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Looking For a Different Sort of Hotel in Paris? Created by Philippe Starck, This is One You Won’t Have Heard of Before

Tucked away in a residential neighbourhood, Brach Paris is an eclectic and unpretentious new hotel by Philippe Starck that’s shaking up the city’s straitlaced 16th arrondissement.  YOU’RE KNOWN TO DISLIKE TALKING ABOUT DESIGN, AS JUST DESIGN, SO WHAT WERE YOUR STARTING POINTS WHEN YOU CONCEIVED BRACH? [Philippe Starck] Creation whatever…

Japanese architect Kouichi Kimura
Tranquil House. As Its Name Suggests This is the Perfect Hideaway for a Little Tranquility in Today’s Mad, Mad World

The amazing three-bedroom house in Shiga, Japan, is the brainchild of Japanese architect Kouichi Kimura.  Located between the owner’s concrete factory and a highway, its walls reduce noise level inside and have few windows, providing fortress-level of insulation from the chaos outside.  The temple-like interiors counterbalance concrete’s conventionally hard appearance,…

William Sawaya Paolo Moroni
We Meet Messrs. Sawaya & Moroni, The Pioneers of Modern Furniture Design

When it comes to furniture design, there are few genuine pioneers left but Sawaya & Moroni are the exception. The independent manufacturers constantly seek new directions, pushing boundaries and creating historically significant pieces in the process. I felt pretty lucky this past Christmas Eve morning. As fortune would have it,…