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Son La Restaurant by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 24, 2014




Named after the same region in Northern Vietnam, the Son La restaurant in the first hospitality development in the relatively untouched province. As the first facility of a new and nearby hotel complex, the difficulty of getting materials to the site via the precarious cliff roads meant that Vo Trong Nghia Architects opted for local bamboo and stoneworks as the principal materials. Maximising the use of local resources, the open air dining hall lends itself well to both the tropical monsoon season and high humidity in the wet season. 

Via Archdaily.



In-Quarto table by Pawel Grobelny

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 24, 2014

Embracing the ability to adapt, Polish creative Pawel Grobelny has developed the in-quatro table. Unveiled at the Biennale Interieur 2014, the interchangable table has been designed with three different platforms including a natural American walnut and two different types of marble. With an honest aesthetic based on a seamless tube of white aluminum and the removable tabletop, one is able to swap the accented surface in a simple and fast way according to the mood or atmosphere. 

Via Designboom.



Wirra Willa Pavilion by Matthew Woodward Architecture

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 20, 2014

Situated within the rolling hills of Somersby in New South Wales, about an hour's drive north of Sydney, this bijou structure is an exclusive private spa and guest house, linked to a larger residence on the same grounds. Designed by Sydney-based practice Matthew Woodward Architecture, the Wirra Willa Pavilion is a small but perfectly formed domestic retreat. 

Part of an 80-acre property, the low glass and metal pavilion is situated remotely within the estate, its location adding to the sense of calm and wellness intended by its use. The pavilion's simple floorplan comprises a bedroom on one end and main lounge and spa area on the other, divided by services and a wet room. The fully transparent spa section weightlessly cantilevers over the adjacent natural spring-fed dam. 

Via Wallpaper. 

Photography by Murray Fredericks.



Grand Tour Apartment by UdA Architects

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
UdA Architetti have completed their latest project - a refurbished 200 square metre apartment in the old part of Bari, Italy, titled 'Grand Tour'. In their signature style, the Turin-based practice has injected this home with a sense of playful whimsy and loads of personality, while maintaining a certain level of restraint and sophistication. Colours, patterns, crochet, knitting and lace references are held together by clean volumes, monolithic shapes and sharp detailing, blending seamlessly together into a cohesive and unique interior. Specific pieces featured include the Container dining table by Moooi available locally from ECC, Candy sofa by Arflex available locally from Studio ItaliaRug by Nanimarquina available locally from UFL Group, and bathroomware by Agape available locally from Matisse. 



Hut on One Corner by Atelier 8000

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 13, 2014

Appearing to have fallen from the sky, the Hut on One Corner was designed as a concept lodge as part of an international competition to conceive a residence located in the high Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.With an objective of providing a sustainable dwelling for high terrain adventures all seasons of the year, the novel construction also aims to perform autonomously in terms of energy usage.

The cube, rotated onto one of its corners, produces a visual lightness such as that of a boulder resting among the landscape while the interior prompts a feeling of disorientation from within. The structure's crisp edges and high peak relate to the mountainous surrounding.

Via Designboom.  



Loena Lantern by Ontwerpduo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 13, 2014

These suspended lamps by Ontwerpduo come with cream-coloured FSC paper shades that are screen-printed with a geometric pattern using specially designed ink that charges itself during the day, and from the light of the lamp itself. The resulting afterglow lingers for up to eight hours once all other light outlets have been switched off. 

Via Mocoloco.



Isono and Vasco eateries by Joyce Wang

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, October 09, 2014


Located in Hong Kong's ever expanding creative hub PMQ, Isono and Vasco eateries designed by Joyce Wang offer a unique culinary and design experience. Isono Eatery lets you dine in an open-plan industrial inspired landscape, whilst enjoying authentic, affordable Mediterranean-inspired dishes prepared by Michelin-star chef Paolo Casagrande. Timber walls are combined with rustic tables in a mix of both vintage and new furniture, championing craftsmanship and modern design. Located upstairs, Vasco has a more formal outlook with its marble surfaces and art deco contours. 

Via Trendland. 



Eco Ranch by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, October 09, 2014


Surrounded by the verdant countryside of California's Chileno Valley, this eco-friendly ranch reflects a commitment to sustainability while drawing on the natural serenity of the site. Designed to accommodate a healthy, happy and conscious family life, the residence boasts several energy-saving features including passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation. The most laudable trait being the home's seamless blending of both modern and rural elements. Several of Patricia Urquiola's designs have been used for the interior, including the Tufty Too sofa setting by B&B Italia and the Vieques bath by Agape. 

B&B Italia and Agape are both available locally from Matisse. 

Via Freshome



Portable cardboard desk by Refold

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Local startup Refold have miraculously conceived a 100% recyclable fold up desk made entirely out of cardboard. Weighing in at a mere 6.5 kilograms, the collapsible office folds up in a straight-forward manner to a self-contained carry case for maximum portability and easy storage. 

Having already been awarded various prizes for its design, the fastidiously engineered desk is able to withstand the weight of an unsupported person with the free standing work space aiming to help facilitate the modern workflow by allowing for flexibility and collaboration. 

To find out more about the Kickstarter, click here



Absolut Elyx Martini Trolley by Sarah K

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The aesthetic of the Elyx Martini Trolley is clean, simple and bespoke, with emphasis on integrity, honesty of materials and function. The design takes an interpretation of the avante garde 1920s and fuses it with an early industrial functionality that pays homage to iconic brands like Olivetti. The Carrara Marble Surface is treated as a landscape whose function is finely tailored to the making of the perfect Elyx Martini. 

Via Yellowtrace.