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Carla Juaçaba’s design for a weekend home in mountainous eastern region of Rio de Janeiro uses the load bearing properties of meter-thick stone walls to suspend the roof and floor joists. Four steel beams puncture walls so as to allow a sliver of glazing to wash the interior of the stone walls with diffused light. The visual weight of the rustic stone counters the lightness of the horizontal planes, creating an effect that mirrors the nearby river where diaphanous space confronts stalwart earth. The home explores the architectonics of encounter; water and fire, weight and lightness, archaic and industrial, and solid versus void.
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The hotel’s design is the brainchild of commercial photographer Johan Hellström. The building stands out against the surrounding landscape while at the same time acting as a natural extension of it, reflecting the former quarry’s shapes and colors. Hellström’s re-imagining of the factory’s existing infrastructure began with the crumbling worker’s canteen. He and his wife renovated the space to include 18 rooms, using recycled local materials such as limestone, concrete and hardwood.
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VIRGULE, a new lifestyle space in Claremont, challenges preconceptions of fashion and retail while inviting you to come along on the exciting journey. The space, owned by Marinda Lakhnati, is like nothing seen before in South Africa.
Avant garde shoes dangle from the ceiling, bespoke handbags of the highest quality leather beg to be fondled and sunglasses with a sense of humour call out for attention.
Virgule is French for comma, explains Marinda, “The comma marks a pause in a sentence and opens the door to all possible developments. In essence, it gives life and rythm. The comma is usually associated with a breath in time and our stage is designed to allow our customers to pause and experience something unique.”
With many years experience in fashion, marketing and retail, opening a high-end store has always been Marinda’s dream. Living in Europe with her French husband and son is what ignited Marinda’s passion for stylish lifestyle products of the highest craftsmanship and creative design. For two years she assisted a Swiss designer in her leather atelier in Geneva where she was initiated to the complex art of designing and creating hand bags.
“I’ve always wanted to create a space for discerning women. When we came back, I realised that my home country was the ideal place to give birth to this.”
The space is light and bright, open and airy, giving the bags and shoes, both classic and trendy, space to breathe. For the design of the space, Marinda teamed up with Johannesburg artist and jewellery designer Alheit Ströh, whose unique pieces are also stocked.
Steel beams run the length of the ceiling, which allow ropes and bars to be suspended. The entire look of the store can be changed in a moment by inserting a pin or adding another and allowing it to be transformed like a gallery or museum. Copper, the hot metal of the moment, provides the perfect surface to rest a pair of quirky heels.
“The space has to be edgy, international, original. Every element was thought through. We want a space that changes. It is not pretentious. Steel is honest,” Marinda says.
With this in mind, the copper was intentionally left unsealed so over time it will oxidise and change colour. VISI magazine refers to Virgule to a “swanky European store” and says of the space, “Now, imagine gorgeous French pumps and platform sneakers dangling from copper hooks and a range of sexy French sunglasses perched on laser-cut shelves. Imagine a bespoke metal table with two whimsical cups and saucers arranged on top. Imagine the surprise when it’s all changed tomorrow.”
Marinda carefully selects the brands carried in the store from the well-known to the up-and-coming. It is important to her that the products are made in the European style centres of Italy and France.
Footwear brands stocked include Polini, Costume National, MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, Fausto Santini, Vicmatie, Puro, Stephen Venezia, and sneakers by Candice Cooper and YAB.
She describes them as tongue in cheek, avant garde with a little twist.
It is her intention for every person who walks into the space to enjoy the experience.
“We like them to take their time. For me, time and space are luxury. I want people to walk in and take the breaths they are supposed to take to relax; to sit back and get inspired and surprised. It is not just about a transaction, it is more about exchange and connection.”
Shoes are served to customers in an elaborate ritual like an order from the most decadent tea trolley.
The store also houses Marinda’s “coups de coeur” ( as she calls them ), these are original objects that she sources during her trips and that she believes are relevant to the “Virgule women.”
“I believe women should dress from the feet up. Your day starts with the shoes you are wearing today, based on what you are doing today. And then comes the rest. It is my life philosophy. You always start from the bottom, it is a bottom up approach.”
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As they say in French “entrez dans la dance!”, get on the dancing floor! It is time to really experience something different, make this stage yours.
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When we love something we inevitably ruin it with our enthusiasm. The pleasure turns passé, the charm fades, we move on to the next shiny thing. Marfa, Texas, is a city on the brink of proving this rule. For those new to Marfa: it is a beautiful, odd, art-filled place at the western edge of Texas, three hours from the nearest airport. This is only its latest incarnation. Starting in the late 19th century, it was a rail stop for oilmen, then a watering hole for ranchers. Today, because of a man named Donald Judd, local Marfans are losing ground to transplants from New York City and Seattle, the kind of people who thought they’d never set foot in Texas.
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With more people working from home and property prises rising around the world, homeowners lucky enough to have outdoor space are replacing the traditional shed with studios, guest rooms and flexible work spaces. Here are 12 of the best examples from Dezeen’s archives.
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How the Spanish architect built an empire out of a disused factory
There are houses, and then there’s Ricardo Bofill’s house: a brutalist former cement factory of epic proportions on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain. A grandiose monument to industrial architecture in the Catalonian town of Sant Just Desvern, La Fabrica is a poetic and personal space that redefines the notion of the conventional home. “Nowadays we want everyone who comes through our door to feel comfortable, but that’s not Bofill’s idea here,” says filmmaker Albert Moya, who directed latest installment of In Residence. “It goes much further, you connect with the space in a more spiritual way.” Rising above lush gardens that mask the grounds’ unglamorous roots, the eight remaining silos that once hosted an endless stream of workmen and heavy machinery now house both Bofill’s private life, and his award-winning architecture and urban design practice.
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Limpopo, is one of the nine provinces and the so-called land of myths and legends that bordesr Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in the North. It’s not very touristy yet, located in the Far North of South Africa. Perhaps it’s not the place which first comes to mind when thinking about South Africa, but this is exactly where our journey leads us.
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A treetop tour of the American architect’s Californian abode
A modern masterpiece of glass and redwood, the home of architect Ray Kappe is often referenced as one of the greatest residences in Southern California. Designed as a family home some 50 years ago, chez Kappe is an exquisite tree house that sits amidst sycamore and eucalyptus on a hill in LA’s Rustic Canyon. It looks much the same today as it did a half-century ago—a contemporary extension of the early SoCal glass-house tradition, begun decades earlier by architects like Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Harwell Hamilton Harris.
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As part of the renovation of a residential townhouse, this project aims to create a flow diagram, both singular and practice.
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