Posts tagged “Interior Design

Favorite Brands | Ecru

ecru.jpgI saw this Kuwait-based brand on Instagram and since then I am a huge fan of it! Their products are not only beautiful and functional, but quite different (in a good way) from what we have seen on the Middle East’s market. A perfect mix of modern and tradition.
Hand carved and color lacquered pineapple bowlBrass molded palm candle holder dipped in silver.Glass carafe with a silver tipped wooden stopper.Round lamp with Fish Scale shaped openings that illuminate the room in a special way.Marble star which can be used as a soap plate or a candle base.Gem LightEmbroidered mini Hand pins that can be pinned to your clothes, bag, or baby’s crib.Pink Pomegranate print on beige casement table cloth. (Skillfully hand block printed)

You can visit their official website – ecruonline
Check out their blog – ecruonline.com
or follow them on Istagram – ecruonline

All photographs – ecruonline.com

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Bulgarian Projects

Today, I bring you four projects in various fields – Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Photography. They are all designed by Bulgarians and realized in Bulgarian, which makes me really proud!

Architecture:
Red Apple Apartment Building
The surrounding neighborhood consists mostly of apartment blocks, which were built in relatively short period of time and not very long ago. Because of that it lacks the typical historic layers of the city center. In order to enrich the neighborhood with an atmosphere from another time, Aedes Studio set the uneasy task to design a new “old building”; a contemporary building with past – a building that contains opposites. The backbone of the concept is the brick – the material that brings together the idea of old and new. The brick is made from clay, it is backed in fire and it is built by hand; it gathers the warmth of all those three. Read the whole article.
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedes Studio
Interior Design:
Graffiti Café is located in the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third largest city in Bulgaria – Varna. The Café, designed by Sofia-based MODE design studio won worldwide fame with its trendy interior soon after the opening and it has been declared the best bar in the world by Restaurant&Bar Design Awards. (link)
Photographs: © 3 in Spirit12Art:
|CON|temporary Library Installation
Plovdiv-based Studio 8 ½ was invited by “Art Today” Association to design and construct a temporary library in the main hall of an ancient Turkish bath, which is abandoned since decades. “Chifte Bath” (Meaning used by both males and females) was built in the XVI century over an even older Roman bath. The building is a unique architectural monument of local importance and one of the few buildings of this period in the city of Plovdiv preserved until nowadays. To learn why the entire library is built of wood and why Studio 8 ½ decided to arrange it in the hall’s center, please visit archdaily. Photography: © Architect Vladislav Kostadinov
Photography:
Forget Your Past – Photographic series by Nikola Mihov
Many iconic monuments from the communist era in Bulgaria were dismantled after the fall of the totalitarian regime in 1989. Nevertheless, more than one hundred important monuments built between 1945 and 1989 remain standing. Today, most of them are neglected and ransacked. Nikola Mihov’s photographic series is an interesting and thought-provocative project, which reveals 14 of the most significant, yet forgotten monuments in Bulgaria. For all photography, history, architecture, policy lovers, this article (here) is a must read.


From One Level to Another | Part 2

From One Level to Another | Part 1

MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects
Photographs: Iwan Baan
via ArchDaily
God’s Loftstory in Veldhoven, The Netherlands by Leijh Kappelhoff Seckel van den Dobbelsteen architecten
Photographs: Vincent van den Hoven
via ArchDailyHill House in Kent, England by Hampson Williams Architects
Photographs: Hampson Williams Architects
via archinect

The Poolshop House in Singapore by FARM with KD Architects
Photographs: Peter Nitsch
via Dezeen

Mo House in Madrid, Spain by FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol Architecture
Photograph: Miguel de Guzmán, FRPO
via thisispaper

Neubau Atelierhaus by Fabi Architekten
Photographs: Fabi Architekten
via DailyIcon


Something For Your Kid

Recently I found some cool kids furniture and I decided to share them with you in case someone of you is planning to buy something new for his kid’s room! 😉

Ma.Mo. by Sunya Studio via Dezeen

Mini Togo by Ligne Roset via Moco Loco
Travel Studio bed by Ligne Roset
Photographs: Ligne Roset
Alphabet drawers by Kent and London via handmadecharlotte.com

TANTOOO by ConceptualDevices via handmadecharlotte.com
Child’s bed by  h2o architectes
Photographs:  Stéphane Chalmeau via Dezeen
The Chalkboard Table by  Eric Pfeiffer via freshome
Training Dresser by Peter Bristol via Dezeen
1. for girls
2. for boys
Ovo high chair by  CuldeSac via Dezeen
Rocky by Jäll & Taft via handmadecharlotte.com



From One Level to Another

Ah, the design possibilities are endless when it comes to staircases!  

Genetic stair was designed as the centerpiece of a much larger apartment renovation for art collectors on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The project was designed, detailed, fabricated and installed by Caliper Studio.
Photography: Ty Cole More info: link


Don’t you think that this lacquered–steel spiral staircase, designed by EM2N Architects, looks like a piece of modern work of art? It is in the Public Records Office building in Liestal, Switzerland.
Photography: blog.2modern  More info: link


Staircase in Libeň, Prague. The authors are Petr Hájek, Tomáš Hradečný, Jan Šépka from HSH Architects.
Photography: HSH Architects More info: link

Designed by DO-Architecture. Photography: dornob More info: link

This unique staircase design was created by Philip Watts Design for a private client. It is very sculptural and somehow reminiscent of a spinal column.
Photography: neamhouse More info: link

I love, love, love all the staircases, designed by Raëd Abillama Architects!!! This is a private office in Dora, Lebanon. Really nice mix of wood and steel.
Photography: Raëd Abillama Architects  More info: link
Another staircase by the same architects. This time it’s а nice mix of stone, steel and glass.
Photography: Raëd Abillama Architects – © Géraldine Bruneel More info: link
Apartment building, designed by Aedes Studio
Photography:  buildingoftheyear More info: link

Pronovias flagship store in NYC, designed by GCA Arquitectos Asociados.
Photography:  GCA Arquitectos Asociados More info: link

A dynamic staircase, designed by archiplein.
Photography: architizer More info: link


Residential Projects by Gus Wüstemann Architects

Check out their official website here.

Location: Gemeinde am Zürichsee
Year: 2008
Photography: Bruno Helbling

Location: El Barri Gòtic, Barcelona
Year: 2009
Photography: Bruno Helbling

Location: Zürich
Photography: Bruno Helbling


Manhattan’s Interiors

I am pretty sure there are many cool places in Manhattan, but for now here are just a few of them. The first one is designed by the Lebanese studio SOMA ( I already made a post about them. If you missed the post, you can view it here ). Don’t you love the idea of eating under a tree? 😉

Tartinery
Location: 209 Mulberry St
Architects: SOMA
Photography: e-architect

McNally Jackson Café
Location: 52 Prince Street
Architects: Front Studio Architects
Photography: Maggie Soladay Photography
“The owner of McNally Jackson Books, one of the largest independent booksellers in downtown Manhattan, wished to re-conceptualize the café and seating area as a place evocative of literature. The newly realized space creates visceral connections to the act of reading in each programmatic function.”  via Front Studio ArchitectsWhat a clever idea!! 

D’espresso Cafe
Location: Madison Avenue
Designers: Nema Workshop
Photography: Nema Workshop
Moomah
Location: 161 Hudson Street — Downtown Tribeca
Photography: Moomah


Favorite Architects | Houses by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos is а Portuguese studio.
For more information, go to their website here.

Location: Estoril, Portugal
Project Year: 2004-2008
Photography:  FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
via www.fvarq.com

Location: Estoril, Portugal
Project Year: 2007
Photography: FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
via www.fvarq.com
Location: Colares, Portugal
Project Year: 2000
Photography: FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura, Partick Monteiro
via www.fvarq.com

Location: Pinhal do Banzão, Colares, Portugal
Project Year: 2004
via www.fvarq.com


Favorite Architects | Interiors by Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect. In 1990 he founded his own studion “Kengo Kuma & Associates” . Read more about him on Wikipedia.

Restaurant Sake no Hana
Location: London, UK
Year: 2007 Source


Tea Shop Jugetsudo
Location: Paris, France
Year: 2008
Source
” I wanted to create a space like a bamboo thicket. In the thicket floats a different kind of air and light from those of our daily lives. At the centre of this unique space, we placed a solid, jointless board of Japanese cypress. Cypress was a special tree in that it was believed to smoothen the things put on it. Our idea was that people could feel the nature of Japan on that board. In the underground lies a stone tearoom. In the stone cave that rests in Paris underground the teas might show another quality.” – Kengo Kuma


Retail Store Lucien Pellat-finet
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2007
Source
“…The Frenchman Lucien suggested the concept to be “a Japanese-style gallery” and myself, a Japanese, proposed to express the “softness of cashmere”, the charm of the delicate material. While each context was mixed, the project went on as if weaving a piece of cloth, and it came to fruition where one piece of soft skin rose from the floor, as a brand new atmosphere for lucien pellat-finet. To express a soft cloth, I chose structural plywood, a material generally used for architectural structures. By cutting and bringing down these casual materials carefully in order to draw a curve, and placing them equally from the edge, we created a Japanese-touch luxury space…” – Kengo Kuma
Chinese Restaurant Shato Hanten
Location: Osaka, Japan
Year: 2010
Source 

Starbucks Coffee
Location:  Fukuoka, Japan
Year: 2011
Source
Retail Store Shang Xia
Location: Hong Kong, China
Year: 2010
Source 
Bama Lohas Café
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2011
Source


Get Into Their Headquarters!

 Who doesn’t want to work for a company that takes care of it’s employees?
I am glad that some companies started to understand and taking advantage of the effects that great office design has on staff creativity and productivity. Here are some offices of famous companies that are more than standard cubicle-filled corporate buildings. 😉

Кой не би искал да работи за компания, която се грижи за служителите си?
Радвам се, че някои компании започнаха да разбират и да се възползват от ефектите на добрия офис дизайн, който въздейства на креативността и производителността на персонала. Ето няколко офиса на известни компании, които са повече от стандартните напълнени с кабини корпоративни сгради. 😉

Google Engineering HQ
Location: London, England
Designers: Penson
via Dezeen

Vodafone
Location: Porto, Portugal
Architects: Barbosa & Guimaraes
Photography: Nelson Garrido via Dezeen

Facebook
Location: Palo Alto, California
Designers:  Studio O+A
via Dezeen
Dolce & Gabbana
Location: Milan, Italy
Architects: Studio Piuarch
Photographs: Ruy Teixeira via ArchDaily