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ORA-ÏTO - Escalier monumental à Paris

Ora Ito has designed new offices for LVMH’s media division that is home to Le Parisien and Les Echos at 10 Grenelle in the 15th district of Paris. This bright unit spans 4 floors and is penetrated by a soaring, stunning staircase. (more…)

 

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As one of the five off-site galleries presented during the second edition of Photo Brussels Festival, taking place from the 17th of November to the 20th of January 2018, Atelier Relief will be exhibiting a selection of photographers specialised in portraiture, overarching theme of this year’s festival. The founder of Atelier Relief, Farid Issa, will transform photographs by Karel Fonteyne, Nagib Chtaib, Ismael Moumin, Serge Leblon andDavid Uzochukwu into 3D images. “Worked on as a flat surface, upon large tables, studied and cut-out, divided into strips, into sections, these portraits take form along their defining lines. The relief instils movement, the image becomes an island, a projection drawing in the eye.” describes Farid Issa. (more…)

 

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For the parisian exhibition Triode Goes West, Pamela Shamshiri pays tribute to the Austrian architect Rudolph Schindler, a symbolic hallmark of mid-century modern Los Angeles. This is a logical choice, as since 2004 Pamela Shamshiri has also designed with the multidisciplinary studio Commune, several iconic buildings for contemporary Los Angeles like the Ace Hotel Downtown LA, as well as in Palm Springs. The co-founder of Studio Commune is now standing on her own feet to produce top-notch residences and hotels. (more…)

 

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For the second edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial starting september 16 through january  7, 2018, french architect based in Los Angeles François Perrin propose Air Houses: Design for a New Climate’s project. Throughout most of human history, architecture has developed in response to nature. From the writings of Vitruvius in ancient Rome to the indigenous design practices documented in Bernard Rudofsky’s 1964 book and exhibition Architecture without Architects, civilizations have traditionally built sustainably, utilizing local materials and engineering techniques that work with—not against—landscape and climate. (more…)

 

 

Ora Ito is responsible for the architectural and interior design of the new Yooma hotel concept with the complicity of Daniel Buren. Located on the Front de Seine with the Eiffel Tower very close by, the building, designed by Ora Ito and permeated by Daniel Buren, summarises the unique setting provided by this Parisian district with its twenty or so towers, typical of the seventies, extending over a paved area. A cinegenic landscape of aluminium and concrete (Wim Wenders, Henri Verneuil, Michel Gondry and Claude Lelouch filmed here), primary materials that the two creators have embraced in reconstructing this former office building at the invitation of Pierre Beckrich, the instigator of Yooma and a great admirer of Le Corbusier’s vision. Cité Radieuse designed like a vertical village is the link between the instigator/promoter and the designer. Yooma just like huma-nity, a neologism that summarises the hotel’s concept for communal living with a family-oriented and user-friendly response to Airbnb.

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Ora Ito has added a floor to the existing structure and all one hundred and six rooms levitate over a fully glazed lobby. Timeless aluminium adds shape to and sheaths the building for it to blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Like something out of Transformers, this architecture, inspired by neighbouring structures, is ready to come to life and stretch its softly curved metal limbs.

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Daniel Buren has projected a deep blue throughout the hotel following a specific framework. This injection of colour structures the building. Graphic brilliance lends rhythm to the lobby and corridors before demarcating the façade. Daniel Buren carves out the façade’s empty and full volumes with the blue colour and the iconic black and white stripes, providing the artist’s greatest permanent intervention in Paris since Palais-Royal.

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With Yooma, Daniel Buren and Ora Ito have invented a vibrant architecture like the still frame of a transformation: the explosive renovation of the Front de Seine that began in 2005 will be complete when Yooma opens in 2017. Each creator expresses themselves in equal measure in this meaningful dialogue between art and architecture.

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The bedrooms designed by Ora Ito respond to space, privacy and user-friendly requirements in this hotel for couples, families or groups of friends, at the best possible price. The designer offers a visual and sensual journey towards privacy in several stages. Exposed concrete guides the guests in the entrances and corridors to the rooms, like an architectural extension of the exterior. Once in the rooms, solid colours such as red, green, blue and yellow welcome visitors to the communal living area. This culminates in an ultimate degree of privacy: pods envisaged by the designer have wood-panelled ceilings like welcoming little cabins. These pods are mini-structures on a mezzanine that can be closed using sliding wall systems. Each one has a storage shelf, a lamp, two USB sockets and a traditional electric socket. They are connected yet private. Aficionados will recognise the spirit of Mondrian in the graphics, Charlotte Perriand’s functional precision and Ora Ito’s subtle and rational simple design features.

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From a small bottle of perfume for Guerlain to the fairing of the Nice tramway, Ora Ïto imprints his signature futuristic vision on projects small and large. In 2013, he created the MAMO, a center for the arts on the roof-terrace of the mythical Cité Radieuse designed by Le Corbusier in Marseille. A space in the sky, historic and contemporary, with a 360° view that sums up his pas- sion for levitation and lightness. “Defying the laws of gravity creates sensations that go beyond aesthetics.” In this lo- cation he exhibits the greatest contemporary artists, from Xavier Veilhan to Jean-Pierre Raynaud. In 2016, five iconic pieces of his work came into the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. A lover of contemporary art, he works in the tradition of Le Corbusier whom he greatly admires, always trying to purify his drawing to the maximum.

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Known all over the world, the work of Daniel Buren, born in the Hauts de Seine in 1938, has made him the contemporary French artist who is both the most controversial and the most famous of our time. Through his installations in public areas, galleries or museums, he always offers viewers an opportunity to rediscover a place in a different way. His way. This “in situ” creator (he originated the use of this term in art) has been called upon for the greatest projects, from the Venice Biennale, where he won the Golden Lion in 1986 for the French Pavilion, to the Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2012. Buren was attracted by Yooma’s concept and so became involved for the first time with a work of this magnitude in a hospitality project.

106 rooms and a capacity to welcome 434 guests. At Yooma, 80% of the areas are equipped to host 4 to 6 people. This is an innovation in the capital. Although we haven’t forgotten young couples in love, with 30 double rooms available. Whether for solo or duo travelers, families or groups of friends, each room is equipped with free TV and high speed wifi. Each room has a bathroom with a rain- shower. The bedding is luxury hotel quality, the pillow- cases are embroidered. High-end hospitality for beautiful nights.

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Lounge Chair Campaign Shots 5

After just two years in operation, Handvark is now recognised as a major player on the new Danish design scene and unveils its first seat, the Lounge Chair, by Emil Thorup, designer and founder of the brand producing stark and durable furnishings. (more…)

 

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Mike D of the Beastie Boys enlisted architect Barbara Bestor to devise a haven that celebrates the best of California living. On a large, flat property in Point Dume with a lawn that stretches to a fruit orchard Mike D discovered ramshackle structures (a three-bedroom house with a few loosely connected guest cottages) in need of repair. His goal, rather than tear down the buildings, was to unite and logically connect what had become a hodgepodge of nondescript buildings. (more…)
 

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Following Paris and Tokyo, its Los Angeles’ turn to celebrate the anniversary of the Vase d’Avril at Please Do Not Enter, as of the 25th of July. Two exceptional tribute pieces, signed by the architects Ball & Nogues and the designer Eddy Sykes, offer an Angeleno remake of the iconic vase of Tsé & Tsé, celebrating its 25 years of success. New fashion, design and art venue, situated in burgeoning Downtown LA, Please Do Not Enter is a concept store at the heart of LA’s cutting edge district. Founded in 2014 by Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird, the store has rapidly become a key venue for amateurs searching for exclusive pieces. Garnering attention as soon as they opened with the remarquable open-air intervention by Vincent Lamouroux, completely whitewashing a disused Silver Lake motel. (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign) Ever since, Please Do Not Enter has regularly created a buzz with its high standard editorial line. (more…)

 

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With the project Domestic Landscape 2.0 by Didier Fiúza Faustino, KÖR Vienna is once again transforming Vienna’s Graben into an art space and meeting place. The installed urban furniture made of blue-painted steel invites those passing by to see this public space as open for their own personal use. (more…)

 

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The Centre Pompidou Boutique has invited smarin to unveil the Schaise exclusively until September 4, 2017 as part of the retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou. 
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