design folio

Brass Shelves by Samuel Treindl

Anna Coe - Monday, July 15, 2013

Samuel Treindl's design ethos is to take finished pieces of furniture and slightly alter or destruct them to create additional pieces - a project he has aptly titled 'parasite strategy'. Beginning his quest by taking Ikea's famed PS cabinet and creating a matching lamp, he has now moved on to starting out with a shelving unit of his own design. The by-products of the 'Brass Shelves' are varying hooks and hinges, and clocks.

Hotel Black by Guilherme Torres Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, July 12, 2013

São Paulo-based studio Guilherme Torres created a temporary installation at MOSTRABLACK 2013, a 40-day annual event that brings creative and conceptual content from the top professionals in architecture, décor and design throughout several areas of Brazil. Titled Hotel Black, the space was designed as a sustainable oasis of comfort to escape to in the midst of urban chaos. There's a strong sense of repetition and clarity within the interior, and bamboo has been used effectively throughout the space, featured on floors, ceiling and some walls. Welcoming and zen-like, the pop-up interior is a fine example of the huge level of talent that the MOSTRABLACK event attracts. 

TriBeCa loft by Nexus Designs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, July 08, 2013

 Playfully sophisticated, this New York City loft is located in a former wrapping paper factory in the city's TriBeCa area and was artfully re-designed by Melbourne-based interior architects, Nexus Designs. The studio had worked closely with the client in the past on several other projects, and were called upon to create a series of living areas that could provide a sense of intimacy and flexibility.

Colour has been used to admirable effect, with dusky blues and deep purples balanced by warm timbers and slices of bright yellow. Arne Jacobsen's AJ lamp and Egg chair can be found in the living room, while USM's Haller storage unit takes up pride of place in the clients' office area. A thoroughly impressionable space that goes above and beyond the brief. 

Teso Table by Foster + Partners for Molteni&C

Anna Coe - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Starting with just a perforated disk of steel, Foster + Partners have created the Teso coffe table for Italian manufacturer Molteni&C. By pulling and stretching the steel upwards (using a robotic arm) it forms a mesh-like tapered base. The piece is finished with a glass top, allowing for the holey design to be seen from above. 

Ludovica+Roberto Palomba's Italian home

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, June 17, 2013

 Modern meets ancient in this recent renovation by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba, the high-profile design couple whose work has been heralded by many superstar manufacturers and won several prestigious awards. Eager to find a holiday home that serves as an escape from their hectic Milanese lifestyle, the designers carved out a serene retreat out of the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, a good 600 miles away from Milan. 

Immediately appreciating the mill's potential, the couple have retained its raw spirit, preserving the ancient stone floors, walls and arches. In order to allow more light into the space, a number of sky lights were created, and the back of the structure was opened up to fashion a sun drenched courtyard, letting natural light flood through the rest of the space. The entire dwelling is filled with the couple's designs, from furniture that Serafini and Palomba designed for Zanotta dominating the living room, through to the artfully adapted kitchen area, complete with two of the couple's designs for the Italian cabinetry company Elmar. 

Fanfan Dressing Table by Violane D'harcout

Anna Coe - Friday, June 14, 2013

Fanfan is a contemporary version of the traditional dressing table by Violane D'harcout. The classic four legged design has been replaced by a minimal aesthetic consisting of slimline laquered steel rods, a beech shelf and various sized mirrors. The different sized mirrors allow the table to be used in standing and seated positions, and both are connected to the rod via a central ball joint which allows their angle and direction to be adjusted. 

Maison du Boisé by Gestion René Desjardins

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tucked away in the woods of rural Quebec lies a thoroughly modern family residence, designed by interior studio Gestion René Desjardins. The owners' wanted a design that would last indefinitely, an interior that was modern but not minimalist and most importantly, a home that kids would feel comfortable in. Highly refined, and almost the antithesis of the cluttered nature of the standard family abode, the spaces are pared back, with several accents borrowed from classical architecture. The harsh monochromatic bias and minimally furnished rooms are softened by coffered ceilings and theatrical passageway openings, while furtive splashes of colour liven the space up without being overbearing.

Marble Box by Muller van Severen for Valerie Traan Gallery

Anna Coe - Monday, May 27, 2013

Launched at the Valerie Traan Gallery in Ventura Lambrate during Milan design week was Muller van Severen's Marble Box. Photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes Van Severen wanted to create an extremely simple furniture solution that was minimal in it's design and existed because of a "logical necessity", thus the Marble box was born. Comprised of a selection of varying coloured marbles that are combined together using brass and polyethylene, each piece is unique in it's appearance. 

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C1 Credenza by Marcus Friesl

Anna Coe - Monday, May 20, 2013

We were immediately grabbed by the superb craftsmanship and finish of this C1 credenza by designer Marcus Friesl. A piece of thin folded metal forms the shell of the piece and also holds the upper and lower drawers in position. The draws are suspended from the sides - appearing to float cleanly. Using both time honoured craftsmanship and modern technology, Friesl has created a furniture piece that not only has character, but is also finished to an extremely high standard.

Snobar chair by Yonder Magnetik

Anna Coe - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Vukosavljevic and Gornjak's Snobar chair for Yonder Magnetik was inspired by, and clearly resembles the Swedish Snowberry. The base is constructed from oak, and the upholstered seat is shaped like the berry - making for a playful aesthetic.