Every step you take

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The time when a staircase was just a communication arteria between floors has long gone. In modern interiors, they are more often deliberately exposed, acting as the ‘heart’ of the space, fulfilling and completing the design’s idea. More often they are treated as a long-term investment, rather than a couple of boards and nails put ...

Valentino Flagship Store New York

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We have already written about Valentino and his minimalist taste - specifically about his ‘Crepe Couture’ collection [Read more]. This time we've got something else for you. Valentino’s Flagship Store in NY designed by David Chipperfield, a British architect mostly known by his museum designs. The Postmodern building (originally designed by architects John Burgee and ...

Fetish – Who What Why?

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Firstly, we would never encourage anyone to smoke. In fact neither me or Mike have ever smoked in our lives and we would always encourage those smokers around us to stop. But lets face it, what's life without a few indulgences, and if one of yours is smoking, do it with style before it kills ...

What choice do we have?

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Freedom of choice really is a wonderful thing. We can do what we want, be who we want to be, and also buy 175 different kinds of salad dressing if we want to. Wait, What? Yup, this the amount of different salad dressings counted by Barry Schwartz in his local supermarket. Barry is a psychologist ...

Bjhon – Who What Why?

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WHO: Angelo Mangiarotti, one of the few Italian masters (like Ponti, Nervi and Piano) capable of exporting his idea and philosophy of design. He began in the early 1950s and immediately produced works that became points of reference for the worlds of architecture, engineering, design and art, thanks to his ability to establish a dialogue ...

Static motion – Who What Why?

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WHO: Lucie Koldová is a product and furniture designer. She moved to Paris in 2009 and spent a year in Arik Levy’s studio. Simultaneously, she continued to develop her own creations for various companies. She established her own studio in 2012. WHAT: ‘Spin light’ by Lucie Koldová are clear transparent lamps with coloured metal tops. ...

Japanese minimalism, part ll

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Last week we discussed the ‘hardcore’ minimalistic approach which has become so popular in Japan. Although it seems rather unlikely that it will dominate Western societies to the extent we noticed in Japan, we can see elements developing around us – and it’s certainly something we can all benefit from! So lets take a look ...

Host with style.

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Kubbe is a Turkish term derived from Arabic, meaning dome. Domes have undoubtedly been one of the most indispensable elements of Turkish and Islamic architecture for centuries. After 1300, for almost two centuries, the Ottoman buildings were built as a blend of their own culture and local architecture. Today the dome-style mosques built in Turkey ...