From Russian designer Maria Yasko comes the modular shelving unit
From Russian designer Maria Yasko comes the modular shelving unit
Edit!: Also see my interview with Architect — Jeff Kovel Here
UPDATE: Interior Images of the residence from New Moon HERE
Myself and two other architecture students went along to see the new vampire come romance movie twilight..
..We made the mistake of going opening day. Aussie kids are currently on their Christmas break and amoungst them, screaming teens, all hungry for the blood (like vampires.. get it?) of teen heart throb, ex- harry potter star, Robert Pattinson or ‘Edward Cullen’ as those who have seen the movie might know him.
1. Cheapskate Cards Pack.
From Sydney based design company Chinny Chin Chin comes these possible (and perhaps alternative!) chrsitmas gifts.
From the unWORTHY CAUSES COLLECTION comes these lovely stickers, remember if you do see the regrettable tattoo support group or the friends of women with facial hair, to please give generously.
Yar Rassadin from Moscow, Russia is the designer behind the P-bookshelf.
The fusion of an old pendulum clock plus a simple bookshelf makes a bold statement and would look great in any contemporary home.
I’m Very excited to present you with the Zaishu by designers Matthew Butler and Helen Punton. The Zaishu isn’t just a stool or piece of furniture, behind it’s lovingly painted slot together sides is an underlying philosophy. The Zaishu represents and reinforces a social understanding and awareness of cultures, how? well it’s designers have travelled the world and have approached over a thousand different people, to hand paint their design.. keeping the ever changing panels fresh and unique. Supplying buyers with their own individualized design.
The fundamentals principles for their design is simple,
“Creativity, participation, responsibility (environment and society) and evolution.”
Can you imagine a window..? A window that you could carry with you in your pocket and could give you the power to search for anything and everything you see, when you see it?
Well so did Mac Funamizu Born and bred Tokyo Japan, in-house web/graphic and industrial designer.
“This is what I wish the internet search will be able to do with a mobile device in the NEAR future. Touch screen, built in camera, scanner, WiFi, google map (hopefully google earth), google search, image search… all in one device. Like this way, when you can see a building through it, it gives you the image search result right on the spot.”
“You can even see flowers that are not actually blooming.”
Perhaps a better title would have been “Cecilia Levy – Globetrotter, wife, mother, artist”
– Cecilia Levy is an amalgamation of many different things who believes that “In the words of German techno group Scooter: It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
Another great find via Arch Daily
Bianna House / Hidalgo Hartmann
Architects: Hidalgo Hartmann – Jordi Hidalgo Tané & Daniela Hartmann
Location: Vall de Bianya, La Garrotxa, Spain
Project year: 2002
Construction year: 2002-2006
Client: Jordi Sala, Susanna Comamala
Contractors: Estructures Olot S.L. , Libra-S.L., Plantalech S.L., Fusteria Serra S.L.
Constructed Area: 362 sqm
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki, Eugeni Pons
Located in an agricultural valley surrounded by mountains, the house submits to the protagonism of the landscape with respect. It is perfectly integrated in the ground and views are oriented through precise openings that frame the nature.
The house is composed by two concrete volumes that are inserted in the territory getting fused to it.
Both volumes of diferent sizes are set firmly to the ground by the enlargement of the containing walls that define them. These walls modify the topografy of the territory to get the volumes more integrated in it. By connecting the two volumes, a ramp that leads to the entrance of the house creates an independent
outside space, a space separated from nature and appropriated by man.
The main volume lodges the house program and the other one the technical spaces and the garage.
Inside the house: The living room treated as a porch opened to the landscape, the kitchen with a small wc and laundry, two bedrooms separated by a patio, the master bedroom and on the upper floor, where circulation ends, a studio compose the programm of the house. A big window at the studio offers the view
to the landscape we left behind on our walk to the entrance.
“Witness an Australian first in sustainable design and innovation, by visiting the Greenhouse by Joost, a temporary exhibition over the Spring and Summer period of 2008|09. It’s built entirely from recycled and recyclable materials.”
..Coffee in a jar?
No, not nescafe blend 43
Last weekend myself and good friend/fellow Architecture student sat down for a latte, straight from a recycled jar.
“If you think guerilla gastronomy is a load of old rubbish – then wait ’til you see what’s been dumped in Melbourne’s Federation Square.”
The Greenhouse by Joost Bakker “has taken up residence at Melbourne’s federation square, though perhaps “popped up” is more appropriate. Joost was “repulsed by the practices of a planet that keeps making stuff without any thought to the impact of creating more stuff.’
Well-loved Dumbo feather library
I get the feeling Kate Bezar is a bit of a dynamo.
It’s not just the incredible success she’s had with her stunning independent publication Dumbo feather in a fiercely competitive market….. (a magazine she started single-handedly five years ago and with no journalism experience, mind you). No, mainly, it’s the fact that just a few seconds of googling brings up so many varied accolades and creative collaborations that I begin to wonder if there might be 25 Kate Bezars.
Thedesignfiles: “Tell me a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing now?”
“I’d almost bet I’m the first person with a Chemistry degree to grace your blog!
I think, like a lot of people, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. So, when I finished school, even though my best marks were in English and Painting, I thought the more sensible thing to do would be to study Commerce and Science. That lead me to a very sensible career as a management consultant working on projects for companies like banks and airlines, both of which I also used a lot; I flew ridiculous amounts and was paid ridiculously well. That was pretty seductive, but on some really fundamental level I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing with my life, it wasn’t what I was passionate about.
I was volunteering at art galleries on weekends just to get my ‘fix’. Eventually I walked into a newsagent one night wanting to buy a mag but just couldn’t find what I wanted. I wanted to read about real people who’d found what they were passionate about in life and how they’d gone about pursuing it. When I walked out of that newsagent and I hadn’t found a mag but I had found what I was going to do. I was going to make a mag for people like me.”
You know someone who subscribes to the belief that “design is a language and the designer the translator” is something special. Yoann Henry Yvon, a freelance product and interior designer based in Milan, possesses an earnest desire to “create iconic designs using pictures of symbols that[...]develop a special relationship between products and people”, bringing something new to design.
Though born in 1983 in Nice, France, Yvon lived in Spain for twelve years. There he studied at the University of Economy in Valencia before graduating with honors in interior design from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy in 2008. Now, instead of study, his days are filled by working on freelance projects and constant communication with a few different designers . A typical day includes scouring the net for new and exciting design blogs to keep himself up to date which what’s going on in the design world, administrative work, sketching and creating 3D models aiming to “make a rendering as realistic as possible”.
It jumped out at me because it is very much like my last assignment (post on it’s way)
I also wished to incorporate these grassy type walls – It’s great to see it in practice.
It’s funny, i had no idea this project existed though you’ll see some direct link with mine.
1. Reduce the heat gain and loss and enhance the thermal efficiency.
2. The grass panels will reduce storm water runoff.
3. Although the central lawn is taken away to make room for this building, but we effectively tripled the original planting area by using the grass panels on the roof and two facades.
4. Grass wall panel is planned to be relocated onto the partial fence of the residential compound after demolition.
5. Visually harmonize the temporary structure with the existing garden and the so called “Classic Spanish” Style
Architect: Vector Architecture
Location: Beijing, China
Project Year: 2008
Client: CR Land
Design Partner in Charge: Gong Dong
Managing Partner in Charge: Hongyu Zhang
Project Architect: Shuo Li
Site Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Vector Architecture
The project is a “temporary” Green Technology Showroom of 3-year use for one of CR Land’s (华润置地) residential projects in Beijing. The idea is to develop the concept of “Temporary” from a meaningful perspective, to design a piece of floating “installation” in the garden, which could be built, demolished, and recycled through an easy and straightforward way with the least impact to the planned site.
We are involved into the project at early stage when client tried to specify the building footprint within the residential compound. The location was finalized at the central lawn, where we believe in that:
1. the minimal impact of the designed landscape construction
2. the minimal impact of planned pedestrian circulation
3. Easy Demolition and Site recovery after use
Structure System Selection
We used the steel structure as the main structural system of the building, therefore,
1. The structural member can be reused after building is eventually taken down.
2. Overlap the structural member factory fabrication time with the site excavation, thus minimizing the construction schedule.
3. The building is elevated, greatly reducing the excavation and foundation work, thus allowing easy demolition and site recovery after use
Building Envelope: Vertical Grass Wall Paneling system and Green Roof
We apply the vertical grass panel system and green roof onto the building envelop,
What Is MUJI?
Founded in 1980 MUJI is a Japanese company, which sells a wide variety of home wares and consumer goods.
But under the surface..
“MUJI’s is known for conservation of natural resources, low prices, simplicity, anonymity and an orientation toward nature. We embrace all of these attributes without placing disproportionate emphasis on any of them”
MUJI’s ideology on products and their production..
“MUJI strives to base its design on the nature of the material making up a product..We simplify our process to elimiate waste entirely, but we carefully select and incorporate quality materials and processing technologies. Put simply, we create quality at low cost for smart purchases.”