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The Architecture de Collection agency and the Saint-Gobain group are delighted to share the prize-winners of the second Saint-Gobain Archinovo  2013 prize with you, the only French architecture prize devoted to individual houses. The prize giving will take place on 17th October at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Invitation to follow. Request interview and visuals from Pauline@duendestudio.fr

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Nuctale, project by Paul Coudamy in Paris. 2013. ©Benjamin Boccas

“Nuctale,” the contraction of Nuage Fractal, is a tiny 35 m2 space lit by a monumental 5m long light: a disproportional geometrical cloud that provides a unique backdrop to this studio in the Buttes-aux-Cailles. As always, Paul Coudamy produces a maximum effect with minimal space and materials. Lire la suite…

 

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Mathieu Lehanneur is responsible for the interior design of the WikiBar, the first of many, that will open its doors 4 rue de Bouloi in the 1st district in Paris. A simple as well as radical concept: to offer good and eco-responsible food fighting addressing the problem of pollution from packaging. This Wiki Food incorporates the natural principle of grapes: a sphere with an edible coating to protect the food. A principle adaptable to drinks, cream and from now onwards ice creams created in collaboration with Philippe Faure, the maestro of ice creams. Ice creams that do not melt in your hand are available in this first WikiBar! Lire la suite…

 

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Designed by the Chilean agency Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, Casa Pezo constitutes the first initiative for Solo Houses, a unique property development programme in Europe, taking place at the heart of the outstanding natural site Matarraña, two hours south of Barcelona. In the long term, this project based on second homes should comprise a dozen houses designed by the most exciting international avant-garde architects. Lire la suite…

 

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1024 architecture (Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel), has designed 24 Lines, an art installation serving as the entrance hall and café for the art centre La Panacée that opened on 22nd June in the middle of Montpellier, on the site of the former Royal College of Medicine.

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The Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is to design the next pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Meanwhile Christian Bourdais, the man behind the Solo Houses programme, has unveiled the latter’s project for this unrivalled residential programme located in the region of Matarranya, two hours from Barcelona.

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‘If Alice in Wonderland had liked rock this is where she would have spent her days and nights…’ summarized Mathieu Lehanneur. Electric, the new cultural platform in Paris, is already an event in itself: a 1,000 m2 penthouse in which the designer has devised a canopy of sound suspended between heaven and earth, monumental electrical braids emerging like pitch black trees. Lire la suite…

 

Stories are paramount. José Lévy is an object and space narrator in the grand French tradition of interior designers. He never develops a single response to a question (like a designer), but a real narrative. For him it is impossible to create without narrating; he prefers to develop rather than summarize, opting for phrases rather than words. The fashion designer, José Lévy had already referred to Tati, Jacques Demy and Modiano before addressing the world of cut and fashion design. As a designer of objects, he pursues his work of fiction steeped in memory, in order to single out his personal references which immediately resonate with everyone. This quest for the universal and the popular had already been initiated by him in fashion. Lire la suite…

 

Super-ette produces Didier Faustino’s iconic‘Love me tender’ chair created in 2000. In one go Faustino summarizes his putting of bodies under tension with architecture and design through this chair that is so dangerous that it requires tenderness and gentleness to be handled.

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JCDecaux and Mathieu Lehanneur won the call for projects by the Mairie de Paris devoted to intelligent furniture with Escale Numérique, a connected haven of peace available to everyone. Set up on the Rond Point des Champs-Elysées, Escale Numérique is a revival of the underground fibre optic network which is now supplying the capital, ‘Like the Wallace fountains, which since the end of the 19th century have offered Parisian the free drinking water which was circulating beneath their feet, Escale Numérique allows everyone to benefit, like a real public service, from a high-speed WIFI connection by raising it from beneath the ground.’ Lire la suite…