Four ways to make you want to stay in
In this transformation of a disused office into a little house, the staircase is so dominant that the project is dubbed by Hi-Macs, provider of the undulatingly fluid Alpine White acrylic stone banister, ‘a staircase with rooms’. Setting aside how fit those steps are going to keep the inhabitants, it’s a romantic idea, like living in a lighthouse, perhaps even allowing a vivid imagination to mistake the roar of distant traffic for pounding waves on the rocks below. On the other hand, the fitout looks rather more luxurious, and the lighting bill should be far more manageable.
One consolation in the dismal British winter is the prospect of escaping in early January on a long haul flight to the sun. And after the vulgar excesses of a commercial Christmas, a bit of calm culture would be welcome too. Look no further, then, than Kolkata, where even the airport offers poetry above motion. For thanks to SAS International, the humdrum baggage carousel here chugs along beneath a huge abstract reference to the writing of the mighty Rabindranath Tagore. Using 60,000m2 of System 750 Tubeline, it could write the script for a warm week of wellbeing.
Colour of the year
What does this Cherished Gold room tell you? Someone’s bolthole, perhaps, but what of the mood? Is it autumnal, Keats’ close-bosom’d friend of the maturing sun? Imperial, a la Chinese emperors? Opulence, even degeneracy, of Versailles? Venerable like a golden ager or forward looking in the manner of African hopes in the earth and what it contains? Dulux, linking future and past in its colour of the year, should be able to answer these questions and more at ColourFutures 16, its event mapping colour trends under the theme of Look Both Ways. Fashionistas take note.
High pressure laminate
A wise architect once imparted to me a tip for the subordinates who design the loos on great schemes: remember the old rhyme about three old ladies getting locked in a cubicle from Monday to Saturday... make it a place you’d actually like to linger in. Clearly this is what Abet Laminati had in mind when it supplied these cubicles for East End Homes’ central London HQ: high pressure laminate in the Legni News range of woodgrain effects to make any occupant feel pampered – whether they’re in there for a No 1 moment or the full working week...