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Archive for August, 2008

Solaio Evolved 93–08 by Horm

A graphic game that becomes a further response to contemporary trends that suggest light, versatile bookshelves, that are simple and straight-forward only at first sight. Based on the Solaio model designed in 1993 this evolution of that system has been renamed 93–08.

93–08, by Carlo Cumini, for Horm

moomoo presents…

A great idea for a summer house designed for Polish photographer Szymon Szcześniak. The house is open except for a billowing curtain. We have a few lingering doubts about locating this house in continental Europe.

moomoo presents…, by moomoo
via: Design East

Travel: Spain, Hotel Puerta América

While the facade is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, each of the Hotel Puerta América’s 12 floors – from the elevator lobbies down to the blankets and bathrobes – has been conceived by powerhouse architects and design studios, among them Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Richard Gluckman, Javier Mariscal, Victorio & Lucchino and Zaha Hadid. With public spaces like the Black Tears restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and the underground garage by Teresa Sapey, the Puerta América can bill itself as “12 floors with 19 stars.”

Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, Spain, $250 to between $1,500 and $3,900 for the suites, designed by Starchitects.

Doda—The Club Chair by Molteni & C

Doda is an interpretation of the classic bergère in more contemporary style. A welcoming armchair, which stands out for its measured proportions between thicknesses and the meetings of straight and curved lines. Sit back, stretch out and relax.

Doda, by Ferruccio Laviani, for Molteni & C

Oblique Magazine Rack by Marcel Wanders

Oblique, by Marcel Wanders, for moooi

Books: Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel

For nearly a century now the airline industry has been an important player in the field of architecture and design. For many architects and designers it is an honour to design something for this branch of industry, from stewardess’s (and stewards) uniforms to signposting, from a terminal to services and cutlery. Airworld gives a good picture of the history of air travel, with a focus on the developments that design and architecture have undergone.

This is the first time that this theme has been illuminated so widely from the perspective of architecture and design. The exhibition Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel is organized by the Vitra Design Museum. The Stedelijk has added posters from its own collection and objects that are typical for Dutch design.

Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel, Exhibition at Stedelijk Museum
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Les Forets by Pascal Mourgue

This unique low table features a laser cut treetop shaped design. Constructed of laser cut sheet steel, finished in stone gray or brown-gray; base in a brilliant polished stainless steel, to give it some depth.

Les Forets, by Pascal Mourgue, for Ligne Roset

Rustic Mountain Holiday Home by Fearon Hay

The new Mountain Retreat has to deal with quite different terrain. Located in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes, a mountainous landscape of snow-capped peaks and dense beech forest, this is a low impact second home designed as a place to get away from everything. The aesthetic approach is subdued, with a minimal palette of hard-wearing materials. The stone exterior, concrete floors and dark wood give the Retreat the feeling of a cave, embedded in the hillside.

Mountain Retreat, New Zealand, by Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon, for Fearon Hay
via: Wallpaper*

Editor's Picks

Bell Side Table
Hand-blown in the traditional manner using a wooden mould, the transparent tinted glass base asserts a sculptural presence in space, contrasting intriguingly with the solid brass frame on top while also forming with it a harmonious unit recalling the elegant curving silhouette of a bell. [more...]

Suggested Reading

The Story of Eames Furniture
Brimming with images and insightful text, this unique book is the benchmark reference on what is arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time. [more...]
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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Cars Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything

Cars
Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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Design Icons

Fjordfiesta Scandia Senior
by Hans Brattrud

A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]

Resources

More Books

Case Study Houses
“It’s a huge coffee-table book, which analyses each of the houses in chronological order, with plans, sketches and glorious photographs.” [more...]
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The Eames Lounge Chair
The book examines the evolution of a design icon and places it in its cultural, historical and social context. [more...]
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The U.N. Building
Symbol of world humanitarianism, a beacon of unity after the Second World War. More than 50 years on, the 39-story building is regarded as one of the pinnacles of mid-century modernism. [more...]
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Loblolly House
Including a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees", a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of this amazing house. [more...]
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Desire
The Shape of Things to Come. An up-to-date comprehensive survey on furniture and object design today, showcasing the crème de la crème of designers. [more...]
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Marcel Wanders
Behind the Ceiling is the first monograph on one of the most influential, prolific and celebrated international designers today. [more...]
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How to Wrap Five Eggs
A mid-60s classic of Japanese design. Stunningly laid-out paean to traditional Japanese packaging is rife with sumptuous black and white photos of all manner of boxes, wrappers and containers that appear at once homely and sophisticated, ingeniously utilitarian yet fine and rare. [more...]
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