10 Interior Design Projects That Shaped the Decade
According to Azure Magazine, these interior design projects changed the decade. From the millennial-pink Sketch and the marvelously marble Ròmola to Second Home’s paradigm-shifting London office, these luxury restaurants, co-working spaces, and daycares shaped a decade of interior design.
Cloud Garden Daycare by Junya Ishigami, 2015
Junya Ishigami designed a space for children that is also sophisticated. This is a seventh-storey daycare center in Atsugi, Japan.
Formerly an office cafeteria, the 2,200-square-metre space was studded with a series of bulky columns, which the Tokyo-based architect connected and camouflaged with cloud-like elements referencing the high-rise setting. Their sculptural form and imposing scale suggest a labyrinth as envisioned by Henry Moore, but Cloud Garden, as the interior design is known, was created entirely with small fry in mind, its arches, and cutouts tailor-made for scrambling under, climbing over and gamboling through.
Jaffa Hotel and Residences by John Pawson and Ramy Gill, 2018
John Pawson restored and modernized a former convent school and hospital in the ancient port of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, Israel. But it was also inspired: The resulting Jaffa Hotel is a design palimpsest nonpareil. It encompasses an artfully balanced interior design that both celebrate their period origins and come alive with Pawson’s hits of the new. Typically, modern design updates retain historic exteriors but obliterate interiors. The Jaffa breaks that mold, adopting an ultra-contemporary visual language without stifling context and serving as a model for adaptive-reuse projects over the coming 10 years and beyond.
Starbucks Dazaifu Tenmangu by Kengo Kuma and Associates, 2012
Situated on the path to a 10th-century Shinto shrine, Kengo Kuma’s first Starbucks outpost is defined by a striking lattice composed of 2,000 wooden batons that embrace the wall and ceiling and extend onto the street, past the café’s glassfacade. The space is also harmoniously integrated into its surroundings. Evoking the angularity and materiality of Japanese vernacular, the interior design projectlends the global coffee behemoth a rare sense of genius loci. Amidst the third-wave coffee revolution that spawned independent, locally-owned shops around the world, the modern café is a riposte of sorts from Starbucks. It may be the world’s most common cup of coffee, but this a unique fine experience.
Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield, 2014
At Valentino’s New York flagship, David Chipperfield created a palazzo of a store that set an early high-water mark for the era of experiential. On the other side of the sleek, eight-story facade on Fifth Avenue, grey terrazzo defines this interior design as both elegantly austere and deliciously indulgent. A combination of fine-grained and larger-format Palladiana terrazzo lines every surface, creating a monotone backdrop. The relentless material unity and luxury lighting also lend the angular space a dramatic chiaroscuro mood in the shadows. Accents of timber, leather and brass create a distinct visual identity on each floor, while never betraying the purity and wholeness of Chipperfield’s interior design.
Pump Room by Yabu Pushelberg, 2011
By the time Yabu Pushelberg‘s George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg arrived at the Pump Room in the Ambassador Hotel, the legendary hotspot had lost its lustre. Ian Shrager of Studio 54 had envisioned the property in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood as the inaugural outpost for what would become the Edition chain. Suspended from the 18-foot ceiling – and occasionally even dropping to meet the edge of the tables below – is a composition of illuminated resin orbs connected to a black-metal framework that fills the recessed dining room with an intimate constellation.
Neri&Hu set a standard for high-end interior design in 2016. Conceived as part of the transformation of a 13-year-old building in Seoul’s Gangnam district into Korean skincare brand Sulwhasoo’s first flagship, the intricate structure was informed by traditional paper lanterns – how they light the way and mark the beginning and end to a journey.
First encountered when approaching the building, the installation unfolds inside where large openings, mirrored volumes and strategically placed custom modern light fixtures heighten a sense of exploration and exemplify the Shanghai-based firm’s aspiration to always create a “dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form and light rather than conforming to a formulaic style.”
Second Home London by SelgasCano, 2014
Over the past decade, the co-working office has grown in popularity as an interior design exercise. But SelgasCano, the Spanish firm whose claim to fame was its multi-hued, plastic-fantastic Serpentine Pavilion in 2015, injected unique energy into the typology when it created Second Home London’s location in the city’s east end in 2014.
The firm’s expertise with color and its virtuosity with form took this co-working space out of the realm of mismatched couches and chairs. It introduced areas of quiet contemplation inside of organically shaped glass enclosures and crisp white communal tables that sinuously snake along with the interior design. Called “the greenhouse,” this orange plastic tube bulges out to the street, making the interior design assert itself with an imposing architectural statement.
Ròmola by Andres Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, 2018
Since establishing Office for Political Innovation, Andrés Jaque has amassed a significant portfolio of hybrid environments that provide a critical look at the often unseen forces embedded in the built world. Take 2017’s Ròmola, for instance: a combined bakery, café and modern restaurant constructed in a renovated 1946 garage at the heart of Madrid and described as a “marble-made tent in the galaxy.”
Jaque collaborated with local artisans to reclaim the vernacular of the city’s cafeterias, which had slowly ceded way to encroaching corporate franchises and their uninspired color and material palettes. The result is a materially rich landscape of lime upholstery, chrome plating and a suspended canopy of triangular engineered super-marble slabs that resemble guillotines.
Gallery at Sketch by India Mahdavi, 2014
India Mahdavi’s interior design for Sketch boasts two voguish honors: It’s the most Instagrammed restaurant in the world and it ushered in the era of millennial pink. Both feats are thanks to its flawless design – that unmistakable rosy tone, which Mahdavi described in The New Yorker as “pink that is like the essence of pink,” is so effective because it’s applied to forms of the utmost elegance. With its zigzagging stone floors, ornate ceiling, and undeniably feminine look and feel, the entire restaurant recalls all the warm, traditional, even hygge-inspired spaces that never go out of fashion.
Aesop São Paulo by Fernando and Humberto Campana, 2016
With its feature wall in traditional cobogó brick, this São Paulo outpost of Aesop, by the city’s own Campana Brothers, authentically speaks to both the luxury skincare brand’s ethos and the bohemian location. The feature wall runs the length of the store and extends to a front courtyard. It’s composed of hundreds of small, square terracotta blocks perforated by a quarter circle and radiating lines that, when puzzled together, create a graphic sunburst motif. This pattern is reversed on the floor; here, the filigreed terracotta modules, filled with concrete, form a smooth counterpoint to the light-filtering wall. It’s a masterful illustration of the impact humble materials can have when combined with considered embellishments and attention to detail.