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H Residence

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. After going through the residential streets, the H residence stands in the middle of the sloping road leading to the mountains. The building was renovated by the Spanish maestro architect Alfredo Arribas. However, There were an remark on the building that it wouldn't fit in the traditional town streets, and as a result, the building ended up being sold. The couple accidentally encountered this real estate property and decided to do the second renovation with Arribas.
After going through the entrance, the commanding large deck terrace and greens spreading in the sloping southeast can be seen. There is a guest room on the second floor in the basement, a living room on the first floor in the basement, a dining kitchen on the 1st floor, a master bedroom and a den on the 2nd floor, and the children's room on the 3rd floor. This building consists of five layers and from each room one has a spectacular view. When one walks through from the dining kitchen on the 1st floor through the vaulted ceiling to the independent southeast space, one can open up the door and it becomes an outdoor living area, taking in lots of outdoor elements. When you go down three staircases from the living room, there is an outdoor living area and underneath is a swimming pool and free-purpose space. Everything is established with split-levels to go along the slope of the land. By creating a few relaxing spaces, the slope became a high dwelling character space in the outdoors. Sofas and tables from the German outdoor furniture manufacturer DEDON are laid out everywhere so people can relax just like being inside. "This area is blessed with good weather throughout a year and this house with great views made me realize the comfort of outdoor and the necessity of furniture." said the wife. Undulating outdoor living teaches us a new way of enjoying the outdoors.


Architect/Alfredo Arribas Arquitectos Asociados

How to Outdoor Living

"Outdoor living" refers to the outdoor space that can be used as a living room. This is not simply placing a table and a sofa on the terrace. Planning is necessary in order to create a relaxing space where the outdoor space becomes part of the indoor space. Up until now, the gardens in Japan have been a view to enjoy. However, in this article, we would like to stress how to create a garden that can be used as a daily living space.
In order to connect the indoors with the outdoors without boundaries, employing the same material for both the outdoor floor and the indoor floor is recommended. Establishing a hideaway door that fully opens is also important. Moreover, placing a garden in a blind space is not recommended. Rather, a circuit style garden is ideal because outdoor living entails a daily life traffic line.
Also, to protect one's privacy like the indoors, a walled courtyard or a roof is helpful so that one can spend a long time outside comfortably without worrying about sun exposure. When a beautiful view, grass establishment, water basin, fireplace, etc are set outside as eye-catching features, a space where people naturally want to get together will be born.
By utilizing the outdoors proactively, the residence will become a comfortable space and one's daily life will be full of joy.



Close-up Designer Hiroyuki Matsunaka


Interior designer Hiroyuki Matsunaka had established a café called "café.co" with its own architectural design office, with his three other friends in 1996. This new form of café had received a lot of attention from its creators based in Minami, Osaka. When the design office got off the ground, Matsunaka wanted to get involved in the wide spectrum of designs, and launched his own architectural and interior design office called "designroom 702" in 2004.
Matsunaka makes his first priority the success of the shop he designs so he doesn't unify his design style to win himself a good reputation. To create a popular space where people get together, he gets inspiration from cutting-edge fashion ideas rather than interior design and art, which is incorporated into his work.
On the contrary, Matsunaka's own residence is different from the commercial space where prosperity is desired. Therefore, he placed only his favorite items in his residence. He wanted his residence to be like an atelier that was remodeled from a warehouse. He renovated the factory/residence in the 1960s and maintained its "old building" feel which has lasted generations. In his residence, he coordinated antiques that he purchased in European countries as well as India, in addition to the originally designed furniture. He possesses a sharp and sophisticated eye that helps him determine authenticity, so even though his unique items are from different countries and genres, they integrate superbly. This is apparent in both the commercial space and in his residence and can be output only by him.


Salone Del Mobile Di Milano 2009

Some companies at Milano Salone 2009 happened to change their exhibition sites to the Tortona district in Milan from RHO Fiera. However, manufacturers from Northern Europe, Belgium, Holland, etc. who used to have their exhibitions in Tortona newly joined the exhibition so it was filled with excitement. MOROSO from Italy got the most attention from people at the exhibition. In the booth that Patricia Urquiola and Martino Berghinz designed, newly released products of Tord Boontje, nendo and Tokujin Yoshioka were displayed. Also, furniture that was in collaboration with apparel manufacturer, DIESEL, was also displayed. On the other hand, PAOLA LENTI's furniture and rugs seen at Fuori Salone exhibited in various parts of Milan, had progressed bright colored and beautifully. Throughout the whole event, the ottoman "sweet40" by Italian GERVASONI company, the sofa "LAZY BASTERD" by young Dutch designer Bertjan Pot from MONTIS company, and the lounge chair "My" and "Roo" by Finnish WOOD NOTES company, were all represented as comfortable furniture because of their soft colors and soft touch qualities. Other pieces included a sofa with console "Beethoven" by ARMANI / CASA and a dining table with extension "Hans" released by Antonio Citterio from B&B Italia. These furniture pieces incorporated some functions as well. Citterio said, "without being swayed by the trends, people ultimately settle for the timeless design." Milano Salone is transforming into an exhibition where necessary items are presented beyond the scope of time and generation.

Material the Tile


As Japanese residences have a short history in tiles compared to Europe and the United States, the use of tile and its designs were once limited to bathrooms, powder rooms and kitchens. However, in the last 10 years, tiles have been slowly used for the floors and the walls of living rooms, dining rooms, and hallways. When the big 600mm x 600mm sized tiles are used, it makes a space feel larger and there are some examples where you can see a high level of design. Tiles have been incorporated into material suitable for residences, and its most noteworthy characteristic is that tiles are standardized industrial products, having a texture of ceramic ware. As part of the process of making tiles from raw materials of clay, patterns and designs are added. It's possible to finish it up in various textures such as imitating natural materials like stone or wood. At the same time, tiles possess qualities of strength and durability and are easy to clean. Lately, there has been remarkable progress in tiles so that they are equipped with antibacterial and antifouling functions. Currently, each manufacturer sells extensive lines of products and the selection has widely increased.
In this article, we will start by discussing the history of tiles and culminate with the preliminary knowledge of the kinds of tile established by the current Japanese Industrial Standards(JIS)and the actual construction techniques. Moreover, we will further categorize the suitable areas for tile usage: bathrooms, sinks, toilets, living room floors and walls, entrances, driveways, terraces, balconies, swimming pools, ponds, and water basins. We will explore the ways to incorporate tiles for these places in a residence, and show some examples. As for the tiles designs and devices, we will look at every possible angle pertaining to the kinds of textures, laying methods and the latest trend for tile products.

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