Home 1, Hong Kong China - MNB Design Studio

"Art of structure - this interior focus on space communications between the layers and details, the minimal style with unfinished feeling and concrete finishes. it has enhanced the art of structure, arising the sense of ‘less is more’. We were asked to redefine the interior design and space in this home by two young artists; their apartment is in 757-square-feet located in hong kong. They preferred the wooden texture furniture. in our conversations, there were some interesting ‘words’ that inspired us in our design concept and elements: unfinished, nature and consistent. We reshaped the structure in unfinished style, which presents the feeling of simple and clean, making it look more natural. What’s more, we created a house-shape wooden frame for zoning the dining area. such infinite nesting house is composed of a few simple wooden strips, separating the domain area while its total space still can be seen. By looking at what is unique in every project and emphasizing that, mnb design studio transforms non-material values into tactile objects and spaces. we appreciate the natural comes into the space, and the home l is enhancing the minimal structural design and peacability of space, to create the neat feeling as well as the art of structure in an interior space." - mnb design studio

Posted on August 15, 2017 and filed under interior design.

Camille Walala Exhibition, London UK - NOW Gallery Greenwich

"Need a break from the doom and gloom of 2017? Designer and artist Camille Walalahas the answer. Equally as disorientating as poring over the papers but without the harrowing aftertaste, Camille’s new exhibition at NOW Gallery in Greenwich is a mind-melding labyrinth of pattern and colour, which forces you to leave your cares, shoes, and spatial awareness at the door. Inspired by the bold designs of South Africa’s Ndebele tribespeople and the outrageous pattern of ’80s designer Ettore Sottsass and his gang of follow Memphis provocateurs, Camille’s bold and beautiful work is already pretty heady. If you live in London you’ll have no doubt spotted her colour riots in the form of murals, shop interiors and even house boats, not to mention campaigns for Barbican, XOYO and Land of Kings. But add in spiral mazes, suspended mirrors, zigzag corridors and attention-grabbing spots and stripes in every direction and you’re in for quite the trip. Just next door to the 02 on Greenwich Peninsula, NOW Gallery is the cultural tip of what Building Magazine has called “one of the biggest regeneration projects London has ever seen,” a project that will see more than 15,00 homes built in the area over the next two decades. Curator Jemima Burrill has done a sterling job of inviting some of the capital’s most outlandish creatives into the space, from frill-loving fashion designer Molly Goddard and maverick sculptor Alex Chinneck to experimental architectural practice Something & Son, who even handmade hundreds of bricks during their residency with the help of eager visitors. Despite the context, sterile and unimaginative it is not. Conceived and built with a top squad comprising art director Julia Jomaa, architectural designer Ioana Lapascu, fabricator Simon Sawyer, and vinyl expert Dave Gibbons, WALALA X PLAY is one of Camille’s most ambitious forays into 3D to date. Visitors can even play a room-size game of spot the difference as Camille has hidden five pattern anomalies lurking in the perception-defying house of mirrors for visitors to puzzle over. Just don’t ponder (or ‘gram) too hard, the walls are not where they seem. WALALA X PLAY runs at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula until 24 September." - we heart

Papersmiths, Box Park London UK - B

"UK based interiors and branding studio, B, have recently completed a new Papersmiths retail store in Boxpark, Shoreditch. As B and Papersmiths are owned by the same people, Sidonie Warren and Kyle Clarke, it was easy for them to put their minds together to create an out-of-the-box idea for the new Papersmiths location. Along a row of similar sized stores, Papersmiths stands out as they created a colorful interior that features European solid Douglas timber, speckled jesmonite and dusky pink encaustic tiles. As the retail space is quite narrow, they have used the walls to display the many stationery items. Collaborating with Nottingham based surface designer Katie Gilles, B were able to create bespoke jesmonite surfaces and display plinths. Some of the shelving, like this greeting card display is colored the same as the tiles, almost blending into the walls. Other shelves are simple floating shelves that allow the product to the the main focal point. With these shelves, wood has been used and embedded slightly into the tiled wall, while dowels support the shelves, and on the wall, the jesmonite, with its freckled black and pink pigment, creates a unique backdrop for the colorful pens. In other areas of the store, simple wood shelves add a natural touch, and allow for a variety of color-organized products to be displayed." - contemporist



Salt + Pickle, London UK - Central Design Studio

"Salt + Pickle is a neighbourhood deli / café specialising in cured, pickled and preserved food, as well as small producer wines and beers. Our main source of inspiration and narrative behind the design is the idea of subtle earthiness mixed with minimal intervention. This small project is a first for us: as well as designers, we have also invested in the start-up business as equity partners. A nice way to expand what we do at Central Design Studio, and something we hope to do more of in the future." - central design studio

665 Milwood Ave, Venice Beach USA - Kim Gordon Designs

"This Venice Beach project offers a sense of complete sanctuary, just steps from Abbot Kinney. The two story, corner-lot compound features soaring ceilings, spacious entertaining areas as well as a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces, all set amid an abundance of tropical trees, hanging vines and unique water features. Taking a cue from luxury resorts, Gordon has rewoven the concept into a unique approach to residential design — one where city life is softened by heated limestone floors, the soothing hush of rustling palm fronds and a host of hospitality-like amenities translated into luxury residential living. On the ground floor, a light flooded living space features triple-height ceilings, an indoor/outdoor fireplace and a dramatic silver travertine-topped bar. The space is designed for both intimate gatherings and large-scale entertaining, and easily connects to outdoor areas via large steel and glass doors. The area connects to a less formal section of the home where an open plan kitchen and flex dining/media space open onto a lush tapestry of tropical plants, designed to keep tempo with the ocean breeze. Abundant kitchen storage and integration of high-end materials in everyday areas incorporates cooking, dining, and gathering into every area on the main floor. A floating staircase leads to the upstairs area, where four bedrooms include a master suite with dedicated spa, closet, bathroom and exercise areas have all been included. A second, upper floor bar and sitting area take resort-style living to the second floor. The master suite opens to an outdoor catwalk bridge that connects the main residence to a two-story flex structure that can function as a standalone office with private entrance, yoga studio or guest house." - kim gordon designs

Coffix, Athens Greece - Studio Materiality

"Coffee is the universal morning (and all day) pick-me-up and it always seems to makes things better and that’s just the thinking behind studiomateriality’s design of coffix, a coffee shop in Athens, Greece. The quaint space boasts a happy palette of colors, and a larger than life balloon dog, that could only brighten one’s day when they pop in for a cup of joe. Bright blue floors are paired with shiny, white wall tiles, a pale pink ceiling, and happy yellow stools. A lightbox of a face is placed on the wall above the bar to keep customers company while they’re drinking their coffee. To top off the “funky laboratory” look, the staff serves the coffee while wearing white coveralls and colorful scarves." - design milk

Posted on July 3, 2017 and filed under interior design.

Aésop Tangs Renewal, Singapore - Russell + George

"Drawing inspiration from key infrastructure elements and modern domestic life in Singapore, the Aésop Tangs counter creates a strong yet layered respite within the city. Curvilinear forms of render and blackened steel create an enveloping backdrop, echoing weaving roadways, bikeways and garden spaces found in the metropolis. Woven within these forms are accents of brass and leather adding a touch of delicate craft to the spatial experience. A sense of modernity and dynamism is aimed for the space where traditionally hard elements create sinuous dialogues with one another. Other embedded elements, like a garden area, are revealed once one crosses the threshold to experience the Aésop product offering, creating a sense of discovery within the spatial environment." - russell + george

WeWork Martin Place, Sydney Australia - Tom Mark Henry

"WeWork Martin Place is the first WeWork site to open Australia, therefore it was important for the client to have their brand represented in a powerful way.  The site chosen for their fit out is the iconic 5 Martin Place, the original Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the first large steel skyscraper in Sydney. With it’s rich history, we felt compelled for the design to take it’s cues from its banking history which is illustrated through the palette of navy blue, deep green and burgundy with accents of brass and marble used throughout." - tom mark henry

Klang + Co, Melbourne Australia - PNEUarch

"The Klang & Co. conceptual design pivots around a desire to combine the tactility of the experience of dining with the contextual quality of Malaysia Klang Depot, which is the provenance of the restaurant culture. The design draws inspiration from Heston's dish 'Sound of the sea', the dish composes the sound of sea wave audible through magnifying the echoes within the sea shell and the olfactory experience of smelling the sea water, Heston aims to heighten the senses associated with dining in order to enhance the innate quality of the ingredients. Our design deploys elements which invoke sensual responses and contextual association, the crane structure overhead adds visual potency to the dining environment, it reflects the industrial oil processing which is essential to Klang's economic boom, the artificial identity of the crane is counterpoised by the suspended tables, translucent screen wall which signify sea bubble and the sea; and level of bright glimpse effect throughout the spatial arrangement, embodied the illumination atmosphere of the Klang depot’s night life . Deliberately designed elements permeate the restaurant to embellish the overall setting just as sea lives dwell in the sea. The restaurant layout celebrates the coastal industrial process of on and offloading cargo containers, a parallel can be drawn with the on and offloading of pre-packaged food, just like modern craft no longer limits itself to handmade goods and is continuously expanding its possibilities through machine processing, the craftsmanship of takeaway food can inherit authenticity and quality without compromising the effectiveness of its distribution." - pneuarch