Beautiful minimal bedroom with built in storage designed by Studio Oink. Definitely will circle back to this image when we are tackling the project of building loft beds in our kids rooms.
Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House is all kinds of fascinating, especially the conveyer belt linen closet!
Hotello is a portable space, containing all the necessary elements for a minimal room: a desk, a lamp, a stool, a shelf, a locker. Hotello consists of a metal structure that supports double curtains (translucent and sound absorbant) as well as all the furniture needed to work and rest. Designed by Roberto De Luca and Antonio Scarponi.
Love this proposal by Atelier Zündel Cristea to turn an abandoned London power station into a playground and museum.
Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings in 1931. I heart this.
What a stunning house to raise kids in. It’s located in Carmel, California, designed by Lake|Flato Architects.
A passionate NYTimes article addressing the calamity that is Penn Station:
“To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.
What is the value of architecture? It can be measured, culturally, humanely and historically, in the gulf between these two places.”
Restore a Gateway to Dignity, by Michael Kimmelman
20essentials is a Belgium based pop-up concept with a selection of carefully picked products by a ‘little more’ or a ‘special twist’. The products are different in their concept, shape, material and functionalities and are an attempt to meet 20 of our most basic, daily needs, such as sitting, sleeping, transport, …
20 Essentials is located in Knokke, Belgium. Wish I could stop by. Lovely idea.
(Thank you Pieterjan)
This ‘rainbow bank’, as my reader Kirsten calls it, makes my heart beat a little bit fater. It was designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux. It’s called ‘Sugamo Shinkin Bank’, a credit union located in Shimura, Japan. Te design, an offset volume of rainbow-like layers, is the third branch designed by Moureaux, with the first two located in Tokiwadai and Niiza. Read the original designboom post.
At some point in my life, I want to live in a house like the Balancing Barn and own a real Calder Mobile.
Now here’s what I call a modern take on the good old fishbowl: Modular Fish Hotel.
It does not happen often that a design has me speechless, but this desk-bed-loft construction just did. Naoto Mitsumoto and Naoko Hamana of MihaDesign were asked to renovate an old 770 sq apartment that was constructed in 1957. The designers were asked to propose a solution for the owners – a husband and wife with 4 kids – who desperately needed to come up with a creative use of the limited space. Who would think of putting boxes into this small apartment that not only serves as cozy bed-nucks but also offer a desk space above the beds. The kids can quietly read or study while comfortably dangling their feet above their beds. This is brilliant! Unbelievably brilliant! Read more.
If I lived on my own this is how I would want to live. Completely clutter-free. No visual noise whatsoever. The owners of this sleek NYC apartment wanted a place where every boot and book, every single little thing could be hidden away; they wanted something that would make the most out of their 715 square feet.
I especially love (!) the concept of the friendly Black Hole, a flexible zone which can be annexed to the living room or bedroom, or optionally kept closed as a large walk-through closet space depending on the needs. It’s big enough to gobble up anything they need to hide.
Hat tip off to Dash Marshall, the architect/designer.
(I know, I know some of you might say that this is too sterile! Live and let Live!)
Does the exterior of your house need repair? Ever thought of using LEGO to patch up holes and cracks? That’s exactly what the agents of dispatchwork do. Jan Vormann is the force behind this refreshingly fun public service. Whenever a space needs repair, Jan or one of his volunteers all over the world, jump into action and fix it with LEGO pieces. Made me laugh!
Somebody should send an agent to 10 Jay street in Brooklyn. There’s plenty of patching to do!
(thank you Charlotte)
Here’s a blog post that makes want to jump up and run to take the 6 train:
“New York’s famous City Hall subway station, one of the most gorgeous gems in the world of mass transit, has been closed for decades but now it can be viewed again by in-the-know riders of the 6 train.
Although it’s not open to the general public, there’s a way in-the-know New York subway riders can still see this famous and beautiful architectural glimpse at the city’s past. The 6 train used to make all passengers leave the train at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, but no longer.
If you have a little extra time, you can stay on the train and view the City Hall Station as the train makes its turnaround.”
I can’t wait. Can NOT wait to do this.
The Minka post over at Subtraction caught my attention: Khoi points us to a very promising trailer for a documentary about a 250-year-old farmhouse in Japan that was restored by an American journalist and his adopted Japanese son.
“In Fall 2007, Princeton Architectural Press published ‘Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan,” the memoir of retired AP foreign correspondent John Roderick. Moved by the story of this remarkable house and the memories it contained, and with seed funding from the Graham Foundation, we began work on a documentary film about John, his adopted son architect Yoshihiro Takishita, and the 250-year old house they shared. John died in March 2008 at the age of 93. ‘Minka’ is a meditation on place, architecture, memory and the meanings of home.”
The filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to complete the movie. With your help, they can finish the film! No donation is too small, and they’re offering some great rewards. Please check it out here.
I just pledged $50 over at Kickstarter. If they reach their goal, and finish the movie, my name will be on the film’s website and I’ll receive a digital download of the film.
(Is Kickstarter simply the best thing that has come out of the web in the past few years? YES!)