The Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland hangs on the edge of the sea with panoramic views of both the water and mountains. So it stands to reason that Henning Larsen Architects would want to mimic the natural surroundings in the structure. For the facade they collaborated with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who created a design which so vividly captures the colors and movement of the sea, and also since the glass is highly reflective actually interacts with the changes of light and texture of the water.
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The one promotional emailer I never seem to dread, and always open is that from the good folks of Tattly. This week I was happy to see a couple of great new seasonally appropriate designs. My new personal favorite are the Wintery Trees, designed by Josh Smith.
As far as business card printing techniques go this one is far from the most elaborate, but we can definitely all take some notes from it’s ingenuity. Mikey Burton collaborated with Cranky Pressman to create this custom to go stamp, which allows Burton to turn just about any porous surface into a promotional material. In addition it can hook right onto your keychain, which would definitely help me to avoid those awkward “yes I am a designer, no I don’t have a business card on me moments” we all encounter.
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Yesterday Stamped was released into the App Store, and these are my first thoughts. A refreshingly simple interface and a new take on social aggregation of good things. Doesn’t look like Stamped can or will do anything wrong. That kind of makes sense though since unlike Yelp they have no intention of showcasing any bad or even mediocre reviews.
To stamp something in the language of the creators means you whole heartedly believe that said restaurant book or movie deserves five out of five stars. This reminds me of the the recently released Nosh app. which I posted about here. Both have some weird post Google employee, still somehow connected to Google syndrome going on. The interesting part to me is this common thread between the two, focusing much more heavily on the transaction of positive feedback or ratings than negative ones. This is a drastic shift in the general internet mode of overtly bashing anything that exists. It’s obvious that searching a smaller database of information created by friends or other trustworthy sources than to scour a massive site like Yelp for anything, but misleading argumentative comments. I hope most people like and trust their friends and if you do there are probably those of them you value their opinions more in certain areas. An example would be my friend Kyle is a great cook so if he recommends the new book from Mario Batali I know it has to be good, but I also just like Kyle so if he says the new Bon Iver album is good I will probably want to check that out too. A lot more at least than if Candace69 from South Beach says she thought it was okay.
I can’t wait for Stamped to get more populated with users and stamps and I think we can anticipate reviews and web based feedback to become increasingly more positive as smaller communities are created.
Architects Bosworth Hoedemaker revived this building from a 1950s boat shed into a rich light filled little escape. Obvious inspiration was drawn from nautical design and the utilitarian interior ends up being equal parts function and comfort. The Hood Canal Boathouse as it has been named can open up on warm days to embrace the amazing view or be all shuttered up to greet a storm. Simple explorations in living space such as this are really inspiring to me because they help us understand how we can live with less space and thus a smaller foot print.
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Language feels like a living organism the way it evolves and changes over time, and in recent time has been paralleled by written language and then typography. This video is so interesting because it pairs typography so directly with the discussion of language. It is a beautifully engaging promo video for David Bellows new book Is That a Fish in Your Ear. All this awesome type and animation work was done by Matt Young.
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The first thing that drew me to this house was is placement. So delicately poised amongst the trees and above the river. I am also in love with the interior, utterly simple and utilitarian, but everything is finished with a certain elegance. Design for this project was carried out by London based Featherstone Young Architects.
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Dimitris Ladopoulos is a Greek director making a short film series about people who work and make things with their hands. One of the first shorts from the series is this one entitled The Carpenter, with beautifully simple motion graphics and a true craftsman at work lathing a dowel into it’s nearly finished form. It brings me back to my childhood and the countless hours spent watching and helping my dad in his wood shop.
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Good design is even applicable to a woodshed. Jonas Palmius designed this small structure in Okerö Sweden protects it’s contents and allows them to dry out through the slated sides, and also makes the wood easily accessible.
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Stop motion has always been one of those things that I find to be so complex. In this case the execution is so utterly perfect. Created by Jonanthan Chong for the group Hudson. The narrative created using inanimate objects is so rad.
This house rests among a grove of Pohutukawa trees in New Zealand. Herbst Architects designed the house to blend in among the trees, and I have to say it worked. Less camouflage and more unity. A residence that can coexist with it’s surroundings instead of having to concur them with pavement or overzealous landscape planning.
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Looking into the future is often a daunting task and in this case an arduous one. Trying to assume what the fate of mobile and computing technology will for device function, user experience, and interface design is in my opinion impossible. The affect new technological capabilities coupled with our growing dependance on an augmented lifestyle is unforeseeable. Here Microsoft’s Office Labs begun to explore this realm through the lens of “productivity”, which I find to be a slightly loaded word in the arena of a technology built almost entirely for entertainment. This exploration itself has been getting some bad press around the web (mainly in user experience circles) for, what in my opinion can be boiled down to one thing. They didn’t take enough risks. This point is most certainly valid. The argument has been made that to define the future one must step outside the conventions and expectations of what should come next in order to create something new and better suited to it’s time and place. I disagree with this on the premise that as people we benefit from incremental change allowing us to both learn and adapt alongside a the changes and shifts in technology, whether it being the release of a new iOS or the debut of the first ever hover scooter.
After a visit to Orcas Island many years ago the client for Eagle Ridge Residence decided she would one day live there. Decades went by and finally she was able to purchase a small forested lot with a variety of trees and views looking out over the San Jaun and Canadian Gulf Islands. Gary Gladwish Architects solved the design for this house by creating equal parts finished and unfinished space. The section that was left raw is for both storage and studio space, but will eventually be converted to more additional living space. Another important aspect of the design are the glass walls, which were constructed in such a way that they can slide out of the way opening the interior to nature and in turn the views.
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The main section of the house is composed of a 15th century stone barn. The structure has been updated and retrofitted to contain an extremely modern living space, which includes expanses of glass connecting sections of the house. MOOARC based their design for this house on the The Nolli plan of Rome 1748 to create a high level of fluidity and amalgamation of different spaces and their varying uses.
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Bill Hovard recently led his team at Hovard Design in the design of an identity for Eastfield Village. Eastfield is the lifelong project of Don Carpentier, which exists as an 18th Century village in upstate New York. Many buildings and structures on the brink of extinction were transported to Carpentier’s property and recomposed into a looking glass into another time. The identity itself uses raw materials like craft paper and burlap, as well as period printing techniques including letterpress and rubber stamp.
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Part designer, part performer, part installation artist Julien Vallée now has a monograph out called Rock Paper Scissors. My favorite aspects of his work are his ability to bring his passion for experimentation and unique DIY solutions to every single project. I also love how Julien himself is a subject or model in so much of his work.
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The use of concrete and wood makes for a very classic and warm looking space, which is very surprising. The forms and lines are derived from typical local homes, but the use of materials really sets this place apart. Also the way it is sited and interacts on the street side. Design was carried out by Swiss duo Lacroix Chessex.
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Hand painted murals are making a serious comeback, and I am loving all of them. This one sponsored by the Highlands Commerce Guild in Louisville Kentucky is bad ass. A true collaboration took place on this one with the design coming from Bryan Patrick Todd, and the sign painting was done by Kirby Stafford.
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Mailboxes tend to fall into the category of neglected objects for me, but this one designed by Marcial Ahsayane is totally genius. A fair mix of minimalist design and resource gathering. This mailbox protects your mail, and gathers water to feed your plant, all while looking great.
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I find myself posting about Andersson-Wise multiple times per week and I think that is a true testament to the skill.
Amongst ponderosa pines and looking out over a shale cliff onto Montana’s Flat Head Lake this modern cabin is equally a home as it is an observation point. From he protected porch or the cantilevered deck that juts out into the trees I can definitely see how you could just sit back and take in the beauty of the outdoors. An ever increasing need I feel is to have a greater, or at least stronger bond and friendship between architecture and nature.