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Glenburn House, Victoria, Australia

The house is located at the top of a hill and enjoys panoramic views of quintessentially Australian landscape. It is partially embedded into the hilltop as a means of protecting the occupants from the prevailing weather and buffering the west side of the building from extreme heat in summer.
Our clients are committed to environmentally sustainable design and the building skin which is an identifiable part of our work includes solar collectors for power and hot water. Other elements such as double glazing, rainwater harvesting and digital power management make this apparently simple house a sophisticated device for passive environmental management.

Glenburn House, Glenburn, Victoria, Australia, by Sean Godsell

Icon: The Bulthaup B3 Kitchen

Light in Design, the B3 system by bulthaup is the measure of all kitchens; by focusing on ergonomics, task management and keeping it utilitarian, the visual aesthetics are not compromised here. The entire kitchen “floats” by using a supporting frame inside the wall that can bear up to one ton in weight per meter. This is ideal for architects and designers, providing them with an unprecedented level of freedom in design and the efficient use of space. The range of accessories and the way in which spices, tools and even cleaning supplies are tucked away compliment the design. You may never dine out again!

Bulthaup B3 Kitchen, by Herbert H. Schultes, for Bulthaup

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters in Milan

The new D&G headquarters in Milan contains the showrooms for the collections, offices, a restaurant and a series of image spaces. Two buildings dating back to the 1920s and the 1960s, facing three streets, are combined in a complex with five floors above ground. The project is based on an architectural principle of great rigor, with the use of natural materials like white Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet.

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters, by Studio Piuarch

La La Lamp

La La Lamp, by Helen Konturis for Kundalini

Innovation in Form – The Ninaber Pendant watch

The Pendant Watch can be worn around the neck or used as a pocket watch, leaving your hands free. The design hinges around the meeting between the soft rubber and the hard aluminium. The pendant watch has been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Pendant Watch, by Studio Ninaber

Nature’s Bounty. Exotic Food by Edible.

The Giant Japanese Hornet is the largest species of wasp in the world, and it contains special enzymes in its body which are reputed to increase strength and energy levels. Giant Japanese Hornets have one of the most incredible stamina’s of any living creature and this stamina can be temporarily passed into the system of those who consume it.”

Hormigas Culonas are harvested in the Colombian Amazon by the Guane Indians, during the short rainy season between March and June. They are then toasted in a mud pot over an open fire by the Indians. The Guane Indians believe that these Ants have youth giving and Aphrodisiac properties and they are often served as fertility giving marriage food during nuptial ceremonies. Hormigas Culonas taste similar to crisply fried bacon with an earthy taste.

(Left) A Toffee flavoured Candy, which contains a real edible scorpion. (Right) This vodka contains a farm raised yellow scorpion (buthus martensii) Infused in pure grain English vodka. Alcohol infused with a scorpion is said to remove toxins from the body when consumed.

Insects and Scorpions, from Edible.

Books: Shop America: Mid-Century Storefront Design

Window shopping
In postwar America, everything pointed to a bright, shiny future. Sheer optimism and opulence informed everything from automobile design to architecture, infusing design with larger-than-life planes and curves. Storefront design of the era is particularly indicative of this phenomenon, incarnated here in an extensive collection of hand-illustrated shop window designs from 1938 to 1950. These spectacular, often grandiose plans for grocery stores, shoe shops, beauty salons, bakeries, and more are reminders of a time when stores were sacred shrines for the congregation of American shoppers—impressive and even slightly intimidating, just like the future itself. In addition to an extensive selection of drawings are historical black and white photographs of actual shops built in a similar style.

Shop America: Mid-Century Storefront Design, 1938-1950.
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Cruise collection from Veuve Clicquot and Riva

The latest in a string of interesting design collaborations with Veuve Clicquot including Karim Rashid and Porsche design

The Cruiser Bag: Limited Edition piece (only 300 pieces available) – includes a bottle of La Grande Dame 98 and two champagne flutes. Available from July and costs $425

The Cruise collection: a “made to measure” piece and costs $80,000 – comes with 4 bottles of La Grande Dame 98, 2 magnums of La Grande Dame 88, 6 champagne flutes Riedel and 6 water tumblers, plates, table mats and cutlery.

Cruise Collection, by Riva for Veuve Clicquot
via: Yatzer

Industrial Scars by Edward Burtynsky

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in [his] work. “I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis”.

Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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