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Alberta and Ferretti

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Alberta and Ferretti opened their flagship store in Los Angeles on Melrose Ave. catering to the Hollywood crowd. Sybarite, the architectural firm that specializes in fashion boutiques did the design work including the interior and display system.

The storefront of the 4,300 square foot space  has backlit capital letters subtly announcing the name of Alberta and Ferretti on the 1957 building. Chiffon minidresses and metallic stilettos are superbly displayed on freestanding blackened and polished steel fixtures with LED screens mounted above  the single hanger system, showcasing each piece individually. The unique sculptural design of the mannequins, forming a point at the base and fit into round holes in the terrazzo floor, allow for easy positioning. Others are held in place by magnets and appear to be freestanding or suspended throughout the store adding to the ultra contemporary overall design.

Plans for other stores designed by Sybarite are locations in Paris, Beirut, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

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January 25, 2011 at 12:16 am

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Renzo Piano-Architect

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Italian born architect Renzo Piano is well known for his simple yet elegant and highly refined style perfectly blended with function. He has won many of the most prestigious commissions of the past century.

His recent works; The Chicago Art Institute and the California Academy of Science both use design to create eco-friendly sources of light. At the Chicago Art Institute his new wing  houses many great modern masterpieces. The sources  of natural light beautifully illuminate these fine paintings long hidden from the public.

One admirer said the “serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world” *

Comments about his redesign of the California Academy of Science note-  embracing the enlightened values of truth and reason. Because of its environmentally-friendly design it was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Extreme Engineering series in 2006 and on National Geographic Channel’s Man Made series in July 2008.

Renzo Piano- architect :  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/arts/design/14muse.html

 Charlie Rose interviews Renzo Piano:  http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/10318

 * Ouroussof, Nicolai (May 13, 2009). “Renzo Piano Embraces Chicago” The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-05-13.

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January 25, 2011 at 12:14 am

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Jeju Provincial Art Museum

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Architects Garrison Partners designed the recently completed Jeju Provincial Art Museum in Jon-Dong, South Korea. Situated on Jeju Island the beauty of the landscape accentuates the building surrounded by a pool of water. Made from local stone, the simplicity and naturalness blend perfectly with the environment.

The exterior is designed in a cube form and the exhibition space  follows a circular pattern. Inspired by these simple forms it is a work of art itself.

The museum program consists of not only exhibitions but also includes research, conservation and education. read more

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January 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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The Tafoni Floating Home

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 The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement inspired by smooth, oval pebbles on the Califoornia coastline, is one of the many houseboats in the Sausolito area. Much more spacious with large partitioned rooms and high ceilings, it makes for a more comfortable living space than most.

Ms Borek-Clement points out that, “Houseboats, as opposed to traditional homes, have no foundations that permanently impact the land. They  can be  moved from one dock to another to allow the shaded land underneath them to recover.”

 Joanna Borek-Clement ,   educated in Poland, She lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Her design ideas focus on new methods of sustainability and creating Interiors, Architecture and Art that promote and develop these concepts. read more

      

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January 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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New Work by Japanese Designer Nendo at the Museum of Art and Design in New York

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An installation itself, the new furniture and other objects are beautifully displayed on plinths. The freestanding pure white rectangular and circular platforms compliment the minimal, highly sophisticated pieces on them. The ghosted effect creates an illusion as if they were melting into the floor. At the Museum of Art and Design in New York until January 10, 2010.    more

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November 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

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Tokyo Design Week

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Of the many designs on view, here are some of the highlights: architect Makoto Tanijiri designed an exhibition based on clouds, an interview with Gwenael Nicolas and Jaime Hayon, Tokujin Yoshioka and Max Lamb,  Nosigner’s jewelry box, and plastic relics by Cibone Editions.

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November 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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The Sofa Chats:Interviews with 4 London Interior Designers

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The Molteni & C Sofa Chats took place at 100% Design in London last month. Nigel Coates discusses the development of modern design in Italy where he also lives and works, Ilse Crawford- how Italian Design influences Briton’s, Matthew Hilton talks about the contrasting British and Italian design cultures, Arik Levy – the differences between design culture in his native Israel and Italy.

Nigel Coates, Isle Crawford, Matthew Hilton and Arik Levy

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October 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

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