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Bum Bum by Eugeni Quitllet

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 27, 2014

A furniture collection designed for the God of the Sea, Neptune, and the mermaids that dance in time with the waves, Bum Bum for Vondom by Eugeni Quitllet was born from the principle of not designing objects, but rather musical instruments to be used for another purpose; just like how someone would hold a shell to their ear to hear the ocean. The tubular shapes of the seats allow for light and sound experimentation, enabling the creation of a new environment, as well as atmospheric space, wherever you go. 

Via Designboom.



B4RM4N Smart Shaker

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Behold a smart cocktail shaker and app combo that incorporates sensors to help you mix the perfect cocktail, every time. The system actually consists of two elements: an app that contains recipes and acts as a display to give you instructions; and the cocktail shaker itself, which is fitted not just with an LED array, a weight sensor to let you know when to stop pouring (or adding ice), and an accelerometer to guide you through the shaking process. Seeking funding via its Kickstarter campaign, giving you access to over 110 cocktails, this is every bartender’s worst nightmare. 



Well by Mejd Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inspired by traditional water wells, Slovakia based design studio Mejd - a partnership between Stefan Nosko and Katarina Balicova - have created Well – a contemporary lamp that uses a simple wooden handle mechanism to wind the 'rope' that alters the distance of the bulb’s depth inside the glass container, imitating the way a bucket sinks into a well’s water. When positioned low in the frosted area of the glass, the LED bulb's light appears dimmed, and when sitting high it shines brightly.




Grotto by PARTISANS

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When looking for design inspiration for this free standing sauna on Sans Souci Island, Ontario, Toronto-based design team PARTISANS looked to grottos - natural or artificial caves embedded deep behind the curvature of streams, and discovered by those who would take the time to explore. Perched on the edge of and overlooking Lake Huron, the exterior emits a solid, simple presence, while the interior is formed with specially selected cedar timber panels with parallel grains to create an illusion of it being carved. The Grotto uses two high performance ovens that ensure efficiency and control and vents and fans are in place to allow the building to breathe seasonally and prevent rot or mould in the structure.



New Age Thai Boxing Gym by Spray Architecture

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thai boxing gym with a stylish twist, designed by Spray Architecture, La belle equipe is located in an Art Nouveau building in Paris that's been classified as a historic monument. The sun-soaked ground floor houses the reception area while the basement gym, lit by the glass ceiling that's actually the glass floor of the boxing room above, houses two changing rooms and a space for group boxing and yoga classes. 

Via Design-Milk




RK Apartment in Paris by Nicolas Schuybroek

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 24, 2014

Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek has made a name for himself with his considered approach to understated luxury, perfectly demonstrated in the RK apartment. With a sharp vision of space and materials, Schuybroek manages to maintain a warm ambience throughout his projects. Using his signature monchromatic palette and raw materials, the Paris residence presents yet another example of Schuybroek's outstanding contemporary design. 

Via Yellowtrace



Mews house by Buster + Punch Design Lab

Anna Coe - Monday, November 24, 2014


Transforming what was once a rickety Edwardian Mews House in South West London into a desirable family home was an enormous undertaking by Buster + Punch Design Lab. Housed behind a discrete facade, the original interior structure was gutted, preserving all historical detailing but allowing for greater overall use of the somewhat limited spaces. The result is a double height basement level that houses the home's four bedrooms, giving way to a large lateral living area on the ground floor. 

A light filled eat-in kitchen is the entertainment hub of the home, from here smaller living spaces allow for separate relaxation or entertainment for the residents. Cool dark colours, a crittall glass wall, stone features and wooden floors present the perfect backdrop for accents of rich silks, calf leather, brass lighting and hardware. The outcome is a restful and comfortable home that exudes refined elegance. 

Buster + Punch is available locally from ECC.



Woolloomooloo Apartment by SJB

Anna Coe - Thursday, November 20, 2014


Playing upon the homeowner's artistic background and the lighting that filters from this Woolloomooloo apartment's harbourside location, SJB Design explored the use of subtle pastel hues, combined with solid lime washed timber floors and soft pistachio and grey tones. The result is a tranquil and calming environment that transitions seamlessly with the serene outlook. To create separation with the large expansive space, the designers implnated several raised zones to maximise vantage points and to allow light to access spaces that would typically be void of light. 

The homeowner's passion for the arts and their natural inclination to colour inspired the outcome of the whimsical and enchanting interior. Neutral finishes such as aged brass, natural timer and Atlantic stone set a serene backdrop for more experimental colours to be introduced through artworks, lighting fixtures and furniture. 

Pieces featured: Togo seat from Ligne Roset (available from Domo), MR Chair from Knoll (available from Bromhead Design) and Osso stools from Mattiazzi (available from ECC). 



Mirrored façade on roadside café by Bandesign

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, November 20, 2014



Japanese practise Bandesign has clad the facade of a roadside café in mirrored surfaces that reflect the building's residential environment. Located in the county's Gify prefecture, and positioned opposite a row of cherry trees in an area that is popular for viewing as much. The eye catching design features a tree positioned symmetrically at the heart of the plan with the internal dining areas organised around two openings that present external views out toward the street. 

Via Designboom



Lock Down Ready House by Philip Stejskal

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Australian studio Philip Stejskal Architecture has equipped a white timber extension to a 1890s duplex with shutters and sliding panels that camouflage with the walls when closed. Hatches in the cladding pivot open to ventilate and light the interior space. The shutters are made up of two layers – an external skin that blends with the cladding when closed, and a internal layer of plywood that tones with the timber-lined living space. The project won the Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture.

Via dezeen.