Saturday, 8 August 2009

Lost & Found- Demakersvan

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Made from high density PU, leather and come in 420x450x520mm size, the Lost & Found stool was inspired by
"a scene from the start of the leather industry in Holland: the hard labour world with heavyweight machines making shoes to last a lifetime."

They went back to that time and used the most heavyweight shoe-stitching machine with the combination of modern production techniques to create Lost & Found stool that came with through and through stitched seams of 1/2 inch thick and 1 inch wide. The Lost & Found stool was actually Judith de Graauw’s final year project before graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven, but was tied in with Joep and Jeroen Verhoeven’s (Judith de Graauw classmates at the Design Academy Eindhoven) projects in such a way that it was put into production by Demakersvan and then followed by a Lost & Found. The stool is a production of Montis furniture & MoMa collection.
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Friday, 7 August 2009

Fluffizoo by Studio Vertijet

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The Fluffizoo animals is everything fun from charming characters like Emil: the friendly elephant, Max: the proud rocking horse, Fiet: the nasty fish + Mimmi: the cute mouse which all came in vivid colors and harmonious curves. The abstract forms of Fluffizoo could help in stimulate a child imagination. With specially developed high-quality foam, Gummilack that can be easily wash and use in the garden, the very resilient and robust surface give a sensationally good touch. Do search for them from Elmar Floetotto.

Fluffizoo's characters were designed by Studio Vertijet's duo Kirsten Hoppert, who is with an interior design background and Steffen Kroll, a product and industrial design expertise. They founded Studio Vertijet in year 2ooo.
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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Maggie Centre by Zaha Hadid

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The Maggie's Centre is in the grounds of Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. Zaha Hadid Architects was commision to provide a centre for people with cancer, which is not only domestic in scale but unique in execution.

The £1 million building founded by Charles Jencks and his late wife, Maggie Keswick, not only support people who are ill but also their friends, families and carers. They also provide counselling, information on cancer-related literature and an environment for people with similar experiences to meet.

'The design is Zaha's response to a brief set by Maggie's, which challenged her to create a relaxed and aesthetically uplifting environment. It is located on the edge of a hollow adjacent to the hospital. The hollow has a dramatic topography, which in combination with the natural foliage and trees creates a very distinctive protected environment in stark contrast to the other facilities of Victoria Hospital. The centre has been designed as a transition between the two different types of spaces - the natural landscape and the hospital.

Externally the form of the Centre derives from a folding surface and a connecting ground slab. The folding surface articulates a directional emphasis of moving the visitor into a different space from the rest of the hospital grounds.

By cladding the visible roof and two opposing walls with the same material and making the remaining elevations a mix of translucent and clear glass, the directional nature of this form is reinforced.'
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Forestal Installation by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

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In this particular installation by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects that creates a symbolic forest from the material created from a real forest, 27,5000 sheets of office paper and 120,000 steel staples were used in the construction Forestal.

'The paper not only resembles bark in its texture, more immediately recalling what the installation refers to in name and form, it asks the visitor if one replaces the other.
Does paper justify the destruction of trees? Do we see them as one and the same in our minds, just in different states, like water and ice?
Surely more questions arise from these few images, testament to the power of an apprently simple idea layered with meaning.'
- Design Related.
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Monday, 3 August 2009

Deformscape from Faulders Studio

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Named Deformscape by architect Thom Faulders, founder of Faulders Studio, this outdoor extension to a private dwelling is situated in a tightly packed urban neighbourhood in San Francisco. Within limited space this outdoor sculpture garden inherits a large tree where Thom Faulders uses this sole arboreal presence to establish a gravitational pattern of grooves that are focused towards the centroid of the tree.

'This asserts the valued presence of the carbon-absorbing tree and its green canopy overhead, while allowing for a maximum of usable surface area below free of other vegetation. To generate the resultant pattern, a 3-dimensional bulge is formed around the tree, and its distorted wire-grid projected onto a 2-dimensional surface. Taking into account appearance effects created by perspective views from inside, the resultant planar surface appears sink around the tree.'
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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Magma Arts and Congress Center in Tenerife

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“The semi-desert landscape around it and the presence of the sea are the starting points of the concept. Though not situated directly on the water, it does have a strong relation with the ocean, an imposing presence that frames the building with a constant view of La Gomera Island."
- Fernando Menis.

The Magma Art and Congress Centre, Tenerife designed by by architectural trio Fernando Martin Menis, Felipe Artengo Rufino and José Maria Rodriguez Pastrana, the project was completed in 2005. Lead by the main architect, Fernando Menis who today has his own practice, Menis Arquitectos with offices in Santa Cruz and Valencia, the trio created a centre 'proves to be a true representation of its name, a constellation of powerful, yet fluid and sculptural volumes'.

'The large structure features local volcanic stone, however it is almost entirely made out of concrete; cast concrete, concrete blocks, concrete tiles used cleverly back side facing out, and rough concrete worked on site by local craftsmen. The irregular forms’ composition was in fact generated from thirteen initial geometrical blocks, which developed into the final form through models and hands-on work by Menis who supervised daily the construction. The building includes administration offices, bar, a large main hall and reception, and a flexible-size auditorium for up to 2,500 people for theatre, concerts, conferences and cultural events of all kinds.'
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