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Posts tagged as 'Dominic Lutyens'

Wed 22.7.

A Bigger Splash: The public outdoor pools currently making waves

Posted by Walter Phillips on 22.07.2015 - Tagged as:

Basalt Architects’ design in Hofsós, Iceland exemplifies the current vogue for outdoor pools that strive to blend with their natural surroundings — in this case the Atlantic Ocean and nearby island of Drangey; photo: Gudmundur Benediktsson

Basalt Architects’ design in Hofsós, Iceland exemplifies the current vogue for outdoor pools that strive to blend with their natural surroundings — in this case the Atlantic Ocean and nearby island of Drangey; photo: Gudmundur Benediktsson

Outdoor swimming is experiencing a watery renaissance, with a raft of noteworthy projects allowing bathers to do it the natural way, even in the most urban of contexts. Come on in. The water’s great. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Mon 15.6.

Less is More: bigging up micro-architecture

Posted by Walter Phillips on 15.06.2015 - Tagged as:

In 2010, Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra’s chairman, offered to develop a final prototype of Renzo Piano’s pet project, his Diogene house, which was exhibited for the first time at the Vitra Campus during Art Basel in 2013

In 2010, Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra’s chairman, offered to develop a final prototype of Renzo Piano’s pet project, his Diogene house, which was exhibited for the first time at the Vitra Campus during Art Basel in 2013

Sustainability, cost-efficiency and space are just some of the factors driving an international renaissance in pocket-sized architecture that’s big on expression and style. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Mon 18.5.

Architexture: textiles go constructional

Posted by Walter Phillips on 18.05.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Constructed in just eight months, GMP Architekten and Nüssli International’s show-stopping 25,000-seater Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan features an angular facade made of reflective PVC-PES mesh fabric and PVC-coated polyester

Constructed in just eight months, GMP Architekten and Nüssli International’s show-stopping 25,000-seater Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan features an angular facade made of reflective PVC-PES mesh fabric and PVC-coated polyester

Its roots may lie in transient structures, but contemporary textile architecture, with all its creative, functional and ecological possibilities, is definitely here to stay. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Delhi III table lamp by Pletz

Delhi III table lamp by Pletz

Brooklyn is only a short distance from Manhattan yet it has its own, highly distinctive identity. Talk to Brooklyn’s tight-knit but burgeoning community of designer-makers and you get the impression that this New York borough is widely seen as more romantic, bohemian, less overtly worldly than the more commerce-focused Manhattan. Yet it’s also easy to exaggerate the differences between these two creative hubs. After all, Brooklyn’s new generation of designers are, in their own way, highly ambitious and entrepreneurial. Even so, the ethos of their businesses is more leftfield, possibly more laid-back than those of Manhattan. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Mon 30.3.

Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

Posted by Walter Phillips on 30.03.2015 - Tagged as:

Studio Ton Ton’s Light+Light house in Indonesia is designed to be filled with light and to welcome nature indoors, as is driven home by a guava tree growing in the centre of the bathroom

Studio Ton Ton’s Light+Light house in Indonesia is designed to be filled with light and to welcome nature indoors, as is driven home by a guava tree growing in the centre of the bathroom

It’s a long time since bathrooms were regarded as purely functionalist, private spaces for performing perfunctory, daily ablutions. For the past 20 years or so, they’ve been elevated to a potentially communal space people choose to linger in. Take clean-lined, open-plan wet rooms — redolent of hammams and, free of clunky shower screens and trays, appealingly spacious —which are still in vogue today. Or the freestanding bath positioned mid-bedroom, though this looks dated now. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

It may sound paradoxical, but corporate store architecture today strives to be as individualistic as possible. This is partly due to necessity. Like many booksellers, high-end fashion labels are fending off fierce competition from online retailers. They hope that investing in new, ultra-contemporary stores with a unique identity will wow their customers. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

In the retail world, bookstore interiors are arguably changing more radically than in any other sector. Time was when bookshops appealed for being old-world and fusty, with their labyrinthine layouts, faintly musty smells and eccentrically bookish proprietors. One example might be Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919. Fast-forward to the 1990s, and bookshops had become megastores incorporating cafés and comfortable leather armchairs where customers could browse for hours and sip cappuccinos. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Haugen Zohar’s tent-like structure enclosing a fireplace. Its porous walls – made of recycled wood pieces arranged in ever-diminishing, concentric circles as they rise up the roof — glow at night; photo: Jason Havneraas

Haugen Zohar’s tent-like structure enclosing a fireplace. Its porous walls – made of recycled wood pieces arranged in ever-diminishing, concentric circles as they rise up the roof — glow at night; photo: Jason Havneraas

Fireplaces were once essential: from prehistoric times to the 19th-century, a home’s hearth provided light, heat and a means with which to cook. Today, you might think they were superfluous, obsolete in this age of centrally heated buildings. Yet our desire for fireplaces has never been entirely extinguished. Ironically, if they were once primarily functional, they’re now widely considered an unnecessary yet romantic luxury. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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