The radical functionality of jet fighters and the elegance of supersonic aircrafts like the Concorde have inspired the style of the Berlin based architecture and design office KINZO. For a young family in Hamburg, KINZO has created a kitchen, reflecting the streamlined aesthetics, but also the spatial economics of aircrafts: The upper cabinets are reminiscent of the overhead compartments of aircrafts – and they swing open just the same way. The kitchen elements seem to float in space, cleverly arranged lights enhance the bright, airy and slightly “clinical” impression – but first of all, they create an illusion of space in a room of barely 20 square meters. What’s more, this bespoke kitchen didn’t cost a fortune.
Jet-Kitchen, Hamburg, Germany, by KINZO
It all started early this year when Jasper Morrison introduced us to the owners of one of the apartments in the housing block unit of the Marseille-based Radiant City by Le Corbusier. The Apartment 50 is not a museum; it is a lived-in space that we remodelled – just for the time of the summer season. We decided to feature a selection of objects from our collection of designs which seemed to rightly fit in this apartment and match the way the owners are living in it. As an echo to Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé’s original furniture of the space, it seemed natural to us to articulate the remodelling around the SteelWood collection, Magis – including a table, some chairs and a shelving system. Additionally, while remembering that Le Corbusier had a special interest in tapestries, we felt comfortable with the idea of installing a group of Clouds, Kvadrat up on the wall. Finally, a Zip carpet, Vitra and two of our latest lighting designs, including Lampalumina, Bitossi and LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini, complete this ephemeral remodelling project.
Despite its compact layout and clearly defined living zones, the model apartment appears extremely spacious, an effect that was achieved through a strong emphasis on transparency and openness in the design of the individual elements. A glamorous, curved staircase forms the central core of the apartment and opens up the two floors to create an open airspace, around which all the other rooms are grouped. Stepping onto the staircase thus becomes the ideal way of experiencing the apartment in its entirety.
Quant 1, Stuttgart, Germany, by Ippolito Fleitz Group
Rushcutters Bay Apartment, Australia, by Chenchow Little
Zege Architects has designed a new exclusive hotel in Thessaloniki for Chandris Hotels & Resorts. The Met Hotel includes a spa, VIP lounge, conference rooms, gourmet restaurants and atmospheric bars. The design hotel also displays works and installations of their own collection, featuring artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer and Jannis Varelas.
Bruce B./Emmy B. Design Agency, by Ippolito Fleitz Group
Enthusiastic collectors, Rob Ancum and Walther Kloet have restored a neglected house in Amsterdam to display their 20th century art, photography and furniture. During a visit, the architect Sjoerd Soeters remarked, “you have built your own small MoMA“.
Rob Ancum & Walther Kloet Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Designer, for UNStudio, Photography by
Circus is a restaurant that is also a venue for cabaret style acts, where the staff become the performers with the diners. The main dining table brings theatrical presence to the restaurant, as it doubles as a stage, with stairs at either end. The building once housed the animals which performed at the Royal Opera House.
Most Yacht interiors steer toward the traditional; Claesson Koivisto Rune have designed a sleek modern space with a high water mark.
Sailing Yacht, by Claesson Koivisto Rune