Design

The borough's finest.

Beneath all the light, colour, and exuberant personality of the interiors, passive energy mechanisms are at work, generating conspicuous energy savings.

An Ofist building renovation in Istanbul.

“The main idea for the design of the house was to not have too many ideas,” says interior architect Yasemin Arpaç of Istanbul-based Ofist. With partner Sabahattin Emir, Arpaç formulated an eminently simple—and versatile—living space for a 45-year-old bachelor.

A fine balance.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair begins today in Milan. Tel Aviv-based designer Ron Gilad, who will showcase there, carves his place within the world of industrial design by questioning and challenging convention.

A Caesarstone and Raw-Edges collaboration.

Quartz surface manufacturer Caesarstone will present its latest collaboration at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair in Milan tomorrow: a conceptual installation with award-winning London design studio Raw-Edges.

A twist in form.

Douglas Coupland wrote fondly about his hometown when he dubbed Vancouver the “City of Glass”, a nickname that caught on quickly for its accuracy in defining the skyline. The same glass towers have also been the subjects of criticism that urban uniformity leaves something to be desired.

Act of God.

Christchurch’s landmark cathedral gets a cardboard redesign by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate.

Block work.

London-based Andy Martin, architect of the bentwood Thonet bicycle, makes things simultaneously baroque and minimal. Last September, Martin presented three colourful polyester-resin furniture pieces aptly titled Blocks A/B/C.

Embellished instruments.

For Graf von Faber-Castell, the luxury division of renowned German writing instrument company Faber-Castell, the advent of a new year signifies a new limited-edition pen.