May 05, 2015

More is More: Studio Job’s Archives Wallpaper Collection

Wallpaper 2Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the team behind the Antwerp-based design practice, Studio Job, are used to grabbing headlines with their sardonic ‘neo-Gothic’ solo projects and collaborations—and the just-concluded Salone del Mobile in Milan was no exception. With a suite of dizzying, theatrical installations, Studio Job introduced a range of über-ornamental wallpaper designs, created for Dutch wallpaper company NLXL, that duly set tongues wagging.
The Archives collection, so named for its reprisal of existing iconography from the studio’s previous projects, comprises a line of distinct wallpaper patterns that reflect Studio Job’s preoccupation with intricately detailed, highly embellished illustrations—investigations which pointedly reject the Modernist credo of ‘less is more’ in favor of ‘more is best.’
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Visually resplendent, whether applied as single pattern or arranged as a montage, the Archivescollection—designs which are reported to run 9 meters (29 ft) in length without repetition—reflects Studio Job’s penchant for cross-pollinating disciplines and averting labels. The Archives collection straddles the line between design and art, between decorative element and singular visual expression—inviting the question of whether the patterns deserve to be adhered to a wall or, rather, framed and hung on it.

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May 04, 2015

At Park & Rec, It’s All Fun and Games, and Really Good Cocktails

pARK AND rECThe party comes to University Heights next month.
A new kind of food and drink revelry is gearing up for launch in University Heights, where neighborhood fixture Bourbon Street (4612 Park Boulevard), which shuttered in January, is being replaced by Park & Rec, an indoor/outdoor bar-focused hangout that’s due before Memorial Day.
Waypoint Public owner John Pani of ELE Collective has tasked drink dynamos Trevor Easter (Noble Experiment) and Anthony Schmidt (Fairweather, Rare Form) with crafting 15 signature cocktails that Pani says will be simple, straightforward and made with a compact list of ingredients; they’ll be featured at Park & Rec’s largest bar, housed in its main building along with seating and shuffleboard, fronted by a sidewalk patio.
At the center of the 3,500-square-foot space is an oak tree-shaded courtyard that will be filled with park benches, a ping-pong table and old school games. A second outdoor space will hold communal tables and another greenhouse-like bar that will serve daytime refreshers. Park & Rec’s food service will be provided by Royale with Cheese, which will cook up a menu of burger, grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots and salads; on weekends, a variety of breakfast sandwiches will be available.
The multi-use venue host live bands and DJs, and there’s even a dance floor inside a Craftsman-style cottage, which has more seating and another bar and will be opened for special events.
Pani also holds the lease to the adjacent 3,500-square-foot Lei Lounge, which will be a separate, more restaurant-centric venture. It will likely reopen in late summer.

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April 23, 2015

TAKE ME TO CHURCH Chapel in the Ozarks

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Remotely located in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, the Thorncrown Chapel’s design has truly stood the test of time. This June marks the chapel’s 35th anniversary and for that occasion they brought in a photographer to document it throughout the seasons of 2014-15.
E. Fay Jones, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the wooden structure within a woodland sanctuary where it blends perfectly with its environment. The simple design features 425 windows that span over 6,000 square feet of glass, letting visitors feel like they are outside amongst the trees. Sitting atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, Thorncrown rises up 48 feet above the ground. Wanting to preserve the land, Jones only allowed building materials that two men could carry through the woods. Larger elements, like the trusses, were assembled on site.

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April 23, 2015

ArtWalk 2015 to Color Streets of Little Italy

Artwalk 1Little Italy will be covered in color and art this weekend as the 31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk hits the streets. The popular, free outdoor arts festival is happening both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more than 120,000 people expected to enjoy the art vendors, live music and interactive, art-focused activities.

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ArtWalk spokesperson Angie Lasagna said the street fest will span 17 blocks between Ash and Grape streets with more than 350 booths for attendees to peruse. Many of those artist booths will line India Street. A special KidsWalk area will keep the little ones entertained with 13 interactive booths. Organizers say the ArtWalk activities will help support the mission of ArtReach San Diego, the non-profit organization that takes art workshops into San Diego County schools, offering free programming to schools with no resources for art education.

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April 17, 2015

From the Ground, UP

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04 16 2015  5Are you looking to spruce up an area quickly and stylishly? Does your room need a focal point or anchor? Rugs are the perfect source of art for the floor, and are one of the easiest and most versatile items to decorate with.. There is no disputing that a room without a rug feels empty. . .

There are different rugs that speak to different people, and that’s the beauty of them. They can add drama, texture, color, pattern and vibrancy. They connect with different people for different reasons. We have revamped out rug selection at Hold It Contemporary Home, and have snapped up fresh finds from leading rug vendors, including Chandra, Linie Designs, Surya, Jaunty Rugs, and Alliyah. Come and see which one will inspire you!

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April 16, 2015


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If you had never imagined a helicopter being all that luxurious, think again. The Bell 525 Relentless is now in development and will feature a variety of gorgeous interiors that are commonly found aboard private jets. It’ll have a customizable 88-square-foot cabin that boasts over-sized swivel seating, conference layouts, and a mini galley. At first glance, you not might even realize that it’s the inside of a helicopter!
While passengers will be comfortable, the flight crew will also have state-of-the-art equipment. The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit, and it features sidekick controls with an integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. Cruising speeds can reach 178 miles per hour and fly up to 575 miles without having to refuel. This allows it to meet the demands of emergency response crews as well as corporate shuttle missions.

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April 11, 2015

Weather Friendly Architecture

Weather Friendly Architecture

Located on a northwest slope overlooking British Columbia’s Whistler Valley, this country house in Canada has been designed to shed snow from its roof into storage areas within the site. Completed by Patkau Architects, the external form of ‘Hadaway House’ is also a direct response to the allowable building footprint and height limitations.
Internally, the main level is essentially one large space with living, dining and kitchen areas with an outdoor deck that opens up to the valley view below. A vertical crevice of space runs under the highest roof ridge, bisecting the warped volume and bringing light to the deepest part of the section and plan. Stairs rise within this rift and a bridge connects the master bedroom suite and the adjacent study. At the lowermost level more intimate spaces house guest bedrooms and a second living area, as well as a large service area where skiers can store necessary equipment.
The slabs and walls which enclose the lower floor are concrete construction, while the uppermost stories are a composite steel and heavy timber structure with wood frame infill. The entire structure is sheathed with a monolithic screen of open-spaced 2 x 6 cedar boards over conventional roof and wall assemblies. The thermal mass of the lower concrete structure dampens temperature swings during summer and winter. In warmer months the interior is naturally cooled and ventilated by drawing air from the lower level on the north side of the house to vent at the top of the central rift.

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April 10, 2015

Vondom Modern Furniture Lights up Australia’s Matisse Beach Club

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04102015 1Western Australia’s Matisse Beach Club, resplendent in striking modern outdoor furniture by Vondom, is racking up 2015 design awards. Located in the Perth suburb of Scarborough, the club’s design was overseen by Oldfield Knott Architects, whose sharply angled architectural elements and Miami-esque color scheme were conveniently aided by a dazzling selection of futuristic, faceted contemporary furnishings from the Vondom Faz and Vertex collections. Featuring a suite of indoor and outdoor meeting and dining spaces, and slope-roofed cabanas that can accommodate up to 14, the club’s impossibly glamorous design has already taken home a slew of awards, and is a finalist for the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards—and you won’t catch us betting against it.

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April 09, 2015

SDM Apartment by Architectura en MovimientoSD

04092015 404092015 5Located in central Mumbai, Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop’s six story building, featuring two stories per apartment, contrasts standard housing in India by attending to similar spaces with diverse ideas. The SDM Apartment, in particular, houses uniquely designed rooms, which blend seamlessly with the space overall.
The centerpiece of the apartment is the staircase, a striking work of art in and of itself.

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Visible from nearly every public area of the apartment, the staircase draws its viewers in as it blooms with natural light. A bulk of the staircase is made up of flat, horizontal boards that curve up from the first floor to the second, creating steps on both levels from minimal beams and vertical portions against which one could nestle with a book in hand. The unique segmented design of the staircase is replicated in many works throughout the apartment.

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April 08, 2015

Hand Dug Caves

Hand Dug Caves

Wielding a wheelbarrow-backpack, American artist Ra Paulette hikes a mile into the sandstone mesas of northern New Mexico. For over ten years, Ra has traveled alone to his luminous caves, chipping scraping and digging away into the mountainsides carving out wondrous light-filled caverns. each pile of dirt was intentionally dug and personally discarded by Ra, as the concepts of the luminous caves delves even deeper than the sheer wonder of one person creating a masterpiece of this scale, alone, every day for over ten years.
Paulette was always struck by the relationship between humans, nature, and the inner soul. A solitary walk through a forest is more than a casual stroll, it becomes an introspective pilgrimage. When complete, the caves are meant to provide surreal transformative environments for this exact purpose- they are designed to foster ‘spiritual renewal and personal well-being‘. Illuminated only by light tunnels in the ceilings, each chamber possesses its own unique qualities. Although the designs cannot really be likened to any one specific style, each space exhibits a mastery of textures brought to life by light, each creating their own feeling. When complete, the caves will become a venue for artistic events and personal discovery. by combining a sense of wonder, beauty, and the sacred, Paulette attempts to change our actions as a society to help bring about change.

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