design folio

OVD 919 house by SAOTA

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Friday, May 22, 2015

South African architecture practice SAOTA has designed 'OVD 919' - a cliff-side home which offers panoramic mountain and sea views. Positioned on a ridge in Bantry Bay, Capetown below Lions Head Mountain with views of Robben Island, the brief called for a property that balanced these external sightlines with internal privacy. 

The interior fit out includes Tufty Too sofas by B&B Italia available locally from Matisse; and Platner arm chairs by Knoll, available locally from Studio Italia.

Via Designboom. 

Nana Chair by Alegre Design

Franky March - Friday, May 22, 2015

A rocking chair designed for new parents with comfort at the forefront of the design. Using breathable fabrics, the Nana chair's backrest is adjustable and provides much needed back support, whilst the armrests are specifically designed to curve outwards to offer a resting position whilst holding your baby. Made with an oak wood structure, the chair is connected by black steel legs attached to curved rails to aid a rocking motion. 

Via Design Milk

Zelda Lighting Collection by Bec Brittain

Franky March - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lighting guru Bec Brittain has revealed her latest collection 'Zelda' showcasing deconstructed diamond shaped forms, as well as a new range of light diffuses. Made from brass and LED tubes, different design configurations can be connected to the primary form which are called 'Zelda Links' - creating different lighting designs resembling an orbit like aesthetic. Available in three different metals and five different glass finishes and are made to order in Brittain's Brooklyn studio.

Via Dezeen

A Converted Church by Gianna Camilotti

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gold winner of the 2014 London Design Awards, Gianna Camilotti converted this hallowed institution into a home, purchasing it for herself to express her dream work and living space. 

Vila Leopoldina Loft by Diego Revollo Arquitetura

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Located in São Paulo, Brazil, the 70 square meter Vila Leopoldina loft was created by Brazilian architect and interior designer Diego Revollo with its actor owner in mind, culminating in a space that is equal parts modern, liveable and dramatic.


'Flow' flooring collection by Bolon

Franky March - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Swedish design company Bolon showcases its newest flooring collection 'flow', inspired by the timeless mystery of our oceans, exhibiting design fluidity, visual motion, and soft pastel shades. The design characteristics harmony add elegance to an interior situation and with Bolon's recently commissioned onsite recycling plant, the bottom layer comprises recycled materials, which is 33% of the overall product. 

Via Yellowtrace 

Line Collection by Douglas and Bec

Franky March - Friday, May 15, 2015

Departing from its renowned timber aesthetic, the new 'Line' collection of lighting and side tables by Douglas and Bec showcases glass, steel, brass and painted timber finishes, whilst still conveying notable feminine accents. The collection pays homage to Sculptor Alexander Calder compromising his distinct playfulness with Bec's simplistic use of materials, using new processes including chemical darkening of the brass changing the traditional gold appearance to a dark pearl hue.  

Via Yellowtrace 

Scaloro by Rizzi

Jocelyn Muir - Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scaloro, the new helical staircase design by Rizzi, repositions staircases from being serviceable necessities to aesthetically pleasing structures that add character and beauty to the home. The central helical core has both structural and wiring functions for the cantilever steps which contain lighting. The gap between the steps and the parapet allow the light to be diffused which creates an impression of lightness and adds to the visual impressiveness of the structure.

Numerous features can be customised, from the cutting of the step edge which is emphasised by the light, to the colour of the staircase and the internal and external finishing of the parapet. 

Antivilla by Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider

Jocelyn Muir - Thursday, May 14, 2015
This refurbished former lingerie factory southwest of Berlin, questions the relationship between building regulations and standards, energy efficiency and the idea of re-use and adaptive living. It's a combined living and studio building with a new approach. Instead of insulating the existing structure and to save costs, the façade was covered with shortcrete. All non-bearing walls were removed and a functional 20 square metre core with the staircase, bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace as well a sauna were installed in the centre of both floors, to create open plan, spacious living. Transparent PVC curtains are used to zone the areas according to the climate needs. The original roof was removed and replaced by a flat concrete slab that structurally allowed big openings in the walls. Parts of the walls have been hammered away to create large windows on the north and south façades that provide views of the nearby lake and and offer an unfinished look to the exterior.

Sandpath House by Adrian James Architects

Jocelyn Muir - Thursday, May 14, 2015

Testament to the fact that sometimes a tight budget induces increased creativity, is this 'flat pack' house in Oxford, England by Adrian James Architects. Kept simple visually, the tight cuboid, assembled from a flat pack of structural insulated timber, has three main areas of interest that the architects focussed on. They introduced a cantilever to allow the front of the house to slightly overhang, they created a significant opening onto the garden from the side of the house offering excellent indoor outdoor flow and the impression of spaciousness, and they kept the side by side staircases delicate and light which adds finesse to the open plan layout.