American architect Stehen Holl completed his first retail project for perfumer Frédéric Mallé in New York. His futuristic slipped disk facade with circle motive remains us the iconic store facade which was designed by experimental Hans Hollein for fashion designer Christa Metek in Vienna 1967.


Grande dame of Italian architecture and design Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) is pretty famous for her experimental 1960s and 1970s lighting design. One of her lesser known projects includes this hand-blown glass lamp/vase Giova she designed for Fontana Arte in 1964. Amazing connecting of typologies in one strong object!

Jakub inside Alexis Georgacopoulos office at ECAL.
Jakub inside Alexis Georgacopoulos office at ECAL.
With Laura Pregger at Depot Basel in Basel.
With Laura Pregger at Depot Basel in Basel.
With Dimitri Bähler and Christian Spiess in their studio in Biel
With Dimitri Bähler and Christian Spiess in their studio in Biel
Test of shooting of Alexis Georgacopoulos at ECAL.
Test of shooting of Alexis Georgacopoulos at ECAL.
Our temporary office at Lavaux Hotel.
Our temporary office at Lavaux Hotel.
Tomáš kissing by Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac.
Tomáš kissing by Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac.
With Patrick Moser at Villa Lec.
With Patrick Moser at Villa Lec.
Infront of BIG-GAME studio in Lausanne.
Infront of BIG-GAME studio in Lausanne.
Inside Bertille & Mathieu studio in Lausanne.
Inside Bertille & Mathieu studio in Lausanne.
With Bertille & Mathieu.
With Bertille & Mathieu.
Bertille & Mathieu.
Bertille & Mathieu.
With Tomáš Král inside his studio in Lausanne.
With Tomáš Král inside his studio in Lausanne.
At lake Geneva shore.
At lake Geneva shore.
With designer Adrien Rovero.
With designer Adrien Rovero.
Tasting fondue with Adrien Rovero.
Tasting fondue with Adrien Rovero.
During massive snowing with Adrien Rovero on the top.
During massive snowing with Adrien Rovero on the top.
Inside A.C.E workshop in Lausanne.
Inside A.C.E workshop in Lausanne.
Hard work.
Hard work.
Inside Terrazzo Project studio in Lausanne. Test the shoot.
Inside Terrazzo Project studio in Lausanne. Test the shoot.
With Daniel Grataloup and his friends inside house he built in the 1970s in Geneva.
With Daniel Grataloup and his friends inside house he built in the 1970s in Geneva.
Inside studio of Daniel Grataloup.
Inside studio of Daniel Grataloup.
La Chaux-de-Fonds.
La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Inside Maison Blanche that Le Corbusier built for his parents in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1912.
Inside Maison Blanche that Le Corbusier built for his parents in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1912.
Inside Vacheron Constantin workshop.
Inside Vacheron Constantin workshop.
With Camille Blin from A.C.E.
With Camille Blin from A.C.E.

There are few personal shots from our trip to Lausanne. Thanks Tomáš Souček for photos.

Yonel Lebovici, Fireplace “Les Mains Chaudes”, 1979
Yonel Lebovici, Fireplace “Les Mains Chaudes”, 1979
Pierre and Vera Székely, Chemine Inox, ca. 1970
Pierre and Vera Székely, Chemine Inox, ca. 1970
Studio BBPR, Fireplace and hood, ca. 1969
Studio BBPR, Fireplace and hood, ca. 1969

We recently discovered three amazing sculptural fireplaces from modernist masters.

Photos Courtesy of Chastel Marechal, Philips de Pury and Magen H Gallery














OKOLO team went to Lausanne in Switzerland where has mapped local design scene, talked to leading creators, discovered the hidden treasures of craftsmanship and reflected on the historical and artistic heritage of this area.

The result is so far the most comprehensive publication of OKOLO to date describing not only the environment of the prestigious ECAL university, but also the unique design thinking of its former students and other designers working in the area around Lake Geneva. In addition to the contemporary scene, we have not forgotten the modernist masters such as Alberto Sartoris, Le Corbusier, Jean Tschumi or forgotten organic architecture visionarist Daniel Grataloup. In addition to the interviews and articles, there is also a report from the oldest watch manufacture in the world Vacheron Constantin, several curated editorials and much more.

Magazine contributors include editor-in-chief of Pin-Up magazine Felix Burrichter, Neatherlands-based curator Matylda Krzykowski, Wallpaper architecture editor Ellie Stathaki, Czech photographer Tomáš Souček, Lausanne-based designer Adrien Rovero, Swiss writer Rebekka Kiesewetter and others.












Some times ago, our friend, designer Maxim Velčovský has visited London studio and showroom of our favorite contemporary designer Michael Anastassiades.

Well known for his minimalist and precious lighting pieces and accessories, Anastassiades belongs to the most progressive designers based in London today. Originally from Cyprus, Anasstassiades run his studio since 1994. Close to Waterloo train station in London, his relatively new headquarters highlights in the minimalist interiors and precise details of the furnishings.

Maxim shot some photos of the space as well as Anasstasiades's pieces significant for neo-modernist elegance and material richness.

Photos: Maxim Velčovský


Next week, 31 May 2014, OKOLO will talk about influences between fashion and furniture design at Shape & Vision 04 talk in Prague organized by Czech fashion critic Veronika Ruppert.

As a symbol of blending of fashion and design in one we are presenting here this modernist 1920s fashion figurine designed by French decorator and designer René Herbst.

For more info about event go on Facebook


Image Courtesy of Phillips de Pury

Bruno Munari, Spiffero screen for Zanotta, 1988
Bruno Munari, Spiffero screen for Zanotta, 1988
Bruno Munari, Screen, 1991
Bruno Munari, Screen, 1991
Bruno Munari, Spiffero screen for Zanotta, 1988
Bruno Munari, Spiffero screen for Zanotta, 1988

Just recently discovered these two interior screens designed during the 1980s and 1990s by Milanese master Bruno Munari.

Jewelry for Cleto Munari, 1986
Jewelry for Cleto Munari, 1986
Sunglasses collection for American Optical Corporation, 1973
Sunglasses collection for American Optical Corporation, 1973
Sunglasses collection for American Optical Corporation, 1973
Sunglasses collection for American Optical Corporation, 1973
Mizzi sofa for Poltronova, 1980
Mizzi sofa for Poltronova, 1980
Marilyn sofa for Poltronova, 1980
Marilyn sofa for Poltronova, 1980
Vanity table for M.I.D., 1982
Vanity table for M.I.D., 1982
Roto desk for Hermann Miller, 1966
Roto desk for Hermann Miller, 1966
Diagonal furniture for Wittmann, 1975
Diagonal furniture for Wittmann, 1975
Flugzeugträger tea and coffeeset  for Alessi, 1980
Flugzeugträger tea and coffeeset for Alessi, 1980
Grand piano for Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik AG, 1990
Grand piano for Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik AG, 1990
Fuji floor lamp for Auras, 1992
Fuji floor lamp for Auras, 1992
FSB door handles, 1986
FSB door handles, 1986

At the age of 80, Pritzker-winning architect Hans Hollein died after a long illness. We pay homage to this extraordinary Austrian experimenter and provocateur by this selection of his products and furniture designs, which still remain relatively unknown.