Salone del Mobile 2017 | Workplace

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The third part of the Salone del Mobile posts is ready for your eyes at last! And this time it’s all about workplaces! It was a special section this year with Euroluce. As in our studio we have a lot of projects about office renovations imagine our enthusiasm when we found it out…It was very very interesting and we left with a lot of extra knowledge, company contacts and inspiration.
The sad thing is that in Greece now it’s quite difficult to apply or even propose(!) that avant-garde of technology but even though it’s more than good to know all these stuff.

So, at the first group of photos I have 2 big companies, Fantoni and La Palma, that impressed as a lot. With Vitra (that I missed to take photos unfortunately) had the most minimal and with elegance design without leaving out the technology and funcionality. I saw desks that you can load your preferences (from high, chair settings, lighting brightness, temperature and I don’t remember what else!) and customize them as you like, so when you change working place you can load all of them to another desk and feel like yours immediately!
Also, there is a photo from the installation A Joyful sense at work. Its purpose  is to breathe new life into the theory of office and workplace design by setting its sights squarely on people, in terms of their needs, emotions and experiences.
According to it, the workplace of the future will be adaptive, unfinished, vibrant and evolutionary, tailored to reality and capable of accommodating the comings and goings and needs of the workers and the way in which they use it. It will be smart, fast-paced, flexible, evolutionary and contemporary: human beings will be the key focus in a fast-changing environment. It will be happy, nourishing, fertile and sustainable – both environmentally and ethically, in terms of respect for people’s feelings, history, culture, diversity and rights.

Continuing with seating! In this area you can have countless choices…our favorite is Quinti and arper, with which we collaborate already and we are super happy. We love them and you can see why! Also, Andreu World had a very interesting booth design. I loved the velvet fabrics of Quinti, and even more in these dark colors, and the minimal design and elegance of arper.

We saw a lot of interesting alternatives of beautiful and contemporary workstations and shared break areas. Workplaces are cooler than ever! Some of the companies I distinguished were True, Estel, Nowy Styl Group. Sound absorbing separators, cable management, technologies, flexible break areas, organisation of working surface are some of the features that made you wanna work there! (Give me some work to do!…ok almost…)

Another characteristic was greenery! As a decorative element or as a recycling result on furniture and surfaces. As people spend more and more time at offices it’s necessary to bring nature inside and go on board with a more earth friendly style. Also I noticed a trend to offer workplaces beyond the ordinary, always have something to intrigue your imagination. Officine Tamborino, Sesta are two of them.

Last but not least, 3 companies that caught my attention: Montana, Florim and Unifor. For their design, for their products and their booths. Montana had a retro feeling and something that an architect could relate I think. Florim had a very interesting booth, with impressive xlarge surfaces that could cover anything. And very nice decoration with their materials as stationery. Unifor, on the other hand was something else. Their booth almost confusing, but with cool neon phrases on top of the walls and very very impressive tables. Super minimal workstations, desks and meeting tables with the minimum leg support, so that you couldn’t stay untouched.

I’m not sure anyone on this blog would be interested in workplaces but I thought it was mind opening to be there so I wanted to present them all to you! And, of course there were so many more companies that had a lot to say but here we have just a glimpse of the whole of it! Salone del Mobile was a huge experience in general and I hope I can make it again in the future, I hope you enjoyed these posts!

For more Salone del Mobile check the previous posts here and here

All photos taken by me and Ira Papadaki

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Salone del Mobile 2017 | Euroluce

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‘Arrangements’ by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

The second big sector of Salone del Mobile this year was Euroluce. To tell you the truth I didn’t believe I’d be so impressed! To begin with, I saw Michael Anastassiades’ creations by my own eyes…only this could be enough. Except him though, the whole visit at Euroluce was a big experience! I felt deeply inside that lighting can be a piece of art and  really move you.

Some pavilions were very imposing, with the best of all (I could say best of all at the Salone) the pavilion of Flos. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. At first, it covered a whole block, roughly 10,000-square-foot, it had 2 floors (2nd only for vip members), with its perimeter closed, leaving only some narrow slots to have a sneak peak and raise your curiosity…and the texture of the facade was folding here and there like a concrete cloth. Beautiful! An architecture work only by itself.
So you entered the pavilion from one point and started a root very well organized, like you were in a museum. Starting from the exterior lighting fixtures, with greenery everywhere, like you were in a garden at night and continuing with several rooms that in every each of them you had something magical to discover.

Below you can see some of the creations of Michael Anastassiades that impressed me the most. He uncovered there his new collection of “arrangements”, a modular system of geometric light elements that could be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions as individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one as if resting, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain’, explains the designer. I was totally fascinated by them! Check more about this series here.

At the following group of photos you can see some really interesting creations like Philippe Starck’s, in a room full of mirrors and lighting elliptical frames to create an eternal inception environment, in the name “Plus Belle”. You can see me and my friend P. posing in some of them, it was our hobby there! Other designers are Formafantasma, mobile chandeliers by M.Anastassiades in his own booth and some of the exterior lighting environment from which I don’t remember the designers.

Overcoming the sock by Flos, we continue with another apocalypse, the booth of Vibia. Beautiful design of the booth itself, beautiful lighting creations! I loved almost everything there, unfortunately it was very crowded when we visited it that I have only few photos to present. The hanging lighting spheres in combination with greenery was just amazing!

On the next group of photos I have some of Foscarini with the really impressive set up of their booth, a very cool interactive lighting system that you could change the brightness by moving your hand-not touching, unfortunately I don’t remember the designer, and [sygns] with neon installations.

You thought you’ve seen enough? Not yet!!! Below I have another apocalypse that amazed me at Euroluce: Davide Groppi. His linear creations were just fantastic! So minimal, almost imperceptible, presented the essence of light.
Also, I have some shots from Kundalini‘s booth that I liked a lot, and from Servomuto‘s booth that was very very interesting. If you want check them here, here and here.

Continuing, I have various shots by several big names such as Artemide, Panzeri, Louis Poulsen and more.

To sum up, I could say that minimal design, linear and discreet yet with such and intensity, making a big impression, the trends in lighting world got me full on board!

If you want more of the Salone del Mobile expo check the other post I’ve made here!

All photos by me and Ira Papadaki

Salone del Mobile 2017 | Only few of what I saw

So, I went to Salone del Mobile in Milan and it was fantastic!!! We were all the girls and the senior architect of the studio where I work occasionally. It was an spontaneous decision that went really good…imagine 6 girls crazy in Milan! It was our first time and personally I still haven’t absorb all the information… It was a huge experience for sure! We spent 2 days only at the Salone and 1,5 day in Milan but it was enough to shake us 🙂
At first the exhibition is huge…..you walk and walk and walk and you never have enough! And have in mind, in all that walking you carry so much weight of the catalogues, proper exercise!
We were so thrilled to be there and see for the first time all these big brands, touch the surfaces, sit at the couches (which it was necessary to rest our feet from time to time!) see the forefront of the interior design in general. Other than that the pavilion’s design was equally interesting or even more sometimes. Our cameras were on fire and our shoulders ended up dead!

At the first group of photos you can see some branding signs that impressed me as an exhibit and what could start better this post by some big brands themselves!

As you can see on the top group of pictures, the people visiting the Fiera were countless! If you have agoraphobia it’s not the place for you. Outside on every corner people were sitting and resting, like us above talking about what you’ve seen until that time! Of course the same situation were happening inside, at every pavilion, especially on big ones where you should be an acrobat to take a photo!

I should warn you that this post is quite big, I couldn’t make it smaller, although I tried!  This year Salone, except Furniture, had the Euroluce and Workplace section that will follow in another post. So, be patient!

At the next group of photos you can see some spare views, mostly about outdoor design. I really liked the way to depict a pool at Dedon, of course Patricia Urquiola was everywhere something special and my favorite pavilion of all: the one of De Padova! You could go there just to relax from all the fuss, so zen and calm.

Usually, what attracts you the most is the feeling that each pavilion brings you on and not their products. The way they designed them and what tricks they used to show the philosophy of the company. One cool technology trick was at Zanotta’s pavilion where led walls were showing people moving like if they were real users in life. Check it below.

Unfortunately I’m showing you here only the photos that were ok, without a lot of crowd but believe me there were so many more amazing stuff!!

Living room design had it’s honor of course, huge spaces with large sofas, coffee table synthesis and decorations to make you drooling! I should notice that the mid-century style, marble, brass and of course high quality wood are still at the first line. And the master of all: tropical decor…palm trees, any trees, greenery everywhere! At some places you thought you were in the jungle.

Luxury living, as you may notice, especially when it was about dressing rooms or boudoir and bar furniture. The detail of the design, the finesse and material quality that were used was incredible. Also, I think everybody would want these benefits at their home, don’t you!?

On the next group of photos I have some pictures by Thonet, Vitra and Rimadesio’s pavilions. Only some sneak peaks to feel the concept. Especially at Rimadesio the crowd was unbelievable, I was lucky to take even these detail photos!

Object’s design and decorative vases were also something to admire, check these Egyptian style pots, I loved them! And if I should point out one designer that had his moment in Milan this year should be Jaime Hayon. He was everywhere and I loved him.

And I shouldn’t miss the 2 glass companies that impressed me a lot: Glass Italia and Fiam! Taking glass material in another level.

Next you can see 2 big companies I already loved but now even more: Bonaldo and Baxter. Notably, Baxter’s pavilion was very imposing, exotic yet luxurious environment, low lighted and beautiful textures. I spent some minutes laying at the most comfortable sofa there!

Another element that stood out at these interior environments were lighting fixtures! Besides Euroluce, among all the furniture etc. lighting is very important and at some examples I was more fascinated by them. So, here is a small collection to see what I’m talking about…

Libraries and shelving units couldn’t be missing from this post! Only by the best. Words are needless…

As every single detail was studied and everything had a role, I should notice that decorative synthesis were pieces of art! Sometimes they used just material schemes to decorate a wall or table and it was admirable. Because what is more beautiful than a circle of marble?

Last but not least, the people! Except from being innumerable they offered sometimes some really good snapshots! Of using the furniture, or examining and photo shooting them and posing on them. Of course I was one of them (last photo) 🙂

More of the photos are mine and some of my friend’s Ira Papadaki.

 

 

Room 18 | My team’s proposal

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I may present you my team’s submission for the international architectural competition Room18 that took place last month! We spent so much work and thinking in it, a lot of stress in the end to meet with the deadline but we enjoyed it a lot and I’m really proud of the result, so I share it with you!

The competition was aiming at rethink the usual living in a city hotel’s room, reinvent the conditions and make a pioneer proposal for the contemporary traveler. The place of the hotel was supposed to be somewhere in Greece, in a city.

So, we spent hours and hours of thinking and reading about what a traveler seeks nowadays, what we would like in our visits at hotels and what could be unconventional enough but not very crazy and risk our submission (this was a mistake apparently if u look at the winners!) Our pursuit was the stay to be integral part of the whole traveling experience. And we wanted the user to be able to personalize his stay in many levels, the space itself and the facilities through advanced technology. To be able to interfere with the staying conditions according to his personality and needs.

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Eventually, the concept was born slowly and I must say that only when we finished it we knew what it was! Our main idea was the room to be like an outdoor space, like a square or a house’s yard. With the natural light, sitting points on the ground or mantels, a touch of greenery, the open bathroom like you’re at your country house’s backyard and all these in an irregular layout.
However, we wanted to offer a luxury experience in this outdoor feeling so we used sophisticated materials and design. We used some traditional city house’s materials such as the wooden floor, the wooden panels to filter the light in fish bone motif, terrazzo in reference of the mosaic floors of Greek houses in the past, the skylight element in the bathroom with the climbing ivy, glass instead of wall partitions for transparency and clean feeling at the bathroom area and bronze for a shinny touch!

Key design element was the diagonal that runs the room, separates and organizes it and creates spaces, acute/obtuse corners and nooks. The diagonal alignments are very common in Greek traditional architecture, mostly in yards, terraces and open spaces.
Also, it contains all the facilities (wardrobe, suitcase place, seating bench, bedside tables, hugging the bed, desk) and has different levels. It’s like this diagonal takes the half of the room and swivels it so that the living area separates from the entrance and washing area while they still are in the same space. This light separation is highlighted by the different materials and the lower level of the living area and the obtuse angle where the bed prevails is like a hug that makes this space looks larger.

This diagonal intention is already seen at the corridor at every door, creating a small hall/corner in the same materials to slowly introduce you to the room’s idea.

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Corner hall out of the room’s door – Corridor’s view

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Room’s layout

Some other details are: The façade’s perforated wooden panels, in fish bone motif, that let the natural light enter the room but through a filter. So that you can have all the view while being protected. In combination with the mantel seating nook besides you can have all the outdoors’s feeling in an interior safety and privacy. It’s what we call the “inside out” but in the opposite direction!

The wardrobe with the built-in mini bar make a sophisticated structure like posh large stones, in a monumental mood but with a light and airy touch of the suspended hanger. There you hang your clothes in the open so that you have your “back home” touch etc. Every user’s clothes will change the image of the room every time.

Technology. We used technology only in our minds because nothing can be seen in the room’s desing but it was a big issue for us, even in idea level. We’ve though that a vertical panel that integrates the TV will lead the user’s stay. This interactive glass touch screen will display various applications related to the room facilities, the communication with the hotel and the city guide-visit organizer.

Regarding the room facilities you will be able -except of interfering with the heat/air conditioning- load lighting programs, music programs, depending on the mood. Also, you can make appointments with the cleaning services of the hotel, set alarms and other facilities of room service, order a meal or whatever!

Regarding the city guide/trip organizer you will be able to organize your visit, sightseeing, shopping, hot spots of the town, the best bars/restaurants etc. through a set up guide by the hotel or another company like timeout or others or even by other users that saved some proposals by their visit. It would be great if you could choose what you’d like to do/visit and an app will create tours for you and proposes themed walks. Of course, you should be able to connect with your smartphone so that you can have the guide with you all day. It will be like an info portal expanded in wall dimensions that could make your trip super easy and fun!

I’m very interested in your opinions and very thrilled for comments! Feel free to share what you think!

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Our submission board, in Greek

 

 

 

Funny ceilings

It’s been a while that at some projects at work I propose a hanging system with stuff, to make a space more crazy etc etc…but until now this idea stays only at laughing point! So, after seeing the new Aesop store in Singapore (Someday I’m gonna make a post about how much I love Aesop stores’ design!) I decided to gather some realized spaces with such a design to get it out of my system! I made quite a tribute but they’re many!

From wooden sticks, to shoelaces, foam sticks and ropes, this hanging system above your head makes the room really really special. Depending on the material it can also offer sound absorption except the mysterious and even magical atmosphere. So here are my favorite examples from around the world, tell me what you think! Would you like to visit a store like this, or dine in a restaurant? Or even have a specific place at your work with a crazy ceiling?

Above it’s a pastry shop in Madrid that used this indulated pink canopy at the whole ceiling. I love the contradiction with the rough textured walls! I think this is my favorite example. I would be there every day eating pastry 🙂
Below, it’s an example of my country so it couldn’t be missing from the collection! Here, I think the ceiling adds on the freshness of the store and gives a special character.

Camper stores are known for their unconventional design, so they did in Melbourne with this bold red ceiling by 30.000 shoelaces!! Does a shoe store needs anything more? Extra attention on the mirrored columns in the middle that create a whole picture instead of dividing the room.

Below it’s a unique drugstore in Madrid that used this idea to some spots only. It reminds me of the sea anemones! Here, a suspended cylinders system (2, 3 and 4 meters long) is used that dialogues with the central gondola. 256 tubes are used creating a very personal identity for the shop!
See another sea anemone resemblance from the past!

Above it’s the Monsoon Club at the Kennedy center in Washington D.C., USA. It’s a multi purpose performance center that keeps the sitting level all white for the ceiling to shine! It’s like a suspended 3D carpet. Designboom says it better: constructed out of a system of colored threads, the undulating form organizes, defines and accentuates the space while holding and concealing necessary technical equipment. The visual pattern of the threads is influenced by traditional ‘dhurries’, a type of flat-woven rug in India. Cool, right?

Paola Navone did it also:

Above is another one of my favorites for it’s general ambience. Saul Zona 14 in Guatemala has a beautiful terrace in it’s exterior space! This colorful canopy IA made of 1000 pounds of thread hanging from a steel structure. The color palette of greens, blue and yellows adds to the surrounding natural environment.
The source of the inspiration was the natural production techniques still used by indigenous people in Guatemala. The drying process of hanging threads is part of highly traditional elements of craft culture. However this threads system isn’t only decorative; it acts as both solar shade and sound absorbing surface!

The last 3 examples are in more earthy tones, with the black color to dominate as the natural hue of the suspension stands out.
The first is the Basho Sushi House in Portugal. 8.400 sushi sticks were used (!) that kept the budget low while creating a clear scenographic statement. I find it very loyal to the Japanese culture as well: minimal, to the point, calm and sushi!

The next one is from Tsujita restaurant in Los Angeles, California. The piece of art ceiling consisting of thousand wooden sticks is a creation of the Japanese designer Takeshi Sano. His description is very interesting:
I put image of clouds for the ceiling detail. There is IZUMO shrine, one of the most important shrine in Shimane Japan. The clouds we can see there, has beauty but mysterious image. I wanted to show those images on this design. I put 25000 of wooden sticks, which was shaped like drum stick on the ceiling.
In order to increase a reality of clouds, I calculate the focal length between eye line and wooden sticks and use that length for the stick length. Also I made difference on the distance between stick each other so that to make a stereoscopic effect to wooden cloud. Not only for this project. I’m always challenging to create a space that coexist art and interior. At the same time, I’d like people to feel the delicate of beauty, which Japanese have, and Japanese atmosphere when they visit here so that they will think that they want to visit Japan.  I’d like to make this restaurant as one of an element for Japanese reconstruction.

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Tsuzita restaurant, Los Angeles

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Odessa restaurant, Ukraine – hanging ropes, another material that can be used

Damn you Patricia Urquiola!

So many and great projects! Every time I am surprised by the concept, idea and design of her creations, I just love her. I think that Urquiola’s interior design is always much of a novelty.
I especially adore her armchairs! Klara below is my favorite. Here are only some of her creations, just to make a point!

Klara armchairs for Moroso

Klara armchairs for Moroso

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Antibody armchair for Moroso

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Antibody armchair for Moroso

Banda Poofs

Banda Poofs

Banda Poofs detail

Banda Poofs detail

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Volant armchair for Moroso and vase for Kartell

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Déchirer tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

 

 

Berlin Appartment

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This apartment
excited me at the first sight! Especially the first picture is a perfect design synthesis! Maybe the whole style is more masculin but this does not bother me..I can imagine it with a handsome guy walking around and this is even better!
I don’t know what to mention first. The colors? It’s a pleasant twist from the total white style that seduced me last months, don’t you think? I like dark colors in general and I think that with careful use they can create a really dramatic feeling.
Natural materials and warm textures such as leather, wood, linen and metal are combined wisely and create an earthy yet luxurious atmosphere that makes you want to stay at home. For me that’s very easy, in any case, but in this house I could stay more!
Of course, I couldn’t forget to mention the furniture, statement pieces all of them!

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Treasure in Jakarta

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Three Buns restaurant is an new meat restaurant in Jakarta that caught my attention. It has something tropical and relaxing, like a shelter from the heat of the town, where you can eat amazing burgers as it’s said! Who wants more?? Like a giant greenhouse you have the impression to be in a cool, contemporary oasis where nature climbs over furniture and brings the outdoors in. What I like the most is the amphitheatrical position of seatings where you have full visibility of the kitchen at work and the whole restaurant. Also there is a self-service kiosk which makes the atmosphere more playful and relaxed.
Furniture with minimalist structure, japan style we could say, such as the bar and the seatings are combined with pal colours of nature and brightened by some playful, artistic details. One of them is the graffity behind the kitchen, created by some local, depicting a butcher with a bulldog-mascot of the restaurant!

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The great outdoors | Water

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As I have promised in the previous post about outdoor spaces here, another one would follow with the water element as a protagonist. Well, here we are, some great yards and gardens are here to impress you! I’m sure you will imagine yourself in everyone of them, relaxing under the shade, even with a cocktail in the hand!
In most of the caption links you will find the rest of the house which is also amazing.

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Fabulous outdoor space - from my archive

Fabulous outdoor space – from my archive

Dipping pool with cacti garden - Philip Dixon House, California

Dipping pool with cacti garden – Philip Dixon House, California

Great spot great chairs - from my archive

Great spot great chairs – from my archive

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Tranquillity in a mexican yard - from my archive

Tranquillity in a mexican yard – from my archive

When the chairs make the difference - From my archive

When the chairs make the difference – From my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? - from my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? – from my archive

The great outdoors

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Now that the weather has sweetened and we start sitting outside I thought that this is the time to drive you crazy with some photos! I’m sure you will love these outdoors spaces, as I loved them too. As you can see in the most photos, the key element is – of course – plants. Trees, bushes, flowers, cacti, everything! The other thing is that usually, you don’t need much to make a gorgeous patio, some nice cushions, furniture and keep it simple. Of course, if you have the divine space under a big tree you are super lucky. Enjoy!

Traditional patio - pebble floor

Traditional patio – pebble floor

Traditional patio - fabrics that give all the style

Ibiza style garden house – fabrics that give all the style

Traditional patio - under the shade of reeds

Traditional patio – under the shade of reeds

Under the tree - deck

Under the tree – deck

Simple things. Nice idea for water element if you don't have the space

John Rocha’s house. Nice idea for water element if you don’t have the space

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti in the perimeter - love them

Cacti in the perimeter – love them. Anagrama, Montero

Minimal style - nice color combination

Finn Outdoor Collection by Norm Architects

Francis Brodi House, with Henry Matisse ceramic mural. Los Angeles

graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here

Graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here – Los Angeles

Pops of colours - swings!

Pops of colours – swings! by Paola Lenti

Pops of colors - floor cushions

Pops of colors – floor cushions. By Paola Lenti