Designed for disassembly, for easy storage or refurbishing: Whitechapel table by Pli
An understated yet sophisticated coffee table design with soft corners and warm tones; the Whitechapel table by Pli is an expression of elegant eco-design and the simple use of high-quality materials. Solid caramel bamboo is supported by four strong pressed steel legs with deceptively slender profiles, finished in gloss powdercoat paint in a selection of colours to suit your interior. The table is designed and made in the UK using cutting-edge technology and established manufacturers.
Whitechapel pushes the limits of sustainable materials: precise detailing in nested joints between steel and bamboo.
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'Stickbee' by Andreas Wiehl
Andreas Wiehl is Munich-based artist, art teacher and self-proclaimed inventor. With ‘Stickabee’ he presents a smart modular system and provides hope that art classes don’t have to end with painting and pottery.
‚Stickbee’ is a modular furniture system based on the 60-degrees angle. Six basic elements are monted to a hexagon, with no tools required. Two or more hexagons connect via a pug-in module, namely the ‚pirat’. The resulting structure, similar to a honeycomb, becomes more stable with its size increasing, thus making gaps in betweeen the elements possible. Thus the system can take a variety of shapes and can function as a shelf, a cupboard, a table, a bench, a chair or any combination of the latter.
'Stickbee' by Andreas Wiehl
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Extension of an orphanage in Noh Bo, Thailand by TYIN Tegnestue
In February the five young Norwegian architects of TYIN unveiled this fantastic extension of an orphanage in Thailand.
TYIN tegnestue is a non-profit organization working humanitarian through architecture. The projects are financed by more than 60 Norwegian companies, as well as private contributions.
The workers called the houses ' Soe Ker Tie Hias' which means 'Butterfly houses'
In the fall of 2008 TYIN travelled to Noh Bo, a small village on the Thai-Burmese border. The majority of the inhabitants are Karen refugees, many of them children. These were the people we wanted to work for.
A few months prior we came in touch with Ole Jørgen Edna from Levanger, Norway. Edna started his orphanage in Noh Bo in 2006, and was now in need of more dormitories. From sheltering 24 children, the orphanage would grow to house almost 50. The Soe Ker Tie project was finished in February 2009.
The main driving force behind the project was to somehow recreate what these children would have experienced in a more normal situation. We wanted every child to have their own private space, a home to live in and a neighbourhood where they could interact and play. These six sleeping units are our answer to this.
Because of their appearances the buildings were named Soe Ker Tie Hias by the workers; The Butterfly Houses. The bamboo weaving technique used on the side and back facades is the same used in local houses and crafts. Most of the bamboo is harvested within a few kilometers of the site. The special roof shape of the Soe Ker Tie Houses enables an effective, natural ventilation, at the same time as it collects the rain water. This renders the areas around the buildings more useful during the rainy season, and gives the possibility of collecting the water in drier periods.
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