Practical as a pouffe. Oversize pebbles, a rest area with an open geometry.
Stones, by Smarin, for Livingstones
Photography by Luke Hayes
House in Minami-Boso, Chiba, Japan by Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates
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