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SET Collection by Ania Jaworska

­­Everyday furniture items take on a surreal edge in the latest collection from Chicago-based architect Ania Jaworska.

Exhibited at Chicago’s Volume Gal­­­­lery, the SET collection features eight items that resemble each other in colour, texture and scale but their form is exaggerated beyond normal domestic proportions.

Jaworska grew up in Poland and studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois’ School of Architecture. Her designs explore the connection between art and architecture and her work has been widely exhibited.

Made from materials such as wooden pegs, plywood tubes and molded fiberglass, the bulbous shape and overstated form of each item in the SET collection challenges the typical use of furniture.

The dining table has exaggerated legs and is thinner than average, which forces diners to sit more closely together. The coffee table is topped with cylindrical posts that resemble its own legs, but it remains functional for resting drinks or books.

Fabrication of each piece in the SET collection was a labour of love. “While I fabricated most of the pieces myself with the help of my student assistants, the lacquer was done by a small refinishing shop outside of Chicago,” explains Jaworska.

“Because of the cylindrical parts and the nature of the forms, all of the pieces were lacquered prior to assembly. In addition, all of the connections/hardware are not visible, which required a great deal of planning and engineering.”

Jaworska’s SET collection of furniture is larger than life and presents a bold re-imagining of everyday domestic items.

Perspective sculptures by Dutch design studio OS ∆ OOS

If you’re ready for a new perspective on art and design, look no further than the Perspective sculptures by Dutch design studio OS ∆ OOS.

A collaboration between Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen, OS ∆ OOS strives to find the balance between material and form and how these two elements relate to the surroundings and the user.

Perspective No. 1 and Perspective No. 2 aim to push the boundaries of light-filtering materials. Composed of foil, brass and polarized glass sheets, the sculptures morph in appearance depending on the angle of your view or the way in which moveable elements rotate.

“The two pieces play with each other to create an infinite number of possibilities,” explains Peet.

The Perspectives sculptures take cues from OS ∆ OOS’s syzygy lamps, which are inspired by the phases of a solar eclipse – light is adjusted by a subtle rotation of three light-filtering discs in front of the light source, which is mounted on a concrete base.

The studio’s Bipolar tables are also a source of inspiration. They are made of transparent geometric glass sheets that filter light. Each sheet appears darker or more transparent depending on which angle you’re looking from.

OS ∆ OOS’s objects invite a new perspective on the power of light and show that there are many different ways to look at a design.

   

Concrete Pod by Kazuya Morita

Beauty meets ingenuity in an eggshell-thin concrete structure from Japanese architect Kazuya Morita.

The Concrete Pod is a masterpiece of technology and illustrates the versatility of concrete beyond its traditional application in building and construction.

The secret to the Concrete Pod is its combination of white cement, lightweight aggregate, straw fibre and glass fibre. The mixture was hand trowelled by plasterers using the tradition form of Japanese plastering, called sakan, onto a dome-shaped styrofoam mould.

Holes stud the structure and were created by attaching styrofoam rings to the master mould. Once the concrete was set, the mould was removed leaving a delicate yet remarkably strong egg shape.

It is a pod that invites quiet contemplation or child’s play. Light dappling through the perforations creates a subtle shadowing effect and a lyrical beauty.

The attention is in the detail – the concrete skin is a mere 15mm thick and has a height and diameter of 1.7metres, yet it is sturdy enough to invite someone inside and bear the weight.

Morita is a fan of the dome form, with many examples coming out of his studio in Osaka, including the Shelf-Pod, which features interlocking laminated pine-boards that slot together to form latticed shelving units that house an impressive number of books.

The Brick Pod Pavilion is another of Morita’s dome-like structures, which was created for the Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2012 held in Changwon city, South Korea. It uses some of the same techniques as the Concrete Pod with its delicate application of concrete to create ethereal qualities with light and shadow. It is another remarkable example of concrete design.

Corvi Wine and Champagne Coolers

Glasses are being raised around the globe in celebration of a sophisticated wine cooler that sees modern art matched with functionality.

The Corvi Wine and Champagne Coolers are a striking range of handcrafted concrete vessels that use an advanced casting method to maximise the strength and mass of concrete in a contemporary and slender form.

Designed by Argentinian-based Francisco Corvi for IntoConcrete, the concrete coolers are surprisingly lightweight. They are available in a range of colours, such as Arctic White and Graphite grey, and can be stacked on top of each other so you can create your own modern masterpiece in the form of a wine rack. This makes it hard to stop at just one.

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The inspiration for the stackable nature came at an early age for the designer, who says, “Every toy I had as a child was disassembled and assembled again using other things. This curiosity was my first design influence.”

After being placed in the freezer, the coolers remain chilled for many hours due to their mass and add a sleek elegance to any social gathering. Clean, sharp planes give them a jewel-like quality and their smooth surface is minimalist and edgy.

The rule of thumb is to serve white wine at 7-12˚C and concrete is the ideal material for maintaining the ideal temperate. We’ll drink to that!

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Lounge Chair Opper by Gregoire de Lafforest

Leather and marble may not seem like natural bedfellows but they come together perfectly in the ‘Lounge Chair Opper’, created by French designer Gregoire de Lafforest for Galerie Gosserez in Paris.

A stunning take on the 1970s motorcycle saddle, the chair is stylish and comfortable with a gently curving leather seat supported by a luxurious Carrara marble base.

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Opper’s quilted leather surface upholsters a soft and lightly dense foam inside with the rigid marble axis uniting the two elements. The marble block extends sideways to form a supporting table and adds a further element of self-sufficiency to this elegant and functional furniture design.

 

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While it may look like a solid block of marble, with the impression of dense heaviness, the supporting base is hollow. This allows for the storage of cushions or a throw to round out the experience of comfort. The two pieces are also separable, allowing for easy transportation.

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The Lounge Chair Opper is a functional piece of art worthy of a place in the finest living space.  It’s another example of the outstanding work from this talented interior architect and designer, whose designs include the Hermes headquarters in Paris, Cartier boutiques and the Ciel de Paris restaurant atop the Montparnese Tower.

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Sarah Waller’s Glass House

Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley,  Sarah Waller’s Glass House features the clean lines and minimalist details of a mid-century modernist home, such as a near flat roof and long expanses of full-height glazing, which help to create a wonderful sense of transparency. The monochromatic palette of the finishes includes black timber joinery and Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles from Fibonacci Stone, which extend from the interior floors to the floating patio to create a seamless connection between the two spaces.

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Sarah Waller spent 20 years conceptualizing her dream home and found the perfect location in Noosa for her light-filled, mid-century-inspired design. Its chic, monochromatic palette is enhanced by Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles, which extend beyond the interior to blur the lines between inside and out.

Sarah Waller leads the multi-award winning residential design studio, Sarah Waller Design, which is location in Noosa on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. She moved to Australia from the UK with her family in 2006 and has since built a reputation for her bespoke residential designs.

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Featuring a unique spectrum of pale greys and cool blue accents, Fibonacci Stone’s Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles provide a subtle and versatile finish suited to a wide range of interior colour schemes where a neutral, cool and textured finish is desired.

Sarah Waller’s Glass House is an example of architectural simplicity at its very best. The addition of Fibonacci Stone’s Artic Ice terrazzo tiles brings an extra layer of elegance to this mid-century inspired home.

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The Sweet Factory House by Folk Architects

A former sweet factory in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Collingwood has been transformed by Folk Architects and our terrazzo tiles are a standout feature in both the kitchen and bathroom.

Collingwood and neighbouring Fitzroy have a rich history in chocolate making. MacPherson Robertson, inventor of Freddo Frog, had its factory located in neighbourhood before selling to Cadbury in 1967. The former Craig & Hales Confectionary Factory also has a sweet heritage in Collingwood – the factory was converted into a residence some time ago and the latest owners approached Folk Architects to design alterations and a second-level addition.

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We’ve been fans of Folk Architects for some time. Founded by Christie Petsinis and Tim Wilson in 2011, their projects include Medhurst Winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Yoke Yoga in Torquay and temporary cafe Hortus in Melbourne’s Docklands.

The Sweet Factory House features an upper level that pops over the heritage facade to frame an outdoor terrace, master bedroom and adjoining bathroom. A key feature is a perforated pink sheet metal bridge that links the new extension to the existing form. Spanning 14-metres, it is a playful reference to the home’s industrial past and creates a spine through the warehouse. Its perforations also filter light through to the lower level.

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Folk Architects chose terrazzo tiles for the kitchen island bench, which have been laid in perfect squares to create a geometric feature in the space. The bathroom extends the application of terrazzo beyond the floor – it’s also a robust and stylish feature of the walls.

The Sweet Factory House has seen shortlisted for a Dulux Colour Award this year. Winners will be announced on 10 May – we know which project gets our vote!

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Pettersen & Hein invite you HOME

A home has many functions – a physical shelter, a place of personal expression and a refuge from daily life outside. But what if a home’s function could be stripped away and its contents – such as chairs, tables and lights – became works of art rather than objects with a practical purpose?

This question has been posed by Danish design duo Pettersen & Hein in their latest exhibition, Home, at Etage Projects gallery in Copenhagen. Lea Hein and Magnus Pettersen are renowned for transforming everyday objects into beautiful sculptures and their Home exhibition plays with notions of what we call furniture.

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The exhibition features a floor of striking multi-coloured concrete tiles and a series of sculptural abstract forms. There are rough-cut concrete vases, conceptual side tables and polished steel chairs that reflect both the tiled floor and the other objects in the exhibition. “The floor becomes alive and the surrounding furniture becomes like people in your ‘home’,” the design duo explains of the mirrored pieces.

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Hein is a furniture designer and maker and Pettersen is an artist and a graduate from Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen who is recognised for his concrete sculptures. Despite their different backgrounds, their collaborations have garnered attention around the world. “When boundaries between design and art are effaced, potential for magic occurs,” they’ve said. “When working in the space between art and design you are free from restrictions, there are no rules. Having fewer limitations allows you to work experimentally.”

HOME pays homage to material, colour and form rather than functional use and presents a different perspective on the objects that reside between our four walls.

All Photography by  David Stjerneholm

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Calibre Chadstone by David Hicks

Eminent Australian interior designer David Hicks has teamed up with leading men’s fashion brand Calibre to create the bold interior of its new Chadstone store.

David Hicks, whose studio is Australia’s premier destination for luxury-oriented interior and building design. Hicks established his award-winning studio in 2001 and is celebrated for his streamlined, elegant designs.

The design of the Calibre store at Chadstone is a wonderful example. Referencing Italian Modernism, Hicks describes the space as a “sophisticated masculine atelier with a hint of old-school nostalgia”.

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The new store features a refined, masculine palette of lacquered ebony veneer, turquoise and gold along with Fibonacci Stone Fossil terrazzo tiles which are a dominant interior finish throughout the space.

Hicks chose to feature terrazzo on the walls as well as the floor and seleted Fossil thanks to its subtle grey base and warm natural grey-to-brown marble aggregate detailing which complimented the Calibre interior scheme perfectly.

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Hicks explains that the Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles on the floor and walls add another dimension to the space. “The beautifully crafted tiles inlaid with marble chips are reminiscent of modernist Italy and provide an alluring depth of detail and colour.”

He chose Fibonacci’s Fossil terrazzo tiles to complement his vision for the Calibre interior. “Fibonacci had the best range for us to select from and we fell in love with the colour we used,” says Hicks. “It was perfect for the scheme and for what we were trying to achieve.”

Just like a fine Calibre suit or a David Hicks design, we think our Fossil terrazzo tiles will leave a timeless, sophisticated and leave a long-lasting impression.

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Alberto Bellamoli’s Collecta series

Italian industrial designer Alberto Bellamoli has fond memories of playing on the terrazzo floor of his grandparent’s house as a child. Now that he’s all grown up, he’s playing with this beautiful material in a whole new way.

Bellamoli grew up in a small village in the north of Italy where terrazzo has been produced for centuries. He has been based in Denmark since moving there to study at Kolding Design School but returned to his home village to experiment with terrazzo composition and design.

The result is his new Collecta series of furniture and objects, which he launched at this year’s IMM Cologne Furniture Fair.

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Featuring candleholders, bowls and coffee tables in two sizes, Collecta is characterised by large pieces of inlaid marble, which resemble polka dots. The series features two colour combinations – a white base with green marble spots and a dark grey with speckled with beige.

To produce the collection, Bellamoli worked alongside a terrazzo production team in Italy. He also produced a series of images with photographer Stefano Bellamoli to show the people behind the material and to highlight their skills. Another photographic project focuses on the terrazzo production process.

Bellamoli’s love of this beautiful, durable material shines through in his Collecta series. It’s another example of how terrazzo’s appeal is extending beyond flooring applications in new and striking ways.

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