Archinect - News 2015-04-19T04:10:49-04:00 HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York op-al 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:32:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> Need another idea for the Bigger than a Breadbox competition? Check out "La Cabane" by Julien Franc Wahlgreen Justine Testado 2015-02-14T12:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T12:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the vintage French Citro&euml;n Type H cargo van, "La Cabane" designed by independent creative director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julien Franc Wahlgreen</a> functions as a room within a room that can enhance the increasingly common working-from-home experience. Plus, the structure's beach shack or quaint treehouse resemblance creates a fairly inviting environment to get in the zone.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in a Copenhagen duplex apartment, La Cabane (which translates to "hut" or "shack" in English) can be placed at the top of a staircase so the user can walk right into their workspace. Constructed by cabinet maker Gustav Sandeg&aring;rd, La Cabane's wooden flaps can be opened widely to create an extra 2.4 square meters of workspace, letting in natural light and providing enough wiggle room to comfortably house one person.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to Wahlgreen, opening and closing the flaps becomes a daily ritual that can help the user mentally switch from "work mode" to "family life"/non-work mode. La Cabane's pared down plywood exterior looks l...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Furniture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-01-23T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:57:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Furniture</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office 04 / Tribal DDB</a> in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">i29 interior architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rua</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LARUS DESIGN</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT Beaver</a> Works in Cambridge, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a>; Photo: John Horner Photography/David Bragdon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Classroom 2 Everywhere</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise Projects LLC</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bottles' Congress</a> in Braga, Portugal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiago do Vale Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKEL_Bench</a> in Cambridge, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alfredo Pimentel</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Giving Shelter" Benefit for FixNation (a.k.a. the "Cat Condo")</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">team RNL</a> (Jeffrey Anglada, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Reitz</a>, James Sarratori, Colin Winchell); Photo: Grey Crawford</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;...</p> Don't Forget to Thank Your Socks (And Other Organizing Tips) Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T14:31:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Marie] Kondo&rsquo;s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not &ldquo;spark joy,&rdquo; after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment &mdash; your home already has all the storage you need [...] &ldquo;When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly,&rdquo; she writes, &ldquo;we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article goes on to quote&nbsp;Leonard Koren, a design theorist who has written extensively on Japanese aesthetics: "The idea of non-dualism is a relationship to reality that proposes that everything is inextricably connected and alive, even inanimate objects. If we are compassionate and respectful to everything that exists, then we would have to be compassionate about the socks in the drawer that aren&rsquo;t folded properly.&rdquo;</p><p>While perhaps laughable to some &ndash; particularly within the context of home-organizing &ndash;, taking seriously the idea that inanimate objects have a life of their own parallels a lot of emerging thought in contemporary philosophy. In particular, the philosophical school of "Object-Oriented Ontology" (OOO) seeks to destabilize the tradition of Western philosophy since at least Kant that relegates the reality of objects to their conforming to the human subject's perception. Graham Harman, whose doctoral dissertation&nbsp;"Tool-Being: Elements in a Theory of Objects" sparked the O...</p> The Eerie Architecture of East Germany's Secret Police Archinect 2014-09-22T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:48:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sterility of the photos, especially the images of prisoner bedrooms, hints at the degree to which the Stasi kept a tight lid on dissenters. In prison culture (or at least prison culture as it&rsquo;s portrayed in the movies), there&rsquo;s a lot of graffiti: on the walls, in library books, between cells. &ldquo;We were searching for any scratching or anything in the cells&mdash;usually you would think they were sending messages&mdash;but it was very clear you couldn&rsquo;t see anything&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why is Ikea a Non-profit? Archinect 2014-09-15T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:58:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IKEA has a little known secret: the company is a non-profit. Ingvar Kamprad the founder of IKEA created the philanthropic Stichting Ingka Foundation whose mission is to &ldquo;further the advancement of interior design.&rdquo; IKEA&rsquo;s bizarre business model looks like this: the nonprofit Stichting Ingka owns a private Dutch Company, Ingka Holdings that owns the majority of individual stores at the franchise level.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Research Shows How Viruses Quickly Contaminate Buildings Nicholas Korody 2014-09-09T17:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:30:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the facilities and commonly touched objects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> Real architects design chairs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:27-04:00 <img src="" width="470" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pretty much every architect in the alphabet has produced a chair, a miniature version of their particular aesthetic. [...] Buildings are all very well, but it seems you haven&rsquo;t truly made it as an architect until you&rsquo;ve given us something to sit on. [...] &ldquo;Mentally, it&rsquo;s a very good exercise, to go from [designing] a building to the smallest bit in a building,&rdquo; [Alex Michaelis] says. &ldquo;You go back to the detail of the human body."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T13:49:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street furniture is mostly used during the day and not used during the night, except by some homeless, who spend the night on the public benches in parks and on squares. RainCity Housing, a non-profit that provides specialized housing for people living with mental illness and addiction, has launched multi-functional street furniture that can be used as seating during the day and &lsquo;comfortable&rsquo; sleeping places for the homeless at night time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'</a></p> Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy Nicholas Korody 2014-07-02T18:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:22:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country &ndash; and perhaps the first public urban park in the world. Originally a shared cow pasture until overgrazing led to a real-life example of &ldquo;the tragedy of the commons&rdquo;, the 50 acre plot of land later bore witness to the Revolutionary War, public executions, riots, protests, and concerts. Now, Boston will be the most recent in a slew of international cities to adopt parklets as a means of activating and extending sidewalks into revitalized public spaces.</p><p>An increasingly popular tactic in urbanism, parklets are small spaces that often replace two or three parking spots to make way for seating, greenery and other amenities. Though often permanent, they tend to be constructed in ways that allow for easy dismantling, either to accommodate winter snows or for emergency situations. Started in San Francisco as unsolicited interventio...</p> Because Buildings Need Seats Alexander Walter 2014-05-22T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:24-04:00 <img src="" width="495" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>William Pedersen, 76, a founder of the architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, has designed some of the world&rsquo;s most notable skyscrapers [...]. In what may look to the observer like a counterintuitive career move, Mr. Pedersen, after 50 years of designing buildings, is diversifying by taking on furniture. The line, called Loop de Loop after the stunts performed by small aircraft, includes a side chair, dining chair, chaise and lounge chair with ottoman. Eventually there will be a rocker.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seven category winners for Designs of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-04-23T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T20:40:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Designs of the Year jury have chosen their cr&egrave;me de la cr&egrave;me of the world's most cutting-edge design. Since London's Design Museum announced the 76 nominees in February, the competition has narrowed down to seven category winners. In the final step of the competition, one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner by June 30 at an event hosted by St. Martins Lane London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The category winners are:</p><p>(Pictured above) Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher</p><p>Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr. Mario Giardini, Dr. Iain Livingstone</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle /</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Transport: XL1 CAR &ndash; Designed by Volkswagen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details can be found on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Seventy-six nominations listed for Designs of the Year 2014</strong></a></p> "Poczekalnia", a restaurant design inspired by prison Archinect 2013-11-22T19:07:00-05:00 >2013-11-22T19:07:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "Poczekalnia", Polish for "Waiting Room",&nbsp; is the eleventh project of the collection "XII", by designer Karina Wiciak.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The designer has shared with us photos of the project and the following description...</p> <p> Not only the interior but also the name of the restaurant itself is a kind of metaphor, because the prison itself can be euphemistically described as a kind of waiting room.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The entire interior was done in white and black pop-art colours, with the addition of orange fabric - as a characteristic element of clothing of convicts in prison.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Prison bars, and even the cells in which paradoxically the VIP rooms are located, are the main element of the design. The bar is also behind the prison bars, and the toilets are designed in the form of iron cages, enclosed with orange curtains and glass wall (outside).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Hanging lamps in the shape of handcuffs and a chandelier in the form of a key chain are another prison motives. Interiors are complemented by tables and chair...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Furniture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2013-11-22T15:23:00-05:00 >2013-11-22T15:26:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p> <p> (<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p> Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Furniture</em></a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flank Lamp</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sonja Tonev</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Marlin</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spore Lamps</a> in Oakland, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Kudless</a>, Mariko Kobayashi (Schematic Design), Seth Barnard (Assembly)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">R-01</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rzlbd</a>; Photo: Lynsie Roberts</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uhrwerk (shop)</a> in Vienna, Austria by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smartvoll Architekten ZT KG</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nordeast Industries</a> in Minneapolis, MN by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josh Lewandowski</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mobile Urban Square</a> in Turin, Italy by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Izmo</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PIVO</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yen Feng Adrian Wu</a>, Greg Papove, Darcy Greindar working with the architecture company Stantec</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3 Arm Chandelier</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workstead</a></p> <p> (Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dip Desk</a> in Ann A...</p> Winners of the Workplace of the Future Competition Justine Testado 2013-11-20T19:26:00-05:00 >2013-11-21T13:32:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results are in for the Workplace of the Future Design Competition, presented by Metropolis and Business Interiors by Staples. The design competition questions the blurred definition of the workplace and the present-day possibility that work can be done just about anywhere now, with wireless and cloud technology readily available. With this in mind, entrants were challenged to design an ideal workspace fit for the mobile work environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The jury, which featured Tom Krizmanic &mdash; a principal at STUDIOS Architecture &mdash; and other esteemed members in leading corporations, selected three winning projects:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; First place: Vertical Flux: The Office Tower as Fluctuating Atmospheres by Joseph Filippelli</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Runner-up (Second place): CoLAB by Eckhart, team: Teun van den Dries, Frank van Haalen, Britt Brijder, Sander Mulders, Pauline Quast</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Honorable mention (Third place): NEXUS: The locomotion of business by Sara Willhoite, Angie Tjisnoyo, Matthew Ford, Mina Lee</p> <p> All images courtesy of <em>Metropolis</em>.</p> <p> For a more in-depth look into the competition, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent article</a> from <em>Metropolis</em>.</p> David Kohn Architects’ Carrer Avinyó awarded INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2013 Justine Testado 2013-10-08T17:24:00-04:00 >2013-10-10T21:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Kohn Architects won the World Interior of the Year 2013 title at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors awards ceremony in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on Oct. 4. The INSIDE festival occured within the same week of its parent event, the World Architecture Festival 2013. David Kohn Architects won the top interior design award for their refurbishing of the Carrer Aviny&oacute; apartment in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2013 - Award Category Winners</a></p> Winners of the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Justine Testado 2013-09-18T15:14:00-04:00 >2013-09-19T09:33:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the 5th annual UK and International Restaurant and Bar Design Awards were announced during the London awards ceremony on Sept. 12. Every year, the competition receives entries from the best architects, designers and hospitality operators in the UK and worldwide. The judges also usually consist of several influential figures including designers, creative and hotel directors, editors, and food critics.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Overall Winners:</p> <ul><li> Best Bar: Atrium Champagne Bar (London) by Foster + Partners</li> <li> Best Restaurant: H&ouml;st (Denmark) by NORM Architects</li> </ul> Architecture Student Converts School Bus Into Cozy Home Archinect 2013-08-19T19:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>School buses are so much fun. The springy seats, the awkward-to-open windows [..]&mdash;it all hearkens back to a time in your life when you were younger, happier and worry-free. But did you ever imagine living in one? Hank Butitta did. By his last semester at architecture school, Butitta had grown weary of doing projects that only existed on paper, ones that were destined to be filed away and forgotten. He got sick of making things that nobody cared about. So what did he do? He bought a school bus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ikea's new AR app superimposes furniture into your empty room Archinect 2013-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to last year&rsquo;s unveil of an augmented reality-capable catalog, Ikea now boasts a new app feature that can turn that little book into a virtual piece of furniture. The new AR can now help shoppers envision what the furniture might look like in their apartment by adding the illusion of the product on top of the live view through a smartphone camera.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NS Stations by NL Architects Alexander Walter 2013-07-02T18:06:00-04:00 >2013-07-02T18:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NL Architects recently completed the project NS Station, a major office interior revamp over 9 stories right on top of Central Station in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The project resulted from a 2011 competition win where NL Architects made the Thick Walls&trade; system the conceptual core: big shelves absorb the clutter that normally spreads trough the office - wardrobes, bookshelves, flip boards, archive, bulletin boards. And sometimes even the stairs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview: The Principals (Part I.) Gravitas 2013-06-21T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-06-21T20:35:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can we start by exploring your process of developing an initial idea for a project? You all have very different backgrounds, specialising in metalwork, industrial design and architecture. How do these backgrounds integrate? Can this culmination of different abilities become challenging? It is extremely challenging integrating our different perspectives &ndash; based on our specialties, you can encounter all phases and scales of project development simultaneously</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archeology of the Digital Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-08T12:41:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T20:58:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now is the time stop starting with "in the future" in relationship to digital technology. This show will tell, "in the past digital technology did this." It is time to write its history.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Greg Lynn aims to pull the curtain on the digital positioning of sci-fi and other camps and record the history of the subject for what it really is or was. This could help the recent debates of what is what, and,&nbsp;depending on the curation,&nbsp;place certain legacies in place.&nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #313 Nam Henderson 2013-04-30T11:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-03T15:14:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SDR complained "The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ? Really ? Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ? What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as a work of architecture. I know nothing about it. But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Gray reviewed</a> John Hill&rsquo;s book <em>A Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture</em>, reflected on the current revival of traditional architecture in the United States, and asked Mr. Hill if he has "<em>a bias against the neo-traditional movement?</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <strong>SDR</strong> complained "<em>The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ?&nbsp; Really ?&nbsp; Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ?&nbsp; What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as&nbsp; a work of architecture.&nbsp; I know nothing about it.&nbsp; But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)</em>".</p> <p> <strong>observant</strong> summarized Mr. Gray&rsquo;s argument "<em>Ok, so the world is getting tired of peeling Gehry's buildings and the odd cowlicks in Morphosis's buildings, and we're headed back to another swat at post-modern, except that this one is Prairie School revival.&nbsp; I would not have been able to deduce that very easily.&nbsp; It's really watered down.&nbsp; And if the people in the...</em></p> Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life" called into The Principals Office Gravitas 2013-04-12T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T18:07:24-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...even for a big gun like Koolhaas, the global depression has had an impact. Thus his new furniture line for Knoll called &ldquo;Tools for Life.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a pretty standard track for any architect when the commissions start to dry up; have some interns fart out designs for a furniture line, ship it off to China for production, then slap a price tag on it with no less that 4 zeros and BOOM! you&rsquo;re back makin&rsquo; Bentley payments and wearing Prada suits in no time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Every week The Principals call someone new into their office, this week it's Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life."</p> Design Museum London Announces the Designs of the Year 2013 Category Winners Alexander Walter 2013-04-10T17:56:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T17:57:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in January, we had published the shortlisted nominees in the Architecture category of the sixth annual Designs of the Year Awards, hosted by London's Design Museum. Today now the final winners across the seven categories&mdash;Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product, Transport&mdash;were announced, too.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rudy's pink by Stephen Prina, as he remembers it Orhan Ayyüce 2013-04-07T13:59:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T16:01:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;brave new color, for a brave new world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>"It&rsquo;s 1980s Los Angeles. Nighttime. (</em>Freshly graduated Michael Asher students from Cal Arts,)<em> Stephen Prina and fellow artist Christopher Williams walk along La Brea Avenue and a pink shape in a glowing storefront display catches their attention. Unable to identify the object, they approach the store and discover the puzzling unit is a desk designed by Austrian architect R.M. Schindler.&nbsp; Something feels odd about the desk, and the artists soon learn it was once built-in to a Schindler house; but, having been removed from its original architectural context, the desk has been painted pink and is now presented, awkwardly, as a freestanding object.</em></p> <p> <em>Looking back on that noteworthy discovery nearly three decades later, Prina says of the desk, &ldquo;it appeared to us as an amputated limb.&rdquo; Thus the seed was planted for Prina&rsquo;s installation As He Remembered It, opening as part of his solo exhibition in BCAM and in the Pavilion for Japanese Art. The exhibition is open to members starting toda...</em></p> Gert Wingårdh's stunning installation at this week's Stockholm Furniture Fair Archinect 2013-02-06T19:49:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Swedish architect Gert Wing&aring;rdh and Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi have joined creative forces to design the installation that will set the stage for talks on design and architecture at the fair. They have each started out from their own perspective while adhering to a shared vision.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;From the very beginning, the idea has been to create a spatiality for communication in which furniture and design have a presence in words and images, as well as a physical presence. To explain the concept behind an item of furniture, what you were thinking and how you arrived at the design, gives a deeper dimension to the object. This is something we&rsquo;ve wanted to focus on more this year and so we&rsquo;re giving furniture companies a chance to introduce themselves, their products and designers by communicating through a new program item we call Show 'n Tell,&rdquo; explains Sanna Gebeyehu, the producer of the project.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &#8232;&#8232;The design suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an &lsquo;...</p> OMA Creates Prada’s Ideal House Archinect 2013-01-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:41:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The staging was called the Ideal House, and it was a fully furnished modern home, but one with an audience, a runway wrapped around it, and &ldquo;windows&rdquo; projected on the walls with scenes of the outside world. It was the latest in many intricate and avant-garde pairings between Prada and OMA... The 12-piece furniture collection, designed by OMA for Knoll, will debut at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cahier d'Exercices by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Archinect 2013-01-10T14:58:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:18:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Cahier d&rsquo;Exercices is located at the entrance level of the historic Ross warehouse-store.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The stone fa&ccedil;ade, its cast iron columns, and an expansive brick wall (punctuated with pieces of wood and metal) that runs the length of the store recall the 19th Century building&rsquo;s industrial past as a retailer of large tissues, leathers and furs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Crossing the threshold, the visitor is invited to explore the boutique by the clever use of a &ldquo;degrad&eacute;&rdquo; &mdash; or gradient effect &mdash; on the ceiling.&nbsp; The colour changes gradually from a reflective, latex-like black to a pure diaphanous white, drawing visitors toward a reflective, opalescent mirror that extends the perspective of the space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Placed at distinct intervals and delicately suspended from the ceiling, the racking system was custom designed by the architect to permit the clothing displayed to be perceived as a changing and evolving building material.&nbsp; Slightly reminiscent of the sculptural work of artist Fred Sandback, the straight, c...</p>