3.10.2017

"HISTORY REPEATING" APARTMENT IN TURIN BY MERCANTE-TESTA

The project by Andrea Marcante & Adelaide Testa (UDA Architects) for the refurbishing of a 160 sqm apartment n the center of Turin attempts to construct an identity in an interior that was completely lacking in character, in spite of the impressive 19th-century outer facade, since it had completely lost its distinctive features from the period of the building’s construction.

A home of light and shadows, with perceptive “leaps” between the daytime area and the bedroom zone, where still empty parts alternate with others packed with functions, and the large openings towards the outside world of the living area form a contrast with the “loophole” frames offering a view of the tree-lined avenue below from the bedrooms: a house where the future is also in the past, when filtered by the present... just little bits of history repeating...















 
All images © Mercante - Testa
Photography by Carola Ripamonti

3.06.2017

TRIIIO TABLE BY HANS BØLLING

Danish company Brdr. Krüger is producing the Triiio table collection for the first time, originally designed by architect Hans Bølling. From a rough prototype that Bølling made when living with his parents in 1958 and his original sketches, the company developed three versions: coffee, side and dining table. Each table features a circular glass top set upon wooden legs. The two parts are attached by hidden magnets.





Born in 1931 in a small town of Braband in Denmark, Hans Bølling attended an Art- and Handcraft School originally to become an advertising designer, however some years later he followed his passion for architecture and graduated as an architect from the Royal Danish Art Academy. He designed a plethora of art works, ranging from dolls and furniture to villas, living complexes and town halls.

Photos © Brdr. Krüger

3.01.2017

VITTORIANO VIGANÒ REISSUED BY ASTEP

VV Cinquanta is a lighting collection that features a posable direct light source that can swivel and tilt, from direct working light to upward lighting. The Floor, Wall and Suspension lamps, originally designed by Italian architect Vittoriano Viganó in 1951 during his time as Art Director for Arteluce, today are reissued by Astep. “Astep means trying to be innovative and do something new while also respecting what came before”, explains the company’s founder Alessandro Sarfatti, grandson of Gino Sarfatti.










All images © Astep

2.24.2017

CRUSCHIFORM'S COLORFUL ILLUSTRATIONS

Marie-Laure Cruschi is a French illustrator and designer, who goes by the name of her Parisian studio, Cruschiform. Cruschi’s work crosses the boundaries of her two areas of expertise, veering from vector illustration to design — and back again; the two inextricably intertwined in many images. Her strengths are obvious in those elements that are most strongly shared by the two disciplines: subtle colour relationships and composition.


California Modernism
Cover Illustration for French Focus Magazine.




SNCF
A series of illustrations for SNCF's recent campaign, commissioned by TBWA\Paris.


Paris Worldwide
Cover illustration about green cities for the summer issue of Paris Worldwide magazine.





Illustrations from CABINS book by Philipp Jodidio, released by TASCHEN.


All images © Cruchiform

2.13.2017

A+Z LOFT HOUSE IN BUDAPEST

A+Z Design Studio, run by architect and production designer Attila F. Kovács and his art director and stylist wife, Zsuzsa Megyesi, became their own clients when they converted a four-story building that was once a weapons factory, into their home. Located in the southern part of Budapest, Hungary, Loft 19, their tower-like home, and the large factory complex date back to around 1913-1915 and have become protected industrial buildings.

When they bought the building, it was in ruins, with shattered windows and broken doors... no water, no electricity, no gas. The full restoration took two years and involved extensive reconstruction of several key parts. The design of the space incorporates a laid back, personal mix of different styles and eras, predominantly from the 50s and 60s. It is full of unique pieces, collected one-by-one over decades from flea markets and auctions or created by the designers themselves. All the while, the integrity of the original building remains; amongst the residual structural elements, old iron doors have been kept and original beams reused for book shelves.

"This is an island over the city, abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics."

Links: Domus Nova  |  Design Milk
Photos by Beppe Brancato