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DESIGN TALK: VLUV

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know the founder of VLUV, a German line of ergonomic sitting balls and seats, all about reforming a sedentary lifestyle. VLUV was founded by Kristof Hock, the head of his own eponymous label, Hock design. Before setting up his own brand, he worked as a product and concept developer at a number of international advertising agencies. But Hock felt he was…

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DETAIL-ORIENTED DESIGN: Old meets new in Tokyo

Kooo Architects’ recent apartment renovation in Meguro, Tokyo incorporates soft, warm wood tones and elements of a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Undertaken by the firm’s founders, Ichijo-Toma focuses not only on the bigger picture, but also on the details.     Japanese lifestyle The founders of Kooo Architects decided to draw on the wisdom of the generations that came before and the materials that have been respected in the culture to create something that now is rather out of the ordinary.…

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BRUTAL BUILDING BLOCKS: A Viennese spa pavilion

Austrian architecture firm Smartvoll decided to go outside of the box for a new private spa in the countryside town of Hinterbrühl near the country’s capital. And what they came up with happened to be a deconstructed monolithic box housing a true wellness temple. Vertical and horizontal Situated at the rear of a residential property, the private spa designed and developed by Viennese firm Smartvoll brings design back to the basics of modernism, focusing on form and function above ornamental…

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DESIGN TALK: ANNE LINDE

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anne Linde, the head of her own eponymous design label. The Danish Anne Linde founded her own label in 2004. As a young designer with an earnest, no-nonsense demeanour, Linde set off on a path that ultimately proved once and for all that she is not just one of many. She chose to focus on developing ideas according to her own…

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HOLIDAY HYGGE: A small Norwegian seaside retreat

Nestled right into the edge of a seaside cliff in the coastal city of Sandefjord, architecture firm Lund Hagem designed a small holiday home with a somewhat different profile.   Commissioned for one of the architecture firm’s very own founding partners, the project is designed as a small annex to accompany an existing holiday home on the secluded coastal site. The 30 square metre residence is carved into the rocks, its stepped roof and vertical glazing curved around the weather-beaten…

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ROUGH AND READY: A true display of mastery

There’s something to be said for a house that displays its bones proudly, showing off natural materials and a variety of textures. And Missionsstrasse House by Buchner Bründler Architekten is a true display of mastery of this art.   Swiss heritage Located in close proximity to Basel’s famous historical centre of Spalentor, which dates all the way back to the 1400s, Missionsstrasse House is a representation of a bygone era of Basel’s history. Built in 1880, this structure – once…

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BOLD IN BARCELONA: 2 tries create a dream apartment

Situated within an art nouveau building in Barcelona, a Californian family has created its own dream Spanish residence. With the matriarch of the family initially spearheading the renovations alone, local studio Colombo and Serboli Architecture came in mid-way after a fire cut out half the work, and half the budget.     While the original plans, many of which had already been undertaken before the fire struck, were much more elaborate, when it came to round two the Californian owners…

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DESIGN TALK: WIJNPAAL

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Ruby Oudejans and Mike Plevier, the founders of Wijnpaal. Their Amsterdam-based label is all about wine — the word ‘wijnpaal” means wine pole in Dutch — and makes display racks for all kinds of wine, from red to sparkling. Their objects emphasize the beauty of bottles by setting them into the foreground.…

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