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Bamboo lighting by Estudi Arola for Vibia

Anna Coe - Friday, May 16, 2014


Taking inspiration from the bamboo plant, Estudi Arola's latest lighting design for Spanish manufacturer Vibia has the ability to adapt to its surroundings. The lights can be used together in 'crops' and allow the user to create a personalised combination of lighting by using differing heights together. 

Vibia is available locally from ECC.



Roll & Hill at New York Design Week

Anna Coe - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

At New York Design Week Roll & Hill are set to showcase several new lighting designs in brass that are inspired by fern fronds and musical instruments. The pieces include the Fiddlehead lamp by Jason Millar (top), that mimics the shape of a young fern front unravelling. London designer Philippe Malouin is presenting his Gridlock collection which consists of thousands of small brass parts that are formed together to create three dimensional grids. 

Roll & Hill is available locally from ECC.



Design: The Week In Review 12/05/14

Anna Coe - Monday, May 12, 2014


A. The Drinkable book that has water filters for pages [via FastCoDesign]

B. The Cloud Table by Studio Maks [via Trendland]

C. Young & Battaglia suspend a chandelier inside a lightbulb for Mineheart [via DesignBoom]

D. By Design | Inside a remote island made of marble, an artist's new abode [via Tmagazine]

E. Matisse beach club in Perth by Oldfield Knott Architects [via Contemporist]

F. Norm architects have created a beer foamer that promises better pints [via Dezeen]



Barn House by Whiting Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, May 12, 2014







The Barn house is the home of Steven and Carole Whiting of Australian studio Whiting Architects. They have taken an existing structure and completely renovated - the original brick first floor has been extended via black timber boards, and the shape is now reminiscent of a traditional barn shape.

The interior colour palette is mostly neutrals with touches of black that tie in with the exterior. Furniture pieces used include a Tom Dixon Offcut stool (available from ECC) and a Foscarini Twiggy floor lamp over the dining table (available from Matisse). 

Via Studio Arrc



Rainbow light by Julien Renault

Anna Coe - Thursday, May 08, 2014



Industrial designer Julien Renault designed the Rainbow light after working with kids during a research workshop. Constructed from reinforced plaster, the shades have a marble like appearance and due to the production method, no two lamps will ever be the sam. There are also countless colour combinations.

Via Trendland.



Hotel Vernet by Champsaur

Anna Coe - Tuesday, May 06, 2014





The grand Hotel Vernet in Paris has had a complete overhaul by French interior designer Francois Champsaur, which also coincides with the hotel's 100th anniversary. Champsaur has given it a contemporary elegant feel, while still keeping many of the original French features, including Gustave Eiffel's incredible glass dome above the restaurant. Champsaur is known for his work on several other hotels, but also many art collectors' homes, which is reflected in his design of Hotel Vernet where art and design take centre stage. 

Majority of the new furniture and lighting has been designed by Champsaur himself, however the entrance hall features Minotti armchairs by Rodolfo Dordoni, and the rooms feature desk chairs from &Tradition. Artist Jean Michel Alberola was commissioned for the fresco in the bar's ceiling - and was then asked to design the carpet for the same area.



Campanule Lamp by Something for Ligne Roset

Anna Coe - Monday, May 05, 2014


Daniel Debiasi and Frederico Sandri of Something have designed the Campanule lamp for French manufacturer Ligne Roset. The simple lamp is intended to make reference to the wild bellflower (Campanule is bellflower in French) and consists of three powder-coated steel elements that are welded together. 

Ligne Roset is available locally from Domo.



Mirto by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

Anna Coe - Monday, May 05, 2014




The Mirto outdoor collection by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia includes a chaise lounge, folding armchair, dining table and side table all in a neutral colour palette. The chaise lounge consists of a die-cast aluminium bridge-like frame, and instead of wheels it has two small discreet rollers that allow it to be moved easily. The folding armchair takes inspiration from the classic director's chair and features leather armrests and trim across the top of the backrest.

B&B Italia is available locally from Matisse.



Baleia Condo by Studio Arthur Casas

Anna Coe - Monday, May 05, 2014


Last year saw the completion of Studio Arthur Casas' Baleia condo that sits between a large rainforest reserve and the beach of Baleia in Sao Paulo. Four houses are positioned on the plot of land, and the studio have designed each one to allow for maximum privacy, but with a strong architectural aesthetic. Although the homes are relatively narrow, they all afford incredible views through the open plan interior. 



Reflection collection by Lucas & Lucas

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Husband and wife duo Lucas & Lucas (Sander Lucas and Marijke Lucas-Geurts) are the team behind the Reflection Collection. The series of three pieces - a ladder, chair and light, all incorporate a mirror into their construction, forcing the viewer to look at themselves from a different perspective. 

Via Trendland.