Ian Hogarth, of Hogarth Architects, and his wife Claire Farrow had been living in basement apartments with their two children for many years, but hey had a plan to build their modern dream home. They had been searching for a potential lot in the very crowded and desirable area of Kensington, in West London, England. Once locating a potential site, they snapped it up and began their design and build. The project took a year and a half and certainly pushed the family to their limits, but now they feel they have the perfect oasis nestled into a busy urban area. The location was less than ideal. It was a small plot on a mews backed up to a rail line. The exterior of their home appears quite ordinary and was designed and built to fit in with the surrounding structures, but once inside there was an entirely different plan.
Their new home, the Russell Gdns Mews, is three stories tall with an enlarged basement area. In fact the home is built on a lot that is just over 2,000 square feet and about two thirds of the home will be built underground. Amazingly, into this space they have managed to pack in all the basics plus some extraordinary extras while utilizing cutting edge green technology and lighting.
Posted by KarenShearer at 9 April, 2013
The awesome Hoop lamp by Adolini+Simonini is consisting of a base and a diffuse cap, reinterpreted in a contemporary way, has got shapes that refer to playful objects in a small size. The idea is to create a “take away lamp”, able to ensure a high quality illumination, thanks the latest generation LED system. Made of a metal fusion for the base and abs for the diffuser, it is proposed in monochromatic colors and two-colors softouch finish. The power connector is coated fabric matching with the tone of the lamp.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 8 April, 2013
Finnish designer Matti Syrjälä has created this beautiful minimalist pendant light entitled Loimi. Syrälä is a member of Kaamos, a design collective that strives to blend the Finnish fondness for functionalism with artisanal craftsmanship.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 2 April, 2013
New lighting from the British designer Tom Dixon a light that mimics cellular growth which can be used in multiple, geometric configurations.
Each Cell is made from layers of minutely etched, polished brass filtering light rays to throw a satisfyingly dappled glow casting intricate shadows on walls, floors and ceilings. More information on Tom Dixon website.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 26 March, 2013
Hood is a sheltering lamp that creates both room and light. Much like the recent Plug lamp, Hood is built on necessity. Once again bringing a dual function light, Hood meets the basic desire of shutting things out and concentrating light on secluded areas like work-, conference- or dining tables. At the same time, the three-piece modular function lets you build the Hood to whatever size you need. Starting with basic corner units, one can add the compressed industrial felt sheets to scale the pendant for an extensive illuminating form.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 25 March, 2013
There is a six pendant configurations named Aztec, Abacus, Art, Aleenta, Africa and Alice. They can be grouped together to form a chandelier or used as a single pendant.
Handcrafted from FSC-certified wood (oak, walnut, maple, and ash), each turned wooden bead is a testament to traditional craft, something that Coco Reynolds is very passionate about. (via)
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 19 March, 2013
Italian designer Marco Guazzini created the Prairie lamp by joining three segments of injected plastic. One was printed in black (for the base) and lighter shades of grey are the mobile segments, attached with a hinge. The mobile segments can be opened or closed, thus modifying the light intensity. This Prairie prototype lamp was first exhibited at ‘Abitare il Tempo’ exhibition in Verona, 2012.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 12 March, 2013