Tag: interior architecture
With his incredibly prolific portfolio in architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world. Living a fruitful life until the age of 104, the Brazilian architect is considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture and was hailed as one of the greatest architects of his generation. In his lifetime he created more than 500 buildings, continuing to work until shortly before his death in 2012. In the sprit of Brazil week, today we celebrate some of Oscar Niemeyer’s most beautiful and iconic modernist buildings from around the world.
We know, we know – every freaking design blog and website out there seems to be rounding up Brazilian Architecture because of The FIFA World Cup 2014 currently in it’s finals week in Brazil. Ours is a little late because it took just a liiiiitle bit of research. You see, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the amazing design and architecture, both historic and current, and bring you a whole week of awesome Brazil related content. I guess you could say we are literally giving you The Full Brazilian all week. Ouch! Except this one won’t hurt, and it’s completely appropriate for all age groups.
It’s always a tricky thing, negotiating a contemporary brief with an existing heritage space. While many designers might obsessively refashion a square peg for a round hole, revealing as little evidence of this process as possible, Spanish architect Francisco Javier Eguiluz takes the opposite approach. Instead, he expresses some of the incongruous quirks that result from this process. Dog legged floor finishes, new rooms that straddle over two existing rooms and the deliberate expression of demolished walls. This is a space that does not try to paper over its past.
Björk, a handsome brasserie in Aosta, Italy, opened just over a year ago by a fashion entrepreneur Giuliana Rosset. Combining the food with design, the restaurant claims to be the first authentic Swedish cuisine outlet in Italy. Who would’ve thought there was a marker for this, no? Björk sits quietly in the Italian Alps in a convenient spot between some of the best ski resorts of Switzerland and France. Shocking – why would anyone want to visit a place like this? Seriously. Yuck.
While Australia and a bunch of other places have firmly embraced the concept of McMansions, people in many other countries around the world have continued to live in small spaces for centuries. From Europe, to Asia and South America, small spaces aren’t even considered to be “small” – they are simply a perfectly acceptable way to live. I realise I might be taking a simplistic view here, and I’m certainly not suggesting everyone should rush off and downsize – ability to live well in a small space is dependant on a number social and economic factors, where the city amenities in themselves play a huge part. But it all starts from us, our attitudes, and a willingness to adopt a different way of thinking, which might just allow us rediscover the freedom a small space can offer by freeing us from all the “stuff”. And of course – my personal favourite – injecting a health dose of really clever, multifunctional, GOOD design. Amen!
This multifunctional Artist Studio by Raanan Stern is an incredibly versatile 20sqm workspace, featuring a large storage unit split into four areas.