London Design Festival 2014 Highlights

The twelfth annual London Design Festival, which took place from 13th to 21st September 2014, was indeed quite eventful. No, literally! It had something for everyone. The annual contemporary design festival celebrated designs in all forms: landmark, interiors, furniture, graphic and sculptural installations. With over 300 events held across the city, the festival showcased innovative and thoughtful designs by artists, designers from around the world. We chose to highlight some of the fun, quirky design ideas that held our attention a while longer.

A Place Called Home 

Designers Jasper Morrison, Studioilse, Patternity and Raw-Edges came together to install their interpretation of ‘A place called Home’ for Airbnb’s landmark project. 
British designer Jasper Morrison was inspired by the location and created a home for a pigeon keeper.
 


Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of design studio Raw-Edges focused on a versatile living arrangement, creating a house with spaces and rooms that shift and change around a central lighting fixture.


Studioilse founder Ilse Crawford got the audience thinking about what a home meant to them 


Young British duo Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham of Patternity staged an interactive installation of oversized kaleidoscopes with repeating triangles, circles and squares.

Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion


Incredibly talented industrial designers Jay Barber and Edward Osgerby, together with BMW, designed Double Space, a kinetic sculpture wherein they installed reflective glass panels at V&A Museum’s Raphael Gallery in order to display the classic artwork in a distorted new light.
The Crest by Zaha Hadid

 
Hadid’s Crest installation is an experimental structure, commissioned by ME by Meliá Hotels International to mark the 2016 launch of their Hadid-designed ME Dubai hotel. After the event, the demountable structure is to be relocated to the Dubai Hotel.
Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future by Dominic Wilcox


London-based designer Dominic Wilcox created this life-size car with stained glass chassis. He believes that in future roads would be so safe that it would be cool to drive around in this unmanned vehicle while a person sleeps in it.

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Guess Who Moved Into Their New Home In Hidden Hills?

Here take a tour of the swanky new abode of the most-talked about celeb couple:

The house is largely done up in white interiors, which also happens to be  this hot reality show star’s favorite color.
The exquisite chandelier complements the lily-white dining room perfectly…
White follows into other rooms. Thankfully, hues of blue brings relief….
The wooden lofts adds a beautiful touch to the interiors…
Even the exposed brick walls are whitewashed to go with the rest of the decor…
To find out to whom this house belongs to, click here

Where Architecture Meets Cinematography

Chibi Moku is a dynamic team comprising a cinematographer and photographer duo that travel the world, live in an RV and shoot incredible architecture along the way. They have exhibited their exceptional works on Archh.com and generated some amazing response for it as well; so in retrospect, we compile the four most-viewed projects of the lot.

The duo, Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer, sold everything they owned in Osaka, Japan and moved to America to pursue their passion of ‘sharing the stories of architects and designers.’ Armed with cameras in hand and ingenuity up their sleeve, they have captured the essence of contemporary architecture along their journey.

“Photography captures the aesthetics of architecture, but cinematography tells a different story” says J. Shaffer “It’s not just about the science, engineering, or even art, but rather ‘What defines contemporary architecture and design for our time?’ As storytellers, we help to make that mark on history. We like to make sure we dig into all angles of the story…including humor!”

Chibi Moku has filmed all over Asia and the South Pacific, however they spend most of their time in the continental United States. They are releasing 20 brand new projects between August and September this year and plan to film in the Pacific Northwest for the fall. The duo has ambitious plans to finish shooting in Florida and pack and move to Europe, to cover the breathtaking architecture of Greece and Italy next year. “I want to film architecture in every country in the world!” says Natsuko Shaffer. “It’s interesting to see how, for instance, Japanese architecture is used even in western worlds…even in places that you would least expect…like Nebraska!”

PROJECT 1: San Clemente Home, California


As you walk into this beautiful house in San Clemente, California, you are likely to notice the curved and rounded interior as opposed to its contrasting geometrical exterior. This is Dupuis Designs’ flagship project; the modern Californian-styled home features Peggy Dupuis’ signature red-painted (also the load-bearing) wall complementing the customized bay windows that stretch along the expanse of the house. The decorations and furnishings are simple, blending white, anthracite grey and black, with a hint of light-colored wood. The entire house, designed on low-energy consumption model, has clever set of window openings, glass doors and skylights that provide natural air conditioning.

More photos here

Project 2:  E11EVEN Nightclub, Miami 


Designed by Telesco Associates Inc., E11EVEN is a one-of-a-kind upscale 24/7 nightclub in Miami where the design thrives on the concept of a nightclub meets Cirque du Soleil meets international cabaret. This 25,000 square feet, two-storey club is equipped with a bar in the main room, has a mini-podium with a large centre pillar, a lit-up cage and an LED wall that grabs your attention as soon as you step into the club. The centre of the main room has a hydraulic stage that can rise to the mezzanine level, or be transformed into a dance floor. 

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Our favorite online stores for shopping of interior products

There are many perks to online shopping; e-commerce allows you to browse through a wider range of goods and compare prices, features and customer service before committing to a purchase. It is relatively easier and faster to hunt down ten specialized items on e-commerce sites than walking down aimlessly through numerous aisles of the actual store before finally making the pick. Online home décor stores are an absolute blessing. Rather than running around like a headless chicken, a click of a button can recreate your dream room setting.  

Browse through our highly recommended sites for choosing your home décor …

Chairish : Created for the love of chairs…. but this online store has much more more to offer people obsessed with vintage and used designer furniture. Go check it out!

One Kings Lane : Online marketplace for top designer brands and vintage pieces, and do check out those flash sales.

Chaplins : One of the oldest furniture brands in UK, feast your eyes on over 180 high-end brands…

Laura Ashley  : The most extensive range of home furnishings… enough said!

BoConcept allows you to design your furniture in 3D and offers free interior design consultation. Why go anywhere else?

To read the entire post, click here 

Our favorite online stores for shopping of interior products

There are many perks to online shopping; e-commerce allows you to browse through a wider range of goods and compare prices, features and customer service before committing to a purchase. It is relatively easier and faster to hunt down ten specialized items on e-commerce sites than walking down aimlessly through numerous aisles of the actual store before finally making the pick. Online home décor stores are an absolute blessing. Rather than running around like a headless chicken, a click of a button can recreate your dream room setting.  

Browse through our highly recommended sites for choosing your home décor …

Chairish : Created for the love of chairs…. but this online store has much more more to offer people obsessed with vintage and used designer furniture. Go check it out!

One Kings Lane : Online marketplace for top designer brands and vintage pieces, and do check out those flash sales.

Chaplins : One of the oldest furniture brands in UK, feast your eyes on over 180 high-end brands…

Laura Ashley  : The most extensive range of home furnishings… enough said!

BoConcept allows you to design your furniture in 3D and offers free interior design consultation. Why go anywhere else?

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Trump’s Deluxe Manhattan Penthouse

 
 

 Donald Trump needs no introduction! 

His penthouse does. Easily confused with a king’s mansion, the design of his house is inspired by the styles of King Louis XIV era. Trump along with his third wife Melania call this palatial abode their home. It is located in Trump Tower, a 68 storey skyscraper, on the busy Fifth Avenue of Manhattan. The three-floor penthouse offers an enviable view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. Designed by the celebrity interior designer late Angelo Donghia, the house is adorned in 24k gold and marble. Gold covers the walls and ceilings. The begilded, stone studded door to the mansion leaves visitors gaping in awe. The sitting room even has a fountain. It is this and the other attractive architectural features that won his home recognition among the elite.

 
 
In an ornate gold and white marble setting, the beautiful mural painting on the ceiling captures the imagination of the visitors. 
 
A closer view of the living room.
 
 
Cozy corners for private conversations and high tea.
 
The cherubs gilded with 24k gold
 
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Zac Efron’s Epic Bachelor Pad

The 27-year-old actor Zac Efron has been in the limelight for a long while now. He came a teen idol with his appearance in Disney’s high school musical. He has had this youth icon tag attached to him for a while now and his home does have a reputation to maintain considering he is one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. We now have access to his party pad in Hollywood Hills after he sold it for $2.775 million last month. Designed for the Case Study Program by Rodney Walker, the home was built in 1947. Features include walls of glass, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,424 square feet of living space.

As such the exterior of the building is very simple. However its not simple-boring, rather simple-chic

The simple structure is offset by the aesthetic placement of the furniture. The wall glass panels give the house an excellent inside-outside feel making it seem larger than what it really is.

The roof gives the home a semi-industrial feel. Its modern rugged for the 21st century man.

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