Horsing Around in Paris

Le Grand Stade by joly & loiretLocated in Fountainebleau, France – a stone's throw from Paris – architects joly & loiret recently shaped an elegant equestrian arena to gently blend into the surrounding earth. The entrance winds through the exhibitor's zone and horse rest area, leading up to a grand wooden stairway with rooftop promenade. While the edges of the site are loosely defined by a series of riding trails with intersecting bridges and pedestrian paths. Every angle and surface has been molded and morphed into the existing topography of the suburban landscape, effectively shifting the visual impact from the man-made to the equine.

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via designboom: source joly & loiret posted by: Nancy H.

Fall Regatta Picks: Upcycled Sails

Dvelas: Vaurien loungerWhen sails deteriorate, they lose their shape and performance, making them useless for racing or exacting navigation. Most of these end up in the form of tote bags or pillows.

But Dvelas, a Pamplona-based design company, has stepped in with its innovative upcycling of used sails. A team of architects, designers and sail manufacturer transform the components into contemporary furniture and architectural spaces that are directly influenced by the shapes, construction and performance of sailboats. For example, the Barlovento y Sotavento / Windward and Leeward chair (pictured below) was inspired by the heel of a sailing boat and the counterweight produced by the crew when they sit on the other side of the boat to balance it.

Barlovento_ Sotavento easy chairPieces are available in limited or customized editions. Dvelas even accepts used sails in exchange for product.

via Cool Hunting, source Dvelas posted by: Nancy H