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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.

Mirrored façade on roadside café by Bandesign

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Japanese practise Bandesign has clad the facade of a roadside café in mirrored surfaces that reflect the building's residential environment. Located in the county's Gify prefecture, and positioned opposite a row of cherry trees in an area that is popular for viewing as much. The eye catching design features a tree positioned symmetrically at the heart of the plan with the internal dining areas organised around two openings that present external views out toward the street. 

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Paresse Sunbed by Guillaume Morillon

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With a name that means 'lazy' in French, this transitionary sunbed from Guillaume Morillon aims to reinterpret the materials, colours and constructions of elements witnessed during an ephemeral experience at the seaside. With all the makings to recreate the relaxing sensation and excitement of an afternoon spent at the beach, the Paresse sunbed is an ode to idleness and lazy pleaures. 

Via Mocoloco.

‘Milano Study’ light by Politecnico di Milano students for Nikari (FI)

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Depicting the flexibility and translucent characteristics of ash veneer and embodying the natural shapes of leaves, flowers and drops of water, all in the form of an exquisite LED lamp, the Milano Study is the fourth university students’ design chosen as part of Nikari Finland’s “5 Studies for Nature” project. Nikari’s passion and great respect for wood, contemporary design and superb quality, spurred this series where five universities around the world were briefed to design a wooden product. This resulting luminaire gives off a warm, atmospheric glow thanks to the insightful molding of the natural material by Politecnico di Milano’s young designers, Alessandro Grasso, Alexandra Lunardi, Sara Flamigni and Emanuele Colzani.

Echo pendant by Bec Brittain

Anna Coe - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New York based lighting and product designer Bec Brittain focuses on luxurious forms and forward thinking technology, and her Echo pendant is no exception to this ethos. Using mirrored 'fins' and LED tubing facing inwards, the light radiates and bounces off the glass, softly diffusing it. 

486 shotgun by Marc Newson for Beretta

Anna Coe - Monday, November 17, 2014

Italian firearms company Beretta have just unveiled a new 486 shotgun by industrial designer Marc Newson. The streamlined side-by-side shotgun features engraved metal with an oriental theme, and unique placement of the trigger guard "while most shotguns screw the guard to the bottom of the receiver, the 486 by Marc Newson inserts the trigger guard into a milled guide" notes Beretta. 

Via Dezeen.

Van Gogh Inspired Glow In The Dark Bike Path

Deborah Raj - Friday, November 14, 2014

This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was recently unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; they are especially renowned for their research with  Smart Highways that could potentially intelligently alert drivers to hazards. Inspired by Van Gogh’s painting, The Starry Night, the swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path are lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.

Via Colossal

Alma Collection by Amarist

Anna Coe - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spanish company Amarist has presented the Alma collection; a mirror and console table that are handmade from Palo Santo exotic wood sheets.

Via DesignBoom.

Alessi Acacia honey dipper by Miriam Mirri

Deborah Raj - Friday, November 07, 2014

Designed to work with different consistencies of honey, especially the liquid or semi-liquid types used to sweeten drinks or accompany side dishes and desserts, Miriam Mirri's delicately elaborate beehive-inspired Acacia honey dispenser for Alessi's Objets-Bijoux collection, is dedicated to honey producers, consumers and all who delight in the taste of this golden nectar-derived variety. 

Alessi is available locally via Askew.

The Electric Hydrofoil Watercraft by Quadrofoil

Deborah Raj - Friday, November 07, 2014

Lauded as the most economically efficient and completely environmentally friendly mode of recreational marine transportation to date, Quadrofoil recently unveiled the world's first fully electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft. And, thanks to the patented steering technology and hydrofoiling, riding feels more like flying on water, creating an entirely new and thrilling water experience.

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