We love any excuse to celebrate design. And the new Melbourne Design Week is no exception.
The ten-day event running from 16-26 March 2017 is a new initiative created by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian government and aims to promote Melbourne as one of the design capitals of the world. The event will offer talks, tours, workshops and industry events to help strengthen, support and promote the design industry.
After a long week of making modular magic, there is nothing the Modscape team like more than kicking back on the couch with a glass a red wine in hand and a dose of design inspiration on the TV. Our recent favourite is Abstract: The Art of Design – a pithy, entertaining new series that ticks all the boxes for anyone curious about design.
With the help of a handful eccentric design personalities, the Abstract series reveals the creative process behind design and invites viewers to step inside the minds of the most innovative designers and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.
Beautiful, innovative and enchanting – no two perspectives are the same when admiring the form of Mexico’s Museo Soumaya.
Designed by FR-EE, the building is home to a private art collection of nearly 70,000 works from the 15th to the mid-20th century.
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Perching precariously on the rocky cliffs of Mount Kanin in Slovenia rests this charming prefabricated cabin designed to protect hikers and mountaineers from the strong rainstorms and extreme snow fall the mountain is infamously known for.
OFIS Arhitekti designed the shelter as a response to the harsh conditions of rain, wind, snow and landslides but maintained it should have minimal impact to the ground. The particular site was selected because of its spectacular 360-degree view over Slovenia and Italy to the Adriatic Sea.
Dinara Kasko is no ordinary baker, and her pastries are anything but traditional. Her elaborate, sculptural cakes look so good you almost don’t want to eat them. Almost.
Kasko is a trained architect, but after a couple of years in the industry she decided to take a sideways step and follow her passion into baking. Her architectural skills were not lost however as she now employs her model making techniques to create spectacular bakes.
We love crisp, modern design that is free of ornament and clutter. So it’s no wonder we love this new adventure playground that not only looks like tonnes of fun, but is minimal, restrained and a far cry from the plastic encroaching parks we regularly see today.
The play-scape materialised from an international competition won by design firm, Carve & Omgeving, and forms part of a wider recreation project aiming to breathe new life into the former coalmining site of Beringen in Belgium.
Earlier this month the first ever London Design Biennale opened to the public. 37 countries and territories came together in a culturally diverse, immersive and inspiring exploration into the role of design.
Titled Utopia by Design, this year’s theme inspired participants to explore big questions and ideas around sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality. Their responses celebrate cultural diversity and show design’s innate power to strike up and inform debate.
We have to admit that it was a challenge for the Modscape team to narrow down a list of favourites from the inaugural event. But we do love a challenge, so here are our top three designs:
Located on the shore of a man-made lake near Seinäjoki, western Finland, stands a stunningly simple prefabricated wooden tower offering a spectacular view of the surrounds. But the real beauty of the tower lies in its viewing platform options.
Whether you decide to trek the stairs to the top or stay on the banks of the lake, you are guaranteed the same bird’s eye view thanks to a series of large mirrors forming a periscope.
Modscape passive house in Alphington, Victoria
Passive design is a sustainable building standard that responds to local climate and site conditions to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. It focuses on renewable sources of energy such as the sun and wind to provide household heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.