Les Poupées, meaning dolls in french, is a first collaboration between Italian designer Luca Nichetto and French gallerist Pascale Cottard Olsson in Stockholm. The series consists of a candle holder in ceramic and a vase in glass, elegantly combined in one object. However, it is not the multifunction that is the heart of this project, but rather the melting pot of different cultures. When asked to do a product for the french-swedish gallery, Nichettos main aim was to capture the different cultures coming together in this collaboration. Drawing inspiration from Finnish, Italian and Japanese design tradition, Nichetto cites the simplicity and purity of the Finnish artist and designer Timo Sarpaneva, as well as the combination of colors and materials used in Italian architect Ettore Sottsas well known totem vessels, as two influencing sources. The japanese wooden dolls, also called Kokeshi, has also served as an influence for les Poupées.
Les Poupées by Luca Nichetto
Can Durban 2 House, Spain, by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum
Architectural model of the Design Museum designed by Conran Roche c.1980s
Scoop is a family of contract market furniture designed for the overlap between private spaces and public areas. The name relates to the loader inspired scoop construction. The innovative gyroscope like suspension system conveys a feeling of being carried – a free suspended feel. The Y-shaped beam creates a visual and functional overlap between seat and base. Scoop merges craft and technology: The innovative technical edge increases comfort, yet maintains a clear and simple Scandinavian appearance. The chair has a tailor upholstered cast foam seat and an injection molded aluminum frame. The scoop family comprises of a conference chair, a lounge chair, a table and a bar stool in the making. Scoop is variable with frames in polished aluminum and a black and white powder coat. The chairs are available in a range of different fabrics and upholstery qualities and in a special ice cream scoop color scheme selected for the launch collection.
Scoop Chairs, by KiBiSi, for Globe Zero 4
São Paulo based architect Guilherme Torres has developed ideas which fuse the modern and the traditional. Guilherme’s own house, designed by the architect himself, bears a chequered wood design, a kind of brise soleil called muxarabie, which is a classic feature in Eastern architecture. It was later assimilated by the Portuguese, who brought it to Brazil. This element, with its powerful aesthetic appeal, was adapted to this residence in the South of the country, and acts as a wooden ‘curtain’, allowing air flow, dimming light and also serving as a security feature.
“As soon as I saw the gently sloped plot surrounded by other houses, the idea of this large panel came to me, to ensure privacy for both them and their neighbors.” This monumental house stands out as a huge rectangular monolith with two large brickwork blocks in contrast with the upper volume in concrete. A few columns, huge spans and strategic walls create exquisite fine gardens that make up a refuge for this young couple and their two small children.
The decoration follows a jovial and Brazilian style with an alliance of Guilherme Torres’ design, including sofas and tables, and other great names of Brazilian design such as furniture designed by Sérgio Rodrigues and Carlos Motta. The composition of overlapping these Brazilian styles with international design is balanced by pieces from Tom Dixon and Iranian carpets, all sourced by the architect. The garden, designed by Alex Hanazaki has given the house an ethereal atmosphere due to the movement of Texan plume grass.
The KICKING in ALIVE AND KICKING signifies an explosive force. Continuing his creation in ALIVE, Zhou Chunya uses gold for the first time to present the dog which he has drawn for dozens of years. The vivid and heavy tone on the dog is transformed into a golden armor. Gilded with a copper-zinc alloy and rose gold, the dogs shimmer in every confident posture. In the past, Zhou Chunya involuntarily chose green to interpret the vibrant and explosive force of life. The experiment in which the artist followed his desires and instinct has continued for 15 years. Now, Zhou Chunya uses an even more dazzling color to interpret such surging and vibrant forces. In KICKING, the dogs are enlarged to present the intensity and beauty of their wildness, as if desire is expanded and satisfied after being provoked, showing itself in a more luxurious and extravagant way and providing a further interpretation and expectation of life and desire. Jaime Hayon’s design for KICKING is a standing cabinet inspired by a classical treasure cabinet. With his customary signature, he combines a masculine solid cabinet with his light, soft, and extravagant style. Unlike his past designs, Jaime expresses a great sense of transparency through the glass of the cabinet, from which Zhou Chunya’s golden dogs catch everyone’s eye. Together the cabinet and 32 golden dogs weigh 200kg, signifying the incomparable force of life. Such mighty strength aroused the vigorous explosive force that is both surging and powerful.
Alive and Kicking, Luxury cabinet, designed by Jaime Hayon and dog sculptures by Chinese contemporary artist Zhou Chunya
Hotel Zenden is located within three monumental town houses near the river Maas in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The hotel’s history begins in the late 1960s, and originally contained only a pool for swimming lessons. Over the years other functions such as hotel rooms and a Judo school were implemented into the program. During the renovation, the scattered program was recrystallized into an iconographical and integrated whole. Newly created openings in the hotel’s walls allow for views between all areas of the new program, as well to as the exterior. The renovation led to an abstraction of the structure in both plan and section, not least because all ceilings heights were kept to a maximum. The resulting interior sculpture is completely clad in white, with the exterior inversions painted anthracite. New program elements were placed if and where necessary.
Hotel Zenden, Maastricht, Netherlands, by Wiel Arets Architects
A work of designer Stephen Burks, the highly contemporary shape of LIGHTSKY sends light beaming through brightly infused crystal, echoing a poetry of light reflections into the spatial center.
LightSky Pendant light, by Stephen Burks, for Swarovski
Located in a remote corner of southern Utah, this custom residence is a prefabricated structure comprised of 15 steel-framed modules that were designed and fabricated by Marmol Radziner Prefab, an offshoot of the design-build firm of Marmol Radziner, at their production facility in Los Angeles. The building form consists of three main branches that cantilever out over a landscape of sandstone ledge. Deep covered decks provide shading, frame views, and link to a guesthouse and exercise space. A geothermal ground loop system coupled with a large solar PV array take advantage of the site’s renewable energy resources.
Hidden Valley Residence, Moab, Utah, by Marmol Radziner Architecture