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Find 3 differences / Znajdz 3 roznice

Right. Now normally I am all about affordable, doable and accessible design. What I am showing below does not fall into any of these categories, but since seeing this post at Apartment Theory I am still choking with laughter and amazement.

OK, so first – find the difference between this…

14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the outside (closed)
14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the outside (closed)

…and this:

14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the outside (closed)
14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the outside (closed)

Still can’t get it? 🙂

Well, how about from the inside?

14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the inside (closed)
14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the inside (closed)

and…

14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the inside (open)
14th st NY by Bill Peterson (from Apartment Therapy) - from the inside (open)

How does it work??

A pair of buffers keeps the outside and inside environments separate. The first, a 42-inch-high railing of ultraclear glass, acts as a safety barrier. The second, an “air curtain wall system” that shoots air from the ceiling at high velocity, creates a thermal barrier and bug screen.

Courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

For a gripping article and for the ‘Before and After’ slideshow, see the original source: New Your Magazine’s Home Design – edition Fall 2009.

As always, I’d love to see what you think about this design 🙂

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Fakt. Zwykle przedstawiam tu przystepne cenowo, ‘rozsadne’ i wykonalne projekty. To co pokazuje ponizej nie nalezy do zadnej z tych kategorii, ale po prostu nie moglam sie powstrzymac bo od kiedy zobaczylam tego posta na Apartment Therapy, dalej dusze sie ze smiechu i zachwytu.

Powyzej konkurs – znajdz roznice na obrazkach 🙂 Najpierw z zewnatrz, potem z wewnatrz… czyz to nie jest absolutnie niesamowite??
Kazdy pewnie zada sobie pytanie – ale jak to dziala, przynajmniej pod wzgledem bezpieczenstwa? Otoz do pewnej wysokosci znajduje sie super przezroczysta szyba ktora ma zapobiegac wypadnieciu, natomiast z sufitu wydostaje sie bardzo mocny strumien powietrza ktory zatrzymuje cieplo i… muchy 🙂

Na podstawie postu z Apartment Therapy.

Aby zobaczyc oryginalny artykul przedstawiajacy ten nowojorski dom i obejrzec pokaz slajdow ‘Przed i po’, zapraszam do New Your Magazine’s Home Design – wydanie Jesien 2009.

No i jak zwykle – chetnie zobacze co myslicie o tym dezajnie 🙂


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Habitat on a budget / Habitat taniej

I’ve spent yesterday strolling around Regent Street and Oxford Street here in London – not really to buy anything but to have a look around, see new collections etc. I found a few nice wallpapers and fabrics in House of Fraser and ordered free samples (I might use it with my next assignment, part of which is to create a sample board). In Zara Home, nothing show-stopping this time.

…and then I went into Habitat and remembered why I love this shop so much 🙂 Seriously, I could live in one of their displays and would happily get anything from that place so if you are looking for a present for me, don’t hesitate anymore! :))

Ok, so here are some of the finds from this trip – and all of them under ÂŁ100 – most of them well under!

First some lamps.

  • First – two lamps presenting the super-hot industrial design; both will add sharpness to the home office, living room or minimalist bedroom:

Tommy - Desk lamp from Habitat
Tommy - Desk lamp from Habitat

Photographic - Tripod floor legs & shade from Habitat
Photographic - Tripod floor legs & shade from Habitat

  • How fresh is that! Simple yet delivers the style. Look out for tealight holder of the same design. The lamp below boasts similar take on the shape.

Ribbon - Desk lamp from Habitat
Ribbon - Desk lamp from Habitat

Juno - Desk lamp from Habitat
Juno - Desk lamp from Habitat

  • Did I say the lamps above were simple? Well… simple that! Perfect for complementing geometric wallpapers.
Jazmine - Desk lamp from Habitat
Jazmine - Desk lamp from Habitat
  • So that no one thinks Habitat is too serious, this cute flower lamp will be great for a funky take on romanticism:
Helena - Flower table-wall lamp from Habitat
Helena - Flower table-wall lamp from Habitat
  • (no description required for Boontje’s design, is there?)
Garland - Pendant shade by Tord Boontje from Habitat
Garland - Pendant shade by Tord Boontje from Habitat
  • Do candleholders count as lamps? Well, they definitely count as light sources, which works for me. Check out this stylized object which is 1m high!
Bailey - Large nickel plated candleholder from Habitat
Bailey - Large nickel plated candleholder from Habitat

…And you won’t believe what they’ve done at the shop – they used around 20 of those candleholders in transparent glass, put LED lightbulbs in them and hung them upside-down from the ceiling at various heights, forming a very dramatic take on the bubble lamps we just discussed. What a view – shame I didn’t have my camera!

  • Finally, Klara was just fun to move its arms around in various angles 🙂
Klara - Dinner candleholder from Habitat
Klara - Dinner candleholder from Habitat

And now to coffee and side tables.

  • I love love love, for the obvious reasons of lightness, versatility and adaptability to small spaces – and price! ÂŁ69.
Tablo - Nest of 3 tables from Habitat
Tablo - Nest of 3 tables from Habitat
  • More expensive but very original – the Shuffle:
Shuffle - Low occasional table from Habitat
Shuffle - Low occasional table from Habitat
  • How pretty is that! The intricate ornaments will work perfectly with next year’s trends for artisanry:
Palonia - Decorative cube from Habitat
Palonia - Decorative cube from Habitat
  • I do love multifunctional items 🙂 This cube is not only a table, it is also a lightbox 🙂
Mr Woo - Light box-table from Habitat
Mr Woo - Light box-table from Habitat

How can one not love Habitat?

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Chodzilam sobie wczoraj po Regent Street i Oxford Street, zbierajac probki tapet i materialow do mojego kolejnego zadania i rozgladajac sie za nowymi kolekcjami. Weszlam do Habitat… i od razu przypomnialam sobie dlaczego kocham ten sklep! Normalnie moglabym w nim zamieszkac, a jezeli ktos szuka dla mnie prezentu, to dylemat rozwiazany 🙂

Powyzej przedstawiam wczorajsze znaleziska w dwoch kategoriach – oswietlenie i stoliki. Zgodnie z moja idea ‘organiczonego budzetu’, wszystko, co pokazuje powyzej kosztuje do 100 funtow, a wiele z nich nawet sporo mniej.

Kilka typow? Industrialne klimaty zaprezentowane przez pierwsze lampy i stoliki; minimalistyczny ale bardzo kreatywny design w postaci kolejnych ‘skreconych’ lampek; wariacje na temat romantyzmu w kwiatowych swiatlach i drewnianym azurowym stoliku; niebanalny pomysl w szescianie Mr Woo bedacym i stolikiem, i swiatlem (swieci od wewnatrz), no i moj niesmiertelny Namber Lan – czyli zestaw trzech stolikow, za ich elastycznosc i lekkosc.


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Design for Life with Philippe Starck

I know, I know, it’s been ages since I last was here! But fear not, I have not forgotten 🙂 The work – actually the homework for the design school – has been taking every minute of my free time over the last few weeks… but more about it later.

First, let me share with you the amazing news – a new series has just started on the BBC and it is about product design! This has been my first passion – applied art and product designs have been my passions even before I started thinking about full-blown interior design. I find it amazing how everything that surrounds us has been designed by someone even if we don’t think about it, and that – as opposed to fine arts – an object of beauty can be also an object of function.

But – back to the topic: the amazing, the great, the best, the ingenious, the inspiring, the genious Philippe Starck is hosting ‘Design for Life‘, a program about 12 young Brits spending a few weeks in Starck’s design agencyin Paris in hope that one of them can be the future of design in the UK. The main prize is a 6-month placement at Starck’s, but even those ten weeks are more than any designer could ever dream of, so all the best to the participants and let’s hope we’ll see some great designs! You can see the first episode here.

And if you don’t know what Starck designed, here are some of the iconic objects:

Philippe_Starck_Privé_Collection
Philippe_Starck_Privé_Collection
Miss Lacy by Philippe Starck
Miss Lacy by Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck Gun Collection
Philippe Starck Gun Collection
Philippe Starck - Juicy Salif
Philippe Starck - Juicy Salif
Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair
Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair
Voxan Café Racer Super Naked by Philippe Starck
Voxan Café Racer Super Naked by Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck Holly All Vase
Philippe Starck Holly All Vase
DRIADE BY PHILIPPE STARCK
DRIADE BY PHILIPPE STARCK

What I really liked is his design philosophy, or rather life philosophy, some of it we could observe already in the first episode. As he said, ‘we are not artists‘. What designers do, or should do,  is to create functional and sustainable products for the masses. Also interesting was how important to him the history behind a product is. What is it made of is an obvious question, but is it functional enough? Who made it? How? Does it make sense? Does it show the way forward? The designer need to think really outside of the final product. He controversially criticised a lovely bicycle brought as an example of an ecologically sound product by one of the contestants. It cost only €90, which is why Starck dismissed it as a product most probably done by people who earn almost nothing. How else can you create this complicated piece of technology for so little? Stay tuned for next episodes!

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Uwaga uwaga, na BBC wlasnie zaczal sie swietny program. Design for Life, prowadzony przez genialnego i wyjatkowego projektanta ktorym jest Philippe Starck (jezeli nie bardzo wiesz o kim mowie, zerknij na zdjecia kilku z jego niezapomnianych projektow powyzej). W tym programie, 12 mlodych Brytyjczykow spedzi kilka tygodni w Paryzu w firmie projektowej Starck’a, a my wszyscy mamy nadzieje ze dzieki temu narodzi sie nowy talent w UK. Nagroda glowna jest 6-miesieczna pozycja w agencji, choc juz te kilka tygodni sa wyjatkowa nagroda…

Sztuka uzytkowa byla moim marzeniem jeszcze zanim zaczelam myslec o projektowaniu wnetrz. Uwielbiam to ze wszystko co nas otacza jest dzielem jakiegos projektanta (czy zdajemy sobie z tego sprawe czy nie), oraz ze w przeciwienstwie do np. malarstwa, piekne przedmioty spelniaja rowniez funkcje.

No ale wracajac do tematu, spodobalo mi sie ze Starck od samego poczatku przekazuje swoja filozofie. Ucina niefunkcjonalne projekty mowiac ‘nie jestesmy artystami!’, za misje uznajac tworzenie funkcjonalnych i ekologicznych produktow dla mas. Wazna dla niego tez jest historia produktu. Z czego jest zrobiony? Jak? Przez kogo? Czy jest odpowiednio funkcjonalny? Projektant powinien myslec duzo szerzej niz o samym koncowym efekcie. Ciekawie wyrazone zostalo to w momencie gdy jeden z uczestnikow przyprowadzil rower jako przyklad dobrego ekologicznego produktu. No tak, ale skoro ten skomplikowany technologicznie i wysoki jakosciowo rower kosztowal jedynie €90, czy ci robotnicy co go zbudowali mogli zarobic wiecej niz grosze? A wiec: polecam pierwszy odcinek (do obejrzenia tu) – i czekajcie cierpliwie na ciag dalszy!


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