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Steelcase—The Way We Were

These advertising images for Steelcase Coordinated Office appeared in Fortune magazine in the 1960s.

The Steelcase Coordinated Office Approach, Advertising by Steelcase
via: Midcentury Modernist

Mondrian South Beach Hotel by Marcel Wanders

One of the main events at this year’s Art Basel Fair in Miami was the grand opening of the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. The hotel’s interior is designed by Marcel Wanders, and creates a sense of space with large supporting spindle-like columns and ornately patterned staircases. The intention was to give the new Mondrian’s interior a romantic, fairy tale feeling. Part of the interior design includes delft blue tiles with images depicting girls and sharks, chandelier showers and a small coach house entrance which features six large bell chandeliers. The hotel’s sunset lounge provides views over Miami’s downtown skyline while golden candelabras and onyx jewel-cut stools are combined with ottomans and antiques creating contrasting visual elements between the imagined and the forgotten.

Mondrian South Beach, by Marcel Wanders, for The Morgans Hotel Group

London’s Paramount Club by Tom Dixon

Paramount members bar and club, occupying the top three floors of Centre Point in London’s West End has officially opened its doors. The full members’ club, lounge, bar, restaurant and private-hire events space is located in Richard Seifert’s Centre Point, completed in 1966, affords Paramount unparalleled views of London, taking in the glistening towers and lights of The City and Canary Wharf in the East, the magnificent unwinding of the River Thames and Westminster in the South.

“We have approached it with two principles in mind, first, the view is Paramount…keeping the lighting levels low and moody. Then we wanted to create something that feels that it has always been part of the building without being nostalgic. A tough, self imposed brief, but luckily the cycle fashion is on our side with brutalism and the radical system architecture of the late sixties being re-assesed”. The club interior, designed by Design Research Studio with Tom Dixon as Creative Director features furniture alongside vintage pieces chosen by Tom and Pierre Condou that reflect the modernism of the building. An upgrade using CBD Glass Countertops is also being rumored for the club in the near future.

Paramount, London, UK, by Tom Dixon, at Design Research Studio

Georg Jensen Retail Stores by Mark Pinney Associates

London-based Mark Pinney Associates is completing several new stores around the world for the Danish jewellery and silverware company Georg Jensen, including this one at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen. The retail strategy is inspired by the company’s heritage. The new store concept is built around the concept of the ‘Danish Home’.

The challenge was to create a store interior that could accommodate the diverse range of Georg Jensen products within a single concept. The solution has been to create all the components of a home: kitchen, dining, living, study areas, and use these as an appropriate and natural setting for the Georg Jensen products.

The kitchen area is typically the focus of family life. The large bar counter forms the centrepiece of this area and and contains a customer service bar with the point of sale, prompting discussion and interaction between staff and customer over a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee. Stools at this counter allow customers to be served with refreshments while purchases are gift-wrapped.

In keeping with many Scandinavian homes, the predominant interior material is wood, both in the flooring and in the Larch wood slatted wall and ceiling panels. Unlike many homes however, where a predominantly pale pallet of colours is used, here more dramatic effect is created by using a darker pallet of greys which at the same time ensures that the silver and stainless steel products are seen at their best against the dark background. This pallet of greys is derived from the reflections present in the silverware pieces within the Georg Jensen collection.

The concept references elements of Danish architecture and design, particularly the work of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Vilhelm Wohlert and Poul Kjærholm. Materials used are wherever possible Danish in origin and include classic furniture pieces by Poul Kjærholm and Hans J Wegner.

Georg Jensen Retail Stores, Taiwan, New York & Copenhagen by, Mark Pinney Associates London, UK

Hotel Überfluss Bremen by Concrete

Concrete has taken the name Überfluss (which translates in to ‘abundance’) literally and made it one of the key elements in the design. Classic ornamented elements with a modern twist, either in shape, material or manufacturing process provide the way to express this wealth and luxury.

Design Hotel Überfluss, Bremen, Germany by Concrete

Travel: The Pure Design Hotel Frankfurt

Erected from a 19th century loft and completely renovated, The Pure expresses ease as well as clearness and transparency despite being situated right in the heart of Frankfurt. Described as a wonderful place to spoil the soul, the interiors are made of bright and clear material (white lacquer, Thassos Glass Stone, white leather and light grey floor), the hotel itself is no more than a background attraction in the guests’ eyes, while the happenings around will be focused. Furthermore, the atmosphere is adjusted to the course of the clients’ day: In the morning, pleasing light and smooth music welcome the guests in quietness as well as vitality – in the evening, The Pure turns into an oasis full of energy and underlined by visual orange effects.

The Pure Frankfurt, Germany

Harrison Street Residence by 1100 Architect

Functional sculpture built to a human scale, a landmark building in Tribeca originally built in 1919, has been transformed.

Harrison Street Residence, New York, NY, USA, by 1100 Architect

Financial Office Interior by 1100 Architect

A rare sight to see a well designed office for a financial services giant; we hope this Company (unnamed) survives in the present climate.

Financial Offices, New York, NY, USA, by 1100 Architect

East Side Penthouse by 1100 Architect

Built for an art collector, this penthouse is more gallery than apartment but somehow it works.

East Side Penthouse, New York, NY, USA, by 1100 Architect

Maxalto Makes a Cameo in Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

In its silver screen debut, Maxalto furnishings take center stage in several scenes in the new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.
Highlights of the featured furniture include the Talamo bed from the AC collection and the Max writing desk from the Simplice collection, in addition to a selection of night tables, armchairs and dressers.

Maxalto Collection, Spotted in New Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

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