viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2013
Architect David Kohn explains how his studio transformed aneglected Barcelona apartment into World Interior of the Year 2013 in this exclusive video interview Dezeen filmed at Inside Festival in Singapore.
jueves, 12 de diciembre de 2013
Japanese architecture studio miCo., created by Mizuki Imamura and Isao Shinohara, redesigned this simple house, modifying the landscape of a residential district. 30 years old wooden house is located on a typical narrow piece of land and is surrounded by other houses. The architects decided to divide the house to three separate units, which lightened the house visually and solved shading and ventilation problems.
"We tried to see this dense neighborhood of wooden houses as a “compact cluster of the wooden frames”, which then seemed to us like an editable landscape. The wooden frame structure made it possible to add or subtract beams and columns, setting free the renewal of the building. The wooden frame structure allows for the addition and subtraction of beams and columns to fit the composition of the family and its current purpose, letting us freely renew the house. The issues of the old wooden house were solved by altering the framework without depending on the site or the existing building. Rather than creating a brand-new view, we tried to make an aged building which changes slowly with the landscape." via thisispaper
lunes, 9 de diciembre de 2013
For years Michael has produced his work in very limited quantities as editions of quality crafted pieces and small runs. In 2007 he set up a company to increase the availability of his objects. He traveled around the world and located small family run workshops to fabricate his pieces. The workshops were selected for their unique manufacturing skills and tradition in the use of materials.
The first collection of pieces to be introduced follow two years of meticulous preparation. It combines fine detailing with honestly expressed materials reinforcing the elegant simplicity of the designs. All the products are hand made in unlimited editions. The glass work is free blown, the stone work is hand carved, and the metal finishes are bespoke. Each piece, stamped with the designers mark, is manufactured in accordance with the purity of his original vision. Michael Anastassiades philosophy is to produce exceptionally designed objects of permanent value. via michaelanastassiades
domingo, 8 de diciembre de 2013
This full floor loft was designed for a mother and her two children. The brief included a request for accommodations for frequent guests. The planning established floor through public spaces, maximizing the daylight from the north and south facing windows, as well as private sleeping and study spaces. In this manner the family predominately lives in the generous loft space while enjoying the ability to retreat to private spaces. The design of storage and utility spaces allow open spaces to be uncluttered.
A simple, rich palette of materials were selected that sit well with the exisiting cast iron Corinthian columns and pine carrier beam. via lewoandwe
miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013
When Lionel, André, Jérôme and Lena laid their hats, at Villa Lena, a few kilometers away from Pisa in Italy, they did so with an idea for a very different kind of hotel. A case, if you will, of "Nineteenth-century Tuscan lady, maybe a bit rough around the edges but still full of charm, seeks the love and attention of creative minds for an inside-out, top to tail makeover.
Protected from the outside world, Villa Lena is nestled into the Tuscan countryside, at the end of a long and winding drive that twists through dense vegetation. The Villa is not just a dream vacation destination for anyone in search of laidback and thoughtful barefoot luxury, it's also an inspiring residence for multidisciplinary artists. Set in 500 hectares of forest, olive groves and vineyards, the outbuildings and six apartments - the villa itself will only be open to the public in 2014 - have been gradually renovated by interior designer Clarisse Demory, who kept in mind the kind of holiday taken by her coterie of cosmopolitan friends; models, photographers, designers and artists. All year round, the creative talents of today and tomorrow are invited to take up residencies to work at their discipline, be it painting, sculpture, music or writing.
The atmosphere is light and joyful, comfort is essential. The pared-down decor invites repose, tastefully combining pieces found on-site with vintage furniture and other objects sourced in the region, mixing the simplicity of a holiday home with polished Italian chic. As for the rest, fun and togetherness are watchwords for the swimming pool and games room, as well as screenings and improvised concerts the space welcomes.
Ahead of its full opening in June 2014, Villa Lena welcomed close friends and artists this summer in a pop-up version of its full self to-be. photo Coke Bartrina