Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:26

Connecting Old & New: Melkwegbridge Arch


I've never heard of Purmerend, Netherlands but they've put themselves on the map now, with this ritzy new arch-bridge designed by NEXT architects. The bridge connects the older neighborhood with the new part of town, building a literal platform between history and growth. This increase in urban planning is part of the town's new masterplan, entitled "De Kanaalsprong". Sounds ominous but clearly they know what they're doing.

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The Happiness Project is brought to you by architectural artist Mark Lascelles Thornton, who uses a rotring pen on white paper to create these incredibly detailed grayscale representations of major cities. So far, Thornton has covered Chicago, New York, London, and a few Asian cities, including Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. The final project includes eight panels which span eight feet by five feet, and are viewable in detail on the artist's tumblr.

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Belgian design company Mooz has designed a "taste tree" built using around 5,000 pieces of crockery donated by local residents. The tree reaches 9 meters in height (about 30 feet) and allows the people of Hasselt, Belgium to come together and contribute to the Christmas spirit.

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From designer Daisuke Motogi, the "Lost in Sofa" is the chair where you can store all you pocket stuff on purpose. Whether you want to safely tuck away your phone, wallet, and keys before you sit down, or you have an intense couch–surfing session to get to, and snack trips into the kitchen every fifteen minutes are just not an option for you, the "Lost in Sofa" is sympathetic to your couch potato ways. Go ahead, let the lumps flow through you.

Below, a detailed look at the "Lost in Sofa" and more space-saving, couch–potato–friendly furniture by Daisuke Motogi.

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Monday, 10 December 2012 20:52

Mon Chéri, You Only Want Me For My Bread!


"Say it is not so, my love! The look on your face when you taste my fresh bread is not the look you give me!" said a French woman in no film ever. But if this was a film, and perhaps a sequel to Chocolat, it would be set in this trippy designer bakery. The wavy walls exist as storage for bread, while also being eye-catching and memorable. Designed by wacky Australian firm March Studio.

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Sure, the bible may have been a best-seller when it first came out back in the day. But since then, there has been a multitude of other great literature, like the plays of Shakespeare, Harry Potter and Fifty Shades of Grey. The world needs somewhere to store all these works. That's why this church in Maastricht, Holland has been renovated into a book store, complete with a Dutch Starbucks and everything. Because even though signs of religious practice may be declining, at least people's need for stories and curiosity are as abundant as ever. Designed by Merkx + Girod.

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This is a campaign for the Stiftung Berliner Harmoniker (the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), photographed by Mierswa and Kluska and developed by art director Björn Ewers. It's easy to get lost in these images of the insides of instruments, which look like a cross between the Matrix and the coolest attic you could imagine.

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Maja Wrońska is an architecture student from Poland who followed her mother's footsteps into architecture. She began attending drawing classes as a result of Poland's requirements for architecture school, and has turned her dual training into these beautiful watercolors.

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This house looks just like something that a child would draw when imagining their dream house. Except architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson actually built it. The Combs Point Residence, located in the New York Finger Lakes region, spans from delta to forest and allows for it's residents to be surrounded by nature from every angle. It's no wonder the firm won six different awards for this abode.

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Sometimes the internet just makes me really happy – this is one of those times. Without the internet, I doubt I would ever have found out about The Dog House Sofa from Korean design studio min n mun. It's made out of pet–friendly fabrics, which means you won't have to worry about your dog (or cat) ruining your carefully chosen furniture. It's perfect for small spaces and apartments, where you want to use your square footage especially carefully. Also, it's just really, really adorable.

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