The Parallel Series by an independent Minneapolis-based glass studio Hennepin Made brings together the rich complimentary duo of spun aluminum and hand blown glass. In designing these lights we were searching for a pairing of materials that created a dynamic contrast while allowing for an elegant harmony. With the options of vibrant colors or subtle tones, these handcrafted lights can make a bold statement or quietly bring together any space.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 4 March, 2014
This five-bedroom family home, custom designed in collaboration with Inform clients, is located in the Bayside suburb of Brighton.
The central circulation spine, full height glazing, double height internal voids and deep rear loggia are features of the Quad concept. The floor plan maximises the width of the house, thereby maximising the depth of the north facing rear garden and pool enclosure.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 March, 2014
The minimalist Picto clock was designed by Steen Georg Christensen and Erling Andersen for Rosendahl Timepieces. All you see is a clean dial with no numerals. The designers have even dispensed with the top glass and the hour hand, opting instead for a large yellow dot on a rotating dial that that takes the dot forward on its never-ending journey from one hour to the next.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 3 March, 2014
Luxurious 15,069 sq ft private residence designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects situated in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The client’s fondness of mid 20th century modernism inspired the overall design of this open plan glass and concrete house, which also features a music room for the family to play musical instruments, and a dance studio for the children. Due to the slope of the stand; a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a terraced effect on the stand.
A large reflective koi pond flows over a retaining wall next to the drive way, with an illuminated glass staircase behind a two storey curtain wall in the background.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 27 February, 2014
There are a number of companies in the Philippines that have collaborated with international architects, designers, and organizations, and among them, Century Properties’ partnerships stand out the most.
The company has a number of impressive international brand collaborations under its belt. These include partnerships with the Trump organization, Paris Hilton, Philip Starck and John Hitchcox, Versace Home, Missoni Home, and, most recently, Daniel Libeskind, Giorgio Armani, and the Forbes Media Group—partnerships said to be initiated by its head of international collaborations, Robbie Antonio.
We read somewhere that Robbie Antonio is friends with some of these celebrities. He is the third son of former Ambassador Jose E.B Antonio, whose four sons have joined the company after working for other organizations.
The partnership with the Trumps has resulted in Trump Tower at Century City, which is currently being constructed in Makati City. Extensive media coverage was given to the Trump brothers’ visit last year, and hopefully their beautiful sister, Ivanka, will visit the country really soon.
In Century City, too, will rise the Versace interior-designed Milano Residences; the Libeskind-Armani project, Century Spire; and the Forbes Media Tower (the first Forbes Media Tower anywhere).
We have seen photos of Century City in Makati and it really is a dynamic project – something new in the Philippines.
But there are other projects in other locations too. One of these is Acqua Iguazu, interior designed by yoo inspired by Starck, and a residential tower within Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. It will rise on the banks of the regenerating Pasig River, which is the main river running through the capital. This is one of the projects that we are most excited about. We really love Starck’s work!
The MissoniHome interior-designed Acqua Livingstone is also within the same development. It’s a showcase of iconic Missoni patterns and colors and really brings the tower to life.
These buildings are something to watch out for, and not just by ordinary Filipinos but by foreigners too who are fond of high design. Century Properties seems to be on to a winning formula and once these projects are completed (all at some point in this decade), Metro Manila will be transformed for the better. Let’s all watch out for this emerging trendy city.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 February, 2014
The Mimosa Pendant by ARETI presents itself as a large sculptural piece. It is delicate in its proportions, yet solid in its construction and imposing in its size.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 February, 2014
This new Youtube’s creator space designed by Klein Dytham Architecture. Located high in the Mori Tower in central Tokyo, KDa’s layout is organized around a visually striking wall of red panels derived from the YouTube’s distinctive logo, while another wall serves as a ‘Hall of Fame’ showing images of the top producers. The space has also been arranged to maximize the use of the iconic Tokyo Tower skyline as a shooting backdrop. Features including a super-long curtain partition and rearrangeable furniture, as well as the variety of wall surfaces, carpet shades, and ceiling configurations, are intended to provide a wide range of shooting settings.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 25 February, 2014