If you are a fan of industrial design, then you will certainly find the Beams Chair (envisioned by Berlin-based Eric and Johnny Design Studio) original and appealing. The lightweight wooden armchair was inspired by the H-beam structure of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and despite its fragile look, it is promised to offer great stability.According to the designer, the chair is made of three different kinds of wood: bent plywood, multiplex and aircraft plywood: “The strength of the structure of the plywood and multiplex thin sheets is quite strong in one direction, while relatively weak in other direction. By combining the two wood sheets in a way so to offer directional perpendicular wooden structures and to build the H-Beam structure, there are two strong dimensions so the anti-twisting ability and compression strength as well as the stability of the chair are tremendously improved“. Curious on how the product was achieved?- check out the video at the end of the post!
Transforming incredible engineering solutions into art installations and efficient advertising ideas- this is what Korean interactive artist JônPaSang managed to do with the help of the Hyper-Matrix Cube Wall. Especially envisioned for a memorable show by Hyundai Motor Group at the 2012 Yeosu EXPO exhibition, this unusual installation consists of mechanized white 30cm x 30cm (approximately 1 foot x 1 foot) cubes, which can move in and out to form various patterns. The system is based on Mechatronics, a “synergistic combination of precision engineering, electronic control and mechanic systems”. According to official sources, the construction is about 8 meters high and 45 meters wide, which makes the projection room quite impressive. We invite you to have a look at the first video and virtually witness the amazing show. We also uploaded a second video, which we believe you will find interesting- the “making of”. What are your thoughts on this installation? Find it an original marketing idea?
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
Marcus O’Reilly Architects recently sent us two urban projects called Red Stair and Vent Sculpture, located in one of Melbourne’s most populated areas. Here is the press release from the developers: “Situated along Southbank Promenade beside the Yarra River, Queensbridge Square is a major public meeting space connecting Southgate, Southbank Boulevard, Queensbridge Street, the casino, the Freshwater Place apartment tower and the Sandridge Bridge, which leads to the Flinders Street Station and its underpass. This red stair works as a beacon, an easy to find meeting place. It is an outdoor amphitheatre for buskers and small meetings or demonstrations, and for sitting in the sun. On any given day hundreds of people descend upon the stair for a casual chat, a quick bite to eat with co-workers, access to their recommended daily vitamin ‘D’ intake, or put on a show of impressive bmx and skateboarding tricks off the canted sides of the structure.
Red plywood is backlit with LED lights, providing a glow in the dark effect. The high back wall cuts the wind and hides the roadway leading to the tunnel underneath. The back wall further functions as a book end to Queensbridge Square. This creates a sense of enclosure to the urban space effectively resulting in a modern Piazza. The iconic form and bold use of colour helps signalize a truly successful urban space.
Across the square, a second sculptural intervention was created over a new concrete vent shaft. The splayed planks, sit in the garden area of the urban space. The planks and curved steel recall the railway tracks that were pulled up to make the space available. The entire project is an excellent case study of how underused and mundane aspects of urban life can be transformed and activated through clever design. The design work was done in conjunction with the client, the City of Melbourne, led by Professor Rob Adams. The project was awarded the Melbourne Prize and an Urban Design Award by the AIA.”
We know you guys love striking home conversions, which is why today we would like to present this listed tower in the UK transformed by London-based studio De Matos Ryan into a modern family home. Located in Glouchestershire, a county in South West England, UK, The Round Tower is said to be a Grade II Listed folly, which had been neglected over the years and reduced to ruin. Here is more from the architects: “The design approach maintains the open relationship with the surrounding agricultural landscape by developing a discreet and substantial underground extension to the tower. This underground extension provides the main open plan living spaces and is lit by both a central open sunken courtyard and a lateral landscape scoop concealing the new swimming pool and associated sun terraces from public view. The listed tower remains clearly the dominant structure, providing the front door to the 4 bedroom family house and the means of vertical circulation.” Located on the highest part of a hill, the tower also provides lovely panoramic views of the neighboring picturesque village. How do you find this association between the old tower and contemporary home extension (plus pool) ?
Located 72 miles south of Lima, Peru, this 4,350 square-foot contemporary house entitled Casa Q displays an unusual architecture, gradually unfolding towards the Misterio beach. According to Longhi Architects , the residence “materializes the dreams of a young couple in a floating volume which embodies the spaces for a future family. The volume is supported by circular columns placed by intuition, as a dance, instead of forcibly in a grid. The dancing columns are accompanied by sliding glass panels that define the common area of the house; living-dining and terrace are integrated or separated by the option to open or close the glass panels depending on social and weather conditions.The rest of the house – guest rooms, kitchen and services – are tastefully secluded at the back of the sloped site thus providing visual contrast with a volume of water in the front which has been unearthed for the enjoyment of swimming.” Each room of the house is connected to the outdoors through generous windows or terraces. [Photos by: Juan Solano, CHOlon Photography]
Cloudy is Fabbian Illuminazione’s new blown-glass lamp created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur. Normally, when we look at clouds, we seek organic shapes, similar to objects of living beings. In this case, the creative process has been reversed: this is a special object which, during its creation, revealed all its potential. “Cloudy is a paradox!This lamp has been created using extremely complex steel molds, which have given it an almost magical lightness, a glass cloud floating in the air”, explains young designer, Mathieu Lehanneur.
An object-lamp therefore which, from the pencil of the designer to its engineering and manufacture, has taken on the shape of a light and evanescent cloud. “By mixing together clear white glass with high-luminosity LEDs, Cloudy is a ray of sun after the rain!” When switched on, Cloudy reveals all its luminosity and evokes sunlight after the rain. A design lamp containing in itself a positive sign of hope and optimism. Cloudy, available as a suspension lamp or light fitting, features gradient white blown glass and die-cast aluminum structure. It is lit by high-power LED lamps. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Mathieu Lehanneur]
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Located in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Framing House by Form / Kouichi Kimura Architects is a contemporary Japanese home displaying a minimalist design and a distinct black&white exterior. The owners’ brief required the new building to accommodate an art gallery, along with inviting living spaces. This is how the architects responded to the challenge: “The characteristic passage laid out from the street through the back of the building functions as the line of flow to the habitable space and the gallery. The passage frames the courtyard connected to the back of the house, offering interesting visual perspectives of the exterior.”
The name of the residence is inspired by its original layout: “While the spaces are separated and independent from each other, the framed openings created on the wall allow continuous sightline between these interiors. The openings have been designed so that the residents feel the atmosphere from the other rooms while being in a certain space. Upstairs, the windows, bookshelves, storage units, are framed and separated by exquisite colors and minimum shapes, offering a sense of linkage and distance at the same time.” If you enjoy the way this modern home feels, be sure to have a look at the Scape House, developed by the same architecture studio and featured on our site a while back! [Photography by Yoshihiro Asada]
The rustic-modern bathroom often presents a blend of strong, simple forms and warm, earthy details. Note how the wooden shelves and charming view soften the modern features of the bathroom below from Jasmine McClelland Design. Once again, we see a lovely Apaiser tub take center stage. Warm wooden tones are also alive and well in the next featured powder room. We’re loving how the round form of the tub perfectly complements the modern Vernor Panton Large Globe Light, which adds industrial flair to the space.