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The Booleanos Cabinet by Joel Escalona for Roche Bobois

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Latin American designer Joel Escalona, in partnership with French furniture creators Roche Bobois, has designed 'Booleanos', a cabinet that will be part of Roche Bobois' new limited edition collection where each piece of furniture will be limited to 500 replicas, each signed by the designer. Offset angles, interacting shapes and colour gradation across the different facades adds to the intrigue of the 150cm tall sideboard which comprises one drawer and three cupboards. 

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Bioplastic chair by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Alki

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 22, 2015

In answer to the dilemma of using a plastic pullutant, an in depth investigative research project helmed by contemporary French furniture company Alki has resulted in the conception of an alternative material, bioplastic, used in the design of Jean Louis Iratzoki's Kuskoabi chair. The material is made entirely of plant-based renewable resources such as beet, corn starch and sugarcane, and is therefore biodegradable. The chair itself exhibits a semi-concave shell with the unique surface language of the furniture cut out in such a way as to optimize back and arm support. The considered design is delicately placed on a solid wood trestle with an upholstered version also available. 

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H Arquitectes Spanish Courtyard Home

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

H Arquitectes (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó) have created a red brick wall home between two existing Spanish homes with crumbling facades on a street in Catalonia, just outside of Barcelona. The 6.5 metre wide home comprises two courtyards covered by retractable glass and metal roofs capturing heat in the winter and providing shade in summer, and a central garden. The architects have incorporated the reasonably well preserved original stone facade to create a pedestrian entrance and offer heritage value. The kitchen and bedrooms comprise the first building, while across from the central garden a further two-storey building houses a large living and dining are for entertainment. The architects have managed to create ambiguity about what is an interior or exterior space through the sequence of spaces. 

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Pelican Wall Shelf

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Inspired by a flock of pelicans flying over the ocean, Daniel Garcia and Maria J. Vargas designed a wall shelf and handmade organiser for the wall that holds your stuff within the wood structure above and two hidden hooks below.

Celato drawers by De Castelli

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Named after its element of concealment, De Castelli's latest storage conceptions are perfect for achieving down-played luxury. The drawer design features various finishes of maistral copper, acid-etched iron and acid-etched brass providing several options depending on whichever best suits your decor. 

De Castelli is available locally from David Shaw.

Self-Heating Helios Love Chair by Galanter and Jones

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The first and only of its kind, handmade in California by Galanter and Jones, when the temperature starts to drop, simple turn the chair on and the 1″ cast stone surface will warm you up. 

Inside the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conceived by none other than legendary Austrian architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa is no less a luxury spa hotel than it is a mammoth work of art. Located in the heart of Austria's thermal region, the hotel boasts colourful patchwork facades and verdant, grass-covered roofs - needless to say, there's not a single straight line in sight. Arranged like a city with various districts, the diverse range of accommodation offers a plethora of swimming bathing and restaurant areas that branch out into the open landscape. 

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The Cake Restaurant, Ukraine by 2b Group

Deborah Raj - Monday, January 19, 2015

The diverse interior by 2b Group features geometric tiles, all 10,000 of them, handcrafted and organised into a random, puzzle-like pattern on the floor. And with the help of modern furnishings, like the seating and the giant pink balloon dog in the center, the space poses a fairly neutral modern backdrop to the colorful swag and delectable treats.

Shell Bathtub by Nina Mair

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, January 16, 2015

Picking up the revered 2015 Interior Innovation Award, Nina Mair's solid wood Shell Bathtub is made of genuine, hand polished and oiled walnut. The delicate design concept, carved from a solid block of aromatic walnut using a precision CNC milling machine, pushes the boundaries of what's possible with the resulting tub appearing surprisingly delicate.

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Prince Philip Residence by Thellend Fortin Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Montreal based firm Thellen Fortin Architects recently designed Prince Philip Residence by expanding the existing 1960s built residence to include additional living spaces which were added laterally to and in line with the contours of the existing structure. This concept allows views of the pool and outdoor entertaining area from the majority of the house. The interior comprises open living spaces fluidly connected where the use of light hued furniture and plenty of natural light maximises the open and spacious layout. 

The BCN bar stools by Kristalia are available locally from Matisse.
The About A Chair dining chairs by Hay are available locally from Cult.

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