Monthly Archives: January 2009

Live Like a Rockstar in London

If you think back to the late ’90s, you might remember the song “Lucky Man” by The Verve, and if you think really hard, you might remember the video for that song was filmed in a very modern minimalist high-tech penthouse apartment. That apartment (in London) is now being offered for rent.

Watch the music video that was filmed in the apartment on YouTube – here.

The Modern House Estate Agents are offering the apartment at £8,450/month or £1,950/week.

A unique chance to rent one of London’s most iconic penthouses. This 3-bedroom apartment was designed by the noted architect John Young while he was a partner at Richard Rogers Partnership, and is a seminal example of the High Tech style. It is located on the fourth and fifth floors of a portered apartment building abutting the River Thames, and enjoys outstanding views through double-height windows. The flat comes with two parking spaces. It is located within a short walk of the River Café.

Visit The Modern House Estate Agents – here.

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The Bastard Chair by Els Woldhek

Dutch designer Els Woldhek has created the Bastard Chair, which makes use of the leftover scrap leather from a furniture factory.

From Els Woldhek:

The shapes from the leftover pieces decide the shape of the chair. As the technique of stitching the pieces together follows the outlines of the leftovers. The seed planted by the production methods, with the nurture and care from me, becomes the BASTARD.

Visit Els Woldhek’s website – here.

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GRAPE I and II Lamps by Giuseppe Chigiotti

Italian designer Giuseppe Chigiotti has created the GRAPE I and II lights for Driade.

GRAPE I is a suspension lamp, while GRAPE II is a floor lamp. Both lights feature a chromed steel structure with eight arms providing direct light.

Visit the Driade website – here.  Visit Giuseppe Chigiotti’s website – here.

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Dorobanti Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have produced a design for the Dorobanti Tower in Bucharest, Romania.
The 200 metre building contains a 5-star hotel, convention centre, and luxury apartments.

From Zaha Hadid:

The Dorobanti Tower was designed to establish an iconic presence in the heart of Bucharest. The new tower is a unique mix of a distinctive form, ingenious structure, and spatial qualities of sky-high living. The purity of its form – a chamfered diamond like structure – will be a timeless, elegant landmark in the centre of Bucharest. Zaha Hadid Architect’s design concept is a synthesis of architecture and engineering, which integrates a dis-tinct meandering structural mesh frame and naturally expresses the changing programme of hotel, amenities, and residential apartments.

The site is located in the centre of Bucharest, to the west of Piaza Romana, and approximately 6km south of the international airport. The brief called for a 100,000 square metre mixed-use development at the junction of Calea Dorobanti and St. Mihail Eminescu. The project comprises 34,000 square metres of a 5-star hotel (including restaurants and a convention centre) and 35,000 square metres of luxury apartments. Additionally, the scheme offers lower level retail areas of 4,600 square metres and it delivers a generous allocation of public realm. This public area will be unlike anything else in Bucharest, representing a major attraction within the dense urban character of the City, offering an important new meeting space and urban plaza.

Visit Zaha Hadid’s website – here.

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Confluences by Philippe Nigro

Confluences is a new collection of upholstered seating that French designer Philippe Nigro has created for the furniture manufacturer Ligne Roset.

From Ligne Roset:

CONFLUENCES is a breath of fresh air which breaks with all the normal conventions of upholstered furniture. This piece will please not only lovers of radical design, but also all those who are seduced by a multiplicity of possible sitting positions, and the as yet unheard-of conviviality offered by its colourful, unbridled compositions with evocative names such as the ‘Toi et moi’ (‘You and me’) love seat, the ‘small conversation settee’ and ‘large conversation settee’, or the 4-seat settee with two integral chaises longue.

At first glance, CONFLUENCES appears to be the fruit of the designer’s creative musings on the theme of uncompromising volumes. And yet, one will be amazed to discover that it is simply the result of a reasoned approach on the part of the designer, with a view to offering the best possible response to customer demand for personalised comfort.

Visit the Ligne Roset website – here.   Visit the Philippe Nigro website – here.

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The Fireworks Suspension Lamp by Xavier Lust

Belgian designer Xavier Lust has created the Fireworks Suspension Lamp for Driade.

From Driade:

Suspension lamp providing diffused light. Structure in chromed steel and diffusers in opaline blown glass. It works with thirteen halogen lamps.

Visit the Driade website – here.  Visit the website of Xavier Lust – here.

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