Makepeace Mansions Apartment is a minimal apartment located in London, United Kingdom, designed by Surman Weston. The design scheme references the aesthetic of the original building and others typical of the era, specifically Charles Holden’s historic art-deco tube stations.
The scheme is incorporated by a motif of decor-inspired curves, which are present in every room of the home. Curves are found in the fluted oak cabinetry within the kitchen while a circular window is introduced to divide the kitchen from the living room.
The fireplace is framed by bespoke arched concrete and terracotta handmade specifically for the project by the studio. The doorknobs, which are also custom designed by the studio, reinterpret the classic doorknob profile into an understated minimal form.
It seems safe to say that small living has surpassed having its moment to now being a movement. While plenty of individuals choose to go this route to have a smaller environmental footprint or rely on fewer material goods, some of us have no choice as city dwellers. Now there’s one less thing to miss with Urban Balcony, a wall structure made of iroku wood and available with several accessories that allow you to take full advantage of what little outdoor space you may have. Designed by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for Unopiù, Urban Balcony is a modular, flexible system that will allow you to create a space for entertaining, relaxing, or even working.
Take full advantage of that extra outdoor space by making your balcony or terrace an extension of the interior of your home. Urban Balcony can be made to measure, then you simply affix it to either a wall or ceiling before attaching flower boxes, shelves, countertops, and more.
The city lives and the public and private areas evolve. There is a transformation in the use of areas and Urban Balcony understands this change by creating new multiple solutions of micro-furnishings for a better use of city balconies or small outdoor areas. Urban Balcony is a system which can be configured for modern terraces. Eating, reading, studying, working, hanging out washing, looking after plants and flowers, relaxing: these are just a few of the things one can do in this “renewed” space that, however small it might be, is of truly great value.
-Meneghello Paolelli Associati
Urban Balcony is currently available for purchase on unopiù.com.
Allsteel recently expanded their commercial seating offerings to include Rise Lounge, a modular seating system inspired by the natural ways humans get together and collaborate. Designed by Rainlight Studio and IDA Design, Rise Lounge comprises a series of multi-level soft modules and work surfaces that aim to increase productivity and flexibility in any environment. The collection features a variety of shapes, including a chaise, tiered risers, corner pieces, ottomans, and more, that can be placed together into any configuration, much like a three-dimensional puzzle. Rise also allows for changes throughout the day or for different activities as needed.
The components can be used on their own or in a collaborative setup – like face to face, back to back, side by side, or angled apart. Rise Lounge adapts to different styles of work and body types while accommodating relaxed or more traditional postures.
Power adaptors are an option to give users the ability to work and charge their devices conveniently.
For more information on Rise Lounge, visit allsteeloffice.com.
Hidden within the depths of a historic cavernous water deposit turned exhibition space underneath Madrid’s city center, the sights, sounds, and challenges of gaming’s past were revived into a luminous and immersive video game exhibition titled, Game On.
Organised by the Fundación Canal and Barbican International, the design project was tasked to eco-focused Smart & Green Design and coordinated by Fernando Muñoz, architect from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM).
Game On was realized to become the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to video games, spanning the history of gaming from 1972 to the present. The results are a luminescent celebration of gaming’s imprint upon culture – one part Flynn’s Arcade from the original TRON, one part Missy Elliott video circa “Work It” – all contained within a museography guided by the values of sustainability and environmental impact.
From its first vector-based digital iterations till its final real world construction, Game On was imagined to offer visitors a holistic overview of the artistic, aesthetic, and historic context of gaming’s imprint across the decades. With 500 original pieces, including 150 playable titles, visitors are invited to first learn and then play games which stands as hallmarks of the medium, all within a space imagined as an ode to gaming’s past architectural stage, the arcade – an exhibition “where you can look and play”.
Designers at Smart & Green minimized the use of raw materials, committing to integrating lightweight, modular systems with standardized dimensions. These mobile pieces quickened construction while also reducing excess waste, with every piece selected for their highly environmentally friendly characteristics.
Sadly, like many exhibitions and events around the globe, COVID-19 concerns forced the exhibition curated by Barbican International Enterprises and organized by Fundación Canal to close prematurely. Let’s hope Game On is one day revived again to offer the “Press Any Button to Continue” of museum experiences again.
Photos by Javier de Paz Garcia.
This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Amy Auscherman, Head of Archives and Brand Heritage at Herman Miller. Amy manages Herman Miller’s extensive corporate archive and facilitates its use for the company and design community at large. In this interview, Amy gives us a behind the scenes tour of the Herman Miller archives while discussing how she became a design archivist, her relationship with the company’s product development team, and more.
In conjunction with her work at Herman Miller, Amy co-wrote and edited Herman Miller: A Way of Living, which is the first-ever monograph on the company. Through a plethora of images and text gathered from design archives around the world, Herman Miller: A Way of Living chronicles the company’s storied history with a focus on its many iconic designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Alexander Girard. The book can be purchased directly from Herman Miller here.
Part of Amy’s job involves working with different departments at Herman Miller, whether it be assisting the product development department with design research or helping the social media team with an archival initiative. One of the projects she’s currently most excited about is planning an archival “merch” program that involves reprinting posters and drawings from the Herman Miller Archive. Amy can’t share too many details quite yet of what that will look like, but she is excited to bring the collection to life as it is something people request often.
View Amy’s DMTV Milkshake episode above, then check out the rest of the series here.
Photos by Daici Ano for Herman Miller.
Another new month, another new desktop! For this Designer Desktop, we’re sharing a new wallpaper pattern called Reflections by Mitchell Black, an American home decor brand that specializes in custom and bespoke wall art, wall coverings, wallpaper, textiles, and designer flooring. From washy paint strokes to abstract geometrics, you’ll find that the Mitchell Black Wallpaper Collection is inclusive of both traditional and modern design that can instantly transform a room. Mitchell Black now offers select wallpaper patterns in fabric as well, so you can bring what’s on your walls down to your sofas and cushions.
Mitchell Black is pairing Reflections with a fitting quote from Picasso to help you find inspiration whenever you look at your tech devices.
Learn more about Mitchell Black here.
View and download past Designer Desktops here.
Last week, Isola Design District concluded their 6-day virtual festival, Isola Goes Digital, to celebrate new designs and designers featured on their digital platform. If you missed any of the events, you can still e-meet a selection of the designers, studios, and brands on the platform and learn more about their projects and collections. In the coming months, even more designers and projects will join the platform, as well as live-streaming events organized by international guests.
The platform is such a fun way to discover designers and their projects, take an inside look at their creative process, and even purchase items! Here’s a few featured designers we think you should check out:
Isola Design District will also take part in Dutch Design Week, from October 17-25, 2020, with another digital format to come. Stay tuned and visit isoladesigndesigndistrict.com to learn more about upcoming events!
In this episode of Clever, Amy Devers talks to branding and design strategist Jessie McGuire, who was born in El Salvador and adopted by a “wholehearted feminist” single mother. She grew up exploring her creativity and getting encouragement to go to art school. After a few degrees and a slew of work experience she’s now the managing director of ThoughtMatter, where she’s fostering a culture of work worth doing, building a justifiable case for creativity and spreading the gospel of curiosity, thoughtfulness and generosity. And redesigning the constitution, nbd. Listen:
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It’s easy to overthink things that are profoundly simplistic – the inspiration behind Roll, for example. Designed by MUT for Sancal, this chair found its design approach in leg press machines you can find at the gym. That’s right, a piece of furniture designed for relaxation was inspired by something made for the complete opposite purpose.
This chair has a lot going for it in the forms of balance, beauty, and functionality. Constructed using only steel tubes and two cylindrical pads, for seat and backrest, Roll also makes for a fantastic work of sculptural art – especially when stacked in multiples.
The pads can be upholstered in any of Sancal’s fabrics and twelve lacquer colors are available for the chair’s metal structure. While Roll is designed to last and we anticipate you having it around for a long time to come, the chair’s raw materials make it sustainable and simplifies the recycling process when the time comes.
For more information on the Roll chair, visit sancal.com.
Liang Architecture Studio has transformed the interior of home in China into a grand space that highlights its own architecture. Design director Xu Liang and his team focused on creating a flow that focuses on how a human would naturally move through the space.
The ease of movement resulting from the careful layout allows the occupants to focus more on their surroundings as a whole as they move around.
A main goal when designing the space was to let in as much daylight as possible, which was accomplished through playful skylight cutouts and strategically placed windows that mimic the height and shape of the structure building. The skylight cutouts project tiny light shapes on the walls that act as a natural art installation.
Previously, there were only two areas that allowed natural light inside, so a central atrium was added to strategically allow sunlight to enter the space from all sides and on each level.
Subtle details, like a structural beam above the foyer remain from the home’s previous design to pay homage to past memories.
The overall layout is open and free-flowing to encourage interaction amongst family members. Parts of the ceiling above the living room and dining rooms were cut out in order to connect the public areas as much as possible.
Photos by Wang Ting and Ye Song.