// archive for August 2009
Along the same lines as my earlier post on Gregory Kenny’s Tree birdhouse – I spotted Gitta Gschwendtner’s Animal Wall over at Dezeen. The BBC has a nice write up on the project, which integrates nesting boxes for birds and bats in Cardiff Bay’s Century Wharf. Cardiff Bay has undergone a lot of development recently, with around 1000 new apartments and houses going up. Gitta’s Animal Wall incorporates 1000 nesting boxes to compliment the human development. Whether or not wildlife will move in remains to be seen!
How awesome are these birdhouses by Gregory Kenny? I love the skinny little posts and the way that they are embedded in the wood stump (FYI – stump not included, though). The Tree birdhouses were inspired by the ubiquitous condos of Vancouver – “the ideal perch for the urban bird.” Each birdhouse is made of steel and reclaimed hardwoods.
Via Design Milk.
The MSR E-Wing Ultralight Shelter is a more sophisticated version of an improvised poncho shelter. Small, lightweight and able to be configured in multiple ways and locations, the E-Wing could save your life some day. Because the E-Wing doubles as a poncho, it could be used for a lot more than just a shelter. See the US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 for more poncho uses and shelter types.
And I recommend any worst-case minds out there to get a copy of the survival manual – better to know it and not need it than to need it and not know it. As it is the Army’s manual, it is all terrestrial information. If you end up lost at sea, you are out of luck.
We’re back in New York and back to work today…The laptop that we brought to Seattle didn’t have photoshop on it (how did that happen?), so I couldn’t do much with all of the Follow the Leader submissions we received while we were gone…Hopefully you kept track of most of them via our sidebar to the left, but I’ve got a few to highlight for you, too!
The first is by our good friend Betty Bo Ra Kim – I love the repeating jars, each containing their own light/pattern. Betty is equal parts artist and architect and it shows in her work.
BNKR Arquitectura’s La Estancia Chapel sits in a colonial garden in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The facade is composed of structural glass channels, spaced 10cm apart, to allow for a visual connection between the exterior and the interior, and to allow for ventilation. The symbolic cross is created from the negative space of the structural glass.
Via Kitsune Noir.
I love Aissa Logerot’s Extension table – as far as I can tell, it doesn’t use any glue or screws, just rope. I appreciate how the rope becomes a design feature, both through its color and in the way that it is used structurally.
This project questions contemporary furniture design, from the concept of multipurpose use and uncertain quality (due to rationalized industrial production), to the ambition or desire for durability. Products are envisaged in a non-fixed state, to be extended or lengthened, according to uses which vary and evolve over time. Starting with assembly and a concern for eco-design, I rethought the idea of furniture in kit form, taking into account packaging, transportation, storage, mounting and dismantling by the user.
Via Design Vagabond.
Hey guys! We’re not actually back in New York quite yet (we’ll be back late on Wednesday), but we’ll be posting through this week regardless. I hope you enjoyed Erin’s posts as much as I did – I’ve loved her round-ups and you know we love color coding things (remember our gift guides from this last year?)…So, huge thanks to Erin of Design for Mankind for enabling us have a great time on vacation and for being such a great guest blogger! If you don’t already read DFM – I highly recommend putting it on your daily list!
We’ve been having a great time here in Seattle – my brother got married in the same place that Sean and I did two years ago, and then we went on a three day hike up in the Cascades with my family (ranging in age from 7 to 80!)…Since then, we’ve been wandering around Seattle and enjoying the beautiful weather! It’s been a great way to bring the summer to a close (is it really almost September?)…Hope you all have had a great summer, too! See you on Monday…Here are a few photos from our hike…Enjoy!