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// archive for August 2008

Next Generation House – Sou Fujimoto Architects

Check out the Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. It’s like a house built with Jenga blocks. The NGH is a small weekend house that overlooks the River Kuma in Kumakura, Japan. It’s approximately a 13′x13′x13′ cube, which makes it smaller than our apartment here in NYC, but way more functional due to the ramshackle space that is formed by the cedar logs, creating spaces for seating, sleeping, eating, storage, etc. I appreciate the simplicity of the idea and the rigor with which they carried it out.

Via Judit Bellostes. Photographs by Iwan Baan.

Phillip Toledano

Days with my Father is a beautiful, touching website dedicated to Phillip Toledano’s father, who no longer has any short-term memory. The website catalogs Phillip’s ongoing relationship with his 98 year old father through photography and words. Definitely worth a look through.

Via Creativadoration.

NY Thrill Sweatshirt by éS

NY Thrill sweatshirt by éS marries the target practice guy with your back. I like the subtle blue and red 3d tone shift. It gives the graphic a little vibration.

Hiromatsu

I came across Hiromatsu on hoping for happy accidents – they make some gorgeous wood furniture. I want those chairs and the credenza badly…

Benjamin Hubert

Saw some new work up at Benjamin Hubert’s website. I love the Impression Crockery – a soup bowl that was formed from a single surface with an impression for the spoon holder. Equally nice is the Foam Twist Light – a floor lamp made from re-purposed medical packaging waste and acrylic.

Studio Mumbai

The Palmyra House, designed by Studio Mumbai, is a gorgeous house sited on a working coconut plantation in Alibaug, India. The Palmyra tree is prevalent in the region, and was used by Studio Mumbai in much of the construction of the home. The house consists of two buildings, separated by a pool and an open court. Made out of Palymra louvers, the facade can be both open and airy or closed for more privacy and protection.

Via Architechnophilia.

Terraclime 100 by Lowepro

The Terraclime 100 from Lowepro serves as a great city and camera pack. The slim messenger shape with the inside and outside pockets keep everything organized. The padded camera wrap fits virtually any SLR body instead of cramming an odd-sized lens setup into a pre-formed holster. The good (or bad) news is that it is only 390 cu. in., allowing for only the day’s essentials. Lowepro intended to make the pack as eco-friendly as possible and executed that by using 95% recycled materials to construct the bag.

David Aspinall

Shredding is all about…by David Aspinall was created as a means of exploring methods of creating 3-D letter-forms from 2-D materials. David manually shredded a large sheet of paper and then folded each strip to create the text “Shredding is all about the details”.

Via Swissmiss.

The Large Hadron Collider

It appears as if the Swiss are building their own little Death Star over there. I wonder when it will be . . . fully operational. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a multi-national endeavor designed to pick apart the birth of the universe, among many other experiments. Scientists and laypersons continue the debate of whether or not we will implode the Earth in the process.

These photos, along with many others, are from the CERN Photo Archive and were featured on The Big Picture.

Elise Rijnberg

Elise Rijnberg created a table cloth that is diagrammed to assist those of us who are less refined with the proper setting of a dinner table. I also love her Piattona flatware – gorgeous and minimal in form.

Via Style Files.