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Former Renault Factory Now a Green Roofed School

At a time when children are confined to a world of video games, indoor activities, and less resources for a natural environment, this amazing project comes up to make it up for the lucky students who will be attending this school. I don’t ever remember having gardens in our school, but our childhood was full of outdoor activities familiarizing us with the nature around us.

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Salvador Dali Museum Opens on 11.1.11 11:11

“ Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.” Salvador Dali

On a date that would have been perfect for the famous artist Salvador Dali, a museum holding his name and works opens in St. Petersburg, Florida. HOK, along with Beck Group, has designed a new museum with an architecture greatly inspired by the great surrealist, “combines elements of the classical and the fantastical,” according to the director of the museum. The design speaks to the essence of Dalí while incorporating functional elements to combat Florida’s tough weather.

The new $36 million, 66,450-square-foot museum Dali Museum houses more of the artist’s works than any other museum outside Spain, including a permanent collection of 96 oil paintings (including the 8 masterworks), 125 drawings and watercolors, 2,500 prints and photographs, 250 objets d’art, and a 5,000 book library.

While the concrete protects the art, this “treasure box” is broken and disrupted by the organic, triangulated glass “Enigma.”    The glass is seen as “contrast between the rational world of the conscious and the more intuitive, surprising natural world” – a recurring theme of Dalí’s work.

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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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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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Management Solution for the Homeless Epidemic

 

Urban Caterpillar is the brainchild of Abby Brazier, concocted during her final year as a design student at Sheffield Hallam University. She does not claim solution of the homeless problem, but describes her project as an attempt to manage it. Working closely with international charity The Salvation Army, Brazier discovered that whilst free sleeping bags were handed out by many shelters, once wet they are near impossible to dry out – especially during the winter.

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An Exhibition You Can “Sleep” In

The LLove exhibition in Tokyo is a nice concept, where you can “check in” if you like what you see and feel like staying there. LLove consists of eight guest rooms, as well as a cafe and a shop, all completely refurbished by a selection of eight Dutch and Japanese designers, including Scholten & Baijings, Pieke Bergmans, Richard Hutten and Jo Nagasaka.

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CITROËN and LACOSTE Concept Car

CITROËN and LACOSTE  have come together with a shared vision of creativity and optimism and thus came up with the CITROËN LACOSTE concept car.  The new concept car is both resolutely CITROËN and typically LACOSTE. The technology on board also strikes a playful note, underlining the seeming paradox between design expertise and lightness of tone.

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The Workaholic’s Stylish Desk

My friends, meet MILK, a very stylish and practical desk that keeps you clutter free & organized.

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Concept Hit: Dinner in the Sky

Being a twitter junkie myself, i got introduced to the " Dinner in the Sky" idea a few months back and didn’t really get the idea of how the whole concept functions, until I visited Beirut 2 months ago and saw something that looks like a UFO hovering over Beirut Central District.

After asking around I realized what they were talking about. As Lebanese always are, seeking originality wherever the source and not fearing any massive reactions, the concept was brought to Lebanon by Alfred Asseily of La Table D’Alfred and Alf events which is in charge of Dinner in the Sky, Beirut edition.

The Lebanese TV channel MTV has taken this concept and created an entire progam out of it for the holy month of Ramadan. The program is hosted by Wissam Breidy who has a variety of guests daily for 30 days with a different country theme everyday reflected through sharing with the viewers the rituals and habits of the assigned country of the night. Their Chef goes as far as to prepare meals significant to that country.

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