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Tim Power Architects / Studio Power _ Milano _ Tokyo


Retail and Commercial.

Retail Concept - Yoshie Inaba - Japan This new retail concept is the winning project of an invited completion from 2004. Tim Power Architect one this competition against a series of Japanese architectural studios. Consisting of a total restyling of the Yoshie Inaba brand image, the project includes many advanced proposals and experimental use of technological materials. Skins, shells, and screens make up the language of this project. Shops are currently under development in various Japanese cities.

Retail Environments & Systems - Louis Vuitton Originally conceived as a limited system, the Minimal Shop System by Studio Power for Louis Vuitton is being used in all of the new major Louis Vuitton shops worldwide. In addition Tim Power Architects was requested to redesign furniture and display for merchandising such as Jewelry, Scarves, Ties, Shoes, Mens Ready to Wear. These new systems have been subsequently value engineered to respond to the request to maintain an exclusive environment while saving up to 50% on furniture production and installation costs.

In 2001, a brief was presented to Studio Power by Louis Vuitton to develop a simplified shop system for new Asian Projects. Together with the in-house LV design team, a layout concept was conceived which allowed for an increased proximity between the client and the merchandise itself. This point of departure allowed for the new system to be conceived of simple interlocking and stacked volumes, creating an almost architectural-like landscape. The existing language of the historic Louis Vuitton shop system was respected and referred too, but in this project, Louis Vuitton has been given a system with a language that brings the same intensity and modernity being developed for their buildings into their retail environments.

Retail Environment - Milano - Muji

Exhibit Space - Milano - Muji

In 2004 Tim Power Architects completed works on the first Muji shop located in Italy. This shop has set new commercial standards for Muji on a global scale. For a full year after opening, the revenue per square meter in this store was top amongst the over 300 Muji retail outlets worldwide. The 450 square meters of retail space was designed and constructed in very quick time, and is a push towards making Muji shops more efficiently and eco-friendly on a global level - this shop was the first Muji shop globally to be conceived entirely using ecologically sound materials and systems.

This installation from 2003 constitutes the first cultural exhibit in Europe by the Japanese company Muji. Housed in a historic factory, the exhibit introduced to the public during the International furniture fair the philosophy of Muji. Large graphic panels and objects were positioned opposite each other to complete the perimeter, with furniture and a glowing polypropylene box occupying the central area. The project was done in collaboration with NDC (kenya hara) - Superpotato (Tokyo) and the Muji Design team (naoto fukasawa).

Retail Concept - Concept Shop - Celux Located on the top four floors of the Louis Vuitton building in Omotesando Tokyo, this members only club offers a lounge and shopping zone for a highly exclusive clientele. The rare fashion and home items that are available to the guests are specifically designed by the 12 fashions houses found under the LVMH umbrella. The principle architectural intervention was to link both major levels spatially and commercially, creating a background for the ever-changing seasons of products on display. Product display was concentrated on the two longitudinal elevations, extending the full height of the vertical planes. One of the keys was to break the connotations of Luxury and Fashion by breaching the expected traditional use of Architectural materials and their placement. Custom materials, furniture and light fixtures with industry leaders were developed specifically for this project.

Louis Vuitton Global Store - Omotesando - Tokyo This shop, located in Omotesando Tokyo, is Louis Vuittons largest and most exclusive retail location to date. The 8 story building, designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, is located on Tokyos exclusive Omotesando street and was completed in 2002. 5 floors of retail occupy the lower floors, with the top floors hosting events areas, VIP areas and custom product services. Studio Power worked on various areas of the project and was responsible for the VIP, special events and other upper floor areas.

Retail Concept - Global Locations Tim Power Architects designed this project in 2007. The project is a new retail concept for an ‘affordable’ luxury accessories manufacturer. The project was part of a limited competition which Tim Power Architects won. The project is awaiting final board approval and funding in order to be able to be completed in over 300 retail outlets worldwide.

L-Finesse - Elastic Diamond - Lexus This installation, presented at the Milano Salone di Mobile in 2008, was designed by the Japanese studio Nendo, and produced by Studio Power.

Samsonite Black Label - Retail Concept Tim Power Architects designed this project in 2007. The project is for a new retail concept for a leading luxury luggage manufacturer. The project was part of a limited competition which Tim Power Architects placed second. The project is in its final decision stage and was conceived for completion in over 100 retail outlets worldwide.

TV Tokyo Broadcast Center - Winter Olympics - Torino In 2006 Tim Power Architects Designed, produced and constructed this Broadcast Center, conceived for TV Tokyo in Lingotto, Torino as part of the Logistic Center for TV Tokyo for the 2006 Winter Olympics. The Broadcast Center is designed and constructed following forms and utilizing algorithms similar to the those underlying the natural forces responsible for alpine peaks and lakes.

Brand Launch Event - Versus Tim Power Architects designed this project in 2007. This project is an exhibit design for the global relaunching of the second line of Versace, Versus. The project is for the Milan showroom of Versus The Versus brand, under the direction of the new Versace new management, is staging a comeback after many years of dormancy and together with its manufacturing partners, is currently building a product line of fashion accessories.

Milan Showroom - Versus Tim Power Architects designed this project in 2007. This project is part of the global corporate image (with Studio B + P) for the relaunching of the second brand of Versace, Versus. The project is for the Milan showroom of Versus The Versus brand, under the direction of the new Versace new management, is staging a comeback after many years of dormancy and together with its manufacturing partners, is currently building a product line of fashion accessories.

Office / Work Environments - Residential

Offices & European Design Center - Motorola This Design Center was designed by Tim Power Architects for Motorola as the European Design Center. Located in a historic industrial site, this office constituted the largest Design Center outside of the Motorola home base in Chicago. In order to respect the industrial shell, the decision was made to create a strong central element which contained all storage space, meeting areas, mechanical and electrical services etc., thus preserving the buildings perimeter and ceiling. Custom furniture and lighting elements were developed with Unifor and Flos.

J. Walter Thompson - Italian Head Office - Milan This project and restructuring of a 19th century mill provided 3000 square meters of office space for the multinational advertising giant J. Walter Thompson. The existing industrial building was constructed in two main bodies, heterogeneous in their functional, morphological and spatial qualities. These differences were accentuated in the division of the functions inherent in the experimental structure of client. Material choices, colors and spatial divisions were all used to fit the client’s necessities and desires to those of the original building. The project was completed in collaboration with FGS in 1999.

Working Environment : Milan Office - Texas Instruments This new office concept was designed for Texas Instruments by Tim Power Architects in 2007 for the Texas Instruments sales offices in Milan, Italy. Other offices and working environments for Texas Instruments are currently under development in various cities, including Nice in France and other European cities

Factory and Offices - Preziosismi - Valenza, Italy This new building will house the factory and offices of the jewelry maker Preziosismi. The building is divided in to horizontal layers, with each layer corresponding to a different function and thus clad in a different material corresponding to the use it protects. The project was originally designed in 2002 and currently awaiting funding.

Luxury Condominium - Tokyo , Japan In 2007, Tim Power Architects was requested to design an urban building complete with living units and the public spaces to provide for short, medium and long term living situations - the location(s) are currently non disclosable due to the clients request. The building is conceived as a ‘living machine’, with numerous proposals to reduce energy consumption and in some locales, actually produce more energy than is consumed. Systems include rain and freshwater collectors, vertical air exchange (for purification of air and for active hot/cold air exchange integrated with the air-conditioning systems and various greenhouses located throughout the project) - roof gardens are conceived to stabilize temperature control, and are integrated into active bokashi ‘structural ducts’ running vertically throughout the various buildings. The interior spaces are lavishly appointed with custom designed furniture and are filled with daylight, natural ventilation and integrated with modern equipment and technology.

Luxury Condominium - Tokyo , Japan Tim Power Architects has been designing a luxury condominium in Tokyo japan for one of the countries largest Real Estate Development companies. The project includes all public spaces, including main Lobby, Lounge areas, Corridors, Guest Rooms and all stair and elevator cores, The building, 19 stories that will contain 198 luxury condominiums, is scheduled to open in 2009. The project includes custom furniture and lighting for all public spaces and guest rooms.

Prefabricated Housing - House for Humanities - U.S.A. These prefabricated units devised for the House for Humanities group are composed of simple rectilinear elements. These well detailed but simple boxes can be composed to complete different house typologies: ‘L’ house - ‘‘T’ house - ‘Z’ house - ‘H’ house. Large glazed areas are relegated to the living and public areas, creating extroverted spaces and insuring connection to the outdoors. The sleeping and study areas are more enclosed to increase a sense of intimacy and protection.

House for a Single Male - GQ Magazine

135 House - Private Residence - Milano

The magazine GQ asked Studio Power, Werner Aislinger, Gaetano Pesce and Jean Marie Maussaud to design a house for the single male. We designed two technical units, the ‘bathroom bar’ and the ‘kitchen core’ which can be configured in numerous ways in order to create intimate yet social spaces in a previous open space solution.

Designed by Tim Power Architects in 1998, the 135 cm. mark is a reference line from which every element found in the residence is defined.

Private Residence - Valenza Po This residential project is the restructuring of an 18th century villa. All 4 floors of the palazzo have been re configured and restructured. On the top two floors is a very large but simple residence for a single male. The lower two floors contain rental and service quarters. Large opening were created to fill the previously dark spaces with natural light. All new materials are natural. Also involved in the restructuring was the exterior and the garden.

Urban Projects

Giardini di Porta Nuova - Milano - 2nd Phase This competition entry for the new Gardens of Porta Nuova emerges from a group effort headed by Adriaan Geuze and his West8 studio together with Studio Power, Paolo Pomodoro and C.S.T. The group was founded on, and work departed from, a common belief –‘ No good park can exist unless it is well connected to the adjacent neighborhoods’In order to provide proper connections with the park, the master plan recently approved by the City of Milan was entirely reconfigured in the groups competition scheme. Having solved the major urban dilemmas, the group proposed 120,000 square meters of elaborate public park space, a delightful and necessary new asset offering the Milanese numerous places of spectacle and play.

Stadtpark Hardau Competition - Zurich - 1st Phase This competition entry for a new Stadtpark in Zurich proposes that the park becomes a cartographic map of itself and its history. Previously the area hosted a large sawmill, where wood was delivered, cut and then stacked to age. Studio Power proposes that the entire area is excavated and that a new parking area be covered with a thin concrete membrane. Natural forces metaphorically acting on this new membrane deform it as in nature and water pushing down cuts sharply into the land and creates a lake; trees pulled toward the sun create round hills. This process of deformation, of folding and pulling, create openings that allow for sunlight and air to penetrate into the parking structure below. A small pavilion is found at the heart of the park, between the forest the lake. Thin, precise metal blades sustain the roof of this wooden mill.

San Jose State University Museum of Art and Design Competition - 1st Phase - San Jose - United States This competition entry by Studio Power for the San Jose State University Museum of Art and Design focuses on resolving the perimeter of the ‘unfinished’ educational building of the department of art and design as well as establishing a world class museum for contemporary art and design. The proposed educational building resonates permanence though its use of solid, unadorned, natural materials, whereas its irregular forms respond to the uncertainties and questions posed in the contemporary art and design worlds. Natural light filters into the educational facilities as well as the museum from overscaled openings found throughout the ceilings, walls and floors of the structure.

This competition entry proposes a structure composed essentially of two buildings which follow the landscape and contours of the site and situation. The two buildings are delineated as the ‘air building’ and the ‘land building’ . The air building is conceived to house the permanent exhibits of Tomihiros illustrations and perches atop two landmasses, spanning the water like a bridge. It is constructed primarily of steel and glass. The land building nestles into the terrain of a pluvial inlet and houses the offices and lecture areas. It is constructed of concrete tinted with the almost black rock sedimentary deposits found on-site. Tomihiro was paralyzed at an early age and has passed his entire life in a wheelchair, from which he paints delicate watercolors with a brush held in his mouth. The museum complex proposed by Studio Power reflects the beauty and simplicity of agile lightness perched atop a heavy, immobile body.

Tomihiro Museum Competition - First Phase - Gunma Prefecture - Japan

Furniture and Objects

Light Fixtures - Murano, Italy A family of Light Fixtures, made from hand blown glass in Murano, are currently being developed for a well known Italian Lighting manufacturer.

Gallery Show - Tokyo Light Fixtures, configured like winter trees, were conceived to be placed randomly in the Gallery space

T1 - T2 Chair - Montina Tim Power Architects designed these award winning products for Montina in 2003. Montina dates back from 1919 and was founded by the three Montina brothers. Initially the company produces chairs, but also clothes hangers, clothes stands and toy hoops. However, in 1920 the first catalogue of seatings is issued, showing 24 models from the stool to the sofa, to the “Vienna” models. Development is extremely quick and marked by increasing exportation. Then in 1956, the working collaboration with designers was started, in particular with Palange and Toffoloni’s Studio TiPi. From 1963 Tito Agnoli designs for Montina and from 1969, Gio Ponti. The destiny that links Montina to design and the chair is definitely marked. The seventies start with the introduction of a stackable chair by Vico Magistretti. The names of Ilmari Tapiovara, Cini Boeri, Giotto Stoppino, Silvio Coppola, Carlo De Carli follow on. At the end of the eighties, the Masarotti family, possessing a vast experience in mass production, takes over from the Montina family as far as ownership is concerned and, follow Montina’s tradition, increasing the capacity. Chairs designed by Ettore Sottsass and Enzo Mari are produced. In the 1990’s and XX century, award winning products are designed by Jeffrey Bernett, Konstantin Grcic, Harri Koskinen, Paolo Rizzatto and Tim Power.

2.1 Seating Program - Felice Rossi Designed in 2003-2005, this component based self skinning polyurethane seating system is a product designed and sold primarily in the contract market.

Outdoor Furniture

Lounge Furniture

Developed in 2006, this outdoor furniture collection is currently in development for an Italian manufacturer. The collection utilizes teak wood slats and stainless steel as primary materials.

Developed in 2008, this seating collection is currently in development by a well known Japanese manufacturer. The collection was specifically developed for the Lounge area in a Tim Power Architects designed condominium in Tokyo Japan which will reach final completion in 2009.

‘Lozenge’ Lounge Chair - Open Spaces for Relfo - Italy Designed in 2001, this outdoor lounge chair designed by Tim Power is designed to be reversible to allow for 2 different configurations and body positions.

Chip Seating System - Zeritalia/Curvet Industries - Italy Made from tempered curved glass, this chair designed in 1995 immediately became an industry standard. Throughout the years, it was won many awards and received massive publication, selling tens of thousands each year and now produced in many colors and finishes. Based on it’s success, the company Zeritalia was repositioned and subsequently attracted designers such as Jean Nuovel and Renzo Piano to design products for the company.

‘Ray’ Desk Lamp - Fontana Arte - Italy

Optic Lamp - Oluce - Italy

The Ray Desk Lamp, constructed from Aluminium and Polycarbonate, was designed by Tim Power w/ Silvio Caputo for Fontana Arte in 1998. The company Fontana Arte was formed in 1932 by Gio Ponti and has grown to be an of Italian Lighting Manufacturing leader. The company works with an exclusive list of designers - amongst the very limited list of foreign designers working with Fontana Arte are Kazuyo Sejima, Norman Foster and David Chipperfield.

The Optic lamp, designed in 2005 by Tim Power for Oluce, has a fully rotatable head and contains two light sources, each one specific to different use. Established in 1945 , Oluce is the oldest Italian lighting design company that is still active today. Marco Zanuso, Vico Magistretti, Marco Romanelli and Joe Colombo have all designed award winning lamps for the company.

Sputnik Dome - Ideè - Japan

‘Hole’ Inflatable Chair - Sputnik / Ideè - Japan

The Sputnik Inflatable installation was first conceived for The Salone di Mobile di Milano in 2001 as a vehicle for the entire collection and later toured the world. It has since been used for various events in London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo and many other cities. Sputnik was founded by Teruo Kurasaki and its list of designers for the original launch of Sputnik included Marc Newson, James Irvine, Emmanuel Babled, Tim Power, Michael Young and Jerzsy Seymour.

The Sputnik chair ‘Hole’ is made from a thin sonic welded membrane of PVC, but, primarily from air. Designed by Tim Power in 2002 for the launch of Sputnik.

Sleeping Pill - German Pavilion - Venice Biennale d’Arte This Installation was conceived with Rosemarie Trockel for her Pavilion representing Germany in the Venice Biennale of Art in 1999. The installation of Trockel was comprised primarily of two films. The installation was entitled ‘Sleeping Pill’ The installation was constructed almost entirely of inflatable elements.

Float Table - Zeritalia/Curvet Industries - Italy Made from tempered glass, this table designed in 2002 was impressive for the technical capabilities to fold a boxed glass shell into itself. When extended, all of the glass planes lock flush into place.

Convertible Sofa, Tier Shelf, Coffee Bean Table David Design - Sweden

Bathtub, Sinks, Shower trays - Provenza Ceramica In 2006, together with a list of other famous European designers, Tim Power Architects was asked by the Provenza Ceramics company to design objects, finishes or accessories for the bathroom utilizing the newly completed material ‘Landscape’. Tim Power Architects designed a complete lien of bathtubs, sinks and shower trays using this sheet materiel in a highly innovative and elegant way.

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Design Projects These design projects are currently under development:

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San Pellegrino - Acqua Panna : Carafe Provenza Ceramica : Sanitary AV Mezzago : Chandeliers Gallery Space : Installation

Carafe - San Pellegrino / Guzzini In 2006, Tim Power Architects was asked by the San pellegrino company, in collaboration with Guzzini, to design around the theme of water. Tim Power Architects designed a simply carafe together with writing a manifesto called the ‘Source’ on the state of Water and Food production globally.

Graphics and Communication

Logo Design

Whirlpool - Kitchen Aid Catalogue

Studio B+P has designed logotypes for companies in various fields. Amongst clients whose corporate identity has been defined by Studio B+P through the production of new logotypes is Missoni Home, Luxury Box (division of McCann Eriksson), Strato Cucine and Lloyd Italico Assicurazione.

Completed in 2008, this new product catalogue was produced for Kitchen Aid - Art direction and Graphic Design was Studio B+P for Publicis. The photoshooting, art direction, graphic layout, text editing and printing were all directly managed by Studio B+P.

Web Design - Fantini Rubinetti Studio B+P has designed and produced numerous web sites for companies in various fields. For Fantini, a well known Italian company specializing in bathroom accessories and art directed by Lissoni Associati, Studio B+P was responsible for the design and programming of the companies Web site.

Graphic Design - Lanificio Colombo

Graphic Design - Missoni Home

Studio B+P has been developing new graphic design projects for the company Lanificio Colombo since 2006. Projects include catalogues, logotypes, advertising campaigns and packaging.

At the launch of the new Missoni Home collection in 2005, Studio B+P developed the company logotype, catalogues and complete advertising campaign.

Graphic Design - Various

Graphic and Web Design - Rebecca Gioielli

In 2004, Studio Power partnered with Studio B+P (Tim Power is a partner in Studio B+P) in order to offer clients branding and graphic and communications consultancy.

Together with Luxury Box, Studio B+P designed and provided programing of the company web site for the affordable luxury company Rebecca Gioielli.

Educational Projects, Conferences and Event Production


In addition to professional design consultancy, Studio Power and Tim Power engage in education programs, Cultural and Didactic Conferences and Event Production. Over the past few years, Courses and Conferences (at both undergraduate and masters level) have been conducted in Milan, Torino and Venice and Malmo. Events have been produced in Milan for the following clients:

Some recent publications including on Tim Power Architects and their activities.


Educational Projects

Event Production



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