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Exhibition: Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE

Friedman Benda will present Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE the British designer’s inaugural solo exhibition, the works include Capture, a 5 ¼ ft (1.6 meter) hand-spun aluminum dome that appears to “hold” the peaceful glow of a warm white light. The piece is informed by a process of reduction–a recurring theme in Cocksedge’s work–as it subtracts the typical infrastructure around light, instead creating a hemisphere that seems to stop light from escaping. For White Light, Cocksedge will create a room within the gallery in which everything and nothing changes. For this work, the designer will create an illuminated mosaic of precisely calibrated and positioned colored panels on the ceiling of the gallery. The ceiling will slowly fade from a spectrum of colors to a warm white light, while the room itself will remain unchanged, demonstrating the ways in which we do and do not perceive the interplay of color and light.

The inspiration for Poised comes from the elegance and amenability of paper. Half a ton in weight, the steel table appears improbable upon investigation. Created following an intensive series of calculations regarding gravity, mass, and equilibrium, the table looks as though it is about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.

In addition to these new works, Cocksedge will present three architectural models that take conceptual threads from Capture and White Light and reapply them to architectural settings outside of the gallery space. Central to Cocksedge’s work is an appreciation for the ways in which people respond to and interact with his designs. As a result, potential real world applications of these new works will be explored in a series of architectural models.

Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE, September 12 – October 12, 2013, at Friedman Benda, New York

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos

Casa Almare, Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by Elias Rizo Arquitectos
Photography by Marcos García

Oslo Sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto

The OSLO sofa is designed by Anderssen & Voll and becomes the third sofa series this Norwegian design studio creates for Muuto. OSLO consists of a 3-seater sofa, a 2-seater sofa, a chair and a pouf, all with build in pillows that makes each furniture comfortable and airy at the same time. OSLO has a round and embracing top, upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat. The seats are lifted up from the ground by slim legs of aluminum. OSLO has multiple functions and works well both in a home setting, in a reception, in a lounge area, or in a lobby.

Anderssen & Voll explain the design “We wanted to make an organic and human sofa series with a light and inviting appearance, without compromising on comfort. The horizontal division in the seat is important, as it allowed us to add extra comfort in the lower part of the furniture while maintaining an airy overall expression. The OSLO sofa series is crafted in the west coast of Norway and with its embracing and rounded softness it stands as a natural extension to the Nordic touch and friendliness that characterises the designs of Muuto.”

Oslo Sofa, by Anderssen & Voll, for Muuto

Lee House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio

With the façade radically horizontal, the Lee House is organized in a single volume ground-floor site. All of the rooms therefore, establish a strong relationship with the external, opening out to the garden. The spatial continuity with the living room is larger: all of the windows are recessed creating an extension of the external space, with a large veranda. The living room then prolongs the pool deck and crosses to the other side of the lot. These solutions are fit for the climate, the interior of the State of São Paulo, in the Brazilian southeast, which has elevated temperatures almost every day of the year. Strategies of traditional ambiental comfort of vernacular architecture and even Brazilian modern was used. The living room has cross-ventilation, which greatly lowers the internal temperature and the other rooms are protected by wooden muxarabis panels placed on sliding doors which filter the Sun without removing the ventilation. The front veranda is delimited by a foyer in the façade revealing two wooden boxes divided by the social area. The kitchen opens to the living room, encrusted in one of the boxes that hold the utility areas. The bar opens out to the social area and is contained in the box that holds the bedroom as well. At the end of the corridor of the bedrooms, which can also be accessed from the outside of the house, there is a spa delimited by external walls and composed by a gym room, a sauna and a small outdoor pool encircled by the deck. Besides the wood of the wooden boxes, the house is clad by White mortar and the internal patio of the spa is encircled by stones. The few materials used by the Lee house and the simple organization of the program create a minimalist atmosphere that extends from the outer to the inner areas of the house.

Lee House, Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil, by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio, Photography © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Afeka House by Pitsou Kedem Architects & Irit Axelrod Architects

The home is a rectilinear volume with a mostly horizontal framework, and various openings that allow an abundant amount of light to reach the interior. The main floor reveals an expansive glass door wall that retracts to allow the living room to open up into the private yard and pool. Delving further into the space, the architects decided to put large vertical strips of windows as well as linear skylights to illuminate essential features such as the stairwell.

Afeka House, Tel Aviv, Architecture: Pitsou Kedem Architects & Irit Axelrod Architects, Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irit Axelrod, Raz Melamed, Orit Tsabari-Elmaliach
Photography by Amit Geron

Atrium House by Eduard Ludwig

With a sure hand bfs architects have helped an atrium house in Berlin’s famous Hansaviertel back to its former glamour. The modernist building was part of the 1957 building exhibition in Berlin’s Tiergarten park. It was designed by Eduard Ludwig, who among other things also designed the airlift monument at Tempelhof airport.

Atrium House, by Eduard Ludwig, via: Bergdorf

Zacatitos 002 by Campos Leckie Studio

Zacatitos 004, Baja California Sur, Mexico, by Campos Leckie Studio

House P by Philipp Architekten

House Philipp is situated on a small mountain ridge in Southern Germany with a view to the north. To meet this specific situation, the cube of the main house was completely glazed with frameless windows. This way the residents enjoy both the sun and the 80-kilometres distant view. There is a cube placed in this glass box as a key element, completely panelled with Elm Wood. It contains both the kitchen and staircase and at the same time it forms the static backbone for the attic placed on it. Only few materials as the light gray natural stone, elm or oak wood, and smooth white plaster surfaces determine the ascetic architecture. Purism, which even shows in the landscape gardening.

House P, Waldenburg, Germany, by Philipp Architekten

Hunting Lodge by BASARCH

Hunting Lodge, Lovecká Chata v Oboře, Lednice, Czech Republic, by Hana Bainarová, BASARCH, Photography by Lukáš Pelech

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