S U R P R I S E !
A bonus for you all!
Yes - I know - it's been only two weeks since the last issue, 4•5. My dilemma is what should this number be? I suppose it will have to be 4•5-1 - make sense?
Speaking of sense(s) - I may come again to my senses and not repeat this folly. Unless, of course you all want me too. So, if you do, then you must send an email to: michael@DesignReview.International and in the Subject field, type: STOP! Don't Stop!
Okay? If I do not receive at least 50 positive replies for this mid-month issue it will likely be the only time we do this. Let's see who's listening/reading out there. . . . .
On a related note, this is a part of a greater experiment. The hosting provider through whom DR•I is published has recently developed a pretty cool newsletter function - and it is by using the newsletter link that you will be reading this issue now. Enjoy!
I LOVE furniture! I know I don't showcase a lot of it - probably because there is either far too much sameness or lack of fresh design thinking. But when I come across something that is fresh, different - striking - then it will appear in DR•I. This chair is from a company, DMITRIY....and this model is called the ZERMATT swivel chair.
What do we like about it? a beautiful simple form/shape, wonderful proportions - a luxe tailored appearance. Would be perfectly at home in a living room, a hotel room or an executive office.
What would we change about it? I'd provide the option of a matching ottoman/footstool - and you know - you just know, it should be round with a muffin top .......
What do we not like about it? The price - at $4125.00 (USD) each it is way outside almost anyone's budget.
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Dmitriy & Co is a modern furniture and upholstery atelier dedicated to timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship. The brand’s history of producing bespoke furnishings can be traced back to the Lower East Side of New York, where artisanal mastery was hard-earned over three generations. The compulsion to design and create by hand serves as a vehicle of artistic expression and pays homage to an age-old craft that remains embedded in our culture.
The company’s latest collection pushes the boundaries of aesthetic innovation. New technologies coupled with new ways of seeing things drive the language of form in unexpected and sublime directions—a warm modernism that is at once familiar and wholly new.
And for much the same reasons we adore the ARP chair.
Very elegant, very simple, very expensive.
At $4250.00 (USD) - what can I say?
This slideshow is rather interesting because it shows how a curated selection of artwork, in the same setting, can really change the mood and timbre of the space. Some of you - mostly those who were students of mine - will remember something I tried to imbue in you when it came to fine residential interior design ........ when you work with a client in their home you have two primary responsibilities - the first is to be as good an interpreter of your client as possible - the second is to strive to be a 'mood architect'. In that sense, mood, is the sixth, or seventh, sense...... wonder how many of you can list all the others. And so, study these photographs - you can pause the slideshow - and ask yourself 'How has this painting modified or changed the mood?'. You may surprise yourselves.
S I G H !
Doesn't this just compel you to - s i g h ?
It does me. . . . Man, I could sit/lie/snuggle down - right here - for days on end.
When I worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, my first apartment was on the rooftop of a six storey building - right on the beach - in Hollywood. Yes! I would walk out of my building and literally be 6 feet away (across the Broadwalk) from the sand of the beach. And since my living room window faces east, I spent hours and hours just staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. Many an early morning was spent watching tramp steamers traverse the horizon.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN BEACH HOUSE, RHODE ISLAND
Quarantining might be a little more bearable if you were held up in a private seaside sanctuary like this South Kingstown Beach House. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the contemporary cottage boasts a boxy form clad in timber planks. Its interior takes on a reverse-level layout, placing the three bedrooms on the ground floor and the communal areas above. The open living space features a kitchen and sitting room with painted beadboard ceilings and oak beams while floor-to-ceiling glazing highlights the coastal views. Step through the sliding class doors and enjoy the ocean breeze or retreat to the back porch for sunset drinks overlooking Green Hill Pond.
Such a gem! Sited between Charlestown Beach & Green Hill Pond, with panoramic Atlantic Ocean views to Block Island, Charlestown Breachway and beyond, this truly unique, custom-built home is seaside perfection!
Of course, it's a bargain at $2,500,000.00 USD. Do you think the ZERMATT chairs might find a suitable home here?
T W I S T Y / T U R N Y - round 'n round she goes. . . . . . so cool! EE Stairs company are brilliant innovators. They always rise to the challenge put in front of them by madly crazed architects, designers. This is an example of absolute purity of form and of form following function!
Asymmetrical Ribbon Staircase at One Bank Street London
Design: tp bennett, Adamson Architects
Location: One Bank office tower, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, east London, England, UK
The design of the 730,000 ft2 One Bank office tower at Canary Wharf is unusual in two ways. Developer Canary Wharf Group’s base-build architects, KPF, produced a receding convex main elevation which sits on a cantilevered lower segment. This bold architectural geometry takes an even more dramatic turn – several turns, to be precise – inside the building. Here, tp bennett, Adamson Architects and EeStairs collaborated to produce a remarkable asymmetrical ‘ribbon’ staircase linking three floorplate balconies.
....... the full article is here.
To me, this is exciting architecture - bold, imaginative, trail-blazing.
A wonderful articulation of a vision that actually makes great sense architecturally and structurally.
A new mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) ambitiously pushes the "traditional boundaries between building and the urban context."
OMA's CMG Qianhai Global Trade Center project is described as a compressed "Micro City" that the firm believes will be an example of "a tower, a cluster, a neighborhood, and a city."
The clustered volumes aim to visually and physically connect two main towers, a cube-shaped volume in the center, and a lower building complex all into one harmonious development.
From an article in Archinect by Madeline Amhurst ~ Georgia Tech Campus (Historic) Housing Renovation
Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
The Koda Light can be moved on a trailer in one piece, though a crane is required to fit the home into place.
The 310-square-foot home has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs bedroom.
Estonia's Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
Koda, which is a part of Kodasema OÜ, said it received constant messages from US clients requesting that the company deliver its movable tiny home overseas. The positive response from prospective customers prompted the company to do just that.
Koda has satellite offices in Europe and Canada and is now focusing the majority of its production and sales on the Koda Loft.
The Loft's steel-reinforced timber frame allows the movable home to be lightweight and environmentally friendly, according to Koda. At about 11 tons, the wooden loft is half the weight of the Koda Concrete, the company's concrete movable tiny home.
It does seem all ablur, no? How are y'all doing? Days slide by, I look out my windows to what has always been a fairly active roadway. . . . pas maintenant. I actually conducted a little survey a week or so ago.....from 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM on a Wednesday morning, I actually sat and counted the cars that drove down the street to the stoplights from which most traffic would turn right to access the on-ramps to the Champlain Bridge or Hwy 15 northbound - or the 10 east to get directly downtown. In normal times, it is a bustle of cars, bikes and buses at that time of the morning. And generally through until about 9:30 or so.
That day, 72 cars made the trip - the trip past our building to the corner of Boulevard René Levesque - to head to work. 72 cars! Astonishing.......and even now, mid-afternoon, if I gaze through the window, the roadway is pretty much vacant.
We all feel it - it's all we talk about. It's the focus that captivates our compass, day to day.
The only good sense advice that makes any sense is, 'Hang in there.' Right?
But here - here we have a lovely distraction. Yes - I know it's a train. And it's a train on a bridge....but, what a train and - what a bridge!
Seen from the other side of the bridge, it's somewhat different.
This is, a part of that train! Believe it or not - as is this
This is the KRUGER SHALATI TRAIN LODGE. . . . . For those looking for something unique, exotic, and surrounded by views, the Kruger Shalati Train Lodge checks all the boxes. The boutique hotel is housed in a restored train stationed on the Selati Bridge above South Africa's Sabie River. Each car has been converted to house 31 luxury guest rooms that highlight the local culture with local art and custom furniture along with a lounge carriage offering a bar, pool, and deck overlooking Kruger National Park. The train Lodge will begin boarding passengers in September 2020.
Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming to the iconic Kruger National Park, South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.
Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.
Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.
The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, will lie our bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other!
Thought-provoking, unique design is core to our offering, but the holistic experience is centred around our human-ness, our cultural nuances, the people involved in the making of every element, and ultimately the kindness with which we receive our guests.
Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River.
To my mind, this would be the perfect escape - from these days, these times.
Check out the web-site at: https://www.krugershalati.com
A luxury apartment on Paris’ Avenue Raymond Poincaré required a feature staircase in the middle of its stylish living room.
The staircase, which connects the home’s main living area to its master bedroom features attractive wooden treads and risers which combine with steel a Cells balustrade finished in white. An attractive, glossy EeSoffit finish – also finished in white was used on the stair’s underside, an alternative to stucco plasterwork that doesn’t compromise on strength or style.
Fascinating! Clearly, the world is fast-changing. Science, technology - innovations. You wouldn't have believed it some few months ago if you were told that a 1000 bed hospital could be built from the ground up and be operational within 6 weeks. And yet, that is precisely what happened in China. In the last issue of DR•I you read about small footprint housing that is the product of a 3D printer! And now this!
An accordion house! Fascinating!
House in Tezukayama / Fujiwaramuro Architects
Text description provided by the architects. This small house is located on a narrow street in a dense Osaka neighborhood. We were involved in the project starting with the search for a lot and visited a number of potential sites with the client. Ultimately, we selected this sited measuring 3.74 m across by 16.31 m deep. One of the client’s requests was that the house provide places to display their photos, pictures, and decorations. The lot’s small size, however, meant the living space had to be compact and multi-story, with some of the space allocated to a staircase. Furthermore, the crowded residential neighborhood promised little chance of good exterior views.
As a strategy for solving all of these problems at once, we devised a “shelf-staircase” that serves as both display space and living space, in addition to providing interesting interior views. The shelf-staircase is structurally independent from the overall building. This independence is visually expressed through slits inserted between the staircase and the split-level floors in front of and behind it. Sunlight filters pleasantly through skylights at the top of these slits.
The shelf-staircase is comprised of passages, shelves, a desk, and living space. The views as one goes up and down the stairs are reminiscent of moving three-dimensionally through a forest. Designed to function centrally in the residents’ daily life, the structure is highly practical. The items they have displayed on the shelves, from shoes to toiletries and laundry supplies, create a relaxed mood
At the top of the shelf-staircase is a study with a desk that melds into the shelving. The soft natural light from the slits casts a mottled pattern like light filtering through trees onto the structure, making it a comfortable place where the residents sometimes pause to sit on one of the soft pine treads and read a book. It serves one more function as well: a giant cat tower for the recent feline addition to the family.
Close to home, in Vermont
Woodstock Farm is a modern architectural masterpiece and landmark work by award winning and internationally recognized architect Rick Joy. Based on a conceptual framework that draws from the simplest archetypical forms, this dramatic stone and shingle house and counterposed barn is set on over 200 acres of Vermont countryside minutes from the picturesque village of Woodstock and in close to ivy league Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Plus, it has its own hockey rink in the basement!
Melding effortlessly into the Green Mountains, the property is sensationally experiential in nature and the design is executed with the sharpest attention to craft and detail. Drawing directly from the architectural vernacular of the rural northeast, the tension between the historical and contemporary is conveyed, to paraphrase the architect, “through the massive character of the walls, through the qualities of light and dark, through spatial movement and through atmosphere.”
The four-bedroom main residence offers a 152-foot elongated gable house with massive end walls of quarried Lake Champlain bedrock and cedar cladding on the roof and side walls. The east gable wall presents a unique and transformational entry that conveys the individual into the cathedral-like great room with its impressive interior space created by the structure’s Barker steel bent frame construction. The eye is also immediately drawn to the long hall that provides visual and physical connection to the additional en-suite bedrooms terminating at the dramatic sliding door to the master bedroom suite.
The living spaces present the highest level of interior fittings and furnishings, and behind the blind nailed fir wall interiors, the property employs cutting edge mechanical, electrical and geothermal heating and cooling systems technology.
The basement of the main home also offers a synthetic ice floor for indoor hockey practice.
Price? $9,750,000 USD
Curved glass doors puncture the residential extension of this brick house in Montreal, designed by local studio TBA.
Called DeNormanville, the single-storey dwelling is in Montreal's Rosemont borough, also known as La Petite-Patrie. It comprises a historic red brick home with a paler, more contemporary addition.
Montréal - that most unique and distinctive crucible of design and creativity. Here is just another example of why we're proud to be, Montrealers. This appeared in de seen digital magazine and was written by Bridget Cogley. Bridget is a reporter for Dezeen.
She graduated from University College of London with a master's degree in European history in 2014, with a focus on modernist architecture in Tel Aviv. While studying, she worked for a start-up involving product transparency, and then moved to New York City to continue working within the fashion and start-up industries.
Bridget joined Dezeen as an intern in summer 2017, before she was made editorial assistant and then reporter for the US team.
Tom Balaban Architect (TBA) designed the extension for the house to both connect and contrast with the original structure, which is known as a shoebox home.
These dwellings were erected in Montreal in the early the 20th century in tandem with the development of the tramway system, but over the decades they have been replaced with low-rise, multi-unit apartment buildings.
Again! Québec style! You'd almost get the idea that it's spéciale. . . . non?
'Cause it is - this is another example of prettyCool architecture to be found here.
The Lakeside Cabin in Quebec, Canada, looks like a great place to hang with friends, literally – thanks to a climbing rope in the front room. Besides this fun little addition, it's well-equipped for entertaining guests and is designed to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, even in the harshest winter conditions.
Lakeside Cabin (aka Chalet Lakeside) was designed by Atelier Schwimmer for two brothers who enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle. It features an attractive exterior finished in a local larch wood – much of which has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method to protect and preserve it. Additionally, the exterior has a cantilevering section that juts out to shade the home in summer.
As a professional interior designer (45+ years) and as a Certified Graphic Designer (25 years) I have devoted my life to the pursuit of design excellence. Winner of numerous design awards I have also spent 25+ years teaching Interior Design.....the greatest quote regarding design is: the greatest faux pas in design is irrelevance