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A completely reimagined parquet flooring system, Biscuit uses six modern rounded shapes in different sizes to allow for endless opportunities of new patterns inspired by classic herringbone that is available in a variety of stains.Liaison Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks
Kelly Wearstler is known for her particular aesthetic of combining raw natural materials with more refined pieces. This collection plays up her love for stone and includes made-to-order tile rugs, which may also be used in custom backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, and showers, in addition to five small- and large-tile off-the-shelf patterns.Labyrinth Refin Ceramiche
Labyrinth is parquet 2.0—inspired by M. C. Escher drawings, the collection of two patterns, Mirror and Angle, can be rearranged to create endless, mazelike configurations that are meant to evoke the works of Josef and Anni Albers.
Composed of a four-millimeter top layer of European oak mounted on phenolic multilayer laminated birch wood, these wood tiles are incredibly versatile and, given their size and shape (one square, one hexagonal), can easily be paired with other cement tiles.Etic Pro Atlas Concorde
These two-centimeter-thick wood-look porcelain tiles have super-realistic qualities with grain, streak, and marbling variations. The surface is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and is frost-proof and antislip. It is available in both matte and high-gloss finishes.
Restyle Marca Corona
Inspired by age-old wooden tavelle, these ceramic wood tiles truly resemble hardwood. Each tile, available in three color collections, contains a variety of patterns that makes every slab unique. These tiles are highly versatile and, in addition to being ecofriendly, are antislip and resistant to salts, chemicals, and frost.
Shadewood Ceramica Sant’Agostino
This porcelain tile collection comes in six gray hues, including a multicolor diagonal stripe that creates a herringbone pattern. The tiles can withstand quite a bit of wear and are suitable in residential and commercial spaces, indoors and out.
Inspired by the notions of varying dimensions and surprise Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Turkish digital artist and photographer Aydın Büyüktaş has created a fanciful Istanbul in his latest project. Aerial depictions of the city turn the landscape on itself—literally.
Using a drone, his photographs have been digitally manipulated to appear as if the city is doubling back over itself creating a fantastical curved world.
Büyüktaş's images can appear disorientating at first sight with the viewer's eye naturally following what should be linear forms that end up being viewed from alternate perspectives. The scenes resemble those from Christopher Nolan's Inception and Interstellar movies where cityscapes are curvaceous, both in dreams and in space.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRT0GGTWYnM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG22TcpjRnY Creating the curving montages in a flat world was no easy task. Drone's were sent up into the skies, but Büyüktaş had to rely on the weather and wildlife to be on his side.
"So many times I had to turn back without a picture because of bad weather, technical problems, or birds attacking the drone," he said.
Once he had collected all the images, Büyüktaş adopted the much more grounded approach of editing and patching them together in Photoshop.
"We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise," Büyüktaş says on his website. "These works aims to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well,multidimensional romantic point of view."https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQCOYCF8IT/
VIB Architecture has constructed a mixed-use program of student housing and a nursery along a narrow site in a busy neighborhood in Paris.In a Parisian neighborhood known for its pedestrian-scale passages and small alleys, VIB Architecture has constructed a mixed-use project skillfully incorporating student housing and a nursery program into a complex of several new construction and renovated properties. The project is located in Belleville, a historically working class neighborhood with strong arts community and a heterogeneous mix of architectural scales arranged along a hilly topography. This latest addition to the neighborhood adds to the mix by combining contextual strategies with a bold contemporary material palette and massing scheme. The project is generally organized around two 8-story buildings that are bisected by an exterior passageway that leads to a courtyard space. Apartments are located along the active street front, protecting a rear sunny courtyard, lined with smaller scale buildings, for use by the nursery. An existing building links the two programs. The most recognizable building is wrapped in a custom-designed perforated aluminum skin, with a massing composed of slightly staggered floor plates with rounded corners. The skin of the building becomes panelized into operable shutters at window locations, allowing for users to control desired levels of shading, privacy and ventilation. The horizontal patterning of the perforations tracks downward into the courtyard, aesthetically integrating the housing and nursery programs, says Franck Vialet, Partner of VIB Architecture. “The perforations give depth and the horizontal stripes vibrate and link the street to the inner gardens.” The building interestingly was originally designed with a wooden rainscreen system, but was dropped early in the design process due to strict fire regulations. Vialet says the resulting aluminum facade became a natural choice due to its material qualities and design flexibility with fabrication processes. “We looked for a skin that could be unique and could be textured or machined into both large scale and smaller pieces. Anodized aluminum was the ideal solution because of its great ability to reflect light and to be perforated easily.” Positioned next to an historic garden, the bronze anodized building acts as a landmark, providing a sense of depth to the urban fabric of Belleville. Immediately adjacent to this building sits a second which is designed to be compatible with existing context, clad in a white plastic coating, the massing of the building is more ubiquitous than the first, while strategically stepping down at the rear facade to gently meet the courtyard. By altering the tectonics of the two buildings, the overall impact of the scale of the project is reduced while reinforcing a central circulation “spine” through the length of the plot, linking two successive courtyards. Vialet says the most successful part of the project is the urbanism it fosters: “its ability to naturally blend into the city and to bring together people from the street, the park, and the courtyards.”