Archive for September, 2011

Ellis Residence on Bainbridge Island

September 29th, 2011




The Ellis Residence is a place where most would go to retire away in the sub-urban countryside—Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. Having been there a handful of times, I can assure you of its beauty.

The architects of the project, Coates Design, built this 2,560 sq. ft. contemporary home from materials of the pre-existing structure. They then implemented geothermal, photo-voltaic and solar technology solutions in an effort to reduce energy consumption. If you look closely in this photograph you can see one of the solar panels on the roof.

Shared via Fresh Home

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Unplggd Interview: Behind the workspace

September 28th, 2011


Unplggd posted a short interview about my workspace recently. The article outlines some questions about my thoughts on work spaces and my own. There are also photos included. The photos were shot on a Contax T2 35MM film camera by Ian Matteson if you’re curious.

Read the full interview here.

Berkeley California Gipsy House

September 27th, 2011



The name might be deceiving, but the work of architect Craig Steely is far from it. We’ve seen some of his San Francisco apartments before; this new house is located on a steep slope in Berkeley Hills. The interior is very warm and the naturally lit space begins to feel larger than it really is.

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Project Thirty Three Album Covers Pt II

September 26th, 2011



Do you happen to remember those beautiful album cover scans posted a while back? Jive Time Records has been posting boat loads more. I’ve sorted through and found a number that I find well designed.

More after the jump!

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Eero Aarnio Ball Chair

September 23rd, 2011



The 1963 Aarnio ball chair designed by Eero Aarnio is one of the most iconic and comfortable chairs. Not only do the inner cushions fit perfectly to your back, but when sitting in the chair the sound is dampened greatly. It feels as if you’ve extracted all those extra imposing noises. The chair is sometimes described as a “room within a room” because of this.

After spending a day sitting in one much alike pictured here, I’m sold—I would personally buy one in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, your hefty deposit of $6,860 won’t speed up the 8-12 week delivery.

Words from Aarnio about the chair:

The idea of the chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962. We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one.

After some drawing I noticed that the shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and sat in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us I sat in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on the wall. This is how I determined the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway.

After this I made the first prototype myself using an inside mould, which has been made using the same principle as a glider fuselage or wing. I covered the plywood body mould with wet paper and laminated the surface with fiberglass, rubbed down the outside, removed the mould from inside, had it upholstered and added the leg. In the end I installed the red telephone on the inside wall of the chair. The naming part of the chair was easy, the BALL CHAIR was born.

Environmental Interpretation Center

September 20th, 2011



The center is located in a protected forest reserve in the Chittagong District in southern Bangladesh. The structure itself is constructed of concrete slabs built around the trees in an effort to protect the surrounding environment. The construction of this is quite similar to the work of Martin Fernandez de Lema and Nicholas Moreno Deutsch.

Found on Contemporist

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Polish Olympic Matchbox Labels

September 19th, 2011


It’s hard to imagine such beautiful labels being printed so small. The illustrations were done for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Tokio is the Polish spelling. They would make great posters if blown up wall-size.

Found on Flickr

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Australian Flipped House

September 19th, 2011



Australian based architecture firm MCK Architects, dubbed this home the “Flipped House” for the reason that they’d literally flipped the original house plan and outdoor elements to create a more systematic cohesion of the interior and exterior. The original home was built in the 1960′s but was dated. Some of the original fixtures still remain in use in this new version.

Found on Arch Daily / photography by Willem Rethmeier

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New York City Map Overhaul Explained

September 16th, 2011


As we know very well, Massimo Vignelli’s version of the NY Subway map is one of the more well known versions. In this old article by the New York Times, more versions of the maps are discussed: goals, colors, shapes. Hit the jump to view the different map versions.

Read the article here and visuals here.

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Supergraphics by Jean Philippe Lenclos

September 14th, 2011



Jean Philippe Lenclos was a young French man born in 1938. During his travels he became very interested in symbolism and color theory which led to him writing a theory based on the Geography of Color. In an interview in the book Supergraphics, which I suggest buying from Unit Editions, he talks about the differences in the appreciation of color and the use in changing consumers’ behavior.

The work of Lenclos is very intriguing to me. Something amidst the lines and geometric shapes lies the honesty in his design.

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Unusual Modern Seattle Leschi Area Home

September 12th, 2011



The exterior of this home—located in the Leschi area of Seattle—feels reminiscent of the bunkers from Jurassic Park. The angled garage hangers, tall glass windows and the landscaping mingling with the concrete all contribute to this very strange feel.

The interior of the house is intriguing. When inside, we’re welcomed by modern appliances and spacious rooms. The upper levels of the home have large windows allowing for views of Lake Washington. I believe the home recently sold for $1,295,000.

Found on Fresh Home

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EF Language videos: Sydney + Vancouver + Los Angeles

September 12th, 2011







Albin Holmqvist, Gustav Johansson and Niklas Johansson are really killing it with these new EF Live the Language videos for EF International Language Centers. If you saw the first few, you’ll notice that they’ve really gone above and beyond with this new set. The new locations include Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; and Los Angeles, California.

Stay tuned in the coming week for an exclusive post with these guys!

Directed by Gustav Johansson
D.O.P: Niklas Johansson
Typography: Albin Holmqvist

Music: Magnus Lidehäll
VFX: Goodmotion

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