Today’s Design of the Day is a show stopper! I’m just head over heals with the Bahia Chair designed by London based design studio, 20age. This beautiful and vibrant chair has been re-upholstered in yellow velvet cord and green checked cotton by British and Brazilian duo Emma Phelps and Mauricio Varlotta.
Not only do the yellow and green fabrics sit perfectly together, they’re surrounded by a sea of 5000 coloured ribbons stitched on the back and sides.
The ribbons are seen as a lucky charm in Brazil and are tied around the wrist with three knots, each representing a wish and when the band falls off the wishes come true . What an uplifting concept and harmonious combination of English and Brazilian heritage.
If you want the ultimate clubbing experience, dance bar D-Edge in Sao Paolo, Brazil has had a lighting system installed that changes colour and redesigns itself to the beat of the music. It’s not just a simple set of lights in the ceiling , the whole building was designed to let clubbers visually see sound and enhance their experience.
The original club was the first in Brazil to integrate sound and light systems using LEDs and custom software, it was named state-of-the-art when it first opening in 2003. The owner bought the building next door and commissioned Brazilian lighting installation master Muti Raldolp to work his magic on all four floors.
The dance floor is made from wood stripes embedded with LEDs and a 3D circuitry system displays live animations which connect the ceiling, bar, a wall and DJ booth. On another wall, a huge mirror reflects light while actually doubling as a cover for a massive 20 m high window behind it. The mirror is embedded with LED light boxes that emit light to the inside and outside – wow! It reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas video “Boom Boom Boom”, with Will.I.Am showing off his funky dancing in the middle of a computer generated cube.
This futuristic music box includes a dance floor, smoking area, restrooms, a second entrance, accessibility lift and a terrace – get me a flight I’m there!