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22 Scope for the best
Highlights from the cutting-edge art and photography displayed
at the fifth edition of SCOPE Basel in Switzerland.
28 Domestic bliss
Eco-friendly developments like fast growing bamboo furniture,
biofuel commercial flights, large-scale solar panel projects and more.
36 Tale of the tape
Vivid imaginations and endless rolls of black repositioning tape
help create a New York apartment like no other.
60 Unconventional wisdom
Discover why the iconic Miller House, by Eero Saarinen, was
well ahead of its time in the 1950s.
88 Show off
A preview of the upcoming design fairs and festivals taking place
in London, Paris, Milan, Vienna and Valencia.
92 Made in Dubai
In conversation with APIDs UAE President about the inaugural
Festival of Interior Design taking place next month.
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These are no ordinary bathing spaces. Designers
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21 September 2011
Tall ambitions
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Artists rendering of the Kingdom Tower, Saudi Arabia
The annual Maison et Objet show signals that the long, steamy summer recess is
over as the design community makes a beeline for Paris followed by shows in Milan,
London, Paris and Venice.
The UAE continues to export its expertise where major global projects are concerned, as
highlighted by the news that the competitive Saudis are to build a kilometre-high mega tower that
will dwarf the 828-metre Burj Khalifa, albeit with help from the team responsible for Dubais iconic
tower. Backed by the savvy Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud, Kingdom Tower is to be the focal
point of the Dhs73.4 billion Kingdom City development being built outside Jeddah.
Burj Khalifa architect Adrian Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has designed
the Dhs4.4 billion tower, which will be the tallest on earth when completed by 2016. The
skyscraper complex will feature the worlds most sophisticated elevator system of 59 elevators,
five of which will be double-deck. Guests will be whisked to the observation terrace at the speed
of 10 metres per second! The outdoor viewing deck on the 157th floor is another unique design
feature, while the developments Four Seasons hotel is guaranteed to be a major attraction in itself.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture also designed the master plan for the mixed-use
Kingdom Tower Waterfront District, which surrounds the tower and will include residential and
commercial buildings, a shopping mall, pedestrian-friendly promenades and other amenities. The
Saudi Bin Laden Group has been named as the contractor and Thornton Tomasetti as structural
engineers for Kingdom Tower, while Dubai-based Emaar Properties will manage its development.
Amidst the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup scandal, the Qataris are striking ahead with plans to
transform the country in time to host the tournament. Qatar the worlds richest nation according
to per capita income has pledged to invest Dhs73.4 billion in tourism infrastructure. These
efforts are mainly focused on the development of new hotels, adding an impressive 5,000 rooms
every five years. Some of the first hotel chains to arrive in Qatar will be the Four Seasons and
Nikki Beach, which will open on the Pearl development within the next three years. The Dhs7.3
billion city centre project will feature six hotels in total, including Rotana, Ritz-Carlton and Shangri
La managed properties. Numerous new hotels have already opened, including the regions first
Missoni and W Hotel. Meanwhile, I.M. Peis Museum of Islamic Art has proven to be a major
visitor attraction. A new Dhs40.4 billion airport, a Dhs20.2 billion seaport and a cruise terminal
are also in the pipeline.
Back in Dubai, momentum is building for the inaugural Festival of Interior Design that will
coincide with INDEX next month. Entries for the first phase of the APID-organised Product
Design competition are to be submitted by September 8.
In the meantime, check out the new Chameleon Club designed by Italo Rota due to
open soon at the Byblos Hotel in Tecom, and hop on the Dubai Metros Green Line, which is
scheduled to start running this month.
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ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONS
Untitled (from Shadow Box #1), by
Norwegian artist Ingolv Helland, is part of
a series that explores spatial abstraction
in photography. We encounter a
photograph with certain expectations
of representation, he says. I was
interested in working with a picture that
first presented itself as an abstraction, only
to transform into a spatial representation
on closer examination. The picture uses
the assumptions we make in viewing
a photograph as an analogy for the
transformation of our sense impressions,
sight in this case, from optical to
something that signifies and enters into
awareness. Helland entered art through
philosophy and continues to focus on the
theme of language boundaries.
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From Asian artists presenting the viewpoints of worms and
the inner self, to European artists inspired by memory and
cinematic freeze frames, there were many diverse themes
to follow at SCOPE Basel. TEXT: RICHARD WARREN
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SCOPE for the best
The SCOPE art show returned to Basel for its fifth edition in June, attracting
more than 14,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts. The
fair returned to its city centre Kaserne venue, three blocks from Art Basel 42, which ran
concurrently. Eight galleries from 17 countries exhibited artists works in SCOPEs
5,000-square-metre pavilion during the five-day show from June 15 to 19.
Basel is one of five global locations where SCOPE exhibits works each year. The others are
Miami, New York, the Hamptons and London. The art fair has drawn 400,000 visitors since
it was founded in 2002, with sales of Dhs550.7 million made over that period. In 2007, the
SCOPE Foundation 501(c)3 was launched to fund art projects.
Weve evolved from an industry niche to an influential global contributor, with ongoing
events, educational programmes, and the SCOPE Foundation. We are the dynamic presence
in the expanding global art market, says Alexis Hubshman, the president of SCOPE.
PAUSING REALITY
Swiss artist Andy Denzler painted Room in the Past. Im
contemplating the human psyche and the personal emotions that
take place when we are alone with ourselves, he says. The
element of time is present as well, depicted though motion,
and for this piece is very much about exploring memories, past,
present and future. By constraining a figure within a room, with
still-life elements and a single light source, Im able to create a
heightened level of tension. And those horizontal bands and
blurs? Its as if Ive pressed the fast-forward on a video machine,
then hit the pause button, so reality comes to a standstill, he says.
BATHROOM NIGHTMARE
British artist Claire Jarvis, a recent graduate of The Royal College of Art, draws inspiration
from many sources, ranging from horror to washing up, as her painting Bathroom at
Night shows. It draws on the experiences and memory of my personal everyday
surroundings, such as the out-of-place vintage lamppost on the way to the local shop or
the over-filled gravy boat from last nights dinner, she says. I alter their original context
to create a world where all is not as it appears to be, twisting seemingly banal objects and
settings into an unsettling dreamscape where light fittings can beat and towels bleed.
PIECE OF NOSTALGIA
Multi-award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Tarkovsky took this photo, Near Bagno
Vignoni, when researching his film Nostalgia, released in 1983. Tarkovsky and colleague
Tonino Guerra were travelling in Italy looking for shooting locations and writing the
screenplay at the same time and this image was captured near where filming took place.
It was reproduced as an edition of 12 prints in 2007. Nostalgia won the Cannes Film
Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury Award, best screenplay, in the year of its release. The
filmmaker left the Soviet Union permanently in the 1980s and died in France in 1986
where he is buried at the Russian cemetery in Paris.
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PICTURE PUZZLE
Barcelona artist Amadeo Berges is inspired by
cinema. His photograph, El Caso del Agua, freezes
the most interesting photogram of a film, he
says, Is it a crime or a suicide? The spectator will
never know. I think this not knowing concept is
what makes the photograph so attractive. If we pay
close attention, close to the victims shoe there is
a small water puddle, so this is a riddle. Somebody
finds a hanged person in a room with no furniture
around. How could she hang herself? Solution:
she did it on top of a big ice cube. I wanted to
introduce a little bit of irony to the whole thing.
SEEING SOUNDS AND SMELLS
Hiroshi Senjus Waterfall series of paintings depicts not what the eye can see
but the artists inner vision. They are conceptual forms. To reveal his inner
perspective the Japanese painter makes his own pigments by crushing minerals
and corals, mixing them with animal-hide glue, before applying them to heavy
mulberry rag paper mounted on board. His goal is to give the viewer the
experience of the sound of the roaring water, of the cool mist or smell of the
air, he says. He began his water paintings in 1990 after exploring the subject of
earth. His next area of focus will be sky. He is based in New York and Japan.
WORM WITH A VIEW
A Worms-Eye View series consists of a wide range of thermal images
edited and configured from a worms-eye view, says Korean artist Kim
Han-Kook. Shown here is pigment print Worms-Eye View Butterfly2
from that series. Mesmerised by images produced by a thermal
imaging monitor at an airport security check-point one day, I came
to develop a yearning for representation of this world viewed from
very close range, for example, from a worms eye view, completely
different from one thats seen from an aerial viewpoint, he says. By
looking at many thermal images he has come to see humans and
insects are the same at a granular level.
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RHYTHMIC
Forty-seven large-scale structures, called geoglyphs, have been created
in 13 countries over the past 13 years by Australian sculptor Andrew
Rogers for his Rhythms of Life project. Pictured above is an enlarged, stone
version of his Rhythms of Life bronze sculpture in Nepal. Rhythms of Life
is an exploration of our state of reality as we interact with what is around
us, Rogers says. The rhythms of our life oscillate as do our emotions
as we move through a series of points punctuating time and space. It is a
reflection of our society, our dreams and our aspirations. It is a reflection
of our interaction with people and the environment.
SUBVERTING UNTRUTH
To question how faces are depicted in the current Orwellian state of
portraiture Londoner Darren Coffield painted Being Pablo Picasso. Historic
portraits are used for product endorsement, he says. We see in the media
faces that have been idealised, manipulated and touched up, Coffield
argues. When viewed, the face creates in the mind a kind of Orwellian
doublethink. We know that we are viewing a manipulated untruth and yet
we hold the image to be true, a notion of beauty to obtain or aspire to. An
inverted face is not only difficult to recognise but repositions our sensitivity
to the spatial relationships between human features.
BERLIN UNCUT
This backyard is a part of Kreuzberg which
is a very vivid area of Berlin, says Austrian
photographer Thomas Nowotny about his
picture Berlin Backyard, Urban Series taken last
year. The sprayings, the posters give you an
impression about the interests and needs of
people, he says. His Urban Series depicts the
people, places and landscapes the artist comes
across. It is not about documentation, it is about
my feeling for a situation which I try to capture
with the image, Nowotny says. I am not
interested in the clich of culture, I am interested
in the uncut version of life and the result.
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Domestic bliss
Plans for a low carbon sustainable apartment building in the Chinese
city of Nanjing, New York artist Steve Shaheens unique Metrobench
and Ricoh Europes eco-board, powered totally by wind and solar
energy, make this months green headlines. TEXT: STEVE HILL
LOW CARBON LIVING
BDP has been appointed to design a low carbon and sustainable apartment building in Nanjing, China, by regional
developer Landsea, which specialises in green, high-tech residential developments.
The design incorporates advanced passive measures such as super-insulation, very low air leakage and elimination
of thermal bridging to maximise energy savings at minimal cost.
It also takes into account several active technologies to further reduce the carbon emissions and running costs of the
building, such as solar hot water collectors, photovoltaic cells, advanced heat recovery, LED lighting, CHP and earth tubes.
The external expression of the building has significant elements that are integral to the green design philosophy.
Apartments have full-height louvred triple glazing on the balconies to the southeast elevation. These balconies offer
a changeable and dynamic representation of the passive design philosophy, allowing free flowing natural ventilation
via the open louvres or when closed acting as passive solar winter gardens depending on the seasons.
Shared double height additional outdoor space for cooking, along with traditional balconies
and roof level communal gardens are also provided. At roof level, semi-open Tai Chi decks
are provided beneath sculptural rainwater harvesting collectors to encourage social
interaction between neighbours.
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Clockwise from top: Artist rendering of Renaults solar
panel project; Westchester Community College Gateway
Centre; Pennyfields dining chairs
HERE COMES THE SUN
Renault is launching the biggest solar panel project in the global automotive industry.
Solar panels covering a total area of 450,000 square metres equivalent to
63 football pitches are to be installed six sites across France and will eventually
offer an installed power capacity of 60MW the annual consumption of a town
with a population of 15,000.
The French company estimates that the move will help it reduce CO2
emissions by 30,000 tonnes a year. The project is part of Renault 2016 Drive
The Change, Renaults strategic plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 per
cent by 2013 and by a further 10 per cent between 2013 and 2016.
Solar panels will cover the roofs of the delivery and shipping centres at the
Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly and Sandouville sites, plus the staff parking lots at
Maubeuge and Clon. Installation is already under way and is due to completed
by February next year.
TEACHING TO THE CONVERTED
The Westchester Community College Gateway Centre in Valhalla, New York,
has been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Gold building by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Dhs147 million, 6,500-square-metre, three-storey, V-shaped building
includes state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar rooms, a lecture hall, computer
labs, and language labs equipped with leading-edge technology to integrate
students learning English into the fabric of the campus.
Sustainable building elements include the recycling of construction waste,
sustainable storm water management, the use of low-mercury light bulbs and
indoor air quality monitoring.
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Alex Whitney, the design manager at London-based eco-friendly furniture
makers Pli, continues to make waves with his award-winning Pennyfields dining
chair, which combines fast growing bamboo with refurbishable steel.
The raw bamboo is produced in China to international quality standards while
production is carried out by British manufacturers based in the south of England.
Whitney wanted to create a simple, elegant chair that required minimal
tooling and which could be manufactured at a realistic cost.
Bamboo had already been used by Pli for its Hoop table and in two different
collections before the launch of the Pennyfields chair, which has attracted media
attention around the world.
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Steve Shaheen has taken 5,000 New York City MetroCards and created a
unique piece of furniture that is also an art sculpture.
His Metrobench, recently unveiled at the Sloan Fine Art Gallery, features a
base made of steel covered with discarded MetroCards that have been given a
new lease of life thanks to their creative use.
I was inspired to use these discarded objects at once very personal and
expendable in a way that reflects the manner in which mass transit joins many
diverse lives into a single moment or path together, the artist said.
The MetroCard represents movement for people; Metrobench is a point of
rest for people. Millions of New Yorkers, with their separate lives, are brought
together on the transit system every day. In this sculptural seat, each card, with
its distinct and intimate history is stitched together into a fluid tapestry.
CHARGING AHEAD
Hawaii is to become one of the first parts of the United States to receive
the all-electric Mitsubishi i as well as a network of quick charging stations for
residents purchasing this innovative vehicle.
The tropical island state has set itself a clean energy goal of 70 per cent by
2030 and views its agreement with the Japanese automotive manufacturer as
a key part of its goal to reduce dependence on imported oil.
The 66-horse power Mitsubishi i has a range of 128km-136km and uses
a 16kWh lithium-ion battery that takes six hours to charge on a 240-volt,
Level 2 charger, or 22 hours on a standard 110-volt charger.
Billed as the most affordable 100 per cent electric-powered mass-market
production vehicle available in North America, it has a top speed of
approximately128km per hour.
The i has a shift selector that allows the driver to choose between three different
drive settings to optimise driving fun, increase driving efficiency or amplifying energy
recycling from the vehicles regenerative
braking system.
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Ricoh Europe recently unveiled Europes first eco-board, a billboard powered
100 per cent by wind and solar energy.
Located in London, it features 96 solar panels and five individual wind
turbines. The board is the first of its kind in Europe as it boasts dual natural
sources of power so that it illuminates only when sufficient power is collected,
demonstrating by example the office equipment companys long-term
commitment to sustainable business.
An indicator light on the board reveals how much electricity remains in its
batteries and the lighting levels are dictated by the amount of stored power.
The European eco-board joins Ricohs solar powered billboard which was
launched last year in Times Square, New York.
FLYING HIGH
Thomson Airways has become the first UK airline to fly customers on
sustainable biofuel.
The company recently operated a Boeing 757 flight from Birmingham to
Palma, Spain, ahead of launching a weekly service between the two destinations
this month.
At the heart of the move is the use of a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and
hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids fuel made from used cooking oil.
Sustainability is key to this investment. Sustainable biofuels offer us the
opportunity to improve our own individual environmental performance as well
as contributing to the UKs carbon reduction target, Chris Browne, Thomson
Airways managing director, said.
British Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers added: The government believes
that sustainable biofuels have a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change,
particularly in sectors where no other viable low carbon energy source has
been identified as is the case with aviation.
Thomson believes the adoption of sustainable biofuels by airlines will help
achieve the governments recently announced carbon budget, which commits
the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.
The company also believes that sustainable biofuel has the potential to reduce
aviation emissions by up to 80 per cent in the long term.
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The eco-board by Ricoh Europe
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From left: Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, the white bedside table stands
out against a background of black squiggles; the kitchen features an island
made from black glass and three different widths of repositioning tape.
A New York couple and their designer stuck to their
guns and went back to black in a unique way to give
their home a distinctly one-off look. TEXT: IAN PHILLIPS
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Tale of the tape
Sylvia Heisel and Scott Taylors New York kitchen-cum-living room is
covered with a criss-cross pattern of black tape. Not just a little bit of tape,
but 40 rolls each measuring 54.8 metres. In total, that amounts to nearly
2.2 kilometres. They applied it over the course of three weeks with the
help of their friend and co-conspirator, the decorator Doug Meyer. Hed
pop round for dinner each evening and then they would get sticking.
Some people watch TV, some people read a book, we tape, Taylor
states with deadpan delivery. The whole process, he adds, became
strangely addictive. After buying all the stocks of tape from the local art
stores, they ended up having to order more off the internet. When we
ran out of tape, we were like junkies, he recalls. Wed be thinking: Its 12
oclock at night. Where are we going to get more tape?
The result is somewhere between spellbinding and mind-boggling. Yet, listen
to Heisel, a fashion designer, and shell tell you the initial intent was not to do
something wild. We didnt really think of it as crazy when we started, she
insists. It just seemed really creative.
Most of all, it was a way to jazz up a flat, which had initially appealed but had
ended up looking kind of stark and boring. Located in a new building in the
heart of Chelsea, the 160sq/m duplex consists of the kitchen-cum-living space
on the ground floor and a bedroom, bathroom, office and vestibule in the sky-lit
basement. It was all-white and very minimal, Heisel admits. Weve never had
lots of stuff. Everything is on our computers.
According to Heisel, working with Meyer was not like hiring a decorator.
The pair met at Parsons Summer School in the late-Seventies. They were both
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From top: A gilded bronze Giacometti lamp and glazed ceramic Crater bowl
from the 1960s are found on the walnut and brass credenza by Florence Knoll;
the walls in the office have been covered in a collage of black and white images
taken from books and magazines, creating a backdrop for the plastic Vicario
chair that was designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide in 1970.
INTERIORS
15 at the time and apparently problem children. She still recalls them throwing
water balloons out of Meyers dorm window on Fifth Avenue: We hit the same
woman twice and that became an issue. They would also spend a lot of time
hanging out at Studio 54, where rather serendipitously Taylor was a bartender
(he and Heisel only met properly in 2004).
Even back then Heisel was already intent on a career in fashion. At 12,
she had sent some sketches to Calvin Klein asking for work. He politely
replied that she should perhaps finish school first. Heisel launched her first
independent collection in 1988 and has since gone on to dress Madonna for
the musical Bloodhounds of Broadway and to work with artist Matthew Barney
on the costumes for his first Cremaster films and artworks. As for Taylor,
after spending most of his professional life running clubs (including one called
The Milk Bar in Beverly Hills), he now devotes much of his time to creating
outdoor steel sculptures.
Over the years, Heisel and Meyer have remained in touch. Contact was more
sporadic after he moved to Miami in the early Nineties, but soon after his return
to New York two years ago he found himself walking down Seventh Avenue,
admiring what he calls really heavy-duty, biker-dude boots a woman was
wearing. They were just below her knee and they were really chunky.
When he looked up, he discovered both the boots and the knees belonged
to Heisel. Rather bizarrely, as they started chatting, they realised Heisel and
Taylor were then living in a flat which Meyer himself had inhabited on two
previous occasions.
The work on their current place could well be termed osmosis. It all started
with a brunch and then continued with a period of brainstorming that lasted
between four and six weeks. Doug and I would go to the gym and then hed
come over and have dinner with us, Heisel remembers. Wed sit around
going: Lets do something.
The first room they attacked was the downstairs office space. Nobody ever
wanted to go there because it was dark and depressing, she says. Meyer came
up with the idea of covering one wall with a collage of black and white images
(a signature touch he uses on many projects). As luck would have it, Heisel just
happened to have a stack of tear sheets from magazines shed already collected.
The gestation period for the kitchen-cum-living room lasted a little longer.
Initially, they thought of cladding it completely in plywood and then came up with
about 20 other different ideas. Once they hit upon tape, Meyer suggested using
different colours in straight lines. Taylor was not impressed. It looked like Ikea,
he sniffs. They dont like colour at all, Meyer retorts.
It was Heisel and Taylor who finally came up with the spiders web idea
and Meyer who chose to use three different widths. If everything was so
consistent, it just would have been boring, he says. After a while, he also
decided to break up the lines and make them change direction in order to
create more tension. The type of tape was of utmost importance. Duct tape
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Clockwise from top: The only room with a touch of
colour, the vestibule features a diverse display of
art, a gold leather ottoman purchased in Tangier
as well as blue-green glass from Riihimaki and
a glazed blue stoneware plate by J.T. Abernathy
atop the pale turquoise blue table; Doug Meyer;
the stairs in the living-cum-kitchen space lead
down to the bedroom, vestibule and office.
was too adhesive, gaffer tape was too expensive and painters tape would
have come off to easily. In the end, the perfect solution proved to
be repositioning tape.
Once that was up, all that was left was to find a concept for the bedroom.
Doug and I played with a lot of ideas, Heisel declares. Squiggles versus
drips versus splatters. It was like kindergarten. We even tried finger painting. In
the end, it was black squiggles that won the day.
According to Meyer, they are inspired more by Cy Twombly than Jackson
Pollock. They covered the walls and floors with plastic sheeting and then
stapled cotton canvas over the top. Then, tempera paint was squeezed onto
them from plastic bottles similar to those used for ketchup and salad cream in
American diners. The whole process took no more than three hours. A couple
of days later, they created a quirky matching bed cover, which looks fantastic
but is not particularly practical (it cant be washed). Its only there for when
someone comes over, Meyer explains. Otherwise, it disappears.
According to Meyer, the whole decor was conceived to vanish just as easily.
Heisel and Taylor are renting. So, they know they wont stay forever. They are
also aware that when they do leave, theyll have to restore the flat to its original
condition. For Meyer, its like a Pop-Up apartment. It has that throw-away
luxury sensibility, he notes. It can all come down and be reinvented at any time.
In the meantime, you cant help wondering what its like to live in. It was a
progression, Taylor says. It was just a little every day. So, by the time it was
done, it wasnt Pow! You gradually got used to it.
Still, there has been one downside. They had to move the bed underneath
a skylight because thats where it looked best. Now, weve become like the
Farmer family, he jokes. As soon as the sun comes up, we wake up.
And what do other people think? There are two kinds of people, Heisel
reveals. There are those who walk in, are quiet and are thinking: Why did you
do this? Then, there are those who, the moment the door opens, theyll go:
Oh my God! This is awesome.
To date, the most bewildered visitor has been a Chinese delivery guy. We
bought food and when he left he couldnt find the door, Taylor laughs. The look
on his face was pure fear. It was like a Star Trek thing: I know there was a door
there when I came in. It was like hed lost his time hole to walk through!
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CONTENTS:
47 Self improvement
51 Space race
52 Colour coded
56 Dont go against the grain
Fluid forms
Rethinking the use of the
bathroom has inspired
many designers to dream
up sophisticated concepts
that pair a naturalness
with rich textures and
a hint of eccentricity to
add an element of flair to
spaces increasingly being
used as personal spas.
TEXT: LISA VINCENTI
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Niky collection by Bruna Rapisarda for Regia
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As the weather gradually cools, global trend
forecasters turn up the heat again. Autumn opens with
two major fairs that lay the groundwork of the major
directions influencing home design over the coming
year. Paris furnishing fair, Maison et Objet, due to be
held this month, reveals the thoughts that preoccupy
the world of interior design in general, while Cersaie,
Italys major bathroom fair, due to be held in Bologna
later this month, clearly illustrates whats on the minds
of European designers when it comes to cutting-edge
bathroom designs.
The mood remains cautiously optimistic and the
course set this year continues into next. Residential design
continues to create a sanctuary infused with eccentricities,
bold colours and a naturalness hinted at during the past
year. The boundaries in bathroom design have been
pushed and the result is rethought and reworked uses
that are fluid, sophisticated and full of vitality.
The seasons styles are seductively sensorial; sound
waves of patterns, high-pitched colours, sharp fractured
shapes we awaken to a new aesthetic, says Victoria
Redshaw, director of UK-based trend forecasting
agency Scarlet Opus. A season of change, chaos,
contradictions; products that soothe us, schemes that
shake us up, patterns that reassure us, colours that
alarm us. A beautifully imperfect harmony.
From top: Geisha marble wall tiles by Domenico De Palo for Antolini Luigi; Duravits Darling collection
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SELF IMPROVEMENT
Bathroom design continues to be influenced by the wellness, at-home
spa theme that began a few years ago. The role of the bath as a place to
recuperate, heal and re-energise has not abated and the designs coming to
market take it up a notch by offering users another level of sanctuary.
Living emotional experiences in spaces dedicated to self-enhancement can
only generate great positivity, not only physical but also mental, it can take us
along the path of total harmony with ourselves and the environment around
us, Italian architect Simone Micheli notes. Transported by Eastern culture, we
must not remove what is wrong in us, but simply find a balance between good
and bad and to do so, we must listen to ourselves while crossing the threshold
of time and space.
Micheli has been involved in creating some of Europes most avant-garde spas,
including Aquagranda Livigno Wellness Park and Atomic Spa Suisse. In his work
the bathing area, for both the home and commercial settings, is not just a place
to escape from the chaos of the world but also a space that must encourage
users to dig deep into their souls for spiritual healing and peace.
In this realm, the bathroom is not an independent space but an integral part
of the homes most private sphere: the master suite. In the past few months,
designs have fostered a fluidity between the master bedroom and adjoining
bathroom, with many forward designs bringing down the walls between
altogether to create open, flowing spaces designed to nurture the soul.
Yet moving forward, the bathroom is evolving into a new role that counts it
among the other living spaces of a residence an area not to be used merely for
sanitary reasons or a quick escape in a soaking tub, but rather to be fully inhabited.
German designer Michael Sieger, of Sieger Design, which has developed
more than a dozen projects for luxury bath maker Duravit, expects the
bathroom to become the focal point of the private living area and to be opened
to embrace sleeping, fitness and wellness. A bathroom is a dream bathroom if
it adopts this principle of opening up and elevates bathroom living to a new level
of family relaxation and communication, he says.
For Sieger, furniture plays a key role in the bathrooms new living-room
quality. High-quality wooden surfaces, such as mahogany, bleached oak or
rosewood, give the bathroom a lively warmth and personality. The natural
warmth of wood stands in contrast to the white ceramic and acrylic surfaces of
the washbasins, WCs, bidets and bathtubs and introduces a sense of the living
room into the bathroom, he says.
For an understated private bungalow in Belgium, interior designer Kurt
Wallaeys employed dark floors, orderly openness and a particularly liberal
approach to water rituals in the master bedroom, where a pair of washbasins
and free-standing Starck X bathtub stand directly next to the bed. Behind the
merger of master bath and bedroom is a desire to expand the use of the bathing
area beyond its usual rituals. As part of an intimate living space, it has become
a place to lounge and even socialise, so more bathroom designers have begun
incorporating furniture-like designs into the setting, even adding lounge seating.
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For the design of the Sundeck bath for Duravit, Martin Bergmann, from the
Vienna-based design trio EOOS, helped to develop a foldout upholstered
relaxation deck. In doing so, Bergmann created what he views as a vital
element that had been missing from earlier designs. We wanted to give the
bath an additional new function so that people could use it in a greater variety
of ways, he says.
The bath area thus becomes an ensemble with a wide variety of different
uses and the bath isnt immediately recognisable [Rather, it] creates new
possibilities for everyday use. The individual lives with the bath even after
the ritual bathing experience. At the same time, these functions can also be
deliberately linked with the rituals of lying down and relaxing. Its not the
designer but the user who decides about the symbolic quality of the bath.
Sundeck clearly illustrates the evolution of the bathroom, one that many
designers are pursuing.
Having a bath or shower at the end of the day means relaxation; erasing
the demands of the days work and leaving worries behind. Now after the
bath or shower, new designs encourage users to extend the relaxation phase
to produce a deep calm. Hence the lack of walls between sleep areas and
bathrooms; or the inclusion of resting places in the bathroom and dcor.
Now bathroom designs, with products such as Sundeck and new designs
from Kaldewei, no longer require people to walk to the bedroom after having
a bath but allow them to relax right where they are. Kaldewei introduced a
relaxation lounger, complete with cushion, which stretches across the whole
bathtub. While having a bath, Kaldeweis individual elements are designed
to enhance the experience. Placed over the middle of the bathtub as a
rack, the individual elements provide space for books, magazines, or drinks.
Two elements can be combined anytime to serve as a seat to sit on when
comfortably pampering your body. The individual elements are hand-sewn
and water-repellent. They can be easily connected with snap buttons going
from the bathtub rack to the relaxation lounger.
When sleek bathroom furnishings maker Dornbracht reconsidered the
function of the bathing area, it created a stunning architectural
composition with Supernova. This conceives
a bathing area with no specifically defined
boundaries; the bathroom morphs into
a sculpture objet, demarcated from the
surrounding room by its surfaces and
materials. In fact, one presentation of
Supernova presented the line as an island
floating in the centre of the bath. The fitting
represents a sophisticated, progressive
design, which emphasises the striking
geometry of the spout and the control
elements, while built-in
seating invites repose.
Today interior design
is a holistic assignment
that incorporates furniture
systems and individual pieces,
colour concepts, lighting design
and luminaires, continuous
materials for floors and walls as
From top: Supernova tap by Dornbracht; Sanitary module from Geberit Monolith
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well as technical equipment, state the experts at
interior design show imm cologne of the influential
themes presented in its Pure Village showcase.
And yet holism and homogeneous design
concepts dont automatically mean boredom.
Modern man lives and grows with his interior:
he seeks the special, the exciting, the personal,
he combines neutral basic furnishings with
unusual one-offs or heirlooms; besides technical
equipment, he is again attaching importance to
furniture and textiles that have been manufactured
in old artisanal tradition and deliberately factors in
a certain amount of latitude that allows scope for
variations and reconfigurations. Thinking in norms
was yesterday, today were looking for inspiration.
SPACE RACE
The bathrooms altered functions and significance
are not only influencing product design, they
are altering the space, its size and structure as
well. Which is why many manufacturers latest
bathroom collections increasingly feature ways
their products can be used to exploit and structure
the space. The sanitaryware either projects into
the space or is positioned centrally, creating open
sightlines, interlinked areas and secluded zones.
While showers are turning into room dividers, wall
sections accommodate the fittings and washbasin
and the toilet is either vanishing from the bathroom
entirely or at least retreating into a separate alcove.
The bathroom itself has changed, says Gerald
Bse, the chief executive of Koelnmesse, the
German organiser of imm cologne. But we also
need to realise that the concept and design of the
bathroom has grown beyond the boundaries of a
single specialised segment. It is adapting its design
to the style of the rest of the home and taking on a
variety of different functions.
Glass shower enclosures and partitions continue
to feature heavily in major designs, meeting both
functional and aesthetic demands. Every piece of
the puzzle fits together to form a new whole that
heightens the ambience and emotional pull banal
sterility is no longer an option.
Beauty and simplicity are universal values, not
merely related to form, notes Elina Zucchetti,
who heads Zucchetti.Kos Group. I strongly
wanted to engender a vision of ambiences, not just
of products: of new gestures, not banal rituals. I
wanted a different atmosphere. A journey in search
of another dimension: a new adventure.
To achieve this vision Zucchetti commissioned
renowned Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto
Palomba, who reworked the iconography of the
contemporary bathroom in the far-reaching Faraway
collection. The designers created a line they say
transforms the bathroom into a sensory experience to
lead users on a real or virtual journey of self-discovery.
Other designers have also begun heralding the
importance of creating emotive spaces designed to
deliver an emotional and sensual wallop. The roots
of this have already taken hold in other areas of
the home, where interiors began to focus not only
on providing escape from the everyday world but
also leading homeowners on an emotional journey
as they move from one region of the home to
another. Hence, colour, interesting textures and
lighting have become calling cards.
Light and colour are an important element
of our quality of life and influence our sense of
wellbeing to a high degree, says Munich designer
Bossinis Aquavolo Music-Chromotherapy shower
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Andreas Struppler, who believes lighting is critical in creating the perfect setting.
In the bathroom, where the day begins and ends, the right light ensures a good
start to both the day and the night.
Lighting has moved far beyond its functional level of providing sufficient
support for visual tasks, as its role in setting a mood has taken centre stage
during the past year. In living spaces, the clever use of lighting, whether running
along the floor, part of an LED wallpaper or emitted as a gentle glow from
beneath furniture, continues to gain momentum.
Lighting has to be able to appeal to the emotions and generate feelings
and atmosphere, Struppler says. When the lights shine onto the surrounding
ceilings and walls and bathe them in a soothing blue, stimulating red, uplifting
green or a programme with all colours in alternation, the reviving effect of a
relaxing bath is stepped up a notch.
COLOUR CODED
Tubs with built-in lighting or internal illumination (such as the multi-coloured LTT
illuminated bathtub designed by Jan Puylaert) and light-edged mirrors are growing
in popularity. For several years, chromotherapy, or the use of colour to heal,
has been a frequent device employed in creating a holistic bathroom experience
through showerheads and tubs, both of which can be a source of great light.
New introductions continue to delve into the science of colour. One such
newcomer is the Virgin shower head designed by Daniele Bedini for Zazzeri.
Embedded in the ceiling, Virgin creates a waterfall effect, with options for various
sprays, and built-in LED lighting for a refreshing effect. From Bossini comes the
Aquavolo Music-Chromotherapy showerhead, which weds the benefits of music
and chromotherapy with a variety of jets. Yet the application of chromotherapy is
Verev glass mosaic mirror from Sicis
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ONTO. A NEW FORM
OF BATHROOM DESIGN.
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being broadened in the bathroom and colour is being judiciously injected in other
ways into this space via paint choices, furnishings and tiles.
In the world of colour, forecast agency Pantone presented a road map to
follow for next years colour story via Bridges, a theme conceptualised by the
oceanside think of the cool blues of the water, weatherworn wood docks and
muted earth tones. New metallics, transparency and optical textures are shown
side-by-side with very modern matte finishes and major interior trends laid out
by Scarlet Opus for next year flesh out the details.
We will arrive at the spring/summer 2012 season looking at things from a
different perspective, a new standpoint of positivity and determination to set things
right, Redshaw says. A global reboot! The seasons colours work together as
harmonious units, colour communities, families. Its all about the collective!
According to Redshaws team, looking to next years spring/summer season,
the focus will be on pops of colour from her Colour Capital trend, where
inspiration is gleaned from todays youth culture. The super-charged Colour
Capital is dynamic, energetic and uncontainable, and features fractured, angular
shapes, bolts of colour, and clashing patterns. Olympic blue, highlighter yellow,
and a clashing pink and red, working with a concrete, city grey which adds an
all-important urban edge with graffiti overtones, Redshaw says.
Digging into Scarlet Opuss design directions leads directly into the major
trends influencing tile introductions, a major element in the design of any
contemporary bathroom. At this months Cersaie show, top European tile
makers will show just how far their offerings have come in the past several
years thanks to innovation and technology. New collections luxuriate in complex
Clockwise from top left: Touch2O Technology by Delta Faucet; Kross flat faucet by Isma; Feel Free to Compose from Axor Bouroullec bathroom collection for
Hansgrohe.; Allure Brilliant faucet collection by GROHE SPA
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colours and textures, making it easier than ever to add a strong yet sophisticated
statement in the bathroom.
Intense colours have been introduced by top Italian ceramics makers, and
concrete and graffiti-inspired collections such as Refins Graffiti collection, which
reinterprets cement in porcelain stoneware, and large-format Frisia tiles from
LaFaenza, which offer an intriguing cement effect. Concreta by Marazzi, Transit Slim
by Ragno and Urban Touch by Fioranese are other unique spins on concrete.
From a graphic perspective, Mirage introduced two equally bold collections,
Lab_21 and Oxy, which feature stenciled patterns, oxidised metals, subway
maps and manhole covers. While DesignTaleStudios brand new Beside
collection, designed by Massimiliano Adami, produces a patterns that resembles
a patchwork of spray-painted mosaics.
Amid Scarlet Opuss Cultural Nexus trend, mixed metallics and ancient stones
form the backbone of bathroom design; while the glamour of black in the
bathroom relates to what it dubs Majestic Minimalism; and the obvious water
associations of the Abyss trend gleans inspiration from the depths of the ocean.
New collections such as those from Bangkok-based tile maker Sonite are all
about a mature take on bling that moves luxury forward, taking on greater levels
of sophistication and subtlety, Redshaw points out. Metallics move from being
high-shine to brushed, burnished, oxidised, blackened and beaten, and we also see
a shift from clean golds to warmer metallic tones such as coppers and bronzes.
The softer and warmer aesthetic of many new ceramic collections have
ushered in a new era of tactile tiles: the Velvet tile by Casa Dolce Casa may look
like a stone from Venice but has the hand of plush fabric. Similarly, Velvet Stone
by ABK and Crystal by Rondine just beg to be touched.
Yet looking ahead it is the theme of naturalness that proves one of next years
over-arching trends.
From top: My Nature bathroom collection by Villeroy & Boch; Kaldeweis Ellipso Duo by Phoenix Design
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DONT GO AGAINST THE GRAIN
Wood takes centre stage in so many introductions coming to market. It plays
on the major directions set in motion during the past two years to add a more
natural and sometimes rural, rustic quality to the home. Now in the bathroom,
naturalness, in the form of rustic stones or wood, proves a powerful force.
Whether a tub wrapped in wood or a shower tray done up in teak, wood
elements provide another connection to the natural world around and add a
fresh energy to the latest designs.
From Italian bathroom-maker Francoceccotti comes a complete series of tubs
and sinks carved from wood. As part of its Natural range, Agua, crafted from
a wood essence, reworks the classic freestanding tub into a contemporary
statement that is both rustic and modern at the same time. Likewise, its wall-
hung Wave washbasin features a linear design that suddenly gives way to a wide
and gentle curve. The look is solid and dynamic at the same time.
The Onto bathroom collection, created by award-winning designer Matteo
Thun for Duravit, features minimal lines and a soft curved front to give a
contemporary organic look which is enhanced by the natural wood finish of not
only the bathtub but the basin as well. And, being introduced at Cersaie, Boxart
has created a new shower environment showcased in golden and walnut
travertine, with a teak footboard, all built at the same level of the ground floor.
The shower tray is modular and formed by a stainless steel tank with a central
element that can be in travertine, marble, slate or different woods.
For its Dialoghi collection, Mosaico+ creates solid wood tiles cut from slats of
logs. The slats are dried, stabilised and finally treated with a special varnish to make
them suitable for use in bathrooms on walls over which water runs. For those
that prefer ceramics, there are a number of wood-inspired collections to choose
from: Monocibecs sustainable Ontario series sports a wood-look and is available
with a grip or ribbed grip finish. Ascots Oldwood and Sadons Woodland are two
additional faux wood tiles that have an exterior version for greater flexibility.
The bathroom is the only place in the house that gives you the opportunity
to withdraw inside yourself, find peace, come to terms with yourself, designer
Mike Meir says. I personally think that wellness sounds a little too soft. We are
on the cusp of a completely new culture, for which we currently do not even
have the right questions, let alone the answers.
All we really know is that our lives, our energy and our resources are finite.
Our bodies, our souls and our mental fitness are our capital. This makes it
worth protecting and looking after. Wellness is nothing more than the opening
credits for the main feature film. The bathroom is the only place in the house
that gives you the opportunity to withdraw inside yourself, find peace, come to
terms with yourself.
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When mid-20th-century architect Eero Saarinen completed
one of his few residential commissions working alongside
interior designer Alexander Girard, few were privy to the pairs
achievement, but the J Irwin Miller House shows how their vision
of modernism has come full circle. TEXT: LISA VINCENTI
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Unconventional wisdom
For half a century, the steel-and-glass home commissioned by philanthropist and
American industrialist J Irwin Miller remained largely hidden from the public eye. The
residence, which sits on a sprawling 13.5 acres of land, was kept out of the spotlight by
its owner, who carefully guarded his homes privacy. Recently acquired by the Indianapolis
Museum of Art, the Miller House is now open to the public for the first time and its iconic
architecture sets it firmly among other more famed American modernist masterpieces.
Completed in 1955, the house, one of the few residential homes by Finnish-born
American architect Eero Saarinen, can be viewed as a link in the chain of glass houses
set amid bucolic scenery that heralded the arrival of Modernism in the United States. Yet
unlike Philip Johnsons Glass House (1949), Mies van der Rohes 1951 Farnsworth House
and the Eames Pacific Palisades home (1949), the Miller House was not created as a
shrine to minimalist mid-century ideals it was a home built for family living.
Along with the New Canaan family home built in 1954 by Eliot Noyes, who is credited
with launching the careers of life-long friends Saarinen and Charles Eames, both were
shielded from the public until recently and featured a practicality born of family life. Irwin
Miller and his wife, Xenia, hired the largely over-looked mid-century designer Alexander
Girard to bring colour, texture and whimsy into their home. Prominent 20th-century
landscape designer Dan Riley was commissioned to create the gardens and his design
serves as a linchpin of the home, integrating landscape and building by extending the
geometry of the structure outdoors. The Miller house was a collaboration among these
three great minds and offered a softer, family friendly version of the modernist aesthetic,
yet done without compromise to the homes beauty and integrity.
From left: an exterior shot of the Miller House, designed by Eero Saarinen; gardens designed by
landscape designer Dan Riley
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Of the famous glass houses, only the Noyes House, like this one, was
built for a family. Yet the 650sq/m Miller House was far more luxurious and
aspirational than that one, where a certain New England Spartanism prevailed,
with stone floors, colonial chairs and an outdoor passage connecting living areas
to bedrooms. Saarinens domestic designs tend toward a plain faade that hides
an open, multi-level living area, built-in storage walls, controlled lighting and a
few curved elements punctuating a gridded plan. The house, a nod to van der
Rohes Barcelona Pavilion (1929), emulates the pavilions open floor plan and
luxurious materials in this case, white marble walls and travertine floors. The
flat-roofed, one-storey house of glass, concrete, and steel sits like a beacon of
Miesian modernism on a plain above the White River.
In this Columbus, Indiana, residence Saarinen reduced architecture to
the manipulation of form and function, turning to structural geometry the
square, circle, and straight line rather than conventional furniture and
walls to define each functional area. His cool, almost corporate architecture
was softened by Girards warming and unexpected decoration, and the
workmanship and attention to detail of the Miller house reveals a departure
from the chilly austerity of the International style.
By the time Miller commissioned Saarinen, who died six years after the
completion of the home, to design his villa the two had worked together
on numerous projects. Miller, a prominent businessman and philanthropist,
singlehandedly put Columbus on the map. He was a devout patron of
modern architecture, luring some of the biggest names to this sleepy town,
which is now considered the sixth most important architectural city in the US.
Clockwise from top left: the sunken
conversation pit, one of the homes
most notable features; a 15-metre
storage wall, running from the
entrance hall to the den; tucked into
a corner, the fitted kitchen with ample
built-in storage feels almost invisible
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Miller achieved this by using his wealth and sway, establishing the Cummins
Foundation in 1954 and offering three years later to pay the architect fees for
new public buildings in Columbus (an arrangement that still exists). Thus this
small Midwestern city has buildings by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen (Eeros
father), IM Pei, Kevin Roche, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Csar Pelli, Robert
Venturi, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, many of which feature extensive
interiors designed by Girard.
Columbus and J Irwin Miller are almost holy words in architectural circles,
wrote architecture critic Paul Goldberger in 1976. There is no other place in
which a single philanthropist has placed so much faith in architecture as a means
to civic improvement.
It is evident how carefully the designers of Miller House calibrated the space
and the circulation sequences, managed views, and chose rich materials and
warm decorative objects to create the effects they desired. Saarinen, today
best known for his landmark TWA terminal at JFK airport in New York and the
Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, brought Girard in at the very beginning
of the design process (Kiley entered the scene somewhat later) and the two
worked side-by-side on the interior. Girard channeled Saarinens Scandinavian
love of craft and colour via Mexican cottons and folk art figurines leaving
Saarinen to mine high modernism for inspiration. One of the homes most
elegant expressions is the main living spaces circular fire pit. It curves
seamlessly to the ceiling, dangling just off the floor.
Girard, who was brought into the Herman Miller fold by Charles Eames, who
headed the companys textile division from 1952 to 1975, creating fabrics for the
designs of George Nelson, and Charles and Ray Eames. During his work there
his uninhibited use of vibrant colours and patterns injected a clever playfulness
and served as a counterpoint to American Modernist furniture. For inspiration,
Girard turned to countries like Mexico and India, both rich in folk art and
handicraft traditions.
Miller was one of Girards biggest fans and gave him carte blanche over
the dcor, and he created custom rugs, fabrics, and fixtures. A 15-metre
storage wall and a conversation pit (something both Girard and Saarinen had
been working towards in earlier works) are two of the homes most notable
features. In fact, in one of the few public showings of the Miller House,
which remained anonymous, was in House & Gardens February 1959
edition, which featured a close-up of the storage wall designed by Girard.
Running from the entrance hall to the den, it held books, sculpture, folk art
and engravings, set against a backing of black-and-gold and red tea paper.
Hidden behind rosewood doors were a television, bar, stereo system, and
storage for camera equipment. Such built-ins were becoming commonplace
in the domestic landscapes of Girard, Nelson, Saarinen and the Eameses as
a way of organising and hiding the necessary stuff of life.
The great centre area is a big, handsome, festive meeting room for
activities and entertainment, wrote H&G. Inspired by old Midwest
farmhouses where all rooms opened on a common room, it has the same
magnetic effect, expresses the common unity of the family.
The homes most memorable element, perhaps its trademark feature,
which seems so on point today, is its sunken conversation pit, something
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both Girard and Saarinen had been toying with in earlier designs. Girards
1948 living room in his home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, included an
encircling built-in banquette; while Saarinen created a sunken circular seating
area for Vassar Colleges Emma Hartman Noyes House (195458). The
Miller Houses square seating pit, a solution to what Saarinen dubbed the
slum of legs, is upholstered in red and lined with silk and embroidered
cushions, the pit provides a vibrant counterpoint to the marble floors and
adds richness to the central space, without impeding the view of the grounds.
The nearby dining room proves equally intriguing, with a huge round
table that allowed Saarinen to revisit the dining room his father had designed
for the Saarinen House. His table is made entirely of marble, allowing him
to achieve the seamless, single-material goal that was a favourite of his and
others including Eames and Bertoia. The Miller project also allowed Saarinen
to perfect what would become one of the eras most iconic designs, his Tulip
chair, which was taken into production by the Knoll furniture company in
1956. Saarinen first received critical recognition for an award-winning chair
he and Eames designed together for a competitive exhibit, curated by Elliot
Noyes, at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art, called Organic Design in Home
Furnishings in 1940, for which the pair received first prize.
The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance mans life on earth,
and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence, wrote Saarinen prior to
the completion of some of his most momentous designs (including the TWA
terminal). During his lifetime, he failed to receive the recognition he deserved,
yet the opening of the Miller House to the public firmly establishes him among
the pantheon of Americas great mid-century architects.
As Miller once said: Great architecture is a triple achievement. It is the
solving of a concrete problem. It is the free expression of the architect himself.
And it is an inspired and intuitive expression of his client.
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From top: a marble table and the iconic Saarinen-designed Tulip chairs feature in the dining area; Eero Saarinen
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CONTENTS:
68 Glamour amid the gloom
74 Crown jewels
80 Antennae
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Glamour amid the gloom
The drama playing out in the Cypriot property market is worthy
of ancient Greek theatre. But will it have a happy ending?
TEXT: RICHARD WARREN
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Akamas Bay Villas
Homes at Aphrodite Hills golf community
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The Playground of the Gods has been getting a bad press recently. Against
a backdrop of falling property prices and declining sales transactions, a property
analyst has described Cyprus as the worst property market in Europe, and a
member of the European Parliament has warned voters not to buy homes on
the island. Moreover, Cypriot banks have been downgraded by ratings agencies
concerned about how much money they have loaned in Greece, where the debt
crisis is worsening, and exposure to their own countrys shaky housing market.
With so much foreboding around, now would not appear to be a good time
to buy a home on the island. However, not all is doom and gloom. Exciting
new housing developments, some connected to the governments plan to make
Cyprus a hub for the worlds yachting community, are appearing that may help
revitalise the housing market.
A renaissance in the Cypriot property sector cannot happen soon enough.
Government stats show home sales in first quarter of 2011 were down
15 per cent on the same period last year, when the market was already
depressed following the 2008 global property market crash. Prices slipped
back 6.5 per cent in the six months to April 2011 as the shock waves from
that crash continue to reverberate. The value of Cypriot real estate is now
about 25 per cent below peak levels reached in 2007 and the numbers of
British buyers, traditionally the largest group of overseas purchasers, have
fallen sharply since the credit crunch and have only partly been replaced by an
influx of Russian and Middle Eastern buyers.
Bureaucratic bungling is making many potential purchasers think twice about
signing on the dotted line. Some homeowners are asked to pay excessive
Yacht at sea off coast of Cyprus
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property taxes, while others complain they must wait years to receive their
title deeds up to 40,000 overseas owners of Cypriot homes do not have this
essential paperwork. Worse, some have their homes repossessed by banks,
because they have become responsible for unpaid debts incurred by developers
who, unknown to buyers, mortgaged their building sites, a particularly cruel
legal twist. Frustrated overseas homeowners have formed action groups and
held street protests about such issues.
New legislation aimed at cutting the title deeds backlog allows homeowners
to keep their homes provided they pay off the developers mortgage, but as the
editor of Cyprus Property News concludes: This is ridiculous. How many people
are going to be prepared to pay for their house twice?
Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has received 50 complaints from Cyprus home-
owning constituents who have got into legal hot water because title deeds
have not been issued to them. I think people should steer clear of the place,
he says. I contacted the Cypriot President to try and resolve some of these
problems, and I did not even get a response, and Im just not convinced the
Cypriot authorities are treating this with any urgency at all.
A combination of falling property prices, the ongoing title deeds fiasco and
the downgrading of Cypriot banks has led property information business Global
Edge to conclude: If there was a prize for the worst overseas property market
in Europe, Cyprus would be the hands down winner.
Estate agents operating at the upper end of the Cyprus property market
have hit back at critics.
OK, we know the title deeds issue in Cyprus is a severe one, says Michael
Reilly, director of Savills Select Resorts, in reference to Smiths warning, but
to warn buyers not to buy now, when dedicated parties within the market are
working hard to resolve the issue, was a bit unfair.
The company is marketing homes at the Aphrodite Hills golf community
where half of those who bought properties in 2010 have been issued title
deeds. The resorts developer, Aphrodite Hills Property, is working with the
Land Registry to issue deeds to the 200 other purchasers.
This shows that the recent changes to the law and rules are working, and
that if you work with a genuine company in Cyprus you should have little
trouble getting the title deeds in the future, Reilly says.
The luxury end of the property sector is less affected by a downturn than the
mainstream housing market, say estate agents.
From top: A villa,
aerial view of a golf
course and spa at
Aphrodite Hills golf
community
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Prime property prices in Cyprus are unchanged over last 12 months,
in line with much of the prime, second home destinations in Europe, says
James Price, head of international residential development at Knight Frank.
The challenges have been caused by the general malaise, but also, I believe,
the market catching up with a shift in projects being offered, moving from
mid-market to a higher level.
New high-end residential developments appearing include Akamas Bay
Villas, where 40 detached houses, each with their own garden and swimming
pool, are being built next to a beach on the islands north-west coast.
The developer, Cybarco, had permission to construct 72 homes on the
6.3-hectare site, but is building fewer than that to create a sense of luxury
and privacy for homeowners, says sales manager Andreas Constantinou.
Scheduled for completion in 2014, prices start at Dhs8.2 million for a three-
bedroom villa. Most buyers are expected to come from Cyprus, Russia,
Western Europe and the Middle East.
The most significant property developments are appearing at four Cypriot
ports, part of a national scheme to draw the worlds yachting community
to the island. Yachting marinas are being enlarged or created at Limassol,
Lanarca, Paphos and Ayia Napa. The largest scheme is Limassol Marina,
where 653 berths, including 35 for super-yachts, will be created by Cybarco
at a new marina next to the old port in 2012. Ten hectares of land are being
reclaimed as part of the 17-hectare scheme, which will have 274 apartments
and villas. Prices for villas with private berths start at Dhs8.6 million.
Apartments will cost from Dhs2.5 million to buy.
Warehouses in the old port area will become seafood restaurants, a
cultural centre and a school for training merchant seamen. The Dhs1.839
billion project also includes construction of a 14-kilometre promenade, the
longest in the Mediterranean, and Freedom Square, a public space with
a church at one end and a mosque at the other. The adjacent old town,
dominated by a 14th-century castle where Englands Richard III married
Queen Berengaria of Navarre, will be pedestrianised as part of a wider plan
to beautify this part of Limassol.
Cyprus is developing marinas to diversify the economy after the global
economic problems, says Limassol Marina marketing manager Nick
Pampakas, who believes the island is an ideal port of call for yachters
because it is en route for boats heading in and out of the Mediterranean
through the Suez Canal, and is close to Asia, Africa and Europe. Cyprus
is where three continents meet, he says.
Price welcomes the new marinas. I think this sends a positive signal
that the island offers property across a range of lifestyles, with beach, golf,
country retreats and now yachting all covered, he says. I believe at a
sensible price level there will be sufficient demand to absorb this stock,
so on the whole this is positive.
The island is creating four new golf courses by 2014, doubling its current
offering, to lure additional tourists and second homeowners. Building
marinas, golf courses and luxurious new homes may help the island become
a playground for wealthy second homeowners, but resolving property
ownership issues and bank finances may be needed, too.
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Clockwise from top: Limassol marina as it exists today; CGIs of how Limassol Marina will look on completion.
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Crown jewels
Journey to southern Europe to tour the stunning
interiors of Barcelonas Mandarin Oriental Hotel
and learn about the restoration of Romes most
prominent landmark by Tod's Group, returning to
new property developments here in the UAE.
TEXT: CAROLINE ALLEN
ON THE MONEY
A refurbished former bank, now a luxury hotel operated by the Mandarin
Oriental Hotel Group which is developing a resort in Abu Dhabi provided
rich pickings for Patricia Urquiola. The internationally renowned Spanish
architect and designer transformed its interior into a stunning and timelessly
elegant space.
Barcelonas open and cosmopolitan character is reflected in the striking
interior design by style icon Urquiola for the citys Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A
former bank head office, the linear simplicity of the building lends itself perfectly
to Urquoilas clean, balanced signature styling.
Urquiola was the tour de force behind the spatial layout and choice of
furniture design, ceiling decoration and hand-woven carpets. Nearly all the
furniture was specifically designed by the artist or adapted for the hotel in
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complete with oversized walk-in showers, feature mosaics by Mutina and
Bisazza, conceived as magical boxes of coloured glass.
An enormous, rectangular, metallic grid, suspended over the Blanc restaurant
tables, to facilitate privacy, is possibly the hotels most striking design element. A
lush hanging garden effect was created by the addition of plants.
A minimalist aesthetic is evident throughout the spa. Dark wood detailing,
black ceilings, white floors and the organic look of wet stone create a cocooning
effect. Metallic curtains lead to the eight treatment rooms, where sophisticated
period appliqus contrast with the overall simplicity of the space. In the pool
area, a large malachite-green screen hides the hammam from view.
Landscape architect Beth Figueras, in collaboration with Urquiola, worked
on the inner courtyard, known as the Mimosa Garden. The result is an
conjunction with such desirable brands as B&B Italia, DePadova, Flos and
Moroso. From the Scandinavian-style armchairs in Moments restaurant to
the fully restored early 20th century French ironing table that serves as a
centrepiece to Blanc restaurant and lounge, meticulous attention to detail
ensured that every area has its own distinct character. The lobby sofa was
adapted from a traditional Chesterfield while the tartan carpet in the Bankers
Bar is reminiscent of gentlemens clubs of bygone days. In a nod to the buildings
history, steel safes adorn the walls there.
The 98 bedrooms, in hues of cream and white, were kitted out with avant-
garde furniture, which happily co-exists with Oriental details, such as large wall
screens and wardrobes inspired by traditional lacquered Chinese boxes. Light
oak floors and large bespoke beige rugs add warmth while the bathrooms,
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Restaurant Blanc Entrance catwalk
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inviting garden terrace, covering 660 sq m, which has been integrated into
the structure of the building. Specially designed rope chairs encourage languid
lounging in this urban retreat.
Every Mandarin Oriental property has a unique fan; an element that reflects
the groups Oriental origins while linking it with local culture. Urquiolas
creation for the Mandarin Oriental in the Catalan capital fuses the elegance
of Asian fans with the expressiveness of their traditional Spanish counterparts
while mirroring the general spirit of the hotels decor and architecture.
The large piece of gold-coloured metal which presides over the Bankers
Bar, features an intricate perforated pattern. It references design elements
found on a much larger scale throughout the hotel such as the two bronze
aluminium latticework partitions at the entrance and the eyecatching grid
suspended over Blanc. The beautiful meshwork comprised of different
superimposed layers creates a mesmirising three-dimensional effect.
Urquiola studied architecture in Madrid, transferring to the Politecnico di
Milano. She graduated with a thesis supervised by the famous Italian architect
Achille Castiglioni who created the acclaimed Arco floor lamp. From 1990 to
1996 she managed the De Padova firms new product development office,
in collaboration with the designer and architect Vico Magistretti. She later
headed Piero Lissonis design team for five years.
In 2001 the dynamic designer set up her own studio in Milan, specialising
in product design, architecture, installations and concept development.
Hurricane Patricia as she has been dubbed has worked with a dizzying
array of big names in the design world such as B&B Italia, Bisazza, Alessi,
Foscarini, Mutina, Panasonic and Viccarbe. In architecture, her high profile
clients have included Roberto Torretta, Valentino, Max Mara and Moroso.
Urquoilas slew of prestigious awards include the ADI Design Index,
International Design Yearbook, IMM Cologne Award, Good Design Awards
of the Chicago Athenaeum, Red Dot Award and the Elle Decoration
international awards. Her Fjord armchair and footstool for Moroso and
Bague lamp for Foscarini are part of the permanent collection at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York. Whether its a sculptural chaise
longue, a blissful bath or a hip hotel, Urquiola can be counted on to bring
about credible change.
Terrat, rooftop terrace
Barcelona Suite bathroom Terrace suite
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BEST FOOT FORWARD
The Tods Group, famous for its luxury loafers, is footing the 25 million
euro (approximately Dhs130 million) bill for the restoration of one of the
worlds most identifiable structures, the Colosseum in Rome. A leading brand
representative of Made in Italy, Tods saw patronage of this renowned symbol of
Italian history and culture as the perfect fit. The Colosseum was commissioned
in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian and completed by his son, Titus, in AD80, with
later improvements by Domitian. Located just east of the Roman Forum, the
Colosseum was built to a practical design, with 80 arched entrances allowing
easy access to around 50,000 spectators. It features an ellipse 188m long and
156m wide. The building is on a base of two steps above which are three floors
of arcades in travertine stone and a fourth storey with windows. There were
80 arches on every floor, divided by pillars with a half column. The four arches
on the axes of the building were the main entrances. Just 31 arches of the outer
ring have remained intact. The ground floor half columns are in Doric style; the
second floor ionic and the upper floor Corinthian.
Diego Della Valle, President and CEO of the Tods Group, has expressed pride
at the initiative, which reflects the desire to protect and promote Italian culture,
something he sees as a fundamental resource for companies working in Italy and
abroad. Investing in Made in Italy its skills, traditions and culture will help to
create more opportunities for people who work there and appreciate its history
and traditions, he maintained. "We hope this important initiative encourages other
companies and private patrons proud of our culture and country to follow. These
signals could mark the beginning of a series of similar initiatives, strengthening our
country's image and creditability worldwide, he said. As part of the companys
intervention plan, the Flavian amphitheatre will be cleaned up and refurbished
in eight phases. Works will include the restoration of the northern and southern
prospectus as well as the ambulatory and the hypogea; and the replacement of
the gate closures at the arches. The Tods Group proposal was selected as the
preferred option by the Italian Ministry of Culture, which last August sent out
a public works bid, inviting private sector sponsors to help restore the ancient
Roman arena.The Tod's Group is also committed to the creation of a non-profit
Amici del Colosseo
Association, promoting
the restoration project
and other initiatives, solely
with a social purpose.
This outreach is aimed
mainly at young people
and the elderly in
bringing them closer
to the superstructure.
The Colosseum, Rome
Diego and Andrea Della Valle
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CITY SLICKER
Construction of the Dubai Pearl is continuing, with the groundwork,
foundations, basements and lower grounds floors of the four towers, which
form the central section of phase one, now complete.
Designed by Schweger Associated Architects of Germany for Pearl Dubai
FZ LLC, a consortium of investors led by Abu Dhabis Al Fahim Group, the
development will incorporate a city within a city.
It will comprise a mix of residential, retail, hotel, office and cultural space,
including a theatre complex with a 1,800-seat auditorium, which will be the
future home of the Dubai International Film Festival.
Despite recent challenges in the UAEs real estate sector, there is still
demand for the right projects being built in the right location, Abdul Majeed
Ismail Al Fahim, chairman of Pearl Dubai FZ LLC, said.
We have already sold 500 residential units, representing 95 per cent
of the initial units released to date, to over 40 different nationalities. The
market continues to improve, albeit slowly, but given the size and scale of this
development, we can expect to see confidence continuing to grow as we start
completing phase one of the development towards the end of 2013.
DOUBLING UP
The Rezidor hotel group has announced two new key properties in the UAE,
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai, with 471 rooms and the Radisson Blu Resort,
Fujairah Dibba with 257 rooms. Both managed by JAL in the past, they are
now operated under the groups core brand. The hotels are owned by ACICO
Industries and its subsidiary, a Kuwait-based publically listed company.
Rezidors president and CEO, Kurt Ritter, said the Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai,
will be one of its flagships in the Middle East. The Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah
Dibba further strengthens its portfolio of young and stylish resorts across Europe,
Middle East and Africa, opening up new leisure markets.
The sleek interior of the Radisson Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road was
designed by Draw Link Group Dubai. It was awarded an honorable mention in
the hotels category by the International Interior Design Association Decade of
Design Competition 2011.
Situated between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, guests at the
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah Dibba, can relax on a 500-metre sandy beach.
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Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai
An artists rendering of the Dubai Pearl
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Luxury property prices are rising faster in Paris
than anywhere else in the world. The value of
apartments and houses valued at Dhs10.5 million
or more in the French capital rose 22 per cent
over the past year, research from Knight Frank
estate agency shows. Hong Kong, Helsinki,
Shanghai and Beijing were the other top five risers.
Parisian homes are rising in value because investors
from the BRIC nations are ploughing money into
the city as they consider it a safe haven in uncertain
economic times. A limited number of properties
available for sale means bidding is strong, so that
pushes prices up further. Limited supply is a key
feature of the Paris housing market strict planning
controls makes building brand new homes in
the sought-after central arrondissements nigh on
impossible, so refurbishing existing properties
is the key source of supply for the citys luxury
housing market. In most other capitals city centre
construction is possible.
Bangkok is growing taller, Detroit is getting smaller and the British countryside is becoming
more popular. TEXT: RICHARD WARREN
FRAGILE CHINA
A huge property bubble in China, Hong Kong
and Taiwan is about to burst. Property prices
continue to rise despite cooling measures, albeit
at a slower rate of increase. Chinas middle class
has invested a fortune in the regions property
market prices have leapt 76 per cent to record
levels in Hong Kong where a quarter of buyers
are Chinese looking for apartments like this Tara
Bernerd-designed penthouse at Westminster
Terrace, Kowloon. In Taiwan, speculators,
many of them Chinese, have driven property
prices out of reach of ordinary people, so the
government is trying to squeeze them out with
a 15 per cent tax. In China, entire city districts
are empty of people because investors who
bought up newly built flats refuse to let them
out a lived-in home commands a lower resale
price. Economists warn Chinese homes may
become worth less than they cost to build when
a market correction eventually happens.
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GOING DOWN UNDER?
Australia, the only developed nation not to
suffer a collapse in property values following
the credit crunch in 2008, may go through
that downturn now, analysts warn. Prices rose
strongly in 2009 and last year, but fell 1.7 per
cent in the first quarter of this year, the biggest
drop since mid-2008, and prices fell 0.3 per
cent in April and May. The countrys four
biggest banks consider near-full employment,
a housing shortage and population growth will
stop the market crashing, but bearish overseas
investors argue Australias high debt levels,
unaffordable homes and rising interest rates
the highest in the developed world mean
property values may plummet 40 per cent. The
median property price in Australias eight biggest
cities was Dhs1.8 million in May, according to
market monitor RP Data. Mortgage payments
more than 30 days late hit a record 1.79 per
cent in the first quarter of this year.
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Atop what will be Bangkoks newest and tallest skyscraper are 194 Ritz-Carlton condominium apartments
offering birds-eye views of the Thai capital. Soaring 313m above Bangkoks central business district,
the 77-storey MahaNakhon tower is named after the Thai word for metropolis. This mixed-use
development includes 10,000 square metres of shops, restaurants, cafs and a 24-hour market. Designed
by German architect Ole Scheeren, a partner at the design firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the
skyscraper is shaped like a prism but with rough spirals and cuboid surfaces cut into the side. The architect
compares his pixellated building to a Tower of Babel, the inspiration for Fritz Langs 1926 filmic vision of
an expressionistic and futuristic city. With prices starting at Dhs31,000 per square metre, the Ritz-Carlton
Residences will be among the most expensive leases in Bangkok and will feature plunge pools and terraces.
Completion is scheduled for 2014.
LARGE HOUSES ON THE PRAIRIE
Things are getting desperate in Detroit. The city,
once the fourth largest in the United States, is about
to be downsized. Its population has shrunk from
1.8 million in 1950 to 714,000 last year following
the collapse of its car industry. So many empty
buildings have been torn down that the city is left
with 100,000 parcels of vacant land where now
only grass grows. The authorities want to abandon
neighbourhoods that have become so depopulated
it is no longer economical to provide services to
the last few residents, razing remaining buildings
to the ground. Residents, who must agree to the
changes, would be encouraged to move to more
sustainable areas, but many want to stay in their
urban prairie. Estate agents continue to promise a
bright future for the city, while saying five-bedroom
homes sold for Dhs367,000 five years ago can now
be bought for as little as Dhs147,000. It may not be
long before they are re-termed country cottages.
AWARD-WINNING FRACTIONS
The Baglioni Marrakech spa resort has won two
fractional ownership awards. Designed by Jade
Jagger and Six Senses Spa, The Residence Club at
the resort won Best Fractional Ownership Resort
Worldwide from fractional ownership trade journal
Perspective, beating competition from 150 other
nominees. The Moroccan holiday homes estate
also won the Best Fractional Resort for Europe
and Middle East award from the magazine, topping
the vote among 2,400 industry professionals. The
Baglioni fractional ownership residences are run by
Valhalla Associates, Intelligent Partnership and resort
developer Ajensa. The Residence Club has 15 four
and five-bedroom private villas available for sale.
Prices start from Dhs10.3m for whole ownership
of a property and from Dhs1.5m for fractional
ownership giving five weeks flexible use a year.
Homes measure from 675 square metres in size,
with each having a private garden and pool.
SERENE SWITZERLAND
Exclusivity helps Switzerlands housing market to
avoid the extreme booms and busts that afflict
many of the worlds other property hotspots. Its
difficult for a foreigner to gain residency and own
property, except in ski resorts. This means none of
the huge cash inflows and outflows from overseas
investors that cause property prices in other, less
restrictive locations to reach record highs and lows.
Swiss property prices rose 5.1 per cent over the
past 12 months following equally steady annual
rises since the start of this millennium, even during
the credit crunch. Although entry requirements
remain tight, the federal government has given
cantons more control over the process, so that
may speed it up and make the country more
appealing to would-be incomers. Niche developers
and designers creating luxury homes include
Finchatton, which interior designed this apartment
overlooking Lake Lugano.
HOLIDAY HOME BOOM
Second home ownership in south-west England
hit a record high last year as the popularity of
staycations among cash-strapped Britons continues
to prevail, Knight Frank reports. However, a new
record is likely in 2011 because buyer enquiries
leapt 70 per cent in the first half compared to the
same period last year. Holiday homes are much
sought-after throughout Britain and overseas buyers
want them too Hollywood star Kevin Spacey is
house hunting in the Cotswolds while Arab, Russian,
East European and Chinese investors are purchasing
second homes in south-west Wales, buyers agency
County Homsearch Company reveals. Coastal
spots in Pembrokeshire are particularly favoured. In
Scotland, golf enthusiasts have bought two-dozen
fractional shares of apartments at the Residences at
Pittormie, St Andrews, which entitles them to play
on the towns famous course.
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This month were styling our homes with injections of confident colour
and investing in some hip lighting solutions, but sustainability and
craftsmanship remain at the top of our wish list. TEXT: CAROLINE ALLEN
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BOWLED OVER
The latest collection of ceramics from Gabriella
b, which fuses modern and classic design, is
showcased at Aati.
Incorporating bowls, cups, vases, lamps and
a new series of golf balls, the decorative art
collection by Gabriella Bottacin is all about refined
elegance. It features striking yet proportioned
shapes and intricate precious finishes.
Every piece is unique, having been meticulously
handmade with painstaking attention to detail.
The colour palette is luxe, including hues of black
magic, rich gold, striking platinum and pure white.
Gabriella b is showcased at exhibitions of
furnishings and interiors Maison & Objet of Paris,
Abitare il tempo of Verona and Macef of Milan
and has previously collaborated with design
houses Minotti, Baxter and Visionnaire.
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FRENCH FANCY
Its eco friendly, colourful and pays
homage to the traditions of French
cabinetmaking, safeguarding
centuries-old expertise.
The latest collection from Grange,
available at Carpe Diem, includes the
Ermitage line, which is inspired by the
furnishings of the Winter Palace in St.
Petersburg. Ornate Louis XVI-style
furniture is emboldened by vibrant
colours and fluted mouldings found in the
tsars royal chambers.
The Jacob range, influenced by Louis
XVI, fuses leather and wood, and is
uncompromisingly decorative. Exceptions
de Grange features occasional furniture in
avant-garde finishes.
TRUMP CARD
He is synonymous with upscale
living and now he has developed
a new range of home lighting,
available at selected Lifestyle stores
throughout the UAE. Donald Trump is the
high roller behind a collection that sets out to
combine fine craftsmanship and materials with
classic appeal.
Offering a selection of table lamps from the
Trump Home Lighting range, Lifestyles handpicked
pieces highlight its design diversity. The table
lamps exude opulence at affordable prices. The
radiant range of Trump Home Lighting table
lamps varies from contemporary chic looks
inspired by the Manhattan lifestyle, to a
timeless style with a detailed ornate finish.
LIVING IT LARGE
Supersized and ultra sleek, the C SEED 201 hailed as the
worlds largest TV and the first of its kind with such high
quality daylight capability for outdoor usage combines
contemporary design and state-of-the-art technology.
A joint venture between Porsche Design Studio and
the Global Bright Group, the 201-inch diagonal TV rises
out of the ground in 15 seconds. At the top of its 4.6
metre high pillar, an 11m screen unfolds silently. Seven
panels, in 25 seconds, resolve into a seamless surface
with high luminosity images, regardless of direct sunlight.
The C SEED 201 can be concealed as a monolith in
terraced or grassed surfaces. A handmade product, it is
available in limited numbers.
WORKING THE ROOM
Forget hot desking and indulge in a supersized
ber-stylish workstation. Danny Venlets Goggle
desk for Babini Office is a sleek interpretation of
the presidential office.
Presented at the Milan Furniture Fair, this shapely
desk comes in a variety of materials and finishes.
You can opt for glossy lacquer inside and out or
glossy lacquer outside and matt inside, finished in
contrasting colours. Accessories include a drawer unit,
credenza and a modesty panel.
Available at Smart Office Solution, Dubai, it incorporates a
stationery drawer and an optional cable management system.
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Design agenda
MoOD 2011, Brussels, Belgium, September 13-15
Mueble Expo 2011, Casablanca, Morocco, September 14-18
Office Furniture China 2011, Shanghai, China, September 14-17
ZOW Istanbul 2011, Istanbul, Turkey, September 15-18
Salon du Mueble 2011, Reims, France, September 18-20
Cersaie 2011, Bologna, Italy, September 20-24
Habitat Valencia, Valencia, Spain, September 20-24
Habitat Valencia Kitchen 2011, Valencia, Spain, September 20-24
Habitat Valencia Lighting 2011, Valencia, Spain, September 20-24
Interior Indonesia 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia, September 21-24
100% Design London, London, United Kingdom, September 21-24
IIDEX / NEOCON Canada 2011, Toronto, Canada, September 22-24
ZUCHEX 2011, Istanbul, Turkey, September 22-25
Casa Moderna 2011, Udine, Italy, September 24-October 3
Salon de lHabitat 2011, Toulouse, France, September 24 October 3
Decorex International 2011, London, United Kingdom, September 25-28
DIY Homing 2011, Kortrijk, Belgium, September 25-27
Index Furniture 2011, Mumbai, India, September 29 October 2
Home. Le Salon Habitat Design 2011, Lyon, France, September 30 October 2
BRIGHT IDEA
Philips has launched its ambience range of household
accessories that illuminate from within through tiny embedded
white and coloured LEDs. The collection includes a cooler,
coasters, vase, platter and table lights.
Incorporating colour-changing lights with soft-touch controls,
the wireless products can be used both indoors and alfresco.
They are tap washable, waterproof and scratch resistant.
WORK IT OUT
Working with London design studio Bene, PearsonLloyd has developed a
fabulously funky and clever new furniture collection. PARCs is a room-shaping
furniture programme that creates an inspiring working environment for
spontaneous exchange, personal encounters and collaboration.
Easy chairs; small stools; upholstered benches; room dividers; wall elements;
tables and shelves make up the basic components. Phone Booth was designed
to provide a private area for telephone calls in open spaces. All elements can be
linked to create multifunctional room-shaping office landscapes.
The designers took their inspiration for the collection from around the globe,
ranging from the Toguna in Mali, West Africa a meeting place for village
elders to the Giants Causeway, an impressive rock formation over the sea in
Northern Ireland.
MINIMALIST MARVEL
My goal is to design another beautiful object.
Its about challenging how we see things, says
Pablo Pardo, who devised the LIM light with
Ralph Reddig of Haworth.
The practical LIM, depending on its form
and method of attachment, can be a primary
or secondary light source. Comprising a simple
aluminium extrusion profile, its magnetic and
pivot platforms enable 180-degree rotation and
easy adjustment. Its simple elemental approach
means that it can be both a single object and a
collection of lights, facilitating design continuity
in a variety of applications.
LIM is also sustainable as its LED lights are
85 per cent more efficient than incandescent
versions, with a 50,000-hour lifespan. LIM is
also up to 98 per cent recyclable.
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HANDS-OFF EXPERIENCE
LG Electronics new steam dishwasher with TrueSteam technology dispenses with
the need to prewash dishes.
High-temperature steam particles are injected from carefully positioned pressure
nozzles and once the particles attach to grease and grime, temperatures rise to
melting point, so by the time the cycle is
finished the dishes are pristine.
Further flexibility is achieved with the
Steam Dual Spray function, which allows
the upper and lower racks to use
independent water pressures.
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IN THE RED
Bold shades of red and regal purple feature strongly
in the latest collection from Crate and Barrel.
These hues are evident in everything from vases
to Marimekko fabrics, bed linen, rugs and throws.
Warm tones of yellow and orange also make a style
statement in the new textiles. And for those keen to
slip into neutral, theres also lots of beige and brown.
The new Crate and Barrel collection is available
at the brands stores in Dubai.
CULINARY COOL
Like the shapes created by the Oriental art of folding paper, Karim Rashids arresting new Origami
Island kitchen reveals a complex design that is eyecatching yet subtle. Made entirely of DuPont Corian,
it was manufactured by the Egyptian producer Amr Helmy Designs.
Origami Islands asymmetrical contours create a streamlined sculptural design. Its narrow base then
expands into a wide worktop, divided into three functional areas. The cleaning area has an integrated
sink; the cooking area includes a hob; and there is also a snack section.
A large wall cabinet with cupboard space, drawers and kitchen appliances, complements the island.
The cabinet door panelling and drawers are finished in DuPont Corian, decorated with a three-
dimensional retro pop pattern, which is repeated inside the entire facade.
HOT PROPERTY
If youre in search of a speedy, easy to clean gadget to produce crunchy oil-free French fries,
you should warm to the Philips Airfryer.
It promises to use little or no oil as it fries as its patented Rapid Air technology enables
the frying of crispy chips containing up to 80 per cent less fat than a conventional fryer. The
combination of fast circulating hot air and a grill element facilitates frying of food in a quick
and easy way. Since you only fry with air, it also creates less smell than traditional frying.
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AbitaMi dcor & design lab will debut in Milans Rho trade fair centre from
September 8-11, to tie in with the international home show Macef. The event will
feature workshops and research exhibitions, showcasing interior and exterior dcor.
Design-conscious children are not forgotten, with a dedicated section for them while
for those who enjoy alfresco living, a 5,000 sq m outdoor display should provide
plenty of inspiration. The Memories exhibition will cover trends in decorative
accessories, textiles and household linen with Carlo Ninchi and Vittorio Locatelli.
Research events will reflect on living in the 21st century, featuring At Castiglionis
home, curated by Giovanna Castiglioni and Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni.
In Paris, Maison & Objet from September 9-13 offers a packed programme
with an emphasis on sustainability. Big global brands and emerging designers will
showcase their innovations in indoor and outdoor living. The expertise of specialised
craftspeople and professionals will be celebrated. A recycled and recyclable
exhibition focusing on the work of Edouard Franois, a leading figure in the world
of green architecture, is set to be one of the highlights. Distributors seeking advice
After the summer break, its time to regroup and focus on the latest trends and innovations at design festivals
and fairs in the region and internationally. Globetrotting design aficionados have plenty to choose from with a
heady mix of established and new events lined up. TEXT: CAROLINE ALLEN
on how to improve their business performance will be facilitated in a new space
dedicated to design solutions from the point of sale.
Capitalising on the dynamism of Paris, the quality of its professional network as
well as its design training courses and bubbling creativity, SAFI in conjunction with
Maison & Objet is launching Paris Design Week from September 12-18. Billed
as a cultural and commercial, professional and consumer event rolled into one, its
programme will bring together around 100 events including the Maison & Objet
trade fair, design exhibitions, new collection launches, studio visits and debates.
In Dubai, the sixth edition of the regions annual showpiece event dedicated
to the floor covering industry, DOMOTEX Middle East, will be held from
September 12-14. According to Angela Schaschen, MD of Deutsche Messes Dubai
branch, organisers of the event, the Middle East remains a key market for floor
covering providers: The regions construction industry is due to deliver projects
worth Dhs1,836 billion by 2015, providing a huge opportunity for the floor covering
sector. We are also seeing an increase in government-sponsored infrastructure
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Clockwise from left: Rumkugelbahn from mischertraxler, Vienna
Design Week; Pipeline carafe from Atelier Polyhedre, 100%
Design; Interference salt and pepper shakers by Undergrowth
Design, Maison & Objet; Chairnobyl from Helmut Palla, Vienna
Design Week; Salon by Lee Broom, London Design Festival
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projects. For example, in Saudi Arabia over Dhs47 billion of construction contracts
have been awarded in the Kingdom in quarter one, 2011 alone. The construction
sector is expected to continue its impressive growth as the Saudi government sets
forth plans to develop the Kingdoms infrastructure in the 2011 budget. Among the
international exhibitors will be Balta of Belgium and Luz Mendez from Chile.
At the London Design Festival 2011, from September 17-25, the hub will
once again be the Victoria & Albert Museum, where there will be 12 specially
created installations. AL_A Architects, winner of the V&As recent international
competition to design a new courtyard and underground extension, is working in
collaboration with structural engineers, Arup, in the creation of the Timber Wave
installation, a three dimensional spiral made from oil-treated American red oak.
Within the Raphael Gallery, French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, will
collaborate with Danish textile company Kvadrat to inspire a very different view of
the famous Raphael Cartoons, owned by the British Royal Family since 1623, and
on loan to the museum since 1865. Textile Field will take over the gallery with gentle
undulations of soft fabric, creating an expansive, coloured foam and textile lounge.
The John Madejski Garden will feature a site-specific installation, the Thumbprint
chair by Ron Arad, recreated in bronze, in collaboration with Veuve Cliquot.
British designer Lee Broom will launch his fifth collection at the London Design
Festival, with an upholstery line, Salon. Inspired by the curvaceous lines of 1930s
upholstery, it features soft silhouettes contrasted with modern stud detailing. As part
of the festival, Broom will transform his Shoreditch-based studio into a design salon.
At Feria Hbitat Valencia,
in Spain, from September 20-24,
the new Flash area dedicated to
innovative design will showcase
products from 50 trendsetting
companies such as Carl Hansen,
Verpan, Globe Zero 4, Vitra, B & B
Italia, Magis, Viccarbe and Carpyen.
Also new is a contract area facilitating
face-to-face meetings for specifiers
and companies. The organisers are
promising the events biggest ever
offering of furniture, lighting, textiles,
furniture, accessories, and kitchens.
The UKs leading contemporary
design show, 100% Design,
incorporating 100% Futures, which
introduces tomorrows design stars,
and 100% Materials, a platform for
suppliers of innovative materials, will
be held at Earls Court, London from
September 22-25. Among the
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hundreds of interior design and architectural launches at the show will be Hidden
Arts eight new products from five independent designers, ranging from a coat stand
inspired by a shard of ice to vibrantly-coloured fine china bowls.
The fifth Vienna Design Week will take place from September
30 October 9. Embracing product, industrial, and furniture design, the
festival will include exhibitions, installations, themed specials and talks.
MADE, a major international architecture and building trade expo, will take
place in Milan from October 5-8. Last year, the landmark fair involving 1,700
exhibitors and 187 conferences, attracted 242,152 visitors, 23,810 of whom
were from outside of Italy. The event targets the construction sector but focuses
on specialisation. MADEs Forum 2011 will consider four major fields of interest
residential buildings, industrial construction, infrastructures and large scale
projects and public buildings. A forum on structural engineering will provide
designers, site engineers, companies, building sponsors, suppliers and institutions
with an opportunity to exchange views and in-depth studies of the marketplace
and the industrys constantly evolving technical regulations. A scientific committee
will co-ordinate meetings between academics and constructors to provide insight
into how research brings about tomorrows innovations.
Components & Contract is a new exhibition of materials, technologies and
equipment for design, contract and interior decor. Social Home Designs exhibition,
Living in the Future, will host installations by Lucca and Marco Pira Scacchetti as well
as a conference on social housing the subject of special focus at the event.
In the UK, Art Londons 2011 fair will draw crowds to the Royal Hospital,
Chelsea from October 6-11. The cultural dynamism brought by galleries
representing Asia and the Middle East will provide an added dimension.
Historical highlights include paintings by Sir Peter Blake and sculpture by Jacob
Epstein. Contemporary attractions include iconic photographs of HRH Queen
Elizabeth II by Chris Levine and Nicolas Saint Grgoires light box sculptures
inspired by vintage Yves Saint Laurent creations. From stands specialising
in historical works, with paintings by Camille Pissarro, to new and unusual
installations, photography and mixed media works by emerging contemporary
artists, visitors will enjoy a varied visual feast.
Back in Milan, the Hotel Spa Design expo 2011 will run from October
21-25, involving architecture practices which specialise in hotel and spa design. The
emphasis will be on how good environmental practices generate efficiency, savings
and profits. The latest trends in hospitality and well-being will also be showcased.
Conferences, workshops and seminars will also take place as part of the event.
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With the goal of promoting interior design talent in the region and providing access to new opportunities, the
Association of Professional Interior Designers is getting ready to host the inaugural Festival of Interior Design in
Dubai next month. TEXT: SAMIA QAIYUM
Made in Dubai
With the UAEs current batch of world-class projects in development,
the Middle Easts interior design industry is continuously growing, introducing
new trends, brands and services in the process. According to a recent report
from business intelligence and research firm Proleads, total spending for the
UAEs interior design segment is expected to grow to nearly Dhs83 billion this
year. Due to the resulting increased demand for interior design services, the
Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID) is striving to complement
the upswing with the adoption of new strategies and creation of more
opportunities for designers in the region.
Further to these ambitions, APID is gearing up to organise the inaugural
Festival of Interior Design (FoID), an annual event that aims to highlight the
key role of interior design in society, act as a platform to discuss the industrys
issues, offer a vehicle for relationship building as well as feature the works of
emerging and established talent. Held across Dubai, the festival will take place
from October 22-25, coinciding with the 2011 INDEX International Design
Exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event the first of its kind in the region underlines five pillar objectives:
Educate, to increase more awareness on the interior design industry within the
general public and among industry professionals; Celebrate, give homage and
celebrate the significance of the industry in both traditional and modern Arab
culture; Encourage, promote and discover emerging talent in interior design;
Highlight, provide the necessary attention and focus on innovations and new
design trends being introduced in the industry today and Collaborate, promote
and strengthen partnerships with similar interior design based groups and
associations.
APID has revealed that the FoID is scheduled to feature city-wide franchised
events like exhibitions of design portfolios and installations; city centric design
trails and visits to key landmarks, hotels and art galleries; open master classes;
workshops; an interior design award program aimed at honouring innovative
designers as well as screenings of design-based films. The festival will be
accompanied by the Interior Design Congress, which will run on October 22
at INDEX, entailing a programme of four keynote speakers and two panel
discussions featuring well-known design personalities. To tap into a cross section
of local designers, firms and groups and showcase their vision and skills, a
Product Design competition was recently launched.
APID will also host a feature at INDEX, entitled CUBOiD. This distinctive
cube-shaped structure has been designed and conceptualised by a team of local
designers and will allow visitors to experience sheer creativity within an interior
setting. Spread over 174 square meters, the CUBOiD will be composed of five
key areas with an experimentation zone at its heart. The feature will also include
a library housing materials on interior design, an information area combined
with key exhibition areas displaying the latest works from student designers
and competition entries, a caf and a meeting lounge to hold discussions and
networking sessions.
The CUBOiDs library and discussion area
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To learn more about the festival and the future of interior design in the
region, identity spoke with Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, Managing Director
of CINMAR Design and President of APID.
The timing of the Festival of Interior Design will deliberately coincide
with INDEX 2011; do you think the prominence of the latter will
steal focus from what the FoID is trying to achieve?
Of course not. In fact, both events have common goals and that is to
highlight the significance of interior design across the region and give
focus to emerging Middle East designers and firms. The Festival of
Interior Design and INDEX complement the need to increase public
awareness on the interior design profession.
What speakers can we expect at the Interior Design Congress? What
key themes/topics will be covered during this event?
Globally renowned icons of architecture and interior design David
Trubridge, Hadi Teherani, Khuan Chew and Rogier van der Heide have
already confirmed their participation as keynote speakers. These experts
will be joined by fellow professionals from the regions interior design
sector. The two panel discussions will talk about the latest trends and
innovations in todays interior design consumer market.
Dubai is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan, and increasingly
modern. Do you think Arab culture is still reflected in interior design
projects around the city?
If you look around the rest of region, you will find a harmonious mix of
styles that have been incorporated into architecture and interior design.
The presence of an Arabic element into these designs will always be
relevant and will constantly be used in both architecture and interiors. It
is an international practice to integrate the influence of regional cultures
into design and art.
In order to pursue interior design as a career, many students
travel abroad for their university education. Does the FoID plan
to address this issue?
Our view is that education in the region is competent enough for
students to start and pursue a career. The festival will be hosting
education-based programmes and activities for interior design students,
with the key message being that an education in interior design can
facilitate a career that is as rewarding as any other.
Do you think enough training opportunities are given to young
design professionals in the Middle East?
Just like any other profession, an internship with a well-established
firm or company is still the best on-the-job training for fresh graduates.
This experience becomes more strategic when the
student enjoys a more hands-on approach, as
UAE-based firms work on really tight schedules
with the current influx of projects in the
region. Another initiative that were looking
to implement is to send our students for
study tours abroad, with the chief aim to
learn more about the scope, calibre and
distinctiveness of design in other parts
of the world.
What is your long-term vision for the
annual Festival of Interior Design?
Ultimately, we hope to create a
world-class event that will project
Dubai and the UAE as a global hub
for interior design.
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Artists renderings of the CUBOiD
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Athletic Ripples is a sports complex designed by
Indian architectural practice Studio Symbiosis which
is due to be completed next year. Different zones
of the facility have been imagined as resembling the
shapes created when a pebble is dropped in water.
A main stadium will become home to cricket,
football and an athletics track as well as hockey and
tennis while a number of indoor sports will also
be catered for. Piezoelectricity the kinetic energy
generated by crowds in areas of heavy foot traffic
will be harvested to help meet the stadiums
power needs and solar cells are to be integrated
into the stadiums roof to further enhance the
schemes sustainability credentials.
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BOLD EXTENSION
The renowned Holburne Museum, housed in
what was originally the 18th-century Sydney
Hotel, now features a bold modern extension by
Eric Parry Architects. Its exterior is a deliberate
contrast to the museums classical faade while
the use of ceramic and glass as materials means
the building will reflect its surroundings, taking
on the movement and mood of its garden
setting. Parry has also carefully repositioned
the grand staircase within the original building,
helping the extension link directly and logically to
existing spaces. Behind the scenes, there is new
air conditioning in the galleries, and automatic
louvres and blinds above the skylights.
3. BEIRUT
SOLIDEREING ON
3Beirut the first project designed by Foster and
Partners to break ground in Lebanon forms part
of the prestigious Solidere masterplan. Established
around direct pedestrian routes across the site,
its design connects the historic city centre to the
harbour on the Mediterranean. The podium level
and surrounding external spaces provide a cluster
of shops, cafes, restaurants, a gymnasium, an art
gallery and public gardens. The glazed north side
of the towers the first in the city to boast green
roofs provides spectacular views of the harbour,
while interiors of apartments are characterised by
a passive environmental strategy that will maximise
natural light and ventilation.
A stunning new library at the University of Chicago, Foster + Partners first project to break
ground in Beirut and an impressive new sports complex in Uttar Pradesh capture this months
architectural imagination. TEXT: STEVE HILL
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5. CHICAGO
PAGE TURNER
The Grand Reading Room of the Joe and Rika
Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago
recently opened to critical acclaim. Designed
by Helmut Jahn, it seats 180 students under a
stunning elliptical dome dominated by natural
light. Below ground, the library also houses
cutting-edge facilities for the preservation and
digitisation of books, as well as a high-density
storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5
million volume equivalents. Users can access any
holding within minutes of finding it online thanks
to an innovative retrieval system. Books are
barcoded, sorted by size and stored in units that
are retrieved automatically by a robotic crane.
4. MUNICH
URBAN OASIS
Siemens global headquarters in Munich, Germany, is to be designed by competition winners Henning
Larsen Architects. The new 41,000-square-metre structure will consist of six rectangular, rounded
volumes attached to a central vertical structure that connects the entire building complex, creating six
varied courtyards which will become a vibrant urban space in the centre of the city. The design was
selected because of its comprehensive approach to sustainability and includes slightly sloping facades
that take daylight far into the building. Construction is due to begin in the autumn of next year and be
completed by the end of 2015, ready for occupation in 2016.
6. RENNES
GOING UNDERGROUND
French architectural company Atelier Zndel &
Cristea has won a competition to design four new
stations on the extension of the Rennes Metro
system. It identified five main qualities required
for this type of facility intelligibility, functionality,
durability, accessibility and security and set about
articulating the central spaces full height, delimited
by a mesh ceiling of fibrous concrete. Great
attention was also paid to circulation pathways,
ensuring they are brightly lit, opening out upon a
variety of interior views and allowing a clear path
from one level to the next, without impeding on
workflow management and security.The stations
are due to be completed in 2015.
7. RIYADH
COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Museum of the Built Environment is one of
FXFOWLES six active projects within the King
Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a five-million-
square-metre mixed-use urban community
sited on a large plaza in Riyadh. More than
31,000 square metres will be dedicated to
museum functions, a 150-seat auditorium and a
destination restaurant and terrace. The museum
serves as a primary transportation hub for the
area, while the buildings faade on the upper
levels is made of prismatic laminated glass panels
which create a varied textural quality and allow
daylight at select controlled locations. Excavation
work has already started on the scheme.
8. SASKATOON
ARTFUL PRESENTATION
Breaking ground is due to begin next year
on the Dhs320 million Remai Art Gallery of
Saskatchewan. The three-storey structure,
designed by KPMB Architects of Toronto, will
have three times the gallery space of the existing
Mendel Art Gallery. As well as a large atrium,
it will also feature a lecture theatre, classroom
and studio spaces, meeting rooms, a bistro and
restaurant as well as underground parking. The
Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation is granting
Dhs57 million towards the capital costs of
the building with an additional Dhs57 million
directed to enhanced programming
for the new facility.
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BOOKS
From a home that stays true to your personal vibe to one that is sympathetic to the environment, this months
books guide you on designing and decorating from start to finish.
DECORATE
HOLLY BECKER & JOANNA COPESTICK
CHRONICLE BOOKS
DHS 149
With its vivid imagery depicting real, everyday homes, theres something
refreshingly accessible about this book. Written by Holly Becker (of Decor8 fame)
and co-author Joanna Copestick, Decorate doesnt dictate one rigid design aesthetic
nor does it show beautiful interiors that seem unachievable. Instead, it focuses on
practical ideas over 1,000 of them whether youre starting off with a blank
canvas or looking to update your interiors.
With nearly 300 pages, this is an easy-to-navigate book of substance, packed to
the brim with inspirational quotes, line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts and floor
plans. Youll find brilliant advice for every room and every budget by the worlds
leading designers and interior dcor experts including Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus,
Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler and many more. Taken by Debi Treloar, the nearly 400
colour photographs of more than 30 remarkable homes from all over the globe
are, however, the real treat.
Whether you gravitate towards simple style, prefer a modern aesthetic, love
exploring flea markets for quirky objects or use colour to embolden your home,
the Setting Your Style section offers step-by-step guidelines and tips on how
to create a stylish space that reflects who you are. A separate section, entitled
Attention to Detail, illustrates how to use found objects and finishing touches such
as mirrors, pillows, wall works, flowers and even apothecary jars to take any room
from ordinary to extraordinary.
ECO HOUSE BOOK
TERENCE CONRAN
OCTOPUS BOOKS
DHS 238
As you alter your lifestyle to reduce your carbon footprint, your home should
reflect these efforts as well. Whether youre designing, redecorating or
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Terence Conran renowned designer and founder of the Habitat group of
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the fifth in the House Book series. Special focus is given to guiding the reader
through minor and affordable changes that can be made in existing homes to
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It includes sections on servicing such as heating, cooling and lighting as
well as basic fabrics like windows and floors. The design chapter covers ideas
for both new construction and renovation. Outdoor spaces are covered in
detail, while eco-friendly maintenance gets a dedicated nod as well. A section
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TEXT: STEVE HILL
St Basils Cathedral
Major cities can often be distilled into one
iconic image. Paris, for example, has the Eiffel
Tower, in Rome its the Colosseum, and if you
close your eyes and think of Moscow, then the
chances are that St Basils Cathedral will come
to mind.
Also known as the Cathedral of the Protecting
Veil of the Mother of God, or Cathedral of St
Vassily the Blessed, this defining symbol of Russia
recently celebrated its 450th birthday, receiving
the 21st century accolade of a Google Doodle.
Critics have described the cathedral as a
fairytale palace made of sweets and compared it
unfavourably to a piece of Disneyland architecture.
But this is a building that has remained standing
despite demolition attempts by both Napoleon
and Stalin, and is said to have inspired architects
from Antoni Gaudi to Frank Gehry.
There are no known precedents for the design
conjured up by Barma and Postnik Yakovlev on
the orders of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate
the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces.
It was originally white, matching the white-stone
Kremlin, before the cathedrals onion-shaped
domes received patterning and a multi-coloured
approach some 150 years ago.
These days it is a museum, and an impressive
one at that after undergoing a decade-long
restoration costing some Dhs52 million.
And the eccentric approach to its original design
a crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes
according to one critic continues to influence and
liberate architects around the world.
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