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David Chipperfield designs the Valentino flagship Store

Ashley Ropati - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Famed fashion house Valentino, have released plans for a new flagship store set to open this summer on New York's iconic Fifth Avenue. The 1,850 square meter store will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects, occupying the space where the former Takashimaya Department Store once stood at 693 Fifth Avenue. Housed within a Post-Modern building originally designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, Chipperfield describes the project as "an approach that privileges concreteness over shallowness" utilizing industrialized materials such as black steel, aluminium and a striking brass facade. Oversized marble blocks and grey clad terrazzo will dominate the interior, with different architectural fixtures featured throughout the space. 

Via Dezeen.

Knoll reissues armchair by the late Charles Pollock

Anna Coe - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Following the death of designer Charles Pollock last year, furniture company Knoll have decided to put his 657 Sling-back Lounge back into production. Originally designed in 1960, the chair was only manufactured by Knoll from 1964 to 1979. The minimalist design consists of a leather seat and aluminium frame and was inspired by a plumbing system that Pollock came across in an abandoned basement. 

Knoll is available locally from Bromhead Design.

Serpentine Gallery's London Pavillion

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, June 27, 2014

Unveiled earlier this week was the Serpentine's Gallery's 14th annual London installment - an immense, translucent, shell-like pavilion that has taken up residence in the city's Kensington Gardens. Brainchild of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, the cylindrical building was constructed using a paper-thin layer of white fibreglass that is characterised by its light and fragile aesthetic. Perched atop an arrangement of rugged quarry rock, the pavilion's circular plan gives way to a central open air courtyard whilst opposing balconies offer views out over the expansive gardens. 

Via Dezeen

Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica

Anna Coe - Thursday, June 26, 2014



The Patch of Sky lamp by design collective Fabrica uses BERGcloud software to visually display the weather in the area you choose. There are three different shaped lamps - wall and floor - that use a mirrored surface to reflect and display the weather information that it receives.

Via DesignBoom.

Blackened Timber Cottages by Format Elf Architekten

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Designed to evoke a sentiment similar to the agricultural buildings in the surrounding Bavarian countryside, these three-of-a-kind holiday cottages resemble a geometric archetype of the pitched-roof barns that are characteristic of the area.

Employing the talents of German architecture firm Format Elf Achitekten to create a series of luxury long-stay facilities in the rural resort, the black-stained timber used to fully clad the exterior was chosen for two reasons: one being to camouflage the lodges into the dark tones of the surrounding forest, the second to remain in keeping with local materials and architectural traditions. These pared back structures have an “iconic and sharp appearance [that creates] a conceptual bridge to the old weather-beaten barn” says architect Stefan Hanninger. 

Via Dezeen


Crack by Johanna Grawunder for GlasItalia

Anna Coe - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Johanna Grawunder has designed a collection of side tables for GlasItalia with a cracked glass surface. Available in either  pink or yellow, each piece has a dimmer light that shines through the cracks, and combined with the mirrored exterior, creates a dappled glow.

Boutique Modamica by Massimo Castagna

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, June 23, 2014

Modamica Valembro boutique in the province of Bergamo, Italy, has been subjected to a recently completed renovation by architect Massimo Castagna. Leading the project, Castagna has shaped more than 700 square metres of space over two levels, reinventing the facade and outer area as well as revisiting the internal fit out. The interior employs industrial materials, yet is warm and cosy "a place where you can stop and enjoy the present, where you can escape the speed of time" says Castagna. Well known for his role as art director and head product designer for furniture manufacturer Henge, the company's tables, shelving systems and light fittings incorporate the designer's trademark materials such as burnished brass, steel and wood and are at home set against the concrete, steel and glass structural materials. 

Henge is available locally from David Shaw Limited.

Design: The Week In Review 23/06/14

Anna Coe - Monday, June 23, 2014

A. Yelp's downtown San Francisco headquarters [via FastCoDesign]

B. Bounce Below: A giant network of trampolines suspended in an abandoned Welsh slate mine [via Colossal]

C. Green Roofed Labyrinth house by Estudio Entresitio [via TheCoolist]

D. An interview with the artist Will Cotton [via DesignBoom]

E. Roderick Vos showroom [via DailyIcon]

Copper and Glass Vases by Giorgio Bonaguro

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Milanese industrial and interior designer Giorgio Bonaguro has created a series of vases that pays homage to the famous glass workings of Finnish master Tapio Wirkkala in collaboration with traditional Italian glass blowing methods. Drawing inspiration from sixties and seventies style pieces with simple silhouettes and archetypal shapes, the borosilicate glass and copper vessels are executed with a modern twist thanks to purposefully exaggerated  heads that are emphasized by metal colours.

Via Trendland

Exo collection by Gregoire de Lafforest

Anna Coe - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Created for the Galerie Gosserez, Gregiore de Lafforest's Exo collection of furniture takes inspiration from the exoskeletons of animals. Lafforest first took scientific observations of animals and then transformed them into physical objects. By taking elements that are usually hidden from site and making them the leading visual role gives the traditional objects a completely new dimension. The collection includes the Exo wardrobe, coffee table and dining table.