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Solar ETS-77, design by Dieter Rams, Dietrich Lubs, for Braun

Alhambra Lamps

Alhambra, by Ray Power, for LZF lamps

Evo, by Nolen Niu

The EVO collection explores the use of shapes and negative spaces, which results in the comfort and functionality of the piece. “With the EVO collection, I explored the possibilities of creating three separate zones for seating which are the seat, lumbar, and backrest,” explains Nolen. The hexagonal like shape keeps the piece feeling light weight, while providing the optimal angels for each zone without compromising the shape and form factor of the design. The large 2-inch gap simplifies cleaning with the use of a narrow nozzle vacuum attachment and leaves other items in plan view and easily retrieved.

Evo, by Nolen Niu, for Nolen Niu

Leonardo’s organic HQ by 3deluxe

A distinctive corporate architecture for the brand Leonardo. The integrative design concept combines architecture, interior design and landscape design into a complex aesthetic entity.

Corporate HQ, by 3deluxe 

Travel: Thailand Design Hotel

X2 Resorts - Thailand first chain of design hotels. X2 KUI BURI is located on the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 3 hours drive from Bangkok, a fresh change indeed.

 X2 Resorts , Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Jean Marie Massaud does Auckland

Auckland, by Jean Marie Massaud, for Cassina

Abstract Sculpture by Angelo Mangiarotti

Equilibrio di una Relazione Vitale, (sold for $28,000), by Angelo Mangiarotti, at Wright

The Boom by Todd Bracher

Named the Best New Designer at ICFF 2008, Todd Bracher has prototyped these doughnut tables. Hollow centers allow these glossy lacquered fiberglass pieces to nest inside one another.

Boom, by Todd Bracher

Therme Vals Spa Switzerland

The remote alpine village of Vals is best known to the world at large as the home of Switzerland’s popular Valser mineral water. Since 1996, though, architecture fanatics and spa connoisseurs have known Vals as the home of Peter Zumthor’s Therme spa, an ultra-modernist design statement in grey Valser quartzite, a place that somehow crafts a near-religious experience out of little more than stone, water and judiciously applied light. The combinations of light and shade, open and enclosed spaces and linear elements make for a highly sensuous and restorative experience.

Therme Vals, by Peter Zumthor,
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Books: In Plane View

In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight

The many types of aircraft held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC no doubt attract their fair share of aerophiles. But now even those with just a passing interest in aviation can marvel at the beauty of flight as depicted in the pages of In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight, a new collection of imagery from Carolyn Russo, the Smithsonian’s photographer. Russo’s work focuses on the details of a range of different aircraft and it’s from her re-examining of their various forms and structures that this collection of striking shapes, patterns and abstractions has been brought together.

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Brick Flip Clock
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First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]


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