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OBJEKT International September 2017

OBJEKT©International, the leading interior design magazine in the world, is proud to present you with our latest publication. OBJEKT©International is the authoritative and bespoke title for the upscale urban modernist with a passion for interiors, art/antiques, modern design and outstanding architecture. An unique fusion of classic and modern styles.

Hans Fonk Publications B.V.
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Belgium is a country where creativity abounds. The fashion designers who hail from there, such as the Antwerp Six, Martin Margiela and Raf Simons, have had decisive influence on the international fashion scene. Creative pioneers like Axel Vervoordt, Jean de Meulder, Henry van de Velde and many others have made a furore in the worlds of international interiors and architecture. The famous garden-architect, Jacques Wirtz, has paved the way for many generations of modern garden designers. In short, in terms of creativity the country continues to surprise. This edition of OBJEKT International puts architect and designer Vincent van Duysen, and interior artist Gert Voorjans in the spotlight. Ostensibly polar opposites they are, in terms of intention and passion, a match for each other. Both take thorough craftsmanship as their starting point and…

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the essence of glorieus shapes

The OKO complex features two skyscrapers: one for residential use with 85 floors and one for offices, with 49 floors plus a 6-level basement. “In line with the intended use of the two buildings, our goal was to create different spaces using materials and shapes that coexist in a perfect balance with a same common pattern characterised by a rich, but fresh and modern style,” says Massimo Iosa Ghini, as he explained the guidelines that led to the development of the concept. “The objective of the project was to create pleasant spaces for private and business activities alike.” The OKO Residential Building has been designed to distinguish between a “public” space with waiting area and an “exclusive” space for the residents of the various apartments. The former is particularly welcoming thanks to the skilfully…

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798 art district, beijing behind rusted trees

The 798 Art Zone Art District is a complex of decommissioned military factory buildings, built more than 50 years ago and with an unique architectural style. Located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District of Beijing, it houses a thriving artistic community. Photographer and founder of OBJEKT International Hans Fonk was inspired by the old and rusty remains of the past, and photographed many most of the buildings. He transformed these images into collages printed on watercolor paper. 798 Art Zone Art District was designed and built in the early fifties by the Germans. The building materials and equipment were transported directly through the Soviet Union via the Trans-Siberian railway and a 15-km track of railroad between Beijing Railway Station and Dongjiao Station, constructed specially to service the factory. The imposing old industrial…

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the robbe & berking sterling cup

Eleven 12mR yachts, classics beauties, took part in the 2017 Robbe & Berking 12mR European Championship at the Flensburg Fjord. It was with her that New Zealand made the first attempt to win the America's Cup in 1987. The oldest participant in the 2017 edition of the Sterling Cup was ‘Heti’ from Hamburg, built in 1912, the youngest participant was ‘Kiwi Magic’ belonging to a Scandinavian owners' association. The winner was Wings (K15, 1937) ahead of Trivia (K10, 1937) and VIM (US 15, 1939), the latter among them had the European Championship title since 2015. The 12 Metre class is a rating class for racing sailboats for connoisseurs. Classic beauties built for speed. Gentlemen’s yachts designed with elegant lines. The first 12 Metres were built in 1907 and a few sailed…

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rijksmuseum at sea on ms westerdam

When Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April 2017 the ship debuted major renovations and innovations. One of them was Rijksmuseum at Sea. “We have many innovative new programs and enhancements launching across the fleet and it’s exciting to see them finally come to life on MS Westerdam; which is the first Holland America Line ship to get Rijksmuseum at Sea,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holland America Line is in a transformative era, and that will be reflected in onboard spaces over the coming years, as ships are updated with new venues and programming that are moving our brand forward.” Holland America Line’s partnership with The Rijksmuseum (one of the top museums in Amsterdam, the Netherlands),…

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the fun factor of artworks

Zhang Rui got his taste of art working as the Chinese dealer for a French high fashion brand. “The French owner of the brand was a collector. His home was in a triple A location in Paris. But he did not seem too much impressed by that. He was most proud of what was inside the house. That made a lasting impression. I began to think that content was the ‘soul’ of a place: something that we call quality.” Zhang made his fortune in the communications industry, where he worked for 20 years and more recently, in the fashion world. In the early days of collecting, he used to go to Songzhuang art colony, knocking on doors and buying up artworks with his buddy, the famous journalist and music agent, Huang…