Villa Dodia – A Ship-like Architectural Structure Constructed In Lonavala, India

Nov 30, 2016

Nudes Architecture and Design Studio has constructed a ship-like house in Lonavala, near Mumbai, India. Bordered by picturesque hillside environment and a natural water catchment area, the design aims to prioritize open, outward facing elements over more enclosed, indoor spaces. According to the studio, the unique design is intended to ‘transport the users and sail through stunning landscapes’.

The tail of the terrace rolls upwards, joining two supporting arms that extend out from the main volume. the result is a cohesive concrete shell that blurs the line between interior and exterior environments — a ‘ship-like’ design that looks as much at home in space as on the high seas.

Inside, a monochrome palette serves to further the space-opera aesthetic, aiding in Nudes’ goal of creating a house unhampered by conventional interior structures.

Oma Completes Faena Forum In Miami Beach

Nov 30, 2016

Dutch firm, OMA, has finished its perforated design structure of “Faena Forum” Art and Performance Centre in Miami Beach, the heart of a new ocean-side cultural district.

Launching the same week as Design Miami 2016, the 3,954-square-metre project is sponsored by the Argentinian hotelier and property developer Alan Faena. 

It comprises two blocks: a cylindrical events hall, affixed to a cuboid containing a hotel and meeting rooms. This 12-metre-high roof spans an auditorium, positioned above a bar and reception area, while an Assembly Hall spreads across the third floor of both blocks. For an added touch of elegance, the interior is topped by a domed ceiling with a glazed oculus in its center.

The Faena Forum is strategically placed on the 33rd Street, at the center of the Faena District Miami Beach, extending between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Creek channel, in order to fit with Faena’s vision of “culture” remarks Shohei Shigematsu, Partner, OMA.

The new cultural forum will become a sister institution to the arts centre in the Faena District Buenos Aires, Faena's first major development that spreads along a section of the waterfront in the Argentinian capital.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Appointed To Design Shanghai’s New City Library

Nov 30, 2016

Danish design firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, was able to overcome competition from architects Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominique Perrault to design the 125,000-square-metre Shanghai Library, scheduled to open by 2020.

The library will be situated centrally, as it will join the Science and Technology Museum and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre on Century Avenue, which connects Century Park to the city's business borough.

The main library will seat at least 1200 students, and still have room for exhibitions, events, a dedicated children's library and most importantly, the Shanghai Institute of Scientific and Technological Information. Resonating with Morten Schmidt, Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, thoughts of a library as an inspiration rather than a storage/collection of books, this library will be an interior design and architecture wonder with batons of timber lining the column-mounted platforms (offsetting the otherwise sparse white décor), bands of transparent fritted glass walls framing landscapes over the surrounding park and of the city's skyline for readers.

Plans are also in the works for a library in Christchurch, New Zealand, to replace the building left wrecked after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Uae Interior Designers Fight Against Water Crisis This Christmas

Nov 29, 2016

Leading interior design professionals will converge in Dubai, UAE, during December 2016, in support of Surge, an international organization that funds sustainable safe water and sanitation projects.

Marita Peters, Executive Director, Surge Middle East, states the importance of addressing the issue at hand as “2,300 people die every day because of inadequate drinking water and sanitation”.

The upcoming Design, Dine and make a Difference (DDD) is being used as a platform to tackle this situation, through a unique competition will challenge interior designers to create an ecofriendly, sustainable bookcase, made primarily out of recycled materials. 

Some of Dubai’s most celebrated creative designers, such as Allen Architecture Interiors Design, Arcology International, Art Plus 971, Bluehaus, Maja Kozel Design, Pallavi Dean Design, Perkins + Will and Tony Archibold have taken the bookcase design challenge.

Award-winning designer Laila Al Yousuf, Senior Interior Designer, Perkins+Will, interprets this opportunity as a chance to “resonate” with the idea far better with the help of their own forte – their creativity.

Sponsors include leading companies such as KPS World; Hussain General Trading; Acoulite, Boss Design; Consort; Haworth; Heimtex; Interface; Kvadrat Soft Cells; Office Inspirations; Seekers Furnishing and The Total Office, etc.

Stephen Lockey, Managing Director, KPS World, acknowledges the focus of the event on CSR (corporate social responsibility) rather than paying attention towards potential Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Shabnam Gupta Opens The Doors To Her New Home Décor Store – The Peacock Life!

Nov 29, 2016

The Peacock Life, opened its doors between the 25th and 27th of November at 180, Turner Road, Bandra. This artsy store is award-winning designer, Shabnam Gupta’s exploration of our collective cultural nostalgia. The vintage lifestyle store is an earthy, yet vibrant mix of created and curated pieces, an artful blend of the quirky and the contemporary. From Mughal-reminiscent bronze lanterns and intricately painted wooden trunks to eclectically detailed furniture and vintage wall hangings, the store is a glorious blend of the old and the new, a reminder of times that are at the same time distant and wholly relevant.

Gupta herself is well versed with collectable art, as seen in her interior work at iconic commercial spaces such as The Bar Stock Exchange and The Sassy Spoon, as well as at celebrity homes of Parineeti Chopra and Irrfan Khan! A lot of her work is characterized by trinkets informing space and crafting an emotion.

Real Estate Leader, Ace Group Ropes In Gauri Khan As Brand Ambassador

Nov 29, 2016

Leading real estate luxury conglomerate, Ace Group’s CMD, Mr. Ajay Chaudhary is “privileged and excited” to have Gauri Khan as their brand ambassador to design signature interiors for their premium residential projects. This collaboration aims to present a final product that definitively spells elegant opulence.

For her first project, she aspires to bring together “style and luxury” by including a chic cocoon, comprising rich, buttery leather accents, subtle mood lighting that shimmers through delicate chandeliers and a colour palette that is soothing and statement-making at the same time.

The group has also elected to showcase their collaboration through a commemorative book on contemporary living and design with a beautiful visual narrative by Gauri Khan, which includes glances of her past and upcoming projects, her design inspirations, her design studio – “Gauri Khan Designs”, and for the all Bollywood fans out there – rare family pictures of Shahrukh Khan and her children, Aryan, Suhana and AbRam!

London’s New Design Museum Remodelled By John Pawson In South Kensington

Nov 28, 2016

London-based architectural designer John Pawson has remodelled the interior of the former Commonwealth Institute building and new Design Museum in South Kensington.

The conversion has provided the museum with triple the amount of space allocated to it from its previous location in Shad Thames. This abundance of space allows it to simultaneously display its permanent collection in one area and two temporary exhibitions in the others. Alongside the primary exhibition space, the building hosts the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, Bakala Auditorium, Sackler Library and Archive, Designers in Residence Studio, cafe, restaurant, and a members' room.

Furnished by Vitra, the £20-million interior fittings carried out by Willmott Dixon Interiors, permanent display areas designed by Studio Myerscough, visual identity overhauled by Fernando Gutiérrez Studio, lighting devised by Concord, and signage system created by Cartlidge Levene has resulted in this luxe project amounting to £83 million.

The Design Museum shut its gates at its former Thames-side home in June 2016 and sold the building to Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013 at a deal of £10 million!

Indian Architects Ride Through The Country To Take Design To The Masses

Nov 28, 2016

A dozen architects rode from Vidhana Soudha to a hundred years old heritage temple at the bottom of Nandi Hills on Sunday, 27th November 2016, as part of the Bengaluru base of the Design Yatra, organized by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID).

These artistic motorcyclists will ride through Mangaluru and Manipal before they begin their trip to Goa. This bike ride was among the many events of the yatra, which aims to take design to the masses. Other events included panel discussions with renowned architects and citizens, heritage walking tours around the city, and a sequence of student competitions for “spreading awareness on design in everyday life”, as mentioned by Designer Vijay Kumar. 

Najib Mirza, who represented India in the 1996 Olympics as part of the Judo team, flagged off the bike ride which was escorted by four Nanos that were also part of the creative journey across the country. 

Interior Designers & Storytellers Unite To Build Library For Underprivileged Children In Bengaluru

Nov 28, 2016

Three non-profit organizations, Anthill Creations, Mantra 4 Change and The Storytime Project have collaborated to build a library and play area for 800 students at Florida English School in Goripalya, Bengaluru.

Santosh More, Founding Member of Mantra 4 Change, declares having adopted the low-income private school for about two years to give it “an academic boost” and “recommendations” by setting an energetic environment that “could bring beauty into reading”.

For Noel Benno, co-founder of The Storytime Project, highlights the importance of libraries as a step towards a better India as it not only enriches the infrastructure, but also encourages children to read.

Souradeep Paul and his team of volunteers at Anthill Creations have struck the right chord by “building play areas with recycled tyres”. 

With 120 recycled tyres and 700 books collected so far, Mr. More hopes to finish this project by January 2017, as the designs for the library’s interior and play area have been locked down and work has already begun. 

Vincent Darré To Auction Off Design Collection In Paris

Nov 22, 2016

Always wanted an invitation to Vincent Darré’s home? Then head to the Paris auction house Piasa, where the contents of his imaginative, plush Paris home are being restaged throughout the second floor viewing rooms on 23rd November, 2016.

The auction consists of notable Maison Darré designs such as his 'Conversation' armchairs (both with their ‘heads’ and ‘guillotined’), the Calder-inspired mobile lacquered tables, the 'Ossobucco' bone-legged series, and the rose gilded 'Colonne-Ecrevisse' upright shrimp cabinet are all up for grabs.

The exhibition further reinforces the inseparable overlap between his public-facing and private domains.

Although artistically driven, the man believes in practicality as he mentions that being connected to “objects” only keeps you “in the past”.

Prospective buyers, meanwhile, need not be reminded of the provenance factor – that the pieces belonged to someone who embodies unparalleled Parisian flair. Darré remains modest on this count, except to offer that many of his designs are ‘the last of their kind’ and that the catalog ‘gives some meaning to my career’.