Koen Vlecken

The winning proposal for Copenhagen’s House of Peace is as thin and airy its architects’ statement : “Our House of Peace creates an environment where people can open up to think of peace. It takes you back to the purity of being - ready to embrace the world.”

Were it not for the pastel blue color palette, this blown-up Enric Miralles’ Lungo Mare concrete street furniture or inflated floating version of Ryue Nishizawa’s Art Museum on Teshima Island, Japan, could well have been the artwork for the villain’s lair of a new Bond movie.

6 days ago

Casa Pite (2006) by Smiljan Radić, the Chilean architect of this year’s Serpentine summer pavilion. The picture above shows only one of three units, which have a total surface of 400 m²; this one is circa 100 m². 

Casa Pite (2006) by Smiljan Radić, the Chilean architect of this year’s Serpentine summer pavilion. The picture above shows only one of three units, which have a total surface of 400 m²; this one is circa 100 m². 

2 weeks ago

The annual Casa Cor exhibition is not your conventional furniture fair, as it gives teams of architects, interior designers and landscape artists free reign in their allocated space. These teams simply decide who it is they are designing for – from a young executive to a family or an elderly couple – and then build the bloody thing. At the close of the event, everything on show – from the artwork hanging on the walls to the walls themselves – is up for sale.
Casa Cor was conceived in São Paulo 29 years ago, and now has several franchises throughout Brazil. This year, the most astonishing ‘exhibition stand’ is Guilherme Torres’ Villa Deca. It is supposed to enhance the dolce far niente.

The annual Casa Cor exhibition is not your conventional furniture fair, as it gives teams of architects, interior designers and landscape artists free reign in their allocated space. These teams simply decide who it is they are designing for – from a young executive to a family or an elderly couple – and then build the bloody thing. At the close of the event, everything on show – from the artwork hanging on the walls to the walls themselves – is up for sale.

Casa Cor was conceived in São Paulo 29 years ago, and now has several franchises throughout Brazil. This year, the most astonishing ‘exhibition stand’ is Guilherme Torres’ Villa Deca. It is supposed to enhance the dolce far niente.

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Jill Lepore: The Disruption Machine — What the Theory of Disruptive Innovation Gets Wrong, in The New Yorker

Jill Lepore: The Disruption Machine — What the Theory of Disruptive Innovation Gets Wrong, in The New Yorker

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Lothar Götz, Tankstelle der Firma Opel-Fahr, 1951

Lothar Götz, Tankstelle der Firma Opel-Fahr, 1951

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Maybe MINI’s latest concept does look like a budget Aston Martin designed by Volvo, but the reference list doesn’t stop with Aston Martin and Volvo (P1900). The MINI Superleggera Vision evokes Italian, British and even Japanese roadsters from the past: the similarities with the Fiat Barchetta are striking; it’s got a bit of the facial expression of a Triumph TR3, albeit with a miniature Jaguar D-type style fin on the boot.

So, good news: the Germans at MINI, led by a Dutch head of design, finally decided to deviate from Alec Issigonis’s original Mini. At the same time though, MINI just introduced a hideous 2015 four-door model to be added to the flock.

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U.S. Navy men take apart a German Beetle, a miniature tank loaded with explosives, during the Allied Normandy landings in France in June 1944.

U.S. Navy men take apart a German Beetle, a miniature tank loaded with explosives, during the Allied Normandy landings in France in June 1944.

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MDF Italia Flow Slim VN 4-legged oak base padded arm chair

MDF Italia Flow Slim VN 4-legged oak base padded arm chair

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