SPRING by Joey Ho Design

SPRING is a remarkable early childhood learning center designed by Hong-Kong based architect Joey Ho. Although I must admit that anyone with a tagline that reads Slices of Joy would catch my eye (Yes! It is true. ‘Joey Ho Design Limited – slices of joy’ it’s the name of his studio and tagline. How great is that?) the work of this young Taiwanese architect is not only joyful but very meticulous as well.

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In this project the Architect really puts his moto to use: Design is like making dessert, a recipe of feelings to make people happy. And in this particular recipe, the distances between children and adults become smaller and both can enjoy and live in the wonderfully colorful, and yet functional, spaces.

Here’s the description from the Architect:

Spring is a newly established learning center for children with the aim to help them achieve their development and learning potential during the crucial growth years. With this philosophy in mind, the designer came up with a concept that would enrich the learning experience — dual perspective. By bringing together the perspectives of a child and an adult, and manifested in the space, furniture and details, it is hoped to facilitate a dialogue and interaction between the children, parents and educators.

Throughout the centre, fairy tale-like cliches gave way to a neutral palette of white, light green, pastel blue and wood, with a few touches that bring back happy childhood memories. The tree houses and swings in the cafe are inspired by the outside greenery, and a hilly relief feature create cozy cocoons for reading or internet surfing.

Two furniture systems catering to children and adults respectively have been designed and placed together in the various functional spaces. For example, the reception counter is fitted with stairs to allow kids to climb up and communicate with the staff directly. The cooking studio is modeled after a professional kitchen, equipped with stainless steel worktops and kitchen equipment which are reduced to child dimensions to give about an authentic cooking experience. Likewise, the bathroom features a dual height washbasin in the form of a fountain, which lets adults and children share the same facility and thereby forging a closer relationship.

SPRING by Joey Ho Design plan

Architects: Joey Ho Design
Location: Centre Point, Wan Chai, 
Architect In Charge: Joey Ho
Design Team: Noel Chan
Area: 697 sqm
Year: 2013

All photographs © Dick Liu via ArchDaily

Frame’s store opens this week at Felix & Foam | Design News

Dutch Interior Design magazine Frame, working in collaboration with Felix & Foam and Foyer, opens its first store this week. Frame_Store_01 Located in the historic 18th century building Felix Meritis along Amsterdam’s canals, this creative venture spreads out throughout 2 floors and, according to the magazine, will be Frame’s 3D version. The Interior Design was done by Dutch studio i29 who conceived the space with mirror partition walls to complement the grandeur of the historic building.

From Frame:

Experience the magazine in three dimensions and become immersed into the creative and innovative design world. Celebrate beauty, functionality and accessibility through timeless products. Becoming a hub for presenting new talent, products and brands from diverse genres, the space will host fashion, art and design alongside media, beauty and food throughout its six month presence.

This new creative platform will open its doors on 17 April, enlivening the monumental Felix Meritis residence at 324 Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. All are welcome to attend the festive opening which begins at 6pm. —

5 + 1 Offer from Vitra | Design News

Vitra just launched this great offer for the Summer: buy 5 chairs, get one for free!

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Bring the colours of summer to your table: When you purchase five chairs from the modelsJillHALEames Wire ChairEames Plastic Chair DSWTip Ton or Basel Chair between 1 April and 31 August 2014, you will receive the sixth chair as a free gift at selected dealers.

From Vitra:

The dining room table is the heart of every home: old and young, family and friends all gather around the table to eat, play, have coffee and cake, do homework, talk, celebrate birthdays, do handicrafts, work or come together for festive occasions. As a family table, it is a place of enjoyment and relaxation. It also facilitates communication. Many important daily social interactions take place at dining room tables – across all cultures, regardless of what differences may exist.

And that is why dining tables and their chairs deserve some special attention. How big should the table be? What material is preferred? What colour? And what chairs match both one’s taste and the table?

Vitra offers a wide range of dining table chairs and dining tables in an array of materials and colours. Many additional fresh versions are also now available – and since they are all part of the new Vitra colour library and feature complementary colours, they can be mixed and matched. And this means that just the right combination can be found for all kinds of dining rooms.

Via Vitra

8 DIY Interior Design Makeovers using Stencils

Simple to use and very cost effective, stencils are a great way of bringing color and pattern to a space without spending too much money. Nice and easy, these 8 wonderful DIY projects will inspire you to upgrade your home using stencils.

Happy weekend!

DIY stencil projects

1. Stenciled floor via Apartment Therapy

2. Create your own wallpaper using a stencil via A Beautiful Mess

3. Beautiful Stenciled Ceiling Medallion via Apartment Therapy

4.  Old floors made new with Geometric Stencils via A Beautiful Mess

5. Coffee time is much nicer with this beautiful Stenciled Tray via House of Fifty

6. Customized curtains via Home Made by Jill

7. Stenciled roller shades via Martha Stewart

8. Charming detail with a Stenciled Throw Pillow via Country Living

Where to buy:

To make it even easier, and if making your own stencils is not your thing, thousands of Stencils are available to order online. Check these out:

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com

http://www.stencil-library.com/index.html

http://www.hennydonovanmotif.co.uk/index.html

http://www.stencil1.com/topic/stencils

http://www.royaldesignstudio.com

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com

http://www.stencil-library.com/index.html

http://www.hennydonovanmotif.co.uk/index.html

http://www.stencil1.com/topic/stencils

http://www.royaldesignstudio.com

Nude Interiors

The days of saving the soft tones and textures for nurseries and dollhouses are long gone. Fresh and sweet, these beautiful interiors are filled with happy pastel tones, light colored woods and a lot of white.

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Nude_Interiors_styling_tips Get the look 

1. The Butterfly chair, designed in 1938 by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, also known as the BKF and the Hardoy chair, is an absolute design classic, it goes well inside as well as outside. Available is a wide range of colors and prices, this leather one is from  Weinbaum.

2. Country Road has a beautiful selection of pastel toned home accessories and pillows and throws and, although they are in Australia, they deliver worldwide.

3. Wonderful bedding from Oyoy.

4. The charming Nerd chairs by Muuto are available in a range of beautiful tones.

Etsy is always a good option when it comes to choosing home accessories:

5. Kitchen accessoires from Wind and Willow

6. Hanging lamps by Iumi designs

7. Plants stands from no other than Ferm Living

8. Designed by Danish studio BRDR Kruger, this clever little table is also available in a variety of beautiful soft tones.

Nordic Interiors and Black & White prints

With all these beautiful pictures of scandinavian interiors going around these days, I find it nearly impossible not to dream of living in one of those homes.

Nordic Charm: B&W Prints

Nordic interiors are the happy place where graphic design meets art, in a fusion of typography and poetry, a lot of black & white, delicate lines and geometric patterns. While this sharp and elegant, yet borderline cold, look may not be for everyone, it is certainly beautiful to look at and here are some lovely examples to be inspired by.

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I’ve just recently discovered this great website some of you might have already heard about, and even have your work there, called Society 6. It’s a fantastic online shop where artists can upload their work and sell it in high quality prints or printed on t-shirts, cellphone covers, onesies and different home accessories. It’s a great way for new artists to get their work out there and it’s an even better way to buy great artwork at very attractive prices. I’ve ordered a few things from there, but I haven’t received it yet so I don’t really know about the quality of the materials and the printing, but it looks ok and very affordable. Here is a selection of some of my favorite black and white bold prints to give any home a Nordic Charm:

 

 

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Design Bloggers at Home – a book by Ellie Tennant and Rachel Whiting

Have you ever wanted to know what the homes of our favorite Interior Design bloggers looked like? Well, now you can! Portraying over a dozen homes of ‘leading online trend-setters’, including SF Girl by Bay, My Scandinavian Home, Futuristic Blog, Oh Joy!, Happy Mundane and Bodie and Fou, the book Design Bloggers at Home promises to give an insight into the private world and style of some of the most successful Interior Design and Style bloggers. Soon to be released by Ryland Peters & Small, the book is the work of London based duo Ellie Tennant, an interiors journalist, specialising in interiors, trends and design, and photographer Rachel Whiting.

Front cover - home of Jonathan Lo from Happy Mundane

As one would expect, all of their homes are beautiful and creative, reflecting perfectly the style and energy of each blog. In addition to the gorgeous pictures, the book contains in depth case studies of each home, providing lots of ideas and inspiration, and a bonus final chapter offering advice on how to set up your own blog. The book is only launched on April 10th, but until we can get our hands in one here’s a sneak peek of some of the interiors featured in Design Bloggers at Home.

Design Bloggers at Home can be but pre-ordered from Ryland Peters & Small.

Images from SF Girl by Bay, My Scandinavian Home, The Futuristic Blog, Bodie and Fou and Jungalow.

DIY Spring time!

It’s finally spring and here are some lovely DIY to brighten up your home.

Happy weekend!!!

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1. Hand painted tent cover

2. Leather wrapped planters

3. Tree Swing

4. Japanese printed bowls

5. Faux floral lights

6. Edible gold macarons