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Michael Bay's LA Residence by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, January 22, 2016

Miami architect Chad Oppenheim first came up with the concept for what would eventually be director Michael Bay's Los Angeles home after an unrealised proposal he had for a group of Caribbean villas. This explains the resort feel that permeates throughout the 30,000 square foot, three story dwelling that is comprised of the sculptural massing of rectilinear forms and astonishing cantilevers. The project was completed by L.A. firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios and boasts a state-of-the-art home theatre and a massive window wall in the lower lounge that opens by way of an elaborate counterweight system. 

Furniture includes Arne Jacobsen lounge chair (available locally from Cult), Giorgetti sofa (available locally from ECC), B&B Italia beds (available locally from Matisse), white Flexform sofa (available locally from Studio Italia) and kitchen appliances by Boffi and Wolf

Via Architectural Digest

Catalano Bench by Lluis Clotet and Oscar Tusquets Blanca

Franky March - Monday, January 18, 2016


With 2014 marking its 40th anniversary, the Catalano Bench was designed by Lluis Clotet and Oscar Tusquets Blanca in 1974, as a more ergonomic version of a bench Antoni Gaudi designed for Park Güell. In celebration, the designers recreated a limited modernised and more comfortable edition, by adding black rope to the pink and mint coloured benches. 

Via Design Milk

Traveller by GamFratesi for Porro

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 'Traveller' is an elegant daybed by Copenhagen based studio Gamfratesi for Porro. Both comfortable and proportional, the piece is distincly recognisable by its black-metal trestle structure. Back rests are made of leather, available in natrual aged or dark brown, and are visually softened by two upholstered cushions that cover the horizontal length. Porro is available locally from Studio Italia

Via Designboom

Charcoal Creative Studio Marble Globes

Franky March - Friday, January 08, 2016

These marble globes by New York based Charcoal Creative Studio carry the underlying intention to encourage using sustainable materials in every corner of the 'globe'. Crafted from a earth-friendly marble base, each globe has 5 components that can be mixed and matched for different everyday uses and purposes. 

Via Contemporist 

30 Esplanade by Wood Marsh Architecture

Franky March - Monday, January 04, 2016

Located at the beachside destination of Brighton, Melbourne, this collection of 24 modern townhouses called 30 Esplanade are architecturally designed by Wood Marsh Architecture along with interior designer Kendra Pinkus, where coastal living is reimagined with modern materials and refinement, breaking it from the stereotypical seaside home mould. 

Via Contemporist

Marble Umbrella Stand by Thom Fougere

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This Umbrella Stand by Canada-based designer Thom Fougere is typical of the studio's aesthetic that pays careful attention to material choices, functionality and design. Bridging the gap between a utilitarian product and a sculptural object, the stand offers an elegant place to store one's umbrella. 

Customisable Layer chair by Sohyun Yun

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Korean designer Sohyun Yun has come up with the ultimate way to design your own chair, simply by inserting various patterns intro an acrylic framework.

Via DesignBoom.

Tennessee Farmhouse by Meyer Davis

Anna Coe - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

oasting picturesque, sweeping rural landscapes, this Nashville property provided the ideal idyllic backdrop for a couple's vision to create an inviting family retreat. New York-based firm Meyer Davis Studio rose to the challenge, conceptualising a dramatic contemporary interpretation of a hunting lodge, drawing reference from modernist icons such as the Farnsworth House. The home's striking transparency and simple geometric representation of the natural topography, results in what is essentially a glass box that takes advantage of all available views. Residing purposefully within the landscape on a grass plinth, the Farmhouse exudes a sense of permanence. The fluidity between indoors and out is achieved through spatial playfulness, combined with exquisitely detailed materials, making this a truly special home. The residence also provides welcoming and expansive entertaining areas along with ample space to display the owners' eclectic art collection. The windows offer continual cinematic views of the property and as it changes throughout the seasons it establishes a natural palette, so using authentic, durable materials was important. The rustic finishes used range from thick leather and heavy fabrics to wire-brushed wood and stone that reveal the space's natural character. The result is a simply magnificent home that is destined to become a significant architectural reference point for its era in years to come.

Key pieces featured: Boffi Pipe Shower (available here), Agape Spoon bath and Maxalto Agathos armchair (both from Matisse) and CH24 Wishbone chair (available from Cult).

Flora collection by Marcin Rusak

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Saturday, December 26, 2015

London designer has created a colelction of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, the cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside. The resulting range includes a lamp, a screen and a table - all embedded with flowers sourced from local markets and stalls. 

Via Dezeen

GamFratesi for Gebruder Thonet

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 21, 2015

Danish design duo GamFratesi have incorporated patterned cane panels into a collection of steam-bent wood furniture for Gebrüder Thonet. Unveiled this year at the 2015 Milan fair, the range is composed of a two-seater sofa, armchair, office chair, desk and a pair of high and low-backed dining chairs. 

Via Dezeen