We think that it is cold here. How about this. The ICEHOTEL is the world’s largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village of just 1,100 people (and 1,000 dogs, the website helpfully points out), each year more than 50,000 visitors arrive to see the ICEHOTEL and experience the Northern Lights.
The construction of the hotel and its centerpiece ICEBAR begins between March and April each year, when more than 5,000 tons of ice are harvested from the Torne River. The ice is kept in cold storage during the spring and summer and then building begins in November. The hotel is open from December through mid-April, before the entire structure is returned to the Torne River once again.
Plan Magazine January/February 2015
Architect Daniel Libeskind presents Future Flowers, an installation dedicated to the joy of light, colour, and the magic of straight lines. The work is in collaboration with Oikos Future Flowers is “a composition dedicated to the joy of light, colour, and to the magic of straight lines,” says the architect. Starting from one of Libeskindʼs drawings from the “Chamberwork” series, then developed three dimensionally, the result is a composition of lines and planes structured on folded and cut panels and enriched by the addition of density and colour from the new palette specifically designed by Oikos for Libeskind.
Here the effect sought is the lightʼs reflection from a plurality of angles which animates space causing it to vibrate. Vibrant is that which seems to move rhythmically generating a frequency. It is that which therefore creates emotion, movement, dynamic empathy in the soul of the observer.
“Colour is the very essence of life”, said the American architect, an essential element of his design work.
Plan Magazine March/April 2015
Given the season that’s in it, I came across this design by Chen Bikovski is a Tel Aviv-based designer.
“Since I was a child, I was fascinated by Pop-up books…The excitement before turning a page, a simple pull that uncovers a whole new world. I loved how the story came to life, how the books created a fantasy world that flew off the page. The magic, the excitement, the naiveté.The idea behind Popup Lighting was to create a permanent light fixture that would bring a magical ambiance to any space. A multi-dimensional light that would inspire the senses and ignite the imagination.”
Popup Lighting brings back the excitement, surprise and innocence of pop-up books to our everyday lives through art and design. Chen debuts her collection of three exclusive designs; a deer head, an owl and a peacock with her favorite and selected piece – the Deer Head. In this design, metal replaced paper, paper cutting transcended to laser-cutting technology and paper folding was exchanged for cutting-edge metal folding and the magical pop-up effect…is achieved with light.
“I had a vision to take every day icons and make them come to life in an artistic and elegant way. I began with the Dear Head which is a classic, nostalgic wall piece. With Popup Lighting, I gave it a contemporary and sophisticated interpretation.”
The Deer Head lamp is a wall-mounted light fixture that can be used to light a multitude of spaces. It’s a classic, nostalgic wall piece given a contemporary and sophisticated interpretation.When lit, the Deer Head lamp creates a magical ambience. It’s perfect for any situation; romantic moments in intimate spaces or magical fantasy in a child’s bedroom.
Plan Magazine December/January 2016