Tag Archives: Design

Air Travel Podcast: Future Cabin Design, Short Haul Airports And Exhibitions

‘Monocle On Design’ talks airplane interiors with Adam White, director of Factorydesign, and ask journalist Anthony Paletta why airports are designed with short-haul in mind. Plus: we jet off to Helsinki for an exhibition that celebrates the capacity of travel to broaden our horizons.

  • Factorydesign

    Monocle’s Nic Monisse caught up with Adam White, founder of aeronautical interiors firm Factorydesign, to discuss the future of seats, trims and finishes in airplane cabins.

  • Future-proofing airports

    Why are airports are so vulnerable to change? And how can they future-proof themselves? Design and architectural journalist Anthony Paletta has a few ideas.

  • ‘Travel as a Tool’

    Petri Burtsoff meets the curator and one of the designers of the Helsinki exhibition, ‘Travel as a Tool’, to discuss the ways in which traveling can affect design.

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Transit Design: “Double-Decker Driverless Tram”

Italian Designer Andrea PontiIsland is a double-decker driverless tram designed for the city of Hong Kong in the post-Covid era. This highly innovative design concept incorporates industrial design, transportation design, public design, urban mobility and sustainability.

Andrea Ponti Driverless Tram interiorThe project includes exterior, interior and tram stop design. With the Coronavirus pandemic, people are shunning public transport and relying much more on private transport. 

The name Island references the innovative design of the interiors, where large circular benches facilitate social distancing and passengers sit facing outwards in a radial pattern. The exterior design is inspired by the Hong Kong urban landscape, which features vast surfaces of glass and rounded-corner buildings. Natural light floods the interiors during the day through the curved windows and a domed top, which also provide awe-inspiring views at night.

The driverless technology optimizes the interior space of the tram, making it easier to manage travel times and increase onboard safety. The tram has a retractable connector for rapid charging at tram stops. Large vertical LEDs enhance visibility in all weather conditions. The interior design contrasts with the exterior.

Andrea Ponti Driverless Tram interior seating
Large circular benches facilitate social distancing as passengers sit facing outwards in a radial pattern.

Minimalist design, charcoal black walls, soft circular seating, wooden floors and trims with natural finish all create a neutral and friendly environment. This chromatic diversity, in addition to the dark color palette, frames and accentuates the beauty of the Hong Kong urban landscape.

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Design Podcast: Islamic Geometric Patterns, Eco-Architecture & Shelley Klein’s Scottish Home

Monocle on Design Logo‘Monocle On Design’ discusses the origins of tessellations in Islamic art and ask how architecture affects our work-life balance. Plus: author Shelley Klein recounts her childhood in a mid-century house in Scotland and we preview Monocle’s city-themed July/August issue.

Monocle On Design - June 30 2020

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Top Building Design: “The Plus” – World’s Most Sustainable Furniture Factory In Norway (Video)

BIG ArchitectsPROJECT – VSTR – The Plus with Vestre, the Norwegian manufacturer of urban furniture, BIG unveils The Plus as the world’s most sustainable furniture factory tucked in the heart of the Norwegian forest. Envisioned as a village for a community dedicated to the cleanest, carbon neutral …

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World’s Top Designers: Ilse Crawford Of “StudioIlse” In London

Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life. 

StudioIlse DesignThis means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. As founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.

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Podcast Interviews: Alexander Vreeland On His Fashion Journalist Grandmother “Diana”

The StackAlexander Vreeland, grandson of fashion journalist Diana Vreeland, tells us about his new book, ‘Bon Mots: Words of Wisdom from the Empress of Fashion’.

81vcK3Ok10LDiana Vreeland’s insightful edicts and evocative aphorisms remain her strongest legacy. She looked at life as a romantic and lived through dreams and imagination. Showing leadership, vision, and timeless wit, this book celebrates her visionary words that not only transformed the world of fashion, but also gave us sage advice to live by.

Sourced and edited by her grandson Alexander, Diana Vreeland: Bon Mots covers Vreeland’s incisive views of subjects such as allure, fashion, and style (“I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress”); beauty (“The neck is the beginning and end of looking like anybody”); age (“The quickest way to show your age is to try to look young”); color (“Black is the hardest color to get right–except for gray”); and her powerfully creative way of thinking (“I’m looking for the suggestion of something I’ve never seen”) Brought to life by illustrator Luke Edward Hall, Bon Mots vividly displays Mrs. Vreeland’s original thought and speech, which is equally as inspiring and relevant now as it was then.

About the Author

Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) joined Harper’s Bazaar as fashion editor in 1936; was the editor in chief of Vogue from 1962 to 1971; and later oversaw the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alexander Vreeland has had an extensive career in fashion and beauty and is the president of the Diana Vreeland Estate and the author of Diana Vreeland Memos (Rizzoli, 2013) and Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman (Rizzoli, 2015). Luke Edward Hall is a London-based artist and designer.

Top Home Architecture: “Arrowleaf Cabin” By GoCstudio In Seattle

goCstudio ArchitectureLocated just outside Winthrop in eastern Washington, the site for this small cabin lies in the Methow Valley. Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountains, the dramatic views from the site and opportunity for year round recreation drew our client to this region. A strong relationship to the site topography and varying climate was key to the design.

Arrowleaf Cabin - GoCstudio - Seattle 2020

Arrowleaf Cabin - GoCstudio - Seattle 2020The program for the project was to design a two bedroom cabin which maximized the connection to the surrounding natural environment and outdoor living. This cabin would initially serve as a weekend retreat from the city, and later become a permanent home. Our client wanted to create an efficient floor plan for the house, with open interior/exterior living, bedrooms above, and garage below. It was important to use durable materials throughout the exterior of the cabin due to the extreme climate and fire hazard in the area. The upper levels of the cabin sit on a concrete plinth which forms the garage. Concrete is used to both ground the cabin and retain the natural slope of the site that the cabin sits in. Above, black corrugated metal sheets are used as an efficient and weather resistant siding material. A shed roof with large overhangs on all sides protects the cabin from the heavy winter snowload. A large cantilevered exterior deck opens out from the main level, vastly increasing the living space in the summer months. Views from the deck capture the surrounding mountain ranges and natural beauty of the site.

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Future Of Houseboating: “Lounge Boat” By German Firm FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA“Houseboats in the ‘Tom Sawyer wooden hut style’ are still widespread in the tourist sector,” architect Chris Finckh explains the idea behind the new development. “We wanted to build a boat that would allow you to experience the changing natural and urban spaces intensively and in a very special way from the water. It should be a powerful touring houseboat with a high standard of aesthetics and functionality.

“The boat-loving architects, Chris Finckh and Tanja Wunderlich-Finckh, teamed up with Haus & Boot Manufaktur Magdeburg, which specializes in advice, planning and building individual houseboats is and implemented the planning of the architects. 

The lounge boat is 44 square meters, has four beds and a small bathroom with all the necessary amenities. It is approved for inland waters (category D), but can also sail larger rivers such as the Elbe or Havel as a version with more motorization. As a spatial extension, there is a U-shaped roof terrace, which is designed as a lounge area and is accessible via a ladder at the rear. 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

“We have already used the noraplan uni rubber flooring more often in residential construction, it is perfectly suited for the high-quality material concept of the lounge boat,” Finckh continues. “With its silky matt surface and pleasant feel, the material looks extremely classy”.

 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

The prototype of the new touring houseboat, which is currently in Werder an der Havel, meets the highest demands in terms of aesthetics and functionality. The color is limited to a minimum, so that there is a lot of space for experiencing nature. The materials also had to match the high-quality ambience and the puristic room concept. 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

The architect therefore chose the rubber covering noraplan uni  from nora systems. The special feature: Not only the floors of the lounge boat, but also the walls were covered with the product. The design classic with its subtle light gray and matt surface ideally underlines the classy, ​​puristic look.

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Future Of Home Offices: “Zen Work Pod” – “Simple, Monastically-Inspired Design” By Autonomous

Zen Work Pod - Interior LookMinimal, Zen Design

Keep things simple and stay focused. Monastically inspired design promotes a minimalist yet productive work lifestyle. All unnecessary details have been removed to keep every feature of the pod indispensable.

 

Open, Yet Private

The completely enclosed space gives you the privacy you need to focus at work. Minimal design aesthetic, tempered glass walls that allow for open views, & high vaulted ceilings give a feeling of openness, providing mental clarity & the space to breathe.

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Well-equipped

With built-in shelves and drawers to free up space and provide much-needed storage, a SmartDesk 2 – Home Office, and a Kinn Chair, the pod comes completely furnished with everything that you need to immediately start working more effectively from home.

Super affordable

Autonomous LogoYou won’t find a better price for a completely self-contained home office like the Zen Work Pod. With its gorgeous contemporary design and full installation included within the price, the decision is easy. PLUS, subscribe before Jun 15 for super early bird deals ($1500 off retail price)!

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