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.
Oh lordy! The extreme levels of awesome are making me hot under the collar. Someone bring me a glass of water. Please. No, but seriously – could this be the hottest trestle table you’ve ever seen? Quite possibly, and you know it. The man behind this super beautiful product is a young Belgian designer Ben Storms.
Well, well, well. Isn’t this apartment just a liiiiittle bit amazeballs? Damn straight. With every single detail chosen with utmost care and existing in perfect harmony with the interior, it comes as no surprise this is a home of someone creative – in this case, a Stockholm based prop stylist Joanna Laven. Pulling together what could’ve been a challenging mix of modern, mid-century and traditional pieces, Laven and her husband have created an effortlessly beautiful and elegant space.
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.