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we love trainers!

especially if they are eco-friedly like these ones from adidas…

sports brand adidas has created a concept trainer with an upper made using waste plastic filtered out of the oceans and a 3D-printed midsole created from recycled fishing nets.

bringing together two of the brand’s recent technologies, the 3D-printed ocean plastic shoe midsole was unveiled in paris earlier this week.

the project is part of adidas’ continuing partnership with parley for the oceans, an initiative that encourages creatives to repurpose ocean waste and raise awareness of the growing issue.

the german brand revealed its first trainer made from plastic scooped up out of the sea earlier this year. its upper was woven using fibres produced from the recycled waste – a technique that is repeated in this latest design.

the 3D-printed midsole, which cushions the foot and is covered underneath by a thin sole, is made using plastic melted down from old fishing nets. it builds on the brand’s futurecraft technology, which allows the midsoles to be tailored to the exact contours of the owner’s feet.

ocean plastic has proven to be this year’s breakthrough material. it has been used to create everything from crafted objects to denim garments.

hopefully we will se more of it!




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food, religion & rock’n roll

it’s festive season soon… and this restaurant in a former church somehow fits the mood…

the jane in antwerp

michelin-star chef sergio herman and chef nick bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with piet boon in a mythical location in antwerp –  the chapel of a former military hospital.

the shared passion of herman, bril and boon to work with pure, rich materials is expressed in the interior in which qualitatively outstanding natural stone, leather and oak wood are used. moreover piet boon studio, as with many of her projects, collaborated with a number of leading creative partners to shape the “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” character of the overall experience.

job smeets and nynke tynagel of studio job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows. archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion.

the ‘piece de résistance’ in the center of the restaurant is a 800 kilograms-weighing gigantic chandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the beirut-based design studio .PSLAB. the chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the intimate and ambient divinity of the chapel interior.

all in all, the jane sound like a perfect symbiosis and definately worth a visit!













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photos: richard powers

please, take a seat…

the last chair designed by late danish cabinetmaker frits henningsen has been put back into production by furniture company carl hansen & søn.

the 1952 signature chair features a single curved piece that forms the seat and back. the furniture’s sinuous forms are echoed in a gently bent wooden framework with tapering U-shaped legs. the top of the chair folds in slightly to create winged sections around the sitter.

carl hansen & søn was one of only two manufacturers that produced his furniture, and has been selling his windsor chair for over 70 years. while reviewing the designer’s archives the company came across drawings of the signature chair, which prompted them to put it back into production.

we think it is a great idea and simple like the chair!





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space 10 – an innovation lab by IKEA

we already know that IKEA is not just a furnishuing house. they come up with some alternative idea, collaborate with designers and surprise us in many ways… space 10 is yet another surprise of this kind.

space 10 is a research hub and exhibition space in copenhagen with the aim to test product prototypes and ways of boosting consumers’ wellbeing.



it will partner with individuals from the worlds of art, design, and technology on a series of research projects that will result in a range of prototypes, as well as exhibitions, events and workshops.

as well as exhibiting the prototypes, space10 is hosting a bar that seeks to address food consumption and production, by letting visitors customise and press their own snack bars in partnership with food designer bo lindegaard.




the lab has been set up by carla cammilla hjort, who also founded and runs creative platform art rebels, music and arts event trailerpark festival and creative studio rebel agency.

the 1,000-square-metre space is hosted in a former fishery in copenhagen’s meatpacking district. it continues Ikea’s ongoing series of collaborations, which have seen the swedish retailer work with london designer ilse crawford, and initiate a partnership with dutch designer piet hein eek.




tom dixon designs for bisazza

we have already featured the work of tom dixon as well as the work of italian tile company bisazza. this time it is their coopration we had an eye on…

british designer tom dixon hasdeveloped a collection of tiles for italian brand bisazza, featuring graphic and trompe-l’oeil patterns based on architectural features including bricks and pebble-dash walls.

dixon based his designs on colours and textures found across london’s built environment, which he translated into simplified graphic patterns applied to the surfaces of the cement tiles.

the broke tiles feature a design that resembles the surfaces of cracked paving slabs, while the void and wall designs recall traditional brickwork.

skew, flip and block feature patterns that resemble three-dimensional representations of basic building blocks.

vents, ducts and pipes are referenced in a series of two-toned linear patterns, while the grit design recalls pebbledash walls and other aggregate surfaces.

dixon’s designs were developed to mark the tenth anniversary of bisazza’s london showroom and join the firm’s 2016 portfolio, which includes a mosaic collection by studio job that features patterns depicting bones and animal skeletons.






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a sneak look at tadao ando’s first building in NY

first unveiled last summer, the new building by tadao ando on 152 elizabeth street will accommodate seven residences ranging from 175-square-metre two-bed apartments to a 450-square-metre penthouse.

the design primarily features glass, concrete and steel materials as found in many of ando’s projects. floor-to-ceiling windows will wrap around the corners of the six upper levels, with galvanised steel mullions used to break up the acoustic glazing. the transparent corner of the structure will be flanked by cast-in-situ concrete, which will also surround the ground floor.

“like crystal grows within rock, the corner of the building is metaphorically thought of as a crystalline box emerging from the solid concrete volume which bookends the site,” says a statement about the project.

the pritzker prize-winning architect’s design will also include a green wall that will span the entire south facade, conceived in collaboration with landscape architects M paul friedberg and partners.

water will run down a grooved glass wall in the building’s entrance vestibule, while the lobby will feature a fog and light installation designed to change with the weather and seasons.

commissioned by new york developer sumaida + khurana and with interiors designed by local firm gbellini sheppard associates, the building is expected to open in november 2016.






images by peter guthrie/the boundary.

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check-in at chanel airlines

Ready for take-off…  was the motto of the chanel fashion show last tuesday in paris.  once again karl lagerfeld (creative director at chanel) proved his master of staging. the grand palais in paris has been turned into an internation airport, complete with check-in kiosks, ticketing agents and branded luggage carts.

here some impressions from the check-in…






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congratulation to zaha hadid

zaha hadid has become the first woman to earn the royal gold medal, the prestigious prize awarded by the royal institute of british architects and personally approved by her majesty the queen.

awarded since 1848, previous recipients include frak gehry (2000), norman foster (1983), frank lloyd wright (1941) and sir george gilbert scott (1859).

like her predecessors, hadid shares ‘the precious role of towering, distinctive and relentless influence upon all around her that sets the results apart from the norm’, explains professor sir peter cook, 2004 recipient of the royal gold medal and selection committee member.

to say hadid’s work ‘stands out’ is an epic understatement at worst and gross misconception at best. fluidity, biology, avant-garde, mould-breaking, futuristic, daring – and expensive – are all terms that make perfect sense when describing her work. building impressive structures from the swiss alps to UAE, the ‘zaha’ brand has been showered with accolades and medals, twice receiving the RIBA stirling prize – for the MAXXI museum in rome and the evelyn grace academy school in brixton – and she was the first woman to be awarded the pritzker prize more than a decade ago.

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photo: mary mccartnbey

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the future of department stores?

tom dixon opens a multi-sensory temporary department store…
is this going to be the future of departemtn stores? we do not have an answer to this but thought it is worth sharing…

british designer tom dixon has partnered with selfridges to open a multi-sensory temporary department store at the old selfridges hotel in london. the multiplex department store hosts fashion, fragrance, technology, furniture, accessories, beauty and food from a collection of more than 30 international brands and designers. tom dixon’s machine component-shaped cog lights and reflective brew coffee sets are also among the collection of products on display.

the shop inhabits the disused 20,000-square-foot old selfridges hotel space, which is attached to selfridges’ flagship oxford street store. HTC previously converted the space into a temporary skatepark. the concrete interiors have been draped in folded silver foil hangings, which according to dixon take their reference from the international space station and the toilet in artist andy warhol’s infamous new york studio, known as the factory.







dixon explained he’d been “pestering” selfridges for two years for an opportunity to do something with the space. he described the installation as an attempt to reclaim the world of retail from the ever-growing threat of online stores, and a chance to create a more engaging environment.

the collections on display at multiplex are eclectic, from haeckel’s all-natural margate-made fragrances, to british eyewear brand cubitts, which will be hand-making charcoal and concrete frames in-store for customers.

there’s also brands like reviv – who are offering intravenous vitamins to store visitors – invention kickstarting platform mindblower, and swedish synth-makers teenager engineering.

the mix of products came about through “organic growth” – a mix of bringing together dixon’s network of contacts, and cold-calling promising brands and designers.  an in-store photographic studio has also been set up, in partnership with spring studios, and apple have provided macs for a co-working space.

multiplex will remain open until 15 october 2015, as part of this year’s london design festival, which takes place from 19 to 27 september.

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party time

we have featured her work before… and we will certailny keep on looking out for new work by joanna laajisto

this time it is the “le roy” nightclub and ball room/party space located on the second floor at the könig corner (the corner named after the well-established, storied restaurant könig) in helsinki we want to share with you.

“le roy” opened just in time for the serious party-time kick-off of first of may this year. laajisto has retained the character of the original building, designed in 1982 by architect karl august wrede.

laajisto has allowed the large windows of the building to dictate much of the feel of the space. there is more natural light than in a typical night club and her lighting choices add to the dramatic play
of dark and light. the dark wood flooring, wood paneling, dark-hued furnishings and original fittings, such as mirrors and sconces, are beautifully enhanced by the natural light with the overall effect suggesting a space that has known many stories and parties in the past of the capital city.

laajisto selected the additional lighting from the collections of the swedish rubn and london-based atelier areti. some lighting fixtures were custom-created for “le roy”. the round marble tables come from frankfurt-based e15 and the lounge chairs and sofas are by B&B Italia.








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