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Sun Path House by Studio Christian Wassmann

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Studio Christian Wassmann has completed a sculptural three-storey residential extension in Miami Beach. The project establishes a clear dialogue with the site's original 1930s bungalow by way of an open space between the original structure and the new addition. As its name suggests, the "sun path house" uses the sun to foster the vitality and health of its inhabitants with an outwardly spiraling wall that is simultaneously structural, functional and sculptural. 

Via Designboom

Louis Vuitton at Miami Basel 2015

Anna Coe - Monday, December 14, 2015

As part of the Art Basel Miami festival, Louis Vuitton are exhibiting a new addition to their famed Objets Nomades collection - a series of furniture pieces that reference the brand's association with luxury travel. This year, they enlisted famed industry stalwart, Marcel Wanders to join the line up of already impressive designers - including the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Raw Edges, Campana Brothers and Atelier Oi. 

Wanders' 'The Lounge Chair' is described as an "unfolding and portable oasis for relaxation", consisting of three separate modules that attach to each other in various ways, allowing for numerous seating solutions including a chaise lounge, pouffe or armchair. It is available in two colours (the classic Louis Vuitton brown and a turquiose) and both are on display in the Miami Design District store up until February 10th 2016. 

Giorgio Morandi inspired MRND Lamps for Seletti

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, December 11, 2015

As a tribute to master still life painter Giorgio Morandi, Elena Salmistraro has designed a trio of lamps for Seletti that are a modern reinterpretation of what he focussed on most in his work - bottles in still life. Morandi had a way of capturing the bottles with a soft light and subtle colours giving them almost a magical appearance. Salmistraro brings them back to three dimensions by "pulling the bottles out of the canvas and turning them into the MRND lamps. 

Via Design Milk

Sydney Heritage home renovation

Anna Coe - Friday, December 11, 2015

This heritage home in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse has undergone an incredible transformation at the hands of Brian Hess (of firm Hess Hoen). The original features have been retained yet enhanced with the addition of striking black-framed glass doors and modern materials alongside a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture. 

Highlights include Baxter's Chestermoon sofa in the lounge and Summer chairs (both available from Cavit), a Lindsay Adelman chandelier above the dining table, B&B Italia's JJ armchair (available from Matisse) and Agape's Vieques bath used as an outdoor tub (also available from Matisse).

Via Vogue Living

Leuven Apartment by i.s.m.architecten

Franky March - Thursday, December 10, 2015

Belgium architecture practice i.s.m.architecten recently reinvigorated this minimal apartment in Leuven. The design focus was to adapt the space for its new solo owner, using a series of transparent partitions which results in a feeling of openness while also providing privacy when guests stay over.

 Via Yellowtrace

Casa Fayette by Estudio5

Franky March - Thursday, December 10, 2015

Having opened in September 2015, Casa Fayette is a modern addition to the traditional Layfayette district in Mexico. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha collaborated with architectural firm Estudio5 to transform this 1940s mansion into contemporary 37 room design-forward hotel.

Via Yellowtrace 


Megalith Table Series by Duffy London

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Duffy London's latest table series, Megalith, defies gravity in both table and dining table forms. The design takes its shape from "The Sentinel", a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into a cult classic film "A Space Odyssey". The glass tabletops balance above toppling monoliths that are available in black, white, polished stainless and solid walnut. 

Narrow Bavarian Mountain House

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Located in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, Gut Feeling -- the name of this narrow house -- sits surrounded by a green landscape and snowy mountains. Available for rent on vacation website Welcome Beyond, the particularly narrow dwelling uses natural materials while keeping the structure clean and neutral. The ground level boasts room enough to pull a car right into the home via an almost hidden garage while two elevated terraces protrude out from the side of the home adding extra square-footage. Dark neutral colours are paired with natural wood giving the interior a warm, cozy feel. 

Vieques bath by Patricia Urquiola for Agape and Charlotte Perriand dining chairs by Cassina, both available locally from Matisse. Outdoor drop chairs by Arne Jacobsen available locally from Cult. Photos courtesy of Florian Holzherr. 

Dubai's Akin Barber and Shop by Anarchitect

Deborah Raj - Monday, December 07, 2015

Designed to be the bridge between "street level barber shops and upmarket spa salons" in the country, Akin Barber and Shop is located in Dubai's Burj Al Salam and aims to cater to the country's burgeoning community of urban and sartorially savvy gentlemen. 

Casa Lara in Sâo Paolo by Felipe Hess

Deborah Raj - Monday, December 07, 2015

This practical residence in Sâo Paulo by Felipe Hess was designed for a young businessman after a space conducive to entertaining friends and family.