If you want to build something in Sweden, you have to neglect your architectural aspirations and desires, and build something comprehensible and conventional to please the Swedish building regulations with their obsessed traditional values. So at a first glance this sauna may appear to be an anonymous wooden cabin, with no architectural features or ambition. The front façade is windowless; a water proof drape covers the façade on the other side. The sauna has a pointed traditional roof as well, to accomplish this intriguing scam.
The front façade is actually a door, and when it is opened, the cabin changes its appearance completely. Now you have a magnificent view over the archipelago, and the door/wall creates an intimate space with the guest hut next to the sauna. The wall prevents the neighbours from peeking in as well.
Tomer Hanuka’s site has some great illustration work. From book covers to animation, the art is slick, but not too slick. Some of the work reminds me a little bit of Peter Chung. Keep up with Tomer on his Process Blog.
Some interesting vigilante justice happened in NYC over the weekend – the “New York Street Advertising Takeover” project happened over the weekend, with 120 illegal billboards in and around NYC being white-washed and then painted over by about 80 different artists. Only billboards (apparently mostly all from one agency) that weren’t registered with the city were targeted.
According to Cronicas Barbaras, who spoke to the organizer of NYSAT “NPA outdoor operates over 500 street level billboards in NYC ranging in size from about 4′x4′ to 50′x12′. All of these advertising structures are illegal. I found this out by talking to the NYC Department of Buildings which has no permits for the NPA outdoor structures but has its hands full dealing with the rampant illegal billboard situation. I have also spoken directly with NPA outdoor employees who have told me that the NYPD will jail them from time to time at which point NPA lawyers bail them out and they are compensated 500 dollars for the nuisance of spending the night in jail.”
If you have any photos, feel free to send them over! It seems a Flickr group has been started here.
I’m digging Jorine Oosterhoff’s Hotel Dinnerware series, designed in collaboration with Egbert-Jan Lam of buroJET. I’m a huge fan of Jorine’s playful Tea Time tableware collection, and this series is designed in the same playful vein.
“All pieces are different characters and turn dinner, breakfast and lunch into a playful yet chic feast meal. The set consist of a dinner set, breakfast set, tea set, coffee set, asian set an a liqueur set. Also the cutlery is specially designed and fits into this dinnerware.”
Rickshaw is a recently launched SF-based bag company supporting high-quality, human-powered design. I checked out some of the videos behind the bags and found the video explaining the Zero Messenger really interesting. The bag is cut and sewn from only four rectangles of fabric with nothing going out to the landfill. All the pieces make it into the bag (including a few scraps), resulting in no manufacturing material waste. Plus the bags look great: clean, simple and functional. Check out the video below for the info.
I love it when I stumble upon a great find totally organically…I was googling for more information for an upcoming post and came across buroJET’s April ’09 newsletter instead…I love the porcelain Pig Snout Cup, designed in collaboration with Jorine Oosterhoff. At first glance the cup looks pretty standard – it’s only when you drink from it that you (or others) are aware of the full cup design.
The Out of the Blue cup and saucer (below) was designed for a ceramics competition for the Musee de Carouge in Switzerland. I love the way that the handle is created from the rim of the cup, and the colorful interior. Also very nice – the Bookend Bunny. Peekaboo!
My friend Betty sent me a link to Daydream Nation – a collaboration between Kay Wong and Jing Wong. Both apparel and jewelry designers, it was the simplicity of their jewelry that caught my eye. Worth a look, for sure!