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Archive for April, 2009

Books: House: Work by House Industries

House Industries is famous for their impeccable tongue-in-cheek takes on American popular culture, on comic influences such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and on modern design classics from Neutra to Charles Eames. Based in Delaware, its members have been producing premier league typefaces and designs for a devoted fan base since 1993.

Because their font and design work deftly meld cultural, musical and graphical elements, one becomes part of a concept and a way of life by
buying a House product. Their prize-winning font families, for example, are lovingly packaged to match the overall font theme in wallets, bowling bags, UFOs, etc. Their unique type products can be seen internationally on anything from your favourite brand of cereal to highly circulated magazines and television shows.

House by Andy Cruz, Ken Barber, Rich Roat, 24cm x 30cm, 240 pages,
ISBN: 978-3-931126-20-9

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Divo Side Table by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti

From sketch to realization, a sophisticated coffee table with laser-cut, black-nickel finished discs assembled and welded.

Divo, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Minotti

Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel at Sotheby’s Auction

Sotheby’s upcoming auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art includes this important vessel showing Olmec influence and symbolism in regional interpretations. It is one of the few full-bodied ceramic depictions of the omnipotent earth monster or jaguar-dragon of Olmec inspiration. The dragon zoomorph is well known in Olmec art through schematized incised motifs on blackware ceramics but it is rarely seen in three-dimensional form. This vessel is finely modeled in typical Monte Alban fine-grained grayware, and shows early forms of Zapotec iconography such as buccal snout, bifurcated fang, and scrolling brows.

A Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel, Monte Alban II, ca. 200 B.C. to 250 A.D.
$40,000 – $60,000 at Sotheby’s, New York
Update : Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $92,500 USD

Cage Lamps by Diesel Creative Team for Foscarini

Fashion brand Diesel have collaborated with lighting brand Foscarini and furniture brand Moroso to create the Diesel Home Collection of furniture and lighting.

Cage, by Diesel Creative Team, for Foscarini via: dezeen

Coffou Cottage by Brininstool+Lynch

For decades, the woods and fields of SW Michigan and NW Indiana, with their close proximity to Lake Michigan, have offered Chicagoans weekend reprieves from urban intensity – and a short travel distance. To gain a sense of rural privacy, the owners were looking to experience pastoral views of nature and foliage, more than lake views, in searching for their vacation property. They were fortunate to find the land that fit their aesthetic aspirations and wanted a home that would similarly match their concepts for living.
The cottage was designed with a simple structure, a horizontal wood rain screen of cedar to privatize the entry sequence on the North, and a wall of operable glass on the South. The open plan of the kitchen, dining, living area and porch as one room intensifies the views to meadow and woods to the South and maximizes the solar gain in the winter. Radiant heat in the ground concrete floors is enhanced by passive solar gain, and runs throughout the three-bedroom cottage. The arrangement of the rooms and glass are to maximize views of the outdoor environment, while providing the most energy efficient operation.

Coffou Cottage, Michigan City, Indiana, USA, by Brininstool+Lynch

Papilio Lounge Chair by Naoto Fukasawa

Grande Papilio is a new swivelling lounge chair with an optional ottoman. According to Fukasawa, the shape is like a sculpture cut from a solid conical-shaped chunk expanding upwards. Although wingback chairs date back to Queen Anne, this one began with Fukusawa’s observations about how people actually use chairs, not stylistic or historical references. He found that rather than always sitting rigidly straight, people generally end up twisting to either the left or right (presumably when relaxing, talking, reading or snoozing). So he has spread the back of the chair around to curved sides. The piece takes its name from the spreading wings of a butterfly. (Papilio is butterfly in Italian.) Yet it is also practical: an exposed zip up the back means that the leather or fabric cover is removable.
- FT

Grande Papilio, Papilio Pa, by Naoto Fukasawa, for B&B Italia

Exhibition: Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture

Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture is the first major survey in London of the internationally renowned architect in more than 20 years. This timely reassessment presents a wealth of original models, interior settings, drawings, furniture, photographs, films, tapestries, paintings, sculpture and books by designed and written by the architect himself.

The exhibition charts how Le Corbusier’s work changed dramatically over the years from the regional vernacular of his early houses in Switzerland, to his iconic Purist villas and interiors of the 1920s, to the dynamic synthesis achieved between his art and architecture as exemplified by his chapel at Ronchamp (1950-55), and his civic buildings in Chandigarh, India (1952-64). Important works by his collaborators, such as Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé are also featured.

Exhibition: The Art of Architecture: 19 Feb – 24 May at Barbican Art Gallery London, UK

Delicious Storage by Mathieu Lehanneur

The stainless steel sheet of a Manhattan hot-dog stand re-styled in a deluxe package. Delicious is a stackable storage system that comes in four sizes.

Delicious, by Mathieu Lehanneur

Draeger House by Philippe Stuebi Architekten

the holiday house sits as walkable sculptural building in the strong landscape with a square ruin, old retaining walls, large rocks as well as olive groves and oak tree forests. In the south the house has a spectacular terrace with a great view on the sea and with a low, broad parapet. Under the terrace is a further guest room with a bath and cellar. The living space has the atmosphere of a covered outside space and gets maximum glazing on the back too, which releases the view as contrast to the width of the sea on the bizarre rock landscape lying directly behind. Two large movable wall pieces let the living space with kitchen and bedroom become a large flowing area. Outside the oversized staircase dramatizes the hillside situation and connects the guest room and its separate terrace with the house in a generous gesture.

Draeger House, Corsica, by Philippe Stuebi Architekten Gmbh

Fractal Table MGX by Platform

Fractal Table is a result of studies into fractal growth patterns that can be found in nature and which can be described with mathematical algorithms. Per definition a fractal is a fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole, a property called self-similarity.

Treelike stems grow into smaller branches until they get very dense towards the top to form a quasi-surface. The structure starts quite unorganized at the bottom and gets progressively organized till it ends in a regular grid, thus a progression from an approximate fractal to a fractal with exact self similarity. To achieve this result different CAD software, both for nurbs modeling and polygon modeling, was used.
Fractal Table II is the evolutionary next step of Fractal Table I which was introduced to the public in Milan 2008. It takes functional needs, such as stability and usability, into account.

Fractal Table II, by Platform, for MGX by Materialise

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