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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". 

Pussel by Xavier Manosa for Kettal

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

What began as a childhood game for designer Xavier Manosa, has now turned into a beautiful interior object - Pussel, for Spanish manufacturer Kettal. The modular shape can be changed and adjusted using different components and colours, as well as altering uses such as a vase, candle holder or a lamp. Watch the video below to get a closer look at the design and manufacturing process which uses only traditional methods and incorporates painstaking detailing and finishing.

Kettal is available locally from Studio Italia.

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.

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.

Casa Corallo by PAZ Arquitectura

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Casa Corallo is set amongst a mountainous forest in Guatemala, and appears very much at home amongst its leafy woodland surroundings. Designed by PAZ Arquitectura, the exterior is comprised of three levels and is made of exposed concrete slabs and rustic wood. With the designers determined that the house must complement its environment rather than compete with it, the owner’s closest neighbours are the surrounding trees, with glass used all throughout the home. Outside elements are further used inside the house with a sizable wooden tree trunk growing up through the living room floor, its branches stretching out into other areas of the home. The interior is equally as impressive as the exterior, as you enter through an oversized, reclaimed wooden door to rooms filled with textured stone, glass shelving, dark wooden floors and the pièce de résistance; a large custom built fireplace. 

Oscar Niemeyer refurbishment by Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa.

Louisa Penney - Sunday, March 04, 2012




Architects Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa have masterfully converted this original Oscar Niemeyer space into a refurbished contemporary loft. Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the original 140sqm Oscar Niemeyer creation was completely demolished, except for the columns and shafts, before the duo undertook the new build division. Taking on great challenge such as the refurbishment of a Niemeyer is no mean feat. And we are more than impressed with the outcome. The project set about transforming the original three-bedroom interior into an open loft with no permanent partitions. Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa, introduced a central block to the space to divide the private and social spaces. The main divide cleverly houses linen and closets on one side, with the other side hosting an extensive shelving system and built in concrete bench. The entire space encompasses raw, exposed concrete with stark white walls and exposed piping. These industrial finishes perfectly merge with the wide floor boards and wooden shelves which introduce a sense of warmth to the space, resulting in an interior that captures both the aesthetic of modern loft living with the ambience of contemporary living. The expansive view of the skyline through the windows also allows for ample natural light to flood through the loft. The fact that there are no barriers, or walls in the structural design also aids in the open fluid concept of the space. Steel robust open-able sliding side doors act as dividers, which once opened become one with the exposed column and act as part of the design neatly folded on either side.  The exposed columns and slabs have all been retained from the original structure, which help to preserves the architectural importance of the space. Opposite the main bedroom stands an original concrete wall from the 50-year-old historical building, with all the flaws left untouched. 

Garden Shed Conversion by Hel Yes

Anna Kidman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Hel Yes, a design studio by Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth launched a greenhouse and shed kit a couple of years ago for gardeners. Substantially more aesthetically pleasing that garden sheds we're accustomed to seeing, Hel Yes designer Linda Bergroth clearly thought so too. She customised the garden shed to make a summer home for herself. By adding a wooden floor, steps made from reclaimed bricks and solar panels for lighting, the simple shed takes on an architectural approach with this transformation, enabling it to fit seamlessly in with its surroundings, whilst providing the perfect view from the inside out.