These days, it’s a growing trend among large companies to assert individuality by arranging seats in harmony with the brand values and culture. When famous denim brand G-Star RAW has built new offices in Amsterdam last year in an industrial building under the famous signature of Rem Koolhaas, the choice of furniture came as a challenge.
This original and scultural cubic object was designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick . A “sitooterie” (Scottish origins) a is a small summer cabin that represents a place to “sit oot.” This cube has an aluminum structure, under 8 feet in each dimension and 5000 hollow pins radiating outward from slightly inside the interior. The ends of the tubes are covered with a translucent orange plastic, casting a sunlit array of bright squares into the cabin during the day, and beaming thousands of orange pinpricks when lit form within at night.
This new cocktail bar in Shanghai will be hard to find if you’re looking for a classic entrance into an unique locale as this. The place was designed by Alberto Caiola and it’s access is made through this Coca-Cola machine that can be spotted inside of an unconventional sandwich shop, called The Press.
Interbelic is the name of a surprising bar in the heart of Bucharest. Like the secret bar entrances of New York in the ’20s and’ 30s, the entrance is not clearly indicated. But as you enter, you are transported into a jazzy scenario like the ones from the mysterious gangster films, where they sip from a glass of whiskey in a decadent and very scenographic manner. The interior design is signed by the team from Lama Architecture Studio.
The latest project of peinter and now interior architect Alexandra Zabunov, is this bright and eclectic apartment. Each piece of furniture tells a story full of meanings, the interior is decorated and outlined to match the effervescent creativity and personality of its owner.
Inside this space, Alexandra introduced several pieces with charm, such as the sofa with five different backs and the table with solid oak wood countertop, all handmade specially made for this project.
Bocca Lupo is a new and surprising italian restaurant in Bucharest. It’s name comes from the italian expression “in bocca al lupo” that may sound scary but in fact is a literal reference to the jaws of a predator that means “lucky”. The architect, Corvin Cristian had the opportunity to reinterpret the traditional style of the region of Tuscany and create a space “washed” by natural light. The retro feeling of the place is suggested by the use of objects that relates to the sceneries from Italian films of the 50s and 60s.
Designed by Nextoffice Design Studio, this flexible and unexpected house is a result of an well thought out architectural project for the narrow but deep urban plot given. The most visible and amazing element is the two-dimensional façade that can be turned into a three-dimensional one, option that came from the traditional Iranian homes to have an all seasons rooms.
An awkward series of products that will never exist in this form suggesting wine glasses with side opening, closed at the front end tablespoons, open rubber boots or umbrellas made of concrete – the “guilty” for all of these is the architect Katerina Kamprani. She tries to imagine creatively terrible products – items that would be somehow functional (maybe), but an absolute pain for the actual user. The ongoing series is called “The Uncomfortable.” Enjoy!
Beetle’s House is the name for the raised home designed by japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori which is currently on display as part of ‘1:1 – architects build small spaces’ at the v&a museum in London. The small dwelling sits in the museum’s medieval & renaissance room, high atop its pillared structure. The design is clad in rich black charred pine beams that no doubt reference the colour of the beetle. This type of wood creates a unique texture that preserves the wood and extends the building’s lifespan.
The structure, like Fujimori’s other works is intended to by-pass all architectural styles that have
developed since the bronze age, returning the act of living to a more primitive state. this home is
designed to host an english version of the traditional japanese tea ceremony. It’s only accessible
through a small hatch in the floor which visitors enter from a ladder.
Aenaon Villas is a luxurious hotel perched atop the rocky hills of Santorini, Greece. It was designed by Giorgos Zacharopoulos and completed in 2009.
“Aenaon villas is situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the world-famous caldera, and it is open to all four points of the horizon, from east to west. The housing complex, consisting of 7 luxurious villas, is a truly idyllic and unique retreat. The villas’ exterior is built in a traditional style, with the utmost respect for cycladic architecture and in perfect harmony with the natural setting. Inside, the villas are wonderfully spacious, tastefully decorated yet simple and elegant and equipped with all the modern amenities that guarantee a sense of autonomy, comfort and luxury.”
Located in a building on the corner of the street, the store should house the contemporaneity of the collection and the brand ́s new language. It has acted in the market for over 60 years and in this new undertaking, it searches for a new esthetic language printed on its products and also in the architecture.
A honeycomb inspired the hexagonal shape on the facade and this shape allows a better solution for planes and curves situation. The coating was used in some moments in an opaque way and in others as semi-translucent, evoking movement between straight and curved angles. At the same time, shaping the openings sometimes explicit like in the main window and it alludes itself more discretely at times to incite visitation.
The masonry was peeled and exposed crudely and the lighting uses the preexisting structure to its fixation, bringing the highest flexibility possible for the product exhibition at the store. Old existent bricks were kept making a conversation between new and old materials.Inspired by the unusual architectural proposal, the plastic artist Felipe Morozini signs the creative direction of the objects, furniture and the art for ESTAR GABRIEL.
Created for the Manchester International Festival. ZHA has designed a chamber music hall for solo performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s chamber music masterpieces. The project’s form, a suspended ribbon of translucent lightweight synthetic fabric (150 g/m2) articulated by an internal steel structure, translates the intricate relationships of Bach’s harmonies into an architectural spatial condition. This voluminous ribbon swirls within the room, carving out a spatial and visual response to the intricate relationships of Bach’s harmonies.
To convince a culture less than enthusiastic about the concept that everyone can be an athlete, the Maryland-based brand brought in HUSH Studio, who in turn hired architecture and design studio Marc Thorpe Design, to create an experimental retail space centered on the architecture of Under Armour—action, vigor and endurance.
Upon entering, the store’s dynamic architecture draws visitors down a long illuminated hall—designed to ready one’s retinas for the following room—to the theatre, where an exaggerated 270-degree panoramic film surrounds and engulfs the viewer.
Located in the new Jing An Kerry Center in central Shanghai, the space is the first of potentially many “retail theatre” concept stores for the brand
The realization of Isay Weinfeld’s Casa Cubo is the mutual vision of the Brazilian architect and the home owners; two contemporary art collectors. Conceived from the belief that art should be shared, Casa Cubo is a lodging and support center to artists and the development of the arts, but with all necessary facilities to serve as a home.
The ultimate highlight of the space is the unexpected employment of art pieces scattered throughout the interiors. Artist Antony Gormley’s headless human-like sculptures carved from lead and fiberglass are secured into the ceiling, dangling by their necks. Custom furnishings, hand-stitched quilts, and bespoke railings all act as individual and unique art pieces within the gallery.
This 300-plus year-old house is located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality in Israel.The gorgeous renovation is by the Tel Aviv-based Pitsou Kedem Architects, already well known for their minimalist approach to architecture and design.The single owner of the house asked the designers to maximize the sea view while keeping the historical feel of the building intact. The project team – Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg and Raz Melamed – has achieved this beautifully.The residence consists of a 100 square meter (1,076 sq.ft) living area (living, dining and kitchen) plus an additional 80 square meters (861 sq.ft) that includes the master bed room, a study and a guest room.
Athens-based architectural practice, MplusM have completed the Villa Anemolia project. The renovated villa can be found in Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, Greece. This renovation project of a luxury hotel is in Megalochori, an introverted and quiet village in Santorini.
Zaha Hadid is best known for conjuring up countless landmark buildings, but the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s multifaceted design portfolio also includes furniture, footwear and, now, a yacht.The master prototype conceived for the 128m yacht will, in turn, be used to inspire the design of The Unique Circle Yachts. That collection of five separate 90m yachts will incorporate design philosophies of the master prototype but will include modifications to ensure they meet the technical specifications required to approve vessels for ocean crossings.