I love this work by at swim-two-birds. Collage made from paper trash, then embroidered. Beautiful.
Posts Tagged 'architecture'
Tags: architecture, colour, design, illustration, pattern, shapes, textiles
Tags: architecture, Day to day, design, pattern, shapes, street
One of the things I kept from a magazine was this photo of a wall in a parking lot. I thought it was quite beautiful and found out more about it here. This work is by Retna as part of ‘Wallworks’ – a project inviting a select group of graffiti artists to create a series of murals in the parking lot of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in December 2010.
Tags: architecture, Day to day, Japan, Photography, street, Tokyo
Tags: architecture, colour, Day to day, Japan, pattern, Tokyo
Tags: architecture, Day to day, film, Japan, pattern, shapes, travel
Shinkansen.ver2 is a beautiful film by Daihei Shibata, of a journey taken by Shinkansen.
Tags: architecture, design, environment, Japan, Klein Dytham architecture, pattern, travel
Images taken from ‘-FUL, Klein Dytham architecture’
Getting distracted today, I’ve been browsing through ‘-FUL, Klein Dytham architecture’ book (published in Japan). One project that I haven’t seen before particularly caught my eye: The Tower Tomamu, a hotel in Shimukappa-mura, Hokkaido. Remodeled by Klein Dytham in 2008, what could be a pair of really bland tower blocks in the middle of the mountains, has been transformed into part of the landscape. The segmented colours (much like lego blocks or coloured pixels) that cover the towers from head to toe, create a beautiful camouflage at a distance. You can see how the building could blend into a snow covered winter landscape or a lush spring green landscape. A nice solution to what could be a terrible eyesore!
KDa have designed a lot of great projects – playful yet sophisticated. It’s always fun to see what they come up with next. There is a lovely looking bath house (Moku Moku Yu) on their site which I’d love to visit! Without sounding too sentimental, and probably without their knowing it, KDa had quite a significant impact on some aspects of my life in Tokyo. They held lots of great parties and Pecha-Kucha Night (of which we witnessed the birth!) was a highlight of the month at superdeluxe in Roppongi, and is now enjoyed worldwide.
Tags: architecture, design, Ed Ruscha, parking lots, pattern, shapes, space-to-play, travel
Ed Ruscha’s Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave. (detail) from Thirty-Four Parking Lots (1967)
Dodger Stadium today, Google Maps 2009
The beauty of Google Maps is that I can fly over all the parking lots, in any city, in any part of the world, and I don’t have to hire a helicopter! Not quite the same I know but … it’s great (if you try to ignore the whole Big Brother thing)!
More images from Ed Ruscha’s set can be seen here.
Tags: architecture, colour, design, pattern, satellite city
While cruising over Downtown (virtually speaking) I got very excited by these patterns. Wow. Lots of inspiration from flying!
Tags: architecture, film, Japan, Tokyo
Salaryman 6 is one of my favourite short films. Brilliantly shot and directed by Jake Knight, this is a story about a Japanese Salaryman who looses track of his life through it’s mundanity and predictability.
Unfortunately I can’t find a decent quality version of it online and you need to see it in high quality for best impact. You can view it here, but make sure you have a magnifying glass at hand!
Tags: architecture, design, Eames, L.A.
One of my favorite places in L.A. without a doubt is the Eames ‘Case Study House #8′.
The design of the house began in 1945 to fit in with the surrounding meadow and eucalyptus trees, building with only post-war off-the-shelf materials. The Eames moved in in 1949 and lived and worked there for the rest of their lives. The house has been kept pretty much as they left it.
You’re not allowed inside the house, just allowed to peer in as much as you can through the windows … and photos of the interior are forbidden. It was built as half house and half work studio, with a small courtyard in between. It’s very simple in design but incorporates a beautiful movable system inside that enables the interior to be rearranged, allowing for the optimum display of certain objects. Of course it contains plenty of furniture and objects designed by Charles and Ray Eames, which inevitably makes us hungry for a bit of shopping!
I always come away from this house feeling inspired. It is such a peaceful place and the details are so simple yet fantastic. It really makes me want to build my own home. Now.
Tags: architecture, Susan Sontag
Stills taken from Susan Sontag & Phillip Johnson
I was just doing some slightly haphazard searching online, inspired by listening to a bit of the DnA (Design & Architecture) program on NPR in the car the other day. Through various links I came across a BBC clip of Susan Sontag reporting on the then new Seagram Building in NY. “The elevator swished up like a gigolo’s hand on a silk stocking….” What an amazing description!