Conversions: Shanghai “gangsters’ warehouse” into office

Chinese studio Naturalbuild has created an office and event space in a Shanghai warehouse that previously belonged to Huang Jinrong – a notorious 1930s underworld figure. The space is located within a two-storey building by the city’s South Bund dockyard, described by the firm as the “gangsters’ warehouse” in reference to its former proprietor. Huang Jinrong was a prominent and senior […] Read more

Sustainable furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

Basque designer Jean Louis Iratzoki has created a chair called ‘Kuskoabi’ for French contemporary furniture company Alki. ‘We decided that the collection we are presenting today had to be a comfortable, enveloping chair,’ says Iratzoki. To achieve this, the team opted for a semi-concave shell. The material that best enables this shape to be shaped […] Read more

Conversions: underground parking lot into Häfele showroom

Häfele‘s 1,000 m² flagship showroom by AIM architecture is an underground project in Shanghai, China. Due to its location, the designers encountered the challenge of ensuring adequate natural lighting, which shall be puts into effect with great impact on design the entrance and the surface construction. The hardware company also required the ability to present multiple […] Read more

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