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A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

You guys know that I have a little crazy love from everything that comes from Japan, whenever it is super innovative or wildly super weird. It’s just so intriguing to witness their creativity on everything around us and how they make things better in our everyday life. Today, we’ll look at the work of Takaharu Tezuka who is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. His work is pretty much recognizable by his innovative thinking, philosophy and the overall approach that has been rewarding him with the award from the Japan Institute of Architects. Let’s take a joyful at this stunning kindergarten that pushes the children to reach another level of learning and also enjoy themselves.   Watch Takaharu Tezuka TED Talk More information: http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/index.html.

 Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Productivity is everything and the more I get older, time is also super essential to the results and efforts at being more efficient. Among all the factors to the success at the state of producing more, I believe having the right workspace is also a huge influence that contributes to the overall concept to productivity. We would like to share the work of George Nijland and his project called: Pod-Space. A conceptual architectural project in illustration and interior design that creates little spaces for an office, small living room with a pool and basically creating your own getaway space. For this project, George used Photoshop and Autodesk 3Ds Max Vray even though it totally convinced me that it was a photograph in the first place. I wish there was more details on the project but we can’t help to be inspired by his design and imagine how greatly we will fit in such a beautiful and minimal space.     More information: http://georgenijland.nl.

Inside Look at WIRED Offices - San Francisco

Inside Look at WIRED Offices - San Francisco

The beautiful city of San Francisco, a city that I truly love because of its charming bridges and old cable cars. I can't help to notice and like how strong is the design community in the Bay. Being part and surrounded with so many tech companies, you wouldn't just imagine how cool their workspaces must be and how far away they must be from looking boring and "corporate-feel". Let's dive into the offices of WIRED magazine based in San Francisco (Obviously). Designed by team over Gensler, they went with the approach at redefining the structure by making a unified environment while supporting workflow, product and to unify the print team with the digital team.   Credits Design: Gensler Projet Principal: Lisa Bottom Design Director: Karyn Gabriel Project Architect: Azemina Softich Project Manager: Marcus Hopper Studio Director: Randy Howder Photography: Jasper Sanidad

 Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Last week, we didn't get a chance to publish our weekly feature on Beautiful Houses, it's all good since we are sharing one today for you guys. We are taking a closer look today at the work from Jean Verville and his FAHOUSE project. Jean has been inspired by the concept of an archetypal triangle for the design of this cottage that is currently located in Estrie, Québec. I do appreciate his approach to making a house that is both comforting for the children as it is to the parents. The reason why is that he created a distinct relationship from the interior design to its exterior which results into a beautiful contrast from dark tones to the lighter colours. Nested in the privacy of a hemlock forest, FAHOUSE is this amazing building that seems to emerge from a children's story. Exploiting the contrasts between opacity and light, the architect Jean Verville developing a graphic assembly, which rises like two giant conifers, intensifying the dreamlike aspect of this architectural proposal. Derived from the archetypal figure of the house, the double triangular prism illustrates perfectly childhood characterizing the whole development of the project.  Conceived for a young professional couple and two children, the chalet revisits the family home settings to explore a place closely linked to imagination, its occupants and their entire current way of family life. The close complicity with customers during the design process and playfulness distinguishing their parent-child relationship, empower the architect to design a clean way of living their reality. Throughout the site, the complicity between the architect, the family and the entrepreneur promotes a shared enthusiasm resulting in build quality and a flawless finish.   Credits Architect: Jean Verville Collaborators: Jessica Bouffette, Olivier Grenier and Martine Walsh Entrepreneur: Ulys Collectif Location: Estrie, Québec in Canada Dimension: 180 m² (1900 pi²) Year: 2016 Photography: Maxime Brouillet More information: http://www.jeanverville.com.

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

When I was in Japan a couple months ago, I had the fun opportunity to try one of their many capsule hotels. It's a pretty unique concept when you enter their premises, you are given a suit and things for your stay. Completely isolated from your personal things which made the experience quite memorable and bizarre at the same to be exposed to such minimalism. Afterward, you are offered a very clean space to sleep, take a shower, watch TV and with a 24-hour helpdesk. What's the best feature of these capsule hotels is its location, they are usually close to tourist attractions which are very accommodating.It reminded me this story of the past when I stumbled across the interior design project by DA Architects for In Box Capsule Hotel located in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Capsule hotel, based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia About DA Architects DA architects is a studio based in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation that mainly works in architecture (of course), interior design and also in industrial design. You should definitely follow their Instagram. More information: http://ianjepson.co.za.

Bó Burger and Fries Branding

Bó Burger and Fries Branding

Working on a brand identity is always a good challenge, it's not for nothing that most of us has multiple different practices to understand more the client and ultimately be on the same page. Let's take a look at the visual identity of Bó - Burger and Fries, a culinary place located in Kielce, Poland. Behind this mixed branding, the folks from Hopa Studio took on this project in branding, interior design and packaging as well. I kind of enjoyed the mixture of mediums into something quite different from what we usually see, hope you'll like it. Bó, for us, is an example of a good cooperation of a client and invited people, basing on trust, passion and specialization.Joanna Walczykowska has been responsible for the illustrations. Kamil Borowski, specializing in lettering, transformed the golden paint into calligraphic works of art. The corporate identity assumes two layers – the first associated with slow food, urban life and culture. The second – golden – refers to the style of the New York subway, graffiti and hip-hop. Elegant, glamorous typography combined with the style of letters and graphic forms, close to the style of the streets. About Hopa Studio Hopa Studio is an agency based in Warsaw, Poland. They focus their work into creating solutions not only for good aesthetic in different fields of design. We should look forward to see more from them. More information: http://www.hopastudio.com/en.

AIAIAI "Non-Design" Flagship Store

AIAIAI "Non-Design" Flagship Store

We have recently featured and reviewed the AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphone and it's undeniably a beautiful product that will be part of your everyday use. As mentioned before (in the previous article), I really love the approach of AIAIAI the brand and their "non-design" approach among their products but by also keeping its modular system and functionalism. We would love to share AIAIAI Flagship Store located in Copenhagen, designed by Borg Brückner. Hope you will enjoy! Credits Photography by Rasmus Hetoft Designed by Borg Brückner More information: https://aiaiai.dk/, article originally seen on Minimalissimo.

Tokio Interior Design

Tokio Interior Design

Since we had a good response from yesterday's Interior Design project, we would like to share another one and it's a Sushi Bar & Restaurant located in Budapest, Hungary. This project is a bit old in the trail of work from the folks from Studio Arkitekter but totally worth to share considering the level of design and a mixture of an inspiration from neon lights and the beloved Tokyo City, Japan. Hope you will enjoy this lovely work! Sushi restaurant interior design by Studio Arkitekter About Studio Arkitekter Studio Arkitekter is a studio of architects and interior designers based in Budapest, Hungary. Taking a unique approach on their projects by having the clients being part of the center and having an unmistakable style to pride themselves for. More information: http://www.studioarkitekter.com.

Kolodishchi Interior Design

Kolodishchi Interior Design

With Summer in full speed, we started getting some thoughts about doing some renovations. Living in a country where you spend about 4 months in the harsh cold of Winter. You do want to plan your time accordingly so you are able to do whatever it is that you wanna before the Cold cycle start knocking at your door all over again. While looking at inspiration for Interior Design, we stumbled across this minimalistic & beautiful project by Dmitry Sheleg and his work on an Scandinavian style apartment. Two-story house interior design in a modern scandinavian style for a young couple. About Dmitry Sheleg Dmitry is a designer working mainly in digital art, interior design and architecture that is currently based in Minks, Belarus. We look forward to see more from him. Credits Studio: ZROBYM architects Design by Dmitry Sheleg Location: Minsk, Belarus Style: Scandinavian style Size: 292 m2 More information via his Behance.

More Office Inspiration

More Office Inspiration

Since the last Office Inspiration back in November, we have been getting a lot of great feedbacks from you guys. This is not going to be a series but surely is a lot of fun putting these together! Let’s see if we can give some more ideas for your office and to increase your productivity. Nothing is more inspiring than working in a great office. Letting your creativity flowing around in an enjoyable workspace is one of the many keys to productivity. Source: Sarah Rhoads

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Walls of AppDynamics Office

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Walls of AppDynamics Office

We're excited to feature a newly launched project from the mastermind's of San Francisco based creative agency, Butchershop Creative. The project, designing the interior walls of San Francisco based company, AppDynamics. The inspiration, the "pixel." We love getting a sneak peek at the creative process behind such a large-scale and technical collaboration. Peek the documentary and check out some of the images and wall descriptors below. Our favorite, the aptly dubbed "If These Walls Could Talk" whereby giant half-toned faces of influential icons from Marilyn Monroe to Bill Cosby, Einstein to Da Vinci were subtly placed as back drops for meeting rooms. Video Creating The Walls of AppDynamics Office - Butchershop Creative from Butchershop Creative™ on Vimeo. Stills For more information visit http://www.butchershop.co/project/app-dynamics-wall-design-project/

Office Inspiration

Office Inspiration

Nothing is more inspiring than working in a great office. Letting your creativity flowing around in an enjoyable workspace, is one of the many keys to productivity. We gathered some pictures of beautiful offices and let’s see if we can give some ideas for your own office. Source: Sarah RhoadsLet us know how do you like the Office Inspiration? Thanks!

CGI Loft by 4eFergovi

CGI Loft by 4eFergovi

One of my dreams is to live in a loft, I've always had this fascination about the idea of a super open place. 4eFergovi created a virtual loft all in CGI and made me think about moving once again. The level of details and the objects in this composition is incredible, sometimes it's hard to think it's not real. For more information about 4eFergovi work, visit http://www.4efergovi.com

Inspiring work of Design Duo Ennis McIntosh

Inspiring work of Design Duo Ennis McIntosh

Thumbing through Issue No. 5 of the beautiful Man of the World (http://www.manoftheworld.com/) magazine I stumbled upon a nice piece on the talented gents behind Ennis McIntosh, a New York City artistic venture focusing on design and fabrication of unique structures and environments. Sean Ennis and Angus McIntosh are a dynamic duo that share a knack for creative collaboration and an appreciation for hand crafted work. Sean's background in design and illustration landed him a number of creative positions from building skateboard ramps to developing props to working as carpenter for the Martha Stewart Show. Angus is an Aussie born carpenter, custom furniture designer and design consultant. Together, Ennis and McIntosh create beautiful things with an emphasis on salvaged goods. Today, we're excited to feature just a few projects by the gifted pair for trendy NYC shops and restaurants to household brands like Converse, Nike, Redbull, Captain Morgan, Bic and Acne only to name a few. Check out their website for more work and inspiration here : http://ennismcintosh.com/

Loft-Living Around the Globe

Loft-Living Around the Globe

From London to Los Angeles, Sydney to San Francisco, loft-living as a hip alternative to the traditional dwelling option. With more and more creative and innovative design forces restoring historic warehouse buildings left to rot, the number of chic lofts cropping up globally was just enough to inspire this post. The common denominator in all of these spectacular spaces is the undivided living space and exposed architectural elements like brick, beams, concrete, ventilation ducts, and large industrial windows. We hope you enjoy and please share any amazing loft spaces you've stumbled upon in the comments section. Amsterdam Chicago London Los Angeles Manhattan Paris Rio San Francisco Seattle Shanghai Sydney Vancouver

Cool Hotels: Hotel Zetta San Francisco

We're as excited to write this post as we are that a new hotel has finally cropped up in San Francisco's SoMa district. Hotel Zetta, the newest sibling to the Viceroy Group's Urban Retreat collection, boasts everything the modern day creative class could ever ask for and beyond. Sustainable architecture at the forefront, you'll also find wireless streaming via Obsess G-Link Connect in all guest rooms and a mezzanine level "playroom" replete with a shuffleboard table and the latest innovations in gaming. The most enticing asset, the mezzanine offers up the perfect spot for locals and visitors to mix and mingle in a creative and inspiring atmosphere. To add a little San Francisco touch, look no further than the ornate chandeliers crafted from recycled eyeglasses. We see your next vacation and it's at Hotel Zetta. Pun absolutely intended. "Effortlessly fusing sophisticated and cutting-edge aesthetics with state-of-the-art amenities, Hotel Zetta is an urban retreat, ideally located for connection authentically with San Francisco's leading cultural, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy communities." - Hotel Zetta For more information or to book your visit check out: http://www.viceroyhotelgroup.com/en/zetta/overview

Yoobi Temakeria : Good Food Meets Good Design in London

Yoobi Temakeria : Good Food Meets Good Design in London

Yoobi Temakeria, located in London's Soho, is the brainchild of two entrepreneurs with ties to Brazil and Japan. Temaki, a variety of sushi born in Brazil where the largest Japanese population outside of Brazil resides, is simply fresh sushi wrapped in a cone. Taking this basic idea and creating an overall look and feel for the restaurant that resonates with the cultures it was inspired by was not an easy feat. The clean, minimal design is the result of impeccable architecture and super minimal design elements that creatively meld the vibe of Rio, Tokyo and London into one. Gundry and Ducker Architecture brought the space, a former warehouse, back to its roots by unearthing the original brick. A color palette was created by Ico Design and can be seen peppered throughout the unique space in a fun, quirky way while maintaining the minimal aesthetic. Enjoy a look behind the scenes of this awesome 360 degree branding project and be sure to visit Yoobi next time you pay London a visit! For more information visit: http://www.loveyoobi.com/