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Signs by Jeremy Murier and Daniel Martinez

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 11, 2013


Signs by Jeremy Murier and Daniel Martinez transforms the mundane bathroom mirror into something beautifully geometric and architectural. Exploring the layout and design of nautical flags and codes, the mirrors form an illusion by using rough copper and polished copper together to create enhanced shadows and reflections. Signs was at display at Ventura Lambrate as part of the 'Another Perspective' exhibit. 

Diamond Emerald sideboard by Boca do Lobo

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Modelled off the shape of a precious jewel, the Diamond cabinet from Boca do Lobo is a sideboard that's definitely fit for a king, and this year two new colourways were launched - one in the hue of emerald green (pictured), and the other in chocolate.

The cleverly sculpted piece features a gold leaf interior that holds shelving and two drawers. To achieve the shimmering green hue, the cabinet is first covered in silver leaf and then a translucent green is applied, before finishing off with a high gloss varnish.

The lion's feet legs that were present in the last design have been swapped out in favour of a base made from mahogany lined with bronze mirror.

Vaiss.Eau pendants by Hanna Kruger

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 11, 2013


Dutch designer Hanna Kruger's Vaiss.Eau pendant lights were on display as part of the Kassel Collection at Ventura Lambrate in Milan this week. Taking inspiration from the inward curved base of traditional glass bottles, the delightful pendants feature double walled glass bodies and come in either clear glass or an ombre pink or blue. The length of the cord can be adjusted, with any excess being stored within the glass outer becoming an element of design itself.

Well Proven Chair by Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Aubel and Shaw were both exploring the concept of utilising waste wood shavings in a new design, however in the process they discovered the incredible reaction that occurs when the shavings were mixed with bio-resin - it expands into a foam like substance. Using this new found formula, and combining it with colour dyes, the pair have created the Well Proven Chair. Their design will be on display at WORKS, the Royal College of Art Graduates show at the Milan fair. 

Curiosity by Twodesigners

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Launched at the Salone Satellite this week was this charming design by French studio Twodesigners. Wanting to reinvent the way we think of storage, Curiosity consists of a low table with many nooks and crannys in which you can store your wares - a cabinet of curiosities. There's a glass dome if you have a special piece you want to highlight, or perhaps you'd rather stash things away in the circular bin. Of the cabinet the designers note: "Exposed or hidden, decorative objects, animate the furniture, allowing you to adjust your space a personalised way". 

Catch by Lindsay Adelman

Anna Coe - Monday, April 08, 2013

On display at the Nilufar Gallery in Milan this week was Lindsay Adelman's latest creation, Catch. Taking inspiration from zooming in up close at the metal and links of a chandelier, the intricately blown glass bulbs appear to be draping and caught between metal brackets. To construct each pendant the "glass is blown directly into water-jet brass links. The two forms fuse as the glass slumps naturally with gravity" says Adelman. The glass is available in clear, milky or white and in either a hanging or standing edition. 

Frost Glassware by Front for Stelton

Anna Coe - Friday, February 15, 2013

As part of Stockholm Design Week, Swedish studio Front launched a creative collection of frosted glassware for Stelton. Titled 'Frost Glassware', it reflects the way ice forms on the exterior of a window and all of the pieces feature a frosted translucent bottom that graduates into clear glass. The series consists of a carafe with cork stopper, tumblers and an ice bucket. 

Stelton is available locally here.

Urca Penthouse by Arthur Casas

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, February 08, 2013

Nestled between the green hills of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in a wealthy residential neighbourhood sits the Urca penthouse. Designed by Studio Arthur Casas, the penthouse is the perfect example of contemporary, warm weather living, featuring sliding glass doors that wrap around one side of the penthouse, opening out to a large terrace that boasts views out across the sea towards Rio's glimmering cityscape. Inside, clean lines and minimalism dominate, creating a refined space that's also comfortable and inviting, with wooden detailing softening harsher aspects. An impressive site that's now home to an equally as impressive residence.

L'and Vineyards Interior by Studio MK27

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Famed Brazilian architecture practice Studio Mk27 has recently completed the lush interior of the L'and Vineyards and Resort in Montemor. The building was designed by Portuguese practice Promontorio and houses not only a winery, but with individual rooms and residences, a spa, suites and a restaurant. Mk27 have incorporated furniture from local artisans, as well as pieces from well known design houses, such as Tom Dixon and Secto Design. Earthy tones of brown, black and grey are featured throughout, complemented by a range of warm wooden textures.

The Waterhouse at South Bund by Neri & Hu

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Waterhouse at South Bund is a stunning boutique hotel in Shanghai, designed by esteemed architectural firm, Neri & Hu, an architect firm considered to be one of the most important forces in contemporary Chinese aesthetics. The hotel fronts the Huangpu River, while looking across to the Pudong skyline and contains nineteen spacious guest rooms, a destination restaurant and a rooftop bar. A great example of contemporary hotel design, this is sure to be popular with design conscious visitors to Shanghai.