The forgotten discos. The Altromondo Club in Rimini.

The forgotten discos. The Altromondo Club in Rimini.

Collater.al Contributors · 2 months ago · Design

In the 1960s Europe is being overwhelmed by a revolution wave. Girls start to wear miniskirts for the first time and women wear trousers and the trend of the short, sleeveless trapeze dress breaks out. The world of art is freaking out: it comes the Op Art, the Minimalism Art, the Hippies phenomenon and the wave of political and social struggles invests all the society. The most famous designers are Yves Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Paco Rabanne, the iconic model is Twiggy, the sweet girl with an exaggerated make-up.

People dance and dance, and many Italian clubs are in vogue, Romagna’s nightlife is the best one. The Romagna Riviera is always celebrating and among the most popular places is the Altromondo Club, designed in 1967 by architects Pietro De Rossi and Giorgio Ceretti. A paradise of colors and an image of celebration and joy. “The Altromondo Club in Rimini wants to be a multipurpose venue, that is suitable to meet the needs of many forms of entertainment. The room is composed of a container (main structure of possibilities) and equipment that can be adapted to the various intended uses. The container is a large light blue enameled metal box that provides different services (light, electricity, control cabin for lights and sounds); the equipment is made of objects placed in the container with different degrees of complexity and flexibility, corresponding to variations in use, obsolescence, and adaptability. The ambition was to create with these functional “openings” a new sense of space without falling into the scenography, in visual stunning or in the search for magical effects; but, on the contrary, underlining the availability of the equipment to a collective and variable definition of the place“.

I wonder if such clubs will ever be designed again!

altromondo Club di Rimini | Collater.al
altromondo Club di Rimini | Collater.al
altromondo Club di Rimini | Collater.al
altromondo Club di Rimini | Collater.al
altromondo Club di Rimini | Collater.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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Sneakerium, Monsieur Plant transforms sneakers into works of art

Sneakerium, Monsieur Plant transforms sneakers into works of art

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Design

Christophe Guinet was born in Paris and spending his adolescence between the city and the countryside developed a strong interest in the world of plants, an interest that soon became a passion and, today, his work. Christophe, better known as Monsieur Plant, creates fantastic installations and sculptures by bringing together objects of everyday use with different types of plants. Three years ago, with the project Plant your Mac! transformed Apple products into flower boxes and a few days ago he returned with a series of equally ambitious and original “sculptures”. The new project is called Sneakerium and the starting object is nothing more than a pair of old and used Nike, rather five pairs of old and used Nike.  

Instead of throwing them away, Monsieur Plant has taken them and transformed them into exhibition objects by immersing them in an aquarium and surrounding them with different types of plants. The most difficult part, in the artist’s words, was precisely the positioning of the shoe, so as not to make it float. 

Through his works, Monsieur Plant seeks to raise public awareness of issues related to recycling and recovery of waste. 

Discover Sneakerium in our gallery and in the video below!

Christophe Guinet Monsieur Plant Sneakerium | Collater.al
Christophe Guinet Monsieur Plant Sneakerium | Collater.al
Christophe Guinet Monsieur Plant Sneakerium | Collater.al
Christophe Guinet Monsieur Plant Sneakerium | Collater.al
Christophe Guinet Monsieur Plant Sneakerium | Collater.al
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Hellvetica, the character that scares the graphics

Hellvetica, the character that scares the graphics

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Design

The approximation is not contemplated in the world of graphics, everything must be perfect and calculated to the millimeter. That’s why the two creative directors Zack Roif and Matthew Woodward thought it was a good idea to pull a prank on graphic designers all over the world by playing with the famous Helvetica font and transforming it into Hellvetica, a character with serious problems related to kerning. 

For those who are not in the industry, with kerning we mean the reduction of the space between one letter and another in order to minimize the white spaces.  

Starting to write with Hellvetica you will notice immediately that the space between the letters seems purely random and if this inaccuracy in the graphics makes you crazy, imagine the insiders. 

Moreover, the choice to modify the iconic Helvetica character is not accidental, in fact, the font invented in 1960 by Eduard Hoffmann and Max Miedinger is famous for its precision and cleanliness. 

If you want to try to write with Hellvetica you can download it on the official site, if not look at some examples in our gallery. 

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hellvetica | Collater.al
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hellvetica | Collater.al
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Roots, the furniture collection inspired by the trees

Roots, the furniture collection inspired by the trees

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

Roots, or Raízes in Spanish, is the new furniture collection by Furf Design Studio, the design studio founded by Mauricio Noronha and Rodrigo Brenner in 2011 in Curitiba, Brazil. 

With this collection, the studio wants to focus the attention of its buyers on the problem of deforestation, also linked to the current events that have seen the Amazon Forest burn inexorably. For this reason, the three pieces that compose Roots are reminiscent of the shapes of trees. 

It is a table, a bench and a series of shelves whose structure starts from the ceiling with a sheet of polished metal from which ropes reach the floor, optically creating the figure of a tree with roots ready to extend until they touch the furniture in the vicinity. The tops that form the table, bench or shelves are then hung from the ropes and can be moved at will to adapt them to the height of your home. 

In addition, although the furniture takes up a lot of space, the fact that it is made with ropes makes it easier to move, saving on packaging. 

‘Roots’ allows you to have a piece of nature in our city houses. 

Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
Roots furf design studio | Collater.al
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Colvin, one of the most beautiful flower shops you can find

Colvin, one of the most beautiful flower shops you can find

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

Colvin is one of the startups that has been the most talked about in the last two years. The idea of Sergi Bastardas, Andrés Cester, and Marc Olmedillo Diaz was to create e-commerce dedicated only to flowers, promising shipments of bouquets, compositions and bouquets in 24 hours. Born in 2016, Colvin now has his own physical store in the heart of Barcelona, and to create a place that would blend in with their style, the three founders trusted Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge and his architecture and design studio. 

Colvin boutique has taken the place of a former banking office, whose appearance has been completely modernized and changed. The watchwords were minimal and clean: the false ceiling was dismantled, revealing the entire height of the store and leaving the beautiful wooden beams exposed, at sight are also the bricks of the walls that, like the floor and ceiling, were covered with a layer of bright white paint. 

The color chosen serves both to better illuminate the space and to highlight the real protagonists, the flowers. 

Collected in simple glass vases, the bundles skillfully composed by Colvin’s team are resting on wooden plinths that simulate tree trunks on display throughout the space. These wooden bases also serve as tables in the waiting area and as vases for the trees, which with their white columns create a forest effect. 

If you are visiting Barcelona, I suggest you take a quick look! 

Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge Colvin | Collater.al
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