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Updated Pinterest board: Japanese houses

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We’ve updated our Japanese houses Pinterest board to include 141 examples that have been published on Dezeen since May 2013. See our updated board »

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Dezeen's A-Zdvent calendar: Navy Chair by Emeco

Navy Chair by Emeco

N is the next letter in our A-Zdvent calendar, represented by Emeco‘s lightweight aluminium Navy Chair designed for use on US submarines.

American company Emeco‘s 1006 Navy Chair was conceived in 1944 as a strong, durable and lightweight seaworthy seat.

The designs were hand-formed from soft, recycled aluminium and welded into shape. Each product was then tempered – heated and cooled to increase strength – and finally anodised at the end of what Emeco describes as a “77-step process”.

Now available in brushed or polished finishes, the Navy Chair is recognised by its simple silhouette, its trio of back-bracing elements and its indented seat.

Emeco was originally set up to develop furniture for military ocean vessels. By 1950, the brand’s aluminium chairs were used to furnish many of the US Navy’s ships and submarines, including the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus.

In the years after the Second World War, the US government became the largest purchaser of Emeco chairs all the way through the 1970s.

Sales of the Navy Chair plummeted when the US military was significantly downsized at the end of the Cold War.

More recently the Navy Chair’s design has been the subject of legal and copying disputes.

In January last year, American company Restoration Hardwood agreed to permanently cease sales of chairs that Emeco claimed were “cheap knockoffs” of the Navy Chair, after a settlement was reached.

Online home rental brand Airbnb removed aluminium seats from its San Francisco headquarters after Emeco pointed out that the designs were knockoffs of the Navy Chair.

However, a series of new designs have been released by Emeco to compliment the original product.

Purpose-made seat pads for the chair were launched earlier this year so owners could finally avoid the shock of sitting on ice-cold aluminium.

Also this year, Japanese studio Nendo reimagined the iconic design as a range of stools and tables that Emeco launched in Milan.

A version made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles, named the 111 Navy Chair, was released in 2010.

Another Emeco chair that made it into our A-Zdvent calendar this year is Philippe Starck’s aluminium Icon Chair.

Dezeen is publishing an A to Z of iconic chairs to count down the days until Christmas. Catch up with the list so far »

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Central Business District in China

Le 30 Octobre 2014, le gouvernement municipal de Zhuhai a officialisé l’inauguration du nouveau centre de convention et d’exposition international de Zhuhai, développé par 10 Design. Cette cérémonie est la première étape de construction du quartier d’affaires de Shizimen en Chine. L’ensemble du complexe comprendra 640 000 m² de logements. Un centre à découvrir.

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Shoes Store in Amsterdam

MVSA Architects a construit la boutique de chaussures Shoebaloo Koningsplein à Amsterdam. L’intérieur offre une expérience cosmique avec des formes, lignes, surfaces translucides et lumières qui ajoutent une atmosphère futuriste. A découvrir en images.

Photos by Jeroen Musch.
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Hotel cafe by Campos Costa Arquitectos projects towards a swimming pool

A new timber and concrete cafe cantilevers out towards the swimming pool at this 1970s hotel in Portugal that has been renovated by Campos Costa Arquitectos (+ slideshow).

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

The Lisbon studio led by Pedro Campos Costa was tasked with upgrading the facilities at the Eurotel Tavira, a hotel in the south of Portugal originally designed by architects Barros da Fonseca and Paiva Lopes.



Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

As well as refurbishing the existing spaces of the white-rendered four-storey block, Campos Costa’s team added a modern extension to create a generous dining space and terrace overlooking the swimming pool.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

“The proposal aims to enhance the comfort and constructive quality of the Eurotel Tavira to that expected of contemporary four-star hotels,” said the architect.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

“The goal was to search for a balance between existing and contemporary. The building was designed in the 1970s and has features that I was interested in keeping, and which influenced the design of the new elements.”

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

Rather than emulating the material palette of the old building, he chose to combine modern detailing with the traditional techniques of local carpenters.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

This resulted in a two-storey structure topped by a gridded timber roof supported by slender columns. Its concrete base is set into the sloping ground at one end and cantilevers six metres out towards the existing pool at the other.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

At first glance the roof appears to be flat, but on closer inspection it reveals itself as a gently curving surface that lifts upwards at two of its corners and drops down on the other two.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

An L-shaped dining space takes up one half of the elevated floor, while the other half is occupied by a generous terrace facing out towards the horizon.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

“The fundamental aspect of the new structure is the concern for comfort, both on the terrace and lounge space,” said Campos Costa.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

“The wood was a material that emerged from the very first moment, very attached to a search for a relationship with the nearby surroundings,” he added. “The building seeks to find the land and the surroundings in a balanced and harmonious way while asserting its personality and its character.”

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

A concrete staircase sits at the heart of the space, offering guests a direct route down to the pool.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

The rest of the renovation involved refitting the hotel’s reception and living room, located on the ground floor, and modernising the guest rooms on the levels above.

Ozadi Hotel by Campos Costa Arquitectos

Photography is by José Campos.


Project credits:

Client: Gracer
Architect: Pedro Campos Costa
Team: Pedro Campos Costa, Verónica de Mello, Silvia Bechi, Giulia Castelarin, Werner Peruzzo, Nuno Pereira, Ana Isabel Fernandes, Gonçalo Pacheco, Katarzyna Augustyniak e Daniela Figueiredo
Interior Design: Lara Matos e Verónica de Mello
Structural engineers: Miguel Lourenço JSJ estruturas
Lighting design: Paula Rainha

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Ground floor plan, general – click for larger image

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Ground floor plan, extension – click for larger image

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First floor plan, extension – click for larger image

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Sections, extension – click for larger image

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IKEA – Bedroom Cinema

Pour leur campagne « Wake Up Love », la marque IKEA Russia a fait appel aux équipes créatives de chez Instinct et l’agence Mint BBDO Group pour convertir un cinéma en lieu cosy : tous les sièges ont été remplacés par des lits de cette marque. Une opération étonnante à découvrir en vidéo dans l’article.

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Dropbear Digital turns paper cut outs into stop-motion music video for John Butler Trio

Music: Australian studio Dropbear Digital used over 330 paper illustrations to tell the story of a wandering spirit in this stop-motion video for John Butler Trio’s new single, Spring to Come.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

Director Jonathan Chong of Dropbear Digital collaborated with independent illustrator Snip Green to make the film.



John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

“The story is about an Earth-bound spirit called Jack who is searching for his long lost wife called Spring,” Chong told Dezeen.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

“He wanders the landscape as it changes through the seasons and all around him the cycle of life continues,” the director said. “In the end he finds Spring and returns to the light.”

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

Beginning with an animation of a pop-up book opening, the film cuts to Jack and Spring’s graves, before following Jack’s spirit through an otherworldly landscape.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

“It was directly inspired by the underlying meaning of the song that no matter how dark things can get there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and things don’t stay the same forever – spring eventually comes full circle,” said Chong.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

Australian soft rockers John Butler Trio approached Dropbear Digital about making the video after seeing a stop-motion promo Chong made for Melbourne outfit Hudson and Troop.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

The director told Dezeen that almost everything in the James Butler Trio video “was created out of paper – from the plants to the animals and the human characters.”

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

“Everything had to be cut out and created by hand. It was animated on a traditional animation stand that consisted of three to four layers of glass so that the background, foreground and middle ground could be divided up and animated separately.”

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

While most of the effects in the film were created in-camera, some were produced after filming. “The setting sun was a practical light on a slider that was animated by hand, and then the sky and stars were a digital effect,” Chong explained.

John Butler Trio music video by Dropbear Digital

The director animated the film using Dragonframe stop-motion software. Spring to Come features on John Butler Trio’s sixth album, Flesh and Blood.

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Geometric Visuals Installation

A travers un arrangement soigné de miroirs, lumières et d’espaces négatifs, l’artiste James Nizam réalise de magnifiques installations éphémères qu’il capture avec de la photographie analogique. James modifie totalement la façon dont son spectateur considère les espaces architecturaux et tire des liens entre photographie, design et sculpture.

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