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2013年04月10日

New & Old Glories / Tschofen Residence

The Tschofen residence stands in the lush town of Fahndorf, an hour northwest of Vienna, the capitol of Austria. Philipp Tschofen and his wife Carmen Wiederin, the architect of Propeller Z, (an architect office in Vienna), bought this about 2700 m² land including the traditional U-shaped farmhouse, fruit garden and field 7 years ago. Wanting a lifestyle more in sync with nature, they renovated the farmhouse on the North side of the land and built a new building toward the South side.
To enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fruit garden, the entire southern wall of the new building was created with glass. Soft colors were used for the interior to blend with the scenery and made the 55 m² living room and dining room feel much larger than they are. On the other hand, the 1st floor farmhouse that surrounds the courtyard was kept almost unchanged and planned the bedroom and the bathroom in this area.
Because the couple wanted to live together with their surrounding environment, and keep costs down, they carefully selected their materials. The unpainted 5mm aluminum plate was used for the exterior wall of the new and helped keep the cost down. A 250mm thick heat shield made from recycled paper was used for the northern wall because of the heat, and felt material was used on the north interior wall in preparation for winter. Also, the original 600mm thick earthen wall of the farmhouse keeps the rooms cool by shielding the strong summer sun.


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2013年04月11日

WIEN PRODUCTS/Jarosinski & Vaugoin

Jarosinski and Vaugoin is the oldest silverware manufacturer in Vienna, Austria. The Vaugoin family accompanied Napoleon and started the silverware manufacturing company in 1847. In 1901, founder Carl Vaugoin’s son began running the brand together with his Polish partner Ladislaus Jarosinski. Now, the 6th president runs the brand. They not only produce cutleries like knives and forks, but also produce accessories and jewelry. Their silverware is even exhibited in the royal Hapsburg family museum.
The silver material is carefully selected from around the world, from South America, Russia or Canada. The products are carefully made using 92.5% sterling silver. Because the silver is very soft, it can be shaped when cold, and the motifs are created by pressing a sheet formed silver to the mold. Other than pressing, the entire process is done by 6 craftsmen. The last step of the process is to plate the 99.9 % silver to prevent scratches, color change and tarnish. Because using only 99.9% silver would be too soft and would not be durable, the 99.9% silver is plated to a strong sterling silver that includes 7.5% copper to create a beautiful yet durable product. There are over 200 cutlery designs and over 10,000 designs including tableware. The designs vary from decorative baroque designs, Deco, Jugendstill, to simple and modern, and is loved by people around the world.


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2013年04月12日

WIEN PRODUCTS/WIENER PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR AUGARTEN

Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten was founded in 1718 is the second oldest china manufacturer in Europe. In 1744, Maria Theresia announced it would be the china manufacture for the Imperial family. The company still uses the shield-shaped arm of the Hapsburg family as the brand’s trademark. The studio was moved into the Augarten palace in 1744, and many masterpieces are still created here. There are over 20,000 items-mainly tableware, some vases, and figures. The china of Augarten was created by 30 craftsmen. What makes the china unique is the over 1,500 beautiful motifs and colors passed on from the 18th century. The motif for the Maria Theresia, or the rose motif, which was used traditionally in the Hapsburg family, is reproduced faithfully using the same color and motif. The “over glaze method,” done at the painting process, uses a very thin brush and pen to paint over the white clay that is created after firing the china two times. The fine shading and bright coloring is created with this traditional technique of the craftsmen.
The brand not only reproduces traditional designs but also actively collaborates with outside designers. In the 1920’s, they announced a revolutionary design with the avant-garde design firm Wiener Werkstätte. Even now, a drastic design with an outside designer is announced annually.


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2013年04月15日

Emotional Renovation / Hertl Residence

Steyr,170km west of Vienna, Austria, is a beautiful town full of buildings from the middle ages with orange roofs that contrast well with the greenery of the trees.
Architect Gernot Hertl of Steyr won the competition to renovate the 5-story department store that stands at the edge of the old town. He added 4 additional floors, still utilizing the original building and considering the scenery. He also created his own house and office in the building.
From Hertl’s 160 m² residence situated at the west side of the building, the town of Steyr can be overlooked. To enjoy the scenery from the window, he kept the interior simple and minimal. On the west side, a living room and dining room were created next to the terrace; private spaces like bedroom and children’s rooms were created on the south side. The bathroom and Toilet were created on the north side and placed in a U-shape to create openings in each room. Centering around the kitchen and walk in closet, a circular movement was created.
The living room and dining room have concrete ceilings, white painted walls, black framed windows, and epoxy painted concrete floors. A monotone gradation is created by using different texture finishes. The kitchen is black in contrast to the white living room and dining room. By making the kitchen black, the view of the outside from the kitchen is more clear. Also by using only black colors, the quiet atmosphere of the bathroom was created. The thick bathroom counter and bathtub made the space not only simple but full of contrast.


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Emotional Renovation / F Residence

The F residence where the owner couple and their son and dog live stands in a residential area 10 minutes southwest from the old town of Vienna. They moved to this 260m² room of the apartment which was previously used as an office, 8 years ago. To make the best of the classical original design, they did not change the design much, nor did they ask the help of a designer, and instead designed the room by themselves. As the space was relatively easy to renovate, they took down the walls that were not structural and created a kitchen; they also renewed the wall paint and the doors.
The dining room became a beautiful space with a contrast of bluish- green walls, a white ceiling and doors, and oak flooring. The matte texture of the wall contrasts well with the mounted mirror and art. They kept the living room all white to enjoy the contrast of the colors and materials of the sofa, rug and cushions. The couple themselves painted the children’s room pink. They succeeded in creating various images by using different colors.
What adds charm to the colorful space is the original design like the casing and the crown molding. The door and the window frames, which the couple like the most, were newly created based on an original design. The couple succeeded in balancing classical elements together with a new design.


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2013年04月16日

Emotional Renovation / R Residence

The R residence is located in a residential area 10 minutes from Ring street which surrounds the old town of Vienna. It is on the top floor of a 5-story apartment with white walls, and was built in the early 20th century.
The owner inherited this apartment from her great-grandfather. She originally lived on the 4th floor but wanted a large space full of light and silence. She asked Michael Neuman and Bettina Krauk, architects from the architect group of Vienna, synn arhitekten to renovate the 5th floor, which was originally an attic. They took down part of the south side roof and created a new 106 m² space with a light-weight steel frame and added a roof-top terrace, where the town of Vienna can be overlooked. The newly created 5th floor is connected with the original 4th floor with a staircase created in the center.
With a ceiling window and glass walls on the south and east, the 5th floor is bright, especially where the living room, dining room, kitchen and workspace are planned. Simple and modern, brown and beige colored rugs and furniture was selected. On the other hand, the 4th floor was kept classical, utilizing the building’s original design; private spaces like the bedroom and bathroom were planned here. The art displayed in the R residence is a feature of the home and also serves as an element that connects the new and old areas of the apartment.


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2013年04月18日

The kitchen and dining article Residence

Recently, open style and island-style kitchens have become common, and more important part of a home’s interior. To create a kitchen that is not only beautiful as furniture but also functional, the layout and relationship with the dining room is very important. To meet the demands of homeowners’ various lifestyles, it is necessary to plan the kitchen together with the dining room.
With an open style kitchen, the communication between the dining room is easy but the untidiness of the cooking space is visible. Thus, it is effective to plan a space suitable for showing, and a place where messiness can be hidden by creating a wall in front of the cook top to hide the cooking procedure, creating a pantry to store goods, or using doors to shut the kitchen when needed. When creating wall-mounted storage in between the kitchen and the dining room, keeping some space open is functional as a space to serve and to decorate.
When planning the dining room, it is important to consider that the room will function as both a formal and family dining space. It is best to create a space next to the kitchen counter for family dining in addition having a formal dining space. Even in a space that is limited, a comfortable dining room can be created by placing a console, laying a rug, or repositioning the sofa. It is important to image the scene and view from the kitchen when selecting dining furniture. Confirming the seating comfort and the balance of design with the sofa (especially the design of the table and chair’s legs) should be considered.


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