design folio

The Springs Health Complex by Design, Bitches

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Springs in LA is an adult's playground, where terms like "enzymatic power" and "yoga DJ" get thrown around. 

Opening its doors in mid-October as a natural health super center—almost 14,000 square feet of yoga studio, juice bar, raw vegan restaurant, holistic healing clinic, and supply shop, the interiors were designed by architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of the sassily named firm Design, Bitches, who transformed a standard-issue 1980s cinder block warehouse into this colorful urban oasis. 

Via Remodelista.

Dime Cabinet by Splinter Works

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With curved, segmented panels of wood veneer, the Dime cabinet references the look of a spinning coin. The panels fan out to close the cabinet, leaving the sleek American walnut veneer on the outside. On the inside, the sycamore veneer creating a contrast to the darker walnut. Designed by British furniture visionary Splinter Works, the domed, wall-mounted cabinet opens up to reveal a bar with spaces to hold bottles of alcoholic beverages, as well as shelves to hold barware. 

Companion by Phillip Grass

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The recently-founded Danish design brand, Phillip Grass has launched its debut design. Aptly named Companion, the quirky alien-esque designs offer an extra seat, a small table, or a funny piece of art.

Kawaguchi Sugamo Shinkin Bank Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 15, 2014
The Kawaguchi Sugamo Shinkin is the fourth of the Japanese bank's branches to be completed by Japan-based French designer Emmanuelle Moreaux. Located on the corner of a busy intersection the bank's colourful and interesting composition demands attention through the use of 24 hues and cubes that protrude from the building's façade in four varying depths. The design also incorporates plant life through a combination of seasonal flowers, olive and Fraxinus Griffithii trees planted in twelve of the cubes.

Via Curbed.

Quetsch and Tube By Michael Schoner

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 15, 2014

 Amsterdam based Architect Michael Schoner's tool of choice at the recent Depot Basel 3 day workshop, 'Das Wilde Denken', was the heatgun, with which he created Quetsch and Tube - a series of vases and carafes made from PVC pipes that have been squeezed together under heat to form a container sealed off with eypoxy resin. 

Via Trendland.

Helsinki Interior by Joanna Laajisto

Anna Coe - Monday, December 15, 2014

Architect and interior design Joanna Laajisto's latest project, a Helsinki interior, utilises clean lines and a moody, natural colour palette. Laajisto's aesthetic is "attention to detail that seems effortless", and this residence is a testament to this mantra. Dark wood panels and flooring is used throughout, and contrast beautifully with the ivory Flexform Groundpiece sofa in the living area(available from Studio Italia). 

Via Trendland

Pipo Chair for Piegatto

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 15, 2014

Using two sheets of plywood, each Pipo Chair is composed of 29 main curved sections that are cut into two or three pieces overlapped - making it a very efficient use of material, something the creators placed emphasis on for this design. The fluid design of the Pipo chair is typical of Guatemala based Piegatto's contemporary furniture, art and architecture. The gaps between the wood in the structure of the chair's arms lets light pass through, creating a sense of movement and interest.

Via Contemporist.

5MM Tapware by Ocostudio and ing.Castagnoli for Teemme

Anna Coe - Friday, December 12, 2014

Measuring a slick 5mm in height, this new tapware collectino by Ocostudio and ing.Castagnoli for Treemme is the ultimate in minimalist bathroomware. The 5mm thickness is constant across all parts, as is the outflow of water from its spount.

Design Miami 2014 Lounge by Olson Kundig Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Employed to construct this year's Design Miami collector's lounge, Seattle studio Olson Kundig Architects used stacks of timber beams from the forests of their home state as a juxtaposition amongst the host city's tropical setting. Stacking the 30 metre-long lengths to form a space for a bar where the event's VIP visitors would sit and meet over glasses of Champagne, the space uses methods whereby, hundreds of years ago, the wood was stacked several stories high in the construction of buildings and shelters.

Via Dezeen.

Groenlandia Gallery in Sao Paulo by Triptyque

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014

With an objective to make the building's heavy materials, such as concrete and marble, to appear light and almost transparent in their context, Brazilian studio Triptyque's conceived this design for the Groenlandia gallery. Located in an upmarket neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, the building's scheme is organised around a concrete deck which hovers at a height of nine metres with the material-focussed structure featuring fully retractable glazing on the ground floor, a contemplation pool set within the concrete flooring, and individual apertures in the walls.  

Via Designboom.