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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel by Marcel Wanders

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quirky Dutch designer Marcel Wander's most recent creative project is the design of Andas Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel, a sophisticated space located in the very centre of Amsterdam, between two major canals - the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht. Wanders wished for his design to fuse elements of the city's heritage, alongside imagery from historic books. One of the hotel's standout features resides in the lobby: an installation that was modelled on a constellation of stars and planets. Positioned below a large skylight, the suspended objects are designed to remind guests of old astronomy models. Huge bells hang above the feature piece, with glittery chandeliers encased inside. 

The hotel boasts an exemplary restaurant, bar and library, all of which are grouped together on the ground floor of the hotel, continuing the historic-yet-modern theme, with an emphasis on the Dutch Golden Age, Delft ceramics and of course, several of Wanders' own designs, including the Big Ben clock, the Monster chair, and the Skygarden suspension lights. 



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.



Design: The Week in Review 09/07/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

a. Stunning timelapse of San Francisco fog clouds. [Where Cool Things Happen]

b. Life-sized doll house and garden by Knock. [Designboom]

c. Nike launches a new app to help designers choose green materials. [Fast Co Design]

d. Wavegarden 2.0 by José Manuel Odriozola. [Gessato]

e. Giant chrome T-Rex installed on the Seine River in Paris by Philippe Pasqua. [This Is Colossal]



The Wedding Table Lamps by Asaf Weinbroom

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, July 05, 2013

The most basic elements of the male and female silhouette dictate the form of these lamps by designer Asaf Weinbroom. The pair are designed for his-and-her beside table harmony, and are made from stacked components of white oak, ash, copper, brass and glass. 

Via MoCo Loco



Waterdream by Front for Axor

Anna Coe - Thursday, July 04, 2013

Hansgrohe's designer brand Axor, has for the past 20 years, worked alongside and collaborated with well known designers to recreate the concept of the bathroom. This year Swedish design studio Front joined Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck and Jean-Marie Massaud in the ranks of designers who have been commissioned in previous years. Axor 'Waterdream' was the brief for this year, with Hansgrohe asking them to focus on re-imagining the bathroom as a living space where creative alternatives can be explored.

Front's creation looks at the pared back concept of the shower - and takes the elements that are usually concealed behind a wall and presents them out in the open. The extravagant copper shower system is made up of a network of pipes, elbow fittings and three shower heads. Philippe Grohe of Hansgrohe says of the design "Front shows how something that is normally hidden from view can become a visually appealing and valued spatial construct". Nendo were also asked to present a 'Waterdream' project - theirs was titled 

Axor by Hansgrohe is available locally from here.



Les Cordes chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur for Château Borély

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Conceived as strands of rope across a ceiling, the Les Cordes chandelier by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur is a magnificent take on the traditional chandelier form. Hanging across the underside of a mezzanine in Château Borély's entrance hall, the structure uses curved glass tubes and strips of LED lights and contrasts the opulent interior of the eighteenth century building admirably. 

'It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself.' - Mathieu Lehanneur.



Archibird Cage by Gregoire de Lafforest

Anna Coe - Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A new take on the traditional box shaped bird cages of old is Gregoire de Lafforest's Archibird - a combination of a sculptural birdcage and a modern console table. With a central tree structure that supports the 'floating cage', and wire rods that enclose the birds, it is much larger in size than classic budgie and finch cages. As well as looking aesthetically pleasing, it has many practical attributes, such as being able to be opening easily for cleaning and also has a small washing pond for the birds.  



Leimu lamps by Magnus Pettersen for Iittala

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, June 28, 2013

Norwegian-born designer Magnus Pettersen has developed the Leimu lamp for Finnish homeware company Iittala. Inspired by the shape of traditional lamp shades, the piece smoothly combines opposites, with the cold and raw appeal of concrete contrasted by the warm, golden hue of the upside down glass shade. 

Via Dezeen. 



Vessel bathtub by Splinter Works

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

British furniture firm Splinter Works recently designed Vessel, a novel riff on the traditional tub structure that artfully employs the smooth curves of a hammock. Carbon fibre construction allows for the piece's beautiful shape, while stainless steel brackets give the impression that it's floating above ground. The ultimate escapism vehicle, this piece looks set to redefine bath time as we know it. 



Design: The Week in Review 25/06/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 a. Pentax Q7 Camera. [Hypebeast]

b. Designers of London Olympics cauldron deny copying claims. [The Guardian]

c. Tomas Saraceno puts you in orbit. [Designboom]

d. Hyperrealistic beached whale shocks London. [My Modern Met]

e. Exbury Egg by PAD Studio, SPUD Group & Stephen Turner. [Designboom]