News and Events » Luxury House http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Meet Toyo Ito http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/architecture/meet-toyo-ito/ http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/architecture/meet-toyo-ito/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:51:43 +0000 http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/?p=525 Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker architecture prize, one of the field’s most prestigious awards. He is the 37th recipient of the Pritzker and the 6th Japanese, following Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010. The prize, which was created by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy in 1979 to honor the world’s most innovative architects, includes a $100,000 award and a medallion.Recent recipients of the award include Wang Shu, Eduardo Souto de Moura and SANAA.

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The Pritzker jury deemed the 71 years old architect a “creator of timeless buildings,” and recognizes his conceptually creative designs. The formal award ceremony will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts on 29th of May.

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Toyo Ito has previously been awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2006 and the Praemium Imperiale by the Japanese Art Association in 2010, and his Japanese Pavilion was awarded best Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Ito began his career working for Kiyonori Kikutake, one of the founders of the Japanese Metabolist movement. He went on to create his own architectural office in 1971, which was named Urban Robot (Urbot). In 1979, he changed the name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.

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His works have been marked by the synergy of organic-like structures and technology on one side, and poetics and minimalist design on the other. Some examples of Ito’s works are: the TOD’S Omotesando Building in Tokyo, Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library in Tokyo and Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo.

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Toyo Ito other creations include: the curvaceous Municipal Funeral Hall in Gifu, Japan, the spiral White O residence in Marbella, Chile and the angular 2002 Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London.

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One of his most recent projects, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, which is currently under construction, was especially praised by the Pritzker jury. Drawing inspiration from nature, Ito designed the 620,000 square-foot opera house as a horizontal and vertical network of spaces that builds intricate relationships between the interior and exterior spaces of the building and its surroundings.

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Toyo Ito stated the following in reaction to winning the prize: “Architecture is bound by various social constraints. I have been designing architecture bearing in mind that it would be possible to realize more comfortable spaces if we are freed from all the restrictions even for a little bit. However, when one building is completed, I become painfully aware of my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project. Probably this process must keep repeating itself in the future. Therefore, I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works.”

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Calvin Klein is Selling his Miami Beach House http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/calvin-klein-selling-miami-beach-house/ http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/calvin-klein-selling-miami-beach-house/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:12:53 +0000 http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/?p=272 The name Calvin Klein is synonymous with understated elegance, so it isn’t surprising that his Miami Beach home can be described in the exact same way, in the market of billionaire homes. And this luxury house is on the market for $16 million.

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The luxury propertiy, which was built in 1929, overlooks 113 feet of open water, and sits on a 16,709-square-foot lot. The home itself measures only 5,800 square feet, but an interior courtyard and multiple indoor/outdoor living spaces lend a larger feel to the space.

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The interiors are markedly airy, with plenty of clean lines, antique details, and a neutral color palette reminiscent of Klein’s designs.

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Klein’s home, which was designed by Axel Vervoordt, comes equipped with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an oversized infinity pool, bamboo trees chosen specifically by the designer, and a private dock. And although Klein is ready to trade Miami for Hollywood, according to Page Six, he plans to be carefully choose the next owner of his Florida gem.

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“It may sound crazy, but I wouldn’t sell it to just anyone. It would break my heart,” he told Page Six. “I hate to use the word ‘unique,’ but I have never seen another house like it . . . I want to sell it to someone who appreciates the aesthetic.”

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What do you think?

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Inside Danielle Moudaber’s Private Home http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/inside-danielle-moudabers-private-home/ http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/inside-danielle-moudabers-private-home/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:52:00 +0000 http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/?p=1401 We always have some curiosity of seing inside a interior designer’s luxury house and find out how it is the private home of a home decor professional. Not surprisingly, the London private residence of the eclectic and multitalented interior designer Danielle Moudaber is a riot of unusual shapes and objects, all set against a dramatic backdrop of soothing blue walls and swirling white decorations. Of Lebanese origin, Moudaber has criss-crossed the world over the years, drawing inspiration from different cultures on the way; as a result, she has developed an idiosyncratic style that brings together contrasting elements to create a sense of surprise and uniqueness in her own home design.

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‘‘A space to think and work, to create and make things happen, to work out and maintain my enthusiasm and my imagination, to entertain, laugh and dance, to be in love and fall in love… I needed a backdrop for all of that, ideally one that is aesthetically pleasing and that promotes all these activities — and perhaps one that can inspire me to add some new ones too!’’ says the creative designer about her home’s inspiration.

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Moudaber’s London home is a two-storey maisonette in an 1870’s Victorian-style building in South Kensington that used to be two separate flats, which she bought at different times. The living space and kitchen on the ground floor are connected to the sleeping areas on the upper floor via a sculptural staircase designed by Moudaber herself (which rather resembles the backbone of some gigantic marine animal). The high-ceiling spaces on both floors were then filled with all sorts of treasures: items again designed by Moudaber (such as the large table and sofas in the living room, the chandeliers in the bedroom, the TV stand in the second bedroom and more), original works of art, as well as antiques and vintage furniture, like for example the large red lights over the sofa which once adorned a 1940‘s bank.

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