Resort Le Meridien Koh Samui: Water a Central Design Feature

Anyone passing through the entrance immediately leaves everyday stresses far behind; for the Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is located alongside the beautiful, powdery Lamai Beach of Koh Samui — Thailand’s third largest island — where guest embarks upon an inspirational and relaxing journey. The relaxing atmosphere is irresistible, formed by traditional Asian features, combined with simple modernity and supreme comfort.

The hotel architecture and interior design is created by an ensemble of 14 villas with 63 elegant suites, with typical Thai features plus many hints of a history bearing the mark of Chinese tradition and culture. The design is by Khun Jakarin of the well-known Begray Bankkok architectural and design practice. The resort draws inspiration from the typical layout of an Asian village with luxuriant vegetation, trees and flowers, based on Feng Shui principles. This places heavy emphasis on the use of natural materials such as wood, stone and also water, which according to Feng Shui principles, stimulates activity, good luck and wealth. The quadratic open air lobby is dominated by a large pool basin; inside the villas and suites water plays a prominent part with generously proportioned bathing and shower areas, small diving and paddling pools. Pool villas have direct access to the pool, while guests accommodated in the striking ocean front pool villas enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Thailand.

Water trickles gently down the natural stone, marble and granite walls in the generously proportioned health and spa area. Just one glance is enough to bring on a severe case of relaxation.

Because of the benevolent climate, guests spend most of their time in the open air, there is open transition between the pool villas and the outer areas. The covered sleeping areas are located behind large terraces equipped with outdoor sofas, tables and sunbeds.

One undoubted resort highlight is the 224 metre-long swimming dock linking the beach with the open sea. This is the preferred location for cocktail parties and on request, private candlelit dinners.

Design, excellence and exclusivity – Visit EGO Paris at spoga+gafa

EGO Paris is a brand reflecting people in their diversity. It’s a company for those who want to furnish their outdoor space in a special way.

There are some amazing products which combine design, functionality and comfort. For example, take a look at the outdoor canopy bed, appropriately named Eden. It symbolizes charm and peacefulness. The bed boasts a lavish four-poster frame of lacquered wood with backrests available in a palette of 16 different colors. Overhead, a dreamy, gauzy white or ecru curtain encloses the bed, gently filtering out the sun. It is the right place to lie back and let the mind wander to your own private cloud nine. And don´t forget to bring a friend, because there is room for two.

Further information: www.egoparis.com

 

RAUSCH presents exclusive design collections on spoga+gafa 2012

Enjoying a perfect moment with all senses – sharing inspiring times with people who appreciate something special. Since 1932, the name RAUSCH has stood for good life here and now.

The exclusive design collections can be found in the world’s best hotels, in golf clubs and on cruise ships. The company RAUSCH devotes its passion to the fine things in life and creates exterior environments that invite you to linger. With collections of exquisite taste and innovative design RAUSCH persuades consumers.

This chaise longue called “Florida Sunset” is only one example of RAUSCH design. The weave is made from high-quality polyethylene fibers. This ideal material for outdoor use is color and UV-proof, eco-friendly and recyclable. By deliberate manual intervention in the production process small irregularities in the color texture are achieved. These multiple colorations with stripes give the weave a unique appearance. Cleaning with soap sud, sponge or brush is easy.

For further information: www.rausch-classics.com

Plant yourself a chair!

The increase of urban farming, whereby green spaces are opening up into shared gardens for new agricultural experiments, was the main starting point for Werner Aisslinger´s latest work.

The Berlin and Singapore based designer and architect believes that giving everyone the possibility of becoming a producer of agricultural products will be the future in regard to quality and sustainability. With this, he thought to invert the creation and development of furniture from globalized serial manufacturing to local production conserving resources. That is how ‘chair farm’ was conceived. It is Aisslinger´s vision of how this idea could be realized within an agricultural lab. The project itself is a kit which offers the ability to plant and naturally grow chairs. This initial prototype consists of a perforated steel corset which serves as a mould to give the vegetation support.

The ‘chair farm’ greenhouse and laboratory was shown at ventura lambrate as part of the ‘instant stories’ exhibition during milan design week 2012.

For further information: aisslinger.de