Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses look like surrealist melting forms – Home Design Ideas

South African design studio Dokter and Misses have created a series of lights reminiscent of surrealist artworks.

Made of blown glass bubbles that balance on graphic steel structures, the Moonjelly series is the Johannesburg-based studio’s first attempt at making products that incorporate glass.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

“They’re like deflated balloons or suspended drips,” explained Dokter and Misses co-founder and head designer Katy Taplin.

“Some look quite a bit like boxing gloves and have a cartoon-like quality while others are more surrealist melting forms,” she told Dezeen.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

The lights were born out of a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory, where Dokter and Misses were invited to work alongside international and local glassblowers to experiment with the traditional craft and come up with new suggestions for shapes.

“We had an idea of what we wanted to do but we had no idea if it would technically work,” said Taplin. “So this really is the result of our play. And they are playful and weird.”

The studio worked with the team of blowers to bend recycled glass orbs over steel structures to produce a melting effect that recalls the paintings of Salvador Dalí.

The glass shapes bring a sculptural quality to the pieces, as no two shapes are alike. The white glass diffuses the light, offering a softened glow.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

“We departed from a point that we knew well, steelwork, and experimented with how the glass in its molten state would interact with it, in order to create a new production process,” added Taplin.

Dokter and Misses was founded in 2007 by industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin. The duo develops furniture, lighting and interior design solutions that are inspired by the chaotic city that surrounds them.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

Their bold, colourful, hand-painted pieces form part of a growing catalogue of limited-edition collectible work that has been exhibited in Basel, Dubai, London, New York and Miami.

Dokter and Misses are represented by the Southern Guild collective of designers in South Africa, alongside Porky Hefer and artist-cum-designer Jesse Ede, whose orbit light turns a full circle to mimic the movement of the moon.

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ completes Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Passenger Clearance Building – Home Design Ideas

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas have completed the Passenger Clearance Building to house immigration facilities for passengers and goods entering Hong Kong.

Built on a new 150-hectare artificial island reclaimed from the open waters to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the building acts as an “architectural front door” to the city from the recently completed Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

“The Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) will be constantly filled with movement; buses arriving and leaving the public transport interchange, and visitors and residents waiting to gain immigration clearance completed,” said Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P).

“Careful thought has therefore been put into how users will move around the site.”

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

The building has an undulating standing seam roof, designed to reflect the surrounding landscape, which is made from aluminium with painted extrusions and prefabricated off site.

Inside the building, which opened last month, RSH+P has created a simple, clear circulation enhanced by full height atriums that allow natural daylight to penetrate to the lower level and ensures there is a visual connection to the curved roof form.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

The architect said that the 90,000-square-metre building was conceived as an “architectural front door” and a “celebration of travel” surrounded by water with views to a natural skyline of evergreen mountains and hills.

The transport interchange and immigration control building is close to the Hong Kong International Airport and other transport links, including the SkyPier Ferry Terminal, the MTR’s Airport Express and Tung Chung line.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

“I am delighted to have worked on such an innovative project which brings beauty and elegance to the everyday activity of travel,” said RSH+P partner Richard Paul who led the architectural team.

“The new crossing will benefit those living and working in the region greatly with enhanced connectivity as well as highlighting the contextualised sensitive roof form which responds to the undulating mountainous backdrop of such a beautiful local environment.”

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

Opened last month, the 55-kilometre Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge was built to improve the overall connectivity of the Greater Bay Area improving transport connectivity and greatly reducing travelling time between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.

Originally the HKZM Bridge was due to open in October 2016, but the mega infrastructure project was plagued with delays, design and safety concerns, and reports of worker deaths and injuries.

In April of this year Hong Kong’s Highways Department rebuffed claims that the concrete blocks protecting an artificial island connecting the Hong Kong side of the bridge to the tunnel under Mainland China’s waters have been damaged by waves.

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Rare Pastrami Bar in Moscow designed by Crosby Studios with pink metal – Home Design Ideas

Gleaming sheets of pink corrugated metal contrast with rough plaster walls inside this Moscow restaurant designed by Crosby Studios.

Rare Pastrami Bar by Crosby Studios

The interior of Rare Pastrami Bar, which specialises in meat dishes, brings together the pink hues of sliced pastrami and the industrial finishes of an abattoir.

“The clients wanted a bold new design, something which has not yet been seen in Moscow,” Harry Nuriev, founder of Crosby Studios, told Dezeen.

Rare Pastrami Bar by Crosby Studios

Located in the Milyutinskiy Pereulok neighbourhood, the 100-square-metre restaurant had previously played host to a French eatery, organised around a large central wall.

The studio decided to keep this partition during the redesign, dedicating one side of the space to the kitchen and the other to seating for customers.

Rare Pastrami Bar by Crosby Studios

This room features corrugated tin wall panels coated in pink lacquer. The pink metal also clads the front of the timber bar counter, trims the edges of the dining tables and forms the disc-shaped base of the ceiling lights, which are suspended at different angles.

A set of concrete steps with slate-coloured bench cushions is installed at the rear of the space, creating further seats for diners. Nearby are a pair of cylindrical volumes covered in white tiles, which conceal the bathrooms.

Apart from the new grey terrazzo floors, all other surfaces are left in their previous state.

Rare Pastrami Bar by Crosby Studios

Crosby Studios has offices in Moscow and New York City. As well as designing interiors, the studio also produces furniture – earlier this year it created a playful range of purple chairs, side tables, and light fixtures covered in fur or shaped like hands.

They join a number of studios that have opted to use pink in the fit-out of restaurants – ASH NYC added peach-hued furniture to the pale dining spaces of Boston’s Dig Inn eatery, while Amit Studio brightened up Tel Aviv’s Bana cafe with blush-coloured window frames.

Photography is by Mikhail Loskutov.

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Don Kwaning’s Lino Leather is a vegan alternative to leather – Home Design Ideas

Designer Don Kwaning has developed a new material, called Lino Leather, that emulates the texture of leather for interior and furniture design.

The two versions of Lino Leather developed by Kwaning are the result of a series of material experiments with linoleum – known as lino – the compound material most commonly used as an affordable and hardwearing floor covering.

The first is a thicker version that emulates rumen leather, which is usually made from a cow’s stomach, and has folds and a honeycomb structure. Kwaning has used this to create wall panels that have acoustic dampening properties.

The second is closer to saddle leather, a softer material more commonly used in commercial applications.

Don Kwaning's Lino Leather is a vegan alternative to leather

Kwaning’s material is double-sided, with the usual textile backing that is needed to stabilise the material rolled between two layers of the compound so both sides have the same finish. Kwaning suggests it could be used in furniture design and upholstery.

“I took out all the pigments to give the material more depth, which also gives the Linoleum Leather a more natural look since the materials that it is made from show in the colour,” said Kwaning.

“The colours that you see are the colours of the wood-flour which is one of the Linoleum Leather components,” he explained.

“Dark brown is a mixture of different wood species, yellow is pine wood and in the red sample I used one per cent of the regular amount of pigment that is used in linoleum. In this way the colour of the wood combines with the pigment, so you can choose a colour but the natural look remains.”

Kwaning specialises in finding new uses for natural materials and teamed up with flooring manufacturer Forbo to develop new treatments for lino that could make it more versatile.

Linoleum is usually made from a compound consisting of plant-based oils and raisins mixed with minerals or fine powders such as ground cork. The compound is set onto a textile backing, such as canvas, and can be tinted to create different colour finishes.

Don Kwaning's Lino Leather is a vegan alternative to leather

It is most commonly used as a floor covering due to its ability to withstand heavy usage thanks to the addition of minerals such as lime, and is usually smooth in texture.

Kwaning removed some of the materials from the compound and increased others such as linseed oil to change the properties of the lino.

“Linoleum is an overlooked material,” Kwaning told Dezeen. “It is a material with great future potential.”

“Many people don’t even know it’s made from only natural materials,” he said. “Linoleum has existed for over 100 years and in this time period not much has changed in the production and application, and in my opinion, also not so much has changed in the look.”

Don Kwaning's Lino Leather is a vegan alternative to leather

Lino Leather was on display as one of two graduation projects by Kwaning during Design Academy Eindhoven‘s exhibition at Dutch Design Week. His other project, Medulla, focused on creating ecological packaging and design materials from the pith of the fast-growing soft rush plant.

“I like projects that aim to change the industry by introducing new ecological substitutes for existing materials that are toxic or harm animals,” said Kwaning.

Designers, material scientists and entrepreneurs around the world have been working to find vegetarian and vegan alternative to leather in a bid to tackle some of the environmental and ethical impacts of traditional leather production.

Examples include Piñatex, which is made from the wasted leaves of pineapple plants, and palm leather made from palm leaves.

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Yellow accents brighten Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson – Home Design Ideas

An elevated running track encircles this sports centre that Neumann Monson Architects has designed for the residents of Lone Tree, Iowa.

The 21,400-square-foot (1,988-square-metres) Lone Tree Wellness Center was created for the community of approximately 1,400 people, located halfway between the state’s capital Des Moines and Chicago, Illinois.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

The project was the result of a collaboration between the school district and the municipality itself: neither could individually afford new facilities, so they teamed up to cover the building costs.

“As a valuable community resource, the building deepens residents’ roots and encourages the town’s growth,” said Iowa-based Neumann Monson Architects in a project description.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

The school district was eager to provide spaces for its basketball and wrestling teams, and these two sports are the main focus of the new facility.

Because the basketball court requires more height, it is located in a double-height space towards the back of the building. The remainder of the ground floor is single-height, and is used for auxiliary programs such as locker rooms, a reception desk, and informal lounge spaces.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

The rooms for wrestling are located on the partial second floor, and are accessible by two symmetrical staircases along the southern edge of the basketball court.

A bright yellow running track is also available on this level. It wraps around the entire building perimeter, and is elevated to avoid disturbing the ground-floor programme.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

“In the new building, a raised indoor track orbits the wrestling/exercise room’s perch overlooking the basketball court,” said Neumann Monson.

More yellow accent walls are visible throughout the rest of the building, providing contrast to the palette of concrete, black-painted steel, and polycarbonate panels – all chosen to be “minimal and durable”.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

The use of transparent and translucent materials on the facade is intended to draw interest from the street front.

The architects designed the main elevation to showcase basketball games to passersby through a glass wall. Pedestrians can also catch glimpses of runners on the track above, through a row of polycarbonate panels.

Lone Tree Wellness Center by Neumann Monson Architects

Neumann Monson Architects has completed a variety of projects in its home state: from a zero-energy parking garage to a renovated historic farmhouse.

Also designed with the intention to bring together communities, leisure facilities elsewhere in North America include a covered basketball court in the Mexican port of Veracruz, and the underside of a Toronto highway that hosts a public skating rink in winter.

Photography is by Cameron Campbell.

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Prefabricated Huaxia Star Library by Dot Architects built in just seven days – Home Design Ideas

Dot Architects has completed a school library in rural China constructed in a week by amateur builders using the WikiHouse open-source architecture platform.

The Huaxia Star Library is an addition to Er-tai primary school in Hebei province, a rural community which is afflicted by high levels of poverty.

The school has 1,000 pupils, whose only library facility previously was a reading room measuring just 45 square metres. Chinese studio Dot Architects was created the standalone structure to house a dedicated library and reading room.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

The library was funded by a donation from Huaxia Bank, and was constructed by students from the bank’s MBA programme. This use of unskilled labour necessitated a design that was simple to construct for novice builders in a timeframe of just one week.

“The design scheme of the library had to respond the special requirement of the construction process,” explained Dot Architects, which was able to call on 46 volunteers to help with the build.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

The library is based on an open-source system developed by the Wikihouse Foundation, which provides downloadable blueprints for simple structures that can be constructed quickly and straightforwardly.

Dot Architects previously utilised the system when designing a futuristic concept home in Beijing, while London studio HawkinsBrown used it to install 21 modular workspaces on the site of the former broadcast centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

The pre-fabricated buildings comprise modules that are assembled in a factory, where the structure and insulation are combined with external and internal walls.

Once the modules are delivered to site, they can be craned into position and simply fixed to the main structural frame. Multiple modules combined in a row create elongated volumes with a uniform section.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

The library comprises three identical pitched volumes that are arranged in a row and staggered slightly in plan. Each structure’s gable wall is recessed to create a sheltered porch at the entrance.

The northern structure contains the library shelves, with a public space and courtyard occupying the central area, and the southern block housing a reading room. An adjoining pergola provides a shaded outdoor space.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

“The library blends into the local context with the typical triangular gable-shaped strip, yet its staggered arrangement and inner patio achieve an interesting and interactive space for the campus,” the architect added.

Plenty of windows incorporated into the facades ensure the spaces feel bright inside. The rooms are clad in chipboard panels that follow the gabled shape and create a sense of uniformity throughout the building.

Huxia Star Library by Dots Architects

The building process was supervised by the architects along with specialists in wood construction. School staff and pupils were responsible for installing the furniture, and the books were donated by Huaxia Bank along with other charitable organisations.

Danish architecture firm COBE recently completed a wedge-shaped library for a school in a deprived suburb of Copenhagen, and Gonzalez Moix Arquitectura designed a community library in Lima with columns shaped like books on shelves.

Photography is by Wu Qingshan.


Project credit:

Architecture and interior design: Dot Architects
Furniture design: Opendesk, Dot Make
Wood structure consultant: Crown Homes
Client: Huaxia Bank Co
Design team: Duo Ning, Zhang Longxiao, Mao Yanyan
Construction: All trainees in Huaxia Star training camp, phase seven

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Crazy money has “corrupted” architecture says David Adjaye – Home Design Ideas

Billion-pound projects are perverting architecture warns David Adjaye, who says architects should be champions for the cities they build projects in.

In a keynote speech at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam yesterday, Adjaye said that architecture should be the “arbiter of ideas”, yet many of today’s projects are driven by “elitism that is to do with hyper-commercial liberalism and who controls money”.

“Money has totally corrupted the ability to make a meaningful form,” the architect told the audience.

“It’s all about money now. Architecture in the west is absurdly expensive – projects cost billions and it’s crazy.”

Architects have a responsibility to cities

Adjaye, who was knighted for his services to architecture in 2017, argued that architects have a responsibility to make sure their buildings give back to the people that use them, rather than simply fulfil a client’s brief.

“Architecture is able to become a form that is able to push a certain sort of justice into the equation,” he said.

“I think that architects are responsible in the way that they work for a client, but they also work for a city, they’re always indebted to making sure the city is giving the best back to its constituents.”

Adjaye said his Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture gives back to the people that use it

The Adjaye Associates founder took the audience through a selection of his own projects, highlighting how each one offers some kind of “free space” –  a nod to the theme of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale –  to its place.

One example he gave was his Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Smithsonian Museum conveys political message

He said the building, which cost $250 million (£196 million) to build, is designed to take visitors on an emotional journey that communicates a political message. It does this by taking people down eight levels then back up another eight, to “literally physically bury people into a space with no light and then to lift them up”.

Design elements were also chosen to celebrate the craftsmanship of African people who were enslaved and brought to America.

“We think migrants have no skills but there were these incredible people brought to America who were literally building America with their skills,” said Adjaye.

The museum also features a shaded courtyard by the water, which lowers the temperature outside the building. “The building is the last moment before the mall, so in the hot summer sun it’s a much beloved space,” added the architect.

Aïshti Foundation gave Beirut a new public space

Other examples included the Aïshti Foundation, an art gallery and shopping centre in Beirut enclosed behind a gauze of red aluminium.

Adjaye said he was trying to create a place that could help the city recover from the “incredible trauma fracture” of the Lebanese Civil War with his design. One detail he added was a pool on the building’s rooftop.

Adjaye said his Aïshti Foundation in Beirut was designed to help the city recover from the “incredible trauma fracture” of the Lebanese Civil War

“Since the war, the idea of public space has become very contested – there are military everywhere,” he stated.

“This gauze embraces the multi-programme of the space, he added. “You can find a space that can give you reflection, mind, retail, this idea of wellness.”

Small-scale projects “can be an opportunity”

Even small-scale projects can help to  “reset” cities on some level he said, citing the pavilion he created for the Gwangju Biennale in 2013 as an example.

“Any moment can be an opportunity to go beyond the material excellence of construction,” he said.

The project saw the architect team up with author Taiye Selasi to design and build a public reading room where locals could swap books.

The space, which is “obviously WiFi-ed”, is still a permanent place for people to gather and use. “It has taken on its own life,” said Adjaye.

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What Does Latest Kitchen Interior Designs Mean? – Interior Design Ideas – Interior Home Design

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Whispered Latest Kitchen Interior Designs Secrets. If choosing to earn a rug the attention of an Asian decor, remember to select the most acceptable fabric for your use. You will find excellent high timber, fiber and different modular layouts on the market. If you discover the perfect combination of style, color, and materials, you can encounter a pair of furniture for your nook area which is modern and lovely.

You don’t call for a Design diploma or a thorough understanding of what’s provided in kitchen remodeling choices. It’s pointless to look for the correct fashion before you even know whether the cupboard will fit in your kitchen. After you own a set of cabinets which are the appropriate dimensions and will adjust a general kitchen interior design based, pick the best office from the choices you’ve got available.

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Interior design is a difficult job, and the experts here analyzed for a long time to supply services. According to the study, nearly one-third of people throughout the globe are using it to design their property. A lot of kitchens and baths have it yet you’d be surprised by the whole period that’s spent in planning this significant part a construction or remodeling project.

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In truth, it’s the most unique feature of contemporary homes. Do not also neglect to get a comfy office chair if it is possible to foresee You will spend a lot of time at your home office. Plus should you upgrade your kitchen you will find you will recover your investment if you choose to market and move home.

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A thriving design can modulate the caliber and quantity of lighting to attack the users’ physiological and psychological needs. Interior designing is a creative profession that provides technical solutions for any structure to attain a great interior atmosphere. This first job needs the proper understanding of the visual and surrounding enhancement of their inside area.

Colorful, braided area rugs can put in each room of your house for even more nostalgia. So, if you want a stylish kitchen in your home, a modular design is what to do. These appliances play a terrific role in each of the cooking and food preparation in your home.

If your food is excellent, the guest may want to taste that which you’ve made while you’re still busy cooking. The rustic kitchen isn’t simple, nor does that shortage course.

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You can include windows and glass doors to provide the mild an opportunity to enter your dwelling. It isn’t always necessary that you’ve got to put up lights of high wattage to be able to add brightness to your kitchen. See the means by which the appliances operate in the area by way of your color scheme.

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3 Holiday Color Schemes to Jazz Up Your Seasonal Decor – Interior Home Design

Is it time to jazz up your holiday color schemes for this season? There is so much more from which to choose than the traditional red and green although it is still a favorite of mine. Unless you work in the design industry, the selection of any ‘color scheme’ is daunting to most, however, I think I can make this easier for you. So, if you’re ready for a change, let’s explore a few delightful color schemes that you might enjoy and use in your home this season.

Jazz Up Your Seasonal Decor • 3 Holiday Color Schemes

Glamorous • Blush Pink • Rose Gold

When I saw this tree, I thought I had walked into a dream! This color scheme starts with a white flocked tree as the base. Add to that the gorgeous, large blush pink silk flowers along with the glass ornaments in blush pink, rose gold, silver, and white. This design is breath-taking yet easy to put together with the three colors of blush pink, rose gold, and white. Surround this dreamy combination with silver, white, and copper room decor for a glamorous design.

Holiday Color Scheme Blush Pink - Rose Gold - White

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Nautical • Copper • Dark Blue

This is the perfect nautical color scheme in copper, dark blue, and bright white. This green tree is loaded with big ornaments in variating sizes and styles. The colors shine through in the ornaments of gold glass, soft iridescent copper, bright white, along with the stars and snowflakes. This supports a surrounding design of blues, coppers, greys, and natural wood for a fantastic room full of nautical cheer.

Holiday Color Scheme Bright White Copper and Blue

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Traditional • Silver • Gold

I love trees with big ribbons and this is a great example of ribbon tree decor. This tree is textured with many levels of glittering silver and gold ribbons and ornaments. It sparkles with tiny silver poinsettias tucked generously around the tree. Follow this color scheme all the way through the wrapping of the presents for a truly luxurious and cheerful holiday event.

Holiday Color Scheme Silver and Gold Ornaments

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Happy Holidays to You & Yours

Holiday Color Scheme Christmas Candle Arrangement

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Whether you opt for traditional colors or something a little different, it is my wish that you find your inspiration for an amazing holiday color scheme. Moreover, may the colorful season ahead be full of warmth and cheer for you, your family and guests.

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