Shellstar, commissioned for Detourart design festival in Hong Kong was designed to be an iconic gathering place for the festival attendees.
Located on an empty lot within the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, the temporary pavilion maximizes its spatial performance while minimizing structure and material.
‘Luci,’ Green Transportable Light is different than any other. ‘Luci’ is an inflatable, water-resistant bright LED solar lantern with three light settings – dim, bright and emergency flashing. The developers had on mind to empower the developing world through solar power, providing greater equity to those without access to electricity. Luci was designed to be independent of a power grid. The lamp can be recharged in the sun in six hours and then produce six to 12 hours of light. The light runs in three different modes, low, high, or a distress mode where it flashes.
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Based in Villabuena de Álava, VIURA HOTEL is perfect as a base to discover the Spanish wine area Rioja. The facade is composed of whimsically superimposed cubes that seem to surge forcefully from the centre of the earth; punctuated by French windows that flood the rooms with views of the relaxing scenery.
In addition to its magnificent restaurant, the bar, a fine old wine cellar and a gymnasium, Viura has wonderful terraces on the top floor with panoramic views of the San Andrés Church, built between 1538 and 1728, and of all the mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria.
The perfect Barbie has been redesigned buy artist Jason Freeny by creating this Barbie the artist demonstrates that under this beauty face, she’s got a skeleton and intestines just like you and I do.
The New York-based designer said he chose the doll because of her unusual proportions. He said: ‘I like to see the skeletal system and organs of the body when the features are distorted.’
KŌH Concepts announced today the global launch of its first home design product, the KŌH Lamp. With its warm glow, flexible usage and creative design, the KŌH Lamp is a mood setter, space saver and conversation starter. The KŌH Lamp, offered in eight shades, is all that is needed to transform workspaces and living areas.
The concept of the KŌH Lamp was inspired during a trip to a village in Africa. Each night the villagers would gather around the campfire to discuss their days. To set the mood, they would place light bulbs inside coloured canisters to create complementary lighting. Paired together with the warm glow of the fire, this created a soothing backdrop for friends and family to come together and catch up.
This new public school for 500 studentsby Brooks + Scarpa Architects is located in a tough South Los Angeles neighborhood almost directly under the flight path into LAX and adjacent to the very busy 105 Century freeway. The design was influenced by the New Orleans architects Curtis and Davis who designed and built many schools in the early 1950s in Louisiana. Their designs adapted to the local climate without using air conditioning, creating sustainable light filled and poetic spaces for kids to learn.
Similarly, this project is designed to enhance passive sustainable strategies. It allows for abundant natural light, ventilation and view, while shading itself and inducing airflow. The south facade is clad with 650 solar panels that shade the building and provides 75% of the energy needs for the school. Implementing these strategies will reduce carbon emissions by over 3 million pounds.
Taking full advantage of the region’s temperate climate, the designers eschewed the fully contained “big box” idiom of conventional schools on the primary use site. Instead, a landscaped courtyard with multifunctional “bleacher” terracing flows into the open-air covered lobby and the multilayered paseo, lending the school the appeal of a collegiate campus and offering significant environmental benefits—improving daylighting and access to fresh air both inside and out—while providing substantial cost savings by limiting artificial lighting and thermal conditioning to the smaller enclosed spaces.
Distinguished by their design, the Pi & Up sidetables by Marc van der Voorn for Odesi have something extra to offer. Most other sidetables have a 40 x 40 cm tray, the Up adds an extra 20 cm (40 x 60 cm). The slightly larger tabletop of the Up gives you just that little extra space you need. Besides being a charming sidetable, Pi is also a magazine holder. You can stack your magazines on the legs and newspapers can be rolled up and stored through the legs. Read More…
creative firms Asylum and LOVE once again teamed up to design the world’s largest ultra premium whisky embassy. Launched by Diageo as the largest, most luxurious Johnnie Walker House, the House is located in Beijing and imbued with whisky knowledge and historical elements throughout the sophisticated spatial design. Conceived with the intent to immerse consumers in the world of Johnnie Walker whisky through bespoke experiences, the
latest House provides an experiential and interactive journey for consumers in the world’s most powerful market for luxury goods.
The LocationThe Johnnie Walker House Beijing is located at Ch’ien Men 23 – a historical meeting point of East and West in China. Spanning a total floor area of almost 16,000sq ft, the building provided the perfect industrial platform to bring to life the beauty of the architectural vision – the Whisky Distillery.
Creating a highly contemporary space, rich in authentic whisky story telling for the discerning Chinese consumer, the heart of the architectural vision was the Whisky Distillery. Continuing to create premium whisky conversations, essential ingredients to whisky making and historical archives provide the foundation for the introduction and education of whisky. Further enhancing the Johnnie Walker whisky experience, the physical space includes elements of Scottish history and culture, while remaining attuned to the discerning Beijing consumer. The House blends a bar, museum, retail outlet and an exclusive members club.
Italian Studio ADR brings a second wind to Polaroid. The ‘Socilmatic’ camera will allows its users to point, snap and apply one of Instagram’s retro filters to get various artistic effects. It is true that with the arrival of digital photographs, we have lost the pleasure to touch and visualize our photos on a wall. The camera will make its own Instagram prints using an internal printer loaded with refillable paper sheets and a four-color ink cartridge – digital versions of those photos could also be instantly uploaded and shared online, directly from the Wi-Fi-equipped camera.
Published through AirBnB – an online service that allows people to rent spare rooms and other living spaces for short-term. The hotel has converted large beer barrels from the local Pott’s Brewery into single and double beds. The barrels were used for over 100 years to age and transported Pott’s malty beer. An opening is created by cutting a half-circle from one of the end caps, allowing guests to climb up a short ladder to the platform bed installed inside.
Jonathan Adler’ Spoutnik Lamp inspired by the lamps of the sixties has been completely revamped. The Spoutnik lamp features a central metal sphere from where twenty four Light Chandelier are shouting out ending up with sparkling crystal or glowing bulb.
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Timed to coincide with the Milan Furniture Exhibition, the Globo Meeting Gallery – the events venue annexed to the Globo showroom – will make its debut with the new Claesson Koivisto Rune prefabricated house project, the first of a series of exhibitions to be coordinated by Giulio.
WEWOOD – Portuguese Joinery is pleased to present you one of its most recent news “SORRI” chair. Designed by Gonçalo Campos, this chair is inspired on a smile, it was made to provide a great comfort.
It was designed for wood lovers; its shapes are highlighted by a sendler outline which frames the seat and the back, clearly showing the versatility and nobility of the material.Easily recognized by its large curved surfaces, it has an ample space for other items such as a handbag, a jacket or a book, this chair was designed for moments of rest and reflection. Several design details have been considered in this chair to highlight its solid construction and its main curve which remind an attractive and confident smile.
Completed in 2004, The Studio in Bethnal Green is an inventive conversion of an existing Victorian workshop into a contemporary living space. The tall, thin, dark sliver of a space was formerly an industrial shed wedged between existing buildings at ground floor level with windows on all sides at high level. The whole structure was separated from the street by a narrow courtyard passageway.
Threefold Architects’ challenge was to inventively reconfigure the internal layout to maximise natural light and space and stretch a limited budget to create a modern and innovative domestic space.