Directed by Jakob Wallin.
Located in the Stockholm Archipelago, this private home by firm Fourfoursixsix, commissioned by Swedish developer Strömma Projekt, may appear discreet from the outside with its clean, aerated concrete exterior, but has been thoughtfully designed to best take advantage of both natural light and the home’s remarkable placement in the landscape.
Specialized features such as large-format windows and extended-height ceilings exaggerate the scale of the upstairs living space from front-to-back, where a wall of sliding-glass doors extend to a south-facing terrace that meets a natural rock face.
In a simple arrangement, the bedrooms sit on the house’s lower level.
Whitened pine floors and clean angles make for a straightforward interior that doesn’t distract from the outside views via the artfully-placed windows.
More at: Fourfoursixsix
Photos: Wrede, Johan Dehlin
Directed by Helgi & Hörður.
The RT 20 tischsuper radio is a 1961 design by Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot for Braun, a reduced variation of their 1956 SK 4 radiogram. The tri-band RT 20 was available in white or graphite-lacquered sheet metal with a beech or pear wood veneer casing.
The unit’s pretenseless composition, with no extraneous detail or decoration, is in the signature design philosophy of Rams: the RT 20’s face slants upward to improve legibility of controls and to further cast sound, and the orderly control panel at front makes for an intuitive user experience.
There is nothing quite like the sound of a vintage tube radio, and the RT 20 is one of the most elegant and timeless models you will come across. RT 20 units do regularly come up for sale online (eBay is a good place to start), as well as an occasional dealer sale (Wyeth/1stdibs); prices usually start around $1000, and some professional reconditioners have even revised the radio to accept input from modern devices.
Photos: Das Programm, eBay (vende_se)
Directed by The Fashtons.
Based in Verchères, near Montreal, designers Félix Guyon and Audrée L. Larose of studio Larose Guyon have debuted their first homeware collection, Belle Époque. With copper as their material of choice, references to the dawn of the 20th century find their way into minimalist forms. The natural oxidation of copper adds depth to the straightforward designs, and with pieces named after such luminaries as Cléo de Mérode and Victor Hugo, the collection is elegant but uncomplicated.
Shown above, from top (prices converted and estimated to USD from CAD): Victor Candle Holder (set of 3), $290; Victor Candle Holder (wall), $140; Adéle Wine Support, $110; Cléo Table Mirror, $330; Henri Fruit Bowl, $220
Available for pre-order, and more at: Larose Guyon
Directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen.
Designed in 1962 by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the Toio (a witty translation of “toy”) lamp was part of their ready-made object series. The floor lamp consists of a 300-watt automobile headlamp that rests upward at the top of a long nickel-plated stem, the electrical cord guided by fishing rod rings to the transformer and cleated base, similar to that found on a boat or ship. A prime example of Italian Industrial Design, Toio is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
In 1938 Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and his elder brother, Livio, founded a practice in Milan, which the youngest brother, Achille, joined in 1944. The Castiglioni brothers were greatly interested in the advancement and marriage of technology and art, resulting in many now classic designs that were both functional and progressive. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is regarded as the intellectual equal of his brother Achille, and until his untimely death in 1968, Pier Giacomo collaborated with Achille on numerous design objects.
Manufactured by Flos, vintage models can be found online, as well as new, available to purchase at around $1400.
More at: Flos
Directed by JACK.