Saturday, 11 April 2009

No.5 House- Simple Stunning Architecture 13

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Even the name sounded so simple, No.5 House in Saltsjo-Boo, Sweden is a house for a young family with small children designed by an multi-dsiciplinary architect firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune founded in Stockholm in year 1995 by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. The house was completed on year 2003 on a challenging plot with a steep slope and protruding bedrock.

No.5 House can be described as an elongated box based on standardized dimensions for building materials. Claesson Koivisto Rune divided the elongated space into 3 bedrooms with a large living-cum-dining area with kitchen and one bathroom.

'Each room then has one of its four sides completely glazed. Basically open towards one cardinal point each, leaving one opening in each facade. The surrounding landscape is always a part of the space.

The bathroom, which has no wall opening, has a roof window instead. There is a glazed doorway from the living area to a partially walled terrace, creating an outdoor room that is open to the sky at one end and open to the view at the other. Our mental image of the project was that of a Chinese puzzle-box.'
- Claesson Koivisto Rune.No.5 House 3No.5 House 4
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Thursday, 9 April 2009

"Clouds" by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Something fresh, Clouds designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is an innovative, sophisticated and colorful new tile concept for the home which can be used as an installation or be hung from either wall or ceiling.

"Clouds coats architecture in a fluid yet chaotic way; bringing surprisingly colourful fabric windows to your place."
- Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

'Clouds evolves as you add elements to it, producing a unique 3-dimensional effect, coating architecture in a fluid yet chaotic way. Inspired by the inviting irregularity of the surface, you construct your own piece and turn your vision into reality.

The tiles are made of one element and are attached by special rubber bands. This simple design means you can easily arrange and re-arrange the tiles to reflect your ideas and bring self-expression into your home, time and time again.'
- Kvadrat.
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a+. ronan and erwan bouroullec via form

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Panama House by Marcio Kogan- Simple Stunning Architecture 12

Panama House 1Panama House (above, the house patio with the closed 'brise soleil') is in São Paulo and it is one of the simple box-form design by Marcio Kogan, an architect based in São Paulo.

'The box form is Kogan’s favourite motif – occurs time and again but in carefully nuanced combinations: precisely planed concrete boxes within boxes (a function of security concerns in São Paulo); stoned lined boxes on top of boxes; and timber slatted boxes that open outwards towards a slim-lined lap pool perhaps with no doors to mark inside or outside.

The elegant economy to Kogan’s use of volumes translates to a very real sense of freedom. The result is airy, light-washed spaces that seem barely tethered to the ground, an apt escapist image perhaps for São Paulo’s congested megapolis.'
- Wallpaper.
Panama House 2The main entrance of the house.

Panama House 3The terrace deck with chairs by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek.

Panama House 4Sculpture by Sergio Camargo.

Panama House 5The deck area on the upper floor.

Panama House 6In the hallway, a sculpture by Amilcar de Castro.

Panama House 7The inner patio with opened 'brise soleil'.

Panama House 8Sofa by Piet Hein Eek for Rosanna Orlandi gallery in Milan in the side facade.

a+. marcio kogan via wallpaper

MYchair by UNStudio

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MYchair is the first chair designed by Ben van Berkel from UNStudio for client Walter Knoll. Came in height 800mm, depth 755mm + width 865mm, the chromed steel bar frame with foam seat upholstered with Trevira and Kvadrat fabrics or Walter Knoll leather is a real architect’s chair.

'All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects.
In the case of Ben van Berkel this spatial awareness is connected to his idea of the ‘after image’, referring to the capacity of 3-D objects to produce many different impressions when seen from different angles.

These continuously changing silhouettes result in a kaleidoscopic experience, achieved in the MYchair by the faceted arrangement of the soft elements, the inward and outward curves of the chrome frame and the duo-tones of the upholstering. The facet shapes of the soft part of the chair are echoed in the curves of the frame supporting it; the bottom is reflected in the sides; and the room itself is reflected in the polished chrome of the support frame.'
- UNStudio.
MYchair 2MYchairs 1MYchairs 2MYchair 3MYchair 4a+. un studio via walter knoll

Monday, 6 April 2009

Mikimoto Japan Headquaters' ETERNAL LOVE Show Window

Eternal Love...a romantic ambience created for Mikimoto Jewelery's windows display in their Japan headquaters...sweet color scheme, dreamy flower petals that appears floating + rings that romantically emerged from those pinkish rose lying above the elegance marble base...
ETERNAL LOVE 2ETERNAL LOVE 3ETERNAL LOVE 4ETERNAL LOVE 5a+. mikimoto via japan design net

Banba Stool & Banana Seat from Tomita Design

Banba design by Tomita Kazuhiko on 2oo7 for Arcade, Italy is the stool that looks like a planter box for balcony or pool-side where it does look ideal for. The volumized fabric on top is comfortable + useful to pick up the lid.

'Born in Nagasaki in 1965. Awarded in MA RCA in London in 1992 after BA industrial design of Chiba University in 1989. 2.5 dimensional design studio established in 1993 becomes recently Tomita Design Milano.

Many tableware and furniture of Tomita Design are based in Japanese way of living in modern European context, being aimed for global & long use.

Tomita is capable in construct new brands by applying his creative experience in various fields from graphic to architecture. Tomita became an art director of COVO in 2000, and of NUSSHA in 2004. His masters are Vico Magistretti and Yoshio Akioka. He is a visiting lecturer in Industrial Design in Rome University.'
- Tomita Design.

I actually love the sketches for 'Banana' .'> but the seat doesn't look bad either. The 'Banana' which is weaved in double layered organic fine rattan, grabs smoothly on the weight of the person seating on it.

Note: I do hope that i could get more information on this 2 lovely products.')

a+. tomita design

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Bouquet by Tokujin Yoshioka

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I love this! Bouquet is an armchair with sublime simplicity design by Tokujin Yoshioka. The chair "blooms" on a slim, chrome-metal stem that blossoms with white or delicately-coloured "petals" made of hand-folded fabric squares sewn one by one, with great care and infinite patience, to completely cover the internal surface of the egg-shaped, wrap-around shell.

“I got the idea for Bouquet from the installation I created last October for Moroso's New York showroom. I used about 30,000 paper tissues to recreate a cloud-like atmosphere. The Bouquet makes people who sit on it happy, just as a bouquet makes the person who receives it happy. The vibrant, delicate colours trigger different sensations in each of us.”
-Tokujin Yoshioka.

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Bouquet 8Bouquet 9Bouquet 10The making of Bouquet...

'Tokujin Yoshioka, is a great “couturier” with a meticulous eye for detail, he is a designer whose delicate, poetic, elegant designs help us to dream.
He likes to astonish us by producing surprising effects from simple, almost banal objects which he interprets and uses in an extraordinary way by means of his ability to see beyond and to reinterpret the world through the characteristic poetry and harmony of Japanese culture.' -moroso

a+. moroso via tokujin yoshioka