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Vanilla, Light Upscale Dining in London

Head chef, Izi Ani simply describes his food as ‘different’. Indeed, not your usual British dining experience.

Vanilla, London, UK, Link: Vanilla

Beyond Fibers

Beyond Fibers Exhibition, by Aoki Jun

Showroom Apartment at Quant, Stuttgart

Quant is a new luxury apartment project in Stuttgart. It is a conversion of an old 1960’s laboratory building. In order to give potential buyers a feeling for the numerous design possibilities inherent in a Quant apartment, the developer LBBW Immobilien GmbH has created an exceptional model apartment.

Quant, Stuttgart, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Jersey Beach House by Christoff Finio

A ridge of tall, thickly wooded dunes separates this house from the ocean, some 200 yards away. Responding to the limited allowable buildable area of the site, the house is conceived as a dense grouping of volumes, stacked in such a way to allow for enclosed outdoor spaces, both expansive and intimate, and loft-like interior spaces which look out over the tops of the trees to the shore.

Beach House, Long Beach Island, NJ, USA, by Christoff Finio

Ceci n’est pas une pipe

Pipe, by Marcel Wanders, for Boffi

New Swarovski Flagship Store in Ginza

In an effort to tap in to the lucrative Japanese luxury market, Swarovski has opened a two-story flagship store in the upscale central Ginza district. The shop features a facade covered in layers of mirrored stainless steel. its sparkling appearance is intended to resemble a ‘crystal forest’

Swarovski flagship store, by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski

Les Bains des Docks by Jean Nouvel

Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.

Les Bains des Docks, Le Havre, France by Jean Nouvel
Photos by Cl.Guillaume

HQ for Danone Waters Japan by Torafu

This interior for Danone Waters of Japan, makers of Volvic and Evian, was inspired by the refracted vision we see through water. The walls are made of a series of long glass tubes (5mm thick, 60mm diameter), custom made for this project.

Danone Waters, Nakameguro Tokyo, Japan by Torafu Architects

Bond. Forty Bond, by Herzog & de Meuron

Nightclub maestro-turned-hotelier-turned-developer Ian Schrager, has just about sold all units of 40 Bond in New York: “The attention to detail is what makes this building so different from any other in the city,” says Schrager, pointing at the pixels on screens beneath the green glass that go from marble-sized concentric circles to pin-sized. “I think the last building that approached this level of architectural achievement in this city is the Seagram’s Building by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.”

40 Bond is impressive for a loft building, this may be the future direction of urban renewal.

40 Bond New York, USA, $6.8 million – $9.9 million, by Herzog & de Meuron
Photos by Iwan Baan

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