I know I post a lot of minimal architecture, but it’d probably be more accurate to say that I would personally enjoy a space that is a mix of things. I like some things to be simple and others to have character and vibrance, I think that makes for an interesting combination. This house in Colina, Chile is a great example of that idea.
The house feels both contemporary and traditional at the same time, with slabs of concrete mixed in with brick work and wood panelling, while polished marble floors bridge this divide somewhere in between. It also has a pretty traditional, pitched roof shape but then you have the concreted jutting out of doorways and framing entire portion of the house, giving it a monument-eque feeling.
Overall I think it’s an absolutely beautiful place, somewhere you could raise a family and enjoy your mid-century modern furniture.
My friend Philip Kennedy who runs the wonderful blog Fieldwork recently took a little tour of the Nordiclands, taking pictures and finding cool things along the way, not to mention making me extremely jealous. One of my favorite finds of his are these photos from Danish photographer Jakob Hunosøe.
Jakob has this sort of magical, to quote Steve Jobs, way of photographing common objects and households. A lot of his photos appear to be mirror images but closer inspection you can see that they’re simply trying to be so. They’re elaborately set-up with even the coffee stains trying to mimic each other. The images remind me of those games you play in bars where you have to notice the 10 things that are different in the naked lady picture… you know what I’m talking about. Jackob currently has a show at the Peter Lav Gallery in Copenhagen, if you’re in the area you should check it out.
Be sure to check out the rest of Philip’s adventure and finds by clicking here.
I got an email from long time reader John Stanbury telling me I should check out a little video called Facts About Projection by a fellow named Temujin Doran. Temujin is a Projectionist in Islington in London, where he works at The Screen on the Green. It’s a really sweet video that gives you a beautiful glimpse into a dying art form. Movies have and still are shown on 35mm film around the country, but the stockpiles of these movies certainly aren’t growing.
It’s a wonderful little video that made me smile, and a little sentimental.
Otis College of Art student Isaac Nurik created this beautiful and simple barstool concept and I totally want one. Created as a concept for Los Angeles’ Alibi Room, the stool is made from one sheet of aluminum which is water jet cut and powder-coated. The wooden part of the stool is tung-oil stained oak, which has a really nice, deep color. I love the shape of the legs and the powder coated aluminum looks great with the dark wood of the seat. If I owned the Alibi Room I’d buy a fleet of these.
My buddy Robert over at Nerdski found out that a young lady named Elysse Ricci is behind a lot of Urban Outfitters’ current branding, something that I’ve definitely noticed in the past year or so. The branding is pretty simple, mostly type driven pieces with muted colors and subtle textures.
I think Urban is one of those brands that has it right by not really having a set brand, they’re just kind of eclectic. I can’t think of a lot of other brands that really embody this as well as UO does and it works really well for them. I think Elyse is doing an amazing job of keeping the branding quite open and flexible.