In order to design six bronze fountains embellished with over 3,000 crystals on the Avenue de Champs-Elysées in Paris, French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have reportedly collaborated with Swarovski. Each of the six fountains is comprised of a central bronze mast that supports three angled-poles suspended from the top of the structure. Positioned in a water pool, the three branches feature 258 custom-made Swarovski crystal elements that are arranged as circular cuffs around each pole and illuminated by LEDs. Each structure rotates as the water rises up to the mast and falls down through the crystals, giving it a chandelier effect. During daytime, the sunlight adds a glistening effect.
Chattels & More has reportedly opened its three new flagship stores across the UAE. The new store will be reportedly offering a range of furniture and accessories handpicked from around the world ranging from trendy, modern, minimalistic, quirky and elegant. Besides, customers will also find interior décor items that cater to all tastes and price points. The expansion is expected to turn the brand in one of the biggest homegrown furniture retailers in the UAE. Reportedly, the brand’s expansion plans include replacing existing IDdesign stores located in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, and Dalma Mall. Chattels & More has been active in the UAE since 2016 and is part of the prestigious Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, a multi-faceted conglomerate that has been in business for nearly six decades.
Rodman Paul Architects has reportedly renovated a single-storey home in New York. The Bay Walk bungalow opens up views of the swimming pool from its living space. Its sliding doors opens up to the central kitchen and dinning room, thus connecting two perpendicular volumes at the front and back of the site. A retractable glazing is right opposite to the entrance, connecting the outdoor area. Units wrapped in wooden slats flank the corridor, and contain bathroom and storage facilities. The central core area of the house opens up to the living room. The lounge is positioned to one side of this main axis, while the master bedroom on the other side is separated by a partition. Both the rooms provide direct access to the alfresco dinning area.
Ziggy, a furniture company, had reportedly partnered with hardware producer Nest Studio in order to design and build eco-friendly, health-conscious furniture. As part of the partnership, Ziggy is reportedly offering Nest Studio's popular Geo series of hardware designs in their original finishes. Initially, hardware was limited to a standard of options. However, now consumers and interior designers will be able to order customised pieces from Ziggy. In order to provide simple mounting solutions of brass and nickel knurled screws, the Geo Series was designed.
Jaque Studio has reportedly created Jungle Keva hotel with palm leaf-lined ceilings that meet wooden fixtures and furnishings. Spread across 50 sq m, the guest lodgeshave been dotted throughout a tree-filled plot of land to foster the same atmosphere of being in a small village in the Mayan jungle. The guest lodges have been constructed among the clusters of existing trees. Each building features a pitched timber roof lined with palm frondsand white walls made from Chukum, which is a type of stucco hailing from Mexico's Yucatan region. There are double height bedrooms with mattresses propped on simple stone plinths. Inside a kitchen and dining area opens onto a sun lounging deck.An adjacent yoga room fronted by slatted wooden screens cantilevers out over a pool that has two mature Sapote rising up through its centre.
Roca has reportedly introduced its vintage Carmen bathroom collection. The collection includes a complete range of bathroom products such as bathroom furniture and fittings- from WCs, basins, faucets to bathroom accessories. The collection offers a perfect blend of immortal and timeless designs with best in class technology to complement a modern bathroom. Carmen WC’s equipped with rimless technology, makes it easier to clean and provides better hygiene with uniform water distribution. The products are formulated with supralit soft-close seat and cover, which offers greater resistance to chemical agents and to discolouration. Its faucets offers an array of basin mixers, bath mixer and bath-shower mixer.
Martins Lucena Architects has reportedly designed IF House in Brazil. The concrete coastal house is spread across 420 sq m with modernist designs and features. A boxes with cantilevers and setbacks supports the house that sits on a sloping site. Its concrete structure is completed with windows to the south, thus capturing breeze from the east. In order to help mitigate solar penetration, wooden shading devices and a cement-tile screen have been added to the exterior. Materials such as wood and hydraulic tole and typical stones from the region have been used. The residence is divided into three levels. The ground floor comprises of the garage and service areas, with public zones and a guest suite. Bedrooms and library are designed on the top floor. The stairs to upper floors are designed with metal profiles.
Visuals of Frankfurt Grand Central, a residential complex in Frankfurt, Germany, has been reportedly released by Mecanoo. The 40-storye tower is wrapped in copper-coloured metal and is 140-m high. While the smaller block are reportedly dedicated to affordable housing, the tower is expected to host social housing on its seven lowest floors, and private units and penthouses on the upper levels. The tower is a mix of workspaces, retail and catering facilities, as well as a gym and kindergarten inside the glass plinth. A public square and a liner park extends to the Central Station, thus creating a lively public space which will connect the existing neighbourhood.
Matthew Simmonds has reportedly carved doric columns, arches and vaulted ceilings from stone one of his recent works. Each piece has been intricately hand carved into a single block of marble or limestone, and designed to evoke the feeling of a larger space. His sculptures measure from 30 cm to 50 cm in height and are crafted individual slab of stone. In his first sculpture, Hidden Landscape, Simmonds had carved a square cut piece of stone. However, his most complex piece, Windows, took him nearly eight months. The piece features a series of panels containing a variety of different sculptural forms. While most of Simmonds' sculptures are informed by basilicas, churches and cathedrals, he has also studied traditional architecture from a number of different cultures and eras.
In order to serve a tranquil retreat from urban life, EYRC Architects has reportedly designed the Spring Road house. Located in California, stacked boxes wrapped in terracotta and glass forms the house that cantilever over the site. Facades are wrapped in terracotta clay tiles, which help the home blend with the natural surroundings. Fascias made of dark grey titanium zinc contrast with the pale siding. The residence is divided into distinct zones. While the southern area features the kitchen and dinning area, the northern portion encompasses guest bedrooms, laundry facilities and a garage. The kitchen and the dinning area flows into a living room and adjoining terrace. The dining area is made up of wooden flooring that extends to the outdoors. A separate space houses a gym, sauna and study, which overlook a slender lap pool lined with black tiles. Adjacent to the pool is a square-shaped jacuzzi that emerges from the terrace. Earthy materials and neutral colour palette has been used throughout the residence.