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Design: The Week In Review 08/07/14

Anna Coe - Monday, July 07, 2014

A. Duffy London layers the abyss table to look like ocean depths [via DesignBoom]

B. Reverse perspective painting creates amazing optical illusion as you move around it [via Colossal]

C. The science of Comic Sans [via FastCoDesign]

D. Desktop fireworks by Tomomi Sayuda [via Mocoloco]

E. Jeff Koons' Technicolor takeover of the Whitney Museum [via Wallpaper]

F. Cafe Francais Paris interior [via TrendLand]

AC Milan headquarters by Fabio Novembre

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, July 07, 2014

After 50 years in their previous location, the headquarters of Italian football club AC Milan have recently been relocated to the impressive Casa Milan. Designer Fabio Novembre has used the club's colours of black and red as a palette for the building's decor, applying the colour scheme to graphics, furniture and fittings throughout to include the merchandise shop, offices for senior management, restaurant and club museum which was newly created in collaboration with Google. Combined with space enough for both temporary and permanent exhibitions, the club's headquarters have been designed to provide an interactive experience for its visitors.  

Via Dezeen

Counterweighted Candlesticks by Two Create

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, July 04, 2014

Exhibiting refined simplicity, husband and wife design duo Two Create conceived these novel candlestick holders entitled "Poise". Delicately perched individually or in a group over the edge of the table, these counterweighted adornments bring modern elegance to traditional table settings. 

Via Booooooom 

Confetti Credenza by Moving Mountains

Anna Coe - Thursday, July 03, 2014

The traditional buffet has been given a playful overhaul by designers Moving Mountains. Their Confetti credenza features a solid and veneered maple front that has been covered in a sprightly dash pattern. 

Acryllic Tables by Peter Johansen

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Scandinavian furniture maker and Danish Design School alum Peter Johansen has most recently conceived the Minis - a novel, lightweight table with interchangeable acrylic surfaces that serves as an eclectic interior accent. Simple in its construction using a 6mm steel rod, the transparent tabletops pleasingly accentuate the table's geometry whilst simultaneously reinforcing the strength of the frame. 

Via Trendland

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