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Interview with MUT Design
Interview with MUT Design

8 March, 2016

With a short trajectory (the studio was founded in Valencia in 2010) MUT design is the upcoming design. The future arrives with strength and proving its value honestly. Since its inception this study has been based on the principles of emotional design, seeking to redefine everyday objects with a great deal of experimentation. They are...

Orquideorama: Giant ‪‎flowers growing together
Orquideorama: Giant ‪‎flowers growing together

17 February, 2016

In the Botanical Garden of Medellin we find ‪‎Orquideorama. Made from ‪‎wood, the structure represent giant ‪‎flowers growing together and creating light and shade in the ‪‎natural environment.  

Charred wood
Charred wood

We could say hundreds of things about fire, thousands of things. Fire that grows, fire that devastates, fire that devours and fire that destroys. But also purifying fire, protective fire, fire as symbol of starting over. In some cultures fire has more meaning. In Japanese culture fire has a mystical power and the male has...

Evolver observatory
Evolver observatory

10 February, 2016

Evolver is a ‪wooden observatory located at the foot of Mount ‪Matterhor in ‪Switzerland. The all-wood structure creates a continuous tunnel to maximize the stunning views.

The Museum and Research Centre of Prostho GC in Japan

4 February, 2016

This is architecture that originates from the system of Cidori, an old Japanese toy. Cidori is an assembly of wood sticks with joints having unique shape, which can be extended merely by twisting the sticks, without any nails or metal fittings. The tradition of this toy has been passed on in Hida Takayama, a small...

One week for design lovers
One week for design lovers

3 February, 2016

It’s time for design. It’s time to put black over white and place design where it deserves. Where design has always deserved. The seventh edition of Valencia Disseny Week (VDW) has started and in order to bring the best of the profession to the streets, this week’s converge is being presented in only one space...

Recycled wood about overcrowding in cities

28 January, 2016

James McNabb takes us on a journey of reflection with recycled wood about overcrowding in cities. Some of his words include skyscrapers which form wagon wheels and represent the pilgrimage from the countryside to the city or also a table where only the suburbs appear.  Font: Iloboyou  

Interview to Mario Ruiz
Interview to Mario Ruiz

27 January, 2016

Mario Ruiz (Alicante, 1965) has become an international benchmark of Spanish design. Throughout his more than twenty-year career, he has worked in different fields and his work has been recognised for prestigious international awards such as Red Dot, Design Plus and Wallpaper Awards. Ruiz is considered a highly technical designer, this fact allows him to...

Figures of Yen Jui-Lin, a craftsman who shapes clay just like wood
Figures of Yen Jui-Lin, a craftsman who shapes clay just like wood

25 January, 2016

Wood serving creativity with the wonderful figures of Yen Jui-Lin, a craftsman from Taiwan who shapes clay just like wood! Font: Yen Jui-Lin

Three of the most spectacular tree houses

21 January, 2016

We present three of the most spectacular tree houses in the world. In which one would you like to spend a special night?   The Cinder Cone: The multi-level structure consists of two connected treehouses, a soaking tub, and a skate bowl, smack dab in the vast wilderness of the Columbia River Gorge. Font:  Huffingtonpost...

Intellect and emotion
Intellect and emotion

19 January, 2016

Antonio Stradivari was an Italian luthier from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. In his workshop in Cremona he started making unusual violins. With an exceptional sound, these violins were more narrow and elongated than normal. His fame spread throughout Italy and it is estimated that he manufactured around 1200 violins, cellos, violas, basses,...

Villa Valtanen by Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari
Villa Valtanen by Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari

18 January, 2016

This award-winning cabin is a project by Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari that can be found in Rovanniemi, Lapland, Finland. It is a wooden structure perched on an outcrop overlooking the forest that consists of a living space, sauna, and woodshed. Font: HomeDSGN  

An original furniture for your home

15 January, 2016

Today we bring you a collection of furniture by the designer Michael Schoner, forming impossible beechwood curve and creating domes in order to use as furniture legs. Font: http://www.homecrux.com/2015/04/27/27109/dome-shaped-storage-vaults-double-up-as-end-tables.html

Whitepod eco luxury hotel in Switzerland
Whitepod eco luxury hotel in Switzerland

14 January, 2016

In the heart of the swiss alps, an unconventional accommodation experience awaits.  the ‘whitepod eco-luxury hotel‘ situated in les giettes, houses its guests within 15 geodesic dome-shaped tents (10 standard, 5 family) which serve as rooms that are immersed into the natural landscape of the mountains. Font: Designboom 

Casa Prè de Sura: Val Badia framed by sustainability

13 January, 2016

Casa Prè de Sura, designed by casati – hub for architecture and research from Innsbruck Austria, is an original remake of the traditional wooden chalets that are dotted over Val Badia. The elementary volumes are almost entirely covered in heat treated ash strips and are interrupted only by the irregular windows dotting the façades (and part...

Enjoy the Alps in wood
Enjoy the Alps in wood

12 January, 2016

In the middle of the Swiss Alps, at 2,260 metres high, stands the Chäserrug restaurant, sharing its name with the ski resort location. The restaurant is situated within the magnificence of the mountains and designed by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, who created an essential refuge to sit and enjoy the exceptional views....

Shustov Brandy Bar
Shustov Brandy Bar

8 January, 2016

Imagine the experience of being inside a wooden barrel? Now you can make that experience come true in the Shustov Brandy Bar, in the Ukraine, a bar and museum completely covered in oak with more than 20,000 bottles of brandy placed on the roof of the reception. Font: National Traveller

Modular Garden Shed by Avanto
Modular Garden Shed by Avanto

7 January, 2016

Would you like to spend time in this storage shed and greenhouse and sleep in contact with #nature? A small-house made with Finnnish #wood and designed by Kekkilä by Avanto. You can see more details  -> bit.ly/wood-garden

Dentist Clinic in Fukuyama
Dentist Clinic in Fukuyama

4 January, 2016

A visit to the dentist hasn’t been my best thing!  I guess it’s the only doctor which gives me the creeps, and apparently many other people feel the same way.  So what if someone was to tell you that the feeling would change as the dentists office would look more like a Zen retreat than...

The best, in wood, of 2015
The best, in wood, of 2015

30 December, 2015

For this last post of the year, we would like to remember the most iconic products of 2015 that made us enriched by its simplicity. Products that we have loved not only for their simplicity but for their materials, finishes, details or because they are simply beautiful.   Gilda, from Carlo Molino. Reissue by Zanotta....

Christmas gifts for WoodLovers (iii)
Christmas gifts for WoodLovers (iii)

23 December, 2015

A beautiful bentwood hall coat and hat stand, made from solid Steamed Beech. A lovely sculptural hat & coat trees -> http://bit.ly/hat-tree

What 2015 has left us: Spanish Pavilion in the Milan Expo
What 2015 has left us: Spanish Pavilion in the Milan Expo

22 December, 2015

A fusion of tradition and gastronomic innovation. This is the keystone of the Spanish pavilion project in the Milan Expo of 2015. Signed by 720 architects, this window to the world tries to subtly associate architecture with key product of Spanish cuisine, facing the challenge of giving a recognisable identity to the country in an...

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WOODLOVERS (ii)
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WOODLOVERS (ii)

21 December, 2015

The Wood lamp offers a contemporary, all-wooden interpretation of the traditional architect lamp. Focusing on simplicity, the lamp aims to provide an alternative to other more complex products. You can see more details -> http://bit.ly/1YqMENS        

The Tapas Bar Reinvented in Taiwan
The Tapas Bar Reinvented in Taiwan

17 December, 2015

Combining the bustling atmosphere of a Spanish tapas bar with the refined sensibility of a Viennese coffee house, Go Eat Tapas Dining Bar in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, provides a unique modern take on the European gathering spot genre. You can see more details -> http://bit.ly/1Qrcpta  

Interview with Jose Manuel Ferrero
Interview with Jose Manuel Ferrero

16 December, 2015

Jose Manuel Ferrero (Valencia, 1978) is the soul of estudi{H}ac. He defines himself as an atelier of product design and architecture. Jules Verne’s character Phileas Fogg inspires the team because of its creativity and ingenuity. Ferrero feels passion for detail and an elegant and exclusive design, searching for the meticulousness of the tailors from Savile...

Christmas gifts for WoodLovers (i)
Christmas gifts for WoodLovers (i)

14 December, 2015

A figure of a black wooden bird, an artefact of American folk art that was evidently highly treasured by the photographs Ray and Charles Eames. You can see more details -> http://bit.ly/1QgA2ok

Wood and Sound
Wood and Sound

10 December, 2015

There is no doubt about the crucial role of wood in acoustics. Is it impossible to imagine guitars, violas, and flamenco box drum without wood? In our eagerness to improve what already is perfect, we have been experimenting with different types of materials in instrument building and the results are always the same: failure (fortunately)....

6 lamps of wood essential
6 lamps of wood essential

3 December, 2015

We know how important lighting is in an interior design project. Today we are going to join two of our passions: wood and decoration. A list of modern displays, classic displays, with wooden sticks, with moulded wood…that form authentic sculptural design elements. We introduce our choice to you:   Hat Mould de Norm Architects for...

Wood takes Street
Wood takes Street

26 November, 2015

Carlos Thays said that happiness dwells more on nobleness of a forest than on a luxury without greeness. Fortunately, green is in fashion. It seems that little by little we begin to become aware of the importance of the small actions in the environment. The ecological tendency in not a novelty anymore, instead it has...

Eat around the trees: A Cantina
Eat around the trees: A Cantina

19 November, 2015

Successions of wooden trees cover the diner at A Cantina, the Estudio Nomada project in Santiago de Compostela. A Cantina is located in Santiago de Compostela and is the result of the union of two independent premises in the building of Archivo of Galicia. The space is divided into two main areas, cafe and shops,...

5 vital historic chairs
5 vital historic chairs

11 November, 2015

It seems to us that making a “Top 5 wooden chairs” list would be really complicated so instead we will name five iconic chairs that have endured the passage of time and are more complete than their subjective beauty. It is impossible to make such a list without mentioning Thonet. Until the early nineteenth century...

A tribute to Bécquer through living wood
A tribute to Bécquer through living wood

4 November, 2015

It is unusual that living woods are part of a piece of artwork, but when they are, the result is often a perfect harmony between nature and art. This compatibility can be seen in the forest of Oma by Agustín Ibarrola and also through the gazebo of Bécquer of Seville. This tribute through artwork was...

Baumgeflüster: the hotel that whispers to the trees of Baumraum
Baumgeflüster: the hotel that whispers to the trees of Baumraum

31 October, 2015

Can you imagine living in a tree house? The architects at Baumraum studio seized this nostalgic idea to design the Baumgeflüster hotel, nestled in a dense oak forest in Bad Zwischenahn, in Germany. The owners of the land decided to turn their old farm into a hotel where guests would be able to enjoy nature...

The most beautiful restaurant (made almost completely of wood) is in Valencia
The most beautiful restaurant (made almost completely of wood) is in Valencia

20 October, 2015

Waking into any space made almost completely of wood gives you the sensation that you are in a special place. Now, imagine breathing in completeZen filled with tranquillity, peace and quiet. What if we told you that you could find all of this in a restaurant? This is made a reality when walking into Nazomi...

Smoothness and warmth in your rooms with the all new Advance Premium Natural wooden parquet flooring
Smoothness and warmth in your rooms with the all new Advance Premium Natural wooden parquet flooring

16 October, 2015

L’Antic Colonial reinvents itself in order to offer a new range of natural wood parquet integrated into its functional and naturalistic series  Advance: The range Advance Premium. The new parquet by the firm from Porcelanosa Grupo continues to offer sophistication and an exclusive warmth, and at the same time it contributes to the spaciousness and smoothness...

From the sea to the forest with Shell (Japan): A shell-shaped structure made of wood
From the sea to the forest with Shell (Japan): A shell-shaped structure made of wood

As a fugitive from its natural habitat, the sea, this shell-shaped wooden shelter rests in mid-forest as a one-of-a kind type structure. The precise location of Shell turns out to be the green forests of Karuizawa in Japan, where one can find great contrast with the tree-covered landscape full of  big rocks and caves. When...

Art and wood, like denunciation and social criticism. Fragments, by  AI WEIWE
Art and wood, like denunciation and social criticism. Fragments, by AI WEIWE

The son of a renowned Chinese poet denounced during the Anti-Rightist Movement, the fact of being an artist and an activist is in Ai Weiwei’s blood. He sees art as a way of expressing himself, a way of complaining against his own government because of its position regarding democracy and human rights. Even though he...

An illusion with mirrors with: look closer. Wooden letters that blend into their surroundings
An illusion with mirrors with: look closer. Wooden letters that blend into their surroundings

Playing with light and shade through a mirror is an art in itself in both architecture and design. After surprising us with projects such as that by K smith III and his Desert Shack, woodlovers check out an urban project by means of playing with reflections that are able to blend into its surroundings. This...

Mosaic products from L’Antic Colonial. Natural wood with caracter
Mosaic products from L’Antic Colonial. Natural wood with caracter

The authenticity and warmth of wood, linked to the extensive possibilities that this material has in interior design, make covering products increasingly popular, such as the natural wood mosaics byl’Antic Colonial. Without giving up its rustic and homey air, these mosaics created from perfectly carved wood make spaces unique, giving them originality, dynamism and innovation...

A rotating wooden house is supplied with sunlight. Dome Space, New York
A rotating wooden house is supplied with sunlight. Dome Space, New York

About 130 km from New York, in the forest in the village of New Paltz, a wooden house lies. It looks like a flying saucer that has fallen from the sky. Built with organic materials such as cedar, bamboo and limestone, Dome Space amazes because of its rounded structure, but above all, it does so...

A wooden cube defying gravity in the high mountains of Slovakia
A wooden cube defying gravity in the high mountains of Slovakia

Like a gigantic cube of wood that has fallen from the sky, Hotel Kežmarské Hut lies in the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia, the highest area of the Carpathian Mountains. It is designed to blend into its surroundings, an environment of almost unreachable peaks where snow covers the landscape for most of the year. Providing...

Age-Old wood in the andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Costa Rica)
Age-Old wood in the andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Costa Rica)

When luxury is intermingled with ancient traditions of a country rich in both history and culture like Costa Rica, it’s normal for innovative and striking projects to appear like that of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. Wood plays a leading role in this hotel complex, which was designed by Zurcher Architects. After various discoveries of...

Centre Pompidou-Metz by Shigeru-Ban
Centre Pompidou-Metz by Shigeru-Ban

1 October, 2015

While the Parisian cultural centre George Pompidou is acclaimed for its spectacular metal façade, its little brother, centre Pompidou-Metz has created its own identity thanks to its original wooden roof. These two French contemporary art museums are home to valuable exhibitions in its interior and also stand out for their avant-garde architectural design. We noticed...

Wooden nursery school in Zaldibar by Ugari Studio and Hirribarren González Arquitectos
Wooden nursery school in Zaldibar by Ugari Studio and Hirribarren González Arquitectos

20 September, 2015

Ugari Studio and Hiribarren González Arquitectos highlighted the versatility of wood in all types of buildings, using it for the design of the preschool (3-6 years) nursery (0-3 years) of Zaldibar (Spain). CLT pre-manufactured wood panels were used for the building given its economic profitability and environmentally friendliness. These panels were tailor-made thereby reducing the...

Transarquitetônica, a labyrinth of recycled wood by Henrique Oliveira
Transarquitetônica, a labyrinth of recycled wood by Henrique Oliveira

9 September, 2015

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira invites us into a labyrinth of large proportions, taking the form of a hollow tree in its interior. After enjoying the amazing organic aesthetic of Transarquitetônica, the visitor can enter its tunnels, exploring different routes, intoxicated by the aroma and sounds of the installation. Made from a structure of wires covered...