Nagababa, the armchair metaphor for feminine beauty

Nagababa, the armchair metaphor for feminine beauty

Giulia Guido · 9 months ago · Design

It is called Nagababa, the armchair made by the Wamhouse Studio that takes up Gaetano Pesce’s famous chair. If the UP Series of 1969 revolutionized the idea of seating, becoming a symbol of Italian design right from the start, the one signed by Wamhouse studio takes up its shape and at the same time recalls a female body ready to undergo various cosmetic surgery operations. 

The Nagababa, which in Polish means “naked woman“, wants us to reflect on how a woman’s body is conceived today. More and more frequently we are bombarded by images that raise to an ideal body that of a thin woman with curves in the right place and long, sharp legs, making the idea that there is a right body and a thousand wrong ones pass. Thus, the Wamhouse chair has large stitching and embroidered arrows that recall the signs that the aesthetic surgeon makes on his patients, showing how you are and what you are going to remove and modify. 

Moreover, since the Nagababa is a piece of furniture, even the connection between the female body and the object is immediately noticeable, underlining how in many cases the woman is really seen as a mere object of furniture, as decoration, beautiful to show but that must remain still and mute. 

It is necessary to take a good look at the Nagababa and understand, according to society, at what level of perfection the woman must aim for every day. 

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The Unicorn Island masterplan by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Unicorn Island masterplan by Zaha Hadid Architects

Giulia Guido · 9 months ago · Design

Zaha Hadid Architects‘ latest project is about to see the presentation of Start-Up, its first building. It is the Unicorn Island, a real island in the center of the Chinese city of Chengdu, on the eastern shore of Xin Long Lake, which will host an exhibition and congress center covering an area of 67 hectares. 

The complex is born from the desire to support the sectors linked to technology and research that in recent years are experiencing exponential growth. Suffice it to say that until recently the Chinese economy was based almost exclusively on traditional industries, while in recent years interest is shifting to technology, giving rise to the so-called “unicorn companies”. 

Once completed, Unicorn Island will be easily accessible both on foot and by bicycle, but also by subway. The project involves a series of buildings with a sinuous shape and soft lines positioned in “clusters” – therefore divided into groups – around a central square that will serve as a meeting place, but will also be used to create the metro stops. 

The aspect linked to sustainability does not take second place, in fact, Unicorn Island will host public green spaces, water collection systems, and agriculture. 

There is still a long way to go before the end of the project, in the meantime let’s find out what Unicorn Island will look like. 

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Unicorn Island Zaha Hadid | Collater.al
Unicorn Island Zaha Hadid | Collater.al
Unicorn Island Zaha Hadid | Collater.al
Unicorn Island Zaha Hadid | Collater.al
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Arctic Bath, the floating hotel in Sweden

Arctic Bath, the floating hotel in Sweden

Giulia Guido · 9 months ago · Design

The first time the Arctic Bath was nominated was in 2010 when the Treehotel, designed by the same builders, opened. Since then, three years passed before the project was really taken over by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi until early 2018 when there was talk of an opening scheduled for the winter of the same year. Unfortunately, the construction of the Arctic Bath was not finished at the time either. 

Finally, on 15 January, the hotel officially opened its doors. 

The building has managed to make people talk about itself for so many years thanks to a project that blends architecture with nature, both from a structural and aesthetic point of view. 

Arriving on the banks of the Lule River, within the urban area of Harads in Sweden, you will see a building with a circular plan that resembles a bird’s nest resting on the water. In addition to this, the hotel also has a series of cabins, some built on land, 62 square meters, and others on the water, 24 square meters. Inside them, you will be able to enjoy a luxurious stay with every comfort at your disposal, but a common area with a restaurant, a spa, and a sauna has also been designed. In any case, the best comfort you can enjoy remains the landscape in which the Arctic Bath is immersed. 

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Sea Sanctuary, a quite place

Sea Sanctuary, a quite place

Collater.al Contributors · 9 months ago · Design

Louise Nissen is the Danish designer who has imagined a new future for an abandoned lido on the British coast. Sea Sanctuary is the name of the project that would become a therapeutic center, offer the possibility to live in a cleaner environment and become a smart solution to the respiratory problems of Londoners, because of the pollution of that area.

In the past people who suffered from respiratory problems were advised to go to the sea, where the salty air has beneficial effects on the body, quickly clearing the airways.

Sea Sanctuary is located in the Kent region, 90 minutes from London and on the ancient Clifton Baths, with the aim of becoming a healing center where seawater and the natural resources that thrive abundantly in the surrounding area can ensure its healing success.

Louise has created illustrations in which her project comes to life, through frontal views of a series of modern, bright rooms from which you can watch the sea.

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X Cloud, the home of the future according to XTU

X Cloud, the home of the future according to XTU

Giulia Guido · 9 months ago · Design

To date, our future seems anything but rosy. Climate and environmental studies warn us, but perhaps it is already too late to resolve the problem. For this very reason, Parisian architecture and design studio XTU has designed the X Cloud, the homes of the future

Unlike others who imagined houses that could be built on the Moon or Mars, or even habitable satellites, the XTU team thought of staying a little closer to our beloved Planet, just a few meters above the ground. 

The X Clouds look like a network of hundreds and hundreds of eight-sided cells that create a cloud-like hole. But the peculiarity of these structures is that they will be able to float thanks to the use of helium balloons and stabilize in mid-air. 

In addition, the X Clouds have been designed to be autonomous, therefore complete with greenhouses, crops, and forests, copying a small ecosystem. 

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