Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger: Digital Grotesque


We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism. We explore unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture by developing compositional strategies based on purely geometric processes. In the Digital Grotesque project, we use these algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected,

Daniel Marbaix: States of Decay


Looking at images of an abandoned doctor’s house in Germany taken by photographer Daniel Marbaix prompts curiosity similar to that evoked by great historical sites. Who were these people? Why did they leave in such a hurry? What happened here? The once-grand house is badly dilapidated but its rooms still boast gorgeous fixtures and items inexplicably abandoned, suggesting a sudden flight from the home by

Qiu Hao: Wild Couture


Qiu Hao is widely regarded as one of China’s most influential and avant-garde emerging fashion designers. His focus on conceptually-driven design is very much in tune with his training at Central St Martins in London. Desconstructed fashion, underpinned by the development of innovative fabrics are his subtle signature. His minimalist retail space on the Jinxian Lu reminds me of a recent trip to Antwerp and

Peter Pesic: The Power of Music


Music was key to Western teaching, from Plato up to the 18th century. In Music and the Making of Modern Science, Peter Pesic claims it shaped today’s science IGOR STRAVINSKY commented that music is certainly related “to something like mathematical thinking and relationship”. For scientists, too, music has been a fruitful subject of study as well as a rich source of metaphor. When theoretical

Snøhetta Study: Casa Zeb


To obtain the classification of Zero Energy Building, housing must prove that it can offset 100% of CO2 emissions, compensation made ​​possible among other things, the study of geometry and volume of the enclosure, orientation south-east, the positioning of the glass surfaces and the choice of materials highly qualified. The response of the study Scandinavian Snøhetta is a module family built in Larvik, Norway, equipped

Castello di Sammezzano (Non Plus Ultra), Tuscany, Italy


The extravagant residence Castello di Sammezzano sits on top of a hill in Tuscany, Northern Italy is located on a 185-hectare park. Originally it was built in the Moorish style in 1605 for Ximenes d’Aragona and then re-designed between 1853 and 1889. It was abandoned in the late 1990′s after being used as a luxury hotel. It is surrounded by almost 500 acres of lush

Winde Rienstra: A Forgotten Path


Fashion designer Winde Rienstra (Echten, 1981) studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). Rienstra’s designs have created a furore within a relatively short time. Her work is situated at the boundaries of fashion, art and architecture. Central to her work is her feel for materials. She has a particular fondness for wood and the patterns that you can read in the grain: for

Michiel Van Der Kley


Project EGG‘ is made from 4,760 individuated pieces, which have been made by hundreds of desktop 3D-printers from all over the world, serving as an example of co-created DIY collaboration. conceived and organized by furniture designer Michiel Van Der Kley, the irregular ellipsoid form measures roughly 5 x 4 x 3 meters, and is being exhibited for dutch design week 2014 in eindhoven until october

Lilla Csefalvay: Bauhaus

Lilla Csefalvay photo Istan Varfi

The visual and conceptual inspiration of these dresses and fabric experiments was the Bauhaus movement. Bauhaus was the most influental modernist school of art, design and architecture founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

While doing my research about the movement, I fell in love with the monochrome photographs of László Moholy-Nagy that he took of his stage designs, and Josef Albers’ monochrome graphics. The

Jon Piasecki: Stone River


Stone River is a project by award wining landscape architect and stonemason, Jon Piasecki. Jon Piasecki is a graduate of Harvard University (with a Masters in Landscape Architecture in 1995), and Cornell University (with a B.S. in forest ecology in 1989). In 2004, he received the Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome, and was in residence at the Academy