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Eagle Ridge Residence

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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La Concha House

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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Eastfield Village Identity

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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Rock Paper Scissors

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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St. Sulpice House

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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The Highlands Mural

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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Green Mailbox

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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Cabin on Flathead Lake

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.

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BBC Knowledge

This is a wonderful little advertisement spot created by I am Rader for BBC Knowledge. All the little vignettes are beautifully designed and organized, and the animation is a simple subtle addition to these already strong compositions.


Nest

Finally a thermostat, which in addition to not being completely hideous can and will save on energy and in turn money. Tony Fadell formerly in charge of the iPod and then iPhone platforms at Apple has gone out on his own and begun to define a neglected space. Household consumer electronics are normally defined by the entertainment devices and controls we use, but going forward each element of a household from the thermostat, like Nest to the hot water heater to the lighting controls, should and will integrate a higher level of interaction and energy efficiency. Nest is not the first, but based on it’s amazing combination of technology and aesthetics I would have to say that it will change the game. I just pre-ordered mine!

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Tower House

The work of Andersson-Wise is always inspiring and each project is so unique, while embodying their style and sensibilities.

“In considering an addition to the original stone lodge at this Lake Travis property in Texas, USA, the notion of a tower was born out of several factors: taking advantage of views, minimizing the footprint on the site, and accommodating the rising flood plain elevation.”

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Will Dean Homebrew Labels

Will Dean has this awesome personal project making labels for his home brewed beers. Each label has an amazing narrative quality. One of my favorites is “For Robyn I love you, Chaff Wheat Beer brewed with oranges.” All the designs are unique to the type of beer and narrative behind each bottle.

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Summer House in Trosa

Sitting somewhere between a modernist home, and a deep woods cabin this simple Summer House in Trosa was designed by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff architects.

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Chopping Firewood

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.


New Express Muffler & Brake

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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Pioneer

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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Floating House

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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Jean Prouvé Industrial Beauty

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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Retirement Facitlity Hottingen Signage

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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Miller Porch House

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.

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