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Brick Malva House by Bloco Arquitetos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 29, 2014



Maximising its modest site, the Brick Malva house by Brazilian firm Malva Arquitetos is formed around a central courtyard and patio that smoothly integrates the interior and exterior living spaces. The objective of the single story residence was to avoid a monolithic appearance, a feat achieved by reinforcing the characteristics of each of the structure's materials. The resulting various patterns of brick cladding ensure illumination and ventilation throughout the home.

Via Designboom.



Bombay Sapphire distillery by Thomas Heatherwick

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, September 26, 2014


British designer Thomas Heatherwick has completed a new gin distillery for renowned Bombay Sapphire in Hampshire, England. The complex includes two sculptural glasshouses that are cleverly heated using warm air generated during the distillation process. One greenhouse is dedicated to growing tropical plants while the other is reserved for Mediterranean species used in creating the widely used gin. 

Via Dezeen



Bolle Lamp by Giopato & Coombes

Anna Coe - Friday, September 26, 2014


During London Design Festival Giopato & Coombes presented their newest design: Bolle, a hand blown glass pendant lamp.

Inspiration for the lamp came when the pair were confronted with hundreds of soap bubbles - they wanted to immortalise the moment. The light itself is suspended within the glass - and is refracted through the other adjoining bubbles. 

Bolle is available in two sizes, with either four or six spheres, which in turn can be connected to each other allowing for a number of different combinations. 

Via Contemporist.



Integrated Refrigeration by Sub-Zero

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SubZero has debuted more new products than ever before with performance enhancements to the integrated refrigeration range that incorporate Sub-Zero's most advanced freshness features. Integrated refrigeration is now available in four functional widths - 457mm, 610mm, 762mm and 914mm - along with two refrigeration drawer sizes, allowing for a seemingly limitless combination of fridge, freezer and wine preservation design options. 

Sub-Zero technology is the most advanced in the domestic industry, addressing all three pillars of food preservation: precise temperature control, proper humidity for each type of food, and air cleansed of mould, bacteria and ethylene gas. 

Sub-Zero is available locally through Eurotech Design



FILO Tiles by Mendini for Ceramiche Refin

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 24, 2014







Renowned for their production of quality Italian tiles, Ceramiche Refin's commitment to aesthetic and technological innovation has seen the luxury tile manufacturers collaborate with the Mendini Brothers for their latest project. 

The FILO collection consists of four motifs that are an interpretation of a traditional orthogonal grid, distorted and resized to create what is almost a three dimensional optical illusion. The tiles' thin rigid lines weave and cross over one another to form a matrix with the resulting effect that is both geometric and abstract. 

The patterns come in four different colours and can be mixed to create an expanse of fast-paced floor decorations. 

Via Designboom.



Vincent Dubourg: Dans L'Atelier

Anna Coe - Tuesday, September 23, 2014



Artist Vincent Dubourg is currently presenting a solo show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris - he takes traditional domestic items including chairs, consoles and wardrobes and transforms them into art pieces constructed from metal and wood. Trained in both metal working and with a passion for cabinet making, Dubourg creates a seamless merging of the two mediums. 

Via DesignBoom



Drums by AMMA studio

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 22, 2014


New US firm AMMA Studio, launched a few months ago by Samuel Amoia and Fernando Mastrangelo, combine unusual materials like rock salt, sand, coffee, silica and pink Himalayan salt with traditional materials such as cement and plaster to striking effect. These pieces titled 'Drums', serve as a stool or table and are part of the Ventura London exhibition, showing as part of London Design Festival 2014. Via Wallpaper.  



Photographs of Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014



Inspired by the "geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters", French photographer and graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captures the dizzying heights and gobsmacking urban densities of Hong Kong. Using a wide-angle Sigma lens, Romain snaps photos of mammoth buildings, both immersing and intimidating us with verticality, height and scale. His photos have been turned into a 160-page book, Vertical Horizon, which marvels at the geometric and almost kaleidoscopic formations of the city, at the same time exploring Hong Kong's elegant and vernacular architecture. 

Via Yellowtrace



Apartment Rue de Lille by Spamroom and LEAinvent

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014


Designed to meet the needs of a fashion designer and an African art collector, Apartment Rue de Lille was conceived by way of a collaboration from Berlin's Spamroom and Paris' LEAinvent. The 19th century 100sqm suite's renovation aimed to create a calm sequence of spaces with a refined layout and appropriate use of materials. 

The result saw each room with a courtyard window offering daylight and ventilation and an inconspicuous kitchen that doubles as an entranceway featuring a monolithic marble bar. With finishes including the white washed Douglas Fir flooring, minimal detailing and indirect lighting, the space also serves as the perfect exhibition space to showcase pieces from the owner's collection. 

Via Designboom



MO House by Gonzalo Mardones

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014




Poised on a section of rugged Chilean coastline, the MO house by Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto features a low profile form that does little to interrupt the undulating terrain. Accessed by stairs and ramps from the road, the stunning residence is constructed from reinforced concrete and presents vast panoramic views of the ocean. 

The upper surface of the home is considered a fifth facade, finished in smooth stone while inside, white walls maximise the daylight with help from strategically placed skylights and apertures. The lower levels have direct access to the external garden while living, dining and cooking areas are located on the middle level with private functions contained in the cantilevered space above. 

Via Designboom.