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Speaking of stacks of books…


After seeing the creative wall display from Elding Oscarson that upcycles used magazines, I was excited to see a similar installation at the  Children’s Book Museum in the Hague designed by Platvorm, Amsterdam and Grob Enzo.  It has such a clever and fantastic use of books integrated into the interactive exhibit that draws kids into a world of creative energy and fantastic storytelling.  This is a really cool space for people of any age, but a wonderfully delightful imaginarium for kids.  The exhibition is nicknamed, “Papiria,” and it emphasizes the magic of word and image through spectacular design.  During their voyage of discovery through Papiria, visiting children create their own digital story figure and then write a story, draw a picture, compose a poem or let their imagination go in the accompanying workshop. The interactive exposition is an experience in itself. The use of multimedia and various art disciplines bring the classic medium of the book into today’s day and age. The exposition has 12 interactive games, 18 short audiovisual productions about making a story, 30 design stations where children can create their own story figure, 111 original illustrations by 68 different illustrators, more than 150 sound fragments and some 50,000 books on the shelves.

For anyone who loves to read, this is a wonderland.  So take a moment of way cooler billable time and wonder through the fantasy yourself and reminisce about your favorite childhood tale…






















Images courtesy of Platvorm


The Swedes have done it again!!!


Okay, now that we all have a grip on my bizarre fetish for Swedish/Norwegian architects, please enjoy the awesome project below.  Swedish architects, Elding Oscarson, recycled the growing periodical collection of the interior design clients, advertising firm Oktavilla, and used magazines to create an inspirational wall and part of their office interior redesign.  By stacking the magazines and binding them in blocks, they constructed a wall that is sturdy, colorful and eye-catching.  Interestingly enough, it also creates a fantastic sound barrier between the offices and conference spaces.   Enjoy and happy Monday!








Images courtesy of Elding Oscarson

Quote of the Day…

“Human Beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements…”

-Ron Livingston as Peter Gibbons in Office Space, 1999

Slowpoke Cafe…

I will admit before I even start this post, that I am a Starbucks kind of person.  Yes, I buy into all the consumerism and I like to have my little paper cup with the sleeve that says “Starbucks” on it with the funny little green mermaid that I am told has something to do with actual literature, Moby Dick.  Maybe it’s because I am a big city person and where I am from in Washington DC, the self-importance quotient of everyone on the metro is unbelievably high and for some reason is fueled by holding brand name coffee products.  I will make a caveat here, however, that I am not rich enough to hold a Dean and Deluca cup of coffee, I am an architect after all, those people take towncars to work and do not ride the metro or sit in traffic.  So I enjoy getting my coffee order and with that tall cup of piping hot crack, my self-importance factor goes up just a little and I take my place in the line of other important coffee drinkers whose identities are defined in their cup of joe.

I will occasionally take in a local cafe, I have a favorite in particular that I frequent when I am not mainlining my drug of choice from Starbucks.  These cafes are always so artsy and trendy, which appeals to my mildly artistic architectural side – making me think I could play in an indie band or paint something also if I just put my mind to it, but I am weary of them because I worry they may not get my drink perfectly on queue.  There is nothing worse than dropping $3.50 on an overpriced and over ingredient-ed drink only to have it taste bad and lack the chutzpah to have them do it over.  I digress.

All of this is to intro a really cool cafe in Melbourne, Australia which was renovated and redesigned using reclaimed and recycled materials and timber from flea markets, furniture makers and flooring manufacturers.  Starbucks it’s not, but Slowpoke Espresso gets my vote any day and since I am a complete sucker for anything designed out of wood I wanted to share this cozy cafe with you all.  It was redesigned and renovated by Sasufi, French-born and Melbourne based graphic designer & visual artist Anne-Sophie Poirier. After graduating as an architect in 2006 and working in one of Australia’s top architectural firm, Anne-Sophie soon realised her passion was also for design and visual art. In 2009, she started freelancing for various clients in Australia, France and the UK. She now offers a wide range of services, from interior design to web design, product packaging and photography and she was the mastermind behind this cool piece of reclamation.  So grab yourself a cup of joe and enjoy browsing these awesome pics.

Images courtesy of Sasufi

Inspiration for Architects…

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

– Chuck Close

Courtesy of Quote Vadis

Quote of the Day…

Me: (over the phone) “How do you like the new menu?”

Client: “It’s great, but the online version… Can we make that matte finished as well?”

Me: “Um…”

Client: “I’m just having troubles reading it. It’s so glossy. All I see is a silhouette of my head.”

Me: “Is there a window open behind you?”

Client: “There is, yes.”

Me: “Close it.”

Client: “Wow, much better—we should make a note of that.”


Courtesy of Clients from Hell.

High Line, Part II…

For all those architects, myself included who absolutely love the High Line Project, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro  in New York City, I am passing along some eye candy of the second section that will open to the public on Wednesday.   If you haven’t seen this project, I highly recommend clicking on the link above to the High Line and checking it out.  It is an absolutely fantastic project that illustrates creative adaptive reuse in an urban setting.  It also brings a unique manifestation of garden to the urban fabric in a way that not only engages the users but literally integrates with the built environment around it.  I want desperately to live in NY and to spend time on this awesome piece of architecture and read a book.  I would love to put up pics from the first section as well, but I think I might get too sucked into the whole experience and end up with the never ending blog post.  So, check it out during your billable time and enjoy the selection from part 2 below…

Built on a former elevated rail line, the park has become one of New York City’s most treasured public spaces. Since opening in June 2009, the High Line’s first section, running between Gansevoort and 20th Streets, has drawn nearly two million visitors a year. The park will span one and a half miles when its third and final section is finished. A completion date has not been set. – Architectural Record

Images courtesy of Architectural Record and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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