Structural engineering by Andrew Lawrence at Ove Arup
Built by Nathalie de Leval and the team at Benchmark Furniture in thermo-treated ash
Interior by Paul Smith and Nicholas Chandor
Photographed by Petr Krejci
‘The Wish List… What I have always wanted is…' brings together a stellar list of architects and designers to create a compelling installation which will be exhibited at the V&A during the 2014 London Design Festival (13-21 September).
Sir Paul Smith commissioned Nathalie de Leval to make his ideal shed. Not just any shed, ‘My Shed’ – a request befitting of any man. When asked about his brief Paul Smith said, ‘Really the inspiration behind the design was to create somewhere where you can go to switch off, somewhere to relax. In today’s world where everyone is so busy, I think this is really important and very needed.’ The shed will not be stuck in the corner of a garden; rather it will sit on the top of a hill or by a forest, overlooking an amazing view.
Paul goes on to explain, ‘The shed is 3m by 3m, the same size as my first ever shop in Nottingham. Completely coincidentally, Matisse’s famous cut-out ‘The Snail’ is also the same size.’
Alphabet by Muokkaa
Made to order : Moynat breakfast trunk for Yannick Alléno.
SALT Festival Installations Rintala Eggertsson Architects
"SALT begins its journey upon an Arctic beach on the mountainous island of Sandhornøya, south of Bodø, Northern Norway, 29th August 2014 until 6th September 2015. Here, at this remote location, surrounded by breath-taking nature, visitors can discover a place to engage the mind, body and soul. SALT will over the coming years travel across the northernmost part of our planet, making a home in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska and Russia. SALT is an ambitious and inspiring concept designed to stir the imagination. Like nothing that has come before, it will also leave no physical trace. SALT is an initiative for arts, culture and environment that will each year move to a new location in the Arctic. SALT uses the Arctic nature as a framework for strong arts and cultural experiences.”
Find out more about the SALT Festival here!
The Jero is built to bring adventure to your doorstep. Inspired by the yurt - a portable structure developed by the nomadic people of Central Asia - we’ve taken time-tested principles and refined them using cutting edge design and manufacturing techniques to bring this ancient dwelling into the 21st century. Its compact pack-size liberates valuable storage space when the yurt is stowed away, while the lightweight construction allows it to be transported in a car with ease.
Refinery Kitsch: David LaChapelle’s “Land Scape” Photography
Artist David LaChapelle tackled fossil fuels in his 2013 photo series “Land Scape,” which captured models of oil refineries assembled from cheap, mass produced found objects. Applying the flashy pop aesthetic and intricate staging he had become known for in his fashion and celebrity photographs, LaChapelle created garish and otherworldly portraits of industrial production. Carefully assembled by professional Hollywood model-builders and lit by hundreds of LEDs, the refineries appear to be real at first glance. Yet a closer look reveals that storage spheres are medicine balls, pipes are straws and hair curlers, and smokestacks are painted Pringles cans. These items, of course, are derived from petroleum by-products, a reminder of the scope of our reliance on fossil fuels. The dazzling, retro-futuristic industrial aesthetic LaChapelle creates, evocative of the lurid sheen of Hollywood celebrity, speaks to both the power and profligacy of the fossil fuels industries.