Apr 29, 2011

UNStudio / Ben van Berkel with consortium DUO²


UNStudio/ Ben van Berkel, with consortium DUO², realizes one of the most sustainable large office buildings in Europe for two governmental offices The Education Executive Agency & Tax OfficeA new, 92 meter tall complex of soft, undulating curves marks the skyline of Groningen. This asymmetric, aerodynamic construction is set amidst small, ancient woodland, sheltering rare and protected species. The project includes the design, construction and financing of two public institutions; the national tax offices and the student loan administration. The commission from the RGD (National Buildings Service) includes, besides the architecture, the management and building maintenance and care of facilities and services for a period of 20 years. Accommodating 2,500 workstations, parking facilities for 1,500 bicycles and 675 cars in an underground garage, the building will be surrounded by a large public city garden with pond and a multifunctional pavilion with commercial functions. The architecture aims to present these institutions with a softer, more human and approachable profile. Tall buildings are generally associated with mid-twentieth century modernism. Their harsh, businesslike exteriors contain powerful, inaccessible-seeming strongholds. By contrast, the DUO and Tax offices deliberately cloak a commanding public institution in an organic, friendlier and more future-oriented form. Credits to ewout huibers & ronald tillemann



Apr 21, 2011

Collection Here & There designed by Fabrica for secondome


Here&(T)here is a collection of 8 object-sculpture designed by Fabrica for Secondome in limited edition to 30 signed pieces and numbered. Born by the unusual union of two material noble to great aesthetical value, the blown glass and the oak wood, worked in a craft way, the collection is composed from 8 hybrid and audacious sculptures that privilege the form to the function and they contain in themselves a small fantastic world.

Fabrica is Benetton’s communication research centre, created in 1994 from Benetton’s cultural heritage. It is located in Italy, near Venice, in a complex which Tadao Ando restored and enlarged. Fabrica’s challenge is both an innovative and international one. It is a way of marrying culture and industry, using a form of communication which no longer relies only on the usual kinds of advertising, but conveys industrial culture and the company’s intellect through other media: design, music, cinema, photography, publishing, the Internet. Fabrica has chosen to back the hidden creativity of young artists/researchers from all over the world. Following careful selection, they are invited to develop concrete communication projects under the direction of some of the main players in these areas.

Secondome is a Design Gallery based in the historic center of Rome. In 2008 it became Editor and was founded Secondome Edizioni. Located in the prestigious Palazzo Boncompagni the space of the Gallery Secondome, designed by the architect Claudia Pignatale, is a design container in its purest form in which the objects will be the only players. The Gallery concentrates on discoveries in the world of design, dedicates itself to new designers and innovative projects, focuses on independent Italian producers as well as on the editions that Secondome produces, promotes and exports around the world.



Apr 20, 2011

Aurelia Eichhornia | Studio Jo Meesters


During the Furniture Fair in Milan 2011, Studio Jo Meesters presented it’s new project entitled Aurelia Eichhornia. The Aurelia Eichhornia is a series of lamps especially developed for the presentation of Leolux during the 50th Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 where the Dutch furniture company exhibited its new collection.


The presentation wich is set up in a Alice in Wonderland meets Underwater World, is emphasize by huge waterlily leaves coming from the ground and a series of colourful handmade floral carpets created by Studio Jo Meesters.


Inspired by waterplants and jelly fish, the Aurelia Eichhornia is a series of knitted pendant lights combining the materials glass and textile. Using found fermentation bottles as a basis for the design, the bottles are cutted and polished and covered afterwards in textile. The yarns are especially developed in the Audax Textile Museum combining cotton and luminous filament yarns, which gives the lamps a glowing effect after it is turned off.Using an advance automatic knitting machine programme the lamp is knitted covering the glass from top to bottom resembling a flower ready to bloom.

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