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Les Enfants Rouges Apartment by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

Les Enfants Rouges by Ubalt Architects

In a typical 17th-century flat of the Marais in Paris, architecture and interiors firm Ubalt have completed the project Les Enfants Rouges (a reference to the nearby historic market). The less than 400 sq ft space is designed to appear longer and more spacious, blocking a bath and kitchen at one end, and a bedroom opposite, with a space arranged as a dining area, lounge, and office in between. The careful use of space and line-based placement, as well as thoughtful, polished finishing, successfully combines functionality and modernity while preserving the historic character of the building.

Specialized design choices, such as accordion partitions that do not reach the ceiling, separate the spaces, maintaining a feeling of openness and allowing the original beamed ceiling to be continuously exposed. Storage, imperative in a small space like this, is situated on the traverse of the apartment’s length; the custom-made furniture pieces are space-specific, and lend aesthetic continuity to the apartment, as well as visual effect with their mirrored bases (topped in marble). An all-white paint job highlights the textures and material applications throughout, including the beams and flooring, and suspended, industrial-inspired lighting runs lengthwise, opposite the ceiling beams. 

Ubalt is a Parisian design agency founded in 2015 by National Institute of Architecture (Versailles) graduates Nastasia Potel and Mylène Vasse.

More at: Ubalt

Piece in Brief: VP Globe by Verner Panton (Anniversary Edition)

VP Globe by Verner Panton

VP Globe by Verner Panton

VP Globe by Verner Panton

Created by Danish designer Verner Panton in 1969, the VP Globe pendant lamp is an icon of Panton’s playful, yet sophisticated Space Age style. In designing the piece, Panton looked at the technical aspects of light and materials, his final composition consisting of a shielded bulb that reflects light and color onto internal discs, creating an indirect glow from inside a clear globe. 

Available in two sizes, the globe itself is made of transparent acrylic, the heart is composed of a series of reflectors, available in lacquered aluminum or opal glass, suspended inside by three metal chains. To mark the 90th anniversary of Verner Panton’s birth, Verpan released a special edition brass variation of the design, with the classic reflector detail in red and blue.

Verpan, the licensed production brand behind Panton’s designs, in collaboration with Frandsen Lighting, produce the Globe lamps in in Denmark. Working closely with the designer’s widow Marianne Panton and her family, Verpan ensures that the integrity of Panton’s distinguished designs remain intact.

One of the most influential designers of the 20th-century, Panton created innovative and often futuristic designs in a variety of materials, but may be best known for his use of plastics, in vibrant and unexpected colors. His lighting career started by designing lamps for Louis Poulsen, and he went on to create many exemplary mid-century lighting designs, in addition to furniture and entire “environments.”

Vintage models of the VP Globe design can be found online at 1stDibs, new models, including the brass variation ($2935), are available via Verpan distributors, such as YLighting.

More at: Verpan
Photos: Verpan

Island Songs by Ólafur Arnalds

Over the course of 7 weeks, as part of a project titled Island Songs, Icelandic composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds has arranged to collaborate with local artists across Iceland to create and perform a song each week, and release the audio and a video performance online (shot by director Baldvin Z).

Arnalds comments: “I always want to make everything sound perfect, but I also know that perfection doesn’t necessarily make for good music. So these projects grew out of an internal fight with myself, a need to create something spontaneous and improvised.”

The real-time, traveling project can be followed at islandsongs.is, new songs are released every Monday. Here is the video of Arnalds’ collaboration with music teacher and organist Dagný Arnalds, 1995.

Review: u-Jays On-Ear Headphones

U-Jays Headphones

U-Jays Headphones

U-Jays Headphones

u-Jays headphones are the result of two years research and development, with an emphasis on simplicity in design, balanced sound, and comfort, by the Stockholm-based audio brand Jays. The on-ear, closed-back design steps up Jays’ game, and places these headphones in the premium category, with their handsome, minimal form, based on ultra-durable construction. The form factor and matte-finishing put them right up there as some of the best looking headphones on the market; they aren’t flashy, but definitely read as smart design.

u-Jays are boxed with the exchangeable (available in limited metal finishes) ear cups detached, setup being very simple. They come in just under 8oz, and are built on a spring steel and wire core with integrated screws; because of this solid design, they do not completely fold, but the ear cups are capable of folding 90 degrees, allowing the headphones to fit perfectly into the included carrying bag. The viscoelastic ear cushions are designed to adapt to the shape of the wearer’s ears for a close fit without sound escape, and while this design is effective, like most on-ear headphones, they become slightly uncomfortable after some time worn; this might be because u-Jays clamp more to the wearer’s head than they rest on the ears. A rubber, slim-profile headband is comfortable on the head or when resting headphones on the neck, but the material choice is bit of a magnet for dust. A detachable audio cord is available for iOS, Windows, or Android systems, and includes a MEMS technology microphone and three-button remote. Technically speaking, the speakers consist of a 40mm Japanese-silk diaphragm dynamic speaker with a sensitivity of 100 dB, SPL @1 kHz, 32 Ohm @ 1 kHz of impedance and frequency response of 10 to 20,000 Hz.  For a richer bass response and air flow, they are surrounded by vent holes covered with acoustic tuning filters.

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Listening / Viewing: The Magician – Shy

Directed by Bob Jeusette (CAVIAR).

Duotone Series by YIELD

Duotone by YIELD

Duotone by YIELD

Duotone by YIELD

Duotone is the latest series of furniture from design studio YIELD. A modular hardware system that pairs sturdy construction with the effect of visual lightness, Duotone is available in a range of configurations, juxtaposing materials such as glass, leather, and wood, with a frame of powder-coated aluminum or solid brass. The furniture can be flat-packed for easy shipping, and assembly is simple, based on a snap-in hardware system.

Each piece is made locally in the coastal town of St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest European settlement in the United States, where YIELD is based.

More at: YIELD









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