I am heading up to Massachusetts for the next two days to get the house ready for the coming winter along with chopping and stacking a cord of wood for the same reason. If I have any extra time I plan on doing a little hiking, possibly apple picking at Windy Hill Farm and maybe even some barbecuing if it stays this nice. I will back to posting on Friday.
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Andy Luce aka Visual Armory created this amazing hand painted sign for the client New Express Muffler & Brake. The the final product is beautiful, and is only made better by the fun Instagram process shots.
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This video, if you remove it from the context of it being an advertisement, is overwhelming in it’s beauty and inspiration. A video definition of the word pioneer, the definition is beautifully rendered. It also seems to be set somehow devoid of time, where it could be the past, present or future. The abandoned air place carcass at the beginning makes me think post apocalyptic, but then we have the pioneer character dressed in vintage hiking gear.
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When I first came across this Floating House by Mos I would have sworn it was in Sweden or Norway or something. The location, concept and execution seemed more forward thinking than we tend to see in North America. The structure itself is a ultra modern minimalist box, which floats atop a structure of steel pontoons. This allows the house to handle the ever changing water levels. The location itself is completely mind boggling. Tucked in an inlet on Lake Huron, among a mix of solid rock beaches and shabby pine trees the views from and of the house are other worldly.
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Industrial designer and architect Jean Prouvé in my opinion is one of the most underrated and forgotten modernist designers. His work laid the ground work for a lot of subsequent styles. Many of which are still prevalent and even hip today. His work was very evidently influenced by the post industrial revolution manufacturing culture and the advent of mass production. In opposition to the changes we have witnessed where mass production has allowed for a drop in the quality of goods. Prouvé used it as an opportunity to make furniture out of materials that were normally used in aircraft and military grade fixtures.
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The Swiss just do it better. One thing I have been looking at a lot and is becoming a thread of sorts here on campsite is the idea of reinventing or re-envisioning designed objects, which have become pedestrian or banal. This atypical wayfinding system designed by Tina Stäheli–Shinohara illustrates this perfectly. It falls somewhere between constructivist art and signage, and thus changes how we engage and use it. Equal parts art and information in my opinion would allow the user to be more connected to the information on the sign and be able to understand and apply that information more easily. I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this so please feel free to leave a comment.
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Porch House is another great example of the highly functional design sense of Lake Flato architects. This design in particular hinges on the ability of their structures to become a part of the natural environment and allow the living spaces to flow in and out of the outdoors.
Urban architecture does not have to be complex or exemplify an Architect’s prowess. To see the value in keeping things simple and without embellishment is rare among architects. A perfect single family living space within the hustle and bustle of a city. The Kameren St. House fits all the necessary requirements for an urban dwelling and even a couple many of us have learned to live without. A private outdoor patio backyard combination and amazing natural light exposure that seems to beam through the entire house.
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MINIMAL Inc. has designed a Collection for Coalesse, which to put it simply aims to redefine the conference room. As our workspaces and desks have evolved the conference room has stayed the same. Our practices have become ever more social, and collaboration is an active component of any good work environment. Based on this evolution in the work environment the area where we hold meetings and brainstorm as a group obviously needed an overhaul. This collection by Minimal reminds me a lot of the ergonomics and structure of some of Herman Miller’s classic office chairs and even airport seating, with some obvious comfort updates and a great deal of elegance. One aspect that I find striking about the line in general is that it seems to be set at a lower than standard height for office furniture. This undoubtedly translates into the mood and energy that exists with in the conference room.
Friska is an wonderful unique titling font, with an curvy slab serif sort of look. It reminds me a little bit of American Typewriter with some more unique characteristics. This typeface was designed by
German based Stereotypes.
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Being a huge Dieter Rams fan myself makes this new Das Programm site that much more amazing. A minimalist store dedicated entirely to the works Rams designed while working at Braun between 1955 and 1995. This site fills a small portion of “the gap between the desirability and availability of his work”.
Theres a new minimalist game app. in town. Ready Steady Bang is a simple cowboy shootout game for the iPhone that has a really awesome user interface. This little promotional video for the game is really funny and tad morbid.
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Architects in Washington State, and Oregon seem to be able to attack our core needs as far as housing and create living spaces that coexist with nature instead of negating it. This house called Sneeoosh Cabin is a really fun example of this idea design by the folks of Zeroplus Architects. The shape and layout breaks what many people would refer to as conventions and creates this mix between a cabin and what can best be described as biodome aesthetic. The pairing melds beautifully into this rich textural experience of materials intersecting with one another.
Personal projects come in all shapes, sizes, and mediums, but Branding 10,000 Lakes sounds and is badass through and through. Minnesota designer Nicole Meyer has undertaking a gigantic, 27 year long side project, which is to design a logo for a lake a day of which there are ten thousand in Minnesota. The beauty here folks is that you aren’t going to have to wait nearly 3 decades to see this collection of gems because Nicole has already been cracking and has designed up a whole bunch of amazing logos so far.
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There is really only one way to make a guidebook inspired wedding invitation cooler and that is to make it yourself for Under $200. Christine and Ian did just that, with a craft solution that looks a lot more like high cost professionally printed goods.
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The Stamp Sheet Wall Planner is another beautiful piece from the brains over at Present & Correct. This amazing wall calendar is a beautiful new way to count down the days in a year, and also to be inspired to make something everyday.
I know I am not alone in my love and admiration of the new film project called Made by Hand, which aims to document the love and craft that goes into the hand made and locally based small businesses we see sprouting up everywhere. For their first film they documented the newly formed Brueckelen Distilling Company, which is a great starting point. The style of this short film makes me excited for all the great ones that I am sure will follow.
For me good design is not always, but can sometimes be defined as the leap of faith it takes to completely through the conventions attached to an existing object out the window. Inner City Bike designed by Joey Ruiter is not the most extreme example of this idea, yet it does a great job of redefining what is actually needed from a bike in the city. Simplifying the form and moveable parts this is more of a pair of wheels holding up a person that a frame holding together a pair of wheels. That may seem like a small shift to many, but in my opinion it is much greater shift. The choice to create a direct drive system instead of using a chain and crank adds another level of simplicity, and puts the rider in a position more a kin to a racing motorcycle than any bike I have ever seen. Geometry is not the only similarity between this bike and motorcycles, the fork construction and even how the handle bars are mounted takes cues from old cafe racer bikes.
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Such a large portion of my work and life exists on or surrounding the web and technology that I rarely get to do any work by hand. The craft and tradition behind textiles manufacturing and specifically behind the art of speciality denim making is so rich. Raleigh Denim is a brand new company when we think of it in context of the history of denim both in their locale and throughout the country. North Carolina has an abundant textile history that can be credited to the cotton farming of that area of the Southeast. One factory that has garnered an enormous amount of admiration and press during the ongoing specialty denim fad is the Cone Denim White Oak mill, which has been producing selvedge denim since 1905. Using this denim exclusively Raleigh Denim has created a line of high end denim with a two fold mission. They want to create classically influenced fashionable jeans, but they also want to do their part to revitalize the once booming textile manufacturing industry in North Carolina.
To getaway you don’t always have to go a great distance. This little cottage built in Helsinki is only a little over a mile from their family home offers the perfect type of minimalist getaway in a small intimate little structure. Every detail, object and fixture had to be perfect, as the space is only 150 square feet. Low energy consumption and the natural setting of this house make it an ecologically sound vacation option when compared to driving or flying somewhere. Finnish culture holds nature in a place of great respect and that even comes through in their city planning where camping areas and parks are designed right into the fabric of cities. Also because of it’s small scale this little building makes virtually zero impact and can be powered entirely by solar energy. The design for the cottage was done by Verstas Architects a Helsinki based firm.