Once in a while a designer comes along who redefines an object. Philip Malouin has done just this with his circular swing for Caesarstone. The installation created for Toronto’s Interior Design Show beautifully highlighted the engineered quartz stone out of its traditional context — the kitchen.
Above: Preview of Arper‘s new Parentesit collection launching in Milan next month by Lievore Altherr Molina
Since 2015 designers have turned their attention to the humble acoustic panel pushing on trend geometric shapes and mixing materials. A couple of design companies who have taken the product one step further are Arper, StokkeAustad, Form Us With Love for Baux.
Parentesit designed by Lievore Altherr Molina is an acoustic wall module that reduces background noise and creates an area for concentration. Continue Reading…
Controversial art director Sam Shahid recently revealed his tranquil home to the New York Times. Far removed from his hectic life in fashion this minimal three-storey apartment defines his personal style.
Shadid told Cathy Horyn: “At work, I have so much stuff around me. And then you come here and it’s serene, calm.”
He gave architect David Piscuskas free reign to reflect his “American Pure” style. Armed with a couple of references to work with — no lamps, Tadao Ando, and Kjaerholm, Piscuskas created a light, airy apartment inspired by hotels.
“I wanted a hotel, without the feeling of transience.” Continue Reading…
Detroit based studio Alex Drew & No One develop functional modern furniture and objects using unique materials. Two new mirrors coined ’Simplex and ’Prism’ capture the spirit of the duo and the 1980s trend.
Above: European brand L’eaundry fine fragrance laundry detergent for women (left) and men (right).
With the clocks changing this weekend, the time is right to start spring cleaning. Admittedly keeping your home in order can be a chore, but treat yourself to some of these quality products and it may not be so bad. Top tip make a list of all the jobs you want to tackle and tick off each one when you finish. Continue Reading…
A dramatic oversized checkerboard floor marks entry into Habitat’s largest new Mini Habitat inside the Chichester branch of Homebase. The 35th concept store restyled by Habitat Creative Director, Polly Dickens, Creative Manager, Graham Copeland and in-house designer Matthew Long showcases over 1,300 products from the Habitat collection including furniture, upholstery, homewares, textile and lighting. Continue Reading…
Design Shanghai opens its doors on Friday showcasing the most notable international design, top Chinese design talent and limited-edition pieces from galleries around the world. Thousands of architects and designers flocked to the first show in 2014 so if you are visiting avoid the phenomenal queues by registering in advance.
Related content: Diary: Design Shanghai 2015
Above: ‘Prologue’ by Fredrikson Stallard
The show runs from 27-30 March 2015
Register now at: Design Shanghai
Chris Dyson Architects have completed the refurbishment of a derelict gasworks into a 120sqm sustainable annex for contemporary living. The project is the extension to a nineteenth century stone building in the Gloucestershire countryside, and in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Located by a quiet, minor road, the gasworks was built in 1877 and formerly provided gas for lighting to a nearby country house. The building had been recently acquired by a client with a passion for restoring derelict buildings, and who wanted a house which met both their current and future needs. From its inception the brief for the new building focused on the need to reduce the overall environmental impact during the construction process, as well as meeting the future demands for heating and electricity. Continue Reading…
Driving the trend for unexpected mirrors are two emerging Dutch designers Brit Van Nerven and Sabine Marcelis. Two years ago the duo caught my eye when they collaborated on ’Seeing Glass’ a series of reflective glass shapes featured at Dutch Design Week. Continue Reading…
At Salone del Mobile 2015, Purapietra will launch Diamond Washbasin by Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti, the first design from a group of washbasins characterised by fragmentation of the optical surface: Surfaces Collection, a visual game of geometries that cross the hard surface of the marble.
Matchboxes by Alexander Girard for Vitra
Home Complements is a new line of playful design objects, accessories, textiles and furniture from Vitra. The small-scale collection highlights the graphic patterns, symbols and objects of Alexander Girard, alongside classics by George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames and inspiring objects by contemporary designers. Continue Reading…
Try this healthy treat: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan & Paleo
This mouthwatering treat combines white chocolate, salt and pistachios in a simple recipe difficult to resist from Indy Power a university student making waves on the foodie scene with her healthy recipes. The only trouble is a plate of these freshly prepared chocolate chunks won’t last 5 minutes! Continue Reading…