Issey Miyakehas collaborated with Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel on a special project on the occasion of Milan’s Salone del Mobile. Entitled Journey of a Raindrop: The strange attraction of water, the installation recreates the phenomena found in nature, translated through different design elements and materials.
If you could live the life of a raindrop, the world is your roller coaster. Exposed to different environments, a drop of water can be either a waterfall, a dancing snowflake or a raging storm. Rain brings fertility and abundance, but can just as well be a powerful force of destruction. Therefore mankind has had an ambivalent relationship with rain throughout its history. At ISSEY MIYAKE in Milan, Jólan van der Wiel lets you travel along on the journey of a raindrop. In his innovative installations, science and uncanny beauty meet to create an experience of the many forms rain take, to see the world through a drop of water. – from Issey Miyake
The installations use water and air, recreating different shapes that the raindrop experiences throughout its lifetime: a spiral shows how rain is swirled around by the wind, crystal-like shapes recall its frozen state, water streaming upwards represents evaporation.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to increase the value of your home or if you’re just bored with it, remodeling can renew your interest in your home, make it a bit more functional, and maybe even increase its marketability. If you’re looking for a change, here are some reasons to do it as well as a few ideas.
Getting Ready for Retirement
If you happen to be planning on remaining in your home throughout your golden years, it’s critical to upgrade it with features that’ll make it easier for you to age in place. This might include putting in step-in showers or bathtubs or installing toilets that are made for those who might be in a wheelchair or have limited mobility. You might also want to get a 1 ¼ hp garage door opener to make it easier to get in and out without having to manually open the garage.
If you’re looking to sell your home, one way to increase the value is to bump the curb appeal up a notch. The front side of your home is the first thing that any potential buyers will be able to see. This means that making it stately and welcoming is of the utmost importance. Paint the house including the front door, add some plants to your entryway or porch, and get the lawn landscaped.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
If you think you might be paying a bit much for your utilities, think about replacing your regular windows with double-paned, energy-efficient ones. This can save you money and also reduce your carbon footprint.
In most homes, the heart of the home is the kitchen. Friends and family tend to gather here and spend quite a bit of time having conversations and bonding. Think about upgrading your appliances and putting in new cabinets. Make sure that there isn’t any wasted space because in most kitchens, there’s a lot, but don’t aim to be too cluttered either.
Make Things Right
Yes, your bathrooms might be functional, but upgrading the plumbing is always a good idea. If you have a large but boring mirror in your bathroom, why not replace it with one that is beautifully framed? Pay close attention to the lighting too. Lighting can make or break a room, especially a bathroom.
You really shouldn’t waste even one more day with those hideous avocado colored counters. If you’re embarrassed to invite any of your friends to your home because you’re worried about the impression you’ll make, consider small changes such as painting rooms and replacing countertops. While your friends and family likely don’t care about these things, you’ll feel better about inviting them over.
Make Use of Your Basement
Have you reached the point where you’re tired of the basement being used solely for storage? How about changing it to a living space, like a media room. You might even put in a closet and a small window to use it as a spare bedroom. This will add to the square footage of the home while also increasing its value.
If full remodeling isn’t a possibility for you, you can always make little changes here and there. Over time, they will add up and you’ll begin to see your home in a new light.
The first, the largest and the most research-friendly. Under is the world’s largest underwater restaurant with a total seating capacity for 100 guests, it’s the first of its kind in Europe, and it also functions as a research center for marine life. The Snøhetta-designed dining experience started operating just yesterday but people are already adding it to their Norway destination lists.
In Norwegian, ‘under’ means both ‘below’ and ‘wonder.’ Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 111-foot long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest on the seabed below. Taking it a step further, the structure is built to eventually fully integrate into its marine environment, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it.
Thick concrete walls allow it to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions and, like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive panoramic window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.
“Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries,” Snøhetta Founder and Architect, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen said. “As a new landmark for Southern Norway, Under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, and challenges what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment.”
The restaurant focuses to create a fine dining experience based on high quality, locally-sourced produce, emphasizing on sustainable wildlife capture. Danish expatriate Nicolai Ellitsgaard from the acclaimed restaurant Måltid in Kristiansand is the Head Chef, bringing an international, 16-person kitchen team with experience from top Michelin restaurants.
In Norway, Lindesnes is known for its intense weather conditions, which can change from calm to stormy several times a day. Upon arriving at the site, the visitor’s impressions of the unruly outdoors quickly dissolve as they are ushered through into the hushed, oak-clad foyer. The rich interiors create a warm, welcoming atmosphere inside the restaurant.
As a metaphor for descending from land to sea, textile-clad ceiling panels reference the colors of a sunset dropping into the ocean, accompanying one climbing down the stairs. Moreover, the elegance of the finely woven ceiling panels provides the building with a serene ambiance.
The furniture perfectly represents the philosophy of the whole project as well; to build solid structures for the future without compromising the natural beauty that lies inherent in the raw materials.
But Under isn’t just a restaurant. The building also houses a marine research facility. It welcomes interdisciplinary research teams that will be able to study marine biology and fish behavior through cameras and other measurement tools that are installed on and outside the facade of the restaurant. They will be able to document the population, behavior, and diversity of species that live in the surrounding areas. The goal of the research is to collect data that can be programmed into machine learning tools that monitor the population dynamics of key marine species on a regular basis.
According to Snøhetta, Under is a story of contrasts: the contrast between the landscape and the sea as well as above and below. The project underscores the delicate ecological balance between land and sea and draws our attention to sustainable models for responsible consumption.
It emphasizes the coexistence of life on land and in the sea and introduces a new way of understanding our relationship with our surroundings – above the surface, under the water, and alongside the life of the sea.
“For most of us, this is a totally new world experience. It’s not an aquarium, it’s the wildlife of the North Sea. That makes it much more interesting. It takes you directly into the wildness,” Rune Grasdal, lead architect of Under, told Dezeen. “If the weather is bad, it’s very rough. It’s a great experience, and to sit here and be safe, allowing the nature so close into you. It’s a very romantic and nice experience.”
“The idea was to make a tube that would bring people from above sea level down under the sea,” Grasdal said. “That transition is easy to understand, but it’s also the most effective way to do it. It also feels secure, but you don’t feel trapped.”