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Archive for January, 2012

RockRegeneration Hennessy X.O Mathusalem by Arik Levy

Inspired by Levy’s Rock furniture and object collection, Arik Levy has designed a limited edition X.O (Extra Aged) cognac.

RockRegeneration, Hennessy X.O Mathusalem, by Arik Levy

Verdant Avenue Residence by Robert Mills Architects

Verdant Avenue perfectly showcases the modern RMA aesthetic – form, function and detail alongside nature at its finest. This example of sustainable architecture dispels the myth that being sustainable requires the sacrifice of glamour, luxury and pleasure. The client’s open brief simply commissioned a ‘luxurious, contemporary inner city family home’.

An 80 year old pin oak tree serves as the focal point for the ground floor living and first floor bedroom areas. A striking 3.5 metre wide sculptural staircase anchors ground to first and second floors, complete with floor to 3.5 metre ceilings glass windows, opulent alpaca carpet, internal lift and motorised oversize exterior windows louvers.

Verdant Avenue Residence, by Robert Mills Architects

Narciso Vase by Giorgia Zanellato

Narciso is a project which started with the intention of designing some vases, focusing on the functionality of the vase as an object. But what is the function of a vase? They are used to display flowers. Narciso is a collection of six different vases which use mirrors to draw attention to the role of the flowers. Mirrors are investigated in all their aspects, from the simplest reflection to the most complex one. In this way each vase shows flowers from a different point of view. They’re made in borosilicate glass, powder-coated alluminium and mirrored stainless steal.

Narciso, by Giorgia Zanellato

Apartment Hotel by Azzedine Alaïa

The much admired Tunisian Azzedine Alaïa, has given the opportunity to anyone from the outside to get a feel of his lifestyle and appreciation of the world of design from the inside. Mr. Alaïa has converted a 300 sqm loft hosted in a traditional 17th century building in the very private Rue de Moussy of Marais district in Paris, into three exclusive apartments/suites. It really does not get more boutique then this. The idea behind these three 100sqm apartments is for a lover of fashion & design visitor to get a feel of the true Parisian life. It is a hotel concept which incorporates the necessary facilities of daily life. Each interior has a private entrance and once inside, a complete fitted kitchen meets all the needs of the guests. The fashion designer’s aim was to achieve a true feeling of a home away from home. It is important to have the luxury of a hotel but at the same time to open the door and feel that you are somewhere familiar and close to you.

Apartment Hotel, Paris, by Azzedine Alaïa, Photography: © Alexandre & Emilie, Persona production, via: Yatzer

Villa Roces by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architecten

The house is built along a wall with the intention to meet the lack of light and reflect the presence of the forest. The overall low height is due to the use of split levels, visually minimising the impact in its surroundings. The 50m long wall functions as a backdrop for the transparent volume. The wall is not only visible at the outside, but also continuously visible from the inside. Given the transparent character of the box, the inside space is filled with clearly defined boxes and volumes that incorporate the structural elements.

The glass box is indented at three sides: To give access to the underground parking space, to develop the swimming pool and to give access, at the backside of the house, to the master bedroom and annex bathroom. The ground level, on full height, includes the income, kitchen, dining room and a living room with fireplace. The kitchen can be separated from the dining room with a big sliding door. The bedroom section of the children and the master bedroom are situated one above the other, both on split-level towards the living room. In front of the master bedroom there is a secondary sitting room which spatially makes the transition to the handled levels. A slope connects the living room and the bedroom section of the children.

Villa Roces, Bruges, Belgium, by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architecten

Facet by Bloomming for 3form

Innovative 3form Facet is a completely modular system for window screens and space dividing application with endless possibilities. 3form Facet lets you play with light and shadow with 3D elements that can individually rotate 360 degrees to create unique, interactive patterns.

Facet, by Bloomming, for 3form

Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames

In the late ’80s, before he became famous as a member of the Compton, Calif., gangsta-rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube studied architectural drafting at a trade school in Arizona. In the video, made for “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” the sprawling Getty Institute-organized collection of exhibitions on the postwar Southern California art scene, Ice Cube tours the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood, marveling at the resourcefulness of the husband-and-wife team.

“Got off-the-shelf factory windows, prefabricated walls,” he says, sounding as if he were admiring a tricked-out low rider. “They was doing mash-ups before mash-ups even existed.”

For the exhibition Ice Cube wanted to recreate this famous photograph by Charles Eames sitting on a rare 1953 DAT-1 Chair.

Exhibition: Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, Ice Cube, Interviewed by The New York Times

Panama by Euga Design for Omikron

Table lamp which synthesizes the association of performances of LED with the callback to the memory of reassuring and formally non invasive lamps. Power LED sources create a diffused light, suitable both for domestic and working environments, 4W for Panama and 9W Panama Mini. Thanks to miniaturization of LED, the lampshade appears a thin disc which rest on a stem. Structure realized in pure aluminium, reflector in polycarbonate with antiglare treatment. Panama is available in two versions: 450 mm height and diameter 350 mm, or 300 mm height and diameter 200 mm, white, black, red and green.

Panama, Panama Mini, by Euga Design, for Omikron

Yara Chair by Girsberger for Girsberger

Yara Chair, by Stefan Westmeyer, for Girsberger

Westside Road Residence by Dowling Studios

This project involves the design of a new 2240 sq ft custom home and lap pool on a 22 acre site with rolling hills and a steep wooded ravine. The building site is located on a hill top permitting expansive views of the Russian River Valley. Sustainable design was a high priority and every attempt was made to utilize the most energy efficient systems and materials. This project participated in the ISGBC LEED for Homes program and has been certified at the Platinum level.

Westside Road Residence by, Dowling Studios, Photography by Matthew Millman,
via: MoCo Loco

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