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NEWS TO READ 31 47
32 Hans Christian Andersen Museum 34 Would you like to be here? Paul Milinski
42 Visionary 45 "O-Tower"
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
46 Scouting ----------------------------
PROJECTS TO SEE 51 73
52 Villa Pelicanos Main Office
66 Luxury Among the Waves Bernardo Zuccon - Piero Lissoni
---------------------------76 A Farmhouse with a Rock Soul Alvisi Kirimoto
90 New Life in Barcelona Estudio Vilablanch
HOUSES TO LIVE 75 147
100 Makani' Eka
Walker Warner Architects
112 Archipelago House Norm Architects
122 Villa on Monte Conero Alan Cleaver
136 Shutter House State of Kin
PLACES TO BE 149 167 BRANDS TO KNOW169 175
150 A Magical Place Alessandro Mendini
162 The Hotel under the Barn noa* - network of architecture
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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MUSEUM Credits: Kengo Kuma | H.C. Andersen’s House
ODENSE, THE BIRTH TOWN OF DENMARK’S FAMOUS FAIRYTALE WRITER HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, WILL BECOME HOME TO A NEW HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MUSEUM, DESIGNED BY JAPANESE ARCHITECT KENGO KUMA
he new H.C. Andersen’s House in Odense is among the largest and most ambitious museum projects in recent times, made possible through substantial support from the A.P. Møller Foundation and contributions from Nordea-fonden, the Augustinus Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond, the City of Odense and Odense City Museums. Chairman of the A.P. Møller Foundation, Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, explains: “H.C. Andersen has to be our greatest poet. He captivates children and adults alike with his magical stories, which people all over the world can see themselves in – to this day. It is our hope that we, with the new museum, are approaching the core of H.C. Andersen’s universe.” For the past many months, exhibition designers, curators, artists, craftsmen and developers have worked non-stop on the building as well as the exhibition, and H.C. Andersen’s House was finally be revealed on June 30th. The museum is also the new location of the Tinderbox children’s centre that is themed around Andersen’s fairytales. The new museum is located close to Andersen’s childhood home in an area of Odense that has newly undergone urban redevelopment to reduce motor traffic and recreate the historic centre, while adding new and exciting developments. The museum, constructed as wooden concentric circles, is feature a landscaped enchanted garden complete with fairytale maze. H
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE HERE? PAUL MILINSKI
Words by Ramina Ayonne Images by Paul Milinski
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A JOU R N EY T H ROUG H T H E DR E A M EN V I RON M EN TS OF PAU L M I LI NSK I WH E R E DESIGN A N D A RCH IT ECT U R E COM E TO LI FE WIT H I N SU R R E A L L A N DSCA PES 35
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aul Milinski, artist and dig ital de sig ner, create s la nd sc ap e s where minimalist architecture blends with natural environments. He imagines beaches, mountains and waterfalls where human elements blend with the env iron ment to become one. A way of rethinking man’s relationship with nature that leads to imagining a future where we can really create places where we can take refuge, at least mentally. On his Instagram account, where we met him by chance, there are many dream landscapes he has created: each image is an invitation to get lost and dream in environments that transmit serenity. The hope, as Paul Milinski stated, is that these merely imagined environments may one day be recreated and become physical installations. As Paul Milinski told Designboom: “ I would describe my work as being in a world where nature is the building and the building is the feature wall.. they are places where all living things are seen as equal and where human elements conform to the environment. through the juxtaposition of realities these landscapes urge us to inspire a change in the way we treat the earth”. They are visions designed to suggest a potential future and, at the same time, to inspire wonder in the people who see them and to offer, at least virtually, fairytale places to escape to. H
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Glass according to Fiam Italia FIAM Italia, founded by Vittorio Livi in 1973, is considered as a synonym of glass culture both in Italy and worldwide. The company, which collaborates with famous international designers and architects, counts on a five-decade-history of planning and production of furnishing made of curved or high-temperature fused glass, created by following both handcrafted and industrial processes that blend tradition and innovation together. It is also globally recognised as an excellence in this field, as shown by the several awards obtained over time, such as the Compasso d’Oro Career Award and the Leonardo Qualità Italia Award. The technical skills and experimental abilities of the company are at the service of the continuous aesthetic research carried out by Marcel Wanders Studio, who designed for FIAM the exclusive Echo Collection, consisting of showcases and cupboards that owe their own shape and identity to the idea of creating a surface able to expand to the observer, both embracing and surprising him. Through exploring the boundaries of this industrial and artisan processes, the study delves into new techniques of moulding glass, where craftsmanship and technology embrace one another in forging the distinctive glass surface that inscribes the new, charming and refined proposition.
Echo collection – design Marcel Wanders studio
Ghost armchair - design Cini Boeri
“The idea behind these cabinets was to design a surface that would physically extend out to people. The relief surface gives the piece depth and meaning. Working alongside FIAM inspires us to create something new. Their innovative glass processes allow us to design luxurious pieces in which we can use shapes to create a sense of illusion. These series are the next example of how with FIAM, we are able to push elegance with glass and discover new places it can take us”. Marcel Wanders studio
ECHO cupboard – design Marcel Wanders studio
ECHO showcase – design Marcel Wanders studio
LE CHEMIN DES CARRIÈRES Words by Laura Ragazzola Photography by Florent Michel
AN ABANDONED RAILWAY TRACK IN THE ALSATIAN VOSGES, FRANCE, BECOMES AN IMPRESSIVE CYCLING AND WALKING PATH. A ‘GREEN’ PROJECT BY REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS
t’s an invitation to embrace slow tourism and rediscover forgotten itineraries” says the Norwegian architect Reiulf Ramstad, founder of the homonym practice, based in Oslo. “After the railway line linking Rosheim with Saint-Nabor was closed many years ago, this beautiful area was falling out of the tourists maps. By transforming the old tracks into a walking and cycling path, we have brought the villages back together, generating new relationships and public spaces that can be used by locals and tourists.” The Chemin runs for 11 km across the undulating landscapes of the sub-Vosges hills, winding its way between villages, vineyards,
HERE AND RIGHT: The high-altitude viewpoint of Saint-Nabor. UNDER: A Corten path unrolls down the barrel hill like a ribbon.
and forests. It is divided into five stages and, at the end of each one, five rest areas have been created, with suggestive architectures, including pavilions, vantage points and installations that showcase the railway’s past. The new structures combine wood with Corten, which gives the architectures a beautiful reddish color. It not only fits perfectly with the old train tracks, that have been preserved and incorporated into the new route, but also has a longer life-cycle compared to ordinary steel and requires minimal maintenance. “We wanted to show how architecture can help reverse the trend in urbanization, and instead make rural areas attractive by emphasizing and revitalizing the inherent characteristics of the places”, says Reiulf Ramstad. “Also, the project is an example of a ‘green’ initiative: along the Chemin we have added information signs on the local flora and fauna, and bee hotels and birdhouses to promote biodiversity.” H
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“O-TOWER” Text and Images by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
DANISH STUDIO BIG HAS PRESENTED ITS FUTURISTIC DESIGN FOR OPPO’S NEW HEADQUARTERS IN HANGZHOU, CHINA: A RING-SHAPED TOWER THAT WILL COMBINE CORPORATE ACTIVITIES WITH PUBLIC SPACES
ounded in 2004, OPPO has grown over a short period of time to become China’s largest smartphone company. The setting of OPPO’s new R&D Headquarters in Hangzhou’s Future Sci-Tech City represents a commitment to the brand’s spirit of endless innovation in the pursuit of perfection. Hangzhou, colloquially know as ‘Heaven on Earth’, is not just a hub for innovation, but is also home to China’s most popular natural attractions including three of the world’s 57 UNESCO Heritage sites. The city has been shaped by a rich cultura l h istor y of tech nolog y, i n for mat ion exchange and trade for over 5,000 years as one of the origin sites of the Silk Road and Grand Canal. BIG began working with the leading global smart device brand at the beginning of 2019 to create an R&D Headquarters and Masterplan. The design expresses OPPO’s mission of the elevation of life through technological artistry, with an overarching vision of being a sustainable company that contributes to a better world. Prominently located in the heart of Yuhang District, Hangzhou, OPPO R&D Headquarters rests between a natural lake, an urban center, and a 10,000 square-meter park. As an anchor point along a major access road stretching east to west from Hangzhou, the OPPO R&D Headquarters Tower will be an iconic landmark and gateway to the Future Sci-Tech City and Hangzhou itself. H
MIRAD’OR PAVILION Words by Laura Ragazzola Photography by Michele Nastasi
A NEW PUBLIC SPACE FLOATS ON LAKE ISEO, ITALY, COMBINING ART AND ARCHITECTURE
ake Iseo is back to the forefront of contemporary art. Five years after The Floating Piers made by Christo, which has been walked by 1.2 million visitor and aroused interest worldwide, a new public space in the village of Pisogne has been opened, where new art initiatives will be hosted. It is called Mirad’Or and is shaped as a small pile dwelling emerging from the lake. Designed by the architect Mauro Piantelli (De8_Architetti), the new pavillon rises from
the water just above what once used to be a medieval port and later a public washhouse. It’s a versatile space offering artists the opportunity to display their works inside, outside and in the adjacent area. The idea which moved the Municipality of Pisogne to invest in the project is that art, architecture and culture are public and should be available to everyone, day and night. Mirad’Or is intended as a place where contemporary art will be shared and mingled with local history and traditions, in a constant
dialogue with the territory. And the new pavillon is conceived as an artwork in itself, one which frames and transforms the lake landscape. The first exhibition at Mirad’Or is dedicated to four light installations of Daniel Buren (Boulogne-Billancourt, 1938), one of the leading representatives of conceptual art. He inaugurates the new facility with big luminous panels visible day and night from the outside, preferably from a distance such as the opposite shore of the lake. H
Graduated at the Polytechnic University in Milan (Italy), is partner and co-founder of De8_Architetti with Carlo Vailati e Massimo Bressanelli. He works both in Italy and abroad, dealing with a wide variety of design themes: urban, residential, commercial, trade, hotels, sports facilities, interior design, retail. The ability to perform frequent changes of scale, from urban planning to construction details, along with a deep interest in various architectural themes, has become a prerogative and a hallmark of his professional activities: “unspecialised architecture”. He thinks that it is very important opening of the study to external collaboration as a part of a process of densification of experience, changes of scale, heterogeneous design themes and collaboration processes are structuring a precise un-conventional approach to the project. For now he defines this strategy as “integrated topography”.
HERE: The pavilion is dedicated to contemporary art and opened with lighting works of Daniel Buren (left).
The Cantori appeal takes full advantage of high quality craftsmanship and using a number of materials in timeless items that go beyond momentary whims. Oasi is the innovative collection with a characteristic S-shaped metal profile, which elegantly wraps around the furniture structure. of its design.
The Oasi sideboard, with four doors, has sides made of curved wood and the base made of curved, laser-cut steel. The ergonomic opening of the doors preserves the extreme simplicity The Oasi sofa system consists of different elements, and it is extremely versatile, able to find its place in any context and to compose different, multifunctional configurations, from the classic angular sofa, to the ergonomic chaise longue or the ottoman. The Modular oasis sofa includes different modules with two/ three seats each. Florio coffee tables with a solid and classic shape, with softly fluted sides. Conceived in three shapes and three sizes, they consist of a glass top with a visible grinding at the top. Sofa and sideboard Oasi, bookcase Hong Kong, coffee table Florio Designer Maurizio Manzoni
Hong Kong, an original modular bookcase, freestanding, ideal both against a wall or at the centre of the room. Wood and aluminum both contribute to the continuity of the modular structure, where every single module becomes a constituent cell, amalgamated into the totality of the structure. Various compositional solutions can be arranged together with the customer.
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VILLA PELÍCANOS MAIN OFFICE Photography by Rafael Gamo
M A I N OFFICE R EDE SIG NS T R A DITIONA L M E X ICA N V I L L A S TO E SCA PE T H E BUST L E OF MODER N L I FE
he The Mexico and Sweden-based studio Main Office has recently expanded and revived Villa Pelícanos, an existing residential complex dating from the ‘80s, and nestled in the tropical landscape of Mexico’s West Coast. Located in Sayulita — a beach town that is a popular destination for health, wellness and surfing retreats, the project is composed of a series of pavilion-like individual dwellings that descend a slope facing the Pacific Ocean. Immersed in the jungle, the new holiday complex, surrounded by lush vegetation and featuring its own private beach, accommodates up to 20 guests and exudes the mellow ambience of a yoga retreat. The architects redesigned eight villas and a common area at the top of the hill including a shared kitchen, a dining room and a swimming pool, preserving the references to the African aesthetic, which reflect the heritage of the resort’s previous owner, originally from South Africa. As a result, the
project eclectically combines Mexican elements and an African mood. While externally preserving its original atmosphere and palapa roofs, the architects endeavoured to create contextual interiors that resolve the pathologies suffered by the original structure due to its direct exposure to the tropical sun and the ocean breeze, while leaving the least environmental impact as possible. The materials used for the restoration are
all sourced from local resources. For the warm interior elements such as room dividers, closet doors and furniture, entirely designed by Main Office, the architects chose indigenous Parota wood, which is resistant to humidity and salinity. The formerly coloured interior walls are deliberately painted white, complementing the interior components and acting as a neutral background that does not detract from the stunning views. New fixed elements including bed frames, sinks and bathtubs, are made of on-site cast concrete, which blends with the warm touch
of the local Parota wood, creating an unusual environment, both rustic and welcoming. The original wooden doors and windows have been restored and upgraded, and the revolutionized with a new terrazzo floor and transformed into simple interstitial spaces that expand the interiors while letting the jungle in. “The project consists of a series of small private spaces blurring the usual boundaries between inside and outside, creating a unique experience with the natural setting while maintaining a cozy, homey feeling”
say Main Office’s founders Dante Borgo and Isabella Eriksson. Thus, the new spatial interventions in the villas celebrate the site’s natural setting. An exterior shower defined by stones creating a secluded wall opens towards the sky and the treetops, an outdoor bathtub in in-situ concrete overlooking the Pacific Ocean allows guests to merge into nature. Smaller external showers and terraces interact with the jungle scenery and the sea-horizon. A key feature located at the bottom of the slope,
is the yoga platform that takes the shape of a perfect half-circle, nestled amongst the forested banks. The cut-in-the-landscape is enhanced by the retaining wall constructed ad-hoc in local stone. The floor is made of durable Cumaru wood, naturally resistant to wear and harsh climates. Adjacent to the platform, stone planters house a majestic Papelillo tree that frames idyllic views of the Pacific Ocean, helping to create the perfect spot to exercise and enjoy the therapeutic and relaxing power of nature. H
LUXURY AMONG THE WAVES BERNARDO ZUCCON - PIERO LISSONI
Words by Mirella Watt Photography by by Thomas Pagani
T H E H IG H BOW, T H E EL EGA N T LI N ES, LIG H TN ESS A N D T H AT U N M ISTA K A BL E SL EN DER PROFI L E W H ICH DESCEN DS TOWA R DS T H E ST ER N, A S I F TO CH A L L ENG E T H E SEA , T H E SE DETA I LS I M M EDI AT ELY BR I NG TO M I N D E X PLOR ATION YACH TS: T H E SA N LOR ENZO SX112 DELI V ER S A L L T H E CH A R ACT ER ISTIC S A N D ST Y LISTIC FE AT U R E S OF T H E SX LI N E TA K I NG R ESEA RCH I N TO N EW L I V I NG SOLU TIONS TO A H IG H ER L EV EL
he SX crossover range is Sanlorenzo’s perfect example of profound sartorial aptitude. A line that was born from the constant dialogue between the company and its’ owners and that has led to the creation of a project never seen before in the yachting world, to meet the new needs of a constantly evolving market. A range of yachts that favours the use of the boat at sea, designed for true yachting enthusiasts”, said Mr. Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman of Sanlorenzo. The focal point of the project is the new stern area, which is undoubtedly the yacht’s iconic space, a choice that gives the project new propositions and living perspectives, the brainchild of the architect Luca Santella, who also came up
with the concept for the innovative SX crossover line. A conceptual refinement of the SX88 project, this new model offers a spacious beach area of about 90 square metres, which can be extended thanks to the fold-down terraces, consisting of an indoor space, with a gym area directly connected to the outside, through large sliding glass windows that allow owners to enjoy these spaces in a new way, maximising the connection between indoor and outdoor. A large platform where large toys can be hosted and which allows direct contact with the sea. The SX112’s design is characterised by the extensive use of glass. The innovative wheelhouse, which is located exclusively on the fly bridge, can be fully closed and air-conditioned
by electrically operating windows or opened to let the sea breeze in. The main deck saloon is also enclosed by floor-toceiling windows that let in natural light from all sides, increasing the sense of space and allowing the view of the sea to be enjoyed at all times, thanks also to the openings in the bulwark at the centre of the boat. An absolute innovation on the SX112 is the position of the engine room, which for the first time has been located under the stern platform, making it possible to recover 40 square metres of space on board. The design of the new crossover model was once again entrusted to the creativity of Bernardo Zuccon, of Studio Zuccon International Project, for the exterior lines and Piero Lissoni for the interiors of the first unit. After the interior design projects for SX88 and SX76, Piero Lissoni returns to design the interiors of the SX line, devoting particular attention to the subdivision of the interior in continuous dialogue with the exterior. In line with the concept con-
ceived for the other models, the main deck is designed as an open space that reinterprets the concept of areas inside the boat, developing into a single, continuous environment from stern to bow with a living area, adjacent to the bar area and followed by a dining area, seamless between inside and outside, thanks also to the large windows that overlook the sea. This innovative solution, which maximises the relationship with the open-air spaces, was introduced by Sanlorenzo for the first time on the SX88, thanks to the helm station located on the fly bridge, which keeps the area on deck free forward of the saloon, making it possible to create a single environment. “The SX112 is another empirical model, like every new model we work on with Sanlorenzo. In this case we have brought an even more architectural attitude: it is a floating building. We have connected the spaces exactly as in a building through very technological openings that relate the inside to the outside and vice versa. In fact, we
have built a villa that floats”, said Piero Lissoni. The forward area of the main deck is fully equipped to offer a living, convivial and relaxing space with a very large sun deck that can be converted into a very private and shaded dining area. The stairs are once again a fundamental and characterising element of Lissoni’s design. The internal helical staircase is developed on three levels to connect the decks and, at the height of the main deck, is enclosed in a trans-
parent oval volume, like a precious jewel box, that enhances it while making it appear to be suspended in the air. The external stairs, on the other hand, are requisite and have a clean design, built according to the principles of racing boats. On the lower deck, the SX112 offers accommodation in three large cabins, one for the owner and two VIP cabins, plus a lounge area enclosed by wooden panelling and mirrored walls, that can be converted into a twin or double cabin. On the lower deck, there is also a kitchen connected directly to the crew quarters. Details and materials are the leitmotif common to all the interiors, carefully chosen to combine Japanese purity with Italian elegance. The companies involved, representing the excellence of international design, include Alpi, B&B Italia, Boffi, Cassina, Flos, FontanaArte, Glas Italia, Living Divani, Oluce, TechnoGym and Vitra. H
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MODEL OVERALL LENGTH MAXIMUM BEAM DRAUGHT @ HALF LOAD: FUEL TANK CAPACITY: WATER TANKS CAPACITY: ENGINES:
SX112 34,16 M 8 M 1,85 M 18000 L 2200 L 4 X VOLVO IPS3 1350S - 1000 HP GENSETS: 1 X 55 KW – 1 X 70 KW MAXIMUM SPEED (APPROX.): 23 KN +/- 5% CRUISING SPEED (APPROX.): 20 KN +/- 5% ECONOMICAL SPEED (APPROX.): 12 KN EXTERIOR DESIGN BERNARDO ZUCCON FOR ZUCCON INTERNATIONAL PROJECT INTERIOR DESIGN DESIGN TEAM: PIERO LISSONI WITH STEFANO CASTELLI, MARCO GOTTARDI E PATRIZIA MANCONI.
HOUSES TO LIVE
A FARMHOUSE WITH A ROCK SOUL ALVISI KIRIMOTO
Words by Laura Ragazzola Photography by Serena Eller Vainicher
HERE: Inside the contemporary furniture design contrasts with the ancient shape of the farmhouse (see small picture).
I N T H E ROM E COU N T RYSI DE , ITA LY, A RCH IT ECTS A LV ISI K I R I MOTO R E-DE SIG N A N OL D HOUSE , PR ESERV I NG ITS A NCI EN T SH A PE W H I L E T R A SFOR M I NG T H E I N T ER IOR S I N TO A DY NA M IC A N D CON T EM POR A RY SPACE
HERE: A glass wall divides the dining area from the kitchen. Multi colors chairs produced by Cappellini and lamp by Vibia
HERE: The living area with the sofa ‘Pack’ produced by Edra. UNDER: A custom-made bookcase (designed by Alvisi Kirimoto) screens the TV area. Sofa Living Divani.
his house has an amazing rock soul, like its owners. It is a dynamic space, where materials and surfaces change, extending the emotion from the visual experience to the tactile dimension”, says Junko Kirimoto, co-founder with Massimo Alvisi of the Italian-Japanese architectural firm, author of this project. Immersed in the greenery yet located in the North of the Italian capital, not far from iconic cultural sites of contemporary Rome such as the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century arts, the building conserves outside the rural aspect of a farmhouse, but shows inside a surprisingly contemporary design. In fact, the client’s requirement was having an open, welcoming house, primarily designed for moments of conviviality with friends, but also suitable to host
the atelier of one of the owners, Antonella of Opificio Lauchli, who is active in the artisanal creation of custom-made complements and furniture, interior decoration and the transformation of antique furnishings. “As the house is on three floors, we have decided to use different colors and materials in each level, so that one has different experiences as he goes up” explains Kirimoto. “That’s why in the ground floor we used white and concrete; for the first we chose the brightness of the yellow; and in the top floor we highlighted the wooden structure of the roof. The element of continuity that accompanies the visitor in this sort of architectural promenade is the staircase. Designed as a single piece, it is made of expanded metal, allowing light to filter and create a play of reflections and shadows”.
ABOVE: A customdesigned bookcase in natural wood and black iron works as a partition between the different areas of the ground floor; sofa Living Divani and coffe table Opificio Lauchli, RIGHT: The kitchen is made entirely in stainless steel with a central black island (designed by Alvisi Kirimoto for Cecchi Cucine) and it is shielded by a stained-glass window; lamp Catellani & Smith.
ABOVE: The staircase leading to the upper levels of the house is designed as a single piece and is made of expanded metal, allowing light to filter.
While retaining the traditional shape of the farmhouse, the project has aimed to enlarge the spaces and create a sense of freedom, by exploiting the height of the ceilings, minimizing the walls and opening the ground floor to the large garden with a series of French doors. The ground floor is designed as an informal space, with a large living room that houses a TV area, a dining area and an open kitchen entirely in stainless
steel with a central black island. From its central position, the scenic staircase, made entirely of natural iron, captures the view: it is light and transparent, thanks to its permeable skin design, and offers unusual perspectives. The layout of the ground floor is completed by the owner’s laboratory and a series of accessory spaces, including the laundry room and the guest bathroom. The first floor is dedicated to the children. Along a
corridor with a balcony overlooking the staircase, you can access four bedrooms, with their refined custom-designed furnishings. The upper level holds an extensive living and study area with a guest bathroom, which acts as a filter to the master bedroom area, with a double bedroom, a bathroom and a walk-in closet. Here the ambience is characterized by the contrast between the floor, in grey micro-cement, and the pitched roof with
wooden trusses. The house lives in a symbiotic relationship with the landscape: a porch hosts a living area and a dining area near the kitchen, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. And from the beautiful garden, which also includes a vegetable area, one has a view of the urban landscape and clearly understand the goal of the Alvise Kirimoto’s project: to seamlessly combine city rhythms and a green lifestyle. H
HERE: The large living and study area at the top level, where the cement grey floor contrasts with the wooden trusses of the roof. Sofa Maxalto.
ABOVE AND RIGHT: The master bedroom area. In the bathroom: washbasin Flaminia, bathroom fittings Zazzeri.
AK Alvisi Kirimoto
lvisi Kirimoto is an intenational practice that works in the field of architecture, urban planning and design. Founded by Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto in 2002, the firm stantds out for its sartorial approach to design, “sensitive” use of technology and control of space, starting from the manipulation of “sheets of paper”. Dialogue with nature, urban regeneration and attention to social iss ues make its projects unique in the international architectural scene. By merging Italian and Japanese sensibilities, the office has carried out numerous projects in and beyond ltaly.
THE STAIRCASE is entirely made of natural iron. Both the steps and the parapet are built with a single microperforated metal sheet.
A CUSTOM MADE FURNITURE in eco-wooden OSB panels (Oriented Strand Board) and iron runs as a ribbon along the whole room of the top level and performs different functions, from TV cabinet to a bench.
THE STYLISH TOTAL LOOK BY GAROFOLI
he 100% Made in Italy company offers a wide range of solutions for tuning doors, parquet, boiserie, walls and furniture elements.
Choosing a total look for the home means introducing harmony and adapting the domestic space to our habits. We dress our houses with the same care and taste with which we style our bodies. If the material selected for the interior is wood, then we can be sure that the result will have the right mix of cosiness and elegance. This is why Garofoli Group – whose main speciality are solid wood doors – conceives its collections in a coordinated way, allowing the design of comfortable environments rich in sensorial stimuli. Parquet, doors, boiserie, walls and furnishing elements can be tuned to material notes and deﬁned tones.
o enrich the possibilities of customisation from 2021, there are also two new solid wood panelling patterns: Quadro and Onda, characterised by solid engraved oak surfaces. These two motifs, which can also be applied to Filomuro doors, are made up of two-layer panels: 9 mm of solid pantographed american oak + 10 mm of multy-layer wood. Solutions that allow the composition of modular panels that are easy to install.
The textures of the engraved wood create three-dimensional reliefs and geometric plays of shadows and shades. The same ﬁnishes and carvings can be used to design custom wall units that also integrate the door. Personalising the spaces of the living area with a series of coordinated products is what makes the Garofoli Group a reference point not only in the design and production of interior doors, but also in that of furnishing elements.
ABOVE: Flush-to-wall Quadro
door and Black Marquina marble-effect glass Panelling.
RIGHT: Total Biglass door made of transparent glass and Black Aluminum proﬁle.
Flush-to-wall Quadro door and Open Box Plus modular bookcase, with Rovere Seta (Oak Silk) ﬁnishing touches. Platinum Selection parquet and Quadro boiserie in solid wood Rovere Seta (Oak Silk).
T H E V I L A BL A NCH ST U DIO, FOR M ED BY ELI NA V I L Á A N D AG N È S BL A NCH , SIG NS T H IS I N T ER IOR A RCH IT ECT U R E PROJ ECT DEV ELOPED I N A N A PA RT M EN T LOCAT ED ON EL PU T X ET N EIG H BOR HOOD, I N BA RCELONA
NEW LIFE IN BARCELONA ESTUDIO VILABLANCH Words by Pati Núñez Agency Photography by José Hevia
HERE: Glossy white ceramic in the hall of the building and Pirelli rubber flooring on the common areas.
he iconic building was designed in the 70s by MBM architects (Martorell, Bohigas, Mackay). The reform was unveiled at the last Barcelona Design Week, where the apartment became the epicenter of the event Vivir la Arquitectura - Innovation Showroom, organized by Pati Nunez Agency. Built under the parameters of rationalist architecture, in a period when architecture was getting open to new ideas, this building became an icon of modernity in the 70s. It was built with industrial, natural-born and functional materials: legitimate anodized aluminum windows, glossy white ceramic in the hall of the building, pirelli rubber flooring on the floor of the common areas, paving on the landings and on the exterior walls, making up the volume of the staircase, and lighting of vertical fluorescent lamps strategically placed behind the vertical structure of the staircase, among others. In this context, the vilablanch studio was commissioned to refurbish one of the apartments of MBM building. The objective was to maintain the essence of their work, so representative from the Barcelona’s architecture at the ‘70s, adapting it to the needs, functionality, distribution and comfort of
ON THE LEFT PAGE: In the living room: armchair and coffee table by Stua; lamp by Louis Poulsen. Shelves and bench by Carpintek. Under: Kitchen by Bulthaup. HERE: Main room (wardrobes by Carpintek, lamps by Louis Poulsen) with the private bathroom (by Bathco). today’s life, with a contemporary aesthetic and uniformity in the use of materials. Regarding the distribution of the space, which occupies 115 m2 in total, the reform had to meet three key requirements: give more prominence to the kitchen, create a room for each child and increase the number of bathrooms to enjoy more privacy. A redistribution of the floor has been made according to the new needs of the users. The reform has preser ved t he orig ina l essence of the house, betting on functionality and using materials and innovative technical solutions that allow the project to be uniform. The vilablanch’s interior architecture project followed a very clear strategy: connecting spaces and unifying materials, seeking to create almost a single space or diverse spaces with a single treatment. H
ABOVE: Children’s room: lamp by Louis Poulsen; carpet by Gan Rugs; seat by Zanotta. RIGHT: Another room: Copa chair by Viccarbe; lamp by Louis Poulsen. Desks and shelves with Olut system and its seven metal structure pieces designed by Josep Turell, with white base finishes and Häfele fittings.
ilablanch is an interior design studio founded by the architect Elina Vilá and the interior designer Agnès Blanch in 1999 in Barcelona. The studio has carried out a large number of interior architecture projects for homes, businesses and offices, both in spaces of high heritage value and new construction, with a work philosophy based on respect for space, rationality and aesthetic purity. One of the residential projects that has achieved the greatest prestige is Casa Burés in Barcelona, whose interior design has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions, including a Frame Award 2020, an Archmarathon Selection 2019 and an Architecture Plus Award 2019.
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Surf Race Indico Carpet designed by GAN Rugs, hand tufted rug inspired by surfboards.
Shelves and bench in birch with super natural varnish finish by Carpintek..
AJ table lamp design Arne Jacobsen and produced by Louis Poulsen.
Mezzadro Stool design Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Zanotta.
WHEN FORM AND FUNCTION ELEVATE TO HIGH LEVELS
Furniture is considered an artwork when it carries a symbolic and aesthetic purpose to trigger our thoughts and feelings. This is precisely what SPATIA is aiming for, and the result is very distinctive products designed to foster conversations and engage in social connections. Recently established in the heart of the design district of Italy, each and every SPATIA furniture is custom-made upon the client’s preferences, and it is manufactured through a proprietary know-how combining traditional with cutting-edge technologies and processes. The current collection is inspired by the moon and the space exploration as aesthetic and energetic journey outside and within ourselves. The day mankind set the foot for the first time on the lunar surface, it redefined forever the limits of what seemed to
be possible. In a similar way, the day SPATIA’s furniture enters your home or work environments, it will redefine how you interact with others and the surroundings. MUN Full – Coffee Table MUN Open – Coffee Table GIUNO – Bedside Table LYULIN – Floor Lamp Buyers can choose between the various brass options: Painted Metallic Brown, Chrome, Natural Protected, or Simply Natural; among the numerous wood finishes: Teak, Rigato Oak, Flamed Wengè, Ebony Makassar, Walnut, Zebrano, Black Ash and Glossy Black Lacquer; and a varied selection of tops made of glass or marble: Transparent, Black, Stop Sol Smoked, Carrara, Green Guatemala and Noire Dorè.
T H E HOUSE , DE SIG N ED BY WA L K ER WA R N ER A RCH IT ECTS W IT H PH I L POTTS I N T ER IOR S, IS LOCAT ED ON T H E BIG ISL A N D OF H AWA I I . T H E DE SIG N IS A N I N T ER ESTI NG M ERG ER OF T R A DIT IONA L A RCH IT ECT U R A L FOR MS A N D M AT ER I A LS A N D MODER N DESIG N. IT ’ S A SPECTACU L A R SETTI NG AS W EL L 100
MAKANI’ EKA WALKER WARNER ARCHITECTS Photography by Matthew Millman
HERE. Sofa and armchair by Christian Liaigre; leather armchairs by Poltrona Frau; Custom Rug by Indich Collection.
HERE: Table and stools by McGuire; Chair produced by Flexform. BELOW: Rec Room with table by Knoll.
et atop a hardened lava flow with views of sky, sun, and water, this family compound strikes a balance between modernity and tradition. Old and new ebb and flow through a simple composition of small structures linked by a lush courtyard and a series of walkways and patios. Composed of four independent structures, including a cedar-clad main living pod, the siting balances the desire to host friends and family as well as privacy. Architecture and interiors are modern yet rely heavily on traditional materials and touchstones. “We call it the Village,” notes Greg Warner, of the arrangement, a grouping of four separate structures. The home is built to rest gently in the landscape but also to last for generations. “We execute enduring architecture—in the sense of material quality but also livability,” Warner says. “We have high hopes for the legacy of this project.” Traditional Hawaiian villages, typically organized in loose clusters, inspired both the 1.5acre site plan and the architectural style. The composition of canted steel columns, steeppitched roofs, and rhomboidal window and door openings “represent a contemporary interpretation of early Hawaiian hale shelters,” Warner says. “They’re like modernist leantos.” Total interior space encompasses approximately 4,800 square feet. The compound is surrounded by a field of lava and native grasses. The main living pod is pushed to the edge of
HERE: Guest bedroom, benches by Herman Miller. Custom beds by Maui Custom Woodworks; custom covers by Rosemary Hallgarten. BELOW: The bathroom with a minimalist design.
the sea, while the supporting structures, containing the two guest suites and communal relaxation areas, are set back, deeper in the property. Guest suite bedrooms open onto concrete-walled private courts for additional seclusion. The arrangement assumes that the three-bedroom residence feel expansive and take advantage of the views. The structures housing the master suite and the main living areas are located on the site’s ocean side. Set back deeper in the property are pods containing the two guest suites and communal relaxation areas. Bedrooms open onto concrete-walled private courts for additional seclusion. Interiors encompass approximately 4,800 square feet, but the arrangement makes the three-bedroom residence feel expansive. The use of heavily mortared lava rock was inspired by t he h istoric Mok ua ikaua Church, located in nearby Kailua. Windows are framed in stained sapele mahogany. Western red cedar serves as the dominant wood—both for cladding and the roof shingles—since it resists heat, moisture, and insects. Inside, stained and lightly polished concrete flooring keeps things cool during the day. Inside spaces flow seamlessly to outside. Sapele-framed sliders glide open to the elements, and operable windows swivel to coax in the breeze and encourage cross ventilation. “The living room unfurls to become porchlike,” Warner adds, noting the continuity of
HERE: In the patio, dining chair by Kettal. The landscape design is by David Y. Tamura Associates.
floor and ceiling materials between interiors and adjacent alfresco spaces. The degree of openness led Marion Philpotts-Miller of Philpotts Interiors to favor “indestructible” solution-dyed acrylic upholstery for much of the casual furniture. A Lee Kelly oil on canvas animates the living room’s assemblage of Christian Liaigre furnishings, including an oak lamp and sofa and wenge lounge chairs; the ceiling slats are bleached Douglas fir. The kitchen’s island and table are topped in honed Cararra marble. Custom surfboards— one hand-painted, the other crafted of paulownia—hang above the rec room’s Eero Saarinen table.
Philpotts-Miller sought to capture the “adventurous nature” of the clients. “The use of color is very playful and dynamic,” she says. In the rec room, for instance, custom surfboards are mounted on the wall like artworks. A koi pond is the focal point of the courtyard between the main living and master suite pods. The scheme is no-frills, simple, and air y, w ith a midcentur y v ibe that Philpotts-Miller explains was inspired by the work of Hawa i ia n moder n ist V lad i m i r Ossipoff. “Because the architecture is so thoughtfully put together and there’s so much natural texture, we didn’t need to load up the interiors,” Philpotts-Miller continues. The
master bedroom is likewise grounded with earthy, timber-toned accents—whitewashed wood wall paneling, a walnut bench—and also lifted via a sky-blue rug and throw pillows. The master bedroom’s bench is walnut. Concrete walls and cedar slats enclose the custom cast-concrete tub standing in the courtyard off the master bathroom. Flooring in the master bathroom and throughout is polished, stained concrete. A niche in the master bedroom features a chair by Naoto Fukasawa. The master suite’s study culminates in a sitting area w ith a Charles and Ray Eames lounger offering Maui views. H
WW Walker Warner Atchitects
reg Warner co-founded the San Francisco based firm, Walker Warner Architects, in 1989. The firm specializes in custom residential and estate design with projects located throughout the Western United States and Hawaii. Greg’s work, and that of the firm, has been recognized globally through numerous design awards and publications. Greg’s artistry in place-sensitive design grew from his unique upbringing in Hawaii, where he found that culture and environment combine to inform the regional architecture. In particular, Greg found inspiration in the work of renowned regionalist Vladimir Ossipoff and attributes his early interest in architecture to his years attending Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, whose campus Ossipoff designed. For over 30 years, Walker Warner Architects has designed meaningful buildings that are site-responsive, stylistically timeless, and well-crafted. With active projects throughout California and the Hawaiian Islands, Greg continues his endeavor to create enduring architecture for inspired living.
The relaxation angle The choice of defining a private place with black and white is interesting.
Living outdoors Next to the villa, a canopy provides the perfect spot for outdoor relaxation; tub by Apaiser.
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ARCHIPELAGO HOUSE NORM ARCHITECTS
Words by Laura Ragazzola Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
OV ER LOOK I NG A N U NSPOI L ED RO CK Y COAST, A SW EDISH SU M M ER HOUSE COU PL ES NOR DIC BU I L DI NG T R A DITIONS W IT H A JA PA N ESE SENSI BI LIT Y I N A E ST H ETIC S A N D CR A FTSM A NSH I P
HERE: The materials and colors of the house perfectly fit with the beautiful landscape of the Swedish coast.
ABOVE: The house consists of four wooden volumes interlocked and connected by a terraced wooden deck that follows the sloping plot. LEFT, FROM ABOVE: The dining room looks out through a large sliding glass window; the living room furnished with the armchairs and the pendant light designed by Norm Architects in collaboration with the Japanese brands Karimoku and Kojima Shouten. RIGHT: All storage and functional elements of the kitchen are built into the wall to maximize space and reduce clutter.
ith a magnificent view of the water and small rocky islands in the horizon and a zen-like design, Arcipelago house is a perfect hideaway to get away from the hectic life of the city. It blends functionality with an architecture of clean lines, bright spaces and light. Set onto a cliff in the Sweden coast, the house consists of four wooden volumes interlocked and connected by a terraced wooden deck that follows the sloping plot. “All the structure is harmoniously merged with
the surrounding nature and draws inspiration from the building traditions of boathouses on the rocky shores”, comment Norm Architects, a Danish team based in Copenhagen, who designed the house. “For us nature is a constant inspiration and should always be considered a guideline rather than a simple component”. A mix of natural materials, muted colours, clean lines, and minimal, yet well-curated furnishings, gives the house a special look and feel. There is not only a direct connection and transparency between inside and outside, but also a deeper relationship in terms of material and colours. Due to the sloping terrain, inside the house the different spaces are connected by internal steps and stairs at five different levels. The main living space is a double-high room with a large industrial kitchen island in the middle. On one side, the lounge area provides a stunning framed view of the rocky hill, while on the other side the dining area can be wide opened on the outdoor through folding doors that slide to one side. The interiors design is clean and focused on functionality. For example, all storage and functional elements of the kitchen are embedded in the wall facing the rock and create a wooden internal facade that stretches in the full length of the space to maximize storage and reduce clutter. The bathrooms in grey stone reflect the rocky surroundings
HERE AND LEFT: The colors and materials of the interior reflects the nature outside.
ABOVE: The lamp comes from the collaboration between Norm Architects and two Japanes brands: Kojima Shouten and Karimoku Case Study. Its sculptural and yet very functional design features a wooden base and Washi paper lampshade. RIGHT: Gray stone gives the bathroom an almost cave-like feel.
and give the family a feel of luxury spa in a tiny format. All the interiors are made by Scandinavian craftsmanship with a focus on quality and handmade pieces. But the project has also taken inspiration by Japanese design and culture. In fact, bespoke furniture and lights have been designed by Norm Architects for the Archipelago House in collaboration with Japanese firms: the new, comfortable ‘Club Chair’ with Karimoku, the leading wooden furniture manufacturer in Japan; and a new collection lamps, made by Washi paper, with Kojima Shouten, a 220 year old Kyoto based lantern maker. Both projects represent a skilful bland of Scandinavian coziness and elegant Japanese decor. H
NA Norm Architects
orm Architects was founded by Kasper Rønn Von Lotzbeck and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen in 2008. The danish team works in the fields of industrial design, residential architecture, commercial interiors, photography and art direction. Each project—whether architecture, interiors, design or creative direction—is imbued with the same intrinsic quality: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Situated in one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, the studio respects the context and build on the traditions of Scandinavian design— of timeless aesthetics, natural materials and upholding Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. In the picture, in order from left to right: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen (Founder), Sofie Thorning, Frederik Alexander Werner, Kasper Rønn Von Lotzbeck (Founder), Katrine Goldstein, Peter Eland.
HAND-MADE LAMPS The carpentry workshop of Kojima Shouten in Kyoto, Japan.
MODERN JAPANESE LANTERN New design coupled with traditional manufacturing methods.
Entering Ivan Preti’s home means discovering a world of colours and experimental techniques that lead him to create paintings that can become the real protagonists of the home. Abstract, material paintings in which organic forms, bubbles, stains and intertwining brushstrokes alternate: unexpected paintings in which the brilliant tones of enamels and acrylics intersect to create unusual cuts of light. Paintings where white is juxtaposed with gold or silver, in a continuous succession of shades and plays of light, accentuated by the materiality of the painting. Very young, with a solid training in classical painting, he re-
proposes it in the balance of shapes and colours, renewing it completely and aiming at abstractionism. “For my abstract painting, I did not take my inspiration directly from contemporary painting (although there was undoubtedly an influence), but I feel that I have developed my own completely personal way of expression, in which I am helped by my knowledge of classical painting and the rules that govern it; this allows me to treat the abstract with a certain amount of awareness of the balance and the right combination of shapes and colours to use each time”, as the artist says.
Whatsapp: +39 3465994113 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: ivan_preti Web: ivanpreti.com
“A young and eclectic artist who paints pictures but also creates decorative mosaic tiles for the home”
He also makes small and large decorative tiles to be used as ornaments or to cover walls with originality. The spirit of the experimental artist can be felt everywhere in his home: various manual techniques accompany the creation of his works, but nothing digital. Because Ivan, who has also worked in an architecture studio making freehand drawings, still believes in the manual development of things. He does not delegate to the computer what he wants to create but gets his hands dirty in his powders, uses brushes, spatulas and other tools that allow him to give depth to his creations, obtaining a three-dimensional effect that accentuates the shadows. And they convey all the enthusiasm of this young artist and, precisely because of that, they excite.
VILLA ON MONTE CONERO Photography by Pavel Volovov
LEFT: On the covered veranda, the Aurora rocking armchairs by Castello Lagravinese Studio; from behind the Camilla rocking armchair and Shanghai coffee by Maurizio Manzoni. All furniture is manufactured by Cantori. BELOW: View from the outside.
T H E ST Y LIST A L A N CL E AV ER , A RT DI R ECTOR OF T H E FU R N IT U R E COM PA N Y CA N TOR I , IS T H E OW N ER OF A WON DER FU L VILLA IN T H E M A RCH E R EG ION
he villa was purchased in the 80s by Alan and his partner Keith Varty, a few years after starting their collaboration with Byblos, making it a successful brand. When his partner passed away in April 2012, Alan continued to live in this place loved by both of them and which has always made them feel at home. The villa, on three levels, extends over an area of about 900 m2 in the middle of Monte Conero Natural Park. If you arrive from the road that is accessible by car, you will find the first level dedicated to the living area with kitchen and dining room. A terrace overlooking the sea runs along the entire length of this floor, paved in marble and with a bench, also in marble, which acts as a parapet and offers a splendid view of the horizon (as if to blend
HERE: Outdoor dining room. Under the pergola a large wrought iron table and white marble top with wrought iron chairs.
HERE: The entrance room of the villa, with the Mirage round table by Cantori; on the table a collection of ancient amphorae. TOP RIGHT: Chaise Longue by Jonathan Reed; on the Narciso iron tables, the owner’s collections of objects. BOTTOM RIGHT: Sofa Shanghai Maurizio Manzoni and Gabrielle armchair; top right, Portofino pouf. All furniture is produced by Cantori.
in with the sea itself in the distance). Instead, the second floor of the villa is dedicated to the bedrooms and it can be reached via a staircase surrounded by a glass window. The basement, most recently renovated by the two stylists, is located at the level of the pedestrian path, called Passo del Lupo, and houses their studio overlooking another terrace. The Conero Natural Park is a destination of strong tourist importance and of great interest for speleologists, archeologists and botanists. The structure of the rock in this area is the subject of studies, as well as the
plants that grow there, some of which are not found in any other area of the Mediterranean. There are also many finds of archaeological interest, such as the stones with graffiti dating back to prehistoric times and the Picenian necropolis, one of the most important in central Italy. The flat area, on the border between Sirolo and Numana, has pit tombs and three circle tombs, including the tomb of the Queen of Sirolo. The villa is located near the medieval village of Sirolo. It is precisely in Sirolo that Alan often goes to the Friday market, where he buys flowers, vegetables and fruit. It is his great curiosity and desire for discovery that binds
LEFT: Vietri modular sofa covered in green corduroy. On the sofa cushions with Cantori fabrics. In the left corner, the Aurora armchair, by Castello Lagravinese Studio (Cantori). HERE: The kitchen is custom made in wood and white travertine. BELOW: The dining room is furnished with a Jonathan Reed table; Miss chairs by Cantori. Linen curtains by Dedar.
HERE: Guest bedroom. The bed with a large white textile headboard covered with ethnic fabric has a wooden base. BELOW: Second guest bedroom. Ethnic bedspread. Objects from the owner’s collections give character to this room.
Alan Cleaver Alan Cleaver, of English origin, graduates from the Royal College of Art in London. In the 1980s, Alan together with his partner Keith Varty started his collaboration with the Byblos brand. After the Byblos experience, they decided to broaden their horizons by dealing with design, furniture, in particular, Alan became the Art Director of the Cantori furniture company.
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ABOVE: Detail of the bathroom with structural white marble washbasins. BELOW: View of the master bathroom with structural white marble washbasins. A statue of Mesopotamian origins; triptych mirrors.
the soul of Alan Cleaver to the one of Sante Cantori, founder and owner of the Cantori company who wanted him as its art director. Sante, who very often leaves the daily management of the company to his children, dedicates himself to travels around the world with Alan, with a strong creative contribution to Cantori’s life. Among the dearest places in the Conero area, there is certainly the Hotel Monteconero, a meeting place for Alan and Sante who often have lunch or dinner in this renovated former hermitage. Another privileged place for them is the Enoteca Azzurra. H
Rocking Chiar Aurora by Cantori.
Coffee Table Shanghai by Cantori.
Round Table Mirage by Cantori.
Armchair Gabrielle by Cantori.
SHUTTER HOUSE STATE OF KIN Photography by Jack Lovel
HERE: The outdoor area; Urquiola’s Mesh Table and colourful Roll Chairs from Kettal.
MOBI LI A H AS T EA M ED U P W IT H PERT H BA SED A RCH IT ECT U R A L A N D I N T ER IOR DESIG N ER ST U DIO STAT E OF K I N TO FU R N ISH SH U TT ER HOUSE , A N I NSPI R I NG A N D FORWA R D T H I N K I NG HOM E DESIG N ED FOR T H E MODER N FA M I LY A N D FU R N ISH ED W IT H SOM E OF T H E WOR L D ’ S MOST R ENOW N ED A N D DECOR AT ED BR A N DS; CA R EFU L LY H A N D PICK ED TO COM PLI M EN T T H E A RCH IT ECT U R A L BEAU T Y OF T H E HOM E
ABOVE: The facade of Shutter House with the opening system designed by the architects. OPPOSITE: The entrance to the house. ON THE RIGHT PAGE:The scenic staircase leads up to the floors of the house; behind it, the lift shaft is also visible. Carpet by CC-Tapis.
ituated across from the iconic Lake Monger in Wembley, Western Australia the aptly named Shutter House is a concrete block that utilises the warmth of locally sourced timber to create a battened timber skin that wraps around the home, while a mechanical system allows the timber façade (Shutter) to open and close, creating a sense of enclosure and intimacy whilst still allowing unobstructed views to the adjacent lake. The residence is spread over three levels. The ground floor consists of a four car garage, wine cellar and entry into a spectacular three storey void that connects all levels via a feature staircase. The timber entry and elevator shafts are flanked by crisp white porcelain wall lights by Michael Anastassiades which sit effortlessly within the playfulness of the architecture. In addition to the skilful detailing of the balustrade, Patricia Urquiola’s gem like Fordite rug by CC Tapis is a standout in the entrance bringing a joyful sense of scale and colour to the entry. Inspired by the material of Fordite (a bi-product of the automotive industry) Urquiola has integrated a similar approach to sustainability in the creation of this rug collection; which co-exists perfectly with its material surroundings. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry and gallery are situated on the first floor, along with an intimate courtyard and balcony spaces adjoining each bedroom. The master bedroom is fitted out with Patricia Urquiola’s latest bed for Moroso and an extension of her Redondo collection inspired by 1960’s American cars, the soft curves of their body work and
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HERE: Patrica Urquiola’s Moroso Gogan Sofa has been selected for the living. This sits perfectly with the blissful colour of the Visioni Rug (by CC-Tapis) that is centred by the VV Cinquanta Suspension Pendant by Vittoriano Viganò, originally designed in 1951, and produced by Astep.
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HERE:The living room continues with a marble kitchen and dining table overlooking a relaxation area (Urquiola’s Vimini collection and Band Armchairs by Kettal). The colour from the outdoor area gently flows into the adjacent dining room which is defined by Golran’s Meteo Rug by Inga Sempé which houses the dark stained version of the Moroso Mathilda table and chairs.
their upholstered interiors. The three bathrooms on this level are tied together by the clever use of graphic tiling, vibrant colour and the fascinating and magical Shimmer mirrors designed by Urquiola for Glas Italia , which throw dancing shadows of colour on the tiling behind. The monochromatic layering created by the nude Slinky Rug by CC Tapis and the vis a vis (face to face) Moroso Tender sofa, both designed by Patricia Urquiola, show the clever use of furniture and forms to define space in the gallery area; which divides the master bedroom from the other areas on the first floor. The multi directional use of the sofa allows the user to face outward toward the light filled courtyard or reflect back at the artwork on the opposing wall when using the intermediate space as a place of reflection and pause (which also doubles as a void to ensure privacy for the master bedroom). An open plan living, dining and kitchen space on the second floor affords panoramic views of Lake Monger, and connects to a terrace and pool area with a separate studio. The sun filled front balcony, super architectural in its nature and providing an inner viewing to the timber battened operable shutters is graced by the welcoming relaxed vibe of Urquiola’s Vimini collection by Kettal; that highlights a modern twist of traditional materials both elegant and warm. The Vimini collection which was inspired by the Basket Chair by Danish designers Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Ditzel from the 1950’s, sits effortlessly with Urquiola’s latest collection of furniture, the Roll Tables and Band Armchairs for Kettal, inspired
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ON THE LEFT PAGE: Slinky Rug by CC Tapis and the vis a vis Moroso Tender sofa, both designed by Patricia Urquiola. ABOVE: is fitted out with Patricia Urquiola’s latest bed for Moroso and an extension of her Redondo collection; side table by Glas Italia. RIGHT: Roll chair by Kettal.
by the honest exposure of materials, a perfect marriage to the balcony area. The warmth and colour from the outdoor area gently flows into the adjacent dining room which is defined by Golran’s impeccable Meteo Rug by Inga Sempé which houses the dark stained version of the Moroso Mathilda table and chairs, a stunning and vibrant entertaining area for the home owners. The modern and versatile kitchen looks onto both the dining room and the perfectly executed main living area which is a gentle balance of form, colour and under stated style and speaks back to the expression of the designers appreciation of Japanese architecture through the use of light and detail. Mobilia’s Director Salvatore Fazzari says he was excited by the opportunity to work on Shutter House with the team at State Of Kin. “We have always been big fans of the talented team at State Of Kin and when the opportunity presented itself to furnish Shutter House, we were very excited about what we could achieve with the furniture. The architecture and hard interior finishes were so tastefully and perfectly executed that it was important to compliment those selections, as opposed to select furniture that would compete instead of enhance those pre made selections; which I felt we managed to achieve with the help of the State Of Kin Team. The house is expressive and playful in nature but it also has a underlying sense of elegance and therefore the selections needed to be honest to that subtle balance which the State Of Kin team managed to create; a balanced that I feel we managed to emulate
HERE: The three bathrooms, on the level of the rooms, are tied together by the clever use of graphic tiling, vibrant colour and the fascinating and magical Shimmer mirrors designed by Urquiola for Glas Italia, which throw dancing shadows of colour on the tiling behind. All furniture is from Mobilia (an Australian company specialising in high-end designer from from the world’s best brand).
with the soft furnishings.” Patrica Urquiola’s Moroso Gogan Sofa has been selected for the living space which takes its name from nature and in particular from Japanese stones rendered smooth over time. This sits perfectly with the Fjord armchair (one of the designer’s first and most iconic armchairs) and the blissful colour of the Visioni Rug that is centred by the VV Cinquanta Suspension Pendant by Italian architect Vittoriano Viganò, originally designed in 1951, and produced by Astep. The outdoor terrace and pool area which are connected to the main living area are adorned with State Of Kin’s recognisable curved deco references, richness and balance of colour and materiality which is best demonstrated with the tiling in the area, clear cut deco inspired reveals into the pool and the custom tiled curved bench seat; that has been coupled with Urquiola’s Mesh Table and colourful Roll Chairs from Kettal. This celebrated home, energetic and forward in its approach is testament to the wonderful work of this dynamic, young studio, State Of Kin and their partnership with Mobilia on this project has seen to the fact that the home and furniture selected is of the same high design standards of the interiors and architecture. State Of Kin Co-Director Alessandra French explains “From the inception of this project we wanted to created a material palette championing raw, expressive materials and an enduring design statement for what has become our flagship project to date. H
SK State of Kin
tate of Kin is a Perth-based multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in the foundation of spaces across residential, hospitality, retail, wellness and commercial sectors. Our team is perpetually immersed in the realm of design, our collectve purpose is the creation of inimitable architecture and interiors. We believe that the design of buildings and spaces is a fundamental practice which influences and shapes human interaction, understanding and behaviours. Offering a holistic service encompassing architecture, interiors, project management and construction, State of Kin is a tight knit team with evolving, dynamic ideas. Our vision centers on innovation, momentum, excellence and revolution – that each project is formed from its’ own nucleus of insight, tended to with vitality, perception and zeal. Passionate about delivering expressive, contemporary spaces each with a unique identity, the practice focuses on the experience of users within spaces created – to reflect a distinctive, characteristic outcome.
THE EDITOR’S CHOICE
Gogan Sofa design by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.
Maestro vase design by Jaime Hayon for Bosa.
Fordite rug design Patricia Urquiola for CC-Tapis.
Roll chair design Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.
PLACES TO BE
A RT, DESIG N, HOSPITA L IT Y, A N D FA SH ION M ERG E TO G ET H ER AT T H E SPL EN DI D FI FT EEN T H CEN T U RY PAT R ICI A N V I L L A , W H ICH IS BY BLOS A RT HOT EL V I L L A A M ISTÀ
HERE: The splendid 20,000-square-metre park is adorned with Verona marble fountains, water features and an elegant, classicallyshaped pool.
A MAGICAL PLACE ALESSANDRO MENDINI
HERE: In the hall, the old villa houses multicoloured furnishings: in the centre, the Tatlin sofa by Edra; on the right, elegant armchairs by Moroso.
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yblos Art Hotel emerges as a unique reality in the panorama of international luxury hospitality, thanks to a project that is born of a love deplored for art in every expression. We are in Valpolicella, a land known for its oenological excellence, in the province of Verona, Conceived as a permanent exhibition of modern art, the interior of the hotel displays works by artists of international fame, such as Vanessa Beecroft, Lucio Fontana, Enrico De Paris, Loris Cecchini, Sandro Chia, Peter Halley, Damien Hirst, Robert Indiana, Anish Kapoor, Kimsooja, Sol LeWitt, Beatriz Millar, Begoña Montalban, Takashi Murakami, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, Patricia Piccinini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Marc Quinn, Mimmo Rotella, Cindy Sherman,
Sissi, Andy Warhol, Giuliano Vangi and other upcoming artists. The hotel is situated in Corrubbio in the heart of the Valpolicella, just a few kilometres from the centre of Verona. Over the centuries its transformation has taken place. A Roman blockhouse was the basis upon which the architect Michele Sanmichele, in 1400, designed the central body of the old villa, in perfect Venetian style. The present construction goes back to the second half of the seventeenth century and it is the work of the architect Ignazio Pellegrini. The meticulous restoration of the architecture and paintwork, in collaboration with the well-known architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, and the careful choice of interior furnishings and works of art, have transformed this
ABOVE: Works of art, combined with colour, become the fil rouge that animates every corner of the villa. BELOW: Art installation by Mariangela Levita.
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Venetian Villa into a real museum of contemporary art and design. You can admire the photography of Vanessa Beecroft, an internationally followed and admired artist, with images of nude female figures, diaphanous pale girls with red hair, or figures which the artist has dressed with a wig. Slender almost androgynous figures standout on the walls of the vast hall, which is dominated by a majestic chandelier, made with Murano glass. In all the bedrooms, expertly furnished by the designer Alessandro Mendini, there are female forms as seen through the eyes of the Spanish artist Begona Montalban. Elegant and sculpturesque forms have been transformed into ethereal
ABOVE: From left, work by Damien Hirst; sculpture by Marc Quinn. MIDDLE: Left, sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro; right, artworks by Beatriz Millar. UP HERE: A sculpture by artist Maurizio Savini hangs from the ceiling of the lobby.
creatures. White androgynous figures are made human only by a smear of make-up on the eyes or lips. The lips are the focal point of the Swiss artist Beatriz Millar. “Coloured Lips” and “Morning Diary” are the titles of her creations. Coloured quivering mouths talk of poetic messages, prayers, tongue twisters and provocation. Words are brought to life in the crossword “One, one John” and in the love poem “Love Off”. The artist has decorated the vast hall with an imposing glass cabinet as well as furniture, sculptures and digital
photographs. The American artist Cindy Sherman, who expresses her surreal images through photography, demonstrates and unveils the apparent respectability of American society with images which can sometimes even be shocking. Her “clowns“ keep us entertained at the internet point together with an art work by Patricia Piccinini, within mutants creatures and human figures living in harmony and suggesting a debate on the ethic impact of the technologies on the today’s life.
HERE: Located on the top floor of the hotel and designed by Atelier Mendini, this is a charming room with original furniture by Mendini, Ron Arad and Philippe Starck (below, the bathroom and, right below, a corner of the same room). RIGHT: Room furnished with Byblos Casa furnishings.
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Other two pieces by the Australian artist recently join the collection and deeply analyse the personal vision of the future the artist has, representing some strange creatures being part of some brand new species living on earth. The conference room has been prepared by Sissi, with photographs of her performances which demonstrate the metamorphosis and transformation of being. On the walls of one of the three dining rooms, hang the works of the Calabrian artist Mimmo Rotella, who became famous in the fifties for his décollages pictures made by the overlapping of shredded posters to create a final unique intense image. These exclusive pieces were created specifically for Byblos from shredded advertisements of the well-known fashion label. In the other two restaurant’s rooms the sculptor master Arnaldo Pomodoro who becam artistically known in the fifties and is considered as one of the greats of contemporary plastic art for his bronze sculptures. At Byblos Art Hotel you may admire one of the famous “Sphere” emblematic example of a new kind of sculpture for that time. The Peter’s Bar is set out with the works of Peter Halley, one of the protagonists of American art today. His striking works, created especially for Byblos Art Hotel, make use of fluorescent colours and a geometric layout. The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, famous for his naïf puppets is now a guru of contemporary art. Widespread throughout Japanese culture, the works are a fusion of typically formal Japanese culture and more contemporary habits. Next to the reception desk you’ll find the most “POP” pieces, Andy Warhol above all. Some of the others displayed at Byblos Art Hotel: Sol Le Witt, American founder of minimalist art; the works of the conceptual Italian artist Giulio Paolini and the glass sculptures by the French artist Jean Michel Othoniel that enrich the double staircase which leads to the entrance of the Villa. The American Robert Indiana focuses his Pop Art on the world of trademarks and street signs, and concave metal surfaces which distort and reflect the image of the visitor, by the Indian artist Anish Kapoor. Other contemporary artists help to decorate this res-
idence, which is unique in the world. It is due to the passion for art of the Facchini family, the owners of Villa Amistà, that such a project has been possible. A vast collection of design objects, both contemporary and historical, decorate the sixty rooms of the hotel and all common rooms. Furniture, lighting and famous objects can be seen throughout, such as the armchair by Proust, furniture in the bar by Anna Gili, cutlery by Giò Ponti, wooden tables by F.L. Wright, and chairs for the wine cellar, and so it goes on. In a magnificent 20,000 square metre park there is a gourmet restaurant which is also open to the general public, as is the piano bar which hosts live music. The wine cellar in the fourteenth century vault houses wines that can be tasted from more than 300 different producers. An outdoor pool and the Espace Byblos wellness Centre, all contrive to make this an exclusive luxury hotel. H
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ABOVE: “Espace Byblos” is the exclusive Pompeian-style spa with solarium, relaxation area with vitality pool, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, mosaic chaises-longues, and a wide menu of precious treatments for psycho-physical well-being. RIGHT: The spaces of Restaurant Amistà (open for lunch and dinner not only for hotel guests) have been reorganised in its “Winter Garden”, allowing to indulge the stylish gourmet proposals surrounded by green in a cozy and evocative atmosphere, totally safe.
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ighting the homes and hospitality structures of the 1%, DE MAJO is a boutique lighting design and production company based in Venice, Italy. As a third generation family run business, what makes each product special is the authentic heritage and know-how, which contribute to achieving the highest quality standard on the market. For well over 70 years DE MAJO has executed world-class luxury lighting and detailing for bespoke projects, showcasing Murano glass to the world in its most unique and sh beautiful form. What sets the DE MAJO collection apart from the rest are indeed the tailor-made approach and vast customisation options which are available for each of the 100+ products. Delivering finely engineered and hand-manufactured masterpieces, this small Venetian reality is able to land ancient glassblowing techniques in the 21st century - delivering an unique quality product which lasts forever, a heirloom for future generations.
sun’s royal park hotel - caserta, italy
HERE: The old barn coming back to life as hotel reception and breakfast hall. The outside of the building has preserved its traditional look thanks to a careful restoration work.
T HOUG H IT ’ S BU I LT I NSI DE A H I L L , IT OFFER S A SPECTACU L A R V I EW: T H E N EW HOT EL DESIG N ED BY NOA* I N FI È A L LO SCI LI A R , I N T H E ITA LI A N DOLOM IT E S, G I V ES GU ESTS T H E FEELI NG OF BEI NG SU R ROU N DED BY NAT U R E
THE HOTEL UNDER THE BARN noa* - network of architecture
Words by Laura Ragazzola Photography by Alex Filz
ransforming a traditional South Tyrolean restaurant into a larger hospitality space, without altering the charming, beautiful landscape with new volumes. This was noa*’s goal with its project in Fiè, within the wonderful Dolomite scenery of the Sciliar and the Catinaccio, in the North East of Italy. “We could have added an extra level”, explains the architect Andreas Profanter, a partner at noa*’s studio. “But we opted for a less invasive and more environmentally friendly solution, placing the new section inside the hill. It’s an earth shelter construction that reduces the impact of the project. It doesn’t take any views away from the restaurant, whilst providing all the guests at the new rooms with a spectacular panorama. ”
It is meaningful that access to the new spaces takes place through an old barn which sits by the restaurant. It is an uncommon yet effective design solution from both an environmental and architectural point of view, as it preserves and gives new life to an existing building, which is part of the local heritage and alpine community, and would otherwise be neglected or left to decay. The outside of the barn has maintained its traditional look thanks to careful restoration works. Inside, all the spaces take light from a large window overlooking the valley and they are structured seamlessly under an impressive wooden truss, which was partly rebuilt in line with local architectural tradition. Here the visitors find the hotel’s reception, a lounge and breakfast hall within one large open-
UP, CLOCKWISE: The breakfast hall takes light from the large window overlooking the valley; all the rooms are designed as a suite model, with an open bathroom area and a huge glass window. They are completed by a terrace; inside the wellness area, which is on level -1, woodencladded mini-rooms are available for individual use.
space area. Going down a staircase from the barn, one enters the new building, that houses 17 rooms, complemented by a wellness area with sauna and relaxation spaces. It spreads over two underground levels, which follow the land’s natural slope. Here architecture is almost cancelled out in order to allow for the natural scenery to be seamlessly perceived. In fact, noa* feels that nature should have a key role in hospitality projects and Fie hotel more than any other shows their continuous commitment to establish a dialogue with the landscape. The rooms are spacious and bright suites, with an open bathroom area, where oak wood alternates with natural stone. The façade of the each room is a huge glass window
HERE: The Finnish sauna has a panoramic glass window. LEFT: The new building is developed on two underground levels (see the section), which follow the land natural slope.
(measuring 4.8 metres in length) showcasing a thrilling view. “There’s nothing in front of us, only pine forests, pastures and mountains”, notes the architect Profanter. The wellness area , which is also on level -1 and shares the splendid view with the rooms, extends out onto wooden terraces where guests can sunbathe or simply relax in the warmer months. H
ndreas Profanter graduated in architecture at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) worked as an architect at various studios, including the studio of Arch. Renzo Gennaro in Bolzano and the studio of Arch. Edouard Francois in Paris. In 2013 he returned to Bolzano, where he started working at noa* network of architecture and moved on to become a partner in 2015. He is a member of the Order of Architects and Planners of Bolzano.
WOOD is the main material used for interior design: tables, chairs, benches, beds, cabinets , designed by noa*, are all made by wood, as well as the flooring in all the rooms.
LAMPS WITH TEXTILE LAMPSHADES consistent with the upholstery of armchairs and sofas, create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Their design is by noa*.
BRANDS TO KNOW
HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN A SEAT IN 30.000 FLOWER PETALS? FROM ITS FIRST STAGES AS A RENDERING TO THE DESIGN AS IT IS NOW, THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF THE HORTENSIA ARMCHAIR WAS BASED ON A DREAM
esigners Andrés Reisinger and Júlia Esqué envisioned the Hortensia Armchair standing in living rooms, hotels, restaurants, any place all over the world. Starting out as a 3D rendering, the Hortensia Armchair was first made into a limited edition. And with over 30.000 petals, producing the chair on a large scale was thought impossible. But together, Moooi, Júlia Esqué and Andrés Reisinger found a way. Together, they made the ‘impossible’ design possible and accessible to all. “I really wanted to make this project happen with Moooi. I knew that with their collection having a fine line between art and design, there was no better place for the Hortensia Chair”, said Andrés Reisinger, Designer of the
Hortensia Armchair - All photo credits: Moooi
Hortensia Armchair. After creating the Hortensia Armchair digitally, Andrés Reisinger called in textile designer Júlia Esqué to perfect the soft and soothing feeling of sitting in a blooming flower. The chair’s signature petal upholstery contains over 30.000 laser-cut petals and will be available in two colours: Petal Pink and Petal Grey. The Petal fabric, designed by textile designer Júlia Esqué, is the Hortensia Armchair’s signature fabric, but the voluminous chair will be configurable in Moooi’s extensive fabric collection. Moooi offers an online configurator on its website where anyone can configure the Hortensia Armchair choosing from a wide range of fabrics, including the Extinct Animal Fabric collection. H
Datron For over 25 years the company produces high quality design wine coolers with the maximum passion and experience possible
The passion for wine meets the taste for style and design Datron transforms the wine cooler from a simple household appliance to a piece of furniture, so all environments become unique. A design object destined to turn into the protagonist of your home, a new hub of conviviality. Thus was born a furnishing project designed to live a unique experience that starts from a modern and original design and gets to a perfectly preserved wine.
storage becomes style, art, design, and it appropriates a space of honor within each home and context, enriching it with charm and transforming the passion for wine into sociability and everyday emotions.
he refined and functional aesthetics of Datron wine furniture develops with a dynamic and decomposed design. Creating interlocking games and dedicated niches, transforming a simple wall into an area living, a concept design that enhances aesthetics without ever forgetting its functional nature. Structure, materials and colours make the furniture
versatile, always innovative and it adapts to different interior design styles and exhibition spaces. The Datron wine furniture is much more than just a wine cabinet. Not only for great wine lovers, but also for those who want to experience the pleasure of tasting, the joy of sharing, and the attention to a unique and versatile aesthetic.
For fur ther details, please consult: w w w.datrongmbh .eu and ONLINE SHOP w w w.vini-italy.net
OUTDOOR LIVING By Ramina Ayonne
OUTDOOR LIVING WITH COMFORTABLE FURNISHINGS AND VIBRANT COLORS
Designed by Kris Van Puyvelde, Royal Botania’s Calypso collection invites you to relax in the open air with an elegant outdoor seating system.
Acquaglobo is a floating lamp family: everyone has got a spherical shape, but in different dimensions. These floating lamps made in lightening polyethylene have got a particular structure, which allow Acquaglobo to light when it is in water. Prroduced by Slide.
Johannesburg is the colourful collection to which this armchair belongs (Maison du Monde).
Tramae are the outdoor poufs created by unPIZZO for B&B Italia. It exists in three sizes.
Landscape Double Lounger: the 5-position outdoor relaxation lounger by Kettal.
MELI HIDE DOOR / WALK-IN CLOSET HEXABEN LARGE BRONZE
COMPOSITE PANELS FOR ARCHITECTURE
The Meli Hide Door / Walk-in closet made with Bencore panels is an interior decoration element that create added value to homes. They are functional and aesthetic, they add design details and style that makes the difference in interior design and spaces.
Starting from high quality recycled raw terials, Bencore products have low envi mental impact also thanks to their durab and resistance, extending the average lif the product reducing the waste in the e ronment.
Win outdoor collection consisting of armchairs, sofas and sectional sofas (Gervasoni).
The Tropicalia daybed heralds a new form of relaxation in the garden; by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso (at Chaplins Furniture).
Exy is inspired by the traditional wooden and straw country chairs, revisited (Unopiù).
Fable Swing Sofa produced by MyFace. Hold by lacquered stainless steel and plated details joints, this inviting swing is available in a wide color array of weather-resistant synthetic leathers.
The essential O outdoor lamp fits discreetly into the environment (Artemide).
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