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The Brace House Has a Victorian Front and a Contemporary Back

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:00

When a house mullet is done well, they’re pretty great. Not every architect is able to successfully merge a traditional front facade with a modern back but Finnis Architects does it brilliantly, as seen in the Brace House. The Victorian terrace home, located in Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, celebrates its original architectural style by embracing its heritage front while transitioning the rest of the house into a contemporary residence for modern living.

The front facade was the only part of original structure to remain with concrete columns and beams installed to support it and the new portion of the house.

Around the back, the exterior is clad in dark zinc and render, which contrasts the lighter wood fence, travertine pavers, and bright blue of the pool.

Since the residence is built within a string of row houses, it was imperative to create ways to incorporate natural light. In the center of the Brace House is a three-story void that filters light through all of the levels. The custom staircase winds its way up around the void as 40 pendants hang in the middle at various heights.

Since the footprint couldn’t be extended, they added mezzanines and half levels to increase space and make the home feel larger.

Photos by Tom Roe.

Alias and Michele De Lucchi Present Their Latest Collaboration: trigono

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:00

Since 1979, Italian furniture brand Alias has partnered with designers who embody their vision of combining craftsmanship and technology. One of those longstanding collaborators is Michele De Lucchi, and together the two have recently released trigono.

Known for his contemporary designs, De Lucchi’s trigono sofa features a visible wooden frame that’s both lightweight and sturdy. The sofa’s structure is made up of two side stands, a central beam, and a system of belts that support the cushions of the seat that is cantilevered. It shows off attention to detail and a knowledge of geometric angles juxtaposed with solid and empty volumes that characterize the piece.

The trigono collection consists of a 2-seater sofa, a 3-seater sofa, and an armchair.

The Naim of the Game: Mu-so 2nd Generation

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:00

British hi-fi specialist Naim Audio’s Mu-so wireless music system already claims a Red Dot Design Award winning design with their low and linear speaker with a curvilinear front that sits unobtrusively while also producing 450 watts of sound. Its second iteration, the aptly named Mu-so 2nd Generation, is more of the same, but better.

The Mu-so 2nd Generation arrives with the same low standing aluminum casing with a beautifully machined grill in the back and gentle wave form up front. But Naim says the exterior belies the immense changes within, noting 95% of this upgraded Mu-so has been reengineered with all-new speaker drivers and 10 times more processing power resulting in “significantly improved accuracy”.

A new touch control panel ringed by an illuminated dial with a proximity sensor adds a tactile interface to the 2nd Generation, permitting access of playback controls, favorite playlists and radio stations, Spotify resume, and multi-room functionality.

The Mu-so 2nd Generation improved innards are optimized for high-resolution streaming playback (up to 32bit/384kHz), whether the source is AirPlay 2 (including Apple Music), Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Chromecast built-in, or Internet radio. Wi-Fi connectivity has also been upgraded, with the option to use an Ethernet remaining for those keeping it old school and wired. Bluetooth and USB inputs round out all the input sources for audio playback.

And for those looking to simplify and integrate the Mu-so 2nd Generation as their primary audio source for home theater double duty will appreciate the inclusion of HDMI ARC for simplified connection between modern televisions and the audio system.

Finally, the $1,599 audio system is fronted by an updated front speaker grill styling, available in a standard black, or in more colorful options of Terracotta, Olive, or an expressive Peacock to complement the new burnished grey finish.

Viso Collective Curates Pop-up Installation with Designers’ Personal Items

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:00

Visa Project, a lifestyle collective started by David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues in 2018, will present their second pop-up exhibition in New York during NYCxDESIGN and ICFF.

Entitled Viso Collective installation 2.0, their exhibit will be open to the public from May 10-22 in a sprawling 5,000-square-foot industrial space in TriBeCa.

The three main installations include personal items by designers and friends Andre Mellone, Giancarlo Valle and Michael Bargo and show the latest Viso items in the context of a home.

Making a debut this year is Viso Re-Done: a collection featuring vintage furniture repurposed with Viso’s exclusive fabrics with the help of artist Jessica Hans, as well as new homeware items.

All items within the space—even the designer’s own items—are available for purchase.

The Viso brand is known for their collaborative, capsule collections of singular items in limited editions such as ceramics, homeware and furniture. Their products can be purchased at MATCHESFASHION.COM, Moda Operandi, LUISAVIAROMA, The Conran Shop, Sight Unseen, A/D/O, Voo Store, Monologue and County Ltd.

Photos by Pippa Drummond.