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House Delta by Bernardes Arquitura

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, February 27, 2015
The handi-work of Brazilian architects Bernardes Arquitetura, well acquainted with bringing to life lavish residences, House Delta was commissioned for a couple with three young children. Located one and a half hours from São Paulo, the home is laid out in different levels to best suit the sloped terrain it is built upon, surrounded by an important Atlantic Forest reserve. 
The first floor houses the children’s suites with sunscreen panels cladding the floor to ceiling windows giving privacy whilst providing lightness and transparency to the building. The upper floor benefits from the site’s stunning sea and beach views, and here the social areas and master suite are situated, built under a light trapezoidal canopy that sits on large glass panes forming a pavilion.
The subtle canopy’s slope and the orientation of the timber sunscreens guide the eye toward the horizon, where an infinity edge makes the swimming pool part of the ocean.

Oda Big by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, February 27, 2015
German designer Sebastian Herkner, who honed his feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures whilst interning for Stella McCartney in London, has created Oda Big for German lighting and furniture producers Pulpo. Oda is a reservoir of light, a huge floor lamp that makes a fashionable statement. With Herkner aiming to create a repository or a balloon full of light, the design is inspired by the amazing pictures of water towers shot by German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. A hand-blown, tinted glass barrel, available in opaque, grey or amber, balances on a simple and elegant metal structure.

Affordances Tables by Jonathan Zawada

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, February 27, 2015
Jack of all trades including Graphic designer, illustrator and art director, Australian Jonathan Zawada has created a collection of mismatched marble and granite side tables he’s titled Affordances #1 You Only Reincarnate Infinitely
Adding a maximalist aesthetic to an otherwise minimal design, their intuitive design combines three modular pieces each displaying different patterns and colours.

Miami Residence by Brillhart Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Honing in on tropical Miami's vernacular architecture, Brillhart architects conceived this ambitious self-build that serves as a simple and practical home. Elevated five feet above the ground, 15 metres of uninterrupted glazing spans the length of both the front and back sides with four sets of sliding glass doors which allow the house to be entirely opened when desired. Light enters the porches on either side through wood slatted timber screens that also protect the structure from the region's elements.

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Pool Chair by YOIN Design & Craft

Deborah Raj - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Pool Chair was designed after reflecting on memories of climbing up from the pool after swimming. As a kid, reaching the pool ladder always made you feel safe so taking that inspiration, the duo behind YOIN created a chair with the same gentile lines as the ladder.

Ribbon Chapel by NAP Architects

Deborah Raj - Friday, February 20, 2015

This is a wedding chapel unlike any other. Located in the garden of a resort hotel in Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan, the freestanding Ribbon Chapel boasts panoramic views of the Inland Sea, which can be viewed from its two spiral stairways that are intertwined. Hiroshi Nakamura, of NAP Architects, designed the spiraling structure with two stairways to help make the volume more structurally sound. The two ribboning forms seamlessly join together, just like the two lives getting married, after going through twists and turns, before uniting together as one at the very top.

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Scape House by FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, February 19, 2015
Located in a developed residential area in Shiga, Japan the brief for this home was to fully utilise the picturesque view of the lake from the property and for the space to be opened while not being bothered by the neighborhood’s eyes. With minimal space to work with, the Japanese firm, FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects, used box windows on dividing walls provide an openness to the layout.

Fiii Fun House by Iris Cantante

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Designed by architect Iris Cantante, Fiii Fun House in Buenos Aires, Argentina is a restaurant spread out over two floors, with the ground floor being the restaurant and play area for kids, which is divided by a wooden fence. The top floor is a party area for private events. Built within the space are three wooden houses, i.e. Fun Houses that divide the open space into zones for different moods. The first house is a cosy communal table for the adults, the second a space for babies, and the third a didactic table for kids where they can draw and use their imagination. The swings are there to help them feel more relaxed so their imaginations can run wild. Wood is the prime material used which gives the space a cosy, calm feel, while also helping with the sound.

Furniture made with wind power by Merel Karhof

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Designer Merel Karhof's Windworks collection of upholstered furniture pieces are made solely from materials produced using wind power. 

The Egg Secret Cabinet by Teun Fleskens

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Egg mirror was made to be combined with a key shelf hidden behind it called The Cabinet. Made in the Netherlands, the Studio Teun Fleskens creations are both the same shape and when hung on The Trumpet hook, can be swung aside to retrieve keys before rushing out the door.