The common spaces in college dorms tend to leave a lot to be desired with beaten down furniture and typically lots of beige. For Campus X’s university campus in Rome, they flipped the script and brought Tommaso Guerra in to give these spaces life and they do not disappoint.
Campus X hosts approximately 1,800 students from all over and their Italian campus is the largest. The campus comprises private rooms, along with lots of common areas, like study rooms, lounge spaces, co-working spaces, and a play zone for students to study, relax, or socialize with each other.
The project was divided into two parts – study rooms and the open lounge and play areas – both of which got their own individual design plan. The communal spaces feature plenty of acid colors that give nod to the 80s with gradients that make the walls pop. There’s a colorful ping pong table, plus spots for foosball and pool.
The study rooms feature a much calmer aesthetic with more muted colors and lots of wood for easier concentration.
We’ve shared works by Harkavy Furniture on the site before so we’re excited to share the newest addition to their furniture range, the Sling Collection. The frame is made with hand-finished walnut wood, the top is a powder-coated aluminum surface, and the middle storage is a panel of blackened hand-stitched leather. The trio of materials – wood, metal, and leather – combine together into a minimalist, functional design while highlighting the raw beauty of the materials. Each element of the Sling design is customizable, including the choice of hardwood, the powder coating color, and the leather or canvas sling option.
In the pantheon of favorite kicks, the adidas Micropacer ranks high on our list of sneakers we’ve worn throughout the years (we never tire of the LCD microcomputer harbored within the style’s left tongue). Which partially explains our enthusiasm about seeing the silhouette refreshed with contemporary manufacturing and material technologies, alongside seven other archival silhouettes spanning in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s under the banner of the Never Made Collection.
Unlike the Futurepacer, the recent futuristic rendition of the Micropacer, the MicropacerxR1 is topped with the recognizable archival-inspired silhouettes harkening back to its 1984 Olympics roots (aka the Los Angeles Summer Games), but now sports the cushioned material technology of current NMD Boost soles.
The Never Made Collection isn’t just a single assortment, but comprised of three distinct groupings of sneakers, each separated by decades: the 1970s Line of Descent, 1980s Genealogy of NMD, and the 1990s Genetically Modified ’90s Tech series.
The 70s Line of Descent series (above) adds 4D carbon-printed tooling initially explored in the adidas Futurecraft series, adding the 3D-printed lattice midsole onto the iconic 3-striped I-5923 silhouette, an amalgamation reborn as the Ix4D. An all-terrain grippy midsole transforms the COUNTRYxKAMANDA into an aggressive all-terrain ride with a retro upper. And finally the MARATHONx5923’s classic running silhouette receives a BOOST technology upgrade, guaranteeing a much nicer ride than its original 1970s predecessor.
Alongside the above-mentioned MICROPACERxR1, two other iconic running silhouettes from the decade of the 80s get the NMD technology upgrade underfoot, sporting the recognizable side plate detailing and rebranded as the BOSTONSUPERxR1 and RISINGSTARxR1, each part of the Genealogy of NMD series.
Rounding out the collection, the genetically Modified 90’s Tech series presents two BOOST-enhanced styles, transforming the Feet You Wear and EQT into the 98xCRAZYBYW and ZX930xEQT.
The Never Made collection is available globally starting October 17th. For more information visit adidas.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on Instagram or the internet, chances are you’re familiar with Christene Barberich, whether it’s her enviable collection of vintage clothing, her journey to motherhood, or the fact that she’s one of the co-founders of Refinery29 as well as their editor-in-chief. Her legendary fashion and design sense drives people in droves to her Instagram account to see what she’s wearing or how she’s styling her apartment as of late, so it’s no surprise she’s bringing that same aesthetic to a collection of vintage-inspired furnishings. The Inside x Christene Barberich collaboration, which includes beds, chairs, ottomans, screens, and pillows, perfectly translates her unique style with bold patterns and playful color combinations in a variety of accessible pieces all made in America.
Barberich noted artists Anni Albers, Edith Heath, Anne Griswold Tyng, and the Gee’s Bend, Alabama quilt makers as groundbreakers in their individual crafts and ones who’ve played a role in how she feels about home and design. With a hope that her own designs reflect a celebration of those works that influenced her, she’s passing a torch, so to speak, to others to create a home that informs the way you want to live.
We spotted Lim + Lu back in 2017 at ICFF and since then their playfully clever furnishings and interiors have prominently stayed on our radar. The award-winning studio was founded in New York City by the husband-and-wife team of Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu who have since relocated to Hong Kong where Lim was born and raised. Along with co-founding the studio, Lim acts as the Creative Director bringing his architecture background that began with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning. Post school, he worked in Hong Kong at Davidclovers Architects, Gravity Partnership, and CL3 Architects, and with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City. Earlier this year, Lim was featured on the Forbes ’30 Under 30′ Asia for The Arts 2018, after the studio was selected as Rising Asian Talent by Maison et Objet 2017, 40 Under 40 by Perspective Magazine, and the 100 Most Influential Architects and Designs by Architectural Digest China in 2017. There’s no doubt this duo is going places and we can’t wait to see where. In the meantime, Vincent Lim shares five of his must-haves and favorite things, in this Friday Five.
1. Drawing instrument
Before leaving home, I always make sure to grab one of the many drawing instruments scattered everywhere around home. As a designer who draws inspiration from my surroundings, it is hard to predict when an idea may come. Regardless of it being a good or bad idea, I find it helpful to make a quick sketch or jot a note of it which I can later revisit.
2. Hong Kong Tram System
The tram or better known as the “Ding Ding” by native Hong Kong-ers due to the bell noise it makes when traveling down the streets of Hong Kong is perhaps my all time favourite mode of transportation. The double decker trams perfectly contrast the rapid pace of the city as they slither their way through the city. At its slow pace and large windows that flank all sides of the vehicle, the tram experience has a rather voyeuristic quality to it – perfect for people watching and getting inspired by the cityscape. The “Ding Ding” is not recommended if you are squeezed for time.
As someone who has a short attention span and gets easily distracted, earphones are a necessity for me.
People say travel is one of the best educations and I would agree. The more you travel, the more you see and as a result the more informed you are of different cultures and experiences. A lot of my inspirations come from traveling to new places – when you are exposing yourself to new ways of thinking, living and understanding.
5. My wife
She is the Lu of Lim+Lu. Because we are business partners as well as partners in life, it is impossible to draw a clear distinction between work and play. Our relationship began as a romantic one, and against all the advise, we decided to join forces to start our design studio (I think we made the right call). Elaine and I have very similar design processes and aesthetics as we both received the same Architecture training at Cornell University. We also both bring different skill sets that complement each other in the professional setting.
Klopf Architecture’s name has become synonymous with the restoration and renovation of iconic Eichler homes, but what you might not know is that they design new builds that are equally as exquisite. Their latest project, the Los Altos New Residence, is a project inspired by mid-century modern homes that’s complete with the perfect indoor/outdoor living scenario to enjoy California weather.
A low sloping roof with clerestory windows fills the open living space with natural light while making it feel massive and grand. Sliding glass doors open to expand the home’s interior footprint into the outdoor space.
Klopf Architecture partnered with Outer Space Landscape Architects to achieve the beautifully landscaped yard and outdoor spaces.
Wood siding was used both inside and out creating a cohesive feel and tying the spaces together. White walls and white oak floors are paired with walnut cabinetry and furnishings.
Just off the kitchen is a children’s playroom that opens up to a fenced-in play area outside. When not in use or if they want to hide the mess, they can simply close the sliding pocket door.
An open atrium helps light the central part of the house while adding a bit of nature as a focal point.
Photography ©2018 Mariko Reed
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like riding on top of a bazooka, look no further than the Sol Motors Pocket Rocket, an aggressively styled “noped” hailing from Stuttgart engineered to rocket forward at speeds up to 50mph powered by an 8.5hp electric motor.
Making its official debut at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne, the SOL Motors Pocket Rocket’s unusual large aluminum tube design is functionally driven, encompassing the noped’s removable 220V battery power source and an internal computer compatible with both iOS and Android apps. Each end is capped by LED lights: a 6-bulb headlamp up front, and a circular array of rear brake lights and turn signals in the rear. The design is reminiscent of Vanmoof e-bicycles, sharing a similar large tubular top tube design, exaggerated even further into artillery-sized proportions.
Hydraulic braking system with regenerative brakes helps this compact personal vehicle eke out a range of up to 50 miles per charge. Additionally riders can switch between the three riding modes: “eco”, “sport”, and “wheelie”, the last showcasing the torque demand performance of EV vehicles.
The company seems to have intentions to ride the wave of electric vehicles currently reshaping the mobility landscape in urban environments around the globe, noting the Pocket Rocket’s “optional connectivity module for sharing and fleet management integration”. But those yearning to own a Pocket Rocket untethered from a fleet will have the option to pony up around $6,000 to own the slower 6hp entry-level model, with the option to add a $1,500 premium for an upgraded “S” version capable of unleashing the electric 2-wheeler’s full 50mph capabilities.
Adding bold patterns to a home can be scary, especially in the form of furniture, but these patterns applied to Society6’s credenzas don’t look intimidating. In fact, in monochromatic color ways, they turn an everyday piece of furniture into one that’s much more eye-catching and appealing. Would you add a pattern-laced credenza to your home? Maybe these ones below will change your mind…
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Nordic design studios are known for their simple shapes and clean, reductive patterns. The industry here, whether in interior design or architecture, favors natural products and practical designs. Given the extreme seasons, with close to full days of sunlight in the summer and prolonged hours of night in the winter, it is necessary for inner space to be comfortable and practical, warm and bright.
Finnish design can take the next step to prominence when it breaks away from the Nordic typecast, and it does so best when it is able to touch on history and the value of freedom and equality in Finnish society today. In this regard, the Finnish design studio Marimekko has made great leaps in taking their designs to a personal level. Instead of cool tones and simple shades that are trademark of Nordic design, Marimekko’s aesthetic is warm and bright, playful and homey.
At Helsinki Design Week, Marimekko’s designers shared with Design Milk the origins of their design ideas as well as what values they stand for today as a company.
Marimekko was started in 1949 by Armi Ratia. Armi Ratia’s husband, Viljo Ratia, owned a textile printing factory and she wanted to create new prints for his company. Finland had lost part of the country to Russia, and Armi Ratia thought people needed something bright and beautiful in their lives.
Marimekko had a big break when Jacqueline Kennedy bought seven of their dresses during the course of her husband’s US presidential campaign. She was even pictured wearing a Marimekko summer dress on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which then earned the brand spreads in other big international fashion magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Marimekko’s most recognizable print is the Unikko which was created in 1964 by designer Maija Isola, against Armi’s orders. Armi was initially against floral prints, thinking it would look too traditional, too trite, but she was swayed by Maija’s radiant Unikko design.
Another iconic design is the Tasaraita by Annika Rimala. This even-striped shirt, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, is designed to be attractive to all ages and genders as a celebration of equality.
At the Marimekko factory in Finland, we get a glimpse of how the fabrics are prepared.
Designers draw up prints either by hand or on the computer, depending on the individual designer’s preference. The design is printed with rollers. They are then brought over to a station where a member of the staff can check over the design to make sure it is printed well and free of errors.
When that is complete, the fabric is now ready for use. Some of the fabric is sold as it is in the shop. Some of it is manufactured into clothes and home accessories.
When asked about the coloring process, Marimekko’s designers told us that they don’t use Pantone or stock colors. They make their own dyes and have hundreds of different shades stored in the archives at the factory.
As for how young talent can get a foot in the door and work at Marimekko, the team said they actively support young talent by hosting competitions, mentoring interns and partnering with design students at Aalto university.
For Finnish design fans, the Marimekko team also gave a shoutout to Finnish home interior and textile brands Vallila and Finlayson, which they say embody a similar aesthetic and are quickly gaining repute both within Finland and internationally.
3 Britannia Wharf is a minimalist home located in London, United Kingdom designed by Paolo Cossu Architects. The residence is a compact, split-level, two-bedroom house that is one of four houses converted in 1994 from an original factory warehouse situated on the banks of the Regents Canal.
Paolo Cossu Architects were approached by the homeowners to individually reconfigure the internal layouts of the four houses and develop new second-floor roof extensions with terraces. Numbers 3 and 4 Britannia Wharf have now been completed and number 2 is currently under construction.
3 Britannia Wharf was designed and developed with an economy of visual, spatial and structural means. A simple palette of oak, marble, and lacquered timber paneling, provide the clients with a timeless interior that enhances the quality of the existing spaces. The new spatial configuration and surface treatments enhance the penetration of natural light throughout the house subtly playing with the shimmering reflections of the Regents Canal.
Located inside an iconic Brutalist water tower in the heart of Tel Aviv, The Lighthouse is the Brown Hotels’ latest addition to its collection, which already includes four hotels in Tel Aviv, two in Jerusalem, and one in Trogir, Croatia. The new hotel offers guests an abundance of modern amenities, panoramic city and sea views, a panoramic rooftop lounge, and more.
Designed by Argentinian-Israeli architect Nestor Sandbank with direction from Brown Hotels co-founder Leon Avigad, the Lighthouse features a contemporary interior that plays up rich tones of navy and emerald, metallic accents, and varying textures. Golden gates section off parts of the public lounge spaces without closing any one space off. The lobby’s library offers a place for a chat and a cocktail.
The hotel currently offers 100 guest rooms, though a phase two will open up two floors for an additional 60 rooms. For an especially memorable visit, you can book one of the 12 exclusive terrace rooms which offer private balconies, outdoor jacuzzis, and stunning views. Even if you’re not set to splurge, all rooms provide obstruction-free views of the Mediterranean Sea coastline or panoramic views of Tel Aviv.
The guest rooms are between 22 to 28-square-meters, making them more spacious than an average hotel room in the city. The focus of all the rooms are the wooden-clad walls that are punctuated by light-filled crevices. Contemporary furnishings and lighting accents decorate the rooms while 800-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets grace the queen- and king-sized beds. Full-tub showers are filled with Molton Brown amenities for a luxurious soak.
When guests aren’t in their luxurious rooms, they can head to the hotel’s lively lobby area, two cocktail bars, the Haiku panoramic rooftop lounge, two pools, a full-service gym/spa, or the lower level conference/banqueting center. For food and beverage, the hotel’s fifth floor serves breakfast (with the local signature shakshuka dish), lunch, and a-la-carte breakfast.
What: The Lighthouse
Where: Migdalor Tower, 1 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv 6380101, Israel
How much? Rooms start at approximately $141 USD per night.
Highlights: This is the Brown Hotels’ biggest and most amenity-rich property to date.
Design draw: There are many design features throughout the hotel, whether you’re exploring the lobby (a spatial layout with golden gates sectioning off communal spaces) or your own guest room (walls punctuated by crevices of light).
Book it: Visit The Lighthouse
Photos by Assaf Pinchuk and Max Morron.
With companies adopting open layout concepts or transforming unconventional buildings into office spaces (see here and here, for example), there’s an increase in the need for acoustic solutions to address the noise issues. Crease is a new range of modular acoustic ceiling tiles designed by Turf Design and MNML that helps dampen noise and control the level and frequency of sound in different areas of the office.
What makes the Crease range unique is that it’s made to magnetically snap to the underside of a grid that can attach directly under pre-existing ceiling tiles. Made from recycled polyester plastic (a majority of which comes from recycled water bottles), the drop ceiling tiles add dimension and texture while also concealing the grid itself.
Photos by Michelle Litvin Studio.
Tidelli Outdoor is the Brazilian brand that brought us the ability to create custom outdoor rugs and now they’ve launched their 2019 collection full of new products, finishes, colors, and stones to help anyone create the perfect outdoor oasis. They’re continuing to use their signature material – nautical rope – in new and inventive ways with the addition of 11 new colors that range from the more soft, subtle shades to much more bold and daring, including aqua, emerald, jade, rose gold, rouge, mustard, galaxy, indigo, burgundy beige, copper, and blood orange. Along with new rope colors, they’ve added new aluminum colors and have started using real Brazilian stones. Besides the new color choices, Tidelli is releasing a collection of new outdoor accessories, like planters, candleholders, lanterns, pendant lighting, trays, cooler buckets, pillows, and macrame curtains to add to their expansive catalog of furniture offerings.
Another release for 2019 is the Obsession Collection created by Kwangho Lee, a Korean artist brought on to collaborate and design five new pieces, including a lounge chair, bench, ottoman, and two coffee tables available in two color options.
If you think design work is still happening traditionally then you haven’t met Devon Grace Interiors. Founded by Devon and Michael Wegman, Chicago based DGI is not only producing some of today’s most beautiful work it is doing it with technology in ways interiors firms never imagined. And…it clearly appears to be working. DGI has already grown by 600% this year and their iPads are still ringing. Yes, we said iPads.
A major reason for their success is they are producing their work on the go, in the air and on site with mobile platforms. Utilizing iPads, Morpholio Board and a flood of other intelligent software the team is able to design, present and document their work not only faster and smarter but also, from anywhere. And perhaps more importantly, they are using their formula to connect with clients in exciting new ways.
The struggles for young designers are obvious. They all have way too much to do, budgets are tight, clients want to be more involved in the process and in order to deliver, you have to maintain a constant flood of design inspiration that doesn’t just happen at your desk.
“One of the biggest challenges in this industry is channeling a client’s thoughts and desires into something concrete,” says Devon. “Using mobile tools along with our experience, we’ve come up with a system that allows us to extract a client’s aesthetic without them even realizing it.” Enter the iPad Pro, Morpholio Board and a host of software that allow Devon, Michael and their team use to work their magic anywhere—even on the go.
“Software has finally made our lives smarter and easier,” says Devon. “A great example of this is using Morpholio Board. We design a space using moodboards and Board automatically converts them into furniture lists and cut sheets for us, which would have taken a week at the office.”
For DGI, design is primary but their unique combination of Michael’s tech background from his days at Autodesk, fused with Devon’s international firm experience allows them to stand out from the rest. They believe that a space should not only be “an expression of the individual” but that it can and should be created in a more efficient and collaborative way.
Two recently completed Chicago projects illustrate that their formula is working and churning out superb results. In the West Loop townhouse, Devon combined touches of the neighborhood’s modern industrial aesthetic with a few family antiques to personalize the feel. Elegant pale grey silk wallpaper in the dining room, contrasts with deeper, moodier grey suede wallpaper in the bedroom. The overall flow is designed for entertaining but details like the handsome, sculptural accent chairs in green velvet make it cozy for everyday living.
Their Logan Square condo also strives to entertain with a programmable disco ball and saucy neon artwork. Yet, Devon is still able to maintain a level of modern sophistication with black and ombré painted walls and custom shelving that elevates the living room, into a gallery for growing collections. The dome lighting in the dining room fills the space like modern sculpture but also gives off a warm glow. The effect is as sleek as your favorite hotel and yet, feels like home!
“The days of relying solely on samples and showroom visits have come to an end,” says Michael, “Clients are demanding a more comprehensive visual platform that validates a cohesive design before signing off. I think the industry is at an inflection point where if you’re not using smart technology to collaborate with your clients, you won’t be able to compete with those who are.”
Devon and Michael hope to continue to grow their business by letting the right tools do the hard work for them, while they focus on design, details and clients. Having these tools with them on the go allows them to build strong relationships with their clients whether sourcing exotic new materials or sifting through heirloom antiques. As Michael says best, “With our highly refined design process, we’re able to help our clients create something truly unique without requiring them to take any ‘leaps of faith’. They get to see everything in full context before making any decisions.”
Photos by Dustin Halleck.
Kathy Butterly’s beautiful and odd sculptures are the result of a literal manipulation of traditional ceramic forms. Her latest exhibition of new work titled “Thought Presence”, on view now at James Cohan Gallery in New York, presents 24 new vessels that demand a full 360-degree exploration.
Each form begins with an existing generic store-bought vessel. Kathy replicates each “perfect” item in wet clay through a molding process, that she can then physically distort. The resulting new sculptures are glazed and fired up to 30 TIMES each, building up layers that often crack or add new volumes.
These aren’t ceramics anyone should experience sitting down. You’ll find yourself (and watch other visitors) circling every work multiple times. Each sculpture is a surprise from every angle, often appearing as 2 entirely unique objects from front to back. At the same time, each work is littered with incredible tiny details that require a close and quiet examination – from tiny bead-like trim to confetti-like outgrowths.
The #1 job of art is to keep you looking – and Butterly’s ceramics are impossible to turn away from. Like the night sky, you’ll just see more the longer you look.