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Wooden wave staircase by Arquitectura en Movimiento

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This wave-like walnut staircase was conceived out of the desire for a sculptural element in the space where a staircase was required. The instalment by Mexican design studio Arquitectura en Movimiento serves as the central feature of the Mumbai apartment. Situated in front of a double height window, the curved 'wooden waves' allow light to still permeate the residence while formed around a metal structure that is anchored to both walls and encloses the staircase on both sides. 

Via Dezeen.



Elka Bar Stool by Oscar Pipson

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, August 18, 2014


Conceived by local designer Oscar Pipson, the Elka bar stool draws inspiration from its animal namesake "focussing on the simplicity of structure and complexity of the curve". Made from European Beech and reinforced with stainless-steel pins, Elka uses CNC technology to create seamless joints that showcase the material's grain. 

Via Mocoloco



Design: The Week in Review 18/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014

A. The DNA bench by True Design [via Contemporist]

B. 19th Century Spanish Apartment Restored into Bright Modern Home [via TheCoolist]

C. The Science of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger [via FastCoDesign]

D. Bibo: Street Art Meets French Dining [via Trendland]

E. Breathtaking Aerial Landscapes of Iceland by Sarah Martinet [via ThisisColossal]

F. Residence Roy-Lawrence by Chevalier Morales Architects in Quebec [via DesignBoom]



Dice furniture by Torafu Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014


Japan based Torafu architects have designed a piece of furniture that can form three different functions. By rotating 'Dice'  it can form a child's desk, a adult's stool or a side shelf.

Via DailyTonic



Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Friday, August 15, 2014




The latest project out of Studio Arthur Casas is the three storey Casa Al. Located in the Brazilian hills near Rio de Janeiro, the elevated property affords breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. 

The first floor houses the entrance and social areas alongside the sleek infinity pool, whereas the ground floor is home to the guest accommodation  and service areas. The piece de resistance is the smaller timber clad volume that sits atop the first floor that forms the master suit and spa.

Studio AC have utilised materials that reflect the residence's surroundings such as quarry stone and cumaru wood.

Via DesignBoom.



Parasol Island Headquarters

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 14, 2014




German based production company Parasol Island's headquarters provide a fresh and zen-like modern office space with great lighting and furniture throughout. The crisp palette of the mint walls in combination with the tan wooden table tops and light white furniture create a refreshing workspace environment. With clever design details such as the angled placement of the desks and the studio-like principal workspace, this cool and cozy office creating a serene and creative atmosphere.  

Via Trendland



Penthouse apartment by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Situated in Tel Aviv, this penthouse apartment designed by Pitsou Kedem blurs the lines between private and public space by being completely open and transparent to the surrounding city. 

The large floorspace (approximately 600 square metres) is wrapped within a clear screen shell and the internal rooms all float within this area. Essentially everything is open to the urban backdrop and each room affords a spectacular view of the city. The level of privacy is regulated by various levels of shading. 

Many of the materials used have been left in their raw state - the flooring is poured terrazzo and several feature walls are in exposed concrete. The muted colour palette is offset with pops of colours from several pieces of furniture. The space features lighting by Serge Mouille (available from Cult) and bathroomware by Boffi (available locally here).

Via DailyIcon.



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