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A House Surrounded By A Pine Forest by Ramon Esteve

Some prismatic volumes come out from the four stone sidewalls, thus enclosing the space and differentiating each room. The area between the rooms is covered by a timber roof acting as a hall and a connector. The opening sequence of the gaps of the home located in a residential area surrounded by large pine forest reflects the hierarchical order of the outdoor areas. The aim of the proposal is the creation of different outdoor areas linked to the rooms inside, according to their level of privacy. Each room is differently high according to its use and spreads its program on a single level, except for the bedrooms’ bay. This operation generates a cross-shaped plan that arranges the external space. The materials, together with the raking light from a longitudinal roof light, produce a warm and cosy atmosphere. The timber volume works as a connector and distributor of the different rooms, and at the same time opens to all the outdoor areas. The volumes containing the living room, the dining room and the kitchen, however independents, are visually linked because of their position, making the house wider and more transparent. The other two volumes host the main bedroom, two bedrooms on the lower floor and a studio on the upper floor. A continuous veranda enlarge the rooms, generating outdoor areas that open and extend the rooms.

A House Surrounded By A Pine Forest, Valencia, Spain, by Ramon Esteve
Photography by Mariela Apollonio

Rossini Furniture Dev. by Christian Zanzotti

Development of the furniture for the Rossini Bar in Merano Italy.

Rossini Furniture Dev., by Zanzotti
Photography by Leopold Jonas

The Rossini Cocktail Bar by Iwan & Christian Zanzotti

Whilst respecting the original structure and architectural style from around 1900, a new look has been created with an impressive new interpretation of the stylistic features of the past. In the centre stands a bar clad in brilliant white tiles. Around it are grouped bar stools which were developed by the designer himself and act as a stylistic element with their special combination of leather upholstered seats, aluminium legs and wooden feet. The lounge area, raised on a wooden floor, has also been furnished using designs by Christian Zanzotti, including armchairs manufactured in aluminium and wood and bronze tables. Above them, geometrically arranged lights give the dark walls a discreet club feel. The most striking feature is the gleaming gold ceiling which, combined with other gold accents, serves as a reminder of ages past.

The Rossini Cocktail Bar, Merano, Italy, by Zanzotti
Photography by Oliver Jaist

Times 4 Coffee Table by Gonçalo Campos

A coffee table that acknowledges the need for storage, and individuality in a simple and practical solution. Thanks to its pivoting system, 4 individual areas are created that can be either concealed or shown at will.

Times 4 Coffee Table, by Gonçalo Campos, for Polit

Parachilna Aballs Lamps by Jaime Hayon

Ceramics and blown glass are linked by a polished brass ring. The dimmer’s control lever is also made of polished brass. The ABALLS collection includes a chandelier, hanging lamps available in three different sizes and table lamps available in two sizes. The chandelier showcases a golden electroplated or white, black lacquered steel structure matching the colors of the ceramic bodies. 24 blown glass diffusers complete the fixture. The hanging and tablelamps are made up of a blown glass diffuser and a white, black or golden ceramics base. The result is a set of strongly decorative objects that produce a warm ambient light and can be used in a domestic environment as well as in contract projects.

Parachilna Aballs Lamps, by Jaime Hayon

AN House by Guilherme Torres

Divided into three blocks – two downstairs and one that forms the upper deck – forming a “U”, they organize social area, the lounge and intimate area on an impactful way. The volumes of the ground are exposed concrete, in contrast with the white brickwork of the rooms. Fully closed to the street, the lobby was organized in a large wooden box, like a theater stage. The coating continuity between the door and the walls leaves completely open and camouflaged through an electronic system.
The inner hall follows the same finish in Cumaru wood and lighting have stemmed from a large domus. The circulation is organized behind the single wall of the dining room, which hides the circulation between the hall and the staircase. In the living there is a strong contrasts between the exposed concrete, wood and marble, which opens up to the recreation area. The pool is surrounded by a large wooden deck, which creates a junction with the recreation area, equipped with gourmet kitchen and a home theater. In opposite side to the living area, the volume of concrete with wooden brise soleils gives place to a guest room and to a recreation area.

AN House, Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Guilherme Torres
Photography by Denilson Machado

Montee Karp Residence by Patrick Tighe Architecture

The 2200 sq. ft. residence is located on a severe hillside site in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The project is an extensive remodel of an existing post-and-beam home in need of a structural, programmatic and environmental upgrade. The residence is re-envisioned for the 21st century. The existing roof geometry is accentuated creating a language of faceted surfaces. The articulated volume of the building’s front facade extends indoors to define the interior spaces, resulting in a dematerialization of the roof, wall and floor planes. A forced perspective is created, framing the extraordinary views out to the Santa Monica Bay. The minimal, gallery-like living space is designed to accommodate the client’s extensive collection of contemporary art. Display niches, lighting and the configuration of the spaces are planned to enhance the experience of viewing the art. The stair has cantilevering steel treads, each with a custom laser-cut pattern. Light from the skylight above filters through the perforated stair to project an ever-changing texture of shadow and light, enlivening the walls and floor. A grand entry door made of a stainless steel tube frame marks the threshold into the relatively small house. The 10’ high door makes use of a hydraulic pivot and a concealed magnetic locking device.

Montee Karp Residence, California, USA , by Patrick Tighe Architecture
Photography by Art Gray and Bran Arifin

Exhibition: Pierre Paulin: L’Homme Moderne

Demisch Danant is pleased to present Pierre Paulin: L’Homme Moderne a celebration of the prolific career of one of the most admired European designers of the 20th century. The exhibition surveys Paulin’s breakthroughs of the 1960s through early 1980s, and showcases designs commissioned by the Mobilier National of France in a living environment inspired by Paulin’s unique architecture. Featuring more than twenty exceptional works, including many never before exhibited publicly, L’Homme Moderne will provide a fresh look at Paulin’s full vision and contributions to modern design beyond the confines of Pop-inflected pieces for which he has until now been best known.

Pierre Paulin: L’Homme Moderne, May 12 – June 27, 2015, Demisch Danant

Book: Pierre Paulin. L’homme et l’œuvre, by Nadine Descendre, Published by Albin Michel, Language: French, EAN 9782226250575

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Metaphysical Remix by UdA Architetti

The project designed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa to restructure an approximately 250 m² rented apartment in Via Roma in the centre of Turin attempts to meet the needs of three generations: a father, his daughters and grandfather enjoying the rituals of everyday life under the same roof while, at the same time, having their own private spaces designed to meet their individual needs.
Marcante’s and Testa’s joint project is based on very close, constant and stimulating interaction with the clients bringing their own specific requirements in line with the setting in which this house, built from 1935-1937, is located. Having discovered that the interiors had completely lost all their original features, the perception of space and precision found in rationalist architecture and metaphysical painting from that period were inevitably sources of inspiration for the project designed by the architects.

Metaphysical Remix, Turin, Italy, by UdA Architetti
Photography by Carola Ripamonti

Cut Paw Paw by Andrew Maynard Architects

Cut Paw Paw is a renovation and extension to a double fronted weatherboard home. At one end is living/kitchen/dinning while at the other end is a music studio. Between is a deck, garden, paving and bathtub. Parts of the garden creep into internal spaces. Parts of the floor spilling into the garden. The entire structure runs along the southern boundary, therefore the house now faces north. Sun and shadow dances through the frame throughout the day, passively warming the house in winter, while keeping it cool in summer, which makes it energy efficient.

Cut Paw Paw, Victoria, Australia, by Andrew Maynard Architects
Photography by Peter Bennetts and Tess Kelly

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