Archive for March, 2011

Swiss Alpine Pod Resort

March 21st, 2011



A modern igloo is what came to mind after seeing this. This cluster of white pods forms a ski resort. Each pod is appropriately furnished and although only 5,577 feet above seal level, the pods offer great views of the Swiss valley below.

VIa Freshhome

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Creative Mornings + Bobby Solomon

March 21st, 2011



Bobby Solomon talks about the starting of his blog The Fox is Black and his career on Creative Mornings in Los Angeles. It’s always nice to hear how fellow designers have come to their career choice. When starting out I thought I wanted to just shoot photos but was pulled towards design. As of now I’ve found myself interested in some areas of development, but at the same time wanting to just focus on design.

Check out more Creative Morning talks here.

Components of the Space Timelapse

March 18th, 2011



Who’d have thought melting ice could be so compelling to watch? I sure didn’t, but now I believe it. Andrey Muratov brings ice to life through beautifully composed timelapse video. The audio also fits tightly with each cut and is by Nebulo – Plasticmare.

Client: Gosudarstvennaya Transportnaya Lizingovaya Kompaniya | GTLK
Agency: Communication Group IMARS
Director of Photography: Alexander Kuznetsov

Via The Fox is Black

Kaufmann Desert House

March 18th, 2011



The Kaufmann residence was designed for Edgar J. Kaufmann in 1946 by architect Richard Neutra. Kaufmann was a prominent businessman and the owner of two of the most recognized American architectural masterpieces; the Fallingwater house and this house (Kaufmann Desert house).

Via Design for Men

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Convert 8MM Film with the Canon 5D Mark II

March 16th, 2011


Super 8 and 8mm have always been my favorites when shooting video. Although transferring the film to digital has posed problems mainly because of its expense and decline in locations to transfer. The video above by James Miller shows his method for transferring 8mm footage to digital using the beloved 5D Mark II and an Eumig Mark 501 (or the Eumig 610D & the Eumig Mark DL). The end result looks great, is much much faster and way less expensive. Now I just need to get a 1D Mark IV or 5D Mark II.

Hit the jump for more information on the process and the transfer results.

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Chillmark Guest House

March 15th, 2011



This 800 square foot guess cabin was designed by Charles Rose Architects in Massachusetts. The house has two bedrooms each accompanied by a bathroom and a common kitchen/dining area. Stone, copper, cedar and fir were used on the exterior of the home while cork, mahogany and teak were used for the interior. This combination executes a color palette reflective of the surrounding area as well as adding a mid-century flavor.

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Whistler Cay Residence

March 14th, 2011




The Whistler Cay Residence is a 5000 square foot home in one of Whistler’s oldest residential neighborhood. From the interior, the large floor to ceiling windows open up the home to the surrounding nature and sweeping views of Whistler, Blackcomb.

Built by Aka Architects

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Los Angeles Hidden House

March 13th, 2011



Hiding any house in a city like Los Angeles is difficult; it takes a sum of money and a prime location amongst the hills to achieve it. The family that owns this house had purchased the property with an existing structure but salvaged it. The new structure re-used seventy-five percent of the previous structures materials.

The Hidden House occupies 3,500 square-feet and is located on a 7-acre plot in Glassell Park, Los Angeles. The architecture firm behind this efficient wood masterpiece was Standard.

Via Arch Daily

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Massimo Vignelli Offset Presentation

March 10th, 2011


YouTube Preview ImageAs I’ve mentioned in the past that Massimo Vignelli is one of my favorite designers. Vignelli’s talk is approximately an hour long and filled with a lot of history from his career. The presentation is from OFFSET in 2009. Each time I listen to him talk, I’m reminded of perhaps the most important thing with design: Good design lasts longer.

Norwegian Juvet Hotel

March 9th, 2011



Jensen & Skodvin Architects designed this hotel located in Gudbrandsjuvet, Norway. It would be interesting to know how much it costs to stay in this hotel. The surrounding landscape alone would be worth seeing.

Via Below the Clouds

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Pixar Floating House Comes to Life

March 7th, 2011



Pixar’s animated movie UP has inspired the makings of this balloon house. It may be slightly out of the typical range of architecture on the blog, but its safe to say this is truly unique; never has it been done before.

On the morning of March 5th, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers and balloon pilots launched the 16 x 16 foot house with 300 8 foot balloons. The house floated around for about an hour and reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet. Look for more coverage of this in the fall of 2011 in a series called How Hard Can it Be.

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Behind the Scenes of Old Spice

March 6th, 2011


YouTube Preview ImageThe man himself, Isaiah Mustafa should win an award for his work on the Old Spice commercials. Take a look at this behind the scenes look at the making of the new Old Spice commercial. While humorous and informative, we’re shown how some of the support systems work elevating the talent and the set design.

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