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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Posted by Mike McAllister 7:43am in Architecture, Designer Homes, Industrial Design, Modern Design Comments Off

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

Posted by Mike McAllister 6:17am in Architecture, Events, Going Green, Local Happenings, Museums Comments Off

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.
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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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Posted by Mike McAllister 10:00am in Architecture, Design Trends, Hotel/Motel, Restaurants Comments Off

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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August 11, 2014


There have been great innovative designs that make life easier for the sight impaired. A few good examples are the Bruno Bell Mug, Touch Color Digital Braille Drawing Board, and The Universal Phone. These designs are all dedicated to the blind. Here’s a look at a few Innovative Designs to help the Sight Impaired.


Above is Siafu PC by Jonathan Lucas. Lucas’s design gives the blind a fair chance to explore the world of computers in a limitless way. A conceptual material called magneclay or magnetized liquid possessing limitless morphing capabilities forms the base of this design.
And below, the B-Touch developed by Zhenwei You is an iPhone kinda phone with a Braille interface voice systems and programs to function as regular phone, book reader, and object recognizer.


This new color-reader by Lifeng Yu (The Bright-F) detects the brightness, saturation, and hue of colored fabrics, thereby allowing a blind person to literally pick his choice of color. It relays the color information via a voice feedback. Below this specialized Rubik Cube (by Zhiliang Chen) has six different basic materials: Metal, wood, textile, rubber, plastic, and stone. Different textures make it easy for the Blind to comprehend and play a joyful game!


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Posted by Mike McAllister 10:00am in Ergonomic Living, Industrial Design, Modern Technology Comments Off

August 10, 2014


Mornings just got a little easier with this coffee-making alarm clock, the Barisieur, by British industrial designer Joshua Renouf. When it’s time, the multi-functioning machine begins brewing a fresh cup of coffee right by your bedside. The Barisieur eases the wake-up process by replacing a high-pitched buzzer wit hthe brewing motions of steel ball bearings and boiling water followed by the delicious aroma of fresh coffee. To set it up, users simply fill the milk container, sugar, and coffee grounds the night before. Before actually leaving the cozy comfort of your covers, a steaming hot cup of Joe is ready and waiting to get your morning going in the right direction.

Perfect Wake Up


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Posted by Mike McAllister 10:00am in Cooking, Design Trends, Gotta Have It, Industrial Design, Modern Design Comments Off

August 02, 2014

Trending: Rose Gold

Rose GoldHold It Staff took the reins at Las Vegas Market, hunting for trends and searching out the latest and greatest from all of our vendors, to bring them home to San Diego. There were glimpses of rose gold to be spotted from floor to floor alongside plush upholstery and cutting edge designs. Rose gold can be found where chrome and polished brass once took center stage in furniture, lamps and hardware. Do not be afraid to combine rose gold with your current chrome or satin nickel finishes. Mixing metals is a very layered, sophisticated approach to design. The metal will add a chic, modern touch to any space and will be your favorite new statement piece in 2014.

Posted by Coco 10:00am in Design Trends, Staff Picks Comments Off

August 01, 2014


FairingsFairings are specialized coverings that surround an existing prosthetic leg, accurately recreating the body form through a process that uses three-dimensional scanning to capture the unique leg shape. But Fairings not only return the lost contour, they invite an expression of personality and individuality that has never before been possible.

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But to make this an even more personal part of the prosthetic leg, Fairings can be enhanced with patterns, graphics, and materials—including leather, ballistic nylon fabric, chrome plating, and even tattoos. By creating a unique custom form that presents the individual, Bespoke Innovations hopes to change the way the world thinks of prostheses.

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Donate Your Leg! (Well, sort of…)Think of this simple act as the easiest way you can impact someone’s life. We often work with bilateral amputees, who have no original reference leg to use as an anatomical template. In these cases, we ask for volunteers to be scanned so we may use their limb as a reference for our patient. The process is quick and easy — show up at our San Francisco studio in shorts (or bring them), and we scan your leg in minutes. Your leg shape will then be “given” to someone in need. We are not currently seeking donors but will post requests for specific “anatomy donors” as appropriate.


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July 27, 2014

Tribeca Loft

Tribeca1Recently discovered, two duplex penthouses located in the historic Duane Street in prime TriBeCa,New York were listed for sale together (although they can also be sold separately). But, the owners combined these two homes into “the ultimate 4550 square feet trophy residence”. In between the two penthouses there are over 2300 square feet of landscaped private roof terrace with a hot tub, barbecue, built-in wet bar, and fireplace. The project boasts a total of 12 rooms, with 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms.


A variety of materials and textures makes this unconventional crib homey and appealing. Gorgeous cast iron pillars and floor to ceiling arched windows with brick walls in the living room offer great natural light and an overall powerful character. Other features include beautiful glass French Doors leading to North and South terraces, contemporary high end furnishings, custom backlit millwork built around the fireplace and surround sound speakers. The cost for the two penthouses combined is $9,950,000.

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