A weekly round-up of our favourite architecture, decor and innovation finds
By Lisa Wallace | June 7, 2017 | Category Design
From ‘2D’ ceramics inspired by folk art, to a timeless design tome that’s been given second life, read this weeke’s design favourites./
Izaskun Chinchilla creates ‘Fortuny’ auditorium in Madrid for Casa Decor
Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla has designed the auditorium for this year’s edition of Casa Decor in Madrid. Titled ‘Fortuny’, the venue’s configuration and materials are inspired by the work of Mariano Fortuny — a renowned painter whose work is on display at the nearby Prado Museum. Chinchilla pays homage to Fortuny’s work through the reinterpretation of improvised roofs and natural vegetation found in his famed paintings. source: designboom.com.
Horst and Valentine Lawford give an intimate look at how 1960s society lived
In the 1960s and ’70s, photographer Horst and writer Valentine Lawford were the world’s preeminent aesthetic power couple, celebrating the chic lives of society’s most glorious people and turning lifestyle journalism into a modern art form.
In 1968, Viking Press published Vogue’s Book of Houses, Gardens, People. One of the first books of its kind, the publication collected the interiors photography of Horst P. Horst and the accompanying articles by Valentine Lawford. A cult classic, the book has long been out of print. But now, a new publication — its spiritual second edition of sorts — arrives from Abrams. Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue goes beyond its predecessor’s 13 portfolios to collect all of Horst and Lawford’s collaborations for the first time. sources: vogue.com; architecturaldigest.com.
Lego launches Guggenheim Museum kit to mark Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday
To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Lego has made a new addition to its architectural model series: the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum.
The late American architect, who was born 8 June 1867, completed the New York art museum in 1959. With its unusual spiralling galleries, it went on to become one of his best-loved buildings. It measures 12cm high and 19cm wide and comes with an information booklet containing details about the design and history of the building. source: dezeen.com.
NTNU students build a remote Eldmølla sauna above a stream in Norway
An international group of students has designed and built a small sauna in Vang, a remote region of central Norway. The timber structure, which has a footprint of just five square meters, has been constructed on a complex site perched above a mountain stream.
The project references the traditional mills found in the region, which channel water inside to turn millstones — consequently grinding grain and producing flour. By positioning the sauna at the top of the structure, the lower level is able to connect to its surroundings. Visitors are neither enclosed nor exposed, and are offered glimpses of the rushing water beneath them as well as the mountain backdrop. source: designboom.com.
Design duo Uinverso creates ‘colourful folk art’ through simply-formed ceramic characters
Uinverso is a collaboration between Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado, based in Portugal. The pair are multidisciplinary designers with experience in editorial and graphic design, and their main output is illustrations and ceramics. An ongoing projectm, their series of ceramic heads made out of wood and ceramics is a ‘mostly physical studies of our drawings,’ says the duo. ‘The influence comes from the local culture, from where we grew up. It’s colourful folk art.’ source: itsnicethat.com.