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WOHA launch their own luxury lifestyle collection

WOHA founders Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ / Image: Studio Periphery
WOHA founders Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ Image: Studio Periphery

WOHA, the architecture and design firm behind some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, have launched WOHAbeing, a lifestyle line of their furniture, rugs, lighting, bath and tableware.

It consists of six collections: Bintan, Ulu, Corak, Oli, Diaspora, and Sampan.

Bintan is a furniture collection consisting of tables, chairs, and lighting. Inspired by the Indonesian island of the same name, it features tropical, hand-printed upholstery and is available with either slender metal bases or chunkier wooden legs.

Ulu features both indoor and outdoor furniture, originally designed for the Alila Villas Uluwatu resort in Bali; Corak is a collection of rugs incorporating traditional Asian patterns and textures; and Diaspora, launching later this year, is a range of bone china tableware designed with ceramic manufacturer luzerna.

Sampan is a bathroom range that mimics the angular shape of traditional boats found in Singapore.

WOHA co-founder Richard Hassell said: “We have created objects for our architectural projects for a very long time but never made them available for a retail market before.”

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"WOHAbeing is the result of over 20 years of designing buildings, and as a natural extension of that, furniture and other home accessories: - Richard Hassell

The Bintan collection is inspired by an Indonesian island
The Bintan collection is inspired by an Indonesian island

Terry Crews partners with Bernhardt Design for collection

Terry Crews is an actor, a former NFL player and now a furniture designer
Terry Crews is an actor, a former NFL player and now a furniture designer

Former NFL player and Hollywood actor Terry Crews has created a furniture collection with American furniture company Bernhardt Design.

The Terry Crews Collection is a modern take on Ancient Egyptian luxury, and consists of five unique pieces: Ibis, Float, Aire, the Lily and Lilypad.

Ibis is a sofa, inspired by the Sacred Ibis found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and is designed to resemble the extended wings of a bird. It is available in two sizes: standard and grand.

Float and Aire are a range of tables and benches designed to resemble rocks and pebbles found along the shore of the Nile. They feature an irregular shape to give them the appearance of having been organically shaped over thousands of years. The Float table is available in four different sizes, and is made from American Walnut and features a distinctive bevelled edge.

The Aire benches feature an upholstered seat with a saddle stitch cross design across the top and are available in three different sizes.

The Lily is an armchair designed to resemble a blooming lotus flower, while Lilypad is a smaller version positioned on a low walnut table and influenced by images of the Egyptian sun god Horus sitting on a blue water lily.

The entire range is available in a wide variety of customisable upholstery options and finishes.

Crews said: “When I began I was very aware of the significant influence of many modern contemporary designers like Le Corbusier and Charles and Ray Eames. My mind really started to expand when I began to explore fantasy elements of other cultures. I envisioned what modern contemporary furniture would look like if Egypt was the dominant world power: What would an evening in a luxurious, modern Egyptian palace look like?”

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"My mind really started to expand when I began to explore fantasy elements of other cultures" - Terry Crew

Many of the designs are inspired by water and the Nile River
Many of the designs are inspired by water and the Nile River

FaulknerBrowns and Polin creating waterpark next to 800 year-old church tower

Polin’s Bilge Paki?
Polin’s Bilge Paki?

null,Waterslide manufacturer Polin is collaborating with architecture firm FaulknerBrowns to create an indoor waterpark in the British city Coventry, located next to a church spire dating from the Middle Ages.

The Christchurch Tower originally formed part of a larger cruciform church that was destroyed in the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500s, and was one of three historic spires bombed during the Coventry Blitz in 1941.

Coventry City Centre Leisure Park is set to open next to the tower in early 2019. It will feature an indoor waterpark, a 25m pool, a gym, a climbing wall, squash courts, a dance studio and a day spa.

Occupying a relatively small footprint, the facility has been specially designed to reflect the dimensions of the spire, and the waterpark will feature a range of slides specially adapted for the reduced space.
The biggest slide, the Space Hole, will stand 14.62 m (48 ft) high, with the other slides measuring 11.5 m (37.7 ft).

Buckingham Group Contracting is the main contractor. Waterpark specialist Neuman Aqua is also collaborating.

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People using the Leisure Park will look out towards the city and spire
People using the Leisure Park will look out towards the city and spire

Tom Fereday Designs launch 3D printed light

Tom Fereday
Tom Fereday

Australian architect Tom Fereday has debuted the PELO light, a 3D printed, pendant light, made in partnership with ceramic artist and academic Susan Chen.

The light was built using a ceramic printer developed by Chen, and takes just two and a half hours to print. It features a conical shade, made from a single extrusion of clay, with distinctive ridges, created by the clay twisting on top of itself during the printing process.

Chen, who has recently completed master’s research in the application of 3D printing to ceramics, oversaw the development of the light and ensured the design was viable, while Fereday designed the individual components and assembly.

Fereday said: “We attempted to create a product driven by the process of 3D printing and not simply made to create a shape that might otherwise be complex to make. It elegantly shows the natural variation of the printing process itself.”

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Earthenware and porcelain prototypes were created for the light by Fereday and ceramic artist and academic Susan Chen
Earthenware and porcelain prototypes were created for the light by Fereday and ceramic artist and academic Susan Chen
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