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  • Archive for August, 2008

    Satyr Chairs are Just Ducky

    Its quirky, but it works. A lounge chair that could fit well in either a home or office environment. A bit more casual than the standard classics, this chair looks like it might waddle away if not watched.

    There it stands, bold and robust — and that really is important as this is not a chair for formal sitting, but an invitation to relax, lean back and put your feet up — ideally on the matching stool.

    ClassiCon Satyr Armchair, Satyr II, by ForUse

    Ceci n’est pas une pipe

    Pipe, by Marcel Wanders, for Boffi

    Torch Light from Established & Sons

    Made from a moulded textured plastic, the Torch Light comes in three versions: small cone, small rounded and the large cone. Sylvain Willenz’s work, is inspired by archetypal objects—in this case, the simple silhouette of a typical hand-held torch or car headlight.

    Torch Light, by Sylvain Willenz, for Established & Sons

    New Swarovski Flagship Store in Ginza

    In an effort to tap in to the lucrative Japanese luxury market, Swarovski has opened a two-story flagship store in the upscale central Ginza district. The shop features a facade covered in layers of mirrored stainless steel. its sparkling appearance is intended to resemble a ‘crystal forest’

    Swarovski flagship store, by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski

    Les Bains des Docks by Jean Nouvel

    Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.

    Les Bains des Docks, Le Havre, France by Jean Nouvel
    Photos by Cl.Guillaume

    Indoor Constellations by Horm

    “A light décor that faithfully reproduces a portion of sky. It includes, within the physical perimeter of the object, the depth of infinity. And infinite are also the feelings for the objects that will exist in space and time and that these doors, once open, will wake up. The cupboard has inside lighting and wooden doors featuring optical fibre décors of various diameters whose position is governed by the star map constellation”.

    Voltaceleste, by Salvatore Indriolo, for Horm

    Chill at Bauer Stockholm

    Bauer in Stockholm’s Södermalm district is designed by graphic team, Dizel & Sate, known for bringing street culture to big brands like Diesel, Filippa K and Hugo Boss.

    Bauer Restaurant & Bar, Götgatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden, by Designer, for Dizel & Sate

    Icon: North by Northwest House

    One of the best known houses in the history of Modernism is not a house at all, but an elaborate movie set. Created entirely at MGM studios in Culver City, California for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, North by Northwest. In 1958, when the movie was in production, Frank Lloyd Wright was the most famous Modernist architect in the world. His magnum opus, Fallingwater, was conceivably the most famous house anywhere. His renown in the Fifties was such that mass-market magazines like House Beautiful and House & Garden devoted entire issues to his work. Hitchcock instructed the set designers at MGM to design a house in the Wright style, by its creation, the image of the Vandamm House became an icon of Modernism in architecture.

    Vandamm House, by MGM set Designers (Robert Boyle, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace, and Frank McKelvey), for North by Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    Read more: Jet Set Modern

    Dart Chair by Hannes Wettstein

    Designed for Ergonomic comfort, the seat fabric is removable, polished aluminum or nickel legs.

    Dart Chair, by Hannes Wettstein, for Molteni & C

    A Room With a View in Switzerland

    Rustic and simple materials lend this all-season holiday home it charm, but the real gem is its location, perched on a mountain near Lucerne, Switzerland. What a view.

    Holiday House, Rigi Scheidegg, Switzerland, by Gabrielle Hächler and Andreas Fuhrimann

    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...]

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    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...]

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    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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