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my friend Adolfo Abejon has designed this beautiful porcilain lamp that easily fits to any hanging cable lamp and gives a beautiful soft glow. Venice is a porcelain lampshade that quickly turns a simple ceiling light point into a luminaire. Just secure the small safety part onto the wire by adjusting the set screw and place the lampshade over it. This way you will enjoy warm, diffuse light anywhere in your home.

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So this is it !!! We have been working hard this last year, and now the magazine is ready to print.

We had so many people write to us with stories about similar places to our Openhouse Project in their towns, so we decided to set about writing it all down. To get us started, and help finance the project, we have gone with kickstarter, please take a look there, where you can see our video, and if you like you can pledge as little as 1€, and there are many gifts on offer, that will help us on our way to getting the magazine printed.

Thank you for all your support in the past, and we hope you will continue with us on our future journey !! Andrew + Mari Luz


openhouse-magazine-sagrada-familia-as-we-have-never-seen-before-photography-vadim-mahora-vitaly-raskalovym-russian-skywalking 1atop a construction crane at the sagrada família in barcelona : image  © vadim mahora


vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym via designboom

russian photographers and daredevils vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym travel europe with a clear purpose — to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge, and capture their extraordinary viewpoint. their latest adventure had them scaling skyscrapers, construction cranes, and cathedral steeples, exposing some of the most magnificent and outrageous perspectives of architecture and urban sites. their non-conventional form of tourism brought them to 12 cities, soaring to the top of renowned monuments like antoni gaudi’s masterpiece, the sagrada família in barcelona, the iconic eiffel tower in paris, and the gothic spires of the cologne cathedral in germany.

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opened in 2006, the glass pavilion is home to toledo museum of art’s world-renowned glass collection, featuring more than 5,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary times. the 74,000-square-foot building also includes galleries for special glass exhibitions, artist studios, demonstration areas, and spaces for education, visitor relaxation, and special events. the glass pavilion is, in itself, a work of art. all exterior and nearly all interior walls consist of large panels of curved glass, resulting in a transparent structure that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. designed by tokyo based SANAA architects  . all photos iwan baan                                                                            .

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andrea trimarchi and simone farresin are  studio formafantasma – two italian designers based in eindhoven, the netherlands. the collaboration between the two started during their BA in communication design, illustrating books and magazines. their interest in product design developed on the IM masters course at design academy eindhoven, where they graduated in july 2009 with a thesis based on traditional sicilian folk craft.

formafantasma’s work explores such issues as the role of design in folk craft, the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. they identify their role as the bridge between craft, industry, object and user and seek to stimulate a more critical and conceptual design dialogue through their work.                . Read More

openhouse-magazine-shop-gallery-barcelona-text-dezeen-out-in-the-open-architecture-meme-meadows-experimental-house-kengo-kuma-associates-japan 2meme meadows experimental house by kengo kuma & associates  text : dezeen

this translucent cabin by architects kengo kuma and associates is an experimental house in hokkaidō, japan, designed to test the limits of architecture in cold climates. kengo kuma and associates were inspired by the traditional architecture of the indigenous ainu, whose “chise” style buildings clad with sedge or bamboo grass hold in the warmth of a central fireplace that is never allowed to burn out. “the fundamental idea of chise, ‘house of the earth,’ is to keep warming up the ground this way and retrieve the radiation heat generated from it,” say the architects. the experimental house was constructed around a coated larch frame and it has a thick layer of polyester insulation sandwiched between the polycarbonate cladding of the exterior and the glass-fibre fabric of the interior. this insulation was made using recycled plastic bottles and it allows light to pass into the house through the walls. “without relying on any lighting system, you simply get up when it gets light, and sleep after dark – we expect this membrane house enables you to lead a life that synchronises the rhythm of the nature,” the architects add. As the first experimental house completed for the meme meadows research facility, the building will be used by the environmental technology institute to test how different factors affect the thermal qualities of its construction. the internal lining can be removed for experiments, while a timber-framed sash window will also be examined. the project was completed with support from the tomonari yashiro laboratory at the university of tokyo’s institute of industrial science.                                                                                 . Read More

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