Kimpton To Open Another Grand ‘La Peer Hotel’ In West Hollywood!

Feb 07, 2017

The long-in-the-works La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood is scheduled to open its door this summer, led by architecture firm, Moule & Polyzoides, in conjunction with LA-based architect, Gulla Jonsdottir, for the interiors.  

The 105-room hotel is located on Melrose Avenue and La Peer Drive in West Hollywood’s Design District. In addition to guest rooms, the hotel will offer a pool, gym, and a rooftop deck spanning 4,000 square feet. The hotel’s design will be a mix of artsy exterior and a contemporary interior (leather interior walls will make an appearance).

Renderings of the interior spaces show what looks a lot like an upscale spa, with plenty of neutral, earthy tones and a liberal dose of accent plants.

Apart from being one of the developers, Kimpton will also operate the hotel along with KHP Capital Partners and AJ Khair. Big year for Kimpton with the opening of another massive project, namely The Everly Hotel, in Hollywood!

Yves Behar Designs A Revolutionary, ‘Smart’ Turntable!

Feb 03, 2017

Yves Béhar has designed a smartphone-connected compact turntable that plays music by spinning on top of a still vinyl record. The Love turntable aims to make it easier to play vinyl records. Béhar designed it for the new company Love Turntable Inc.

Unlike traditional record players, Love is capable of skipping tracks. This is because its single arm is equipped with a sensor that scans the record and determines its size and number of tracks before playing it back. The arm sits on top of a smaller, circular base, forming a compact and portable player. 

Users turn the system on by tapping the top of the arm's shell. The same action turns the player off, as well as skipping to the next track. Alternatively, they can access controls through an accompanying app, enabling them to pause, skip and play tracks remotely. Sound is streamed to speakers via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Love's design is based on that of classical instruments, with Béhar likening its shiny black finish to that of a grand piano.

Roca Presents India Arch Dialogue 2017 This February

Feb 03, 2017

Presented by Roca, India Arch Dialogue 2017 (IAD) is starting today onwards and will go on till 21st 2017 - an FCDI Initiative, at Gallery 1AQ, Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli, New Delhi. IAD 2017 is hosting a diverse gathering of design professionals including ace class architects, interior designers, fashion designers, real estate developers and photographers from across the world.

Change in lifestyle and spending patterns have led to a strong inclination towards international standards of technology and design. Roca, India’s leading manufacturer of bathroom products, is focused towards technology and innovation in design and provides high-quality solutions for the consumers.

Renowned professionals like Alexandra Schwarz, Roger Diener, Martand Khosla, Akash Bhatt, Priya Paul, Sandeep Khosla, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Samar Jodha to name a few, will engage the audience by sharing their professional expertise using varied mediums to stimulate, challenge, facilitate and grow an environment of exchange. IAD is hosting top-notch architects from around the world who will host the session on Architectural Abstractions, followed by interactive sessions on The Impact of Contemporary Art on Architecture.

IKEA Releases Stunning New ‘Jassa’ Collection Inspired By South-East Asian Design

Feb 03, 2017

Ikea’s new limited edition Jassa collection is not to be missed! Inspired by Indonesia and South-East Asia, Jassa’s eclectic mix of furniture, textiles and accessories is packed with pieces that will bring a feel of sunnier climes to your home.

Created by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek in collaboration with Ikea’s design team, the collection centres around sustainable production values, earthy materials and vibrant colours and patterns.

Every piece is made from rattan, bamboo, water hyacinth, sea-grass or cotton and all the natural fibres are entirely handmade, which results in unique characteristics in each piece. ‘The beauty of a handmade collection like this is that you get a bit of variation in the end products,’ says design team member Iina Vuorivirta.

Ikea’s Jassa collection will be available exclusively in stores from March 2017, and will be available only while stocks last. Sustainably made, vibrant and beautiful – we’re making a note in our diaries now!

Weston Williamson Proposes New Design Concept To Resolve Palestinian Housing Issues

Jan 31, 2017

British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow.  

Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants' wealth grows.

Weston Williamson claims the needs of the majority of Palestinian households are not being met by the present housing market, with up to 70% unable to afford average house prices.

Basic apartments would be built around a central circulation core, and each would have its own large balcony.

The scheme, which is proposed for the West Bank and Gaza, is designed to provide long-term homes that "grow with their inhabitants", allowing residents to expand outwards onto balconies using prefabricated panels.

Dallas’ Design District Embraces The Largest Branch Of The ‘Celebrity Café & Bakery’!

Jan 31, 2017

The world is about to get another branch of Celebrity Cafe & Bakery, and by the world, we mean Dallas' Design District. The restaurant will open at the International at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd. in March.

The International in Dallas’ Design District marks the sixth location, joining five other locations in Highland Park, North Dallas, Frisco, Plano, and Colleyville. At 3300 square feet, the Design District branch will be the largest to date. 

"We think the International on Turtle Creek is a premier location for us to put our brand on display and look forward to becoming an integral part of the neighborhood," says Owner Brian Livingston.

Maddhome Now Enters The Home Furniture Category!

Jan 31, 2017

Maddhome, a well-established name in the home decor space, forays into new category of “home furniture”. These timeless pieces of furniture will add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your home. Maddhome’s new range includes sophisticated upholstered chairs, ottoman, cotton rug iron and wooden stools, cotton rug pouf, cotton rug benches, accent stools etc. in different designs, shapes, patterns and varied colours and material of wooden furniture that upgrade the look of the interiors.

You can also find the classic and modern designs of recycled natural wooden stools with iron and steel base. Each piece of furniture is easy to move although constructed in durable material with natural shades. Each design is hard to find, hard to classify and hard to miss. Maddhome tables are made from mango wood top that can double up as coffee tables, kitchen tables or simply decorative side tables!

You Cannot Miss The ‘Mapping Culture’ Art Exhibition Taking Place In New Delhi!

Jan 30, 2017

Artist Madan Meena is organizing an exhibition titled “Mapping Cultures” from 27th Jan to 5th Feb 2017 at Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. The artist will exhibit sets of paintings and silk-screen prints that focus on the lost cultures of Rajasthan.

According to Madan Meena, Visual Artist and Researcher - Mapping Culture Exhibition is about artist quest to identify the lost of cultures of Rajasthan. Once known for traditional art and crafts Rajasthan is on the threshold of losing their prized entities and this is what I tried to show the through the set of paintings. The set of paintings are quite fascinating and interesting as it is exhibited with full of exploration and documentation through colours.

The work on the paintings is symbolic and represents 'change'. Raja Jai Singh II, Ruler of modern Jaipur, who also happened to keep keen interest in architecture, had allotted places to his craftsmen to stay and work. The eponymous paintings Amber, Ranthambore Dreams, Jalmahal, Rajasthan, Moonless Night and many more, focus on the actual value of the monumental places.

Franke Launches Elegant & Antibacterial ‘Mythos Fusion’ Sinks

Jan 30, 2017

Franke, one of the oldest and most renowned brands in the manufacturing of sinks and other kitchen appliances, launches Mythos Fusion Sinks, which is an exclusive combination of steel and Fragranite. Three elegant steel details fuse perfectly with Fragranite, making the dream of combining different materials and colours a reality.   

The revolutionary new Fragranite+ technology takes care of the cleaning issue related with composite sinks, and is now available on all Franke  Fragranite and Silk Sheen Fragranite sinks, which now enjoy ultra-smooth surfaces.

Kitchens can be a critical location for spreading bacteria (multiply every 20 mins) and demand special attention to hygiene, in this case taken care of by the integrated ‘Sanitized’ hygiene function in a Fragranite sink. Tests have proven that Fragranite treated with Sanitized reduces bacteria and microbe growth by 99%.

Harvard University Now Offers Free Online Architecture Course

Jan 30, 2017

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design will soon offer a free online architecture course titled ‘The Architectural Imagination’.

The course is a 10-week program designed to give students an introductory level of understanding about architecture, including how to read and analyze architecture and learn drawing and modelling techniques.

The course will be divided into three parts and will be taught by K. Michael Hays and Erika Naginski (Professors of Architectural History), and Antoine Picon (Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology).

The course, in all, will introduce students to perspective drawing and architectural typologies through video presentations and hands-on exercises, and challenges involved in writing architectural history. It will also address technology and materials of construction, and explore architecture’s relationship to social and historical contexts.

The course will be offered on the EdX platform, a massive open online course (MOOCs) provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

According to the latest report from MOOCs aggregator Class Central, an estimated 58 million students world-wide are enrolled in 6850 courses offered by more than 700 universities.