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Japanese Surrealist Terunobu Fujimori Reveals His Otherworldly Vision
A one-legged teahouse suspended amid cherry trees in the Japanese mountains showcases the vivid imagination and designs of architect Terunobu Fujimori. Conceiving his first creation at the age of 42, Fujimori is considered one of the world’s first surrealists in his field. Working solely with natural materials such as earth, wood and stone, the modern eccentric has dedicated his career to pioneering contemporary design with buildings “that float in the air” and roofs covered with living leek plants.
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Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima, aka SO-AN is an architecture & interior design studio with a strong identity. In looking at their projects, there is a mutual language of elegance, contemporary living, revival, grandness and black & white contrasts. This signature design is successfully apparent in the transformation of an XVIIIth century Louvre facing building, from an office space, into a glamorous art loving residence.
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The Wythe Hotel’s location is nothing short of outstanding in the heart of Brooklyn, standing proud on the Williamsburg waterfront. Built in 1901, this former textile factory has been meticulously converted into a 72-room, 8 storey hotel offering service and amenities at a level yet to be seen in this trendy New York borough. A few decades ago Manhattenites, pushed out by increasing property prices, started migrating over to Brooklyn, eventually followed by hipsters, eventually settling in Williamsburg. This area’s seen quite an evolution which inevitably meant a level of gentrification. Gentrification provokes mixed opinions but in one the world’s most recognisable and fashionable cities it’s inevitable and Brooklyn still holds onto a lot of its gritty history, tightly in its rough palm.
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