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'Three shades of pink': The Plaza Hutchison lobby in Montreal by Ivy Studio Inc
Given the close proximity of Plaza Hutchison to the University of Quebec, the apartments within the building are generally smaller studios rented to students. With this in mind, the design approach for the lobby strayed far from the usual. “Rather than a simple open waiting area, [the lobby has become] an extension of the residents’ […]
News
17-12-2021
Emerald city: Old champagne bottles form the facade of Bulgari Shanghai
The opening of the Bulgari flagship in Shanghai represents the third facade designed by MVRDV in the ongoing partnership between the Dutch architects and the luxury Italian jewellery brand. As with the other store designs, the Shanghai project makes use of a visual motif inspired by the portals and cornices of Bulgari’s earliest boutique (on […]
News
17-12-2021
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Wine time: Clos Pachem Winery in Spain by Harquitectes
Located in the heart of the historic Gratallops village, in the Priorat region of Spain, the site of the winery traces the form of an L-shaped polygon. It’s hugged closely on its sides by narrow laneways and traditional row houses. And overlooked by the nearby church, which is by far the town’s most dominant structure. […]
News
17-12-2021
Home tour: A lush oasis rests at the heart of Casa Houlpoch in Mexico
Chukum is a gently textured finish named after its main ingredient (resin from chukum trees that are endemic to the Yucatan region of Mexico), which is mixed with limestone to create a type of stucco. At Casa Houlpoch, this finish dominates the exterior, particularly around the pool and on the facades of the two dwellings. […]
News
10-12-2021
Neri&Hu unveils The Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery in China
Located in the Emeishan region of China’s Sichuan Province, in the country’s south-west, the revered ground upon which The Chuan now sits was a natural source of inspiration for the building’s design. For more than a thousand years, the nearby Mount Emei has persisted as one of the most deeply spiritual places in China, leading […]
Architecture
25-11-2021
This birch-clad pavilion in Germany frames views via an arched 'experience portal'
More specifically, the new archway mirrors the architecture of Coudray’s wall – a barrier designed by and subsequently named after Clemens W. Coudray. The German-born architect originally created a series of five basket-handle arches in the wall, both in the north and the south, to furnish the simple wooden stables on the way to the palace […]
Architecture
19-11-2021
'Not just another museum': M+ in Hong Kong by Herzog & de Meuron
The 33 galleries within the M+ building range from the conventional white cube and reconfigurable spaces, screening rooms and multipurpose facilities, to what the architects call “third spaces” (those areas in-between others) and even a reimagined industrial space that forms the foundation of the entire project. “It was the special request for this industrial space […]
Architecture
18-11-2021
The Depot in Rotterdam unlocks 151,000 pieces of art and design
Breaking away from a tradition of concealment, the design of the Depot shines a light on “previously invisible” artefacts by unlocking its storage vaults for public access. “Currently many international museums can only showcase six to seven percent of their collections in exhibitions,” the MVRDV team explain. “The remaining 94 percent is [usually] hidden in […]
Architecture
12-11-2021
Swirl power: Henry Holland’s love affair with marbled ceramics continues
Stationed in London, Henry has this year introduced a dozen spectacular vases to his eponymous Henry Holland collection. They’re recognisable by the designer’s interpretation of nerikomi, a mesmerising pottery technique that can be traced back to Japan’s Tang dynasty (dating from 618 to 907), and joined by eight equally eye-catching candle holders. All of the […]
Design
11-11-2021
'Types of Spaces': A maze of glowing clay bricks by Palma + HANGHAR
Given the name Tipos de Espacio (translating to ‘Types of Spaces’), the temporary exhibit was created by two design offices, Palma from Mexico and Madrid-based HANGHAR, for the duration of Concéntrico, the international architecture and design festival of Logroño. This year marked the seventh edition of Concéntrico in Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, and Types […]
Design
27-10-2021
Tacchini previews 'New Collection 2021' among Roman ruins in Italy
Equal parts romantic and mesmerising, the captivating campaign imagery created by Tacchini for the New Collection 2021 invites observers on an intimate and miraculous tour of discovery. “Crumbling walls and imagined rooms, blind arcades and colonnades reaching for the sky” form the spaces that surround and reveal the new products, creating a place where, the […]
Design
08-10-2021
Spheres and cylinders: Masquespacio pushes the limits of porcelain in Italy
Roca’s presence in this year’s edition of Cersaie invites visitors “to pause and ‘listen’ to the walls in the space, and get lost in the curves and lines of its perfect geometry,” the designers explain. They add that the guiding inspiration behind the booth is the porcelain material itself – “and the desire to capture […]
Design
01-10-2021
The Los Angeles home of Kalon Studios stuns with three levels of furniture and art
“With so much of our lives having gone online,” Johannes adds, “we felt it [the showroom in Los Angeles] was a powerful moment to channel some of our energy towards creating a physical space in the world, where people could come to experience Kalon Studios and all we stand for, touch the materials, and see […]
Interior Design
09-11-2021
Dimore Studio's Aesop store in Milan is just as beautiful as the day it opened
Completed in late 2015, the 35-square-metre Aesop store is described by the Dimore Studio team as a “whimsical essay” on typical materials employed in the butlers’ pantries of 1930s Italian villas. Think tiles and joinery in saturated pastels, polished chrome details and no-frills linoleum flooring. The designers refer to the store as a contemporary version […]
Interior Design
05-11-2021
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Stepping off the street and passing through the hotel’s original solid-oak entrance doors, guests arrive in a lobby area seemingly preserved through time. Tunes from another era fill the space, resonating from a small record player in the corner. But an emerald-coloured lacquered rattan reception desk offers a glimpse of what’s to come – a daring […]
Interior Design
14-10-2021
Step inside Hotel June, the Proper's suave Californian spin-off
With multiple stateside locations, including San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles and Austin, the Proper hotel group claims to offer a “looser kind of luxury” through its Kelly Wearstler-designed properties, part-owned by her husband Brad Korzen (who is one of three co-founders of the now cult-status brand). There’s even a Proper hotel in Santa Monica, just […]
Interior Design
06-10-2021