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Villa F by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 21, 2014



Keeping in mind efficiency and sustainability, Villa F's ultra modern design wouldn't be out of place in a science fiction setting. A holiday retreat located on Greece's Rhodes Island, the main structure is made from plaster coated timber with sharp angles and vast open spaces that make the most of the spectacular views. A perfectly balanced example of interior and exterior living, the house is perched above the waterfront road that is bordered by a natural stone wall providing an element of privacy.  

Via Archisearch



Naturex Rugs by Artisan

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EME Catedral Hotel located in the spectacular area of Seville, Spain, features extensive use of custom Naturex rugs specified by designers Tarruella & Lopez Studio. The Manila Black style was used to decorate the rooms, forming a bold and contemporary flooring accent against which the rest of the interior is set. 

Naturex rugs come in an extensive range of colours and styles that can be customised to suit, and are now available exclusively through local flooring supplier Artisan



Tarnish Tableware Collection by Daniel Schofield

Ashley Ropati - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

British designer Daniel Schofield has designed an eclectic series of brass plates, small vases and containers, fittingly entitled the 'Tarnish' collection. Each piece within the collection is rendered half treated, with the untreated half of the brass object reacting to the natural oils that secrete from the user's skin, causing the pieces to tarnish and weather gradually over time. The pieces evoke a unique point of difference and a rare aesthetic naturally acquired by each given user. Schofield designed the products this way in the hopes that the user will establish an 'emotional attachment with the pieces, giving them a value beyond their functional significance'. 

Via Dezeen



Goccia by Gessi

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Conceived by Italian bathroom company Gessi as a collection of furnishing objects, Goccia's innovative design is inspired by the fluid and natural shapes of water. Goccia leaves all preconceived ideas behind, opening the way for a brilliant and unlimited bathroom layout. A complete concept look is available including showers, tapware, washbasins, baths, sanitaryware and accessories with finishes in chrome, brushed chrome, white and black. 

Gessi tapware is available locally from Plumbline. 


Wooden wave staircase by Arquitectura en Movimiento

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This wave-like walnut staircase was conceived out of the desire for a sculptural element in the space where a staircase was required. The instalment by Mexican design studio Arquitectura en Movimiento serves as the central feature of the Mumbai apartment. Situated in front of a double height window, the curved 'wooden waves' allow light to still permeate the residence while formed around a metal structure that is anchored to both walls and encloses the staircase on both sides. 

Via Dezeen.



Elka Bar Stool by Oscar Pipson

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, August 18, 2014


Conceived by local designer Oscar Pipson, the Elka bar stool draws inspiration from its animal namesake "focussing on the simplicity of structure and complexity of the curve". Made from European Beech and reinforced with stainless-steel pins, Elka uses CNC technology to create seamless joints that showcase the material's grain. 

Via Mocoloco



Design: The Week in Review 18/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014

A. The DNA bench by True Design [via Contemporist]

B. 19th Century Spanish Apartment Restored into Bright Modern Home [via TheCoolist]

C. The Science of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger [via FastCoDesign]

D. Bibo: Street Art Meets French Dining [via Trendland]

E. Breathtaking Aerial Landscapes of Iceland by Sarah Martinet [via ThisisColossal]

F. Residence Roy-Lawrence by Chevalier Morales Architects in Quebec [via DesignBoom]



Dice furniture by Torafu Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014


Japan based Torafu architects have designed a piece of furniture that can form three different functions. By rotating 'Dice'  it can form a child's desk, a adult's stool or a side shelf.

Via DailyTonic



Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Friday, August 15, 2014




The latest project out of Studio Arthur Casas is the three storey Casa Al. Located in the Brazilian hills near Rio de Janeiro, the elevated property affords breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. 

The first floor houses the entrance and social areas alongside the sleek infinity pool, whereas the ground floor is home to the guest accommodation  and service areas. The piece de resistance is the smaller timber clad volume that sits atop the first floor that forms the master suit and spa.

Studio AC have utilised materials that reflect the residence's surroundings such as quarry stone and cumaru wood.

Via DesignBoom.



Parasol Island Headquarters

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 14, 2014




German based production company Parasol Island's headquarters provide a fresh and zen-like modern office space with great lighting and furniture throughout. The crisp palette of the mint walls in combination with the tan wooden table tops and light white furniture create a refreshing workspace environment. With clever design details such as the angled placement of the desks and the studio-like principal workspace, this cool and cozy office creating a serene and creative atmosphere.  

Via Trendland