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
Kiosque are two modular pavillons commissioned by Emerige with the Galerie kreo that will be donated to the City of Paris to be used for social and cultural projects. The Kiosques can be visited until begining of November in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris as part of the Hors les Murs extension of FIAC Contemporary Art fair. The construction, manufactured by the Ateliers of La Machine in Nantes, was built like an urban furniture: the pavilions can be easily transported inside a truck and assembled in three hours. Idea was to create an itinerant and versatile platform that could welcome different kind of events. A modular rectangular unit with a broad roof that amply overhangs the wall, creating a sheltered external terrace illuminated by hanging lamps. The roof can fold into itself in two-panel sections, which can then be stacked and moved in a trailer.
Kiosque, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Manshausen Island is situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway. The Island´s position between dramatic mountains and the Barents Sea is in itself the inspiration for celebrated Polar Explorer Børge Ousland´s newest adventure; an adventure and exploration resort. The area is home to the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles and the fishing is spectacular. To the north the horizon is dominated by the mountain-range of Lofoten.
Manshausen Island was historically part of one of Northern-Norway´s largest trading posts for the fishing industry, today only visible in the massive stone quays on the Island. Additionally there is an existing 18th century small farmhouse on the Island.
The resort was planned and laid out in consideraton of the Island´s topography and the two main existing structures – the old farmhouse and the stone quays. The old farmhouse is situated on a small protected grassy plain on the Island and has been carefully restored, but also opened up towards the view of Lofoten in the North. The interior gives room to a professional kitchen and dining area on the ground floor and a relaxing library on the first floor. The cabins are all but one placed on the stonequays, partially cantilivered above the sea, one placed on a natural shelf on the rocky formations above. The positioning and orientation of all the cabins is based on the consideration of their individual panoramic views and privacy for the guests.
Manshausen Hotel, by Snorre Stinessen
With the major exhibition »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« (26.09.2015 – 28.02.2016), the Vitra Design Museum presents, a comprehensive overview of design at the Bauhaus for the first time. The exhibition encompasses a multiplicity of rare, in some cases never-before-seen exhibits from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography. At the same time, it confronts the design of the Bauhaus with current debates and tendencies in design and with the works of contemporary designers, artists and architects. In this way, “The Bauhaus #itsalldesign” reveals the surprising present-day relevance of a legendary cultural institution.
The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, by Vitra Design Museum
A collection that was created for the solo exhibition held at the “EYE OF GYRE” a gallery in Omotesando during Tokyo Designers Week 2015.
Since it is difficult to grasp beforehand the status of furniture being used when designing furniture for mass production, the designs inevitably tend to become one of an “average specification” that can respond to various scenarios. What’s more, the space will become evened out by such furniture filling the space. Thereupon, we expected a new relationship to develop between space and furniture by conceiving the design of the furniture from a specific space. By walking around the gallery we went through a special design process of being inspired by elements that are normally “troublesome”, such as the corner of the room or protruding columns. In the process, we took turns in verifying how the furniture was balanced as it was placed within the space, as well as the proportion of the furniture itself. This resulted in the creation of mysterious tables that consisted of a 5mm square metal rod with a small tabletop measuring a radius of 100mm attached to it.
The design utilizes the element of space as a part of its structure by “parasitizing” on to the corners or edges of the walls, the edge of the floor and exhibition stands.
Border Table, by Nendo, for EYE OF GYRE
Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki, Masaya Yoshimura
Situated in São Paulo, Brazil, this contemporary 1.030 sq ft residence was designed in 2012 by Studio Guilherme Torres.
AH House, by Studio Guilherme Torres
Owner of spacious apartment decided to add a minor one on the same floor. We transferred single studio into the guest house for guests whose are visiting young international family from far far abroad and for longer periods of time.
In general for family members and friends. It has a complete infrastructure to enable them to stay in touch without ever get the feeling that they are a nuisance. Separate kitchen with bar/dining table, on the contrary gives them sufficient facilities for the preparation of news from home cuisine and the opportunity to become the host for a moment.
The apartment is spatially relatively modest, generosity was added by investor, who was not afraid to invest in a complete replacement of all components supplied as standard. We could take out reconstruction utterly. The apartment is changed from plan, bathroom and doors, including frames. Old damaged floors were replaced by the unique polyurethane squeegee. The apartment is cleaned out and old sector kitchen replaced by newly designed custom furniture, completed with high-quality chairs. We pointed our attention on the selection of optical zones between kitchen / bedroom. Compared to the original 1 + kk contemporary space is defined by multiple zones. Large bed is not just for sleeping, but also provides a seat and storage for linen. On the wall is a library. In case that the guests need working space is there implemented desk and round mirror for „goout“ preparations.
In the hall, which is connected to the bathroom and storage room, a wardrobe rised up. Owner with a passion for cycling has reserved space in the middlle for his beloved road bike. He also starts his cycling trips here whenever the guest house is not occupied. For sure there are some spare bikes in a storage room. It is in a case if someone from the guests fall in cycling love when passing the corridor.
For this reason bathroom has a shower instead of tub, which better serve guests and athletes.
This small loft on the top floor of a 1644 building originally built in Rome by Architect Mattia de Rossi (pupil of Bernini) and renovated in 1719 by Architect Alessandro Specchi ( famous designer of The Spanish Steps in partnership with Francesco De Sanctis ) consists of an open-plan living area and kitchen on the main level in which only the bathroom is compartmented, with a private bedroom on the mezzanine level.
The living area is characterized by the use of reflex glass to produce a sense of expansion and compenetration of space. The table and the sofa are in solid chestnut like the original beams in the ceiling. The floor in the living area is of matt Roman Travertine slabs and the access to the bathroom is characterized by a flush door to the wall of elevated height.
The sleeping area accessed by a suspended staircase is characterized by a white finish curved parapet, by a suspended bed and by the suspended serpentine tv stand (Alessandro De Sanctis prototype). The lighting around the loft is dominated by luminous grooves that produces an indirect light that make the atmosphere more suggestive.
Apostoli Loft, Rome, Italy, by Alessandro De Sanctis – des interior architecture
Moore constructed a new body of work that fuses his bold, graphic, op-geo vocabulary with extruded mosaic forms that bring the works to life in three dimensions. The series is activated by the angle and intensity of the light source, be it a deliberate directional lamp, or the natural curve of each day’s sun cycle. Symmetries and depth are revealed in a spectrum of proportions, and color palettes are expanded upon, into numerous parallel hues revealed by the shadows.
The exhibition is comprised of 5 chapters, each with its own concept and aesthetic. A series of greyscale cut-paper mosaics created in Montreal in Fall 2014 is displayed as evidence of the explorations that led to the layered sensibilities of the more elaborate colorful works created during this Bay Area residency. A series of 4 pure symmetry colorful compositions reminiscent of sacred geometry grids, timeless diamond cuts, and architectural monuments hangs as a family on one side of the space. Opposite this wall is a series of 12 square works that bring Moore’s signature graphic syntax into three dimensions, playing with the eye when viewed from different vantage points. One extra large modular construct composed of 5 pieces that hang synchronized is displayed void of color to allow the viewer to explore the subtle nuances of light and shadow without the distraction of color.
On the back two walls of 886 Geary Gallery, Moore has constructed a large mosaic dimensional mural comprised of the same forms used in the rest of the series. This in-situ installation has been left to chance and intuition, with Moore opting to freestyle the build spontaneously rather than reference drafted blueprints.
Shadovvs, Artist Residency & Exhibition, San Francisco, California, by Matt W. Moore, for 886 Geary Gallery
Photography by 886 Geary Gallery and Matt W. Moore
The extreme climatic conditions in the mountains introduce a design challenge for architects, engineers and designers. Within a context of extreme risk to environmental forces, it is important to design buildings that can withstand extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, and rugged terrain. Responding to environmental conditions is not only a protective measure, but also translates into a matter of immediate life safety. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms and conceptual designs.
The outer form and choice of materials were chosen to respond the extreme mountain conditions, and also provide views to the greater landscape. Its position within the wilderness requires respect for natural resources, therefore must meet the ground in a light and firm manner to ensure the shelter is strongly anchored while having a minimal impact on the ground.
The design consists of three modules, in part to allow for transport and also to programmatically divide the space. The first is dedicated to the entrance, storage and a small space for the preparation of food. The second one provides space for both, sleeping and socializing while the third features a bunk sleeping area. Windows at both ends offer beautiful panoramic views of the valley and Skuta Mountain.
Alpine Shelter, Skuta Mountain, Slovenia, by OFIS architects
Photography by Anze Cokl, Andrej Gregoric, Nikolaj Gregoric and Janez Martincic