Accessories such as hooks, shelves and boxes can be slotted into this multifunctional unit, designed by Jordi Blasi for Spanish contract brand Vilagrasa.
Homebuildlife subscribers can see more examples of flexible storage and DIY display in our emerging trend report, Pegboard Design.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
|London Rain collection by Jo Malone|
Luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone has released a series of colognes designed to evoke the smell of London rain at different times of day. Ranging from the dewy freshness of a city park at dawn to an afternoon shower and evening downpour, the scents tie into the trend for region- and time-specific fragrances that we reported on in 2011.
|Blackcurrant & mint mallows by The Marshmallowists. Photo by Ben Carpenter|
London-based The Marshmallowists offer a range of gourmet mallows in flavour combinations such as passion fruit and ginger, blueberry and gin and raspberry and champagne. The company has a stall at Portobello Road Market every Saturday and offers UK delivery.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Cloudwash: the connected washing machine from BERG on Vimeo.
London-based tech visionaries Berg have prototyped a washing machine that can order detergent, time a spin cycle to finish just as its owner arrives home, and be operated by app or interface, so that guests can use it too.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
A restaurant in Bangkok that serves dishes sourced from Thai memorial books has topped S. Pellegrino's list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. Headed by Australian chef David Thompson, Nahm has moved up from second place last year, replacing Tokyo's Les Creations de Narisawa in the top spot.
See the full list here.
|Herbarium by Hvass & Hannibal for Heal's|
Heal's has announced its first exclusive fabric collection since the 1970s. The retailer is working alongside emerging and established designers to create designs inspired by fabric archives, decorative arts, nature and fashion.
Friday, 21 February 2014
|Enzo Mari, Proposal for an Auto-design (moulds), 1973|
A new exhibition at Milan's Triennale Design Museum charts the different approaches to self-production across three historical periods: the 1930s, 1970s and year 2000.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Thinking of Childhood, by David Lynch
David Lynch was given carte blanche to conjure up Small Stories, an exhibition of around 40 of his black and white photographs especially created for the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.
|Slab by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo|
|Zobmondo at American Toy Fair 2014|
Toys that bring people together are one of the highlights at the latest edition of the American International Toy Fair 2014, which runs until tomorrow in New York City. Board and card games are presented as party entertainment.
All photographs by Giovanna Del Sarto
Immersive design event Traces returned this month to a new location in Peckham, South London. This time transforming a shop in Peckham's Rye Lane arcade, the team revived the site's former life as Holdron's department store, recreating the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the store's heyday in 1936.
Housed in an abandoned garage, new Milan hotspot Upcycle is a cafe and restaurant dedicated to bicycle culture. Customers can repair their bike while relaxing with a meal: the Northern European-inspired menu changes daily, normally with one main meat dish as well as a selection of quiches, salads and soups.
Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about the trend towards combining cafes and stores with recreational spaces in our Retail report, Store Experience.
Friday, 14 February 2014
A pop-up florist specialising in black roses, tulips and lilies opened this morning outside London's Kingly Court, offering bouquets of flowers coloured with black ink in return for donations to charity.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Koskela, an old factory space that has been transformed into a studio, shop and restaurant. The weathered walls create a fantastic backdrop for the eclectic mix of locally sourced furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, tableware and gifts.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Brand new website Farmili.com supplies all the materials, food, housing and even animals needed to create a small farm at home, as well as a farmers' guide book, including tips and advice for a successful farming experience. Henhouses and hutches are the first items available on the site, adapted to urban environments.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
|Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery|
Running until 10th May at Paris' Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Stuart Haygarth: Play includes two new pieces by the British artist that repurpose rocking horses and racing tracks into sculptures.
Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant, Milan
Overlooking the new Milan, surging upward among the skyscrapers, Ceresio 7 is DSquared's Dean and Dan Caten's bar-and-grill. The designers chose to set it on the rooftop of the label's headquarters, located in the historical ENEL building. The chance to admire the venue is reason enough to visit, but here you'll also find chef Elio Sironi, formerly of the Bulgari hotel, serving delicious Italian fare.
|Kkini by Seung Yong Song for JIA Inc at Ambiente 2014|
Monday, 10 February 2014
The London Design Museum has announced the nominations for Designs of the Year 2014, which include the Alba Collection of Vases designed by Massimiliano Adami and produced by Italian brand Serralunga. The collection of polyethylene vases are enriched with a soft colour change, giving the object a feeling of lightness.
The space is beautifully crafted, to do justice to the brand's handmade bathroom collections and reflect its artisanal heritage and commitment to quality.
Designed by Mariëtte van der Ven, this midcentury-inspired birdhouse is made from porcelain and can be dissembled for cleaning between uses.
The product recently met its funding requirements on crowdfunding platform Crowdyhouse and is now being produced in its first edition.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Aud Julie Befring
There's a focus on softness and tactility this year at Stockholm Furniture Fair, with designers finding creative new ways to apply upholstery and incorporate fabrics into design.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Artist Clemens Kois sees potential in the every day, as portrayed through his still life Stack Series. He collects familiar objects found around his home, and uses them as part of unplanned vertical structures.
Antonio Citterio's first collection of outdoor furniture for B&B Italia. Sleek and elegant, the folding armchairs, dining chairs, chaise longue and dining table are made from mesh fabric taut across a metal structure. These are available in two finishes, white and tortora, for minimalist furnishings or contrasting profiles.
Patchworked in Canada is a public project by Dear Human. During a trip to Portugal, the designers sourced vintage ceramic tiles from a farm on the outskirts of Lisbon. Hundreds of thousands of discontinued tiles from Portuguese ceramic factories made up the collection of Mr Cortico, a life-long collector.
They were all cleaned and shipped off to Canada, refired and transformed. The back of each one was tagged with a magnet and they will now be scattered in subway stations, bus stops, cafes, and placed on all sorts of magnetic surfaces. They are also printed with a number, leading to the Dear Human website and where one will be able to read the story of the project, and add stories of how they found their own tile.
Monday, 3 February 2014
|Neo's at NY NOW January 2014|
Charlotte Nash combines laser and hand cutting techniques with the traditional crafts of braiding and crochet. Inspired by repetitive geometric shapes and Aztec designs, Nash uses contemporary materials such as mirrored acrylic, foiled leather, matt and lustre yarns to create vibrant trimmings.
Her work has beenexhibited at Interiors UK, BCTF and Pulse London.