This Week in Interior Design: 01 December 2014

The latest, hottest, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, and real estate

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Bring More Hello Kitty Into Your Life!


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Need more of this kitty cat—er, little girl from London—in your life? Then head on over to the major electronic store nearest you, as Cornell Appliances is celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary with a complete Hello Kitty Appliances lineup—perfect gifts for the coming holidays! Not only does Cornell have Hello Kitty on their existing lineup of cordless kettle and table fan, but they’ve added new designs for a super-cute hair dryer, a kitchen scale (available only at Qoo10), a sandwich maker, and a pop-up toaster (our fave!), all available at discounted prices.

A Floating Park in NYC? Soon Possible, Thanks to Generous Donors


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A new project will soon rise on the water—off Hudson River’s new Pier 55, that is. The Hudson River Park Trust has recently announced that “Pier 55” will become a lush public green space hovering over the Hudson River, on top of the deteriorated Pier 54 off New York City’s Lower West Side. Measuring two and a half acres, it would rise to as much as 186 feet above the river’s surface. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and his firm and Matthew Neilsen, the project is slated for approval by the Hudson River Park Trust and various city and state regulatory bodies. The cost of the project was pegged at US$130 million, but wealthy businessman Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg are donating US$113 million—said to be the largest single donation to NYC for a park project. Pier 55 will contain three performance venues, a good view of the city’s famed skyline, and will be supported by 300 pillars of varying heights.

New Collection of Chairs Designed Using the Shape of Designer’s Legs


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Wanting to show that designers often leave behind their “essence in their works,” Lithuanian designer Marija Puipaite used the curves of her legs in different resting positions to create the form of seats included in her Embracing Touch collection. The collection was made for Puipaite’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduate project. “It’s a collection of sculptural seats,” says Puipaite. “These objects could be customised and function as an abstract monument for a certain person in a personal or public space.” The designer adds that her desire is that “people will relate to the idea that there is a lot of personality and intimacy behind every design and art object. The creators leave their essence in their works.” We think this is a great way to personalise the belongings that populate your own space, and we’re hoping the Embracing Touch collection finds its way to our shores soon!

Take a Look at These Aviation Beauties: Airports in Modern Designs


Singapore’s Changi Airport


Madrid’s Barajas Airport


Seoul’s Incheon International Airport


Beijing’s Terminal 3

Ever felt like the airport experience leaves much to be desired? Not in our very own Changi Airport, and in seven other airports around the world! Apart from Singapore’s Changi Airport, seven other airports are included in Dwell’s list of 8 modern airports that take the edge off holiday travel: Madrid’s Barajas airport, Terminal 2 of London’s Heathrow, Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Seoul’s Incheon, Beijing’s Terminal 3, and the TWA terminal in New York’s JFK. These airports were included not only for their architectural beauty and significance, but also for the amenities they included for making travellers’ stays—however brief—feel comforting and luxurious.

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