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I'm an web editor and an author. But most importantly I'm a design lover...I'm joking, I love write about design and architecture. This is my job_www.living24.it

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Birth date 12/04/1984
Collaborate yes
Interest area Architecture, Design
Style Fusion, Minimal

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    Table in Wonderland. Fabrica at Design Miami / Art Basel

    January, 15 2013 • 10:00

    Inspired by Miami’s Beachside location, Table in Wonderland was created for the remodeled flagship store of United Colors of Benetton wich opened in December 2012 during Design Miami / Art Basel. The new collection is designed by Charlotte Juillard and David Raffoul, two young designers of Fabrica’s team. A system of store display fittings created to showcase apparel and accessories.   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Designed from modular shapes that fit together in various combinations, Table in Wonderland recalls the Wouth Beach cityscape and its Art Deco pastel-colored Landmark buildings. System offers a variety of personalized solutions and multicolored geometries, in line with the image of the Italian brand.   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica   Photos © David Raffoul and Charlotte Juillard + Fabrica     See also: Objet Coloré Tutti Frutti Collection

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    Pull Lamp for Muuto, by Swedish Whatswhat Collective

    December, 28 2012 • 10:00

    Students of more than 20 design schools in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland every year is invited to participate in Muuto’s annual design contest Muuto Talent Award.Hundreds of students decided to submit their best designs within furniture, lighting and accessories.In 2010 edition, the Swedish design trio Whatswhat Collective from Konstfack took the headline and first prize with the floor lamp Pull. Among the jury’s arguments for choosing the Pull lamp were the designs "strong Scandinavian references in both material and appearance” combined with some “Surprising and neat functional features".     Whatswhat Collective on the design "the unique composition of the Pull lamp provides the lamp with a personality that is both organic and distinctively true to its Scandinavian design heritage. The partly exposed, partly hidden cord connects the elements and provides the mechanism to adjust the position of the shade. Adjusting the shade not only changes the light but also the character of the lamp".       After 2 years Pull was released by Muuto in Paris at the 2012 Maison & Object exhibition.The partly exposed, partly hidden cord add a sense of whimsy but also functions as the mechanism to adjust the position of the lampshade.    

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    Office renovation by Studio WOK, Milano

    December, 14 2012 • 10:00

    Located near Politecnico di Milano, the university of design and architecture, Studio WOK is one of the most pushing and young studio in Italy.Founded in early 2009 in Milan by Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna, Paolo Cappellini and Carlo Alberto Tagliabue, studio is focused on architectural and academic researc, design and landscape with a focus on sustainability, housing and public space quality.   Photos: Francesca Pozzi   Photos: Francesca Pozzi This year Studio WOK has inaugurated new office whitin the new creative district of Milano Bovisa. Leitmotiv of the project is the “low budget” became an opportunity to thing “green” solutions and to take back castaway materials and objects. The ground floor is dedicated to meeting area with a recycled wood table and a big bookcase created by a series of secondhand fruit crates. The floor is composed by different type of material: wooden plank, rubber and grey felt.   Photos: Francesca Pozzi   Photos: Francesca Pozzi   Photos: Francesca Pozzi   Photos: Francesca Pozzi  

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    Glass or sculptures? Tutti Frutti, collection by Fabrica

    December, 6 2012 • 10:00

    Tutti Frutti, the new glass collection created by Fabrica’s designers team (the same designers we met at Fuorisalone 2012) is presented at Design Miami/Art Basel 2012.New collection wants to celebrate Miami’s designer look, cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant lifestyle.Tutti Frutti is a collection of ten limited-edition glass sculptures made for displaying or serving fruit in a fascinating combination of the pure clarity of glass and the natural wholesomeness of fresh fruit. Elaborate three-dimensional compositions – which stand up by themselves or are made to be hung – in a perfect balance between the multicoloured verve of different fruits and the fragility of glass.Tutti Frutti collection, debuts today in United Colors of Benetton’s remodeled Miami store (670 Collins Avenue at 7th street) and at New York gallery owner Cristina Grajales’s booth inside the fair (booth n°24)."Cocco" by Kirsty Minns   The Tutti Frutti subject has taken a fundamental role in the making process for this pair of designed glassware pieces. The coconut halves were used as the mould to blow the glass into, thus creating the hemisphere shaped base for the carafe and fruit bowl. The smooth simple lines of the glass has been contrasted with the integration of the rough hard surface of the coconut shell. Both objects balance on the elegant tripod frame, a direct reference to the coconuts distinctive three holes."Fruit in a Frame" by Mariana Fernandes   A simple squared structure with a special place where a pomegranate earns the natural importance of a fruit-queen. The gift of Mother Nature placed on a designed frame to highlight its perfection and beauty. This fruit stand is a way to give an essential status to simplicity whilst paying tribute to still life image compositions."See-Saw" by Catarina Carreiras   A lemon and a grape share the same shape, but come in different weights, have contrasting flavors, unlikely textures, and remind us of mismatched stories. When the time comes to choose which one to eat, the bitterness of the lemon defies the sweet taste of an autumn grape. See-saw is a glass sculpture that plays with the balance between two fruits, between their anatomy and their qualities, and one's decision of which to eat without breaking the balance of a fragile equilibrium.“Sin” by David Raffoul   Going back to its roots, the apple was the first fruit touched by the human being, referring to the famous story of Adam and Eve. In this piece the apple tree is represented in a more contemporary way using the archetype of the middle ages, suggestive of public hangings - don’t be tempted!"Top Cherry" by Giorgia Zanellato   A glass sculpture, inspired by the deco Miami architecture, constructed by four different self-standing elements especially to contain fruits. The fruits are split in two parts: the top part with the natural aspect of the fruit itself, and the carved part that melts with the glass pieces creating a strong connection. In this way the fruits show their contrasting textures of outside and inside, giving color to the transparent glass. A cherry is on the top to dress the salad."The Big Pear" by Valentina Carretta   A glass cabinet encloses a pear, and preserves the piece of fruit as if it was a very precious item. The protective dome contemplates a very special locker, which is made by a humble wooden toothpick, to be removed before opening the cabinet as a kind of ritual."Carmina" by Sam Baron     In Carmina the glass grows in meaning only when it displays the colored fruits. Delicately positioned inside a glass frame, as if suspended from the branches of a tree, or lovingly cradled in a transparent nest, the fruit is given a central position as if sitting in the air itself."Summer rain" by Charlotte Juillard   A unconventional glass chandelier where strawberries seem to fall from the sky. The piece is composed of six suspended tubes, at the end of which, is attached a weight to allow for stability. Like the summer rain, it’s unexpected: the chandelier goes in every direction, you cannot control it, but it offers you a nice feeling of freshness."Guglielmo!"  by Daniela Mesina   Guglielmo! is a glass sculpture inspired by the legend of William Tell, where a simple apple becomes the subject of suspense and folklore. The glass is designed to capture a catalytic moment in history, the arrow piercing the apple, as if frozen in time. "Seasons" by Dean Brown   The two glass bowls are defined by the iconic cocktail umbrella, depicting the different weather conditions that are integral to the growing of fruit. The objects tell tales of the rainy and dry seasons, helping us to appreciate the wonderful diversity of fruits, served fresh, dried, sweet or potent. A careful mix of shade, moisture and sunlight is required to nurture such vibrant forms and flavours - as bright as a cocktail in Miami or as zesty as a fruit market.

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    Office 04 in Amsterdam by i29 interior architects

    October, 23 2012 • 10:00

    i29 is an interior design Studio started in 2001 by Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen.Clear spaces with simple details is the leitmotiv of the duo and Office 04 is a perfect example of his approch. Situated in a building where some structural parts could not be changed new project was a challenge to integrate these elements in the design and become an addition to the whole. i29 searched for solutions to various problems which could be addressed by one grand gesture. "With Tribal DDB our goal was to create an environment where creative interaction is supported and to achieve as much workplaces as possible in a new structure with flexible desks and a large open space. All of this while maintaining a work environment that stimulates long office hours and concentrated work ". photos: i29 l interior architects At first a material which could be an alternative to the ceiling system, but also to cover and integrate structural parts like a big round staircase. Besides that, acoustics became a very important item, as the open spaces for stimulating creative interaction and optimal usage of space was required.This led them to the use of fabrics. It is playful, and can make a powerful image on a conceptual level, it is perfect for absorbing sound and therefore it creates privacy in open spaces. And they could use it to cover scars of demolition in an effective way. photos: i29 l interior architects   photos: i29 l interior architects   "The design had to reflect an identity that is friendly and playful but also professional and serious. The contradictions within these questions, asked for choices that allow great flexibility in the design".Tribal DDB Amsterdam is a highly ranked digital marketing agency and part of DDB international, worldwide one of the largest advertising offices. i29 tell a conceptual story about the company, the space and the users of the space.They deal with specific practical and functional issues and they have to have some autonomous quality as well. "These ‘levels’ are intertwined; one leads you to the other. If you see how smart it serves it purpose practically it leads you to the company. If you see the powerful image that is non-depended, it leads you to the functionality, and round it goes".   photos: i29 l interior architects   photos: i29 l interior architects   photos: i29 l interior architects   photos: i29 l interior architects   image: i29 l interior architects

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    Plug Lamp by Form Us With Love

    October, 12 2012 • 10:00

    FUWL is the acronym for Form Us With Love, a Stockholm-based design studio.Started in 2005 by John Löfgren, Jonas Pettersson, and Petrus Palmér, FUWL was recently named by Fast Company as one of the worlds 50 most influential designers shaping the future.This young studio partners with companies involved in the development and production of everyday objects, furniture and lighting.In a delicate moment like our present time, the biggest achievement for the Swedish design studio isn’t the actual product, but the process of thinking, creating and communicating design.   Plug Lamp is a perfect example about this idea of design: a lamp designed for public spaces, cafés, bar or hotel rooms (but I’ll buy one lamp for my desk), where today’s travellers can charge their electronic devices, like mobile phone, computer, tablet or camera…“There is a natural market for this sort of lamp in public spaces - says designer Löf-gren - why integrating the socket in the lamp? Because it also takes away that annoying procedure of searching for a socket or having to un-plug something in order to access an electrical point”.       As for the lamp function, Plug Lamp’s “E27 socket” accommodates a variety of light sources, from LED to regular light bulbs.A strong, graphic form that clearly communicates its purpose is the FUWL’s signature. The final product is an iconic luminaire that will adorn its surroundings and assist its consumers in equal measures.        

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