Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fast Food Restaurant Interior Design | McDonald | Europe | UXUS Design

McDonald’s commissioned UXUS to create an inspiring, playful, educational and entertaining children’s area within McDonald’s restaurants. The area, no bigger than 20 m2, expresses the corporate theme of “what I eat, what I do.” The concept replaces the existing “ball pit” play area in all European restaurants and creates an activity “Village” in which kids can play and learn about food..........more

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sales Office Interior Design | 7 Affiliate Sales offices | Sydney | Australia | Dreamtime

Located in a new shore building abutting the heritage Jones Bay finger Wharves, 7 Affiliate Sales offices features recycled brick-clad walls and columns, recycled timber plank flooring, rusted stairs and an acoustical sprayed ceiling. In addition, theatrical lighting, a stereo system befitting a night-club, blackboard painted entry foyer as well as the 1st floor café / bar with its’ central fireplace and adjacent boardroom. For senior management a series of rusted cages provide privacy while allowing for relatively un-obstructed views of Sydney Harbour. A rusted-metal clad water feature at the office’s entrance with 12 LCD screens under water display many of Network 7’s programmes.....more

Monday, August 29, 2011

Advertising Firm Interior Design | SHR Perceptual Management | Arizona | USA | Morphosis

This egalitarian scheme for a sixty-person advertising, design, and marketing firm reinterprets conventions of status, corporate culture, and productivity. The architecture supports and expresses the collective nature of creative intellectual capital – SHR’s product. A team-based organizational strategy replaces the traditional workplace hierarchy; concurrently, a shift occurs from cellular, individual spaces to hybrid space at the service of the increasingly collective product. Based on the need for both privacy and team interaction, distinct architectural gestures define functional zones within the existing "U" of raw, nondescript office space........more

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chungmuro Intermedia Playground | Seoul | Korea | Mass Studies

The existing space is a long tunnel/corridor connecting two parts of the Chungmuro station. We wanted to exploit the linear quality of the space/movement and a simultaneous experience of depth and amplitude by creating a kaleidoscopic space, allowing both the idea of passage (travel) and destination (arrival) to exist simultaneously. The compositional elements in a kaleidoscope move to create different mirrored patterns viewed from a static point. In the project the occupant provides the movement; the project pieces and other occupants reconfigure themselves in relation the viewer creating a multi-direction, boundless and dynamic interactive experience..........more

Saturday, August 27, 2011

House Interior Design | Old Greenwich | Connecticut | Axis Mundi Design

John Beckmann was responsible for designing the interiors of a newly constructed "shingle style" house, located on Long Island Sound. The design is contextual, mixing some of the clients existing furniture with new pieces while respecting the traditionalist design that is native to the region. The dining table was custom designed by John Beckmann and fabricated in South Africa. The carpet was designed by Christopher Farr. The painting is by James Nares..........more

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cafetaria Interior Design | The Nestlé Cafeteria | Beijing | China | EXH Design

The Nestlé Cafeteria is a room extended on the roof terrace as a winter garden. It has a beautiful view, but the biggest problem is too much sunlight. We were inspired by the grape trellis of the Xinjiang minorities, where the people enjoy the cool in high summer, sitting on carpets and served food and wine; this links exactly with Nestle as a food company. In the same way we make the ceiling fully hanged with layers of plexi-glass leaves as sunshade, to provide a nice space to escape.......more

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Exhibition Interior Design | Swiss National Exhibition Expo.02 | Holzer Kobler Architekturen

The goal of Swiss National Exhibition Expo.02 was to define Switzerland as a place. In this context the exhibition Heimatfabrik had a very special importance. In reality it is a reflection of the Expo.02 in general. Heimatfabrik is a wide container that attempts to define “homeland”, this definition emerged after intense cultural research. With their works six artists illuminated specific aspects of the issue and injected it with the following six themes. Filter: homeland is landscape, everything foreign is overlooked. Order: homeland belongs to everyone, who occupies public space? Connect: homeland is language. Who do you know best? Incite: homeland is economy. Who understands the systems? Cultivate: homeland is whatever I make of it. Assemble: homeland is belonging, it is more than a place........more

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hair Salon Interior Design | Cranium Hair Salon | Manly | New South Wales | Australia | Choi Ropiha Fighera

Choi Ropiha Fighera completed a full commercial fitout with the re-launch of Cranium Hair Salon in Manly. The project organises the salon as 3 primary spaces - reception, the main cutting studio, and the more intimate hair spa room. A new glazed shopfront sharpens the presentation of the salon to the passerby whilst internally, each space has its own architectural treatment to assist the spatial definition. Collectively these measures combine to give Cranium an enhanced presence and identity.......more

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Retail Interior Design | Whimsy Boutique | Powerplant Mall | Rockwell Center | Makati City | Manila | The Philippines | Archipelago

Whimsy is an existing accessories brand that currently operates one other store. Upon establishing their second store, the client decided to upgrade their product line and spruce up its retail environment. The only requirement the client had for the store was for it to reflect the brand’s quirky identity. Archipelago created a bold, eye-catching space that focuses attention on the individual products. A backlit pink wall and a series of circular plywood racks were employed to create a captivating display system. Additional elements such as a fur lined cashier counter and a gilded mirror inscribed with lipstick with were used to further impart the brand's playfulness. A new logo and signage system was designed, as well as a series of promotional posters........more

Monday, August 22, 2011

Exhibition Booth Design | Glocal Design Station | Habitat Expo | Mexico City | ROW Studio

The whole booth was intended as a resting station, where the visitors to the fair can take a seat and read the magazine while sheltered inside a wrapping cocoon that keeps them away from the surrounding noises, lights and agitation. Four twisted elements act both as benches and as storage space.
The 170 components of the Glocal Design Station where assembled and presented for the first time in Habitat Expo in Mexico City from 26th to the 28th of May 2011 and will be present in several other trade fairs for the rest of the year. Once this year’s exhibition cycle is over it will become a permanent feature of the meeting room of the publisher’s offices...........more

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hotel Interior Design | Nhow Hotel | Berlin | Germany | Karim Rashid

Nhow hotel celebrates Berlin’s modern zeitgeist and connects it to the rest of the world by creating a technorganic land of data-driven art and spaces. Set on the Spree River, the old line between East and West Berlin, the Nhow hotel bridges the digital age of information and the physical and spiritual needs of visitors. The two towers are designed for different needs. The East Tower rooms feature a sunrise/sunset color scheme of warm golds and invigorating fuchsia..........more

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gym Interior Design | Gymbox Bank | Lloyds Bank headquarters building | Ben Kelly Design

Located within the vaults of the former Lloyds Bank headquarters building, Gymbox Bank is the third space designed by BKD for the London based gym operator. While maintaining the core approach of the previous clubs, this project provided the opportunity to further evolve the concept and build upon the already strong visual identity of the Gymbox brand environments.......more

Friday, August 19, 2011

Apartment Interior Design | Apartment R+D | Mexico City | Jorge Hernandez De La Garza

A careful selection of materials qualifies the play of light and shadows projected through the large windows in the dining room. The internal modulation is a reflection of external guidelines, which govern the cutting of the limestone on the floor and the grooves of wooden walls, which divide the social area of the private area. The furniture was carefully selected seeking a harmony between the materials (wood, leather, stone and fabrics) and the elegant lines of the interior architecture.........more

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Exhibition Interior Design | Focus Terra | ETH Earth Sciences | Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Organically shaped vertical showcases extend upwards into the air, their tapering bodies reminiscent of volcanic forms. They penetrate through two floor slabs that are angled towards one another in such a way that it appears as if tectonic forces had shifted them. In this way the dynamic body frees itself from the rigid cubature of the interior courtyard. The open room structure of the tower unit allows for a variety of perspectives into and through the space............more

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Office Interior Design | Autodesk One Market Offices | San Francisco | California | HOK

Located in the landmark One Market Plaza, this project includes offices for product engineers and a 15,000-sq.-ft. customer briefing center. The delivery combined Building Information Modeling, an Integrated Project Delivery collaborative team relationship and a fast-track design-build schedule with ambitious sustainability goals........more

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Office Interior Design | Development Agency Val de Marne | France | Hérault Arnod Architectes

Development Agency of the Val de Marne, economic showcase of the department, had rented offices with the aim of transforming them to adopt a current image of creativity, hospitality and openness. The main data of this project was a very tight schedule: the first phase of work was delivered two months and a half after signing the contract project management, including the time of study............more

Monday, August 15, 2011

Corporate Office Interior Design | Zwijsen Publishers | Tilburg | The Netherlands | Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur

Zwijsen Publishers produces primary school books and educational tools in an eye-catching and colourful corporate style. The interior of the publishing company matches that corporate style: fresh, colourful, open, communicative and based on a flexible office concept. Zwijsen is located on the four top floors of an office building near Tilburg Central Station. Here, creative people and business people work side by side and both need a suitable working environment.........more

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Retail Interior Design | MoMA Design Store Tokyo | Omotesando | Tokyo | Gluckman Mayner Architects

This 4500 square-foot retail space is MoMA's first expansion to another country. Working with the 'swirl' concept of the base building (designed by MVRDV), the store's orientation shifts together with the building's non-orthogonal space. Located on the third floor, the store consists of two zones framed by flanking steel walls; one for tall fixtures and the other a field of small fixtures mounted on tracks, allowing flexibility in layout. The cashier is formed through a bold gesture of bent steel framing plasterboard to create a volume housing a storage area and a wedding gifts salon.........more

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Retail Interior Design | Armani Fifth Avenue | New York | Massimiliano Fuksas

The building that incorporates Armani/5th Avenue holds a very important place in the history of architecture because its faÁade is one of the first examples of the ìInternational Styleî. When one is dealing with such a cultural milestone, one must always bear in mind that the exterior is totally New York, while the interior should have its own identity. A reflection of the flair and aesthetic values that define the Giorgio Armani style. The grand staircase is the focal point, an exciting sculptural feature which connects all the different levels that accommodate the Armani universe range by range. Innovative in both layout and content, Armani/5th Avenue is the first concept store in which all the Armani products are presented in a single space, where the same design has been adopted throughout: the subtle colours and restrained shapes emphasise the value of the product...........more

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bank Interior Design | BMCE Branches | Morocco | Foster + Partners

A simple functional arrangement divides the rectangular footprint equally between the banking hall and support areas. The modular grid places landscaped pools, with planting in recessed stone rills, around the exterior of the building, inverting the form of the Moroccan riad, with its central courtyard. The branches are designed to be energy efficient, combining modern technology with centuries-old methods of passive climate control. One example is the use of ‘earth-tube’ cooling, in which fresh air is drawn into a pipe that encircles the structure below ground and is chilled naturally before being released into the building’s ventilation system.........more

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Retail Interior Design | Selfridges Oxford Street | London | FAT

The floor is organised around three main areas. The first is Europe's longest denim wall. Here a canopy, formed by a seemingly chaotic explosion of timber struts frames the space. Both raw and expressive, the canopy plays against a background of sharp graphic legibility formed by the denim shelves. Visual languages of direct pragmatism and more glamorous theatricality are combined to explore the dialogues of workwear and luxury that run through contemporary denim design..........more

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Office Interior Design | SEI Investments | dRMM

The client required a fast track concept to completion period of six months. Each of the 3rd and 4th floor spaces of the Listed Time & Life Building on Bond Street was given its own identity. The expressive materiality chiefly consists of timber. The direct use of English raw ash plank screen walls on the 3rd floor contrasts with the processed nature of laser cut birch plywood lining 4th floor surfaces...........more

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Reception Interior Design | London School Of Economics | London | Design Engine

Design Engine have completed the remodelling of the main reception of the Old Building, off Houghton Street, WC2. This is the main entrance foyer to the LSE and its famous Theatre, which was in need of a major transformation to meet current security, access and wayfinding improvements. The project, which was won in competition, includes a new green room for the theatre, toilets, reception and split-level waiting areas. Central to the scheme are glass cabinets, which clad the existing walls, offering information, signage and inspirational extracts from luminaries’ speeches given from the theatre...........more

Gallery Interior Design | Miele Gallery | Nueva Costanera Avenue | Vitacura | Santiago de Chile | Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto

The interior result of the idea permits the connectivity of all the levels. Spaces are architectonic labyrinths paths that are even penetrating the underground spaces, a unique possibility of light and natural ventilation.......more

Monday, August 8, 2011

Office Interior Design | SenterNovem | Den Haag | The Netherlands | Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur

SenterNovem is a government agency that promotes sustainable development and innovation. Its offices cover part of the ground floor and the entire second and third floor of an office building in The Hague. The commission was to design a flexible office interior with innovative and dynamic features.The design is based on undulating S-shaped walls that meander between the four existing corner cores on each floor. The walls both separate and connect the workplaces and make room for their various integrated functions. The walls are silver-coloured and hover between the floor and the ceiling...........more


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