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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 […]
Furniture
June 18, 2021
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, […]
News
June 17, 2021
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 […]
News
June 17, 2021
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 […]
Hospitality Design
June 15, 2021
Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia to design super-fast transport
“We are looking forward to collaborating with Hyperloop Italia; marrying transformative architecture, engineering and urban planning with the most efficient and sustainable transport network to significantly improve accessibility, connectivity, and well-being in our cities,” says Patrik Schumacher, principal of ZHA.  Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia / News highlights Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has formalised […]
News
June 11, 2021
Australia 108: The tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere
Set back from the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct of the city, the 100-level Australia 108 building is now settling into its new home and getting acquainted with its neighbours. Including the 297-metre Eureka Tower that was completed in 2006. Located only a block away, the Eureka Tower held the title of Melbourne’s tallest […]
News
June 10, 2021
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 […]
Design
June 9, 2021
A 1960s London post office is now a swinging sushi restaurant
“The post office was built in the 1960s and our design pays tribute to London’s modernist heritage of that era,” explains Alexy Kos and Che Huang, co-founders of Child Studio. “Our aim was to rediscover and celebrate the unique history of this building and the neighbourhood.” Maido sushi restaurant in London by Child Studio The […]
Hospitality Design
June 8, 2021
Just revealed: Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and landscapes
“Submissions were centred around Victoria’s need to connect, play, roam, to give back to the community and to proactively adapt for the unforeseen,” Naomi says. “The past year has seen changes in the way public places are valued, with the rediscovery and enabling of new forms of connection and expression. These places became the backdrop […]
Landscaping
June 3, 2021
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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, […]
Art
June 3, 2021