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Posted by Mark Vanderbeeken  |   5 Oct 2012  |  Comments (0)


The 2012 edition of Interieur—the European Design Biennale taking place in Kortrijk, Belgium, October 20–28—is bound to become one of the top global design destinations this year.

Curator and Interieur President Lowie Vermeersch (former head of design at Pininfarina and now CEO of the Turin-based GranStudio), set out to reconnect with Interieur's avant-garde roots through a selection of 300 carefully picked international exhibitors and an extensive cultural program, 'Future Primitives' installations, custom-designed bars and a pop-up 'bistro.'

Crucial this year is the expansion beyond the Xpo fairgrounds, into the city center and particularly the Buda Island.


Together these expanded locations will establish a new DesignCity with a continuum of lanes, diagonals, piazzas and unexpected places where installations, actions and encounters unfold.


Seven specially commissioned Future Primitives project rooms by Nendo (JP), Troika (UK), Makkink & Bey (NL), David Bowen (US), Ross Lovegrove (UK), Greg Lynn (US) and Muller Van Severen (BE), will offer different investigations into our future living environment.


Posted by Kai Perez  |   1 Oct 2012  |  Comments (9)

William Root constructed and completed this Tiny House project after his freshman year at Pratt.

The thought of summer vacations evoke thoughts of flings, new friends and the occasional awkward family vacation. For me this is what I thought was the general consensus for myself and my peers' summer vacations until I met William Root.

Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, Will Root is a fellow sophomore at Pratt Institute for Industrial Design. Will is one of the characters that can only be found in an art school, attracting a veritable cult following on campus with his iconic structuralist book bag, which he designed and made several versions of the bag during foundation year. In one of our many all-nighters together, we inquired about each others lives and in turn this past summer.

For most students, the reality of the summer is working to pay off their debts. Will realized that working a minimum wage job would pay for a mere two weeks at Pratt. Not content to rely on tips, he opted to think big—big enough to cover an entire year at school. With an entrepreneurial mindset that only the school of hard knocks could teach, he set out to build (and sell) in his words "The best Tiny House ever made."

In the time it usually takes to adjust to being back home, Will finalized his design for a Tiny House and set out on construction within the week. In a rented lot near the lumber yard, he set out creating the project that would consume his entire summer. Tiny Houses, all though not definitively defined, do tend to have some common characteristics, mainly that their proportions and size are constrained to the size of a trailer.

Still, one of Will's goals was to make a no compromise Tiny House. Where many other designs made the house as small as possible, he made his as large as state laws would permit. Thus, he was able to incorporate a full-size kitchen, tiled bathroom, and a 9×13 sized deck. In total the house encompasses a mere 160 sq. ft, which is small even by NYC standards, where the legal minimum is 400 sq. ft.


Posted by Sam Dunne  |  28 Sep 2012  |  Comments (0)


Although not technically part of the London Design Festival at all, the proximity of the Science Museum to all the designerly action in South West London this month, has resulted in many a festival goer straying over to the Google Web Lab exhibition that promises—a smidgen ambitiously, we soon discovered—to 'bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life'.


Keen to fill our minds with the secrets and web wizardry of everyone's favourite internet Goliath—dreaming of the multi-millions our future tech start-ups would make, when endowed with this supreme knowledge—we bounded down to the dimly lit basement and entered 'the lab.'



Posted by Sam Dunne  |  24 Sep 2012  |  Comments (1)


Up-and-coming London-based design star Lee Broom has been joining in the LDF12 festivities this week with a beautifully crafted pop-up shop in Shoreditch, taking his charming handcut crystal pendant lightbulbs to the streets—perfect for festival goers hoping to take home a piece of the designerly action.

The bulbs themselves are hardly groundbreaking but arranged in the store like this the 90 GBP price tag begins to seem a little more reasonable. Lee has been racking up some major interior design awards over the last couple of years, so it is, perhaps, no surprise to see such characterful interior and displays—the floor even strewn with sawdust—essentially just to flog a few lightbulbs.



Posted by Ray  |  31 Aug 2012  |  Comments (0)


Mathieu Lehanneur is pleased to present his latest project, the first flagship store for high-end chocolatier Maison Cailler at the Nestlé subsidiary's headquarters in Broc, Switzerland. The 60m2 building also serves as a visitor center, where guests can sample the goods to determine one's "individual 'chocolate personalities' or that of your loved ones to offer formulas best suited to your taste." The forward-thinking French designer has appropriated " the local tradition of 'tavillon,' the wooden Swiss tiles... to design an armadillo structure."

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur

Where the material suggests an exotic creature curled into a scaly ball—a "protective yurt," as Lehanneur puts it—the main entrance alludes to, um, gastromimetic inspiration, as the glass storefront resembles a radially-sliced wheel of gruyère. (The description refers to the latter as "the other regional specialty"; we're assuming l'autre one is chocolate, not the more outré mammalian reference point, which are indigenous to South America.)

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur

As for the "chocolate personality" bit, visitors are invited to partake in five samples to "lead [them] towards the formulas which will most closely satisfy [their] stress-related food cravings." We can't confirm if the "laboratory protocol" prescribed by Lehanneur is double blind in the interest of the scientific method, but the pseudo-experimental approach should come as no surprise as another manifestation of the designer's longtime fascination with science.

Mathieu Lehanneur


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  22 Aug 2012  |  Comments (0)


Loosely defined, industrial design is about designing objects, and therefore the user's experience in interacting with that object. And although product lifecycles are getting shorter, the object is meant to endure in some sense. But we can't help but wonder what it'd be like to work at a place like Moment Factory, a new media studio where they design fleeting experiences heavy on spectacle and wonder, absent the ID pretenses.

While we've highlighted some of their projects before, we're always excited to see what they're up to. The most recent example is this "pixels rain" spectacle for a recent concert by The Black Keys. It consisted of individual LED lights, dropped from above and designed within a housing that caused them to slowly helicopter down into the crowd:

The company's reel shows some of the more spectacular work they've done, combining light, sound, architecture, balloons, water, thrown objects, you name it:


Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |  14 Aug 2012  |  Comments (1)

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to



Infinite variety is an exhibition of a private collection of 651 red-and-white quilts, arrayed in such a way as to enable the public to experience the vibrancy of the quilts.


How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
We learned by watching the webcast. It was a great experience!

What's the latest news or development with your project?
There is a good chance that the entire exhibition will tour to some major U.S. cities beginning late 2013. We are about to begin a feasibility study in preparation for that. Additionally, Elizabeth Warren, the curator, will be completing a beautifully-illustrated catalogue of the collection, which has been in great demand since the exhibition opened. This should come out in 2013 as well, in time for the tour.


What is one quick anecdote about your project?
Mrs. Rose has been an astonishing, wonderful presence throughout the process, from day one when we presented the original design proposal. She was completely unafraid to be enthusiastic, even joyful about the prospect of what we were showing her, and never wavered in her enthusiastic support of our work or the project as a whole. Self-effacing in a way that has grace and beauty, she proclaimed "This is wonderful. I love it. It's so good that it makes me look less like a crazy woman with too many quilts."

What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
There were many, starting with the day that Sherri Wasserman in our office walked into a charrette session with a drawing of chairs in a circle, with quilts draped over them, and Bix Biederbeck, our materials specialist, opened a drawing of cardboard tubes suspended from steel cables. We put those two elements together and the exhibition became suddenly possible and meaningful. But the real ah-ha moment came when the doors opened and throngs of people began walking into the exhibition. They were walking slowly, faces upturned, with the wide-eyed, smiling expression we came to call "the look." People wept at the entrance. They experienced a kind of bliss that we hadn't dared hope for. Never before have I seen an exhbition we've designed--something so simple, to boot-- have such a powerful, affirming, emotional effect on so many people. It was and remains deeply moving, and humbling, because the effect is genuine, and larger than anything any of us actually did. If I understand it correctly, it expresses something of the myriad, anonymous women--mostly women--who made these quilts, some singly but most together with other women. Somehow the exuberance of the collection, rising to the sky, seems to evoke a spirit that everyone could feel.


Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |   7 Aug 2012  |  Comments (0)

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to



In an effort to show the city in a different light, the design group Tellart achieved it through sound. SoundAffects NYC transformed the mundane and routine sounds we hear everday into a harmonious and beautiful collection of sounds. In addition the sounds were composed with the aid of various sensors measuring light, temperature, and movement. All of this came together to produce a truly unique sound that describes the diversity and complexity that is New York City. As our jury explains:

One of the few projects analyzed by the team which was chosen unanimously! The winning professional is SoundAffects NYC for Parsons the New School for Design. The project is an interactive installation in the form of a wall with embedded sensors, cameras and light components, installed on a street in New York City. The wall "listens" to the ambient sound and translates the noise into a unique musical composition.

SoundAffects: Behind the Scenes from Tellart on Vimeo.

How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?

We watched the live stream on the design awards site. Was nice to see it happen in real-time.

What's the latest news or development with your project?

SoundAffects was only a two-week event, although we look forward to installing more projects like it in the future. The response was fantastic and we had an amazing time working with Mono and Parsons to create it.

What is one quick anecdote about your project?

The weather on installation day was fantastic and rain was the furthest thing from our minds, but about midway through the 2-week installation, New York city was hit with some intense rains and our wall actually flooded. The cameras and sensors became waterlogged and various components were ruined. We scrambled to find replacements and get it all up and running again, and it ended up being fine- the cool part is, we labeled the incident on the project's timeline so you can actually go back in time and listen to what it sounds like when the rain started, when our sensors went down, and finally, when we were up and running again and the sun came out.

What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
The evening the red falafel truck spent a couple of minutes hitching up and driving off for the day. It was magical to hear something so pretty and then point to something utterly dull and say "that's why." It was absurd to the point of being sublime. I think it says a lot about how we see the world.


Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |  26 Jul 2012  |  Comments (0)

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to




Designers: Alicja Pytlewska, Hal Watts, & Ben Alun Jones of Royal College of Art & Imperial College London
Location: London, UK
Category: Interiors & Exhibitions
Award: Student Winner

Liminal Spaces is an installation that presents rich creativity, using technology in a very simple and economical form. When controlled by remote control systems, the installation varies in shape, creating different forms and an ever-changing landscape. As our jurors noted:

Liminal Spaces is a sensitive and light project, well resolved and of graceful sophistication which explores in a playful manner the interaction between people and the space that constantly transforms, changing our perception inside of it, and our relation with the surrounding. This changing landscape promotes interesting effects of lights and shadows. We believe that it deals with an experience, which motivates our present and our experiences, placing us in an environment where design, architecture and the imaginary accomplish complementary functions.


How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
Having arrived from the airport at 1am, Alicja found a very unexpected email in her inbox. After a few, middle of the night text messages with Ben and Hal, we celebrated with pints at a local pub—London style.

What's the latest news or development with your project?
We are working on pushing the installation in new directions, which includes adding more layers to the experience through new materials, colour and possibly sound. During the development stage of the project, we designed a sensing floor, which may also be included in the next incarnation of the piece. We are also working on a book summarising our findings.


What is one quick anecdote about your project?
During the build of the piece we knew the schedule of the night security guard in our workshop space down to the minute. It was helpful hiding from him so we could continue to work late into the night.

Posted by Perrin Drumm  |  24 Jul 2012  |  Comments (0)


Set up by Benetton in Treviso, Italy in 1994 as a communication research center, Fabrica describes itself as "an applied creativity laboratory [and] talent incubator." If you were at Salone de Mobile earlier this year, you may have seen their impressive presentation for which they asked designers to create 25 objects inspired by the 1930s-era Villa Necchi in Milan. Fabrica is consistently generating good work. Most recently they staged a live performance by Sam Baron in the windows of the Sisley store in Piazza san Babila and created a line of seven outdoor furniture products for an event at the Milano Scala Hotel.

Fabrica has a proven eye not only for remarkably beautiful and minimal design, but also for color. Take "Objet Colore," a system of store display fittings for Benetton's retail locations. All the pieces are modular and customizable so they can be used in any store around the world. And like the company's full title ("United Colors of...") suggests, the items are bright, bold and lively blocks of green, red, yellow and blue.


Another collection exhibited as part of their presentation at Salone del Mobile that's worth calling attention to is their limited edition collection of glassware for Secondome gallery. Eight pieces by seven designers include vases, vessels and more unusual pieces like Catarina Carreiras' "Necklaces," a set of two to three vases strung together like gem stones on a gold chain. The pieces can be hung on a wall or set on a table. The most successful pieces in the collection—in my opinion—are by Scottish designer Dean Brown. His "Uplifting" series of carafes for chianti, prosecco, balsamic vinegar and olive oil (his specifications, not mine) create the illusion of suspended animation. The larger carafes operate as normal, with a handle, while the oil and vinegar vessels are set into a larger glass stand and lifted with a smaller, looped handle.

Keep tabs on the other exciting projects coming out of Fabrica, including two short films and a calendar/yearbook. You can also apply to be part of their creative design incubator.





Posted by Perrin Drumm  |   9 Jul 2012  |  Comments (0)


Z Step, the latest project by Amsterdam-based designer Michael Schoner, is an ingenious retail display system based on measures of 33cm (about 13 inches). Each powder coated sheet metal unit is comprised of different 'steps,' each measuring 33 cm. The units can be combined in a surprisingly large variety of ways, and because they're magnetic they can be customized with hooks, knobs, pins, brackets (or anything stuck to a magnet) to hold and display books, clothing, food or literally any object. I love that it's a minimal, unobtrusive design that allows the user to personalize it to fit their space and suit their taste.



Schoner just completed the manufacturing in March and so far I've only seen the unit in white, but hopefully he'll come out with colored versions soon. Z step is currently on exhibition at Depot Basel until this Wednesday, July 11, 2012.



Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   4 Jun 2012  |  Comments (2)


The design of subway stations generally sucks, with a few global exceptions. The Line 11 platform at the Arts et Metier metro stop, in Paris, is the most beautiful subway station I've ever been in. These are two shots I took of it in 2005.

The steampunk-style station had been redesigned that way in 1994 by Francois Schuiten, and though the photos may not convey it well, the copper lining the walls gives the space a warm glow you don't often find underground.


It's that warm unearthly light that makes Arts et Metier beautiful, at least to me. But I'd settle for earthly light, or anything besides fluorescent bulbs, to pretty up a station. The winning entry in a recent design competition in Tel Aviv, for instance, shows us what a subway could look like if lit by the sun.


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  24 May 2012  |  Comments (0)


Los Angeles' Staples Center had an unusual situation over the weekend: Both of L.A.'s basketball teams made the playoffs, as did their hockey team, requiring six playoff games in four days, all on the same floor. Staffers transformed the Center from Kings-branded ice hockey rink to Lakers-branded basketball court to Clippers-branded basketball court and back again over the course of four days:

That process is not unique; virtually every city with a stadium and teams from different leagues performs this routine, with transformation times (depending on crew size and efficiency) ranging from a blistering 90 minutes to a full day. The question is, how do they go from ice to parquet and back again? This video of the Verizon Center in Washington, DC being transformed provides a better view:


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  10 Apr 2012  |  Comments (0)


While not as intricate as floors done by Benjamin Lai (see some here and here) and without the found-object quality of Piet Hein Eek's furniture, interior design brand Jamie Beckwith has still managed to breath some new life into wood. Specifically through tiles.

The Jamie Beckwith Enigma Collection of floor tiles throws geometry at the problem of boring floors, providing over a dozen different shapes that add a visual effect trumping conventional parquet. They also just about guarantee the contractor will hate you.



Posted by Ray  |  16 Mar 2012  |  Comments (1)


Danish architectural practice 3XN launched their internal "Innovation Unit" called GXN in 2007 with the goal "to develop a building culture that positively affects the world in which we live both architecturally and environmentally" (the 'G,' of course, stands for 'green'). Their latest project fits nicely with our March editorial theme of Food Design, the increasingly fertile intersection of the two creative pursuits: Copenhagen's NOMA—which (if you don't know by now) was voted the Best Restaurant in the World for the second year in a row—invited them to design the interior of the new NOMA Food Lab.



In fact, we had the opportunity to meet the brilliant René Redzepi, founder and executive chef of NOMA at the Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Of the collaboration with 3XN/GXN, he said, "We have been happy to work with GXN on the transformation of our former meeting rooms. The result is great and has contributed to not only the space, but also organizational life and inspiration."



NOMA Lab's interior fixtures (no connection to Noma Bar's Wallpaper covers) presented a challenge from the outset: the facilities are housed in "a former warehouse on the national registry of protected buildings. The tight restrictions meant that GXN was required to design the interior without using so much as one single nail in the walls or flooring." Thus, the design team had to literally work around the existing space:

The approach was to design four central multi-functional storage units; each composed from over five hundred uniquely formed wooden cubes. Curving playfully throughout the space, these units divide the 200m2 room into smaller areas accommodating the Food Lab, the herb garden, staff areas and office. Raw and simple, through colours and forms, it captures a unique Nordic aesthetic. True to the restaurant's philosophy, the NOMA Lab is developed exclusively using Nordic materials.



Posted by Perrin Drumm  |   9 Feb 2012  |  Comments (2)


Just because you work from home doesn't mean you should be lying on the couch in your pj's til noon. Sure, it can also mean that—no judging—for some professions fuzzy slippers just don't count as proper work attire, whether you commute to an office or to your dining room table. In fact, the latest project from Synthesis Design + Architecture proves that even small home spaces can be snazzy, at least if you have $11,000. That's what it cost to turn a London investment advisor's home office, a modest 8' x 11' room, into a sleek, CNC-milled birch work space.


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  27 Jan 2012  |  Comments (1)


At last year's Interior Design Show in Toronto, Ikea pulled the sheets off of their bold country kitchen look, an aesthetic departure from the blonde-wood kitchens with which their showrooms had become associated. The kitchen won the show's Gold Booth Award and our entry on it quickly caught Facebook fire.


At this year's IDS, the design pendulum has swung the other way: Ikea's display kitchen features a distinctly sleek and modern look, one reportedly inspired by "the classic fashion combination of a black dress and pearls." In sharp contrast to last year's kitchen, where pots, pans, and kitchen storage objects were all made visible, this year's kitchen design renders most objects invisible, tucking them away behind glossy surfaces. In a second nod to the fashion world the backsplash tiles are meant to evoke patent leather quilted handbags and the island has received special focus.


Posted by Ray  |  16 Jan 2012  |  Comments (2)


We were pretty excited when we first heard about U.K.'s McKay Flooring use of reclaimed whiskey barrels for bespoke flooring; now they're back with veritable barrels of wall cladding. We'll leave the charming ’cross-the-pond spelling intact:

The original philosophy was to extend the life of the beautiful oak barrels, that would other wise have ended up as landfill, and manufacture solid wood parquet flooring from the staves and lids. Having achieved this to much acclaim we were still left with plenty of usable prime oak from the many staves that were unsuitable for converting into the thin flat strip flooring. We have now introduced Whisky Barrel Cobbles to the Whisky Barrel Flooring range.

Taking inspiration from the gentle curve of the contours of a whisky barrel we noticed the likeness to traditional granite cobble sets that once paved the streets or our native Glasgow. By cutting the staves down to hand sized blocks and applying some finishing and staining we've replicated the cobble look for use indoors utilising the authentic the casks cast off by the Scottish Whisky Industry.


Glasgow's Bruadar bar is among the first watering holes to boast a rustic oaky interior courtesy of McKay's.


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   7 Dec 2011  |  Comments (1)


This Friday Apple opens its new retail space in New York City's Grand Central Terminal and it is huge. This morning Core77 got a sneak peek of the place, and while we initially thought it would only occupy the area above the stairs on the East Balcony, we were wrong. The 23,000-square-foot space wraps around the north end of the Main Concourse, going all the way to the escalators for those of you familiar with the terminal, and extends into rooms on the south end.

I'd wondered how Apple was going to deal with the lighting issues in the cavern-like Main Concourse, where the terminal's lighting is many stories above the floor; what they've done is outfit the tables with slender LED bars which, whether by design or coincidence, resemble smaller versions of the overhead lighting.


Since the store is located within a bustling train station, it will open at 7am for the convenience of commuters; other train-station-specific touches feature an Express Shopping counter facing the store's entrance, so harried train-takers who don't need to browse can quickly grab exactly what they came for, and special 15-minute Express Classes in using Apple gear are being scheduled around rush hour times.


Then there's Apple's recent push to create an experience where you needn't interact with a store employee if you don't want to, or are simply in a rush. An army of clerks were on hand to give EasyPay demos; I went to video one but it was literally over before I got the camera set up. You pick up an item, scan it with your iPhone/iPod Touch, punch in your iTunes password, then walk out with the thing. That's it. I asked the clerk how they'd prevent theft, and he said someone would check a receipt (presumably a digital one on your device) as you left the store.

With 750,000 people traipsing through Grand Central daily, the Apple Store is expected to draw huge revenue and boost traffic through surrounding businesses. It opens this Friday at (an uncharacteristically late) 10am.

Hit the jump for a few more shots.


Posted by Ray  |  23 Nov 2011  |  Comments (0)

We've covered several of AGENT's projects in the past, including an in-depth case study with Aava Mobile, as well as a couple of their newer furniture design projects at the ICFF this year. We were also pleased to see Alberto Villarreal, half of AGENT, at the Design Addict Conference South of the Border last month.


For their latest project, the Mexico City-based strategic design firm was invited, along with eight other designers, to develop a kitchen concept—another topic that we've seen lately—to showcase the appliance offerings of Mabe. Villarreal and his partner Michel Rojkind arrived at "Rehilite," Spanish for pinwheel, a culinary workstation with four 'wings,' each with its own dedicated function: compost/harvest, preparing, cooking, eating.

As opposed to a regular kitchen that uses the walls to allocate all the storage and working space, AGENT's concept concentrates all the action in a central island with the 4 wings. As an experimental yet visionary proposal, the concept presents new opportunities to generate architectural spaces from the inside-out, where eating, cooking and farming happen at the same central space of a house. Aesthetically, the concept was inspired by the dynamism and cyclic movement of the Pin Wheel.



The team at AGENT underscored the differences between the purpose of each station with their choice of materials: Corian for the preparation & compost/harvest stations, stainless steel for the cooking station, and wood for the dining area. "The stations also include storage space and units for the elements required on each phase."

The premise, is that beyond looking at the actions of preparing, cooking, eating and waste management as separated events (sometimes even happening at different zones of the house), these have to be understood as interdependent stages of a larger cycle. The idea is also to shorten the gap between food and its origin, bringing a compost/harvest station to the same room where food is prepared, cooked and eaten.

The cycle includes 5 phases: 1) growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs, 2) preparing, 3) Cooking, 4) Eating, and finally 5) reintegrating organic residuals to the compost bin (which later becomes fertilized dirt to seed again). The sinks, having the most recurrent function in all stages, are located at the center of the island.



Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  25 Oct 2011  |  Comments (0)


Designing with white is not for the faint of heart. In addition to the sheer maintenance required of a white environment, the absence of color brings form sharply to the forefront, meaning you can think of, love or criticize nothing else.


Linda O'Keeffe, the former Creative Director of Metropolitan Home magazine, has assembled a photo-heavy tome called BRILLIANT: White in Design that "explores the full spectrum of colors and characteristics inherent in white, exploring how it is used and viewed in art, design, architecture and nature."


Containing more than 250 photographs showcasing a wide range of residences, retail stores, hotels, spas and offices worldwide, Brilliant: White in Design considers the different aspects of white, a color with unmatched versatility, in a collage of text and imagery. The angelic sister of beige, white is at once stark and glamorous, marrying design styles from different eras and sensibilities flawlessly....

Brilliant is a testament to a color that has retained vibrant appeal throughout the centuries, yet remains prominent in the architecture and design of the present. The book contains projects from across the globe, including France, Japan, Spain, England, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. Featured architects and designers include Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Barbara Barry, Tony Duquette, Anouska Hempel, Zaha Hadid, Syrie Maugham, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Richard Meier, Juan Montoya, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Jean Nouvel, Oscar Niemeyer, John Pawson, Andree Putman, David Rockwell, Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler, Marcel Wanders and Vicente Wolf. Brilliant also celebrates both up-and-coming and established artists such as Lynn Davis, Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Robert Ryman, Martha Schwartz, John Waters and Rachel Whiteread.

The book is being released today, and should be available at the link above.

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  28 Sep 2011  |  Comments (1)


IkeaMalaysia has started posting a series of videos featuring their interior designers giving tips on how to squeeze every last inch—sorry, centimeter—out of a living space. It's no surprise the videos come from an Asian branch of Ikea and not the U.S. one, as your average spoiled-for-space Yank would find the sizes of the rooms pretty alien: A 40-square-meter (430 sq. ft.) apartment; an 11-square-meter (118 sq. ft.) combo bedroom/living room (not shown below, but viewable at the link at bottom); and most impressively, a 2.7-square-meter (29 sq. ft.) bathroom that still has room for laundry facilities, including an overhead drying rack that lifts up to the ceiling when not in use.

We dig the videos because they go beyond traditional advertising, espousing principles that are simple and sensible independent of whether you buy from Ikea. In a nutshell, they are: When you don't have space to go outwards, go upwards; find objects that can do double-duty; repurpose pieces to your needs.

Here's the intro video:


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Comments (0)


I was just looking through Emma's Designblogg at some photos of her recent Helsinki trip, and came across the photo above, which appears to be a bathroom in the designey Hotel Klaus K's nightclub.

I love the forced perspective of the multilevel fluorescent bulbs and their contrast against the blackness of the space. And while I can't speak with authority on what the exact design inspiration was, the room will undoubtedly remind Star Wars fans of something....


Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Comments (0)


The Prouvé RAW collection by G-Star for Vitra made it's US debut during New York Fashion Week at Vitra's showroom in the Meatpacking District. Looking something like a designer skate park, the pieces are presented museum-style mounted to angled surfaces which elevate the furniture to eye height allowing visitors to get up close and appreciate construction details that would otherwise easily be missed.

G-Star's contemporary update to seventeen Jean Prouvé classics launched earlier this year at Art Basel and while we're the first to be skeptical when a fashion company takes on furniture, this collection plays to the strengths of both brands and is an extremely well executed tribute the French designer's legacy. Nine pieces from the collection are available for pre-order in the States, and will go on sale late October.