Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2 Whatcotts Yard by Ullmayer Sylvester Architects

Scrolling through old posts I was just reminded of the work of London-based firm Ullmayer Sylvester. While we have made note of the mirror Summerhouse project in the past, their work on 2 Whatcotts Yard exemplifies their appreciation for light and texture. We especially like the exposed engineered lumber framing and, of course, the sprawling wall of windows. See more at Ullmayer Sylvester Architects.

Monday, October 25, 2010

London Residence by Chris Dyson Architects

Located in the Spitalfields neighborhood of London, this residential renovation by Chris Dyson Architects is a modern response to the "Georgian character of the building." Awkwardly poised above a retail space, the apartment affectively negotiates the narrow spaces and dramatic transitions into a balanced, contemporary environment. The use of ash in the central stairwell and floors brings a bright, slightly Scandinavian, touch to the space, balancing the very English stonework and wainscot. Spotted first on Remodelista, see more at Chris Dyson Architects.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Muji in Hardcover

We are eagerly awaiting next week's release of the new Muji monograph, appropriately titled Muji (published by Rizzoli). Known for their insistence on functionality over ornament, the brand has taken on designers like Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa (of Super Normal fame). The company is, however, purposely secretive about the designers of specific pieces, allowing them to avoid the vanity of celebrity design and, incidentally, to keep prices low. I highly recommend visiting one of their five NYC stores, even if its the slightly abridged version inside the Jetblue terminal at JFK. You're bound to find something you can't live without. Via NYTimes.

Monday, October 11, 2010

RSM I by Harry Parr-Young

Recently named one of the "best UK and international design graduates of 2010," Harry Parr-Young has reinvisioned the rattan stool. Elegant joinery and finely tuned proportions highlight the appeal of the rattan surface, appearing innovative in its simplicity and lightness, despite its blah reputation. See more of Harry Parr-Young here. Via Arbitare.