The New Twin Peaks by Luigi Rosselli Architects

The New Twin Peaks by Luigi Rosselli Architects

The New Twin Peaks house was designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects amongst a sea of Port Jackson Fig trees that house lots of birds and bat colonies. Once a 1970s home in Sydney with a single roof ridge, the architects created a modern home with double peaks, hence the name of the project, to make way for an extension at the rear of the house.

The design boasts dramatic roof canopies, sharp edges, and large windows with vertical batten screens on the front of the house for added privacy. The anodized aluminum screens also cut down on the hot sun that pours in.

Instead of the sharp lines of typical gabled roofs, the home’s roof has a curved profile outlining the double gables.

The living room and dining room overlook the garden and swimming pool, which is flanked by pencil pines and fig trees.

Recycled brick was incorporated to give the exterior more texture and grit as a contrast to the white of the top gables.

Glass doors that are four meters high hide in the wall and open up to the backyard for when the weather is mild.

Curved corners mark the kitchen island and the ends of the cabinets, as well as the dining table.

The central staircase connects the four floors of the house while creating a nook for the Albero bookcase that was designed by Gianfranco Frattini.

Photos by © Justin Alexander and © Jane McNeill.

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New Work from Ladies & Gentleman Studio

New Work from Ladies & Gentleman Studio

Ladies & Gentleman Studio have had a busy first half of 2017. Not only did they launch a temporary concept showroom with SP01 in SoHo, they launched several new lines with different artists. See what they’ve been up to below.

L&G Studio partnered with SP01 to open OVER/UNDER, an installation that expands their offerings beyond the typical lighting, furniture and accessories. The installation was many things in one — a showroom, a stage, and an installation.

FLOAT is a curvy new lighting collection they launched in May.

They also worked with sculptor and designer Pat Kim to create Spinamajigs, a collection of whimsical balancing sculptures.

They teamed with with Vera & Kyte, a Norwegian design studio, to create a new lighting series for Roll & Hill. Krane Lights are a collection of minimalist lighting that comes in a two sizes and can be mounted from the ceiling or as a wall sconce.

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Society6 Launches Backpacks!

Society6 Launches Backpacks!

Man, students today are spoiled. I remember having to choose from a very limited selection of Jansport backpacks when I was going back to school because it was slim pickings back then. Now, the options are a-plenty with Society6 launching backpacks to their already impressive collection of products. They’re big enough to fit a 15” laptop and comfortable to wear all day with their padded nylon backs and adjustable straps.

A backpack was a way for me to share my personal style in school (I remember doodling on it just so it didn’t look so ubiquitous). With all the artists on Society6 creating every kind of design possible, you should have no problem finding a backpack you love. Here are a few favorites to get you started on your search:

Classic Marble backpack by Simple Luxe

A Lot of Cats backpack by Kitten Rain

map backpack by Mark Ashkenazi

The Alpacas II backpack by Littleoddforest

Abstract Shapes backpack by Abstract One

Delicate Geometry backpack by Cafelab

squiggle wiggles backpack by Matthew Taylor Wilson

Abstract backpack by Simplicity Of Life

iso mountain backpack by EARTh

Dogs Dogs Dogs backpack by Anna Alekseeva Kostolom3000

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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Molletta Chair: A Chair Inspired by Wooden Clothespins by Hagar Bar-Gil

Molletta Chair: A Chair Inspired by Wooden Clothespins by Hagar Bar-Gil

Hagar Bar-Gil is a young Israeli designer living and working in Tel Aviv after graduating from the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), where she studied under architect Leonardo Rossano. During her time there, Bar-Gil designed the Molletta Chair, a design inspired by the shape of a common wooden clothespin.

The thin clamps of the clothespin, also known as the ‘molletta’ in Italian, are referenced in the sharply angled, slender legs of the chair. The dramatic slant is meant to make one pause and wonder if the chair is stable enough to hold a human.

The backrest attaches to the solid oak legs and where you’d think to find some kind of fastener like a bolt, there are two holes because the joints are hidden within the structure. The reasoning behind that is because dining chairs are mostly viewed from the back as they’re either pushed up to the table or someone is sitting in them.

The Molletta Chair is going to be produced as a limited edition release by Spini Interni s.r.l..

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Lodge Minimalist Lighting Collection by Workstead

Lodge Minimalist Lighting Collection by Workstead

Lodge Collection is a minimalist lighting series created by Brooklyn-based studio Workstead. The collection is characterized by a series of structural wooden frames that support a variety of straightforward lighting functions including a chandelier, pendant, and sconce. The interaction between the wood and metal materials suggests a counterpoint between structure and network.

The designers referenced early minimal examples of Danish design, which often incorporated wooden components into lighting. While those examples were usually more sculptural, they designed an elemental take on the sconce, pendant, and chandelier utilizing wood, brass, and steel components.

The first prototypes of the collection were incorporated into the Lobby of the Rivertown Lodge, a hotel Workstead designed in Hudson, New York. After completing the project, they continued to prototype additional versions of the fixture to offer a variety of functions within the collection. The result is a minimal study of structural wooden elements supporting a series of delicate metal tubes.

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JOI-Design Bridges Past with Present at the Capri by Fraser Berlin

JOI-Design Bridges Past with Present at the Capri by Fraser Berlin

While contemporary hotels are fun to experience, the real beauty of visiting a new city is getting to know its history and culture. With this in mind, JOI-Design bridges the past and future of Berlin at the new Capri by Fraser Berlin hotel. Located on Spree Island at the Petriplatz city square, this modern hotel integrates with a museum and church to give guests a unique destination to explore, all the while learning about the city’s heritage.

Upon entering the lobby, you’ll be tempted to hold your heads high as you’re greeted with a captivating, perforated hexagon installation that lays over a black and white etching of the Spree River’s island and its ancient structures, a physical metaphor for the history that still peaks through modern design. Don’t forget to take a look downwards though through the glass floor where you’ll uncover an archaeological dig below.

After checking into your room, you’ll find bright details, muted orange and pink tones, and modern furnishings. Again, pieces of Berlin’s heritage can be found throughout the room, such as the map of ancient Petriplatz on the wall and on the abstract rug.

“Dip into history” at the dip-dyed themed Caprilicious restaurant featuring Asian cuisine that’s known for pairing food with dipping sauces.

Throughout the hotel, you’ll find other “easter eggs” that JOI-Design thoughtfully included to further reference history and time, such as the art, patterns on glass dividers, furniture, and decor. There’s also a large, 3D lettering that (not so subtly) spells out HISTORY on the wall. All these details allude to the notion of time, space, and history.

What: The Capri by Fraser Berlin hotel
Where: Scharrenstraße 22, 10178 Berlin, Germany
How much? Rooms start at approximately $92 dollars
Highlights: This bright, design-led hotel is a welcoming site to see once you touch down from your plane. Designed by JOI-Design, the interiors are full of textures, patterns, and color.
Design draw: The past connects with the present through interior design. While there are modern amenities and facilities, there are also many references to the ancient city of Periplatz to be be uncovered as well.
Book it: Visit the Capri by Fraser Berlin

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The Volleback Solar Charged Jacket Is Glowing Outdoor Wear

The Volleback Solar Charged Jacket Is Glowing Outdoor Wear

Although the Volleback Solar Charged Jacket won’t offer its wearer the same superhuman abilities as those made famous by Kryton’s most famous son, Kal-El, this lightweight adventure jacket does operate similarly to Superman: it’s a large wearable solar surface engineered to gather sunlight and convert it into energy, turning the entire outer layer into a glowing phosphorescent wearable at night.

Hikers and mycologists might see some similarities to the common (and poisonous) Jack O’Lantern mushroom, Omphalotus illudens, a fungus famous for its mysterious nighttime green phosphorescence. Seems wholly appropriate considering hikers and mushroom hunters could imaginably benefit greatly wearing a highly visible waterproof jacket designed with a 3-layer stretch fabric construction that also happens to glow at night in similar fashion as the mushroom.

At just 230 grams, the Solar Charge Jacket is sealed across all its seams with specially designed transparent tape to optimize its total glowing surface. Designed for inclement weather, elasticated drawcords secure hood and waist sections with a pull, while welded eyelets allow ventilation without allowing water getting in. A waterproof zip pocket located on the back offers enough room for storing keys, phone, maybe a small snack.

After a full charge the phosphorescent chemical compound integrated into the grey jacket automatically begins to glow at night, emitting a green spectrum radiance measured at around 530 nanometers that in time fades into a silvery green, then eventually to white. It’s not designed to illuminate the surroundings, but it will make the wearer visible for up to 12 hours with a full solar charge, a feature that we’d imagine would make for safer night hikes (or bathroom trips out into the woods while camping).

The Volleback Solar Charged Jacket is available today for order for $175, an unexpected gift idea that should please the tech-minded outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for being prepared for every emergency.

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