Today I Get to Use the Word, “Vertiginous”

September 19th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
“Vertiginous” means “inducing vertigo with height,” and that could be true for those who would visit this overhanging cliff house that the Australian firm, Modscape, visualized. Challenging themselves to create a concept especially suited to both modular architecture and a coastal cliff, Modscape designed a five-storey house with steel pins anchoring it to the rock. They imagine an interior that blends seamlessly with the surrounding sky, with windows angled to favor residents watching the ocean below.
What I’m wondering is, how would you feel about living off the side of a cliff?
Gallery, information and “vertiginous” credit at Dezeen

Timelapse Video of an Ohio Amish Barn Raising

September 18th, 2014


This video of an Amish barn raising in Ohio is filmed from an excellent spot. It gives you a sense of just how many men it takes to raise a barn that quickly. Using pre-colored siding is a great idea. I wonder how many women it took to make all those men lunch.
Visit the YouTube page; commenters are conversing sensibly.

Patio Parts Examples Gallery

September 18th, 2014

There is still time to put the final touches on your new patio so it can be perfect for relaxing and enjoying the changing leaves. Now here’s a combination of an inspiration and teaching post that shows you many aspects to consider for your patio design.
I’d say Fence Row Furniture is in love.

Found Wood Outdoor Sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy

September 18th, 2014

Andy Goldsworthy is a British natural sculptor, a found object sculptor that works with natural materials like rocks, ice and leaves. Of course this means he works with wood in, or very close to, the state in which he found it. Wood is the primary material in Goldsworthy’s Presidio trail installations in California. An excellent preview is at Jason Lees’ site.
Go to the woods to see wood.

CBC News Talks to Northern Ontario Canadians About Newly Pioneering Mennonites

September 17th, 2014

Canada has a range of Plain peoples, and Mennonites are the most visible major group in South and South Central Ontario. Now Ontario Mennonites are beginning to migrate to the North. Even driving a car (which I’m not sure many Old Order Mennonites do), it’s up to a ten hour drive to a colder area. The payoff is that farmland will be more affordable for their children. This radio documentary on the changing Northern communities will not only educate you on Plain history but will charm you with a glimpse into Plain culture.

Get all four docs at CBC Sudbury

How to Use an Area Rug in a Design

September 17th, 2014

England Furniture writes for the readers among us, but what they write can be concise and useful. In this case, they outline planning your room with an area rug in mind—a practical consideration, since your rug will define your space with more influence than your furniture.
View the tips at the Furniture Connxion blog.

Unabashed in Sydney: Horstmans Family House Tour

September 17th, 2014

This house tour of the Horstmans’ apartment in Sydney, Australia is a decadent treat from the Design Files. While combining contemporary and twentieth century furniture to their greatest potential, the home is by no means minimalist, with exciting art on every wall and surface, and books impressively displayed.
Go even further south.

DIY Mason Jar Sconce

September 16th, 2014

What a great idea for a sconce light: replace the shades with mason jars. The jars are perfectly clear and allow all the brightness needed to make your sconce a good choice for a vanity. This project is more complex than it sounds, so visit Lauren at Bless’er House for instructions including safety tips.
Go south

Contemporary Farmhouse With a Rustic Stone Exterior

September 16th, 2014

Rustic on the outside, contemporary on the inside, the Single-Family House Jenčice in Košťálov, Czech Republic, has an exterior of salvaged stone to complement the surrounding buildings. Designed by 3+1 Architects, the house has a colorful version of minimalist interior decor with attractively placed wood and tiles. Not all minimalist houses look livable, but this one does.
Tour it at the Gessato Blog.

Our Showroom and Hours

September 15th, 2014

The most repeated question I get is whether the Amish Furniture Factory has showroom hours. Yes we do. Despite our having an online store, we understand why you would want to see for yourself whether your heirloom furniture will be reliable enough that you can knock on wood.
At our customer phone service and sales location we have a small display of a dining set with a buffet. This location doesn’t have every piece but you will definitely see what kind of quality we sell. Here are our hours and address:
An Iowa field ready for harvest103 Third Street
Fairfield, Iowa
Monday-Friday 9-5
Saturday 12:30-4
(800) 918-6184
(641) 209-7599
Where you can see a real variety of furniture is the showroom of our Amish partners, Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture, 30 miles south of Fairfield. Here are their hours and address:
22769 Route V64
Milton, Iowa
Monday-Saturday 8-5
If you’re interested in popping in, give us a call or fill in our contact form asking for details. You can even send Toby a Tweet or message asking to be contacted by a sales person.
You may be coming to see the quality of our furniture for yourself, but you’ll enjoy the road trip to Amish country, too.
We’ve cropped this Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported photo by Bill Whittaker.