Monthly Archives: January 2012


Located in Extremadura in the province of Cáceres, Spain, this country
house was transformed into a family home from an abandoned stable.
The rustic home with modern simplicity completely respects the
environment. A solar panel system was developed to provide energy in
the summer, and turbines were installed to make use of the streams to
supply energy during the winter.


Chef Fina Puigdevall converted the ground floor of her family’s
13th-century house into one of the ‘world’s best-looking dining’
establishments. She added five luxury rooms where diners can spend the
night.The perception created is a mysterious, alluring image with subtle
transparencies, light and shadows generating new, sophisticated
relationships, intentionally voyeuristic, where the peek-a-boo effect
makes the existing and newly designed spaces even more attractive and
interesting.There is nothing in the room. Just a bed and mineral water to
drink and sunlight filtered through trees to watch.No television, no radio..


TA-ZE Premium Olive Oil Store is a small boutique olive oil, recently
opened in Toronto. The store is located on Adelaide Street West and
occupies an area of 75 square meters. TA-ZE olive oil produced by the
Turkish company, which tradition is rooted in the distant past.


Fogo is the world’s wildest arts scene.  The stunning series of artist
studios serve as the home to the foundation’s new Residency Program.
Artists from around the world come to live in work in the area for several
months at a time, taking in the rugged surrounds and working in the clean
geometric structures which seem to teeter on the edges of the landscape.
The studios were designed by Architect, Todd Saunders.
Four of them were finished in 2010, three more were unveiled on
23 June 2011. Each studio is completely off grid. Scattered over the island,
the ultra-modern constructs are jarring and dramatic blades of volcanic
stone built on rock, perched seemingly precariously over the water.
While radically different in appearance from Fogo’s weather-beaten
clapboard houses, in subtle, abstract ways they have a relationship with
them. Both are built on stilts over the water and seem to cling to the shore
like their life depends on it.
The second project is the Fogo Island Inn, a luxury hotel. The five-star
modernist inn, also designed by Saunders, will have 29 oceanfront rooms
when it opens in June 2012. It will also feature a spa, heritage library and
art gallery.


1957 BMW Isetta
Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as
a bubble car. The BMW “Little Iso” was the world’s first mass-
production 3-Liters/100km car. The Isetta caused a sensation when
it was introduced to the motoring press in Turin in November 1953.
2.29 m (7.5 ft) long and 1.37 m (4.5 ft) wide it was seen by BMW as
filling a gap between their motorcycle range and the luxury 501
models. The quirky little Motocoupe as it was called by BMW, became
the dream of the workingman, and by November 1955, ten thousand
had been built.


Best new public building: Hepworth Wakefield, UK, by David Chipperfield Architects (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Iwan Baan)

Best new public building: Teshima Art Museum, Japan, by Ryue Nishizawa (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Iwan Baan)

Best new public building: Musashino Art University Library, Japan, by Sou Fujimoto (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Iwan Baan)

Best new public building: Metropol Parasol, Spain, by J Mayer H (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Fernando Alda)

Best new private house: Pringiers House, Sri Lanka, by Tadao Ando (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Edmund Sumner)

Best new private house: 77E77, US, by Adjaye Associates (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Lyndon Douglas)

Best new or renovated hotel: Playa Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay, by Carlos Ott (Image via Wallpaper*, Photo: Cristobal Palma)

The international panel of judges, this year comprising Grayson Perry,
Rafael Vinoly, Simon de Pury, Gerd Bulthaup, and Jean-Paul Goude,
selected the top entries in eleven major design categories. Many more
awards in highly specialized design categories were chosen by Wallpaper*
editors and contributors.




Massada’s sunglasses have hand painted Italian lenses. Lenses are
colored using traditional techniques in small manuacturing shop.
Each lens is made very carefully and because it’s hand colored, each pair
of sunglasses is very special and unique. Thanks to the energetic and
colorful shades the sunglasses surely attract attention!