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Horse Hill Residence by Aidlin Darling Design

Studio Collins Weir worked with client and architect to build a sense of history and place into a ground up custom residential project. To accomplish this, the studio blended custom pieces of furniture with vintage finds and contract pieces alongside the clients’ growing collection of emerging artists. The material palette for the furnishings, floor and window coverings at once reinforces the industrial nature of the architectural materials and contrasts that same palette to create pockets of softness and light for moments of casual repose.

Horse Hill Residence, by Aidlin Darling Design
Photography by Matthew Millman

Still/Life: Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective Exhibition

The centenaries of the births of Tapio Wirkkala and Rut Bryk, two influential figures in Finnish design, will be celebrated between their respective hundredth birthdays, from 2 June 2015 to 16 October 2016. The designer, sculptor and academician Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) and his wife, the graphic designer and ceramic artist Rut Bryk (1916–1999), were influential in launching the concept of modern Finnish, and Scandinavian, design, which still continues to enjoy international acclaim even today.

With the diverse events and exhibitions, and the products and books to be launched, the centenary year aims to increase the visibility of the important work done by Wirkkala and Bryk. The content of the centenary year programme in Finland and abroad is a natural continuation to the efforts to improve the national and international recognition of Finnish design.

Centenary, by Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation

Molteni Museum: 48 Iconic Products

The Molteni Museum was established in 2015, the year of the International Expo in Milan, to celebrate 80 years’ history, innovation, research and quality, and thus contribute to the spread of design culture.

Designed by Jasper Morrison, with the image coordinated by Studio Cerri & Associati, the museum houses a permanent collection of 48 iconic products and original prototypes of the Group’s companies: Molteni&C, Dada, Unifor and Citterio. But it also tells the story of an Italian compan, founded in 1934 by Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, which developed from the Fifties with the cooperation of Italian and international architects and designers.

48 Iconic Products, Molteni Museum

Triangle by Arnaud Lapierre Design Studio

Composed as a collage, Triangle table is a graphic object at the limit of abstracted volumes creating shimmering patterns as you turn around the table. Tainted glass & stainless steel, Navy blue, green, brick, white, brass. Dimensions: 350 x 350 x 500 mm

Triangle side table, by Arnaud Lapierre Design Studio

May Grove by Jackson Clements Burrows

May Grove was designed for a professional couple and Biggles the cat. The occupants required a modern, low maintenance, open plan sanctuary in the inner city. The design meets these requirements while offering a variety of engaging spatial conditions, light and volume to enhance their daily living experience.

May Grove, by Jackson Clements Burrows
Photography by Peter Clarke

VIVOOD Landscape Hotel by Daniel Mayo, Agustín Marí & Pablo Vázquez

Located in the Virgin of Guadalest Valley, an environment of high scenic value 50 minutes from Alicante, VIVOOD Landscape Hotels, the pioneering network of sustainable design tourist destinations inaugurated the first landscape hotel of our country this summer. It has been a challenge both architecturally, in terms of the landscape, as well as at the services level.

A challenge that begun by offering all the comforts of a luxury hotel in the middle of nature, as well as innovating with a modular architecture integrated with the landscape, through its 25 independent suites, a restaurant, lounge bar, a panoramic pool, and many terraces and private exterior jacuzzis.

Thus, VIVOOD is consolidated as a new hotel chain designed and managed by architects, preoccupied with the creation of spaces focused on the design of a new concept, an experience for the future guest who will live that place. A place of avoidance for the traveller who seeks new sensations of calm and exclusivity.

All the elements integrated into the concept, from the surroundings, the landscape, the views, the architecture, the interiors, the pool, to the jacuzzis, have been designed with the aim of building a hotel with special charm. The most pure, silent and tranquil environment to achieve avoidance: its true added value.

VIVOOD Landscape Hotel, Alicante, Spain, by Daniel Mayo, Agustín Marí and Pablo Vázquez

Montebar Villa by JM Architecture

The Montebar Villa is a prefabricated wood house lying on a panoramic spot facing the Swiss alps, in a privileged position with sun light during the four seasons. A magical place where the silence is alternated with the gentle chimes of cows at pasture in the distance, where the calm breezes coax tree branches and grasses to release and carry a sweet and fragrant air.

The project was created around the local building code, which imposes each house to have a dark gray pitched roof for a better integration with the environment. Starting from this constraint, the idea developed into an homogeneous solution using the same material for both the roof and façades, in order to provide the building with a monolithic aspect, like a stone in the landscape. The only exception is the South elevation, facing the valley, which grants a spectacular 180 degree view through a curtain-wall that encloses the living area and folds inside creating a loggia to be used in the warmer months.

Montebar Villa, Medeglia, Switzerland, by JM Architecture
Photography by Jacopo Mascheroni

House on Lac Grenier by Paul Bernier Architecte

The lakefront site is entirely wooded. It is crossed by a stream on its south side and has a steep incline on the north. These characteristics and the need to build at a distance from the stream suggested a lengthwise placement, with the house slipped in between the stream and the slope. It is a low-profile, primarily single-storey building. Its meandering shape is determined by the opportunities offered by the surrounding landscape. The structure bends, opens, and narrows like a river carving its own path.

From the path leading up to the entrance, the building appears as a mostly opaque volume that follows the contours of the site. The garage is concealed from view. To the right, an opening in the palisade invites visitors to come inside. Along the south facade, the volume of the house bends and opens up to let in the light and make the most of the forest view. Further along, the volume bends again, turning toward an opening in the woods that offers a view of the stream flowing into the lake. On the north side, smaller openings frame perspectives of the surrounding landscape and allow the building’s occupants to enjoy the gentle murmur of the stream, which still runs over the property. Atop the roof, a small tree-house-like room looks out onto the surrounding greenery.

Inside, visitors are greeted by a large hickory wall unit, shaped to offer seating and a place to hang away coats. It also directs one toward the living space, a large, generously-lit area that culminates in a cantilevered, screened room with a view of the mouth of the stream and the lake. On the south side, the exterior wall makes way for a large glazed surface that opens onto the forest. During summer, the trees, like the green roof, create a natural screen to shield the house from heat. In winter when the leaves have fallen, sunlight filters through the forest and floods the space with warmth and light. The materials used for the surfaces are simple and refined. The white walls and polished cement floors contrast with the rugged natural surroundings, allowing the scenery outside to take centre stage. The large open area is occupied by three wooden masses. The large built-in unit in the entrance also screens off the more private areas of the home.

House on Lac Grenier, Estérel, Canada, by Paul Bernier Architecte

The Birth Lamp by Satoshi Itasaka

Today, the loss of life and humanitarian suffering, such as racism and terrorism, is considerable. Besides, it is now possible to make human beings artificially. Considering those, it seems that the value of ‘life’ is transforming, and therefore, it is time to re-think about the ‘life’. This chandelier is inspired by the weak electrical current occur from an ovum at the very moment of the fertilization.

The Birth Lamp, by Satoshi Itasaka
Photography by Elly

MINIM+AID by nendo

Throughout history, Japan has faced numerous natural disasters. Each time, its people have stood strong and gone on to rebuild their communities. On 11 March 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake struck the country and has once again reminded us of the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness. Rather than the conventional emergency preparedness kits that all tend to resemble one another, people are now seeking a more versatile solution that is appropriate for a variety of situations. This called for the development of an emergency preparedness kit that includes the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it to a place of refuge during an earthquake or other disaster. The result is a whistle to alert others of one’s presence, a radio, raincoat, lantern, drinking water and a plastic case, all packaged inside of a 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and floats. The radio is equipped with manual charging functionality, which can also be used to charge your smartphone, lantern, or other devices via USB. The plastic case can be used to store medicine or anything else the user might deem necessary, and the tube in which the drinking water foil pouch is stored can also be used as a cup. Despite its compact design, the kit offers a rich set of features.

Slimmer and more compact than conventional emergency kits, it’s easy to carry and can also be worn over the shoulder using the included strap. The design makes it easy to keep it near the entrance and ready to go at all times – just leave it in the umbrella stand or hang it from a coat hanger. The outer tubing is available in silver, white, or black, and each tool is available in a selection of 3 different colours.

MINIM+AID, by nendo, for SUGITA ACE
Photography by Kenichi Sonehara

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