Water is life. In every culture it represents purity, revitalization, and relaxation. Rituals of wellness inspire a sense of calm and self-awareness within our increasingly chaotic world. Oasis showcases a stunning selection of baths, spas, retreats, and other relaxing getaways that not only cater to our personal well-being, but also creatively push the frontiers of hospitality, interior design, and architecture.
If the goal were to build a house in which everyone would like to live, the architect would likely be Italian, the engineer maybe German, the gardener probably British, and the craftspeople either Swiss or Japanese. The interior designer of that house, though, should—beyond any doubt—be from Scandinavia.
For the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country. Yet, at the same time, more and more city dwellers are yearning for rural farms, mountain cabins, or seaside homes. These kinds of refuges offer modern men and women a promise of what urban centers usually cannot provide: quiet, relaxation, being out of reach, getting back to basics, feeling human again.
Going out to enjoy eating, drinking, and spending time together is practically a basic human need. Digital networking and social media have increased our demand and appreciation for face-to-face encounters and genuine experiences in the real world. The places where one chooses to eat or drink play almost as important a role as the company one keeps while doing so. The more unusual or authentic the surroundings, the more exciting or memorable going out becomes.
The book also showcases select promotional gifts that have become collector’s items, arresting trade fair stands, guerilla campaigns, and exclusive events. Portraits of trailblazers such as Maison Martin Margiela, Bompas & Parr, Fiona Leahy, Krink, and Trigger Happy Productions provide insight into the process and strategy involved in their creation and implementation. The brand communication measures introduced in Taken by Surprise are so cleverly planned and disseminated that they become self-promulgating—either through word of mouth or in the flow of digital information.
In contemporary architecture, nothing appears impossible anymore. Today, every form, space, and idea—no matter how visionary, radical, or confounding—proves not only conceivable, but also technically feasible. Advances in innovative materials and digital construction tools empower a new generation of architects, engineers, and designers to build structures that would have previously remained mere dreams.
ART+COM ist eine der weltweit führenden Studios für mediale Inszenierungen im Raum. Sie ist heute ein Taktgeber bei der Entwicklung von Projekten im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kunst, Medien, Gestaltung und Informationsvermittlung. Ihre besondere Stärke besteht darin, Marken und Inhalte effizient und spielerisch zugleich zu präsentieren, damit sie auch emotional greifbar werden.
After the visual excesses of the first decade of the new millennium, there now appears to be a distinct demand for clear and rational, yet forward-thinking, design. Seamlessly melding aesthetics, functionality, and quality while simultaneously avoiding excess has been a foundation of Japanese handicraft for hundreds of years. Creatives from Japan are masters at skillfully combining rational functionality with a contemporary sense of design in a way that seems effortless and even playful.
Strike a Pose documents a new extroverted architectural language. Manifested in spectacular structures, eccentric forms and vivid colours, this expressive approach goes way beyond conventional stylistic and geographic boundaries.
Strike a Pose leads the reader around the globe to iconographically charged scenes and futuristic spaces, with examples of architectural playfulness and experimental wanderlust ranging from private residences to schools and operas, museums and interior design.
Thanks to globalization and digitalization more and more aspects of our business lives and leisure time are taking place on the internet. Consequently, there is more pressure to create the proper setting when we actually do come together. The spaces where we come into face-to-face contact with our target audiences have to be precisely arranged in order to make an impact or to communicate information effectively on an emotional level. That is why so many different creatives are currently working on developing designs in physical space.
Wonderwall’s bold unconstrained approach brings conventional visual branding into question and infuses new life into existing concepts while respecting traditional design philosophies. Founded by Masamichi Katayama in 2000, the Tokyo-based firm has worked extensively around the globe, developing design concepts that touch the subconscious of the occupant of each individual space.
Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of more than 280 independent hotels in over 50 countries across the globe.
More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an “Original,” someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, and thought-provoking design and architecture. All “Originals” stand for the individual, aesthetic, and service-driven experiences that their hotel provides.
Brand communication is becoming increasingly sophisticated and diversified. Today, the consistent implementation of a corporate design is not enough to keep a brand relevant. More and more companies are discovering the benefit of spatial brand experiences for communicating their messages effectively on an emotional level. Until recently, uniformity was the rule. Today, however, an impressive range of ideas, concepts, variations, and experiences for effective spatial brand communication are being developed.
The architecture of the last several decades was shaped by the need for individual representation and demarcation. Today, a growing counter-movement is focusing on the development of public space as a means to get people together in order to exchange ideas or share experiences. Going Public showcases this creative revival of public space in our urban and rural landscapes.
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
The cities in which we live today are unfortunately not the cities that we need for a humane and sustainable tomorrow. Societies and politicians are desperately looking for solutions and ideas for the urban areas of the future. That is why the development and discussion of utopias are–next to sustainability–the most current topics in contemporary architecture.