This Chinese design genius totally topped my creative overload last week. Before I didn’t even know that such state of mind exists. Browsing blogs and design magazines I always left me wanting more. While researching for two hotel projects I’m working on right now I came across Andre Fu and my design cravings were fully satisfied with the first few clicks.
WARNING! Intended to be taken in small doses due to the high risk of creative overload!
My absolute favorite project – The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong.
Wow, the longest post ever!
<images via www.UpperHouse.com and www.afso.net>
The primary purpose of design blogs is to share inspiration, but it’s hard to do so with and exhausted sleepless head, hence my blogging silence for the past week. I’ve been running my creative juices to the fullest for all this time as I got a new job. Yes, my peeps, the new designer on the watch list has officially stepped out on the scene. It is such a thrill to learn from the best of the best in the hospitality design industry and have a chance to contribute. So I’ve decided to bring you the inspiration from my new incredibly talented colleagues at Hirsch Bedner Associates.
One of my favorite projects by HBA: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
I just love the subtle interplay of color contrasts and scales. So simple, so genius.
<images via www.hbadesign.com>
Living in LA one has to use AC on the regular basis, there’s just no way around it. Period. But am I the only one who hates the stream of dry air pouring straight in you face (not even talking about all the dust and allergens it brings with it)?
Well, apparently I’m not alone in the AC-loath. A product design company Studio Kahn developed a new cooling system called Ecooler, which not only looks great but works without any energy.
How do they do it? The Ecooler system is constructed of interconnecting modular three-dimensional tile made of hollow, twisting ceramic piping that can hold water. The system combines two traditional elements – the jara and the mashrabiya. The mashrabiya is a characteristic element of Islamic architecture, found mostly in Arab countries, including in many of the traditional homes of Cairo. It serves as a breathing screen between the street and the inner courtyard or home and enables the passage of air and light. The jara serves to cool the water in clay containers by water seepage and evaporation from the outer surface, as with the human body’s perspiration system. By integrating both of these systems, increasing the inner surface and use of traditional materials, they have created a screen that serves as a natural, ecological cooling system.
Sounds great to me. Wonder if it would work for crazy hot summers in LA.
<images via www.ecooler.yolasite.com>
On my last day of internship at HBA a good friend of mine treated me to a lunch at the long-loved spot in Brentwood, Tavern. From the moment I walked in I couldn’t stop gasping at the ambiance of it. Opened by award-wining chef and restaurateur Suzanne Goin and designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the space seems to epitomize everything I long for both in design and in food recently. Elevated French Provincial style all to the little details, fresh organic ingredients, rustic breads and French desserts in any form and shape. Take me there any day, any time…
<images via here, here and here>
What can be better than a wallpaper? A custom wallpaper made especially for you! Black Crow Studios offer just that. No same pattern repeat, just pure art mural that exactly fits your needs. Isn’t it just dreamy, or am I too crazy in love with wallpapers?!
All the designs above are hand drawn, photographed or painted by Tracy Hinter herself. But also features works of other incredibly talented artist. Don’t you just love the nostalgic European photocards wallpaper! Just want to wrap myself in it.
Keep dancing to the Roisin Murphy’s Ruby blue, the soundtrack on their website.
<images via www.blackcrowstudios.com>