Dotted Ceilings Create Glowing Patterns In This Building

Jan 09, 2017

American studio Tighe Architecture used plywood, perforated steel and white LEDs to upgrade the communal spaces in a pair of nondescript, 50-year-old office buildings in the Los Angeles area.

Perforated steel panels, clear-finished plywood and various lighting strategies were then installed to "energise the spaces" and assist in way finding.

"The layering of building materials, pattern and shadow define circulation and other areas of activity," the studio said. 

The panels are affixed to walls and ceilings. In the lobby areas, they extend beyond the front door to form dramatic exterior canopies.

White LEDs shine through holes in the metal panels. The patterning was inspired by raindrops in one building and a network of highways in the other.

The team also suspended linear LED fixtures in all of the refurbished areas, and added benches and stools made of plywood.

University At Buffalo Police Soon To Be Stationed In Stylish Headquarters

Jan 06, 2017

Students in Jin Young Song’s fall studio in the School of Architecture and Planning spent the fall semester creating designs for a new University at Buffalo (UB) Police headquarters.

“Our aim was that through the architecture itself, the building should be fostering that relationship with the campus community every day,” says Song, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, and Cofounder, DIOINNO Architecture, which has offices in Buffalo and Seoul.

Song has been interested in viewing the contemporary building facade as a mechanism that integrates manifold technical and non-technical elements, thereby generating a specific relationship between people and the culture.

The studio was split into three teams, each charged with developing designs for a new police headquarters in one of three different named locations: the Green Gateway (Solar Strand site), University Link (near Lake LaSalle) and the Wellness Gateway (near the current location).

The designs all strive for spaces that make it easier for police to do their job, while removing the visual barriers that can make a building seem closed off and uninviting.

Bmw Unveils The Interior Design Of Futuristic Self-driving Cars

Jan 06, 2017

For so many years, the automotive industry focused on the technical aspects of autonomous vehicles. Self-driving technology can easily be deemed the future. However, BMW decided to unveil what the aesthetics might look like with self-driving cars rather than the autonomous technology itself.

BMW debuted the Inside Future concept at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. While most traditional concept cars have full hoods and exteriors, the BMW body lacks most of the structure. And for good reason, as BMW designers clearly wanted to show off a unique and fresh new interior concept.

The cabin has four wide comfortable seats, with a throw pillow on one row and a small bookshelf between the front and back rows. Despite the rather cozy feel, the cabin maintains an open and airy design.

BMW would also include HoloActive technology when the car projects a 3-D image onto the console.

However, BMW understands this “holy grail” of self-driving cars will be hard to reach.

“How do we replace the human brain’s recognition and decision making with an intelligent system?” Frolich said.

Despite those problems, the future of autonomous driving certainly looks comfortable.

Anita Dongre’s Delhi Store Is A Piece Of Traditional Art

Jan 06, 2017

Anita Dongre’s global label is a testament of the years of hardwork and the thoughts she has put in her designs.

With many stores across the country, the designer chose Delhi to house her largest flagship couture store in India - spanning over an area of 10,000 sq. ft. Both her collection and the interiors of her latest store – have an essence of Rajasthan’s culture and have been “intricately handcrafted by skilled artisans”.

“Every detail in the store and the couture is based on the philosophy to revive India’s rich crafts,” she adds.

Intricately planned, “there are thirty handmade Pichwai style paintings that adorn every room, with each owning for itself one animal subject.”

Anita Dongre’s favourite part of the boutique is “the organic terrace garden”, she adds. “An element we've added to this store, which is not present in our other stores would be the regal snooker table in the men's section”.

She further states that the entire space takes shape with various architectural elements including arches, jallis, nooks & corners, niches & alcoves that define Rajasthan.

Barbeque On Wheels Now Possible With Weber’s New Grill!

Jan 05, 2017

Weber introduces a barbeque on wheels! Whatever your needs – whether it’s a quick cook-up or a big garden party – Weber’s range of BBQ's is built to last and designed to make grilling quick, easy and delicious. You can even bake your cake in their range barbecues as Weber Stephen Barbecue uses the unique method of covered grilling.

Charcoal grill is the signature product of Weber, originated and invented by George Stephen back in 1950s, which is essentially the 'Covered Grilling' idea. The traditional kettle shape design made with steel and coated with porcelain enamel is a signature design, which makes the weber kettle an iconic symbol. Rust-resistant aluminum dampers open and close to provide proper airflow, heavy-duty plated food grates are durable, easy to clean and lock in heat; the charcoal grill is also equipped with a One-touch Cleaning System, preventing the build-up of ashes that blocks vents and suffocates the fire and easy ash disposal and cleaning. Charcoal range also has the portable grills, which are perfect match for travelers who wish to go for frequent picnics, outing, hiking etc. 

Priced at Rs 24,995 it is available across all the Weber Stores.

Bmdesign Studios Proposes Concave Roofs To Collect Rainwater In Iran

Jan 05, 2017

Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to  – drew up the concept of collecting rainwater during hot and dry seasons and regions. According to this Iranian architecture firm’s plan, bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates.

Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in the city of Jiroft, the architects set about devising a way to offset the building's water consumption. They came up with a double-layered roof featuring undulations and huge bowls designed to collect rainwater. The studio estimates its Concave Roof system could help the school collect up to 28 cubic metres of rainwater, which would contribute to its running.

"The outer shell provides additional shade for the domed roof while letting the air freely move and cool both roofs off," explained the architects. "The inner shell itself is slightly domed as only a section of a domed roof receives solar radiation directly at any time. A concave roof like this will help make even the smallest quantities of rain flow off the roof and eventually coalesce into bigger drops just right for harvesting before they evaporate," they added.

Update Yourself With The Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2017 Mobile App

Jan 04, 2017

Excited for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival taking place from January 16th – 22nd 2017? There’s now an easier way to access the schedule and whereabouts of each exhibition! Behold the TO DO mobile app…

Available for both iOS and Android, the TO DO mobile app features a complete list of TO DO exhibitions, events, and installations. With a variety of features including the Festival Map, a daily list of exhibitions, and access to the TO DO Blog, the TO DO mobile app keeps #TODO17 at your fingertips.

Browse through the full list of Festival programming alphabetically, or customize your search by type, and save your favourite must-see events for easy reference! The TO DO mobile app will make your Festival experience a breeze.

Save The Date For Studio Twenty8fifty7’s Grand Opening!

Jan 04, 2017

Studio Twenty8Fifty7, a new concept store for fashion and home design, has saved the date for its grand opening on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m., located at 450 Madison Plaza SE, Leesberg. The exclusive store’s owners, Jewell Green from Posh Couture, and Janice Harvey from Janice Harvey Designs, will host the VIP ribbon cutting celebration.

On the home decor side, Twenty8Fifty7 offers unique and elegant custom designs for residential and commercial interiors, as well as for special events and milestone celebrations. The store is designed to be a lifestyle boutique that will be equipped to dress shoppers and their homes!

The opening times for the store are Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: CLOSED; Monday: by appointment.

Delhi Furniture Interior Design Awards Is Now Accepting Entries!

Jan 04, 2017

As a brilliant kickstart to 2017, AK group and Apple Plywood in association with Architects Guild, present Delhi Furniture Interior Design Awards 2017. The first of its kind in the city, the award brings together architects, interior designers and design teams, giving them a platform to display their talent and flair as they gear up for the awards in the new year.

A quest for creative ingenuity that transcends language barriers and speaks to everyone, the award is a springboard to new career opportunities. Far beyond the practical purpose of the building, the award seeks a truly creative design that remains over generations, inspiring people and enriching lives. The lookout is for exemplary talent.

The competition being open to students and practising professionals from Mangaluru and Udupi, need entry requirements and guidelines to be followed, which are available here.

Hermès Launches Its First Outdoor Fabrics Collection

Jan 03, 2017

Let’s ring in the year with some good news. The all-time favourite luxury brand Hermès, whose scarves, handbags, ties and even perfumes you’d kill for, has now released its outdoor fabrics collection!


Adaptable to the exterior environment of your home, this new collection is the perfect choice to dress up your exteriors – be it your terrace, balcony or poolside. As for quality, keeping to tradition of using only the best fabrics, the materials are technical in practice yet sensual and exuberant in appearance. The fabrics are resistant to moisture, light, and chlorine.


With interplay in pattern, the fabrics are bold and expressed in four colour harmonies, exuding warm and natural vibes.  New year, new upgrade!