Content furnishes Paloma nail salon in Texas with comfy blue chairs and brass details

Customers of this nail salon in Houston are pampered in large blue armchairs raised on platforms, within a bright space that also features ombre wallpaper.

The interior for the Paloma nail bar was completed by local architecture firm Content, which designed the space in response to the client’s slogan “Escape to Beautiful”.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

“Natural materials and textures combine with refined accents to create an atmosphere that prioritises both a healthy escape and a luxurious experience,” said the studio.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

Customers arrive from the street into a reception area, naturally illuminated by the large glazed shop frontage.

Coloured polishes are displayed on shelves in the almost entirely white space, which also has wooden benches to form a waiting area.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

A “veil” of white-painted wooden dowels and brass bars separates the treatment space towards the back. In this long narrow room, a row of blue armchairs runs along one side – raised on a low platform topped with pale timber.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

These seats for pedicures are accompanied by dark wood tables and stools, brass lamps, and black bowls for cleaning feet. Plants add a touch of greenery on a shelf behind.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

Pairs of the same armchairs face each on the other side of the room, so patrons can chat to each other during treatments.

“These platforms provide unique orientations to focal points within the room while also offering conversational opportunities at facing chairs,” said Content.

Paloma by AfterAll Studio

At the back, small tables are set up for manicures, with wallpaper that blends from blue to peach to light blue behind. These colours echo the branding for the salon, created by Portland-based AfterAll Studio.

Paloma – which uses non-toxic products – received a 2017 AIA Houston Design Award, and a second location is due to open soon. Other nail bars with interesting interiors in the US include a minimalist salon in Los Angeles.

Photography is by Peter Molick.

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Amazing Black and White Images of the Metropolis

Les photographies de rue de Alan Schaller, basé à Londres, intègrent une combinaison étonnante de géométrie, de haute contraste et de surréalisme, ainsi qu’un aspect humain à chaque image. Sa série Metropolis examine comment nous sommes souvent perdus dans le monde qui nous entoure. Schaller prend ses sujets contre des arrière-plans architecturaux majestueux. Jouant avec la lumière et l’ombre, chaque image est plein d’emotion. Voir plus de son travail ici, et le suivre sur Instagram.

Cuddly bear-like chairs feature in OOPS furniture collection by Pierre Yovanovitch

Sheepskin armchairs based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears feature in this range of furniture by French designer Pierre Yovanovitch, displayed in New York earlier this year.

Yovanovitch created the chairs among 24 custom designs, for an exhibition titled OOPS at Tribeca gallery R & Company – his first show in the US.

OOPS by Pierre Yovanovitch

Known as the Bear Armchair, the design was already a staple in Yovanovitch’s portfolio. But the ursine shape was upholstered in sheepskin for the showcase and produced in three different sizes: Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear, just like in the fairytale.

OOPS by Pierre Yovanovitch

Each has soft rounded forms, ear-like protrusions at the top of the backs, and spherical wooden feet.

Other designs presented included a donut-shaped bench, tables that look like giant pebbles, and fluffy dining chairs named Monsieur and Madame.

Bowman pendant by Pierre Yovanovitch

Black pendant lamps look like they were sculpted from a viscous liquid, and patterned using a palette knife.

Another set of lights was named ET, due to a resemblance to the loveable alien in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 movie.

ET lamps by Pierre Yovanovitch

To produce the collection, Yovanovitch worked with craftspeople across Europe, including cabinetmakers, ceramists, ironworkers, glassmakers, upholsterers, weavers, textile specialists, and lacquerers.

OOPS by Pierre Yovanovitch

OOPS was displayed at R & Company from 7 September to 19 October 2017, as part of the gallery’s annual guest curator series.

For the exhibition, Yovanovitch also selected historical and contemporary pieces from R & Company’s permanent collection, as well as artworks from other American and French galleries. These included items by the LA-based Haas Brothers and Senegalese designer Babacar Niang.

OOPS by Pierre Yovanovitch

“In this exhibition, I wanted to reference vintage design in addition to showcasing contemporary works,” he said.

“I sought to make it, in a way, a dialogue between 20th and 21st century design – while I have a passion for contemporary works, I also feel as though paying homage to historical design disciplines is an act of respect as a designer.”

OOPS by Pierre Yovanovitch

The designer previously worked in the menswear atelier of Pierre Cardin before switching focus to interiors and furniture, setting up his own studio in Paris in 2001.

Photography is by Jean-François Jaussaud of Luxproductions.

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Nilsson Pflugfelder's prefabricated wooden house is designed to maintain owners' privacy

This windows of this house in Cambridge, by architects office Nilsson Pflugfelder, are carefully positioned and sized to prevent overlooking by neighbouring properties.

House R is a two-storey property in the centre of the English city, surrounded by Victorian terraces and their gardens.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

Nilsson Pflugfelder designed the house as a compact volume with striated timber facades.

The sizes of the windows that puncture these facades were determined by the proximity and height of neighbouring buildings.

“Windows are carefully placed without creating overlooking issues, to provide long uninterrupted vistas, with the purpose of lending an unexpected, carefully choreographed sense of grandness to the otherwise spatially efficiently planned house,” explained studio founders Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

The house is positioned towards the centre of the site, to maximise its distance from the boundaries whilst providing usable outdoor space on all sides.

The gap between the house and boundary is greatest on the southern side, to allow space for a garden that is optimally positioned to capture the best of the sunlight.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

The ground-floor living spaces open up to the garden on this side, while the northern side of the building accommodates service areas including the kitchen, pantry and utility room.

On the upper floor, the bedrooms face north to prevent overlooking, while the bathrooms, dressing and linen rooms positioned to the south feature translucent windows situated above eye level.

Some of these windows are shielded from overlooking by fixed fins that project perpendicular to the facade.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

An oriel window extends out from the south facade to allow natural light to reach the study, while providing a view of the approach to the site and ensuring the room is not overlooked.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

The building was designed to be prefabricated by the UK branch of German kit-house specialist Baufritz, in order to improve its environmental credentials and ensure accurate costing of the project.

The prefabricated construction method is based on a system of closed wall and roof panels that are delivered to site completely finished. This also helped to reduce time spent on site, as well as disruption to the neighbours.

The straightforward orthogonal structure comprises standardised walls that are arranged based on a grid format to provide the required lateral stability.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

To maintain the building’s sustainable credentials and to further reduce costs, standard timber cladding was used to clad the exterior walls.

The timber profiles added to the facades introduce a simple detail that articulates the facades without interrupting the prefabricated panels. All windows are also standardised off-the-shelf units.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

The proportions are intended to complement the mass and tones of the buff-coloured brick used to clad the surrounding Victorian terraces.

“Through strong horizontal striations and leaving the timber untreated, it is intended to lend the light timber cladding a materiality and gravity akin to a heavy brick facade, to make the timber appear brick-like,” the studio said.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

The front door opens into a spacious lobby providing access to a kitchen, dining and lounge space on one side, with bathrooms, storage, a study and bedrooms at the other end of the house.

A staircase leading towards the first-floor bedrooms and study ascends through a double-height void, with a curving inner wall that is illuminated from above by a skylight.

House R/Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder are based between Berlin and London. Past projects by the studio include a modular container that can be reconfigured to create a workspace, artist’s residence, archive or meeting area.

Photography is by Joakim Boren.

Project credits:

Architect: Nilsson Pflugfelder
General contractor: Baufritz UK
Construction management: Dominik Boehm
Planning consultant: RPS Planning and Development
Landscape: Sara Mark
Groundworks: Gary Gabriel Associates

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Amusing Collection of Image Mash-Ups

Randy Lewis est le graphiste créatifs derrière la série humoristique et surréaliste intitulée This or That. Avec l’aide de Photoshop, Lewis combine deux objets différents pour créer une image surprenante, qu’il pose sur des fonds colorés. Visitez son site et Instagram.

Amazingly Realistic Still Life Compositions

Le Bulgare George Stoyanov réalise des compositions superbement fines et graphiques en CGI. Sa maitrise des outils 3D fait oublier le caractère digital de ses sujets pour ne laisser à voir plus que les objets, les formes et les couleurs. Un sens du détail poussé qui transmet des émotions fortes, Georges Stoyanov s’impose avec un style propre qui lui va à merveille. 

14 Shanghai architecture studios photographed by Marc Goodwin

The latest series of images by photographer Marc Goodwin offers a look inside 14 Shanghai-based architecture studios, belonging to firms including Neri & HuArchi-Union Architects and David Chipperfield Architects.

Marc Goodwin has visited studios in numerous countries, as part of his ongoing project to reveal the workplaces of all of the world’s big-name architects.

Following series in ParisLondon, Beijing and the Nordic countries, the photographer visited a range of studios in China’s biggest city.

The 14 revealed in this series include locally based practices such as More Architecture and Aim Architecture, as well as the Chinese offices of big international firms like Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

The resulting images reveal a diverse range of building types, including an old personal training studio, a former metalwork factory and a space behind an aircraft repair station.

For instance, local studio Linehouse occupies a former marketplace, featuring wooden flooring and a shelving unit that spans an entire wall. Meanwhile, Neri&Hu’s 100 employees work in in a more traditional office space that is entered via a large concrete staircase.

Take a look at all 14 Shanghai architecture studios:

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin


In this space since: October 2015
Number of employees: eight (in Shanghai)
Building’s former use: shopping mall

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

Schmidt Hammer Lassen

In this space since: May 2017
Number of employees: 40 (in Shanghai)
Building’s former use: electronics factory

Marc Goodwin photographs Shanghai studios

David Chipperfield Architects 

In this space since: 2015
Number of employees: 20 (in Shanghai)
Building’s former use: factory

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

Spark Design Consulting

In this space since: 2005
Number of employees: about 10
Building’s former use: studio

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

Atelier Deshaus

In this space since: 2016
Number of employees: 20
Building’s former use: empty space beside an aircraft repair station

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

MORE Architecture

In this space since: November 2016
Number of employees: 10
Building’s former use: state-owned financial investment company

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

Aim Architecture Design Consulting 

In this space since: May 2016
Number of employees: 40
Building’s former use: office

Logon Urban Architecture Design

In this space since: 2007
Number of employees: 50
Building’s former use: metalwork factory

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin


In this space since: June 2017
Number of employees: 15
Building’s former use: central kitchen of a food company

Archi-Union Architects

In this space since: 2010
Number of employees: 50-60
Building’s former use: factory

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin


In this space since: December 2015
Number of employees: 9
Building’s former use: wet market

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin


In this space since: 2009
Number of employees: 100
Building’s former use: office building

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

PES-Architects Consulting

In this space since: 2017
Number of employees: six
Building’s former use: industrial warehouse

Shanghai studios by Marc Goodwin

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners 

In this space since: 2011
Number of employees: seven
Building’s former use: personal training studio

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Get motivated to work out with our Pinterest board dedicated to gyms

With 2018 just around the corner, our new Pinterest board is filled with gyms to inspire you to burn off the Christmas calories, including a sunken gym in the garden of a London home and a yoga studio in a converted Sydney warehouseFollow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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North Carolina home by Buildsense reuses materials from previous building on site

Dismantling an existing property allowed design-and-construction firm Buildsense to reuse materials for this ranch-style home in North Carolina.

Built upon a wooded lot near the city of Raleigh, the three-storey Spring home was designed for a family eager to maximise their living space, with a limited environmental impact.

Spring by Buildsense

A vertical volume clad in aluminium mesh acts as a focal point of the home, provides the entrance, and contains the staircase.

Spring by Buildsense

“Serving as the entry, vertical circulation, and an orientation device, [it is] ever-present to all public/family gathering spaces,” said Buildsense. “With nightfall, it glows as a lantern: a beacon to the exterior.”

Spring by Buildsense

This feature, nicknamed the “lightbox stair” was built using materials salvaged from the structure that previously took up the site. Overall, more than 85 per cent of the previous home was upcycled.

Spring by Buildsense

A gravel-and-stone walkway leads to the entry foyer. Passed the main circulation space is an L-shaped kitchen, living and dining room, while to the West, the architects laid out a screened porch as well as a space for outdoor cooking.

Spring by Buildsense

The northern half of the home contains a two-car garage and master suite, which is secluded for privacy.

Upstairs, a secondary living room occupies the large stair landing, which acts as a mezzanine. A metallic walkway crosses the home, overlooking the public areas of the ground floor.

Spring by Buildsense

This leads to an external balcony, where the owners have installed a telescope for stargazing.

Horizontal wooden cladding on the exterior allows the perforated aluminium panels of the circulation core to stand out. Inside, the architects chose a toned-down palette of white walls, wooden floors, and certain slate accents.

Spring by Buildsense

Buildsense has also recently completed a farmhouse in North Carolina, using no-frills materials such as corrugated metal and reclaimed lumber for the construction.

Other houses in the US state include a home made of stacked volumes clad in cypress, and a monochrome modernist residence by In Situ Studio.

Photography is by Mark Herboth.

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Tom Fereday bases minimal chair on industrial factory seating

Australian designer Tom Fereday has created a minimal dining chair with an adjustable curved backrest, which he based on seating found in old factories.

Called Sia, meaning movement in Hindi, the chair is named after its adjustable backrest that tilts to follow the body’s form.

Sia chair by Tom Fereday

“The dining space is often tricky in terms of space available,” Fereday told Dezeen. “I wanted to develop a slim dining chair that would be accessible to anyone no matter where they lived, but didn’t compromise on the luxury and comfort of dining; something that could fit in anyone’s home; that you could put 10 around a table and it wouldn’t feel crowded.”

“The brief I set myself was to create a slim chair that was comfortable,” he continued. “Quite often with those types of chairs the compromise is comfort, so that was the reason for developing the articulating backrest.”

Sia chair by Tom Fereday

Fereday, whose studio is based in an industrial warehouse in the Camperdown suburb of Sydney, Australia, was inspired by the design of traditional factory chairs.

The chair’s sculpted solid ash seat are set within a minimal stainless steel frame that allows them to be stacked.

Sia chair by Tom Fereday

The slim backrest pivots around the steel frame on a series of solid bronze, self-lubricating sleeve bearings that enable a smooth adjustment.

The backrest is simply press-fit assembled using the natural flex of the steel frame. Fereday stated that this allows for minimal shipping volume and easy end-of-life recycling or repair.

Sia chair by Tom Fereday

After being named by Dezeen as one of seven designers to watch from the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Fereday has had a busy year.

During Melbourne Design Week he was one of 26 designers to adapt a replica of Jasper Morrison’s Hal chair in an exhibition that drew attention to Australia’s legal replica furniture market.

Sia chair by Tom Fereday

At Milan Design Week, in a 12th-century church courtyard, he showcased a wire chair that was created for new furniture brand SP01, whose unique selling point is that its furniture can withstand the Australian outdoors.

Working with artist Susan Chen he developed a delicately ridged 3D-printed pendant light that takes two and a half hours to 3D print from one piece of extruded clay, and also created a series of custom-made tables and chairs for the Louis Vuitton store inside Sydney’s Bondi Junction shopping centre.

Photography is by Fiona Susanto.

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