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2015年11月13日

Mathigot Residence

The home of artist Aurélie Mathigot is located in Paris. The house, bought 9 years ago, had 3 rooms on the 1st floor that were cramped, difficult to use, and heavily deteriorated. Aurélie tackled the situation by fully renovating her house and removing the walls. She made the 1st floor into a single room with a living room and dining kitchen. The 2nd floor is where her office and main bedroom are located, and her child's rooms are on the 3rd floor. The basement functions as her studio.
The theme color she selected for her home is gray and blue. The walls on the 1st floor are gray and white, with the as-is joist a grayish blue. Pale pink was used for the staircase. Despite the space being a single room, the different colors enhance its depth. The kitchen is eye-catching, and was designed with retro-modern tiles, which contrast nicely with the metal door. Three different types of textile-like patterned tiles were selected to furnish the wall and floor. By choosing all blue tiles, the space has unity, despite the differences in patterns.
The accents within this large room of subdued colors, are Aurélie's creation. Her works are freely flexible, but, unique because she uses a wide range of materials, like stitching and ceramics. On the 1st floor where the walls and floor are grayish, Aurélie's more colorful creations stand out vividly.

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Mathigot Residence Paris, France

Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen, a Danish Brand founded in 1872, started off as a subcontractor craft center supplying furniture parts. In 1915, the company became the first successful company in Denmark to produce bent wood-worked furniture. This success was followed by the creation of the "ANT" and "SERIES 7", both of which were coproduced by Arne Jacobsen, and created with three-dimensional layered, laminated plywood. More recently, the assignment of Jaime Hayón, a Spanish designer, allowed the brand to break new ground by achieving a combination of both playful originality and Nordic craftsmanship.
At the 2015 Milano Salone exhibition, the company presented their showroom as a young married couple's apartment. The living room, dining kitchen, and bedroom were all showcased. Featured items included a sofa "FAVN" by Hayón, a newly released dining chair "SAMMEN" and more classical collections including "EGG" by Jacobsen. The pieces were arranged together with antiques and vintage furniture, and presented a lifestyle envisioned by Fritz Hansen.

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C Residence

The House of C, located at Karuizawa City, Nagano, is a villa with a dynamic shed roof. Yoshihiro Hirotani and Yusaku Ishida are the architects who designed this villa.
The home is constructed mostly of wood, although, the large space was achieved by using steel pillars and beams to strengthen the foundation. The living room and dining kitchen are located on first floor with an 5.3m high open ceiling. The bathroom and guest room are located on the east side of 1st floor. The main bedroom is located on the 2nd floor, is glass paneled, and faces the open ceiling. A villa was planned so that all of these rooms can enjoy the view of the scenery. Hirohito Totsune, the illumination designer planned lighting by focusing mainly on highlighting the iconic louvered ceiling. At first glance, the space can be seen as being a simple rectangle, but, actually, it seems to have a twisted composure. The space resembles a rectangular box with a roof that is tilted along the diagonal line of the box.
The main illumination in the living room and dining kitchen, function as the upper light, to illuminate the ceiling. This lighting is achieved by using a LED line module set on the H steel beam of the upper part of the space's main large opening.
To avoid having too strong a contrast, only the center part of the upper lights have 2 rows of LED, and the rest have a single row. This gradation enables a soft connection of light between the hall and the main bedroom and achieves a natural gradation of illumination across the ceilings.

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Euroluce 2015

One can access a wide range of illumination products at Euroluce, an International Lighting Exhibition and other interior and design events held along with Milano Salone, once every two years. Most of the time, newly released illuminations and designs do not "survive" after the exhibition. It is almost as if the lighting industry had lost some continuity in design improvements as supporting LED products becomes all the rage. Since support for LED has settled, the designs attracting attention now are those which go back to the essentials, and are seemingly trying to make up for time lost during the LED craze. For example, an increasing number of glassmakers, like "Lavit" based in Prague, Czech Republic, are enthusiastically introducing modern design illuminations created using glass, a traditional material from old times. The release of this remodel was a reminder of how attractive the original concealed masterpiece was. Recent trends are undoubtedly a reflection of society seeking the simple life; it is therefore appealing to all generations. There are concerns within the illumination industry that it is becoming increasingly difficult to create "new basics". It is a time where designers must challenge themselves to create products with timeless attraction.
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MAGIS

MAGIS furniture brand was founded in 1976, in Italy. The most outstanding characteristic of this brand is plastic. The brand was first in the world to incorporate "Air Mold" technology in furniture manufacturing. This technology pumps air into plastic when pouring plastic into the mold, to make the final product hollow inside. The technology makes the furniture both lightweight and sturdy. Also, it allows for creating complicated shapes and allows for wider variations in color. Because the furniture is lightweight, it can be stacked; besides it usable both indoors and outdoors. The brand has recently been focusing on combining materials. In 2014, they launched the "OFFICINA" by Marcel Wanders. Wanders used wrought iron for the legs of the tables and chairs and used a combination of materials with the plastic like glass for the top boards.
In order for MAGIS to remain experimental and not be limited to the use of a particular material, technology, or design direction, the brand does not own a factory. For the same reason, they choose not to use only one main designer, but, instead, collaborate with many world-renowned designers. MAGIS also likes to focus on discovering new talent. The Brand continues to push the envelope, spearhead innovation, and pursue new possibilities in furniture design.


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Boffi

Boffi, an Italian manufacturer of high-class kitchens and bathrooms, exhibited their "Salinas" line at the 2015 Milano Salone. "Salinas," designed by Patricia Urquiola, launched last year and has an enhanced sophistication. The linear form of design coupled with various textures created with different material attracted the interest of visitors. Materials used varied from genuine stone, age-processed metals, matte-finished white paint, and processed grayish vintage wood.
Tokyo now has a place where one can experience the Boffi brand. Boffi opened its showroom in August 2015; it is located on the 3rd floor of the "e'interiors" in Minami Aoyama. The main exhibits in the Tokyo showroom are the "XILA" and "K14." Both collections are the brand's bestsellers worldwide and are also popular in Japan. The collections use materials of concave-convex surfaces, assembled wood and metallic paint, both of which are unique materials associated with Boffi. For example, the "K14" sink top made of natural granite called "Black Cosmit" gives the surface a flowing grain pattern, and together with a sink made with a mold, achieves a smooth finish.
In addition to kitchens, the brand also designs bath goods and storage. The broad coverage enables the brand to recommend interior coordination for maximum comfort living.

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K Residence

K residence, located at Karuizawa, Nagano, is a villa that appears to blend into the woods with its black steel plate roof and external wall made of wainscoted cedar painted black. The villa was designed by two architects, Norio Yokota, and Noriko Kawamura. The land is triangular-shaped and sloped, located at a curve of a V-shaped road. The southeast and southwest sides of the land are adjacent to the road. The slope starts from the east, and slopes downward 9.6 meters toward the west. "A single-story house making best use of the landscape, such that one can almost experience a change in scenery walking through the house" was what the owner requested. With this request, the designers came up with a building that curved in a sector form. Inside, the stretched single room provides an end-to-end view of the house. The room has three different-leveled floors, which creates a subtle zone. The lowest portion of the floor is located at the entrance, then slowly increases in height as one enters into the dining area, living room area, and finally the lifted Tatami area. In addition, the further you move up into each area, the lower the ceiling gradually becomes, giving the space a den-like coziness and privacy as you reach the end of the room. The other private rooms are located adjacent to this room, but all on the north side of the property, which is on the opposite side of the building from the road. The private rooms are designed to be situated aside the sector building like three boxes, each one of them connected via opening to the selected areas of the main large room; one box consisting of a kitchen and storage connected to the dining area, second is the bedrooms of the couple connected to the living room area, and third is the bathroom connected to the Tatami area. To maintain a certain distance between each box, the openings of these rooms were created so they would not face each other.

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Domenico Mori

Domenico Mori is an Italian tile brand. Its headquarters are located in Fermo, Italy. The brand offers products that are both "Order-made" and "Hand-made." Both are characteristic of the brand: "Domenico Mori" is great at meeting difficult requests from architects and designers. Their work covers a wide range of design, from simple to creative. The company president and designer, Domenico, has built strong partnerships with several craft centers. The reason why "Domenico Mori" is able to meet the demand to create complicated products while only producing a small amount of products is because of its relationship with the craft centers and knowing their specialties. The craft centers value hand-made tiles by craft workers, and Domenico understands the value in this.
Another interesting approach taken by "Domenico Mori" involves its manufacture of vintage tiles. They collect materials from ancient buildings scattered all over Italy, cut them, and combine them like puzzles, to make tiles with textures that can only be achievable from material that has withstood time. The company insists on its motto of "handmade by craft workers". By doing so, they are preserving traditional technology through their revitalization of old material into modern designs. The brand continues to present new tiles not only by creating new designs, but also by preserving historical materials.

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