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Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos creates a home out of a 16th century church in Spain.
+ Called The Church of Tas, the renaissance building underwent renovations like a new timber structure to preserve it. Other contemporary updates like the metal front door are meant to contrast between the old and new.
+ “The final idea behind the Church of Tas is that it’s not finished with the architect; it will continue to grow and evolve,” the studio told designboom.
In other creative news, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design a contemplative folly in the middle of France’s River Vilaine.
+ Le Belvédère, made up of globular lights, is a continuation of the brothers’ work in the 2016 Rêveries Urbaines exhibition in Rennes, France, that focused on the development of public spaces.
+ Passersby can access the pavilion by footbridge for a quiet moment of reflection. “Fine and virtually transparent, the Belvédère … exists without existing, both present and restrained, very different at night, when it takes on the air of a lighthouse,” Ronan told Dezeen.
Haikou, China’s “Pavilions by the Seaside” project brings in an A-list lineup of creative collaborators.
+ Each pavilion is meant to “create a new vision of future coastal living,” per the Haikou Tourism and Culture Investment Holding Group. “The development of these 16 pavilions will integrate diverse artistic content and programming and act as multifunctional spaces for public services to educate and support the local community.”
Foscarini’s VITE project highlights lighting and living around the world.
+ The VITE project aims to “observe the world from a different vantage point and to talk about light through stories told by people in their personal spaces,” the brand said in a press release.
+ Shot by Italian photographer Gianluca Vassallo, the images capture scenes from Shanghai to Naples, Italy to Woodstock, New York and emanate the quiet, glowing beauty of the fixtures amid the diverse cultures and spaces.
Behind the design of Audi’s e-tron GT with Design Director Marc Lichte.
+ The Audi e-tron GT is a battery-powered, all-electric sports car, with motors on the front and rear axles. “I’ve done with my team more than 100 cars. But e-tron GT is the highlight,” Marc told Architectural Digest.
+ Influences for the car’s design weren’t limited to the automotive world. Marc infused inspiration from a building he’s sketching for the Bavarian Yacht Club and Mies van der Rohe’s famous Barcelona chair into the e-tron GT. “My philosophy is—when I look at furniture or industrial products—if the combination between function and aesthetic is perfect in harmony, then it is a good product because it will be timeless.”
This is how Daft Punk’s iconic robot aesthetic came to be, according to the duo’s collaborators.
+ “They were looking to create personas that were more specific and long-term because they’d usually put on a disguise or a mask for performances for the sole purpose of masking their identity, without thinking of the image,” Tony Gardner, special effects genius, told Creative Boom. “They had an idea they wanted to be robots, which they wanted to incorporate into cartoon form into anime music videos for Interstella 5555, and then have the robots ‘come alive’ for the new album.”
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Daisy Tortuga is leading the renaissance of textiles and rug making.
+ Breaking down the tradition of rug making, Daisy is using found objects, craft, and graphic principles learned in her studies as an illustrator to redefine what rugs can look like.
+ “The earliest memory I have of being creative is making clothes for my cats,” Daisy told Creative Review. Now the designer has collaborated with brands like adidas and SAYE. Meow.
Manuel Alvarez Diestro’s latest series puts Iran’s Alborz mountain range in focus.
+ The Spanish photographer and filmmaker made the series as a tribute to the Iranian film, Taste of Cherry, in which the main character has a deep connection to the land.
+ To capture the photographs, Manuel climbed the mountains around Tehran, framing Iran’s most populated city with the mountains that surround it.
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Andrés Reisinger auctioned off his latest furniture collection for more than $450,000. The catch? It doesn’t exist.
+ Each of the 10 pieces in the virtual furniture collection, called “The Shipping,” sold in less than 10 minutes, with the most expensive item selling for $67,777.
+ Five of the pieces do come with physical counterparts, but the furniture is intended to be placed in any shared, 3D virtual space.
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