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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



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



Shape Up Lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee

Anna Coe - Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen studio have designed a collection of lighting titled Shape Up that pays homage to geometric shapes. Connected by a network of cords, the individual shades are made of hand-blown glass and are formed into varying shapes such as a triangle, sphere, cylinder and an arc. The height of the shades can be adjusted through the cords and a solid brass counterweight. 

Ladies and Gentlemen is available locally from Douglas & Bec.

Via Mocoloco.



Design: The Week In Review 16/09/2014

Anna Coe - Monday, September 15, 2014


A. Aeromobil Flying Car might finally deliver the flying car dream [via TheCoolist]

B. Geometric Dichroic glass installations by Chris Wood [via ThisIsColossal]

C. The iPhone's design evolution, visualised [via Fastcodesign]

D. Friedrich Bayer Bridge by LoebCapote Arquitetura [via Contemporist]

E. Guest harbor by Visiondivision imagines boats as side houses in Sweden [via DesignBoom]

F. Chamber light by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Menu [via DailyTonic]




Corsica Holiday Home

Anna Coe - Friday, September 12, 2014


This Corsica holiday retreat slots seamlessly into its almost barren surroundings, while offering the perfect environment for a relaxed family getaway. 

The materials of worn wood and polished concrete floors make it feel like it's been there forever, and also ensure that the residence can be easily maintained. 

Via StudioArrc



Tribu tables by Michela & Paolo Baldessari for DeCastelli

Anna Coe - Friday, September 05, 2014

Architectural duo Michela and Paolo Baldessari have designed a collection of coffee tables for Italian furniture manufacturer DeCastelli. The three tables in the collection are all at various heights and composed of DeCastelli's signature materials of iron, copper, and brass. 

DeCastelli is available locally from David Shaw.



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.



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