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Cabinet by Jaime Hayon for Zhou Chunya’s Kicking Sculptures

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 by Wiel Arets Architects

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

LightSky by Stephen Burks for Swarovski

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

Hidden Valley Residence by Marmol Radziner Architecture

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

Landed by Eric Degenhardt for Richard Lampert

Concept and prototype of an architectural unit for German company Richard Lampert. Prefabricated, sustainable sandwich construction. Insulated panels from certified wood with biological paint finish.

Landed, by Eric Degenhardt, for Richard Lampert

Casa Bauzà by Miquel Àngel Lacomba

The project is located at the urban complex “La Font” in Pollença at the base of an impressive limestone mountain. The project was commissioned by the Bauzà family, thanks to whom I have been able to explore further possibilities on my work field, looking for naked and simple lines, seeking wider perspectives. The house is located at the back of the plot, facing south, maintaining the existing forest of pine and oak trees, framing the mountain’s profile. The exterior of the housing, made of sandstone, uniformly covers facades, sloping roofs and roadways so that it can be observed as a single piece. The distribution is developed mainly on one level, except the first floor. One sole space integrates kitchen, dining room and living area. Specific furniture and a central wooden staircase being the connection, define the use of these areas. Along this line we find the porch, where the sliding blinds work as filters for the light and also maintains intimacy. The wooden staircase leads to the master bedroom and also to the two-floor open studio. When entering the bedrooms from the living areas, the floors change from stone to wood. The location of the pool as well as the rest of the exterior spaces offers direct links to the natural environment of the surroundings.

Casa Bauzà, Pollença, Spain, by Miquel Àngel Lacomba, Photography © Mauricio Fuertes

Virtu: Ornatu by De Intuïtiefabriek

Underneath a layer of smoke glass, treasures like jewelry and perfumes are revealed in walnut drawers. Above this subtle ground a walnut ‘bridge’ holds porcelain containers and creates a stage for a warm colored mirror. This flirtatious combination of materials provides the perfect place to spend ones intimate moments of the day.

Materials: Walnut wood, coated steel, colored mirror, magnifying mirror, copper, porcelain and glass.

Virtu: Ornatu, Limited edition of 3 + 1 prototype + 1 A.P. by De Intuïtiefabriek

Madison Club Residence by XTEN Architecture

This 12,000sf weekend residence is set within the Madison Club, a private golf resort located in a small community neighboring Palm Springs, California. The one acre site is oriented along and East – West axis, set on a ridge above the golf course, directly facing the dramatic San Jacinto mountains.

The Madison house is located on a West facing knoll overlooking a dramatic mountain range at the eastern end of the Coachella Valley. The area is known for its extreme summer heat and severe winds. During the winter months however the area is paradise – clear, sunny and temperate days, with cooler nights perfect for the indoor outdoor modern lifestyle made famous in photographs by Julius Shulman.

Madison Club Residence, by Palm Springs, California, USA, for XTEN Architecture

Lake Rotsee Refuge by AFGH Architekten

This “target tower” by Zurich-based architects Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler is actually made solely for the viewing of the annual rowing regattas on Lake Rotsee, and is therefore completely empty and closed for all but three weeks of the year. When in use, the interior features ample room and seating for spectators, jury, and timekeepers, featuring views that can be guided by the shifting panels on the facade.

Lake Rotsee Refuge, Lucerne, Switzerland, by AFGH Architekten

Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects

Merricks House, Merricks North, Australia, by Robson Rak Architects

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