VIP Centre Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Concrete
A defining structure of 20th-century modern architecture, this is one of the masterpieces of the world-reknowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Designed to house Illinois Institute of Technology’s departments of architecture, planning, and design, the building’s dramatic, structurally-expressive form resulted from the need to create an open interior space that could be flexibly adapted for changing needs and uses. Instead of interior columns, the roof is hung from exposed steel trusses bridging the depth of the building.
Designed in the early 1950′s and finished construction in 1956. Described by Time Magazine as “the world’s most influential, inspiring and astonishing structures” Crown Hall is a breathtaking, free space; intimidating with its jet black, sharp lines, while entirely inviting and open with its gigantic windows.
I had spent my first 2 Years at the Institute of Design in the basement of this building and what struck me at the time was the perfect proportion of each and every window. The building leaked when it rained, and the students did everything to block out the dazzling light so they could work. The vast open air space and the freestanding wood paneled core set the personality for the interior.
Crown Hall, by Mies van der Rohe
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Samoa recently launched the Iz outdoor furniture collection. The collection is made entirely from aluminium and features a sun-lounger, chairs, tables, armchairs and benches. The collection was awarded the ICFF editors award for the best outdoor collection.
Iz, by Francesc Rifé, for Samoa
Little Garden, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Moroso
Made from the Australian macadamia nut shell, Mark Harrison developed a special compound that combines the shells with injection molding to create colorful bowls inspired by nature and surroundings.
Frag, Pinch, Wax, by Mark Harrison, for Husque
Tadao Ando. (Japanese, born 1941). Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. 1984-89. Wood.
Permanent Collection MoMA
The Celebrity Lamp is made of 40 pairs of mirrored aviator sunglasses.
Celebrity Lamp, $1,600, by Stephan Breier and Johannes Scherr, at Element design
Fold Collection is a range of lights with lampshades that create optical effects: the diffusers are produced in either stainless steel with a super mirror finish or steel painted with a semi-gloss white finish. They enhance the brightness of the light source when the light is switched on and reflect the natural light in the room when it is off.
Fold Collection, by Enrico Franzolini, for Pallucco