If your are in London for Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 you must visit Sanderson London. A lavish “Urban Spa” in the heart of London’s West End, Sanderson offers a retreat from the bustle of the city into a world of fantasy and wellbeing. The landmarked 50s building has been transformed by Philippe Starck into a surreal Cocteau-like dream world, epitomizing a “new luxury” that is smart, pared down, and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony.
With the absence of “normal” walls and a floor-to-ceiling glass facade that diffuses natural light through flowing layers of ethereal sheer curtains, Sanderson’s indoor/outdoor lobby is a layered and sophisticated environment that is totally original.
Surrounding an extraordinary landmark Courtyard Garden designed by Philip Hicks, Starck’s visionary style mixes baroque and modern, juxtaposing Salvador Dali’s curvaceous red lips sofa with classic 60s mosaics and hand-carved African furniture with an oversized Louis XV armoire. The result blends wit, magic and surprise in an elegant balancing act of extravagance and pure simplicity.
One Hyde Park are a series of Luxury Apartments that anyone have dreamed of. Conceived by the developer brothers, Candy & Candy, it is not a single apartment block, but 4 inter-linked buildings designed by architects, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners.
Mandarin Hotel are the owners of this luxury residences and they offer many services that make this the most exclusive houses to live in.
All apartments are unique and exclusive. The entrance has a light installation by James Turrell. You can also have access to a SPA and a gymnasium. Also all the apartments have a amazing view over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. But the security is so tight that almost no one can see all the this luxury.
Wanted Design is part of the New York Design week, a creative destination for the design community with innovative installations, student workshops, engaging discourse and more. This third edition year of the event will be feature in New York, from 17th to 20th of May and have the participation of exhibitors like David Trubridge, Raison Pure NYC, Juniper, Playable Studio, GT2P.
Building from the success of WantedDesign’s debut in 2011, and amazing programming and attendance in 2012, the third edition will feature a strongly curated exhibition of international designers along with a rich conversation series, design workshops, a pop-up store, convivial lounges and more.
Located in the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th streets, and featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls and unique architectural details, WantedDesign offers participants and visitors alike with a unique and dynamic international design experience. WantedDesign is the meeting point for designers, manufacturers, industrials, craftsmen, students, design institutions, the press and all design lovers. WantedDesign is also playing a strong role, with our partners, to make NYCxDESIGN more dynamic and transform New York into a real design destination.
This studio is involved in architecture, art and design projects. The continuous process of research and experimentation in digital crafting, promoting new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expressed in traditional materials and techniques. They have developed a work methodology that has two dimensions.
David Trubridge from New Zealand has designed an installation called ‘The Elements’ to launch his new book ‘So Far’. His shows are anticipated sculptural installations and this year he takes this to a new level in a collaboration with TSAR carpets. The lighting component utilizes Swarovski Elements. The installation is a quietly contemplative space, encouraging reflection on the vital role of the elements.
Raison Pure NYC L’Orangerie is a foundation dedicated to helping inner city high school students discover craftsmanship and design – inspiring them with career choices in areas they may not have imagined. We realized the lack of options for students not going on to college. By partnering with designers and craftsmen who are an important part of our own success, we want to help young people to learn about different crafts and foster their own creative spirit.
Juniper is a Brooklyn-based design and manufacturing company founded in 2011. At Juniper, we believe that good design is essential and holds the power to change people’s lives. We want to share this passion by offering thoughtfully realized solutions in lighting, furniture and accessories that address the way people live today. Juniper is also excited to launch a line of contemporary office accessories and lighting from award-winning designers in the USA and Europe.
Playable Studio designs spaces that say “yes” to play. The objects we design serve as meeting points between the generations through multifunction, playability, and beauty. Founder, Willie Hoffman, is a designer, philosopher, educator, and craftsman. While studying philosophy at the University of Virginia he co-founded the Center for Experimental Living, whose mission is to expose valuable misinterpretations of normative reality.
16 fabulous windows at Saks Fifth Avenue are now live with KOKET collections, also to be showcased at the international contemporary NYC fair ICFF. And we them a novelty which was just launched this weekend: Mistress Banquette, a new luxury banquette from KOKET that is now exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, well known and considered one of the biggest shops at the renowned avenue from New York City.
Mandy stool by KOKET and Dolce & Gabbana at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York:
A sculptured snake connecting to a love triangle elegantly divides the Mistress Banquette. It was conceived by the seduction of the snake, which is the universal symbol of energy, exotic senses, sensuality, and, furthermore, it evokes the power of hypnotizing. In what concerns the color, the black symbolizes the mystery, the dignity and the fantasy, with a color value of sophistication and luxury, such as the philosophy of KOKET. It is a round sofa, or as we love to call it, a confidente dedicated to captivating women who live the life with a taste of adventure.
KOKET is designed by women for women, with a very seductive personality. So, if you’re somewhere close to New York City’s Fifth Avenue, don’t miss the opportunity to see KOKET collections live in Saks 16 gorgeous windows. We leave you with some pictures, enjoy!
Camilia cabinet by KOKET at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York:
Mademoiselle armoire by KOKET at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York:
Euphoria folding screen by KOKET at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York:
Mandy stool by KOKET at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York:
Saks Fifth Avenue NEW YORK address and contact:
611 5TH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
This month the ICFF | International Contemporary Furniture Fair is in New York once again, presenting the latest and greatest interior design finds for every client and project here in Manhattan. From 18th to 21st May the ICFF will receive some of the best manufactures from all over the world, for one of the best design exhibitions. From the long list of exhibitors we highlight some brand and designers like Symbol Audio, Boca do Lobo, reGeneration Furniture, Inc., BRABBU, Serip, Brendan Ravenhill, Delightfull, Justin Donnely, Arti Fort/M2L, and KOKET.
Boca Do Lobo furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. Striving to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity will be presented in Booth 1552.
Known as fresh, iconic, genuine and modern, the same qualities that define Arti Fort products and drive their unique approach to do business in the Booth 2204. It’s all about the process of design. Since our founding in 1992, M2L has had one mission: To provide fresh yet timeless modern design solutions to the design professional and the clients they serve
Symbol Audio handcraft modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets in the tradition of fine furniture. The consoles bring together time honored analog electronics with digital technology to deliver audiophile sound enriching the connection between the listener and their music. So its time to listen the music at Booth 213
They say “It is time to be BRABBU! The clock rings, it’s morning again! Another day, another run.” So we expect greatness from the Booth 1552.
BRABBU is a design brand that reflects an intense way of living, bringing fierceness, strenght and power into an urban lifestyle. The designers of BRABBU will be around and very pleased to meet everybody that pass by their Booth.
Establish in 1961, Serip finds inspiration in nature for innovation and design. The pieces of Serip collections are trees and flowers that are taken from nature and transformed into pieces of distinct and unique lighting. Its manufacturing is done by artisanal methods of work used noble materials such as bronze, glass, crystal. So that they can enter your home as an integral part of high decoration. From Portugal to Booth 1066 in ICFF.
If your passion are the 40s, 50s, and 60s, for sure you’ll be amazed by the Heritage collection where inspiration will come by the forms of great musical names such as Aretha, Sinatra, Norah, Etta Clark, among many others, reinterpreted through design.
One of the most recent releases of the brand was Amy lamp, a tribute to the great British singer and songwriter, which has achieved great success worldwide and this time will be featured in Booth 1552.
At last but not least at Booth 1552, KOKET, manufactured in Portugal by master artisans and jewelers who leave no detail or element forgotten. Its principal designers are a group of exceptionally artistic and well-rounded Portuguese product designers who are led by Janet Morais’ creative eye. The KOKET brand is managed by an elite staff of highly skilled individuals who strive to create the ultimate consumer experience while seamlessly selling its products worldwide through a selective network of interior designers.
Amanda Nisbet designs are strait hard elegant, comfortable, clean interior spaces. Her use of color very intriguing, and above all, her spaces look like fun.
Her efforts to keep a balance between function and style have paid off and today she is one of New York’s most distinctive interior designers.
Her unique ability to create spaces full of color, detail, and comfort, always have a delicate touch of feminine romance.
She has her rule to not use a same fabric twice, trying always to bring to her clients, unique designs and the more fabulous results as possible.
Amanda has fresh, exceptional ideas that will make any space feel like our home.
Source: Amanda Nisbet Design
Designed by women for women, the line is manufactured in Portugal by a highly skilled group of artisans, jewelers, and designers.
The commitment of KOKET is to evoke the desires of women through the essence of its pieces.
Composed by two distinct collections, Guilty Pleasures and Exotic Opulence, the source of the brand’s inspiration meets the elements of nature as fauna and flora, but also women’s daily sinful wishes as fashion and jewelry.
In other words, the complete surroundings of her life. This is the unavoidable essence that makes KOKET unique and innovative within the sector of decoration and interior design.
The name KOKET comes from Janet’s nickname “Janette la coquette”, a name given to her for her playful ways. The brand is truly a personal reflection of who she is, what she belives in, where she has been, and where she will be is closely tied to her personal growth.
With her dramatic design aesthetic, perfectionism, dead on instinct of trends to come and what people want, Janet’s mission at KOKET is to inspire her designers to pursue their creativity to its maximum and to create highly desirable and empowering statement pieces.
What inspired you to start your business?
I have always been noted for impeccable taste, enticing personality and a strong love affair for life, which are all fundamental qualities in developing a following. My design following gave me the confidence to create the ultimate expression of my personal character, KOKET.
Creating my own brand of furniture has always been on my list of career goaIs. However I would only launch it when I felt the market was ready for something different and 2010 was the year KOKET was established. I wanted to cater to women; they are such fascinating beings, everything from the biological standpoint to their ability to balance in stiletto heels fascinates me. Women are creatures that cannot truly be defined.
The name KOKET comes from my nickname “Janette la coquette” a name given to me at a young age for my playful ways.
The brand KOKET is truly a personal reflection of who I am, what I believe in, where I have been, and where I take the brand in the future will be closely tied to my personal growth.
What does your team look like?
Strong willed, hard working and drop-dead gorgeous young ladies.
If we were a fly on the wall in your office what would a typical day be like?
A complete and colourful swirl of emotions! Lots of laughter surrounded by mood boards, fabric & material samples.
What are the main challenges/obstacles in your business?
Every business has its challenges but in Interior / Product Design finding industry partners who strive for our same values as a business has proven to be truly challenging and time consuming.
What are your best-sellers and why?
Our bestsellers are the Mandy stool and the Intuition dining table. I believe our clients are attracted to the design first and secondly our craftsmanship. The Mandy Demi-Lune Stool is inspired in a cuff bracelet beautifully transformed as an adornment for the home; and the Intuition table because it defies the laws of equilibrium maintaining elegance at the same time.
What are your main sales channels and what % do you sell online?
KOKET sells directly to Design Professionals and final clients. We are proud to serve both with the same quality and professionalism they deserve.
Where are your customers based, and how would describe your typical customer?
The Majority of our clients are based in the USA but we have also seen a tremendous growth in Russia, England, India and Dubai.
The typical KOKET customer is a NYC woman late 30’s early 40’s that loves to parade around NYC’s Fifth Avenue singing praise to sublime shopping experiences. She is demanding and willing to splurge on obsessions.
However I can assure you that men also love KOKET. Last January in Paris, we received a client that flew specifically from Dubai to see live our gorgeous Mademoiselle armoire. It was a surprise, but a very good one!
Where do you see yourself and the company in 5 years time?
Seducing men and women with KOKET’s empowering designs.
What words of advice could you offer people wanting to start their own business?
The KOKET 10 Gold Rules:
#1 Love what you do & do what you love.
#2 Always smile and be kind to every one you encounter and put your best foot forward
#3 Never compromise, strive for perfection.
#4 Be willing to make sacrifices.
#5 Never compare yourself to anyone – always look forward.
#6 Take pride in your company and everything you put your name on at all times.
#7 Accept criticism, embrace change, and challenge yourself to be better than you were yesterday.
#8 Love yourself first. Always, always look your best, if you feel good about yourself others will feel that same way about you
#9 Skirts must always be 5’’ above the knee & invest in shoes.
#10 Find time for yourself, a place where everything comes together. For me that is Bergdorf Goodman.
By Janet Morais,
Wo doesn’t love a good idea and a creative blend of colours ?? It implies courage!
To underline the fact that a happy environment can have an amazing effect on our lives, the Ukranian designer, Ino Getiashvili, came up with some cheerful ideas and decorated the interior of an apartment located in Odessa’s old town in a unique way.
In order to create a breezy and fluid atmosphere, an open space area occupies most of the 110 square meters surface, reducing the kitchen, the living room and the dinning to one unitary spot. The house “keeps a good communication” with its inhabitants through positive messages such as “Smile”, “Love”, Dreams” and “Travel”.
Many say that the attitude is everything. The right ambience can create the right attitude.
Imagine yourself coming home here.
Would you still give an overwhelming attention to your problems? No. You’d rather let yourself inspired and look for a creative way to solve them!
Gorgeous and stylish, the Odessa apartment is bright and functional.Creativity played an important role in defining it: from the warm colorful illumination system, to the textures and the vibrant mix of colours. Ideal for a young couple, this super-modern home in Odessa gives a strong feeling of belonging
In 2010, Adobe commissioned Rapt Studio to plan its interior design, capitalizing on the firm’s expertise in defining and designing environments around evolving cultures. Adobe challenged Rapt to create a workplace that would be both an extension and reflection of Adobe’s innovative brand and an engine for capturing its evolving culture.
“This is a benchmark project for us,” said David Galullo, CEO and design principal of Rapt Studio. “We were brought in as an agent of change to showcase Adobe’s existing culture and magnify it through workplace design, drawing upon the company’s roots in creativity and innovation to fuel the space. By aligning the interests of Adobe’s customers, employees and leadership, we were able to create a space that is the gold standard for integrated workplaces. Design should solve ongoing challenges, inspire unparalleled performance and connect people and places in a meaningful way.”
With a client base that includes The North Face, Salesforce.com, SAP and many more, Rapt’s holistic integrated practice delivers real impact by creating and connecting brands and environments to the people who use them. Rapt sought to match Adobe’s unique approach of integrating the art and science of creating digital experiences by designing an open, collaborative environment for the company’s employees, bringing brand expression outward in a public-facing way.
“Rapt’s design captures the magic of Adobe,” said Bradley Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Business, Adobe. “By making our innovative spirit manifest throughout the entire building, they delivered on the promise to connect Adobe’s brand to our employees, which in turn extends to our customers. This amazing building will not only help us attract top talent, but inspire that talent to excel here.”
Rapt filled the space with graphic reminders of the wonder that Adobe brings to the world, from images created by global artists using Adobe software to murals by street artist El Mac and graffiti artist Mike Giant in their signature styles. Adobe’s facility also features an employee café, an indoor basketball court, a rock-climbing wall, a game room named “The Bunker” and a fully equipped gym.
Rapt Studio, an award-winning, multidisciplinary, design practice, announced the completion of its project for Adobe Systems Inc.’s new campus, located in Lehi, Utah. Housing up to 1,100 Adobe employees, the four-story, 280,000 square foot state-of-the-art building showcases Rapt Studio’s unique approach to integrated workspace design becoming an interface between a company’s brand and culture and its staff and customers.
Rapt Studio Site: raptstudio.com/
Not for nothing is Bali known as the Island of the Gods.
In the elegant pavilions on this pristine cliffside spot, the troubles of mere mortals would seem far away.
The Hotel Banyan Tree Ungasan is sited on a plateau, built on the edge of a cliff at a height of 70 meters above the Indian Ocean.
It would be hard not to feel a little bit god-like in such a spot.
Drawing on the traditions of Indonesian architecture, a serene sanctuary is created.
The luxurious architecture is a graceful symbiosis of old and new, of classic and modern.
Why does symmetry seem so luxurious?
Maybe it is because all over the world, the places that celebrate someone or something important or special, like palaces or places of worship – have always been symmetrical?
But there is also something about perfectly pleasing proportions that plays a part.
The ancient Sanskrit word for architect is ‘space imaginer.’
These are some beautifully imagined spaces.