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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

Travel: Cavo Tagοo on Mykonos

Cavo Tagοo’s achieves a beautiful balance of comfort, luxury, and style. All guest rooms and suites are designed to embody a contemporary minimalist island aesthetic while remaining true to the traditional character and architecture of the Cycladic Islands.

Cavotagoo, Mykonos, Greece

Weaving Windshape at Marquis de Sade’s Castle

Windshape was an ephemeral structure commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as a venue and gathering space near their Provence campus in France. Built by nARCHITECTS and a team of SCAD students over a period of five weeks, Windshape became the small town’s main public meeting space, and hosted concerts, exhibitions, and ceremonies. By varying the degree of tension in the string, Windshape can respond to the wind in several ways, from rhythmic oscillations to fast ripples across its surfaces. During heavy winds, Windshape moved dramatically, and made a hissing sound akin to dozens of jump ropes.

Windshape, Lacoste, France, by Designer, for nArchitects
Via: Arch daily

Aura, Harmonic Sculpture by Zaha Hadid

Aura is an experiment in translating Villa Foscari’s Palladian design, which relies on a definite set of harmonic proportions, into a contemporary space whose elegance and dynamism is generated through a process defined by a non-linear set of rules elicited from Palladio’s theories.

Installation at Palladio’s Villa Foscari, Venice, Italy by Zaha Hadid ArchitectsVenice Architecture Biennale and celebration of the 500th anniversary of Palladio’s birth.

Via: dezeen

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas

Each Summer, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. This was built in 2006.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Espasso—Unique Furniture from Brazil

Espasso is dedicated to modern and contemporary design from Brazil, with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles, the company is focused on the very niche market for Brazilian furniture. Their selection of designers, range from mid-century modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro to emerging and established designers like Isay Weinfeld, Carlos Motta and Arthur Casas.

Espasso Showroom, New York and Los Angeles, USA.

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

We wrote before about Piero Lissoni’s designs for Dellis Cay. Ground has now been broken on this project on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. New designs have been unveiled by Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, and Chad Oppenheim.

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

Enter the Realm of Carsten Nicolai

The walkable sculpture designed by German artist Carsten Nicolai for the New National Gallery in Berlin is at once a resonating cavity and a screen for projections. Specially composed electronic music by Nicolai generates modulations of laser light on the translucent skin. The architectural body thus become a space of sound and light into which visitors can enter, but which they can equally perceive from without.

Sculpture, by Carsten Nicolai

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

Chill at Bauer Stockholm

Bauer in Stockholm’s Södermalm district is designed by graphic team, Dizel & Sate, known for bringing street culture to big brands like Diesel, Filippa K and Hugo Boss.

Bauer Restaurant & Bar, Götgatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden, by Designer, for Dizel & Sate

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