FUN NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE DROPBOX OFFICE BY RAPT STUDIO

Workspace design in the last years has been the most exciting and challenging project typologies for me in the recent years (since to 2016 if to be precise – this project was released and I completed my Master in the Workspace design). Projecting an office is the biggest responsibility ever – the company wants most of it and the individuals working there, in the end, will spend half of their life there...

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#MDW18 PART2 SUSTAINABILITY: TRENDS SHAPING OUR CONSUMPTION HABITS

A few years ago, United Nations has adopted the Sustainable development Agenda 2015 – 2030. This year Milan design week 2018 came up with the Manifesto of its own addressing the need to maintain the leadership of Milan in the design scene and respectively addressing most urging issues of nowadays – that we all know – is the sustainable future. Dutch Design Week earlier on has hosted the series of actions “Good design for a bad world”. Influential product designers like Hella Jongerius called for the design industry to abandon its "obsession with the new for the sake of the new". Currently, Barcelona Design Week’s is coming to an end under the motto “Re-evaluate”. So, let’s have a look at how Milan managed to succeed in triggering responsible thinking during Milan Design week 2018: I think the most obvious would be to start with the big 500 m2 “Living Nature” Pavilion installation by Carlo...

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APARTMENT PACKED UP IN A “SMART” BOX

Batiik Studio took a full advantage of the 22 m.sq. space in the old Parisian apartment by putting a “smart box” in the apartment corner. This box integrates bedroom, bathroom and wardrobe. “Smart” is the main buzz word nowadays in the design community. Of course, as the world is shifting to the new generation of millennials as main consumers the ultimate goal is to offer last ones a good comfort with a great versatility and lower investment for faster change. I think this project is a good example: A young single freelancer bought this space and immediately moved in without taking any action, but throwing away a lot of old stuff inside. However, not all - salon sofa, some decoration together with the raw walls is a good memorial to the apartment before. He left few months for thinking and contacting a Batiik studio specialized on the small apartments. They...

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HERE COMES THE LIGHT!

Looking at the images of this project looks like the light has always been present there - so bright, so light and so spacious. When Marcos Catalan http://www.marcoscatalan.com/ and Victor Bergnes took the charge of the project it was very fragmented and quite dark. Their quite radical offer was aimed to make the living of the young family most serene possible. The decision was taken in favor of 1 general open space for the whole social/ day area including kitchen, living and working area.  The restoration of the typical arch cladding ceiling present in Barcelona apartments called "volta catalana" contributed to the dynamic flow of the open space. The zoning here is clearly defined by the furniture. Most of them are designs of the architects complimented with few design classics like Thonet chairs, Alvar Alto stools or Butterfly armchairs.  The sofa that wraps up the "living room" on the back part features a working...

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THE UNION OF CULTURES IN THE PERUVIAN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Equipo Creativo is a Barcelona based studio with great sensibility to reflect the strong traditional and conceptual aspect in each project they undertake. In this case the restaurant with an interesting cuisine named Nikkei– Peruvian and Japanese – Pakta, that means “union” in the Quechua language of Peru. This basically means that a rich Japanese cuisine enriched with Peruvian flavours, spices and colours. Just like design itself: the traditional Japanese architecture is wrapped up by the second “skin” representing the traditional loom of the Peruvian craftsmanship tradition with strong colours still combined in a very harmonic way. From the façade you see the image of the traditional Japanese tavern that invites you in the special gastronomic experience. From the outside a beautiful frame work with traditional graphics and colors already makes you observe part of the bar and interior. The concept of the braking up the vivid loom sections with the neutral...

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“THE CRACKED ICE” IN THE OFFICE

This office extension was done by Emrys Architects in the pre war historic building Georgian Streets in London. During the second world war, the building was restored in the series of strange extensions. Some areas resulted in being inappropriate for any use except storage. The GMS real estate property agency has acquired the property for the own headquarters project and has challenged the architects to identify the best way of the space usage despite all the constraints. Architects came with well thought but still out-of-the-box solution: to retain the existing terrace in between the extensions and to introduce an entirely new structure in the tight inner buildings space to the rear to create a dramatic transition from old to the new. The new structure is on two levels and is accessible from the Georgian terrace at both lower ground and ground floors. The work spaces have been assigned in a way to...

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FORMER GARAGE ENRICHED BY NATURAL LIGHT AND TEXTURES

A former garage in Amsterdam was transformed in spacious 230 m. Sq. One level house filled with light through roof windows and interior patio. i29 interior architects chose simple but incredibly graceful materials palette: large oak rectangular panels contrast beautifully with white walls and gray floor. Some hues of green like the living room sofa and custom made moss like carpet make a great connection with the interior patio that separates master bedroom with living room. Natural hues are well balanced by the contrast of black surfaces and bold artwork on the white walls. Big wooden sliding panels are covering the entrance to private areas and are used in the kitchen to cover all the storage. In the end, one sleek image of the wood panels from the ceiling to the floor on the white background with the black custom-made cooking island in front....

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EXPRESSION OF THE CRAFTSMANSHIP BEHIND THE PRODUCTS

ENDPIECE is an optical store in Seul designed by local studio Wallga + WGNB. The name of the store comes from the tailor-made part of the glasses that are connected to the lens frame and temple. Inside the store features a big plastic wire knitted wall that serves as a room separator and also as a strong symbolic feature centerpiece. The architect explained that the idea behind this element is to focus on the craftsmanship and brand identity producing unique glasses. The wall that took one week to knit and was assembled in several parts in the designer's studio is the perfect example of craftsmanship and imagination – the brand's key values. The collection of glasses is displayed throughout in the backlit shelves, tables or encased in the glass counters. The store display furniture is a smart and aesthetic combination of the thick and thin planes, storage spaces and bold color...

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ORGANIC QUALITY IN THE FORM AND TEXTURE

This amazing house is a fruit of the collaboration of Leeton Pointon Architects and the Interior Designer Alisson Pye. The team worked closely together to seamlessly integrate all elements of interiors, architecture, furnishings, decoration, and landscape. Everything in this home is highly controlled, from the super-fine, curved metal balustrade and opposing recessed handrail through to the vertical garden. But same time the high organic quality is present the flow of the spaces. Curved plastered walls, that do not reach the ceiling, allow the light to stream down in between in an intended, but playful, manner. The raw texture of the surfaces, palette and materials selection also reinforces the organic feel of the house. Wood ceilings, for example, are a wonderful way to bring in warmth and softness as a counterpoint to the hard stone floors. Glass, plaster, and metal elements are all utilized in the creation of the flowing forms and spaces....

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