Architecture / DESIGN

KAPLINSKI, Fashion and architecture mix audiovisual artwork. Benjamin Seroussi filmmaker’s art piece! I will speak more about him in another post!

A M A Z I N G feelings watching it!

Ullanlinna district, Helsinki

ULLANLINNA DISTRICT.  The southern-most city district of Helsinki, in Finland. Here is where I’m going to live till the end of September. It’s a nice and calm neighbourhood, surrounded by parks and sea. And friends. ;-)

Ullanlinna district, Hesinki

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Ullanlinna District, helsinki

Ullanlinna District, Helsinki

Ullanlinna, at home.

Ullanlinna District, Helsinki

Iranzu GuijarroKindergarten Bizau. Architekt DI Bernado Bader. Austria.

Iranzu GuijarroMetzgerstüble Mellau. Architekt DI Bernardo Bader.

Iranzu GuijarroIsay Weinfeld. Fasano Boa Vista Hotel. Brazil.

Iranzu guijarroMiss OPO. Porto. portugal Shanna Jones Photography.

Iranzu GuijarroPsychiko House. Athens. Greece. Divercity Architect.

Iranzu GuijarroRepublic of Fritz Hansen, Furniture Factory, Copenhagen.

FRITZ HANSEN started a Wood Furniture production company of his own in Copenhagen, 1872.  In the 30′, Fritz Hansen was a leader in Furniture created in laminate wood. His son, Christian E. Hansen, started experimenting with steam bending beench, new concept. Nowadays,Republic of Fritz Hansen invites a series of new designers to interpret the design philosophy of the actual company.

ARNE JACOBSEN (1902-1971), Arquitect and Designer. Bauhaus Movement.

IRANZU GUIJARROArne Jacobsen studied Arquitecture in Paris, 1924. Bauhaus movement was in the air. He totally dominates the fifties at Fritz Hansen. The collaboration started in 1934, when he creates the laminated ANT CHAIR. The Inspiration of the Ant came from Hvidt& Molggard’s AX- Series. Arne Jacobsen was and is  an admired and outstanding danish designer. His famous artworks in furniture design are ANT Chair, EGG, SWAM Chair and Sofa, Series 7 and Series 3300.

Iranzu GuijarroANT Chair Design, Arne Jacobsen.

Iranzu GuijarroSWAN Chair Design, Arne Jacobsen. Fifties.

Iranzu GuijarroEGG Chair Design. Arne Jacobsen.

POUL HENNINGSEN (1894-1967). PH. Designer and Writer.


He pretty well invented modern Danish living. His lamps Designs are mostly in every houses of Denmark. His designs are still in production today. His artworks are manufacuring by the company  Louis Poulsen. His famous masterpieces are PH Lamp: The lamp is designed with multiple concentric shades to eliminate visual glare, only emitting reflected light, obscuring the light source. PH Artichoke: a chrome inner diffuser also assists in the proper even reflection of the light source.On this structure PH placed 72 copper “leaves” in twelve circular rows with six blades in each row.


IRANZU GUIJARROPH Artichoke. Poul Hennigsen

Iranzu GuijarroPH Lamp. Poul Henningsen.



This year Helsinki is The World Design Capital. It is offering a diverse events around the city. I knew that Martin Gram, managing director of Snohetta Design// Norway and Henrietta Thompson, editor-a -large, Wallpaper//London were coming to Helsinki. I started looking for WDC2012 progamme and finally, I found ÖÖ: Was it a dream? event where this 2 design professionals would talk about Nordic excellent architecture and design. They inspired me a lot. I learnt of their design points of view and artworks.

ÖÖ: Was it a dream? was launched during London Design Festival 2010 a curated experience showroom bringing together design visionaries from Sweden, Denamrk, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Estonia. This May in Helsinki, the event explores the theme of Authentic Luxury: telling the new Nordic Artist and Designers.

KLUVVI Helsinki. Where the conferences took place.

Iranzu GuijarroIranzu GuijarroNorwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion by Snøhetta

Iranzu GuijarroNorwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion by Snøhetta

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iranzu GuijarroCraig Dykers, currently with renowned Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta

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Iranzu guijarroSofa designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen and made by Rud Rasmussen, 1942.

Iranzu guijarro‘Solaris’ striped cabinet by Habitek

Iranzu guijarroInside Alvar Aalto’s former studio in Munkkiniemi

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ÖÖ: Was it a dream! World Capital of Design projects.

I enjoyed 3 conferences about 3 Architecture Studio (Finnish Tuomas Toivonen NOW , Estonian Ralf looke, Salto and Norwegian Martin Gram, Snohetta Design) Helsinki 2012, The world Capital of Design project is coming up…YESS!

I would like to introduce you one of Snohetta Design Project in Oslo! The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet House. Huge white – Frozen Glacier in the middle of the city! Inside the building is full of wooden structures which represents the warm environment.


The conceptual basis of the competition, and the final building, is a combination of this three elements – The wave wall, the factory and the carpet. Snohetta Design.

”The wave wall” Opera and ballet are young artforms in Norway. These artforms envolve in an international setting . The Bjørvika peninsula is part of a harbour city, which is historically the meeting point with the rest of the world.. The dividing line between the ground ’here’ and the water ‘there’is both a real and a symbolic threshold. This threshold is realised as a large wall on the line of the meeting between land and sea, Norway and the world, art and everyday life.

”The Factory” A detailed brief was developed as a basis for the competition. Snøhetta proposed that the production facitities of the operahouse should be realised as a self contained, rationally planned ‘factory’. This factory should be both functional and flexible during the planning phase as well as in later use. This flexibility has proved to be very important during the planning phase: a number of rooms and romm groups have been adjusted in collaboration with the end user. These changes have improved the buildings functionality without affecting the architecture.

”The Carpet” The competion brief stated that the operahouse should be of high architectural quality and should be monumental in it’s expression. One idea stood out as a legitimation of this monumentality: The concept of togetherness, joint ownership, easy and open access for all. To achieve a monumentality based on these notions we wished to make the opera accessible in the widest possible sense, by laying out a ‘carpet’ of horizontal and sloping surfaces on top of the building. This carpet has been given an articulated form, related to the cityscape. Monumentality is achieved through horizontal extension and not verticality.


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