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OBJEKT South Africa October 2018

Objekt is the world's leading home, décor, design, architecture as well as luxury cars and watches magazine. Featuring only the best from Cape Town to Las Angeles and Paris to Beijing as well as everything in-between. With industry changing photographers and in-depth reviews Objekt truly is in a class of its own.

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South Africa
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English
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DHS Media Group
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editorial

It’s quite crazy how we always romanticise the past and almost demonise the future. How many times have you said or heard someone say, “back in my time things were so much better”. Back in the day was horrible; people were dying from what is an easily treatable lung disease today. I certainly recall my school assembly in standard 6 – we were the worst behaved group of kids ever to come through the system and that rung true every year thereafter. The kids from the previous generation were so much better, apparently. It makes no sense how people don’t want to live in the now and why we’re so scared of the future. This is legitimately the best time to be alive, rife with opportunity as long as we decide…

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the royal palace of belgrade, serbia

The Royal Palace of Belgrade, Serbia, was built between 1924 and 1929 with private funds of His Majesty King Aleksandar I, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and the grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar II). The construction of the façade was made of white marble from the island of Brac was finished in 1929. It served as his home and later of that of King Petar II (the father of Crown Prince Alexander). After the World War II the new communist government of Yugoslavia proclaimed all members of the Karadjordjevic family (who were already in exile) enemies of the state. They were deprived of citizenship and their properties were confiscated. A new tenant moved in: the lifetime president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. Photos, paintings and…

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zepter museum belgrade

In the year 2010 Belgrade and Serbia got an important cultural institution with the opening of the Zepter Museum: the first officially registered private art museum in the state. the founder and owner was Mrs Madlena Zepter who is also the great benefactor to the Madlenianum Opera and Theatre, the Zepter Book World and international literary awards: the Prix Littéraire European and Artzept. The museum was opened as an extension of the Zepter Gallery and its carefully selected collection, founded in 1994. The Zepter Museum is situated in the very centre of the city of Belgrade, at 42, Knez Mihailova Street, in a building erected in 1922. It was designed by architect Dionis Sunko. The ambience and the spirit of the time when it was built, is still present in a…

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shades of symbolic chinese red

A famous poem by the late Chairman Mao, widely regarded as the ‘father of modern China,’ served as inspiration for two paintings by renowned artists Fu Baoshi and Li Keran. They depict the crimson-hued mountains of Changsha and the grand riverbanks of the Xiang River. Interior designer HL Lim was similarly inspired by these artworks for the interior design concept of the Grand Hyatt Changsha. This resulted in a contemporary yet timeless Chinese aesthetic. Shades of the symbolic red colour were used to give deference to the artists’ work and a significant sense of place. Various sculptures by contemporary artist Wang Rulin’s ‘Spirit Animals’ were placed in the lobby area, serving as a venerated symbol of wisdom and power. Interior designer HL Lim kept the double-height lobby of the Grand Hyatt Changsha…

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ca’ cicaleto

Due to the sensitivity of both the position (within 700m from Roman ruins, and 10km from Assisi) and the age of the structure, the approval and planning commission process lasted nearly three years with understandably firm and curated conditions applied by the authorities in executing the proposal. Additions were allowed, albeit, the bare minimum. This offered the opportunity to create a light and open connection between the two existing buildings, which would encapsulate a portion of the new kitchen leading out to the addition of a lanai and an all-round rim flow swimming pool. These additions are sensitive and mindful of the layered histories of the context. The kitchen/access link is a simple, contemporary structure under a flat glass roof. A steel staircase was inserted into this void, creating a physical relation…

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inspired by a honeymoon

The overall decor of the space is inspired by the European classical art with its rich history. The design deliberately preserves the ambience of that memory. Each corner features memorable vignettes of the honeymoon and award-collecting trip. The interior therefore is a trip down memory lane. Gazing at the mirrors the visitor sees the reflection of street settings with European-style architecture. The space of Chi-Torch Interior design studio had to satisfy the aesthetic and functional requirements of a design company and home living. Designers Chlo’e Kao and Ciro Liu made a clear differentiation between the office and private areas and included spaces for flexible usage in their design. Conventional solid wall partitions had to be substituted by the reinforced theme of virtually constructed domains extending into one another. The designers: “Through the…

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