Time Machine

Nutmegger Workshop

Peter Vogel operates a super cool business, of which I am infinitely jealous, in Portland Oregon called Nutmegger Workshop. Basically what they do is create reproduction and historically accurate hand painted signs. Their work is extremely tactile and definitely brings you back to a time when painted signs clothed the landscape of towns and cities alike. The vernacular typography and hand painting techniques of sign painters seem to be in full resurgence right now, and I am really digging it.

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House in Ookayama

Working on an extremely skinny lot, and with some serious restrictions, Torafu Architects were able to create this open flowing design for a two family home. Entitled House in Ookayama, this house invokes loft living with an approach to storage and function that lofts don’t usually conquer.

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Midget & Giant

I love the way Midget & Giant by Ryuji Nakamura artfully improves a piece technology. This webcam add-on for your Mac is a fabulous example of making something more fun and interesting with a simple paper house structure. The image it makes from the inside is even cooler than the view of it perched at the top of your monitor.

(via The Best Part »)

Happy Valentine’s

A tweet just jogged my memory about the Design Love Series on idsgn, which is highly appropriate for today. The quote above is from Massimo Vignelli, and also made an appearance in Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica.

Lade Gaards Brygghus

Design firm Frank in Norway created this awesome packaging solution for a new oak barrel aged beer launched by Norwegian supermarket chain Rema1000. You can view more images of the designs on their Behance profile.

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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.

(via Frank Chimero »)

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.


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.

(via WANKEN »)

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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.

(via swissmiss »)

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.

(via ArchDaily »)

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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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