This Is a Work of Art. Do Not Use.

September 10th, 2014

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
The Sou Fujimoto’s Bränden bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria has been a work of architecture since the day it was erected. It has also been functional, serving as a bus stop, land mark, and lookout.
 
Unfortunately, Krumbach had to officially “close” the staircase in the bus stop to prevent liability, although in reality they are perfectly fine with visitors climbing the stairs at their own risk. What I find interesting is the way in which they closed the stairway. The sign they erected reads, “This is a work of art. Do not enter.”
 
In other words, let’s pronounce this building a work of art to say that it is not meant to be useful or interactive.
 
Krumbach isn’t at fault in this wording. Most Western cultures place artistic value on an item in inverse proportion to its usefulness. This is why a modern day painting can cost tens of thousands of dollars, while a piece of handcrafted Amish furniture costs a couple hundred to a couple thousand. Lack of function is what separates art from craft, or art from design… but more importantly, it’s because somebody said so.
 
Whoever that was.
 
Source on the Bränden bus stop at Dezeen
 





Two-Baby Nursery Planning

September 10th, 2014

 
Here is a neat post on Michelle Smith’s thinking process as she designs her new nursery. The Iron and Twine blogger decided to share her process as a guest at the Handmade Home. After defining exactly what the room in question has and what it needs, Michelle is ready to shop for solutions.
 
Click to see what she came up with.
 





Chicago Mod House Tour

September 10th, 2014

 
It’s a little mod, a little 20th century, but at the same time very contemporary. That’s Robyn and Drew’s Chicago graystone apartment, which reflects Robyn’s well-developed taste for contemporary art. The couple likes their straight lines and squared edges, but there’s more: the colors are divine.
 
Tour it at Apartment Therapy.
 





How to Use IKEA Room Dividers

September 9th, 2014

 
Room dividers are a great way to add extra “walls” without doing real renovating, and they’re often more useful, too. For instance, a backless shelf provides storage and allows as much or as little light to penetrate as you like. Simona Ganea has the scoop on different ways to make the most of inexpensive and contemporary IKEA room dividers.
 
Find her at Homedit.
 





Houzz Interview with Shabby Chic Designer Rachel Ashwell

September 9th, 2014

 

Rachel Ashwell has been decorating bed and breakfast houses in shabby chic style for 25 years and has garnered a following for her style. The combination of elegant with rustic elements give her interiors an unmatched romance. Now, Laura Gaskill has garnered a treasured interview with Rachel for Houzz with glorious photos by Amy Neunsinger.
 
The fantasy is real.
 





Curbly’s Blogs to Follow: Interior Inspiration

September 8th, 2014

 
Here’s a great post for you room design pic junkies. In Brittni Mehlhoff’s “Blogs to Follow” series she is covering interior inspiration sources. Her seven suggestions will keep you browsing interior eye candy for the rest of your online life. She has a few obvious selections but you won’t have heard of all of them.
 
Check it out at Curbly
 





Robotic Couch Drives You Around So You Can Be as Lazy as You Want

September 8th, 2014

 

Do you love a good couch to relax on for your fall entertainment? Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to get off the couch for another bowl of chips? Why not try this robotic couch designed by Australian students at the University of New South Wales? I’m comfortable with this idea.
 
Source at CNET
 





Tiny and Car-Free: Bicycle-Drawn Gypsy Caravan

September 8th, 2014

 
Want to live in a bicycle-drawn tiny house? Barry Howard, known as the Aimlessly Wandering Artist, is selling his Gypsy Caravan. Often a van dweller, Howard traveled warmer climates by bicycle instead. The little caravan comes with a bed, a portable shower, a propane stove, and more.
 
View the caravan here.
 





Pringles Can Becomes DIY Pebble Vase

September 5th, 2014

 
Any cylinder you have lying around is a great base to build a vase out of. In Fab You Bliss’ case, writer Stephanie took a Pringles can and waterproofed the inside with sealant spray, then added pretty stones to the outside using tiling grout to make a decorous pebble vase.
 
Visit Stephanie for photos and details.
 





Dream Bachelor Pad Elements

September 5th, 2014

 
If you’re looking to design a bachelor pad, Homedit has a trove of suggestions for masculine yet elegant decor elements. Often urban and industrial, these sample manly rooms will will help you imagine a the pad of your dreams. I especially like the pipe wall shelving.
 
Curated by Alexandra Belgun