based creatives at Anagrama, libraries should be a place that cultivates imagination and adventure. The creative studio has unveiled their recently completed Conarte Children’s Library & Cultural Center, a dynamic new library comprised of vibrant neon colored rafters, angular book shelves and an undulating reading platform.
In the heart of the city is Fundidora Park sits a unique specimen of industrial archaeology, which was previously a massive steelworks and foundry established in the 1900′s. The park is home to extensive gardens, museums, convention centers, auditoriums, theme parks and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León).
Conarte sought out to Anagrama, who is led by designers Gustavo Muñoz, Miguel Herrera and Sebàstian Padilla, with the mission to create a space that would foster a love of reading and learning for children.
The Children’s Library & Cultural Center was planned to be inside a warehouse-like building, an untouchable heritage site of the state. Anagrama’s design proposal took into account the untouchable nature of the building and, in some ways, enhanced it.
The result of Anagrama’s design approach is a multi-purpose, asymmetrical reading platform meant to simulate Monterrey’s mountainous topography. The bookshelves are not only used as storage, but serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The installation’s colorful and geometric aesthetic contrasts directly with its antique, industrial building, elevating both elements in a cheerful and unique way.
Photography Courtesy of Anagrama
August 22nd, 2013 – Two towering condominium buildings, King Blue, are the latest addition to Toronto’s growing skyline. Setting up shop in the epicenter of Toronto’s King Street West neighborhood, the 48 and 44 story buildings deliver the ultimate in style, sophistication, luxury, and amenities, all within an exquisite urban environment. The design of the high-end establishments are oozing with intoxicating swagger, thanks to Sai Leung design director of award winning interior design firm Munge Leung. Leung is well known for his meticulous work and uncompromising standards, which made his skills a perfect fit to design the trendy new condominiums that feature 807 luxurious suites with gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms, two private lobby’s, two rooftop terraces, a pool bar, theater, fitness center, and a yoga room.
Designed for animation and activity for residents and their guests, behaving as an extension of the King Street West lifestyle. The street-level facades on King Street, Blue Jays Way and Mercer Street will be lined with restaurants and retail that embody the vibrancy of Toronto’s Entertainment District. “Our goal with king blue’s design is to promote human interaction and conversation.” says Alessandro Munge, Munge Leung’s managing partner. “Success would be to see people in the elevators not looking at their smart-phones, but engaging with each other because there is familiarity and comfort.”
“The courtyard will be King Blue’s cornerstone, with the two tower lobbies connecting to it,” says Alessandro Munge, Managing Partner at Munge Leung. “It will be like a village well from long ago, the gathering spot of the development for residents, guests and the public. The design aspires to integrate the energy and activity reflected by the surrounding spaces, with the courtyard acting as the perfect meeting place with the two towers soaring above it.”
“We studied the pace and pulse of King Street West and its distinct feel,” continues Munge. “And we designed the common spaces within King Blue to reflect the confidence and self-assured ebullience that comes from the area itself.” With both residential towers playing off the rooftop terrace, Munge Leung envisioned an interactive and sophisticated community setting, stimulated by the hub of energy emanating from King Blue’s common areas.
Amongst the most engaging social elements for residents will be a rooftop terrace atop the Canadian Westinghouse Building. Featuring an exclusive pool and bar, landscaped terrace with waterfall feature, sculptured trellis, adjacent party room and multi-media room, full catering facilities and kitchen, outdoor fire pits, private lounges and dining areas, the rooftop terrace will be a gathering spot for social interaction, entertaining and stimulating conversations.
August 13th, 2013 – Using real deer antlers and recycled metal, New York based designer Taylor Simpson has created the Moniker Cycle Horns. The deep black horns are designed to add a dramatic and clever touch to the steering point of bicycles. Simpson says that he came up with the idea while on a road trip through the annual World’s Longest Yard Sale on Route 127, an event he goes to every year. During the epic yard sale, Simpson came across a cool pair of genuine deer antlers that a local man was selling somewhere in Kentucky. As an avid cyclist, Simpson thought it would be clever to create bicycle handlebars made of animal horns and antlers. After some fine tuning, and proper packaging, the industrial designer debuted the first Moniker Cycle Horns.
March 8th, 2013 – Going to the dentist can be similar to asking someone to punch you in the face. Unless you’re a champion MMA fighter and you’re used to taking some gnarly upper cuts, a visit to the dentist is dreadful. We take it back, even MMA fighters don’t fancy getting their face drilled out – who does? Most people build up large amounts of anxiety when coming face to face with their arch-dental-nemesis. An anxiety that can be easily relieved in an imaginative environment. A tooth sore should not mean an eye sore. Now, wouldn’t it be cool if your dentist’s office felt like a warm and comfortable coffee shop? A place straight out of Seattle with wood planked floors, brick walls, and local artwork to jog your thoughts away from the unnerving task at hand. Would your mind wander away from the painful shots if there were an ancient map sprawled across the ceiling? We think so! To celebrate the dentists and designers who are using their creative juices to change the look and feel of the typical unwelcoming and stodgy dental offices, we’ve put together a roundup of stellar dental offices around the globe.
Dental Club by OOS AG located in Lucerne, Switzerland
Clinica Sabadell EN designed by Alfred Garcia Gotós Estudi
Toothbeary Dental Clinic in London designed by Luis Nieves
Dental Clinic in Oporto, Portugal designed by Paulo Merlini
D. Vision Dental Clinic in Prague designed by A1 Architects
ORL Clinic by MALVI located in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Dental Clinic in Lisbon designed by Pedra Silva Architects
Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates located in Japan
GKK Dental Ambulatory by X Architekten
Weissraum Dental Surgery Clinic by Ippolito Fleitz Group
After the designers agreed on the crater-like design of the Luna Skin, they journeyed forward to make a durable and marketable product. “We tested concrete a lot of times in various ways to make a product that has marketability. After lots of fails, it is finally completed,” the designer noted.
Once the product achieved the high standards of the design team, the crew paired up with Junyeong Lim, CEO and designer of ‘Posh project’, to start distributing the Luna Skin.
“Each concrete skin will have a specific and unique concrete pattern that is the only one in the world,” Lee explained. The names of the design studio’s are etched into the bottom of the skin, signifying the first collaboration between Posh Craft & Realize. The Luna Skin is expected to be sold by mid-summer for $20.00.
July 9th, 2013 – In other news, over in Slovakia, industrial designers Peter Simonik and Elena Bolcekova have created the ultimate ‘Erector Set’ of home decor. The build-it-yourself construction game lets the user build a series of vases that meld an industrial form with a contemporary aesthetic. Bolcekova and Simonik, the founders of Bratislava-based design house ALLT, explained that the “Architectonic approach enables it being put together by hand. Designed to transform the perception of a table surface or bedside space, where external intervention applied by these elements rescales its surrounding.” The collection comes in a series of three unique storage objects, each with its own wood frame to keep the stability of the vase.
Photography By ALLT
July 8th, 2013 – Four Lau and Sam Sum, founding designers of Hong Kong-based creative firm AS Design, actualized a dynamic restaurant outfitted with contrastingly layered hives to appeal to the swarm of youngsters in Guangzhou City, China. ‘Rice Home’ is a newly launched premium casual dining brand that pursues superior rice quality with an emphasis on unique and contemporary recipes.
The 1,300 square foot restaurant creatively blends modern and innovative rice-based meals with diversification to meet the young and trendy customers – all in an elegant and clean dining environment.
Lau and Sum explained that their clients wanted to “pursue new stimulus from their dishes to interior design with style, highlighting and showing the charm of cosmopolitan in new era.” The team of designers achieved this request by creating visually stimulating space using an grid of three dimensional hexagons, bright colors, and contrasting materials.
“We distributed this natural beehive structure in every corner, representing a dynamic “Home / Living space” with the meaning of being hard working to delve into new food products.” The designers noted. The inclusion of the irregular hexagons in the space was not only meant to represent the idea of home and hard work, but also to enhance spatial layering of the space and add visual depth.
Yellow bowl-shaped sculptures are secured the curved wood wall to create visual sense of food aroma and to arouse ones appetite. Instead of traditional food board menus, the designers opted for e-menus which are displayed on a series of TV’s at the entrance.
Photography Captured by Sing Studio By Sum Sing
June 29th, 2013 – “We like to think of our interventions as positive manipulation of the human brain,” Paulo Merlini, founder of Portugal-based architecture firm Paulo Merlini Arquitectura explained of their recently completed Bakery In Oporto. “We focus on giving positive inputs to appeal to all the five senses (when possible) so that we can alter ones homeostatic level, and as result make people feel happier.”
The architect tends to approach his work with a mixture of research and philosophy, which manifests metaphysical environments that keep functionality well intact. “Our main concern is to create spaces that gives people the right stimuli, positively influencing their homeostatic levels.” Merlini continued, “this is a concern based in the notion that we´re the product of an evolution. As such, we focus on the knowledge of the human body, mainly on the brain response to exterior stimuli.”
The light filled spaces is comprised of a repeating gang of thin laser-cut wood slats on the ceiling and walls. The cream colored slats become the architectural highlight of the bakery because of its sculptural disposition and alluring lighting effects that gives the space a magical glow.
Each slat separated by a mere four inches, became a moment of opportunity for Merlini as he proposed a new logo for the bakery and saw the perfect place to showcase it. “Wooden stripes descend through two of the walls creating an effect that dialogs directly with the consumer. When one moves throw space, hidden forms start to appear on the walls. Those forms are an abstraction of the proposed logo. The intention is to unconsciously reinforce the image of the firm in one’s mind.”
Merlini’s chiseled ceiling functions seamlessly with the lighting of the space, along with the bakery’s new branding and identity initiative. But, the architect had another, more playful, reason for creating the sculptural slats, “we made the ceiling ‘melt’ in some points to make it look like a cake topping,” Merlini noted.
The harmoniously designed space is separated into three sections, each evoking a slightly different feeling. The intention of this method was to create a space where diners would be able to choose a place that parallels their personal comfort levels. One thing we are sure of, when it comes to scarfing down a succulent cupcake, personal comfort is essential.
June 27th, 2013 – Parisian designer Gregoire de Lafforest is taking the term ‘centerpiece’ to a whole new level. The designer’s new Archibird Cage Table combines the idea of sculpture and furniture when Lafforest retrofitted a custom designed birdcage into a wood console table. Lafforest explained that “the idea was to develop a cage that would break conventional codes, the bird is staged as in a theater. Its pure materials it gives a great view of nature.”
While exploring his idea, Lafforest contracted the fabricating creatives over at Paris-based SeeWhy Workshops to help build the actual cage (see the whole building process here). The designer says that the glass domes are a reference to the curiosity cabinets of the past. The main intention of the design has been the drive for lightness and illusions, for instance, the bottom part of the cage is suspended to the steel rods, but in reality it is supported by the tree branch. The legs are also shaped to achieve this aerial feeling. Its purity gives an idealized vision of nature. Though the Archibird Cage doesn’t seem like your regular bird cage, it has all the attributes of a bird cage: it can be opened for cleaning, and it has mangers and a small washing pool.
French-Deco Industria And Old World Decadence.
June 17th, 2013 – Sydney-based architecture and interior design practice Blainey North and Associates’ have re-invented one of Melbourne’s prized restaurants, Conservatory. The new Conservatory makes guests feel like they have been instantly transported to London, Shanghai or New York during an era when craftsmanship and materials were revered and buildings and interiors were designed to endure and built to last.
Located in Melbourne’s Crown Towers’, the new eatery draws inspiration from the grand conservatories of Europe. “The adoption of century-old techniques set in a modern context, such as the use of traditional fluted details on the bar and the restaurant’s solid metal screens, along with the repetitive use of a soft arch formation, create a true mix of French-deco industria and old world decadence,” founding architect Blainey North says.
The restaurant is flanked at either end with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which, teamed with double-height windows overlooking the Yarra River, create a natural light-filled and spacious environment.
North introduced a collection of white arches and columns outfitted with marble, paired with large Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees that are planted into the custom cabinetry. Together, the elements create grand proportions, and are the fine recipe to a splendidly regal experience for restaurant guests.
There are four distinct areas in which to dine at the 190-seat buffet-style Conservatory, including a small collection of tables assembled close to the antipasto, seafood, salad and cheese selections, an intimate area near the bar and two larger dining areas.
White marble floors, bespoke chandeliers, a woven timber ceiling, custom-made carpets, generous chairs and tables, locally made steel screens and dramatic reflective surfaces combine to create a lavish and engaging space in which to dine.
Designing the Conservatory led North and her team to experiment with distilling the concept of a space to a simple line drawing, then translating this graphic form into a repetitive architectural detail. The arch motif features on every thing from the chandeliers to the chairs, tables and wall detailing are intentionally intersecting.
Brazilian Designer Guilherme Torres Creates Cool, Sustainable, & Cozy at MostraBlack 2013
June 13th, 2013 – In the 18th century, the word ‘hotel’ was defined, at first, as the official address of the King of France. The term was later extended to describe the aristocrats’ houses and became a synonym for a large private residence which stood out in the neighboring area. A common practice among elite members was to rent its pied-a-terre when they were away for long periods. That experience allowed tenants to enjoy, though for a short time, the exclusive and reserved luxury of the finest addresses in Europe.
From this concept, described by Jaques-François Blondel in several of his treatises of architecture, Brazilian designer Guilherme Torres took advantages of the sensations caused by the characteristics of the space allocated to him at this years MostraBlack.
MostraBlack is a 40-day annual event that brings creative and conceptual content of the top professionals in architecture, décor, and design throughout several areas of Brazil. Guilherme Torres and his team were selected by MostraBlack to showcase an oasis of comfort and style right in the heart of urban chaos, baptized Hotel Black.
Cool, sustainable, and absolutely snug and cozy. The bamboo – with none of its eastern folklore – plays a central role in the project. Bamboo is used on the floor, ceiling and some of the walls, which divide the scene, with an incredible three-dimensional ceramic coating, almost optical – The architect’s interpretation of the legendary fresco paintings and tromp l’oeils of the court in the old continent.
The lighting technique, which illuminates the space with energy efficiency, is brought to life through large tensioned screen panels. The high standard interior architecture travels beyond modern and functional furniture – most of the furniture pieces were designed by the architect’s team, specifically for this dreamy hotel exhibition where contemporary masterpieces interact with the passer-by. It’s an invitation to relaxation. It’s unforgettable, to say the least, revealing the city at your feet.
During the forty days of shows, the last five floors of MostraBlack’s Tower A, located in the complex WTorre Plaza, receive thirty spaces freely acclimated by a mix of new talent with renowned architects, decorators and landscapers coming from various states Brazil.
Brazilian designer Guilherme Torres and his design team at MostraBlack 2013.
Photography By Guilherme Torres Studio
June 10th, 2013 – When it comes to hotels in Miami, beach junkies find themselves limited to two very distinctive options. Behind door one is high-end establishments glittering with glamor and elegance. Behind door number two are a variety of spring-break-esque hotels where vinyl tiles replace vomit stained carpet. Ew. Miami’s hospitality industry has offered very few “in-between” choices, until now. The recent opening of the Freehand Miami Hostel, a reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, is filling Miami’s hospitality gap with its chic and authentic accommodations.
The Freehand is responsible for releasing an effortlessly cool and well traveled energy into Miami. This feel-good vibe is likely due to the New York City powerhouse creatives behind the establishment. Developed by The Sydell Group, hyped by the public relation gurus at M18, musically sculpted by Honor Roll Music, and designed by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of design firm Roman and Williams. “Our work continues where history dropped off or disappeared” Alesch explained, as it was up to him and Standefer to re-sparked a flame in the historic 1930s Art Deco building.
The two Roman and Williams designers were working with The Sydell Group on the ACE Hotel NYC when the development team approached them about designing a new boutique hostel in Miami. “It actually had no name when we started – We named it – We did the initial branding, naming, and logo for the project,” Alesch noted. Preserving the space was only one of the many challenges in rebuilding the Freehand, “oddly enough the largest obstacle was the Historic Commission in Miami – getting approval on a Modern Aesthetic is easy, getting approval on a historic or eclectic style is near impossible. We have no interest in a clean and contemporary look so we are confronted all the time with confused administrators and also architects who don’t understand our desire to be “unprofessional” in our choice.”
Vintage wood furniture pieces meet an impressive collection of weathered National Geographic magazines in the lobby as the back-door courtyard dripping with palms sets the scene for this Camp-ground gone tropical establishment. The cool yard-sale-style furniture pieces came from “all over the place!” Alesch explained. “We hunt everywhere, we have the best shoppers in the world working with us at Roman and Williams.”
The communal-style boutique hostel pays homage to an ‘endless summer’ as travelers make easy friends around the courtyard pool, artfully surrounded by the graffiti work of artist and photographer, Curtis Kulig, who repeatedly bombed ‘Love Me’ in bright colors across the courtyard fence. An absolute poolside favorite is The Broken Shaker, the Freehand’s tasty interpretation of a hotel bar that features specialty handcrafted cocktails with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from herbs and spices from our garden, fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.
The Freehand offers private and shared accommodations, the Super 8, Shared Quad, Private Quad, and Bungalows shelter groups of travelers, while the Standard King claims the adventuring duos. Each of the shared two-toned yellow and blue hostel rooms are outfitted with lake cabin paraphernalia such as worn ladders, wood paneling, bunk beds, and bulky red hooks to hang your towels. Your endless summer begins at $40 a night. Enjoy!
The new Dunmai office has taken over an old motorcycle factory in the creative plaza on Shanghai’s South of the Bund, a place that serves as a remembrance to the familiar stories about old Shanghai. Designer Thomas Dariel, founder of Dariel Studios, gutted the old factory and replaced the space with a pleasurable, relaxing and modern workplace that reflects the company’s dynamism and creativity as well as serving their professional needs.
It took an internal architectural reconstruction to memorialize this old 4-floor factory building, Dariel kept the building’s historical façade, but completely transformed the internal structure into an open, high 3-floor volume arrangement under the design concept of “work in the park – play in the office.” A concept that is reflected in the overall structure and in every detail of this edgy and humorous-looking space.
The internal reconstruction is a response to the friendly atmosphere to the open space required by the client. A 3-floor high central patio, furnished with large white lacquer desks, was built so that colleagues can easily communicate with each other despite what floor level they are on.
Dariel appointed shades of white as the dominant wall color to push out the dark and dingy feeling of the old factory, and to reveal the original structure of the building. The shape of the new internal structure is inspired by the branches of a tree. Drawers on the wall let people imagine that all the plants growing in that space are spreading along the wall and up to the ceiling.
In order to make people feel as if they were surrounded by nature in the given space, the designer attempted to move all the elements of a garden to inside the office: grass lawns under chairs and tables, gardener’s tools designed on the walls, swings displayed during afternoon breaks that exhibit the sweet memory of childhood, and a groove for flowerpots on tables.
The natural light has been designed to infiltrate the whole space, so that one could feel a sense of being outside. The color scheme consists of pure white but bold colors such as vivid pink or green are used ubiquitously for contrast and for developing natural energy.
The restrooms’ entrances are designed to look like open elevator doors. Thus, when one is in search for an elevator, he or she will be surprised to find that it is actually a bathroom. Even the toilet walls are creatively designed, for the designer pays homage to a famous French artist street style by using images from video games to decorate tiled mosaics. The design illustrates that working in an office can be a joyful and unique experience. An office space can be open and transparent, just like the glass walls and doors of many individual spaces in Dunmai Office.
June 3rd, 2013 - The codfish – “bacalhau” – has always been deeply knitted into Portuguese cuisine. Legend has it that there are at least 1000 thousand ways to cook it, making this fish a local foodie favorite. Architects Nuno Mateus and José Mateus, co-founders of Portugual-based architecture firm ARX, designed the Ílhavo Maritime Museum in the city of Ílhavo back in 2002, the finalized project was even deserving of nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2003.
Now, the museum is one of the most visited museums in the region of Centro de Portugal, telling a story of high sea fishing in the Newfoundland and in Greenland, as well as in the “ria” of Aveiro. The Mateus brothers have recently revisited their celebrated museum to design a new codfish aquarium.
The codfish aquarium connects two other buildings and is a complex built ensemble. At the heart of the building museum visitors will find the fish and the sea. The visitor’s path is a spiraling ramp, a journey that begins in suspension over the tank, to turn into a diving mode of gradual discovery, an experience of immersion in the cod habitat. The informal auditorium, with extensive visibility into the aquarium, marks a pause in the visit for contemplation and information about the life of this species.
The architects use their expertise in creating contrast and movement throughout the space as architectural elements such as ramped hallways, stairs, and exhibition features visually fold into one another, allowing the visitors to learn about the history of codfish fishing in a fantastic way.
The aquarium features a Sea Room that presents an interesting collection of nautical instruments and miniatures of ancient boats. The new extension will be the first in the country, and the ideal place to observe this interesting species with a closer look. The Codfish Aquarium is a must-see spot of the city of Ílhavo, which intensely promotes the preservation of sea traditions.
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How eight impossibly thoughtful designs are conceptualized from the most improbable everyday materials.
There was a time in all of our lives when we envisioned a rocket ship from a discarded cardboard box, light sabers from the prosaic paper towel roll, and an infra-red Mission Impossible-esque laser security system out of our standard, yawn-worthy electrical tape. Well, at some point along the way, we lost that childlike wonder and imaginative spark. Not these folks. They’re the MacGyvers of the design world. Give them a rubber band, three paperclips and stick of gum and they’ll build you a geodesic dome (Okay, okay, maybe we took that a little too far – but you get the idea). It takes a truly brilliant brain to create sheer design genius from uninspired everyday objects that the rest of the masses discard – we’re talking pencils, tape, cardboard, fabric, and chain link fence.
Enter …. designer Aakash Nihalani, artists Soo Sunny Park, Philip Karlberg, Janet Echelman, Jacob Hashimoto, Nils Völker, François Dumas, and the creatives from M4 Architects. These cardboard crusaders and rope renegades are pushing the limits with disruptive design, shifting our perception of traditional design by utilizing mundane materials in new, innovative ways. Ten bucks says they’ll have you thinking twice the next time you take out your recycling. Could that empty gallon milk jug be an impromptu watering jug? There’s only one way to find out…
Aakash Nihalani – The Taped Crusader
Featuring bold, fluorescent streaks of tape, Aakash’s geometric installations exist on a completely different plane, offering optical illusions that are divinely incandescent.
Philip Karlberg – The Pencil Pundit
A study in smart design, Karlberg’s pencil pin art effectively captures the likeness of iconic figures in a simplistically loose and beautifully abstract manner.
M4 Architects – The Fabric Shifters
For a Moroccan Tagine restaurant in Seoul, Korean design office M4 created a graphic black and white space with a dreamy, cloud-like ceiling. The curvacious white fabric is dotted with lights, and diffusers that cause the clouds to shift and move.
Nils Völker – The Rubbish Beautician
German artist Nils Völker has transformed a bunch of black plastic garbage bags into captivating wall art in his newest installation, Eighty-Eight.
Janet Echelman – From Mesh Fabric To Wind Choreographer
Janet Echelman’s floating sculpture She Changes in Porto, Portugal dances in the air because of its lightweight materials of string and mesh fabric.
François Dumas – Broom Re-purposer
Jacob Hashimoto - The Paper Prep
For the American artist’s first solo show in the UK, he hand-made hundreds of small kite elements from paper, which he then adhered to bamboo frames. In the exhibit space, the kites hang from thin dowels and rest at various levels to create an uneven, fragmented landscape.
Soo Sunny Park – The Chain Link Scuplter
Suspended from the walls and ceiling are thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged to appear as twisting mesh of crystals at Park’s ‘unwoven light’ installation that animates the Rice Gallery.
April 24th, 2013 – In Bangkok’s seaside province of Rayong, a family-style seafood eatery designed by the Architects at Onion is adding a cozy, yet modern, atmosphere to the local dining scene. Modest beaches dotted around the Rayong Province are tranquil paradises for sea lovers who wish for hideaway places near the capital, a fitting place for Laem Charoen Seafood. The designers at Onion devised a hexagon pattern screen that creates partitions, adds architectural interest, and controls the flow of the restaurant.
Warm colors were introduced into the modern space to provide a warm atmosphere that best represents the identity of Laem Charoen’s 30 year old brand. Mint green glass railings, diagonal wood slats, and dining chairs upholstered in an array of emerald colored tones sit underneath custom made ceramic lamps that are coated in a copper color. At the front of the restaurant, the wooden hexagonal screens are open, but at the rear of the restaurant, the screen holes are filled with mirrors that reflect the geometric screens and create visual interest.
Photography By Pruk Dejkhamhaeng
September 5th, 2012 – The look of the new Neo Derm Medical Aesthetic Center designed by Beige Design was inspired by youth, energy, sustainability, and continuity. The center sits in a bustling neighborhood in Hong Kong, where it’s 1,500 square feet is designed to attract young customers for skin care and cosmetic treatments. Check out the below narrative, where the architects at Beige Design took us through the facility.
Backdrop of the reception is a lime color wall with a front layer of translucent recycled resins panel, the embossed lines on the panel are just like the light beams dashing around to embrace the space speedily. A clean white high-gloss paint reception island landed on the reconstitute stone flooring create a contrast to the backdrop.
Beams of white dashing lines are running throughout the white ceiling and extending to the surrounding space with dynamics. The relaxation zone adjacent to the reception is set on a lime on lime color tone from furniture to carpet that emphasizes the young and rejuvenated brand essence by over viewing the Victoria harbor. Fabric sofas are designed with rounded ends to offer a comfortable and warm mood to welcome customers.
Lines lead the way when the customer is walking into the treatment area. Following the dashing line pattern on the reception backdrop and ceiling, lines continue to take the lead in the corridor where product display shelves with LED lightings were lining up on the wall. The wall on the opposite side of the corridor is echoing with a long piece of line artwork. Lines in different forms are spreading around to keep the dynamics in the space.
Privilege is a special key attracting the young customers. Treatment rooms in this skin care center are specially designed as a multifunctional room that is capable to perform as a cosmetic room, an entertainment room as well as a treatment room to fit with their needs. Where a ‘line’ sliding picture is designed to cover the mirror on top of the cosmetic table. This tricky design helps to prevent the reflection inside the room during laser treatment is in operation. Catching the flow, the high gloss paint wall panels are set as subtle line features to lead the flow. Where the table is connecting to the seating, basic counter top is connecting a hanging cabinet demonstrating the concept of ‘continuity’, all the things are getting connected and bringing forth into other space.
In the makeup room, its special triangular shape demonstrates a play of intimate reflection. In the treatment room and makeup room, the main characters are always the user, which marks the meaningful connection to the continuity of lines.
From curtains, furniture, ceiling patterns, artworks to every details of the space, it is carefully designed to resonate the theme of lines, and lime color highlights are just enough to demonstrate the dashy and energetic design brief for this particular skin care center.
(Photography: Beige Design)
September 25th, 2012 – An angular new structure sprouted up in the courtyard of the SAP headquarters. The structure is a multimedia pavilion, intended to celebrate the software company’s 40 year anniversary. The Stuttgart-based architects at Scope spearheaded the design and build of the project, titled “40 years of future.”
“The architecture of the pavilion was greatly influenced by the positioning within a courtyard of the SAP Headquarters. On a four-sided enclosed area, we designed an envelope figure, on one hand reflecting the introverted character of the utility bill and the other in an exciting interaction where the confining environment occurs,” the architects explained.
Once visitors enter the exhibition they are met by circular windows which are flush-mounted onto the wall, their arrangement is derived from the binary code of the exhibition title. This can be seen best from the exterior at night when the light shines through the “binary code windows.”
The volume of the building is divided into two polygonal bodies that break their seemingly static boundaries and are fused together in an opposite movement. The two bodies react by different heights, shapes, and colors on the programmatic structure of the exhibition.
The lower structure is a black building which penetrates the glass façade and functions as the connecting corridor to the lobby of the Headquarters. The white, seamless body absorbs inside the exhibition space with the three thematic areas for visitors to learn about the history and future plans of the company.
(Photography: Zooey Braun)
Generally when we think of Police stations we envision drab colors, cold cement floors and double-paned glass (not to mention those super-cozy looking stainless steal toilets they have in the drunk tank.) At best we imagine the crappy 70’s haunt where the Chips duo park their choppers. Well, the force is coming back in full force. We’re talkin’ the rainbow, swiss-cheese-esque aesthetics of the Koban Police Station, envisioned by architect Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture. (Where is Koban you ask? It happens to be in Kumamoto, the most southern island of Japan) The space that’s reserved for impounding criminals is awash in bright colorful hues, friendly curved walls and a graphic polka-dot pattern that slices through perforated steel. Beaming rays of sunlight cut through the orifices and cast happy pops of sunlight on the surrounding pavement. It’s quite possibly the friendliest police force we’ve ever seen. Literally. Those Chips guys can only dream.
(Photography: Koichi Torimura)
What looks like an angular stack of gilded domino’s is actually the bronze façade of the Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum designed by the architects at :mlzd. The structure sits on the banks of Lake Zurich and boasts a history of over 700 years. The small, fortified complex was built in the late 13th century and a number of the extravagant interiors have survived today. Most recently, it underwent extensive restructuring in 2011, but will open it’s doors to the public next month. Wedged precariously between the old, fortified stone tower and a newer structure sits the new, main entrance, clearly juxtaposing and offsetting the old, “heightening awareness for the threshold to the latter.” The newly constructed rooms are an extension of the museum’s spectrum in terms of space, operations and possibilities available to the curator. “The shape of the new building has been developed out of the lateral façades of the old buildings. Its façade and roof have been designed in such a way that the existing windows and doors of the old buildings are not intersected anywhere.” The Rapperswil-Jona Museum is a journey in discovery, the structure is a legacy itself and stepping foot inside is a trip into the past.
Karim Rashid’s style is stamped all over this project! The Komb House in Cairo, Egypt is an instillation at a local exhibition, a few months back images of this concept streamed the blogosphere, but here are the first images of the completed project. In true Karim form, the Komb is dynamic, well thought out, and fully designed by the master himself.
The house exterior is constructed of a series of undulating fins that are slightly different. Together, the slightly different fins are separated, creating a play on privacy and only allowing viewers to slightly see inside the house. The interiors of the space are separated into four quarters and represent Rashid’s concept of eat, sleep, play, and cleanse.
The central area is inspired by Islamic patios and it features an oasis with a skylight and a center plunge pool!! A kinetic art sculpture levitates above the pool, as the sculpture rotates it captures wind energy and disperses it throughout the house.
Many ecological ideas are incorporated into the space such as solar panel heated water, energy efficient appliances, reuse of pluvial and grey water, and a raised radiant floor. The Komb house is specifically designed to use technology to orchestrate modern traditions in a new wave of thinking which involves eco-loving objectives.