Innovative design is always something that tickles my fancy, and these pieces by Mika Barr do not disappoint.
This Israeli print and textile designer has developed a unique 3D fabric using geometric patterns. The pieces take on a beautiful, sculptural nature as they fold according to the chosen pattern.
The colour palette ranges from minimal to bold brights, in a range from cushions to throws that all emit this edgy, tactile nature that is so intriguing.
PLaT Architects have created this seriously amazing, geometric hotel design located in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
The Xiangshawan Desert Lotus Hotel is set in this dramatic desolate landscape that changes from rolling, golden sand dunes in summer, to icy snow-covered peaks in the winter. Not one for the faint hearted, this holiday location is more suited to the adventure seeker and those wishing to experience the wonders of mother nature, including blizzards and sandstorms!! When the weather is clear, the resort offers unique activities such as camel rides, desert surfing and sand skiing.
The hotel is a visually spectacular arrangement of white sails which cover, and protect, the underlying hotel and its guests. It appears like a mirage, rising from the dunes and becoming one with them as the sand fills the lobby floor. Due to the ever shifting grounds it is built on, PLaT architects needed to invent a unique structural system to anchor the hotel and allow flexibility to deal with the elements. A huge part of the design process was the consideration of how to utilise solar, water and wind energy to run the hotel in an environmentally friendly, self-sufficient way.
I think this hotel is definitely one for the bucket list.
I am not afraid to share that I have a total ceramics crush on The Mod Collective!
The whole collection is available in this amazing range of fun colours and a huge array of edgy finishes. The unique surface patterns are created through a mix of design software, 3D printing and then the final pieces are cast, by hand, in Valissa’s Melbourne studio. The result is these beautifully detailed objects that range from serving ware through to light pendants.
I adore the complete range but I think the light pendants are simply spectacular! The textured surface is emphasised so beautifully as the light rays shine through the porcelain. These are really a special creation, don’t you agree?
Geometric patterns are still a huge trend at the moment with hundreds of beautiful faceted designs on the market.
This week I share with you a few pieces that I think are the pick of the crop, easy to work into your home as individual pieces, without the need to totally overhaul your style.
Hope you like my selection!
1. Timber & Ore Bar Stool by Woodsmithe
2. Wooden Geometric Vase by Urban Analog
3. Brass Himmeli Hanging Planter by HRUSKAA
4. Geo Birdhouse by Kelly Lamb
5. Kaleido Trays by Hay / available in Australia through Corporate Culture
6. Toshi cabinets by Lucanichetto / Casamania
7. Geogami Quilt Cover by Snurk / available in Australia through Top3 by Design
Inspired by this weeks The Hermitage, I thought a wee bit of pinspiration was in order to end the week!
I have selected some gorgeous images that really display the variety of ways wood can be used in the home, and the various effects it can create. See how the natural colours and textures of wood can add warmth and interest to your home. From Scandi to Rustic, I think I have covered all tastes and styles!
Herringbone parquetry is still my number one obsession… what style do you love the best?
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I love this next design because it is so simple and at the same time pure design genius.
Hockerbank 2010 by Joanna Dehio is a collection of round tables and stools which can be transformed into long benches and tables by the addition of extra planks of wood with matching round cutouts. GENIUS!
How many people do you know who struggle to supply extra seating for events and parties? Generally our option is to store a huge stack of folding chairs and trestle tables to cater for these situations but imagine the space you would save with this design! I am awe-struck by how simple and clever this piece is.
Last year Hockerbank Edition 2012 was released which is a colourful version of the original design, adding a little fun and pizazz to this fantastic piece of furniture.