Archive for January, 2011

Ribbon House by G2 Estudio

January 31st, 2011

This house is a fortress. It was designed by G2 Estudio for two families from Tahiti- French Polynesia. The house was intended as a holiday house and is located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentinean Patagonia. Space seems to not be an issue inside—the interior is open between the floorings making it feel vast.

There is a very warming juxtaposition of materials in use, which just happens to be my favorite combination: wood and concrete. The interior images after the jump show just how stunning this combination can be. You can bet my future house will utilize both wood and concrete to the teeth.

Found through Arch Daily & Photography by Laila Sartoni


Work from Matthijs van Leeuwen

January 28th, 2011

It has been an absolute pleasure sifting through portfolio after portfolio when giving out invitations to Designspiration because I know eventually I’ll stumble across gems like here. These two projects were by Matthijs van Leeuwen; they stood out immediately because of the nicely set bold type. The first project here was a book design for those who attended the Dutch Democratic Party D66 brainstorm-dinners. I’m unsure of exactly what D66 is, but I’d definitely snatch up this piece if it were given out.

Hit the jump to check out a second project: an annual report for Brunel in 2008. Once again an interesting treatment of the type across the spread.


Nueva Forma Listening Pleasures #13

January 27th, 2011

With two free tracks by A Gap Between and The Bear, this Nueva Forma Listening Pleasures episode will rock your socks off. One minute we’re taken away by the soothing beat of an ambient soundscape and the next we’re taken off on an exploration of what feels like a nostalgic deep bass track.

Catch previous NFLP Episodes here.

Nueva Forma Listening Pleasures Episode 11 » View Tracklist

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Pantone Chip Cookies

January 26th, 2011

Kim Neill really knows the way to our hearts: cookies and Pantone. I’m not sure that you can really go wrong here. Check out the Pantone tins, I would love to get my mitts on a set of those.

Pantone cookies are a great self promotional item and fortunately Kim was kind enough to give out her recipe here.

Rolling Huts

January 25th, 2011

Have you ever seen a rolling house? Maybe you’ve seen a rolling castle on Robin Hood Men in Tights, but Olson Kundig Architects have created rolling huts that you can actually live in. The huts are low-impact to the nature and sit in a flood plain in a river valley near Mazama, Washington.

The huts are grouped much like a herd of cattle and are mainly used as weekend retreats. You can actually put a reservation on one of the huts for $125 per night. Each hut is equipped with a small refrigerator, fireplace and Wi-Fi.

Check out more information on the Rolling Huts website.


Showcased Work: Typefaces of the World Poster

January 24th, 2011

Typefaces of the World was a poster I created to show the typefaces that are most commonly used in a lot of today’s design. The poster includes information for each typefaces such as the year it was made, the location and the typographer. These 50 typefaces were chosen based on popularity and usefulness in present design. It was by mere coincidence that the typefaces were nearly split 50/50 between Europe and the United States—the most prominent locations for typographers were in these areas.

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Initially the poster was created as an experiment and excuse to explore new methods of working in Illustrator that I hadn’t attempted before. I’d seen info graphics on Behance where data was fanned-out but evenly spaced—there was no way this was done by hand. It took a while but after figuring out the method of doing it where you can essentially paste in your data with tab-formatting, the poster was on its way. I’d like to play with this further to really nail it down because there aren’t any tutorials on there on creating a dynamic way to showcase information in this way. Hint: its not type on a path.

Typefaces used in this poster: Helvetica Neue LT Std & Univers LT Std

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Chris Sisarich: The Middle of Nowhere

January 21st, 2011

Chris Sisarich was on assignment in Egypt shooting a tourism campaign where he captured these beautifully desolate landscape photos. I find them extraordinary and unbelievable at the same time. The last two images in particular are moments in time that would be really great to experience.

The Delta Shelter

January 20th, 2011

When looking at this magnificent shelter home I think of a box on stilts. If the owner is not around the shelter can be completed shuttered by a large wheel hand crank like you’d find on old ships. Each shutter can be opened and closed simultaneously by this one crank—handy right? The shutters are also quite large, coming in at 10 x 18 foot and also steel.

The footprint of this shelter is relatively small because of its height. The base is 20 x 20 feet and rises three stories. It is located out of Mazama, Washington and was created by the great Olson Kundig Architects.


Basle Film Festival Identity

January 19th, 2011

Seeing projects like this Basle Film Festival identity really get me excited for the possibilities of analog projections in my own projects. The creators of this project, Andreas Hidber (art direction) and Laurent Rueff (photographer) used a Nikon FA for the projection by removing the back of it and inserting previously developed slide film that contained the logo that you see on the wall.

To project through the camera onto the wall they used a flash pointed into the back of the camera while shooting on Bulb mode. This allowed them to keep the shutter open. In order to capture the projection they shot with a digital camera on the side. The most interesting part of this is that people aren’t likely or really able to view the projection.

Felice Varini Swiss Installation

January 17th, 2011

Felice Varini created this installation called “Cercle et suite d’éclats” in Vercorin, Switzerland. The installation itself is really impressive, but I’m still trying to reel in how they managed to project the light from a distance onto the houses.

Via Today and Tomorrow

North Bend House + Johnston Architects

January 14th, 2011

Every time I come across work by Johnston Architects, I become an even bigger fan. This house is located in North Bend, only about a half hour from seattle. It sits boldly in the clear cut and is composed mainly of wood that was milled on site.

The last house I posted from Johnston Architects was the Miner’s Refuge. It as well as this house, were shot by a local photographer and friend, Will Austin. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of his architectural photography here on the blog in the near future.

Via Arch Daily


Villa Amanzi

January 13th, 2011

This is the contemporary beachside villa I’ve been dreaming about. Not only because the architecture but also because of its cohesion with the surrounding environment. The villa is located above Kamala Beach in Phuket, Thailand and as you can imagine the view is incredible as it looks as far as you can see over the ocean.

The home is cantilevered out over the cliff and brings the infinity edge pool with it. There are three main levels to the house. The entertainment level which includes the main living space, diving space, terraces, swimming pool, kitchen, storage and laundry areas. Above this level is the master suite accompanied by three bedrooms each with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The third level which is below the entertainment level, includes two more bedrooms, a private spa and game/family room. The home was designed by Original Vision Ltd.

Via Arch Daily


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