Category Archives: Interior design projects

Meet The 2016 Winners: Joanne Motee

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Annalisa Hammond

This week our blog comes from Melbourne, Australia where we catch up with Joanne Motee, interior designer, stylist and winner of last year’s WIN Awards Cafés category, with her beautiful design for the Mister Hoffman Café.

Named after the street it’s located on, Mister Hoffman won many plaudits from our jury, who concluded: ‘The compositions are thorough and composed. There are some quirky items in there as well – altogether a very optimistic project’. Here’s what Joanne had to say to us….

Joanne Motee collecting the WIN Awards 2016 Cafés trophy

You grew up with creative parents who would regularly redecorate your home. Now you have a home of your own, do you do the same?

I spend a lot of time creating inspirational and functional spaces for amazing clients – turning job sites into homes, and spaces into beautiful places where people enjoy and congregate. So the focus when I am home is to feel clear and inspired at all times, along with all the things I love; regular bed linen, floral arrangements, scatter cushions…changes are made almost every week.

Mister Hoffman – Winner – 2016 Cafés category

You have worked on many beautiful projects including Mister Hoffman, a café in Melbourne and winner of the WIN Awards Café category 2016. Do you work on international projects as well, or do you prefer to work locally?

I am very honoured and humbled to have been recognised for great design for Mister Hoffman by WIN, and enjoyed attending the ceremony and meeting amazing creatives.

I love a variety of works and curating different styles, so working overseas allows me to extend myself and collaborate with local designers, clients and suppliers. I have executed many successful projects in the US and UK and am currently working on some exciting future retail spaces in Asia. Thankfully the WIN Awards allowed me to connect with many inspiring people and I am looking forward to designing for a Maltese architectural firm I have been following for some time. The prospect of working on a project in Malta excites me, as it is both my heritage and source of inspiration.

Mister Hoffman – Winner – 2016 Cafés category

How does living and working in Melbourne influence your design?

Design in Melbourne is highly valued by the public, which means as a community of designers we are constantly pushing the boundaries. I find the multicultural diversity in Melbourne quite influential with strong blends of classic and contemporary meetings, allowing me to create fearless and soulful interiors.

Lost in Seasons

This year you have entered the WIN Awards with Lost in Seasons, a retail space in Melbourne. Tell us about this project.

Yes! Fingers crossed as Lost in Seasons is a compelling brand based on trend clothing for any season. Executing the brand’s identity for Lost in Seasons was both rewarding and challenging. Working with clients who have total trust in your design and understanding of their brand allows for an amazing outcome. Adjacent to the tourist-attracting South Melbourne Market, Lost in Seasons is a crisp, artistic and clever design in a limited space.

What next for Joanne Motee?

I want to create cohesive and immersive experiences through thoughtful curation of spaces. I feel blessed to have such creativity, so next is an amazing café project, retail stores in Hong Kong, a boutique hotel in Bali and clever residential designs.

Lost in Seasons

Do you ever switch off from designing, and if so, what might a typical diversion be?

Strangely enough, I am at my most creative when I am free of mind, I find it both relaxing and uplifting to be in these moments. A typical diversion for me would be family and travel.

What is your biggest extravagance?

My continuously growing collection of dresses.

Thank you!

Meet The 2016 Winners: Nicemakers

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Annalisa Hammond

Amsterdam-based studio, Nicemakers, founded by partners Joyce Urbanus and Dax Roll, was joint winner of the WIN AWARDS 2017 Hotels category with their stunning project: The Hoxton, Amsterdam.

Made up of five 17th century canal houses, the building was once home to the Mayor. It is now a stunning hotel with 111 rooms across five floors.

Described by the jury as having a ‘measurable sense of space, of place and flair’, The Hoxton is just one of many projects undertaken by this dynamic duo to win international acclaim.

We interrupt Joyce’s travels to discover what Nicemakers is up to now…

Joyce Urbanus & Dax Roll

What projects are you currently working on?

A great hotel project in the centre of Paris. It is privately owned and will have around 80 rooms with a lovely inner garden which all the rooms are facing. The design is ready; we are currently building the Mock-up Room.

We are also working on a jewellery store in New York, a new-to-build hotel in Amsterdam, and a couple of great residential projects; from an 1800 Century farmhouse in the East of Holland to a Brutalist – style penthouse of 550m2 in Maastricht.

The Hoxton – Joint Winner – 2016 Hotels category. Image Credit: Alan Jenssen

Nicemakers works on a wide range of projects across all sectors, is there any sector that you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to?

Dax is still waiting for a boudoir to do the design for!

Will you be looking at product design in the future?

Yeah, that is definitely on our agenda. For almost every project we do we design a lot of custom -made items, so it is definitely not something new for us.

The Hoxton – Joint Winner – 2016 Hotels category. Image Credit: Alan Jenssen

What advice would you give to young architects and designers thinking of starting their own practice?

Make sure that besides design, you also develop your skills in listening and understanding your client and their brief. Go and visit buildings, try to understand the energy of a space and make sure whatever you design is aligned and well thought of.

Research! Know about the history, or the future, or just the area. There are great products, suppliers and developers in every country that you work.

And…be ready to give everything you have; it will take a great amount of energy, it’s 24/7 full-on. But always feel the confidence that you’ve ‘got it’…. it will go with a lot of up’s and downs.

Amsterdam City Apartment. Photo Credit: Alan Jenssen

What does a typical day look like?

There is no typical day, one is always different from another.

What’s next for Nicemakers?

Being consistent in keeping up the quality of work, with the love that we feel for our projects and clients, as we do now.

Amsterdam City Apartment. Photo Credit: Alan Jenssen

Would you say that working in Amsterdam inspires you?

Yes, it’s a dream city. Cosy and international. Our HQ is on one of the Canals, we have an amazing big garden in the back, what else could you wish for?

Can you name a few of your favourite places in Amsterdam?

Toscanini and Café de Klepel are our all-time favourites. That’s where we celebrate the good things in life with the best service and amazing food and vino.

Restaurant Jacobz

I’ve read that you love to travel. What places would you love to visit that you haven’t already?

We’ve seen quite a lot that we wanted to. There are quite a few places that will take a longer trip than just one week, like Peru, Argentina, and all the rest of Brazil we haven’t seen yet. But for now we also would love to discover more of Europe. It’s all next door…

Where are you happiest?

Every few weeks we try to go to a little house we always rent on Ibiza.  It’s a place just surrounded by nature and where the sun goes down every evening right in front of you. We cook meals, we read, we go for long walks, just be together and sometimes speak about new ideas. But most of the time we just empty our minds to maintain a strong focus and clear vision… and just feel really happy.

Thank you Joyce!

Ballet Pendant Lamp

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Annalisa

Founded 20 years ago in Galicia, Spain, lighting company Arturo Álvarez specialises in handmade lamps for hospitality projects including lighting solutions for hotel chains including Hilton, Sheraton and Melia.

‘Ballet’ is a new design from the studio created in collaboration with product designer Héctor Serrano who together with Arturo Álvarez has produced this pretty light using SIMETECH®, a steel mesh covered with silicone.

SIMETECH®, gives the designer the flexibility to create graceful forms which bring the lamps to life, ‘its asymmetry makes its forms change depending on the point of view. … a constant dance of light and shadows”.

Ballet comes in white, grey, beige, yellow or orange.

www.arturo-alvarez.com

The Herbarium: Crabtree & Evelyn

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Annalisa

The Herbarium display for the Crabtree & Evelyn store at Regent Street was part of the RIBA Regent Street Window project collaboratively designed by the architects London Atelier and lighting designers Michael Grubb Studio. The display captures the memory of English Still rooms. A delicate combination of colourful and fascinating plants and flowers, tracing papers, copper and brass utensils, wooden surfaces of country kitchens and remedies, potions and cosmetic products were the inspiration for the project.

The display is a choreographed ensemble of herbs, plants and flowers preserved in panes of soap within a brass grid lit by an LED matrix.

A grid of 96 boxes or pigeon holes was made into 4 separate modules. 77 of these modules were caped with panes of soap with botanical compositions made from around 200 different species of plants common to English gardens cast into them. The piece is constructed from lightly stained plywood, frosted glass and brass angles that hold the soap panes in place and it rests on a plinth of 10mm steel. It is lit using 77 linear runs of LED lights which are connected to a computer to create a subtle, organically animated and surprising lighting effect.  The lighting matrix responds to the movements of the passers-by and translates them into disturbances and ripples into general pattern.

 

PATTERNITY x Paperless Post

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Annalisa

Innovative invitations company Paperless Post and London-based pattern pioneers PATTERNITY, the world’s only dedicated digital pattern archive, have collaborated on a graphic collection of ten modern invitations to help people celebrate life’s most memorable moments. The bold geometric patterns designed exclusively for this collection reflect the connections we experience as we relate to and bond with one another at occasions like dinner parties, birthdays, cocktail hours, and housewarmings.

To celebrate the collaboration’s launch, Paperless Post and PATTERNITY created an interactive installation called ‘Connected by Pattern’ as part of Somerset House’s ‘10 Designers in the West Wing’ exhibition during the London Design Festival. The immersive experience was comprised of a single room that is filled from floor to ceiling with the patterns designed for the collection to create a space that invites guests to explore, play, and connect with one another in the real world.

Paperless Post’s distinctive, customizable designs can be sent online, on paper, or with the free app for iOS. Previous Paperless Post collaborations include Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Photo Credit: Luke Hayes

Gyrecraft by Studio Swine

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Annalisa

‘Gyrecraft’ is a new project by radical design practice, Studio Swine, in which they have transformed plastic pollution found at sea into a collection of luxury objects.

The title derives from a combination of the word ‘Gyre’ (circular currents in an ocean basin where plastic pollution concentrates) and two distinct meanings of the word ‘Craft’: skill, dexterity and art – and also a vessel in which you sail.

The South Pacific and North Pacific

‘Gyrecraft’ was the focus of an expedition across the North Atlantic Ocean, undertaken by Studio Swine co-founders, Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami in the autumn of 2014. They embarked on a journey of 1000 nautical miles, collecting plastic on the way from Azores to the Canaries through the North Atlantic Gyre. In order to transform this plastic flotsam and jetsam into luxury, desirable objects, they invented and built their own Solar Extruder, which melts and extrudes sea plastic using the sun.

North Atlantic and Indian Ocean

In the swirling gyre, most of the plastics break down into tiny fragments that are spread over massive stretches of the ocean. In the Gyrecraft collection, Studio Swine uses sea plastic as a valuable and desirable material reminiscent of turtle shell and corals. The five objects represent the five major ocean gyres. The aim is to use plastic in a more artisan, innovative way, which adds value to an undesirable material while drawing attention to the prevalence of a largely invisible problem throughout the world’s oceans.

The project was also an exploration into maritime crafts, which utilize what the sea provides in every coastal or island culture around the world, each with its own unique identity. Traditionally, many of these crafts took place on board during long voyages as a way of making vital repairs or simply passing the time at sea. For example, inspired by ‘Scrimshaw’ a traditional maritime craft of the Azores islands -the art of etching drawings onto whale’s teeth – Sudio Swine has created a whale’s tooth made of plastic collected from the sea using the machine.

South Atlantic and a close up of Indian Ocean

Gyrecraft is the intersection of the dwindling and under-valued heritage of local maritime crafts and the rapid rise of sea plastic pollution. The project is currently on show at Selfridges & Co in its Ultra lounge gallery as part of the store’s Project Ocean campaign, which is focused on entirely removing plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles from its store. The show is on until the end of August.

The Terroir Collection: Seaweed Decor

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Annalisa

Seaweed is a prevalent organic resource that provides the world with up to 80% of its oxygen. The marine algae has a myriad of uses from food, facials and fertiliser but Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt are tasking seaweed with a new endeavour; furniture production.

The Seaweed, here harvested off the coast of Denmark, is dried, ground into powder and cooked into glue utilising the viscous and adhesive effects of the Alginate – the natural polymer of the brown algae.

By combining the seaweed with paper Edvard and Steenfatt have created a tough and durable material with a warm, tactile surface and a refined organic aesthetic. Colours are determined by the seaweed itself ranging from dark brown to light green. The high natural amounts of salt within the seaweed preserves it and acts as a flame retardant, the material is also 100% recyclable and can be made into a natural fertiliser.

The range of furniture produced includes lamp shades and chairs; elegantly designed. A fabulous and innovative range of products that seeks to make the most of the planet’s abundant resources. The Terroir project is collaborating and sharing the knowledge of research with the Dansk Skaldyrcenter in order to create and showcase new ways of using a natural, plentiful material like seaweed in furniture and product design.

Photo Credit: Emil Thomsen-Schmidt

BUSTER + PUNCH X JUSTIN DEAKIN

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Annalisa

 AW15 DESIGN COLLABORATION LONDON FASHION WEEK

Buster and Punch are a London based interiors brand known for their craftsmanship and uncompromising passion for making products they love, including lighting, furniture and limited editions. Justin Deakin is arguably one of the country’s top shoe designers and also a passionate supporter of British craftsmanship, choosing to work with English factories and materials whenever possible.

So the WIN Team was very excited when they announced an exclusive London Fashion Week collaboration at Somerset House. In celebration of their shared passion for music, motorbikes and the art of making, these two British designers epitomise daring craftsmanship through innovative fashion design.

The installation features a strictly limited edition leather light shade and biker boot, both made from the finest quilted Italian calf leather with solid metal and rubber detailing.

Buster + Punch work with rare, solid materials to make extraordinary items for everyday use. The collaboration highlights their design and manufacturing skills to make unexpected accessory items that unite both the interior & fashion industries.

‘Since the day we opened the doors to the public, our main aim was to drag the sluggish interiors world out of the front door and onto our streets and catwalks alike. This exciting collaboration represents the first steps towards us achieving this goal and we will be wearing great boots along the way!.’ – Massimo Buster Minale
 – Buster + Punch

www.busterandpunch.com 

Win Awards in 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Liz

A New Year can bring new opportunities, a chance to inspire and amaze others, to break the mould and to create something original and unique. What better way to start the New Year and celebrate your accomplishments than by entering the World Interiors News Awards?

The WIN Awards programme provides a platform that allows architectural and design firms to receive maximum exposure for their progressive projects and products, showcasing them to our readership of nearly a quarter of a million architects, developers, designers, contractors and consultants.

Last year’s WIN Awards attracted 610 entries from 459 companies across 53 countries. It was a pleasure to review each and every one of those submissions and many of our judges felt the same way. For the 2015 WIN Awards, I will be handing over this fantastic task to our brand new Awards Coordinator Robert Stuart, while I head off to explore the remarkable interiors (and exteriors!) of South America.

Entry into the awards is just £250. However, register before the 16th March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on this fee. For further information and more details on how to submit your project, head to our website or contact Steven Penney steven.penney@worldinteriorsnews.com or Robert Stuart robert.stuart@worldinteriorsnews.com.

For now, I’m going to leave you with a few inspirational images of just some of the stunning projects that landed at the WIN news desk and captivated our readers over the past year – I hope that they get your creative juices flowing. I also look forward to seeing all of your new projects and products featured on World Interiors News soon!

DI Telegraph by Archiproba, Photo Credit Ilya Ivanov

Vine Hair Salon by SIDES CORE, Photo Credit Yoshiro Masuda

Science Café Library by Anna Wigandt, Photos courtesy of Anna Wigandt

Livraria Cultura by studio mk27, Photo Credit Fernando Guerra

Grand Tour by UdA Architetti, Photo Credit Carola Ripamonti

Duddell’s by Studioilse, Photo Credit Robert Holden

Takahashi Hiroko Studio by Schemata Architects, Photo Credit Shiori Kawamoto

Miss Clara by Gert Wingårdh, Photos courtesy of Design Hotels™

Silo by Baines&Fricker, Photo Credit Lisa Devlin

The Jane by Piet Boon® Studio, Photo Credit Richard Powers

Apartment in Amsterdam by MAMM Design, Photo Credit Takumi Ota

Sisii Showroom & Office by Yuko Nagayama & Associates, Photo Credit Daici Ano

World Interiors News Annual Awards Dinner 2014

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Liz

The WIN Team can’t quite believe it but this year’s World Interiors News Awards are officially over! We ended on a high, celebrating at our annual event held at the Saatchi Gallery on 30 October. Numerous cocktails were consumed, fantastic food devoured, new friends made and our extraordinarily talented winners were announced.

All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everybody involved and to all who joined us for what was definitely a very memorable and incredibly exciting evening. We’d like to pay a special thanks to our sponsors; first of all our headline sponsor Poliform (see their beautiful installation from the night below!) and not forgetting Duravit, OVI and Fever-tree, your support this year has been utterly indispensable.

Please enjoy the photos and we’ll see you next year!

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Abundant thanks to all those on the WIN team for such an amazing event… It seemed to be effortless, but that is certainly due to all your hard work and dedication to perfection! You should be very proud.” Alicia Sheber, ESP Business Development

Installation by Headline Sponsor Poliform. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Kristale and Perparim Rama, 4M Group. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you for a lovely evening and for a fantastic, effortless awards.” Bronwen Harris, Poliform

Cocktail Reception. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Our host for the evening, Tom Dyckhoff. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you to the whole WIN team for such a wonderful award ceremony. We had a ball and it was an honour to be nominated and part of this great event.” Koldo Gil, Koldo&Co.

Headline Sponsor Poliform‘s Table. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

George Khachfe, Poliform presenting the Furniture Award to Overgaard & Dyrman. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“The setting was magnificent, the food was outstanding and the crowd terribly interesting.  I had a wonderful evening.” Giovanni Corrado, Baroncelli

OHLAB, Winners of Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Martin Carroll, Duravit presenting the Hotel Award to Shurooq. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed the event and we are all very excited to have won the hotel category. Hopefully many more participations to come!” Noora Lootah, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

King George Creative Agency rushing to receive their Retail Interiors Greater than 200 sq. m award. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Judge Clementine Rodgers with shortlisted certificates for Speirs + Major. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“I had a really enjoyable night and it was so lovely to be among so many creative people. I thoroughly enjoyed the judging this year too – really inspiring work and fellow judges. Here’s to a great 2015 for both WIN and WAN!” Sean Hatcher, MCM Architecture

One Plus Partnership Limited, Winners of Leisure or Entertainment Venues (plus two more projects shortlisted!) Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Brigada, Shortlisted for Museum or Exhibition Spaces. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“A wonderful evening – full of some hugely inspirational projects!” Farrell Chandler, Bolon

ByBeau, Winners of Lighting Products. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Amazing after-awards entertainment from singer Matthew vanKan. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“An unforgettable evening.” Aleksandra Grzonka, Cechownia