Monthly Archives: April 2012

Design Finds, BALENCIAGA BOUTIQUES interview with Nicolas Gresquiere and Dominoques Gonzalez-Foerster

There is a great interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere and Dominiques Gonzalez-Foerster  BALENCIAGA BOUTIQUES by Olivier Zahm in the Spring Summer 2012 issue of PURPLE FASHION magazine

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Design Finds, Columbine

She looks like a lamp













Design Finds, A Photo of Charlotte Perriand

There was a lovely picture of beautiful Charlotte Perriand in the press kit from Cassina

Charlotte Perriand’s facing mountains in Savoie, France

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Design Finds, Refuge Tonneau by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret

Cassina has developed the first full reconstruction of the Refuge Tonneau designed by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret in 1938 in its space at the Design Village during the Salone del Mobile.

Charlotte Perriand, a great lover of the mountains, had already envisaged a prototype of a mobile mountain refuge in 1936. Two years later, together with Pierre Jeanneret, she developed a unique and advanced model of the Refuge Tonneau. Her bizarre source of inspiration was a children’s fairground ride photographed in Croatia. The idea from this light and itinerant structure was the metal frame consisting of a central pole and a top reminiscent of a large umbrella with twelve spokes.

Exterior of Refuge Tonneau :

The model by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret 1938

The framework of this compact space shuttle -shelter is made from industrial materials, such as aluminium for the panels, chosen for its lightness, which are easy to assemble and disassemble. The round ports and the volumes recall the aeronautic world. The shape is designed so as not to resist the wind. The piles provide stability even on the most uneven and steep terrain. The interior of the shelter is made from pinewood which, despite its minimalism, gives the ambience a natural and welcoming feel.

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Design Finds, Contemporary Retail Design

The video that was made by Frame‘s Editor-in-Chief, Robert Thiemann, during a visit to New York last month , shows contemporary retail design : a retail shop experience has been fused with an art gallery aesthetic.

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Buy Design, Shopping in Milan

And what about shopping in Milan?  Strange enough, I did it mainly at Exelsior (  designed by Jean Nouvel )

More about the project on www.

I know, it’s  not polite to buy the  French designers in Milan, but… Isabel Marant’s last collection is So 80’s that  I just couldn’t resist

Design Finds, The Heals

These are the Sergio Rossi heals on  Jak&Jil, that have overtaken Twitter today

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Design Finds, The Perfect Bathroom

Manuel Aires Mateus and the total design of bathrooms 

for  Pibamarmi

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California Dreamin’

I’m back from Milan, to the next stage : California Dreamin