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The OVO collection of chairs by Foster + Partners for Benchmark
Designed by fellow Brits, Foster + Partners architects, the three new additions to OVO take the shape of an armchair, a stackable armless version and a lounge seat. “The collection is a celebration of craftsmanship and materiality, a tactile range of furniture that is characterised by the simplicity of form,” says Mike Holland, head of […]
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Beachside beauty: Pavilion Street residences in Queenscliff by SJB
The beautiful colour and weathered texture of brick provided the ready (and obvious) answer to the client’s brief for a local material that could withstand exposure to coastal conditions. The ‘Emperor’ brick in Ghost from Krause Bricks was selected for its handmade variation in texture and array of colours, from warm blondes to violet hues, […]
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An ancient relic lies at the heart of China's Fuzhou Teahouse by Neri&Hu
Procured by the client, the Chinese artefact in question is the timber residence of a high-ranking Qing dynasty official, replete with ornamental carvings and intricate joinery. Relocated from the province of Anhui, about ten hours drive north of its new home in Fuzhou, the Hui-style structure is now enshrined as an inhabitable centrepiece; a fascinating […]
Reutov Design punctuates a New York cafe with lashings of one soothing hue
“Among the endless movement of millions of people and cars, you often want to get in touch with nature,” Dmitry says of his New York experience. “Here is an oasis in the midst of a raging stream. We have created a cafe in which it will be comfortable not only to relax, but also to […]
1The ‘Hortensia’ armchair by Andrés Reisinger and Júlia Esqué for Moooi
2A 1960s London post office is now a swinging sushi restaurant
3Designer diner: Los Alexis taquería in Mexico City by RA!
4Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia to design super-fast transport
5Australia 108: The tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere
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Home tour: New meets old at the hands of Channon Architects and Burton Architects
3 House by Channon Architects and Burton Architects explores the pragmatic versatility of masonry in medium density housing on small lots. Comprising an office, a granny flat and a family home, the project focusses on an adaptive plan, where the functions of its self-contained spaces can change when needed. Located on a corner block in New Farm, Brisbane, the site was already occupied by a four-room workers’ cottage. The reimagined cottage was the first dwelling to be developed, becoming an office with a granny flat and car park tucked underneath, followed by a separate 3-bedroom house with two-car garage constructed at the rear.
Home tour: The undulating Fold House in Canada by Partisans
When fire destroyed the original guest house of a Georgian Revival manor in Southern Ontario, Canada, the owners of the property approached Toronto-based architecture studio Partisans to replace the structure with something far more adventurous. “Our clients had to run out and literally watched the cottage burn down,” Partisans’ co-founder Alex Josephson said at the time. “They were inspired to replace it with an innovative work of architecture that would be a nature-orientated escape to share with immediate family and friends.”
'Cabins on the Mountain' in Cuba by Veliz Arquitecto
Havana-based designer Jorge Luis Veliz Quintana of creative studio Veliz Arquitecto has envisaged an imaginative refuge in the rugged mountains of Cuba. Boasting breathtaking views across the digitally replicated landscape, the ‘Cabins on the Mountain’ are designed to be camouflaged among the age-old boulders and towering trees.
Home tour: Stewart House by Chenchow Little Architects
The Stewart House is located in Palm Beach on a ridge overlooking the McKay Reserve, a gully which is significant for its Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) of the Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest. This places the site within a bushfire ‘Flame Zone’, and its designs and materials were oriented towards meeting stringent requirements of the bushfire code. In addition, there was much consideration for the environment in its construction.
Iturbide Studio in Mexico City by Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha
Located in the Barrio del Niño Jesús, a neighbourhood of Mexico City, the Iturbide Studio is just a few steps away from owner Graciela Iturbide's private residence. A celebrated Mexican photographer, Graciela had only one condition when she asked her architect son Mauricio Rocha of local firm Taller de Arquitectura to design the studio: it simply had to be built from bricks.
The ‘Hortensia’ armchair by Andrés Reisinger and Júlia Esqué for Moooi
Suddenly driven to bring the piece to life, Andrés called upon the expertise of textile designer Júlia Esqué, who was also working in Barcelona at the time. The pair agreed that any tangible iteration of the ‘Hortensia’ armchair needed to replicate the beauty of nature. It would also be required to create a feeling of […]
Rock star Matthew Simmonds carves miniature buildings into solid stone
Merging this lightbulb moment with his life-long fascination of stone buildings, Matthew decided to study architectural stone carving at Weymouth Technical College in the UK’s south. This led to gratifying work on the restoration of several major English monuments, including Westminster Abbey in London and the cathedrals of Salisbury and Ely. It wasn’t until 1997, […]
Pierre Yovanovitch launches long-awaited Mobilier furniture brand
Acclaimed French decorator and interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch has pulled back the curtains on his very own furniture label. Titled Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier (PYMO), the brand debuts 45 pieces of lighting, seating and accessories, each bearing the hallmarks of the designer’s playful yet sophisticated style.
The doughnut-inspired ‘Boa’ pouf by Sabine Marcelis for Hem
It’s long been said that grocery shopping on an empty stomach doesn't bode well for your hip pocket. That maxim is now crossing the aisles into the design realm as a mouth-watering spread of food-inspired furnishings enters the marketplace, with everything from rugs mimicking fried eggs, sofas that pass as oversized hotdogs and buttery corncob stools out to tempt tastebuds. And empty wallets.
Introducing the New Wave collection of 80s-inspired vases by Greg Natale
Comprising seductive silhouettes cast by telescopic cylinders and architectural arches, the New Wave collection of decorative vessels by designer Greg Natale plays with forms reminiscent of the past, rebooted for use within contemporary interiors. “I drew from an array of references for this collection. Most significantly, the 1980s interpretation of art deco which was super bold and futuristic," says Greg.
Bank to boutique: Acne Studios in Stockholm by Arquitectura-G
A former bank building in Stockholm became world-famous in 1973 when a robbery occurred, a dramatic six-day hostage situation unfurled and the phrase ‘Stockholm syndrome’ was uttered for the very first time. The term would go on to label the inexplicable bond formed between hostages and their captors, not just in Sweden but all around the globe.
Designer diner: Los Alexis taquería in Mexico City by RA!
A hole-in-the-wall taquería has emerged in Roma Norte; a reimagined neighbourhood in Mexico City whose once upper-class footpaths are now frequented by cuisine-seeking hipsters. Located among the region’s gastronomic melting pot – where eclectic bars, restaurants and clubs rub shoulders with vibrant Mexican culture and early 20th-century architecture – this is Los Alexis taco restaurant, the latest interior design work of local creative studio RA!
Hot desks: Spacial co-working office in Montreal by Ivy Studio
Two separate spaces formerly used for a Jiu Jitsu gym and a beauty salon have undergone the ultimate transformation, collectively reborn as the first co-working office facility under the Spacial brand. Created by Canadian design firm Ivy Studio, the new-age office is located on Wellington Street in Montreal, directly connected to the busiest part of the city’s Verdun neighbourhood. The client’s brief to Ivy Studio, led by architects Gabrielle Rousseau and Philip Staszeksi, was to craft a pleasant yet highly flexible co-working space for a maximum of 120 people, featuring different sizes of rentable offices and a dynamic mix of shared common areas.
Inside the Cotton On global headquarters by Greg Natale and PTID
The storied past of Geelong in the southwest of Melbourne has undoubtedly contributed to placing the bay-side region on the map. The city is well-known for its woollen mills that coincided with Geelong’s founding in 1837 and the National Wool Museum that now pays tribute to the industry’s heyday. There’s the circa-1859 Geelong AFL club (one of the world’s oldest clubs) and, of course, the now-shuttered Ford factory that was home of manufacturing for the iconic Falcon and the family of motor-vehicles that followed suit. But there’s another claim to fame to be added to the city’s brag-list: the region is the birthplace of retail empire Cotton On Group.
Spanish rose: Pukkel restaurant in Huesca by Masquespacio
When professional footballers Jorge Pulido and Mikel Rico decided to broaden their business portfolio to include the Pukkel restaurant in Huesca, their home-ground city in Spain’s north-east, the duo turned to the inimitable stylings of Valencia-based creative consultancy Masquespacio for an unforgettable fit-out.