October 09, 2014

Turn Your Dog into A Duck

Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking. You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a super villain pet crate). That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout.
Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in the morning. Unlike them, it gives your pet a beak similar to a duck, effectively making your domesticated best friend look like a duck-billed platypus straight out of Australia.


The Oppo Quack is made from soft silicone, so it will wear comfortably around your dog’s snout, while working just as effectively as any muzzle. It comes with an adjustable cotton band for fitting snugly on different head sizes and a variety of colors for matching with the color of your pet’s fur. Each of the muzzles are slightly opened, so your dogs can open their mouths a little and even stick their tongues out, although they do offer a closed version if you prefer muzzling everything completely.

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October 05, 2014

Guest Sleeping In Style

Innovation is a leading Danish designer and manufacturer of contemporary sleeper sofas.Innovation1Innovation2 The Cubed Deluxe Sofa and Dublexo are the two newest additions to the showroom floor. The Cubed Deluxe is a small 2-person sofa that transforms into a full-size bed. The grey tweed fabric compliments the chrome frame perfectly. The Dublexo is a sleeper disguised as a normal sofa. With arms that allow it to function as your main living room seating and the option for stylish wood or stainless steel legs, it will be at home in any modern environment. Both are perfect options for small spaces, allowing extra sleeping for overnight guests.
See them in action at Hold It Contemporary Home.

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October 04, 2014


As a vision for the future of transportation, Dominic Wilcox has realized a driverless car that unites intricate, handmade glass work with cutting-edge technologies. The vehicle is imagined as vessel for nighttime travel, accommodating only a bed inside; while the passenger rests, the car autonomously drives them to their destination. Wilcox proposes that ‘in the year 2059 it will be statistically proven that it is safer to ride in a computer controlled driverless vehicle than to ride in a human driven vehicle.‘

Sleeper car

With this in mind, his design reconsiders vehicular transport as a nomadic habitat, a living space on wheels, than merely a mode of transit. Without typical safety equipment we’re currently accustomed to — such as air bags and bumpers — the single person ‘sleeper car’ comprises only an automated navigation held within a modular shell, onto which a habitable space can be built.
Sleeper car 2

Finding inspiration from the Durham Cathedral, Wilcox has incorporated his own visual experience into the design of a three dimensional form. The hand-cut glass paneled shell is fixed onto a computer designed and manufactured frame, bringing together adapted craftsmanship drawn from the past with the precision of computer aided technology. Accompanying the prototype, Wilcox has set up a website concept to be used in the year 2059 where users can order a bespoke vehicle to pick them up. The options include selecting the size: 2, 4 or 6 person; the interior: Jacuzzi, restaurant, office, or bed; and exterior shell design: wood tree house cabin, retro 2015 car, or stained glass mini cathedral. ‘Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future’ was presented at Design Junction for London’s Design Festival Fall 2014.

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Source: designboom.com

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October 03, 2014

Illuminted Wooven Tree House

Cherry Tree House, a large-scale structure woven from thin boughs of wood into a beautifully spherical shape. The organic sculpture sits amongst the branches of a tree in the backyard of a private residence. At nighttime, illuminated with lights that reveal the intricate form and texture, the Cherry Tree House truly comes to life, taking on the appearance of a magical home for creatures like fairies high in the treetops.

Woven Tree House 1
According to the artist, his medium of choice is willow for its many special properties. “There’s something about willow that’s evocative. The smell, the texture, the way it moves,” he says. “The connection with nature, through coppicing and transferring observations into design, can be a humbling experience and a physical one too.”
Woven Tree House 2

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October 01, 2014


In the Lafayette design district of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Luis Barragan’s foundation and Diaz Morales’ house-studio serve as the backdrop for a recovered contemporary building from the 1940′s. It is 240 square foot interior has been revitalized by Cadena+Associates to become Alfonso Cadena’s concept restaurant ‘Hueso’.

Bone Collector

As the name originates from the Spanish word for ‘bone’, the design approach intends to integrate architectural details, graphics, and decor that expose skeletal structures. The exterior aesthetic is created by a double skin façade. The outermost layer of the system uses clean, artisanal, handmade ceramic tiles with a graphic approach that refers to stitching and sewing patterns. This visual representation also protects and contrasts the inside surface, which becomes more organic and full of texture.
Upon entry, visitors are given a glimpse of the off-white color palette in the lobby, where a collection of aluminum cast bones are hung on the walls. The exposed kitchen becomes a display for the guests as the bar is the only partition between its culinary artists and the main table. In the back, a reclaimed wood seating area creates a dialogue between the space and the tree at the end of the restaurant. ‘Influenced by a Darwinian vision, the inside skin covers almost every vertical square inch of the interior with over 10,000 collected bones,‘ explains Cadena.

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Source: designboom.com

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September 18, 2014



Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept have designed an exciting five story home that clings to a cliff’s edge. Aptly called Cliff House, the design was created in response to a growing number of clients exploring design options for living on extreme coastal plots in Australia. The modular home was inspired by the shape of barnacles clinging to a hull of a ship, and it extends off the side of a cliff, rather than sitting upon it.
Rather than being a disruption built along the skyline, Cliff House almost propels off of it, acting as an extension to the natural topography. The unique positioning also gives the home’s residents an incredible connection to the ocean below, while alleviating construction problems associated with building on uneven rock.
The prefab modules are arranged in a vertical floor plan, the rooms stacked atop each other and held securely in place with engineered steel pins. Residents would enter at the floor level with the cliff top, which includes an outdoor patio adjacent to their parking space.
An elevator or stairs connects each floor, with the bedroom, living area and kitchen each having separate space on the various floors. The interior features minimal furniture throughout, in order to emphasize the connection to the ocean and the horizon. At the lowest floor, the home opens up to another outdoor space, which seems to float above the water.
Patio furniture, an outdoor kitchen and a Jacuzzi tub extend the luxurious feeling of being perched above the ocean.



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Source: Inhabitat

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September 04, 2014

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014

Archtoberfest Post

Archtoberfest (pronounced “ark-tober-fest”) San Diego 2014 is the inaugural year of an annual, month-long collaborative program featuring a wide-range of publicly-accessible events & activities touching upon architecture, design, planning & sustainability in the city. Beginning with the San Diego Architectural Foundations Orchids and Onions and continuing throughout the month with nearly 50 events including the San Diego Design Film Festival. The Founding and Partner Organizations of Archtoberfest have assembled a wonderful first year of events that will certainly make you proud of San Diego. For full detail visit www.archtoberfest.com

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August 14, 2014

Jason de Caires Taylor’s Underwater Sculpture Garden

It’s a rare case when a piece of sculpture means as much to the surrounding wildlife as it does to the humans who come to admire it. Such is the situation of Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden. Constructed out of concrete and steel, and bolted to the ocean substrate, the works here act as artificial reefs that provide “an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms.”
Located between two and eight meters underwater, the collection of over 65 sculptures is home to a number of species, including peacock flounder, juvenile striped parrot fish, banded coral shrimp, and fire worms. The sculptures are in clear, shallow waters and can be easily seen by divers, snorkelers, and those in glass-bottomed boats.
Despite the fact that some of the pieces weigh as much as 15 tons, they are not impervious to the powers of the ocean. Taylor’s first work, Grace Reef, was torn to pieces by a hurricane. But such destruction is part of the point of Taylor’s work. As the sculptures interact with their underwater environment in unpredictable ways, the art becomes more interesting and more complex. Eventually they may disappear completely into the expansive blue gallery they inhabit.
Moilinere bay in Grenada, currently home to 65 sculptures, covers an area of 800sq meters. It is located two miles north of the capital St Georges on the west coast of the island, within an area designated a National Marine Park. The bay is enclosed by rock headlands and has a small beach in one corner. Within the Bay the sea ranges in depth from 0- 25m. It can be reached by land, by walking down to Dragon bay and following the beach down in a southerly direction. It is roughly a 10 minute boat ride from St Georges and 15 minutes from Grand Anse.
Underwater garden 1

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August 13, 2014


British artist David Shrigley has re-imagined the eclectic London restaurant, Sketch, with primarily pink interiors and his own personal drawings, which line the surrounding walls. The illustrations thematically consider motifs of life, death and beyond, which offer points of departure for diners to muse on. The exhibition continues onto the restaurant tables with bespoke ceramic tableware featuring Shrigley’s trademark sarcastic drawings and texts, making the meal itself a site-specific sculptural work.
Shrigley humorously says of the ceramic-ware, ‘it will be the first artwork that i have made that can go in the dishwasher. It will be very clean artwork. Clean artwork is good artwork, in my opinion.’
The gallery at Sketch has been refurbished by Paris based architect and designer India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for Shrigley’s artwork. A monochromatic pink canvasses the walls and velvet-covered furniture surrounds the tabletops. The classic design creates a deliberately playful contrast with the witty art works.

Think Pink

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Source: designboom

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August 12, 2014


Bamboo architects: a new movement led by architects Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Vo Trong Nghia is putting bamboo construction back in the spotlight, according to Chris Precht of Austro-Chinese practice Penda.
The rise of modern architecture in the last century pushed the material “out of the spotlight”, Precht said, but he added that the overuse of glass and steel in contemporary architecture meant that people are now “longing for a certain imperfection in things; an imperfection you get with natural materials.”
“When we see a building made of bamboo, we think about the natural environment,” added Precht, who recently unveiled a concept for a bamboo hotel and a spectacular bamboo gateway. “That creates a certain campfire romanticism of being off the grid for a while.”





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