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museum of tomorrow

especially at the beginning of the year we’re in the mood to look at things with a futuristic outlook… the museum of the future in rio de janeiro by santiago calatrava is a good example of it…

futuristic it is!

spanish architect santiago calatrava‘s science museum with a skeletal roof that projects over a public plaza has opened in rio de janeiro. called the museum of tomorrow, the museum holds 5,000 square metres (53,819 square feet) of exhibition space surrounded by a 7,600-square-metre (81,805 square feet) plaza on guanabara bay.

the project is part of a larger revitalisation of the porto maravilha neighbourhood near the bay. “the city of rio de janeiro is setting an example to the world of how to recover quality urban spaces through drastic intervention and the creation of cultural facilities such as the museum of tomorrow,” said calatrava

the building is oriented along the north-south axis, perpendicular to the bay. this highlights the horizontal of the design, which includes a massive trussed roof capped with solar panels that move to follow the position of the sun. the roof is supported by curving white ribs. a half circle-shaped window tops the entrance.

water from the bay is used to cool the building and feed the large reflecting pools on both ends of the museum. the water is then returned back into the sea. the all-white interior has curving walls, staircases, and ceilings. many of the displays, created by US-based exhibition designer ralph appelbaum, are freestanding.

the museum will explore topics such as climate change and population growth, changes in biodiversity, genetic engineering and bioethics, and new advances in technology.

the project was funded the city of rio de janeiro, the roberto marinho foundation, banco santander, BG project, and the government of brazil. rio is gearing up to host the 2016 olympic summer games, which will largely take place in 15 sports venues on a lagoon-side peninsula masterplanned by AECOM.







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snakey display by nendo

japanese studio nendo presents its colourful shadows collection of cooking and eating utensils on a winding table display at tokyo’s eye of gyre gallery.

the tableware was originally shown inside the japanese pavilion at the milan expo 2015, which was designed by japanese architect kengo kuma.

after the expo closed at the end of october, the items were taken back to japan to be displayed at the eye of gyre gallery in omotesando

for the new exhibition, the studio designed a 33-metre-long ramp to display the products, which include minimal cutlery, intricately carved chopsticks, and a collection of cups and bowls featuring patterned surfaces

each of the pieces was made by japanese artisans and designed in black to encourage visitors to better appreciate their forms.







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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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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.

zahahadid_heydar-aliyev-center-baku_photo-huftoncrowphoto: hufton + crow

photo: mary mccartnbey

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