Restaurant Design: PaCatar by Donaire Arquitectos

The restoration of the restaurant design for PaCatar was completed by Donaire Arquitectos. The beautiful restaurant is located at the heart of Seville. The theme for this hospitality design revolves around the world of wine, which has been captured rather exceptionally in this restaurant. The modern architects of Donaire Arquitectos aimed to create a space where there is an active integration between the wine culture and modern cuisine and in view of this the design concept was born.

The industrial materials utilized for this project include wood, glass, metal, concrete floors and acoustic panels. These materials have been chosen to create a special lighting contrast and give rise to a special environment by using varying storage vessels. The storage vessels are custom made and exclusively designed for this amazing restaurant. Non-traditional concepts were used by the designers and in addition they made use of the proper elements found in wine culture as the lighting element.

The designers also paid enough attention to the minute details in the project by close inspection to the smallest of spaces within the restaurant. It was important to create a space that will create contrast and have a great impact on the restaurant space.

The intervention of this project has been dedicated solely to give importance to unique elements that exist in the place including the brick walls, large headroom and the cast iron pillars – this becomes the focal point of design. The refreshing look of this new interior design has been founded basing on the preservation and demonstration of old wine bottles – hence the design scheme for the project.

Lastika Chair by V. Velikov & Lagostudio

I adore Italian design and one of my favourite furniture company is Lago, all their products are  stylish and well designed. Here is one of their latest designs, the Lastika chair.

Lastika resembles a flower, in fact a daisy. When you sit in it, you are supported by forty elastics that make up the seat and create a rocking sensation, although the structure of the seat is in fact very stable. It is a fun and comfortable seat, very lightweight and … stackable!


Muuto Gloria Candlestick

I’ve Seen it for the first time on Achica and loved it, the  Muuto’s Gloria Candlestick is striking and incredibly stylish. This new take on traditional candlesticks will hold as many candles as you like, and looks good even with candles in different heights – leaving the composition up to you.

Modern Lighting : Shadows by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova for BROKIS

Israeli designer Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova have designed a collection of pendant lights called Shadows.

Shadows collection is their new interpretation for their appreciated and timeless ‘atelier’ light shades, homage. The modern lighting collection consists of 4 pieces and has 4 different types of glass shades which slide over the wooden neck. The collection is based on hidden light source, a warm LED spot.

Dream Home : Tea House in Shanghai by Archi-Union Architects

Located in No. 1436 Jungong Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China, the project Tea House was completed by Archi-Union Architects. It covers an area of approximately 300 square meters and the construction was completed on May of 2011. Its location is actually at the backyard of Archi-Union’s office and the construction was from the recovered parts of what was once a warehouse’s collapsed roof.

The interior design was worked out within constricted walls on three sides and the remaining side opens up to reveal the pool. Further restrictions on the architectural layout were made by a mature tree. This design by Archi-Union Architects is an attempt to demonstrate the balance and harmony of interior design by mixing enclosure and openness all at the same time. In relation to this, the design resulted to a pleasant space without going against the logic of construction even under complicated relations.

The building’s layout is actually just a reaction to its environment. The designers created and implemented floor plans that will result to a logically vague quadrilateral hence getting the most of the tea house space. The architectural design has three divisions namely – a covered public area that is oriented towards the open space revealing the pool, the enclosed tea house on the first level and the library also on the first level provided with a small balcony following a triangular space extending around the mature tree.

Apart from these divisions, there are other spaces that are provided with due privacy such as the service room, lounge and the reading room which have been arranged and oriented towards the back of the building. The tea house demonstrates a wonderful transition of space without breaking the connection between the public and private spaces.

The focal point of design is the twisted and nonlinear hexahedron staircase where smooth transitions were created throughout the space. All functional spaces within the interiors of the tea house were connected together by the stair that deals with vertical transport of customers from the ground level to the upper level. In addition, it also acts as an inner courtyard for the reading room and allows for an expansive view of the mature tree.

The entire space for the tea house has been designed in such a way that people will experience something new within the ordinary establishment. The designers transformed the linear space into an expressive form. This created a twist in the story that the architectural design tells from the ordinary tea house to a tranquil space where one can enjoy and relax while being comfortable altogether.

The Woven Collection By Timothy John

Designer Timothy John has just released his new woven collection .The initial Woven Series project was launched in November 2010; an experiment focused on hand weaving and wrapping techniques. The project was extensively covered by international publications and the Deviant clock was showcased at the Su Nero Nero exhibition in Italy in late 2011. Inspired by the overall reaction, the Woven Collection was born.
The collection is comprised of five limited edition works: the Traditionalist vase, the Optimist and Pessimist pendant lights, the Exhibitionist table and the Deviant clock. Each piece pays tribute to a traditional form with focus on scale and material weaving technique. There is a strong element of contradiction evident in combining an organically woven felt textile with high gloss and elegant components. Despite these conflicting qualities and spirited embellishments, a simplicity of form is retained.
Our approach is entirely experimental, personal and with little conscious thought of global design trends.
Throughout the creative process, we often doesn’t realise what we’re experiencing. Influenced by feeling and vivid imaginings, work developed in the studio ‘just happens’. A hands-on exploration of a material or process of interest within our surroundings and limitations results in fascinating objects that evoke emotion and wonder.