Time Machine

Houses of the Hudson Valley

After coming across the work of Thomas Phifer in Dwell this week I immediately signified with his minimalist style with a focus on light open spaces. Another thing I that really stood out to me was his residential commissions are located in pockets in close proximity to one another. The group that caught my attention the most are the houses in the Hudson Valley. I grew up in Columbia County and the Berkshires and all the towns these homes are in bring up nostalgic memories from my childhood.

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Kafka Book Jackets

This set of book jackets designed by Peter Mendelsund are a work of genius. They take the freedom of Lustig’s cover for Amerika and instill a newness, which reminds me of the covers The Heads of State designed for Rosenfeld Media a couple years back.

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A Backup System

Disclaimer: This post makes some broad strokes about a few different things, but it’s main intention was to recount a recent data snafu and to send some appreciation to a couple of fellow bloggers for being awesome.

As you read this I am recovering from what initially looked like catastrophic data-loss. My Lacie d2 Quadra 500GB hard-drive(sole file storage for most if not all of my work past and present. Yes I am a lazy dinosaur) refused to mount and was making that brushy clicking sound; said to be characteristic of collapsed brushes. It turned out to be the other common and infinitely more palatable scenario. A corrupted power source. Painless $30 fix from the nice helpful people over at Tekserve.

The comedy in all of this lies in the fact that earlier that day I had signed up for Backblaze and made the mental note to start putting together A Backup System. This initiative had stemmed from reading two insightful posts from some fellow design, web creatives Frank Chimero and Antonio Carusone of Aisleone. I really respect these two guys for their work and for the education and inspiration I get from their blogs on a regular basis. These posts about something that could be written off as trivial or something any body should be able to figure out on their own is a great resource. Inevitably we all need good information on a particular subject at some point. So why not get that info. from someone you have learned to trust?

It is really great that people in our field have the compulsion and platforms available to them, like never before, to share their experiences, ideas and tools for doing what it is we do.


Y-House

The Y-House is a nice little structure in Obama, Fukui, Japan with a modern exterior and some beautiful exposed post and beam construction on the inside. A playful contrast between dark rich materials on the outside and light colors and exposed wood inside makes for a cozy interior space. The residential designs by TOFU stand out to me as their most considered and resolved work.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Mini Maison

This beautiful conversion of a row worker’s house in Brussels, by architects Vanden Eeckhoudt-Creyf‘s is a beautiful exercise in efficiency. Taking a small space like this Mini Maison and organizing it in such a way that it feels airy and open while still separating the different spaces of the house is a feet of skill. I really love the way they have pushed some of the modern elements to the exterior of the building, thus giving passersby a glimpse at the modern aesthetic of the interior.

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Muncie by The Lost Type Co-op

Muncie is a strong condensed, all-caps typeface offered for free from The Lost Type Co-op. Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin collaborated on this project, which was built and launched in an awe inspiring 24 hours. After a great first release TLTC is on track towards their goal of being a “pay what you want” type foundry.

(via Quipsologies »)


Monte Rosa Hütte

This irregular hexagon that both blends into and juts out of the Swiss Alps is the Neue Monte Rosa-Hütte. Designed as an upgrade from the original structure built in the 19th century, architects Bearth and Deplazes have created a beautiful solution for this remote site. It’s wood-framing references the style and technique of previous structure, while the technical aspects both inside and out help to make it inherently new. The building itself is 100 percent self sufficient and must be able to create energy on site because of it’s remoteness. Building materials were delivered partially assembled in an estimated 3000 helicopter trips, mainly because mules were said to be too costly. Monte Rosa Hütte operates as both a restaurant and lodge for hikers traveling the 3 hours from the base of Monte Rosa.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


La Strada Identity

The La Strada identity by Transformer Studio was designed for a laid back cafe. Said to be a good place to take a break and enjoy a calm evening.

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Chicken Point Cabin

Between the magnificent window wall (30 feet by 20 feet), which opens to the water, and the utilitarian use of materials Chicken Point Cabin is a definite dream cabin. Amazingly enough the design for this cabin by Olson Kundig Architects can also accommodate ten people.

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Little Big Details

Little Big Details is a nice minimal tumblr blog, which allows you to view a great collection of UI details and explinations of the interactions in a easy scrollable format. This will definitely come in handy when I am having trouble deciding how something should function.

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House of Buttons

Collections of things are always insightful, and this collection of UI button types from all over the web is fantastic. Apptly named House of Buttons, this blog is edited by Jason Long a developer and UI designer from Columbus, Ohio.

(via swissmiss »)

Posting from the road for the second time. I am currently in Antigua, Guatemala on a trip around central America.


Miner’s Refuge

Posting from the road. I am currently in San Salvador on a trip around central America, and I am attempting to continue posting along the way.

I wanted to share this awesome house called Miner’s Refuge designed by the talented folks over at Johnston Architects. The interesting use of aluminum siding here is highly impressive.

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Mayan Ruins Tour

By the time you read this I will have embarked upon a two week journey through central America exploring the Mayan ruins with my grandfather and two cousins. I am less practiced in my spanish than years prior, but hope that it will all come back to me in the field. Leaving I hold few expectations beyond the hope of shooting tons of photos and experiencing something new or at least different, and spending time with some members of my close yet seemingly distant family will be a pleasure as well. It will also be a much needed break from the oppressively cold and snow winter here in New York.

I return on the 1st of February and you can expect a report along with some shots from the road.


Juvet Landscape Hotel

A hotel is rarely as serene or poised as perfectly within it’s natural surroundings. The Juvet Landscape Hotel pictured here was designed by Jensen & Skodvin architects and is in Gudbrandsjuvet Norway.

(via CubeMe »)

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Layered House

This home, named suitably as, Layered House was designed by Jun Igarashi Architects. The naming refers to the fabric partitions, which separate and define the different rooms and purposes throughout the otherwise open plan house. These architects are also the minds behind Asahikada Garage I posted back in December.

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Al Kimiya Typeface

Designers Benjamin Varin and Pierre Ferrandez have created this sans-serif typeface called Al Kimiya, based on alchemical symbols. This is a great example of adaptation and the use of reference material to create something wholely different. In the end product, besides the set up glyphs that are infact alchemical symbols, the typeface only hints at the symbols it is derived from.

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AisleOne 2011 Calendar Wallpapers

Antonio Carusone of AisleOne has just released his 2011 desktop wallpaper calendar, which breaks the year up into 3 wallpapers. They come in on size of 1920×1200, which should accomodate most displays.
The design fits Antonio’s minimalist design style and he has chosen to have the color get darker as the year progresses. Download the zip file with all three wallpapers.


NYC Time-lapse Shots

Josh Owens known as Mind Relic creates time-lapse photography work that is truly astounding. This collection of shots of New York City captures so much of the physical identity of the city and feeling of well known areas along with major landmarks.

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Horai Onsen Bath House

To design a structure that defines itself as man made and separate from nature, but also lives in harmony with the landscape sounds impossible. Architects Kengo Kuma and Associates have accomplished just that with their design for the serene Horai Onsen Bath House.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

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Milton Glaser Quotes from Creative Mornings

Here is a little roundup of my favorite quotes from today’s Creative Mornings, with design legend and all around inspirational thinker Milton Glaser. Check out more photos from the event in the Creative Morning’s Flickr Pool. If you have any other quotes that resonated with you please leave them in the comments section and I would love to add them to the post.

“Certainty is a closing of the mind. To create something new you must have doubt.”

“Fail more often in order to find out what you’re capable of learning.”

“Color is one of those subjects you never fully learn.”

“Failure and ambiguity are hard concepts to sell to a client who just wants to sell more cans of tomatoes.”

“The act of making things that move the mind is our deepest aspiration in seeking the miraculous.”

- Milton Glaser


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