The need for a place to live and shelter from the elements and the things happening in the world, where we can watch events unfold while feeling completely protected, is one of our most ancient instincts, and one which is rekindled now more than ever. The urge to hide away and submerge ourselves in a new domesticity points to an approach to architecture and interior design that goes back to when humans used caves as dwellings.
Portable modular or industrial constructions are a fact and constitute a rapidly evolving revolution. Combining design and biomimicry, the concept of the house attached to the person and moving with them reflects the way molluscs live: home and life are inseparable. The idea of carrying your home on your back, like a snail, is a real architectural current that is advancing slowly but surely.
We discover the studio of architect Teresa Sapey and designer Francesca Heathcote. A year ago, the two of them embarked on a professional collaboration that goes beyond their mother-daughter relationship.
The desire to escape from an increasingly frenetic pace of life had begun to steer architecture towards remote areas. The pandemic and a few months of lockdown have done the rest: we now see the home as a refuge.
It smells like London in spring, but it’s autumn and we’re in Madrid. In the Prosperidad district, to be precise. In this little square, if you follow the trail, you will see four shops with black and white striped awnings, some interiors painted in a bluish green that also recalls England and suddenly boxes, drawers, crowns, scissors, loops… signs that there has been a party here. And it’s the same every morning.
The multinational launches a digital platform using cities such as New York, London and Milan as a backdrop for virtual displays of its new collections.
With home life gaining importance, some of the most popular brands in the luxury fashion industry have entered the world of interior design, showing that the way we dress and the way we decorate our homes are two forms of personal expression that are closer together than you might think.
The urban paradigm shift includes bikes as a priority. It has been a long and slow road to raising awareness among citizens and institutions, because the goal is the optimal adjustment to a more agile and healthy kind of mobility. The first determining effect is less pollution, through gradual pedestrianisation and the steady introduction of bikes as an essential vehicle for urban cohesion.
In future, the efficiency of offices will be measured by their ability to safeguard the health of employees and they will be designed with a view to greater productivity, creativity, and personal, digital and virtual interconnectedness, both internal and external.