Commercial Interiors

02
JAN
2014

John Lewis Christmas 2013 window display

Before it gets taken down, Londoners should make sure they check out this years Christmas window display at John Lewis on Oxford Street and the Peter Jones branch at Sloane Square.  The display by Chameleon Visual Ltd includes Arctic hares, bears, squirrels and penguins all made... Read More →
15
NOV
2013
wooden pallet beach house

Japanese beach house made from upcycled wooden pallets

This wooden pallet Caban beach house is situated at Morito Beach in Hayama, Japan.  Designed by Japan-based designer David Guarino in collaboration with local artists, the structure is made entirely from shipping palettes and regional materials.  The structure includes a lounge... Read More →
16
SEP
2013
J.Crew Salvaged Hurricane Sandy Floor New York Fashion Week 2013

J Crew salvages hurricane wood for runway

At New York Fashion Week this month, J.Crew‘s surf inspired SS14 collection was showcased on a catwalk  made out of reclaimed boardwalk wood from Coney Island, Rockaway Beach and Atlantic City.  The floor was made by Sawkill Lumber Co. which salvages wood from the... Read More →
04
SEP
2013
Attendant Converted Public Toilet Cafe London

Renovated Victorian toilet Attendant Cafe

The jury’s still out on this one.  Would you eat your coffee and cake in a converted mens public toilet?  Attendant in Fitzrovia, London was once a 19th-century public bathroom complete with porcelain Victorian urinals.  After laying dormant for fifty years Ben Russell and... Read More →
27
JUN
2013

Lighting made from upcycled tin cans for Helsinki diner

Back in 2011 we featured the Heinz Lamp by Dutch designer Willem Heefer.  The designer has now produced a series of lamps for the Midhill Diner in Helsinki which belongs to top Finnish chef Hans Välimäki.  Heefer had 334 cans collected and cleaned before transforming them into... Read More →
13
MAY
2013

Painted teabag installation at Rolling Greens

Tea Sunburst is part artwork-part retail merchandising which makes use of 3000 teabags dipped in paint.  The installation adorned the homewares department of Rolling Greens in Hollywood last year.  Very clever indeed.  Via Los Angeles I am Yours Images via Los Angeles I am Yours... Read More →
25
MAR
2013

Kraanspoor building Amsterdam

The Kraanspoor building in Amsterdam is a three-storey office building which has been built directly on to an 885 ft concrete crane way by Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas.  Kranspoor (meaning ‘Crane Track’) was an abandoned crane gentry from the 1950s in one of... Read More →
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23
NOV
2012

Reclaimed signage by Tom Fruin for Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

Found signage is made into new signage for the very cool Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  The ‘Hotel’ sign is by artist Tom Fruin who often uses found or discarded objects and materials in his work.  He also created a piece for the outside of the hotel – Watertower,... Read More →
30
OCT
2012

Upcycled interior for Italy restaurant Oh! Fico, ma Eco

Welcome to the fantastically designed Oh! Fico, ma eco (meaning “Oh! Cool but green”), a bar-restaurant created by Andrea Minoni Gino Forti in Brescia, Italy. Their number one goal is that everything is local, starting with the decor designed by Debora Pace and Elisa... Read More →
11
AUG
2012

Upcycled interior at Derrière, Paris

Having now returned from hols in France the first thing I am keen to share is a Parisian restaurant introduced to me by a friend.  It’s called Derrière, the name deriving from its location, situated at the back of their sister bar and restaurant Andy Wahloo and 404.  It not... Read More →
01
JUL
2012

Upcycled aeroplane nail bar in London

There are plenty of ways to upcycle a disused aeroplane. A nail bar however probably wouldn’t be the first thing that springs to mind. London’s MW Nails have done just that with a recreated flight deck that offers first class manicures and pedicures with an... Read More →
19
JUN
2012

Recycled blue glass window at Penzburg’s Islamisches Forum

Alen Jasarevic is the German-Bosnian architect behind the Islamisches Forum in Penzberg, Germany built in 2005.  Rather than opting for high minarets, traditionally found on mosques, this contemporary structure has a delicate tower and large prayer room with a stunning ornamented... Read More →
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17
MAR
2012

Dovecote Studio by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins‘ ‘Dovecote Studio’ is a weathered steel dwelling built inside the existing structure of a Victorian dovecote in a state of ruin.  Situated on the Suffolk coast, it is a has a glazed corner window overlooking long views of the marshes towards the... Read More →
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13
FEB
2012

Book store in a converted church

Books have often been considered sacred objects but with their possible extinction looming, a bookshop constructed inside a converted Dominican church does seem strangely appropriate.  Built in 2007, Merkz+Girod Architects won an architectural award for Boekhandel Selexyz... Read More →
07
NOV
2011

Powder Keg Diplomacy

“We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks” sang Bonnie Tyler – A powder keg referring to a barrel of gunpowder of course, just to drag out the Guy Fawkes theme.  A friend introduced me to Powder Keg Diplomacy last week – a South London bar... Read More →
24
OCT
2011

Arrivals Lounge

Jumbo Stay is exactly what it says on the tin – a redundant Jumbo Jet with a new lease of life as a stylish hostel, located at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden.  Getting onto a plane that never takes off may seem like a strange concept, but you’ve got to... Read More →