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

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

 

TRIBUTE | Art for a change

Usually, the landscape of our cities is dyed in gray scale, for this reason, we love when the city’s picture card changes from the cold and dull gray to this great colour explosion. With a collaborative process which involved the community of neighbours and the students of the local design school, Boa Mistura team believes in art for a change, as a tool to transform the street and to create bonds between people.

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Among200-300 litres of epoxy paint have been necessary to give life to an area of 1.200 square. The team wanted to represent some of the most iconic elements of San Millán (Segovia) that have been lost over the years by using only colour and abstract shapes.

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The starry night takes us to the witches who were always believed to inhabit San Millán (known as the "Witches neighbourhood"). The blue rings represent the Clamores river, buried under the same square years ago.

The red shades speak about the yarn and brick industry, which was the main engine of the San Millán economy back in the days.The green rings represent the orchards that, in the origins of the neighbourhood, occupied the greater part of its surface.

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For Boa Mistura it has been an enriching process talking to neighbours who have lived in the neighbourhood for more than 40 years. Knowing their history first hand and translating it into colours and shapes. Due to the singularity of the square, this project has taken them practically a year to design it.

The aim of the artistic work done Boa Mistura around the world is to revitalize different spaces and create new stories with the history of the neighbourhoods so that its inhabitants feel proud of the place where they live.

Images: Boa Mistura

TRIBUTE | Colourful architectural beach accessories

With the beginning of August, the beaches of our coasts are crowded. Nowadays we see horrible beach chairs and old-fashioned beach umbrelas everywhere. Thank God, French design studio 5.5 designers has managed to design a lovely new line of beach products.

Inspired by the iconic architecture of the city-resort La Grande Motte, the designers have reviewed and reinterpreted this village. The resort was entrusted to the architect and philosopher Jean Balladour, who spent twenty years exclusively on this project. The result was an architecture-sculpture made of triangles, truncated circles and trapezes, thus providing a kinetic effect to the place. The city obtained in 2010 the label "20th-century heritage site".

Since 2013, La Grande Motte has been supporting creators willing to revisit and reinterpret the seaside resort with an objective: transcend legacy to make it a living heritage and breeding ground for all artistic creations.This year 5.5 designers expressed their fresh and own vision of the city through a new series of objects. Beach mattresses, parasols, towels, buckets and deck chairs are revisiting this popular lifestyle.

The beach accessories offer vacationers a new experience and create multiple ephemeral installations reacting with the architectural landscape of La Grande Motte. The "beach pyramids" are parasols that resonate with the pyramidal buildings of the city. Meanwhile, the "sand pyramids" are buckets that allow children to reproduce the city’s triangles and play the architects’ apprentices on the beach. The acapulco backrests, on the other hand, offer a smart alternative to the traditional deck chairs and stick firmly on the ground. As for the "towels le Provence", they offer a generous surface on the ground to relax, alone or accompanied. Poseidon mattresses, derived from the bishop’s bonnet and made in polyurethane moss, offer comfort to the feet in the sand. And, finally, the grand mottois tables, made with painted metal, can be anchored to the ground to protect personal belongings from the sand.


Images JULES LANGEARD

 

VXLAB | Bringing design culture to Cersaie 2017

Brace yourselves, September is coming! Nowadays we are feeling the pressure as the deadline is getting closer. This is the time of the year when we are working at full speed for Cersaie. Just a few weeks before we start with the different set ups that we will be taking to fair, we are already finishing the execution projects of the stands, so that our clients can start the building process.

After weeks of sketching, preparing the spaces, executing plans and 3Ds, and more, we will see the long awaited final result in a few weeks. This year we have designed stands in which we have managed to develope unique spaces that represent the essence of each company. Thanks to the design and the communication of these spaces, costumer experience has been developed to improve and create the most favorable atmosphere for sales.

Besides the design of spaces, also for this fair we have created different promotional materials that are essential for stand out from the rest through innovative ideas and creative designs that display products coherently and also help achieving more sales. Through a careful study of materials and market analysis, we provided the best and most effective way to promote our clients’ products.

We are looking forward to the results. Meanwhile, we are happy to waite with good ice cream for beating the heat, we'll keep you informed.

TRIBUTE | Dreamlike bookstore

Did you ever think that a bookstore could blow your mind? Usually, when we think about bookshops we imagine boring old-fashioned stores in which books are displayed in shelves, but studio Wutopia Lab has designed this vibrant and stylish shop called Zhongshu Bookstore located in Suzhou.

Space has been divided into four main zones and several subdivided zones: The Sanctuary of Crystal for new arrivals; The Cave of Fireflies for recommendations; The Xanadu of Rainbows for a reading room; The Castle of Innocence for children books.


The Sanctuary of Crystal welcomes the visitors with a space full of books where they become leading products. These new arrivals are arranged on the pre-fabricated transparent acrylic shelves, outstanding the presence of the books. By using glass bricks, mirrors and acrylic, the room is a bright and airy space that reminds us a celestial space.

After the whiteness and lucidity of The Sanctuary of Crystal, The Cave of Fireflies is a darker tunnel connecting the main hall and the entrance. In this area, clientswill pick recommended books and follow the guide of optic fibers into the main reading area.

After a narrow corridor, The Xanadu of Rainbows is a huge open space. The large windows, allow natural light to tour inside the room. Taking advantage of the different heights of shelves, steps, and tables, the studio creates an abstracted landscape of cliffs, valleys, islands, rapids, and oases. The thin perforated aluminum sheets in gradient colours simulate the appearance of rainbows installed in the bookstore.

The perforated panels create different layers of scale and rhythm, dividing this area in communication and public activities, reading areas and also a secret camping site.

At the end of The Xanadu Rainbows the space surrounded by white ETFE walls is the children books area. With the translucent ETFE , The Castle of Innocence is an inner world inside the bookstore. This space has everything for kids, the studio has built a world where children can interact with each other and with the bookstore itself.

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TRIBUTE | Psychedelic labyrinth

Bold, bright and colourful design proposals took over our design feed and Camille Walala’s latest installation is an example of that. She has created for theNow Gallery in London's summer program a really fun and immersive installation called "Walala X Play" in which the New Memphis trend strikes back.

By combining stripes, dots and primary-colored backgrounds, the installation welcomes visitors to explore, inspect and enjoy a psychedelic labyrinth. An imaginative puzzle which invites the visitor to identify the inconsistencies between two otherwise identical images is a key part of this installation. With walls with different heights, passageways of different widths, enclosed spaces and curved and zigzag paths"WalalaX Play" invites visitors to linger and explore colour, shape and scale.

Visitors have to pass through the labyrinth and experience a range of spaces, some open, some tight and uncomfortable, some with dead ends. Some mirrored panels reflect the space back on itself; suspended shapes introduce a feeling of lightness and playful disorientation.

This installation is full of good vibes and good feelings thanks to the use of vibrant colours and bold patterns that stimulate the senses and inspires joy.

Images Charles Emmerson

TRIBUTE |Technicolor basketball court

It's summer and most of us started to practice some outdoors sports. Practicing basketball in a technicolor court instead of a random blacktop is inspiring and motivational. We are not great athletes, but surely this colorful basketball court is the perfect place to start a sports career. Maybe we have a Michel Jordan in our ranks! We can imagine ourselves dribbling and doing alley-oops like NBA stars.

It’s been clear to us that the world of sports there is life beyond the big leagues and Paris just got the coolest basketball court ever. Decorated by the French fashion brand Pigalle and design agency Ill-Studio with the support of Nike used a distinctive and striking palette of pink, purple, yellow, and indigo.

Actually, this is not the first time that this basketball court was overhauled with bold patterns. Back in 2015, this field wasa lready decorated by Pigalle and Ill-Studio. Located in Paris between two old apartment buildings in the 9th arrondissement, the classic Parisian background makes the court's more dramatic and recognizable.

This field reminds us of a fluorescent 80s themed video game, with bright colored walls and mind-bending geometric designs which played with our perception. Pure psychedelics!

"Through this new court, we wish to explore the relationship between sport, art and culture and its emergence as a powerful socio-cultural indicator of a period in time," said the team.

The rubber court surface blends from blue at the ends to pink in the centre, while gradients have also been applied to the surrounding walls.

Backboards made from translucent pink plastic were added, while the playing area and zones are marked out in white.

So, if you planned to go to Paris, don’t forget to visit the spot for a basketball game or for an original Instagram update.

Photography is by Sebastien Michelini.

 

VENICE BIENNALE'17 PICKS | Top events and installations

A must see in our calendar is The Venice Art Biennale. Being the world's biggest and oldest art festival every odd year over half a million people visit Venice to discover new artists and the latest art trends.

This 57th International Art Exhibition, titled "VIVA ARTE VIVA" has been curated by Christine Marcel of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which she describes as "a Biennale designed for artists, by artists, with their practice in the centre"

At Arsenale and Giardini venues we can find the vast majority of works, although we can find different art pieces along the city.

For those of you who are planning a trip to Venice, you have a chance to visit the Biennale until November 26, 2017. Here you have our list of favourites, so you can't miss anything.

Support by Lorenzo Quinnat Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Two large hands emerge from the Grand Canal to protect and support the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The hands symbolise tools that can both destroy the world, but also have the capacity to save it.
With this installation, Quinn draws attention to the delicate situation of global warming and climate changes. The sculpture generates an immediate understanding of the environmental impact for places such as Venice (and the world) is threatened by rising sea levels.

“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” by Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

This exhibition is his most complex project to date. It is displayed across 5,000 square meters within the space of two museums: Palazzo Grassi and Punta dellaDogana.“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the ‘Unbelievable’, and exhibits simulations of what was discovered of its cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II – which was destined for a temple dedicated to the sun.

PalazzioGrassi main atrium keeps the biggest discovery of the cargo: an 18 meters gargantuan statue of the "Demon with bowl".

Olivetti showroom by Charles Zanaat Piazza San Marco

For the centenary of EttoreSottssas birth, the architect Charles Zana sets up the exhibition “DIALOGO”, which brings together over 70 pieces.

The exhibition of Milanese designer and Memphis group founder EttoreSottsass and his little-known ceramics is displayed at Olivetti’s Venice showroom, which was renovated by Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa in 1957.

Golden Tower by James Lee Byars at Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro

The sculpture was created by the late American artist James Lee Byars in 1976 but is being exhibited in a public space for the first time. Presented by Fondazione Giuliani and Michael Werner Gallery, the glowing tower is entirely gilded and took several months to craft.

This giant gold beacon is located in the Dorsoduro, between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and it is visible throughout many areas of the city. The tower’s brilliant gilded surface echoes the golden mosaic façade of the adjacent Palazzo Barbarigo.

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Halcyon Gallery
Damien Hirst and Palazzo Grazzi (Photographs by Prudence Cuming Associates, courtesy of Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017)
Matthieu Salvaing and Francesco Allegretto
Fundazione Guiliani