The White Retreat is a seaside apartment with a nearly all white interior. Located in the beach town of Sitges, Spain, the client wanted a bright white space which would highlight a few favorite art and furniture pieces. The combination of a small space and small budget called for a simple and efficient design. Colombo and Serboli Architecture divided the space into three areas: the bathroom, bed/living room, and terrace. White doors hide the kitchen, bathroom, and closets. Oversized windows flood the space with natural light. There are so many elegant design choices in this small apartment. The white resin floor, bathroom tiles, and folding doors all help achieve a uniformity that is still visually exciting. The dedication to white here is impressive: even the plumbing fixtures are matte white! The White Retreat is the perfect space for quiet and creative living.
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Japanese designer Taku Omura of oodesign has created Ripple, a simple and stunning vase that overturns everything we ever knew about the art of flower arrangement. The piece, made from PET resin, supports a single flower and floats in water. Any vase, dish, glass, pond can be turned into a beautiful sight of drifting blooms. Designer explains: Normally flower decoration is stationary at one place. In this case, the flower floats nonchalantly on the water, changing its position and appearance in accordance with the movement of the air. I love the optic illusion Ripple creates. Flowers appear to be put directly in the water, frozen in time.
Featuring the freshly updated Muriel Grateau Gallery in Paris, France. Part gallery, part boutique it is place where contrasts play nice next to each other. Simplicity in the most-tested form provides solid background for colorful objects in vivid tones Grateu is famous for. Visitors are welcome to absorb the display of extremely well-curated objects and one can not help to notice the overall sophistication and elegance of the space. White resin, stones covered with white powdered paint, white lacquered steel plate and LED lighting were used to create the ethereal 140 square-meter space. Designed objects are clearly the focal point in Murel Grateau’s vision of the space and yet she managed to intrigue me enough to wish to personally experience the overall essence of the gallery’s environment.
Japanese design studio Plus Minus Zero (±0) continue to impress with their homeware designs. The latest? This stylish Coffee Maker with a sublime minimal design, which I am only too happy to share with you today. Not least because of my love for all things coffee related. The small and compact coffee maker, comprising of a polypropylene resin shell and stainless steel removable plate, can extract two cups worth of coffee simultaneously. The only decorative feature is the small subtle logo at the back of the machine. Available in three colours – black, red and beige, the Coffee Maker 2-Cup measures H220.0 × W169.0 × D158mm and weighs a mere 1.0kg. Simple, but delicious.
Tina is a great bathtub designed by the multidisciplinary and successful Spanish studio Lavernia & Cienfuegos Design for Sanico. They clearly explain the objective they were looking to achieve with Tina: It responds to the new idea of bathroom, which has evolved from pure functionality into being a room where we spend more and more time and where the symbolic, entertaining and aesthetic side gets more importance. Considering the importance of this, the designers have developed an interesting contrast between rounded and comfortable shapes and others squared and straight. It is made of mineral resin, which makes the solid and smooth appearance possible, resulting in a beautiful design.
This futuristically looking object, called SleepBox, is designed exclusively for naps. Envisioned by Caspar Lohner and produced by LG Hausys in collaboration with Kläusler Acrylstein AG, the piece creates a place of comfort and relaxation within airports, offices or other public and semi-public spaces, providing peace and quiet in busy urban environments. The free-form shell is made from HI-MACS®, an innovative material, which is comprised of 70% natural stone powder derived from bauxite, 25% high quality acrylic resin and 5% natural pigments. Here is how Lohner describes his experience working with this unique compound: Every day was a challenge for me, but when something didn’t work, we tried and tried again until it was resolved. I learnt a lot about HI-MACS® fabrication possibilities thanks to this project. A porthole on one side of the shell provides an entry to the sleeping capsule, lined with a leather covered mattress. The outer part, thanks to the shape of the object, can serve as seating. SleepBox will be exhibited from 17th to 21th January at Swissbau 2012.
Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita (1968) is known for creating realistic imagery from invisible sources. Her shadow art has earned Yamashita international recognition with works appearing in such venues as Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, the Esplanade in Singapore, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo and the Kent Gallery in New York. The pieces are comprised of ordinary everyday things and a single light source, which brings these objects to life. Alphabets and building blocks, scattered across the wall, become realistic human figures, coloured resin plates give shape to facial silhouettes, and credit card imprints create portraits. Yamashita’s precision is staggering. It is amazing to see how these sophisticated, coherent and very detailed images have been originated. These works are exhaustively complex in execution and yet manage to remain simple and minimal to the eye. Kumi Yamashita will be having solo exhibitions at the Sato Museum, Tokyo and the Dillon Gallery, New York in 2012.
Tina Frey is San Francisco-based designer creating modern designs in resin. Besides jewellery, her collection also includes everyday objects. The pieces in the collection are hand sculpted and when the clay design is completed, hand-made molds are created for each object. The molds are used to cast each item individually by hand in small batches by color. After the pieces are cast and removed from the mold, they are hand sanded. I appreciate Frey’s honest way of working with each piece, creating a direct relationship or a “bond” between the designer, the piece and hopefully the individual who will eventually purchase it. There is also strong potential in real wearability of her unique pieces for each design can easily become the star element or play the subdued part. Perfect example of sophisticated bold statement.
The colder weather is beginning to set in, at least in my city of Edinburgh, so naturally my thoughts turned to heating. Japanese design director Naoto Fukasawa of Plus Minus Zero, has produced these beautifully simple and modest infrared electric heaters. Made from steel polypropylene resin, measuring H310.0 x W330.0 x D165.0 mm and weighing a mere 1.5 kg, the smooth corned design of these heaters are simple in form and function. Featuring an easy three-step rotary selector switch; 800W (strong), 400W (weak) and off, they are available in a range of colours including light brown, beige, red, brown, pink and grey. Plus Minus Zero have also recently designed the infrared electric heaters with a steam feature, which offer a similar design in terms of its smooth corners, but vary in size and power. If anyone has bought one of these heaters, please share your experience.
Taking inspiration from the game Bou-Toshi, Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi created a series of minimal vases made of sand and resin. The game is simple, the objective is to keep a pole up that’s been placed in a heap of sand. Each player takes turns removing sand until the pole falls. If you cause the pole to fall, you lose. With its primitive element of creation and destruction, this game has been played for centuries. The vases resemble the heap of sand and the flowers placed in a glass tube would be the pole – time stopped with resin. The shape nears collapse, bringing a tension and delicate beauty to the flower.
The LED chandelier is minimalist from several points of view. First; the LED chandelier is a wonderful minimalist piece of lightning designed by George Simionopoulos and Erica Pecoskie, a.k.a. Group Two Design, from Toronto, Canada. The chandelier is made by casting a LED linear lighting strip into translucent resin. The fixture of the lights, made of 5 identical pieces radiate around the power supply, is the backbone of this beautiful lightning. Second; using LED technology the chandelier is sustainable and is respectful for the environment. LED lights use less energy, are long lasting, are durable and are mercury-free.