Archinect - Features 2016-02-10T15:17:56-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/147429507/waka-waka-s-furniture-strikes-a-balance-between-simplicity-and-playfulness Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T16:21:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yt/ytaovbmu52howk05.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wake Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio&rsquo;s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:27:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2zjvsjh2mee7bmx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://softbaroque.com/" target="_blank">Soft Baroque</a>, the London-based design studio founded by Sa&scaron;a &Scaron;tucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates unwieldy materials like fireworks and water vapor, and treats history like a hunk of clay to be molded. They have an adept and playful way of involving conceptual elements in their work that makes you wonder how form and function alone ever seemed like sufficient ends for a design &ndash; or, at the very least, why your living room table is so boring.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146210511/modular-benches-provide-maximum-functionality-and-versatility-for-lake-jasper-house Modular benches provide maximum functionality and versatility for Lake Jasper House Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-02T13:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:25:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p3149abcvtu9wy0a.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Lake Jasper House, designed by <a href="http://www.architecturama.ca/" target="_blank">Architecturama</a>, stands in the midst of a forested haven in Chertsey, Canada. The Quebec-based architecture firm has thoughtfully combined a minimalist aesthetic with maximum functionality, optimizing the use of the house&rsquo;s interior space. In keeping with their manifesto, Architecturama has approached their design with the intention &ldquo;to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses,&rdquo; in addition to reducing an environmental footprint in any way conceivable.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design Julia Ingalls 2015-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T20:48:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/defyr5i1bhvqzqoa.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/90770863/showcase-abedian-school-of-architecture-by-crab-studio ShowCase: Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T14:30:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7r2jreb0f15ig2c.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/82684993/student-works-saltworks-from-washington-university-in-st-louis Student Works: "Saltworks" from Washington University in St. Louis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-02T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-01-31T09:18:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzoeb9nczeiwsu0h.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Finding inspiration in the genetics behind a giraffe&rsquo;s neck, students at Washington University in St. Louis used parametric design methods to build a flexible piece of public furniture for the university campus.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/81464812/working-out-of-the-box-scout-regalia Working out of the Box: Scout Regalia Archinect 2013-09-12T12:00:00-04:00 >2013-09-21T19:34:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zhrcbno02gwlwf9.jpg" width="514" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box </strong></a>is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p> In this installment, we're talking with Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy, founders of LA-based product design studio <a href="http://www.scoutregalia.com/" target="_blank">Scout Regalia</a>.</p> <p> <em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, <a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/55830183/student-works-insitu-medellin Student Works: INSITU Medellin Nicholas Waissbluth 2012-08-27T10:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T22:28:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de8ifxug9ha8lp1d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> INSITU is an initiative founded by Blokcad Lab and uAbureau in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto- construction processes. Its central objective is to explore how the ecological and the social environments of the city can be merged to create new and unforeseen landscapes. Through a series of ongoing workshops, lectures and events, the program is directed to students, professionals and communities working in art, architecture, design and its related fields.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/33451419/showcase-white-elephant-privately-soft ShowCase: White Elephant (Privately Soft) Archinect 2012-01-05T14:06:00-05:00 >2013-10-09T11:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7ht817itfvw5ql6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>ShowCase</strong> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p> <p> <em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>. </em></p>