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Design: The Week In Review 1/09/14

Anna Coe - Monday, September 01, 2014

A. Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro Interweave Lego and Ikea furniture [via DesignBoom]

B. New Zealand's Waiatarua House by Hamish Monk Architecture is a Retiree's Heaven [via TheCoolist]

C. A Design Lover's Guide to the Modern Jaipur [via Tmagazine]

D. Randy Slavin paints with light to create Cobra Starship's Never Been In Love music video [via Dezeen]

E. New cut paper sculptures and illustrations by Elsa Mora [via Colossal]

F. Shape up lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee [via Mocoloco]

Giraffe house by Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie

Anna Coe - Friday, August 29, 2014

With the height of its inhabitants of paramount consideration, the Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo, designed as a collaboration between local architecture practices Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie, was created to comfortably accommodate in harmony, both the long necked animals and their human keepers. Playing with the verticality of the space, the roofline varies from three to ten metres in height. The angular animal house presents functionality and operational overlap, where two internal dens allow for the easy interaction between the giraffes and their caregivers. Inside a mezzanine overlooks both sides of the interior while clerestory windows allow natural light into the space. 

Photography by Mark Smith and Jonny Davis

Energy Efficient Dome Homes by Solaleya Designs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Embracing the concept of a bio-dome residence, Miami-based Solaleya Designs have set out to create these spherical homes made entirely of natural and recycled materials such as repurposed steel, certified wood and compressed straw, employing the use of solar power for a minimal environmental footprint. The Domespace model sits on a rotating base in order to customise the amount of sunlight exposure in any one part of the house while the various designs shed light on a renewed appreciation for these eco-friendly homes.  

Via HiConsumption.

L'Espoir Blanc Patisserie by Yuko Nagayama

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Located in Okamoto, Japan, L'Espoir Blanc is a patisserie and cafe designed by Tokyo-based Yuko Nagayama. The building was conceived to look like two separate structures with a small courtyard that snugly encompasses the tree within. A solid Western wall protects the interior from strong sunlight while the Northern and Southern facades allow natural light to flood in via their almost entirely glass facades. 

Via Dezeen.

Trocadero Apartment by Francois Champsaur

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Parisian apartment renovation is yet another exquisite project by French designer Francois Champsaur. The residents' family have owned the apartment for several generations, and the brief from the current residents was to give it a complete overhaul and make it "unrecognisable". The result is a truly spectacular layout - slim corridors and pokey areas have been removed to make way for large spaces with lots of natural light. 

Curved wooden dividers cleverly separate areas without closing them in, while also adding a sculptural aesthetic to several rooms, in particular the living area where Charlotte Perriand's lounge, and Cassina Tre Pezzi armchairs (both available herefollow this up seamlessly. 

The new dining area features banquette seating - designed by Champsaur himself (and similar to those he installed in the new Hotel Vernet) that adds pop of green amongst the black Diana dining chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Classicon (available locally from Matisse). 

Via TheCoolHunter

London House Extention by Tigg Coll Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, August 25, 2014

Tasked with designing a kitchen and living room extension that would connect the inhabitants of this London based home with the property's large back garden, local studio Tigg Coll Architects came up with the idea for a refined, contemporary add-on. With vertically and horizontally laid bricks framing all the openings including the feature glazing that disappears into the walls, the generous aperture serves to connect both the indoor and outdoor spaces as specified. 

Via Dezeen.

Villa F by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keeping in mind efficiency and sustainability, Villa F's ultra modern design wouldn't be out of place in a science fiction setting. A holiday retreat located on Greece's Rhodes Island, the main structure is made from plaster coated timber with sharp angles and vast open spaces that make the most of the spectacular views. A perfectly balanced example of interior and exterior living, the house is perched above the waterfront road that is bordered by a natural stone wall providing an element of privacy.  

Via Archisearch

Design: The Week in Review 18/08/14

Anna Coe - Monday, August 18, 2014

A. The DNA bench by True Design [via Contemporist]

B. 19th Century Spanish Apartment Restored into Bright Modern Home [via TheCoolist]

C. The Science of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger [via FastCoDesign]

D. Bibo: Street Art Meets French Dining [via Trendland]

E. Breathtaking Aerial Landscapes of Iceland by Sarah Martinet [via ThisisColossal]

F. Residence Roy-Lawrence by Chevalier Morales Architects in Quebec [via DesignBoom]

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Friday, August 15, 2014

The latest project out of Studio Arthur Casas is the three storey Casa Al. Located in the Brazilian hills near Rio de Janeiro, the elevated property affords breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. 

The first floor houses the entrance and social areas alongside the sleek infinity pool, whereas the ground floor is home to the guest accommodation  and service areas. The piece de resistance is the smaller timber clad volume that sits atop the first floor that forms the master suit and spa.

Studio AC have utilised materials that reflect the residence's surroundings such as quarry stone and cumaru wood.

Via DesignBoom.

Penthouse apartment by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Situated in Tel Aviv, this penthouse apartment designed by Pitsou Kedem blurs the lines between private and public space by being completely open and transparent to the surrounding city. 

The large floorspace (approximately 600 square metres) is wrapped within a clear screen shell and the internal rooms all float within this area. Essentially everything is open to the urban backdrop and each room affords a spectacular view of the city. The level of privacy is regulated by various levels of shading. 

Many of the materials used have been left in their raw state - the flooring is poured terrazzo and several feature walls are in exposed concrete. The muted colour palette is offset with pops of colours from several pieces of furniture. The space features lighting by Serge Mouille (available from Cult) and bathroomware by Boffi (available locally here).

Via DailyIcon.