A closer take on the hottest solutions from this issue.
Staff -- Interior Design, 11/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Take a Seat
In one of varied interpretations of his leitmotiv, to wit, the "abstraction and exaggeration of telecommunication cabling and devices," Stephen Yablon, with colleagues Brad Farwell and Tom Abraham, designed the eye-catching bench in the waiting area (right, story on page 174). It is a takeoff on a telecom RJ-40 jack, a.k.a. a telephone connector, made of plastic laminate in shades of gray. (To the less techno-minded, the shape may vaguely suggest a tuning fork.) Although offering seating for only three—long lounging is not encouraged—the bench comes with padded vinyl disks providing comfortable seats and backrests.
Boxes at Boxer
Principal Gökhan Avcioglu of GAD Architects bolted together uncut aluminum box profiles—frequently used as window frames—to fabricate a sleek bar for the Boxer Café (below, story on page 156). The unusual application served both aesthetic and practical purposes: the material is lightweight, durable, and can be easily dismantled and reused. "I am interested in the logical use of natural resources and broadening the database of new materials and situations," explains Avcioglu.
It's a Wrap
The perception of both industrial and futurist inspiration registers early: Entering the lobby of the Sony New Technology incubator, visitors walk on an orange rubber flooring band leading straight across the reception area; the seemingly embossed matting then rises and wraps the plywood-and-steel desk (above, story on page 174). Marginal strips, placed flat on the floor, appear to stabilize the lofted tiles. More of the orange cladding climbs up the wall.
Ceramic tiles typical of Japanese architecture serve an atypical, ornamental function on the façade of Osaka restaurant Murata Mitsui, designed by Glamorous Co. (left, story on page 188). In the daytime, the charcoal-gray tiles catch light and throw shadows in striking patterns across the white stucco exterior, which appears to change color as the sun moves through the sky.