Architecture

Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to […]

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Architecture, Fashion, Utopian

Golden staircase sits at Dolce & Gabbana Aoyama store

Theatrical lighting illuminates products inside the new black and gold Dolce & Gabbana store in Tokyo by French designer Gwenael Nicolas. Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana commissioned Nicolas’ Tokyo-based studio Curiosity to create a one-off design for its new store in the wealthy Aoyama district. The result is a 550-square-metre space that uses dramatic […]

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Architecture

Restaurant inside Heidelberg Castle

Swiss architect Max Dudler used a simple palette of cherry wood, stone and terrazzo when converting this former saddle room into a restaurant at Germany’s Heidelberg Castle. The Sattelkammer building is located close to the entrance of the ruined Renaissance castle in southwest Germany, and adjacent to a visitor centre with two-metre-deep stone walls that Dudler […]

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Fashion

Leather Accessories by Konstantin Kofta

Text by Yannis Tzannis Fashion is by nature an ever changing force that knows no limits when it comes to its re-invention, and the highly conceptual work of Konstantin Kofta is yet another testament to that. Although only in his late-twenties, the Kiev-based designer has already succeeded in becoming a household name in fashion with his leather accessories that challenge concepts such as functionalism and […]

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Architecture

ORA converting 16th-century property into a guesthouse

In transforming a 16th century-Czech Republic residence into this guesthouse, local studio ORA celebrated an assortment of original details including old plasterwork, semi-circular windows and stone steps. The Štajnhaus Guest House is located in the former Jewish quarter of Mikulov, a town in the Czech Republic’s South Moravian Region. The original property was built in the Czech Renaissance period – the […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco

Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore

On North Bridge Road in Singapore’s Bugis neighbourhood, the Parkview Square building has enjoyed a towering, iconic presence since its completion in 2002. The grand Art Deco inspired lobby bar was then called Divine Wine Extraordinaire and it boasted a massive wine tower and wine fairy that flew between the tiers. Now, the bar has […]

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Architecture, Design

Foster + Partners wins Jabal Omar Development Project competition in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners’ competition winning scheme for a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah has been revealed. Inspired by traditional Arab architecture, it’s design reinterprets the traditional dense building clusters, creating a new contemporary vernacular that respects its sacred location. Following the mountainous terrain, its cascading vertical elements form a […]

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Architecture, Design, Design and Deco

Micro Hutong Designed by ZAO

Designed by ZAO in Beijing, Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements. The goal of this project, a 30 sqm hostel, is to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of […]

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Architecture, Collector Covers, Photograhy

Albanian Star in Paris

After architecture school master degree and opportunities in Usa and Japan to work for an archistar Kengo Kuma, she was representing Albania in the contest of Miss World 2008 in South Africa, Johannesburg. She decided after to follow her dream of becoming an actress and move to Paris to pursue one of most the famous […]

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Architecture

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

Is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet […]

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Art+Culture

Studio Mumbai – Tara house, Kashid 2006. photos © Hélène Binet.

From the architect. Surrounded by mountains, forests, and the waters of the Arabian Sea, the house is configured around a tropical garden filled with Plumeria, ferns, grasses, bamboo and jasmine. Under the wood framed roof, rooms are loosely arranged around the garden, weaving routes between them through louvred hallways and verandahs. Vertical wooden slats form […]

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Architecture

A House Between the Old and the New in Portugal

Vigário House by And-Ré in Paredes, Portugal is the outcome of the privileged context of the existing ruins, setting the conditions that unfold the new architecture narrative. The new organism adapts itself to the old stone walls, filling the existing interstitial spaces, unifying the mass and providing a contrast backdrop against the rough stone surfaces – the main characters in […]

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Art+Culture

Stunning Illustrations Burst With a Kadeliscope of Butterflies

Stunning Illustrations Burst With a Kadeliscope of Butterflies  Indie boutique, located in Belgium, called MadameMemento composes stunning illustrations on an antique French book. As a professional illustrator, the artist aims to give “a second life to forgotten book pages.” You can view more beautiful designs on their Etsy shop divided in the topics of botany, anatomy, […]

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