joi, 28 august 2014

The Abbaye de Fontevraud Hotel by Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku

Designed by architectural duo Jouin Manku, aka Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku, the soothing and sleek design leaves room for the historically charged interiors of one of the vastest monastic sites from the Middle Ages, to continue be the focal point of every space.






















All Images ©  Nicolas Mathéus

More info @ Hôtel Fontevraud

The Abbaye de Fontevraud Hotel by Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku

Woven Portraits by David Samuel Stern

David Samuel Stern: These images are the result of physically weaving together two photographic prints of the same subject. They are an attempt to bridge dignified, direct portraits with a sort of abstraction that allows their subjects to hide within themselves, and the photographs to be distinctly physical objects. In hiding some things, we reveal others.







All images © David Samuel Stern

Woven Portraits by David Samuel Stern

miercuri, 27 august 2014

Otto Künzli jewellery

Otto Künzli, Who Nose?, 2012. Postcards. Dimension: 10.5 x 14.8 cm. Image © Therese Hilbert, Munich.

 The mudac is hosting the first major retrospective to be dedicated to that master of contemporary jewellery, Otto Kunzli.

Demonstrating a wit as sharply honed as his creative skills, the Swiss artist presents more than 300 pieces that illustrate his ingenious and humorous approach to conceptual jewellery.

Left: Otto Künzli, Automatenfotos, 1976. Photobooth photographs. Dimensions : 12.5 x 9.7 cm / framed A4. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich. Right: Otto Künzli, Black Mickey Mouse, 1999. Brooch, hardfoam, lacquer, steel Dimensions : 9.3 x 10 x 4.5 cm. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich

Left: Otto Künzli, Cozticteocuitlatl, 1995- 1998. Pendants, gold and silver. Variable dimensions. Collection of the Swiss Confederation, mudac, Lausanne. Image © Eva Jünger, Munich Right: Otto Künzli, Die Schönheitsgalerie / Susy, 1984. Photograph, Cibachrome PS print. Dimensions: 75 x 62.5 cm. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich

  Otto Künzli, Ring für Zwei, 1980. Rings, stainles steel. Dimensions : 2.1 x 12.5 x 0.25 cm. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich

Left: Otto Künzli, Katoptrische Ringe, 1988. Rings, gold, mirror. Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.7 x 1.4 cm. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich. Right: Otto Künzli, series Imago, 2010-2011, Fux, 2010. Pendant, MDF and paint. Collection of the mudac. Image © Miriam Künzli, Zurich

Otto Künzli, Shanzaï, 2012. Seal rings, steatite (soapstone). Inscription: Fake. Variable dimensions. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich

Left: Otto Künzli, The Big American Neckpiece, 1986. Neckpiece, stainless steel. Dimensions: Ø 8.5cm (single element). Image © Otto Künzli, MunichRight: Otto Künzli, When Mickey Mouse Was Born,1992. Shoulder piece, hardfoam, silicate, silver. Dimenstions: 6 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm. Image © J. Teixador, Barcelone

Otto Künzli, Undated (probably pendants), 1993. Pendants, ceramic (raku fired). Dimensions: max. 12.5 cm. Image © Otto Künzli, Munich

Otto Künzli jewellery

marți, 26 august 2014

Anti-Office by Park + Associates

 The design direction for the workplace designed by Park + Associates is unique. It is largely driven by a reaction against the rigidity of the typical bureau.

What the architects sought to create is an environment that questions convention, celebrates informal spaces and reveals in the masquerade of commonplace office functions – an Anti-Office.




via Park + Associates


Anti-Office by Park + Associates

Árborg House by PK Arkitektar

PK Arkitektar : This vacation house is located on the banks of the Hvita river, a two-hour drive East of Reykjavik. The site is a moss-covered hill with a view over a quiet bend in the glacier-formed river. In the spring, the river carries the icebergs from the glacier towards the sea some 100km away.

The approach to the vacation house is from the top of the hill. The building is organized as a sequence of events: from the entrance porch through the closed courtyard into the living space and out onto the terrace at the end.

The exterior is a broken surface of light grey fair-faced concrete. The gravel from the riverbed is blended into the concrete, and is revealed in the broken surface. It harmonizes the outside walls with the moss of the surrounding landscape.

Living, dining, kitchen, and master bedroom are all arranged in one continuous room. This enables panoramic views of the river and the distant mountains to the west.



Selected pebbles from the nearby riverbed cover the bottom of the infinity pool. The pool projects out in front of the terrace, and serves as a railing which otherwise would have interrupted the view of the river.



 Images © Rafael Pinho, Helge Garke

Árborg House by PK Arkitektar