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IKEA Museum Launches Digital Archive of Past Catalogues
IKEA Museum Launches Digital Archive of Past Catalogues 150 150 admin

The IKEA Museum has launched an online archive of its signature catalogue, which has been produced every year since 1951. The Swedish furniture giant has digitized its previous catalogues to coincide with the 2020 issue, which will be available to read online, as well as through department stores and selected home delivery.

The past 70 years of catalogues show how IKEA has changed, with modern editions growing in size as the group’s range grew and the publication became an interior design magazine. This means that the archive acts as a document for changing lifestyles and tastes since 1951, with each issue showing contemporary taste in the year it was published.

The full IKEA archive can be viewed via the IKEA Museum website.

In related news, Acne Studios has released a book exploring its Stockholm headquarters.

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Here’s a Closer Look at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Floating Apple Store
Here’s a Closer Look at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Floating Apple Store 150 150 admin

Apple has just opened its doors to its Marina Bay retail store in Singapore. The company has claimed the structure to be its “most ambitious retail project” yet.

Sitting on the surface of Singapore’s Marina Bay, the Foster + Partners-designed dome-shaped structure is the tech giant’s first store to float directly over the water. Its spherical facade was built using 114 pieces of glass linked by 10 mullions, enabling a seamless 360-degree viewing experience. The store is topped with a Pantheon-inspired ceiling which brings in natural light. Furthermore, the building is flanked by a row of trees, offering shade for visitors within the structure’s perimeters. Apart from the minimal interiors of the main floor, the store also includes an underwater boardroom on the lower level where entrepreneurs and developers alike can consult with Apple’s experts for extensive training.

Apple’s Marina Bay Sands store is currently open by appointment only.

In case you missed it, Apple has scheduled its Time Flies event for September 15.

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‘Halo’ Fan Constructs Seven-Foot Long Frigate With 25,000 LEGO Bricks
‘Halo’ Fan Constructs Seven-Foot Long Frigate With 25,000 LEGO Bricks 150 150 admin

Possibly one of the world’s most dedicated fans of Microsoft‘s massively-popular Halo franchise has custom-built a UNSC Paris-Class heavy frigate replica out of LEGO bricks, and the final outcome is quite a sight to behold.

Speaking to LEGO fan site Brothers Brick, the model’s creator Steve Witt says that the entire project took him more than five years to design and build, tracking his progress through Facebook and Flickr posts. Constructed out of 25,000 LEGO bricks, the frigate is a stunning seven feet long and weighs 112 pounds. Incredible attention to detail has been paid to the build, including the bottom of the ship, as Witt says that he intends the replica to be viewed from every angle. Communications equipment and antennas jut out from the front while massive propulsion engines line the rear, with everything from escape pod tubes to missile silos and outboard nacelles running down both sides. Witt also explained why he decided to call it the UNSC Katara — a name not found within the Halo universe itself — citing his love for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

For those lucky enough to be in the area, Witt’s UNSC Katara LEGO Halo frigate is now being displayed at the Rogue Brick Builders Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas. Otherwise, you can check out his finished piece in the gallery up above.

Elsewhere in the world of models, McFarlane Toys is releasing its own take on the Batman action figure.

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ANDEN Crafts Sustainable and Chic Cameo Mirrors for Your Minimalistic Home
ANDEN Crafts Sustainable and Chic Cameo Mirrors for Your Minimalistic Home 150 150 admin

East London-based design house ANDEN has released a new product called the Cameo mirror. It appears in both a matte black ebonized finish and a natural golden hue — with the latter better showing the grain of the solid beech timber wood that it is made from — and ANDEN has produced the Cameo with sustainability in mind.

Not only are each of these mirrors made-to-order, thus cutting down wastage, but the materials used are all sustainably sourced and each mirror is hand-finished using eco-friendly oils. ANDEN even presents the Cameo mirror in plastic-free packaging, adding to its sustainable focus.

The mirror itself is simplistic, chic, and fuss-free. Made from just two pieces, the Cameo uses a ball and socket joint instead of any fastenings, which means the mirror can rotate freely and be used at all angles. It measures at H220 x W170 x D70mm and can be lifted by hand to use as a mirror for all your close-up needs.

ANDEN’s Cameo mirror costs £149 GBP (approx. $193 USD) and is available to purchase on ANDEN’s website now.

For more minimalist interior accessories, check out LOEWE’s new range of home scents.

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The World’s Largest IKEA Is Opening in the Philippines
The World’s Largest IKEA Is Opening in the Philippines 150 150 admin

IKEA is finally arriving in the Philippines, and the Swedish furniture store has gone all out for its debut in the Southeast Asian country, building its largest branch in the world.

Located in the Mall of Asia in the Manila Bay Area, the upcoming IKEA Pasay City store will span across an incredible 65,000 square meters, or roughly 700,000 square feet, equivalent to more than 150 basketball courts, says the company’s SEA managing director Christian Rojkjaer. Much like most of the other branches in the world, it’ll be split into two shopping levels and feature a full restaurant as well as a playroom for kids. Its massive size also includes other facilities including a call center, an e-commerce hub, and a warehouse, that will then bring the entire structure up to five stories, with various walkways that connect the structure to the main mall. IKEA expects that once operations have settled, the store will stock more than 8,000 products and receive up to a staggering 7.2 million visitors every year.

The world’s largest IKEA store was originally scheduled to open this year, but the date has now been pushed back amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to 2021. There’s no official opening date yet though, so those interested in visiting should definitely be on the lookout for more announcements to come from IKEA.

Elsewhere in the world of design, Stüssy’s new billiard ball set features its signature handstyle font.

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Stüssy’s Billiard Ball Set Celebrates Its Signature Handstyle Font
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Adding to its lifestyle goods lineup, Stüssy recently released its own billiard ball set.

Crafted by billiard specialists, Jasper Bees, the multi-color Billiard Balls are numbered with the streetwear mainstay’s signature handstyle font and comes complete with a logo marked Cue Ball. Constructed to meet professional tournament pool regulations, the 16 ball set comes in the standard 2-1/4″ in diameter size and regulation weight. Utilizing 100 percent solid phenolic polyresin, the balls provide authentic bounce, exceptional durability, perfect balance, consistent weight and a gorgeous finish.

Priced at $120 USD, the Stüssy Billiard Balls are available now online and at Stüssy Chapter Stores.

In case you missed it, POST ARCHIVE FACTION’s 3.1 release is a defiant mix of conventional and experimental wares.

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Crosby Studios Celebrates Nike VaporMax 2020 Launch With ‘Circular Design in Interior’ Installation
Crosby Studios Celebrates Nike VaporMax 2020 Launch With ‘Circular Design in Interior’ Installation 150 150 admin

The Nike VaporMax series has turned heads since the unique design was introduced back in 2017. The combination of a 360 degree air unit and woven one-piece upper utilizing Flyknit technology was futuristic and functional — it hit all of the right notes. Crosby Studios founder Harry Nuriev took the inspiration found in the VaporMax a step further, creating the new Circular Design in Interior installation to celebrate the launch of the Nike VaporMax 2020.

The first time that Nuriev and Nike collaborated resulted in his Neon Green Air Max Sofa created in honor of Nike’s annual Air Max Day celebration. Nike then revisited that collaboration earlier this year through an augmented reality filter for Instagram.

Circular Design in Interior is built on the concept of up-cycling, or finding new uses for old product, and champions Nike’s “Move To Zero” initiative. The pop-up installation repurposes elements found on different sports fields and courts to complete the mobile shopping experience. “The material which covers the carcass was created from used objects — that’s a metaphor for Nike’s Flyknit technology, where they use recycled textile and recycled plastic bottles in the production of woven parts of the sneakers.” Nuriev revealed in a recent Crosby Studios press release. The frame also utilizes a biodegradable transparent material that doesn’t hide the original materials, much like the VaporMax’s air unit.

Read more about the Crosby Studios founder’s creative process in our “Harry Nuriev Wants to Design Your Entire Universe” interview. In more design updates, Zaha Hadid Architects are set to construct a new metro station in Moscow featuring new innovations in lighting and passenger information.

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Frank Gehry Unveils Designs for New Performance Venues in Downtown LA
Frank Gehry Unveils Designs for New Performance Venues in Downtown LA 150 150 admin

Last year, Frank Gehry unveiled a new gleaming storefront in Seoul, South Korea for Louis Vuitton. The renowned architect is now back with plans for two giant performance venues in downtown Los Angeles, California. The first structure features a sprawling glass facade and will house a 1,100-seat concert hall.

The smaller establishment is an opaque 700-seat theater dedicated to hosing dance, opera and experimental performances. Plans for the theater included a rounded interior which could also serve as performance space for the Colburn School and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Both of the halls are an extension of the Colburn School — a performing arts educational institution that champions music and dance programming. The project would replace surface parking lots that are currently on 2nd, Olive and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Accompanying the smaller space is a nearby plaza that will feature a large projection that can stream performances from inside the complex or act as an outdoor stage for live concerts or other events.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the total budget for the proposed expansion is estimated at $310 million USD. And although fundraising efforts are currently paused, construction is still underway for both venues.

Elsewhere in design, Scottie Pippen shows off his Chicago mansion in a new episode of Open Door.

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Scottie Pippen Shows Off His Chicago Mansion in New Episode of ‘Open Door’
Scottie Pippen Shows Off His Chicago Mansion in New Episode of ‘Open Door’ 150 150 admin

Scottie Pippen is the lastest host to show off his home in Architectural Digest‘s Open Door video series. Revealing that he now spends most of his time in Los Angeles and that his Chicago mansion is more for summer getaways, Pippen goes on to explainsthat he’s owned the property since 2004.

The Chicago Bulls veteran shows off his living room, kitchen, and his lavish backyard that has a Weber grill, swimming pool and hot tub – there’s even a small part for him to practice his golf swing. For entertainment and relaxation, the home has a wine cellar, a movie theatre, a gym, a mini arcade, and an indoor basketball court. The video is full of personal stories and tidbits involving his family and time as a Bull.

For those interested in learning how the Hall of Famer lives when in Chicago, watch the video above.

In other news, LEGO’s upcoming Star Wars set takes fans to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina.

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LEGO’s Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Set Takes Fans to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina
LEGO’s Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Set Takes Fans to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina 150 150 admin

LEGO‘s latest masterpiece set takes us to Star Wars‘ planet Tatooine, the Mos Eisley Cantina to be exact. Relive the infamous scenes from the film with this 3,187-piece set, from Han Solo’s calamitous encounter with Greedo to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s decisive blow to Ponda Baba.

This complete set measures in at 7.5” high x 20.5” wide x 23” deep when fully opened, and features a number of main characters and members of the underworld including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Ponda Baba, Dr. Evazan, Garindan, Kardue’Sai’Malloc, the Cantina band, Jawa, Sandtroopers, Dewback, to name a few. On top of the minifigures and main structure, a Dewback LEGO figure and 2 Landspeeders are also included.

Set for an October 1 release, this memorable LEGO set will retail for $349.99 USD.

In other design news, Halo fan constructs seven-foot long frigate with 25,000 LEGO bricks.

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