Month: April, 2011

The Story: 2011 collection from nanimarquina

Continuing our new video feature “The Story” we present a short, visually rich clip that gives an insight into the intricacy and detail that is given to the production of each and every rug from the nanimarquina collection.  This years film features the newest designs to join the collection: Losanges by Bouroullec Studio and Digit by Cristian Zuzunaga amongst others! From the hearts and hands of very talented people.

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Out On A Lim…

All eyes on Jarrod Lim.

This Melbourne born, Singapore based chap has been busy developing his own designs after 2 years working  under the one-and-only design powerhouse that is Patricia Urquiola and then in turn with SCP in London.

Lim is fast establishing himself as the man to watch in South East Asian design.  Much like the works of Kenneth Cobonpue, Lim’s pieces offer an intrinsically European sensibility often delivered with a nod toward a Modern Asian aesthetic or influence.  Reporting from Salone in Milan this month, The Los Angeles Times describes Lim’s Koi Armchair for Innermost as:

something of a beautiful illusion…It’s at once industrial and artisanal, tough yet elegant, simple yet complex.

Almost bridging a contradiction in terms, Lim manages to master refinement in evocative, punchy pieces and has been rewarded for his work by winning the Singapore Furniture Design Award across a number of catagories.  Later this year Lim and Innermost will launch a Koi Table as well as the High-Backed and Two-Seater versions of the chair.  Enjoying great success on the back of his involvement in recent Milan fairs as well as Maison et Objet in Paris we urge you to explore the work from this emerging talent: check out his website and why not keep up to date with developments by joining his Facebook page!

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New York’s Model Citizens…

Measuring Light 2010 by Design Since

As the door slams shut on Milan, across the pond the Americans are in the thick of preparations for the upcoming International Contemporary Furniture Fair.  Taking place from May 13th until the 17th there are all the usual goings on that:

will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next in design…

Cofa Collection by Phillip Grass

Equally as exciting are the “off program” exhibitions and gatherings that run concurrently to the main event, maximising the presence of International buyers, investors and manufacturers.  One such venture in its third year is Model Citizens NYC:

Part exhibit part trade show, Model Citizens NYC provides an opportunity for independent and emerging designers to have access to the ICFF and New York Design Week…

Fruit Play by '0 to 1'

Staged at the Chelsea Art Museum, the break-away exhibition has all the exuberance and free thinking of creativity not bound by commercial restraint – well worth a look if you find yourself in New York City this May.

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AIDA 2011…

Photography © John Gollings

The Australian Interior Design Awards took place in Melbourne on Friday evening and the winning projects were a sophisticated and diverse selection from across the continent and as far as Hyderabad, India.

Industry heavyweights such as Chada, Bates Smart and HASSELL were all commended for their contribution to hospitality and commercial fitouts whilst residential and retail awards, this year, were predeominantly scooped up by some of the smaller players such as TRIBE studio and Wolveridge Architects.

Photography © John Gollings

Special congratulations goes to BVN for picking up the Sustainability Advancement Award.  Their design of the Puckapunyal Military Memorial Chapel was cited by the jury as having:

demonstrated a coherent and exemplary approach to achieving multiple sustainability outcomes… From considered and informed materials through to low-impact products and efficient services, the project highlights how sustainability can be expressed without an explicit “eco” aesthetic… and also contribute to a deeper notion of social sustainability that is mindful of diverse cultures and beliefs.

For a full gallery of the winners, recipients of commendations and those projects that were shortlisted: click here!

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INSTALLED: Westin Hotel Mumbai by Chada

The WESTIN Mumbai is situated in the heart of Mumbai’s business district and boasts vast panoramic views across the hustle and bustle of India’s biggest city.

The WESTIN is a finely appointed hotel offering high-end finishes and fittings in a truly unique location.  The hotel is brimming with designs such as Manila, Carola and the award winning Smile Chair from Andreu World as well as the Hola Mastil timber veneer pendant lights from Valencia’s LZF Lamps.

Designed by Chada.

(all images © 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.)

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Milan 2011 : WOODY & MOODY : LAM for Andreu World

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YOU-ZU: Mia Feasey

Mia’s here!  The Managing Director of Siren Design Group and 2010 NAWIC Business Woman of the Year 2010 is sitting down with YOU-ZU this week!

Heading a creative all-woman, environmentally conscious team based in Sydney, Siren tackle projects locally and abroad.  Demonstrating best practice across design and construction Feasey and her sirens have a remarkble portfolio of work encompassing hospitality, retail, corporate and commercial sectors.

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Milan 2011 : NUB : Patricia Urquiola for Andreu World

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INSTALLED: Via del Corso by Luchetti Krelle

Photo: Toby Dixon

Photo: Toby Dixon

Photo: Toby Dixon

Sydney Westfield’s most tempting food offering would have to be the Via del Corso desert bar that Luchetti Krelle were brought on board to design.  Selling our favourite macarons: MAK MAK and furnished with Zarina Stools from Andreu World as well as the iLIGHT from Eden Design, there is plenty to love right here!

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The Story: Gaulino by Tusquets…

Click the image above to hear Spanish design icon Oscar Tusquets share with you the all important story behind the recently re-issued and multi-award winning Gaulino Chair.  He guides us through how his friend Salvador Dali is present in its design as well as the reason heavyweights Gaudi and Mollino came to be the namesakes of such a modern design classic.

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