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Favorite Finds #16 – Get your lighting right

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Lighting is one of the most transformative things you can do to space.

When you light a space, never over light it. Shadows create mystery and drama. In order to achieve this effect, there are three categories of interior lighting you need to know about: ambient (or general), task and accent. A successful lighting scheme requires a combination of all three or as we call it “layering”.

Ambient Lighting

This provides general illumination and is most often found in recessed lighting, chandeliers, and other ceiling fixtures. Recessed halogens, positioned around the perimeter of a room, can fool the eye by appearing to push back the walls. But go easy and avoid zillions in each and every ceiling. Dimmers are key here, as they will enable you to control the amount of illumination according to the daylight. No one wants their house all lit up like an airport lounge.

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Pendant lamp SARN by Specimen Editions. Ceiling lamp in steel wire and tinted natted palm. Shades are handmade in Thailand thanks to traditional technique.

Task Lighting

These are the practical lights you need in the room such as desk lamps, reading lights, under cabinet lighting for preparing food in the kitchen, mirror lights in the bathroom, motion sensor lights in cupboards and drawers etc. They will create those intriguing shadows we love. Task lights are practical and functional and in addition they make a room feel more warm and harmonious.

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The Memoir Collection by Plumen for Made.com inspired by 1950’s task lights.

Accent lighting

These are the lamps that you can load up on everywhere in the room. You can put them everywhere – on side tables, consoles, on central islands, on the floor, on benches on a pouf even. These little glowing pockets of light create atmospheric, cosy, intimate spaces. You immediately get that feeling of squishy contentment. Another way is to use them to highlight architectural features – along stairtreads, hidden lights tucked behind headboards and above kitchen cabinets for that extra layer of glow. Or the lighting can be a feature in it’s own right, like a fun floor standing lamp or a cool neon wall sign.

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MRND lamps by Elena Salmistraro for Seletti. A tribute to master still life painter Giorgio Morandi.

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Valencia Lounge Hostel by Masquespacio

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Valencia Lounge Hostel is one of the newest projects of Spain-based creative agency Masquespacio.  The hostel was designed to have the look of a modern hotel but coziness of a home.

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Situated in the old town of Valencia, Spain, the 11-room hostel was designed to specifically cater to different travelers with different tastes, lifestyles, and preferences. Each room has a different theme to fit different personalities, like surfing, music and ethnic trends. The reoccurring motif of patterns can be found throughout the hostel. Bold graphics, colorful artwork, and custom decor brighten up the space. Even with the modern interiors, each room is still homey enough so that you can truly enjoy your stay.

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Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, creative director of Masquespacio about the idea behind Valencia Lounge Hostel:

We wanted to recreate the feeling for the guests that they were staying in a home, but one that makes them dream, disconnect and live a new experience, while enjoying their holidays.

To maintain the uniqueness of the hostel, custom made lamps, tables, and decorative elements were all designed by Masquespacio. The only exception are the chairs and armchairs. While the hostel has a mostly contemporary look, authentic elements specific to Valencian homes of the 20th century were retained, such as vintage cement tiles and ceilings decorated with plaster molds.

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Photos Luis Beltran, info DesignMilk

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Bunker – 50 Shades of Concrete in Hamburg

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Have you ever slept in an actual bunker? This penthouse apartment atop a WWII above ground bunker in Hamburg, Germany is raw, warm and sophisticated.

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It is a luxury, loft-style designer apartment rental on the 4th floor of a former bunker only 15 minutes from the centre of Hamburg, Germany. The space has four metre floor-to-ceiling windows and two big balconies offering amazing views over the city. The bunker is a historic place, which was built to protect the children’s hospital across the street during the war.

It is contemporary design that meets the everlasting concrete. The interior is very personal and with attention to every detail. Also it is clutter free, simple, honest and of the best materials, such as bronze, wood, pure linen, and solid marble. The kitchen is Bulthaup, which opens up towards the living area with a Saarinen table. In addition Danish swan chairs from Arne Jacobsen and a sofa from Cassina give warmth and texture to the apartment. The living area is separated by a glass door from the bedroom and bathroom.

What makes this beautiful apartment even more exciting is that it is part of the luxury vacation accommodation offered through Welcome Beyond. It’s available from March 2017.

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Photos and info Welcome Beyond

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Favorite Finds #15: Furniture

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” Furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed. ” Natalie Morales

This is probably what all designers have in mind when designing new furniture.  Created with attention to the details, all of the pieces in this selection have one crucial thing in common – comfort.

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The job requirements for office furniture can truly feel like a hunt for a mythical creature –  it needs to be comfortable, but not too; unique, but not off-putting; classic, but not boring. For their collaboration with Sancal, the illustrious family furniture firm NOTE Design Studio focused on creating functional seating that met the needs of the changing office spaces. They did this, in many ways, by looking to the past to provide solutions for the future.

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Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created the Can sofa in collaboration with HAY,  a customisable self-assembly design that can be put together by any amateur at home. “The idea was to do something simple to buy, with different combinations of colour”, explains Ronan Bouroullec. With the rise in online furniture customisation and sales, the Can sofa meets the demand for those wanting a seating option that is both affordable and available on demand.

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Danish furniture company Erik Jørgensen has collaborated with the family of renowned architect and furniture designer Arne Vodder on a remake of his popular design, the ‘AV Chair’. Attention to detail, modest expression and a fondness for natural materials characterise Vodder’s work. The designer is considered one of the greatest Danish creative practitioners of the 19th century, but is little-known in comparison to contemporaries such as Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen. Erik Jørgensen revamps Vodder’s model using soft and luxurious leather, ensuring that the high quality is maintained and making sure that the item doesn’t look mass-produced. In this way, the buyer is able to see the craftsmanship behind it, an important element the designer cared about.

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Designer Marco Sousa Santos focuses on the beauty of Portuguese joinery and craftsmanship in the Barca Lounge Chair from Branca. Made from Ash or Iroko wood, the handcrafted chairs are built over the course of a week, as the process includes many steps, such as wood selection, joint carving, and hand assembly, along with digital CNC pre-drilling. The smooth, curved shape of the wooden components merges with the traditionally woven seat to result in a comfortable and durable chair for indoor or outdoor usage.

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Bosphorus Apartment: A penthouse with a view

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The gorgeous Bosphorus apartment, situated in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Bebek, combines breath-taking views with a minimalist aesthetic and a sense of understated luxury.

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The 330-square-meter family apartment, part of a modest 1970’s building, is strategically located on the city’s European side, on a sheltered bay with sweeping views of the waterway. In order to take full advantage of the apartment’s position and its panoramic views, the designers fromthe London-based design studio 1508 London have opted for an open plan interior for the communal spaces. They strategically placed mirrored walls, frameless floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap the perimeter of the house and a glass seamless balustrade on the balcony. The designers were so careful not to obstruct the view in any way that even the corners of the windows were especially designed and constructed in order to appear seamless. As a result, the uninterrupted, commanding vistas become a continuous, scenic wall that becomes part of the décor.

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The apartment’s interior has been purposely kept sparse and uncluttered, with almost no decorative elements and all secondary features tucked away. Ceilings have been spared of most apertures, the kitchen stripped of sink and storage spaces —these were hidden behind seamless mirrored doors canvassing the entire back wall— and most of the lighting has been concealed. The “cleansed” interior thus serves as a neutral backdrop for the art but also for the vibrancy of the Bosphorus “tableau vivant” outside.

The sparseness of the interiors is also counterbalanced by the luxuriance of the materials selected, most of which were locally sourced, as well as by some intricate detailing. The off-white Turkish stone flooring for the communal spaces continuing out onto the terrace, the lacquered wood for the niche display wall and the blue onyx for the kitchen island, visually reverberating the colour of the Bosphorus waters, all add an earthy richness.

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All photos and info: Yatzer

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Van Nelle Fabriek: Functionalism in Rotterdam

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Van Nelle Fabriek is a prime example of the functionalist ‘Nieuwe Bouwen’ and proud UNESCO World Heritage site. Renown around the globe for its progressive design, that gives new meaning to light and space.

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This unique factory built in 1931, is the definitive venue in Rotterdam for businesses, events and culture. Already home base to over 80 large companies and smaller enterprises, the Van Nelle Factory also hosts countless local, national and international conferences and networking events. A unique environment, spacious and light, offering a tangibly dynamic setting.

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In 1923, Van Nelle’s progressive managing director Kees van der Leeuw commissioned the construction of an ingenious, cutting-edge factory complex that would incorporate a comprehensive range of employee facilities. In Brinkman & van der Vlugt’s ingenious design, all facilities are built into the main complex and all of it stands above ground to maximise light, air and space. The building was added to the national register of historic buildings in 1986, but was irrevocably destined for demolition if no solid buyer was found. The Van Nelle Fabriek produced coffee, tea, and tobacco products until 1995. In 1998, Sara Lee endorsed the ambitious renovation plans of an enthusiastic group of developers. The building was adapted to the new preferences and demands of modern society so it could once again be used as a high-powered and dynamic hub, this time for creative professionals.

The Van Nelle Factory attracted international attention as soon as it was completed. Acclaimed architect and photographer duo Robertson and Yerbury called it ‘a poem in steel and glass’. The world-famous architect Le Corbusier even praised its ‘purity and uncompromising clarity’. That public appreciation has never gone away. Quite the opposite, in fact – in 2014, the Van Nelle Factory was the 10th Dutch site to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Open to public since October this year, it is now home to a diverse array of businesses in the field of media and design. With twelve rooms available for meetings, congresses and events, visitors will also be able to visit a range of exhibitions and presentations. The exhibition ‘Simultaneity of Modernity’ devoted to Rotterdam and Dessau, now on display on the seventh floor, sheds light on the origins of modernism in both cities, its most important protagonists and their designs.

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All photos and info Van Nelle Fabriek

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Uncertain Journey: Chiharu Shiota at Blain Southern, Berlin

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Uncertain Journey is the latest latest installation by the artist Chiharu Shiota at Blain|Southern in Berlin, her adopted home town.

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Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1972, Chiharu Shiota has been living and working in Berlin since 1996. For her first exhibition with Blain|Southern, Chiharu Shiota has created a new site-specific monumental installation in the Berlin gallery, eight years after she last exhibited in her home city. Shiota is primarily known for her immersive installations, such as The Key in the Hand, with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Weaving intricate networks of yarn, the artist creates new visual planes as if she were painting in mid-air.

Uncertain Journey centres around one installation that dominates the gallery’s vast central atrium. The 7,5m high installation fills the entire space and can be viewed from the inside, or looking down from a mezzanine above. “As people come in at first they look around and then they see an infinite line. Just as the universe is infinite, there appears to be no end to this line of yarn” Shiota explains.

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“Our lives are like a journey without a destination, even though we don’t know where we are heading, we cannot stop. I wanted to emphasise this feeling of travelling with nowhere to go whilst alluding to a search for a sense of belonging.”

The colour of blood, the nexus of yarn is laden with symbolism. For the artist it echoes the interior of the body and the complex network of neural connections in the brain. The interwoven strands also express the connections between people. “The lines of yarn speak for me about everything that connects people, about changing human relationships… The installation is like one vast network, with the boats carrying us through on a journey of uncertainty and wonder.”

If you are heading to Berlin, you are still in time to visit the installation until November 12th 2016.

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All photos by Nook Twelve, info courtesy of Blain|Southern

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Herzog Bar & Restaurant, Munich

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The Herzog Bar & Restaurant in Munich is a magnificent fusion of eras that co-exist and complement each other, producing a result that is strikingly unique.

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Housed in a heritage listed, post-war modernist building in the centre of the city which was designed and constructed in 1957 by venerated German architects, Sep Ruf and Theo Papst, the building’s foundation stretches even further back—as this is the site of a late 16th century castle which belonged to Bavarian duke, Wilhelm V. When Zurich-based architecture practice, Build_Inc. employed their touch on all elements of the re-design, they breathed new life into the space and transformed it into a dining destination filled with drama and reflection.

This truly dramatic production filled with bold, sharp lines, square geometric elements and an overall masculine colour scheme of black and gold houses the three sections—these being the bar, lounge and restaurant—that make up this multifaceted gastronomical setting. Both defined and yet interconnected, the one sinuously flows into the other stylistically as well as functionally.

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Keeping in mind the distinctive look and feel of buildings from the mid to late 1950’s, the Build_Inc. team respectfully employed some of the most noticeable effects in the design from the era, namely brass and textured concrete. Hence, visitors are welcomed inside by the terrazzo floor’s inlaid brass veins, which form a beckoning “pathway” for patrons to follow. The brass veins then continue like tentacles throughout the entire space to wrap around the gray concrete bar, climb up walls and adhere to the wide windows, before finally forming the ambient lighting fixtures throughout. Touches of golden brass can even be seen stretching through the furniture, embracing the lounge chairs and the edges of the lacquered wood tables.

Reverence is also paid to the great Swiss-French architect, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, in the striking umbra-black paint used on all the visible structural elements in the space, such as the ceiling and supporting columns. This grounds the entire design in a strong basis and ties all the forms together. As a result, Build_Inc.’s goal, that of both respecting and highlighting the building’s past while adhering to the high-standards which contemporary customers have come to expect from gastronomical destinations such as Herzog, is achieved to striking effect.

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© BUILD Inc., Sara Panagiotopoulou, www.herzog.bar

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Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof

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In a city known for its alternative art community and underground scene, Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof, offers its own version of creative expression.

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Moxy is a budget hotel with the soul of a boutique hotel. Located in the heart of Berlin on the border between east and west, here you’ll experience urban buzz, vibrancy and diversity at every turn. Situated steps from Berlin’s Ostbahnhof train station, just 2 city rail stops from Alexanderplatz. It’s also close to Berlin’s famous night clubs and the hip going-out areas in the Friedrichhain and Kreuzberg districts.

Marriott’s newest brand is focused on the millennial traveler, who understands that style can be delivered at attractive prices. Introduced in Europe in 2013, the Moxy brand launched in the United States in January 2015. Marrying smart service and technology with contemporary style, Moxy is do-it-yourself made easy. The brand offers buzzy and stylish communal spaces, snacks & drinks available 24/7 and a bar with local spirit seamless self-service.

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Newly opened in September 2016, Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof is designed to entice and excite the next generation of travelers by giving them everything they want and nothing they don’t. That’s why the rooms don’t have closets – guests just never use them! However, in the 17 square meter rooms there is enough open storage space. The extremely comfortable beds are equipped with “uderbed” movement sensor light.

The hotels are characterized by a combination between industrial chic and pink details. The building is constructed from prefabricated modular hotel room elements. They are produced at factory, then transported and designed to be quickly assembled on the construction site. The architecture firm behind the idea is Ellis Williams Architects.

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Nook Twelve is always searching for accommodations with uncompromising style at an irresistible price. This post is not in collaboration with the both Moxy and Marriott brands. However, based on our experience, our team is highly recommending Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof .

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Tamarit Apartment in Barcelona

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This stately apartment in Barcelona was recently renovated by Raúl Sánchez of Spanish practice RAS Arquitectura

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The key challenge Sánchez had to face in refurbishing this 140-square-meter apartment was its long and narrow floorplan. His solution was to eschew corridors, hallways and even doors for a sequential arrangement whereby the rooms, delimited by partitions that do not reach the ceiling, run into each other. This arrangement maximizes the size of the rooms and provides uninterrupted views across the apartment by aligning the openings between spaces. But most importantly allows daylight from the bay window on the front and the courtyard on the back to diffuse throughout the entire apartment. The glazed partition between the living room and the kitchen further facilitates the light propagation.  As is the fully-glazed gallery by the courtyard, wholly reconstructed out of wood and a playful mixture of clear and translucent panels of different sizes.

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Another key design feature of the renovation of this apartment in Barcelona is the subdivision of all spaces into three decorative zones. A top section, painted in grey, that encompasses the original vaulted ceiling and structural elements running uninterrupted throughout the apartment. A middle section, painted in white, that extends from a height of 60cm to the top of the partitions. And a contrasting zone below, that is clad in either wood (living room, study and bedrooms) or patterned tiles (kitchen, bathrooms and buffer zones). To glue the rooms together, Sánchez has used micro-cement to fill in the thresholds between them as well as for the walls of the entrance vestibule. The resulting aesthetic is one of clean-cut lines, stately minimalism and elegant comfort. Its only decorative flourishes are the two restored Ionic columns by the bow window. It’s like a revisioned version of an apartment in Gaudì’s Casa Batllo.

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info: yatzer | photography: jose hevia

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