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Zombie-Proof House…

As a friend of mine aptly put it, it is about time we had a template for one of these…I don’t know why we haven’t designed one sooner.  Certainly they work as fantastic and practical fortresses against zombies and vampires of all sorts, especially if an army of the undead decides to come over and borrow sugar from their friendly neighbor…but I also think this will come in handy in shading me against those deadly UV rays that Al Gore keeps telling me about.  Who has time to buy and apply sunscreen for global warming when you could just build this place and live in it all the time.  Also, you might need to invest in nightlights when the house is closed.  Thanks KWK Promes for making this awesome “Safe House.”



















Images courtesy of All That is


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

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

Kindergarten for Architects…

I don’t think it’s any surprise among designers that educational facilities could use a face lift when it comes to school layout and design.  For various reasons ranging from economics to politics, schools for young kids rarely create an environment that encourages learning and active minds in a way that is outside the box and inspiring.  I saw this today a popular blog, Dezeen, and just couldn’t resist passing it on here.  It’s a school in Italy, Kindergarten Terenten, by architects Field72.  I love the space and applaud the school and the architects for designing something so engaging for young kids.  Well done to Austrian architects Field72!

Love this design for a kindergarten and daycare, fantastic use of natural lighting and surprising pops of color!  Very playful nooks and crannies in this design create a completely awesome learning environment for active kids at that age.  I wish we designed more like this in the States for our educational facilities; I think schools would see a significant jump in grades, participation and overall attitude about education among students.  I applaud this attempt to use design as a means for creating active and engaging spaces.  Wow, love it!

Images courtesy of Dezeen and Field72

Link of the Day…

Okay all, it’s Thursday which means we are getting close to Friday and the tensions of the week are probably at their peak.  Attempt to not lose it in the next 24 hours and you too can spend a guilt free weekend without worrying about that e-mail you sent that may have been a little strongly worded.  Instead of putting your foot in your mouth, take a moment to blow steam by looking at this hilarious website and bill that time to your most annoying client.  Enjoy!

Clients from Hell

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