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Apartment 50 Installation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

It all started early this year when Jasper Morrison introduced us to the owners of one of the apartments in the housing block unit of the Marseille-based Radiant City by Le Corbusier. The Apartment 50 is not a museum; it is a lived-in space that we remodelled – just for the time of the summer season. We decided to feature a selection of objects from our collection of designs which seemed to rightly fit in this apartment and match the way the owners are living in it. As an echo to Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé’s original furniture of the space, it seemed natural to us to articulate the remodelling around the SteelWood collection, Magis – including a table, some chairs and a shelving system. Additionally, while remembering that Le Corbusier had a special interest in tapestries, we felt comfortable with the idea of installing a group of Clouds, Kvadrat up on the wall. Finally, a Zip carpet, Vitra and two of our latest lighting designs, including Lampalumina, Bitossi and LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini, complete this ephemeral remodelling project.

Apartment 50 Installation, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Cité Radieuse Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier, Marseille, France, Apartment 50

Quant 1 by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Despite its compact layout and clearly defined living zones, the model apartment appears extremely spacious, an effect that was achieved through a strong emphasis on transparency and openness in the design of the individual elements. A glamorous, curved staircase forms the central core of the apartment and opens up the two floors to create an open airspace, around which all the other rooms are grouped. Stepping onto the staircase thus becomes the ideal way of experiencing the apartment in its entirety.

Quant 1, Stuttgart, Germany, by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Rushcutters Bay Apartment by Chenchow Little

Rushcutters Bay Apartment, Australia, by Chenchow Little

The Met Hotel by Zege Architects

Zege Architects has designed a new exclusive hotel in Thessaloniki for Chandris Hotels & Resorts. The Met Hotel includes a spa, VIP lounge, conference rooms, gourmet restaurants and atmospheric bars. The design hotel also displays works and installations of their own collection, featuring artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer and Jannis Varelas.

The Met Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece, by Zege Architects, Restaurant Chan, designed by Andy Martin, Photography by Vangelis Paterakis
via: Yatzer

Ancum & Kloet Residence by UNStudio

Enthusiastic collectors, Rob Ancum and Walther Kloet have restored a neglected house in Amsterdam to display their 20th century art, photography and furniture. During a visit, the architect Sjoerd Soeters remarked, “you have built your own small MoMA“.

Rob Ancum & Walther Kloet Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Designer, for UNStudio, Photography by Alexander van Berge

Circus Restaurant by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio

Circus is a restaurant that is also a venue for cabaret style acts, where the staff become the performers with the diners. The main dining table brings theatrical presence to the restaurant, as it doubles as a stage, with stairs at either end. The building once housed the animals which performed at the Royal Opera House.

Circus, London, by Tom Dixon, Design Research Studio

Sailing Yacht by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Most Yacht interiors steer toward the traditional; Claesson Koivisto Rune have designed a sleek modern space with a high water mark.

Sailing Yacht, by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Miami Residence by Nacho Polo

Miami designer Nacho Polo has completed an interior in white, with a mix of both 20th century design classics and recent furniture by Maarten Baas, Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders.

Miami Residence, by Nacho Polo, Photography by Andrea Savini

Pipe House by Butenko Vasiliy and Sergey Mahno

The Pipe House is a weekend get-away retreat by Butenko Vasiliy and Sergey Mahno located along the Black sea, just at the edge of the Crimean Mountains of the Ukraine. Planned as an oasis for rest and relaxation, the house has been divided into zones by opaque and translucent screens, allowing the user flexibility in shading the sun, creating privacy, and blocking off areas when entertaining guests

Pipe House, Crimea, Ukraine, by Butenko Vasiliy and Sergey Mahno
via: Yatzer

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