Beautiful mixture of grey and f bright colours used in this Norwegian hairsalon designed by Oslo located studio Inne Design.
“Shielded from the grimy clutter of the coty centre by Royal Palace Park, Oslo’s Majorstuen neighbourhood features a trendy retail area that rivals the shopping streets of larger European metropolises in terms of grandeur and style. Boutique bars selling limited-run microbrewery beverages rub elbows with vibrant Scandinavian design outlets such as Hay and Acne. Stores and cafes bubbling with bold, youthful verve apparently please even the more conservative passers-by, who find both old and new in an eye-catching hair salon that recently splashed onto this attractive inner-city canvas.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 10 March, 2014
The smooth shape of the Wave Table is inspired by the beautiful seaside in the Finnish archipelago. It can be used in various ways, thanks to its versatile shape, e.g. as a magazine rack or a table. No matter how you decide to use it, it becomes an eye-catcher.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 10 March, 2014
This beautiful exposed concrete house designed by Isay Weinfeld located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“The client wanted a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely. For that purpose, he asked for ample and various entertaining areas, such as a cinema room, a recreation room for the children and a sauna. And being a sports enthusiast, he wanted the house to feature a large gym room and a long swimming lane as well.
From the main entrance, one approaches the house – set at the back of the land – by foot, up and through a wooded area, and across a wide garden. The house comes then fully to sight: 4 joined but distinct blocks, respectively covered with pebble-blasted concrete plaques (living quarters), exposed concrete (office), wood planks (entertaining area) and sand-blasted concrete plaques (dining and service areas).
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 March, 2014
BirdCabin provides a safe haven for small birds to visit or even nest in the urban environment where tree hollows are scarce. Designed by Tait’s very own Production Manager Wayne Bell, who wanted to find a use for small timber offcuts, the resulting bird house uses minimal materials and is available in a variety of powder coat colours supplied with hanging hook and cord.
BirdCabin will attract small bird species to your inner city garden and the opening is small enough to deter invasive Myna Birds. Cheep Cheep.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 7 March, 2014
Wow these hand made candleholders are stunning with the polished brass and the Carrara marble on the bottom it will add every space look luxury.
“A set of two candleholders that become one with the candle, like a spacecraft that is ready for launching.
Inspired by the world of rockets, these candleholders are thought to be beautifull with or without a candle”.
More information on David Nicolas studio site.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 6 March, 2014
Inspired by the essence of a home that becomes more beautiful with age, Concrete House by FGR Architects is the result of a two material palette, concrete and glass chosen for their qualities of beatification with time, sustainability, simplicity of build and integration into the building’s existing environment.
Located in the resurgent suburb of Maribyrnong, close to inner Melbourne the house has a composed elegance that challenges many conventions in Australian domestic architecture. The three storey dwelling embraces the opportunity of its site, turning itself ’upside down’ with the bedrooms and service spaces on the lower floors rising to spacious and bright open living area under the retractable glass roof with panoramic views and a glass fronted rooftop pool.
Director of FGR Architects, Feras Raffoul explains his passion and respect for concrete as the ideal building material for its many qualities of thermal, sustainability, aesthetic and ability to collect patina and therefore beautify with age. “The ability of this house to be constructed primarily from these two materials helps to create an everlasting structure and once the concrete walls and floor are up, the external and internal glass mounted, only the joinery remains to complete the building. The simplicity of this is exquisite.
“Concrete has always appealed to me as a valuable architectural tool for its numerous merits and inexhaustible and continual innovations in its applications. It has the ability to make a simple space, form or structure come to life, I believe that to create special spaces and volumes it is what you leave out rather than what you include,” Raffoul said. “In Concrete House movement of light is important in that it activates and warms the firmness of the concrete walls and allows for the architecture to come alive. We enjoy placing delicate and precise finishes to work along side the brutal concrete and find this has a yin and yang effect.”
Climbing past the cool bedrooms positioned on the middle floor, the soaring glass staircase delivers residents to the panoramic views of the top floor covered only by a glass roof assembled from a simple steel frame and cleverly considered for comfort with automated blinds responding to changing light conditions. This open space of kitchen, dining and living contrasts in materiality and spatial dynamic as the concrete walls drop away and are replaced by glass and acrylic that also forms one side of the lap pool presenting the body of water as direct counterpoint and viewing point while spectacular city skyline panorama is enjoyed from the adjoining terrace.
Raffoul has applied his knowledge of commercial building systems and construction into the conception of this house and pushes the ability of the insulated concrete to provide a thermally consistent space of great clarity. This dwelling demonstrates the impact that an architect’s strong affection for brutal materials combined with precise and delicate details transformed into and elegant space through persistence and a labour of love.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 6 March, 2014
Spring is a newly established learning center for children that eschews the fairytale cliche of its genre: space filled rainbow colours, cartoon characters, toys and stuff, which is often the result of superimposing an adult’s perspective onto the space. This amazing space designed by Joey Ho Design architecture company based in Hong Kong.
For this project, the designer tried to look at the picture from a child’s viewpoint, and concentrate on the learning experience as a whole. The aim is to formulate a space that caters to children’s both physical and psychological needs, and ultimately help them achieve their development and learning potential.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 5 March, 2014