Burberry World Live - Film, Music and Digital Weather - Launches in Taipei.

To celebrate the opening of their nearly 15,000 square foot flagship store in Taiwan (shown above), Burberry World Live, a 360 immersive experience, began in Taipei on 26 April 2012.

Christopher Bailey designed a custom cylindrical space that brought to life the Burberry worlds of British Heritage, Fashion, Music and Weather to celebrate the opening of the Burberry Taiwan flagship store at Taipei 101.

Combining an eight part 360 degree film, a live musical performance and digital weather experience, Burberry World Live will tour cities globally including London, Hong Kong and Chicago later this year.

This multi sensory experience is the first to blur the physical and digital dimensions of the brand.


The Miwa House, An Award-Winning Custom Home by Phil Kean Designs.

“Miwa”, a modern, custom home by Phil Kean Designs, Inc., earned one of the home building industry’s highest honors when it captured the coveted Golden Aurora Award in the 2011 Aurora Awards design competition presented at the 33rd annual Southeast Building Conference (SEBC).

Judges’ comments included this from Ed Binkley, AIA, Ed Binkley Design, Winter Park, FL: “This contemporary home blew away the competition from start to finish”, a complete package with clean lines; a spectacular entrance draws in you and does not disappoint. Continuity flows throughout with style, design and merchandising each complimenting and creating a complete package.”

This contemporary home features clean lines and extensive details, a unique entrance of floating steps over moving water, attractive focal points, great flows of volumes and spaces, and incorporates large areas of indoor/outdoor living on both levels.

The challenge was to connect the main home to the existing guest house which was accomplished with a center garden and floating step walkway which mimics the main home’s entrance.

The garden features a fountain, fire pit, pool, outdoor arbor dining area, and LED lighting under the floating steps. Taking aging in place into consideration, there are master suites on both levels, elevator, and garage entrance.

The home’s great room and kitchen open to the lanai, summer kitchen, and garden via folding and pocketing glass doors and uses a retractable screen concealed in the lanai. When the screen is lowered, it holds up to 90% of the home’s conditioned air and keeps out insects. The 2nd floor master and exercise rooms open to balconies.

Foyer, stairs and great room:

Dining area:


Master Bedroom Suite:

Master Bath:

Alt Master suite:

The home also has a theater room, library, and office/workshop with Murphy bed.

Theater Room:

This home was built for empty nesters who have long term guests, hence the private main residence and the close but not too close guest house.

Golden Aurora
Winner: Phil Kean Designs
Category Name: CUSTOM HOME (One of a Kind) Over $3,000,001

For Project: Miwa located in Winter Park, FL
Team Members include: Phil Kean Designs; Evergreen Consulting; CRT Studio, Inc.; Cabinetry Creations; and Harvey Smith Photography
Size of Unit: 4728
Sales Price: $3,020,000.00

In addition to the Golden Aurora, Phil Kean Designs, Inc. was honored with Awards for Best of State, Kitchen, Interior Detailing, and Interior Merchandising.

The nationally recognized Aurora Awards honor builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals in a 12-state region stretching from Texas to Virginia plus the Eastern Caribbean.

Phil Kean Designs, Inc. partnered with CRT Studio, Inc. and Cabinetry Creations to produce the 4,728-square-foot, $3 million luxury home in Winter Park that a team of independent judges deemed the best of more than 200 entries.

CRT Studio strives to create artistic, poetic, interior environments that create balance and harmony for our clients and their spaces. Through design communication, conversation and execution we make each project a distinct realization of their dreams.

images courtesy of Phil Kean Designs, The Auroras and CRT Studio

Magnificent Modern Pianos by Designer Peter Maly for Sauter.

Four years ago, I shared with you a beautifully designed Grand Piano by Audi and bunch of uniquely designed modern concert, grand and upright pianos by well-known German piano makers Bosendorfer and Schimmel.

above: a selection from my previous post on modern pianos

Like Bosendorfer and Schimmel, Sauter's pianos are made in Germany. With a design series by Peter Maly, their contemporary Grand, Concert and Upright pianos are like beautiful pieces of furniture, with exteriors crafted from materials like fine woods, translucent glass and steel.

Sauter pianos designed by Peter Maly largely match the Sauter R Master Class pianos, with respect to their technique: the sounding board, 25% bigger, is characterized by the unique “Sauter Spherical Concavity®” and the speciality of Sauter , the double repetition action of grand pianos. The sounding board is solely made from the finest spruce from the `Val di Fiemme´ in the high region of South Tyrol, grown at an altitude of 1,100 meters. For a better playing sensation, half tones (sharps and flats) are made of ebony. The cast plate is hand-ground and complemented with a precious finish. Experienced pianists, whose piano is in focus at their home, will be thrilled by the touch and appearance of this designer piano.

Upright Pianos

The Vitrea Translucent Glass Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

Vitrea´s essence is the contrast between the cool glass front and the warm wooden tones of the main structure of the piano.

Vitrea´s materials: the front panels consist of matt glass, available in two shades. The form is bordered by thin chromium rail strips. Body, Lid and keyboard elements are made of oak wood.

Here you have the choice of a light natural tone of timber or of a deep dark-stained variation. All metal parts are chrome-plated.

The design is accentuated by details such as chrome-plated steel feet. The lids open upward in aliform, like wings, and, therefore, optimally project the sound waves throughout the room.

Equipment: double repetition action (RR-action), sound dampening pedal (soft pedal) and a straight-line piano stool with metal frame which complements the Vitrea.

The Rondo Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

Rondo – elegance softly shaped, a piano that performs with the principle of round shapes. It appears natural, soft and well balanced within itself.

The Pure and Pure 2000 Noble Upright Pianos by Peter Maly for Sauter

PURE "less is more"- as little as possible, as much as necessary. The aim was archetypal, reduction to the essential. Nothing superfluous, but full of concentration; stillness and tension at the same time - just like before a big concert: PURE 2000, the purist upright piano. Purism is the art of avoiding the superfluous. The form radiates peace which inspires both soul and player.
Pure 2000 is like the room for which it was designed. It is an upright which fits into a bright living environment with simple walls and modern art. The essence of its aesthetics is the generous design which emphasizes the surfaces.

In the "PURE 2000 noble" version, the surfaces have a gloss lacquer finish. The characteristic corner details are emphasized by flush-fitting chromium-plated metal sections giving this upright its modern elegance.Details accentuate the essential design. A fine finger groove makes the upright easy to open.

The Onda Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter

The body and keyboard form a solid backdrop for the focal point of the piano - an undulating panel. Onda is the ideal complement to the new minimalist look.

Materials which are typical of this look include light wood, cool metal and fabrics in natural shades.

Onda is constructed from a number of distinct, clearly demarcated components. Broad wooden side panels enclose the piano body, lending it stability and substance. The keyboard - made from light beech or maple wood like the sides - is set into the undulating panel.

As a special design feature, Onda is fitted with two top panels which can be opened upwards like wings. As well as forming a highly effective sound board, they lend the instrument the feel of a grand piano. To round off the picture, Onda stands on curved metal feet.

The panel which forms the front of the piano has a horizontal "wave" running through it - hence the name Onda, which means wave.

The Imago, the Avant-Garde Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter

Imago, the Avant-Garde piano, is a fascinating new creation which redefines the concept of the piano. A great design, extravagant and classic - the sound pattern for a new age. The materials are a combination of light wood tones - modish pear, maple of beech; bright color finishes and cool metal.

A large, diagonal-grain pear wood panel frames the body of the piano like a passpartout, forming an exciting contrast between the two silk-sheen finish, different shapes and their materials. An attractive extra:

The Touch-Tronic lamps by Ingo Maurer are switched on and off or dimmed by a simply touch The designer's signature along with individual serials numbering underline the unique of value of the piano. The piano body has a light grey and the matching piano stool has metal legs.

The Artes Art Deco Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

Artes - The Art-Deco piano is inspired by the styles of the Twenties and Thirties. Despite these historical allusions the piano embodies a timeless elegance and understatement. Artes blends effortlessly into this room, whose interior finishings embody design of a timeless quality. Materials such as fine leather, quality woods and valuable textiles are in perfect harmony with the highly polished finish of the piano.

Characteristic features of the Art Deco style: clearly defined lines, metal inlay and chromed metal brackets. These details lend depth and structure to the body with its glossy black finish.

The designer`s signature along with an individual serial number underlines the unique value of the piano. Matching piano stool with leather seats and metal legs is available.

The Cura Shaker Upright Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

Cura, the Shaker piano, is inspired by the puritan and perfectly crafted furniture typical of the American Shaker religious movement of the 18th Century.

"I stand in great admiration of the wonderfully simple cherry-wood furniture of the Shakers, for it form a link with my modern design concept, imbued as it is with the desire for the greatest possible simplicity - whilst at the same time ensuring the highest quality of materials and manufacture." Peter Maly

Cura has a classically-constructed frame and infull panels veneered in cherry. Cura has hand-turned brackets of cherry-wood, and feet and hinged candle holders in matt-finish high-grade steel. The lid is shaped into a single elegant sweep.

The Grand Pianos

Vivace Grand Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

Vivace is a contemporary interpretation of the grand piano, without compromising on any respect for the classical form. The streamlined and newly accentuated curves and the profiled steel pedestal give this most traditional of instruments a floating easiness. The special value of this grand piano is emphasized by the fact that it is signed by the designer and individually numbered.

In its new shape, the cut radii replace the traditional curves. An inlaid sequence of high-grade steel squares accentuate the new line of the piano further. Steel also plays a new role in the substructure of the grand piano.

The structure of the profiled steel pedestal enables considerably more compact dimensions. This gives the grand piano a light, fresh, friendly, contemporary effect. Hydraulic damper* for the piano fall board. Music desk** with convenient one-handed controls.

Ambiente Grand Piano by Peter Maly for Sauter:

A concert grand of new design without any twirls whatsoever, but with a 230cm long case flowing in a single sweep into a bend, shaped like a parabola.

The sides of the keyboard softly cross over into the bevelled grand´s front. Its closed lid fits perfectly into this form.

The difference between the outside appearance and the inside metal frame creates a space in the form of an ellipse in which the lid´s supports have been fitted and which are adjustable in height and angle.

Polished stainless steel accords a brand new profile to the pedal bar: light and lucent throughout “This new grand should be all-over elegant and softly rounded, of flowing design and without any twirls whatsoever” – Peter Maly

The feet have been integrated into a floating architrave which has significantly marked its new silhouette. This new line of architrave stands out with its chromed profile recurring at the foot´s lower end. All fittings and castors are chromed.

When opened, the keyboard´s lid lies flush with the bevelled niche providing a convincing solution to its form. Many of such innovations in construction and design have created the new concert grand´s appearance: “Ambiente."

Sauter Pianos

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