Sculptural Stair Inspiration

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It’s been a hectic week for all I’m sure and since it’s my Birthday I’m going to present a simple post that I hope you find inspiring. These beautiful sculptural stairs by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop join two levels of a Mumbai apartment. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style Treads of engineered walnut form the bottom portion of the staircase and ascend up as a continuous elements to create the upper steps. The wood is formed around a metal structure that is anchored to the walls on both sides. Vertical steel cables that help support the upper portion of the structure also form a balustrade. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style

Specifically in the SDM apartment, after a talk with each member of the family, we got a well defined program based on the customs of each user and each space, the staircase located at the center of the apartment. It was designed as a sculpture in the space with more light and natural ventilation; with very subtle lines but protagonist of the space, it can be seen almost from anywhere in the public areas, it becomes the articulator of spaces and is replicated in other architectural elements such as blinds and ceiling; every space, every detail meets a special character of the users, every color, every picture, every kitchen utensil, every linen was specifically chosen to complete this project and to make it unique.

The workshop used models and renderings to mock up the large sculptural piece for the client. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style

About Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop:

Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop is formed by young architects, graduates of different universities in Mexico, EEUU and Spain, founded in 1996. Their professional practice has led them to realization of projects of public and private character in different Geographic latitudes and parallels.

Houzz Marketplace

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Fueling the current trend of digitizing the home-remodeling experience, Houzz has raised an impressive $165 million in a fourth round of capital, led by Sequoia Capital, one of its early backers.

Houzz is using its pile of cash and its popularity with home remodelers to fuel a foray into e-commerce. In a new section of its site called Houzz Marketplace, the company will play host to a selection of bathtubs, vanities, backsplashes and other home décor items being sold by thousands of online retailers.

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The transactions will all take place on the Houzz site, and the company will keep a 15% cut of each sale. The order fulfillment and customer service will be handled by the sellers.

E-commerce will become the third source of revenue for five-year-old Houzz, which also sells advertisements and charges architects, designers and other home contractors an annual subscription fee for tools to help them engage with potential customers on its site.

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Selling actual products on its site  is what Houzz  says will make it stand apart from Pinterest, another popular destination for design enthusiasts. I tend to prefer Pinterest over Houzz for collecting pictures and taking a mental break. While I’m interested in seeing the new site design that Houzz has rolled out, I doubt that having products constantly pitched to me is going to be appealing.

I can see how his might appeal to the D-I-Yer more than the Design Professional – especially those who protect ability to source unique finds for their clients.

How do you like the new Marketplace?

2012 Pantone Color of the Year

Goodbye Honeysuckle Yellow, hello Tangerine Tango, or you may prefer to call it 17-1463, announced as Pantone’s color of the year for 2012.

According to Pantone, “Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

It is a color, Pantone goes on to say, that is “a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way”.

There are so many gorgeous colour combinations possible here – you can really let your imagination run wild.

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an
enticing juicy orange, is a
vivacious and appealing refresher
to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring.