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December Issue #52

December Issue #52

Creme de la Creme

Dear Readers,

Our December issue puts forward some of what we consider to be the best in art, design and architecture from 2018. In line with our Creme de la Creme theme, we catch an interview with Japanese, NYC-based architect Jun Aizaki, owner and principal of Crème Design, selected to create the Sleeper Bar for the Sleep + Eat event in London. 

Travel with us, virtually, to South Florida for the ICFF event, to London for the Sleep + Eat event, to Dubai for The Big 5 event and to Vietnam to cross the Golden Bridge in Da Nang. You can also catch our interview with Vu Viet Anh, design principal at TA Landscape Architecture, about the Golden Bridge.

Read more about the world’s tallest timber building just recently completed in Norway and Iceland’s first five-star hotel The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon also finished this year.

Featured image: The Maven, Denver, CO, by Crème Design.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018

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    Courtesy of Creme Design

    Crème Design studio often emphasizes craftsmanship and know-how in its projects—this article’s featured image highlights the company’s Maven Hotel which exhibits custom art installations by local artists. In this interview, Japanese architect Jun Aizaki—founder of Crème Design—speaks about indigo-dyed timber, notably...

    Courtesy of TA Landscape Architecture

    The honor of creating “a Land of Gods”. Interview conducted by journalist David Wilson with Vu Viet Anh, design principal at TA Landscape Architecture, for ArchiExpo e-Magazine. Danang in central Vietnam is famous for its array of masterpiece bridges. The line-up ranges from Tran Thi Ly which is designed to resemble a...

    Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel. Courtesy of MAD.

    A clammy 750-meter Japanese tunnel has been transformed into a permanent art installation. Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, which lies in the heart of Japan’s snow country, now features five spaces that play on the elements: wood, earth, metal, fire and water. Highlights include a hot spring spa, multiple mirrors and a rippling...

    Courtesy of VONDOM

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    Brands from around the world converged on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF South Florida) on December 4–6 and, lucky for me, it took place at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, in my own backyard. It just so happened that the products I loved were from around the world. So, let’s go global and...

    Courtesy of NOBODINOZ

    Last September during Maison & Objet in Paris, we saw a beautiful, teepee with an interior full of comfortable pillows and a soft floor pad. Franco-Spanish decoration brand NOBODINOZ designs for babies, children and adults—because kids deserve good, quality design, too! Its fabrics are tinted and printed in Barcelona,...

    Courtesy of Estudio Plök


    Interior designers Carla Barconte and Ludmila Drudi, of Estudio Plök, and architect Mariana Paccieri worked together to create a fun solution for kids: #thebearscave. They designed the tech-free bedroom for last September’s Casa Foa 2018, Argentina’s most prestigious architecture and interior design trade show....

    Courtesy of Sleep + Event

    November—The Sleep Set designs for Europe’s leading event Sleep + Eat 2018 succeeded last year’s memorable contest with a new kind of challenge. Instead of running solo, and instead of competing against one another, each of the four design companies partnered with a brand, “unusual suspects” according to the event...

    Courtesy of Decca

    Once upon a time, hotel rooms were tired cookie-cutter spaces on repeat. In today’s highly competitive market, survival requires signature expression. On November 20-21, Sleep + Eat drew some of the biggest movers and shakers in the hotel and restaurant industries to the Olympia London exhibition center, with concept...

    Courtesy of Basalt Architects

    Ever hear someone say Iceland isn’t worth the flight? Of course not. And this year, there’s a new reason to go. Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, founding partner of Basalt Architects, in collaboration with  Design Group Italia, designed The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland, completed this year. Awarded with the title of...

    Courtesy of Established & Sons ©Peer Lindgreen

    The fun and classy candy-cane-style glass lights designed by Sebastian Wrong in the Filigrana series of pendants are handmade from Venetian glass, using techniques from Murano that date back to the 16th century. Traditional craftsmanship from Murano, or the glass island, has enticed designers and brands for...

    Courtesy of London design firm Layer

    Tech start-up TROVE and London design firm Layer have teamed up to try to crack both problems in one product. TROVE has created a cryptocurrency wallet secured and authenticated using biorhythms. The heartbeat has a signature rhythm unique to each person on the planet. A device worn close to the skin could use this...

    DevLoop. Courtesy of Hyperloop One.

    November—At the Big 5 event in Dubai, Virgin Hyperloop One’s Middle East and India Managing Director Harj Dhaliwal held a conference to speak about the company’s advancements. On the horizons: Hyperloop One projects to link Indian cities Pune and Mumbai.   Virgin Hyperloop One continues to propel its way to success...


    Lindsay Clark

    Lindsay Clark is a freelance journalist specializing in computing. He has won industry awards as news editor at Computer Weekly. He has also written for newspapers including The Guardian, The Financial Times…

    David Wilson

    A recovering print journalist, David Wilson has explored much of SE Asia and every subject from terrorism to hairdryers. He’s written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Asia Times and many more.

    Jody Miller-Young

    Jody Miller-Young spent 30 years as a publicist in the entertainment industry, working with icons like Iggy Pop, Roger Waters, The Cure. Among several other professional activities, she is currently CEO of AxolotlFL, a custom surfaces brand.

    Mairi Beautyman

    Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

    Jan D’Sa

    Jan D’Sa is a Dubai based events reporter, technical writer and creative director.

    Frederick Bernas

    Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

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