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.

Saatchi & Saatchi revamps Thailand office

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Saatchi & Saatchi ThailandSaatchi & Saatchi ThailandSaatchi & Saatchi ThailandSaatchi & Saatchi Advertising in Thailand engaged Supermachine Studio to revamp their offices and have come up with a very creative space.

The brief was to enhance the social atmosphere within the space and encourage staff’s creativity and imagination. Everyday objects have been used throughout and the office has been separated into two zones: the creative zone and the managing zone.

Arch Daily reviews the space and says, ‘The creative zone was designed to be open and bright where people can communicate broadly, share ideas and get inspired together as it was important for them to work as a family. On the other side, the managing zone has a darker tone atmosphere yet with colorful decorations in order to show that they too need excitement at work. In between, their lies a playful trophy wall and a bicycle wall for passer-by and facility zone with pink colored walls to create liveliness for the lifeless programs.’

Great fun and very inspiring – see more on Arch Daily.

Photographs © Wison Tungthunya

Martin Creed redesigns London restaurant Sketch

We are great fans of London’s iconic restaurant Sketch.

Their new interior is designed by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed who has transformed the Gallery restaurant in the first of a new long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at the venue. The project seeks to blur the boundaries between art, food, design and functionality. 

Every piece of furniture is different in this eclectic design. Work No. 1347 consists of 96 different types of marble, in a formation of zigzagging lines across the floor, along with a series of paintings and large-scale wall paintings. Work No. 1343 is a new work specially made for the restaurant in which every single piece of cutlery, glass, chair and table is different. This work brings together a mix of the mass produced and handcrafted, from classic antiques to contemporary design from all around the world.

See more on Dezeen

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Unilever Headquarters unusual interior design

Camenzind Evolution, a Swiss interior design agency that focusses upon ‘emotional comfort’ and how it influences our living and working environments, has designed a rather unusual new office interior for Unilever’s headquarters in Switzerland. 

This interesting interior design has been created to inspire the highest levels of creativity and innovation. What do you think?

See a complete range of images on Contemporist.

Photography by Soguel Fotograf

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Ege introduces digital print carpets

EgeCarpets has launched their “Out of Nature” digital print carpet collection with the aim of ‘allowing the beauty of nature indoors, right into your interior design scheme’.

These great digital print designs are available in wall-to-wall or custom sizes and in stone, wood or tile effects.

An interesting statement piece for any home.

See more of these great designs here

The Think Tank appointed PR agency for B3 Designers

The Think Tank is delighted to announce that it has been appointed to provide PR support for Shoreditch-based B3 Designers.
This award-winning interior design studio specializes in creating distinctive, fresh and contemporary designs for the interiors of hotels, bars, restaurants and for retail spaces.
The B3 Designers team has currently been working on a number of projects including some exciting new ‘eateries’ in the Selfridges store in Manchester… watch this space for more news.


Google’s office interior is a walk in the park

If your sitting in your uninspiring office looking forward to escaping at lunch then take a look at Google’s new decor. With the purchase of other social channels, such as You Tube, Google has been bringing together its businesses into one building in London and the interior is as different as you would expect.

Including deck chairs, a Routemaster bus and a bath tub for a table this certainly is an interior to inspire creativity.

See more here on WIDN 

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‘Showrooms’ app launched for New York

If you are heading off to New York then Designer Pages has the app for you. They have launched an app called Showrooms that helps you to quickly locate architecture and interior design products and materials across the city. Find that showroom you’re looking for and map it, create itineraries for your visits, curate lists of showrooms to share with friends, and even check in using Foursquare. They plan on expanding to other cities in the future. They have even added a scavenger hunt at Architectural Digest Home Show in New York next week. Can’t wait for the London version.

Download the app Showrooms here



Just Amazing – Interior of the Mira Hotel, Hong Kong

Miami-based Interior designer Charles Allem has designed the interior of the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong. It is just simply stunning. See loads more pictures of this amazing hotel here. They speak for themselves.

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A great hideaway in the Swiss Alps

The Villa Vals is in the Swiss village Vals and combines ‘Dutch Design’ with ‘Swiss Quality’. Their web site says ‘Villa Vals is a freestanding dwelling directly next to the famous Therme of Peter Zumthor. The luxurious villa is extremely quiet, offering breathtaking views of pristine nature.

The house – approximately 160m2 – is completely dug out of the mountainside and is surrounded by a spacious. A large glass façade opens out onto the terrace (60 m2) and offers a spectacular view of green meadows (snow-covered hillsides in the winter) and mountaintops.’

Looks like a great place to get away from it all.

Find out more about the villa and its designers on their web site

The Think Tank – Marketing Communications

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