Design Digest. November 2018
Very little time is left before the holiday bustle, so it’s time to think about gifts. This is a digest for November in which we will talk about a giant Christmas star, a redesign of the main location of gay parties in the suburbs of Sydney, vegan leather, a modular wooden structure, a sunny hotel in the rainiest city of Norway and furniture reminiscent of children’s building blocks.
American architect Daniel Libeskind, together with the Swarovski brand, created a giant star that will decorate the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York. The Christmas star weighs almost 41 kilograms, has 70 spike rays, which are filled with three million Swarovski crystals.
Hotel Imperial in the suburbs of Sydney
Design company Alexander & CO redesigned the famous restaurant located in the suburbs of Sydney, which was the main place for gay parties, and in which the cult scene of the film “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was shot. The interior has contrasts and the most daring combinations of materials and colors, embodying the values of diversity and openness. In the Priscilla restaurant, named after the film, stone floor tiles, aged parquet floors and exposed brickwork are skillfully interwoven with marble, velvet and genuine leather; and a bright color palette of pink, purple and dark blue shades boldly combined with a neutral color palette and rough textures. The interiors of the bar and outdoor terrace located upstairs, are inspired by Miami Art Deco, pop art, glamor of Studio 54 and post-modern of Memphis group from the 1980s .
Vegan Leather Rugs
Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven introduced leather rugs made from palm leaves, which are a vegan alternative to traditional leather. Thin strips of material are laid from beginning to end by hand and attached to the woven base, before they are cut to size. The folds in the strips are left to give a patterned look to the finished carpet.
Modular wooden structure
Architectural firm LUO Studio has designed a modular wooden structure for the construction of temporary showrooms and the creation of interiors with an open layout. This modular structure has the shape of trees, which, “just like Lego bricks”, can be used together and separately from each other. Each “tree” is divided into five segments.
Sunny hotel in Bergen
Studio Concrete from Amsterdam has recently completed the decoration of the hotel in the rainy city of Norway, Bergen. Inside the hotel designers have placed a huge lamp in the shape of a circle, resembling the sun. The hotel has 415 rooms, 17 of which are suits. The largest room is equipped with a sauna, as well as a jacuzzi, located on the terrace with a view of Bergen. All rooms are decorated with a neutral palette. The interiors of the restaurant refer to Art Deco with furniture from the interiors of the 1960s.
Furniture “La città è mobile!”
Designers Matteo Pacella and Philippine Hamen presented a collection of furniture, inspired by the ancient Greek-Roman architecture and traditional children’s building blocks. Collection La città è mobile! (The city is mobile), consists of 12 pieces of furniture, such as benches, chairs, stairs, tables, consoles and bookshelves. Designers based on the “Golden ratio”, which is often used to achieve beauty aesthetic through precise proportion and symmetry. The distance between the columns was determined by the system of intercolonization, invented by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the I century BC.
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