design folio

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.

Gentlemen's Office Interior by Pudelskern

Anna Coe - Friday, September 14, 2012

The above office for communications company Zanon Beilein by Pudelskern highlights the incredible visual result that can be achieved when combining the traditional with the contemporary. The protected 19th century space in Vienna consists of four former parade rooms, discreet back rooms, all with listed dark wooden walls that are contrasted with the use of bright and angular furniture.

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Ipês house by StudioMK27

Anna Coe - Monday, July 09, 2012

The Ipês house by StudioMK27 in São Paulo, is yet another example of outstanding Brazilian architecture. The architects wanted to experiment with the use of exposed concrete and to create a house in which the top floor appears to 'float' atop the first. The ground floor houses the living area which flows seamlessly out onto the veranda and garden due to door panels that are able to be opened completely. Similarly, pivoting panels act as doors for the main entrance, opening up the side area entirely as well. The top floor holds several bedrooms, bathrooms and a TV room.

Vivente at Evoque

Anna Kidman - Sunday, June 24, 2012


In central Newmarket, in the space that Metrix once occupied, a new design collective has set up shop - with a variety of offerings from bathroomware to furniture and soft furnishings. Tucked away upstairs, Josh Heath looks after Vivente - an interiors accents company. He explained to us that "Vivente was created specifically for interior designers, hospitality and trade professionals who want to bring new life to important spaces." Their collection is rather vast, with interior accents including cushions, floor rugs, throws and more. From real to faux fur, there are pieces that will satisfy both true fur lovers and animal advocates within the collection. If you haven't stopped by Evoque yet, we suggest you do - they won't be the new kids on the block for much longer, and the overall collection displayed over two levels will resonate with most.

Visit Vivente at Evoque, 23 Davis Crescent, Newmarket, Auckland.