2012 September : design elements


The Biggest Design Project

categories quotes    



Living Rooms I Love

categories Living room    

sfgirlbybay, desire to inspire


In Barcelona with Cabbage Rose

categories Hospitality, Hotels, Travels    

Heute erscheint ein Gastbeitrag von mir auf einem meiner Lieblingsblogs Cabbage Rose. Ich würde mich freuen euch dort zu sehen. Es geht um ein Traumziel in Barcelona – das segelförmige W Hotel, das von dem spanischen Architekten Ricardo Bofill entworfen wurde. Aber pssst! Mehr verrate ich nicht…

I’m guest posting at one of my absolutely favorite blogs Cabbage Rose – a great resource for architects, designers, and students; and a haven for those who simply love architecture and interior design. Ready for an excellent adventure? We are heading to Barcelona to the sail-shaped W Hotel designed by Ricardo Bofill

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Interview with Hugo Schwartz and Alexandre Gedeon

categories Designer, Interviews    

“We avoid inserting too much unnecessary information and extra details so we can attract the view only to the points that really matters.”

Hugo Schwartz & Alexandre Gedeon, InTown Arquitetura

I posted earlier about cool Brazilian architects of InTown Arquitetura, Hugo Schwartz and Alexandre Gedeon. The post about their beautiful Colunas penthouse became one of the most popular on Design Elements. I thought, perhaps, you would like to see an interview with them too… I love InTown’s work and their simultaneously simple and complex designs. It was my biggest pleasure to talk with Alexandre and Hugo and their wonderful team. Enjoy the interview! I sure did.

What was the moment when you knew you would be an architect?

Hugo: My father is an architect and he has influenced me since I was born till nowadays. Also I was always passionate for design and architecture.

Alexandre: Since I was little, I always loved to research and design projects, and my passion has always been interiors.

Is there something that connects all your projects?

Hugo: We like to work joining minimalist style and brutalist. We avoid inserting to much unnecessary information and extra details so we can attract the view only to the points that really matters. Our objective is to combine design and function in the simplest way possible.

Alexandre: Straight lines and clean shapes, always with a feature that stand out: whether it be a dramatic work of art, interesting stair-case, or stunning view.

Looking back at your first project what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

Hugo: We have learned how to make simplicity look special and interesting.

Alexandre: I have learnt that functionality is just as important as aesthetics when it comes to design.

What have been the rewards of practicing architecture?

Hugo: To have the chance to show our work and to develop a style that is not common here in Brazil.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Hugo: My hobbies are any kind of sports.

Alexandre: Sex, rock and roll… no I’m just kidding, going to the beach and making the most of the wonderful nature here in Rio.

Who are your favorite artists?

Hugo: I really appreciate Santiago Calatrava’s work, alongside Niemeyer’s architecture.

Alexandre: Toz, an up and coming Brazilian street artist who we work with a lot, Vik Muniz, and of course, Niemeyer.

Your favorite books?

Hugo: I don’t have a favorite one, but I am reading the Steve Jobs biography at the moment.

Alexandre: ‘’The Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follet.

What does success mean to you?

Hugo: Being able to do what you love to do and being well paid for that.

What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

Hugo: Try to develop your own style and never stop studying and researching new solutions and materials.

Alexandre: Become an investment banker – it is less stressful ;) .

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Hugo: Work using simple elements, solutions and materials.

Alexandre: I agree, the most beautiful way to work is to simplify.

photos: InTown Arquitetura


Bathrooms I Love

categories Bathroom    

Cabbage Rose, La Boheme


Iconic Malibu Beach Home

categories Architecture, House Tour, Houses    

Craig Ellwood – berühmter Architekt der Mid Century Moderne – entwarf dieses Haus im Jahre 1956 zusammen mit Jerrold E. Lomax. Nachdem das Haus über Jahre vernachlässigt wurde, haben es Michael Boyd von BoydDesign und Johnston Marklee Architekten wunderschön restauriert.

Craig Ellwood, a master of mid-century modernism, conceived this house in 1956, in association with Jerrold E. Lomax. After many years of neglect the house was restored by Michael Boyd of BoydDesign and Johnston Marklee Architects. Beautiful!

photos: Richard Powers via Home Life


Happy (Life) Weekend

categories Travels, weekend    

“The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.”

Tim Ferriss

Black Sea, Bulgaria


Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

categories Travels    

Eine spektakulär schöne Sicht über dem Atitlan-See, Guatemala…

On the Indian Nose overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala…

the quiet place



categories Kitchen    

1. chris warnes photography via cabbage rose, 2. tartelette


Interview with Philipp Mainzer

categories Designer, Interviews    

“Be yourself, keep your identity, and never give up.”

Philipp Mainzer

Recently I had the pleasure of talking with German architect and product designer Philipp Mainzer. I’m drawn to his work. Its focus is on a pure and distinct design language. Born in Germany, Philipp Mainzer studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and architecture at the Architectural Association both in London. In 1995 Philipp Mainzer co-founded the furniture brand e15. Having established the progressive, enduring philosophy and unique branding of e15, he has received international awards for many of his designs, which are identifying icons for e15 and part of several permanent exhibitions in museums. Parallel to the creation of e15, Philipp Mainzer practiced architecture in New York and continues to do so since his return to Germany in 2001.

furniture design by Philipp Mainzer

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a designer?

That was from very early. I started to study product design, but very quickly realized that I was missing some dimensions. Therefore I continued to study architecture. Even when I design a piece of furniture I consider the surrounding and try to have an impact on it.

Looking back at your first project what knowledge do you wish you had back then?

I don´t wish anything to be different. Sometimes it helps to be less experienced to be more experimental. This really allowed us to make with decisions about our first pieces of furniture, which we would not have done being very experienced in woodwork.

Is there something that connects all your projects?

There is always a focus on an authentic and honest experience of a product or an environment. The design should be timeless yet inspiring. A focus on material, craftsmanship and lighting is a red line through my work.

BERGMAN store in Frankfurt, interior design by Philipp Mainzer

What do you enjoy most in your work?

The variety of projects ranging from product, interior, architecture to branding.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Developing other new ideas.

What are your favorite books?

Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas always has been a great inspiration for me. It really makes you appreciate our world.

the first private institute in Taiwan – XUE XUE INSTITUTE Taipei, interior design by Philipp Mainzer

Your favorite places in Germany?


You have been awarded several significant prizes. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Building up a premium brand known worldwide with an integrity and character. This is much more challenging than producing a great design.

What does success mean to you?

It helps me to keep going and encourages me to do more projects.

TAIWAN GLASS in Fujian, China, architecture by Philipp Mainzer

What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

Be yourself, keep your identity, and never give up.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

There is always space for improvement.

photos: Ingmar Kurth

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