Dragon Skin Pavilion

On March 26, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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The Dragon Skin Pavilion is an amazing temporary architectural installation that was designed especially for the latest Hong Kong &Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Made from 163 separate pieces of post-formable plywood — a new technology which allows the plywood to be molded after being produced as a panel. These panels were then [...]

The Dragon Skin Pavilion is an amazing temporary architectural installation that was designed especially for the latest Hong Kong &Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.

Made from 163 separate pieces of post-formable plywood — a new technology which allows the plywood to be molded after being produced as a panel. These panels were then molded and slotted together to create this fantastic dragon like structure. The specially formed “scales” allow light into the solid-seeming form.


Created as a collaboration between architectural laboratories LEAD and EDGE , the Dragon Skin Pavilion is an amazing architectural art installation and a wonderful addition to the Biennale.

Besides, watching the “making of” video makes me feel as if they had a lot of fun making it and that’s just an added bonus!

 

Go Retro with Poul Hennigsan

On March 18, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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With all the love I have for the sleek lines and sharp edges of modern design, there is something to be said for the old fashioned look of the early 20th century. Poul Hennigsan, an ifluential Danish designer born at the very end of the 19th century grew up in the midst of the change [...]

With all the love I have for the sleek lines and sharp edges of modern design, there is something to be said for the old fashioned look of the early 20th century.

Poul Hennigsan, an ifluential Danish designer born at the very end of the 19th century grew up in the midst of the change between petroleum lamps and the advent of elictricity and household electric lighting.

Wanting to lessen the glare of the bare bulbs, which were espeically harsh after the soft ambience of petroleum lighting, Hennigsan created a lamp with 3 shades which distributed the light in a manner that would soften the effect of the electric light.

These lamps gained instant popularity and became known simply as PH lamps. Available in a variety of forms, from chandeliers to table lamps, PH lamps could be found in many homes.

Today, old-fashioned has become instead “vintage” and original PH lamps are sold at auctions for thousands of dollars, especially the unique and stylishartichoke lamp” whose quirky look still appears modern, over 50 years later.

So next time you’re looking for a new light fixture, try looking in attics, garage sales and online auctions — you might just find a PH original of your very own!

 

Not Your Grandmother’s Wallpaper

On March 14, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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Another way to brighten up your walls is via the use of wallpaper, and luckily today the options are greater than they ever were. French company Élitis has become one of the leading suppliers of contemporary wallpaper and fabrics in the world. I enjoy the visual texture of the Azzuro designs created by the use of vinyl [...]

Another way to brighten up your walls is via the use of wallpaper, and luckily today the options are greater than they ever were. French company Élitis has become one of the leading suppliers of contemporary wallpaper and fabrics in the world.

I enjoy the visual texture of the Azzuro designs created by the use of vinyl paper on an unwoven background.

Although I must say the animal prints of the Mémoires and the Natives lines, which look as if they’re made of actual animal hide, are a bit much for me.

But my very favorite of all their designs, must be the mural wall coverings, which feature beautiful and modern embossing. According to the site, the murals are formed by laying a jersey fabric over foam, and then using a process called “thermo forming” over a mold to create the the embossed pattern.

While perhaps a bit too “designy” for my own home, I’d love to see the vase patterns on any classy establishment’s walls; either in dark and dramatic grey, or in the airy and bright white.

 

Pixelated Elegance

On March 6, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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What would you say makes the biggest statement in a room? How do we give a room that extra design edge, that sets it apart from any other boring room? One major way to make a room really stand out is to do something special with the walls. Bisazza Mosaico, an Italian company established in [...]

What would you say makes the biggest statement in a room? How do we give a room that extra design edge, that sets it apart from any other boring room? One major way to make a room really stand out is to do something special with the walls.




Bisazza Mosaico, an Italian company established in 1956 in Alte Vicenza, Italy, offers gorgeous glass mosaic that create an instant feel of luxury in any location, whether you use it for exterior or interior decoration. The company has 12 flagship stores in major locations around the world, and their products can be found in thousands of local retailers.

While Bisazza has an extensive collection of furniture and home accessories which combine mosaic in their design, in my opinion the area where they really shine is in their luxurious wall mosaics, like the Twill design pictured above, created using contrasting diagonal lines.

If you’re looking for dark and elegant, the Flash design, embedded with circles of Swarovski crystals may be the choice for you.

Or perhaps you’d rather have something bright and beautiful, and would prefer to see the Clouds and blue skies while you sip your morning coffee?

The Andromeda is a more modern choice with its design of overlapping circles, available in two different colors


A more classic pattern can be found in the Velvet design which evokes a sense of depth and dimension.

Available in 4 different color schemes:

A more romantic feel can be found with the lush flowers in the Fleurs

or Bouquet designs.

Whatever your style, the Bisazza mosaics could add a bold touch to any interior.