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Purfina Petrol Station

Designed by Sybold van Ragesteyn, this 50′s modern gas station in Arnhem reminds me of Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station, Amarillo Texas. The abrupt perspective lines of Ruscha’s painting look so similar to the angles of the facade of Purfina Petrol Station. It’s also really fun to look at the good image search for this building. The results include so artworks inspired by the building, along with some historic shots showing it with different color schemes and uses throughout the years.

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38 Feet Tall, 8400 Mosaic Tiles

The subway posters designed for SVA always amaze and delight. In this case the original poster design by Louise Fili was transformed into a 3 story mosaic. A transformation that may be miraculous, but not quite mystical, since the original poster was designed in a the style of a mosaic. However the final billboard size boasts 38 vertical feet and 8,400 tiles. Quite a stretch from the paper versions stuffed into displays throughout the MTA. An additional fact that I found to be pretty coincidental is that the arrow on the poster points to both the School of Visual Arts building on which it is constructed as well as Louise Fili’s own studio.

Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center

Tillamook State Forest in Oregon is home to a mind blowing new education center. The 14,000 plus square foot space is dedicated to educating visitors about the history of the Tillamook Burn, which consumed an area greater than 355,000 acres around 60 years ago. My favorite detail of this center designed by Miller Hull Architects is the 250 foot suspension bridge, which spans from the site to an existing camping area.

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Parc de Bombers

Almost anyone could tell immediately that this firehouse is most definitely not a civic building in the United States. This fire station in Montblanc France shows the foresight that we are only beginning to see in small scale civic structures on our shores. The team behind this cool fire house is Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, which enters into their portfolio of unique works.

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Coromandel Beach House

This utilitarian beach getaway in New Zealand was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects with a subtle rustic exterior and a magnificently crafted interior. The design also really maximizes the view with an aircraft carrier scale deck and a broad opening from the living space of the house directly out on it.


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Hengki Koentjoro

Self proclaimed amateur photographer Hengki Koentjoro from Indonesia has a portfolio stocked full of rich textural images. Koentjoro shoots on a broad array of hardware including a Nikon D700, a Canon 5D Mark II and a 120mm film camera. He has this amazing thread throughout a great deal of his work that is the human relation to the water and how that is captured.


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Parking Garage Herdern

The beautiful mountainsides of Switzerland provide the perfect canvas for built in structures. I have seen this demonstrated both in unique hobbit like dwellings all the way up to ultra modern luxury lofts dug into a hillside. Here we see probably the pinnacle of garage design in the entire world. Kunz Architektur has used to the ground to enclose and also frame parking for a clients car collection. Part display and part storage the juxtaposition between the grass and wild flowers, and the concrete glass and steel of the cars is awesome.


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If more packaging was beautiful the world would be a more enjoyable place. This example designed by Gabriel Morales is the branding and packaging concept for latex glove manufacturer Foil. Some people argue that a product’s packaging must reflect it’s use and sensibilities, but sometimes making the landscape a little less ugly could be a good goal.

Hans Mauli

Graphic designers always have an interesting eye for capturing images. Swiss born designer Hans Mauli worked with Herb Lubalin and had worked as an advertising photographer in Paris for many years.

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Just My Type

Who would have thought you could put 999 fonts in a 60 second video clip, and actually make it look good? This promotional video for Simon Garfield’s book Just my Type does exactly that. The book itself brings readers into the world of typography and even takes about many historic typographers and the affect their work had on typography in general. More than just a design resource this book raises the awareness of the power and importance to typefaces and the work that it takes to create and maintain them.

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House in a Forest Nagano

Architect Go Hasegawa is known for his approach of investigating the connection and play between a houses inside and outside spaces. Here the house and it’s design create a massive protected concrete deck to entertain a large group of friends and family. The design itself also mimics the slender trees of it’s surroundings

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Co-working spaces seem to be one of the hippest new trends, and with spaces like this one designed by Fabric Urban Design Office why shouldn’t they be. FS2 as it is called was an unused warehouse, which was converted into a unique co-working space.

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Museum of Natural History Berlin

Now when an architect is contracted to restore a building that has been damaged by time and especially historically relevant circumstances such as WWII. It is important that the restoration does not mask or cover up the history that has become a part of that building. Diener & Diener’s approach was to use a high-tech process of creating silicon molds from the parts of the exterior, which were conjoined and used to cast concrete from that to fill in the damaged gaps. The resulting walls are a beautiful patchwork of old an new that gives visitors a distinct picture of what the building is meant to look like, but also exactly to what extent it was destroyed.


London Aquatics Centre

The experimental work of Zaha Hadid has never been my cup of tea, but this amazing aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympic games is awesome. In a massive public arena like this her touch with the flowing expanses of concrete, metal and glass make for a magnificent space.

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How I Give Presentations With the iPad

Self proclaimed “writer who draws” Austin Kleon has made this fun little illustration to demonstrate how he uses his iPad in place of a laptop when giving presentations.

Eastside Addition

Usually when you see an addition to home it attempts to blend into the original structure perfectly and fails miserably. This project dubbed the Eastside Addition in Providence was designed by 3six0 Architecture. It is a 2-story addition, which is intended as a space for the couple to organize and keep their combined collections of books and memorabilia. Instead of stacking and piling it in any nook or cranny as they did before it allows them open well lit space to enjoy these things.

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Golden Grid System

Responsive web design is becoming increasingly integral to all things built for the web these days. It is not enough to have a website and an app. it also needs to be possible for your users to log on from any mobile internet device. Whether it be Blackberry, Android, iPhone or a type of tablet having a sitebuilt with flexibility in mind is key.

Since responsive web design is still young there are few great resources for creating a simple functional folding grid system. Joni Korpi a Finish web designer has created the 960 Grid System of responsive site design perfectly named as Golden Grid System. The key features of GGS are the fluid grid, with folding columns, elastic gutters, and a zoomable baseline grid. In addition it comes with Golden Gridlet a script, which allows you to see the grid overlay so you can easily check your math.

BMW 3.0 CLS by Alexander Calder

There is nothing more magnificent than this perfect collaboration between precision racing and 20th century art. Alexander Calder has been one of my favorite artists and greatest influences since finding a book of his work and sketches on a family friends coffee table as a child. The lively shapes and colors bring to life the metal exoskeleton that is the embodiment of the BMW 3.0 CLS. In motion it could be mistaken for tropical fish gliding past. The Calder’s signature(“ca”) on the rear drivers side quarter panel is a beautiful touch, it really completes the canvas in my opinion.

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Ben Barry

I have always admired the work of Ben Barry, especially the super cool stuff he does over there at Facebook. These awesome photos here capture his workspace both at home, and at the Facebook Analog Lab. Theres even the great poster Barry designed for Obama’s Town Hall at Facebook. Despite being a tiny edition of ten Ben was able to get a signed copy for the office with a little help from Zuckerberg himself.

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Your House

Your House is a beautiful combination of book and ornate paper cut. Designed by Olafur Eliasson. As you flip through the book the die cuts change and morph altering the layout of the rooms within the house. This extremely imaginative work reminds me of the Paper Under the Knife exhibit from Museum of Art and Design here in NYC, which displayed cut paper artworks of amazing variety.

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