Design

How our use of metals and finishing processes features in design today and since prehistoric times.
How the simple industrial process of tube drawing allows for the production of precision quality pipe and tube

How the simple industrial process of tube drawing allows for the production of precision quality pipe and tube

Richard Storer-Adam gives a brief history of two essential modern-day products - hypodermic needles and steel pipes - and the manufacturing technique that connects them.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

A brief tutorial on the most luxurious stainless steel watches in the world

A brief tutorial on the most luxurious stainless steel watches in the world

Richard Storer-Adam gives a brief tutorial on Rose and Rose Gold watches, watch straps, lugs and integrated wrist bands including the Rolex Glidelock system in 904L stainless steel.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

A virtual tour of Oscar Niemeyer’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Brazil

A virtual tour of Oscar Niemeyer’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Brazil

An appreciative and honest critique of this dramatic architectural work - Lola Adeokun shares her experiences and feelings whilst visiting Niemeyer’s museum of art in Rio de Janeiro.

Author: Lola Adeokun

A study of the major design influencer Jean Prouvé

A study of the major design influencer Jean Prouvé

Richard Storer-Adam gives an overview of the life of an iconic mid-century designer whose background as a blacksmith and empathy with metal fabrication played out in his work ranging from furniture, such as the famous Standard SP chair, to pre-fabricated buildings.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Outrageously successful. Peter Marino, the artist behind the architect

Outrageously successful. Peter Marino, the artist behind the architect

Carol Rutter looks at how art and sculpture are integrated into this controversial art and music-loving prolific designer’s interiors including his work for Christian Dior for whom he designs nearly all of their stores.

Author: Carol Rutter, i.d.space interior design

Alvaro’s Siza’s Swimming Pools – The Body in Motion Part Two

Alvaro’s Siza’s Swimming Pools – The Body in Motion Part Two

Ana Lopes Ramos continues on her guided tour sharing the surreal experience of the atmospheric “poetic modernist” architecture of Alvaro Siza’s swimming pools at Leça de Palmeira, Portugal.

Author: Ana Lopes Ramos is an architect based in Amsterdam

The Avenues, Kuwait – An extravagant shopping mall and a lifestyle destination

The Avenues, Kuwait – An extravagant shopping mall and a lifestyle destination

Richard Storer-Adam takes us on a tour around the fourteenth largest shopping mall in the world, built in the middle of a desert with more than half a million visitors a week.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Alvaro Siza’s swimming pools – The Body in Motion Part One

Alvaro Siza’s swimming pools – The Body in Motion Part One

Ana Lopes Ramos takes us to visit these intriguing 1960s sea-water swimming pools at Leça de Palmeira, Portugal designed by Alvaro Siza the famous Portuguese architect from the nearby town of Porto.

Author: Ana Lopes Ramos is an architect based in Amsterdam

Wozoco Apartments by MVRDV Architecture – an original, inventive and colourful development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wozoco Apartments by MVRDV Architecture – an original, inventive and colourful development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ana Lopes Ramos reviews the design of this apartment building which features cantilevered balconies with brightly coloured acrylic balustrades creating a kaleidoscope effect.

Author: Ana Lopes Ramos is an architect based in Amsterdam

Hermitage Gantois, Lille, France – from hospital to luxurious hotel

Hermitage Gantois, Lille, France – from hospital to luxurious hotel

Robin Fisher traces the history and architecture of this fifteenth century hospital which has become a five-star hotel with a hallmark exterior of perforated aluminium cladding powder-coated to look like rusty steel.

Author: Robin Fisher

Calatrava at the World Trade Center - A contemplative tour of the Transportation Hub built on the site of the World Trade Center which was attacked by terrorists 11th September 2001.

Calatrava at the World Trade Center - A contemplative tour of the Transportation Hub built on the site of the World Trade Center which was attacked by terrorists 11th September 2001.

John Sadar walks us around this startling structure with its asymmetrical whale’s tail outline, describes the organic design and takes us into the cathedral-like Oculus, the centrepiece of the building.

Author: John Sadar is Course Director of Architecture at Swinburne University of Technology

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

This distinctive building is the result of a gift from the philanthropist, Lillian Disney, who survived her famous husband by 31 years. Richard Storer-Adam looks at the story behind the design, how Frank Gehry won the design competition from seventy entries, years before his Guggenheim Museum design and of course the remarkable stainless steel sails.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

The profound legacy of the influential architect Eero Saarinen

The profound legacy of the influential architect Eero Saarinen

Richard Storer-Adam Looks at the formative years, inspirations and some of the highlights of Eero Saarinen’s career including the Des Moines Art Center and the famous TWA Terminal.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

The wonder of a canopy - a selection of favourite structures from around the world

The wonder of a canopy - a selection of favourite structures from around the world

Richard Storer-Adam takes us on a visit to four of his favourite canopy structures both contemporary and historic, going back to the famous Parisian metro entrances designed by M. Hector Guimard.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Wilhelm Wagenfeld, a design legend - a review of the life and work of this influential designer

Wilhelm Wagenfeld, a design legend - a review of the life and work of this influential designer

Richard Storer-Adam looks at the background of this influential designer including his time at the Bauhaus School and the pieces he produced including the famous WA24 table lamp, also known as the Bauhaus Lamp, which is still in manufacture today.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

An “anatomic sociology” of Doors - a philosophical look at, and a practical review of, this architectural necessity

An “anatomic sociology” of Doors - a philosophical look at, and a practical review of, this architectural necessity

Federico de Paoli looks at doors from a unique perspective, their history and symbolic meaning and catalogues the different types of exterior and interior doors.

Federico de Paoli is an architect based in London, UK.

Author: Federico de Paoli

The Peace Bridge 2012, Memorial Drive, Calgary by Spanish architect and Structural Engineer Santiago Calatrava

The Peace Bridge 2012, Memorial Drive, Calgary by Spanish architect and Structural Engineer Santiago Calatrava

Richard Storer-Adam critiques the remarkable Peace Bridge, designed by this controversial architect and constructed by Grahame Infrastructure Ltd, which spans the Bow River and has no piers or supports.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

A stroll through the elegant, stainless steel double - helix Helix Bridge, Singapore by Cox Architecture and Architects 61

A stroll through the elegant, stainless steel double - helix Helix Bridge, Singapore by Cox Architecture and Architects 61

Richard Storer-Adam guides us through the construction concept and design details of this extraordinary sculptural bridge which was created in mock-up form in its entirety before being built on site.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

The history of the Gateway Arch, St Louis, also known as the St Louis Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965

The history of the Gateway Arch, St Louis, also known as the St Louis Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965

Richard Storer-Adam examines the key aspects and story behind this impressive landmark, the largest stainless steel building in the world, which is built in the form of a flattened catenary arch.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

A history of the life and work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, his design philosophy and his Barcelona chair designed in 1929

A history of the life and work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, his design philosophy and his Barcelona chair designed in 1929

Richard Storer-Adam looks at the work of the man who became known simply as “Mies” with a focus on the iconic Barcelona chair, still made today with only one redesign in the fifties to incorporate the use of stainless steel.

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

The Delorean

The Delorean

Was this a success story or a failure? A brief overview of the iconic product and doomed car company. In 1981, in a brand new, state of the art factory in the small town of Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, and supported by a 100 million pound investment by the British government, the Delorean Motor Company started production of their iconic stainless steel clad sports car, the DMC12, or more commonly, ‘The Delorean.’ Unfortunately this was to be their only model. The car’s body was designed by the Italian design house, Ital Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro. They are based in Moncalieri, Italy,…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

The amazing Eileen Gray Bibendum Chair

The amazing Eileen Gray Bibendum Chair

A look at this now timeless design classic from the 1920’s and its inspirational designer. On the 9th of August 1878 , in Enniscorthy, a small market town in the southeast of the Republic of Ireland, Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was born, Eileen would live a long life and passed away on the 31st October 1976 at the very respectable age of 98. She would leave the world some of the most recognisable and iconic furnitures designs ever produced. Eileen, began by studying art at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1898. Her interest soon turned to furniture design…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Feel-Good Design

Feel-Good Design

The Essential Elements in a great design. I think that a feel good design can be thought of in three basic ways The purpose of any good design for a building or a product is that the design creates a fantastic user experience, It makes the user want to spend time in the beautiful building or using a beautifully designed pen knife. Personally I generally think a great design in terms of three things usability, utility and desirability. A great design brings pleasure to the customer or user and a great feel good design brings repeat sales to the manufacturer/designer.…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Black a True Luxury Artistic Colour

Black a True Luxury Artistic Colour

Black – a truly luxurious artistic colour We look at how this primal colour denotes status. Cave painting, Lascaux, France A primal colour The colour black.. it is a very primal colour, it symbolises power, darkness, it is literally the complete absence on light and of a more compelling interest to us, elegance and luxury. Black was very possibly the first colour ever used by humans in art. Cave paintings found at the Lascaux Cave in France portray a bull and other animals drawn by an unknown artist more than 17000 years ago, using black charcoal as the medium. With…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

Gates by the famous Gahrs

Gates by the famous Gahrs

Gates, but not as you know them, from the three Gahrs brothers. Lots of stainless steel fabricators and steel working companies around the world produce gates and balcony railings. I have my own particular favorite fabricator in the realm of gates that is Metal-Atelier Gahr who can be found in Molkereistraße, Bischofshofen, Austria, which is around 190 km east of Innsbruck. A family business owned by the slightly crazy but artistic Stefan Gahr, Herbert Gahr and Robert Gahr. Robert learnt to weld at the tender of 4 years old. These three Austrian master steel fabricators produce stainless steel gates and…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam

House 77

House 77

Looking at the cladding which is both symbolic, decorative and central to this house design. House 77 Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal By dIONISIO Lab Year completed 2010 Architect: José Cadilhe Project Team: José Cadilhe, Emanuel Fontoura (Final Design) Contractor: Consarte Lda. (www.consarte.pt) Constructed Area: 232 m2 or approximately 2500 square feet. Cladding to House 77, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal Stainless steel cladding is generally thought off in the public mind as being very expensive. It is obviously perceived as a durable and 100% recyclable material but it is considered a little on the pricey side. Until recently stainless steel cladding…

Author: Richard Storer-Adam