A Microcosm for Architecture: From Factory to Home

This is an incredible story of a magnificent home that lies north west of Barcelona, Spain’s cultural and artistic capital.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Draped in lush vegetation and offering an abundance of open spaces, this building is impressive not only in size but also in style. It’s features are so unusual for a family home and it is almost unthinkable how such a grand project came about.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

However this was not always a scene of domestic bliss and creative outlet. This towering building once housed the industry that produces the material we use to create most modern structures – cement.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

This is a story of a visionary architect, Ricardo Bofill, who saw the potential for something beautiful to be created from an old dilapidated factory. The result shows the success of his hard work and the realisation of his dream, to create his dream home from an edifice long forgotten and diregarded.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Here is a video about the former cement factory that has become an incredible living space. Expansive ceilings and crawling green plants, make this restored factory building an architectural masterpiece with a great deal of charm.


 
More information and photos found here on yatzer.com.

Studio Sfog: The Spirit of Bricolage

The Israeli design studio Sfog specialise in reusing and recycling of abandoned and forgotten objects found in warehouses, streets and flea markets. Their functionality is altered in the process to create new contexts and uses.

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The studio’s creations range from unique, one of a kind items, series and interior design. Each work is handcrafted and tells its own individual story, thus revealing the fine line between art and design.

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“This approach allows us to address design with an open mind, challenging art with functionality.”

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Studio Sfog enjoy working in the spirit of bricolage, referring to Claude Levi Strauss’ book “The Science of the Concrete” where Strauss describes this as

“the infinite, improvisational recombination of a fixed series of elements by the designer improviser with tools not intended originally for the purpose in front of him”.

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While both Yotam and Gidi hold a degree in design from two of the top schools in Israel, and keep up to date with the latest design styles and strategies, they choose not to solely rely on the standard techniques and tools available to the classic designer.

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They prefer instead to focus on logic and self-study inside and outside of the studio.

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“We let our work process guide the design and set its mark on the final product. This enables us to show the beauty and sophistication of the design solutions and reveal a new narrative from the original objects.”

Reinventing Oriental Carpets: Golran at Milan’s Design Week

Golran reinterprets oriental carpets with a perfect mix between expert technique skills and sensitivity. It has taken a new contemporary turn with this new Kilim collection designed by BertJan Pot under the direction of Francesca Avossa Studio.

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The new generation at Golran is driven by a contemporary approach that began several years ago. This approach aims to promote research, while also conveying a new company spirit.

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A collaboration with the Francesca Avossa Studio two years ago allowed for a redesign of the brand. This led to the development of a new identity that would unite the various activities of the brand, and create a cohesive message in both publicity and collections.

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After the revolutionary Carpet Reloaded collection, whose innovation has been the engine of the company’s repositioning, Golran decided to invest further in contemporary collections.

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The first two collections designed by Isabella Sodi – “Memories” and “Shadows” – preceded the collaboration with the studio of Francesca Avossa; a former consultant for several companies, including as artistic director of the brand’s collections at Ligne Roset.

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The new editorial line has been designed in harmony with the spirit of Golran: reminiscent of the East, with traditional and artisanal know-how, using a contemporary approach to décor and a particular style of transgression.

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Merging Traditional and Stucco Designs

Artists Jessica Stockholder and Patrick Chamberlain envisioned a large expansive space to serve as a studio for Jessica which would allow her to work on her sculptures.

The couple worked with architect Joseph Bergin to create a suitable extension. They had a clear idea in mind from the very beginning, telling Bergin “We want stuccoe cubes“.

The existing garage attached to the house was demolished to make space for the studio. The new studio includes a 600-square-foot section for cars.

Stockholder often creates her work in relation to wall surface and space, so she wanted a lot of blank wall space. The walls in her new studio range from 12 to 16 feet high.

Bergin also installed clerestory windows above several walls to let in light without taking up valuable space. A large additional window on the back of the studio overlooks the garden allowing you to look out and enjoy a beautiful view.

The connecting space between the studio and the house was a key part of the addition’s design and acts as a mudroom. It blends the two buildings’ styles, combining traditional architecture with the studio’s stucco exterior.

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Design Explained in Pie Charts

Here is the mathematics of the creative process of design, explained in pie charts by Jodie Brown writing for houzz.com

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Roccapina V Chair, London

Roccapina V Chair by Yard Sale Project made from colour graded hardwoods. Photo courtesy of YardSaleProject.

The unique block design is put together piece by piece, held together by glue and reinforced by screws. The chairs are made with absolute precision, starting off as smooth distinct shapes and moving into a pixelated jagged edge. Despite its chaotic appearance, there is a lot of order in the making of the chair each block adjoining to another is of a different colour. The designer Ian Spencer stated that “There are actually a lot of rules to the chair, but an absence of predictability. It’s not anarchy.” The YardSaleProject exhibited at London’s Designersblock at the Southbank Centre last weekend.

Roccapina V Chair back view. Photo courtesy of the YardSaleProject.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Sabre Chair by Carlos Motta at 19 Greek Street, London

Sabre Carlos Motta for © Espasso courtesy of 19 Greek Street. 19 Greek Street is taking part in the London Design Festival from 14 September – 23 September and will be open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm Sun – 12pm – 6pm.