Anima by Fitorio Leksono


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 Anima is a series of shelves designed by Indonesian designer Fitorio Leksono.

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Commissioned by the Jarkarta-based design company Toimoi, Anima takes inspiration from the shapes and forms of animals.

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In keeping with the fun and playful spirit of Toimoi, Anima is designed to appeal to the child within us.

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Fitorio Leksono is a product designer with Jenggala, a tableware company based in Bali. He also lectures at Ciputra University in Indonesia. His works have been exhibited in Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Frankfurt.

“Craft” Coffee Table by Milk Design


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“Craft” is a coffee table designed by Hong Kong firm Milk Design. It celebrates the beauty of simple materials and a handmade quality, creating a whimsical design that is also eco-friendly. The coffee table has a very simple production process and is completely crafted by hand.

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Its main structure is a folded fan-like construction made from thin 200 gsm paper. The folds lend rigidity and detail to the table’s structure, forming a strong support for the strudy softwood tabletop.

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This folding method allows for the table to hold a weight of up to 10kg.

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The notches on the tabletop increase the surface area for gluing and attachment.

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The simplicity of the construction allows for the table to be readily disassembled and recycled for other uses.

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Design Milk is a product design firm based in Hong Kong. Its philosophy is to provide design solutions that are unique while fulfilling the basic needs of everyday life.

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OCT Art and Design Gallery by Urbanus


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The OCT Art and Design Gallery is an additions and alterations project by Urbanus located in Shenzhen, China. The original structure, built in the early 1980s, was a warehouse that served as the laundry house of the Shenzhen Bay Hotel.

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In the alteration, the warehouse was wholly preserved. A new glass façade with a hexagonal graphic pattern was built around the preserved warehouse.

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The hexagonal motif is repeated in the museum’s interior. Derived from various combinations and permutations of the hexagon, this results in a complex and irregularly shaped interior space.

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In the design, two distinct exhibition spaces were created through the use of materiality. In the first instance, the entire space is totally cladded in timber.

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Another part of the museum employed concrete on all its surfaces.

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The irregular spaces of the new architectural intervention are in contrast to the rectangularity of the preserved warehouse, which is also accentuated by its white walls. The windows of the preserved warehouse are entirely boarded up, creating an enclosed exhibition space.

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Thus, it is only from the newly added architectural spaces that views of the surroundings can be taken in.

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The irregularity of the newly added spaces endows them with a functional flexibility. Besides serving as exhibition halls, they can also accommodate a variety of different events such as fashion, product and jewelry launches.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Baidu Library, Zhulong, China Designer