Egeraat Rocks Written on December 9, 2008, by .

Erick van Egeraat is building a new home for law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The tower follows the vertical layering structure with the anatomical analogy of legs, torso and head as is obligatory on the Zuidas. The three blocks called The Rock show different tactility. Inside vides and vision lines connect the three together. The interior is made in coproduction with Vitra.

Future hotel Written on December 7, 2008, by .

What does the hotel room of the future look like? For Frame magazine I wrote a series of four that tells the experience of staying the night in Autohotel, You Are Here, Galactic Suites and Fraunhofer’s future testroom. In the last interior and technology are one white Zaha-like flow. A panoramic window doubles as control screen.

Old made new Written on November 27, 2008, by .

Grandma’s oak cabinet. You love her, but hate the design. St. Joost academy in Breda graduate Ruud van Hemert makes precious wood into a new personal building material. Replex shows the old form in an new layered multiplex. Here’s a download of my article on him. We have an new and better Piet Hein Eek.

Copyright is eco crime Written on November 23, 2008, by .

Eco design lacks culture, says David Trubridge. A cultural designer should design ways of living that enable us to live a sustainble life. So that we bond with our products, use stuff we’re proud of. Copy techniques and creativity from your ancestors. Copyright should be abolished. He’s publishing the “how-to” of the wooden lamps that showcased the Paris Printemps window.

Villa on floating coffee cups Written on November 17, 2008, by .

75 floating villa’s with a walkway and sauna center, is what concept developer Studio Noach asked architect Anne Holtrop to design. Theit Floating Gardens use Rexwall, a building material made of EPS from coffee cups and hamburger packaging. Plants and flowers can overgrow these walls and roofs, simular to the vertical garden of Musee du Quai Branly.

Full Moon Written on November 15, 2008, by .

Even with the curtains closed, the moon will let it’s light shine in. Cabinet Full Moon will shine for 8 hours thanks to the illuminating paint. Designer Sotirios Papadopoulos made 24 (like hours in a day) pieces of it. Although the paint looks very chemical it is Ecolightinside, which should mean it doesn’t harm ecology. I can’t find anything on ELI, unfortunately. Houston, we have storage!

Villa L to follow Villa 1 Written on November 14, 2008, by .

Dutch-Danish architecture firm Powerhouse won a Dutch Design Award for the interior, and an AM/NAi prize for the architecture of Villa 1. Next villa to sprout from their hands, in collaboration with RAU is Villa L.  ‘Sustainable yet chique,’ says Nanne de Ru. The giant family home exists of three totally different layers. As evolving as family life itself.

Architectural fashion Written on November 13, 2008, by .

An inflatable shell to crawl in, an explosive to express your anger, peacock feathers for the one you love. Design Academy graduate Grietje Schepers made colourfull and technical fashion. In the film ‘Proud as a Peacock’ she shows how her objects can help people to show their emotions in a physical way, just like animals do. More graduates waiting to be downloaded here.

Music makes a room Written on November 3, 2008, by .

Amsterdam and Ljubljana based Elastik architects built a mobile Listening Room that launched at tokyo Design Week. The specific music itself (Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder) determines the form of the room by parameters put into a computer program.  The Listening Room results in circles and plateaus of paper and foam. Music takes over architecture?

Waste=Food bench Written on October 30, 2008, by .

‘Recycled urban furniture is ugly,’ says industrial designer Eline Bijleveld. For VelopA she made BendBench, a bench that follows the Cradle to cradle protocol. It’s all about easy dismantling of the product. After 10 years of life, steel will be steel again, zink is recollected by using sustainable chemicals. The technical cycle is closed.

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