Forbo has reportedly launched a new collection of marbled lino floor coverings Marmoleum Marbled. The range has been designed in response to the growing trend for interiors with a lived-in aesthetic, which can create more relaxed environments that contribute to well being and productivity.Marmoleum Marbledcomprises five different styles, with each blend a multitude of shades echo the colours of natural landscapes. It is manufactured almost entirely from natural raw materials including linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, jute and limestone, making it one of the most sustainable floor coverings available on the market. It is reportedly independently Environmental Product Declaration confirmed as a carbon neutral floor covering in the manufacturing phase of its life cycle.
PPAA Arquitectos has reportedly designed the Aculco retreat by sourcing a stone from a nearby quarry in Mexico. A-90 sq m gateway has been created in order to create completed isolation in the middle of nowhere. A rectangular stone volume forms the house. A slanted roof profile accommodates a mezzanine at one end. In order to avoid the need to transport materials, the architects have used stone blocks from a nearby quarry for the structural exterior walls. Clay has been used for the building’s floors. On the ground level, two symmetrical glazed doors allow the home to open to the elements and ventilate naturally. Sliding wooden panels cover the glass and leads to the living space. Behind the fireplace is one bedroom, while at the opposite end of the bedroom is the bathroom and service area.
Nook Architects has reportedly completed the work on the co-working space The Room in Barcelona. The firm has used rosy-pink walls and wooden joinery to generate a warm and inviting atmosphere. The Room is reportedly a shared office for 14 people and has been designed to suit a variety of work styles. It proposes a variety of arrangement of spaces, with two blackened spurce wood boxes that anchor the main room of the office. This portion can be used for small workshops or meetings. Fronted by translucent panels of polycarbonate, the volumes have been made to sit just beneath the 3.5 m-high ceiling, keeping in view the exposed timber beams in the roof. The back space is mainly occupied by a kitchen that features a marble-topped breakfast island and counter. Black sofas, chairs and light fixtures are visible throughout the interiors.
Brani & Desi has reportedly designed a concept for the Breakfast With Mondrian apartment. The Bulgarian studio has borrowed Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract paintings into 3D form for the apartment. The apartment features bold blocks of primary colours, with few intervals of white and black. The interiors are designed on open space concept, where the rest of the house is connected. The interiors have been projected by using bold geometry and colours. Other designers that have channelled Mondrian in their work include architect Vladimír Ambroz, who created a Corian bookcase with doors and drawers in primary colours for Czech company Amosdesign. The upholstery of the Charles Chair that Marcel Wanders designed for Moooi also recalls a Mondrian painting.
The White House Interiors, a home furnishing store, has reportedly opened along the US 280 corridor. Spread over 18,000 sq ft in the Brook Highland shopping centre at 5209 US 280, it has been located between the two busy stores. The store offers home furnishings, lamps, lighting, art, bedding, home decor, design and staging services. Besides, the store also offers hand-picked items.
The home decor superstore At Home has reportedly opened three new stores, including its first store in Madison, WI market in Texas. Besides, its has also opened its stores in Chicago and Indianapolis, thus bringing its nationwide store count it 183. For each new store it opens, the company hires around 25 new team members. It has reportedly added 800 store-level team member positions last fiscal. At Home is based on a warehouse model and finds a wide selection of style ideas, a continually updated assortment, the latest trends and exciting seasonal products.
Kokaistudios has reportedly designed a menswear store in Shanghai. With skate ramp-style fitting rooms and church-like archways feature, the fashion store Assemble by Réel is curated with styles and takes a customer on a journey through an eclectic. Spread across 1,037 sq m, the store is located on the third floor of the mall and Kokaistudios has carved an open-plan space with structural interventions based on archetypal city sites like a gallery, church, public park, and skatepark for the project. The changing room block has been designed with a sloping roof that appears as a skateboard ramp. The backdrop to the park area of the store is floor-to-ceiling window that looks out over nearby Jing'an Park. It is decked out with wooden storage units and several cylindrical plinths that evoke the shape of tree trunks.
Threefold Architects has reportedly created a 40-m-long wall, made from plywood and steel, that partitions the public from private spaces within a London office. Called as an inhabited wall, the wall is designed to split the office's front and back of house activities. The partition, further, incorporates various openings, meeting rooms, wellness rooms, break out spaces and a canteen along its length. Some openings functions as doorways, while others work as windows. The function of the wall differs and hence, the architecture studio has reportedly used modest and cost-effective materials such as plywood to reflect the company's design-focused and affordable approach. Matt midnight blue laminates on alcoves are used in kitchen counters.
Carmody Groarke has reportedly completed the Windermere Jetty museum in England's Lake District. It houses a collection of boats including motorboats, steam launches and yachts in a lake-side cluster of copper-clad buildings. The London-based studio is headed by Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke and has been successful in retaining some of the site’s working background. The museum has natural settings and creates a connection between people, boats and water. The architecture of the museum is influenced by its setting and by local vernacular architecture. The rest of the building features the main entrance, conservation galleries, education spaces and a cafe. The building's exhibition space features whitewashed walls.
Chinese studio Lewu’s Borrowing for Birth collection was reportedly launched at Design Shanghai. The collection comprises of tables and stools. Besides, the studio covered second-hand furniture pieces with a viscous liquid solution that releases hydrogen and bubbles to form a silicone foam. The studio collected abandoned furniture that was found at second-hand markets near its base in Hangzhou. The collection aims to explore the relationship between materials and nature. That said, Stellar Works also launched its furniture collection at the show for the first time.