If you can’t live in a house designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, then a stay at the Benesse house may come in a close second. Designed as a group of four novel buildings on the grounds of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, the setting fuses an art museum with lodging facilities so guests can leisurely enjoy art amid the natural beauty and gentle pace of Naoshima island.
Benesse House, Designed by Tadao Ando, Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Japan, from JPY 36,960 per night.
Design for Exhibition, London, United Kingdom, by Alex Mc Dowell Tino Schaedler
Dezeen is curating a design exhibition at The Jones hotel in London this September and October, exploring contemporary designers’ fascination with animals, including the Eames House Bird and Harry Allen’s Bank in the Form of a Pig
Antony Gormley makes sculptures from welded mild steel rod. “There was a lot of experimentation, but the Domains really got going when I realised I could describe the space of the body as a matrix formed from eight lengths of stainless steel in a reversal of the Greek pointing system, with rods resting on the internal surface of the body”.
Domain Series, by Antony Gormley
Liquidrom Berlin opened in the Neuen Tempodrom at the Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin as the first Liquid Sound Day Spa. The concept fits perfectly in the capital city. With a programme of regular live concerts at full moon, DJ evenings in the Liquidrom club, jazz or classical music programmes, poetry readings and light-art-water events, the Liquidrom has quickly established its distinct profile in the cultural capital of Germany.
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