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The handwriting of a team
The speziell design agency seeks what is special in the ordinary.
When Sybille Fleckenstein, Jens Pohlmann and Thilo Schwer founded their design agency in 2002, they called it speziell (special) in order to express their aim of seeking a unique, surprising and special solution for every project. The three product designers believe in the strength of a design process to which different team members contribute their different experiences and priorities. This enables pithy solutions to be created which focus not on an individual’s ego but on a jointly discovered approach. These are subtle designs that display exceptional functionality, allow emotional aspects to be incorporated, are thought out in detail and for which a holistic concept can be found that fits in exactly with the brand and company. It is this handwriting of the team that provides the designs of speziell with a strong and self-contained character but without ever appearing artificial or exaggerated.
The speziell design agency has became known internationally above all through its innovative surface design for the Thuringian porcelain manufacturer Kahla: The flock elements on plain white porcelain caused a stir in the sector and also significantly enhanced the company’s brand awareness. Prizes speziell received for “Touch” included the Red Dot Best of the Best and the if-Award. The focus of the design agency’s work lies in the furniture, kitchen and bathroom areas; the projects range from lighting to office furniture and from porcelain sets to trade fair stands and have received numerous design awards.
Markus Frenzl, design critic
*Kitchen design around the MultiMatic
The functional rails of the MultiMatic interior design system are a striking feature of the kitchen design: the plastic rails meander decoratively over the wall areas and their up and down course creates varying levels. Hooks, clips, rubber straps, baskets and other system parts can be positioned within easy reach, at eye level and overhead. The fixing possibilities multiply where the rails cross. In this way, the eye-catching structure takes the humdrum nature of storage and turns it into something special.
The kitchen unit encapsulates the formal idea and takes it to the third dimension. The result is gentle alcoves and recesses that structure the space and at the same time have a positive effect on the activities taking place along the worktop. The concave sink area is shaped in line with the radius of action – in the convex zones, food preparation can take place at affectionately close quarters. The cooking area juts out from the structure, so there is no need to worry that too many cooks will spoil the broth. The centre wall is also equipped with MultiMatic and becomes an area for hanging cooking utensils and personal items. The kitchen board repeats the interplay of rising and flat surfaces, penetrates the lines of the functional rails and, with its unusual shape, holds a multitude of possibilities for use.
The kitchen as a self-assured piece of furniture is the focal point of this study: it detaches itself from the wall to become an integral part of the living space. Cooking and the provision of everything needed for it is presented in an artistic fashion. In addition, the four functional sides of the island unit provide a variety of options for connecting to other living areas and fixtures.
Name a few wall mounted kitchen appliances. There aren’t that many! In that regard, the Electrolux Cell Cooker really revisits design standards for kitchen appliances. Not only is it wall-mounted, it has an amoebic shape and a rather unusual approach to cooking. Within the Cell Cooker, there are multiple compartments that allow you to prepare food based on days of your week. Each compartment is a miniature sous vide machine that uses boiling water to prepare food in a way that isn’t just tasty, but is incredibly healthy too! Not only is it cell-shaped, it also cooks your food in separate compartments or cells! Clever, isn’t it??
Designer: Adam Miklosi
Architectural style icon’s Studio Guilherme Torres were contacted to rebuild a classic-style residence in a traditional neighborhood of Sao Paulo, but was decided a simple renovation and finishes would meet the desires of the young new resident. The house was in need or a new roof and additional structural reinforcements that took 2 years.
This house keeps a connection with its past – basically the distribution of spaces which were maintained – without appearing to be a renovation project. The houses focal point is the living room that opens completely to the pool. Metal beams provided large gaps, protected by frames that runs inside the walls. When wide open, the integration is total, embracing the generous main suite, like a private hotel. The finishes are simple and timeless. The floors throughout the house, from the garage to the rooms, are in slate stone. Walls were lined with bricks painted in black, bathrooms and foyer received cement and the linings received wood panels.
Another highlight is the living rooms green roof. To ensure thermal comfort and maintain the old living room’s memory, the Architects kept the idea of a sloped roof, now with a vegetal cover. All these added elements ensured a “rock’n’roll” atmosphere, which completely blends with the owner’s spirit, mixing contemporary Brazilian architecture with tradition. I would die for this house !
Photos Denilson Machado
Parisian apartment / Diego Delgado-Ellas