design folio

Helsinki Interior by Joanna Laajisto

Anna Coe - Monday, December 15, 2014



Architect and interior design Joanna Laajisto's latest project, a Helsinki interior, utilises clean lines and a moody, natural colour palette. Laajisto's aesthetic is "attention to detail that seems effortless", and this residence is a testament to this mantra. Dark wood panels and flooring is used throughout, and contrast beautifully with the ivory Flexform Groundpiece sofa in the living area(available from Studio Italia). 

Via Trendland




5MM Tapware by Ocostudio and ing.Castagnoli for Teemme

Anna Coe - Friday, December 12, 2014

Measuring a slick 5mm in height, this new tapware collectino by Ocostudio and ing.Castagnoli for Treemme is the ultimate in minimalist bathroomware. The 5mm thickness is constant across all parts, as is the outflow of water from its spount.



Design Miami 2014 Lounge by Olson Kundig Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014




Employed to construct this year's Design Miami collector's lounge, Seattle studio Olson Kundig Architects used stacks of timber beams from the forests of their home state as a juxtaposition amongst the host city's tropical setting. Stacking the 30 metre-long lengths to form a space for a bar where the event's VIP visitors would sit and meet over glasses of Champagne, the space uses methods whereby, hundreds of years ago, the wood was stacked several stories high in the construction of buildings and shelters.

Via Dezeen.



Playing With Shapes by Louis Vuitton x Pierre Paulin

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 04, 2014

Employing its know-how in service and innovation, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has undertaken a project to see the fabrication of furniture originally conceived in 1972 by emblematic French designer, Pierre Paulin, for the American office furniture maker Herman Miller. Unveiling prototypes of the never-before-made 18 pieces of furniture at this year's Miami Design from December 2-7, the project's various pieces provide the means to form modular spaces. 

Configuration of the various forms depends on the number of 'rooms' desired in a technique that the avant-garde creator hoped would create a refuge or intimate safe house, placing a priority on personal use. The pieces will be sold subsequent to the Art Basel in Miami. Continuing in their endeavour to spread the word about the pioneering figures in design and architecture, Louis Vuitton's satellite exhibition is a follow on from the 2013 showing of Charlotte Perriand's La Maison au bord du l'eau

Photos: Louis Vuitton / Grégoire Vielle



Bedroom Loft by Batlab

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Located in Budapest Hungary, Gergo and Peter Batizi-Pocsi of Batlab design have constructed a bedroom loft with a zigzagging light ribbon, calling the project 'Youth to Youth'. The design was conceived as part of an elegant apartment for a young couple with the bedroom concept to become the residence's main feature. Born from the client's idea to have a sleeping loft with two staircases, the zigzagging red-orange geometry breaks up the monochromatic whiteness of the living space while complementing the personal style of the inhabitants. 

Via Designboom



Tied Up Romance lighting by Katerina Handlova

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 01, 2014

Young Czech designer, Katerina Handlova, has created a collection of pendants in cooperation with Preciosa Lighting Company resulting in a project called Tied Up Romance that is influenced by British designer Alexander McQueen. With an admiration for the designer's unusual shapes and combination of materials used to create garments that are both romantic and sexy, the lights equally exhibit a sense of haute couture with courage and invincibility and a touch of fetishism and emotion. Blending elements such as glass, leather, horsehair, and brass in the Harness light, and Japanese bondage techniques in the Shibari light, this risquee series of lighting aims to expose each piece as a person, demonstrating a hidden part of their personality and their everyday secrets. 

Via Designboom.



126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects & Neometro

Anna Coe - Friday, November 28, 2014




With three creative groups collaborating on the redevelopment of four, single-level luxury residences in Melbourne, you would be certain to assume that the outcome would be something to behold. 126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects and Neometro is essentially four homes rather than apartments, with large open plan living and generous outdoor spaces. 

The interior blends a mix of materials seamlessly, grey exposed concrete surrounds the living area, while timber and black highlights are a feature in the kitchen.  

To note some of the furniture pieces used in the project: Gubi Semi SM2 pendants hang over the dining table (available from Bromhead), HAY About A Chair seating in the office and Tray Table used in the living area (both available from CULT)



B4RM4N Smart Shaker

Deborah Raj - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Behold a smart cocktail shaker and app combo that incorporates sensors to help you mix the perfect cocktail, every time. The system actually consists of two elements: an app that contains recipes and acts as a display to give you instructions; and the cocktail shaker itself, which is fitted not just with an LED array, a weight sensor to let you know when to stop pouring (or adding ice), and an accelerometer to guide you through the shaking process. Seeking funding via its Kickstarter campaign, giving you access to over 110 cocktails, this is every bartender’s worst nightmare. 



RK Apartment in Paris by Nicolas Schuybroek

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 24, 2014

Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek has made a name for himself with his considered approach to understated luxury, perfectly demonstrated in the RK apartment. With a sharp vision of space and materials, Schuybroek manages to maintain a warm ambience throughout his projects. Using his signature monchromatic palette and raw materials, the Paris residence presents yet another example of Schuybroek's outstanding contemporary design. 

Via Yellowtrace



Mews house by Buster + Punch Design Lab

Anna Coe - Monday, November 24, 2014


Transforming what was once a rickety Edwardian Mews House in South West London into a desirable family home was an enormous undertaking by Buster + Punch Design Lab. Housed behind a discrete facade, the original interior structure was gutted, preserving all historical detailing but allowing for greater overall use of the somewhat limited spaces. The result is a double height basement level that houses the home's four bedrooms, giving way to a large lateral living area on the ground floor. 

A light filled eat-in kitchen is the entertainment hub of the home, from here smaller living spaces allow for separate relaxation or entertainment for the residents. Cool dark colours, a crittall glass wall, stone features and wooden floors present the perfect backdrop for accents of rich silks, calf leather, brass lighting and hardware. The outcome is a restful and comfortable home that exudes refined elegance. 

Buster + Punch is available locally from ECC.