Thursday, 5 December 2013
Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone Colour of the Year for 2014. Following on from Emerald in 2013, Tangerine Tango in 2012 and Honeysuckle in 2011, Radiant Orchid "reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Homebuildlife subscribers can read our full Colour report on Radiant Orchid here.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Lee Broom has designed a new bar for Selfridges to celebrate the first anniversary of the department store's Men's Shoe Galleries. Called Mark's Bar and operated by British chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, the space features bespoke furniture by Broom that transforms from a lounge collection into a fully functioning mobile bar.
Lighting sculptor Sylvie Maréchal of Beau & Bien was commissioned by prestigious Parisian hotel Royal Monceau to "decorate" their traditional Christmas tree. In place of it, she created a light and airy, 3 metre high lighting installation. Hundreds of pieces of porcelain in the shape of birds and stars are suspended in mid-air to form the silhouette of a tree, a poetic and lyrical take on this inescapable Christmas symbol.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
EPFL+ECAL Lab invited four of the world's most prestigious design schools to re-invent the remote control. For once, the main purpose is not just performance and functionality but also the aesthetic and experience of the object.
It’s already Christmas time in Milan. The Republic of Fritz Hansen store at Corso Garibaldi 77 is presenting its special Christmas Market, an international selection of new brands and young designers with products ready to be this season's must-have gifts.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Designers Quinten Peuling and Wisse Trooster of Studio qoowl have created a clock made from a worn sanding disc and timber, which they're currently raising funds for on crowdfunding platform Crowdy House.
This year's Festive Season Collection by French patissier Pierre Hermé includes chocolate ganache, candied chestnut, foie gras, passion fruit ganache macarons and ginger and orange marmalade pound cake.
Multidisciplinary creative consultancy Inamatt's studio and private residence in Pingjum, in the north of Holland, is a testament to their style: features like exposed beams and poured concrete floors create a mix of heritage, original features and a modernist, gallery-like mood.