30 November 2007

29 November 2007

Got Pencils?

So we asked our readers in our sidebar poll, "What would you like featured most on this blog?"; and many of you have responded modern design. In light of this fact, here is something we found today in our exploration around the net. Please continue voting in our poll and while you are at it please take a moment and vote for us in the sidebar poll at PartIV if you like our efforts. Thank you for your participation.

From the Boex website here is their explanation of the bench shown above:
Pencil Bench

Creative Solutions designed this award winning, quirky bench from a single conversation to see if they could incorporate an everyday office object into a piece of furniture.

The seat is made up of 1600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used.
Boex / 3D Creative Solutions Link

26 November 2007

Kathryn McCamant On Dwell

Dwell magazine has launched a new series of videos on various topics that includes a collection of videos from various designers. The first in the Designer Series is architect Kathryn McCamant. Here is the description from dwell:

"As part of our Design Leaders video series, architect and cohousing expert Kathryn McCamant talks about a lesson learned from the Danes: Bringing houses together brings people together."

In Context Article
McCamant & Durrett Architects Site

24 November 2007

23 November 2007

Posta Aerea 002

Another edition of mail call is upon us. Some of these have aged a bit in the mailroom but, nonetheless, are provided below for your perusal. Please enjoy and if you have an event or project that you might like to have featured here please email our editor.

A press release from KjellgrenKaminsky Architecture in Sweden reads:

New Bureau New House New Bench

After winning the international architecture competition for the new Mirage dancehall in Falsterbo, Sweden, KjellgrenKaminsky Architecture was founded by Fredrik and Joakim, two young Swedish architects.

The founders have previously worked at architectural firms such as Wingardhs and UN-Studio, Ben van Berkel. Our new office will work with architecture in its broadest meaning ranging from furniture to city planning, from theory to practice.

Right now we are working with the detail design of the Mirage dancehall and simultaneously releasing a new piece of furniture; a bench called Praline noir.
Two additional links of interest are included below for your enjoyment. One is for european modern architecture site MIMOA and the other is for project submission site Designer Pages. Both of which we will investigate and provide discourse for at a later date.

Designer Pages Link

01 November 2007

How To Hide An Airplane Factory

This arrived in our inbox today and is worth sharing with our readers. Nothing quite like a bit of trompe l'oeil to create instant urbanism. The pictures and text are from a blog called Think or Thwim.

Here is a transcript of the original:

How To Hide An Airplane Factory

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and trompe l’oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.



more images at Think or Thwim