VIDEO: The Aplomb Lamp by Lucidi and Pevere for Foscarini

Description from Foscarini:

Visible concrete is part of the language of modern architecture and, with Aplomb, Foscarini presents a model that uses this material with completely new and innovative technology. The material is translated, from large-scale architecture to a small suspension light, for interiors making it an elegant product with a simple formality, inspired by a material that has always been linked to the world of construction. This is what also inspires its name: Aplomb, a plumb-bob traditionally used by masons. However, aplomb also means ‘self-possessed, confident’, like this lamp that distances itself from aseptic minimalism with all the material richness of concrete. Read the rest of this entry »

WISA Wooden Design Hotel by Pieta-Linda Auttila

Architect: Pieta-Linda Auttila
Location: Valkosaari island in Southern Harbour of Helsinki, Finland
Building owner: UPM Kymmene
Construction: 30 to 40 m² / 150 m³
Structure: Wood
Coating: Native woods, Glass
Concept and Communication: Trust Creative Society
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: UPM

WISA Wooden Design Hotel is an architectural gem of wood situated in the maritime heart of Helsinki, capital of Finland. Around it lie the city and 200 years of architectural history. The work was designed by interior architect Pieta-Linda Auttila. She hopes to spark interest in wood and highlight its role in building and interior design. Read the rest of this entry »

Hook by Jean Nouvel

French architect Jean Nouvel presents an office wall system for Italian brand Methis at Superstudio Più in Zona Tortona. Called Hook, the system comprises metal strips with hidden joints. Shelves and containers can be hung from gaps between the strips.

“Creating architecture,” affirms Jean Nouvel, “means imbuing personal’s creation, be it a building, a piece of furniture or a garden, with the values of one’s own culture and civilization.” When he designs an object or a piece of furniture, the architect first thinks about functionality and about achieving an “elementary design” that corresponds to the essence of things. Read the rest of this entry »

Cubes by Atelier 37.2

A series of cubes, 250 cm length, conceived within the framework of the of the photo studio the Small Bird will leave. Cubes are designed by Atelier 37.2 with extensive use of steel and wood. Read the rest of this entry »

The Otto Bock Building by Gnädinger Architects

Architect: Gnädinger Architects
Project Type: Healthcare and Office Space
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Year: 2009

The building was designed for the Otto Bock HealthCare company, a world leader in prosthetics and orthotics. The organic-dynamic design of the six-storey building is based on the principles of nature – as a model of harmony between technology and people. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel Zenden by Wiel Arets Architects

Project Type: Interior Design, Hospitality
Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
Client: Hotel Zenden
Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Hotel and Sport School Zenden is located within three monumental town houses near the river Maas in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  The hotel’s history begins in the late sixties, and originally contained only a pool for swimming lessons. Over the years other functions such as hotel rooms and a Judo school were implemented into the program. Upon the facilities reaching spatial limits, a renovation and reorganisation of the program was needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Nat. Fine Bio Food Restaurant Interior by eins:eins Architects

Architect: eins:eins architekten
Project type: Restaurant, Interiors
Collaborators: Christoph Roselius & Julian Hillenkamp
Year: 2009
Photography: Studio Uwe Gärtner

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The Latis Bathroom Collection from Omvivo

Latis basin materials: Natural stone and solid surface.
Latis trestle table materials: American Oak with matching timber, natural stone and solid surface shelf options. Other timbers are available on request.
Latis bath materials: Solid surface and the optional storage end is created from American Oak. Other timbers are available on request.
Manufacture: A combination of products made in Australia and Italy.

Thomas Coward of Omvivo has designed a collection of bathroom furniture combining timber, stone and solid surface. Latis, the latest bathroom creation from Omvivo, is inspired by the fundamentals of tradition and quality. Uncomplicated, elegant forms combine with superior materials such as natural stone to create a luxurious contemporary range with eternal appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

Wooden House K Interior Design by Architect Yoshichika Takagi

Project Specification
Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Purpose of the Building: Single Family Residential
Structure of the Building: 2-Story Wooden Structure
Site Area: 379.58 m2
Building Area: 193.77 m2
Total Floor Area: 226.06 m2
Design: Yoshichika Takagi (Sekkei-Sha)
Construction: Daisuke Hasegawa (Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners)

Located in Sapporo-Japan, this wooden residence was designed by Japanese architect Yoshichika Takagi. Called House K, the interior is divided by a series of wooden structures with pitched roofs. The project forms platforms and mezzanines on top of the house-shaped rooms, which are arranged around a central kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »

Pool Suites at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Designer: Chemical Spaces
Location: Hard Rock Las Vegas
Year: 2009

As part of Hard Rock Las Vegas’ resort-wide remodel, Las Vegas design firm Chemical Spaces was commissioned to design several one-of-a-kind pool suites intended to accommodate VIP guests of the resort. Local designer Mark Tracy, Chemical Spaces’ owner and principal design consultant, designed and oversaw installation of the individual suites.

The suites were designed with the intent to cater to Hard Rock’s young, hip, and music-oriented guests. With each suite boasting a unique theme/motif, the suites each walk out to the newly-designed Hard Rock pool and bring a new element to the Hard Rock resort.

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