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.
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
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
TheOceano steamer trunk evokes the spirit of overseas travel of the 1930′s aboard transatlantic ships. The bedroom trunk is for storing objects, clothing and accessories.
Oceano, by Andrée Putman, for Poltona Frau
Limes is the first in Australia to be a member of Design Hotels, with only 21 rooms Limes is intimate and friendly.
The pavilion, which was constructed in only two months, is a sculpture entirely in concrete. Formed of three interlocked 100 m3 volumes – ‘The Cave’, ‘The Stage’ and ‘The Tower’ – the pavilion offers three different ways of experiencing the nature and landscapes around Kivik.
You have seen Jean-Marie Massaud’s Manned Cloud airship, now another concept for a helium fueled trip around the world. The Strato Cruiser will offer “medium-haul” transits between hubs: transatlantic, transpacific, trans-american or Europe-Middle East routes. Sign me up.
Strato Cruiser, by Tino Schaedler and Michael J Brown.
When in Milan, forget the Galleria, visit the Princi Bakery — some of the best baked goods we have had in Italy and produced in a significant work of architecture and design. The elements involved in making bread — earth, water, air and fire are all presented in a meaningful way.
The Princi bakery, Piazza XXV Aprile, Milan, Italy, by Claudio Silvestrin
To call The Fat Duck in the Berkshire village of Bray a restaurant is merely to skim the surface of what has become one of the world’s most distinctive dining experiences. Originally a pub, the Fat Duck was recently voted the best restaurant on the planet, a tribute to the creative culinary skills of Heston Blumenthal, the self-taught chef who has rewritten the rules with dishes such as salmon poached with liquorice, lasagne of langoustine, carrot toffee and smoked bacon and egg ice cream.
The current tasting menu at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck includes nitro-green tea and lime mousse as well as snail porridge, salmon poached with licorice and mango and Douglas fir puree.
Reservations recommended, three stars in the Michelin Guide, at The Fat Duck
“Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose”.
Le Corbusier’s ‘chapel of our lady of the height‘ is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Perched on a commanding hill above the village of Ronchamp, it is the latest of a long history of chapels on the site. Its predecessor was destroyed in fighting in the Second World War, though much of its stone is used in the walls of Le Corbusier’s building.
The thick, curved walls – especially the buttress-shaped south wall – and the vast shell of the concrete roof give the building a massive, sculptural form. Small, brightly painted and apparently irregular windows punched in these thick walls give a dim but exciting light within the cool building, enhanced by further indirect light coming down the three light towers.
Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier