Tom Cruise’s former London home goes on sale – Weekly Picks July #1

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1. Tom Cruise’s former London home goes on sale
Think owning a posh London pad let by none other than Tom Cruise is a mission impossible? Then think again. Indeed the mission of the house hunter – should they chose to accept it – is to claw together the £35million necessary to purchase the 19th century penthouse in Knightsbridge. [continue reading here]



2. Designer to the Stars Kelly Hoppen’s Tips on How to Decorate Like a Celeb — on a Budget
Yoga studios, juice bars, and expansive bathrooms: These are just a few of the things that make up a celeb dream home. While most of us won’t be installing juice bars into our apartments anytime soon, it doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice great interior design. We recently spoke with celebrity interior designer Kelly Hoppen (she’s designed for the Beckhams!), who assured us that it’s easy to recreate celebrity-inspired décor on a lesser budget. [continue reading here]



3.Design Secrets of Ex Machina, This Year’s Boldest Science Fiction Movie
Ex Machina looks unlike any science fiction film you’ve seen lately. Its mostly subterranean location is opulent and claustrophobic—and then there’s Ava, the eerily beautiful robot. Check out an exclusive clip from the DVD’s special features, and our interview with the film’s production designer, Mark Digby. [continue reading here]



4. Wood that wows: Partisan’s Bar Raval is a ravalation
I wasn’t going to write about Bar Raval, designed by Partisans, until I had been able to go there and see it. However it is so popular that it is hard to get in, and it just won the AIA R&D award, so I am writing it now, even though I know it shouldn’t be discussed without being seen and felt. Partisans designed the Grotto Sauna that was perhaps the most talked about bit of design produced last year, and Bar Raval is the talk of Toronto this year. The engineering behind it is as amazing as the architecture.[continue reading here]



5. 5 Questions With Naoto Fukasawa
Simple, streamlined, and “just enough”—the economical aesthetics of Japanese retailer Muji and influential product designer Naoto Fukasawa pair perfectly. Since 2002, Fukasawa has been a product designer and advisory board member at Muji (the company’s name is short for Mujirushi Ryohin, or “no-brand, quality goods”). So in celebration of the soon-to-open Muji store in Palo Alto, California, Fukasawa paid a visit to the Bay Area to present a talk on “Objective Thinking.” Judging by the sold-out crowd of more than 500 attendees, Fukasawa’s friendly minimalism has garnered him guru status among Silicon Valley designers. We sat down with Fukasawa ahead of the event to discuss his intuitive design philosophy. [continue reading here]

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