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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


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



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

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

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