Luxurious single family residence designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates situated in a trendy area in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa.
De Waterkant is a trendy area in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. In the day, it hosts cool-hunting hipsters frequenting impossibly quaint eateries and in the evening it becomes the urbanites playground as fashion and art champion the nights.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 19 February, 2014
This beautiful residence by Brazilian architecture firm Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, located in a noble and leafy suburb in western Sao Paulo, is on a flat and deep site, with the main premise of taking the most advantage of the existing green area at the back of the site.
The spaces are distributed across four floors, including the basement, so the extended program could be concentrated in a very compact area. The ground floor contains the living and balcony overlooking the pool, with the comfort of the shade of old trees that have been preserved.
Social spaces overlook the great garden at the back, as a measure of security and privacy. A 25-meter pool responds to a request from the family that practices swimming as a sport.
Downstairs in the basement, parking for 10 cars supplies the lack of parking area in the surrounding streets. It also contains the service units and other facilities, facing a sunken courtyard.
The architectural proposal of keeping people together and in harmony, determines the interconnected spaces, including the pool area. A stripe partially invades the ceiling with a double height balcony, built to house the central atrium. The abundant presence of glass allows the visitor or resident to see who is in the children’s room, living room and dining, while overlooking the garden, talking to everyone. The atrium brings together all the environments, eliminating corridors and hallways. Abundant light coming from the sides and the roof softens the program. The third floor, entirely glazed, emanates light for the rest of the house.
The glazed walls and double height ceilings allow a connection with the exterior and a contact with the trees, both for the interior as well as to see the movement of people through the house, turning circulations into open and comfortable places. The large spans, the void inside, high ceilings, and balconies contribute to air circulation, favoring cross ventilation and the elimination of air conditioning during most of the time.
A mixed structure of concrete and steel is part of the main house, a rectangular volume of exposed concrete interspersed with metal beams. When the structure alternates with a lighter material, the structural system is relieved, with larger openings. On the third floor, which is more open and glazed, the entire structure is steel.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 18 February, 2014
HK Living is a Dutch design brand, their new 2014 catalogue shot and styled by Paulina Arcklin inside a whitewashed apartment bathed in natural light, flooding through overhead skylights and shows their whole collection, old and new.The pictures are so creative and cool that makes you want to get everything in there.
If you find something you like, HKliving are stocked globally so be sure to look out for their products in your favourite local homewares store. (via est magazine)
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 18 February, 2014
Norweigen designer Aud Julie Befring has created a stool from birch and felted wool.
Inspired by the lambs on the spring fields, this colorful stool made in birch and felted wool came to life. The user may easily change the felted hemispheres by making their own solutions and combinations and attach to the seat.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 14 February, 2014
Today it’s all about lighting and this cute pendant light can be also a great gift for Valentine’s Day.
Leti, is a monochrome pendant light with a clipped 3D printed bird around its textile covered cable. These monochromatic pendant lights are available in three colors, black white and red, each supporting a color matching figurine of a wood pecker. The fantastic technique of 3D printing transforms a basic pendant light into an iconic poetic object.
More information about the pendant on Studio Macura site.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 14 February, 2014
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic Bourgie table lamp, Italian plastic furniture specialist Kartell invited ten designers associated with the company to create tribute pieces for a special exhibition. For their contribution, Japanese design studio Nendo decided to work with two of the lamp’s most distinctive characteristics – its use of silhouettes and its transparency – rather than touching the original design itself.
Nendo created a new table lamp by inverting and rotating the Bourgie lamp’s silhouette, so that when two of the new lamps are lined up together, the space between them forms the upside-down silhouette of the Bourgie lamp. “Because our homage inverts both the lamp’s figure-ground relationship and our regular sense of up and down, we named the lamp Eigruob” the designers told us.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 14 February, 2014