“Art, architecture and environmental awareness have been forged together in Marmol-Radziner’s custom prototype for their industrially fabricated residential architecture. Recycled steel framing, highly energy-efficient glass, and solar-assisted power add an all-important, eco-friendly element to this milestone achievement. From the two-parcel, nearly 7.5 acre site on which the main house, guest house, studio and nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor decks reside, broad panoramic vistas across the pool capture the all encompassing desert floor sweeping out to towering Mount San Jacinto and San Gorgonio.”
The Desert House (2005) Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA, $1,350,000, by Marmol-Radziner & Associates, at Architecture for Sale
At last year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, Artek debuted a Shigeru Ban–designed pavilion constructed of UPM Pro-Fi, a wood-plastic composite made, in part, from recycled sticky labels. Sotheby’s announced that the pavilion, which has since been exhibited in Helsinki and Miami, will be auctioned off in June at an expected selling price of $800,000 to $1.2 million.
In honor of George Nelson’s 100th birthday, Vitra has released a special re-edition (limited to 1,000) of Nelson’s Pretzel Chair he designed in 1952.
Pretzel Chair, by George Nelson, manufatured by Vitra, via: Design Related
In July 2007, EPAD launched an international call for projects for the construction of the Tour Signal, which forms an integral part of the plan for Tour Signal, La Défense, Paris, France. Due for completion in 2015, the Tour Signal will symbolise the renewal of La Défense. The winner is Ateliers Jean Nouvel. The team has chosen to locate its project at the Porte Ouest to open up the La Défense neighbourhood to Puteaux.
The project comprises 71 storeys, forming a mixed-use building which brings together apartments, hotels, offices and retail premises in the lower section. It is made up of four blocks piled one on top of the other with atriums forming huge windows, each facing in alternate directions. These perspectives reveal floor levels which form balconies within each of the atriums.
Tour Signal, La Défense Paris, France, by Jean Nouvel, for EPAD
Tatjana Quax is involved with moooi as head styling. Every quarter in 2007 the moooi paper appeared together with the magazine ELLE wonen. The paper has grown into a glossy (half million copies worldwide) and was currently presented at the Salon del Mobile Milan 2008.
The moooi Paper, ELLE wonen, by Studio Aandacht
The Gomboc is the physical realization of a mathematical theorem: that a “mono-monostatic” object — one that has a single stable point of equilibrium, or balance — must exist. And so it does. No matter how you orient it, the Gomboc always rights itself, a bit like turtles and beetles.
Gomboc, € 1,000, by Gabor Domokos and Peter Varkonyi
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A classic house is up for Auction. Christie’s expects the house to sell for somewhere between $15 million and $25 million (€9.7 million-€16 million). It sits on 2.1 acres on a cul-de-sac in an exclusive section of Palm Springs.
A polished chrome Rhino is up for auction, designed by Scott Wilson in conjunction with Kohler.
Kera, Auction online May 13th, by Scott Wilson, for Faces in the Wild
Paper Wars, an exhibition of paper reproductions of classic weapons, is on view at the Craze Gallery in London, organized by PostlerFerguson, featured artists include Ben Wilson, El Ultimo Grito, Oscar and Ewan, Pixelgarten,Hiroko Shiratori, Paul Wysocan, BASE23/DC|DE and more.
Paper Wars will be on view from May 15-21.
via: Core 77