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2013年01月06日

Wiener Silver Manufacture

The Habsburg family helped establish the splendid imperial culture in Vienna, the capital of Austria, especially at the end of 19th century. The end of the 19th century was when famous music and paintings were created, along with many excellent ceramics and silverware. Presently, the products that have both history and art are certified as WIEN PRODUCTS by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry. One of the certified brands, WIENER SILBER MANUFACTUR is a silver manufacturer founded in 1882. There are over eleven thousand collections of cutlery and dinnerware. One of the reasons the brand has attracted fans over years is its attitude to challenge the new trials. At the end of 19th century, they introduced drastic products collaborating with the top edge design group of that time, Wiener Werkstätte. Presently, they presented products at the annual design week in Vienna collaborating with young designers in and out of the country like Claesson Koivisto Rune(CKR), the Swedish architect group and Charlotte Talbot, a French designer. These collaborations give precious opportunities for the young designers to work with silver and give craftsmen to challenge new techniques to create the drastic ideas of the designers. The silver they use is 94% silver, which is higher than the sterling silver which is 92.5%. They lower the copper rate to prevent the change of the color. The good material, and products created by heritage and new sense continuously decorates the table over time.

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2013年01月07日

J. & L. LOBMEYR

J. & L. LOBMEYR of Austria continuously produces glassware and chandeliers made with high-quality crystal glass. The brand started as a small glass shop that opened in Vienna in 1823 by glass craftsman Josef Lobmeyr. In only 12 years, the shop became the favorite of the Habsburg family, and they opened a shop which still exists today on Karntner street, the main street of Vienna.
Their wine glasses are made with 0.7 to 1.1mm thin glass and are favored by wine lovers for its lightness, smoothness and strength. Because wine glasses do not contain lead as an ingredient, it is not only light but also elastic, which creates thin, yet strong glass. Also, the copper wheel engraving method to carve motifs on the glass is one of the best in the world. The motifs engraved carefully by the experienced craftsmen add glamour to the delicate wine glasses.
Like the glassware, their chandeliers are known as “ sculptures of light” and are chosen in many palaces (like Schonbrunn Palace), churches and theaters around the world. There are various designs from contemporary to classical. The brand collaborates with famous designers like Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos in creating designs answering the needs of the present.

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2013年01月12日

behind the scenes / Sugiura Residence

The Sugiura residence that stands in the residential area close to Nagoya has a simple yet dynamic façade, a result of using the Selangan Batu wood vertically. The building is planned to its maximum space limitation excluding the parking space within the 160m² land. In contrast to the simple exterior, the interior is filled with changes. On the second floor, a bathroom and a Japanese room were planned centered around the one room consisting of the living room, dining room and kitchen. On the ground floor, private rooms such as bedrooms and children’s room were planned. What the architect Nobuyasu Hattori wanted to create was a comfortable space with a high ceiling. The living room, dining room and kitchen are dynamic, with a 4.4m ceiling height. 700mm high counter storage surrounds the space and connects the bathroom and the Japanese room with the skip-floor, creating a change in the space and line of sight. Also, the big opening created in the voids of the north and the south sides connect the space laterally and create shadows of light from the layers of the space. The giant glass opening on the south side allows the sun to light both the floors above and below. By adding a film to the glass that makes the interior invisible from outside, the void became a space that serves as both outdoor and indoor space. The counter storage that surrounds the room uses cheek wood from New Guinea (like the flooring), and creates a reassured space in balance with the high ceiling.

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2013年01月15日

behind the scenes / S Residence

The S residence is a 2-story wooden house that stands in the quiet residential area of Nagoya. The architect Nobuyasu Hattori planned an exterior design that blends into the street scape. He also planned the position and the volume of the building to maintain the continuity of the space, even though he used different materials. He used beige plaster and American cedar wood panels on the 7.9m North wall, created a 6.1m stripe tile wall on the south side, and surrounded them with RC walls molded with cedar panels. By placing building with different volumes and textures apart from each other, depth and façade without oppression was created.
On the ground floor, a built-in garage was planned on the north side of the front road. The living room, dining room and kitchen were planned on the south side. Storage was created under the living room and staircase because the built-in garage was calculated as a “space,” which left less building space available. The main feature of the dining room and kitchen is the 4150mm wide dining table connected with the white island-style kitchen. This space is next to the terrace and is sunny all day long. The living room is connected by the skip- floor to the kitchen and dining room and became a tranquil space minimizing the windows. Its ceiling is 3.6m high and light shines in through the top light in between the beams. Different impressions are created in the house by connecting different images and scale spaces in a sequence.

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