The Australian designer Stephanie Ng has created a wonderful lighting design based on the shape of ice-cream cones. The wood and metal of the design contrast neatly to provide a sound structure for illumination.
Named ‘Scoop’, the design also feature coloured rings suggesting different flavours of ice cream. A satisfying treat of a design, Scoop will be exhibited next year in Sydney, Australia.
The Le Klimt Cluster Pendant
Also making use of a highly original design is the cluster pendant from Le Klimt. Classical cross pleating fuses with an inspiration from nature to create a wonderful ceiling lamp of exquisite form and beauty. With ideas as unique as these, your interior spaces can soon create a welcoming and modern environment. The Le Klimt Cluster Pendant is available from Dotmaison now. For more information on Stephanie Ng please follow the link for more bright ideas!
Discarded Lottery Tickets – Play It Again by Robert Lardon 2013
Modern art is a load of old rubbish isn’t it? Not something I would agree with, but an opinion held by quite a few gallery visitors over the years. In this particular case – just for once - they would be entirely right. That is because the artist Robert Larson creates visually stunning collages produced from urban trash and detritus.
Cigarette Packaging – Green Triangles by Robert Larson 2012
Larson himself finds the discarded packaging and items of his intricately designed works and this single minded creativity is at the hear of his transformative works. As he himself explains: “It is after these items have been discarded that an exciting transformation begins. Their once identical and uniform surfaces begin to fade and abrade with exposure to the elements—turning them from homogeneity into infinite variety.”
London’s famous art gallery Tate Britain has just received a stunning renovation and is now open to the public. The architectural company Caruso St John used the gallery’s £45 million budget to augment and open up greater spaces of the building to visitors. Previously inaccessible areas of the building have been restored and now house classrooms and learning centres for students.
A classical staircase (above) leads down to these newly designed classrooms and the new Djanogly Cafe and renovated Rex Whistler restaurant.
This luxury circular balcony around the rotunda now contains a first-floor cafe and members lounge with a 14 metre-long bar. Open since 1897, the Tate has long been recognised as the centre of the British art world. This new redesign captures the original grandeur of the building and the magnificence of the artistic collection found within.
For more details on how and when to visit the new and improved Tate Britain check out their site.
The art of glass can offer a fascinating look for any building or interior. Acting as a template on which to coordinate a whole range of different ideas and influences a glass filled interior can present a clear way to see things at a different angle. Shanghai studio AIM Architecture certainly achieved the desired effect with their office for property developers Soho China.
Operating as a showroom for the company, the interiors present the kind of designs the company specialises in. “As Soho rents out the offices in this building in bare shell state, the main design idea is to show the customers what they are actually getting, and at the same time add a layer of inspiring luxury to it,” the studio said.
A fantastic design of graceful beauty, this design is a tribute to the power of glass.
The design of a hotel or guest-house can be crucial to enjoy a welcome getaway. If a place looks as though it has been created without any love or attention to detail it can overshadow every aspect of the holiday experience. In short, the owners need to get on the design case in a sharp an creative way that can highlight the relaxing stay that their hotel offers.
This is certainly what the owners of the Hotel Baltazar in Budapest, Hungary have appeared to do. The family run boutique hotel and bar and restaurant creates a warm and homely atmosphere with a detailed finish. The luxurious dining room (above) is a perfect example of the care they have put into the place.
With themed bedrooms perfectly creating the style of old Hollywood glamour, the city hotel is a beautiful east meets west destination. The hotel can work as an ideal starting point to discovering the incredible Hungarian capital.
Traditional mazes are a terrific feature of medieval castle grounds and gardens. Ideal for getting lost in the real spirit and nature of a place they represent how architectural design can have an immediate and profound impact upon our senses. This example created in the gardens of Denmark’s Rosenborg Castle is a brilliant example of how to set these intricate areas up for the maximum experience.
Created by Dutch architects FABRIC after they won the commission to design a new public space for visitors to the castle. The designers used 2967 pieces of spruce wood to create the maze-like intersecting circles of walls.
The project’s title Trylletromler is the Danish word for a zoetrope. These devices are cylinders which display a series of pictures that give the impression of movement. An early inspiration for cinema, the zoetrope holds a special place in the affections of all accomplished designers.
The alluring style and shape of crystals were at the heart of this recent pop-up store in a Singaporean shopping centre. Created by the interior designers Asylum Creative for the Swiss watch brand Hublot, the store ran for 10 days earlier this year.
It comprised over 35,000 perfectly formed crystal shapes made of paper suspended on fishing wire to form a pavilion in the shopping centre’s main section. As the lead designer Cara Ang explains: “Being a pop-up store, we liked the idea that it was momentary. We wanted to create the effect of crystals that are falling but captured in a single moment.”
For more on Asylum Creative check out their site.
The classic design of the Rudder Table by the legendary designer Isamu Noguchi has received a re-generation from Herman Miller as part of their Herman Miller Collection. Originally released in 1949, the Rudder Table received its name from the rudder shaped leg that supports the main frame of the table.
The distinctive sculptural look is created from the two hairpin legs, that together with the prominent rudder leg produces a timeless effect.
Leitmotiv Squared Side Table
For an even more modern design, how about this Squared Side Table from Leitmotiv (above)? Available from Dotmaison, the matt black table offers stylish dining support for extra interior surface space. Perfect for creating a lasting impression on family and friends alike!
The still life is usually the first subject that an artist takes on. Back in school, drawings and paintings of flowers, plants and furniture point the way towards a greater understanding of perspective, light and basic technique. Antonio Aricò’s latest collection for Seletti takes this idea and places in within a physical context.
The fascinating result is the Still Alive project, which allows users to co-ordinate their own collages and collections from the attractive and perfectly functional objects. The set includes a variety of wooden objects, from a vase and pitcher to a pencil box.
The famous Italian company also offer the striking Neon Art Letters (above). This wonderful range of artistic lighting is available from Dotmaison now and can transform an interior in no time. As an example of a different form of a not so ’still’ life, it is extremely effective in conveying a vitally energetic light source.
Eaton Terrace is a superb London family home recently renovated by the interior design studio Project Orange. The designers made fundamental changes to the living space. Most obviously they moved the kitchen to the first floor. In this way, it is directly next to the dining room. The home is the regular venue for dining clubs, so this practical move makes complete sense for ease of culinary preparation and serving.
The built in book shelves project a studious image perfect for a composed form of dining. The beautiful lighting arrangement make sure that everyone at the table can feel perfectly illuminated.
Photography is by Jack Hobhouse.
The rear of the property also includes a smaller kitchen, which makes use of a large skylight, offering a different form of lighting. Full of bright ideas for the larger urban family home, Eaton Terrace offers an aspirational design of high-class.
For more on Project Orange please visit their site.