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Marcel Wanders Designs Suitcases

 

If you are a follower of this blog you will know how much I love Marcel Wanders work, if it were up to me I’d post about every single item he designs. This time the world renowned designer has designed a collection of suitcases for  luggage and bag company Fabbricapelleteriemilano. The collection is called: ‘Saint-Jacques.

Each of the suitcases comes with a TSA combination lock and handles designed to provide easier means of toting the bags around.

 

The interiors are organized to allow for the optimal placement of one’s belongings, while the exterior of the suitcase is covered in wanders’ signature pattern with zipper pulls that recall the ironic face of the designer.

‘I think the style conscious people will love the colors, the contrasts and the interior in bright colors, while those who are attracted by the multi-sensory will appreciate the three-dimensional embossed surface (…).’ – marcel wanders

The suitcases are available in quick silver, jet black or space blue colors.

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Inside Zaha Hadid’s London Home | Interiors

People are usually curious when it comes to celebrity personal lives and home interiors look like. Much more when that celebrity is one of the world’s top architects known for standing out structures and iconic buildings world wide.

Zaha Hadid’s own home is more like a gallery of some of her famous furniture and accessory designs, than an actually cozy home. From the first look you can tell its hers, the famous strong architectural lines and curves are present in every piece she displays.

 

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Trussardi Relaunches Furniture by Michael Young

In celebration of its 100th anniversary and for the Milan Furniture Fair 2011, Trussardi relaunches the Trussardi Design brand through a new collaboration with world renowned designer Michael Young. During  Milan’s Furniture Fair 2011, Trussardi presented at Palazzo Trussardi Alla Scala in Piazza della Scala 5 a collection that Michael Young designed to relaunch the Trussardi Design brand. Inspired by Trussardi’s commitment to product design that was amply developed in the eighties and nineties, Michael Young’s collection is the result of his research of Trussardi’s archives to review the history of the brand and its values and transform it into inspiration for his new contemporary products.

 

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Zaha Hadid Designs Z-Chair for Sawaya & Moroni

 

Another amazing creation by Zaha Hadid in the furniture industry, a chair that simply looks like a signature, a mere “Z”, yet so futuristic and beautiful. Only she can pull this off and be admired for it. Zaha Hadid designed this chair for the Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni owned by Lebanese designer William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni. This chair was presented this week as part of Milan design week 2011.

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Hermès to Launch Furniture and Textiles at Milan 2011

The most awaited furniture and design exhibition which takes place in Milan, Italy will be celebrating its 50th birthday. During this event most manufacturers and designers worldwide will showcase this year’s trends and new creations.

This year French luxury brand Hermès will launch its first furniture range during the Salone Del Mobile which will be taking place between April 12th till 17th, 2011.

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Karim Rashid Designs Metro Station in Naples, Italy

World renowned designer Karim Rashid has renovated a subway station in Naples, Italy. The approach is a very innovative one removing the creepy image metro stations usually have. There weren’t major volumetric additions, instead he emphasized his well known organic shapes through graphic arts on the walls, floor patterns, and the lovely benches. Scroll down and see what it looks like.

 

 

 

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Bisazza Bagno Collaborates with Jaime Hayon | Bathroom Fixtures

The famous brand for mosaics, Bisazza, just debuted a line for bathroom fixtures. The launch of their line Bisazza Bagno was designed by the famous designer Jaime Hayon, with an obvious plan to commission future projects to other famous designers. This line was revealed at at ISH in Frankfurt.

According to the designer’s website:

“The collection recalls the glamour of the 1930s with a Scandinavian touch and feminine shapes. Elegance is the main trait of this innovative collection. The bathroom is the most important room in the home and it should not be hidden. With this collection, it becomes an area you want to show, a place you can keep open. The bathroom becomes a stylish room, full of charm and style, with a strong identity.” 

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Philippe Starck Chandelier for Baccarat at Milan 2011

 

For Milan Design Week 2011, world renowned crystal company Baccarat chose to showcase lighting solutions as proposed by eight of the most famous designers. One of these international designers is Philippe Starck who designed the ‘Marie Coquine chandelier’ making use of LED technologies. This chandelier features a classic looking candelabra which is structured around an umbrella. This umbrella acts as a canopy which diffuses the light to create a mellow ambiance.

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DIOR Flagship Store in New York | Shop Design

Christian Dior flagship boutique in New York recently got a new look done by the famous architect Peter Marino, the designer behind the designs of most luxury boutiques such as Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Dior, Zegna, Loewe.

According to Marino, the re-imagined space “combines 18th century details blended with modern elements to achieve a feminine and glamorous aesthetic,” inspired by the timeless yet modern fashions at Dior.

 

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Komb House Cairo by Karim Rashid| Concept Design

Karim Rashid, one of the most prolific designers of his generation, having worked in over 35 countries, with over 3,000 designs in production and over 300 awards under his belt has designed the ‘Ideal Home’ named KOMB HOUSE.

KOMB HOUSE by Karim Rashid is a smart and environmentally sustainable home concept and based on the design versatility. It also features the domino hobs and ovens from the collection Gorenje designed by Karim Rashid.

 

The interior of the KOMB HOUSE is composed of four spaces that represent our main activities: Play, Eat, Sleep and Cleanse. The house layout flows from the central pool and expands to four quadrants making up the living room, bathroom, bedroom and dining room. The kitchen is merged with the formal dining room and breakfast area. The ‘origami’ kitchen unit features a concealed fridge and two built-in Gorenje ovens.

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Casa Son Vida by Marcel Wanders | Residential Design

World renowned designer and a personal favorite,  Marcel Wanders, and award-winning Los Angeles, Switzerland and Hong Kong-based tecARCHITECTURE collaborated on the Casa Son Vida luxury villa on the Island of Mallorca. Located approximately 15 minutes outside of Palma de Mallorca in an exclusive community called Son Vida. The 8,500 square foot luxury residence acts to  redefine luxury architecture as it is typified by the traditional Mediterranean and Tuscan styles otherwise found on the island.

 

 

The  structure is a bold, curvaceous shape that completely evades conventional definition of modern villas. The idea is that the two pieces co-exist as separate entities, meeting abruptly and then quite literally turning away from each other. Their interaction suggests a chance encounter and speaks to the deliberate and bold juxtaposition of the two elements.

 

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Yves Béhar Awarded for One Laptop per Child Project

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has awarded Yves Béhar and fuseproject the 2010 IDSA Bronze Design of the Decade Award for their contribution to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project.

The One Laptop per Child initiative was launched in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab and seeks to provide a better future for 2 billion of the world’s poorest children, who have limited access to formal education.

Béhar devised the first-generation XO laptop, designed to cost 100 USD and be at once light, attractive, durable and easy to operate.

“We are honored to be recognized for our important work with OLPC,” said Yves Béhar.

“We spent more than four years on the research and design of the XO, and created a device that was tailor-made to the needs of children in the world’s developing countries.”

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Lebanese Architect Bernard Khoury Keeps Walking…

Lebanese Architect Bernard Khoury joined the ranks of Sir Richard Branson, Jenson Button, Marc Herremans and Louis Hamilton as one of the giants Johnnie Walker wants us to Keep Walking with.

The “Keep Walking” mantra is over a decade old and embodies an unwavering determination to succeed despite adversity. The campaign has celebrated Lebanon in times of happiness, and helped uplift the Lebanese spirit in times of despair, making Lebanon, as General Manager Levant Tony Amine puts it “especially used to the Keep Walking attitude.”

Bernard Khoury is a world-renowned architect whose projects have become national monuments celebrated across the world. However, his ever-evolving, dynamic design concepts faced considerable challenges after his graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design in New York. It wasn’t till B018 was built, by Bernard Khoury’s own initiative, direction and oversight, that Lebanon and the world came to realize the avant-gardiste spirit of the man once dismissed as just an unrealistic “paper architect.”

B018 was completely revamped for the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking with Bernard Khoury” party, with posh furniture, huge flat screens, elaborate lighting and of course a huge projection on the retractable roof of the upcoming campaign.

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Karim Rashid Designs Europe’s First Music Hotel

Cosmopolitan business travelers, international jet-setters, party animals and the hottest bands – what unites them all is a love of music. It’s a passion that the people behind nhow Hotel uncompromisingly share and which is reflected in every aspect of their hotel.They have their own nhow music manager and nhow staff partly from music colleges. There’s also their integrated high-end recording studio with panoramic views of Berlin – in cooperation with the legendary Berlin Hansa-Studios. Nhow Hotel opened its doors to guests last month, November 2010.

None other than legend designer Karim Rashid is behind the interior design of the nhow Berlin. His visionary style strikes a perfect chord with the building’s exterior, designed by star architect Sergei Tchoban – making the nhow Berlin one of the capital’s modern architectural and design highlights.

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Karim Rashid Designs Desks for Della Rovere

In 2008 Karim Rashid collaborated with Della Rovere and designed two desks, Zero and Uno. The ZERO (pictured above) is  free-standing body molded in thermosetting resins and reinforced with fiberglass.

These desks are the concrete expression of how office furnishing has changed. The two collections stand out for the use of thermo-hardening resin with fiberglass and high density polyurethane – innovative materials for this sector.The Uno desk won the 2008 Good Design Award.

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Mobile Phones by Famous Designers

iida and Alessi are collaborating to release distinctive phones designed with three world renowned designers, namely, Marcel Wanders, Patricia Urquiola, and Stefano Giovannoni. The idea behind this project was to ‘help you feel wonder each time you use a mobile phone, to enable you to anticipate unprecedented ways of communicating, to give you the power to realize a lifestyle of freedom, liberated from preconceived notions, finding ways to embody the freshest ideas and never failing to stimulate your sensibility—this is the essence of iida’s mission.’ The project was revealed during DESIGNTIDE 2010, Tokyo held from October 30,2010 till November 3, 2010.

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Patricia Urquiola | Designer of Elegance

A legend of Italian design, cultivated and elegant, with an extrovert Spanish temperament. This is the secret to Patricia Urquiola’s success. A designer who has given new meaning to living, classic and informal, intimate and versatile.

The entire interior of the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is the work of Patricia Urquiola who is renowned for her gleeful, often multifunctional pieces for companies such as  B&B Italia , Moroso, Molteni &C, Alessi, Kettal, Emu, and many others.

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Chanel to Donate Zaha Hadid’s Pavilion to Arab World Institute

 

mobile-art-paris“ Chanel is to donate the exhibition pavilion designed by Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid, winner of the 2004 Pritzker Prize, to the Arab World Institute. The pavilion showcased artworks by contemporary artists inspired by Chanel’s iconic bag in 2008.

Chanel will thereby perpetuate this work designed by one of the greatest contemporary architects.

Hadid’s unique pavilion was widely appreciated during Mobile Art’s world tour and came to the attention of the Arab World Institute who contacted Chanel to express their interest in it.

Early 2011, the pavilion will be installed in front of the Arab World Institute, in the unique architectural environment of this prestigious cultural institution, which is open to all in the heart of Paris.

From then onwards, the Arab World Institute will use the pavilion to pursue a contemporary art exhibition policy in relation with the Arab countries.”

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Karim Rashid For Gorenje Appliances

Held in London on 5th October 2010, the Design Awards celebrate those products that best represent excellence and real innovation in design. The independent panel of judges was impressed by Gorenje designed by Karim Rashid Collection which comprises of a range of ovens, hoods and hobs that feature Karim’s signature curves and bold colors. This appealing top-class collection of appliances brings the touch of light into your kitchen and provides a memorable experience for all senses. Gorenje is the largest Slovenian manufacturer of home appliances it is one of the eight largest manufacturers of home appliances in Europe.


Impressions: Flooring by Marcel Wanders

Dutch design legend, Marcel Wanders,  has collaborated with Senso on a new line of flooring Called “Impressions”. ‘It’s more about the texture than the color,’ says Wanders. ‘Some of them look almost edible, like chocolate.’. That said, the colors are bright and the effect of three-dimensionality rather impressive. Senso, the firm behind the flooring, is a leader in advanced resins flooring.

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Donna Karan to Launch Tableware Collection

“New York City inspires and fuels everything I do. Donna Karan New York and DKNY embrace the energy of the city. One is luxe sophistication, the other is fast, hip and spirited. Both are modern and reflect how we live day into night. To me, they’re like caviar and pizza,a limousine and a taxi, the skyline and the street.”

Scheduled to preview in New York tonight, Donna Karan’s tabletop collection with Lenox includes serving pieces, stemware, flatware and more, in a variety of textures and materials that includes sculpted metal, hand-carved wood, bone china, mouth-blown china and more. Her stemware line was inspired by the New York City skyline at night, and she has incorporated elements of fashion into the range with names like Platinum Voile and Wave and Pleats. The cornerstone of the collection is a group of seven pieces that can be mixed and matched to achieve a singular look that fits your home aesthetic. Karan told WWD: “Tableware has grown beyond the traditional tabletop. It’s all about objects of desire that have to connect with you in an emotional way. It has to connect with a certain sophistication that you bring into your home.” The pieces will retail for between $25 and $3000 at specialty and department stores  around the U.S. What I am actually looking forward to is the setup she has stored using all the elements within the collection. Will update you once photos are available.

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‘Girl of the Pebbles’ Collection

 

 

It is amazing how designers get inspired. At the Maison et Objet Fair last September , Nini Andrade Silva, winner of the 2010 award for best hotel interior design, presented her first furniture collection ‘Garota do Calhau’ which means ‘Girl of the Pebbles’. As the name implies, most of her work starting from her early paintings, to her interior designs, and lately to her furniture is inspired by the nature and beauty of pebbles.

 

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Product design by Zaha Hadid

 

 Zaha Hadid has been one of the most well known names to people in our field, i.e. design and architecture. However the way her work has been spreading in the past 20 years has allowed her to be household name rather than just a name circulated among designers. Not only is she a successful architect, but one with such a unique style that indicates her touch once you see a building or product designed by her and her team. Her architectural iconic buildings have swept over every design magazine and website. What I liked to highlight in this post , however, were the products she designed.

The products below are among my favorites , and incredibly synonymous with the style she has created for herself. When you look through them you will notice her signature in every product. The latest product she designed was the beautiful Seoul Tea service.

 The Seoul Tea Service

Inspired by the ancient traditions of Korean culture and lifestyle, the tea service designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has re-interpreted the ceremonial aspects inherent to Korea’s way of life throughout history into a fluid, seamless vision of the future both through material and form utilizing digital design and fabrication processes to realize their transformation.

The Seoul Tea Service is the latest product design by Zaha Hadid Architects, which was commissioned by NY Projects in 2009. The service is made out of ceramic while the textured case that resembles a spaceship is carbon fiber. The fluid and dynamic form of the set is based on the exploration of movement through space.

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Jean Nouvel : Architecture with a Tribute to Culture

“ Each new situation requires a new architecture.” Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel is a name synonymous with bold architecture and creativity beyond the ordinary with concentration on incorporating buildings and landscape within their surroundings. Jean Nouvel is now a name not only known to architects, but among the general public as well.

Educational, Cultural, & Entertainment Center, Kuwait

It would have been a great achievement if this project was realized, Kuwait lacks impressive and meaningful architecture similar to the projects Jean Nouvel has been providing in the other Gulf countries. In 2004 Ateliers Jean Nouvel , Pritzker Prize-winning architect, along with SSH International won the  International competition for the Educational, Cultural and Entertainment Center in Kuwait City. Bartproject were the digital media bureau hired to do the animation for this project. The main aim of this animation is to render, in just 3 minutes, the architectural complexity and atmosphere of some of the key places of this huge city centre project.  The 135.000 m2 complex includes a concert hall,cinemas,shops,restaurants and recreational facilities,  a business center, a technology school, and a 25-hectare park.The location of the project was on Abdullah Al Ahmed Street close to Heritage village, a project whose destiny is also unknown. It was supposed to start in June 2005, 5 years later we know nothing about the project. Its a shame, it would have been great to associate the works of such a great architect with a center in Kuwait. Abu Dhabi and Qatar now have a few projects by Jean Nouvel that are being realized and making the news on most architecture and design sites.

The “supposed” location for the project:

National Museum- Qatar

Qatar Museum Authority and Jean Nouvel  unveiled plans for the new National Museum of Qatar. The cultural center is inspired by the desert architecture and lives of the Bedouin culture as well as a deep-seated respect for the hot desert climate. The new museum will be the first monument travelers see from the airport and the sustainable design of the complex and surrounding landscapes will help prove Qatar to be a forward-looking country. The museum is presently closed during construction with an anticipated reopening in late 2013.The entire complex will seek LEED Silver certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), relying mostly on traditional building practices to create shady and cool areas with thermal buffer zones. The interlocking disks of the building will provide deep overhangs for outdoor promenades and minimize the transmission of heat into the interior spaces. Steel and concrete will be the main building materials, both of which will be sourced locally.
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