Opale wine cellar

opale by sand & birch design

opale by sand & birch design

Opale is one of our extra-climatized luxury wine cellars, evocating a precious black stone wedged and gem-setted in a white, smooth base that enhances the equilibrium and purity of its design, creating a contrast that emphasize the elegant break between the elliptical shape of its vertical body and the roundness of its foothold.

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Neri Oxman’s swarm of Fiberbots autonomously build architectural structures

Neri Oxman and her Mediated Matter group at MIT have created a swarm of robots designed to rapidly build high-strength tubular structures by winding fibreglass filament around themselves.

Oxman and her team have developed a digital fabrication system, comprised of 16 robots and a separate design system used to control them.

Each robot in the swarm is identical and works simultaneously, using a fibreglass winding system to autonomously construct self-supporting composite tubes up to 4.5 metres tall.

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Experimental works to look out for at PAD London 2018

 

Guglielmo Poletti at Rossana Orlandi

PAD London returns to its traditional Mayfair spot for the 12th edition of its week-long showcase of design, art and craftsmanship from the best European galleries. The fair’s unique combination of midcentury, antique and contemporary works will be on display, with new and established talent offering a broad view of creativity and craftsmanship. Here, we select our top picks to look out for…

Amelie Marei Loellmann at Galerie Gosserez

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Could a grid of giant filters help clean up Delhi’s polluted air?

Dubai-based architecture studio Znera has developed a concept for a network of towers that would absorb smog. Photograph: Znera/World Architecture Festival

 

Thinking big in the fight against smog, architects have designed 100m-high pollution-absorbing towers for India’s capital city

The Indian capital regularly tops lists of the most polluted cities on earth and its residents even refer to the months when a confluence of events – crop burning, no rain, fireworks – leads to low visibility and breathability as “smog season”.

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Zaha Hadid’s only house in Russian forest

New photographs and a movie reveal Zaha Hadid’s only completed private residence – a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, for a man she called the “Russian James Bond”.

The late Iraqi-British architect designed Capital Hill Residence for businessman and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin, who runs property companies Capital Group and OKO Group, and is also the owner of luxury hotel and resort brand Aman.

The house’s defining feature is a master suite set atop a slender concrete stalk that raises it high above the tree canopy.

Set 22 metres above the ground, this element of the design offers Doronin complete seclusion. Glazed walls, tucked back from the edge of the floor to create two balconies, afford views out over the tree tops.

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Future Vision of Fashion: Customization of Outfit for Every Individual

Sand & Birch Design Studio plans to walk out from the ‘old fashioned’ stage of mass production by adding customization feature

Mass production has been the final goal of design industry for the majority in global market. Despite of its lower cost and efficiency that bring along great economy interest, it however results in wasted resources and limitation of designer’s creativity and choices of outfits for individuals. Those results are indeed not what we what to see regardless to the benefit mass production can bring. So why don’t we change this phenomenon to break the limit?

Customization of outfit for every individual according to their body information

Curve of woman. Graphic by Sand & Birch.

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What to see at Paris Design Week 2018

As summer draws to a close, the design calendar starts filling up and Paris Design Week’s autumn edition is always a highlight. This year, the week’s cornerstone event Maison et Objet fair is restructuring its layout to align with its core themes, ‘Maison’ and ‘Objet’. Meanwhile in town, the fair’s young talent show Le Off moves to a temporary art venue owned by the national railway company SNCF, while in galleries, designers celebrate new launches and group shows, with a focus on Lebanese design appearing across the board. Here’s our edit of five exhibitions to look out for..

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Stockholm’s revamped ArkDes centre champions design’s role in public life

New exhibition and project space put spotlight on civic activism and emerging voices

Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, ArkDes, has long been overlooked, tucked at the back of Stockholm’s mighty Moderna Museet. Until recently, the centre’s future was uncertain, but its British-born director is now making changes to the building and programme that aim to put it at the forefront of national debates.

The Boxen gallery at the Modern Museet will have displays of radical new design. Photo: Johan Dehlin, courtesy of ArkDes

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Home Design At a Glance

Home Design At a Glance: More Than The Look

Quality of our living place has always been the most important element to our life. However, more than just having a good looking home, a home design that can speak for you, is by some means an alternative pursue a high quality of living in the level of intellectual communication.

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Roxanne Armchair by Sand & Birch Design

This communication could be serious, interesting, ironic, or even personal. Take Roxanne Armchair by Sand & Birch Design as example, despite its iconic red curved lips, Roxanne also ironically represents the immerse of desire and the pursue of pleasure nowadays in the society.

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Have a great shower while saving water and energy with Flow Loop

Lloyd Alter

Flow

Flow Loop introduces a new closed loop shower that will bring back one of life’s little pleasures: a long hot wet shower.

Showers use a lot of water and it takes a lot of energy to heat that water, so the trend has been toward low flow shower heads; in much of the world they are the law. Long hot showers are, for many people, a guilty memory.

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