Presented at the Superstudio venue, a reclaimed railway yard, was Czech visual artist Jiri Prihoda‘s ‘arbor dwelling II, lampyriade (firefly)’, a two level urban dwelling made from plywood, wood, corrugated sheets, and plexi glass. The construction includes a staircase that leads to a functioning door, opening to the main space of the habitat.
Nendo has designed a three-piece dog accessory collection called ‘heads or tails’ for the japanese lifestyle magazine pen. The series of puppy products consists of a geometric bed, dishes and toys, all which have multiple applications and functions.
“Tel Aviv-based textile design and development duo Tesler + Medelovitch have introduced ‘wearable wood,’ a textile they conceived two years ago and have used to create a line of luxurious clutches. Featuring a magnetic clasp and a soft underbelly for a comfortable grip, all wood used in their designs is hand-selected, individually and meticulously crafted to a high quality standard.”
The name Cykno comes from the Greek word κύκνος (kýknos) and from the Latin word Cygnus, both meaning swan. In Greek mythology, Leda, the daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, was seduced by Zeus disguised as a swan who fell into her arms to escape an eagle chasing him. When a mythical person or god changes form to become something else, the term is metamorphosis.The brainchild of Bruno Greppi, in collaboration with the designers Luca Scopel, Gianpietro Vigorelli, and the guru of Italian advertising of the last 30 years Riccardo Lorenzini also participated in the creation of the Cykno bike. This new generation electric bicycle that combines vintage design lines, innovative and precious materials, sophisticated technology and a production strictly ‘Made in Italy’ has the power to ”transform” you into the most stylish biker as you whizz around your own city’s streets on it.
When we think of wood and paper, we usually see it in this manner; wood=source, paper=result. What if we flipped the model and saw paper as the source and wood as the end product? This was the concept behind Mieke Meijer’s project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. To think of paper as the end state of the product was limiting. With so much paper as the end result of making newspapers, Mieke envisioned an opportunity to upcycle the process and re-create wood.
Located in a forest on the mountains of Almaty in Kazakhstan, architect Aibek Almasov of A.Masow Design Studio has designed a concept for a modern spiritual retreat. The project, known as Tree in the house, presents a cylindrical, four-story glass space featuring an encased tree in the center. A winding white staircase allows visitors who enter the “tree house” to ascend the towering space, spiraling upward around the centric tree.
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a towering 21-story property for Dubai featuring the firm’s signature futuristic style. The unique design scheme for the Opus Office Tower is essentially a cube with a large void in the center, splitting the building into two structures. They are connected by an illusively hidden base that makes the edifice appear as though it is floating above ground.The project explains: “A pixelated reflective façade renders the cube full by day; by night it ‘dematerializes’ as light floods the void.” It’s sure to be an attraction for tourists and even more so given the additional project of designing the very first ME by Meliá hotel in the Middle East within the complex. As of now, it is slated to be completed in 2016.
“Erratic” is an installation piece by Swedish architects Norell/Rodhe that shows a lot of personality. Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe recently completed the project, which was featured in Helsinki Design Week this past September.
Made from a thick custom-made sack restricted at hundreds of points, the massive 3 x 3 x 3 meter piece illustrates the tension between meticulous design and temperamental materials.
Developed by architect E. Fay Jones, The Thorncrown Chapel stands among the trees in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and serves as a non-denominational chapel for anyone interested in getting married within the nature-inspired space. Since 1980, the majestic design has provided visitors with a unique, award-winning space for celebration.
Among waterways and Victorian mansions, this house is an island edge amid an architectural environment marked by the English tradition. Its glass and steel structure, and its plant in the style industry attest to its last close. The property was until recently an abandoned warehouse and before that, carpentry a furniture company. Its structure reflects and interiors also evoke and enhance this aesthetic.Steel beams, engineering lathes, pulleys, cables and oxidized finishes happen in this magnificent setting.
The continent is the work of architectural Wells Mackereth. One of its members,Sally Mackereth, interior design firm also with Hosh Ibrahim Planet Developments.
Combining a requirement for luxury with the latest ideas in modern decor, Reid Smith Architects completed Lower Foxtail Residence, a “sparkling residence of glass and clean lines tucked in among predominantly rustic cabins in the Yellowstone Club.” With a remote location and plenty of lush greenery surrounding the building, this Montana house raises the bar when it comes to contemporary US living. Its exterior defined by the use of stone, wood and glass somewhat manages to hide the design treats inside
“Studio Aisslinger set sail towards the heart of Soho to turn London’s old brick facades into a vivid concept of the ‘home of the future – part two’. From 14–22 September 2013 design gallery 19th Greek Street show[ed] it’s most colourful face to all visitors of the London design Festival. 19th Greek Street is dressed in textile. The most sustainable and long living woven coloir fields of Kvadrat did not only survive one process of up cycling in 2013 for ‘The home of the future’ at Museum Haus am Waldsee (Berlin).
Sponge is an outdoor lamp designed by Miguel Angel García Belmonte.“There is a new light. No dazzles. No marks. Not even corpuscles or lumens. It is a warm and porous light, coming from the hand made pottery piece skin. Sponge consists on a clay sphere where the light slips through, thus becomes more than a lamp, as an unusual clay piece with an unique design that achieves a very particular look along its uneven surface.”
Yochai Matos is a Tel Aviv based artist who creates mesmerising sculptural installations made from fluorescent tube lighting. Since graduating in 2004 from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Matos’ work has dealt with public space as property.Matos arranges the lights in unusual patterns utilising commonplace pieces of hardware. In his works, he uses images derived from Modern Culture giving them his own unique twist. Matmos also creates non-light based projects that ranging from collage, photography and public interventions.
Metaphor Design Studio have drawn inspiration from the artist’s studio for this Bangkok restaurant, House of Salad. Embracing the slightly dishevelled quality we typically associate with an artist’s space, it’s reinterpreted with an almost cinematic approach. The result is a hazy, dreamlike den that captures the imagination.