Wednesday, December 3, 2008

too late too cool

They’re a huge hit in Italy -the new histeric urban watches TOO LATE. only for 30 dollar
via yanko

redevelopment of Mecca :Foster & Hadid

Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid have been lined up to take on one of the most high-profile projects on earth – the redevelopment of Mecca
According to sources, the scheme for Islam's holiest city could create a huge new structure around the central Haram mosque that will eventually be capable of holding three million people, making it the 'highest occupancy' building in the world.
The top-secret plans are being backed by King Abdullah ben Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia who has asked a hand-picked collection of starchitects to 'establish a new architectural vision' for the 356,800m2 mosque complex

Monday, December 1, 2008


Fernando and Humberto Campana have been awarded Designer of the Year by Design Miami, placing them in the company of previous winners Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson and Tokujin Yoshioka.
for the celebration of the wining, i moss gallery from NY will present selected worksmade by the brothers

"As the exclusive representative of work by the Estudio Campana in North America, Moss has selected works for presentation at Design Miami 2008 which reflect not only some of the most important works they have produced but also typify our long standing collaborative relationship. This shared vision has resulted in works such as a special 34 piece installation of Campane di Campana, a historic project orchestrated by Murray Moss between the Campanas and the Murano glassmaker Venini. Also on exhibition are exclusive variations on two of their most indelible creations, “Favela” and “Corallo,” created for Moss in 2004. Additional works include the “Panda Chair” from the celebrated “Banquette” series, and selections from the acclaimed “Sushi” series"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

empire library:designer Alfredo Häberli

The beutifly stylish geometry library is called Empire Library from Quodes, designed by Alfredo Häberli (Argentina)
Alfredo Häberli chose basic geometric shapes and piled them one on top of the other to create interesting paterns. Both the variation and the contours give the furniture a fascinating and visual shape. Furniture sculptures, suitable for storing books and exhibiting objects.
manufacured by Quodes

Dupli Casa : Twisted geometry by Jürgen Mayer H.

Dupli.Casa: The geometry of the Dupli.Casa is based on the footprint of the house that previously was located on the site, originally built in 1984 and with many extensions and modifications since then. The new building echoes the „family archeology“ by duplication and rotation. Lifted up, it creates a semi-public space on ground level between two layers of discretion. The spatial configuration of the villa performs a sophisticated connection between inside and outside and offers spectacular views onto the old town of Marbach and the German national literature archive on the other side of the Neckar valley

Sofa by Karen Kjærgaard

Sofa by Karen Kjærgaard, produced by JM Rør A/S

from the "Fifty Fifty" exhibition that took place on the 21 november copenhagen (Cabinetmakers' Autumn)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Alpine Capsule: Ross Lovegrove

Ross love grove studios designe futuristic Apine Capsule to blend with nature.
The Alpine Capsule is an 8-meter wide structure with a double-glass skin that is covered with a special reflective coating. The coating meant to reflect the structure’s surroundings and blend in with the environment.
Powered by solar panels and a vertical axis wind turbine, the off-grid alpine retreat features a shimmering glass skin with a reflective coating that allows individuals to sleep under the stars while admiring a 360 degree panorama of the beautiful landscape.
The Capsule will be off-grid and powered by a “power plant,” which integrates a vertical axis wind turbine and solar panels. Construction is expected to begin in 2010 at Piz la Ila (Alta Badia, Italy), and the structure will be located at an altitude of 2,100 meters. Rather than building a cabin in the traditional alpine style with wood, Lovegrove’s goal was to create a place where visitors could be safe and warm while still being able to appreciate the amazing landscape surrounding them. “It’s completely transparent from the inside, and at night you can see the stars. That will be a remarkable experience to be warm and cozy and intimate with this vast universe.”

design miami december 2008

The annual design event in Miami will take place from 3-6 December
this year the design talks will be extremely interesting:
over the 3 days program Marcus Fairs from the fabulous magazine will interview 9 mag or designers.
The interviews will be in front of a live audience and filmed for broadcast over the web, in a format thatsimulate a TV chat show format.
Each designer participating in the Design Chats will discuss with Marcus five evocative images that encapsulate the most significant concepts, attitudes, forms, and approaches that have influenced their careers or even inspired specific works.
in the list:
Fernando & Humberto Campana (wining also this year "designer of the year"), Arik Levy,Tom Dixon Paul Cocksedge
Julia Lohmann,Ted Noten, Aranda\Lasch,Ross Lovegrove,John Maeda

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tea cup

original tea cup by Jonas Trampedach

Absolute ice bar in London

ABSOLUT ICEBAR LONDON is the first permanent bar made of ice in the UK located in the heart of Mayfair in London. Experience the extreme - ABSOLUT ICEBAR LONDON is kept at minus 5 degrees all year round and everything inside is made out of crystal clear ice transported especially from the Torne River in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden.


As every 2 years the biennale for creativity in the little city of Kortrijk, Belgium took place on October 17-26.
big brands such moooi , Alessi ,
Bonaldo Spa, aside to small talented companies and young designers

No less than 95.000 visitors. An increasingly international and professional interest. On Sunday evening, THE INTERIEUR 08 Biennale in Kortrijk Xpo closed its doors after a highly successful 21st edition.

Interior design lovers turned up in droves at Kortrijk between 17 and 26 October, for the 21st in-ternational biennale for creativity in interior design. No less than 95.000 visitors turned up at INTERIEUR 08 to feel interior architecture and above all to experience design. What was noticeable was the growing number of professional visitors. On the opening day, which is reserved exclusively for professionals, 5% more visitors turned up compared to the jubilee edition in 2006. The number of international visitors also increased this year, with visitors from 60 different countries and more than 800 journalists from all corners of the world. Last week's headline of the Financial Times was: 'Interieur still stands out among the plethora of design fairs around the world for the quality of what is on display and for its originality of presentation'.

INTERIEUR 08 was also more spacious than ever before. Literally. With a beautiful architectural stand layout and a comprehensive programme. In addition to visiting 315 different brands, visitors to the biennale were also able to follow 25 lectures with well-known names such as professor Michael Braungart, cartoonist Joost Swarte, designer Erwan Bouroullec, architect Fabio Novembre, designer Inga Sempé, architect Minsuk Cho etc. Also unveiled and displayed were the first Belgian Design Awards 08, as an introduction to the new initiative Design at Work, which will premiere in December 2009.

The 22nd edition of the INTERIEUR biennale will take place from 15 till 24 October 2010.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

zaha hadid at sonnabend gallery

zaha hadid
sonnabend gallery and 168 tenth avenue, new york
november 1 – december 13, 2008


Sonnabend and Kenny Schachter/ROVE announce an exciting new exhibition opening on November 1st, 2008, a two-venue New York show of Zaha Hadid’s new installations.

There is a long and well-established history of art galleries showcasing the drawings, models, industrial designs and artworks of architects, not least Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century. However the exhibits at Sonnabend and at the 10th Avenue space will reinvent the relationship between architect and art. A series of large scale installations use architecture as the conceptual origin for sculptures, reliefs, hybrid design objects and paintings that have a remove from the initial utilitarian derivation and meaning of the works.

Though these projects begin as architectural commissions, the works on view inform an international discourse on processes, technologies of manufacture, and on form itself. They develop spatial representations that redefine the notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of the galleries until we are left with architectonic interpretations that create new and unfamiliar interior landscapes.

In one instance, a wall is transformed into a life sized relief from which flows, as if in motion, an elegant, futuristic desk. In another piece, “Masterplan”, originating from Hadid’s citywide plan for the Asian side of Istanbul, the scheme is inverted to create a grotto of forms that defy gravity to morph from the ceiling. “Kloris” is a cluster of seating elements and sculptures inspired by the shapes of flower petals.

This show reflects Hadid’s vision of a new twenty-first century urbanism; part of a revolutionary body of works based on organic systems of organization. Each piece explores a new living environment using a formal language of fluidity. They seamlessly integrate art, design and architecture into our lives.

These pieces provide a basis to live with architecture in ways previously impossible. Each installation offers elements of Hadid’s 30 year explorations into an architecture of fluidity at all scales.

This show is not solely art, design or architecture, but rather a hybrid quoting from all three. Though some objects are imbued with functionality and ergonomic considerations, that is not the point. This is an organic sculptural installation about manipulating space and formal integration. Each piece describes movement in a static material using state-of-the-art methods of design and fabrication.

The Sonnabend and 10th Avenue exhibits build on the excitement of the Mobile Art: Chanel Contemporary Art Container being installed in Central Park, presenting a far-reaching opportunity to view the myriad of art and architectural processes of Zaha Hadid. She has transformed our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms . These exhibits herald the launch of a new category of collecting -- Architecture Art, akin to the recent advent of the contemporary design market.

In November 2008, there will be a unique and unprecedented chance to see Mobile Art: Chanel alongside two major galleries exhibiting ambitious new, large-scale, sculptural installations, the likes of which New York has never before seen.

Contact: Ann Michael-Waldvogel, 44 (0)7525 039 582,

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wine Loop

Curves, luscious curves. An ideal storage solution for counter top and small spaces. Holds three bottles.

Friday, November 14, 2008

“Exhibition Creator 2008″: Klara Zavadilova

“Picnic ‘n’ Party”, by Slovak designer Klara Zavadilova. This disposable cutlery set is based around a colored and patterned napkin, which is both the aesthetic and functional centerpiece of the design. Each piece of the set is made from clear plastic, and has a hollow handle in which the napkin is rolled up and inserted.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mondrian South Beach by Marcel Wanders

Mondrian South Beach, a hotel and apartment complex with interiors by Marcel Wanders, opens in Miami Beach on 1 December.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

venice architecture biennale 2008 preview

paper brick house' in the chinese pavilion

brazilian pavilion
Taxi cab drivers, bakers, cashiers, writers, singers, politicians, cooks, scientists and doctors.
anyone but architects are participating in this year's brazilian pavilion. presented are approximately fifty individual's interpretations of architecture in relation to spaces which they have inhabited, along with their dreams,hopes and memories. any built or imagined space they have experienced and which makes up the basis of
their personal, family and professional lives is shown. a long table is present for visitors to sit down and look
through the material which has been compiled through models, interviews and photo documentation.
large blank books are also provided for visitors to add their own statements to the collection.

australian exhibition

tokyo design week Frank Gery

frank gehry ( or better craig webb and claire imatani of gehry partners)
designed the visitors bench for the world company building in tokyo,
japan's largest fashion house with over 90 labels and 3000+ retail outlets.
the bench was manufactured by tomas osinski design inc., an architect-sculptor
who long worked for gehry.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ece Selamoglu, Oguz Yalim :4U

4U, is designed as a seating unit encouraging and underscoring the socialization during the lounge times in common areas created just for giving people the chance to feel relieved from business tempo. This is also offering people a casual way to sit like back to back, face to face or sometimes side to side through its backrests forming seating cells in variable dimensions. The backrest has an adjustable invention to up and down. Contrary to its square figure, it creates a dynamic and entertaining structure when used side to side thank to its backrest geometry.

Moroso sushi collection :Edward van Vliet

The Sushi collection by designer Edward van Vliet is a sophisticated wrapping concept inspired by universal layers, found also in nature and architecture. This concept is also, though be it in a different manner, found in the Kramacoma. A sofa with a hard shell, medium firmness support pillows and comfortable pillows on the szrface. Each layer distinguished by a different sort of upholstery.

Tokyo design week 2008

‘Love’ was the theme of the 23rd annual Tokyo Designers Week (30 Oct – 3 Nov), and there were plenty of creations to fall head over heels for among the more than 500 exhibitors.Tessen table by Tetsutaro Nakabayashi of Tetsutaro Design
Swedish designer Malin Baumann takes her inspiration from topography to create her graphic fabric designs
Trent Jansen (who did the Pregnant chair for Moooi last year) showed 3D Stencil. Foam filler is sprayed over a mould to make these lampshades
tick chair by Emmanuelle Moureaux
Hashi Chair by Tetsushi Kurokawa
chair by Shin Azumi for ASLEEP

Wine cooler made from Rapid Prototyping by Central Line
ritish designers Peter Liversidge and Asif Khan's Tetra light
Piers Mansfield and his Satellite chandelier