Universal Design Studio worked with Ace Hotel to design the exteriors and interiors, including 258 guest rooms, an 1,800 square foot seventh floor event space, a 2,700 square foot restaurant, Hoi Polloi, and a 3,900 square foot lounge and reception area comprised of retail units, a bar, café and art gallery.
Once the home of a notorious bishop, the seventeenth century building in the town of Orléans, Hôtel Dupanloup, has recently been reconstructed to function as International Research Center of the University of Orléans. Studio Makkink & Bey developed a series of spatial installations that transform the historic Hôtel chambers into lively public spaces.
Fascinated with the fragility and strength of flowers, Makota Azuma has spent his lifetime weaving ethereal and colorful sculptures and installations, with plants as his primary medium. For his first gravity-defying project, Exobiotanica, he uprooted plants and placed them in a new kind of “nature,”— way up high in the stratosphere.
The objects in the shelving are used for creating a dynamic composition, comparable to the method of creating a collage.
Besides using objects like bricks which are widely available I also picked up one-off objects from flea markets, charity shops and building sites. That way I'm forced to make new compositions with each shelf. Each composition is unique and defines the overall aesthetic of the furniture.
The Chenequa Residence is born out of its site and is informed by the surrounding environment. The house wraps around the face of a hill and pivots around established trees. It carries stone, stained concrete and wood seamlessly through the expansive glazing to connect the interior and exterior spaces.
In a bid to turn overused polyurethane on its head, Stockholm-based Therese Granlund made these drip chairs for her MA thesis at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Titled Form Follows Foam, the set extorts the low-class material’s plasticine qualities to create out-of-this-world conversation pieces.
Architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty keep offices in Paris and Marrakech—which is probably why they are experts in blending Eastern and Western architecture.
Working on luxury projects for the likes of the Hermes family, their firm Studio KO designed this minimalist mountain lodge in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Blocked prisms, earth tones and exotic textures mark the home, which they’ve dubbed Villa E.
Audemars Piguet to unveil new lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2014 from 14 – 18 May 2014 by leading French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, featuring a video installation about the brand’s origins by Austrian video artist Kurt Hentschläger.
Britain's design dream team, Barber & Osgerby, were busy this year in Milan - having premiered new works for five manufacturers including: a new collection of five pieces for Vitra including the Mariposa sofa, Planophore shelves, Wood Table and Wood bench as well as Zeb bar stool. They have also launched the Button and Tobi Ishi tables for B&B Italia, upholstery for Knoll, Port vase for Venini and Mews tile collection for Mutina.