The spaceplane was unveiled in Paris by its manufacturer, Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, as the latest challenger in the space tourism market. Like its archrival Virgin Galactic, where the designer is Philippe Starck, Astrium plans to take people into space and straight back again. It expects to charge up to , or about $265,000, for a ticket when commercial flights start in 2012. Another competitor, Space Adventures, will offer multimillion-dollar eight-day holidays at a space station.
A new exhibit offers a thematic cross-section of classic and contemporary ideas by German designers and companies. The exhibits are arranged in rigorous German fashion: structured and linked in “Werkbund Crates”, organized by theme: material, position, function, system or tool.
Exhibition: Design Deutschland. case study 08, from July 25 – Oct. 5, 2008, Neues Museum Nuremberg, Germany
The Robin Boyd Baker House has been called one of the most important post war Australian residential buildings by Melbourne University’s Professor of Architecture, Phillip Goad. Often seen as the leader of the International Modern Movement in Australia, Boyd was based in Victoria in the 1950’s, he led a highly creative and prolific life as an architect, teacher and writer.
Boyd Baker and Dower House, Victoria, Australia, Starting from $1,500 AUD per a week, designed by Robin Boyd.
Reservations: Boyd Baker House
TheOceano steamer trunk evokes the spirit of overseas travel of the 1930′s aboard transatlantic ships. The bedroom trunk is for storing objects, clothing and accessories.
Oceano, by Andrée Putman, for Poltona Frau
Limes is the first in Australia to be a member of Design Hotels, with only 21 rooms Limes is intimate and friendly.
The pavilion, which was constructed in only two months, is a sculpture entirely in concrete. Formed of three interlocked 100 m3 volumes – ‘The Cave’, ‘The Stage’ and ‘The Tower’ – the pavilion offers three different ways of experiencing the nature and landscapes around Kivik.
You have seen Jean-Marie Massaud’s Manned Cloud airship, now another concept for a helium fueled trip around the world. The Strato Cruiser will offer “medium-haul” transits between hubs: transatlantic, transpacific, trans-american or Europe-Middle East routes. Sign me up.
Strato Cruiser, by Tino Schaedler and Michael J Brown.
Still Life Series, by Erwan Frotin for Sketch Restaurant, London, United Kingdom