Specifier Pipeline

  • London Architecture and Design Museum by John Pawson

    London Architecture and Design Museum by John Pawson

    For you, what object captures the spirit of design? To celebrate the ground breaking of the new Design Museum in London, leading figures from the worlds of design and architecture, including the museum's Design Circle members, Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Norman Foster and Cecil Balmond, as well as Sir Terence Conran and John Pawson, were invited to nominate an object to go in a time capsule to be buried in the foundations of the new building. Designed by John Pawson, the new Design Museum, which will be the world's leading museum of its kind, is planned to open in 2015. The move will give the museum three times more space, free access to its unique collection and bring it into Kensington's cultural quarter where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery. The choices that were made for the capsule are a fascinating portrayal of the vast world design and architecture encompass. From Hadid’s model of the MAXXI museum in Rome to Thomas Hetherwick and Ingo Maurer’s choice of a standard light bulb, to Sir Terence Conran’s choices, which went from an iPhone 4S to a tin of Anchovies and a good bottle of 2012 Burgundy, the objects are a reminder of good design – from the simple to the cutting edge. But what will the future archeologists think of the capsule?

  • Dutch Ship Office Building: Ed Veenendaal and Oever Zaaijer

    Dutch Ship Office Building: Ed Veenendaal and Oever Zaaijer

    The Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding company docks have a new architectural highlight – a highly transparent office building shaped like the funnel of a ship. The asymmetrical, 6 floor structure by designer Ed Veenendaal and architect Oever Zaaijer is right on the harbor, and its unique profile is visible from the center of the city. Metal construction specialist Octatube was responsible for implementing the challenging structural glazing façade: sloping triple panes up to five metres long, each with a unique shape and some weighing more than a tonne. The solar control glass ipasol neutral 50/27 with additional iplus E thermal insulation coating ensures a light-flooded interior, excellent protection from the summer heat and effective thermal insulation.

  • "Samba" lights by Brad Stebbing

    "Samba" lights by Brad Stebbing

    Sydney based Brad Stebbing has designed "Samba", the latest collection for Kenneth Cobonpue's lighting and accessories brand, HIVE [design by hive]. The lamp’s curves mimic dancing hips, bringing an exciting sense of movement and life to any interior.  Launching this month at Maison & Objet in Paris, the Samba is handcrafted in the Philippines using sustainable rattan, adopting a new take on a traditional Vietnamese process and creating a distinct crafted look. The lamp is comes in matte black and white as well as glossier colour variations, like the bright, sunny yellow. Available at KE-ZU and its distributors nationally.

  • The Gowings Building by Nic Graham

    The Gowings Building by Nic Graham

    The harbour city is now home to a brand new Design Hotels™ hotel.  Located in two of the city’s historical icons , the Gowings Building and the State Theatre, the hotel is set to be a mecca for design aficionados and the style set alike. The interior is a carefully curated mix of original features, digital art installations, eclectic artifacts and quirky design pieces inspired by the retail and theatrical history of the two buildings. Acclaimed designer Nic Graham is responsible for the hotel’s bold design, which reaches its height in the lobby, where history meets the future in an imposing LED wall of digital art by Daniel Crooks.

  • Kristalia Italian Shelves

    Kristalia Italian Shelves

    Kristalia is an Italian design house that offers objects that stand out for their minimalist appeal, and that are intended to meet your current everyday living requirements. They have put this principle into practice with the SheLLf, a multifaceted shelving system that began as a limited-edition piece, but is now currently available in Australia at at Fanuli Furniture. Designed by young Dutch designer Ka-Lai Chan, whose work is self-described as "a little on the edge of art and design", the SheLLf is a combination of rectangular units in different sizes with a lacquer finish that are connected with invisible 45° joints. The stunning and unusual piece is sure to add a touch of art to your shelving solutions.

  • Erik Van Egeraat's new design for Russia's Sherbank University

    Erik Van Egeraat's new design for Russia's Sherbank University

    Erick van Egeraat’s design for the new Sherbank University is a benchmark project in the region in terms of sustainability within the corporate world. Sberbank is Russia’s largest and oldest state run bank with over 250.000 employees and 20 000 branch offices in the country. The new Sberbank University will provide education, seminars and team building programs to the company’s top professionals, to continuously improve their performance. The university will consist of education and conference spaces, dormitories, guest teacher quarters, teacher housing, a club building and sports facilities. The complex fully integrates sustainable design tools and technologies The University will be completed in 2013.

  • Studio Italo Rota collaborates with Zumtobel

    Studio Italo Rota collaborates with Zumtobel

    The Palazzo dell ́Arengario in Milan houses the Museo del Novecento, home to the city’s important collection of 20th century Italian art. The building, which was started in the 1930s and was completed in the 1950s, is a monumental and imposing structure.The competition to convert the building into a coherent museum space was won by a group of designers under the direction of the Milanese architect and designer, Italo Rota. While the façade was barely touched, the building was extensively gutted to create an articulate and stimulating space that has a new feel of openness and accessibility. At the heart of the new interior is a dynamic spiral ramp which leads from the subway to the exhibitions and which is illuminated by two sets of lights – downlights in the ceiling illuminate the ramp while LED spots in the balustrade luminously emanate a blue-green light. As for the exhibition spaces themselves, “Our aim was to create a peaceful atmosphere with soft, neutral colours and homogeneous lighting – the works of art are the stars here, after all,” explains Alessandro Pedretti, the architect at Studio Italo Rota responsible for the interior and lighting design of the project. Light modules cover the doors of the entrances to the galleries and Zumtobel’s Cielos lumi- nous ceiling, a modular lighting system, creates an even, diffuse basic illumination. The importance of illumination in the new museum is carried to the very top of the building, where Lucio Fontana’s lighting installation ‘Struttura al neon’ can be seen shining out.

  • Pangaea in St Petersburg

    Pangaea in St Petersburg

    Architects Beckmann N'Thépé and landscape designers TN PLUS have designed a new zoo for St Peterburg, Russia, which is expected to be completed in 2014. The zoo will reunite Pangaea, the super continent that existed hundreds of millions of years ago. The zoo will consist of islands that represent the earths various zones: Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, North America and Eurasia, all next to one another like they were before the continents split. The design of the zoo is therefore closely linked to geological history, providing opportunities for education about the movement of the tectonic plates and how the world has changed in its long history. By providing the animals with large enclosures and mimicking the land- scape and botanical species of each continent, the zoo will give visitors the impres- sion of exploring faraway continents. For the architects, however, the very fist con- sideration was the wellness of the animals themselves, and creating a balance between the man-made nature of architecture and the natural landscapes that will be so important to the zoo. The zoo’s location in Russia with its harsh winter climate was also a serious factor. With temperatures frequently dropping below -25 degrees and with little daylight, indoors shelters have to be generous. Made from ultra-light ETFE the greenhouses will shelter the tropical animals throughout the long winter.

  • Harpa's Crystal Facade

    Harpa's Crystal Facade

    Harpa, Reykjavik’s stunning new Concert Hall and Conference Centre features a stunning façade, designed by the renowned Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects.  Harpa will be home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. According to the Music Director, Steinunn Ragnarsdóttir “Harpa will add a new and exciting dimension to Icelandic cultural life” The multi-faceted glass façade was designed to be reminiscent of Iceland’s crystallised basalt columns. The striking geometric design creates kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the surrounding landscape, changing in colour, opacity and reflectivity with the natural light. The building was designed by the renowned European architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið.

  • New Contemporary Architecture in Thailand

    New Contemporary Architecture in Thailand

    Bangkok based architects VaSLab Architecture designed the recently opened Casa de la Flora, located in Khao Lak, about an hour from Phuket. The 36 Villa resort is architecturally bold, offering consummate contemporary design, it is an interesting juxtaposition of urban Brutalist architecture and the natural beauty of the Andaman Sea, which creates something exceptional. All the villas have large glass facades and views of the ocean, as well as private pools in addition to the usual facilities found in a resort like the bar, restaurant and spa there is also a library. The resort is designed with concrete and natural materials like teakwood to create relaxing, beautiful spaces that are the epitome of contemporary luxury.