Outstanding architectural photography by Connie Zhou. Born in Shanghai and raised in New York City, one can clearly see the influence of the city life in her work. Her perspective on the architecture is interesting, becoming abstract patterns instead of buildings.
Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 chose to showcase his latest project, the Toblerone House, through the eyes of a resident fluffy Persian cat. When asked why, he replied that he likes to show “the day by day life of one of our houses, where the architecture is not important”.
This cat is too cute. And this house is too cool. And the people in it are way too annoyingly smug about their incredibly awesome life. But enjoy nonetheless.
The Shanghai Botanical Garden, in the Songjiang District, has recently incorporated an revitalised quarry into their grounds. The project won the American Society of Landscape Architecture 2012 Honor Award.
via: Cool Hunter
A treasure trove of images that perfectly capture the effortless aesthetic that charaterises the Nordic countries, this blog is a constantly evolving digital mood board produced by the Kolding School of Design.
We as Industrial Designers often find ourselves trying to define and understand the distinct feel and spirit surrounding us in our everyday lives. As Danish Designers we feel obligated to follow the traditions of former great Scandinavian designers and architects by grasping the soul of our native country and channeling it through our work.
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Most of us spend the majority of our lives sitting down, so we may as well do it in style. Here are some exceptionally swanky seating designs…
The Omega Chair by Hironao Tsuboi
A precisely crafted chair with gossamer proportions and seamless design. The entire piece is elaborately made using traditional Japanese techniques, where each section is carefully sculpting by hand.
Jesus Gasca’s Laclasica Chair
A stackable wooden chair that mimics the curves and shape of the human body, conveying sensuality by fusing the seat pan and back rest to the legs to create a fluid form.
The Rayuela Stool from Alvaro Catalan
The most efficient form, offering the greatest possibilities, is the rhombus. Three of them make a hexagon which is the best way to cover a surface. Using three colors you get a fascinating optical effect. Putting together these two principles we obtain the idea for this product.
The X-Federation Chair by Victor Vetterlein
Composed of laminated wood combined with carbon fiber fabric, a material strengthening technique used in boat building and further developed in the skateboard industry, allows for the x-shaped frame and razor-thin legs.
Think you need a huge fabulous loft apartment to live in a great space with lots of design potential? Seattle artist and designer Michelle de la Vega doesn’t. She renovated a tiny detached garage into a surprisingly classy and spacious house – and it cost her “only” US $32 000. We can dream.
via: Downsize my Space
Japanese designer Yusuke Seki and Spanish designer Jaime Hayon collaborated to create this amazing sweet shop in Yokohama, Japan. The interior is designed to resemble a confectionery laboratory that highlights the process of sweet making. I like how the design manages to capture child-like fantasy within a very sophisticated and high-end interior.
Images: Takumi Ota
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Want to feel like a rich ewok or some other lucky tree-dwelling creature? The HP Tree House is a residential home in a densely forested area of Mount Whitfield, Australia. The house is designed by MMP Architects and supported by a galvanized steel support framework to minimize impact on the surrounding vegetation.
An eco-friendly focus is carried through in the houses’ system of PV panels that direct the solar power to heat the water. Other durable materials such as colorbond steel, aluminum windows and a steel structure helps to reduce future maintenance on the building along with low VOC paints, sustainably grown wood and locally sourced stone.
via: design boom