Christophe Benichou and the play of lights and shadows in the desert

Christophe Benichou and the play of lights and shadows in the desert

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

Christophe Benichou is a French architect who collaborates with various studios from all over the world. His projects are focused on the use of all the senses, some of which are truly amazing and with particular forms while remaining simple and minimal.

Built-in the middle of the desert, solitary and colored with sand, his latest work is called “Sesame” and evokes the ambiguity of a fixed or immediate movement, but also of an uncertain time, between ruin and contemporaneity. It has the appearance of a cube that breaks up on each side, detaching itself from the origin, just the space to let the user in. Inside, there is a warm and welcoming domestic environment, and every time there is an open space, there is a part of the house. The bed, the bathroom, the dining room, and the kitchen.

Christophe Benichou’s projects is a play of lights and shadows, open and ajar, that does not give any direct vision on the external space, a place of introspection, calm and ambiguity.

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Text by Elisa Scotti

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Trunk House, the boutique hotel in the streets of Tokyo

Trunk House, the boutique hotel in the streets of Tokyo

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

The Trunk hotel’s brand has worked with the Tripster design studio to create the Trunk House, a boutique hotel in Tokyo, inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics, located in Kagurazaka, a district of Tokyo.

The idea for this type of hotel came from the lounges that were in Tokyo years ago, where artists and creatives gathered – spaces where people shared ideas and exchanged thoughts and culture, similar to the French Salòn. From here, create a contemporary environment that had the same function.

But the strong point is an unusual and small disco of a bright red that is considered the smallest disco in Japan. Characterized by a curved minibar, a glittering disco ball, a dance floor full of lights and, if necessary, a karaoke.

In the tiled bathroom, there is a huge square and giant bathtub in cypress. In the tea room, the highlight is the built-in fireplace in front of which are arranged mats and tatami. The living room is also very cozy, with a large brown leather sofa, a glass coffee table, and large windows and wall. The whole thing is designed to look like a genkan.

The master bedroom consists of a classic Japanese style bed, a mattress resting on a raised wooden platform. The dining room is characterized by almost black walls, like shutters, a long oak table, soft lights and a large square French window, which overlooks a small courtyard.

The hotel can accommodate up to 6 people.

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Text by Elisa Scotti

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Paranoia, dreams and thoughts by the creative mind of Tyler Spangler

Paranoia, dreams and thoughts by the creative mind of Tyler Spangler

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

We have already talked about Tyler Spangler, American artist and designer known for the psychedelic and surrealist style. He studies psychology in College for working in some psychiatric hospital or becoming a psychologist, but in the meantime, he realizes a stronger need: create art and explore the styles that attract him the most. Since that year he begins to collect more than 2,000 pieces, including personal creations and projects developed at the Art Center College of Design for graphic design.

Since that Tyler decides to start his own business and work freelance, defining what his style is now.

He’s back to surprise us with even more pop and colorful images on which messages and effect sentences by his creative mind. In addition to being inspired by vintage images and photographs, he takes as a reference to the artistic currents of the past such as Dadaism, Constructivism, and Surrealism to give life to his creative world.

Each creation is totally different from the previous one, which is why Tyler gets old.

Take a look at the gallery below and follow him on its website.

Text by Giordana Bonanno.

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A sauna in the desert? At Burning Man you can.

A sauna in the desert? At Burning Man you can.

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

Helsinki based architecture firm JKMM Architects has joined forces with Finish Studio and are building a sauna in the middle of the Nevada desert for this year’s Burning Man. That then, let’s face it, the choice to build a sauna in a location with such a hot climate, sounds a bit ‘nonsense. The two companies, however, thought that the participants in the festival could draw on the rituals and detoxification typical of Finnish saunas. This is how a Steam of Life pavilion will be created.

The structure is made of dark wood staves in two different sizes and three lengths. Arranged in the shape of a ring around a shady outdoor courtyard to allow users to cool down, relax and recharge. To take account of the high number of visitors, the designers opted for a circular route around the building.

The entrance will have a dimly lit passage leading to the Turkish bath. The curved space will be characterized by wooden benches along the walls and a central brazier. After the experience, users will be encouraged to move and find the exit overlooking the courtyard, which is designed in place of a cold diving pool, typically used after the sauna.

The pavilion is very small. It can be easily transported in a container and wherever you want. Steam of Life is part of a series of temporary installations that will be made in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man. It will take place from 25 August to 2 September.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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Gangirboy and the strange visual associations between pop culture and art

Gangirboy and the strange visual associations between pop culture and art

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Design

We’ve seen projects like Gangirboy‘s before, to name a few we can mention Untitled Save or Paste in Place, but they always manage to attract our attention. 

Some people will say that I’m rubbish, or that art is something else, but following the theories that say that the other is the mirror of the society in which it was born, maybe this is the one that represents us best. 

The works that Gangirboy shares on his Instagram profile are digital collages that mix elements of the pop culture that is part of our daily lives, such as movies, sports, music or social media, with classical and modern art. 

After all, as in the 18th century, neoclassical artists rediscovered and revisited the masterpieces of Greco-Roman art, it seems that today’s artists and designers find their inspiration in the art of one or two centuries ago. 

Do we like Gangirboy’s digital collages and do they make us smile, do you? 

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