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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



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



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]



Shoemaker Chair by Martin Azua

Anna Coe - Friday, July 25, 2014

The Shoemaker chair by designer Martin Azua quite literally takes its inspiration from a shoe, and the way they're utilised. "Objects are usually true to some schemes and they find their identity in some pre-established premises. This chair claims its personality as a shoe and requires the care of a shoe. Often objects, as people, have problems to be what they really are" notes Azua. 

Constructed from a single piece of leather, the chair can be adjusted by loosening or tightening the eyelets on the back and sides of the chair. 

Via Mocoloco.



Bea Bed & Breakfast in Belgium

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, July 25, 2014

The fashionable seaside town of Knokke-le Zoute in Belgium is home to interior shop Bea Items and sister accomodation Bea Mombaers. The stylish bed and breakfast features eclectic furnishings from the store with a backdrop of raw walls and stone floors. 

Via Trendland



Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques

Anna Coe - Monday, July 14, 2014



Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the Limantos residence designed by Fernanda Marques. The expansive, two storey family home takes inspiration from Mies van der Rohe (as noted by the architect), with its layout and strong use of glass, concrete and steel. 

The home consists of 13 rooms, and is proportionally balanced with just the right amount of private and open spaces. An incredible feature of the interior is the white spiral staircase that elegantly curls from the upper level to the lower. 

Some of the furniture pieces used in the project include the Roda Network outdoor sofa and daybed (available locally from David Shaw) and Knoll Barcelona lounge chairs (available locally from Bromhead Design).



Abyss table by Duffy London

Anna Coe - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

British design firm Duffy London have replicated the look of a cross-section of the ocean with their Abyss table. Layers of blue glass are stacked on top of sheets of wood in order to create the dramatic affect. 



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



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]




Loft Apartment by 2b Group

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This spacious apartment impresses with its warmth whilst retaining an air of masculinity and minimalism. Ukraine based design group 2b uses natural elements throughout the Kiev located residence to create a cozy interior that is still edgy and urban. With perfectly placed furnishings interspersed with eclectic design accents, there is little not to like about this forward thinking inner city loft.