Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita talks us through his aluminium housing project, plus a new landmark in Ljubljana and the traditional Japanese washi paper finding new markets.
LeftRight Designs, the young furniture firm set up in Toronto by carpenters Pablo Pineda Willis and Joel Dunkley (see its elegant bench prototype in issue 13), is launching its first retail collection.
This walnut cabinet is by rising Polish designer Monica Olejnik. leftrightdesigns.ca
This small home in Ticino, Switzerland, has a facade crafted from wood offcuts. Nestled between a forest and vineyard in the quiet village of Verscio, it is designed by Swiss architects Jachen Könz and Ludovica Molo (the husband and wife team behind the Casa dell’Accademia halls of residence, see issue 6). The fuss-free design features floor-to-ceiling windows.
With its clean, graphic look, this residential development by Slovenian architects Bevk Perović is set to become Ljubljana’s new landmark. Located in an old lime quarry along the city’s ring road, Pilon Housing comprises 140 apartments and opens up a formerly uninhabited part of town. There are single flats on the ground floor and a “floating village” of more spacious family houses and penthouse flats on the upper floors. Simplicity, storage and noise reduction were key considerations in the design, according to lead architect Vasa Perović.
“I love making paper,” says Yoichi Fujimori, speaking from his firm’s booth at Maison et Objet in Paris. He’s the seventh-generation owner of Awagami Factory, a traditional washi paper mill based in Tokushima, Shikoku (washi is a type of paper handcrafted from natural fibres). The region is famous for its traditional paper and cloth production and Awagami is keeping the craft alive with its design-led approach. It’s the first time Awagami has presented in Paris and on show is a new collection of stationery (from pencils to notebooks) by designer Craig Anczelowitz. “It’s important to reach new markets,” says Fujimori.