We recently received photos and information about an intriguing Brazilian furniture store envisioned by Albus, a design company from Brazil. Here is a statement from the creative team: “Happiness is the magic that turns everything into gold”. In this mood, we created for furniture store Gobbi Novelle, from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, its newest theme. The campaign is called “Favela Rica”, translated roughly into “Rich Shanty Town”. The unusual begins to show itself on the storefront, painted entirely in gold. Our idea was a play between the extremes of wealth and poverty, without giving up on happiness, sophistication and humor. Still in the storefront, details created with pink plywood typically found in construction sites and zinc roof shingles, contrast vividly with castle flags that announce the store’s campaign theme.”
On the facade, in the dining room, a large Swarovski crystal chandelier shares the spotlight with a Last Supper image, a typical decoration of the slums. Except this one is a three meters wide reproduction of American photographer David Lachapelle’s Last Supper, with a very large label marking it as a counterfeit. Whoever ventures forth into the showroom will find a large living space divided between two moods: the wealthy side, with fabric covered walls, boiserie and large windows that reveal a meager slum. On the other side, decaying walls, worn fabric and torn curtains expose a beautiful garden overlooked by a castle.To make the campaign more interesting, the store will donate some of the profits to a shanty town in Porto Alegre. [Photos and information sent via e-mail by Albus]
Most people have closets in their homes these days, but sometimes there’s always that need for the stuff that just doesn’t fit or belong in there. Check out this great use of an armoire to hang coats, store outerwear, and even provide a little bench area! Perfect for any entryway or mudroom. If you have a bathroom that fits one, an armoire is a beautiful way to add more storage — especially for towels. Like some of the others on this list, this armoire from Enchanted Home does away with the glass and replaces it with netting instead.
The String shelf system was designed in 1949 by the swedish architect and designer Nils Strinning. Easy to assemble and reposition, this well-formed system, with its ingenious design, is stable and functional. String® is available in several formats: the classic system, plex (launched in 1953), pocket (2005) and works (2014). The SH05 Arie shelf was designed by Arik Levy in 2008 for E15. The clever design enables a multitude of seamless combinations, made possible without any obvious visual repetition. Arie functions well as a bookcase, room divider, sideboard or storage unit.