WORLDâ€™S COOLEST d e s i g n d e s t i n a t i o n s
the latest off the runway: brazil
table settings on a budget
how to make colors pop
secrets to a well-lit room
pack your bags, editiors note
worlds coolest design destinations
toyko girls collection
japanâ€™s newest hotspot
zaha hadid: a look into her fantastic future 68
10 ways to make an impression
1 year deciding what to wear
fimes contemporary beds
right off the runway
rugs from all around the world
shoes, shoes, and more shoes
Ta n n e r L e t te r m a n
editor at large-
M a n d e e Tay l o r
edior in cheif-
Your unique eye and interest for design doesn’t just come from your parents or a book you read while in college. The best of style and design comes from all over the world. Our magazine focuses on highlighting what we find the most interesting and the most noteworthy advances in the modern design world. For any inspiration you have to look around you. Whether its something to wear or what you’ll need to decorate a room in your house. Then there comes a time where everyone always seems to be doing the same thing over and over, and that’s when you need to get out. You need to experience the other ways people go about doing or designing things we feel are so ‘normal.’ In this issue of Geoteric, we wanted to send you on a getaway. A getaway for those of us that can’t make time in our busy lives and just need a break. We did the traveling for you. We brought back 8 of the top design destinations from across the globe. We were inspired by showrooms in Germany, skyscapers in China, and even hotels in Poland. With every new location came new ideas and new inspiration. Without having to ship anything home, or pack our suitcases full, we simply photographed some of what we thought were the most fantastic designs in the world. We hope what inspired our staff on their travels will make you feel like you just took a vacation you’ll never forget. Yours bags are already unpacked and your laundry is done. Enjoy.
Mandee Taylor Editior in Chief
Secrets to a Well-Lit Room The right lighting can make or break a room Written by Lauren DeCarlo
Have you ever walked into a room and marveled at how the light was diffused? Probably not— and for good reason. When lighting is impeccable you hardly notice it. “If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable, but they don’t know why,” says Lindsey Adelman, a New York–based industrial designer who specializes in light fixtures. Carefully considered bulbs and fixtures create an inviting environment that encourages
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people to linger. One of the biggest missteps is overly bright lighting. “You don’t want guests in your home to feel like they’re waiting in a hospital emergency room,” says interior designer Andrew Galuppi. Here are a few tips to help strike the right balance. Alway s a dd a di m m er For multipurpose rooms, dimmers are essential. “They allow for flexibility depending on the time of day, event, or mood, and they’re a great energy saver,” says Rockwell, who recommends a licensed electrician for any electrical work. Consider it a worthwhile investment, as dimmers reduce energy consumption and increase bulb life. Aesthetically, Adelman says it’s nonnegotiable. She believes every overhead light should be wired for a dimmer. “If you only have one light source in the center of the room, you’re looking at your shadow all day long,” says Adelman. “It makes for a depressing base.”
K now yo ur b ulbs Fluorescent tubes should be avoided at all costs. “They make everything look off color and can lead to fatigued eyes,” says Galuppi. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a great option, however, but you need to be careful disposing of them. Screw-in LEDs have a long life, but can be pricey. Adelman prefers the dimmable white A-19 LED light bulb from TheLEDLight.com. “It’s good for any incandescent replacement, and I love the warmth and the shape.”
Cons i der t h e fun c t i on of t h e room What will the space be used for: Cooking? Watching television? Doing homework? In the dining room, an overhead chandelier with a dimmer works best. If you’re using track lighting, be
sure not to shine the light directly into the faces of guests around your table. Kitchen lighting is more complex. Pinpoint your work areas and light them directly. Ideally, lights should be below your eye level,” says Adelman. “Set up task lights under the stove range or cabinets to light countertops.” In living rooms, use a combination of floor lamps, table lamps, and down-lights (recessed or track lighting). “Here the lighting should be part of the decor,” says Galuppi. Bathrooms are trickier. Some say to go the clinical route—the brighter the better—especially at the vanity. But others prefer a softer glow from dimmable sconces. Compromise and incorporate both with the addition of candles. “Candlelight helps you unwind while you soak in the bath,” says Galuppi. Master bedrooms should feature good reading lights at the bed and desk, and a task light for getting dressed. Any overhead lighting should be fit with a dimmer.
L oc al i z e you r l i g h t s ourc e A common misconception is that you need to light the whole room. Try instead to incorporate multiple points of light. “The best-lit rooms have layers of light that blend well together,” says architect and designer David Rockwell. “Choose your light source, and then determine how to diffuse it.” The right lampshade can make all the difference. Rockwell suggests bringing your low-wattage bulb to the store to try it with different shades. ■
Styling Londonâ€™s Wardrobe Surgery Written by Lauren DeCarlo
Self taught designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager founded Junky Styling in 1997, inspired by the prevalence of recycling in places such as San Francisco and Tokyo and the resourcefulness of the people of Vietnam and Thailand. The company began in an exposed studio on a shop floor, reflective of a completely transparent working pracimage by: junkystyling.co.uk
tice.â€¨Junky is an innovative design-led
label. All garments are made from the highest quality second hand clothing, which is deconstructed, re-cut and completely transformed.
timeless, deconstructed, re-cut, & completely transformed clothing.
The New Yorker described it as, ‘an eccentrically chic line of mutant couture.’ A focus and belief in individuality means that no two garments are ever exactly the same, a design concept which led Vogue to describe Junky as ‘high fashion street couture’. Their work consists of the ‘Wardrobe Surgery’ service, where customers bring their own clothes in for transformation, an internationally stocked women’s readyto-wear collection, bespoke creations for special occasions, and experimental off-the-peg pieces out of their East End store. Junky’s book, ‘Junky Styling – Wardrobe Surgery’ tells the company’s story while giving clear guidance on how to recycle clothes from your own wardrobe. Junky lectured at the V&A museum at the launch of the book, and have taken part in other events and exhibitions at the Musuem before and since. Junky have also exhibited at the Koldinghaus Museum in Denmark, created a fashion installation in the Garanti Galeri gallery in Istanbul, created ‘Wardrobe Surgery’s’ at the
CONCEPT– Everything produced by Junky is
Ronald Feldman gallery in NYC, held workshops
recycled from the best quality second hand
at the Fashion and Textiles Museum London,
clothing, deconstructed, re-cut and completely
lectured at the Parson’s School of Design in
transformed into a new product that belies the
NYC and are in the permanent collection at the Design Museum London. Founding members of to the Breast Cancewr Awareness Campaign and were recently awarded the RSPCA Good Business Award for fashion due to their emphasis on sustainability and use of ethically sourced materials.
former identity of the raw material. All garments
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the Ethical Fashion Forum, Junky also contribute WHO- Annika
are made in house or carefully outsourced
founded the business in 1997. They have since secured a very talented team around them – David Mumford, Eric Holah, Coco and io who design, construct and deal with customers. Anni, Kerry, David and Eric are all self taught. WHY- After extensive travels as skint teenagers
locally. All products stocked in the Junky Store are either recycled, fair trade, made from organic materials or ethically produced. Junky doesn’t conform to fashion trends because they want to promote timeless original designs and offer a repair service to customers (that has in some cases helped garments last more than 5 years of extensive wear). The individual is the focus at
into early twenties, Anni and Kerry observed the
Junky as they ensure no 2 garments are the same
prevalence of recycling in other cities such as San
– they can be cut from the same pattern but
Francisco and Tokyo and the resourcefulness of
the raw materials will always be different Junky
people in Vietnam and Thailand and on return-
hope to inspire all their customers to look at
ing to London were inspired to recycle clothes
their discarded clothes and general waste items
for themselves. Taking old mens suits (bought
with fresh eyes and a resourceful frame of mind.
from second hand shops) and turning them into experimental pinstripe and tweed creations to wear to London Clubs in the early 90’s – they were quickly commissioned to make outfits for friends which lead to a market stall in Kensington Market. WHERE– Junky
THE FUTURE– More
ists are on the cards as Junky take their wholesale range to yet another Fashion Week and Another of the regular Junky Off-schedule London Fashion Week shows is planned for
this season too at the Truman Brewery. Anni
market stall and acquired a boutique just
and Kerry are working on a book that’s been
off East London’s Brick Lane and this has
commissioned by ACBlack, and working on an
remained the hub of Junky up until today.
education format to try and accommodate all the
The shop houses the industrial design studio,
establishments that want visits for workshops
where customers are invited to bring their old
etc. Junky are currently formulating a diffusion
worn out clothes for ‘Wardrobe Surgery’ – this
range that could increase volumes and spread
involves the customers in the redesigning/
the Junky word further afield ( to be launched Feb
recycling process. Since launching the wholesale
08 ) and for the next 12 months, have some very
collection shown in Paris and London, they have
exciting collaborations planned with high profile
secured stockists nationally and internationally.
designers in footwear, sportswear and beyond■
Steven Holl, of Steven Holl Architects, refers to this building as “the horizontal skyscraper.” Situated in Shenzhen, the building is about as long as the Empire State Building is tall (1,250 feet) and is mounted on massive, illuminated stilts, called “cores,” above a network of tropical gardens. Much of the Vanke Center will be used for offices, but a 200-plus-room hotel will open in fall 2011, offering an unusually tranquil retreat in this bustling city.
de s i gn destinations worldâ€™s coolest These days, innovative designs are ever ywhereâ€”from showstopping skyscrapers and pedestrian bridges to industrial-chic hotel rooms. Written by Karrie Jacobs 41
Andels Hotel LODZ, POLAND A sister property of the ultramodern Andels Hotel in Prague, the Polish version is notable for its setting, an immense red-brick mill built by the 19th-century Jewish entrepreneur Izrael Poznanski. The hotel is just one component of a fantastic cultural and shopping district that somehow escaped destruction during World War II. An electrical plant from 1912 is now a disco. An ornate 1877 weaving mill houses restaurants and shops. And, in a former finishing mill, you’ll now find the Museum of the Factory
Pedestrian bridge COVILHÃ, PORTUGAL
High-style pedestrian bridges are popping up all over: an epic example now spans the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, New York, and residents of Copenhagen are looking forward to next year’s completion of the Cirkelbroen. But the most impressive of all may be in Covilhã, Portugal, where Lisbon-based minimalist architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça’s walkway zigzags high above the Carpinteira river valley.
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Herzog & de Meuron’s showroom at VitraHaus
WEIL AM RHEIN, GERMANY
Furniture manufacturer Vitra’s grassy headquarters at the meeting point of France, Germany, and Switzerland (just outside Basel) has been an architecture destination since its Frank Gehry–designed museum opened in 1989. There are also buildings by Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando, but the most remarkable sight may be the new showroom and store designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron. The
Souk Waqif is the one great public space
architects have taken the archetypal pitched-roof house, elongated it, and stacked 12 of them up like fireplace logs. Inside, you can follow winding staircases through the dreamlike space and look for home furnishings.
that remains in Doha, Qatar, a city that is reinventing itself at lightning speed. In the souk, locals congregate to dine, smoke shishas, meander through a maze of alleys, and shop. The 2008 restoration by designer Mohamed Al Abdullah replaced all structures that seemed at odds with tradition, revitalizing the historic spot.
Arachon Winery HORITSCHON, AUSTRIA
The “Wine Architecture” movement has dropped stunningly modern wineries in all of Austria’s grape-growing regions. However, Burgenland, about an hour southwest of Vienna, has the lion’s share. Destinations include the angular Esterhazy, near Eisenstadt, by Anton Mayerhofer; the sleek Leo Hillinger, in Jois, by Gerner Gerner Plus; and the Arachon, in Horitschon, with its dramatically angled stone archway, by Wilhelm Holzbauer and Dieter Irresberger. A full list, by region, is available from the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND Australian inventor Geoffrey Barnett dreamed up his human-powered monorail while living in Tokyo, when he wished he could pedal above that city’s endless traffic jams. Since 2007, it’s been possible to test-drive Barnett’s fantasy on the world’s first Shweeb, at the Agroventures adventure theme park in Rotorua, New Zealand. Last year, his company, Shweeb Holdings Limited, received $1 million from Google to invest in research on a commuterpowered transit system in a city still to be determined.
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In 1957, when Zaha Hadid was seven years old, she accompanied her parents to a furniture maker’s studio in Beirut, Lebanon. “My father was a forward-looking man with cosmopolitan interests, and in those days, Baghdad, where I was born and where we lived at the time, was undergoing a Modernist influence—the architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Gio Ponti both designed buildings there,” she recounts. “I can still remember going to the studio and seeing our new furniture. The style was angular and modernist, and for my room there was an asymmetric mirror. The mirror thrilled me, and it started my love of asymmetry. When we got home, I reorganized my room. My cousin liked what I had done and asked me to do hers, then my aunt asked me to design her bedroom, and so it started.” Yes, that one moment begat the storied career of Hadid, one of the most—if not the most—prominent and critically acclaimed female architectural designers to ever live. She has been hailed as a visionary, as a fantastical dreamer, as an architect whose vision and imagination are as powerful as her flamboyancy. She has been credited for changing the face of contemporary architecture and design through her exploration of fluid geometries and her use of cutting-edge techniques and technology. She has been criticized as a “paper architect,” a designer who envisions theatrical, out-of-this-world ideas only to find them decidedly unbuildable. She has even been referred to as a diva for her single-minded determination and her inability to compromise. But above all, Hadid is a pioneer, a woman who has broken boundaries, both as a female and as an architect. This is a woman who, at the opening of her first project in the US, at the acclaimed Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, had her staff wear T-shirts that read, WOULD THEY CALL ME A DIVA IF I WERE A GUY? Enough said. Although Hadid is best known for grand-scale architecture, her oeuvre covers other elements of design. And from September 17 through late March 2012, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is showing Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion, an exhibition that she herself developed to showcase her avant-garde furnishings, accessories, and even tabletop utensils. This exhibition will feature more than 40 objects that she personally deemed emblematic of her design. Some highlights include a decidedly futuristic sterling silver coffee and wthefuture carbon fiber three-wheeled aerodynamic concept car, a sleek bevy of Swarovski crystalencrusted necklaces and bracelets, and sinuously sculptural furniture crafted from steel, aluminum, and polyurethane. “By warping, pulling, and pushing the boundaries of the gallery spaces, we develop spatial representations that redefine the notion of physical space to create interior landscapes informed by the work exhibited,” says Hadid. “I think it will be very exciting to continue this dialogue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which already has a well-established history and excellent reputation for exhibitions of the highest quality.” After growing up in Baghdad (in one of the city’s first Bauhaus-inspired houses, of course), Hadid bounced between schools in Switzerland and Lebanon before finally settling in London in the mid’70s, where she now sits at the helm of her own architectural firm. (Continues on page 22)
Italian Beds Written by Margarita
Italian designers are always one step ahead in production of amazing beds. They manage to perfectly combine a beautiful design, a high quality and a practicality. Now we are pleased to show you products by one of such Italian companies, which proves this again. This company is specializing in production of bedroom furniture and called Fimes. It offers several excellent collections of wardrobes and beds. The presented beds are made of various materials, have different finishes and everybody could find something attractive to themselves among them. There are a lot of modern and minimalist designs available. For example white leather bed Attolo could become an awesome element of any stylish bedroom. No limits, is an another example with an original decorative headboard and built-in lights. It is also great and could easy create a charming ambiance in your room. If you like to store many stuff near to bed then you might like very practical beds with spacious headboards or even with round boxes, which are parts of the base. If you are interested in one of such Italian beds then you could find more information on Fimes siteâ–
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