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2014年11月17日

Rodolfo Dordoni × Minotti

Italian furniture brand Minotti was founded in 1948 and appointed architect Rodolfo Dordoni as its art director in 1997. They have collaborated for 17 years to create a modern furniture brand that now has stores in 61 countries. The exhibition at Milano Salone was also designed totally by Dordoni. In 2014, a very rare Capuccion Marble stone with dynamic patterns was used on the wall. One of the distinct aspects of Minotti is its variety of over 500 leathers and fabrics; in 2014, smoky green and blue grey velvets were added. A classically European collection using gentle curved lines was also introduced. The collection featured a mixture of gold and bronze materials along with the new sofa "Collar" that has a movable backrest and arms. Adding to the modern flair of the collection were the use of gold zippers, buttons on chair armrests, and diamond stitching that looks like kilting.


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KATHALL

KASTHALL is the leading rug brand in northern Europe. Established in 1889, the brand is now 125 years old. Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, appointed as the chief designer in 1987, is the key person who gave the brand worldwide notoriety. He introduced modern patterns and colors to the rug industry at a time when the majority of rugs were oriental or had traditional patterns. The depth of color in KASTHALL rugs is created by mixing over 6000 different colors of yarn. All the rugs are created in its factory in Kinna, a town in western Sweden known for its production of woven goods. The rugs are designed and produced from start to finish under the strict guidance of its product management department; all the rugs are individually handmade. A leather label is stitched on the back of every rug to represent its quality; the label includes the name of the designer, the serial number of the product, and the initials of the craftsman. All KASTHALL rugs are made to order. KASTHALL's basic production method involves hand tufting or weaving, which requires an electronic embroidery machine to draw motifs by "punching" the yarn onto the cloth. The shapes, color mixtures of the pile, variation in the type of yarn, and mixture of patterns create infinite designs. KASTHALL carefully selects the natural materials it uses: wool from New Zealand, and linens from the "master of linen," made in Normandy, France. By balancing tradition with innovation, the KASTHALL continues to create rugs loved by all generations.


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Y Residence

The Y residence stands on a hill overlooking the Tamagawa River. Architect Masashi Yagi and Konomi designed this two-story wood-structured house over a RC structured basement utilizing the slope of the land. To maintain privacy, windows were used sparingly along the walls that face the road and the neighboring house; private spaces like the bedroom and the study were placed on the second floor. Public spaces such as the dining room, kitchen, living room, and entrance hall (which also serves as a sun room), were placed in a U-shape surrounding the courtyard on the ground floor. By connecting each room to the courtyard with glass openings, light and wind are drawn into the house. The courtyard also serves as a path to the house: as one goes through the gate on the ground floor and into the dim outside staircase, a unique courtyard with bamboo, pine trees, succulent plants and various other plants from around the world suddenly appears.
The owner, a fashion accessory producer, collects art and furniture from around the world; much of the owner's collection highlights the interior of the house. Different themed artwork is mixed and coordinated throughout the house, and includes Asian, European and Ethnic art. Each space in the house is defined by its own theme: the kitchen and dining room are silver and wood, the living room and bathroom are white and black, and the bedroom is pink and copper. The spaces are all well coordinated and at the same time very expressive. By using various materials like birch wood flooring for the living room, herringbone ash flooring for the bedroom and original Moroccan tile for the entrance hall, a unique home was created.


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K Residence

The K residence is a two-story RC structured house that stands in the residential area of Higashi Osaka, Osaka. The garage and entrance are positioned on the south side of the property, which faces the front road, and across the courtyard on the north side are the other rooms that have a courtyard view. There are five gardens; the main garden, a rock garden, is on the ground floor in front of the dining room and consists of randomly placed rocks on a slope with deciduous trees. Formal and family living rooms were designed to coordinate with the garden scenery. The two living rooms have ceilings that are 2.97m high. The height of the windows in the formal living room was intentionally kept 2.05m, to lead one's view to the garden. The metal counter center table, the black leather sofa and armchair create a chic, comfortable space; the antique-finished herringbone oak flooring and limestone wall add quality to the space. The garden behind the fireplace uses a grid pattern of moss and stone and has no trees. In contrast, the family living room has a dynamic ceiling-high window that creates an open space with ample sunlight. The lawn and the tall trees situated behind the red leather sofa can be enjoyed from this relaxing family living room, with its curved form and colorful furniture.


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I Residence

The owner, seeking a home in an area full of nature and not too far from central Tokyo purchased a 20-year old house standing on a hill of Setagaya, Tokyo. The owner asked architect Yosuke Inoue to renovate the house. Although it was obvious that the structure of the house was steel, there was no written plan from a previous owner to consult. When the walls and ceilings were taken down, it revealed a perfect steel beam and a roof truss in the second floor ceiling. A giant space with a 4.7m ceiling at its highest point was revealed along the slanted roof. Therefore, the architect utilized the original steel beam and designed a living room and dining room with a loft-like feel. The steel beam was painted with Porter's Paint's special rustic paint, and the slanted ceiling was finished with solid hemlock wood to emphasize its height. On the second floor, the kitchen with ample natural light was placed to the south side of the living room without any walls in between. On the first floor, the main bedroom, other bedrooms, and bathroom were placed. Different materials with subtle nuances were selected for the second floor: sand plaster on the walls; the carpet; the black cast stone for the kitchen counter; and Oya stone for the kitchen floor. In contrast, the entrance and staircase hallway were intentionally kept dark and compact to create a cave-like space. Stones like grey Basaltina on the floor and Oya stones piled on the wall were used effectively in front of the entrance door.


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Boffi

Boffi is a high-end kitchen and bathroom brand that was founded in Brianza, Italy. Founder and craftsman Piero Boffi started the brand in 1934; this year is the brand's 80th anniversary. The brand not only creates kitchens but also started creating bathroom appliances in the 1990s; in 2010, Boffi started creating cabinets. Now Boffi has branches in over 50 countries. Architect Piero Lissoni is one of the key people that heads brand development. He became the art director of the brand in 1990, and not only created products but also designed all the showrooms around the world to create Boffi's image. The kitchen, which Lissoni designed and introduced, won the Compasso d'Oro award two times. Boffi is the only kitchen and bath brand that joined the "ALTA GAMMA foundation" exclusive to high-end brands.
Boffi's minimal yet elegant designs garnered the attention of many at Milano Salone 2014. Most eye-catching were the cabinets "Madia" and "April," which Lisson designed using antique wood. The mixture of the straight and simple design with the texture of the antique wood of the cabinets was drastic. Boffi also collaborated with Patricia Urquiora for the first time. The "Saliness" line uses sustainable materials, and has a resign patterns on its grey lava counter top creating a soft feminine design.


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Aouda Residence

The Aouda residence is a two-story wooden structured house that stands on the street corner of Kawagoe, Saitama. Architect Tamotsu Teshima designed a building that has two bended walls on the 150m2 land that stretches irregularly toward the east and west. On the ground floor the bathroom facing the garden was positioned in between the master bedroom and the children's bedroom; the floor level of the master bedroom was lowered 80mm to make the space cozy. The second floor was divided into three zones: the kitchen and dining room, the living room, and the study and fireplace corner. The dining room was made compact to create an intimate dining experience. Utilizing the 4m ceiling height in the living room, a bright sofa corner was created. On the east side, a terrace was created behind the fireplace corner. From the inside, the ceiling of the fireplace frames the scenery from behind and serves as the porch that connects the interior and exterior. To make the best of the space, each space was effectively surrounded with walls with a different ceiling height for each space.
What adds comfort to the space is the effect of the light. For example, on the south side of the home, there is only a top light that draws sunlight in from the second floor to the ground floor. The opening created by the bended walls is effective in bringing in gentle light from the small window and creates beautiful shadows on the plaster walls and flooring. The Nordic furniture the owner selected, the furniture and the lighting Mr. Teshima designed, and the matching kelim helped create a space the owner longed for.


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bulthaup

The high-end kitchen brand bulthaup was founded in Germany, the birthplace of the system kitchen. The brand started as a furniture factory in 1949 and started building system kitchens in 1966. The son of founder Gerd bulthaup appointed graphic designer Otl Aicher and continuously introduced new system kitchens. "system b" which was introduced in 1982, is an ergonomic kitchen focusing on the functionality of cooking and pioneered the concept of island style kitchens. The brand also continuously introduced simple and functional kitchens based on a Bauhaus approach, which lead to bulthaup's expansion.
Now the brand has three lines: "b1", "b2", and "b3". All are minimal, timeless designs, highly functional and ergonomic, and beautifully detailed by its craftsmen. "b3," which was introduced in 2004, is a kitchen where cabinets and appliances hang on the "multi-functional wall." It has a light feel, as if it is floating in the air, and unifies the kitchen with its architecture.
"solitaires," introduced in 2014, is a cabinet that either can be used by itself, or placed anywhere in the house or the kitchen. By intersecting at 45 angles, the cabinet trays can be taken out from all four directions, and the height of the legs are adjustable. It is a simple design representing the beauty of its structure.


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