St. Bartholomew’s Church by Maxim Velcovsky and Qubus Studio, Bohemia

Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky and Jakub Berbdych off Qubus Studio redesigned this interior of a church in Eastern Bohemia, using customised design classics, rugs and chandeliers.

“The latest creation of the Qubus Studio originated at the St. Bartholomew’s Church in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemia. On this location, Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velcovsky have succeeded in making design an integral part of religion. Here at the St. Bartholomew’s Church you will surely notice that both designers have once again shown their typical flair for working with the context. Through integration and unexpected combination of intelligent elements, they have added a new dimension to the Baroque interior.”

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Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010!

Last week, the winners of the  Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 have been announced on Wallpaper Magazine!

Our annual round up of the startling, the sublime, the strange and the superlative, the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 is upon us. It’s better than ever and W*131, out now, shows why. Here on we’re adding to the celebrations with a film compilation of the highlights from our Judges’ Awards and city short films from our Best City winner and nominees, told through the eyes of the movers and shapers of each city’s renaissance. We’ve brought to life the Best Builder (R-O-B) and Best Time Lord (Maarten Baas) and transformed our Judges’ Awards Contenders’ shoot into an interactive rollover. 2009 was a difficult year for many, but a sterling year for design. 2010 has a lot to live up to…

It seems impossible that an entire year has passed since our last Design Awards installment – but what a year it’s been. Financial meltdown set the bar a notch or two higher for 2009 and we’re pleased to report that, despite the doom and gloom, output has proved second to none. As such, the Wallpaper* design awards 2010 are once again here to celebrate the best of the creative crop from the past twelve months.

We’ve picked out the best of everything: from beds and breakfasts through to jeans and genes. With 66 exhaustive categories to work our way through, we handed responsibility for eleven key awards – including best city and best fashion collections – over to our judges. The final 55, however, have been left down to us, and we’re sure you’ll agree with our selection.

Click on the link below to check out the winners and videos!


PostPanic office interior by Maurice Mentjes, Amsterdam, Netherland

Dutch interior and furniture designer Maurice Mentjes, designed a new office interior for the advertising agency PostPanic in Amsterdam, Netherland.

PostPanic is a company with a combination of a design and a production studio that produces both commercial projects for the international advertising, retail, broadcast and music industries and its own internal projects.

In the briefing, functionality was the biggest priority. To ensure a constant quality, PostPanic purposely chooses to produce, direct, design and animate in-house to stay truth to their original vision, once in production. This approach requires that the various departments of PostPanic each have their clearly divided and defined areas. But at the same time PostPanic required to maintain as much as possible the openness and transparency that the place offered.

The design also had to take into account that the workforce fluctuates from 14 to 40, depending on the different stages of production.

Text by Maurice Mentjes
Photography by Arjen Schmitz
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Cardboard office by Paul Coudamy, Paris, France

French artist Paul Coudamy designed a cardboard office interior for an advertising agency in Paris, France. The challenge of the artist was to design an interior in a industrial room in only one month for conception and production. He designed the furniture by using 4cm thick water- resistan cardboard mounted with wood glue and tape. Light in the space comes down from the umbrellas.

Text from the Paul Coudamy:

The challenge: to design an office space, in a 180 m² industrial room in the north of Paris for an advertising agency, in only one month for conception and production, with the most restricted budget.

The client needs 20 working posts separated in different spaces, a solution for small internal meetings with acoustic insulation, and storage. Job has been done thanks to 4cm thick water resistant honeycomb cardboard, mounted with wood glue and tape, there is no additional structure.

1 Space is completly modular, all the partitions are mobile, a system of angles cuts afford both structure and customising solutions.

2 Storage mixes the raw estectic of honeycomb and the smooth cardboard partition

3 Lighting breaks with the industrial atmosphere, umbrellas give a kind of magic.

4 Creation of a meeting box : «le confessional », for fast intern meeting hidden and isolated.

Photographs by Benjamin Bocass.


House conversion in Bruges by 51N4E Architects, Belgium


51N4E architects, converted and old shop into a contemporary weekend home in the old centre of Bruges in Belgium! The facade and the assets of the old house were kept intact. In the back, the architects designed a wooden organic room. The double- height space is entirely covered in timber planks, start of as an arch which gradually lifts asymmetrically towards the back, framing the tall trees of a the neighboors garden.

5Interesing about the interior is the contrast between the old stair and the shiny super furniture that is new designed. The confrontation between the historical and contemporary is what makes this project so special. More pictures can be downloaded here!



Images are made by Lindman Åke E:son


9th Andreu World International Design Competition Rules and flyer!

The press office of Andreu World, send me some more information about the 9th Andreu World America International Design Competition! The flyer! Click here for the rules!

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9th Andreu World International Design Competition


9th Andreu World International Design Competition. Both students and professionals in the field of design may enter for this competition, has no age limit. The challenge is to design a seat or table in which innovative design/styling contributions are made, bearing in mind the technical specifications in the briefing you can download from our website, along with the compete rules and regulations.

There are two prizes – one with a cash purse of € 4.000 and another with € 2.000- and the deadline for project presentation is 14 September 2009. Sign up online at We look forward to your entry.


Milan Furniture Fair 09 by designws


For those who were not present at the furniture fair in Milan 09, here is a small impression made by designws. They made a report off the most interesting new furniture, products and presentations in Milan. 


Wallpaper Design Awards 2009:Results

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The results are finally here: the best of the best and the very highly commended of the rest, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges – Kanye West, Jean Nouvel, Ines de la Fressange, Marc Newson, Sir Ken Adam and Stefano Pilati. See the winners on Wallpaper..

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H&M store by Estudio Mariscal in Barcelona, Spain

A very nice project by architects Estudio Mariscal, who designed a new shop for H&M in Barcelona, Spain. Estudio Mariscal designed the device, architecture, lighting and graphic work up to even the design of the shopping bags. Here’s some more information that I found via Urbanpromoter.

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A design project aimed at creating excitement among the customers that go into the shop. Excitement at buying clothes and also to be shopping in a pleasant, comfortable, unique place. To make sure that the area is the setting for a pleasant, fun-filled experience. Second objective: that the clothes should find their own place, that the distribution of the shop should order the exhibition of the clothes and the routes. Design at the service of the shop’s activity, never the other way round.

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The new H&M shop is found in the most commercial street of Barcelona, Portal de l’Àngel, in the building which was, until recently, the head office of the company Catalana de Gas. The original building, which is listed, is a vestige of the bourgeois architecture from the end of the 19th century, and is the work of Domènech Estapà, an architect who was opposed to the Modernista movement and more inclined towards a neo-classical style.

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The fact that it is listed and the architectural style of the building were two premises that partly marked our project. The listing was, on the one hand, a real headache in complying with the heritage regulations. But, on the other hand, it was an opportunity to work on a space with noucentista proportions; from a time when square meters were not measured in terms of profitability, hence the huge staircase and the empty space that reaches up into the dome. A genuine old-fashioned luxury.

The change of use of the building was another conditioning factor for the project. We converted an area destined to be the offices of an important company into a modern clothes shop aimed, mainly, at young people, lovers of the latest trends. This meant approaching the project by trying to conciliate the “old” with the “new”. A remorse, bourgeois, baroque dialogue with a pop, modern, contemporary style.

We were very respectful with the different architectural features. We made a great effort to reform the building, highlighting the aspects which, over time and the different uses of the building in its latest stage, had been removed or altered. Things like the dome, the three public rooms, the staircase well and the imperial staircase.

We conceived an ephemeral interior architecture, composed of features that can be added and removed. A second exempt skin was superimposed on the old architecture, creating a new image, without blurring the original. This, which could have been an obstacle throughout the project, became an incentive as it finally helped us to achieve a multipurpose space which is flexible, modular and versatile. The objective, at all times, was to order the product to show H&M collections in the best possible way, which is why the second skin is neutral, in black and white.

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In the entrance, we started an explosion of light, colour and movement, through the LED screens. This entrance works as a shop window, shop sign and access. The communication between the interior and the exterior, which normally happens through the shop window, in this case consists of a virtual shop window. The pedestrian street is a flood of people that the entrance to H&M absorbs like a vacuum cleaner. To respect the façade, a minimal logo was placed.

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The staircase and the dome are two very important features of the alteration. We have emphasised the stairwell, the emptiness created by the staircase. The new staircase that has been built is not as important as the stairwell through which the light from the dome that tops the building travels. This central atrium communicates the floors and allows the natural light to pervade the interior. The cone is a metaphor, a symbol of rising up into the heights, a spiral towards the sky to capture the light.

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In the new basement, sculptural features are integrated providing colour and identity to the space. A series of cactuses, in organic shapes, upholstered in materials in bright colours spatter the area and give it character.

In addition to the interior design and the design of the furniture, Estudio Mariscal was responsible for the lighting and its image and communication.

It is important to recognise, in a project such as this one, the creative freedom that H&M gave us at all times and the cordial, fluent relationship we have had with the client during all the stages of the project.

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Photographs by Rafael Vargas  info and pictures from press.

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