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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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