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Casket with lib by Manfred Schmid

An important component of the Japanese art of lacquerwork is the special technique known as ‘urushi’, which uses many layers of wafer-thin, semi-transparent lacquer to create a surface of almost mystical radiance and sensual depth. Today the urushi guild is facing new challenges and is opening its doors to new members in order to safeguard the survival of its craft. The result is the establishment of a dialogue with modern designers from all around the world, whose fascination with Japanese lacquer craftsmanship has prompted them to create their own works using lacquer.

 

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'Tonus' stool by Aldo Bakker for Particles Gallery; photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg

The award-winning Dutch designer Aldo Bakker has created a collection of beautifully crafted wooden furniture which was showcased by the Amsterdam-based contemporary Particles Gallery during this year’s Design Miami/ Basel. On show as part of the Design On/Site schedule, Bakker’s new works included an organically-shaped curvilinear ‘Tonus’ stool which has been hand-carved out of a solid block of oak wood; a simple ‘Stool’ executed in various types of wood such as chestnut, gleditsia, ash, elm and walnut; and an elm-wood ’3DWN1UP’ chair which takes its name from the unexpected, reversed positioning of one of its legs which, by being placed atop of the seat, serves as a back rest. (more…)

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

Together with CMA/Christian Müller Architects the Dutch practice SeARCH realised this holiday home close to the famous thermal baths of Vals in Switzerland. The interior was designed by Hella Jongerius, Aldo Bakker, Studio Makkink & Bey and others.

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

Here is what the architects say:

“Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building?

“Surprised that it was permissible to construct a pair of dwellings so close to the world famous thermal baths of Vals, the client seized the opportunity to develop the site, without disturbing the bath’s expansive views. The introduction of a central patio into the steep incline creates a large façade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving an even more dramatic view of the strikingly beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.”

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

“The Local Authority’s well intentioned caution, that unusual modern proposals were generally not favoured, proved unfounded. The planners were pleased that the proposal did not appear ‘residential’ or impose on the adjacent baths building. The scheme was not perceived as a typical structure but rather an example of pragmatic unobtrusive development in a sensitive location. The placing of the entrance via an old Graubünder barn and an underground tunnel further convinced them that the concept, while slightly absurd, could still be permitted.

Switzerland’s planning laws dictate that it is only possible to grant a definitive planning permission after a timber model of the building’s volume has first been constructed on site. This can then be accurately appraised by the local community and objected to if considered unsuitable. For this proposal, logic prevailed and this part of the process was deemed to be unnecessary.”

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

'Villa Vals' by SeARCH and CMA, photo by Iwan Baan

Architect: SeARCH and CMA

Design: Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller,

Assistants SeARCH: Louis Toebosch, Ton Gilissen, Laura Álvarez Rodríguez, Alexandra Schmitz w/ Michal Palej, Daniel Abraha, Markus Wesselmann

Assistants CMA: Blazej Kazmierski, David Strebicki


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