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// archive for June 2009

Sid Wichienkuer

Love Sid Wichienkuer’s entry in to the competition for a new TU Delft School of Architecture. The original TU Delft architecture building was burned down in a fire in May 2008, and the school held an open design competition for a new building. From Sid’s website:

The use of section and topographies become the driving force behind this project…By reconstituting and reconsidering each of the precedents, the resultant project intends to not reinvent but understand how section can foster productive architectural relationships. The gathering/communal spaces are stacked through the core of the building – operating as a central gathering space for offices, studios, and the greater community as a central, unifying element that serves the same purpose for a variety of programs.

The ground level is extremely porous with the intention of capturing the interest of passerbyers and architects alike. The center of the space is the auditorium space that can be configured to accommodate multiple size and varyingly public gatherings. The option remains to accommodate even the largest of gatherings as a gesture toward bringing thinkers and doers of all-calibers, whether architects or not, into the dialogue of the building.

The language of productive topographical surfaces is exploited for creating circulation, shading users, creating usable surfaces, storing objects, and seating. The resulting dense, carved space envelopes all the users of the building.

Via Designboom.

Studio Cave Canem


I like this graphic glassware by Studio Cave Canem – fun designs inspired by nature.

Dutzi Design

Ariane Dutzi designs these beautiful burlap bags, which are handmade by local crafts-women in the Yucatan. I’m not totally sure if she repurposes burlap bags, with their existing graphics, but if so, I like the project all the more.

Follow Friday – Yellena James

I’ve known about Yellena James’ work for a while now, but I just came across her on Twitter, so thought I would share her beautiful illustrations as part of our new feature profiling our Twitter followers.

Yellena’s work is focused on organic illustrations and brilliant colors. It’s also super affordable (lots of $20 prints), so grab yours here!

Follow Friday is a weekly post featuring the great designs/artwork of some of our Twitter followers.

Follow the Leader – Lauren Gentry

More Follow the Leader submissions – both are from Lauren Gentry, an illustration student currently studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Thanks, Lauren!

Mickey Mouse Dinosaur Hater

Thought this Mickey Mouse figurine from Medicom was pretty fun, a nice departure from traditional. I don’t even remember a dinosaur-hunting Mickey Mouse cartoon. Maybe it’s not a dinosaur head and it’s more Lord of the Flies…

via Hypebeast

Giuseppe Terragni

We used to joke around in school about being formalists. But honestly, what’s so bad about being a formalist? Giuseppe Terragni is a badass formalist, and I don’t see a problem with that. Plane as frame is a move that is a very strong move, but also an elegant one. Villa Bianca and Casa Rustici are examples of using that tactic to extend space and blur boundaries. Formal moves for formal purposes have just as much validity as anything else. A design strategy is a design strategy.

Terragni is one of the old masters of formalism before guys from The New York Ten took formal operations and combined them with Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Important work none the less, probably lead to using computer algorhythms to design and ‘tooling’, as it were.

ITOKI Design – SP Task Chair

I’m not one to get excited about office chairs, but I really do like the SP Task Chair by ITOKI Design. I really dig the transparent back rest, which is made of thermoplastic urethane – the same material used on the inner wall of car tires. It flexes, but retains its shape. Pretty…It recently won NeoCon’s Innovation Award.

On Twitter – Amanda Harris

One of the best things about Twitter is that it enables us to put a face to our readers/followers. It’s a lot of fun to check out people’s websites and profiles and more often than not you all are doing some super cool stuff! I thought it would be fun to star profiling some of the work of our Twitter followers.

Amanda Harris is an Australian artist – I love her use of pattern and rigid structure to create word art. Equally as nice are her more organic illustrations.

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Follow Friday is a weekly post featuring the great designs/artwork of some of our Twitter followers.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

You’ve probably seen these already, but I am totally digging these recently released concept art photos from Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland movie. Stefan Dechant is the art director (he also directed the art for Where the Wild Things Are). I love the vivid use of color and the textural backgrounds. It will be interesting to see how these renderings translate into the actual movie.

Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway is the White Queen. Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice and Matt Lucas plays Tweedledee/Tweedledum.

The movie is going to be a mixture of live action and CGI animation and will be released on March 5, 2010.