Time Machine

Lagar do Marmelo

This building designed by bak gordon is a contemporary take on a olive oil production facility. The paved area surrounding the facility seamlessly gives way to conveyor belts of olives and a colorful industrial marvel. From the olive groves that building looks almost space like, but for some reason it does not look too out of place.


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Dependance House

Using similar construction and materials to that of a nice garden shed, this nice little studio sized house adds a minimal and well lit element to the the shed style residence. Facing one direction is a large format window which frames a nice view and keeps the house connected to it’s natural surroundings. The use of industrial grade materials and the simple utilitarian details are perfect in this design by SPEDstudio.

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Urbanflow Helsinki

To think about and begin to design a true modern city we need to understand the uses and implications of current technologies on the landscape. This amazing video is a summation of a project by Nordkapp called Urbanflow, which has laid the groundwork for what the future city will look like and how we will interact with it. Not so much the physical landscape, but more the digital landscape. How data will be visualized, created, manipulated, interacted with and then used to develop and benefit the city and it’s infrastructure.

(via ArchDaily »)

The President’s Budget for 2012

Even though Obama’s term in the White House has been rocky at times how can we not commend someone for taking our countries government into the new millennium. Obama has made it a keep point of focus to integrate new technologies and web tools into the everyday operations of many departments in the government. We may not be at the point where the department of defense tweets every time they launch an apache missile with the target geo-tagged.

We have seen a massive improvement in the level of transparency surrounding government decision making, and it may not yet be a completely collaborative process, but we are moving towards a new type of democracy. Government information is now being offered up directly from the source as opposed to being cobbled together by some media outlet or put forth in the cryptic tongue of a press release.

To explore the interactive 2012 budget head over to the White House website. See where you money is going.


Nosh seems like a nice fresh view both on social and food related apps. It’s downloading as I type this and I am super excited to see what it can do. The app was created by a new startup called Firespotter Labs, which is funded by Google Ventures and has a seriously stacked list of staffers.

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False Bay Writer’s Cabin

Recently I have seen quite a bit more architecture in the vain of cabins and vacation homes that cut through the conventions. Bigger is better and lavish is living. After living in New York City for a few years I have learned that space is a commodity, but like a $20 Martini you can make do without. From a closet sized room in a small apartment to an even smaller apartment I share with a girlfriend and a dog I have learned both to share, shed unneeded things, and above all maximize space.

I have posted about Olson Kundig Architects before mainly because there work is unique, slightly industrial while still being homey. The function and craft behind their work shows through. In the case of their False Bay Writer’s Cabin they have created a tiny minimal retreat, which when it is not being used can fold up and protect itself from the elements.

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Nike Tales From the Kitchen – Hyperfuse

Nike recently released this new animated video as a part of the Tales From the Kitchen series, this episode covers the design and inspiration behind the new Hyperfuse. Shane Kohatsu was inspired to create a durable breathable basketball sneaker by a recent trip to China and their burgeoning basketball scene.

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Maison BVA

In place of an old row house Maison BVA by dmvA blends the brick aesthetic of it’s surroundings with a playful design that maximizes light and the outdoors while also maintaining privacy. The windows on the facade are partially obscured by the brickwork giving the feeling of a sort of castle like structure. This could not be any further from the truth. The back half of the house is entirely transparent and looks out onto a nice green yard. The touches of color within the house peak out through the spaces in the brick as though they are taunting the drab neighboring houses.

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Leica Lenses

Anybody who knows even the smallest bit about cameras or photography knows that Leica is at the top of the game. That is mainly due to the fact that their optics are second to none. This video detailing the process for me just confirms what I already kind of knew. Leica is serious about their product. Putting it through thorough testing at every stage, assembled, and hand finished by specialists is just another testament to the level of excellence their product exudes.

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Dex Desk

Dex Desk is a nice simple design by Reinier de Jong. In addition to having a beautiful minimalist aesthetic Dex solves some other problems unique to our time. Where do I put my computer printer and all it’s cables? One of the three drawers is constructed as a deep tray for exactly that purpose. The finishing and details are also equally as exquisite. Nice stacked and laminated top and the touches of color on the different drawer handles.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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My friend and mentor Tina Roth Eisenberg who most of you probably only know by her moniker swissmiss has launched her newest and in my opinion most inventive project to date. Yesterday Tattly launched in beta and today it goes live for the rest of the world! An online store for “Designy temporary tattoos” as their tagline puts it carve out an awesome little niche in growing market of goods by designers for designers. The tattoos are designed by contemporary greats like Frank Chimero, Jason Santa Maria, Chris Glass, Jessica Hische and many more. Who by the way are all personal friends of Tina. Could this woman get any more impressive? Yes she can. Her other projects in addition to her blog include Creative Mornings, teuxdeux, Icebreakertags, and hopefully a whole slew of other cool projects in the future.

Taylor Black

I really love the use of old lithographic style flowers in the branding for British jewelry designer Taylor Black. The branding, collateral, and website were all designed by Interbang. Their packaging system is super simple and elegant, which really suits the companies aesthetic.

(via Design Work Life »)

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USB Card Speaker

Sound quality and volume has always been one of my foremost aggravations with laptops. The USB Card Speaker designed by IDEA International has solved those issues with a beautifully designed minimalist portable speaker. It is also compatible with the iPhone for easy campfire or beachside tunes. You can purchase this little guy over at A+R Store for, in my opinion a reasonable $74.

New Work: Beam & Barre

Earlier this year I worked with Greenwich Connecticut based dance retailer Beam & Barre to create an updated web presence and e-commerce site. After more than twenty five years in the business B&B decided it was time to embrace the new millennium and the internet. So them commissioned me to design a website that allowed them to leverage their small boutique qualities on a platform, which reached a wider audience. My friends Jackie Balzer and Brian McAllister of Hey! Guess What!? did an impeccable job on the development, WordPress optimization and Big Cartel customization.

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Sunset Cabin

A cedar slat facade and a green rooftop gives this 275 square foot cabin a nice amount of openness paired with a comfy protect space. The cabin was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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Dieter Rams as Little Design as Possible

Phaidon has put out a great new book that showcases the absolute minimalist perfection of Dieter Rams seemingly endless sea of work. Named for Rams’ tenth design principle Good design is As Little Design as Possible. The design of the book itself was handled by Kobi Benezeri, and I do mean handled. For someone of the caliber of Rams the book requires a certain level of finesse. Benezeri employed a sensory mesh printing on the covers and spine of the book, and lots of impeccably printed full bleed photography.

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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Growing up hip-hop and rap had this innate link to skateboarding. De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest were two of the first people I started listening to. The beats and the groove just had something to them that you wanted to skate to. Through my work I actually have had the opportunity to meet and spend sometime with Q-Tip, which for me as a fan for more than half my life was truly inspiring. All that said tomorrow Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a film by Michael Rapaport will be released in New York and Los Angeles.

Mai House

The main house was built towards the beginning of the 20th century and included several small out buildings dotted around the edge of the lot. A tall retaining wall around the entire site keeps it very private and protected, and it also offers a great deal of green outdoor space. Architects Bourbouze & Graindorge in addition to renovating and updating the main house created a single story modern extension, which connects the main house to the rest of the lot and to the outside space. Also it extends back all the way to the far wall of the lot and gives access to two of the small buildings at the back of the lot, which have been converted into work areas.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Martín Azúa

This amazing chair is part of an ongoing study, Martín Azúa of nature and it’s integration into physical objects. In the case of this chair it exists not only as a place to sit and relax, but also as a home to plant and a habitation for a small animal. We begin to see through projects like The Inner Life how proximity to nature provides a more intimate understanding of it and also a improved level of calm.

(via NOTCOT »)


Artist Emily Grundon has shot a series of photographs, which look at the architectural details and intricacies of the spaces in which art is displayed and exhibited. In Nonspace she highlights the little things most of us would miss when we are in a museum or art gallery. Busy encountering a space in it’s intended purpose we often miss the most interesting or telling details. These photos capture light and shadow, which are often in art criticism some of the most important aspects of art.

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