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

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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

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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

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

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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.

http://www.studioilse.com

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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The Spirit of the Algarve – farmhouse chic

Located in Portugal’s stunning coastal Algarve region, Vila Monte is a boho-chic 55-room farmhouse-style hotel spread across nine hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens.

Vila Monte’s Vera Iachia-designed interiors use fresh whites and natural woods to create bright, airy spaces that are as welcoming as they are contemporary.

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Nendo’s Manga Chairs

Japanese design studio Nendo has created a series of 50 chairs, which are each based on the abstract lines and grids used in graphics for manga-style comic books. Each chair in the Manga collection is made from polished stainless steel, and is intended to emulate a design element used to illustrate emotions or actions in stories.

The 50 Manga chairs were presented as an installation for Friedman Benda gallery, New York at the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale during Milan design week.

source : dezeen

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Haute Couture Facade for Dior, Miami

Paris-based Barbarito Bancel Architects was commissioned to add a façade to a Dior boutique located in Miami, whose interiors were designed by Peter Marino. The principal stake of the project was to create a skin for the building that would reflect Dior’s image and identity, finding values where haute couture and architecture could meet and blend.

source : designboom

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Chanel’s Glass House

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique.

Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames and architraves to recreate the city’s traditional architectural style. source : dezeen

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Passion Flower Sue

 

Passionflower is a floral design studio specializing in floral fashion and jewelry, floral styling and weddings. Created by designer Susan McLeary, and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan Passionflower and is available for editorial styling, workshop instruction and destination events worldwide. Considered one of the country’s top designers of floral wearables and living jewelry, Susan received one gold and three silver medals and placed second overall in the 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition.

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She creates some beautiful floral and succulent jewelry.

Here are some of her amazing creations :

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EVENT : Koku Concept comes to Geneva

 

Exclusively for Switzerland’s finest luxury department store, the delightful designer sisters Ilena & Maria of KOKU CONCEPT, Athens will be present on

Friday April 15th at Bongénie LAUSANNE from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Saturday April 16th  at Bongénie GENEVA from 11.30 to 5.00 pm

Come meet Ilena & Maria and customize with their help your choice of trays !

 

See you soon !
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SALZ

Recognized for his conceptual approach in art, photography and sculpture, Swiss artist Rolf Sachs has unveiled his interior fit out for the Dolder Grand Hotel’s new restaurant called ‘Saltz’. Translating his approach in art into interiors, the restaurant constantly references the swiss landscape by combining distinctive materials including neon lights, salt, rock and felt to manifest a theatrical yet intimate setting.

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Strange Hotel, Nagasaki Japan

Welcome to Henn Na Hotel (変なホテル, Strange Hotel), a place where your futuristic dreams are realized ten fold as you are greeted and served by a series of helpful and endearing androids. The concept: to provide a revolutionary customer service experience that is cost effective, environmentally friendly, and a catalyst for further study into robotics and human interaction.

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The hotel achieves this in a variety of clever and innovative ways. Upon arrival you will be greeted by two receptionists, a female Japanese speaking humanoid with long, luscious blinking eyelashes, and a bow tie wearing, English speaking dinosaur. Since androids are not particularly skilled at finding lost room keys, guests are also required to record a digital mapping image of their face in order to register and thus there are no room keys.

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A rather friendly robot will then escort you to your room and carry your luggage for you, all while rocking out to some tunes blasting from its stereo system.

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If you simply wish to store a valuable item then the “Robot Cloak Room” is also available to customers, a gigantic robotic arm that sits in a glass encasement storing and withdrawing boxes for guests on command.

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Now that you have arrived at your room courtesy of your new party loving robot pal, you will be greeted by another new robot buddy by the name of “Tuly,” a lamp sized cutie that can answer questions like, “What time is it?” and, “What’s the weather like tomorrow?” as well as turn the lights on and off for you since there are no switches.

source : japanistas.com

Food for thought…

 

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