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Tonnatak Builds Iceland Retreat: Dynjandisvegur

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

 

Tonnatak is an Icelandic home builder. Judging by the contemporary beauty of his most recent retreat, he may also work in architecture and design, but I’ll leave it up to you to ask him. Dynjandisvegur in Bláskógabyggð, Iceland is a minimalist wooden cabin that compliments the subarctic, volcanic Iclandic landscape.
 
Thanks goes to Bjarki Kjartansson for the Houzz photo gallery
 




13 Giant Proposed London Architecture Projects

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

 
You may have heard of SkyCycle, a proposed car-free cycling road above London’s railways. It could make alternative transportation easier and safer to use in London. But that isn’t the only ambitious, sustainable London project architects are thinking of. Visit Dezeen for twelve more projects that have sparked heated debates.
 
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Katie Troyer: Amish Photographer

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

 

Katie Troyer is an Amish little person who takes photos of Amish in Sarasota, Florida, where most members of the Amish community welcome photography. What sets Troyer’s photos apart from other Amish photography is their emphasis on familiarity over romanticized country imagery. While Saloma Miller Furlong provides further context for Sarasota’s customs in her blog post, I first would like to point out this charming video of images from Katie Troyer’s family life.
 
Learn more at About Amish
 




Piet Boon’s New York Condos Have Dutch Contemporary Style

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

 
Piet Boon renovated a former New York office building into the Huys condominiums. Dezeen has the tour, and points out that Boon designed the condos to be decisively Dutch. Don’t forget to watch the Vimeo on the bottom, which details Frederick Molenschot’s creation of a lobby chandelier resembling hanging oriole nests.
 
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You Can Tell She Really Gets Rustic

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

 
I’ve visited Camp Blue Wall‘s blog and all I can say is, would you just look at that vintage rustic furniture. Maria McCune knows how to furnish a home that is so confidently rustic, you would think she furnished it seventy years ago. And certainly her vintage pieces are old enough. My favorite piece: the blue cabinet filled with eclectic thrifted glass bowls.
 
Get a glimpse
 




Soft Chair Manufactured in 1 Piece from Plant Cell Patterns

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

 
You may not need upholstery if you get this chair. Inspired by plant cells, BIOMIMICRY is an entire chair made with hollow spaces throughout which allow it comfortable give. Lilian van Daal had the chair 3D printed in one piece. Her goal is to make it possible to create soft furniture without relying on multiple materials and sources, cutting down on transportation and other ecological impacts.
 
More at Dezeen
 




DIY Adjustable Industrial Wood Stool

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

 
Want to create an industrial wooden stool with an adjustable seat height? Ana White has plans for a fun stool made of 2x2s. The all-thread that adjusts the seat height holds the stool together both functionally and stylistically. This stool has a serious handmade look and is a cool conversation piece. It could even work in a steampunk setting.
 
Plans at Ana-White.com
 




3D Printing Living Furniture from Fungus

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
20100815_1818_Mold_cc3_by_BobBlaylockThat cool stuff on the left is an extremely close look at mycelium, a stringy network that composes what are basically the roots of mushrooms. That is one square millimeter (less than 1/8″) so as you can imagine, the right species of mycelium can grow tightly by human standards.
 
If mycelium is tight, perhaps it can also be strong. Eric Klarenbeek decided to try out this potential strength. So to turn it into a material for furniture, he tried 3D printing it.
 
Klarenbeek 3D prints straw in paste form with bits of yellow oyster mushroom mycelium throughout, in a furniture shape such as a chair. The mycelium eats the straw and grows through it. When the chair is strong, Klarenbeek dries it out and covers it with bioplastic… unless he wants it to sprout mushrooms. And for prototypes, of course you do.
 
Myceliumchair_Studio_Eric_Klarenbeek
 
This chair is supposed to be a concept to inspire Dutch Design Week visitors to consider building just about anything out of living material, but to me it looks close to a realistic product, as long as you stop the mushrooms on time. Beyond furniture? Klarenbeek is hoping people will explore the strength and safety of mycelium enough to develop living architecture.
 
Thanks goes to Inhabitat for the news
 
Mycelium close-up photo is CC 3.0 by Bob Blaylock
 




StoneGable at the Porch Party

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

 
It’s the season for fall link parties. From the Falling for Fall Porch Party I chose one of the six members. My choice is StoneGable for the gorgeous tartan blanket and array of pumpkins. Yvonne did a beautiful job conveying fall hospitality with her soft textures and elegant details. Visit her blog to see what I mean and then visit the other five bloggers.
 
Pumpkins!
 




Table Slides Clutter Underneath

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

 
When you get home you might throw the contents of your pockets on a hallway table. Or you might prefer to hide the clutter by placing a basket or container on top of the table. Grégoire de Lafforest suggests that you toss clutter inside the table. Console Balka is a table with a slide in the top that leads to a basket beneath. To pick up your things again, just bend the flexible basket downwards. The best thing about this table is how it gives you the freedom to toss.
 
Gallery at Gessato