Dash, Turin – the latest lounge bar experience

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In the heart of Turin, a new restaurant has opened its doors in an abandoned printing house. A 70es style inspired space  where steel meets concrete, architect Fabio Fantolino has succeeded in mixing these different materials and combining intimate areas with larger busier surfaces. source : yellowtrace.com





Hutong extensions

Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity.

Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished.

The aim is to show how the traditional courtyard properties can be adapted to create resources for local communities, ranging from children’s play areas to co-working spaces.

source : Dezeen






The very sweet Azucar Hotel

Azucar Hotel in Monte Gordo, Veracruz is an assemblage of 20 whitewashed bungalows with small, private terraces overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Inspired by the local sugarcane industry, each bungalow is named after one of the mills in the area. This is a slow-life experience a visitor can find in Azucar, with an access to hotel’s open-air ‘biblioteca’ or outdoor spa. Designed by Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha of Grupo Habita, they kept the surrounding landscape in mind when working on the site. source : trendland.com


Do you say you want a Revolution ? at the V&A London

Brilliant exhibition about the revolutionary spirit of the Sixties.

This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.



Saype draws 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland

SAYPE draws 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland.
Artist Saype has recently completed this monumental ephemeral land artwork in the mountainous landscape of Leysin. The 10,000 square meter piece depicts a reclined man lying on the side of a huge hill, his arms crossed behind his head, eyes closed as the sun hits his face, and a pipe casually resting in his mouth. source : Designboom






Jardin Rouge – Marrakech

Jardin Rouge is an astounding artists’ residency nestled nearby a typical Moroccan village in the outskirts of Marrakech.

Launched in 2007 by the private Montresso Art Foundation, Jardin Rouge is a haven where contemporary (and Street Art) artists of various backgrounds are invited to build an artistic project in a flexible timeframe.

The foundation imagined a sanctuary where artists are given all the necessary means to source their inspiration, reflect and experiment in a unique environment. Much more than an artist’s workshop, Jardin Rouge is an intimate space where worldwide amateurs, collectors, and art critics can exchange over their passion for art. source : trend land









THE ROLLING STONES AT London’s Saatchi Gallery

EXHIBITIONISM -The Rolling Stones is this summer’s must-see show, having opened to critical acclaim at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Unlocking their vast archive, this exhibition is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, curated over 9 thematic gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never before released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.

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The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen







Nacrée, Tokyo

In Myagi, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma has completed the whimsical interior design of a French restaurant ran by a Japanese chef who previously worked at a 3-star Michelin restarant in France. Named ‘Nacrée’, the focal characteristic of this space is defined by an unconventional element of architecture that wraps and curves around the floorplan to form a decorative and functional element. The acrylic cylinders suspend from the ceiling to create a transparent curtain and partitioning between different zones of the restaurant;

source : designboom



Dior’s new Home Decor Collection

The very first Christian Dior home collection launched this week at the house’s new and grand four-story shop in London. Peter Marino designed the Home space in the new Dior shop to resemble a conservatory, with greenery along the white trellis and a diamond-shaped skylight that runs the entire length of the entrance.

For the launch, the brand tapped 11 designers to create a range of pieces that includes handblown glass carafes, ceramic plates, decks of Dior-printed playing cards, notebooks, crystal glassware, and hand-embroidered linens. The designers include India Mahdavi; Lucie de la Falaise; Michaël Cailloux; and the store’s designer, Peter Marino. For each season, there will be a rotating group of artists and designers creating unique pieces under this new in-house label.

The aesthetic of each Dior Home item pays homage to the founder himself—his love of flowers, his progressive and feminine dress silhouettes, and his unmistakable, signature gray and pastel pink. source : Vogue

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Penda proposes green-filled sky villa residences in India

Penda has shared the latest development for his Magic Breeze project in Hyderabad, India with the proposal of a residential idea of a ‘house with a garden’ to complement the maze-like garden landscape. The 450,000 square foot development is composed of 127 units; designed as duplex sky villas with each unit divided from its neighbor by a double-height, private garden. these green ‘in-between spaces’ create a sense of openness and vitality to the compound and loosens up the density a tenant would experience in a common condominium building. source : designboom





The Floating Piers

Three kilometres of saffron-coloured pathways temporarily connect the shore of Italy’s Lake Iseo to islands at its centre in this installation by Bulgarian artist Christo. For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 (weather permitting) – Italy’s Lake Iseo is being reimagined. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

hip hop grandpas of Nairobi

They’re known as Kabangu, and they’re a group of hip hop grandpas who’ve been around since the 1980s — or so it appears.

This ultimate band of “true hip hop heads” allegedly double as security guards by night in Kariobangi – one of Nairobi’s informal settlements.
By day, the four men are said to educate and mentor up and coming talents within the hip hop scene. A Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia and stylist Kevin Abraham have created an imaginary supergroup of octogenarians.  Known as Kabangu, the fictional band has proven so popular many believe they actually exist ! source : cnn






Ils Crawford is named Designer of the Year at Maison & Objets – September 2016 edition



Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life.


Hamptons’ latest concept store THE LINE

THE LINE is bringing its hugely popular concept store to the Hamptons NY and it has set up shop in a 18-century light filled double-height home with towering oak beams. This marks the third location for Vanessa Traina’s cult-followed Apartments by The Line. Take a tour of this stunning 100% shoppable beach home—it just might be the most gorgeous décor store we’ve ever seen. source : mydomaine.com

Popham Design-Marrakech

When Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes bought a 1950s house in Gueliz, a neighborhood in the heart of modern Marrakech, they painted it in shades of inky blue, clear azure, and cool gray, animated by similar colors in the vividly patterned tiles they produce in their small factory in town. The couple came to Marrakech nine years ago, with the idea of taking a year off from their busy Los Angeles–based lives.  Two months after arriving, they started a bespoke tile company, Popham Design, with a factory that grew to employ some 60 locals. source : Elle Decor


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