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Enjoy Pearls & Caviar in Abu Dhabi

An interesting blend of the traditional and current objects like Tom Dixon lamps and Bisazza mosaics.

Pearls & Caviar, Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Concrete

Stick that on YouTube!

Barnaby Barford (b.1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art and has worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg as well as creating his one-off pieces. (shown here)

Stick that on YouTube!, (Price on request), by Barnaby Barford, at David Gill Galleries

Interior Sculpture: Erwin Hauer Perforated Surfaces

Erwin Hauer is one of the most creative and important artists working in the three-dimensional idiom during the second half of the twentieth century. He is a sculptor’s sculptor, a creator of flawless form that dazzles those who toil in this world. But that alone is not his achievement. He is an artist of wide breadth, who has been a perpetual student, investigating those new realms where his work carried him, always adding to what he has already developed…..his geometric and architectural sculptures cannot be overestimated for their effect upon architechs and countless Yale students who carried his thinking and forms into the world, affecting even larger groups.’
Elliot Offner, Smith College

Hauer worked with Florence Knoll on the Look Magazine office (1960), designing perforated and light-diffusing architectural surfaces. Originally developed in 1950, Continua screens were made of masonry materials painstakingly cast in complex molds.
Erwin Hauer continues his work as a sculptor and is Professor emeritus at the Yale University School of Art. Much of his work has been forgotten or lost.

Partitions and Screens, by Erwin Hauer, for Erwin Hauer
Buy the Book: Erwin Hauer: Continua-Architectural Screen and Walls

Icon: Torre de Collserola

More a Marvel of Engineering, Torre de Collserola functions as a highly adaptable communications tower and an innovation for an entirely new structural concept: a hybrid concrete and steel-braced tube. This required a base diameter of only 4.5 metres, dramatically minimizing its impact on the mountainside.

Torre de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain by Foster and Partners

Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Spa Hotel

New hotels in Japan are meeting the demanding expectations of the modern traveller by taking a cue from the country’s traditional ‘ryokan’ or traditional inn. Architects and designers have to incorporate modern comforts into the existing structures of Japanese-style accommodation. Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Hotel is perhaps one of the finest examples of combining old and new Japan.

Ginzan Onsen Fujiya, Yamagata, Japan, by Kengo Kuma & Associates

FlipSticks Folding Chopsticks for Camping

FlipSticks Folding Chopsticks, $32.80, from Brunton

Hotel Anemi at Folegandros Greece

The Anemi Hotel is located on the Island of Folegandros, Greece. With respect for traditional Cycladic architecture, this hotel maintains a very nordic style.
έξοχος !!

Anemi Hotel, Greece (nordic room rates), Link: Anemi

Simple Ceramics by Taizo Kuroda

Taizo Kuroda’s ‘pure white’ reflects the colour of his spirit in the unceasing pursuit of truth”.
Tadao Ando. Architect.

“According to Japanese Kegon Buddhism, the oneness of the universe is the result of all the phenomena making it up fusing together. All existence depends upon the unification of opposites. Thus form exists only in relation to formlessness, the tangible only to the intangible; “something” can only be because there is also “nothing.” The moment the opposites are united, they become real. A shape derives from the moment formlessness encounters form.”
hmm – something to think about when gazing at these ceramics.

$1,500 to $8,000 by Taizo Kuroda

Travel: Thailand Design Hotel

X2 Resorts - Thailand first chain of design hotels. X2 KUI BURI is located on the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 3 hours drive from Bangkok, a fresh change indeed.

 X2 Resorts , Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Abstract Sculpture by Angelo Mangiarotti

Equilibrio di una Relazione Vitale, (sold for $28,000), by Angelo Mangiarotti, at Wright

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