Pentagram Architect’s Lorenzo Apicella has designed a showroom for the footwear company Jimlar. Situated on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, the showroom is ideally placed in the heart of New York’s luxury retail district. Apicella was able to overcome the challenges of a low ceiling and deep footprint to create a sophisticated showroom of seven private view galleries held together by a large central space that contains a reception area, a lounge and an island meeting room.
“The arced and canted walls and the subtle curves of the island meeting room were inspired by the spare lines of classic shoe designs”.
- Lorenzo Apicella
Jimlar Showroom, by Lorenzo Apicella, Team: James Biber (Partner), Matthew Clare (Associate), Michael Zweck Bronner (Associate), Anders Carpenter, Dan Maxfield at Pentagram Architects
The Hako-ie “house in a box” is an assembly-type Japanese-style room that you can set up inside a larger space. Made with excellent materials and fine techniques, with attention to the smallest detail. It has tatami mats, as well as an arched ceiling, a lacquered tokonoma corner, and even a wooden veranda. It can be assembled or disassembled in an hour and requires no nails or screws, just a hammer and battens. A winner of the Good Design Award 2008.
Hako-ie, by Asao Sakamoto, Sakamoto Urushi Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Best 15, Good Design Award
Homeowners Warner Walcott and Jonn Coolidge have sensitively complemented Edward Fickett’s architecture with an art and furniture collection that’s at once retro yet contemporary.
Opened in August this year, Hotel Habita Monterrey strikes with captivating architectural desicions by Agustin Landa and a rooftop pool bar that offers a 360-degree view combined with the comfort of a cool concrete canopy.
An extension and conversion of a 50′s bungalow in Australia by Greg Natale.
Meadows House, Sydney, Australia by Greg Natale
In the centre of Copenhagen, on the sixth floor of the Royal Hotel, a single room preserves a microcosm of the definitive masterwork of Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen. Room 606 is the last surviving interior of the SAS House: an unparalleled example of modern architecture and design, completed in 1960. With the grey, blue-green colours, the wengé wood and a selection of the most representative furniture designed for the hotel, this room takes its visitors to another time and place.
Hotel guests with an interest in design are welcome to visit Room 606, when it is available. Arne Jacobsen designed the famous Egg and Swan chairs for the Royal as well as the lesser known and rare Drop chair. The room features other details like built-in makeup mirrors, radio and intercom system.
Room 606, starting at 1,295.00 DKK per night, by Arne Jacobsen, at Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Room 606, A survey of the work of architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen.
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Claudio Silvestrin Architects have completed the new Princi bakery in Via Speronari (Duomo), in the heart of Milan. Silvestrin has chosen a sand-coloured porphyry stone that matches the colour of the bread-flour. Slabs of smooth porphyry cover the floor, while rough porphyry is used to texture the wall that faces the stretched 19m-long bronze counter. The mighty impact of this earth-wall is softened by the gentle features of a waterfall.
“I‘ve bought this decaying nobleman’s house for a bit money and I try to start a sensitive restoration…playing with old and new, four years ago. The Italians are great at ancient and are also great at modern interior design but they are not so hot at usually mixing the two!”
- Sabrina Bignami
Casa Orlandi Guesthouse, Prato, Italy, by Architect, Sabrina Bignami at b-arch studio
Photos by Nathalie Krug