Osaka-based studio, atelier KUU has designed Chico, a hyper minimalist pet store located in Shizuoka Japan. centered around an enlarged and simplified dog house – a motif that is repeated through the space – the design features thick intersecting planes of exposed concrete and smooth white surfaces. Large frameless windows cut through the exterior walls and open onto a small green lawn that doubles as a dog park during business hours. Accessed through a miniature kennel-shaped door, dogs are given free-reign to both the store and the green space out front while their owners shop around.
The reform has been approached as a search for the most intrinsic characteristics of the actual construction, while the building is freed of additions, surface elements and recent reforms, interpreting the old elements not so much through an historical optic as through their architectural qualities. Alemanys 5 is situated in the oldest part of Girona’s Barri Vell (Old District) inside the area of the first ramparts. Its location on calle Alemanys is special as it stands in front of one of the old fates of the wall, the Rufina gate, which provides views from the house to the convent of Sant Domènec and from there to the house, with the vision of the Cathedral as a backdrop. Although it is difficult to determine the antiquity of the built bodies, the most important reform dates from the sixteenth century. It later underwent many other reforms and additions that disfigured the original volumetry. The project is organised around the two centrelines that structure the floor plan. The staircase has been shifted to place it next to the lift, in the interstitial space between the two directional lines of the centrelines. This space is configured as the hinge that generates the entire layout. The refurbishment has been undertaken with very few materials: iron, concrete and oak wood. The forgings are exposed. They are in concrete with wooden shuttering, or wooden beams and beam fillings for the roof. Lintels and crowning of the stone walls are executed in steel sheeting one centimetre thick.
Young, single, businessman and DJ. The owner of this apartment, located in the west side of São Paulo, wanted to keep living near his company and at the same time grant his new house all the modernity that represents this moment of his life. The property, a typical apartment of the 80’s, was literally put down and rebuilt from scratch. All partitions, that limited the rooms, were removed. The toilets and two bedrooms were kept for structural reasons. Some windows were also eliminated, to create the concept of a box in which the illumination plus wall and floor coverings would create a three-dimensional effect, like in a night club. All the illumination was designed using leds, featuring no other light source in the whole apartment. Besides the scenographic effect, the illumination presents a great energy saving combined with a high luminous efficiency. The walls and ceiling were built with plasterboard and then covered with polymer cement. The kitchen, integrated to the living room, occupies the area that was previously designed for corridors and lavatory. All the woodwork was designed by the architect and one of the great aspects of the project’s interior design was the “high-low” effect, that is, great insights with very low costs. For example, the DJ table, is actually an aluminum ladder that gained a new interpretation. The whole furniture line follows an unassuming style, inspired in the 70’s.
Glenn and Justin Lamont have designed a set of milking stools and matching table with shaped spun metal tops.
Spun Stools, Spun Dining Table, by Glenn and Justin Lamount, LifeSpaceJourney
Led by Yoshiyuki Moriyama, Tokyo architectural firm Baqueratta specializes in building modern minimalist small and medium-sized residences. RA House is a house with impressive views.
RA House, by Yoshiyuki Moriyama, Baqueratta
With the new studio at Sankt Eriksgatan 106, Form Us With Love intends to create a vibrant space for design in Stockholm. FUWL plans for exhibitions, lectures and a pop-up shop.
The design studio is divided into three levels: an office, studio and workshop. The interior was completed in October and takes its inspiration from the gallery world, mixed with industrial facilities and lego.
Form Us With Love Studio, Sankt Eriksgatan 106, Stockholm, Sweden
Photography by Jonas Lindström
Japanese Keisuke Fujiwara Design Office recently completed 2 Minato pharmacies in Tokyo. The first was designed primarily of wood. Shelves are fixed tot the wall at various heights and also includes a floating bench for waiting customers. The colors used on the feature wall are that of the brand. The second pharmacy is mainly composed of white colored material and accented colors of the brand’s image are used on the floor. Systematic shelves are lined on the wall.
The Collector’s Loft is featured as one of the 100 best spaces published in Metropolitan Home magazine over its illustrious 30 year history.
citizenM is short for citizen mobile, and a new series of hotels with interiors designed by Concrete in Amsterdam. The hotel chain caters to a new type of traveler, these modern individuals are explorers, trekkers, professionals and shoppers. They travel a lot – both long and short haul and they share a common desire: affordable luxury.
Furniture selected for the interior of the hotel, include classic designs by Verner Panton, Charles & Ray Eames, Jean Prouvé, George Nelson, and recent designs from Jasper Morrison, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Antonio Citterio
On a sloping property north of Copenhagen, the Fredensborg House is built on five small plateaus connected by steps, reflecting the shape of its surrounding terrain. The house aesthetic is derived from inspirations brought about by the labyrinthine mountain village architecture, those that you may find familiar in Southern Europe, the architecture of Chinese temples, and in the works of modernist Danish architecture Jorn Utzon.