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  • In Conversation with Özge Adanır: Macaroni Event

    Macaroni Event, an exercise series that focuses on the creative process using pasta dough as a design material, invites participants to focus on the process without concern for the outcome. We talked to Özge Adanır, founder of Macaroni Event, about their work and the event they organized with Isola Design at Milano Design Week. Who is Özge Adanır? Can you briefly tell us about yourself? I'm a designer. After graduating from Industrial Design, I started working in ceramics. Then, for two years, I edited the spotlight+podcast series focusing on the process of creatives in the industry. Since 2022, I've been working on Macaroni Event. We would like to hear the story of Macaroni Event, your startup that treats pasta dough as a design material. I was thinking about the relationship between the creative process and the result, and I realized how much the relationship we have with the result actually affects the process. In design schools, they say “it's hard to draw the first line.” What this means is that the mind gets anxious and starts planning. During this time, the beginning is postponed. But once you start drawing the line, it continues. Because now you are in the moment. The mind is silent and the action has begun. Macaroni Event is actually based on these thoughts. Image are courtesy of Isola, Photos by Gaia Spanò “The reason we use pasta dough as a material is because it is a material that will run out at the end of the day. So there is no result. There is only the process and I think this is a space of freedom for trial and error.” In the first stage of the event, we spend time with the dough prepared by our chefs and Macaroni Tools products. After about an hour of production, our chef team cooks and serves the designed shapes. Since each production is different from each other in this process, our chefs actually create a new story on each plate. In the second stage, we gather around the table and taste the pasta we have designed. I would like to talk a little bit about your uniquely designed “Macaroni Tools” products used during the event. How did you come up with these products, each of which looks like a work of art? First of all, I designed a set of tools called Macaroni Tools to shape the dough. The first material my hand goes to is usually ceramics. So I went to a workshop close to my home and started experimenting. Then, for about 3 months, I tested these tools and cooked with a few friends every week. With the feedback I received during the process, I went to craftsman Günay Oktay's marble workshop in Afyon to produce the final product. We produced Macaroni Tools by sticking to the functions of forming, texturing and cutting. Then I started to design the strainers and plates we used at the event. Some of the plates are forms I shaped with a ceramic lathe and some by subtracting from the mass. I imagined using different heights and widths on the table. Image are courtesy of Isola, Photos by Gaia Spanò What kind of environment did you aim to create for the participants to focus on the creative process and build new relationships? Can you tell us a bit about the participants' experience? Actually, I just designed the process and the products, and the participants produce by focusing on their own process. At the beginning of the event, I explain all the tools and the process. I usually advise them to make manti at the beginning, if they don't have anything in mind. In the first five minutes, it is actually a method to make that manti form that we are all used to. To take action and slow down the thought. Then the inspiration comes anyway. In the first stage of the event, participants meet while producing. We can think of it as an interactive table. We meet both our own process and another. Image are courtesy of Isola, Photos by Gaia Spanò Can you tell us a little bit about the event you organized with Isola Design during Milan Design Week? Within the scope of Milan Design Week, we came together with Masquespacio under the roof of Isola Design and took part in the Around The Table exhibition. In addition to the exhibition, which continued during the day for a week, we organized meals for 3 nights as Macaroni Event. We worked with our guest chef Francesco Falanga during this time and organized an event series for 60 people. We hope that Around The Table exhibition, which we contributed with interactive eating experience and Macaroni Tools products, will continue in different locations.

  • Functionality Embraces Enjoyment: ONEMOREBURO's Kiev Residence

    ONEMOREBURO has transformed an apartment in Kiev's Podilskyi district into a versatile living space tailored to the needs of a young couple and their feline companion. With remote work as their primary focus, the couple desired a seamless integration of a comfortable workspace within the living area, while preserving their leisure time. Using glass blocks and low partitions, the design team delineated spaces while maintaining an open feel throughout the apartment. Alongside the multifunctional work and leisure area, amenities such as a home gym and a flexible bedroom with direct terrace access and a private bathroom were incorporated. The apartment's layout revolves around a central hall, facilitating smooth transitions between areas. “We paid great attention to the functionality and details of the apartment. All lines and heights are repeated in every room, creating a sense of spatial integrity.” A mirrored partition between the main room and the hallway visually connects spaces and ensures ample natural light even in areas without windows. The design aimed to create a self-sustaining space to meet the homeowners' remote work needs. The master bedroom boasts two walk-in closets, one serving as a passage to the apartment exit and the other doubling as a luxurious vanity and primary storage. With direct terrace access, the bedroom offers an ideal spot for relaxation and barbecues, accompanied by a spacious en-suite bathroom. Through consistent design elements and proportions in each room, ONEMOREBURO has achieved a cohesive spatial experience, blending functionality with meticulous attention to detail. Additionally, special provisions have been made for the cat, including a second-floor route and a custom cabinet in the guest bathroom.

  • 10 Featured Installations and Exhibitions at Milan Design Week 2024

    Ahead of this year's Milan Design Week, numerous prominent brands and studios in the design, interior, and fashion sectors will unveil expansive installations spanning the city center, industrial venues, and modernist estates in Milan's periphery. In anticipation of Milan Design Week, we've curated a selection of ten must-visit exhibitions and installations. SR_A x Kohler At Palazzo Senato, via Senato, 10, Milan Samuel Ross stands out as a notable figure in today's art scene, embodying versatility as a painter, sculptor, fashion and product designer. Having apprenticed under Virgil Abloh and contributed to projects with Donda, Kanye West's creative venture, Ross's industrial design studio, SR_A, has been commissioned by the American brand Kohler to create a cutting-edge smart toilet named Formation 02, featuring a starkly minimalist design. Additionally, he has been tasked with crafting a large sculptural installation that explores the intricacies of water flow and management. It will be intriguing to witness how Ross translates his artistic vision into this industrial realm. This isn't his first foray into such collaborations, and typically, his outcomes align seamlessly with his ambitious artistic aspirations. Image is courtesy of Kohler Flower Up At Gattinoni Hub, via Statuto, 2, Milan Agostino Iacurci, Sara Ricciardi, and Nico Vascellari are among the artists and designers who have collaborated with glo for art in recent times. This mobile project was established to champion art and foster cultural dissemination, manifesting in installations that interact with public spaces. This year's featured artist is illustrator Emiliano Ponzi, who will unveil "Flower Up," a tunnel designed to transport visitors from reality to a dreamlike state through a vibrant array of shapes and colors. Image is courtesy of glo for art Re/Creation At Palazzo Isimbardi, corso Monforte 35 Palazzo Isimbardi will be the venue for Lasvit's Re/Creation exhibition, showcasing a grand outdoor installation crafted from fused glass. Named Porta and conceived by art director Maxim Velcovsky, this installation was created in Europe's largest kiln. Additionally, Lasvit will unveil a fresh collection by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune at the exhibition, titled Nebula. The collection will feature table lamps available in two sizes, along with a ceiling light. Image is courtesy of Lasvit The Art of Dreams At Palazzo Clerici, via Clerici 5, Milan Transforming the intricacies of a product into a spatial environment, an interactive scenario, or an immersive encounter has become one of the most prevalent methods for brands to convey their vision. The installation titled "The Art of Dreams" delves into the notion of rhythm and repetition, drawing inspiration from the Pepita motif initially introduced in Porsche 356 C and 911 models. The design collective Numen/For Use animates the monochromatic diagonals of the Pepita motif into a monumental immersive masterpiece. Image is courtesy of Porsche Making Sense of Color At Garage 21, via Archimede, 26, Milano When a powerhouse like Google steps into the arena, even amidst the bustling milieu of Milan Design Week where design visions and brands converge, it merits attention, particularly for those intrigued by interaction and tech design. This year, Google's exploration delves into the realm of color and its sensory allure, presented through a site-specific installation promising awe-inspiring moments via a sophisticated multisensory journey. The installation, crafted by Ivy Ross, Google's Vice President of Hardware Design, alongside her design team, is a collaborative effort with the arts+research laboratory Chromasonic. Image is courtesy of Google Time Traveler by Nilufar At Via Lancetti 34, via della Spiga 32, Milan This year, the collectible-design gallery Nilufar, boasting two Milan locations, will be hosting the Time Traveler exhibition. At its Via della Spiga venue, it will unveil new solo exhibitions by designers Draga & Aurel and Maarten de Ceulaer, alongside a collection of American vintage pieces from the 1960s. Meanwhile, at Viale Lancetti, visitors can expect to see new works by designers and studios such as Andrés Reisinger, Allegra Hicks, and Objects of Common Interest. The exhibition will also feature creations by Bethan Laura Wood and Martino Gamper, along with an installation by the lava stone brand Ranieri. Photo is by Alessandro Oliva Fold and Crease by Issey Miyake At via Bagutta 12, Milan Issey Miyake's Milan exhibition, titled Fold and Crease, will showcase a collaborative project with the Dutch collective We Make Carpets. Together, they have developed a series of installations aimed at capturing the artisanal essence of Miyake's fashion. These installations will be composed of "abundant amounts of ordinary objects" arranged in a manner resembling weaving, reminiscent of We Make Carpets' previous works featuring "rugs" crafted from plastic bottles and paperclips. Image is courtesy of Issey Miyake JOY at House of Switzerland Milano Casa degli Artisti, via Tommaso da Cazzaniga, Corso Garibaldi, 89/A, Milan Spanning three floors at the Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, the House of Switzerland will host a diverse collection of designs by both emerging talents and established designers. The exhibition, delving into "the subtleties of joy and its correlation with design," will showcase captivating pieces including ropes, ladders, seesaws, and swings. Notable installations will include the 4321-market, presenting souvenirs emblematic of the relationship between Switzerland and South Korea, as well as the Out of the Woodworks exhibition, where designers will craft new pieces from preexisting wooden objects. Image is courtesy of House of Switzerland Rude Arts Club by Faye Toogood CC-Tapis showroom, Piazza Santo Stefano 10, Milan In collaboration with Tacchini and CC-Tapis, Toogood introduces the Rude Arts Club. The designer has transformed the CC-Tapis showroom for this exhibition, crafting distinctive spaces to showcase the collaboration. Photo is by John William Baranzate Ateliers Via Gaudenzio Fantoli 16/3, Milan An expansive industrial structure will serve as the backdrop for Baranzante Ateliers, an endeavor spotlighting emerging designers in unconventional environments, with the goal of revitalizing the notion of medieval guilds. The showcase will display collectible designs by various designers and European collectives, such as Belgium is Design, alongside art pieces and performances. Image is courtesy of Baranzante Ateliers

  • Milan Design Week 2024: Your Guide To Dates & Must-See Districts

    Milan Design Week 2024 awaits! This highly acclaimed celebration of design, running from April 15 to 21, 2024, in Milan, Italy, offers a week brimming with the epitome of design, ingenuity, and imagination. Whether you're a design expert or a passionate admirer, this event offers an unparalleled opportunity for inspiration and building connections. What to Expect at Milan Design Week: The occasion marks a jubilant tribute to the diverse realms of design, spanning from furniture to architectural wonders. Highlighted features comprise: Salone del Mobile (April 15-21, 2024): At the heart of the event lies the focal point, spotlighting global designers and their forefront creations. Fuorisalone Events (April 15-21, 2024): A sprawling festival across the city, where Milan's neighborhoods come alive with showcases, installations, and festive gatherings. Exploring Milan's Design Districts: Brera Design District: Milan's artistic pulse, renowned for its fusion of contemporary and classic designs. Isola Design District: A center for pioneering and up-and-coming design talents. Tortona Design Week: Recognized for its captivating experiences and revolutionary exhibitions. 5Vie Design Week: Where the past and modern design converge. Milan Design Week 2024 Not to Miss Exhibitions ⁠"Colour Archeology" at LAUFEN Space Milano: A cross-disciplinary journey spanning from 3000 BC to 1500 AD, featuring color palettes influenced by ancient civilizations. LOEWE: This showcases a display of lamps within the 18th-century Palazzo Citterio. Future of Joy: The BMW Group extends an invitation to the Future of Joy exhibition, spotlighting the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, addressing the challenges of future mobility. Poltrona Frau's Imagine Collection: A celebration of the boundless possibilities of creativity, merging the boundaries between art and design. UNIMATIC's Fluent in Italian: A tribute to Bruno Munari's legendary Supplement to the Italian dictionary at their Flagship Store. Milan Design Week 2024 Hotspots Three key locations have been identified as Milan hotspots for the 2024 Design Week event: Design Variations by MoscaPartners Masterly - The Dutch in Milano ⁠MEET Porta Venezia Design District These locations act as focal points for congregating, educating, and immersing oneself in the finest offerings of Milan Design Week.

  • Blue Terracotta Apartment by Rina Lovko

    Hired to revamp an apartment with an unconventional floor plan resembling an inverted open hand fan, Ukrainian architect Rina Lovko devised an equally distinctive approach. Central to her design was the transformation of the space into an open, light-filled, and artistically inclined environment, leveraging the abundant natural light streaming through the curved window wall and catering to the clients' preference for flowing lines. Situated on the ninth floor of a circular tower in Kiev's Pecherskyi district, the 2,200 square-meter apartment was initially compartmentalized into five enclosed rooms. Lovko amalgamated three of these rooms into a unified kitchen/dining/living area, aligning with the lifestyle of the clients, a young couple keen on communal cooking. The new kitchen, designed for both functionality and socializing, features a spacious island resembling terracotta but crafted from glazed porcelain. Vibrant lower cabinetry and a custom bar-height table, painted MDF, add colorful accents to the predominantly bare concrete architecture. “The layout of the space, with its complex geometry, created certain difficulties; standard techniques did not work here, but at the same time it excited us professionally.” The living space is adorned with minimalist furniture arranged akin to standalone artworks, while ample built-in cabinets mitigate clutter, imbuing the area with a gallery-like ambiance. "We incorporated several concealed storage spaces to declutter the main area," notes Lovko. Thoughtful storage solutions extend to the expansive dressing room nestled between the master and guest bedrooms, where a transparent custom wardrobe serves as an elegant focal point. The partition wall separating this sanctuary from the apartment's primary circulation pathway is also transparent, allowing light to permeate through to the master bathroom situated on the opposite side. Despite the austere architecture, defined lines, and sparse furnishings, Lovko remarks, "the space exudes a sense of coziness." This sentiment is particularly evident while unwinding in the bathtub.

  • Design Destinations: April’s Side Agenda

    April is full of exciting events in the world of design! This month, there are several destinations offering unforgettable experiences for design enthusiasts around the world. Here are a few noteworthy stops on April’s event agenda. PAD Paris 3 to 7 April, France PAD Paris, established in 1998, is being held this year in the picturesque setting of the Tuileries Garden. This prestigious fair gathers numerous dealers specializing in contemporary and historical art and design from both France and around the world. Among the participating exhibitors are well-known names such as Atkris Studio, Galerie Chevalier-Parsua, and Maison Parisienne. Photo is courtesy of Aequo OFFF Barcelona 4 to 6 April, Spain The OFFF Barcelona festival is back for its second edition in April 2024, following its successful debut in 2023. This three-day event, hosted at Disseny Hub Barcelona, promises an exciting lineup of workshops, masterclasses, keynotes, installations, performances, and awards. It celebrates various design disciplines including sound, graphic, web, and user experience design, along with photography, illustration, and film. Scheduled from April 4th to April 6th, 2024, the festival will take place at Disseny Hub Barcelona, located at Place de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018 Barcelona, Spain. Photo is courtesy of OFFF Milan Design Week 17 to 23 April, Italy This year, Milan Design Week, the world's largest annual design event, is returning to its traditional April schedule for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. Running from April 17th to 23rd, the festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of attendees to various venues throughout Milan. At the core of the event lies the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, featuring a multitude of brands showcasing furniture, lighting, home appliances, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, outdoor furnishings, and workspace solutions. In addition to the furniture fair, a series of activities, discussions, exhibitions, art installations, and showroom unveilings collectively known as the fuorisalone will unfold throughout the week. These events are scattered across designated design districts in the city, including the Brera Design District, Isola Design District, Tortona Design Week, and 5Vie Design Week. Photo is courtesy of Designboom Coverings 18 to 21 April, USA The Coverings 2023 trade show, focusing on surface and finishes, is set to occur at the Orange County Convention Center. Featuring nearly 1,000 tile and stone brands, the event offers attendees a comprehensive exhibition experience. In addition to the showcase, Coverings 2023 will feature a series of seminars and workshops addressing industry trends. Architects, designers, distributors, retailers, stone fabricators, contractors, specifiers, and builders are all welcome to attend the four-day event, scheduled from April 18th to 21st, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center located at 9899 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819, USA. Photo is courtesy of Coverings Concéntrico 09 27 April to 2 May, Spain The ninth edition of the Concéntrico International Architecture and Design Festival is set to return in 2023, featuring an array of exhibitions, installations, and various activities. This six-day event, located in Logroño, northern Spain, will expand into new areas within the city. Showcasing both Spanish and international architectural and design talent, the festival will highlight installations crafted by prominent names such as Barkow Leibinger, Studio Ossidiana, Marc Morro, Oana Stanescu, Didier Faustino, Camille Walala, and Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects. Photos are courtesy of Concéntrico

  • Koncrete by shell+core: Timeless Charm in Concrete

    Koncrete is a remarkable blend of functionality and elegance created by the imaginative team of shell+core, an interior design studio based in the UAE. Koncrete stands out in Dubai, offering a unique blend of coffee sanctuary, concept store, and creative space. Jade Daniel and Ghalia Korban founded shell+core in 2018, and it quickly became a beacon of originality in the lively Middle Eastern landscape. Covered in bold concrete with elegant black accents, Koncrete creates a luxury rawness that sets the stage for an unforgettable experience. Within Koncrete, aesthetics and practicality blend effortlessly, creating an environment that adapts to the requirements of its users. From the layout of the furniture to the placement of decorative elements, each feature serves a dual purpose, blurring the lines between form and function. Effectively built tables and chairs flow easily into outstanding store displays, demonstrating the versatility that has become central to shell+core's design philosophy. Koncrete boasts abundant natural light streaming through its extended windows and lofty atrium, seamlessly blending the distinction between its indoor and outdoor spaces. Complemented by reflective surfaces that enhance the interplay of light and texture, the design by shell+core creates a dynamic and inviting atmosphere.

  • Office with Silver Curtain by Buero Wagner

    The Munich-based architectural designer Buero Wagner has ingeniously incorporated industrial materials into the extension of his office, located in the Au district near the Isar River. The expansion involved unveiling the basement of an existing office within a turn-of-the-century building. This two-story renovated studio, spanning 140 square meters, features an abundance of natural light introduced by extended windows. Buero Wagner's design showcases a creative utilization of industrial materials, including aluminum foil curtains and furniture crafted from galvanized steel gratings. The decision to employ light-reflective elements, such as galvanized steel grating and aluminum foil, commonly found in industrial settings, imparts a distinctive aesthetic to the interior. "These conventional, banal materials take on a new value through their processing and use in a context that is alien to them, and lend the interior an abstract, temporary character that deliberately leaves open the questions of use, appropriation, and the 
completion of the construction measure." The flooring, stairs, and furniture incorporate the steel grating, while silver foil curtains discreetly conceal functional areas like the kitchen, storage shelves, and passages to the toilet and storage rooms. Privacy curtains made of bubble wrap not only provide seclusion but also permit the passage of light. In preserving the existing building's character, the architects exposed the concrete floor slab in the basement and renewed the oak parquet on the ground floor. The majority of the furniture consists of welded steel gratings, and shelves, as well as lighting fixtures, are fashioned from galvanized cable ducts. These traditional materials acquire a renewed significance when repurposed in an unconventional context, lending the interior an abstract and ephemeral character that intentionally raises questions about use, ownership, and the completion of the construction. Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, the project was finalized with an apartment unit designed to facilitate both living and working in a single space.

  • In Conversation with Atelier Zebulon Perron: Design Studio

    We talked to Zébulon Perron, founder of Atelier Zébulon Perron, a design studio renowned for its bar and restaurant designs woven into the fabric of Montreal's vibrant scene. What core principles shape the design philosophy of the studio and how do these values align with your vision? Our studio specializes in public space, mainly hospitality, but we also work on public projects for the city of Montreal. Our design practice is oriented towards human beings in a social setting. For us, it's essential how people come together in space, socialize, and interact.This is at the core of what we do. We're very interested in social ergonomics, a technical term for something very human in a space where you're comfortable and feel like the space is conducive for conversations and exchanges with other people. We're very focused on the hospitality industry, we do a lot of restaurants and hotels. We're, at the moment, working on an extensive community center with a library and some studio spaces. We are always cautious about designing valuable spaces for people with the intention of relevance through time. We hope to transport people and make sure we create not just functional but aesthetic environments. Can you provide insight into the studio's approach to material selection and concept? We have to be attentive and understand each project as a microcosm with its parameters and needs. With architecture; let's say Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, you always recognize their work and signature. At our scale it is different because every project is about their specific context, who is involved, and what kind of proposition we want to put forward. Every time we have to adapt and adjust to cater to different intentions and needs. It is very much a collaboration with our clients and they come from every walks of life. When we talk about materials, there's a specific niche we are in because those are public and busy spaces; many people come through them so we need to anticipate a lot of wear and tear. This specific context and what is demanded from materials excites us to find well suited solutions for all those activities and people meeting and bumping into each other. CAFE CONSTANCE, The photography is courtesy of Alex Lesage. “We need to choose suitable materials for the right places. The idea is to make the wear and tear our ally, so chosen materials will beautify with use and enhance their patina, becoming more engaging and prosperous with time.” A good example is, let's say, a bar top. We have to anticipate scratches; dents, people dropping wine, so the right material used on a bar top becomes essential. We like using solid wood or brass because we know how well they age with people’s uses. This is how we design; always thinking about people circulating, touching, and interacting. This informs opportunities where we can intervene. Sometimes, the needs come from the functions and uses of space, and then we see this opportunity to design something that contributes to the concept and is very suited for day-to-day use. It's essential to have some longevity or staying power in something we build. There is a lot of money involved when people build a restaurant, so we must be mindful it is a long-term investment for our clients. We think about durability in many ways; durability of materials, quality of construction to withstand wear and tear and durability of ideas and design concepts. This makes us cautious of trends. Sometimes, they're pretty seductive, but we also go further and think: is this something that's just happening now? If we step back in 10 years will it still make sense? I've been in this industry for about 25 years, and some of our first projects are still going strong. That said, we will always be influenced by what's happening in the here and now in culture and design, and that's okay. Although, it's important for me to take a step back once in a while to make sense of what we are working on. HAV & MAR, The photography is courtesy of Alex Lesage. How do you make sure your designs stay timeless? Do you focus more on current trends or enduring styles? You can't go forward if you don't look backward. I like to think of cooking when thinking about making sense in developing something new. In order to innovate and develop new cuisine, you have to know pretty well your basics; in this case classic French cooking techniques. For me the past is really relevant to what we are doing now. We are living in a fast paced world with many new needs and desires and it can be overwhelming sometimes to cater for that new reality. Looking at the history of design and iconic places allows more coherence in continuity, I think. If we look at what still makes sense and solutions used in the past, we can build from there to adapt to our life today. In the design process, it is essential for me to stay open and question myself. I always ask people in the office about their feelings and views when we're working on something. It is a good opportunity to stop and think; does this feel right? If I step back and sit in the space, does it feel good? Is the experience interesting? I like the scale of interior design. I initially wanted to do architecture in school but went into design instead because of the difference in scale. We have the privilege in interior design to be the discipline that is closest to people. People touch what we do; they enter the place and get immerse in what we did. It is a good way to suggest and spark an entire experience. For me, a measure of good success is when you enter a space and immediately are transported; you feel instantly different emotionally. I think it is a great privilege as interior designers to be able to impact people in this way. BIVOUAC, The photography is courtesy of Jean-Sébastien Senécal. We have the chance of working with some of the best chefs and restaurant people in the city of Montreal and the United States, and a lot of inspiration comes from them. We worked with the chef Marcus Samuelson and did a project in New York City. He's such an interesting guy because he's half Ethiopian and half Swedish. So, from the get go, his cultural background was very rich to us and informed the concept a lot. We like to dig into what people are doing and how we can showcase it even more. Can you share a project that has been particularly exhilarating for you, both in terms of the design process and the final outcome? It's very difficult for me to pick one. What comes to mind first as we just spoke about Marcus, is the first project we worked on in Montreal; his restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Montreal. As the space is very wide it allowed many subspaces, like a series of different experiences that complement each other. Walking through; there are many different moments in the project, we pushed the detailing very far in this one. MARCUS, The photography is courtesy of Oliver Blown. We put forward a lot of custom work for the project and had some fun moments! Especially pushing the bathrooms to become complete entities in themselves, especially the women's. They have become probably one of the most popular bathrooms in the city. (laugh) Are there any innovative or unique design techniques or technologies you often incorporate into your projects? I'm wary of trends, in fact I'm wary of technology. When we incorporate technology, there is always the risk of becoming obsolete pretty quickly. Technology changes so fast and so quickly so if our concept is partly based on technology, we run the risk of becoming irrelevant pretty quickly. The nature of what we do is serving a very, very basic human need which is to exist in a public sphere with other people. We see human beings as social beings; we are interested in spaces outside of our houses where people can go and be with others. We see hospitality as a theatre for social life. Of course we use technology and work with 3D software and renderings or even 3D printing, which is very helpful to visualize projects. Still, clients are most excited when we show them materials samples. There is something profoundly non-technological about what we're doing; constructing with wood, marble, and stones. Are you excited about the future? What are your plans? Yeah, we are. We're working on furniture pieces and a book within the studio. It's fun to do all the projects with clients, but also very interesting to work on objects and furniture on our own because the constraints are not the same, we work differently, it is a purest expression of form and design for us.

  • Glass House by Sigurd Larsen

    The Glashaus by Sigurd Larsen, located in Uckermark, just north of Berlin, serves as an idyllic weekend retreat designed for a small family keen on hosting guests. Surrounded by pristine forests and lakes, the house boasts a simple floor plan, featuring a curved wall for privacy from the road. All rooms are strategically oriented towards the west, providing an open view and direct access to a spacious covered terrace. The arrangement of beds along the facade ensures accessibility from both inside and the terrace, fostering a seamless indoor-outdoor experience. Adding to the unique design, the shower can be directly accessed from the outside, creating an innovative layout. With a row of glass doors opened, the bedrooms and shower feel like inviting alcoves along the covered terrace. Concrete brick volumes house the staircase and kitchen block, framing the central living space. A recessed curved stone wall to the east forms a small courtyard, offering protection from the wind and welcoming the morning sun. The wooden roof structure on the first floor provides a wind-sheltered area, while the west-facing glazed roof allows residents to immerse themselves in the green valley and sunset views. The roof's eastern slope, made of polycarbonate, introduces a captivating interplay of light, shadow, and changing colors throughout the day. The merging of indoor and outdoor spaces is particularly evident in warmer seasons, as the garden facade's numerous openings create a seamless connection. In winter, the well-insulated single-story house transforms into a cozy retreat, inviting residents to enjoy panoramic views and changing light through expansive windows.

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