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Aura, Harmonic Sculpture by Zaha Hadid

Aura is an experiment in translating Villa Foscari’s Palladian design, which relies on a definite set of harmonic proportions, into a contemporary space whose elegance and dynamism is generated through a process defined by a non-linear set of rules elicited from Palladio’s theories.

Installation at Palladio’s Villa Foscari, Venice, Italy by Zaha Hadid ArchitectsVenice Architecture Biennale and celebration of the 500th anniversary of Palladio’s birth.

Via: dezeen

Espasso—Unique Furniture from Brazil

Espasso is dedicated to modern and contemporary design from Brazil, with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles, the company is focused on the very niche market for Brazilian furniture. Their selection of designers, range from mid-century modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro to emerging and established designers like Isay Weinfeld, Carlos Motta and Arthur Casas.

Espasso Showroom, New York and Los Angeles, USA.

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

We wrote before about Piero Lissoni’s designs for Dellis Cay. Ground has now been broken on this project on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. New designs have been unveiled by Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, and Chad Oppenheim.

Starchitects at Dellis Cay

Les Bains des Docks by Jean Nouvel

Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.

Les Bains des Docks, Le Havre, France by Jean Nouvel
Photos by Cl.Guillaume

Chill at Bauer Stockholm

Bauer in Stockholm’s Södermalm district is designed by graphic team, Dizel & Sate, known for bringing street culture to big brands like Diesel, Filippa K and Hugo Boss.

Bauer Restaurant & Bar, Götgatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden, by Designer, for Dizel & Sate

Travel: Stay at Benesse House by Tadao Ando

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.
Reservations: Benesse

Light and Sound at Liquidrom Therme Berlin

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.

Liquidrom Therme, Berlin, Germany Architect, Meinhard von Gerkan, gmp

Marc Newson’s Space Tourism – Designed for Comfort

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.

Spaceplane, €200,000 per trip, by Marc Newson
Read more at IHT

 

Exhibit: A Survey of Current German Design

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

Boyd Baker House, a 50′s Modern Home for Rent

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

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