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Author: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

Self-sufficient city planned near Seoul

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Self-sufficient city planned near Seoul

Rotterdam based architects, MVDRV won the Gwanggyo Power Center Competition with their design of  a new self-sufficient city just south of Seoul, South Korea. The plan consists of a series of overgrown hill shaped buildings and will house offices, shops, residences, and educational facilities. These buildings will be interconnected on — Continue reading

Jayne Wunder

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Jayne Wunder

I couldn't have said it better than Kim from Desire to Inspire -  "I love colours, but this makes me not love colours." Interior designer Jayne Wunder has a refreshing portfolio. And offices in two amazing cities – Cape Town and London.     See more here.

Message in a Bottle

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Message in a Bottle

Love notes in a bottle. Dangle them as earrings or a necklace. Hand-sculpted gold filled wire forms into unique heart-shaped earrings. Store up your love in a glass bottle and share it with the ones you treasure most. Personalize your notes and message. Designed by Artistic Aya. Happy Valentine's Week.

AM Studio at Interior Design Show 2009 in Toronto

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
AM Studio at Interior Design Show 2009 in Toronto

Interior Design Show 2009 will be held in Toronto Feb 5-8 2009. Saturday and Sunday are open to general public so those of you in the Toronto area, I encourage you to check it out. If you do plan on attending, make sure to stop by the AM Studio booth. — Continue reading

Antwerp Port Authority

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Antwerp Port Authority

Zaha Hadid Architects will be designing the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority. The building is expected to be completed by 2013 with construction costs estimated at 31.5 million euros not inclusive of architect fees and taxes. Wow! I am constantly impressed with the designs that come out the — Continue reading

AIA Announces 2009 Honor Awards

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests
AIA Announces 2009 Honor Awards

AIA announced 2009 Honor Awards. My favs from the list. Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore, MD Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore, MD Charles Hostler Student Center Beirut, Lebanon Charles Hostler Student Center Beirut, Lebanon Cathedral of Christ the Light Oakland, California New York Times Building, New York, NY The Lavin-Bernick — Continue reading

Living in World’s Tallest Structure Burj Dubai

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Living in World’s Tallest Structure Burj Dubai

Bonne Annee! This is what I was screaming for a few hours new years eve on the streets of lower east side Manhattan. Which consequently lead to a sore throat that turned into a cold & the flu that is going around. I am sick.  :-( I won’t go into — Continue reading

Sculp(it)

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Sculp(it)

Upcoming architects — Sculp(it) founders Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens — know how to utilize space with modern design principles. Their first project was this stunning home and studio in Antwerp, Belgium. Admiring the "no nonesense, pure and straight work" of fellow European peers, this dynamic couple has proven that — Continue reading

How Judith Seng Marries Flaws with Perfection

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
How Judith Seng Marries Flaws with Perfection

I want to introduce Judith Seng, a Berlin-based designer. Judith studied at Berlin’s University of Arts and is a risk taker. Objects in Seng’s diverse portfolio reflect a negotiation between flaws and perfection.  Glassblowers transform undesirable air bubbles into decorative elements on drinking glasses. How fascinating! Hide and Show Clothing — Continue reading

Is It Just A Lamp?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Is It Just A Lamp?

Or is something much more? I love lighting fixtures. Especially modern pendant and chandelier families. Is there a limit to how many chandeliers or hanging lamps you can ask Santa for? I hope not! Santa baby…hurry down the chimney with these..! Pipe Sospensione by Artemide Daedalus by Ivalo Lighting cplighting — Continue reading

Red Dot Design Awards 2008

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Red Dot Design Awards 2008

Red Dot Product Design 2008 Winners Lomme Bed by Gunter Thony Mercury Sospensione Suspension Luminaire design by Ross Lovegrove Betonvorhang Concrete Textile design by Memux Creemy Tea Coffee Set design by Karim Rashid More Product Design winners on Red Dot

Porous Morphology

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Porous Morphology

Architects Gianni Botsford and Morphogenesis are collaborating on Swabumi Heritage Hotel project in Kolkata, India. The clients, Ganpati Parks, want to create an environment that captures the cultural and intellectual intensity of Kolkata. Remember R.N. Tagore, the Nobel Prize winner in Literature (1913) who was also from Kolkata? The hotel — Continue reading

Eggstraordinary Workspaces

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Eggstraordinary Workspaces

Earlier this year Wadhwa Developers commissioned James Law Cybertecture to create an office unlike any other in Mumbai, India.  Cybertecture Egg, an egg-shaped office building  brings together iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create a fascinating structure in the city. The concept of this unique design — Continue reading

“!”

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
“!”

Perusing through this month’s I.D magazine, I came across Nendo’s One Percent Products. Why one percent? Only 100 of each product will be made, and if you buy one then you have joy of owning one percent. I think its  a neat idea. Oki Sato the man behind Nendo has — Continue reading

AIA DC 2008 Design Awards

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
AIA DC 2008 Design Awards

The AIA | DC chapter held judging for the 2008 design awards on September 19, 2008. Award categories included Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design, Interior Architecture: Awards for Merit, Detail and Excellence, Architecture:  Awards for Merit and Excellence, Historic Resources: Awards for Merit and Excellence, and Catalyst Award. A total — Continue reading

Sand Castles

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Sand Castles

What does a tiny, unknown, sandy place like Ras Al Khaimah, RAK, do with all its time and wealth? Build modern sand castles for one. With a population of about 250K, it is one of the smaller of the seven emirates that comprise UAE. Dubai and capital Abu Dhabi are — Continue reading

Boarding now: Mumbai-Dubai-London-New York-DC – Part 1

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Boarding now: Mumbai-Dubai-London-New York-DC – Part 1

Hello! I am Manvi Drona-Hidalgo and I am really stoked that Greg invited me to blog at Design Talk. I want to give you a quick into on me and then move on to modern design. I am a web and graphic designer transitioning into interior and home accessory design. — Continue reading