June 29, 2010

W Retreat and Spa designed by Patricia Urquiola

W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, vies with one of the most spectacular natural beauty spots in the Caribbean. Patricia Urquiola is an architect and furniture designer who draws much inspiration from her treasured memories of growing up in Spain and leisurely family vacations. She brings this sensibility to her design for W Retreat & Spa, using some of her own furniture collections for Moroso to capture the essence of the island’s spell.

Moroso's products used for the realization of this project are Field, Tropicalia, and Fjord.

One of Urquiola's most unique pieces, is the oversized Vieques bathtub, designed for Agape. It’s a contemporary restyling of the old-fashioned bath tub, for a decidedly unconventional environment.

June 24, 2010

Art and design's staying power

by Zahid Sardar from the column Design Spotting in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dzine, the modernist Italian furniture store near San Francisco's Design Center is like the little engine that could. A few years ago, months after opening at 128 Utah St., it expanded into an adjacent space that became available; now Dzine has doubled again despite economic doldrums that have decimated stores such as Dan Friedlander's Limn, formerly San Francisco's modernist furnishings mecca. Dzine's exposed-rafter, triple-height open-plan addition dedicated entirely to Boffi, the Rolls-Royce of Italian kitchen and bath brands, now makes the 15,000-square-foot store one of the Bay Area's largest. The new wing, filled with Boffi displays separated by plaster and mirrored glass partitions, was designed by Dzine owners Eve & Cardenio Petrucci in collaboration with none other than furniture genius Piero Lissoni.

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June 19, 2010

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas

Photography by: Iwan Baan

The 12-level Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center is one of the world’s most innovative theatre facilities, featuring a groundbreaking design by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas. Equally innovative is Moroso’s auditorium seating for the Wyly. Rather than the typical fixed theatre seat, Stage seating, as conceived and designed by Arne Quinze, is composed of single upholstered chairs linked and ranged in rows around the stage area. Stage is lightweight, thanks to its unique four-leg base design, and seating configurations can be altered quickly and seamlessly. For the Wyly, Stage’s base continues the theme of transparency as the rows of seating appear to hover above the floor.
The transparent exterior of the Potter Rose Performance Hall allows outside pedestrian views into the Wyly Theatre, as well as audience views of the surrounding outdoor areas. Black-out blinds that can be opened or closed for performances allows the space to be suffused with ambient light and gives the option of having the Dallas skyline as a backdrop. The building’s transparency is best seen at dusk.

The upper portion of the building is clad in pre-fabricated aluminum panels with random repetitions of vertical venetians, creating a textured effect. Unlike the typical theatre setting, where support spaces wrap around the stage house, this unique design for the Wyly places these spaces either above or below the auditorium, enabling maximum interaction and flexibility of performance space and seating.The flexibility of the facility allows performances of a wide range of classical and experimental drama, dance and musical productions, world-renowned vocalists and dance troupes.