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Dizzy yet…?

So, like any architecture firm, we get gobs of design magazines that we either subscribe to or not.  Usually they come in the principals names, but no one ever picks them up so they either end up in recycling or on my desk because I am too cheap to subscribe to a glossy magazine I can get for free at the office.  Recently, I “came into possession of” Interior Design magazine…it’s a glossy and a goody.  Apart from it being half ads and the other half interiors concepts that no one would ever spec in their project because it would tank the project in one foul swoop in just finishes and FF&E, Interior Design is the typical trendy design rag.  I did, however, enjoy these pics right from the cover.  I was completely confused and duped at first and I admit I opened the magazine solely because I could not figure out what was happening on the cover.  I am not sure I would want to work in this environment, but the jury is still out on that……this is Salon Himmelblau in Welsberg-Taisten, a village in the Italian Tirol,  and the designer, Architekturbüro Stefan Hitthaler, designed the basement upside down.  Also, I can’t imagine having to spell that name over the phone….





















Images courtesy of Interior Design Magazine




I absolutely love all things designed out of wood.  It has such a rich character and variety of natural hues.  It is warm and gives a design atmosphere such a great sense of material heritage.  I recently found this furniture designer, Kaspar Hamacher, whose designs were featured at the Milan Furniture Fair and other major European exhibitions.  His collection of wooden tables employs a design technique called Ausgebrannt, which means “burnt out” in German and is essentially fire sculpting.  He uses local, naturally fallen trees that have been dead for at least three years as his material palette.  After harvesting the trunk, Hamacher strips the bark and then uses fire to hollow out the trunk and create legs for the chairs and stools.  Hamacher believes in the purity and honesty of the balanced shape and the use of nature as a central part of his work.  He integrates the roughness of the natural with the sleekness of design and the result is a gorgeous piece of furniture.  Enjoy!









Images courtesy of DesignBoom and Kaspar Hamacher

ICFF Eye Candy…The Flux Chair

Furniture lover I am; here is a cool chair, the Flux Chair by Flux Furniture, that was spotlighted this year at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.  Enjoy the eye candy!

Images and video courtesy of Flux Chairs and Y Living

Stress Release for Architects

Architects have a lot of stress, this goes without saying.  Long days, frustrating consultants, the inevitable wasteland of our creativity, etc, etc.  But, we all need a way to get stress out.  Some of us simply get sucked into our jobs and implode, working longer hours and demanding ridiculous schedules of other people, “what, you didn’t get my email to make that change to the sketch-up model last night at 10:30?  But we need to have it this morning, that’s why I emailed you…”  Don’t pretend you don’t know that person and if it’s you, you’ve got to get a life.

Other people attempt to be more creative in their off time and try to reclaim what was lost of their former artistic and esoteric selves.  If you have started diversifying your wardrobe and wearing color for instance, you have lost that spark and are much too stressed out…you need a break.  Still others go the other direction and throw themselves into the esoteric, attending conferences and entering conceptual design competitions and touting why Zaha and UNstudio are the wave of the design future and why are we all stuck designing marginal and normalized architecture?  You know this person too because typically when they speak, you can’t understand a word they say and you are briefly taken back into your college conceptual studios where 3ds Max and Rhino renderings sufficed for actual project presentation, no drawings needed.  This person can also be identified because it is likely that they are, of course, wearing black and their jeans have become uncomfortably tight (read: skinny fit) as have their shirts and they are wearing thick rimmed glasses and too much gel in the hair.  I am all for style, but when you have no time to workout then tight fitting styles are not for you…

To deal with this need for stress release, I am presenting you with a new option courtesy of The Practice of Everyday Design and designers David Long and Antoine Morris.  Their Log Chop Bench is the antidote to everyone’s need to break something.  They designed the Log Chop Bench for the Mercer Union’s 2011 Steller Living Contemporary Art and Design Auction.  Basically, this awesome bench installation was created off of no drawings (collective squeal of delight!) and created by letting a lumberjack hew the living daylights out of a tree trunk and then a motorcycle saddler maker hand stitched the seats.  It is sweet, see the pics below, you won’t regret it.

So, the next time you feel the need to blow some steam, I suggest you get an ax and go to work on a tree log and hopefully, if you are as good of architects as these guys, you will have an awesome furniture installation to show for your stress when you are done…enjoy!

Images courtesy of The Practice of Everyday Design

Guilty Little Pleasures….

Daisy Chair: Demacker Design

For those who don’t know this about architects, we have a secret little lust for furniture design.  As far as we are concerned, furniture is the next best thing to architecture and we would have gone into furniture design if it had paid more…I am now wondering if we made the right choice based on that criteria.  Each of us, while in school, either had access to a furniture design studio class or heard about the elusive and awesome furniture design studio at another school that was obviously way cooler than ours based on that class alone.  If we had the class, a rare few of us took it, and the rest of us just didn’t have the time – we were busy becoming architects.  Secretly, however, we turned dark green with envy over the architects who made it through that studio with an awesome piece of furniture to show for it.  The best things I had to show from my architecture  studios were a bunch of boards my professors wrote on during the critique and a basswood model that would eventually find its way into the graveyard of “the model room” or end up in the school dumpster because I was too lazy to pick it up at the end of the semester.  But oh, to have a piece of intriguing furniture…

That said, furniture is dreamy.  There are many architects who slave away in their garages, in their spare time, crafting cool furniture and the rest of us peruse design blogs to satisfy our design lust or dump massive amounts of our meager salaries amassing furniture collections.  Chairs, for some reason, are at the head of this design lust and many an architect has some elusive chair in their home most probably designed by another architect.  There is something so beautiful about furniture.  It has all the same allure of architecture, amazing lines and forms and materiality to tickle the senses, but perhaps it represents a world where all is right.  You never hear about catty furniture consultants; who has ever argued over the design and construction schedule of a Wassily chair or had to meet the rigorous requirements of MAFBE textile distributors and furniture subcontractors?  The answer is, you don’t (and if you do, I don’t want to hear about it…I am living just fine in my fantasy world).  It is architecture that you can take home and put in your living room.  Glorious.

And so, for all you architects out there who love furniture with a secret inflamed passion, I leave you with some eye candy from the Demacker Design recent launch of the Daisy Chair… also definitely visit their site:

Images courtesy of Demacker Design via Arthitectural

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