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Design: The Week In Review 1/09/14

Anna Coe - Monday, September 01, 2014

A. Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro Interweave Lego and Ikea furniture [via DesignBoom]

B. New Zealand's Waiatarua House by Hamish Monk Architecture is a Retiree's Heaven [via TheCoolist]

C. A Design Lover's Guide to the Modern Jaipur [via Tmagazine]

D. Randy Slavin paints with light to create Cobra Starship's Never Been In Love music video [via Dezeen]

E. New cut paper sculptures and illustrations by Elsa Mora [via Colossal]

F. Shape up lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee [via Mocoloco]

Via Fondazza vases by Paolo Dell'Elce for Skultuna

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 01, 2014

Basing her designs on the vessels featured in the paintings of a 20th century Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, Paolo Dell'Elce created these mirror-polished, spun brass vases for Swedish metalware company Skultuna. The name of the collection, Via Fondazza, is the street in Bologna where the artist once lived and worked. Morandi was known to undertake detailed research into the shapes and proportions he used in his oeuvres that still provide great inspiration for industrial designers today. 

Via Dezeen.

Afteroom's furniture and home accessories for Menu

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 01, 2014

Stockholm based design agency Afteroom has conceived a bar stool, lounge chair and coat hook for Danish brand Menu's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. The barstool is an adaptation of the agency's Afteroom chair featuring an extension of the original version's distinctive three-leg design with a steel arm that curves around to form a continuous backrest. The modernist pieces are Bauhaus-inspired to include a lounge chair with curved steel armrest and a coat hanger which is formed using an intersection of powder-coated aluminium bars with dot-shaped hooks at each end. 

Menu is available from Simon James Concept store. 

Via Dezeen.

Giraffe house by Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie

Anna Coe - Friday, August 29, 2014

With the height of its inhabitants of paramount consideration, the Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo, designed as a collaboration between local architecture practices Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie, was created to comfortably accommodate in harmony, both the long necked animals and their human keepers. Playing with the verticality of the space, the roofline varies from three to ten metres in height. The angular animal house presents functionality and operational overlap, where two internal dens allow for the easy interaction between the giraffes and their caregivers. Inside a mezzanine overlooks both sides of the interior while clerestory windows allow natural light into the space. 

Photography by Mark Smith and Jonny Davis

Cuttings Crystal by Martino Gamper

Anna Coe - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Designer Martino Gamper has presented a collection of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal glassware for new Irish crystal maker J.Hill. To achieve the designs across the pieces, Gamper worked directly with the crystal, removing layers to create three different designs. 

"This series features strong, intuitive marks confidently hewn out of the surface of lead crystal. The process of making cuts in thsi instance is less about applied decoration and closer to sculpture, hence the series name." notes J.Hill's Standard. 

Via MocoLoco

Energy Efficient Dome Homes by Solaleya Designs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Embracing the concept of a bio-dome residence, Miami-based Solaleya Designs have set out to create these spherical homes made entirely of natural and recycled materials such as repurposed steel, certified wood and compressed straw, employing the use of solar power for a minimal environmental footprint. The Domespace model sits on a rotating base in order to customise the amount of sunlight exposure in any one part of the house while the various designs shed light on a renewed appreciation for these eco-friendly homes.  

Via HiConsumption.

L'Espoir Blanc Patisserie by Yuko Nagayama

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Located in Okamoto, Japan, L'Espoir Blanc is a patisserie and cafe designed by Tokyo-based Yuko Nagayama. The building was conceived to look like two separate structures with a small courtyard that snugly encompasses the tree within. A solid Western wall protects the interior from strong sunlight while the Northern and Southern facades allow natural light to flood in via their almost entirely glass facades. 

Via Dezeen.

Trocadero Apartment by Francois Champsaur

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Parisian apartment renovation is yet another exquisite project by French designer Francois Champsaur. The residents' family have owned the apartment for several generations, and the brief from the current residents was to give it a complete overhaul and make it "unrecognisable". The result is a truly spectacular layout - slim corridors and pokey areas have been removed to make way for large spaces with lots of natural light. 

Curved wooden dividers cleverly separate areas without closing them in, while also adding a sculptural aesthetic to several rooms, in particular the living area where Charlotte Perriand's lounge, and Cassina Tre Pezzi armchairs (both available herefollow this up seamlessly. 

The new dining area features banquette seating - designed by Champsaur himself (and similar to those he installed in the new Hotel Vernet) that adds pop of green amongst the black Diana dining chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Classicon (available locally from Matisse). 

Via TheCoolHunter

Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Artist Olafur Eliasson has laid out a large scale riverbed through the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Aptly tited, Riverbed, the installation is part of Eliasson's solo show and is the largest of the three works on display. The site-specific work weaves through the south wing of the gallery, with rocks of varying sizes covering the entire floor, forming an undulating rock terrain. The artwork encourages the viewer to think about the gallery visit as an aesthetic experience, rather than just a brief moment between the visitor and the artworks. 

Via DesignBoom

Chassis Mirrors by MaDe for Reflect+ by Deknudt

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Belgian design studio MaDe have taken the traditional mirror and added volume to create three dimensional versions. "The volume is defined by a thin metal framework. In that way the Chassis claims a more important space in its environment compared to a regular mirror" notes MaDe.

Behind the mirror - in all variations - sits an oak shelf for personal objects. 

Via DailyTonic.