Balenciaga and Harry Nuriev, eco-sustainable design

Balenciaga and Harry Nuriev, eco-sustainable design

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 weeks ago · Design

The fashion industry is considered the second most polluting in the world and, after the Fashion Pact signed by 32 companies with the aim of halting global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans, even individual brands give rise to symbolic initiatives to encourage sustainable practices in design.

This is the case with the collaboration between Balenciaga and the New York-based artist, designer, and architect, Harry Nuriev, who have joined forces in the design and creation of the “Balenciaga Sofa“.
The piece, chosen because it is a design element that is rarely missing in the home of a family nucleus, is composed by a transparent vinyl material encasing damaged or unsellable pieces and off-cuts from old Balenciaga stock.

When the product was unveiled, Balenciaga stressed how important it is for brands and designers to become aware of the impact that the industry they work in has on the environment and how important recycling policies are for the creation of a circular economy, that is an economy capable of regenerating itself.

The Sofa will be presented during Miami Art Basel, which will open on December 3, but in the meantime do not miss the gallery that you can find here.

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Shanxiao Sales Pavilion, the innovative facility in Nanshan

Shanxiao Sales Pavilion, the innovative facility in Nanshan

Collater.al Contributors · 3 weeks ago · Design

In Chongqing, Nanshan District, located in southeast China, the architecture and interior design firm AOE – specializing in the construction of commercial buildings, hotels, etc. – has renovated the facade of the Shanxiao Sales Pavilion.
The designers for the realization of the project have decided to maintain a traditional architecture that does not affect the harmony of the surrounding landscape. The use of a modern style combined with classical creation techniques has transformed the pavilion into a reference building throughout the area. The site is structured in two parts: the sales office which is hidden in nature and gives the idea of being a secret place and the most visible commercial part. The entire building is surrounded by a lake in which flowerbeds float, over which a bridge passes to allow access to the structure.

On the facade there is a large perforated grid that allows the sun to penetrate the structure whose shape is inspired by the clouds of the landscape characteristic of the district.
The walls of the Shanxiao Sales Pavilion are entirely glazed and the shapes of the perforated shutters integrate perfectly with the surrounding nature, so the entire structure seems to float in the clouds.
The effect is that the natural fog becomes another facade of the building, creating a kind of wonderland in Nanshan. The structure is not only intended as a new work of architecture, but also as a work of art that adds value to the cultural life of the city.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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565 Broome Soho, Renzo Piano’s luxury

565 Broome Soho, Renzo Piano’s luxury

Collater.al Contributors · 3 weeks ago · Design

Renzo Piano, the famous Italian architect, recently completed his last work in the center of New York: the 565 Broome Soho. This is the architect’s first residential building in the American city and was designed in collaboration with the Italian real estate company Globale Bizzi & Partners Development.
Once a refuge for a generation of artists, despite its evolution, Soho has continued to be a meeting point between art and culture and this is why the residence was built in this very neighborhood.

The project comprises two structures joined by a common base and contains 115 luxury apartments created to maximize the space and the view that offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and the Hudson River. Depending on where each apartment is located, you can enjoy a magical view of the whole of Manhattan from the Empire State Building to the World Trade Center. The special feature of the building is the presence of large, bright windows made up of ultra-transparent glass that make the exterior facade shinier. This makes the structure seem to integrate perfectly into the landscape.

In order to access the 565 Broome Soho, you have to cross a private path with direct access. The house has the latest automated parking technology with 40 parking spaces, each of which is equipped with a full capacity electric charging station. The project was designed to make the facility the first high-end, “zero waste” residential building in New York City.
On-site wellness services include a heated indoor pool, changing rooms, a fitness center, and a sauna. Residents can also enjoy a rooftop pool with views of the city skyline, a library, and a bar.

The interiors of the structure, on the other hand, were designed and built in collaboration with the French interior design studio Dumas Architecture Intérieure (RDAI), which has developed an approach that creates elegant spaces by emphasizing the quality of design and the craftsmanship of materials.

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A world without the sunlight: graphics by Devansh Atray

A world without the sunlight: graphics by Devansh Atray

Claudia Fuggetti · 3 weeks ago · Design

It’s a world where it’s never a day that Devansh Atray graphic design represents, the only lights that populate his universe are neon lights. This inevitably brings us back to Blade Runner, in particular to the color palette of the last chapter Blade Runner 2049 by Denis Villeneuve.

The scenes proposed by Devansh are inspired by a dystopian reality, in which the human figure is reduced to a mere presence almost evanescent: it is implied, but never explicitly shows his face.

The real protagonist is the future, nature takes its place again, as you can guess from the words “You are my destiny” and “The future is fucked“, which almost makes look soft punx’s NO FUTURE and transforms it into a certain destiny.

What do you think?

Take a look at our gallery and visit Devansh Atray’s Instagram profile.

Un mondo senza la luce del sole: le grafiche di Devansh Atray | Collater.al
Un mondo senza la luce del sole: le grafiche di Devansh Atray | Collater.al
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In Kenya, seawater becomes drinkable thanks to GivePower

In Kenya, seawater becomes drinkable thanks to GivePower

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Design

Before talking about the project signed GivePower, it seems to us to give some useful data. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three people today has poor access to water and sanitation and, although the situation has slowly improved over the past twenty years, about 2.2 billion people still do not have safe access to drinking water. This condition is most consistent in developing and underdeveloped countries, where the problem of water makes life a continuous struggle against diseases and viruses. 

Fortunately, the agencies and organizations that try in every way to solve these situations are growing and one of them seems to have found the ideal solution. It is, as we mentioned at the beginning, GivePower that in the small Kenyan village of Kiunga has recently completed the installation of a desalinator that transforms the water of the nearby Indian Ocean into drinking water. 

In addition, the most surprising aspect is that the entire system works thanks to a roof of solar panels that can purify about 75,000 liters of water per day. 

On the GivePower website, where it is specified that with a donation of 20 euros a person can be assured of drinking water for 10 years, the project can be financially supported and everyone else discovered. 

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