The Queen Anne Kelly Residence

January 31st, 2012

Coop15 Architecture designed this beautiful residence on Queen Anne in Seattle. The home was renovated and expanded in 2008. The house received additions such as a bedroom on the lower level and interior living, dining and kitchen area expansions.

The interior of the home had extensive cedar paneling that had darkened with age. The architects added more glass and replacing some of the wood with white gypsum wallboard. This allowed more light in and brightened up the interior—great move.

Friend and photographer Will Austin shot these beautiful photos of the home.


Extreme Swimming, Jellyfish & Goals with Diana Nyad

January 31st, 2012

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Diana Nyad is truly remarkable. I am truly inspired by her. In the 1970s she set long-distance swim records and thirty years later at age 60, she attempted her longest swim yet, from Cuba to Florida. Sometimes I have a hard enough time going from my home to the grocery store and to think she swam that far…

Part way through the swim she was stung by the Box Jellyfish, one of the more venomous creatures in the ocean. She was assisted by support and stayed in the water swimming. She fronted the pain and proceeded to swim. Not long after the first sting she was hit again; she was treated once more, but hours later she was unable to complete her dream, her mission.

Did she quit? Absolutely not.

What things have you tried to complete and have failed? Were they greater than attempting a swim from Cuba to Florida and being stung by deathly jellyfish? I sincerely doubt it. It doesn’t make yours less important, so don’t quit. Set your goals again. Get back up and make them happen.

Antalis Letterpress Calendar Clock

January 31st, 2012

This calendar clock was designed for Antalis by Blow. This calendar merges the the relationships of date and time into one unit—the calenclock.


Container Color Systems Poster

January 30th, 2012

The sides of shipping containers and trains have longtime been carriers of great design—the CN logo is a great example. So when coming across these shipping container posters by Antrepo, I was immediately drawn by the vibrant colors and simplicity.

Plant for the Planet Cut Leaf Illustrations

January 30th, 2012

Extremely detailed cut leaf illustrations by Leagas Delaney for “Plant for the Planet” ad campaign. Can’t wait to see the green leaves again in the spring!

Found via Colossal

Retro Spacesuit History

January 27th, 2012

Spacesuits are intriguing. These spacesuits were photographed by Mark Avino for the book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection.

Spacesuits are surprisingly fragile; they are made for a short lifespan in the most extreme of conditions, and long-term survival is not part of their design process. The final chapter touches briefly on the current conditions of historic suits, how they have held up over time, the reasons for their deterioration, and the rewards and difficulties associated with caring for and preserving these very complex and iconic artifacts. From the first spacesuit designs of the 1930s through those worn on the landmark Apollo-Soyuz program of 1975,Spacesuits provides a behind-the-scenes look at the history of these remarkable creations, including some that have never before been publicly displayed.

Images via Retronaut


California Gradman Residence

January 26th, 2012

The Gradman residence by Swatt Miers is situated 35 miles north of San Francisco near the Point Reyes National Seashore. The 2,500 square foot vacation home was designed with five floor levels that gently step with the topography of the landscape. The living terraces to the east allow for magnificent views of Tomales Bay and the wetlands.


Aquarium Sink

January 24th, 2012

Who doesn’t want an aquarium sink? This is a really cool idea but would be even cooler if there was a shark or jellyfish lurking around inside. Unfortunately that would spike the current price of $4,500 through the roof.

The top glass rises in case you need to rearrange the decor and both sides offer a large, circular entry for fish feeding. A large sink light in the back is included and a powerhead is also provided for filtration, oxygenation and water circulation. The aquarium requires electricity.

Crystal Bead Taxidermy by Kohei Nawa

January 23rd, 2012

Kohei Nawa is an artist, sculptor, and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. His work is comprised of a variety of materials including beads, prisms, oil, glue. All of these help bring a surface awareness to the things he creates. Talk about an amazing exhibit of art.

By covering surface of an object with transparent glass beads, the existence of the object itself is replaced by “a husk of light”, and the new vision “the cell of an image” (PixCell) is shown.

Most of the motifs, like stuffed animals are found through the internet. I search some auction sites and choose from the images which appear on a monitor as pixel. However, the stuffed animals which actually have been purchased and sent have real flesh feel and smell, and have a discrepancy with images on the monitor. I then transpose them to PixCell in turn.

Daft Life Typography Posters

January 22nd, 2012

Listen harder. Learn faster. Love better. Live stronger. These are all things that I’m sure we all could use more practice on from time to time. The typography in these posters is something else; they were created by Canadian designer, Joey Camacho.

OZ Residence by Swatt Miers Architects

January 22nd, 2012

The Oz Residence was designed by Swatt Miers Architects and is located in Silicon Valley, California. The home was built with rich-colored wood alongside stone and steel. The home is organized into an L-shape with the two wings joined by a large, open living space. A floating glass bridge connects the upper levels.


Paper Architecture by Ingrid Siliakus

January 19th, 2012

Amsterdam based artists Ingrid Siliakus has created this magnificent mini buildings out of paper. To best describe the difficulty of creating this art, the artist shares some words:

Working with paper forces me to be humble, since this medium has a character of its own that asks for cooperation. It is a challenge to find this cooperation with each separate paper brand I work with. Working with paper the way I do, namely by means of cutting and folding creating paper sculptures, asks of me to work with meditative precision. Paper architecture does not bare haste, it is its enemy; one moment of loss of concentration, can lead to failure of a piece.

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