Finding the right lighting (and light) for your project can be tricky nowadays! Till now LED lamps and bulbs had the problem that most of them generated horrible results when thinking about natural old-style bulb light and the color rendering index hardly reached a CRI of 80. With today’s warmer colors at 2700 K and a… Read More FontanaArte IO – Designed for LED light sources – The perfect shaped wall lamp
At first sight the title “Architecture of Happiness” seems to be a book about architecture dedicated to fun like theme parks or shopping malls (when thinking of what many people consider to be happiness nowadays) – but it isn’t! Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer who lives in London, is a dazzling… Read More It’s all about books this summer – Here’s another recommendation! The Architecture of Happiness
Here in Grado/Italy kitesurfing recently became very popular thanks to perfect conditions on sandy ground and winds like “Bora” or “Scirocco” blowing from East or South. Also stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity and real surfing is possible quite a view days a year when good waves are coming in. So what about an exciting reading matter to start… Read More The Sport of Kings – An exciting book for great summer days
As holidays are near maybe you’re not quite sure what to do this summer. What about getting inspired by Chris Del Moro’s film “Bella Vita“. Italy, known for it’s culture, lifestyle and hip design isn’t really the place to consider when thinking about big waves or crowded beaches full of surfers just like in Malibu… Read More Bella Vita – Family, tradition and surf (or how a single photo changes everything)
Los Angeles has changed a lot since the 1940s, and few neighborhoods have changed as much as Bunker Hill. Once an affluent community filled with some of California’s finest Victorian mansions, today there are located some of the most important buildings of Los Angeles just like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Meanwhile the… Read More LA then and now – 70 Years definitely can change a City
During our last visit in fabulous Cape Town, South Africa by accident we popped into a cute little store located at 201 Bree Street and Buiten Street. Skinny LaMinx is a design company that’a all about mid-century style, scandi-inspired, japanese-crazed pattern & colour, with a dose of African chic thrown in for good measure. Heather Moore was… Read More Fresh Mid-Century style fabrics from Capetown
As summer holidays are near the best thing to start the barefoot season is a memorable outdoor dining event. Enjoy the best enogastronomy Friuli Venezia Giulia has to offer overlooking the beautiful promenade of Grado with stunning sunset on Wednesday, July 27 th, 2016. During the last sixteen years it has become the most anticipated summer festival of sophisticated… Read More Concerto del Gusto @ Grado 2016 – Friendly Reminder
Mark your calendars! If you are in Los Angeles on Monday, August 1, 2016 you should join a master of contemporary architecture in one of his most acclaimed projects for a fascinating conversation with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about the future of L.A. A pre-event reception, a guided walking tour of… Read More What are you doing Monday, August 1?
In one of our latest projects in Italy, a renovation of a beach residence in Grado, we introduced a decorative facade element and handrail made of Greenwood, an eco-compatible hi-tech composite wood. Greenwood is the result of a research project to protect the Venice lagoon. Originally used for mooring poles and public transport landing stages Greenwood… Read More Brise Soleil Grado – Catch of the week – Project by Architect and Friends
On June 17th, 2016 dezeen posted an article about the concerns and fears of creatives all over the UK. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas says that Britain’s EU Leave campaigners believe they can change England back to the way it was, but don’t understand what that really means. Koolhaas studied at London’s Architectural Association and in the 2000s OMA and its research arm AMO worked on a… Read More Europe could be fun!
World of Malls – Architecture for Consumption explores a type of architecture that first developed around sixty years ago in the USA and it became a global phenomenon that continues to evolve through to the present day. Whether Las Arenas in Barcelona, the Fünf Höfe in Munich, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan or the Malibu… Read More Architecture Exhibition in Munich – Mark Your Calendars!
Today we would like to reblog a newsletter from Christopher Kennedy, an interior designer we met in Palm Springs during Modernism Week that speaks for itself: So many emotions today. “I am in Chicago to launch a product — and I ought to be excited — but suddenly that seems terribly trivial to talk about.… Read More Be nice!
For 16 days (June 18 – July 3, 2016) a special event will take place on Lake Iseo in Northern Italy where Christo will showcase his newest project “The Floating Piers“. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density poly-ethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as The… Read More Floating Piers on Italy’s Lake Iseo
Architecture in a video of an upcoming summer hit from Venezuela – can this be? Yes, it can! Summer is finally here and so we love to listen to some hot new, inspiring, easy and touching songs here at our studio. By accident we found Chino y Nacho’s new song “Andas en mi cabeza” from Venezuela. After Enrique… Read More Music and Architecture – Catch(es) of the week
After visiting the Arsenale were Peter Zumthor showed an installation of his new building for the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) we would like to reblog an article from divisare.com. Please continue here: 15 Biennale di Venezia. Building for LACMA Permanent Collection Images: Architect and Friends, Nicolò Galeazzi
Good morning from our second day at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice. Today we’ll visit the Arsenale. Find our images and impressions below! For us here at Architect and Friends the 2016 Architecture Biennale is definitely worth a visit, also from abroad. Venice is one of the most inspiring cities in the world and… Read More 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Preview – Day 2