Inaugurato nella capitale inglese il primo showroom dell'azienda del vetro. Uno store-galleria essenziale pensato per esaltare le creazioni del marchio made in Venice
L’apertura del nuovo store WonderGlass, avvenuta durante l’ultimo London Design Festival, ha visto come protagonista un’installazione pensata per l’occasione dal duo londinese Raw-Edges; realizzata con le loro Horah, collezione limitata di lampade-scultura in movimento ispirate dalla danza tipica israeliana, visibile ancora per qualche settimana.
L’assetto consueto del nuovo showroom è quello di una galleria d’arte, con una zona operativa e una parte destinata allo spazio espositivo. L’architetto (e storico collaboratore di Living) Massimo De Conti lo ha concepito come uno studio fotografico, uno spazio asettico e flessibile, in linea con l’animo del quartiere Fitzrovia: «Per l’architettura, il reticolo di strade perpendicolari e il tipo di gente, l’area a nord di Soho sembra più simile a Lower Manhattan che a Londra», racconta. Una sensazione esaltata anche dalla facciata modernista dell’Hotel Sanderson disegnato da Philippe Starck, situato proprio dall’altra parte della strada. Lo scopo progettuale era quello di amplificare questo contrasto e il senso di spiazzamento del sentirsi in un’altra città.
«Ho utilizzato sei tonalità diverse di bianco per i vari elementi compositivi, per catturare in modo sofisticato la luce durante tutta la giornata, dai toni più freddi della mattina alle note avvolgenti delle ore più tarde, così che le creazioni in vetro di WonderGlass diventassero le vere protagoniste dello spazio», spiega l’architetto.
Molti degli elementi originali sono stati modificati e riutilizzati. Come l’armadiatura a muro, le pareti di mattoni a vista e i pavimenti in legno (ora verniciato), tutti semplificati per integrarsi nel nuovo ambiente; o come il divano in pelle e la piccola kitchenette sul retro, che si trovavano precedentemente nell’appartamento di uno dei proprietari. «È sempre più importante ed etico riuscire a reinterpretare quello che c’è già. Un esercizio di intelligenza», afferma l’architetto.
«Dal lancio nel 2013, non vedevamo l’ora di creare uno spazio in cui l’azienda potesse mostrare le collezioni e sperimentare nuove possibilità. La galleria esprime il nostro DNA di artigiani di soluzioni con il vetro soffiato a mano o colato, e tutte le sue varianti su misura», dichiarano Maurizio e Christian Mussati, fondatori del marchio, commentando il loro nuovo spazio londinese.
It is the project of furnishing a 100 sq m two-bedroom apartment in the city of Treviso in Northern Italy. The decorated XV century rooms have been complemented with an eclectic selection of contemporary furniture. The elegant colour palette of the fabrics, boiserie, and wallpapers perfectly blend with the soft tones of the frescos.
Just a few touches were enough to change the style of the rooms, without any building or structural intervention, in this 3-bedroom apartment (about 110 sq m) in a period building in the center of the English capital, a few steps from Tate Britain museum.
There was a black and white atmosphere of excessive rigor that needed to be to addressed. The idea of decoration began by looking at furnishings and accessories of the owner e.g. a precious collection of Korean Celadon vases was found in the bottom of a wardrobe. Their splendid sage green was the starting point for the combination of colours inserted into the rooms.
The green was paired with pink, and, chosen in various shades, it became the leitmotif of the project. Some new lamps have been added for a softer light, as well as new furnishings which have added grace to the general atmosphere. Some of the items have been matched unusually e.g. the modernity of the pony skin armchair now contrasts with the colours of the Tibetan lacquered sideboard creating a harmony between different objects.
The project is the renovation on of a 90 sq m two-bedroom apartment split on two floors in Notting Hill.
A prominent feature is the introduction on of a long wooden boiserie concealing the door to the bathroom and also enveloping the wardrobe of the master bedroom. This is completed with an en-suite wet area. All the bedrooms are at the entrance level along with the kitchen. The former master bedroom at the top floor has been turned into the new living room facing the roof terrace.
An interior design project involving a collection on of art and furnishings. It is in an apartment with two bedrooms, approximately 100 sq m, in a residential area on the edge of Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park, a stone’s throw from London Zoo.
The rooms change of identity and function is linked with the furniture, without building or structural work. The living-dining room has the look of a study, and the long corridor leading to the bedrooms has the function of a library. Everything becomes light in sequence and balanced in the combinations: the blurred pictures of Stephanie Schneider are mounted on a chipboard sheet; the delicate “cloud” of strawberries by Hans Peter Feldmann seems anchored in the Castiglioni lamp, and the wickedness of the portraits of the wives of dictators (by artist Emilia Izquierdo) covers the wall behind the sofa. A series of linear furniture full of character - mainly designed in the ‘50s - has been mixed with furniture and other low cost pieces already present in the house.
The project is the complete renovation of a 100 sq m two-bedroom duplex apartment in Hampstead. The space, originally divided in a sequence of small rooms, has been totally transformed. All unnecessary partitions have been removed and coloured boiseries have been introduced to conceal the access to secondary rooms. A sense of openness in the flat remains nonetheless.
This project is the refurbishment of an 800 sq m family home, situated on the hills halfway between Treviso and Venice.
The building on two floors (plus basement) was originally built in the 1960’s. Around some original features a new luxury dwelling place has been formed. The new spacious layout includes a living room on the ground floor and a dining room with separate kitchen and ancillary rooms. On the second floor, there are three bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom and dressing room. In the new extended basement is a garage, spa area, gym and a lounge.
The renovation of a 35 sq m, studio flat in Kensal Rise neighbourhood near Notting Hill.
In this kind of flats everything usually remains exposed, including the mess. Here, however, there is room for everything. The house designed for a young professional had to be practical, without the need for much maintenance. Raw material (plywood and galvanised steel) were chosen for custom furniture, and great attention has been given to the use all the available space.
On either side of the small entrance there is the kitchen and a niche designed as the wardrobe. In the evening, and whenever necessary, the longest wall is closed with a curtain made from a technical fabric, usually used in the theatre for the sets, that is attached with simple snap hooks. The apartment has the youthful appearance of a study, still pleasant when messy, with hints of colour for a casual lifestyle e.g. the sofa bed - funny even if used as a maxi daybed.
The project is the refurbishment of a 60 sq m one-bedroom apartment located in Pimlico, London, just behind the Tate Britain museum. A combination of basic and luxury materials, standard and one off furniture, contributes to create an elegant yet unpretentious space. The generous living day zone can be divided by floor to ceiling wooden panels in order to create a private second bedroom or a guest room, when necessary. In the same way, the kitchen can be completely separated from the dining area with a system of sliding panels.