Givenchy’s latest flagship store was always destined for awesome. With a much sought after location in Paris, and Joseph Dirand as the collaborator, the label’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, was making all the right calls from the get go.
Italian based communication research centre Fabrica recently launched ‘Extra-Ordinary Gallery’, a collection of ordinary objects designed by a team of Fabrica’s multicultural designers and entirely made by hand in Italy. Daily rituals made special through attention to detail. The formal simplicity, shapes and materials of these objects become a tribute to the beauty of basic and small pleasures in life.
CVDB Arquitectos have converted an old hospital in the tiny town of Arraiolos in Portugal, into a Tapestry Museum. The town is famed for the embroidered rugs and carpets it produces, so for the 3300 inhabitants that live there, the museum celebrates the local cultural identity. The exterior skin of the building remains largely intact, flowing seamlessly with the character of the surrounding streetscape. The only new external addition is the delicately crafted stair shaft, which hides quietly at the back of the site.
The latest project by our friends from UDA Architetti sits on the mezzanine level of a building overlooking Turin’s Piazza San Carlo, the symbol of the city.This 150sqm three bedroom apartment is crafted with rigour and close attention to detail. Each element – the shape and size of surfaces, the furniture, objects and fittings, tells a story that goes beyond their initial appearance.
If ever there was a place you could BLOW me, this would have to be it. This exclusive hair salon in Copenhagen opened just last month. It was designed by the clever people at STUDIO David Thulstrup. A modern and minimalist interior with a 1950′s twist – what’s not to love! At just 38sqm, the salon packs a punch with a clever selection of materials, simplicity of form and beautiful detailing. The attention revolves around two large freestanding mirrors with attached light bulbs that form a perfect circle. A contemporary interpretation of 1950′s dressing rooms, where the lighting provides a gentle glow to customers’ faces while they are blown for perfect hair. Oh man, that’s my definition of a happy ending right there…
Marble has been enjoying a moment in the high-design and fashion spotlight for a little while now. Designers across the globe have been busy reinventing the way they are using marble – from architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting, art, homewares, clothing to styling. This is not at all surprising, given that nothing is quite as impressive or speaks of sophistication and luxury as eloquently as marble. Here are some of my favourite examples that embrace and channel this precious natural material so beautifully…