A house with rotating rooms


Sharifi-ha HouseA house in Tehran incorporates rotating rooms which accommodate changing seasons.

The seven-storey Sharifi-ha House includes three rooms that can rotate 90 degrees to let in more sunlight and make space as the seasons change.

The rooms are part of a motorised system, which also puts stairs and handrails into the adapted space.

The luxury house, by Nextoffice, also features a range of leisure facilities, including an underground gym and swimming pool.

Take a look at the house here and tell us what you think.

100% Design opens it’s doors!


Formica Group100% Design, the UK’s largest contemporary design trade event, opened its doors on September 18th to the trade and press for four days and will be open to the public on Saturday 21st.

100% Design includes six colour-coded areas: Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms, Eco, Design & Build, International Pavillons and Emerging Brands attracting leading UK and international brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood and many more.  

Our client, Formica Group, worked with design resource studio Material Lab to create a unique ‘deconstructed’ interior environment showcasing essential surfaces in their
natural light.

At their stand decors and textures are being featured from the DecoMetal® by Formica Group range, including the red dot award-winning Plex texture, AR Plus® High Gloss laminate, solid through-colour ColorCore® as well as on-trend decors from the Formica® Colors range.

Throughout the exhibition there were a number of great products that caught our eye;

A living room table by Picchio, constructed from cork cylinders of various lengths, resting on a copper footing, creating a fascinating contrast between the refined materials of copper, cork and glass.     

There are also some of the most luxurious baths in the world. Curated by Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine, the Bath Boulevard exhibition features stunning bathtubs, from traditional classics to ultra-modern style. 

You can find more information and  register for this fun event here, and let us know which bit is your favourite.

Museum made out of paint cans pops up in shopping mall


To celebrate the birthday of legendary American artist Andy Warhol, Portuguese LIKEarchitects constructed this temporary museum made out of empty paint cans in the center of a shopping mall in Lisbon.

The museum was erected to host the exhibition ‘Andy Warhol – icons | psaier artworks and the factory’, where it received over 100,000 visitors.

Aluminium paint cans were the chosen material for this project because ‘they reflect on society’s consumer culture and also pay reference to the subjects of the popular artist’s work’.

See how it was constructed in the video below, or click here for more information on this interesting project.

Glass farm for Dutch town


Glass farm 1Glass farm 2Glass farm 3 Glass farm 4Glass Farm 5After waiting 23 years for their market square to be redeveloped, the people of the Dutch town of Schijndel have an incredible new structure that pays homage to the local farming heritage.

Architects MVRDV noticed that the area put aside by the town planners resembled the layout of a traditional local farm. They used this idea to create a 1.6 times bigger model of a farm, made from glass and printed with images of a variety of different buildings from local farms, taken by artist Frank van der Salm.

The structure isn’t just for show, it also houses several retail and business premises on the 1600sqm of Schijndel’s large market square.

Images from MVRDV and Persbureau van Eijndhoven.

A couple of book reviews


Detail in Contemporary Lighting designLighting for interior DesignWe saw a great review for two new books on lighting design in Lighting Journal recently – ‘Detail in Contemporary Lighting Design’ by Jill Entwistle and ‘Lighting for Interior Design’ by Malcolm Innes.  

We haven’t had a chance to look inside either yet, but if the review and images showing for Entwistle’s book are anything to go by the content will inspire and give insight into “some of the most sophisticated lighting designs from around the world in recent years”. The visually striking image of the Deloitte HQ, with lighting design by Steven Scott, is stunning and certainly whet’s the appetite to see more.  

Whilst Innes’s book is described by reviewer Carl Gardner as, “a good attempt to summarise the theory and practice of interior lighting design in an attractive and graphic manner”.

You can get hold of these books on Amazon – see the following links:

‘Detail in Contemporary Lighting Design’

‘Lighting for Interior Design’

Google open their doors to the internet


Google InteriorGoogle Data CentreGoogle dataGoogle has opened the doors on its data centres for the first time giving us a glimpse of where the internet lives.

These beautiful photos are quite impressive.

See many more on Colossal.

Vintage Car Dealerships


Vintage car deslershpVintage Car Dealership DesignVintage car DealershipIf you’re bored with the minimalist looks of today’s car dealerships then take a look at these images of some classic dealerships.

Oh for the days of chandeliers and medieval dining halls.

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