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Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Every detail designed by Rosita Missoni to create an exhilarating sensory experience.

Hotel Missoni, Kuwait

Studio Job House

Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel have renovated and converted a 1960s villa into a home-cum-museum. To add authenticity to their restoration of the villa, the designers tracked down the same model of car owned by the previous occupants – a 1972 Ford Taunus GXL Coupé – which now sits in the garage, ready for use.

Studio Job House, Bergijk, Netherlands, via: Wallpaper, Photography: R. Kot

Textile Field: An Installation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

“During the London Design Festival, The Victoria & Albert Museum invited us to intervene in any space we wanted within the Museum: the result is Textile Field an installation 30 meters long and 8 meters wide which takes over 240m sq of the floor of the famous Raphael Cartoons Gallery.

“An invitation to lascivious reverie. Our intention is to propose a different, casual approach to freely experience what can be a quite intimidating environment, such as a museum. We conceived an expansive, coloured foam and textile piece with gentle inclinations to produce a sensual field on which to comfortably lounge while meditating on the surrounding Raphael Cartoons. Everyone can immerse into this temporary installation, for a minute, an hour or more, that is the idea. No efforts, no apprehension just contemplation.”

Textile Field, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, in collaboration with Kvadrat, at Victoria & Albert Museum, Photography © Studio Bouroullec & V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum

Photography: Tokyo Architecture Stéphane Laniray

A renowned photographer in the fashion industry, Stéphane Laniray travels to Tokyo twice a year. Stuck for long hours in his hotel room, waiting for the next runway event to be shot, the French artist decided to stave off boredom in going out and taking pictures of the city. The Tokyo Architecture series resulted of his wanderings around town. Private dwellings, government buildings and offices, public lighting or factories attracted the eye of Laniray, particulary fond of architecture, and a great admirer of Mies van der Rohe’s achievements.

Tokyo is stripped bare of any explicit representation (crowded and extremely lively, but also suffocatingly hot at the time the series was shot). Each image is multiplied, distorted into a renewed evocation, unleashing imagination. Far from cliché representations of Tokyo, Laniray’s quest for urban poetry reveals the raw beauty of a wall covered in graffiti, and turns a glass building into a finely shaped diamond. In most of the photographs, human beings are nowhere to be seen; a line of trees or tangled electric wires design a whole new urban story. Focused on actual details, the artist depicts a fantasied rendering of Japan’s capital city. Stéphane Laniray, whose pictures can regularly be seen in prominent Interior decorating magazines, owns and runs the Anorak Gallery in Paris.

Elodie Palasse-Leroux
(Journalist Elodie Palasse-Leroux is the founder and editor of Sleek design)

Tokyo Architecture, by Stéphane Laniray

Exhibition: Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty


Jean Prouvé Giving a lecture at the CNAM
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Recliner, 1928
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Granipoli table, 1939

Protoype shell of a house located outside the domestic arts hall, 1951
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

Tropical house in Mondtada Maxéville
© Fonds Jean Prouvé

(left): Silla de Madera Desmontable, 1941 (right): Sillón de Dirrección nl. 352, 1951

Detachable Cabin
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Design for Citröen Bus Station, 1933
Arch. dep. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Fonds des Ateliers © SCE Jean Prouvé

Curated by the British architect Norman Foster and by the Professor of Architecture Projects Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition revisits the whole of Jean Prouvé’s career.

From the originality of his earlier furniture to the sophistication of his later constructive systems, the oeuvre of the French genius is an example of committed engagement with prefabrication and industrialisation, and also serves as a bottomless source of inspiration.

The exhibition follows a chronological layout in ten sections, each one featuring original drawings and photographs accompanied by critical texts. The selection includes a wide range of furniture, architecture models and fragments of buildings, like his celebrated 6×6 house: a spectacular 1:1 scale prototype that is in turn a manifesto of Prouvé’s interest in lightness and prefabrication in architecture.

Jean Prouvé 1901-1984: Industrial Beauty
September 1 – November 12 at Ivorypress Art + Books Space, Madrid, Spain
via: designboom

Two Experiments by Taku Satoh

Designer Taku Satoh recreated a 3-dimensional version of the Japanese alphabet by stacking numerous layers of paper.

Exhibition: Two Experiments, by Taku Satoh Design Office
via: Spoon & Tamago

Triangles

Found Object, Vanves Flea Market, Paris, via: Mrs. Easton

Cube Illusion by Laszlo Tompa

The case is a simple cube, with a surface covered with no space matching geometric ornaments produced by CNC-woodturning. So beside the storage function there is originated a new, unusual, powerful abstract sculpture-looking furniture. At a first glance it’s not visible that the furniture hides a relatively large storage place inside due to the optical illusion of the ornaments. The case is diagonally symmetrical, so the storage section can be covered with the lid rotated 180 degrees. Cube Illusion was selected on IFDA Asahikawa 2011 as finalist.

Cube Illusion, 40 x 40 x 40 cm, cherry wood, by Laszlo Tompa, via: Contemporist

Sculpture by Axel Brechensbauer

Nature is not evil, it´s ugly. Thats why we have gardens.
It´s like ok, but we can do it a little bit better by arranging everything.
We are obsessed by tetris, order and man-made systems.

Mother Nature, Cliff bird, Model of Surroundings, Modern Painters, Endless Growth,
by Axel Brechensbauer

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