The Swarm “chandelier sculpture ” was designed by the one and only Zaha Hadid, as we already know Hadid is mostly known for her extraordinary, sculptural buildings that push the boundaries of engineering and technology. The Swarm is an incredible hanging sculpture located in the lobby of the Victoria and Albert museum in London, an abstracted organic form made by the young British furniture manufacturer Established & Sons. It is composed of 16,000 suspended black crystals, each suspended by hand on individual wires.Because it has no internal light the piece is only considered a sculptural chandelier, getting its light source from the arched windows in the lobby.
For today’s Monday Morning Photos we take a peek inside the new SFMOMA. It’s been almost three years since the shut down their doors to go under an massive expansion, finally on May 14th we will be able to so see the incredible design by structure to exhibit the museums expanded collection. The design was done by one of our favorite firms Snøhetta. We have been following the construction that creates a striking connection and contrast at the same time with the existing building done by Swiss architect Mario Botta back in the mid 90’s
Here are some photos via www.dezeen.com to get your Monday Morning started!
The new building’s unique facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band windows
They will have the largest living wall open to public
The owners of this home in Berkeley, California, decided to update their narrow and dated backyard and turned to Mary Barensfeld Architecture to get a fresh new outdoor space that would accommodate their family needs.
The backyard is only 23’ wide and 50′ deep, however, the backyard has a 17′ elevation change, making some creative thought a must!
The design concept was inspired by a Japanese garden, aiming to use light and shadow, water reflection, material weathering and material texture as design elements.
Photography by Joe Fletcher
©Mary Barensfeld Architecture
Pitsou Kedem Architects designed the interior of this penthouse apartment for an art collector in Tel Aviv, Israel. The apartment’s walls and corners are filled with the owner’s unique collection of artwork that create focal points throughout the apartment.
The apartment is located on the 31st and 32nd floor of the building.
The outside deck is a perfect space to lounge while looking at the amazing views of Tel Aviv
For today’s Monday Morning Photo(S) we take you into the recently opened Dior boutique here in San Francisco, the multi-story building is located in the heart of Union Square, surrounded by other luxury brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent.
The interior design was done by New York city based architect Peter Marino, who has worked with the brand for years now and draws inspiration for his design in the Dior headquarters in Paris.
The exterior facade of the building has been encapsulated in layers of translucent glass to preserve the masonry and create a contrast between old and new.
The School of Landscape Architecture is hosting a series of lectures this week.
For today’s Monday Morning photo(S) we have our top picks from Milan Design Week. Also known as The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano was launched in 1961, with the original focus being Italian furniture. The original sponsors were furniture manufacturers from the Federelegno-Arredo trade association. The trade show grew in size over the years, allowing many of the 13,000 companies which comprised the global furniture industry to showcase their wares in a single event.
Dolce & Gabbana transforms smeg’s FAB28 refrigerator into a work of art.
Mood board created for inspiration for the hand-painted art
Atelier by Fritz Hansen. Cosy outdoor lounge area
Superloon floor lamp by Jasper Morrison for Flos.
‘Salone Del Automobile’, a mobile installation by Lee Broom to launch new ‘Optical’ lighting collection. The instalaltion is house inside a Broom’s delivery van and was driven to Milan from Shoreditch, London.
Bathroom brand Axor has worked with architects and designers including Front, David Adjaye and GamFratesi to create a range of unusual faucets
Ron Arad and Mariscal for Moroso
Graphics by Javier Mariscal for Moroso
Aquario Cabinet by Capana Brothers
Italian architect Marco Costanzi has designed the new Fendi Headquarters in Milan, the site- a century-old building that was originally built as a major steelworks, the Italian maison set out to create a space that reflected attributes of craftsmanship and raw materials. Glass display cases that present iconic pieces from the Fendi archives decorate the space while creating an eye catching focal point. The space also has freestanding work areas created by black metallic-mesh walls that can easily be moved to dramatically open up the space for events, capable of accommodating a crowd of 1200 for the label’s runway shows.
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For today’s Monday Morning Photo(S) we have a super innovative hotel in Sydney Australia by design firm HASSELL. The project’s design embodies everything the brand stands for – young, energetic, cheeky, accessible and effortless – and is evident at every single detail from the employees’ uniforms through to the bold colors selected.
From the architect. Sydney’s historic Finger Wharf was the perfect spot for Ovolo’s next Australian hotel. Given the iconic location, the energetic lifestyle brand needed to completely transform the site’s existing facilities to appeal to a new generation of guests while reinvigorating the wharf and bringing the brand to life.