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Christian Ghion Ystas Vase

Ystas Vase, by Christian Ghion, for driade

Alfredo Häberli Pattern Shelving

Two shelving units designed by Alfredo Häberli, cellular construction.

Pattern Shelving, by Alfredo Häberli, for Quodes

Books: Night Vision – Photographs by Troy Paiva

Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration.
“A booming subculture is on the rise: dubbed Urban Exploration, it involves sneaking into abandoned or off-limits factories, aviation “boneyards,” decommissioned bases, and other derelict features of the military/industrial landscape. Troy Paiva is a foremost photographer of the UrbEx (as it’s known to its devotees) phenomenon, and his distinctive blend of atmospheric night photos and lighting effects are the visual hallmarks of a scene that has drawn the increasing attention of the media and the public—as seen in recent programs on both the Discovery Channel (“Urban Explorers”) and MTV (“Fear”). Illuminated by histories of the sites documented, Night Vision reveals the remarkable discoveries of a new generation of explorers.”

Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration. by Troy Paiva
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Icon: The Gherkin

The site where the Gherkin stands was originally occupied by the Baltic Exchange, a masterpiece of Edwardian commercial architecture that housed an expansive trading floor behind its elegant stone facade, the building was destroyed by an IRA truck bomb. A landmark on London’s skyline and architectural history; the sleek and shiny exterior of the offices at 30 St Mary Axe hide its credentials as the UK’s first environmentally progressive, commercial high-rise building. It changed the London skyline forever.

See the documentary
The Gherkin, London, United Kindom, by Foster and Partners

Slow Chair and Ottoman by Ronan & Erwan Bourellec

This inviting lounge piece, which counts Eero Saarinen’s famous Womb Chair as well as Hans J. Wegner’s Flag Halyard Lounge Chair among its typological and aesthetic “ancestors”, uses an extremely strong, precisely shaped knit which is stretched over the frame of the chair like a fitted stocking.

Slow Chair and Ottoman, by Ronan & Erwan Bourellec, for Vitra.

One World from Artecnica

With 8 blank hands to affix name of cities from around the world — makes for a truly global clock.

One World, by Peter Stathis, for Artecnica

Model: Louis Kahn


Louis I. Kahn. (American, born Estonia. 1901-1974). Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Building, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Overall building complex (final version). 1957-65. Basswood.

Permanent Collection MoMA

Eek Dresser by Piet Hein Eek

Baroque dresser from Piet Hein Eek with clean lines and excellent craftsmanship.

Eek Dresser, by Piet Hein Eek, for Moooi

Vortexx by Zaha Hadid

Inspired by a concept devised by architect Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, Zumtobel created the VORTEXX light sculpture in collaboration with SAWAYA & MORONI.

Vortexx, by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, for Lighteriors

Impressions of Cuba by Desiree Dolron

The spirit and beauty of Havana is captured in these photographs.

Photography, by Desiree Dolron

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