Katie Stout Side Dish Exhibition, New York US - R+Company

"R & Company is thrilled to announce Side Dish, a solo exhibition of Katie Stout opening in the lower level gallery September 26. This is Stout’s first comprehensive exhibition at R & Company and a presentation of all new works. For the exhibition, the designer has transformed the gallery space into an immersive environment that reflects her playful and spontaneous studio practice. On view are Stout’s latest girls series including new lamps, mirrors, tables and seating, each composed of unique female forms posed in provocative stances. Handcrafted in clay, these stylized female nudes are represented as domestic objects, meant to satirize the objectification and traditional role of women by way of extreme kitsch. Stout states “The girls - clearly adult women - are titled as such in a reflection of how society disempowers and fetishizes women by referring to them as girls. Women can be sloppy, weird, lumpy, mischievous and naked, and that’s just fine.“ Despite their designated functions as lamps, mirrors, and other household objects, the girls are noticeably distracted from their tasks at hand and their suggestive forms are confidently carefree. The girls series are presented on display in a whimsical environment envisioned by Stout. Spanning the gallery is a wallpaper of girls interlocked in different poses with dynamic expressions. Covering the floor is a vibrant carpet which features a mutated fruit and wild flower pattern, designed by the artist in collaboration with Amini. The exhibition also presents a new series of benches, chairs and stumps designed in Stout’s playful style and made in various types of marble. Together these works transform the gallery space into an immersive, inventive and playful world of Stout’s creation. She states, “The girls are my vision of utopia, where females can exist in a domestic sphere unencumbered from societal pressures and encouraged to explore and play.“ - r+company / katie stout

Eden Locke, Edinburgh Scotland - Grzywinski + Pons

"Eden Locke is a 72 room hotel with a cafe and bar on the ground floor that we designed in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The project was a complete gut renovation and comprehensive fit out of an existing hybridized structure. We took an 18th Century Georgian mansion and its 20th Century extension down to their respective bones and created the hotel from there. Edinburgh’s New Town (now well over 250 years old and a UNESCO Heritage Site) is a beautiful, if austere, collection of sturdy and uniform ranks of Georgian elevations. Rows of terraces and mansions clad in local grey sandstone were the physical embodiment of the Scottish Reformation. Our building is a classic example of the typology, sheathed in Craigsleith Quarry Ashlar and topped in a row of dormers under a slate roof. While the Georgians didn’t offer much in the vein of variation or embellishment, the beauty of the light and the proportional balance in their spaces are, to us, second to none. With a dash of reverence we sought to embellish the building in our own way, and from the inside out. We celebrated the existing heritage details, in particular the fenestration and their surrounds. We amplified the visual warmth of the long Scottish light with an approach that leaned towards the sophisticatedly tropical. Our intention was that the tension between the severe and stony building fabric and the verdant interior would foster measured incongruity where one exalts the other. We also designed much of the furniture and all of the joinery and employed bent wood, cane, wicker and terra cotta in equal measure with brass, stone, cementitious cladding and steel, all of which sits amongst ample vegetation. At the thresholds into the building we paid special attention as to how to architecturally transition between both the spaces and the eras. Glazed fanlights and wrought iron are framed by glass, timber and stone vestibules. Vignettes of the space within are shown to the street and the exterior ashlar and interior elevations form a studied composition on the facade. We manipulated the building sectionally so that rooms spanned both the generous Georgian volume and the tighter spaces of the 20th century addition, yielding some dynamic spaces. We capitalized on the larger period fenestration and lofty ceilings in the public areas of the rooms while beds and circulation sit in the more intimate areas of the hybrid spaces. We created internal stairs that encircle a central bathroom and kitchen core while a bespoke wardrobe doubles as a balustrade within rooms where the height changes. Throughout the building we crafted a palette of warm materials and textures, powdery tones and soft lighting that make the most of the inimitably breathtaking natural light in Scotland. While we were deferential to the heritage and beauty of both historic George Street and our building, our intervention has a decidedly bold perspective all its own. We hope it becomes as much of an asset to its environment as that context has been invaluable for us." - grzywinski + pons

Mey Meh Collection - House Of Hackney

"Conjuring a sense of traditional Eastern design, ‘Mey Meh’ is a geometric print inspired by the pattern of an original 17th century rug found in Liberty’s oriental rug department. This intricate print features a rich and warm colour palette typical of the dyes used by the artisans who have created these hand-woven carpets for generations. This print is available across the House of Hackney interiors, home accessories and fashion collections." - house of hackney

Bloom In Town, Bari Italy - Diorama

"Tropical atmosphere, sophisticated materials and tailor-made details: an astonishing environment where refined tropical-chic interiors meet a mixology bar and an international-cuisine restaurant, combining personality and gastronomy. Designed by the Italian studio Diorama, in the heart of Molfetta, Italy, BIT is a cozy and relaxed location, a place where refinement and attention to details are lively combined with the warm tropical taste: precious brushed brass surfaces, greyish sheet panels concealed in emerald green, rattan furnishings and botanical details. Inside an ancient stone building carefully restored, the location is divided into three distinct environments, each of different sizes, furnishing and reception arrangements. The main room houses a counter of ten meters, in front of a fifth in black and brass metal. The jungalow atmosphere is complemented by wallpapers and fabrics inspired by the plant and animal world, combined with the black and white optical and neon signs specifically created for BIT. Inspired by the Havana alleys, the second space is more compressed and gathered, with a more informal touch. The third room pays a tribute to the local traditions, with stone vaults and rich vegetation accompanied by peculiar mirrors, ornamental plates, large themed prints, lamps and souvenirs from around the world. All the furnishings were made by skilled local craftsmen, from the counter to the bottle display, from the tables to the sofas, after carefully detailed studies. To make lamps, architects reused traditional objects such as the “fiscoli” (old coconut-fiber disks used for the olive-pressing) and transformed them into large lamp shades, they also curved long brass strips to make scenic bright crowns. The vision of the architect Serena L. Rosato, with the collaboration of the architect Andrea Paone, has created a fresh, recognizable, functional and exclusive project in line with the customer's request." - diorama

Posted on October 10, 2017 and filed under interior design.

Powder Laundry, Melbourne Australia - Studio Tate

"Laundromats are mysterious places full of opportunities for chance encounters and awkward moments, staring at your clothes swirling around in the machine. Powder pulls the laundromat concept into the 21st century, while recalling the retro feel of this staple of community life. Rolled out over multiple Melbourne locations, this design has been envisaged as a kit of parts, with human-focused modules that can be inserted into each new space, while keeping the distinctive identity of the Powder brand. A soft pink palette recalls the stray red sock that makes it into your load of white sheets. Flooring merges from pink terrazzo to durable grey rubber benches. Bar stool seating is provided, positioned just close enough to ‘accidentally’ bump into your neighbour. Power outlets and USB chargers fitted into the joinery mean that you can distract yourself with work or catch up on emails. The circular porthole of the washing machine becomes a recurring motif, with joinery created from overlaying multiple circles, and material selections such as white perforated metal backed with a soft pink. The tactile sensibilities of this manual task have been exploited using a variety of textures including studded rubber for countertops." - studio tate

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

Brenda Vidal Apartment, São Paulo Brazil - RSRG Architects + Ana Strumpf

"The multi-bedecked apartment of Brazilian jewelry designer, Brenda Vidal, is a beacon of comfortable, bohemian chic in the center of a big city. Located on São Paulo's Ibiapinopolis Street, the renovation of this family home was orchestrated by Ana Strumpf in collaboration with RSRG Architects and was completed in 2015. The large, sweeping layout of the bright, sunlit space could easily lend itself to an austere, minimal décor scheme; however this apartment seems to have been created with a much more personal note than that in mind. There is so much to look at; everywhere the eye roves it is met with something so particular and extraordinary that it could easily be a stand-alone piece. Yet everything - the multitude of varying furniture styles, colors, textures, patterns, and knick knacks - creates a cohesive front, as if it is all a part of a particular palate. The most obvious takeaways are all of the colors and patterns that have a presiding presence in each of the rooms. But it's not just a single color or a single pattern; rather layers of colors and patterns seem to play against each other to form a harmonious symphony while each room also seems to share its own "color theme." Take for instance, the study. Surrounding the jewelry designer's overflowing work desk and shelving units - brimming with notepads, sketchpads, markers, books, fabrics and inspirations - one of the walls is sheathed in a sea-foam green, floral patterned wallpaper and practically nothing is hanging on it. Meanwhile, the wall adjacent to this one is painted the same predominant shade of sea-foam green, but it acquires its "texture" from the multitude of hanging, framed watercolor works, arranged along its length. In the living room, another "theme" abounds, this one backed by the pink-painted, artwork-strung wall that is the definite center stage of the space. Black and white patterns mellow the tone, seen in the multi-patterned sofa, cushions and entertainment unit along another wall, as do the comfortable-looking, tan, leather armchairs. The large, colorful painting hanging over the large white sofa fronting the bright window allows the sunlight to stream through its canvas, breathing yet another element of color throughout. The family's private bedrooms have been tailored to suit each particular taste, proving that this apartment is a gloriously personal project that perfectly suits its residents’ busy lifestyle while affording them a grounding base and a safe haven among the hustle and bustle of São Paulo." - RSRG Architects + Ana Strumpf

Au79 Cafe, Melbourne Australia - Mim Design

"A former auto repair garage in Abbotsford has been transformed by Mim Design into AU79 – a contemporary hospitality space in the guise of a sprawling indoor botanical garden – featuring a café, bakery, patisserie and coffee roaster, with a variety of event spaces both large and small. The extensive site measuring 600m2, presented a unique canvas and Mim Design’s architecture and interiors embrace its present while preserving its history. Natural finishes, authentic materials, textured surfaces, brass highlights and earthy elements were the fundamental design principles used to form a strong Melbourne hospitality identity at Au79." - mim design

Refettorio Felix, London UK - Studio Ilse

"Redesign of the historic St Cuthberts community centre to create a functional and beautiful home for Refettorio Felix, a new community kitchen, dining hall and drop-in centre that aims to reduce food wastage by using the knowledge of top chefs to create healthy meals for those living in socially vulnerable conditions using surplus supermarket ingredients. The refreshed interior provides a warm and welcoming spaces to bring the community together, and restores a sense of dignity to the table. The project was conceived by Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation founded by renowned chef Massimo Bottura that fights against food waste and in support of social inclusion and individual well-being. Supermarket surplus is sourced by The Felix Project." - studio ilse

Clovelly House II, New South Wales Australia - Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

"Our client’s brief was a 17th century lithograph of five little fish with human faces swimming "Marvels Of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects Of Things Existing" The notion was to create a home that was whimsical, calm, inspiring, slightly quirky and deeply personal. We gutted the existing house, leaving only the structural columns and beams. We created huge windows onto external courtyards and removed most of the walls to flood the spaces with light. The problem with removing walls is that there is nowhere to hang art. This became the driving concept and approach behind the design – bringing art into the architecture." - madeleine blanchfield architects

Molecure Pharmacy, Taichung Taiwan - Waterform Design

"Molecular pharmacists to subvert the traditional format of the pharmacy to carry out the molecular polymerization to create a green laboratory design concept, and through the laboratory in the island platform to redefine drug sales for pharmacists and customers to establish two-way interactive communication, the successful integration of drugs Display, transfer experiment and life experience three business types." - waterform design