Manhattan-based architect, Andre Kikoski has designed a restaurant in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum. The design solution references the building’s architecture without repeating it, and in the process transforming familiar geometries, spatial effects and material qualities. The playfulness of forms and the dynamics of movement through this 1,600 square foot space imbue the design with novelty, subtlety and intrigue, in part through the material palette of the space.
“We chose materials and colors for these dynamic forms that are restrained and elegant” explains Andre Kikoski. The design features include: a curvilinear wall of walnut layered with illuminated fiber-optics; a bar clad in a shimmering skin of innovative custom metalwork and topped in seamless white Corian; a sweeping banquette with vivid blue leather seating backed by illuminated planes of woven grey texture; and a layered ceiling canopy of taut white membrane.
The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, by Andre Kikioski for Restaurant Associates. Photography: ©2009 Philip Greenberg
Hayon Studio has completed Octium, a new concept jewelry shop, located in 360º mall in Kuwait, Octium presents the work of various exclusive jewelry designers from around the globe. Jaime Hayon’s design offers an innovative approach to an interior. Most elements were custom designed for the project using contrasting finishes like glossy lacquered woods, natural oak, ceramic, and luxurious fabrics.
Netherlands based MFD has teamed up with Taco Joustra to create an interior for luxurious lifestyle store Dominio (Italian for Domain). The Store is located on the famous Nine streets of Amsterdam. The area is well known for its unique shops and Dominio stands out with its exclusive Italian handmade mens and ladies footwear, leather goods such as handbags, luggage, briefcases, handmade shirts, leather finished scooter helmets and vintage 60’s and 70’s watches, as well as vintage items.
By using museum-like displays the designers have chosen to put the products on a pedestal and they receive the full attention they deserve. Colors and materials used were chosen to match the various shades and materials of merchandise offered by Dominio. The warm gray tones in the concrete floors, walls, staircase and counter offset the deep hues of the American Walnut shelves and displays, giving the boutique a timeless appearance which is completely in sync with the Dominio brand.
Italian furniture manufacturers Poliform Varenna has created an inspirational residential interior project called “My Life in 80m²” to show that the quality of a living space does not depend on the size.
120 m² floor apartment in a former factory building in Berlin. The long sides of the rectangular room are fully glazed. In parallel, run two small roof terraces. A massive furniture installation forms the core area of the apartment. All rooms are open to the windows and can be separated by sliding doors.
Dachgeschoss Bröder, Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany, by Thomas Bendel
The Distrito Capital Hotel opened earlier this year in Mexico City. The hotel interior, designed by French architect Joseph Dirand, is punctuated by vintage furnishings by Charlotte Perriand and Dieter Rams other famous designers.
The bar stools are available here: Mater Wood Counter Stools.
Distrito Capital, Mexico City, Mexico, by Joseph Dirand, Diámetro Arquitectos
for Grupo Habita
The new store concept for Georg Jensen has just been opened at The Pearl, Qatar. Designed by Mark Pinney Associates around the concept of the ‘Danish Luxury Lifestyle Home’, the store’s interior accommodates the diverse range of homeware, silverware and jewellery through the creation of an environment that incorporates the elements of the home – dining, living, kitchen and gallery space.
The notion of openness of a Scandinavian interior is reinforced by the store’s layout, from the stone tiled verandah with illuminated glass slat ceiling, to the fireplace located at the heart of the ‘home’.
The concept references elements of Danish architecture and design, particularly the work of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Vilhelm Wohlert and Poul Kjærholm. Materials used are wherever possible Danish in origin and include classic furniture pieces by Poul Kjærholm and Hans J Wegner.
Xavier Veilhan made a portrait of his friend Sophie for his personal exhibition at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery (Miami). Three large statues of Sophie stood alone in the gallery space: each offered a particular definition.
“When Thierry Costes proposed that I contribute to the space drawn by India Mahdavi, he referred to pieces that I had already produced. But while visiting the restaurant’s contsruction site, spanning three floors, I realized that a vertical opening would be more spectacular and do the space more justice, as if the sculpture was pre-existent.”
Sophie in the restaurant Le Germain, by Xavier Veilhan
A private house built within a California vernacular neighborhood. Skylights and large windows allow in plenty of light, yet the design and layout allows for maximum privacy.
Private House, Los Altos, California by Kallosturin
Canadian design firm Βurdifilek has created an urban oasis within Atlanta’s newest W boutique hotel. The designers Diego Burdi & Paul Filek reinterpreted W Hotel Downtown with a verdant sanctuary that mimics the lushness of Georgia, while maintaining the brand’s celebrated cosmopolitan edge.