Archinect - News 2016-07-27T03:48:25-04:00 Designing a transparent chair for toy storage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T17:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-17T17:54:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The "Mom" chair is a kid-sized acrylic seat with an opening on top where kids can drop their toys. It makes the dreaded toy clean-up exceedingly simple&mdash;and looks damn good to boot&mdash;but the true genius is in its transparency. Unlike opaque storage systems, toys can be easily spotted and dug out from within its clear walls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has lived through the chaos of a child playing (the point of which can seem to be to maximally distribute their toys across a given floor area) will appreciate this inventive, highly functional design by Carlo Contin:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>For more of Furniture February:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Very refined; it&rsquo;s like a jewel" &ndash; a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> Wired gets Snøhetta, SHoP and SOM to push the limits of LEGO Archinect 2013-10-31T12:33:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T14:27:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a freewheeling round of discussions, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s New York office settled on a unique challenge: building a Lego structure that captured the plastic bricks&rsquo; unique relationship to gravity. &ldquo;A Lego building has a lightness that a real building doesn&rsquo;t have to contend with,&rdquo; says Craig Dykers, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s co-founder. &ldquo;We thought wouldn&rsquo;t it be interesting to capture the feeling of gravity in a Lego block, where gravity actually has very little influence in many ways on its structure...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><em>Snohetta found a delicate equilibrium with this boomerang-shaped tower. Photo: Gregory Reid</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><em>SOM froze its unique LEGO infrastructure in a solid block of ice. Photo: Zack Burris</em></p> LEGO® Architecture Studio now in stores Justine Testado 2013-08-02T12:47:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T14:12:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> You can never be too old to play with LEGOs. Yesterday, the beloved brand released its latest series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture Studio</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects, the set includes a guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for a preview (PDF)</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> Every toolkit includes over 1,200 monochromatic LEGO bricks, slopes, planes, and more that let you learn the fundamentals of design in a LEGO context. And instead of the usual step-by-step manual, the kit has a 272-page guidebook full of tips, techniques, inspiration, and even intuitive exercises to really get your creativity flowing.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> At $150 a set, the price is pretty steep. But in comparison to actual building costs <em>and</em> having complete freedom with your project? It's probably worth it.<br> &nbsp;</p> The Free Universal Construction Kit Paul Petrunia 2012-03-19T12:02:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T16:12:23-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children&rsquo;s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems&mdash;enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This is totally brilliant.</p> What can a toy do for architecture? Archinect 2011-11-21T18:59:12-05:00 >2011-11-21T19:47:03-05:00 <img src="" width="450" height="822" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opinion seemed to be divided along generational lines. Simon, FAIA, shared Berman&rsquo;s sentiment. Simon founded San Francisco-based SMWM, once the region&rsquo;s most successful woman-owned firm. (SMWM has since joined Perkins + Will where the formidable Simon is now a design principal.) She thinks &ldquo;Architect Barbie&rdquo; trivializes the profession and objectifies its female practitioners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Blueprint for Architect Barbie! Think pink – and give her a monster home Archinect 2011-08-17T18:33:28-04:00 >2011-08-17T18:35:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's fun to design &ndash; even when you have to work for free ! In fact, a freebie &ldquo;conceptual design&rdquo; is what two Harvard-educated women produced for Barbie&rsquo;s new home in a competition to build a dream home for the Mattel doll, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the AIA Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition</a></p>