• Tag: red


    Kessel-Lo House by NU Architectuuratelier // Belgium.

    14th February

    Ghent-based practice NU Architectuuratelier have refurbished this two-storey house in the suburbs of Leuven in Belgium. Can we please talk about that stair cascading down in front of the double height window? A bit of a died-and-gone-to-heaven moment, no? The graphic black lines of the staircase are carried through in the detailing of the balustrade and sliding steel-framed glass doors that act as a divider between the public and the private areas of the house. The overall feel is pared back, rational and reduced to bare essentials, with the red floor acting as a perfect dose of the unexpected.



    Camper Flagship Showroom by Neri & Hu // Shanghai, China.

    5th November

    The Camper store is a reinterpreted two storey traditional house, sliced in half and opening itself up to the “laneway” within the warehouse which it sits. The slice is expressed with a bright red rubber, which is the same rubber used for Camper’s shoe souls and branding. An angled mirror terminates the laneway so the reflection visually completes the other half of the sliced house. Materials have been recycled from demolished residential sites, creating a diverse and textural palette, steeped in the history and memory of the city. The wire hangers displaying shoes from above make reference to the drying laundry of the alleyways…



    Oval Barcelona by Flexoarquitectura.

    16th August

    You see, as much as I love a project with a big fat budget to work on or to share with you, I am also quite partial towards projects that were time and budget challenged, but have managed to rise to the occasion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again a thousand times if I have to – good design and good taste (especially) have nothing to do with good budgets. On that note, let’s take a little look at a burger restaurant Oval, situated in a 19th century building in Barcelona’s Eixample…



    Design Free Thursday // Mimicry by GiesenLeenders.

    20th December

    “Mimicry” is a quirky little series of images by Dutch photography duo Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders of GiesenLeenders. Each colourful scene captures two matching characters perfectly camouflaged in their environment. Without trying to get all super analytical and intelligent about it, I find there is a real feel-good element in each of these images…



    Design Free Thursday // Body Art by Olaf Breuning.

    15th November

    In this colour-study body art series, eclectic Swiss artist Olaf Breuning investigates the possibility of using the human form as a canvas. Red, blue, yellow and green are used against inky black background creating a super striking effect. Even though this is not the first time you’re seeing painted people on yellowtrace, I was quite intrigued with the way Breuning references famous artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, and particularly Andy Warhol’s famous Marylin Diptych series…



    Balloon Bench | Satoshi Itasaka of h220430 Studio.

    7th June

    Holy smokes. This has to be one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in AGES. First of all – how friggin gorgeous is that first photo. *Squeal!*

    Balloon Bench is a sculpture created by Japanese designer Satoshi Itasaka from h220430 studio. Visually inspired by the old French movie, Le Ballon Rouge, this floating bench appears to be held up by bunches of balloons at either end. It is in fact attached to the ceiling with 4 anchors concealed by clusters of polyethylene balloons…




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