Time Machine

Lådan (Box)

Lådan is one of those modernist designs that supersedes age and becomes timeless. It’s name translates as box, but even in it’s practiced simplicity it holds a certain comfort and warmth that only a true legend like Ralph Erskine could envision. Elements that really make this design come alive are the ones that break out of the minimal palette and inject some whimsical shapes and textures into the house.


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Type Everything

If there was ever a time to trade in the tumblr blogs you follow for new kind of blog porn it’s now. Type Everything is equal parts type porn and resource with posts ranging from such a wide array of periods contemporary and vintage to futuristic and experimental. This is a place where your fetish for terminals can really run wild.

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Red Ribbon Park

Many new parks are springing up around the globe inspired by our very own High Line. The linear and narrative qualities of a park like the High Line have value in an infinite number of settings, and can really help to shape a fresh view on your surrounding. Pictured here is the Red Ribbon Park in Qinhuangdao, China. A red bench winds it’s way through the park as a continuous element and from a far begins to feel quite a bit more like a ribbon than a piece of architecture. Repurposing and renewing old and decrepit city spaces and infrastructure seems to be an explosive new city planning objective world wide.

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A History of the Title Sequence

This is a nice short animation by Jurjen Versteeg for a graduation project for this year. The animation poses as a title sequence for a fictitious documentary about the history of the title sequence.

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Robo Rainbow

I saw this video a few months, but after watching it for a second time I realized how much I love the ingenuity behind it. Such a smart mechanism applied to street art could only come from a genius creator like Akay. Robo Rainbow is part of a collection of objects designed by the Swedish street artist called instruments of mass destruction.

“instruments of mass destruction (complicated technical solution to aide in simple acts of vandalism)”

Desk It

Since TeuxDeux went beta I was lucky enough to have a user account and that was more or less the end of my paper todo list writing. I wax nostalgic looking at Desk-It whose design and format makes me miss the feeling of scratching out my tasks on paper. You can pick Desk-It up from Poketo for a reasonable $10.

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Week’nder Prefab

On Madeleine Island on Lake Superior Lazor Office constructed a vacation house called Week’nder Prefab. With a simple layout, galvanized steel roofing, and a small footprint this design is a great solution for the small budget of a vacation house. You can tell that after creating the FlatPak House Lazor has cracked the code of simple prefab construction.

(via Jetson Green »)

John Jacobsen Antarctica

Designer and software engineer John Jacobsen has travelled to the South Pole several times over the past 5 years. His photos capture the simple beauty of a place at the furthest edge of the world. You can look at all of his great photos over on his Flickr.

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Marcel Sembat High School

Over the past decade we have become more aware as a culture and society with the short comings of our educational system. That said when rethinking education the most common talking points are curriculum and teachers for good reason. Although I agree with these components being the core components of a strong educational system I think having an inspiring, functional and beautiful learning place deserves to be right up there with the other two. Like so many American children I spent a large portion of my educational experience in a leaky, inhospitable modernist brick building. Lit predominantly with fluorescent bulbs and linoleum covered concrete floors. A school should be a place or at least offer places where you want to spend time, to think, experiment, and be inspired. Architecture can and does enrich experience of institutions and activities on a daily basis and I think it is time that is given more focus in regards to education.

Archi5 and B. Huidobro designed this new structure as part of a revitalization to the Marcel Sembat High School, a dedicated technical school focussing on mechanical and automotive related education. Taking into account the specific needs of this type of education center and its requirement to connect and commune with the original buildings of the school from varying periods gave way to this amazing rolling hill design.

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Malibu Residence by Bruce Bolander

The residential architecture of Bruce Bolander pairs highly livable designs with function driven use of materials, which will most certainly stand the test of time. This home in Malibu is a great example of this with the steel beams, metal siding and concrete surfaces.

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Being There

I grew up skiing, and as a teenager I was lucky enough to witness the growth of a new movement. Freestyle skiing as it is known today was just starting to take shape, and like the days of Dogtown the possibilities were endless, but we were all just there to have fun. Fast forward to 2011, and this new school of skiing has evolved into a beautiful physics defying art, which is captured in cinematography of the upmost quality.

This video trailer for Being There by Field Productions really shows you the amazing skiers proving impossibilities wrong in the most beautiful places on planet earth. Take a couple minutes and be transported to those places and to the adrenaline rush that is their day jobs.

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Raphael Vicenzi

The illustration work of Raphael Vicenzi has such an amazing depth of palette and the layer of textures to create form is really intense. Not to mention he has some great line drawing and hand drawn type thrown in for fair measure. You can check out more of his great work on his Behance profile.

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Ghost Riders

This short film was shot for the Bicycle Store in Paris, a high end bike retailer, which specializes in track bikes. It’s extremely eerie to see the quiet late night streets of Paris overrun by this imposing mob of ghosts. The face paint they are all wearing creates such a great visual effect.

Villa Plus

Poised just above sea level looking out onto the Baltic Sea, Villa Plus, not to be confused with Plus Pool is a nice simple modern home. Designed by architects Waldermarson Berglund the aesthetic is nautical meets modernism, with lots of finely crafted wood work, and plenty of wide format windows to enjoy the views out of. My favorite aspect has to be the use of wood clapboards both inside and out creating a nice play between the two separate environments.

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Pinstripe Skate Deck

Pin-striping is one of those arts that I could never fully wrap my head around. Just like hand drawn type it takes perfectly steady hands and an ability to visualize and execute an end product. Part of the beauty of this style of painting is how the imperfections blend into the overall beauty of a completed pin-striping work. These decks were done by Ryan Lange of Lost Garage and Code of Conduct two pretty cool sites creating fresh original content in the motorcycle, tattoo, skateboarding sphere.

Godspeed Poster

The always impressive Studio on Fire created this amazing letterpress poster for ARTCRANK. The process behind the poster, or at least behind the design elements of the poster are the coolest part. Bike parts such as seats and cranks were inked up to make impressions. Once scanned the separate elements were manipulated to create the awesome typography you see here. There are some great process images after the jump so make sure to check them out.

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House in Fuji

If I had a view like this I would certainly have to take full advantage of it. This concrete design by LEVEL Architects maximizes privacy and sunlight, and also has a deep protected balcony with a perfect view of Mount Fuji.

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Tomahawk Hair Dryer

I can’t say that I use a hair dryer very frequently let alone ever, but I am aware of the overwhelming lack of design in most household electronics and appliances. These designs by Jean Baptiste Fastrez incorporate beautifully hewn wood handles, melded with simple cords and futuristic blowers. The project is called Tomahawk. The name derived from the hatchets carried by Native American tribes, applies to the design as well as the element of craft that goes into creating a wood handle.

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Jay Nelson’s Domes

Artist Jay Nelson creates unique organic architecture works that fall somewhere between the homes of hobbits and surfer shacks. Unique engineering and simplistic use of materials make his work innately human. Nelson grew up chasing waves and building beach shacks on the California cost. With a USC physics professor for a father you can assume his buildings where much more complex than your normally beach shanty. After attending both CCA and Bard College Nelson holds tight to his surfer roots creating richly inhabitable little pods.

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Frozen Wave

This is probably one of the coolest short films of all time. Spanish photographer and film maker Juan Rayos creates rich layered scenes and then documents them in captivating films like this one entitled Frozen Wave. Also by Rayos, Carving the Mountains is worth a watch.

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