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House M by Studio Aire

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Conceptualised by Argentinian firm Studio Aire, this stacked concrete home was designed with consideration for the artist owner's specifications for a home that felt like a warehouse. Choosing concrete for its 'brutal texture and dignified aging process', the stacked box design creates sculptural overhangs while the concrete itself has been indented with wooden planks to achieve a rougher surface. 

Internally, the living spaces vary in size with lowered ceilings in the bedrooms and bathroom creating a more enclosed environment. The narrow entranceway offers a view straight through the house to the pond that lies beyond.     

Via Dezeen

Closer showerhead by Diego Grandi for Zucchetti

Anna Coe - Monday, August 11, 2014

The Closer shower head by Diego Grandi for Zucchetti is a complete new concept that takes inspiration from a table lamp and its counterweight. The design allows for the showerhead to be rotated/moved to any angle that you desire, with the counterweight ensuring that it remains stable in any position. 

Zucchetti is available locally from Robertson. 

Abbaye de Fontevraud by Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manky

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, August 08, 2014

In a continuation of their signature directive that balances innovation and grace, design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manky undertook the transformation of an old Saint-Lazare priory into a hotel and restaurant. The Abbaye de Fontevraud, located in Fontevraud-l'abbaye, France, maintains its monastic simplicity whilst achieving pared down elegance as a contemporary hotel devoid of unnecessary stylistic efforts. The resulting interior is thus sensual and refined. 

Via This Is Paper

Light Sculptures by James Clar

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 07, 2014

Exploring the concept of technology's omnipresence, New York based artist James Clar created a body of work that uses materials such as acrylic, metal, fibreglass, and more obviously, fluorescent lighting in a series of multicoloured light sculptures. The oeuvres depict "form experimentations, symbolic reductions or augmentations of an event, pattern replications and sophisticated criticisms of the pitfalls of daily technology".

Via Trendland

Kitt chair by Stefan Diez for Hay

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Stefan Diez has designed the Kitt chair - a seat that can be shipped in a small box and be assembled without the use of any tools. The seat frame is constructed from nylon, while the legs and flat surfaces from wood - both come in a variety of stains that can be kept consistent, or mixed up for contrast.

Hay is available locally from Cult.

Logo Island Headquarters by Oto Arquitectos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In a bid to improve management on the volcanic Logo Island located off the west coast of Africa, the Cape Verde government commissioned Oto Arquitectos to design a headquarters facility for the outpost's natural park. Taking heed of its barren surrounds, the low lying building aims to blend in with the impressively austere landscape. 

Applying a dark matte colour to the building's low ramping form that wraps around a central courtyard, the design also considers an effort to minimise light radiation in order not to disrupt the habitat of the island's native birds. As a facility serving visitors and inhabitants of the nearby village, the structure provides spaces for cultural and recreational enjoyment as well as offices and laboratories for the technicians responsible for the preservation of the area. 

Via Designboom

Design: The Week in Review 04/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 04, 2014

A. Oto Arquitectos blends Fogo Island Park HQ with volcanic landscape [via DesignBoom]

B. Chilean beach pavilion house is a private Pacific escape [via TheCoolist]

C. Versailles to get first new permanent sculpture in 300 years [via FastCoDesign]

D. Palm by StudioPepe [via Trendland]

E. Generic plastic bubble wrap transformed into mini goldfish bowls by Daisuke Akiyama [via Colossal]

F. A Japanese artist launches plants into space [via Tmagazine]

Temple of Agape by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan

Ashley Ropati - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Illuminant in neon pinks and acidic brights, Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan have created their very own hub of psychedelic signage. The installation, which celebrates "love in all its forms" has been created by the design duo for London's Festival of Love, a cultural event taking place in London's Southbank Centre. Entitled 'Temple of Agape' the work features a pitched wooden roof and is adorned in neon motifs, including a famous quote from Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jnr. reading "I have decided to stick with love". The temple is dressed in brightly coloured masking tape and employs natural light to create an internal dappled light effect.

Via Dezeen. 

Disparate bus stops in Krumbach Austria

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dotted throughout the Austrian countryside in the Krumbach region are a series of custom designed bus stops conceived by a contingent of international designers. The structures include a glass enclosed version by Smiljan Radic Desings, an exposed staircase amongst a field a slender posts by Sou Fujimoto, a cantilevered two-level box design by Rintala Eggertsson, a folded steel shelter by Vylder Vinck Taillieu and a visually chaotic timber rendition by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu. 

Via Designboom  

The Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Anna Coe - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Explosion is a new interactive cabinet by designer Sebastian Errazuriz. At first glance the piece sits as a tidy, traditional credenza, however with a gentle push or pull the cabinet can be opened right out - as though it is exploding. 

The mechanics behind the design took Errazuriz a year to perfect, despite starting with a cabinet maker's oldest trick, the sliding dovetail. 

Explosion will be on display at Errazuriz's solo show: Look Again.