Overgrown House in Hungary

December 1st, 2011

Houses overgrown in plants or vines have always been mysteriously cool. This beautiful home is located on the sloping hills of Hungary and was designed by architect Satoshi Okada. The home was built for a photographer by the name of Tomasz Gudzowatyon. The amazing images shown here of the houses are actually 3D renders by CG artist Viktor Fretyan.

The house is divided into four slender cores standing alongside beech trees. Primarily the outside of the house is composed from slabs of cement. The living areas are connected to the surrounding environment by large glass walls.

Found on Home Design


Andy Gilmore Geometric Patterns

November 30th, 2011

Andy Gilmore is a master of geometric patterns and composition. His work is unique and quite stimulating. Describing it however is somewhat difficult considering I haven’t yet figured out meaning behind each. Though it’s rather easy to appreciate every one of his pieces solely based on the visual qualities.

Purchase some of his work through our friends at Ghostly!


Retirement Facility Hottingen Signage

November 29th, 2011

Designers Aline Dallo, Julia Kind, Kathrin Urban and Tina Stäheli worked together to create this signage project for a retirement home in Hottingen, Zurich. The signage system consists of a series of frames that can be ordered in various ways. The combination of color and large type really sells this as a welcoming solution for this project.


The 2011 Designers Wishlist

November 28th, 2011

It’s that time of year again to put on your best thinking cap and compile giftlists before Christmas. Having done just that for you, this wishlist contains an assortment of reasonably priced gifts that are great ideas to give to your designer, photographer or creative friends. Or if you’re sneaky, you can slip them into your own stocking!

Continue reading for the full designers wishlist and to share your gift ideas!


Modern Timisoara Residence

November 24th, 2011

Architect Mihai M. Tudose created this beautiful modern home in Timisoara, Romania. Tudose designed the house to be practical—the interior is simple by modern design aesthetics. As the architect mentions in a brief statement, we all know how easy it is for modern design to start to feel “cold”. However, this house does a great job of doing just the opposite.

Found on Freshome


Cross Section View of Leica Lens

November 22nd, 2011

If my highschool science class had these Leica lens cutaways, it would have been heaven. I’d much rather dissect a Leica than a worm or pig. This lens was cut down the middle showing the actual glass elements and focus rings.

The lenses shown here are the Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm and the Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M ASPH lens. If you’re interested in buying one of these for $995 they’re on eBay.

See a Leica dissected. Found on Petapixel

Inside the Leica M6 Rangefinder

November 21st, 2011

I’ve always wanted to see inside one of Leica’s rangefinders. Now that I have, I can’t stop wondering just how long it took for the original concept to come to fruition. All of the inner moving parts and electronics have to mesh so perfectly together in such a small space that it seems impossible.

Found on Petapixel / Photos by Duncan Meeder

Wallpaper Magazine Cover Illustration

November 21st, 2011

Andrew Townsend created this cover illustration for Wallpaper* Magazine. The vibrant colors immediately drew my attention and made me realize that I kind of miss reading physical magazines every month.

McLaren Car Production Center

November 17th, 2011

The McLaren Production Center is located in Woking, Surrey, UK; it was built by Foster + Partners. The 34,500 square meter facility is where all of the McLaren cars are built. The most recently released high-performance car, the MP4-12C is also being assembled here.

The facility is set up for a flexible production. The arrangement of the two-story structure mirrors the flow of the production line: components are delivered; the cars are assembled, painted and tested, and then pass through a rolling road and car wash before leaving the building.

Beneath this floor is a full basement level for storage and plant, and above is a mezzanine floor with views over the production line. Every stage of production takes place under the same roof. Initially it takes 10 days for an MP4-12C to be assembled. During peak production it will be possible to build one of the cars in five days. A new car will join the line every 45 minutes. I had no idea that so many of these cars were sold!


Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski

November 17th, 2011

Reminiscent of Mark Weavers work, Matt Wisniewski uses found images as the base of these surreal juxtapositions. Some of these collages are also available in prints on his website.

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Austrian Exposed House on a Hill

November 16th, 2011

This house is located on the steep slopes of Austria 4,365 feet above sea level. The house is occupied by a pianist who retreated here for what I would assume the most obvious reason—serenity. The large windows allow for an amazing view of the untouched valley below. All of the materials used in building this great home were untreated: concrete, wood, glade, and metal.

Via Spiluttini


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