New Asgard Hotel Penthouses by Design Mind and Henk Bakker.

Asgard Hotel penthouses

The latest project of Design Mind together with interior architect Henk Bakker was to create four unique and high-end luxury penthouse apartments for the new section of the Asgard Hotel in Groningen, which opened in January 2012. Read more

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The Drink Chair, By Ingid Michel & Frederic Pain, Holds Your Butt and Your Booze.

above: the Drink Chair by Ingid Michel & Frederic Pain, France

The sculptural fiberglass and wood Drink Chair by Ingid Michel and Frederic Pain of Binome Design is perfect for the stylish imbiber. With an extended armrest that is cast to include three imprints, sized perfectly for a bottle and two glasses, the modern looking chair is the combination of comfort and convenience.

The molded resin and fiber glass seat perches on 4 wooden branches which serve as the legs. The varied shapes of the wooden legs lend an individual character to each chair, no two can ever be exactly the same. Selected from the branches of the Robinia tree, the wood is extremely hard, resistant to rot and prized for its durability.

The chair body is UV resistant, making Drink the perfect choice indoors or out. Handmade in the Binome studio in France. 

Materials: fiber glass, laquered resin, robinia wood
Options: standard colors red, black, white + all RAL colors made to order
Buy it here at the fabulous Outdoorz Gallery

About Binome:
Since their meeting in 1994 Ingrid Michel and Frederic Pain have collaborated with artists, sculptors and architects on projects in areas as diverse as cinema, design and contemporary art.

Graduates of the prestigious Ecole Boulle, Paris, their focus on traditional wood sculpture is the base which has allowed them to confidently use wood in a contemporary context.

In 2008 they created their own studio under the name Binome. Each piece created by the studio is crafted by hand and retains a singularity as no two are exactly alike. Design which is both visual and tactile, the aim of Binome is to create furniture which retains its sculptural essence.

Binome studio is located in Saint Pierre le Moûtier, France.

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Philippe Starck for Baccarat. Zenith Chandelier Evolves To Marie Coquine.

Philippe Starck for Baccarat

Baccarat’s classic 12 light Zenith Chandelier gets a modern makeover by Philippe Starck as both a floor lamp and suspended lamp. Named The Marie Coquine, the 12 light chandelier and floor lamp take the classic crystal design and add some whimsy with an umbrella like shade and sandbag-like weighted counterbalance. Read more

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Toy Boarders – A Peaceful Twist On Toy Soldiers For A New Generation.

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Move over green Army Men, now we’ve got green thrashers to play with. AJ’s original Toy Boarders are skate, surf and snowboard inspired plastic action figures that – like little classic toy soldiers, are plastic, green and ignite the imagination – but unlike toy soldiers, do not promote violence. Read more

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The Sleepbox. Mod Architectural Pods For Private Space in Public Places.

The Sleepbox was first designed in 2009 and finally realized in late 2011. The modular unit, designed by Russian architects M. Krymov and A.Goryainov of Arch Group, is designed to provide moments of quiet sleep and rest from the city without wasting time searching for a hotel.

Sleepbox base features include ventilation and sockets for notebook and mobile phone chargers. Space for luggage is under the bed, and each bed has a nightstand. In addition to general lighting, Sleepbox has built-in LED reading lamps. Windows are equipped with electric-drive blinds for privacy.

In mid-August 2011, the first Sleepbox (a two-bed double version) was installed at the Aeroexpress terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. It represents the base version made of MDF with a natural ash-tree veneer.

This Sleepbox attracted such a great deal of interest from passengers and big companies that chances are first commercially operated boxes will be installed at airports and in the city by the end of this year.

Video of the Sleepbox in Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia:

Possible locations for Sleepbox include railroad stations, airports, expocentres, public shopping centers and accommodation facilities. In countries with warm climates Sleepbox can be used on the streets.

Sleepbox is a small mobile compartment (box) with a 2.5×1.6m base and 2.5-3m
height. One of its main advantages is its ability to be installed in the airport “clean” zone, just in front of the gates. This is precisely the area where travelers have to spend hours waiting for their delayed flights or transfer.

Video presentation of Sleepbox 1:

Currently Arch Group offers one-, two-, or three-bed Sleepboxes, which can be made of MDF (wood), metal, and glass-reinforced plastic. Sleepbox allows from 30 min to several hours of paid use. The price varies depending on the number of hours in use: the more the user pays for, the less it costs per hour.

Sleepbox’s main function is to afford a restful sleep. However, depending on location, it can be equipped with additional features. Available options include:

Matted film on windows with changing transparency
Mood lighting – LED lamps with changing light colors
Built-in media block (TV, touch-screen monitor)
Wi-Fi router
Alarm, intercom
Safe deposit box
Built-in payment station with magnetic keys

The Sleepbox Hostel Edition:

Area: 3.75 m2
architects: Goryainov A., Krymov M.
Design: 2009

This type of Sleepbox is designed for use in hostels. It provides a minimum of functions, and is equipped only with electrical outlets and lighting. Flexible ducts are connected to a general ventilation system. Case is made of laminated moisture-resistant MDF, which finishes a frame of wooden beams. Sleepbox for hostels has a bunk bed. The concept of the hostel is as follows: large interior without walls filled with sleepboxes instead of building separate facilities-rooms. This allows economizing on construction and finishing works and significantly reducing the time spent on construction. In addition it will allow very efficient use of available space and, if necessary, quickly change the plan. This solution also allows increasing the number of seats smoothly and without causing any inconvenience to guests.

Prices for Sleepbox start from as low as 7,000 EUR. Investments in Sleepbox pay back in 6-9 months.

Interested? Please contact:
+ 7 903 171 52 52
OOO Sleepbox
Gazetniy per 17-2, Moscow, Russia, 125009
They speak English, Spanish and Russian.

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Tentacles, Fungi and Anatomy Cast In Fine Metals. The Very Cool Jewelry of Peggy Skemp.

Peggy Skemp has a knack for turning things that are usually considered creepy into beautiful, detailed jewelry. Anatomical hearts, musculature, lungs, brains, tentacles, squid, octopus and fungi are hand cast in everything from 18k gold to bronze. Read more

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Zoinks! Cartoon Looking Messenger, Travel and Handbags for Guys and Girls.

Hand bags, messenger bags, travel bags and camera bags for both guys and girls by Taipei-based design duo, Chay Su and Rika Lin of JumpFromPaper look like flat cartoons but instead are truly three-dimensional functional bags. Read more

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Kebo, A Beautifully Designed One Handed Bottle Opener Epitomizes Form as Function.

Another beautifully designed houseware seen at this year’s International Home and Housewares show is the stainless steel Kebo one handed bottle opener by architect and industrial designer Rush Dixon of Rush3 Product Design Studio.

Inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s, this modern interpretation offers better seamless functionality and classic styling that will last for generations.

Cast of stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish, this device exudes quality, artistry, and timelessness. Kebo (derived from “Bottle Key”), is an ideal gift for anyone with an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and of course, fine beer.

Each Kebo comes in its own cool retro packaging- a keepsake tin, so no gift wrapping necessary.

all images courtesy of Rush3 Studios

$24 USD, buy it here

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Bob, The Sleeping Duvet Dog and Granny – More Trompe L’oeil Bedding From Snurk.

trompe l'oeil bedding

I love this brand’s photorealistic bedding – as you can tell by the not one, but two previous posts I wrote about the trompe l’oeil bedding from SNURK. Read more

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