lunes, 1 de septiembre de 2014

House of the week 04 / Pink House / Laurinda Spear & Bernardo Fort-Brescia

This week’s House of the Week is called the Pink House and it was designed by Miami-based husband-and-wife team Arquitectonica (Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia) between 1976 and 1979. The house brought a new era of architecture to Miami inspired by the Art Deco and Modernist heritage of the city, and it ended the long period in which architects spurned the use of vibrant colours in the tropics. Located on Biscayne Bay shore, the structure is built from concrete and clad in stucco painted with different shades of pink from powder pale to vibrant rose. The road-side aspect of the villa has been designed as a walled entrance courtyard where the central feature is a long internal swimming pool, visible on the front elevation by a single porthole window into the swimming pool itself. Conversely, the opposite elevation on the seafront is defined by its relatively flat, block façade which is enlivened by a raised private promenade and inset balconies, glass-block windows and a sheltered terrace. The practice has been remembered primarily for its daring use of colour and innovative geometric forms.

martes, 19 de agosto de 2014

Wilkinson Residence / House of the week 03

There’s the tree house your Dad built for you in the backyard, and then there’s the tree house Robert Harvey Oshatz built in the forests of Portland, Oregon. Designed in 1997 and completed in 2004, the Wilkinson Residence is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Built on a steep sloping lot, the living space resides amongst the forest canopy, making your morning coffee most enjoyable. With more curves than Lombard Street, the Wilkinson Residence is a property you have to see to believe.
A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.

viernes, 15 de agosto de 2014


From Ville Radieuse to Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion world, architecture has never been short on grand utopian ideas. But unlike most, which live on in only notebook pages, renderings and speculative writings, Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti is a living, growing city unto itself.
At the end of an unassuming, washboarded dirt road off I-17 halfway between Flagstaff and Phoenix, the complex has been under construction now for nearly 45 years. And while it’s singular and visionary architect sadly passed away in 2012, the complex continues to be built according to his noble and lofty concept of “arcology”—a portmanteau of architecture and ecology—in which structures and their users have a symbiotic relationship with surrounding nature.
Photographer Laure Joliet invited us along on her recent trip, where she shot the complex under crystal clear desert light. via needsupply

lunes, 4 de agosto de 2014

#01 Arola

We are very happy to show #01 AROLA. LIGHT & DESIGN, our first collaboration with director Jordi Cussó.

It is the first film of a serie we are producing about art and design.
Toni Arola is a designer whose 'professional career is divided between teaching, workshops, artistic experimentation and research into light […] He has undertaken artistic projects in a wide variety of fields, including lighting for Santa & Cole, Viabizzuno and Metalarte, pieces of furniture and perfume bottles, as well as interior design projects and exhibitions.'

We had a great time chating about light and design among many other things.

lunes, 28 de julio de 2014

House of the week #02 Rainbow House / John Lautner

A look inside John Lautner's Rainbow House, built in 1964 for jazz legend Russ Garcia.

Fittingly furnished with touches of Hollywood Glam, including Milo Baughman lounge chairs, Karl Springer freeform brass tables, a Willy Daro Agate Table Lamp, brass lotus pendants, an Achille Castigliano Arco lamp, and one rather amazing bed by Charles Hollis Jones. Also spotted is a rare Jean Gillon Captain's Chair and Ottoman.

miércoles, 9 de julio de 2014

Gwen & Gawie Fagan

Depending on where you stand, the Fagan’s self-built home ‘Die Es’ has a mountain or seaside backdrop. ‘Die Es’ – meaning ‘the hearth’ – is situated on the Atlantic Seaboard in Camps Bay, but it feels more like it’s on a little farm with its own private nature reserve. The house itself and most things in it are handmade by couple Gwen and Gawie Fagan, their son and three daughters. Today it’s just the two of them living here. It’s a magical place with magical people who have lived long and full lives.
Sitting around a table with Gwen and Gawie drinking a hot cup of Rooibos tea, we listen to a collection of stories experienced over almost a century. They speak about a career spanning almost 70 years, hard work and successes, and 65 years of marriage and family life.
As one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Gawie’s ideas concerning connecting architecture with the natural landscape were revolutionary. Over the years, Gwen played an instrumental role as a historical researcher and landscape planner in Gawie’s practice. Together they share a love of designing new buildings just as much as restoring old ones. via freundevonfreunden