January 12, 2017

Spotted on Instagram: 6 Interiors That Nod to History

Interior Design hosts a weekly photo contest on Instagram called #idpicks. Each Wednesday, we announce a new theme and ask our followers to tag their images with our hashtag. Here, we share the submissions that caught our eye. Make sure to check our Instagram account, @interiordesignmag, for the next topic and a chance to be featured!

This week, we asked to see interiors that nod to history—whether Art Deco hotels, renovated factory buildings, or old brick houses. 

Below, some of the submissions we loved:




French Communist Party Headquarters/Oscar Niemeyer Paris/1964 (International Style) Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) at the height of the Party’s membership in 1964, the complex consists of a six-story above ground tower and a series of subterranean meeting rooms, the largest of which Niemeyer chose to expose by forcing its dome to rise above the surface of the entrance plaza. The building’s gem is the Assembly Hall whose interior surface is clothed by a suspended radial grid of white-anodized aluminum baffles. In addition to imparting a glistening appearance to the space, the baffles work to diffuse light and to reinforce the acoustics of the space. One problem that Niemeyer had to address was how to incorporate doors into the sloping surface of the domes walls. He solved this by pulling the exterior surface of the dome through the opening in order to create an aperture (see image) within which is located a pneumatic-operated sloping door. #oscarneimeyer #frencharchitecture #paris #dome #architecture #arch #architecturestudent #archlovers #idpicks

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