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Rustic Contemporary

2010 July 12

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2010 June 1

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HEAD Architecture combined two apartments in Hong Kong to make a new home for a new family. They designed it so that the rituals of family life – bathing, playing, eating, sleeping – can be thoroughly re-evaluated, with an open-plan sequence of simple flexible spaces facilitating the informal flow and changing requirements of an expanding family.

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Studio/Office/production facility designed for PostPanic by Maurice Mentjens Design.

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Flat #1 by Ecole

2010 March 30

Ecole, a French architecture and design studio, has designed an apartment interior in Paris.

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Organic Architecture

2010 February 19

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The New Facebook Office

2010 February 10

Facebook recently moved their offices out of several smaller locations spread throughout Palo Alto, CA and into one central, 150,000-square-foot building that used to house Agilent Technologies. The space was designed by studio o+a who took time to interview employees to see what they wanted and what would make their work experience better and more productive.

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Climb or slide?

2010 February 2

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Green T. House, Beijing

2010 January 29

Artist, entrepreneur and tea lover Zhang Jin Jie wanted to create a business that would reflect and indulge her many passions.  The Green T. House is precisely that, a “tea experience” that encompasses dining, music, art, architecture, and the aforementioned leafy beverage.

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The Gyrofocus, designed by the award-winning contemporary fireplace maker Focus, has been named as the World’s Most Beautiful Object for the 2008-2009 Pulchra design competition. The suspended fireplace achieved the highest number of votes in the inaugural year of the ten-year design competition. Over a year, 74,425 participants voted by Internet for the 10 most beautiful objects among 100 selected by a jury of experts in design and architecture, including Alessandro Mendini, Italo Lupi and Matteo Vercelloni. The fireplace created by Dominique Imbert in 1968 came out as the voters’ top choice, over objects ranging from a television designed by Philips, a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, creations by Philippe Starck, and a Leo Cut diamond; their key point in common being the beauty of their design.

The black fireplace is made of 4mm-thick steel, has a diameter of 1.25m and a weight of 97kg. It rotates 360° so it can be easily directed to face different parts of the room. The length of the flue and other adaptations are produced to requirements.

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Pulchra is the first ‘beauty contest’ exclusively reserved for objects. Launched in Italy in 2007 by Sandro Silvi, an internationally renowned architect passionate about beauty (pulchra in Latin means ‘the most beautiful’), the aim of the competition is to present to the public, each year for the next 10 years, 100 objects carefully selected for their beauty by a committee of experts. This latest honour grants posterity to the Gyrofocus, assuring its place in history thanks to the voice of the general public, who resoundingly affirmed the aesthetic principle of its creator Dominique Imbert: beauty in simplicity.

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