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Archive for August, 2008

Fields Wall Sculpture and Light from Foscarini

Simple, essential shapes, dampened by rich and intense hues. The design concept originates from a suggestive and moving panoramic, almost aerial, view that pays tribute to the designer’s homeland of Mancha, an area of Spain steeped in contrasts that extends over the fields as far as the eye can see. The lamp is composed of methacrylate and aluminium sheets that diffuse the light creating a range of lighting effects on the wall.

Fields, by Vicente Garcia Jiménez, for Foscarini

Go Cart by Piet Hein Eek

Henk Vos asked fellow Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek to make some pedal cars for his grandkids to race. After a year, they came up with the Skelter: three speeds plus reverse, aluminum and leather and rubber construction. We are already at the starting gate.

Go-kart in aluminium, € 3,895.00, by Piet Hein Eek

Contemplate the Lotus Sofa by Globe

Lotus is an elegant set of furniture consisting of a sofa, chair, table and swivel chairs. The form suggests a sitter in a lotus position, we like the ultra thin supports, making the seat seemingly float in the air.

Lotus Sofa, by Stephan Borgen Hertzog & Flemming Busk, for Globe Furniture

Xi Gallery by Mass Studies

This building was constructed for the purpose of promoting Xi, a brand of apartments. In addition to the standard type of a showroom apartment unit, a larger share of the floor area is allocated as a variable cultural space for the local residents, which as a result creates a brand-new building typology: a housing cultural center. As economic forces and cultural activities seem to form complex interrelationships causing our private and public spheres to merge and invade each other, this building comes as a product of these current phenomena.

Xi gallery, Yeonsan-dong, Pusan, Korea, by Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Seoul, South Korea for Mass Studies

Jeff Koons Puppy Vase Available for $7,500.00

 

Gagosian has released an edition of 3000 porcelain puppy vases signed and numbered by the artist Jeff Koons. Having first made a splash on the contemporary art scene back in 1998, the design took cues from Koons’s mongo-sized puppy sculpture (1992), which was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness,” says Koons.

Puppy Vase, $7,500, by Jeff Koons, re-issued by Gagosian Gallery
via: V Magazine

ICA Boston by Diller Scofidio+Renfro

The new Boston Institute of Contemporary Art is located on the harbor at Fan Pier in south Boston. The best feature is the “gallery box”: a large exhibition space on one level that dramatically cantilevers over the Harborwalk toward the water.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA, by Diller Scofidio+Renfro

Give a Lump of Coal This Year

The ancient Japanese tradition of making high quality charcoal, has inspired Sort of Coal from Denmark, to design a range of contemporary products that can be used for purifying and as decorative interior elements. Since the 8th century Japanese charcoal makers have produced high quality charcoal. During Edo-period (1603-1867) the refined Japanese quality Binchotan charcoal, commonly known as “White Charcoal”, has gained popularity throughout Asia.

Images from top to bottom: 1&2: Hakutan,  3: Kuro Kabe,  4: L:Binchotan, R:Hakutan Grain
5: Kuro & Shiro Soap, by Sort of Coal

via: Ray 20

“House of the Year” Aatrial by KWK Promes

For a site near a forest, where the building is situated has one major drawback: south-western access. In order to avoid the functional collision of the driveway and the garden, the driveway was ‘pushed’ into the ground. This prompted the idea of a driveway leading inside to the the ground floor level, from underneath the building, which became possible thanks to the creation of an inner atrium with the driveway in it. This in turn has made it possible to obtain a new type of house, which is the reverse of an atrial building. The Aatrial House is closed to the inside and open to the surroundings.

Aatrial House, Opole, Poland, by Robert Konieczny, for KWK Promes Named “House of the Year” by World Architecture News.

Vintage Zero Pendant by Jo Hammerborg

Jo Hammerborg Zero pendant for Fog & Meurop Denmark at City Furniture

NY Loft Style Studio in the Country

This art studio, in addition to providing for the amenities of storage, cooking, cleaning, and reading, posed the problem of how to achieve extreme horizontal openness in order to move freely within the studio. It is based upon an expanded NYC loft typology that has been displaced to the countryside.

Winters Studio, by MOS

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