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Michael Bay's LA Residence by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, January 22, 2016



Miami architect Chad Oppenheim first came up with the concept for what would eventually be director Michael Bay's Los Angeles home after an unrealised proposal he had for a group of Caribbean villas. This explains the resort feel that permeates throughout the 30,000 square foot, three story dwelling that is comprised of the sculptural massing of rectilinear forms and astonishing cantilevers. The project was completed by L.A. firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios and boasts a state-of-the-art home theatre and a massive window wall in the lower lounge that opens by way of an elaborate counterweight system. 

Furniture includes Arne Jacobsen lounge chair (available locally from Cult), Giorgetti sofa (available locally from ECC), B&B Italia beds (available locally from Matisse), white Flexform sofa (available locally from Studio Italia) and kitchen appliances by Boffi and Wolf

Via Architectural Digest



Traveller by GamFratesi for Porro

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 'Traveller' is an elegant daybed by Copenhagen based studio Gamfratesi for Porro. Both comfortable and proportional, the piece is distincly recognisable by its black-metal trestle structure. Back rests are made of leather, available in natrual aged or dark brown, and are visually softened by two upholstered cushions that cover the horizontal length. Porro is available locally from Studio Italia

Via Designboom




Customisable Layer chair by Sohyun Yun

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Korean designer Sohyun Yun has come up with the ultimate way to design your own chair, simply by inserting various patterns intro an acrylic framework.

Via DesignBoom.



Flora collection by Marcin Rusak

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Saturday, December 26, 2015

London designer has created a colelction of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, the cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside. The resulting range includes a lamp, a screen and a table - all embedded with flowers sourced from local markets and stalls. 

Via Dezeen



Megalith Table Series by Duffy London

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Duffy London's latest table series, Megalith, defies gravity in both table and dining table forms. The design takes its shape from "The Sentinel", a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into a cult classic film "A Space Odyssey". The glass tabletops balance above toppling monoliths that are available in black, white, polished stainless and solid walnut. 



Fools Gold collection by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Anna Coe - Monday, November 23, 2015

Presented in Milan at The Alchemists exhibition during Design Week this year was 'Fools Gold', a furniture collection by design duo Lanzavecchia + Wai. The two storage pieces feature a corrugated steel surface and a gold chrome exterior. This finish (the gold is actually car wrapping) references the laminating technique used by the Italian group Alchimia in the late 70s. 

Via Design Boom. 



Studio Italia Spring Sale

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

From their world-class showroom in Grafton, Studio Italia will be hosting a sale of grand proportions commencing this Saturday 7th November. Pieces by renowned international furniture brands including Flexform (as per the dark blue Barret sofa by Roberto Lazzeroni pictured top), Porro (such as the Synapsis table by Jean Marie Massaud also shown above) Knoll (including the classic Barcelona chairs and Florence sofa by Florence Knoll), Arflex, and Zanotta will be reduced drastically to make way for inbound shipments gearing up for summer. Guaranteed to be gone within the next fortnight, these covetable discounts make for a compelling reason to invest in a piece or two of these original designs.  

The Studio Italia sale ends Saturday 21st November. We highly recommend you visit their showroom at 25 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland to see the full range of discounted products in person. 



A collection for Efasma by Bureau de Change

Deborah Raj - Monday, October 12, 2015

Launched at this year’s London Design Festival, London-based architects Bureau de Change created the inaugural range for furniture brand Efasma, drawing inspiration from the brand’s Greek origins and the weavers and basket makers the country is well known for.



Itacolomi Apartment by Diego Revollo

Deborah Raj - Thursday, October 08, 2015

The loft-style Itacolomi Apartment in Sao Paulo spotlights Brazilian designer Diego Revello’s prowess in merging quaint charm and industrial modern elements. 



Designer Rugs and Cult on Sale

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 21, 2015
Designer Rugs and Cult are hosting a joint sale at their Auckland showroom - 73 The Strand, Parnell - commencing this Wednesday 23rd September. For a limited time, all rugs and furniture in store will be discounted by 10 to 60 percent, including Designer Rugs pieces by Greg Natale, Easton Pearson and Akira Isogawa. 

Designer Rugs and Cult would like to extend the invitation to their sale preview evening on Tuesday 22nd September to all Design Folio readers. From 5:30-7:30pm, guests will be able to enjoy a drink while making the most of this exclusive opportunity, as well as perusing collections by guest fashion designers.