Colombian designer based in Milan Rodrigo Torres created this simple and beautiful stackable chair for Japanese furniture brand Cassina IXC.
From the designer: “Membrane” is a contract chair, where the synergistic relationship between simplicity, ergonomics and technology is emphasized. The configuration of the shape was inspired by concepts such as harmony, synergy and symbiosis. By joining dissimilar elements and relating them in a delicate and simple way, we leverage their expressive and mechanical characteristics, generating an object where comfort, simplicity and expressiveness are manifested in a sophisticated and comfortable product.
The chair is formed by a soft plastic membrane that takes its shape from the metal structure in which is supported. Thanks to the variety of fabrics and colors that can cover it, Membrane is presented as a versatile chair designed to enter the various environments of daily life, such as working, educational or domestic.
The Bogota Design Festival – BDF will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from March 3rd to the 7th and will gather in those four days diverse manifestations of design and other creative industries.
Annually more than 20 cities around the world replicate the model of Design Festival. The first event was London Design Festival in 2013. The event’s objective was and still is to connect citizens around design and innovation and also contribute to the cultural, professional and creative growth of the British capital.
For the first time in Colombia national and international companies part of the BDF will open their commercial areas to the public so visitors can appreciate design inside its original space.
The BDF was created as an initiative of creative industries incubator PRANA, a non-profit organization focused on helping creative entrepreneurs to accelerate the process of creation, growth and consolidation of their businesses.
In this first edition, the Festival will take place in three zones of the city from 76th street to 116th street. A map of the event is available on the Festival’s website.
The W Hotel located in Bogotá, Colombia is the first contemporary hotel created using the legend of El Dorado as inspiration. The interiors were designed by Ilan Waisbrod, of New York’s Studio Gaia who created a 17 floor space full of treasures and gold pieces. The hotel uses sustainable furniture by Waisbrod, has a beautiful restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten decorated with 1,200 gold butterflies and a bar with an installation by Colombian artist Venuz White.
Address: Avenida Carrera 9 No. 115 – 30 Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: (57+1) 7467111
SYOU is a dynamic new sneaker concept by with each collection inspired by and made in a different country. Every pair of SYOU sneakers is 100% locally produced, using locally sourced materials, they work in collaboration with local talent on the ground – from copywriters to visual artists – to create SYOU sneakers and the entire story around the product and country.
The latest range of SYOU sneakers is 100% made in Colombia from 100% Colombian materials. The rubber soles are made in Medellin. The canvas used in the upper is also made of Colombian material. Inspiration lies inside each SYOU sneaker, with a poem penned by Juanita Olivera from Bogotá written on the insole. Even the SYOU box has been co-designed, with José Argotty from Pasto creating the box for the Colombia collection. Every pair of SYOU sneakers also comes complete with an organic cotton bag, handmade in Colombia.
Next up might be Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Cambodia or The Philippines. “The opportunities are limitless. We are forever surprised and humbled by the depth and breadth of talent around the world and these are just the first steps on a worldwide expedition of discovery”.
Photos: Juanita Carrasco
A tres pasos de la Havana (Three steps from Havana) is a new boutique hotel in Cartagena Colombia.
Developed by Meteoro Studio Architects, the project sought to renew a deteriorated house keeping the original exterior but modernizing its interior. The result is a space that perfectly blends minimal design with the traditional style of the city.
The furniture and deco were created using a color palette that evokes the island of Cuba like red and light blue.
The hotel has 4 rooms (3 with king size beds and 2 with two double size beds), AC, Cable TV, Wi-Fi and swimming pool.
Carrera 10B No. 29-120, Calle del Guerrero, Getsemaní, Cartagena