G-Shock and Land Cruiser tie-up for Dakar Rally-inspired Mudman rugged watch

Collaborations in the top tech echelons are routine. Some are hard stretched but few are like a match made in heaven. A meaningful partnership in the latter type is the Toyota Land Cruiser’s tie-up with G-Shock. I am sure this collab, which marries high-end watchmaking with automotive genius, would need no introduction. But if you mean why, the companies thrive on their ability to go anywhere and take what you throw at them, so why not?

The partnership marks the 30-year history of Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body competing at the Dakar Rally. The watch for the occasion is designed to embody the spirit of resilience and adventure, which are the main stakes of the iconic motor sporting event renowned for its challenging and exhausting terrain.

Designer: G-Shock x Land Cruiser

Dubbed the GW9500TLC-1 Mudman ‘Land Cruiser’ limited edition, it is based on one of the most rugged G-Shock watches, the Mudman GW9500. Aptly chosen to represent the most extreme motorsports event, the G-Shock Mudman in the collaboration is inspired by the TLC racing team and the Dakar Rally itself.

That said, the new watch is as close as it can be to the Mudman GW9500 in features and style, except for a few tweaks that make this G-Shock a Toyota companion for the desert. The primary distinction is the use of stainless steel for the bezel and the custom color theme of black and red ion plating that make the timepiece and keeps it in theme with the rally car, Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport’s color scheme. For its distinction, the collaborative G-Shock x Land Cruiser Mudman, reference GW9500TLC-1, is priced about $60 higher than the base Mudman model at $440.

Besides all that, this G-Shock x Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body Mudman has all the same features as the GW9500. It has a Carbon Core Guard interior that’s resistant to dust and keeps the watch tough yet lightweight. The watch is solar powered, has a dynamic dual-layer LCD, features 6 radio-controlled timekeeping, and 200-meter water resistance. The digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer make the watch an ideal partner for the 10,000km Dakar Rally.

G-Shock has ensured perfect branding to render the watch appropriate for The TLC racing team. The caseback wears the TLC logo. The G-Shock x Team Land Cruiser Mudman’s rugged case comes paired with a black rubber strap which has a brown sand-splashed pattern for camouflage in the desert.

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Brasserie des Pres draws on the vibrant history of Paris's Latin Quarter

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers

The storied location of this brasserie in Paris inspired interior studio B3 Designers to fill the restaurant with tasselled chairs, disco balls and other flamboyant decor.

Brasserie des Pres is set in Paris’s Latin Quarter, which was a hub of creativity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, its cafes filled with artists, publishers and prominent writers including Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers
Brasserie des Pres’s ground-floor dining space features red-panelled walls with decorative tiling

London-based studio B3 Designers aimed to infuse this same buzzy ambience into the quarter’s latest eatery, undeterred by its awkwardly narrow interiors.

“Brasserie des Pres has a very unique floor print and we’ve used the existing architecture to create layers of dining experiences,” the studio said. “We’ve created a feeling of community and delight, a welcoming backdrop to the great food served here.”

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers
Built-in shelving transforms walls on the first floor into a cabinet of curiosities

Lush with greenery, the exterior of the restaurant features a striped orange awning and classic Parisian terrace seating.

Once guests step inside, they find themselves in a large dining room with red-panelled walls, inset with mirrored shelves that display an assortment of shapely glass vessels.

Decorative tiles depicting limes, lemons and oranges are incorporated at the top of each panel.

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers
Guests can also relax in the top-floor lounge, which houses a rich selection of vinyl records

Tables throughout the room are dressed with white linen cloths and bijou brass lamps, nodding to the table set-up of the Latin Quarter’s traditional eateries.

Guests also have the option to sit at a high marble counter that directly overlooks Brasserie des Pres’s bustling kitchen or enjoy a drink at the bar, which is fronted by velvet-lined orange stools.

More dining space is provided on the first floor, where the shelves along the walls are filled with antique books and candelabras to mimic the worldly look of a cabinet of curiosities.

Finally, on the top floor of the restaurant is a lounge-style space where guests can relax while selecting tracks from the brasserie’s vinyl record library.

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers
A crimson-red bar hides behind a curtained doorway

A curtained partition can be drawn back to reveal a secret bar, complete with a mirrored ceiling. From its centre hangs a cluster of disco balls, enclosed by a circular neon sign that spells the word groovy.

A plush, crimson banquet winds around the periphery of the space, accompanied by matching tassel-backed chairs and marble tables.

Even the toilets at this level are finished with eccentric details including a pearl-laden chandelier that droops above the washbasin  and surreal gold-framed paintings that depict the eyes of “unsung Parisian anti-heroes”, according to B3 Designers.

Interior of Brasserie des Pres restaurant in Paris by B3 Designers
Surreal paintings and a pearl chandelier appear in the bathroom

Paris’s rich culinary scene is constantly expanding.

Other spots that have recently opened up around the city include Citrons et Huîtres, an oyster bar that’s designed to resemble a fishmonger, and Chinese restaurant Bao Express, which has a retro interior informed by Hong Kong diners of the 1970s.

The photography is by Vincent Remy and Joann Pai.

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This RFID-blocking Smart Wallet has the most Satisfying Opening Mechanism



Select a card from the Shuffle Wallet, and it’s no surprise if it evokes the familiar feel of a deck of playing cards. The concept of the Shuffle Wallet resonates widely, given the universal experience of playing cards, adding a touch of brilliance to its conception. When Stephen’s co-founder Jack asked him how he came up with the idea, his simple response, “It was an accident,” made me chuckle. He said this while wearing a neck brace. While I like minimalist wallets and shuffling cards, will combining the two make for a great form and functional wallet? Let’s explore further and discover why this product is the perfect solution for the most personal accessories you carry daily.

Designers: Jack Yao & Stephen Ng

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The Shuffle Wallet is cleverly designed as an ideal solution for those looking to simplify their lives and protect their cards, especially those with NFC chips, from unwanted scans. Consider a common situation that I’ve experienced, where I’ve flustered my children in front of their friends by fumbling through cards and old receipts to locate the Starbucks card when treating them to drinks at Starbucks. While this may have only lasted seconds, it felt mortifying to a teenager with their friends watching. Another costly example where the Shuffle Wallet could have saved me time and money occurred during my visit to Tokyo. When riding the subway there, you must retain your exit ticket. Otherwise, you’re required to pay again if you lose the ticket. This situation becomes even more problematic when riding the bullet train, where the ticket price can exceed $80. These instances underscore the shortcomings of traditional wallets, and it’s these everyday inconveniences that the Shuffle Wallet aims to eliminate.

The Shuffle Wallet is thinner, classier, and more fun than your thick leather bifold

The Shuffle Wallet, created by the innovative team at Mobile Pixels, stands out for its practicality and elegant design. It includes a unique opening mechanism reminiscent of a deck of cards, which allows you to easily browse and select one of the six or eight cards (if you use the silicone pouch). The quick-draw slot provides swift access to your most frequently used card.

Your cards fan out in a satisfying way, allowing you to easily pick the right one every time.

This feature isn’t just about speed; it’s also a security measure designed to keep your cards securely in place, preventing them from accidentally slipping out. It also comes with a sleek money clip for those who prefer to carry cash, providing a minimalist yet organized way to keep your bills secure and accessible.

The creative features of the Shuffle Wallet continue with its unique opening mechanism. It also incorporates RFID-blocking technology. This feature provides a secure barrier to protect your cards from potential digital theft, ensuring your sensitive information is safe from unauthorized RFID scans.

The Shuffle Wallet is entirely RFID-protected, so digital scammers can’t scan your cards without your permission!

RFID blocking creates a barrier or shield around your cards that operate using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. This technology is commonly found in credit cards and passports, allowing information to be read wirelessly via radio waves. While this provides convenience, it also opens up the potential for unauthorized access or theft of sensitive data.
An RFID-blocking feature, like the one integrated into the Shuffle Wallet, prevents this unauthorized access. It uses materials that interfere with radio waves, making your cards ‘invisible’ to a scanner and securing your information.

This feature is crucial because digital theft is becoming increasingly common. Criminals can use portable RFID readers to steal information from your cards without you even knowing. The RFID-blocking feature in the Shuffle Wallet protects your cards against such potential digital theft, ensuring your sensitive information is safe from unauthorized RFID scans.

Want to share your contact card? The Shuffle Wallet has a built-in NFC business card that lets you share with a tap.

Networking is essential for everyone, from new graduates to accomplished entrepreneurs. That’s why the exchange of contact information must be swift and efficient. The Shuffle Wallet offers a perfect solution that combines convenience and technology. This innovative wallet features an NFC chip inside a silicone pouch, allowing you to embed your digital business card. You can easily share your contact information with a friendly tap of the wallet.

Recognizing the diverse needs of its users, the Shuffle Wallet offers a range of optional accessories to enhance its utility. An AirTag holder is available for those who want the added reassurance of being able to track their wallet, a feature that merges technology with peace of mind. For added convenience, there’s also a flashlight attachment with two brightness levels, a keychain capable of holding up to 10 keys, and a multifunctional credit card tool that includes a range of tools from a screwdriver to a bottle opener, all designed to be TSA-approved for trouble-free travel.

The wallet also provides an optional non-RFID silicone pouch for those who need quick access to specific cards without RFID protection. This is especially useful for items like subway passes or gym cards, which you might need to swipe or scan frequently.

Frequently used cards can sit in the Quickdraw slot, allowing you to instantly access them in under a second

The Shuffle Wallet is available in two durable materials: aluminum, which weighs 4.7oz, and titanium, weighing slightly more at 6oz. The aluminum version is offered in various appealing colors, including neon black, polar ice, gunmetal, and diesel green, while the titanium version showcases the sleek, raw beauty of titanium. Despite its compact size of 4.25 x 2.44 x 0.5 inches, the wallet is designed to be functional and stylish, with an aluminum keychain extending to 9cm in length.

From a broader perspective, the Shuffle Wallet provides more than just a storage space for your money and cards. It is a thoughtfully designed accessory that blends security, style, and practicality, catering to individuals who prioritize efficiency and grace in daily life.

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Wooden Pavilion With A Sunken Walkway Is Designed To Facilitate Orchid Cultivation

Located outside Puerto Escondido, Mexico, at Casa Wabi is a majestic pavilion made from wood. Created by the Mexican architecture studio Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónia, the Orchid Pavilion was commissioned by the art institute Casa Wabi to be built surrounding the Tadao Ando-designed center.

Designer: Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónia

The rather unique and eccentric-looking pavilion includes a rose-colored sunken walkway with benches on the sides and gravel-filled spaces in between the slabs. It has a simple wooden structure with an A-shaped canopy over the sunken walkway. Horizontal wooden slats cover the face of the pavilion. Clay basins have been installed along the apex of the buildings, with bowls facing the sky to collect rainwater that will filter into the space below, forming a drip-irrigation system, and creating a humid environment. Holes have been dug along the walkway, in turn exposing the gravel, and allowing water to drip below and evaporate, providing sustenance to life inside.

“Firstly, the pavilion is a simple and austere machine,” said CCA. “The water is collected by clay-based trays that remain permanently humid.” “The breeze and heat enable the orchids to drink water directly from the environment, eliminating the need for manual watering of the specimens,” they continued.

While building the pavilion, the studio tried to incorporate Japanese sensibility and slight touches with the work of local craftsmen. Local materials were used in the construction of the structure. Vases are hung from the joists of the pavilion, and they hold orchids, which have been curated from the local area. A little basin with a faucet has been positioned at the end of the walkway, providing visitors with a space to drink water, next to the orchids.

“The sound of dripping in the bowls resonates with different natural cycles and human activity,” said CCA. The pavilion is designed to be a “cool, semi-submerged space”, which provides visitors with an opportunity to appreciate the diversity and beauty of orchid species, while also letting them connect with nature and the roof of life.

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Innovative Shampoo Bottle Includes a Detachable Mini Bottle for Travel

How many times have you had to buy a separate smaller bottle of your favorite shampoo for travel? Even if you rely on those tiny shampoo bottles that come complimentary with your hotel room, it’s still an extra bottle that you now have to worry about. The Carry On is a simple, borderline-genius solution that gives you a dedicated travel mini-bottle with your existing at-home shampoo bottle. With a compact design that conveniently comes packaged with your regular bottle of shampoo, the Carry On’s mini bottle can be carried around with you on your travels, and refilled whenever you’re running low, so you don’t need to stress out about buying an additional smaller bottle separately to travel with.

Designer: Yeo Seo Koo

A winner of this year’s Asia Design Prize, the Carry On is an economy-sized 1 liter (33.8 fl oz) bottle of shampoo that comes with its own handle built into the bottle’s design. Except, when you buy it off the shelf, the handle has a perfectly-fitting carry bottle nestled into it like a jigsaw-puzzle piece. When you buy one larger bottle, you get a small one for free that’s the ideal size for your toiletry kit. At 50ml (1.7 fl oz), the shampoo bottle easily gets you through a week-long holiday (you won’t shampoo everyday, obviously) comfortably, allowing you to use your favorite shampoo instead of using those substandard ones that come free with your hotel room.

There are a few things about Carry On that are definitely award-worthy. For starters, getting a smaller bottle free with a larger bottle isn’t new – but Carry On’s implementation is genius. It fits the tiny bottle right in the negative space created by the larger bottle’s handle design. This is usually dead space that gets wasted during logistics, but the clever integration allows the Carry On to use that hollow area efficiently. Moreover, let’s also appreciate the fact that the mini bottle (either by coincidence or by design) has a rounded design that looks like a bar of soap, immediately creating that toiletry-based association! Clever, no?!

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Stone light sculptures use shadow play to create a more dramatic effect

Lamps are designed to bring light to a space, but that doesn’t mean they need to be dazzling or blinding. In fact, some lamps emit more subdued and diffused illumination to create a specific atmosphere and enhance the ambiance of an area. Some lighting fixtures even go beyond just the light they shine, putting just as much emphasis on the form they come in or, in some cases, the effects they have on the environment around them. This collection of light sculptures, for example, are more pieces of art than just lamps, but the way it casts shadows inside and around it delivers more impact that, in turn, further enhances the effect that the warm light produces.

Designer: Alex and Henri (Frero)

It’s almost too easy to take for granted the effect that shadows have on our surroundings. Given their dark nature, they’re often regarded as “bad” or even “ugly” elements, especially when they do obscure other more important objects in a composition. That said, shadows actually create a more impactful composition, especially when they contrast with light and create interesting forms thanks to the shapes that stand between the light source and the surface the shadows are projected on.

Fuca

Fuca

Suma

Suma

The Tala Asa collection of light sculptures embraces this kind of shadow play, putting equal importance on both light and darkness to generate a more striking overall visual. Just like in art, negative space provides not only breathing room but a canvas for these contrasting elements to draw on, casting shadows inside holes while also shining light through them. The earthen aesthetic of sculptures provides additional contrast to the unearthly glow of the light shining from inside.

Coco

Coco

Anta

Anta

Each of the five sculptures has a story to tell through their different forms. Fuca’s simple frame pays homage to the beauty of square elements you might find around you, while the arching Suma is inspired by the geological wonder that is the Ring of Fire. Two squares on top of each other make Coco represent balance and equilibrium, while the interplay of Anta’s three stripes embodies both unity and individuality. Lastly, Sunda’s more complicated pairing is meant to convey the intricate structures and complex relationships of tectonic plates, cutting a powerful and imposing figure in any space it stands on.

Sunda

Sunda

Regardless of their design or inspiration, all five sculptures draw from the earth in more ways than one. They’re available in natural tone finishes, including bone, sienna, terra, olive, and lava, but they’re also made from reclaimed stone and minerals bound with resin and coated with natural plaster paint. And just like how the sun and the earth create an interesting play of light and shadow, the Tala Asa light sculptures bring that interesting dynamic to a smaller degree in your home, office, or any space that needs just a little bit of natural inspiration to bring it to life.

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Introducing An Acoustical Material That Can Be Used Even For Outdoor Events

In the dynamic world of sustainable design, Jonas Edvard stands out with his innovative approach to integrating organic materials into functional and aesthetically pleasing objects. His latest creation, the Myx Sail / Floor, unveiled at the Mindcraft Project 2023, is a sound-absorbing panel that showcases the remarkable properties of mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow. This 1m x 1m panel not only exemplifies the structural possibilities of composite biomaterials but also represents Edvard’s commitment to responsible design practices.

Designer: Jonas Edvard

The Myx Sail / Floor project is a testament to Jonas Edvard’s dedication to exploring the symbiotic relationship between design choices and their impact on nature. Collaborating with a living material – mushroom mycelium – throughout the design and production process, Edvard creates a flexible room divider within a pre-designed mold. As the mycelium gradually grows and bonds with a plant fiber mixture, the panel takes shape, marrying flexibility with rigidity.

The designer draws inspiration from the natural role of mushrooms as recycling agents, breaking down plant matter into soil. His design philosophy revolves around a deep respect for nature, evident in his exploration of the intricate relationship between raw materials and human life. The Myx Sail / Floor prototype serves as a modular design that aims to emphasize how organic materials like mycelium can seamlessly integrate into our living and working spaces.

Jonas Edvard’s broader research study, conducted in collaboration with Arup Engineers in Germany, delves into the sound-absorbing qualities of mycelium. The panels are meticulously designed to absorb frequencies between 200 and 2500 Hz – the standard range of human conversation and interaction (same as glass wool). Edvard envisions the potential for natural, organic materials to become integral components of our buildings and interior architecture, contributing to a more sustainable life cycle.

The design philosophy revolves around responsible design choices and their impact on nature. His open-minded approach to design leads to experiments that yield new materials and objects from local or organic sources, often embracing a circular and sustainable ethos. In his testing phase, Edvard explores various material combinations to understand the design, appearance, and functionality of mycelium-based sound-absorbing material.

The Myx Sail / Floor sound-absorbing panel invites people to touch and feel the natural qualities of mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow. Edvard aims to create an immersive experience, allowing individuals to sense the porous, lightweight, and stiff characteristics of the materials. By reshaping these materials into functional forms, he hopes to spark conversations about the value and aesthetics of natural origins, encouraging a new understanding of how these materials can be incorporated into our homes and living areas. Now the acoustic installation won’t just be on the walls and ceilings conventionally, but the floors too!

The Myx Sail / Floor is more than just a sound-absorbing panel – it is a tangible embodiment of sustainable design principles and a testament to the possibilities that arise when designers collaborate with nature. As Edvard continues to push the boundaries of material innovation, his work inspires the integration of organic, natural materials into our built environment, fostering a harmonious relationship between design and the natural world.

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Gallery Fumi combines "refined with the quirky" for US exhibit debut in LA

Gallery Fumi Los Angeles Sized Studio

Cardboard furniture by Max Lamb and an oversized screen in the shape of “a curled up woman” by artist Saelia Aparicio are among the works displayed at a Gallery Fumi exhibition that coincides with the Frieze LA art fair in Los Angeles.

The Fumi LA exhibition, on show at Sized Studio, marks the first major US show by the London-based Gallery Fumi and includes an assortment of collectable furniture made of cardboard, resin, wood and metal from a group of international designers and artists.

“Blending the beautiful with the provocative, the refined with the quirky, Fumi’s inaugural presentation spotlights a fresh collection of standout pieces,” said the gallery in a statement.

An exhibition of furniture
Gallery Fumi has debuted a collection of furniture in Los Angeles to coincide with Frieze LA

Following his recent collection of furniture pieces made from cardboard boxes, British designer Lamb built  upon the work with the collection Box 2, which included additional tables, chairs, and a vessel made of the material.

The Box 2 pieces were wrapped in a spotted skin of discarded scraps of cardboard, sourced from cardboard tubes, delivery boxes, and various projects from Lamb’s studio.

The designer crushed and layered the material with homemade glue to achieve “a structural integrity like that of rock or wood” to create each piece.

Sculptures in gallery space
The exhibition included work from 23 international artists and designers

Lamb also displayed pink and blue tufted armchairs, hand-dyed wool rugs, a curved-edge sofa made of glulam wood, and chairs made of expanded polystyrene insulation and wood coated with gold leaf.

Spanish artist Aparicio created plywood stools cut and painted brightly to resemble bodies in various folded positions, including the orange and red-painted Esfinge Absorta, “a powerful, monumental screen in the shape of a curled-up woman that exudes both physical presence and fragility”.

Max Lamb
Designer Max Lamb built upon previous work constructed in cardboard

Stoneware and porcelain lighting and vessels by US designer Jeremy Anderson are on display, which were adorned with tear-drop-shaped jewellery accents and a hand-painted black and white motif.

Other lighting includes the spindly glass chandelier and lamp by the German designer Jochen Holz, with similar, twisting branches reflected in the design of a copper chandelier by British studio James Plumb.

Italian-studio 6 AM Glassworks displayed stools made of black Murano glass that feature distinct stacked layers and geometric bodies, while British designer Allan Collins made amorphous seating covered in Pirarucu fish leather.

Other pieces include a table made of antique wood and pastel-coloured resin by Chinese designer Jie Wu and bronze seating from studio Voukenas Pertides moulded into organic forms.

Sized Studio by gallery Fumi
It will be on show from 2 February to 9 March 2024

Other designers showing work were British designer Leora Honeyman, Italian artist Francesco Perini, British artist Rowan Mersh, Dutch designer Eelko Moorer, Finnish designers Tuomas Markunpoika and Kustaa Saksi, German designer Johannes Nagel, Japanese designer Shinta Nakajima, design studio Glithero, German designers Jochen Holz and Lukas Wegwerth, US designer Casey McCafferty, British designers Sam Orlando Miller and Alex Hull and studio Study O Portable.

Gallery Fumi recently marked its 15th anniversary with a design exhibition in London informed by biology, featuring some of the pieces displayed at this year’s Frieze LA instalment.

The photography is by Stephane Aboudaram/We Are Contents, courtesy of Gallery Fumi

Fumi LA is on show at Sized Studio in Los Angeles from 2 February to 9 March 2024. For more exhibitions, events and talks in architecture and design, visit Dezeen Events Guide.

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Lamborghini Countach LP400 replica flaunts intricate scissor doors and rear-view periscope mirror

The Lamborghini Countach LP400 was the first generation of its kind and way ahead of time in terms of design given it debuted way back in 1974. Those scissor doors and the rear-view periscope mirror that vanished into the roof, just like the periscope of a submarine captured the imagination of performance car lovers. Fast forward to the current day and Lambo is basking in the glory of the Revuelto plug-in hybrid supercar.

Amalgam Collection, a brand out of Bristol, UK, renowned for making the most detailed scale model replicas of famous four-wheelers like the Ferrari 296 GT3 sportscar has again caught our attention. This time they’ve created intricate 1:8 scale models of both the Revuelto and Countach LP400. Since we like things classic, so for now our focus is the nostalgic LP400 scale model that’s handmade to perfection with thousands of precisely engineered parts completing the build.

Designer: Amalgam Collection

As expected from the scale model builder, this fully-opening scale replica took almost 400 hours of the craftspeople’s time and skillful effort. The design took shape from the original CAD models and digital scan files provided. Further details were obtained from the thousands of pictures of the classic 4.0-liter V12-powered supercar. If we overlook the 250-400 hours of creating each of the scale model units, the initial time input to develop the tooling for vehicles that the maker has never before made alone takes a mind-boggling 2,500 – 4,000 hours!

According to Amalgam, the exterior and interior of the car will be accurately replicated to the last visible detail. These include the color of the seat stitching, brake calipers, steering wheel, speaker indents, manual shifter, license plates, and even the ashtray in the center console. Predictably, the front trunk has a spare tire and the headlights can be toggled between up and down position.

They further added that their long-term collaboration with Lamborghini  permits them full access to “the brand’s paint codes, color samples, and every personalized detail to ensure their model matches their full-size counterpart.”

There will be a limited number of 199 units of the scale model Countach LP400 in Giallo Fly yellow or Rosso red color options. This model is priced at approximately $19,900 for automotive collectors willing to pay any price for such intricate works of art. You could buy a real sedan for that price tag!

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Malvina Zayat perches House in the Clouds on hilly site in Argentina

House in the Clouds by Malvina Zayat

Argentinian architect Malvina Zayat has completed a white home for herself and her family that is lifted above a sloped site and enters into “an intimate dialogue with the sky and clouds”.

The residence sits within a native forest in the town of Salsipuedes, which lies about 30 kilometers from the city of Córdoba.

A house with white screens
Malvina Zayat has created an elevated residence in Córdoba

Zayat – founder of the local firm Malvina Zayat Architecture Studio – lives there with her husband and two children.

Accessed via a cobblestone street, the home is perched on a hilly property with extensive views of the landscape. The building is elevated and rendered in white, helping “establish an intimate dialogue with the sky and clouds”.

A person walking along an elevated walkway around a house
The house was built for herself and her family

“Located in the central sector of the land, with its long side facing north, it appears as a white prism, levitating over the mountain and getting lost in the clouds,” said the architectural studio.

Rectangular in plan, the home is lifted up by steel supports. On the west end, the building hovers 3.5 metres above a sheltered parking area.

A lady looking out from a porch
It is lifted on steel supports and wrapped in white screens

Most of the structural system consists of prefabricated metal parts that were assembled on-site.

The foundation and floor slab are made of concrete – a decision informed by “the need to accumulate heat in the mass of the slab when the winter sun enters the interior space from the north”.

A person in a kitchen with wood cabinetry
The house is linear in plan and accessed via a hanging staircase

Facades consist of white-painted metal and stretches of glass. The front elevation has a long deck, or gallery, lined with folding metal screens.

“A system of folding panels attenuates the winds in the gallery and filters the entry of sun from the west in summer,” the team said.

A living room clad in wood cabinetry
The entire south side of the living area is lined with storage

“At the same time, it guarantees the security of the home when its users are not there.”

From the parking area, a hanging staircase takes visitors upward to the deck. From here, one enters the home through a sliding wooden door.

A porch that opens into a home
A spacious porch wraps around the perimeter

The overall entry sequence is “an experience that begins in contact with the earth and ends in the air”.

Inside, one finds a linear plan with a communal space at one end of the home and a private area with two bedrooms occupying the other.

Between the two zones is a service island that is vented and illuminated from above. Water is provided by rainwater that is stored in cisterns below the house.

The entire south side of the interior is lined with a storage unit that meets functional needs while also adding thickness to the building envelope. The north and west sides open up to the exterior, providing a sense of expansion.

A person sitting in a bedroom
Eucalyptus plywood was used throughout

The restrained material palette includes concrete flooring with a vinyl finish and Brazilian granite for the kitchen countertops. Eucalyptus plywood was used for the walls, ceilings, doors and built-in furniture.

“The incidence of light on the vermillion-coloured wood panelling generates a scenography spatial experience that culminates in the heart of the home: the social area, in total communion with the mountains,” the team said.

Córdoba is the capital of the Argentinian province of the same name. Other projects in the region include an isolated house by Nicolás Barrionuevo and Juan Villanueva that features operable wooden screens and a concrete and stone house by Nanzer + Vitas that is meant to resemble a medieval village.

The photography is by Gonzalo Viramonte.


Project credits:

Architect: Malvina Zayat Architecture Studio
Design team: Malvina Zayat, Natalia Lucía Ruiz Venicio
Structural calculation: Edgar Moran

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