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New Henge Showroom in Milan

Franky March - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Henge has opened the doors to their new, beautiful Milan showroom in Via della Spiga, the space being a representation of the discreet allure that the brand is known for. The showroom holds a significant selection of furniture, presenting meaningful design stories to architects and interior designers to inspire their projects.

Henge is available locally at David Shaw.

Iridescence Oil Collection by Tom Dixon

Deborah Raj - Monday, January 25, 2016

Drawing inspiration from spots of petrol on puddles, giant soap bubbles at children's parties or peacock feathers, when it comes to interior accents, iridescence has been in the background if not overlooked altogether for over a century. Thankfully, much to our delight, Tom Dixon has reimagined the finish of choice for the lustre ceramics and the exotic glass of the Belle Époque, successfully taking it from the early 1900s into the present day, culminating in an exotic surface fit for the modern world. From candles to wax and oil diffusers, we're mesmerised by the dark vessels crafted from black glass boasting oily iridescent hammered outcomes. Tom Dixon is available locally via Simon James Concept Store

Michael Bay's LA Residence by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, January 22, 2016

Miami architect Chad Oppenheim first came up with the concept for what would eventually be director Michael Bay's Los Angeles home after an unrealised proposal he had for a group of Caribbean villas. This explains the resort feel that permeates throughout the 30,000 square foot, three story dwelling that is comprised of the sculptural massing of rectilinear forms and astonishing cantilevers. The project was completed by L.A. firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios and boasts a state-of-the-art home theatre and a massive window wall in the lower lounge that opens by way of an elaborate counterweight system. 

Furniture includes Arne Jacobsen lounge chair (available locally from Cult), Giorgetti sofa (available locally from ECC), B&B Italia beds (available locally from Matisse), white Flexform sofa (available locally from Studio Italia) and kitchen appliances by Boffi and Wolf

Via Architectural Digest

Jaime Hayon Passepartout Lamp Collection

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Just as the name implies, the "Passpartout" collection's objective is to act like a frame that enhances what they are illuminating. The lamps come in three different finishes (satin polished brass, polished aluminium or matte white) and each has its own unique form. They can be placed on either wall or ceiling and arranged together in compositions if desired. The built-in LED technology ensures energy saving and high quality light emission dispersed uniformly throughout the space. 

Via Designboom

Portuguese Concrete House by Studio Carvalho Araújo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Looking at this concrete residence by Portuguese studio Carvalho Araujo, the pièce de résistance is inarguably its rooftop pool which spans the length of the structure and offers expansive views over the nearby Serra d'Arga mountains.  The compact property occupies the footprint of a former ruin on the edge of Viana do Castelo, a coastal village in northern Portugal. The aesthetic of the home is inspired by the domestic water tanks used to supply local houses and is inconspicuous set amidst the rugged landscape. 

Via Dezeen.

Catalano Bench by Lluis Clotet and Oscar Tusquets Blanca

Franky March - Monday, January 18, 2016


With 2014 marking its 40th anniversary, the Catalano Bench was designed by Lluis Clotet and Oscar Tusquets Blanca in 1974, as a more ergonomic version of a bench Antoni Gaudi designed for Park Güell. In celebration, the designers recreated a limited modernised and more comfortable edition, by adding black rope to the pink and mint coloured benches. 

Via Design Milk

Ramp House by Studio MK27

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 14, 2016

The aptly named Ramp House bears all of the trademarks of Marcio Kogan's studio. The living room, invariably the focus of the Brazilian architect's attention, is an elongated right-angled volume sheathed in raw concrete that opens into a sheltered 4m-wide verandah that, in turn, leads into a minimalist landscape. 'The inspiration for this house,' says Renata Furlanetto of Studio MK27, 'was the client's art collection and a ramp. The house was built around them.' Its reification as a solid, three-dimensional house in a quiet leafy São Paulo neighbourhood is gratifyingly breathtaking. 

Via Wallpaper. 

Traveller by GamFratesi for Porro

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 'Traveller' is an elegant daybed by Copenhagen based studio Gamfratesi for Porro. Both comfortable and proportional, the piece is distincly recognisable by its black-metal trestle structure. Back rests are made of leather, available in natrual aged or dark brown, and are visually softened by two upholstered cushions that cover the horizontal length. Porro is available locally from Studio Italia

Via Designboom

Caruso Music Cabinet by Paolo Cappello Design for Miniforms

Franky March - Monday, January 11, 2016

A trumpet shaped speaker that also acts as a cabinet, this unusual hybrid concept's created by Paolo Cappello Design for Italian company Miniforms. Outfitted with a Bluetooth, high-definition speaker, this retro yet modern design piece is 39 inches wide, and comes in a range of inspiring hues suitable for many interior situations. 

Via Design Milk

Charcoal Creative Studio Marble Globes

Franky March - Friday, January 08, 2016

These marble globes by New York based Charcoal Creative Studio carry the underlying intention to encourage using sustainable materials in every corner of the 'globe'. Crafted from a earth-friendly marble base, each globe has 5 components that can be mixed and matched for different everyday uses and purposes. 

Via Contemporist