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// archive for May 2011

The Working Proof: Heisuke Kitazawa – Dance Party

Dance Party is an awesome print by Heisuke Kitazawa, an illustrator that I have long since admired, ever since spotting his wallet series for PoketoDance Party is about how we coexist with others. It expresses how Heisuke feels about communication:

Animals or humans it’s all the same. It’s all about sincerity – how we treat others and not about knowing the language or other communication methods.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof. 15% of each print sold will benefit Puppies Behind Bars. Read our interview with Heisuke here, and buy the print here.

Pattern Matters

Amazing papercraft/pieces by Pattern Matters.

NASA – Orbiter Cutaway Axon

Great cutaway axon of the orbiter in the NASA Image of the Day galleries.

MIYA Customizable Headphones

I love these super customizable headphones by MIYA. For about $63, you can come up with a million combinations with the number of pieces that you can customize. Oh, and if you are lazy like me, you can hit the shuffle button to create random customizations (all of the headphones above were created that way). Fun!

Cité du Surf et de l’Océan – Steven Holl

All the Cité du Surf et de l’Océan by Steven Holl needs is a huge can of bondo and it would be nicely skateable.

via Archinect

JVA + Mole Architects – Dune House

A beautiful house half-submerged in a sand dune with a wood-sided upper level that floats above an open ground floor. Nice work by JVA and Mole Architects.

via designboom

The Working Proof: Jez Burrows – Sea Dream

I love the simplicity of this print edition by Jez Burrows - a series of maritime elements that make up a nautical dream. Sea Dream is a four-color Gocco screenprint on 140 lb Canaletto Liscia paper.  15% of each print sold will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Read our interview with Jez here, and buy the print here.

Burton – Beeracuda

At first I thought, oh Burton makes a yoga mat carrier, that’s kinda weird. A look closer reveals that it’s actually a Beeracuda, which makes a lot more sense.

Hilary Scruggs – Biering Houses

It’s been a few years since we graduated from college (exactly how many, I will keep to myself!), and it’s been fun to see several of our friends from architecture school go on to do their own thing. One friend, Hilary Scruggs, recently completed a housing project in San Antonio, TX, and I’m honored to feature her beautiful project here. What I appreciate most is the contrast between the persona of the houses at night and during the day. In daylight, the houses are very private, with an aluminum screen that sheathes the home and conceals almost entirely the daily activities going on inside. Though the aluminum screen seems opaque, the interior is very light, and the occupant is provided with great views of the outside. At night the exterior of the houses come alive as portions of the building are lit up from inside.

From Hilary:

Consisting of two units of 1500 sf each, Biering was conceived as a prototype for sustainable and affordable urban living. The idea was not merely to integrate sustainable features into a contemporary-style home but create a design icon in the process; the thesis being to go beyond “eco-chic” to create an “eco-icon”.

The defining feature of the project is a diaphanous aluminum screen which envelopes the homes, providing shade, security, and privacy during the day while illuminating at night. The screen conceals conventional patio doors on both floors that offer cross-ventilation as well as expansive views of downtown. The screen utilizes continuous 20″ panels of perforated aluminum and the decking material, Trex, which was milled into battens that create an air gap between the screen and the building.

Mixing prefabricated components – like standard windows and IKEA cabinets – with simple but highly custom assemblies out of economical materials (aluminum, knotty pine plywood) – kept costs down while creating the look and feel of a more high-end home. The interiors are conceived to maximize flexibility and customization for an occupant, while lending a sense of warmth and comfort to the overall design.

All photos courtesy of Bailey Porter.

Vans x Supreme

Slick Orange Tigerstripe from Vans x Supreme.

via Hypebeast