08/10/2014

Sic97 brings back pieces designed by Elmar Thome.

By Elmar Thome. Sic97.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Elmar Thome's works are an excellent and unfortunately little-known example of art and design in everyday life and objects. New firm Sic97 seeks to bring back good design and signature pieces that are no longer on the market and to start with, they present German designer Elmar Thome's fantastic Toma Lamp and his ET Bathroom Accessories Collection.

Sic97 was created based on the admiration for the objects designed by Elmar Thome (Mayen 1964 – Barcelona 2005) in the late 1980s. Thome sculpted small pieces full of poetry with the intention of introducing them in everyday use.

Not much is known about this worthy artist....

06/10/2014

Rebellion, jealousy and uprising.

Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Every two years, the largest architecture exhibition in the world is held with great show and exhibition display media. It is an event which should always be memorable but rarely succeeds in it, although this year it did. For many years now, and I remember most of the Venice Biennales, not many have been incentive as a whole. This time, curator Rem Koolhaas left no one unmoved. His provocative proposal, "an architecture biennale without architects' egos and personalities”, stirred up everyone. His break with the more or less recognized as "academic" discourse was clearly evident and irritated many people.

Rem Koolhaas announced in his Biennale presentation that he was determined to deliver to a Now-for-Something-Completely-Different moment and he certainly did not disappoint us. Some speak of the curator's legions of fans and warrant that they are former or current students, a somewhat inconsistent statement if we consider the time Rem Koolhaas devotes to teaching compared to other architects who don't count with...

04/10/2014

The best interior of 2014; Mott 32 by Joyce Wang Studio.

[Singapore] Singapore
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Design
From 60 nominations worldwide, the best interior of 2014 has been named at an international awards competition and festival in Singapore: Mott 32 by Joyce Wang Studio. Announced at a ceremony at the world famous Marina Bay Sands hotel as part of the INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors, the project was recognised by the judges for its dramatic and successful transformation from a basement in Hong Kong into one of the city’s best and most beautiful eating destinations.

Located in a former storage facility, which once housed expensive family heirlooms for wealthy Chinese immigrants, Mott 32 is now an atmospheric underworld dining experience. Taking inspiration from the heritage of the site, the restaurant is littered with forgotten heirlooms, Chinese propaganda and industrial materials doubling as furniture and light fittings. Joyce Wang Studio took a decaying space and...

03/10/2014

A zoom into Architecture by Federico Babina.

Architectural Ilustration by Federico Babina.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
These images by Federico Babina shows the essence of some emblematic architectural works, 23 small pieces that build what is not seen. Outline an architecture through a narrow viewpoint that turns it into a movie poster that shows the author and his work.

Federico Babina in his work Archizoom, shows us these suggestive and insinuating posters that leave the imagination and allows us to recognize the architect author of these works.

"As with a zoom lens of a camera I approached some architectural works in order to depict a detail or...

02/10/2014

Victoria Beckham flagship store by Farshid Moussavi.

36 Dover Street. [LON] UK.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Design
The architect Farshid Moussavi has create the first flagship store for Victoria Beckham, the first physical retail space by the brand, at existing Georgian building in the London's West End.

Located in a tiny shopping enclave on 36 Dover Street, -just up the road from Comme des Garcons' Dover Street Market, London- is Victoria Beckham’s first store occupying 561 square-meter. The Georgian frontage of the store is designed as a simple glass front with no window displays that offers passers by and customers a full view into the store.

Visitors enter...

15/09/2014

Bourdeaux 2030. Scenography by Petra Blaisse.

VI AGORA Bourdeaux 2030. [Bordeaux] France. 11-14/09/2014.
metalocus, ALEX DURO, INÉS LALUETA.
For this year's edition, the curator, French-Lebanese architect Youssef Tohmé, addresses the guiding influence of culture, economy and politics on public space.

Inside Outside has developed a scenography for the exhibition that supports the curatorial content. In Hangar 14, the beating heart of the Biennale, Youssef Tohmé showed varied conditions through films and interviews and share conversations with architects and...

12/09/2014

A sculpture for Venice Airport by Tringali and Mazzone.

By Giacomo Tringali and Massimo Mazzone. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Art, Design
Giacomo Tringali and Massimo Mazzone won a competition for Venice airport's new sculpture with a slender project inspired in flight. It stands on a single point and seems to levitate over the ground and about to take off into air.

The SAVE (Venice Marco Polo-Tessera Airport) announced in 2012 an international competition for the erection of a sculpture in the Venetian airport.

In 2013, the Commission responsible selected ten finalists among many participants, which included artists and architects  (Giacomo Tringali and Massimo Mazzone, Ogata Yoshinobu, Riccardo Cordero, Giancarlo Marchese, Claudio Capotondi,...

11/09/2014

Gabriel Moreno at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

[MAD] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO.
For their first collaborative project, illustrator Gabriel Moreno and designer Ion Fiz created a series of fabrics to be presented at MBFW 2014. The pieces have been developed together with the Aftersun collection. A mixed collection inspired by the sea, based on lightweight fabrics such as silk and cotton. Versatile clothing with marine patterns and motifs in blue and coral tones: high pants, asymmetrical tops, flowing skirts, tailoring, etc.

Besides the fabrics, Gabriel Moreno illustrated the invitations, press kit and scenery with striking designs that refer to the underwater world, mixed with the beauty and sensuality of women, a recurrent icon in his work. Part of IFEMA's interiors are decorated with the artist's drawings, which he made during his participation last year in Mulafest13 Festival.

The show will...

10/09/2014

Book Release. Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story.

Book. Blank Space.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Blank Space releases first edition of “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story” an unexpected, captivating anthology of “architectural fairy tales” written and illustrated by designers from all over the world. METALOCUS sponsored this fantastic competition, which had excellent results.

The 24 stories presented in the book were hand-picked from a pool of over 300 submissions to the inaugural Fairy Tales competition organized by Blank Space, an online platform for architecture based in New York City. The competition challenged entrants to develop visionary, narrative-based design...

09/09/2014

From the passive house to Passivhaus standards. Passive Architecture in warm climates.

Micheel Wassoulf. Ed. Gustavo Gili.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Gustavo Gili presents the new book Passivhaus, a new volume of Micheel Wassouf, which shows the concept of "passive architecture". Besides, this volume explains the Passivhaus standard and explores its application within the territories of warm climates.

Gustavo Gili. Even though the concept of "passive house" dates back to the 1970s, it was not until the creation of Passivhaus (standard German origin energy optimization for construction of homes) when this practice of sustainable architecture became to adulthood. Since the first Passivhaus building was built in Germany in the early 1990s, the Passivhaus...

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