Imagined Designed Crafted
Design with the end in mind
89 - 80 TEXTURE - BRASS Architect Jean Verville proposes an architectural installation juggling with excesses and exuberance.
D I R ECTIO N
71 - 66 L A R O S E G U YO N S T U D I O A look inside the new space – a place to create, a place to live. Verchères, Canada
65 - 60 C O L L A B O R AT I O N - S T U D I O A Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A and blu_line collaborate to bring authentic luxury to the living space.
A R CH ITECTU R E
57 - 50 TE TUSA OASIS RESORT An extensive wellness and medical facility sited within a low-rise housing area in Cesme, Turkey.
I N N OVAT I O N
47 - 42 V I B I A PA L M A Palma’s design is based on elemental forms, its luminous quality expressed though a warm quality dimmable light.
41 - 36 MIELE The new SmartLine range offered by Miele which fits seamlessly into any modern kitchen.
35 - 30 BE AU L AKE Beau Lake, a company bringing luxury to waterside sport and recreation, emphasizes performance and design in all its products.
29 - 24 I N T E R V I E W - T R I S TA N D U P L E S S I S Design is changing to be more about the client and less about the designers own personal taste.
D E TA I L S
21 - 18 H U B LOT Hublot breaks the glass ceiling with its new 3D carbon case, composed of polymer matrix with three-dimensional fibres.
17 - 14 P O R S C H E 9 11 S P E E D S T E R Porsche will be giving itself an excellent present for the 70th anniversary of its sports cars: the 911 Speedster Concept.
13 - 8 KITCH EN STO RIES A residence in Waterfall Estate by blu_line.
I N F_ L U E N C E Marcel Wanders / Diesel with Moroso / blu_line
Collaborators: François Bodlet, Stéphane Gimbert, Steve Tousignant Photos: Maxime Brouillet
exture B R A S S
With his IN 3 project, architect Jean Verville proposes an architectural installation which juggles with excesses and exuberance while retaining its signature of an assumed minimalism. The proposal calls for mechanisms of perception of space that break the usual patterns of domesticity. In order to satisfy the needs of everyday life, but also to remove them from time to time in order to create a working environment that strengthens the maestroâ€™s concentration, the bare space skilfully concealing functions in a succession of sculptural volumes. The grey tones of the raw materials unite into a volumetric entity pierced by an immense golden structure deployed to abolish the hierarchy of spaces. Offering images evolving towards abstraction, this golden ribbon, containing domestic functions as storage units, breaks up space into a single operation of powerful efficiency. The diffusion of a felted and enveloping light invests the place with a mysterious aura that contributes to its theatricality. The rich contrast between the concrete, the sumptuous golden brass and the immaculate brilliance of the white stones, creates a mineral character that encourages a feeling of opulence, intensified by the presence of a triumphant piano. Wandering in this clean and refined space, with its unusual expressivity, proposes sensations which blur the spatial perception to reveal a sculptural experience of an extreme sophistication.
Winner of numerous prizes, and enjoying significant international diffusion, architect Jean Verville presents a diversified production of architecture, installation and scenography. The architect’s interest lies in the possibilities of hybridization between arts and architecture and their impact on the architectural creation process. A series of research sojourns in Japan, focusing on “Art House Projects”, led him to reflect on the artistic experience within architecture, which he pursued as part of his PhD in Arts Studies and Practice, at University of Quebec in Montreal. In 2016, Verville joined the university teaching staff in addition to his architectural practice and researches.
T H E A R C H I T EC T
LAROSE GUYON STUDIO
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COLLABORATION - STUDIO A
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T H E N E W L A R O S E G U YO N S T U D I O
The new Larose Guyon studio in Verchères, a picturesque village on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, has a special energy. A look inside the new space – a place to create, a place to live.
THE STUDIO Tucked away in a quiet village neighbourhood, the Larose Guyon lighting design studio includes a machining and assembly shop, a kitchen big enough for the whole team and a playroom for visiting kids. A lounge for relaxation and informal meetings stimulates creativity and helps team members bond. From graphic design to photo shoots, Larose Guyon puts creation at the centre of everything they do. The on-site photo studio was created to showcase the company’s products, but it is also made available to local artists, whose creative input helps inspire Larose Guyon’s artistic vision. At the core of the studio’s creative process are a team and a production line made magical by Félix Guyon and Audrée Larose. “We wanted to do justice to our team members by creating a space that amplifies their hard work,” explains Félix. Everything is hand-assembled with special care and surgical precision. Larose Guyon’s specialized team does everything possible to achieve superior quality. “We don’t aim for large-scale production. Instead, we strive to make every handmade piece a member of the family. Sometimes it isn’t easy to part with our creations!” adds Audrée with a laugh.
Photo credit: Larose Guyon
ABOUT LAROSE GUYON
Audrée Larose and Félix Guyon’s union goes beyond their business venture and personal life. They see themselves as the perfect synergy between energy and its channelling. “We often tell people that the two of us are like a laser – I’m an explosion of creative energy and Audrée is a funnel, focusing it in a beam,” says Félix Guyon.
Félix Guyon is descended from a long line of Verchères craftsmen, dating back to the 18th century. “Although our evolution may be a bit slower than if our studio were in NYC, we’re more than happy with our village, and it has become an integral part of Larose Guyon’s DNA.” After only a year and a half, Larose Guyon has participated in amazing projects in world-class cities like London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Moscow, Singapore and Melbourne.
Through an alliance with Twentieth, the renowned Los Angeles showroom, collaborations with CTO Lighting in London and projects with acclaimed architectural firms like Meyer Davis and the Rockwell Group, the Larose Guyon team has quickly carved out an enviable niche in the exclusive world of high-end lighting design.
After a lifetime of being pushed toward creativity in their respective family environments, two years ago Audrée and Félix finally launched their first collection together, aptly named La Belle Époque. Boasting many years of experience in interior design and architecture, they set out on a course that led them from Montreal to London, Nantes and New York, pushing back the limits of their craft to present some unique pieces. From their new workshop, they are now working on models that will go beyond anything they have done before.
L A R O S E G U YO N S T U D I O
C O L L A B O R AT I O N - S T U D I O A
The collaboration with Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A was to bring authentic luxury to a living space. The use of bespoke textures like Nero Marquina marble / Dark Night leather granite and fumed glass, combined with the rich smoked timber veneer, created a dramatic scheme. The key feature was a subtle curve in the brass detail as well as the curved marble end. The entire design is brought together through the combination of different textures and forms. The finished product defines sophistication and simplicity while offering the ultimate feast in tactile aesthetics.
The inspiration for the monoarc collection was centred around introducing curved elements into various materials that have become synonymous with blu_lines design methodology. Good design is able to combine a variety of forms and textures into one cohesive design that forms a well-constructed story that is both functional and beautiful to the eye. The monoarc collection combines all elements seamlessly to ensure a space that considers human interaction while not affecting the incredible aesthetic making the blu_line brand instantly recognisable.
TETUSA OASIS RESORT
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T E T U S A OA S I S R E S O R T
Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort is an extensive wellness and medical facility sited within a low-rise housing area in the coastal town of Cesme, Turkey. Cesme is an established holiday destination with a long history of thermal water exploitation, and the new thermal complex will enhance the townâ€™s tourism portfolio with a spa, a water park, a hotel, a preventive healthcare centre, an elderly care facility, and further supporting programmes. A simple glance at site-related urban regulations reveals that there is not nearly enough ground area available for the complexâ€™s numerous programmes to be placed above the surface. The solution was found in a special design feature which organises the entire programme in circular building blocks. Each of the blocks is wrapped around an inner atrium, which is deepened in order to allow the sunlight to reach the underground levels. The same principle is also applied to the semi-circular units on the perimeter of the site where the surrounding terrain is used to obscure the view of the levels thus gained.
As the additional levels are added to the building, each building block is individually adapted to fit the sloping terrain. By breaking the uniformity of their heights, relative to the ground levels, some more diverse views are created from the atria towards the surroundings, contributing to the distinctive, instantly recognisable and attractive shapes. The building as a whole is designed by repetition and multiplication of this basic building blocks. Different programmes are consequently organized around separated outer spaces helping to differentiate the parts of the building. The roofs of the blocks are then connected to each other forming the entire complex. Each inner atrium is shaped by the functions of its programme, and together with the attractive roofscape, the atria represent one of the main design elements of the buildings. Visually separated but connected through the programme inside them, the atria form a cluster of oases, each hosting a different programme.
I N N OVAT I O N
VIBIA PALMA MIELE RANGE
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V I B I A PA L M A
Palmaâ€™s design is based on elemental forms, its luminous quality expressed though a warm quality dimmable light. This is filtered by two glowing half spheres of blown opal glass, joined together by an aluminium ring, in a graphite or white finish. The classic globe, slightly flattened here, evolves towards a more organic form and the suspended version, with an almost imperceptible cable support, accentuates the floating sensation.
The collection also makes possible multiple globe compositions, vertical and horizontal in order to create visual axes on a larger scale, integrating vegetation, for both the pendant and the wall sconce versions. It can also be used as an individual globe. With this approach numerous options are made possible. One of the most innovative is the use of multiple wall sconce lamps for public spaces.
Antoni Arola considers Palma as if it were a landscape project that will be transformed over time, once the designer has finished the first part of the job. The capacity for Palma to create ambience within an interior setting increases with its growth, like a luminous hanging garden. Palma has been awarded the German Design Award 2017 for its innovative design.
Family Palma Designer Antoni Arola Materials Aluminium and blown-glass Light source LED Finishes Matt graphite or white lacquer
Founded in 1987 VIBIA makes contemporary designer lighting systems that bring technological innovation and cultural expression together. Based in Barcelona city centre and with a presence in more than 80 countries around the world, it also has an associate in the USA. VIBIAâ€™s products provide specific solutions and also inspire the creative capacity of architectural, interior design and lighting professionals with a catalogue filled with unique lamps.
By paying attention to detail, Miele has made cleaning as simple as possible for the user of the SmartLine range. “The smooth glass ceramic surface is particularly easy to clean, not least thanks to induction technology that does not heat up the glass screen itself and thereby prevents food from burning on. SmartSelect controls feature a function that prevents any inadvertent changes to settings while cleaning the units. Removable parts – such as the griddle, trivets on gas units and the stainless-steel grease filter box – are all dishwasher-proof.”
The epitome of sleek design, all SmartLine modules have a depth of 52cm; their frameless glass ceramic screen permits flush or surfacemounted installation, and the touch controls (SmartSelect) only become visible on the black ceramic screen when the appliance is in operation. “This underlines the aesthetic appearance and makes for congruency in design which makes SmartLine the ideal proposition in open-plan kitchens.”
Uncompromisingly elegant, versatile and multifaceted – this is how the new SmartLine units from Miele present themselves to connoisseurs of fine cuisine. Customers can customise their hob ensemble and choose freely from induction hob, Teppan Yaki, gas ring, induction wok and countertop extractor. Together, they form a cooking centre with a puristic appeal that breaks down the boundaries between kitchen and living space.
For top-class grease separation, Miele deploys a 10-ply stainless-steel grease filter, in this case housed in an exclusive filter box. This can be removed easily and placed in a dishwasher for cleaning. Mieleâ€™s CleanCover is located behind the grease filters and constitutes a smooth lining which is both easy to clean and protects against exposure to live components. This fine detail is also only available from Miele. And, thereâ€™s no need to cry over spilt milk, as any spillovers will be contained by a tray located below the extractor grille.
B E AU L A K E U S H E R S I N A N E W E R A I N WA T E R S I D E L E I S U R E
Beau Lake, a company bringing luxury to waterside sport and recreation, emphasizes performance and design in all its products. The Beau Lake brand believes that human-powered products, high-performance design with quality materials, and environmental stewardship and responsibility are timeless ideas that are as important today as ever.
REINVENTING THE WHEEL B E A U L A K E I S C O N T I N U A L L Y I M P R O V I N G T H E WA T E R S I D E E X P E R I E N C E .
30 “Our aesthetics and craftsmanship inevitably lead to us being referred to as a design company that is redefining a huge and relatively untapped market,” explains Paul Lavoie, co-founder and Chairman of Beau Lake. “In line with that quest, our focus is on crafting a handmade, human-powered nautical line that features timeless designs built for today and tomorrow.” Reimagining recreation by the waterside, Beau Lake’s unique product line takes traditional waterside products to new heights, with an emphasis on design materials and methods that raise the bar of aesthetics and performance. In overcoming a variety of challenges, Beau Lake succeeded in developing a line of highperformance paddleboards with natural and elegant finishes. The hand-shaped Muskoka board, with its highly polished UV protected polyurethane topcoat, features a custom layup of mahogany and maple, while the clear grip surface and contemporary design of the Tremblant board connect riders, both physically and visually, with the board’s natural materials. “There is an ever-present sport motif in weekend watercraft, and our goal with Beau Lake has been to infuse design and fashion into the category,” says co-founder and design director Lee Kline. “In terms of our paddleboard collection, that meant replacing the purely sporty design with an inspired, vintage look.” Kline worked with renowned boarder and designer Julien Fillion on the 14-foot Rapid board, the latest Beau Lake paddleboard. Designed as a weekend racer, Rapid’s carbon fibre and Macassar ebony wood construction, along with its piercing hatchet nose design and flat bottom, make it ultra-fast. The unique craftsmanship of Beau Lake paddleboards extends to their intricate chrome detailing, while the company’s paddle designs, featuring classic woods and lightweight carbon fibre, further enhance the experience and provide precision control on the water.
T R I S TA N D U P L E S S I S â€œ
is changing to be more about the client and less â€œ Design about the designers own personal taste, this is a challenge but a welcome one.
T R I S TA N D U P L E S S I S
StudioA is an international award winning boutique interior architecture firm based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm focuses strongly on signature projects as a specialist company that deals with hospitality and residential projects on a turn-key basis, from design to completion. Founded by 30-year- old Tristan du Plessis, a locally renowned young designer who has enjoyed 10 yearsâ€™ experience in the South African hospitality design industry, studio Aâ€™s portfolio of completed projects includes some of the most spoken about hospitality destinations in South Africa. StudioA has expanded across international borders and is working on boutique design hotels in Rome and Cape Town and Rwanda, restaurants in the USA as well as in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The firm is also working on luxury private residences for high profile clients in Johannesburg and France.
What is your approach to design? My approach is a completely client-centric design approach, I like to figure out the exact intentions of the project and wrap my head around the best way to get there in terms of design and construction, I find it exciting to adapt to different styles as well as different client’s needs and wants. You have completed projects all over the world, which have been your favourites and why? I’m busy with a private country resort in the French countryside as well as a design-hotel in Rome both are very exciting as well as challenging. My favourite completed project would be Mesh in Rosebank which was a great experience and allowed me a lot of design freedom.
How do you adapt your design approach to the different regions you design in? I adapt from project to project regardless of region, so this adaption has not been too troublesome. I like to pay respect to local design culture in order to remain relevant in each country but I also like to push the boundaries as a newcomer. What has been your most challenging projects? Every project has its challenges but it’s often the most challenging that are the most rewarding. How would you best describe your style? Bold, authentic and detail oriented.
THE “NEW LUXURY” SEEMS TO BE A FINE ATTENTION TO DETAIL, RATHER THAN OPULENCE, WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THIS? Most definitely. Luxury is having a product which has been considered over hours upon hours, just for your personal enjoyment. DETAILS ARE A VISUAL AND TACTILE MANIFESTATION OF THESE HOURS.
How is design changing and what challenges do today’s designers face? Design is changing to be more about the client and less about the designer’s own personal taste. This is a challenge but a welcome one. What is your dream project? Super Yacht. What does the future hold for Tristan du Plessis and Studio A? I will be launching a namesake international hotel and luxury residential design studio TristanPlessisStudio while growing StudioA’s presence in the hospitality industry both locally and abroad. What are the most important elements for a successful design aesthetic?
Many designers and architects are experimenting with other areas of design such as product, furniture and lighting, have you ventured beyond the interior? Yes, I am currently working on a few exciting Property Developments. What is your view on the current state of South African design and what advice do you have for local designers? Be authentic. What is the best way for local designers to get noticed internationally? Do great, original work. What inspires you? Travel.
Authenticity, Knowledge of finishes, a clear concept and subsequent follow-through of that concept.
You recently collaborated with blu_line, tell us about these projects.
Texture and a mix of materials are becoming evident in design both locally and internationally. Why is texture such an important element?
We are collaborating on a few bespoke luxury residential projects as well as a feature stand at Design Joburg 2018. Working with blu_line has been amazing. I’ve pushed boundaries in terms of doing things that haven’t been done before and blu-Line don’t take no for an answer and they get it done without fail.
I think the depth of texture has always been an important element of design. Layers of texture add character and also add depth to design. Which architects and designers inspire you? Masamachi Katayama, Tristan Auer and Phillipe Starck.
What is the future of kitchen design? Dynamic designs, kitchens that do more than just cook. Which projects do you enjoy the most? I definitely enjoy working on luxury projects where bespoke design is expected.
D E TA I L S
HUBLOT PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER
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RICARDO GUADALUPE, CEO OF HUBLOT
As a leader in the shaping and industrialisation of materials, Hublot breaks the glass ceiling with its new 3D carbon case, composed of polymer matrix with three-dimensional fibres, previously not used in watchmaking. Ultra-light and highly resistant the case showcases the extraordinary movement. “Born from the expertise acquired through the development of the MP-05 “La Ferrari” in 2013, the Big Bang MP-11 marks a new chapter in Art of Fusion. The ultra complex architecture of the movement has been completely rethought to fit seamlessly into a Big Bang case, which showcases the exceptional aesthetic and performance. The new Big Bang MP-11 embodies this fusion of reinvented mechanical watchmaking and demanding materials”
A N E W G E N E R AT I O N CA R B O N The “All Black” Big Bang has been created from a polymer matrix composite reinforced by three-dimensional weave. The lightness and resistance is unparalleled – with the bracelet included, the watch only weights 90 grams. The three-dimensional structure of the carbon creates unique facets and reflections. This version, with smoked composite sides, allows the black PVD-treated mechanism to be admired with its polymer matrix composite case. The 45mm openwork case reveals the engine inspired architecture. Protected by the US military, this high-tech material is making its debut appearance in watchmaking. At Hublot, of course!
PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER CONCEPT
Porsche will be giving itself an excellent present for the 70th anniversary of its sports cars - the 911 Speedster Concept is a road-ready study of an open-top and particularly exciting sports car. It forges a link between the very first Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948, and the Porsche cars of today. With its pure concept and historically accurate execution, the 911 Speedster concept reflects the brand essence of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer with precise clarity. A pure driving experience is the main emphasis of the car. The drive technology under the two-tone shell of the concept study is derived from the current GT models. It was developed at the Porsche Motorsport Centre, which is the birth place of the 911 GT2 RS and, most recently, the GT3 RS. The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official ‘70 years Porsche sportscar’ anniversary celebrations in Zuffenhausen. The concept study offers a glimpse of a potential series-production version, although this model may not be presented until 2019.
PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER CONCEPT
The characteristics of the 911 Speedster Concept include the shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen and correspondingly shortened side windows. These features give the sports car study an even stockier profile with a very low fly line, which is reminiscent of its predecessors such as the Porsche 356 1500 Speedster. A special rear cover made of carbon fibre connects behind the front seats, covering a roll-over protection structure and featuring a â€˜double bubbleâ€™, a traditional element of this sports car design since the 911 Speedster from 1988.
The kitchen became part of the interior ecosystem while still carrying its own unique identity and ensuring maximum functionality. Not a single detail was overlooked in the design and even the appliances were meticulously selected from one of Mieleâ€™s latest ranges, thus providing a complete integration into the space.
A modern architectural masterpiece was the setting for one of the blu_line recent projects which included a journey of completely re-imaging the kitchen. The key was to adhere to the architectural beauty of the home in order to ensure that all the elements made a statement while not detracting from the homeâ€™s overall character. The residence itself has many beautiful features such as a steel spiral staircase and finishes which include solid wooden floors. The large centre island in the kitchen is a feast for the senses with the focal point being an architectural slab of solid concrete which allows for preparation as well as serving. The combination of materials and textures which have been used in this kitchen result in a unique aesthetic, not typically seen in a single unified space.
A r e s i d e n c e i n Wa t e r fa l l E s t a t e by b l u _ l i n e
The kitchen plays with both levels and depths between surfaces, ensuring the noticeably dramatic overall look of the monobloc collection. This creates a bold statement by using materials that accentuate and enhance the space. This collection is influenced by considerable contrasts in both textures and colours while emphasising segments of the space, using dramatically thick counters, bold units and various height levels. The resultant distinction is achieved by the staggering of design elements. This gives a sense of volume and intensity to the overall design scheme. The monobloc collection makes a dynamic statement, as all of these elements work in synergy, resulting in a beautifully bold space.
N O C T U R N E M A R C E L WA N D E R S
Marcel Wanders has created ‘Nocturne’, a stunning special edition of LS50 Wireless. Selected elements of the design are actually able to glow in the dark. The LS50 Wireless ‘Nocturne’ by Marcel Wanders lends a vibrant luminous visual quality and magical atmosphere to its surroundings. This sensuous aesthetic quality sets it apart from any other music system; making a lasting and memorable experience.
MY MOON MY MIRROR
DIESEL WITH MOROSO
Hanging on the wall or in the centre of the room, My Moon My Mirror is your personal piece of the night sky. The moon printed on the mirrored surface combines function and fantasy. Let yourself go and howl at the moon. Glass table: Top are tempered glass mirror silvery and printed with photographic print. Wood table My gradient: Black or grey RAL 7035 gradient treatment on oak top veenered. Base are varnished steel glossy.
DIESEL WITH MOROSO
The Rock collection is in a different mood, one in which the Diesel inspiration is linked to the world of music, concerts and the visual idiom. The rectangular occasional table Xraydio 2 Disc is therefore made by printing the X-ray of adj console on glass and using the colours of the night with shades from electric blue to black. By retaining the transparency of the glass, the effect is truly strong, evocative and highly iconographic.
blu_line have recently launched their latest innovation. A custom stone prep bowl with seamless sensor integration meaning no visible taps or spouts. The blu_line sensor prep bowl was manufactured exclusively by blu_line and aimed at the discerning, forward thinking clients. The ultimate product for the future kitchen this new offering enables the stone to flow seamlessly with the surrounding counters while offering practicality for the daily tasks of prepping meals, filling up bottles and the washing of hands. This sensor technology is a typical example of â€œless is moreâ€? and is immediately available to all blu_line clients.
Design with the end in mind.
COLLABORATION - STUDIO A
BEAU LAKE USHERS VIBIA PALMA
TRISTAN DU PLESSIS
PORSCHE LAROSE GUYON STUDIO
MONOBLOC COLLECTION TEXTURE - BRASS
DIESEL WITH MOROSO
TETUSA OASIS RESORT
Incredible design and architecture.