From Studio Rygalik, "The Kitchen" is a series of multitasking Frankenstein-esque pieces, like the salad stand with an IV drip for dressing, or the cutting board and table with attachments for hanging your shirts. I don't know if we can call these pieces practical, but as long as you're okay with "all-purpose" meaning "more than one purpose," you'll appreciate their strange existence.
In this contemporary take on architectural watercolors, Nathan Walsh creates hyper-realistic paintings of New York and Chicago. In reality, Nathan selects details from several pencil drawings he does on-site, allowing himself to build " a world from scratch." Each painting takes up to four months to complete and includes an incredible amount of detail and architectural integrity.
Using reclaimed wood, Heather Kocsis creates models of what cities might look like if old and new architecture had to co-exist, right on top of each other. Layer by layer, Kocsis imagines urban streets as they age, but cease to fade away. The artist's work has been described as "possess(ing) the subject matter of photojournalism, the compositions of paintings, and the tactile quality of sculpture," an appropriately comprehensive explanation, as the Kocsis feels no need to limit herself to any rules of design.
Micro-apartments forever! Actually, maybe not. But during your own personal ___________ and the City phase, it might be a good idea to take some notes on space-saving design to make your apartment look as big as possible. Brazilian architectural firm FGMF Arquitetos has offered the following photographic guide to maximizing your loft space.
Richard Neutra (April 8, 1892-April 16, 1970) was an Austrian-American architect. He is known as the creator of the California modern style, which melds the interior with the exterior. Some of his works include the Kaufmann House, the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, Palos Verdes High School, and the Jardinette Apartments. He is remembered as being especially open to his clients' preferences.
Designer Jens Risom, cofounder of Knoll Furniture Company and later JRD, shows you his beautifully summery prefab home and restful retreat on Block Island, New York. Originally purchased in the 1960s, the roomy cottage still serves as an inviting destination for younger generations of Risoms to rest up. Video below.
This elegant and tiny studio apartment is a testament to the power of good decorating. Modular furniture, a simple color palette, and great lighting do a lot to make the entire space seem airy and comfortable, without being claustrophobic. It's tough to do, but take note if you don't currently live in the palace of your dreams: it's all in the details.
I couldn't tell you where, but this massive bohemian apartment is located somewhere in New York City, and integrates several different design sensibilities, color palettes, and textures. There's a lot going on, which means a lot of possiblities for spectacular theme parties.
Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, Ocean House on Hawaii's Big Island is like a beautiful fortress dedicated to protecting your comfort and relaxation. The sunny sanctuary is full of elements from Balinese temples to invoke a visitor's deepest sense of calm.
Twins: Houses in Five Parts is an architectural project in upstate New York, for two brothers and their families who don't mind spending their vacations together, as long as they can retire to separate (neighboring) quarters. The overall structure is also some kind of mathematical meta-homage to the brothers' relationship as parts of a whole (twins are weird, as usual), but I'll let O'Brien explain that below.