MAY

A room with a view: Marée Basse, St Lawrence Canada by MU Architecture.

A modest entrance

Photos: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)

Views over the St Saint Laurence river have the same vast horizons as the great Canadian plains. Unless you have experienced such views the scale is difficult to appreciate or quantify. MU Architecture have conceptualised these views and this scale, and reconciled them with the domestic scale, to provide the essence of the Marée Basse (low tide) house.

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MAY

Out of this world: Design museum Beijing by Studio Pei-Zhu.

exterior perspective

Photos: Pei-Zhu

It might help to think of this building as an elaborate set that is intended to look out of this world, or perhaps not of this world.

The interior is a place where fashion shows and conceptual car shows will take place and is conceived as one continuous white, curved wall that will cast no shadow. The design objects and clothes to be shown will add the necessary colour to the interiors, whilst the amorphous background will de-contextualize the objects on display to such a degree that it is but a short step to imagine them as from another planet!

The designers, Studio Pei-Zhu conceived this borderless interior space in the way an installation by James Turrell appears to float and move relative to its context. Read more

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MAY

Ancient inspiration: Luminaries by Hiroyuki Murase and Suzusan.

detail of fabric

Photos: Stephan Bayer

These beautiful luminaries use an ancient Japanese textile finishing technique called Shibori (translated as wring and twist) to give a three dimensional structure to fabric. Hiroyuki Murase, the designer of these luminaries and founder of Suzusan the company that produces them, comes from Arimatsu, a town between Kyoto and Tokyo. His family also has a long tradition working in Shibori.

He has taken the traditional techniques and applied new materials, such as polyester, and found new techniques, such as heat-treating, to permanently lock-in the three dimensional forms and structures. This experimentation has allowed him to create these enchanting textile shades, as well as many other products such as clothing.

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MAY

Pommery eye garden for the Cityscapes Garden Design Festival by Andy Sturgeon.

London eye with garden

Photos: Cityscapes/ Mischa Haller.

This is the season when the British love of gardens and gardening bubbles exuberantly to the surface, so lets enjoy it. London hosts the Chelsea Flower Show, the Chelsea Fringe (see other post today) and here the Southbank and Bankside Cultural Quarter’s Cityscapes festival.

Garden designer Andy Sturgeon has commandeered a capsule from the London Eye and temporarily converted it in to an elegant city garden. Perhaps resembling a flying balcony. Read more

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MAY

Guerilla Gardening at the Chelsea fringe: An alternative flower show.

poster of the event

Image: Bicycling beer garden with Benson Jones.

You have heard of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, well this isn’t it! Far more interesting is the Chelsea Fringe flower show which explores the dark arts of guerilla gardening, seed bombs, cheeky land grabs and a whole lot more.

The festival runs from the 19th may to the 10th of June across London and has things for everybody from the academic to to cyclists and children’s activities. Read more

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