October 16, 2015
Further education is a good thing and today our lesson is on Chemistry. Did you know that oak contains high concentrations of tannic acid, which turns into dark blue when it is exposed to steel? Apparently the same happens with steel, as a result of a chemical reaction between red iron oxide and tannic acid. Well, Steven Banken, who graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2010, does and he has used this little-known chemical reaction to create a series of furniture showcasing the beautiful shades of colour which this process creates. We particularly like the chest of drawers / storage boxes which shows the deepening gradations of blue as the boxes get bigger. Perfect for sorting out your collection of jeans, perhaps.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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