TRIBUTE | Star Wars collection by rag & bone

We just discovered the original rag & bone collection inspired by Star Wars and we're already in love. This meticulous work in fashion design is far, far away from the merchandising clothes with Star Wars logos that we can find out there. If you are a Star Wars fan like us, you'll enjoy today's tribute. 

It is not a secret that Star Wars films have created some of the most incredible and eternal looks in the history of cinema. Those outfits have even influenced the world of fashion over the years.

That time, the brand rag & bone collaborated with Disney and Lucasfilm to create that collection. Marcus Wainwright (rag & bone CEO, Founder and Creative Director), who has been a fan of sci-fi movies since he was about five years old, wanted to design a Star Wars collection definitely inspired by the films but he doesn't want to just "put Star Wars on a t-shirt". He was looking for something more subtle that maintains the original style of rag & bone products. That's why the brand decided to re-imagine some of their favorite rag & bone pieces while including very subtle little details inspired by some of the most memorable characters, locations, colors, patterns and outfits present in Star Wars films.

The result of that conscious design project is "The last Jedi Capsule Collection", with 22 limited edition pieces to truly fall in love with:

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That sweater... is inspired by Obi Wan's hood!

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And what about those high heel boots? Ready for rebellion.

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Definitely that's the perfect outfit for a modern Jedi. So stay tuned, check that limited collection pieces and luckily get one of those special designs. May the Force be with you.

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TRIBUTE | Barca's restaurant design by Fantolino

We don't know if we are wise or foolish, because when we go out for a lunch we tend to choose the restaurant for its unique architectonic design (and then we hope that the food will also be good). So, next time we'll travel to Italy, we already know where we'll stop for a meal: at Barca's restaurant in Turin.

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Barca’s bar and restaurant was designed by the arquitect Fabio Fantolino and is placed in a Turin building overlooking the 19th Century, in the Borgo Nuovo district.

We can find large full-height windows that overlook the street form, the key element of the concept for Barca’s. That design helps the architect to overcome the challenge of bringing an airy and welcoming feel to that smaller space.

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The three-story restaurant is characterised by a consistent design that connects the first two floors. The white tones of the walls and objects interrupt giving way to blue fern wallpaper framed by American walnut wood.

Custom-designed lighting consisting of diagonally cut cylindrical chrome profiles and custom-made tables of different colour laminates and Marcel Breuer side chairs in Alcantara all recall the design of the 1970’s: these furnishing elements contribute to the creation of a warm and relaxed atmosphere. There’s a special focus on sofas and chairs; sea blue velvet, green dry cotton twill and hazel Alcantara alternate, covering all the seats throughout the three floors.

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The underground level houses a more intimate and reserved area, where the dark shades of the walls is softened by the red melange tones of the seats. The space is punctuated by blue velvet screens and wooden panels.

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Barca’s offers the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of 1970’s West Coast, while dining right in the heart of Turin.

 

Images: Fabio Fantolino

Photography: Omar Sartor

TRIBUTE | "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

When art and activism joined together, we're always there to enjoy how design and art can make a better world. 

The artist Ai Weiwei worked with New York charity, the Public Art Fund, to create temporary structures in three locations in New York City. The Chinese artist and human-rights activist has used metal fencing to create three monumental structures, in a campaign against the border-control measures in America.

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The project was founded thanks to a Kickstarter Campaing. It is named Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the proverb that came from the poem Mending Wall, published by celebrated American poet Robert Frost in 1914.

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The artist hopes it will provoke further discussion about the role that walls play in relationships – in light of the President Trump's plans to tighten immigration controls, by building a new border wall between the USA and Mexico.

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It opened on 12 October 2017 and will run until 11 February 2018. 

IMAGES: Ai WeiWei Studio, Jason Wyche

VXLAB | German Design Award Winners

Good news for the team! Our stand design for b10 has won the German Design Award in the category Fair and Exhibition. For us is an honour to be a part of this group of amazing designers.

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Launched in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the most well-respected design competitions in the world and is held in high regard well beyond professional circles.

The German Design Award is the top international prize of the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present and honour unique design trends. Therefore, every year, top-quality entries from product and communication design are rewarded, all of which are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

In the nomination process, panels of experts from the German Design Council invite only those products and communication design services to participate in the competition that demonstrably set themselves apart from their competitors thanks to their design quality. In each category of the German Design Award, the Winners are selected by a separate jury of experts.

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The winning stand design for b10 was inspired by the work of the Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh, the stand creates the fiction of a factory. Through a rod module system lately covered with fabric, the exterior walls sketch in the air the facade of an iconic factory. This system, died in the corporate indigo blue, contrasts with the clean white of the walls and floors inside.

Discover more details about the winning project: our stand design for b10.

 

Check:

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TRIBUTE | "Gateways": ceramic history

Once again, the London Design Festival celebrated and promoted London as the "design capital of the world". returning last month, between the 16-24 September, to venues and institutions across the city.

In its fifteenth edition, we'll like to highlight a ceramic installation placed at Granary Square. Turkishceramics, an organization that promotes the Turkish ceramic industry around the world, collaborated with designer Adam Nathaniel Furman to create "Gateways". It was a ceramic installation consisting of four 4m-high and colourfully-tiled gates that draw people to wander through and experience the rich history of ceramics in Turkey.

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Furman said that Turkishceramics asked him to design something that would represent the history of Turkish ceramics, which goes back thousands of years. That's why he created four ceramic gateways and each of them speaks of a different period of ceramics history.

The first gate had featured decorative hand-painted tiles by the Iznik Foundation, which are traditionally used in mosques. A classical gate design inspired by the traditional Islamic motif of paradise.

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The second gate presented contemporary flooring tiles designed to look like stone or wood.

On the other hand, the third retro structure was covered in colourful square tiles, a durable and hard ceramic product that evokes the tiling that covered the Tube stations in London in the 1970s.

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The fourth and final gate presented a monochrome black and white design with clean rectangular ceramic tiles. Furman intended to celebrate the reuse of this design style that has gained popularity in bars and cafes in recent years.

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For Furman, the installation was an opportunity to show how tiles can be used not only for bathrooms or kitchens, but also on an architectural scale like in monuments or on buildings as exterior facades.

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TRIBUTE | Joy & peace

Visiting London is always a pleasure. We always discover new amazing places or new exhibitions to visit like this one, installed both in a wall and in a garden. Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan have completed this two temporary art installations in London called " Joy & Peace". This public art project was commissioned by "Culture Mile", and is prominently sited in a major creative destination.

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The two-part project completed by Myerscough and Morgan consists of both a wall installation and a colorful stage at the heart of London. "Joy" grows out of the openings along a 97-meter wall of the brutalist Barbican center’s car park. In contrast, "Peace" is set in an underused historic garden with ancient trees and squirrels.

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The installation has transformed the garden into a social destination and stage for performances and activities. The formerly overlooked garden is now a center of "peace". Similarly, the colorful wall brings unexpected "joy" to passersby.

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"Joy & Peace" is a response to the fractious times we are all living. The artists wanted to make a piece of work that was full of positivity, hope, strength and the power to bring people together with joy in the heart of London.

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The colorful symbols were handpainted on plywood using neon colours. With help from a small team of painters from the studio in Hoxton, the installations were constructed using scaffolding on site. The scheme was led by the city of London corporation together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of London.


For us, it's always a pleasure to bump into this freshness, colorful and peaceful temporary installations in which we can learn more about ourselves and the nearby environment.


ImagesGareth Gardner

 

TRIBUTE | Industrial reminds

We live in an area where we enjoy eating well, and a good reflection of it is the large number of restaurants and cooks with Michelin stars that there are by the area. Just a few kilometers from our offices, the latest collaboration between Francesc Rifé and Michelin starred chef Ricard Camarena, which is set in an industrial context of the 1930s, has been revealed. The former Bombas Gens factory that will integrate the restaurant has been rediscovered and converted into a center of art by the Foundation Per amor a l'art, promoter of the project.

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Inside the restaurant, walnut wood is the predominant material, which contrast in turn with the concrete pavement, which visually softens the project and at the same time reminds the industrial past of the premises. The restaurant played with the heights, both with the existing ones of the old factory and with those that have been generated with the creation of spaces, in which greater verticality has been brought.

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The entrance, as a transitional space, hosts a composition of 10 pictures that transforms what could be a narrow passage to the restaurant in a key player that besides places the visitor in the artistic environment. Beyond the entrance, the restaurant expands between the tables up to a terrace that floods with natural light the whole space. During the day, a longitudinal opening, created to separate the restaurant from the adjacent building, allows the entrance of natural light.

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Walnut wood ceiling is achievable and includes a lighting system created specifically for the project. It is an optical illumination hidden in the ceiling that allows for lighting tables of 110 and 160 cm in diameter depending on the needs. As support for this technical lighting, several decorative luminaries have been placed along the room.

The bar is a restored structure with a maximum height up to 8 meters. Exposed brick and melis wood enclosures have been preserved in this area, used as waiting for space, aperitif and even reserved area for about 25 people.

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The design of the restaurant is in equilibrium with the gastronomic offer of Ricard Camarena: a pure kitchen, which visually seems bit complicated but transmits an infinite number of sensations. A space easy to read that hides many surprises.

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TRIBUTE | Geometrical kinetic cakes

When architecture meets confectionery we can find this amazing and unique pieces made with chocolate and sugar. This work is the result of the collaboration between Ukrainian former-architect-turned-pastry chef Dinara Kasko with José Margulis, an artist from Miami.

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These stunning geometrical kinetic tarts were designed specifically for SoGood Magazine, a collaborative effort with José Margulis. He creates different 3D sculptures, visual compositions of colourful plastic sheets which provided direct inspiration for Kasko’s edible interpretations. José works with curved shapes, volumetric geometries, transparencies and intense colours filtered through light, and plays with endless combinations in a continuum of coloured layers.

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With the aid of 3D software and a workshop of 3D cutting/printing tools, Kasko converted sculptural forms —normally realized by Margulis using sheets of plastic, aluminium and acrylic— into an assemblage of edible layers comprised of sponge cake, streusel, almond cream, comfit, mousse and white chocolate.

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Margulis’ main concern is the creation of geometric shapes conceived mostly by changing the perspective of the viewer accompanied by the philosophical notion that everything in life has diverse levels of narrative and spatial perceptions.

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The resulting cakes are marvellously intricate, detailed to an almost upsetting degree. It's impossible to not fall in love with this wonderful little pieces of tarts.

Images: Dinara Kasko

 

VXLAB | German Design Awards Nomination

It's not easy to design a space that communicates and brings emotions to the consumer. But last Cevisama we designed a unique space inspired in the work of the Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh which represented the essence of b10 and it has its reward. We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the German Design Award 2018 in the in Fair and Exhibition category.

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The German Design Award is the premium international prize of the German Design Council and aims at discovering, presenting and awarding top-quality products and communication design that are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape. The German Design Council is today one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and knowledge transfer in design.

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This award sets the highest standards when it comes to selecting the prize-winners: in the nomination process, panels of experts from the German Design Council invite only those products and communication design services to participate in the competition that demonstrably set themselves apart from their competitors thanks to their design quality.

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We still have to wait until the end of October when an international jury will select prize-winners, but for now, we are very honoured to be part of this amazing group of excellent designers.

TRIBUTE | Undulating pavilion

We love cool installations in which nature rules over architecture. But what we like most of all is when they are used for a whole year to perform new events of artistic production and research. A flexible, transparent and organic installation that's the new solution for The Fondation d’Enterprise Martell to host cultural activities.

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The Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano has been responsible for the renovation of The Fondation d’Enterprise Martell's outdoor space.

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The first project in France by the duo of José Selgas and Lucía Cano, this exterior pavilion is comprised of modules constructed from hi-tech materials, which will house specific activities prefiguring the Foundation’s future schedule of events. True to their aesthetic of transparency and openness to the outside world, the studio constructed the pavilion from a metal framework covered by a translucent material developed by a French brand.

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Strong and watertight, the material is permeated by a soft, changing light which creates intriguing iridescent effects. Lightness and eco-sustainability, these are the keywords. SelgasCano decided to build a “transparent pavilion” using as little material as possible so that the entire structure would be easily disassembled and reused. I Fact, in 2018, the pavilion will be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere in order to give it a second life.

With an area of 2,350 square meters, formed by a rectangle of 26 by 90 meters, it occupies the entire courtyard, a space in which its length stands out, and which also evokes the long trajectory of this company.

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The structure features niches and nooks with different sizes that will host summer events like workshops and concerts. Also, for this reason, the designers chose an open, transparent structure allowing the flow of ideas and people. A space that can be explored and reinvented, giving inputs for play and creativity.
Inflatable seats installed in the structure, attached by straps, will allow visitors to sit, lean, or stretch out in the context of workshops, concerts, presentations, conferences, markets, games, moments of relaxation, wanderings, etc.

Images Selgascano and IwanBaan