These renderings of OMA’s master-plan for the new airport to be developed in Doha, Qatar. Their plan features four circular districts positioned along the HIA runways and creates strong unique visual identities for each of the districts.
Rem Koolhaas commented “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
Berlin based illustrator Heather Gatley has portfolio brimming with vibrant works which show her skills of draftsmanship, shade and coloring as well as interesting hand drawn typography. She creates work through a combination of handmade techniques and digital processes, which include pencils, inks, collage and paint to create these layered illustrations.
The internet is a constant deluge of content, updates, and information. Once in a while these rare people and sites part the waters and distinguish themselves by doing outright good. Matt Dimmer is one such web prophet. Dimmer recently launched The Extra Mile a nonprofit, which allows people to donate their frequent flyer miles to people who need to visit terminally ill loved ones with cancer. Check it out and if you have a few or even a bunch of excess miles, share the love.
A little more than a month after returning from an amazing two week ski trip in Colorado I am missing the crisp dry mountain air and the fresh local suds. Part of my trip was spent in and around Aspen and I imbibed more than my fair share of beer from Aspen Brewing Company’s fine offerings. So last week when I stumbled upon some great designs for them by Jeremy Elder you can imagine how all my great memories from my trip came pouring back. The bottle designs pictured here are for two special edition releases from ABC, their Temerity barrel-aged series and some of their seasonal offerings.
As the face of Las Vegas has changed it has become a overly glam facade of boring and un-unique structures. The days are gone when the strip was lit up with the beautiful vernacular of neon, funky lettering and blinking bulbs. Thankfully there is one place left off the sunset strip where you can still go and view a graveyard like view into the Vegas past. The Neon Museum is a non-profit founded in 1996 and opened to the public last October, serves as the final resting place for more than 150 historic neon signs.
The Freehand is a one of a growing number of boutique hostels popping up here in the US as well as around the world. The idea of needing a suite or even an entire room when you are on the road or traveling is beginning to seem a little dated or unnecessary. Freehand is a beautifully designed and unique place tucked away in one of the more up and coming neighborhoods in Miami. The design for the hotel was carried out by the duo Roman and Williams. They are also sporting a sexy responsive website which is picture here.
In a time when ecotourism is on the rise, boutique hotels are popping up almost underfoot, and concept resorts are a dime a dozen. Fabriken Furillen is a “post apocalyptic getaway” with some serious originality. Located in Gotland, Sweden out on a peninsula the hotel is a mix of post industrial landscape and architecture blended with minimalist modern design. A forward thinking experiment into what the modern landscape may look like in the post apocalyptic world.
Alas I have never seen the Munich underground in person, but these photos by Nick Frank even capture it in a way almost no one has ever seen it. The interesting architectural environments pop with color and bold lines, which are normally obscured by the blur of people bustling through them.
In the beginning of this video the flight attendant says “those of you have flown us before know that we do things a little differently on Southwest”. Different can be better and a change from the norm can be enlightening. So many people know air travel to be drudgery of straddling increasing rules regulations and extremely crammed uncomfortable spaces. A little bit of good fun can improve even the most infuriating or annoying things. Let’s give a big thank you to this flight attendant and to Southwest for creating a work environment where people can experiment and make the experience more enjoyable for their customers.
The name may sound slightly crass, but this little vessel is far from ship meant for a crew of pirates. Equal parts small cruising boat and wood fired hot tub the Hot Tug is a cool new take on what a boat can be. It also takes the relaxation of a hot tub and adds to it the element of mobility that would otherwise seem unrealistic. This design blends the two into an epiphany, which leaves me thinking of course it’s a floating boat hot tub.
The Whale’s Tale Play Space concept was developed by Daye Kim, a student at California College of Arts. This simple add-on, which easily attaches to most rolling luggage makes it easy for parents of small children to setup a safe and clean play area on the go. Whether you are in an airport, the park or anywhere that germs and dirt play a roll you can flip out the whale’s tale to protect you kids, their edibles, and save small toys from being lost. It is made out of a waterproof ripstop for optimal protect on the floor side and a soft comfortable neoprene on the top.
So for the last few years my friend Ilana has been telling me about how her brother, a former law student moved out to SF and was working on opening a pizza truck. Every time she brought it up I was like oh yeah yeah cool, just thinking great all we need is another mediocre food truck in the world. It just so happens Ilana’s brother is Jon Darsky and his pizza truck is Del Popolo one of the most interesting new culinary additions to the Bay Area food scene in the past year. Jon earned his pizzaiolo chops and title at Flour + Water another SF Italian restaurant specializing in pasta and Neapolitan style pies. Not only does the design and fabrication of Jon’s truck set him apart, but the style of pizza he creates(Neapolitan) is the most specific and surprisingly enough regulated type of pie in existence. The 5,000-pound wood-burning oven can get up to almost 1000 degrees fahrenheit and cook a pizza in almost a minute at such high temps. Next time I am in the area Del Popolo is going to be a required stop.
Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine left Germany in 1989 on what was supposed to be a 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. That 18-month trip was quickly extended and has now been ongoing for 23 years. In the accompanying audio documentary and slideshow my favorite quote and undeniable truth is that Gunther Holtorf “is a man who has to be one of human histories greatest individual travelers”. His Mercedes jeep congenially named Otto has been there every step of the way clearing a remarkable 800,000km(+500,000 miles) on the odometer, comparable to 20 trips around the equator.
During a recent stint in Vietnam photographer David Lemke caught up with Gunther to document part of this great adventure. Another remarkable part about the entire story is that it was all done without the aid of a corporate sponsor, or any sponsorship for that matter. Gunther said “sponsorship was offered, but sponsorship is never free of charge”. Christine, Gunther’s wife recently passed away, and one of her final requests was for him to continue the journey for her.
The Disney Pixar vision of cars is finally in the pipeline to come to life. Toyota has recently previewed it’s Camatte concept car, which looks a lot more like the newest character from an animated movie than a road ready car. The concept was developed to attract the growing younger market of drivers. As budgets shrink and fuel costs rise many youths have been skipping the age old tradition of learning to drive all together. Camatte interests me for reasons fairly removed from their intended purpose. This sort of car would be very well suited to drivers in small suburban and semi-rural areas who need to drive fewer than 100 miles per week. Perfect for trips back and forth to the farmer’s market or the zipping to the local coffee shop.
California is currently attempting to close 1/4 of the 278 State Parks as a way of cutting costs. The implications of this are terrifying both for a natural environment and for future generations to have access to such amazing places. The First 70
is a project, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter, with the goal of creating a short film covering the story of Californians banding together to stop the closing of the parks and shed light on the already grossly underfunded parks system.
The most recent, and amazing side project by The Heads of State is their new online store and collection of products titled Pilot & Captain. After creating the Travel Series posters Dustin and Jason were hooked on the travel theme. These unique t-shirt designs and prints grew out of that fascination for the golden age of travel long since faded into the horizon.
James Bowthorpe is a modern adventurer and he is working on this new project entitled Hudson River Project. The video above is a trailer for the project by filmmaker Antony Crook with a soundtrack by Mogwai. Bowthorpe is going to build a boat entirely out of waste from our megalopolis and row down from the rivers source all 315 miles to the city that this great waterway birthed. Head over to Kickstarter and back the project. It has a little over a month left.
We live possibly in the most beautiful and diverse landscape in the universe, and we often forget to look at it and reflect on that fact. With the movement of water and light we are usually looking at something that has never been seen exactly like that before. Yosemite is one of those natural wonders whose density is unfathomable. I unfortunately have never visited it, but this video by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, called Project Yosemite aims to capture that beauty.
Tom’s Treehouse is one of the creative and unique residences, which together comprise Camp Wandawega a lake side resort unlike any other. Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez the creative duo behind Wandawega cobble together found and flee market scored fixtures and objects, which make up the camps rustic antiquities aesthetic. Their gem has been featured on sites like Design Tripper and The Lettered Cottage. Staying in a place with such a great story and where the design is so defined by the process of building it sounds like a really fun adventure. Keep up with Wandawega over on their blog.