Monday, 10 March 2014

Pineapple: Interiors and Exteriors

 When I asked German designer, interior architect and photographer, Katrin Greiling, if I could use her photographs of her commissioned  design bar and VIP lounge at the Stockholm Furniture Fair she immediately replied with “This sounds fun! Thanks for asking… Golden Circle Tropical Recipe Book, wow! I'm having a look ... Of course, take what you can find, we are happy to share the studio's pineapple love!”
Thanks very much Katrin, pineapple love must be universal!
She says that "the concept for the design bar reflects my experiences of recent years, during which I have spent much time working and living in different cultures. My goal has been to create an environment that draws on these global impressions,rather than telling a linear story. I like visitors to be able to come here for a break from the hustle and bustle of the fair. They become part of this stimulating environment, which plays with one's perceptions of private and public space."
The beautiful Prada Store (sometimes nicknamed 'The Pineapple') was designed by Herzog and de Meuron and completed in 2003.
The intent of “Prada’s Tokyo ‘Epicenter’, in the fashionable Aoyama district . . . is to reshape both the concept and function of shopping, pleasure and communication, to encourage the meshing of consumption and culture.”
Interestingly Herzog says that “Tokyo is a city where not a single building relates to its neighbourhood, and every building fills its whole site. We took a chance in creating a little space outdoors, like in European cities. We also reversed the typical Japanese emphasis on looking inward by giving importance to the view.”
Thanks very much to Japanese photographer, Fugu Tabetai, for the use of his photograph.

Photographer, Ian Sutton, generously said we could use his photograph of the flamboyant Grand Lisboa, in Macau.  He said “It's actually meant to be a lotus flower, but perhaps it is more pineapple like? :)”
“Grand Lisboa (Chinese: 新葡京) is a 58-floor, 261-metre-tall hotel in Macau, designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man. Its casino and restaurants were opened on February 11, 2007, while the hotel was opened in December 2008. The casino offers 800 mass gaming tables and 1000 slot machines. The hotel contains 430 hotel rooms and suites. The Grand Lisboa is the tallest building in Macau and the 118thTallest Building in the World (by architectural structure).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Lisboa
Thanks alot Ian!

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