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Castiglioni’s Milan Studio

When in Milan, its well worth a visit to the studio of Achille Castiglioni, now a museum. Here, he worked on the design of some 150 products some are now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York.

Museum, Studio of Achille Castiglioni

Space Redefined by Felice Varini

Above. ’Huit Carrres,’ Versailles, France

The Paris based, Swiss artist Felice Varini works with a space’s reality and where it appears fragmented when viewed from all other angles. Working with the factual reality of existing architectural space, both interior and exterior. His site-specific paintings intervene on the spaces in the exact condition they were found, highlighting the architecture as opposed to concealing it.

Exhibition: Demisch Danant
Via: Yatzer

Eos flys Into the Sunset

Eos Airlines, whose first flight took place in 2005, has filed for bankruptcy. The airline purchased three Boeing 757s and reconfigured the with just 48 business-class seats, fully-flat, of course. The press loved the concept of an all business class airline with great service — flying profitable international routes, but critics saw more than a few holes (refurbishing out of date planes for one). Back to Virgin Atlantic for now.

Eos Airlines

Icon: Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, American (1904-1988), was the illegitimate son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet who had gained great acclaim in the United States. More of a sculptor than a designer, the everyday objects he created are best seen as sculptures with a practical value, “things for everyone’s pleasure”. His sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the whole organic design language of the 1950s. The furniture he designed for Herman Miller Vitra and Knoll are still in production today.

Isamu Noguchi Products: (top to bottom) Herman Miller Table, Knoll Cyclone Dining Table, Radio Nurse Speaker, Akari lamp

Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden, by Patrick Blanc

Waterfront Villas by Piero Lissoni

In addition to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this private island in the Turks and Caicos will also offer a selection of villas designed by Piero Lissoni. Other well known architects, including Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid will also design neighborhoods. Paradise!

Piero Lissoni for Dellis Cay

Interiors: Jaime Hayon Restaurant

In this restaurant interior for La Terraza del Casino in Madrid, Jaime Hayon has been given free reign to his very personal style — glossy, neo-baroque and real fancy.

La Terraza del Casino, by Jaime Hayon

Terminal 3 in Beijing

Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3, by Foster and Partners

High Fashion Protection


In an era of jewel encrusted everything, if you are going to wear it — may as well brand it.

Designer Gas Masks, (Not for Sale), by Designer Gas Masks

Crater Table

Crater Table, (Price on request), by Zaha Hadid, at David Gill Galleries

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