April 02, 2015

La Purificadora Hotel

La Pueblo 1La Pueblo 2In the late 1960s, Ricardo Legorreta’s Camino Real Mexico in Mexico City stunningly demonstrated that a hotel could be high modern and ultra-glamorous. During a time when hotel-chain file boxes and souped-up Miami slabs dominated hospitality architecture, Legorreta’s hotel, with its polychromatic, taut, planar, stucco forms, interspersed with lushly landscaped outdoor rooms, set a new standard.
The 76-year-old architect, now working with his son Victor, has brought his distinctive imprimatur to the heart of its historic section, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. La Purificadora, the hotel Legorreta + Legorreta designed (along with the firm of Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos), occupies the remains of a 1844 stone-walled factory where water was bottled and purified for ice.
It helps to have the right client—Grupo Habita, an adventurous boutique hotel operation in Mexico City.

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With its latest (and sixth) hotel, Grupo Habita was asked by a Spanish/Mexican real estate and construction company to conceive and operate the 26-room luxury hotel in Puebla, a city founded by Spaniards in 1531. The hotel was to be knitted into the dense urban fabric adjacent to the Spanish Colonial San Francisco church, a convention center, sculpture park, a new shopping mall––all part of an urban development plan known as Paseo San Francisco. Because the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) had designated the building as part of the city’s historic patrimony, the hotel design was given a fair amount of scrutiny by archeologists.

Submitted by: Elizabeth

Source: Architravel

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April 01, 2015


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This young family in Creve Coeur, Missouri bought an Atomic Ranch home that was originally built in the 1970s, and hired architect Thomas Wall to give it a fresh contemporary update. The project description:
The homeowners of this Mid Century Modern home in Creve Coeur are a young architectural designer and his wife and their young son. Being avid collectors of Mid Century Modern furniture and furnishings, they purchased their Atomic Ranch home, built in the 1970s, and saw in it a perfect future vessel for their lifestyle. Nothing had been done to the home in 40 years but they saw it as a fresh palette. The walls separating the kitchen from the dining, living, and entry areas were removed. Support beams and columns were created to hold the loads. The kitchen and laundry facilities were gutted and the living areas refurbished. They saw open space with great light, just waiting to be used.

04012015  02As they waited for the perfect time, they continued collecting. The Architect purchased their Claritone, of which less than 50 are in circulation: two are in the Playboy Mansion, and Frank Sinatra had four. They found their Bertoia wire chairs, and Eames and Baby Eames rockers. The chandelier over the dining room was found in a Los Angeles prop studio. The dining table and benches were made from the reclaimed wood of a beam that was removed, custom designed and made by Mwanzi and Co. The flooring is white oak with a white stain. Chairs are by Kartell. The lighting pendants over the island are by Tom Dixon and were found at Centro in St. Louis. Appliances were collected as they found them on sale and were stored in the garage along with the collections, until the time was right… Even the dog was curated…from a South Central Los Angeles Animal Shelter.

Submitted by: Daniel

Source: Contemporist

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March 31, 2015

Digital Circlism in Celebrity Portraits by Ben Heine

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This incredibly talented artist came up with an original idea and started to create portraits from thousands of circles.
When looking close at these pictures it seems like chaotic mosaics, but when retreating a little bit everything falls into place.
The artist stated he has been making portraits for over 15 years now but it wasn’t very long ago that he started developing this original technique. “As I’ve been working with digital tools recently, this came quite naturally, and I’m a big fan of Pop Art and Pointillism. “Digital Circlism” is a modern fusion of them”. Ben takes inspiration from several photographs, then creates a brand new photomontage or a rough digital painting and he finally begins the long process of placing circles on a black background using image editing softwares and using his digital sketches as references (it requires between 100 and 180 hours of work for one portrait).

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In the people he chooses to portray, Ben often opts for celebrities he likes or admires, mainly singers or musicians.

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Source: Weezbo

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March 30, 2015

Crocheted Homeless Shelter

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Olek, a self-proclaimed “crochet graffiti” artist, recently brightened up a homeless shelter in India by swaddling the entire building in a colorful, knitted tapestry. The New York City-based artist completed her project as part of the Indian street art festival St+art Delhi, which is commissioning artists to beautify shelters to highlight the social issue of homelessness. The goal is “giving a new face to these structures and visibility to the people who live in them,” according to the festival’s website.
This particular shelter, Raine Basera, offers temporary, overnight lodging to women who are down on their luck. To make the project a reality, Olek spent a week manning a large team of volunteers and knitted alongside local women. The finished patchwork of colorful doilies depicts flowers, butterflies and elephants stretched across the building’s roof and walls. The shelter has been a beacon of warmth for countless ladies, and with its new sweater wrapping, the unseen effects of the shelter take on visible qualities.
Olek’s project calls attention to the way homelessness is woven into India’s social fabric. The bright colors and designs are characteristic of the country’s renowned textile industry, and the cheerful colors make it impossible for passersby to overlook the shelter and the issue of homelessness. In this way, the vibrantly colored tapestry is significant because it calls attention to a place and a problem many people choose to ignore.

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: mymodernmet.com

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March 28, 2015

150 Trees Protect an Apartment Complex

150 trees 1 While living in an urban environment has many benefits, you’re often subject to noise, pollution, and lack of green space. This five-storey apartment building by Luciano Pia minimizes these disadvantages by cloaking the structure in a beautiful potted forest. Located in Turin, Italy, the facade also features silhouetted metal trees that foster the look and feel of a magnificent tree house.

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There are 150 trees scattered along the outside of the residential building, and they absorb nearly 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. So, the lush greenery is not only aesthetically pleasing, but its natural absorption helps to eliminate harmful pollutants (such as car exhaust) as well as disruptive outside noise. Its presence also benefits the inside of the building, too. The plants’ full leaves in the spring and summer months mean that they help to block out the harsh sun. When they’re leafless in the winter, however, they bring in much-needed light to warm up the building.
This complex houses 63 units that each have terraces to hold the vegetation. In addition to the plants on the balconies, there are also gardens on the roof that further the idea of a grown up’s tree house. Though its inspiration comes from a childlike place, Pia’s design has fantastic real-world benefits for its tenants.

Submitted by: Sylvia

Source: My Modern Met

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:55am in Architecture, Being Green, Craftsmanship, Outdoor Living, Plant Decor Comments Off

March 27, 2015

Norwegian Heights

Nor Heights 1This historic ski jump will soon be helping overnight guests reach new heights with an amazing, renovated penthouse apartment that is suspended 200 feet in the air. The lofty living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was formerly a waiting room for competitors of the 1952 Winter Olympics. Now that it’s an apartment — set to open at the end of March — adventure lovers and ski enthusiasts can enjoy the spectacular vantage point overlooking snowcapped mountains with all the comforts of home. From the rooftop terrace, guests can even catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on a clear night.

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Lodging company AirBnB commissioned the project as part of a promotional contest, in which the company will give away the first night’s stay to the winner of an essay competition. The increasingly popular website that coordinates “places to stay from local hosts in 190+ countries” is known for offering accommodations in unusual venues. It’s no doubt the ski jump lodge ranks among the most unique. The apartment’s webpage humorously advises would-be guests, “Please do not apply if you are scared of heights.”

Submitted by: Jamie

Source: My Modern Met

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March 26, 2015


Arktivas 1Conceived by the German designer and engineer Werner Sobek, the Aktivhaus is a sophisticated modular and modernist home that generates twice as much energy as it consumes. Its components are fully recyclable, and take only a day to assemble; and the fact the modules can be stacked suggests they could be suited to high-density cities.

Sobek first started developing the Aktivhaus concept in 2000, when the design community was forced to consider fossil fuels, global warming and population growth. In this case, it was a house that produced no emissions or waste, and derived no energy from fossil fuels – three tenets Sobek refers to as the Triple Zero standard. The current Aktivhaus prototype in Stuttgart, Germany – nicknamed B10 – is powered by photovoltaic thermal panels on its roof, which generate electricity that creates heat as a byproduct. Fantastic right!

B10 doesn’t require as much energy as your typical home, thanks to the clever engineering of Sobek. The most intriguing element is that the house is connected to local weather stations so that it can adjust its energy usage based on the forecast. The inclusion of an underground ice storage tank also cuts down on energy needs by removing the need for traditional heating and air conditioning systems. “In summer, the ice is used to cool the house. By melting, it absorbs heat energy,” Sobek says. “In winter, it gradually freezes. Each time a chuck of water turns into ice, a certain amount of heat energy is released, which is then used to heat the house via a heat pump, which brings the energy to a higher temperature level.”

While the current prototype was imagined for high-density cities, Sobek hopes to bring the concept to all regions. This year, prototypes will be built in southern Argentina and Patagonia, while 2016 will see the Aktivhaus debut in Siberia and Turkey.


Submitted by: Dwayne

Source: cnn.com

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:45am in Architecture, Design Trends, Designer Homes, Going Green, Gotta Have It, Modern Technology Comments Off

March 25, 2015

A Starck Vortex

Philippe Starck‘s collaboration with AXOR, designer brand of Hansgrohe, has seen the French designer reshape the traditional aesthetic of the bathroom faucet through the introduction of softer shapes and flowing lines. Continuing with these creative sensibilities, he follows up with the ‘AXOR Starck V’ mixer — a design that brings forth a transparent, sculptural washbasin faucet that bridges the gap between the functional and emotional aspects of water at the washbasin.

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The technical innovations of ‘AXOR Starck V’ cannot go unmentioned. The transparency of the spout is rendered in organic crystal glass material, which is both sustainable and durable. With the importance of AXOR / Hansgrohe’s ecological values in mind, the faucet produces a flow-rate of 4L per minute, saving water without compromising user experience. What is unique about the open two-piece design is that it has a detachable spout, which is easily removed and installed via a click-in connection between it and its body. This feature allows for effortless cleaning (as it can also be removed and put in the dishwasher), spare part handling and flexible installation of its mixer body with the washbasin.
The spout itself is available in a range of options which include diamond and bevel cut versions that bring opulent glass elegance to the bathroom. These are a result of a high-quality diamond polishing technique, which is renowned for producing harmonious geometrical shapes that refract light. The precise placement of the cut edges at the spout’s base ensures that the water and vortex always remain visible to the eye. Additionally, a porcelain option is also available, which gives the seemingly fragile material hints of a softer dimension, and which visually harmonizes mixer and washbasin as one. Each mixer comes in 15 different finishes, and can be installed with either a lever or joystick handle. We can expect nothing less from Starck.

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: designboom.com

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March 24, 2015

DESIGNER PROFILE: Nanna Ditzel ( Denmark, 1923- 2005)

Nanna Ditzel was the most versatile and creative female designer that Denmark produced in the 20th century. Ditzel brought her talents to bear on a staggering array of forms — she designed furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles; and she shaped her pieces using an equally astonishing variety of materials, from wood and wicker to silver, ceramics and fiberglass.

Born in Copenhagen, she trained as a cabinetmaker at the Royal Academy’s furniture school — overseen by the great craftsman of the day, Kaare Klint — and graduated in 1943. Ditzel’s early work adhered to the classic Danish modernist tenets of simplicity, comfort and quality, and her armchairs, with their softly curved backrests are much in the spirit of Hans Wegner. Ditzel’s signature piece of that time is her “Ring chair.”Designed along with her husband, Jørgen Ditzel, a fabric maker, the chair has a semicircular padded armrest that seems to embrace the sitter. Ditzel began designing in wicker and in 1959 produced the “Hanging chair.” The piece, suspended from the ceiling by a chain, became a favorite for fashion shoots and may be as iconic of the 1960s as Eero Aarnio’s plastic ball chair of 1963.

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In 1956, Ditzel began designing for the Danish silverware firm Georg Jensen. In an association that lasted some 40 years, Ditzel would create organically shaped jewelry, barware, ceramic tableware and even tablecloths. Like her fellow Dane Verner Panton, Ditzel was not afraid to embrace industrial materials, and she began designing fiberglass chairs in the mid-1960s. Some of her most flamboyant work came toward the end of her career, in pieces such as 1989’s “Bench for Two,” with its shocking Op-art finish, or the “Trinidad chair” of 1992, with it’s sunburst-like, cut-though backs. Such feats of creativity were a fitting coda to one of the most imaginative, prolific and remarkable women of modern design.

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Submitted by: Daniel

Source: 1stDib

Posted by Mike McAllister 4:06pm in Uncategorized Comments Off

March 20, 2015


March Madness 3

Don’t miss this years March Madness sale. For 10 days only take 10% off your purchase of $500 or more and receive free local delivery. Save on any items we sell including in stock or special orders. There is no quantity limit, so now is the time to get all of the pieces you have been waiting for!

Sale ends Sunday March 29, 2015. This offer may not be combined with other promotional pricing. This offer does not apply to Sales Orders prior to March 20, 2015.

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