CHUANG X YI: THE MODULAR LILONG

CHUANG X YI: THE MODULAR LILONG

Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi : The ‘Modular Lilong’ was designed for Value Retail China to showcase ‘Chuang x Yi’; a concept brand that provides a platform for Chinese fashion designers. The 150 sqm site is located in Yioulai Shanghai Village; a sister to Bicester Village in London – both global shopping developments. The intent of ‘Chuang x Yi’ is to create a retail experience specifically related to the context of Shanghai.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
The term lilong refers to an urban typology, organized around meandering lanes, which often display creative solutions in response to issues of space shortage. The resulting blur between private and public, residential and commercial gives Shanghai its signature streetscape. Following the design brief to create a backdrop showcasing selective contemporary Chinese designers, Lukstudio re-interpreted the local, urban fabric with 3 ‘lanehouses’ arranged into different display areas; one waiting lounge, two dressing rooms, the main cashier counter and a service area.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
The structure of these lanehouses is conceived as a modular kit of parts, so that it can easily be disassembled and re-installed in another shop location if needed. The pieces are based on architectural features and textures found in a lilong. For example, old stone gates known as, ‘shikumen’ are used as entrance ways, with their typical round corners seen in the smooth outline of the display cases. Furthermore, hanging washing lines are turned into copper-coated racks to display clothes, while bamboo rattan; a texture used in vernacular furniture, is applied to the divider screens. Display plinths and racks are positioned along the lane reminiscent of the common scene of scattering benches and stools.
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Despite the clear boundary between the stone pavement and the wooden flooring, the open display allows a fluid visual dialogue between the urban lane and the elegantly stacked houses. The retail experience consists of many architectural layers combined into a cohesive structure; offering a sense of pliancy and order that reflects the adaptive nature of lilong life. In this way Lukstudio has generated a  journey of discovery, connecting old Shanghai architecture with today’s design world
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Chuang x Yi: The Modular Lilong
Photo Courtesy : Dirk Weiblen

 

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CANADA BAY HOUSE BY CPLUSC ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP IS UNSELFCONSCIOUS & UNPRETENTIOUS

CANADA BAY HOUSE BY CPLUSC ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP IS UNSELFCONSCIOUS & UNPRETENTIOUS

Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
CplusC Architectural Workshop : Canada Bay is one of those relatively unspectacular, family oriented, inner-western-Sydney suburbs resting quietly along the shoreline. Located halfway between the CBD and Parramatta, it sits pleasantly at the southern dogleg end of a larger sweep of water, Hen and Chicken Bay, off the Parramatta River. It is a place where land and water meet gently, on the flat or slope, forfeiting breathtaking drama for softer, calmer reflection. Canada Bay is pressed up behind the better-known suburbs of Five Dock, Burwood and Concord, which boast some of Sydney’s most impressive Federation and inter-war homes.
Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
Architecturally, this is a suburb that wears an unselfconscious, unpretentious, solid ordinariness. Populated originally with modestly sized Federation and inter-war homes, it now holds a somewhat chaotically diverse muddle of old and flashier new dwellings, speaking a range of less than harmonious languages.
Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
It’s a delight, then, to find unexpected moments of architectural inventiveness, such as this recent alteration and addition by Sydney architect and builder Clinton Cole, founder of CplusC Architectural Workshop.
 Clinton’s clients were a young couple with a new baby and potentially more on the way (they now have two active boys under five), who’d quickly realized their three-bedroom, one-bathroom home no longer accommodated them comfortably.
Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
They wanted additional space in which to entertain and live – an open-plan kitchen/dining and living space, an extra bedroom and bathroom, a new laundry – but without sacrificing too much of the backyard. And, they wanted more daylight throughout their home. The simple brief was made slightly more complicated by a request from one of the owner’s parents – in line with feng shui principles, they asked that the back door not be visible from the front and that the addition speak of permanence.
Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
The more complex challenge was the site, a gently sloping south–north block in a quiet cul-de-sac, uncomfortably sandwiched between a solid-brick duplex to the west and an even larger, more imposing two-storey brick house to the north. Both buildings sit heavily over the site, impacting solar penetration, overlooking the rear garden and presenting major privacy issues.
Clinton’s response is, he says, an exercise in material, time and cost-efficiency. To work with the client’s budget, the original single-storey, double-fronted brick home was largely retained, with rooms refreshed and reconfigured: four bedrooms and two bathrooms to the front; and a new laundry and kids’ rumpus/family/guest room centrally placed, the latter facing and opening to the rear garden and new courtyard. Old rear lean-tos were demolished and a new open-plan “attached pavilion” stretched garden-wards along the western elevation to house the kitchen, dining and living spaces.
Cooking and eating areas have been kept level with the existing house, with the living space stepped down to connect directly with the garden. A long polycarbonate skylight and single ceiling covering the space increase its sense of volume and height, with floor-to-ceiling glazing wrapping the northern elevation and most of the eastern for light and ventilation.
Stretched alongside and thoughtfully balancing this calm indoor space is a delightfully active outdoor one – a joyous, timber-framed pergola, accessible through both the rumpus and living spaces (perfect for young children playing chaseys or doing laps). Horizontal timber battens have been used to minimize overlooking, with a motif of recycled brick running through the new addition and referencing the old.
Canada Bay House by CplusC Architectural Workshop is Unselfconscious & Unpretentious
Responding to the client’s enthusiasm for cooking, a vertical herb garden has been seamlessly integrated into the pergola design. Positioned directly opposite the kitchen/dining space, this lush greenness of plant-filled terracotta pots inserted between galvanized pipes is charmingly reflected in the kitchen’s mirror splashback.
Without question, the most striking feature of this house is the visual, emotional and physical connection created between all rear spaces (both internal and external) and the garden. Clinton has successfully blurred lines between indoor and out (a claim often made and almost equally often overstated), and, most importantly, he has ensured privacy is not only maintained but also enhanced.
Key to this is the positioning of two floor-to-ceiling, timber-framed and louvre-filled sliding doors, positioned at right angles on the pavilion’s northern and eastern elevations to create a variety of outdoor/indoor space options. Inserted with a combination of aluminium, opaque and transparent louvre blades, strategically placed to provide privacy to the living space from surrounding neighbours, they also allow an abundance of light and ventilation into the house.
And, they afford the owners the opportunity to open or shut spaces to the garden as required. By sliding the north-facing door east, the living space is opened fully to the garden while enclosing and folding the pergola into the house. Similarly, sliding the east-facing door south fully opens the living and pergola spaces.
Transition through these spaces comes with a pleasing, playful shift in materiality, textures and patterns. The smooth warmth of timber flooring in the kitchen and dining space (chosen to match the existing house) gives way to cooler, smooth concrete floors in the living area, and then to rough textured brickwork and verdant grass in the pergola.
These two modest spaces offer multiple options to close off or open up as desired, allowing for a diversity of spatial moods and experiences. So simple, so clever.
Photo Courtesy : Michael Lassman,  Murray Fredericks

 

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CAPISTRANO BEACH HOUSE CALIFORNIA BY BRANDON ARCHITECTS

CAPISTRANO BEACH HOUSE CALIFORNIA BY BRANDON ARCHITECTS

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon ArchitectsBrandon Architects : Designed by Brandon Architects and built by Pinnacle Custom Homes, this gorgeous 4000 sq ft soft contemporary residence is located in Dana Point, California.

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

Capistrano Beach House California by Brandon Architects

 

Photo Courtesy : Brandon Architects

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MORPHOS DESIGNS AN EDGY & CONTEMPORARY OFFICE INTERIORS IN SYDNEY

MORPHOS DESIGNS AN EDGY & CONTEMPORARY OFFICE INTERIORS IN SYDNEY

Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
Morphos :  Morphos has designed the offices of recruitment agency Now Careers, located inSydney, Australia. In the words of Morphos Team “We wanted to create an office where employees not only feel comfortable but stimulated and excited by their environment “.
Being a design focused company themselves, we felt it was important we captured this in their fit-out, creating something contemporary yet edgy that appealed to the company and their audience. Being a heritage listed site, we wanted to honour the lineage through maintaining the rich traditional elements complemented with a contemporary design approach.
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
An intersection of old and new entailed new building elements with the preservation of originalarchitectural features, including high ceilings, original floor boards and ornamental cornices. These new elements contained an industrial edge with a subdued neutral pallet.
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
One of the fundamental outcomes of the design was to create a space that was enjoyable for employee and visitor interaction. This inviting and homely personality was instilled to encourage.
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
Potential candidates to feel comfortable and inspired for their new careers. To achieve this, an open workspace was designed to cater for multifunction zones and spaces. With an open transition between work space, meeting rooms and breakout, a sense of transparency and fluidity was created through the open-door policy design approach.
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
The space is light filled and the colour scheme kept neutral to allow for the hero features to stand out, shaping the industrial aesthetic. This includes oversized pendants, black aluminium trims, traditional wall panelling and an aluminium feature screen with inbuilt shelves in the reception area. Pops of the corporate colour were integrated throughout the space to give their workplace relevance to their company branding. The result is a trendy yet functioning and vibrant work space that exudes a motivating and dynamic essence.
Morphos Designs An Edgy & Contemporary Office Interiors in Sydney
Photo Courtesy : Chris Warnes

 

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PATEL TAYLOR AND ST GEORGE COMPLETES FIRST NEW BUILDING AT LONDON DOCK

PATEL TAYLOR AND ST GEORGE COMPLETES FIRST NEW BUILDING AT LONDON DOCK

Patel Taylor and St George Completes First New Building at London Dock
Architect Patel Taylor / St George : Architect Patel Taylor and St George have completed the first new building at London Dock, the redevelopment of the famous former News International site in Wapping.
Patel Taylor and St George Completes First New Building at London Dock
Clipper Wharf, a 57 homes residential development comprising of one, two and three bedroom apartments, is part of the first phase of the 220,000 sqm regeneration. This marks a new chapter in the site’s colourful history from its origins as a mercantile centre through the era of newspapers and printing of 1980s and beyond.
Patel Taylor and St George Completes First New Building at London Dock
Patel Taylor was appointed by developer St George to design the masterplan, the Phase 1 buildings and the landscape for the prestigious new development, which takes inspiration from the site’s dockland heritage.
Patel Taylor and St George Completes First New Building at London Dock
Clipper Wharf is located at the head of the new public space of Gauging Square. Conceived as a jewel-like, contemporary addition to the nearby Grade II listed Pennington Street warehouse, its eight-storey design is informed by the strong east-west axis set up by this 350m long building.
Patel Taylor and St George Completes First New Building at London Dock
Photo Courtesy : Peter Cook

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TORTERIA SAN COSME, A MEXICAN SANDWICH SHOP IN TORONTO BY +TONGTONG

TORTERIA SAN COSME, A MEXICAN SANDWICH SHOP IN TORONTO BY +TONGTONG

Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
+tongtong : Multi-disciplinary studio +tongtong recently designed Torteria San Cosme, a Mexican sandwich shop in Toronto’s eclectic Kensington Market.
Principal designer John Tong worked closely with his client Arturo Anhalt to bring his childhood memories of Mexico into the 700-square-foot space. With this objective in mind, Torteria San Cosme evokes the vibrant colour, playfulness and authenticity of Mexican street food stands.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Walking into Torteria San Cosme, you’re immediately struck by a cacophony of colour. Patterned tiles and hand-painted signs perfectly clash with a vivid large mural covering an entire wall, while an awning of multi-hued webbing cantilevers over the take-out counter.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
“We wanted to play with this idea of a stall within a space,” explains Tong. “In Mexico and Central America, a lot of street food stalls are in larger buildings. There will be 10 or so inside a market, all individually contained.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Riffing on this idea of a space within a space, Tong designed the awning to mimic the structure of a traditional puesto (street food stand.) The awning is made industrial nylon strips weaved by hand through chainlink fencing. Underneath, the take-out counter, which doubles as spot for diners to eat their tortas (Mexican sandwiches), is peppered with hand-painted signage by Hamilton-based artists BrushBoys.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
This hand-painted quality continues via the large-scale art mural. Designed and painted byStephanie Latulippe, the nearly billboard-sized mural reminds Tong of the murals he’d see while visiting Mexico and Central America. “When you drive around, you see these huge murals that seem to have a narrative,” says Tong. “This mural is very graphic, colourful and has its own hidden narrative.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
The fluorescent tubes, which dangle diagonally above counter-height tables, are also inspired by the food markets of Mexico. Rather than having dim, ambient lighting, Tong notes that these markets were brightly lit.  “The warmth of the space comes from the colour and texture,” explains Tong. Meanwhile the patterned blue and white floor tiles are a contemporary take on traditional Spanish tiles. These tiles contribute to the riot of colour throughout the space, from the mural and vintage-looking signage, to the weaved awning and the colourful ingredients on display in the open kitchen.
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
“The design of Torteria San Cosme has a kind of casual haphazardness to it,” says Tong. “But if you look for it, you can see it’s actually very controlled. It’s an urban twist on tradition.”
Torteria San Cosme, A Mexican Sandwich Shop in Toronto by +tongtong
Photo Courtesy : Naomi Finlay

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH HENRY HOLLAND : WHO SEES LOT OF SYNERGIES BETWEEN FASHION AND HOMEWARE

AN INTERVIEW WITH HENRY HOLLAND : WHO SEES LOT OF SYNERGIES BETWEEN FASHION AND HOMEWARE

An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
INDEX Design Series 2017 : The Interior Directory interviewed famous teen fashion designer Henry Holland who is appearing in Index Design Series Dubai 2017. After  graduating  from  the  London  College  of  Printing  with  a  BA  in  journalism,  Henry  Holland  was  catapulted  into  the  fashion limelight  in  2006 with his  irreverent fashion  groupies  slogan  tees,  featuring catchphrases  such  as Uhu Gareth  Pugh  and Get your freak on Giles Deacon. In February 2008, after two seasons showing with Fashion East,  House of Holland held its first solo show on the London Fashion Week schedule  to  critical  acclaim.  Now  in  its  10th  year,  House  of  Holland  is  firmly  established  in  the  international  fashion  arena  and  in January 2012 was awarded a two-season fashion forward sponsorship. One of Britains most exciting designers, Henry has carried his fashion philosophy seamlessly into his interior endeavours. The 33-year-old is making his INDEX debut just two months after the launch of his second interiors range with British décor giants Habitat, following the remarkable success of his debut line a year earlier. His style is famed for being bold and brash, featuring bright colours and a range of textures and patterns.
TID : You’ve just launched your second range with Habitat after your debut last year. Was the move from fashion into interiors a natural one for you?
HH: I see a lot of synergies between fashion and homeware – both in print as well as fabrication and techniques. For me the process is not completely alien but a learning experience of working in different scales, different formats and in different materials.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
TID : Words like “bold”, “explosive” and “riotous” have been used to describe your style before. How would Henry Holland himself describe the new range?
HH: You’re pretty spot on there. This collection is a real riot of colour and the neon lime colour used in the bedding and the throw is really very bold. It is very true to the House of Holland DNA and completely the look at home for any fan of colour and playful print either in their wardrobe or their home.
TID : You previously described cushions as “being the new trainers”. Is the design of a home now a bigger reflection than ever of someone’s personality? And was it the prospect of being able to offer this reflection that tempted you into interiors?
HH: I love fashion for the way in which it can reflect who you are and what you are about. I feel like a home is very similar in that way and so dressing your home is a similar process for me as dressing myself. I want things that feel personal to me and that are a reflection of me, my partner and my personality.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
TID : Where do you find your inspiration and what is your personal mantra when it comes to anything you design?
HH: It sounds silly but you really do find inspiration anywhere and in everything. I think as a creative person working in this industry, you pick up things from all around you from visual references to experiences, travel, people and stories. I love to tell stories through my clothes and it is individuals and their stories that have inspired me the most.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
TID : How excited are you by the prospect of meeting thousands of designers from across the world at INDEX?
HH: I’m so excited about meeting thousands of designers. I love meeting new people, exploring opportunities and I also love to travel – so this really is a win-win.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
TID : Dubai is known around the world as a city that is so exciting and forward thinking in its design and architecture. Is that something that attracted you to attend INDEX?
HH: The travel and the location being in Dubai definitely helped attract me to INDEX. I have been to Dubai several times before but not for years. I know that it is very fast developing and changing so I’m excited to see these changes for myself.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
TID : Having had your big break at such a young age, what would your advice be to any up and coming creative working across any design discipline?
HH: My advice would be to always stay true to who you are deep down and what you are about both through your work and the way you interact with people. This industry is very hard work and having to pretend to be something that doesn’t come naturally to you on top of all of that work is exhausting. People really respond to authenticity in today’s fashion world more than anything else.
An Interview With Henry Holland : Who Sees Lot of Synergies between Fashion and Homeware
Henry will be appearing at the OFIS sponsored Design Talks at this years INDEX Design Series– taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, May 22-25, 2017. We are pleased to inform our readers . The Interior Directory is a proud media partner with INDEX Design Series Dubai 2017and would be getting you the live news and updates from the event.
Photo Courtesy : INDEX Design Series 2017 / Henry Holland 

 

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