“For designers the Raval Hotel is what a candy shop is to a five year old.” Barcelona’s 5 star Raval Hotel, is now open after a 35 million Euro face lift.
Barceló Raval Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, by Jose Maria Guillen White
Photos by Jordi Miralles
These models of actual Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) Communication towers, were given to party apparachiks and visiting dignitaries during the opening ceremonies. Artisans in West Germany were later inspired by the form and the collection was enhanced.
TV Towers are available at Domino in Amsterdam—a store with a split personality: on one side is Domino Vintage (3rd photo down) which sells outstanding furniture, lamps, objects and art from both known and unknown designers from the 1950s to the 1980s, and on the other side, Domino con Amore (Photo above) which sells beautiful Italian hand-made shoes shirts and bags.
TV Towers, ca. 1940 – 1980, designers unknown, available at Domino Vintage
One of the main events at this year’s Art Basel Fair in Miami was the grand opening of the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. The hotel’s interior is designed by Marcel Wanders, and creates a sense of space with large supporting spindle-like columns and ornately patterned staircases. The intention was to give the new Mondrian’s interior a romantic, fairy tale feeling. Part of the interior design includes delft blue tiles with images depicting girls and sharks, chandelier showers and a small coach house entrance which features six large bell chandeliers. The hotel’s sunset lounge provides views over Miami’s downtown skyline while golden candelabras and onyx jewel-cut stools are combined with ottomans and antiques creating contrasting visual elements between the imagined and the forgotten.
The American Architectural Foundation has donated the model of the World Trade Center to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, to be opened in 2012.
“Architectural models are inherently fragile and challenging to maintain,” the museum’s chief curator, Jan S. Ramirez, said in a statement. “It is a double stroke of exceptional luck and far-sighted stewardship that this outstanding model has outlived the building complex it was created to forecast.”
“This model has the unparalleled capacity to help tell the first chapter of the World Trade Center story,” said Joseph C. Daniels, the president of the memorial and museum.
Concrete has taken the name Überfluss (which translates in to ‘abundance’) literally and made it one of the key elements in the design. Classic ornamented elements with a modern twist, either in shape, material or manufacturing process provide the way to express this wealth and luxury.
Erected from a 19th century loft and completely renovated, The Pure expresses ease as well as clearness and transparency despite being situated right in the heart of Frankfurt. Described as a wonderful place to spoil the soul, the interiors are made of bright and clear material (white lacquer, Thassos Glass Stone, white leather and light grey floor), the hotel itself is no more than a background attraction in the guests’ eyes, while the happenings around will be focused. Furthermore, the atmosphere is adjusted to the course of the clients’ day: In the morning, pleasing light and smooth music welcome the guests in quietness as well as vitality – in the evening, The Pure turns into an oasis full of energy and underlined by visual orange effects.
The Pure Frankfurt, Germany
The traditional water pipe works, but we would be much happier puffing from a well designed hubble-bubble.
The Belgian designer Nedda El-Asmar has designed a sexy, streamlined version of one of the most traditional instruments of relaxation and indulgence in the Middle East. It even comes with its own travel case for the voyage.
Water Pipe, by Nedda El-Asmar, for Airdiem
The Gardiner Museum is one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in Canada. It is also one of the major projects in Toronto’s cultural renaissance. The Gardiner renewal, together with the Royal Ontario Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city.
Framed between the neoclassical Lillian Massey building to the north and the Queen Anne-style Margaret Addison Hall to the south, the renewal creates a bolder, more welcoming urban presence for the Gardiner. Inside, the interior is completely transformed to prioritize the display of the museum’s collections and to create a memorable, inviting visitor experience.
An Exhibition called Overview will include a look back at the work created since the Brussels and Lausanne-based design studio, Big Game was founded in 2004.