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Paul Coudamy is in charge of maximising the space in a 60m2 apartment in Paris. A pied-à-terre intended for short-term rentals for which the young French architect has designed and produced a bespoke screen and storage system. The airy and enveloping structure comprising 131 pieces of beech separates the kitchen from the living room without confining it, leaving the cantilever dining table bridging the two spaces defined by their use. Lire la suite…

 

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Pullman Tour Eiffel just opened with the second sample of Mathieu Lehanneur ’s “Business Playground” concept : reinvention of the meeting room as a perfect illustration of the “blurring” of private and professional life. This room reflects the brand’s “Work hard, Play hard” motto as well as its guests’ lifestyle. It combines performance and pleasure with a fresh take on the traditional aspects of a meeting: a meeting table designed like a poker table, a private area for informal conversations or breaks, and a cabinet of curiosities. All these features are designed to stimulate creativity and reinvent international hospitality codes. After the success of first Playground at Pullman London St Pancras, the concept is gradually rolled out across the 80 Pullman’s hotels network.  Lire la suite…

 

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Designing and manufacturing go hand in hand. This fundamental dexterity that links brains and hands is now available to the research sector, notably thanks to the reactivity and efficiency of design and digital production tools. Designing function and form are no longer two successive, potentially separate stages overseen by different teams, but the work of one single leadership in the same space and time: design is finally central to the company’s design process. A shining example with the i2R laboratory, an incubator of innovation that marks a departure implemented by the EDF, the interior design of which has been entrusted to the French studio GGSV. When the French public sector breaks with received ideas to equip themselves with flexible and visionary research tools. Lire la suite…

 

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Charlotte Biltgen, a rising star in the French decoration world, gives a face lift to the Klay Club, the famous Parisian sports club, entirely renovating the splendid covered terrace and the restaurant now called “Sinople.” * India Madhavi’s former artistic director, tackles this bespoke interior design project for her first independent endeavour, where marble, brass and crushed velvet are the elements required for luxury without any hint of ostentation. The result: a graceful balance between Parisian chic and tropical sweetness. The industrial building designed for exertion housing the Klay Club is suddenly enriched by a restaurant in the form of a well-earned rest with a feminine touch, a welcome oasis. Lire la suite…

 

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Strategically positioned between the prestigious Harvard and MIT universities, Café ArtScience designed by Mathieu Lehanneur opens its doors. Over 1000 m2 to host scientific, intellectual and artistic discussions, Café ArtScience is an hybrid and multi-purpose venue that represents a new equation : Restaurant + Auditorium + Bar + Concept Shop  + Art Gallery = Ideas! Café ArtScience is the missing link between scientific laboratory and literary café, already appealing to scholars, artists, students and investors gathered around the same dishes, to hash out tomorrow’s world.

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Natalie Seroussi lives in a place between art and architecture since 26 years at the Villa Bloc in Meudon. The setting of the famous villa designed in the 1950s by André Bloc, a precursor of contemporary architecture, impacts her work as a gallery owner, as well as her sensitivity as a collector. Every year, since 2008, Natalie Seroussi invites an artist to interact with this extremely unique architectural heritage. On the heels of Ernesto Neto, Mathieu Briand, Malachi Farrell, Michel François, Tobias Putrih, Phill Niblock, Natalie Seroussi has asked Didier Faustino to do a proposal as a visual artist, as well as an architect.

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KKDC, manufacturer of haut de gamme LED lighting and OBUMEX builder of bespoke kitchens and interiors have collaborated on a new Parisian showroom dedicated to architects, interior and lighting designers. The design is signed by Joseph Dirand, the star of French interior design. Joseph’s graphic yet silky style is evident in both the volumes and lines of the showroom and also in the design of the kitchen produced exclusively by OBUMEX and shown in preview last 11th of September at the opening party. Lire la suite…

 

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Modern art gallery owner and contemporary art collector, Natalie Seroussi occupies the engineer, sculptor and painter André Bloc’s house in Meudon, founder of the reviews Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Art d’aujourd’hui, and Aujourd’hui. Every year since 2008, Natalie Seroussi has invited an artist to design an installation in situ to interact with André Bloc’s sculpture habitats in the park. Ernesto Neto, Mathieu Briand, Malachi Farrell, Michel François, Tobias Putrih and Phill Niblock have already responded to this invitation. This year Natalie Seroussi invites Didier Faustino to design an exhibition in Habitacle II. Lire la suite…

 

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Upon invitation by Natalie Seroussi as part of the forthcoming Journées du Patrimoine in France (Heritage Days) on September 20th and 21st 2014, Didier Faustino proposes a new dwelling called “This is not a love song” in the Villa André Bloc gardens in Meudon, as well as an installation, “Bodies and Stars” in dwelling II. Lire la suite…

 

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To reinvent the vacation home, completely review the conventions of a second home, starting off literally with virgin territory, a vast wilderness in the Matarranya region, 200 km south of Barcelona, and figuratively, with this new generation updating the history of architecture daily,’ is the intention of Christian Bourdais, developer of Solo Houses. Clearly demonstrated by the second, Solo Office, currently under construction in time for the end of 2014 by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen: a ring-shaped roof that is as thin as possible, simply flooded by the light and landscape in a unique experiment with the surroundings.  Lire la suite…