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Flora collection by Marcin Rusak

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Saturday, December 26, 2015

London designer has created a colelction of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, the cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside. The resulting range includes a lamp, a screen and a table - all embedded with flowers sourced from local markets and stalls. 

Via Dezeen



Arizona Desert House by Chen + Suchart

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

In the desert landscape of Scottsdale Arizona, local architecture firm Chen + Suchart Studio have completed this 3,000 square foot residence. The house is conceived as three separate volumes whose relationship to one another dictates the use and form of the structure by providing a very private ground level while still allowing enough transparency to enjoy the views of the McDowell mountains. 

Sliding glass walls connect the interior and exterior transforming the use and feel of the spaces on the ground level. Above, the master suite and office look down onto the yard through a wrap around balcony that creates a deep eave to control the intense direct sunlight. The three structures that make up the residence work in conjunction to represent the site to its fullest. 



GamFratesi for Gebruder Thonet

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 21, 2015


Danish design duo GamFratesi have incorporated patterned cane panels into a collection of steam-bent wood furniture for Gebrüder Thonet. Unveiled this year at the 2015 Milan fair, the range is composed of a two-seater sofa, armchair, office chair, desk and a pair of high and low-backed dining chairs. 

Via Dezeen



Unfinished Concrete House by Luciano Kruk

Franky March - Monday, December 21, 2015

Overlooking a golf course just north of the coastal town of Pinamar, Buenos Aires, this raw concrete structure on the dunes is a site to behold. Designed by architect Luciano Kruk, the structure is made of three stacked forms, some of which the aspects are half buried. The home exudes an ultra minimal and modern aesthetic, with an interior flaunting a neutral colour palette to not distract from the phenomenal views.

Via Contemporist 



MAH Residence by Mim Design

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mim Design have completed the interior of the MAH residence, a newly built home located in Brighton, Australia. Creating intimate and warm spaces within a large footprint with expansive glazing was the challenge faced by the Melbourne practice. The newly built family home is spread over two stories and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder room, rumpus, study open-plan kitchen and living, separate lounge, cellar and gym with much of the furniture specified through Cult

Via Contemporist. 



Sun Path House by Studio Christian Wassmann

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Studio Christian Wassmann has completed a sculptural three-storey residential extension in Miami Beach. The project establishes a clear dialogue with the site's original 1930s bungalow by way of an open space between the original structure and the new addition. As its name suggests, the "sun path house" uses the sun to foster the vitality and health of its inhabitants with an outwardly spiraling wall that is simultaneously structural, functional and sculptural. 

Via Designboom



Louis Vuitton at Miami Basel 2015

Anna Coe - Monday, December 14, 2015

As part of the Art Basel Miami festival, Louis Vuitton are exhibiting a new addition to their famed Objets Nomades collection - a series of furniture pieces that reference the brand's association with luxury travel. This year, they enlisted famed industry stalwart, Marcel Wanders to join the line up of already impressive designers - including the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Raw Edges, Campana Brothers and Atelier Oi. 

Wanders' 'The Lounge Chair' is described as an "unfolding and portable oasis for relaxation", consisting of three separate modules that attach to each other in various ways, allowing for numerous seating solutions including a chaise lounge, pouffe or armchair. It is available in two colours (the classic Louis Vuitton brown and a turquiose) and both are on display in the Miami Design District store up until February 10th 2016. 



Giorgio Morandi inspired MRND Lamps for Seletti

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, December 11, 2015

As a tribute to master still life painter Giorgio Morandi, Elena Salmistraro has designed a trio of lamps for Seletti that are a modern reinterpretation of what he focussed on most in his work - bottles in still life. Morandi had a way of capturing the bottles with a soft light and subtle colours giving them almost a magical appearance. Salmistraro brings them back to three dimensions by "pulling the bottles out of the canvas and turning them into the MRND lamps. 

Via Design Milk



Sydney Heritage home renovation

Anna Coe - Friday, December 11, 2015

This heritage home in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse has undergone an incredible transformation at the hands of Brian Hess (of firm Hess Hoen). The original features have been retained yet enhanced with the addition of striking black-framed glass doors and modern materials alongside a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture. 

Highlights include Baxter's Chestermoon sofa in the lounge and Summer chairs (both available from Cavit), a Lindsay Adelman chandelier above the dining table, B&B Italia's JJ armchair (available from Matisse) and Agape's Vieques bath used as an outdoor tub (also available from Matisse).

Via Vogue Living



Leuven Apartment by i.s.m.architecten

Franky March - Thursday, December 10, 2015

Belgium architecture practice i.s.m.architecten recently reinvigorated this minimal apartment in Leuven. The design focus was to adapt the space for its new solo owner, using a series of transparent partitions which results in a feeling of openness while also providing privacy when guests stay over.

 Via Yellowtrace