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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe modernist architect.


The third and final director, Bauhaus director. One of the worlds best known architects.

Less is more Ludwig Mies van der Rohepng‘Less is more.’ A phrase adopted in the 1947 by Mies.

Mies is best known for his American skyscrapers such as the Lake Shore Drive tower, Seagram or IBM plaza. Mies lead into the Bauhaus was never going to be an easy ride. Walter Gropius’ successor Hannes Meyer had been dismissed from the school in 1930, by Dessau's mayor for allegedly politicising with the students, communist views.

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860-880 North Lake Shore Drive by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

After an unsuccessful attempt to convince Gropius. Then, focusing on his architectural practice to return, the mayor instead suggested Mies, who then was appointed that same year.

Mies Gropius and Le Corbusier all worked for Peter Behrens.

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A shift almost completely towards Architecture to furniture, metal and mural workshops were merged into Interior Design.

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Bauhaus school designed by Walter Gropius.

The Bauhaus is the most influential art and design in school in history.

Storage and how to get it right.

  • Make a start. Open your cupboards and see what you use and what you need from your Ballerina Kitchen. The most important question… Do I use it? Do I love it?

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Ballerina Kitchen PUR 2651, sliding doors into storage space.

  • Worktops. As seen in the image is an incredible way to save space. This is done by hanging utensils.

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Ballerina Kitchen SOFIE_B 4799.

  • Plates and other crockery can be made as a display by having them on a shelf.

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Ballerina Kitchen PUR 2651.

  • Cupboards only need a bit of engineering to make the cupboards work for you.

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  • Multi-functional. A space for cleaning essentials and laundry as well. Ballerina Kitchen works hard to help you with your everyday needs. The combination: cooking and working- a noble design concept.

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Ballerina Kitchen Smart-M 4611.

Stunning lighting design.

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The Gem glass table lamp, blown acid-etched glass with reliefs and gold-plating satin metal by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. 

The couple set up their studio in Milan in 1994. This included architectural planning, interior design and product designers. Their philosophy is to create objects that are interact. They have been exploiting the unprecedented expressive possibilities for blown glass.

Here is their website take a look.

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Branching bubble chandelier by Lindsey Adelman. 

Lindsey Adelman stated her studio in 2006. The first release of their product the Branching bubble chandelier started the whole business. The concept was to combines of organic nature of blown glass with rational machined components.

Here is their website.

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 Kazimir pendant by Ladies & Gentlmen Studio.

 This is inspired by the Russian modernist Kazimir Malevich. This pendant creates layers and gives a three dimension overall look. A piece of art on it's own and create a true beauty in a home.

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Stanley large pendant light, polished copper available from Original BTC. 

This makes a dramatic efface but it has an effortless feel and look to create a more retro atmosphere.

How to get the right worktop for you?

The worktops of any kitchen, worktops need to be tough and practical to use. The worktop materials have changed quite radically in the last few years. There is a vast choice across all budgets. Technology has advantaged that has given us more options, super tough materials that work for the busiest of family homes. Choosing the best kitchen worktop material for you. The most popular materials for your kitchen is granite, composite, laminate, glass, hardwood and solid surface.

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Granite worktop.

The pure beauty of using a natural stone. Its veining and colour, make it a statement and adds individually to each design. However, granite tends to be rarer and more expensive. It can be used in any kitchen, works well around sinks and next to the hob or oven. A large use of glossy granite will make a grand statement that is always on trend. Able to match both traditional and modern styles. Granite is hard and resistant to heat & scratches. It can withstand high temperatures, water resistant and impervious to most stains, but wine and citric acids need to be cleaned up at once. This is to stop any damage to the stone. Granite needs to be initially sealed and then again in 10 years. Granite can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes. Although it is difficult to maneuver and very heavy to transport.

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Composite worktop.

They are made from about 90% natural quartz crystals mixed with a small percentage of binders, and referred to as both ‘quartz composite’ And ‘engineered stone’ This material is very tough, they are virtually nonporous and resistant to scratches, stains and heat damage. It is very practical. They can be used anywhere, next to the hob and around the sink. It is very tough and durable than many natural stones. Any scratches can be sanded out. In the very unlikely event that the composite surface is scratched, it can be repaired by a specialist. Composite worktop can be thermoformed into different shapes without joints creating streamlined and seamless worktops.

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Laminate worktop.

It is easy and quick, the best budget option. Laminate is non-porous. They are easy to maintain, they come in a range of colours and design. They can be used for general usage. Laminates can be used for food preparation areas, sink runs and around the hobs. It can mimic other worktop materials, including granite, slate, and wood. They would suit modern and traditional schemes.

Glass worktop.

This has been a long-time favourite with designers for the light touch, it brings a scheme as well as its reflective sheen that really helps boost light. Glass is non-porous material that can withstand moisture and spills and splashes are easily wiped clean. Works well around the sink or breakfast bar. Worktops can be cut into most shapes and cutouts for hobs and sinks. There is a need to frequent wipe to prevent watermarking.

Hardwood worktop.
This is used to create natural warmth and character is built from aging. It is also used for pure strength that it provides. Great to use for food preparations, dining area, kitchen islands, and breakfast bars. Luckily it suits all kitchen styles. As they can be incorporated into a contemporary design using glass or stainless steel to add a warm atmosphere. They are very durable if they are properly sealed and maintained and will last for a long time. Flexibility and fitting wood, easy to cut. Wood does need a certain amount of upkeep. Avoid direct exposure to heat and prolonged soaking, need to wipe up spills to prevent staining. void using any abrasive and chemical-filled cleaning products and wire scouring pads.  

 Solid surface. 
Corian or solid surface worktop are made from a blend of acrylic resins, minerals, and colourings. They can be totally seamless too with a one-piece, molded sinks, and splashbacks. Designs are often pioneering and the material can be thermoformed into fun, organic curves, slicks, cantilevered breakfast bars seamless wrap-around surfaces on islands. It can be engraved, back-lit with LEDs and fitted with built-in wireless charging for smartphones. Corian or solid surface is the best use in wet areas. Perfect for a seamless integrated sink and worktop runs. they are stain, water and heat resistant(250c.). They are a low maintenance option. Clean with a soft cloth and mild detergent.

If need any further assistance, please contact us for more details.

'Micro-apartment' with luxury.

A space of good feeling.

25.5 SQM furnished as a small luxury apartment. In the city for singles or as a commuter living space for managers or as a holiday apartment. The combination of wild oak with black DirectLack and Fenix worktop is very noble - everything is handless with TIP-ON. A space that offers everything you need for living and meeting friends at home. Sleeping, wardrobe, workstation and of course the kitchen.

'The kitchen. The focus of life'.

Take a look at the pictures below.  

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Ballerina Kitchen designs... a micro-apartment.

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Adding value with these shelves.

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Brilliant display cabinets and easy to access hooks for coats.

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Shoe storage with more space for coats.

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Open plan living.

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Exciting design for a kitchen. For more detail please go to Ballerina's website.

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A closer look into the storage wardrobe.

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Exciting living and working space designed by Ballerina kitchens.

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Ovens and dishwasher ready for your every need.