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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.

I Frammenti Micro-Mosaic by Claudio Silvestrin

Made from 5mm cubes, this micro-mosaic is made for an easy 2 step application, the results are stunning.

I Frammenti, by Claudio Silvestrin, for Brix

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

 

My Beautiful Backside, Inspired by Art for Moroso

A seating collection launched by Moroso during the Milan Furniture Fair, which draws inspiration from a miniature painting from “The Garden of Life” by Naveen Patnaik. The book is beautifully illustrated and a practical guide for the use of plants in a range of applications – sacred, medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and aromatic. The found illustration provided style cues and ideas to the duo which eventually led to the new series of seating.

My Beautiful Backside, by Doshi Levien, for Moroso
via: designboom

Photography: Volkswagen Wolfsburg Plant

The German Car Giant Volkswagen, has built the largest motor vehicle factory under one roof in the world. The machine is building the machine.

Photography by Benedict Redgrove, of the Volkswagen factory, Wolfsburg, Germany for City

Rejuvenation Reborn by Lomme

Created as a result of two years research into sleep, Lomme skilfully combines natural therapies with the cutting edge technology. Using light, sound and massage therapies, Lomme offers an environment to enhance all the senses – forming a place to rejuvenate, meditate and above all sleep.

LOMME (Light Over Matter Mind Evolution), €42,000 by Günther Thöny, for Lomme

Edible Sculptures at Sketch by Erwan Frotin

Still Life Series, by Erwan Frotin for Sketch Restaurant, London, United Kingdom

Dynamic Architectural Facade by Flare

Flare turns the building facade into a penetrable kinetic membrane, breaking the convention of a buildings surface as a static skin. Computer controlled pneumatic cylinders allow for light and shadow plays across the surface.

Flare, by WHITEvoid, for Flare

A Scribble by Fernando and Humberto Campana

Looks like a bad chair day.

Corallo, by Fernando Campana, Humberto Campana, for edra

Cruise collection from Veuve Clicquot and Riva

The latest in a string of interesting design collaborations with Veuve Clicquot including Karim Rashid and Porsche design

The Cruiser Bag: Limited Edition piece (only 300 pieces available) – includes a bottle of La Grande Dame 98 and two champagne flutes. Available from July and costs $425

The Cruise collection: a “made to measure” piece and costs $80,000 – comes with 4 bottles of La Grande Dame 98, 2 magnums of La Grande Dame 88, 6 champagne flutes Riedel and 6 water tumblers, plates, table mats and cutlery.

Cruise Collection, by Riva for Veuve Clicquot
via: Yatzer

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