Douglas Coupland, the author of Generation X renovated a midcentury house in Vancouver, British Columbia, that could technically be called a second home, though it doesn’t really provide much of a scenery change: it sits directly behind his primary residence.
Douglas Coupland House, Vancouver, Canada, via: New York Times
This project is a full-scale conversion and façade modification of Hotel V from a 30+ years old office block located in Wanchai, Hong Kong. It was designed with an idea of roughness as a metaphor.
The Designer of the Patrick Cox store positioned each of cylindrical steel pendant fixtures directly over a corresponding display pedestal. These fixtures provide most of the lighting for the space, as a result, this space creates unique conditions such as “dark in above and well-lighted in below”.
Patrick Cox, Tokyo, Japan, by Chikara Ohno, Sinato
Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
Simplicity is the solution for a refurbishment of an apartment with only 65 m2 and a small budget. The strategy was driven with the use of carpentry as the foundation of the intervention. The same material for the same function, to overcome the basic need – storage. The creation of two front-to-front cabinet units define and frame the living space. While one (white, closed and full height) define the entrance of the bedroom, the other (black, open and 2,10m tall) defines the passage into the dining area and breaks through to the kitchen, adding an ancillary module to it.
Apartment, 65 m2, Carcavelos, Cascais, Portugal, by Hugo Proenca
via: Arch Daily
Omvivo, the Australian manufacturer of bathroom products, has launched its latest collection Cdesign. With a diverse array of bathroom environments in mind, Carr designed a complete suite of products that represent a rigorously simple geometric form. Uncomplicated aesthetics, flexible design and understated detailing, have fused to create a collection that suits a diverse range of residential and commercial projects. The Cdesign collection consists of highly adaptable pieces including basins which can be wall or bench mounted, corresponding furniture and a unique freestanding pedestal basin with concealed storage made from Corian.
Cdesign, by Carr Design Group, for Omvivo
A cut crystal, when light falls on it, gleams radiantly in the honeycomb structure on a wall or ceiling. Architecture, light and crystal appear to unite in a fully new way. The extraordinary combination of materials blends completely into the architecture and attracts the glances of the viewers.
Honeycomb, by Swarovski
Financial Consultant Niclas Sundström made a single call to only one architect’s office when he wanted to get its 375 square metre apartment in the turn of the century Humlegården neighbourhood renovated; the call went to Tham & Videgård Hansson.
“We asked the designer to reinterpret Josef Frank, lifting him into the twenty-first century,” says Sundström, who will live in the flat with his wife and two children.
While the designers placed themselves in the role of the scenographer they took into close consideration the lighting transformation and how it re-composes the white space which acts like the canvas. On one hand, we have the natural lighting which comes directly into the apartment or filtered by curtains and draperies, which have scenographic roles. While on the other hand there is a lot of artificial lighting systems which dramatically play with the colors, the shadows and the different shades of colors.
Scenography Apartment, Bucharest, Romania, by AA Studio
Photos by Cornel Lazia, via: Yatzer
“Probably, one of the challenges designers face is to design for children as they need to create an environment that produces the desired behavior and outcome and discourages undesirable behavior. Tognon and his design team thoughtfully sneaked into the children’s world through an adult’s perspective, and successfully managed to demonstrate the design concept of Cenerino clothing store. Cenerino store was designed with the four basic environmental needs that children have; movement, comfort competence and control.”
With unembellished dry-stack stone walls and rough-hewn wood plank ceilings, Second Home’s architecture showcases the organic textures of the Rocky Mountains. Yet bold design elements within these bounds: 50’s Italian chandeliers, graffiti-covered Danish chairs, turn-of-the-century Viennese secessionist banquettes, cowhide upholstered walls and a hearty dose of shearling furniture, keep things light-hearted and sexy.