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no.66 アーカイブ

2013年09月17日

GERVASONI

GERVASONI a modern furniture maker that has its office and factory in Udine, a town located in northeastern Italy. The former company made knitted baskets and small items with local products. In 1925, Gervasoni took over the company, and strengthened its furniture line. Giovanni is the 3rd generation manager of the company and manages the company with his brother Michele. A major change the two brothers made was hiring Paola Navone as Art director in 1998. Paola modernized the knit crafting technique GERVASONI had and introduced a simple line with a touch of fun. The “OTTO” series introduced in 1997 at Milano Salone bolstered the company’s image. The 2004 “GHOST” series, with its simple, yet high cost performance was a hit and has been a long-time top seller. Today, Paola not only designs furniture for GERVASOIN, but also designs the catalogs and exhibition hall at Milano Salone.
One characteristic of GERVASONI is blending natural products like leather and wood with unnatural products like polyurethane and ceramic to create an original look. The unique feel of materials and the delicate fabric colors bring simplicity to the product, and is another unique characteristic of GERVASONI. Also attractive are the reasonable prices GERVASONI offers for its high-end modern furniture.

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Baccarat

Baccarat, France has a history of over 250 years and many refer to it as the epitome of high quality crystal. From tableware and accessories to lighting, they carry a wide variety of products. As for their lighting, they were the first crystal company to introduce a chandelier in 1827. In 1996 they invented an electrical chandelier piece. In Milano Salone of 2013 they introduced their lighting collection “Baccarat Highlights”.
In an old residence on Via Monte Napoleone in Milan, eight unique designers came together to introduce their reinterpretation of “Zénith,” a chandelier Baccarat produced in the late 19th century. Fernando & Humberto Campana, a Brazilian design unit, and Louise Campbell from Denmark put their original ideas about Zénith to create a new, charming piece.
Baccarat first built their factory in Lorraine France in 1764, and they still create their products here. All designers visit the town of Baccarat village and communicate with the craftsman to produce a product, a process, which takes about 2 to 3 years. The creativity and innovation of designers come to light as they work together with the craftsmen who know all the details of the crystal. Baccarat lighting is not only an art piece, but also a showcase of what light can create.

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Ever Garden Comfort / H Residence

This is a two-family home where both the “South home“ and “North home” lay from South to North along this property. A 7m square courtyard was built to connect the two homes. A tall tree stands like a grove and covers the homes. The designer Takayuki Hirai from Sekishoen strongly believes that the FOREST is where humans and nature find their ideal balance and placed a garden where nature can be beautifully presented.
The flooring of the courtyard uses a stone called Kazura stone (a rectangular mikage stone) and tanba stone. Sequoia sempervirens and Maple from Iwate prefecture were planted in the garden space. From the “North home” the garden can be seen from the living/dining room. There is a terrace with a water basin that creates a soothing water sound and acts as a visible eye point to express the depth of the garden. The “South home” has an additional garden in the basement that is 3.6m wide and 1.8m deep. It’s designed to feel the wind. Stone flooring (Kazura stone and Tsukuba gorota stone laid on the floor) with a stone basin and Aspidistra elatior was planted. This minimalist design balances the concrete wall and creates a spacious yet refined space.

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Ever Garden Comfort / W Residence

Residence W renovated its 35m2 roof terrace into a modern European garden to match the interior design of their home. "I'm home." and garden designer, Kayoko Nagahama, were hired to help.
A garden with two scenes was created. To the east, an outdoor dining space with green grass; to the west, there is an outdoor living area with a deck, which is connected to the house in a L shape. In the deck area, they placed a fountain wall, which creates a nice water sound. Opposite that they placed a high-back bench, and placed a planter that is taller than the bench back.
To enhance the plants and to provide a calming feel, the 3-side terrace fence and trunk room wall (with a grass roof) both have dark colors like charcoal gray and cobalt blue. They placed the planters and big objects toward the building side to create a sense of depth when you look from the inside. On the south side where the view is direct from the living room, they placed planters that are at eye level when sitting down. This focal point allows a nice view from both inside and outside the house.

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Ever Garden Comfort / M Residence

The M Residence was designed as a second house for a family who wanted to spend time in nature, and is located two hours by car from Tokyo in Nagano prefecture, Naka-Karuizawa, where many hills and woody areas still remain, and many summer homes still stand.
Sakurako Funabiki and Satoshi Uchiumi were in charge of the design. They built a 2-floor home on a 2000m2 property.
The designers placed the living room and terrace in the south area of the home because it has the best view. The bedroom and bathroom are in the west area of the home. To the east, a guest room, a play room for kids and storage space are all on the 2nd floor.
For the exterior wall, they used red cedar to match the outdoor surroundings. This wall with wood connected vertically throughout the exterior, creates and arc with a 910mm radius and becomes part of the living room as an interior feature. This wall also connects all rooms of the house so wherever you are, the wood wall softly connects the family.
In the winter, there are several days when the high temperature is lower than 0 degrees, so the designers placed a sliding door between the living room and dining kitchen. They have designed the layout so even when the family closes the door, they can comfortably spend time together and keep the heat from escaping into the big open space in the living room. This house was designed so the family can comfortably spend time here all year around.

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Home Away from Home / T Residence

The T residence is located in Naka-Karuizawa. The owners planed this home as their second home so they can bring their dog to Karuizawa. Osamu Nishida and Takanori Ineyama, from OnDesign Partners, designed this home.
With a slight slope toward the east end of the 1000m2 property, this one-floor wooden home is designed with small rooms connected at a difference of 15-degree angles from the South part of the property. Each small room has a 1200mm high opening that extends 25m from East to West; this is a key feature of this home.
From the entrance you can see the dining room, living room, and Japanese room all seamlessly connected with only a slight level change. The owners wanted to spend a peaceful time reading or being with nature, so they have designed the house with a Tatami floor where they can sit on the floor, and also created bench-like steps throughout the house. They were able to create various cozy corners where they can enjoy the season.

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Home Away from Home / L Residence

The L residence was built as a summerhouse in Kyu-Karuizawa, where many summer houses are present. SAKAKURA atelier was in charge of the design. Designer Eiichiro Ishigami designed a single floor, rectangular-shaped home with EW 23.7m and SN 7.3 m on a diamond shaped property with a slight southern slope to enhance the beautiful forest scenery on the south. The designer had to consider the climate characteritics of Karuizawa, which include high humidity in the summer and snow in the winter. The designer leveled the floor an additional 1m, to help release the humidity.
For the outside wall he used a water-resistant red cedar, and extended the roof 2m for durability. As frequent guests are expected, they designed the property so that the East side of the entrance is private, and the West side can be used as a public entrance. They also created an alternate back route from the entrance to the living room in addition to the public (main) hallway.
An inside terrace with glass walls was placed next to the dining room. In the middle they placed an antique stove so they can enjoy the winter living as well. In addition to the Inside terrace, the extended roof and the terrace reaching to the garden create unity between the indoors and outdoors. The line between the terrace and the roof creates a sense of modernism and fits well with the nature.

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FLEXFORM

FLEXFORM is a modern Italian furniture brand established in Meda, a town known for its high-end Italian furniture that elegantly expresses both modernism and classicism. Product designer Antonio Citterio, who is also an architect designer, has been the total producer of this brand for the past 40 years. At the 2013, Milano Salone, in addition to introducing a new design concept, Citterio re-introduced improved-upon models of his prior products. For example, he added a dining chair to his popular high-back sofa chair “FEEL GOOD” and showcased a sofa variation to the armchair “GUSCIO.” He also added a low arm design to “EVERGREEN,” the new sofa he introduced last year. An additional 15cm in depth was added to the “SOFTDREAM” sofa he announced in 2010 in addition to changing fabric variations, foot metals parts, and adding an additional 6 new colors for the lacquer tabletop finish. Citterio listens to market demands and alters his designs by adding variation and depth to existing products rather than creating a whole new design line.

How to Build a Home

If you appoint an architect designer to create your home, you will not only be able to create your own design, but you will be able to do so according to your own schedule, budget, and interior design tastes. In addition, the architect can review the estimates and be in charge of managing construction. Construction management fees are usually determined by the size of the property or cost of construction. For a 2-floor wooden house with a construction cost of 50,000,000 yen, the average managing fee will be about 15% of the construction cost. As the property gets larger and construction fees increase, the percentage normally goes down; with a smaller property, the percentage will increase. Similarly, if structural calculations are needed, or if the property is a multi-family house, the management work will increase along with the percentage.
Construction fees are divided into permanent work, landscaping work, construction management, and additional expenses. Since most construction fees are fees for construction, it is best to set aside expenses for decorating the interior of the home (such as lighting, furniture, and curtains). Construction flaws and company bankruptcy are always a cause for worry until your home is completed. However, if any flaws are found, the construction company is responsibility for fixing them for up to 10 years after handover, if the house was a newly built home. Although the law protects homeowners, it is important to have a trusting relationship with your architect to build a good home. There may be times when miscommunication occurs, but what’s important is to keep the end goal of your desired home in mind throughout the process.

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