Virgin Atlantic is known for its off beat, non corporate, luxurious yet fun Clubhouse lounges around the world. Tokyo was to be no different. The brief was simple: the new Virgin Clubhouse should be 1/3 Virgin, 1/3 Japan and 1/3 the designer’s own distinct expression.
Virgin Clubhouse, Narita Airport, Terminal 1, Japan, by Klein Dytham Architecture
Built as a summer house for Fabien Baron, one’s first impression is of its virtual invisibility. The design draws significantly on local vernacular models which are transformed through the introduction of elements of new materiality and detailing, to create volumes with a contemporary quality of abstraction whose interiors are bathed in light and views. Entry is via a lofty space framed by a pair of walls finished in fine vertical slats of dark stained timber and set below steeply angled roof planes.
Baron House, Southern Sweden by John Pawson
1. In search of innovation within traditional crafts Botanical Ceramics was born from a research project based on the possibilities of combining traditional crafts with technological and industrial production methods. The series of containers are manufactured using rapid prototyping technology based on the idea of flowerbulbs as a natural vessel.
2. The second vase, Redefining Genetics, is composed of 6000 small rods, which have been built up manually through a 3D computer program.
3. A String of Garlic ceramic Vase using garlic as a starting point.
Botanical Ceramics & Redefining Genetics, by Jo Meesters, for Jo Meesters, Garlic in collaboration with Marije van der Park.
Dezeen is curating a design exhibition at The Jones hotel in London this September and October, exploring contemporary designers’ fascination with animals, including the Eames House Bird and Harry Allen’s Bank in the Form of a Pig
Antony Gormley makes sculptures from welded mild steel rod. “There was a lot of experimentation, but the Domains really got going when I realised I could describe the space of the body as a matrix formed from eight lengths of stainless steel in a reversal of the Greek pointing system, with rods resting on the internal surface of the body”.
Domain Series, by Antony Gormley
The Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. (rebuilt 1986) It is the most significant building in the history of modern architecture, known for its simple form and extravagant materials, such as marble and travertine. The building stood on a large podium alongside a pool. The structure itself consists of eight steel posts supporting a flat roof, with curtain walls of glass and a small number of partition walls. Mies designed his now famous Barcelona chair especially for this building.
Barcelona Pavilion, by Mies van der Rohe
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Put an orange into this bowl, and a beautiful contrast results: nature meets technology. Winner of several honours, the bent aluminum forms a three-dimensional object in which shapes and shadows change depending on the light.
Bowl, by Christoph Böninger, for Auerhahn Bestecke
The Trace chair collection has been further improved with the body made of Hirek plastic. Suitable for outdoors, stackable and designed for the contract sector.
Trace, by Shin Azumi, for Desalto