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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. 

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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]

Design: The Week in Review 19/06/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 a. World's largest LEGO: Star Wars X-wing starfighter. [Designboom]

b. Floome: A personal breathalyzer that plugs into your smartphone. [Fast Co Design]

c. Lomography Konstruktor Camera. [The Coolist]

d. New light paintings by Darren Pearson. [This is Colossal]

e. On View: A Le Corbusier rooftop gets a new life as an arts space. [T Magazine]

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. 

Concepts by Campana Brothers at Friedman Benda NYC

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Concepts is the Campana Brothers' first solo gallery show in America, on display at Friedman Benda gallery in New York until 3 July. The Brazilian duo are renowned for their loose and experimental approach to design, producing playful pieces that provoke a lighthearted reaction. The exhibition includes several new series, including 'Racket', a collection of chairs and screens made from bent brass rods and nylon threads. Other notable pieces include the Pirarucu cabinet, made from the leather-like skin of the world's largest freshwater fish, which is sustainably harvested in Brazil. 

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