Archive for May, 2011

Cabinet Affinity

May 17th, 2011





I recently saw a cabinet/credenza to die for. A white front panel that hinged down, attached to a wood structure with four small legs angled outward. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it or look for a product signature. All I have is this sketch from memory of it. It was definitely a mix of ’50s design but with modern day materials.

Check out each of these sources for more images and the actual products:
Inmod Calligaris Horizon Cabinet & Domitalia Life Sideboard
27 Estore
Metro Retro

Passion with Draplin

May 17th, 2011





Ever since I worked on Bikecar several years ago, I’ve followed Aaron Draplin’s work. Not just because of the quality of design but because of his passion. He is really just dedicated in his tastes and everything around him. Now that I’m here in Portland I’d really like to sit down and have a conversation with him or just look through all of his collections. I hate to admit it but when he opened up that top drawer filled with all of those beautiful packaging pieces, I wanted to cry.

These videos were shot courtesy of Jared Souney for Yobeat & Level.

The Power of Perseverance

May 16th, 2011


YouTube Preview ImageWe tend to give up too easily on things we think we can’t do. The truth is that we can do those things, but we tell ourselves we can’t. That is dangerous.

Do you want to learn how to play guitar, become a designer, or an architect but feel like you should just give up? For me it was learning how to build a large website. Quite frankly I hadn’t the best clue on how to do that. What I found was that time is what it would take; time was my friend. How you form your relationship with time is also key.

Let me say that one more time—believe in yourself and just do it.

Sure it sounds like a line out of a self-help book, but we all really need to read it. Sometimes it’s not just that we think we can’t do things it’s that other people tell us we can’t do them. The next time someone tells you something isn’t possible, question why. Question why because their intent might fall towards laziness rather than a technical problem.

What I’m trying to say is that the guy in this video, Og De Souza, didn’t give up skateboarding just because he doesn’t have the same ability to use his legs as we do. He persevered. He said the hell with those who think I can’t do it, and the hell with my own negative thoughts. I can’t think of a more perfect example than this to fuel your fire and drive you forward into your next goal.

Flowing Lake Residence

May 15th, 2011




Everything about this home brings up a random, undefined wave of nostalgia. Growing up I was never around homes like this, but the surrounding woods look all too familiar. If I was to pick my favorite part about this house I would have to say it would be the use of the dark vertical siding for its color palette. The palette is a really natural reflection of the surrounding trees.

Located in Snohomish, Washington
Architect: David Vandervort Architects

Found via Contemporist

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USB Film Roll

May 13th, 2011







Here is another great little idea by Photojojo. Remember their last? It was a Canon lens mug. This time however, they’re repurposing the film canisters for USB drive holders. Each canister holds a 4GB drive.

Via Swiss-Miss

Uncomfortably Sexual Company Logos

May 12th, 2011




Usually I don’t post bad design on the blog but these certainly deserve to be posted. How is it even possible that the designer didn’t see the innuendo’s brewing when designing these? This by far is the funniest and greatest-of-the-worst set of logos. It is almost unbelievable that this could happen. Just to add to the humor, some of these were designed for churches…

Via Somecards

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Sustainable Living Innovations

May 12th, 2011




The word sustainable has certainly been abused a lot over the last year. Of course there are still truly great sustainable innovations, but in general I think people have started to question it. This latest find of “sustainable living” is by Collins Woerman. The concept with these apartments is a pre-fabricated living environment that is scalable and modular. Each layout has flexible floor plans that are built in the factory and transported to the location to be built.

The process of building the apartments is streamlined, of high-quality, waste-reduction reduced and moderately sized. From just looking at the images they seem like a pretty solid sell.

Via Inhabitat

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Grant Creek Missoula Residence

May 11th, 2011




Wow. Talk about a beautiful home. I’m really feeling the build of the house. I do question the slant of the roof though. Since the house is located in Missoula, Montana you can expect a decent amount of snow in the winter. Since the roof isn’t steep enough for the snow to slide off, someone would need to be shoveling it.

If you’ve never been to Missoula before you should check it out, or Montana for that matter. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been there and I can only recall a few things. I must be due for a visit.

Architects: Heliotrope Architects
Photography: Lara Swimmer

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Com Truise – FairLight

May 9th, 2011



Ever find yourself listening to songs so much that you don’t spend time watching their music videos? That is exactly how I’ve been with tracks from Com Truise. It’s safe to say that its been a handful of months since I set my eyes on his video visuals—talk about missing out on some wackiness. On another note, the first track on this playlist is really powerful.

Matryoshka House

May 9th, 2011



If you have a minute head over to David Jameson’s architecture portfolio. There are several projects on his site that are outstanding. I came across this house by way of The Contemporist. As you can imagine, the first thing that pulled me in were the rectangular forms nested within one another. At the core of the house is a suspended meditation/lounge chamber. Did you see the small, alternating stair set leading up into the chamber? Rather interesting—curious how often someone would trip on it or if its not even an issue.

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Polaroid 600 SE Film Camera

May 6th, 2011






I’ve always wanted a Polaroid camera but just haven’t stepped up to owning one. Someday along with owning a normal Polaroid camera, I’d like to purchase the Polaroid 600 SE camera. It not only looks interesting and produces great photos, but it also uses interchangeable Mamiya lenses. Those three lenses are the 70mm, 127mm, 150mm.

Images via eBay

Concrete + Basel School of Design

May 4th, 2011






More greatness from Armin Hofmann for the Basel School of Design (Basel Allgemeine Gewerbeschule) in the late ’50s early ’60s. I’m not sure exactly when it was designed but the school was built in 1961 by architect Hermann Baur.

Found in the 80Magazine Pool

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