Models nap on Thom Browne bedding during Milan design week performance

Thom Browne Milan Design Week 2024

Fashion designer Thom Browne has presented his collaboration with Italian textile brand Frette as part of a sleep-themed performance during Milan design week 2024.

Browne‘s Time to Sleep performance took place inside the neoclassical Palazzina Appiani in Milan’s Parco Sempione on Tuesday 16 April.

Row of beds set up inside a neoclassical palazzo
Thom Browne’s Time to Sleep performance took place in Milan’s neoclassical Palazzina Appiani

The 19th-century Napoleonic building’s upper-level salon provided the setting for the show, which revolved around six identical beds made with fine cotton sateen sheets from the American designer’s Frette collection.

“Browne has identified Palazzina Appiani, a succinct representation of neoclassicism, as an unlikely venue for a nap,” said the artist’s statement. “An immediate dialogue emerges between the generous proportions of the hall of honour and six simple mid-century cots.”

Six identical beds placed in a row inside a decorative salon
Six identical beds were placed in a row inside the building’s decorative upper-floor salon

The beds were placed in a row in the highly decorative but otherwise empty room, until a bell chimed and six models in underwear entered one by one and took their spots beside their respective beds.

Another bell signaled them to begin dressing in grey Thom Browne uniforms, before two more models fixed their ties and straightened their shirts.

A model wearing a Thom Browne suits walks between the beds
Before the performance, models wearing Thom Browne suits took turns walking between the mid-century beds

Once properly dressed, the six sat on their beds, had custom eye masks placed over their heads, then laid down for a nap.

The soundtrack included music that referenced sleeping, including Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty and Johannes Brahms’ Wiegenlied (Lullaby).

Six models wearing underwear stood beside their respective beds
Six models wearing underwear entered one by one and stood beside their respective beds

“The performance brings to life the collaboration and serves as a continuation of Thom’s interest in the intersection of art, fashion design and storytelling,” said the artist’s statement.

Browne’s partner collection with 160-year-old brand Frette includes duvet and sheet sets and towels, all embroidered with the brand’s recognisable four-bar insignia.

Grey wool-cashmere blankets, throws and cushions feature the same trademark stripes, while a light grey, yarn-dyed cotton velour bath robe is based on the silhouette of a Thom Browne trench coat.

Also available are gym towels and a beach bag made from soft terry cotton in white.

Models dressing in Thom Browne uniforms
At the chime of a bell, the models began dressing in Thom Browne uniforms before laying down to take a nap

Browne began his eponymous brand in 2001, and Time to Sleep marked his debut event during Milan’s annual design week.

It follows a long tradition of art performances that the company has staged at architecturally significant locations, including London’s V&A Museum and New York’s Cooper Hewitt, MoMA and Met museums.

Close-up of Thom Browne's bedding collaboration with Frette
The performance marked the debut of Thom Browne’s collaboration with Italian textile brand Frette, which includes a collection of bedding, garments and accessories

“Browne’s past works have included performance art and hand-made sculptures; architecture and proportion are often a key element in his fashion practice,” the statement said.

The designer also hosted a “teddy talk” for his toy-inspired Autumn Winter 2022 collection in New York, while mid-century offices formed a reference for his first store in San Francisco by ASA Studio Albanese.

The photography is courtesy of Thom Browne.

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IGArchitects slots skinny 2700 house into narrow plot in Japan

2700 by IGArchitects

Walls of exposed concrete define this skinny house in Saitama, Japan, which local studio IGArchitects designed with a width of just 2.7 metres.

Named 2700, the home is designed for a young couple on a long and thin site left over following a road expansion in the city, which is close to Tokyo.

To maximise usable space, IGArchitects created a series of layered living spaces across two storeys, with flexible spaces on the ground floor and private spaces on the first floor.

Exterior of 2700 by IGArchitects
IGArchitects has created a skinny house in Japan

“Land in Tokyo and surrounding cities is very expensive,” IGArchitects founder Masato Igarashi told Dezeen.

“We thought we could shape the possibility of living in the city by directly forming the idea of living in Tokyo with the readiness to live on a small piece of land that most people would not even look at,” he continued.

IGArchitects described 2700 as a “concrete box” with eight chunky concrete columns rising through it to support the upper storey.

Living space interior within narrow Japanese home by IGArchitects
The home has a width of 2.7 metres

The site is open to the north, south and west. Taking advantage of this, IGArchitects placed windows on all four facades of the home, allowing natural light to pour in.

On the ground floor, windows are placed at a clerestory height to provide privacy. Upstairs, smaller slot windows punctuate the concrete to provide light to the bedroom, bathroom and hallway.

Interior view of 2700 in Japan
Its ground floor steps up and down to define different areas

“[The] building is composed of simple geometry, yet with a floating heavy-looking mass that creates a seemingly uneasy appearance,” said Igarashi.

“The intention was to create a state in which these two spaces correspond and complement each other,” he explained.

Wooden double doors lead into the home’s open-plan living space, where wooden platforms step up and down to define different areas. A small kitchenette is followed by a dining area, with a seating area to the rear.

A compact staircase at the centre of the plan leads from the dining room up to the first-floor landing, connecting the bathroom and bedroom that are positioned to the north and south respectively.

First floor landing within narrow house by IGArchitects
A compact staircase leads up to the first floor

“The space feels like the inside of a cave, with tall walls and large pillars,” explained Igarashi. “However, as it goes further inside, windows get closer, and the space feels closer to outside.”

The interior spaces of 2700 are finished in a pared-back palette of just four materials, allowing the client’s furniture and belongings space to take centre stage.

View towards bathroom on upper floor of 2700 home in Japan
A palette of four materials is used throughout the home

Many residential projects by IGArchitects have focused on creating similarly flexible and deliberately simple living spaces.

Previous examples include a pair of family homes with open-plan living spaces framed by slender timber columns and a lantern-like dwelling with translucent windows.

The photography is by Ooki Jingu.

Project credits:

Architect: IGArchitects
Lead architect: Masato Igarashi
Engineering: Yousuke Misaki, EQSD
Collaborators: Susumu Murata, Kamo Craft
Construction: Toru Inagaki, Yasugoro Inagaki Inc.

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Nine home interiors brightened with colourful window frames

Nine home interiors brightened with colourful window frames

Shades of green, red and yellow run throughout this lookbook, which collects nine home interiors enlivened by colourful window frames.

Whether painted wood, plastic or metal, opting for colourful window frames is an easy way to brighten a residential interior.

The examples in this lookbook demonstrate how they can be used to create a focal point in a pared-back space, draw attention to a view or simply help establish a colour theme.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring organic modern interiors, eclectic hotels and flooring that enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors.

Interior of Camberwell Cork House by Delve Architects
Photo by Fred Howarth

Camberwell Cork House, UK, by Delve Architects

A bright forest green paint lines the window frames at Camberwell Cork House, helping to draw focus to the lush planting outside.

The paint juxtaposes the deliberately simple, white-walled interiors of the house extension, while outside it pops from against walls of tactile cork cladding.

Find out more about Camberwell Cork House ›

colourful window frames of House 669 by HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter
Photo by Mikael Olsson

House 669, Sweden, by HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter

HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter incorporated sunny yellow frames throughout House 669, a prefabricated home it created in Stockholm.

The irregularly placed windows help enliven the otherwise neutral finishes to the home while adding a sense of “individuality” to its uniform structure, the studio said.

Find out more about House 669 ›

Cork House by Nimtim Architects
Photo by Megan Taylor

Cork House, UK, by Nimtim Architects

Another studio to have married bright window frames with cork cladding is Nimtim Architects. At this extension in London, the studio punctured the cork-lined walls with Barbie pink timber frames, offering a contemporary counterpoint to the Victorian house to which it is attached.

The windows are complemented by more subtle pops of pink inside, including the kitchen splashback and metal legs of the dining chairs.

Find out more about Cork House ›

colourful window frames in bedroom in Porto home
Photo by José Campos

Bouça Family House, Portugal, by Fahr 021.3

Turquoise accents feature throughout this family home by Fahr 021.3 in Porto, including its window frames and doors.

The colour was intended to help liven up the interiors, which are finished with white walls, wooden floorboards and wall panelling, while also giving the home “an element of distinction”, the studio said.

Find out more about Bouça Family House ›

Valetta House by Office S&M
Photo by French & Tye

Valetta House, UK, by Office S&M

Among the distinguishing features of the Valetta House loft extension in London are its yellow-framed arch windows, three of which feature in one of the bedrooms.

Office S&M modelled these on the arched sash windows found in neighbouring Victorian residences but gave them a vivid yellow finish to appeal to the client’s children. The colour was based on a light fitting the client had picked for the kitchen.

Find out more about Valetta House ›

colourful window frame in Dailly home by Mamout in Belgium
Photo by Séverin Malaud

Dailly, Belgium, by Mamout

Slender sage-green frames trim the window openings in Dailly, a courtyard house nestled between two buildings in Belgium.

It is among the pastel tones that its architect Mamout has used to bring character to the home, in addition to an array of reclaimed materials sourced from a warehouse that previously occupied the site.

Find out more about Dailly ›

Ugly House by Lipton Plant

Ugly House, UK, by Lipton Plant Architects

Ugly House is a 1970s house in Berkshire that Lipton Plant Architects expanded with a contrasting two-storey extension.

A bright orange finish was chosen for the windows, including the large garden-facing opening in the kitchen that juxtaposes pastel-blue cabinetry and wooden floorboards.

Find out more about Ugly House ›

Home informed by Brutalism in Porto by Atelier Local
Photo by Francisco Ascensão

House in Ancede, Portugal, by Atelier Local

Large rectangular and circular windows bring light inside House in Ancede, which Atelier Local completed on a sloped site in a nature reserve near Porto.

The openings are outlined with bright red aluminium, brightening the cool-toned interiors that are defined by exposed blockwork and concrete to evoke brutalist architecture.

Find out more about House in Ancede ›

colourful window frames in Yellow House by Nimtim Architects
Photo by Megan Taylor

Yellow House, UK, by Nimtim Architects

Another project on the list by Nimtim Architects is Yellow House, named after the spectrum of yellow-green hues that run throughout its interior.

This includes the buttercup-coloured wooden frames of the rear picture window and three skylights in the living room, which stand out against a backdrop of white walls and neutral furnishings.

Find out more about Yellow House ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring tactile organic modern interiors, eclectic hotels and flooring that enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors

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Tamart revives the modernist design archive of Tamar de Shalit and Arthur Goldreich

Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan

Architect Amos Goldreich has launched a furniture brand that spotlights the design legacy of his mother, interior architect Tamar de Shalit, ahead of his more famous father, designer and activist Arthur Goldreich.

Launched during Milan design week, Tamart’s inaugural collection features 10 furniture objects based on the archive of the late couple, a collection of more than 10,000 drawings, photographs, documents and prototypes.

Highgate Chair and Clore Table in Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan
The brand launched in Milan with the exhibition Tamart: Powered by Love

South African-born Arthur Goldreich is more well-known than his Israeli wife, particularly because of his role in the anti-apartheid movement. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1963 after helping Nelson Mandela to hide from police.

Goldreich also founded the architecture and design faculty at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Clore Lounge Chair in Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan
The debut furniture collection includes 10 products based on archive designs

By naming the brand Tamart, an amalgamation of Tamar and Arthur, Amos Goldreich has deliberately put De Shalit in the spotlight as the driving force behind the creative partnership.

“In some aspects, she was the better designer,” explained the London-based architect, speaking to Dezeen ahead of the launch.

“They worked on projects together, but my father was very involved in academia so he had less time to spend on architecture. In some projects you see more of her, others are more him, then there are some with an overlap.”

Tamar de Shalit and Arthur Goldreich with a young Amos Goldreich
Amos Goldreich founded the brand in tribute to his parents, Tamar de Shalit and Arthur Goldreich

Goldreich is keen to highlight his mother’s non-nonsense attitude. This, combined with her attention to detail, led De Shalit to design interiors for a series of major projects.

She designed a courtroom to host the trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961 and worked on numerous projects in collaboration with architect Nahum Zolotov, described by Goldreich as “the Israeli Niemeyer”.

“My father liked attention – he was always the centre of the room – while my mother was the quiet one. She didn’t look for the limelight,” Goldreich told Dezeen.

“But she was a tough cookie,” he added. “You can see it from the letters she wrote to clients.”

Archive photo of Clore penthouse
The penthouse of entrepreneur and philanthropist Charles Clore was one of the couple’s projects

Goldreich only discovered the wealth of projects in his parents’ archive when he inherited it after they died, De Shalit in 2009 and Goldreich in 2011.

“I knew of maybe 10 important projects growing up, but I uncovered dozens more,” he said. “I was blown away.”

“It was the start of an emotional journey of rediscovering my parents and learning things I didn’t know about them.”

Archive photo of Central Stool
The archive includes a stool that De Shalit designed as a student

After staging an exhibition in 2018, at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Jerusalem, the architect decided to redevelop some of the furniture designs for a contemporary market.

The results were presented in the show Tamart: Powered by Love, which was on show as part of the Milan design week exhibition Design Variations by Mosca Partners.

Central Stool in Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan
The Central Stool (top and middle) is a product based on the original stool (bottom)

A significant piece in the launch collection is the Central Stool, which is based on a design that De Shalit produced as a student at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts

De Shalit and Goldreich first met while studying here in the 1950s, although they didn’t marry for another decade. It wasn’t until after Goldreich escaped from police custody in Johannesburg in 1963 and fled to Israel as a political refugee.

The Central Stool features three angular, tapered legs and a semi-circular seat. It can double as a small side table if leaned against a wall or paired with a second.

Clore Lounge Chair in Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan
The collection includes the Clore Lounge Chair, pictured here in a De Shalit-designed textile

The collection also includes various pieces that were originally designed for a prestigious commission for the penthouse of entrepreneur and philanthropist Charles Clore, including a curved lounge chair and a geometric coffee table.

One of the more playful designs in the collection is the Red Rock Club Chair, designed for a Las Vegas club. The backrest of this chair is topped by a pair of spherical handles, giving people standing nearby something to hold.

Red Rock Club Chair in Tamart furniture exhibition in Milan
The Red Rock Club Chair is characterised by a pair of spherical handles

The Highgate Chair is the most reworked of the designs. It is based on archive photos but has some new features, including a tilted, pill-shaped backrest and a leather seat that can be re-tensioned.

Goldreich worked with furniture designer Adrian Weidmann to adapt the designs for modern manufacturing techniques and sustainability standards. For instance, they have avoided using any upholstery foam.

Fabric options include Contrast, a woven wool textile based on a patterned scarf that De Shalit designed.

The Highgate Chair features a leather seat that can be re-tensioned as required
The Highgate Chair features a leather seat that can be re-tensioned as required

The architect sees the project as a collaboration between himself and his parents.

“These things were designed in the 1960s and things have evolved since then, so some dimensions had to be adjusted,” he said. “We also had to rely on photographs and do a lot of guesswork.

“It’s like I’m working with my parents and I have an opportunity to put my own stamp on it,” he said.

He believes his father would be thrilled with the project, while his mother would bring a more critical eye. “She was always the more pragmatic one,” he noted.

Tamart: Powered by Love takes place from 15 to 21 April 2024 as part of the Design Variations exhibition at Milan design week. See Dezeen Events Guide to discover our Milan design week guide.

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archie moore’s australian pavilion wins the golden lion award at venice art biennale 2024

the ‘kith and kin’ exhibition received accolades for its poignant confrontation of first nations australian history whilst celebrating connective notions of identity, and lineage.

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