Six N. Five Headquarters

Six N. Five Headquarters

Six N. Five Headquarters is a minimal space located in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Isern Serra. The space has multiple uses, and is mainly used as an office, but also as a showroom to display objects. Adding an area for presentations, a small workshop to produce small prototypes, a leisure and virtual reality area, and also a specialized coffee area. In short, a multidisciplinary space open to the city with small cultural proposals. The first decision was to clean the premises of all the existing partitions and false ceilings to revalue the original concrete structure, and in this way show the real volume of the space. The diversity of spaces to be distributed and the imposing height allowed us to create a space in an upper area to house the workshop and also the storage area.

Photography by Salva Lopez

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New architecture and design competitions: AIANY Design Awards, Winter Stations, Wood Design & Building Awards, and Metals in Construction Magazine Design Challenge

Itching to flex your creative muscle and join an architecture or design competition? Check out some of the latest challenges listed on Bustler below. 

For this week’s curated picks, we have compiled four briefs inviting temporary winter art installation concepts in Toronto, the best new architectural designs from NYC-based professionals, innovative applications of wood in architecture, and facade systems responding dynamically to environmental conditions.

For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click here.

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Four Point Puzzles Partners With Artists on New Bold + Colorful Releases

A Design Milk community favorite, Four Point Puzzles, the Canadian jigsaw puzzle company with a specialty in contemporary art and design, is back with a new collaboration that’s sure to challenge and delight.

The brand’s latest release stars two original works by contemporary artists – Designing Destiny by Ryan McGinness and Tangled by Vratislav Pecka. In keeping with Four Point Puzzle tradition, these graphic modern puzzles are endlessly entertaining and totally frame worthy. Read on to learn more about the launch and find Four Point Puzzles in the Design Milk Shop (pro tip: they make a great holiday gift, too!).

Designing Destiny by Ryan McGinness

Designing Destiny by Ryan McGinness

Designing Destiny by Ryan McGinness

American artist Ryan McGinness is known for his eye-catching drawings and Warhol-inspired use of iconography – public logos, signage and contemporary symbols, as a means of personal expression. He’s even credited with elevating the status of icons to fine art through his paintings, sculptures, installations and books!

The bold layered graphics on Designing Destiny illustrate what McGinness dubs “Mindscapes,” reflecting how our minds run on RAM (Random Access Memories) through the collaging of hundreds of McGinness’ graphic drawings to create a psychedelic colorful dream scape that’s as fun to build as it is to marvel at once complete. At 1,000 pieces and a 4 out of 5 on the difficulty scale, the puzzle’s abstract graphic collages are best suited to mildly seasoned puzzle-builders – although we’d argue that anyone with the time, commitment and a “can do” attitude can put this beauty together. Plus, you can relish in your accomplishment every day by framing the puzzle on your wall. 

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four point destiny puzzle designing destiny with a few pieces out of place in the top right corner on a white background

American artist Ryan McGinness is known for his eye-catching drawings and Warhol-inspired use of iconography – public logos, signage and contemporary symbols, as a means of personal expression. \ Photo: Finn O’Hara

four point puzzles "designing destiny" puzzle in a box on a white background

At 1,000 pieces and a 4 out of 5 on the difficulty scale, the puzzle’s abstract graphic collages are best suited to mildly seasoned puzzle-builders – although we’d argue that anyone with the time, commitment and a “can do” attitude can put this beauty together. \ Photo: Finn O’Hara

the back of the four point puzzles "Designing Destiny" puzzle box on a white background

Relish in your accomplishment every day by hanging this framed puzzle on your wall! \ Photo: Finn O’Hara

Tangled by Vratislav Pecka

Tangled by Vratislav Pecka

Tangled by Vratislav Pecka

Vratislav Pecka, the Czech designer, crypto artist and artist behind acclaimed art project PosterLad, pulls inspiration from the Bauhaus aesthetic and ‘90s nostalgia. His award-winning PosterLad project reclaims a medium traditionally used for advertising to create captivating retro, modern artworks that have taken the social media and crypto art worlds by storm.

In Tangled, Pecka uses bold geometric shapes, bright vivid colors and thick interwoven organic lines that invite the viewer to follow each vibrant strand and find its beginning. The bold graphic elements of his Tangled illustration make for a fun-filled puzzle experience as users literally get to experience the journey of piecing each sweeping line together firsthand. Four Point Puzzles marks this one a 3.5/5 in difficulty. Sifting through the 1,000 pieces is a mild but worthwhile challenge, but the simplicity of the bold intersecting lines gives users tons of opportunity for satisfying puzzle piece streaks (you know, when you find one matching piece that leads to 10 other matching pieces, and you feel invincible!). The only thing better than that streak feeling is hanging this masterpiece on your wall once complete. 

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tangled by four point puzzles on white background

Vratislav Pecka, the Czech designer, crypto artist and artist behind acclaimed art project PosterLad, pulls inspiration from the Bauhaus aesthetic and ‘90s nostalgia.

four point puzzles "tangled" puzzle in a box on a white background

Four Point Puzzles marks this one a 3.5/5 in difficulty. Sifting through the 1,000 pieces is a mild but worthwhile challenge, but the simplicity of the bold intersecting lines gives users tons of opportunity for satisfying puzzle piece streaks. \ Photo: Finn O’Hara

the back of the four point puzzles "tangled" puzzle box on a white background

Czech designer and artist, Vratislav Pecka, pulls inspiration from the Bauhaus aesthetic and ‘90s nostalgia. \ Photo: Finn O’Hara

>>> Find more from Four Point Puzzles in the Design Milk Shop here! <<<

 

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney is the boutique hotel chain’s newest hotel opening early 2022 in Sydney, Australia, designed by Flack Studio. Housed in Surry Hills’ historic Tyne House brick factory, the 264-room property will feature a ground floor restaurant, bar and cafe, and rooftop bar and restaurant.

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

The design of the hotel was heavily inspired by the cinematic color palette of the Australian landscape, particularly that of Surry Hills. Emphasis was placed on craftsmanship throughout, with many of the furnishings, artworks and interior details created uniquely for the project.

Furniture, lighting and joinery within the guest rooms were all custom designed by Flack Studio. As described by David Flack, founder of Flack Studio: “We wanted to preserve the creative, slightly renegade energy of the space since its origins as one of Australia’s early brickworks. We were committed to creating a warm space that brought together Australia’s cultural history with Ace’s unique, community cultivating approach to hospitality.”

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Ace Hotel Sydney Takes Over Former Brick Factory in Surry Hills

Photos by Anson Smart.