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Feb 29, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 29, 2012

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France has but five rooms total, but each are redesigned and reconfigured every year by internationally recognized artists and designers.

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Dec 08, 2011

Rapper Ice Cube Celebrates Charles and Ray Eames

You'll likely see this all over the art and design blogosphere in the next few days, but it's too cool not to share. Apparently, before becoming an emcee and actor, Ice Cube studied architectural drafting, and it turns out, he's a big fan of mid-century super couple Ray and Charles Eames.

You simply gotta check out the video below:

   

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Dec 02, 2011

Scale Models of Neglected Buildings Made From Photographs

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Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal beauty.  

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Jul 28, 2011

Home Tour: Antonio Ballatore's Masculine Downtown Loft

"Masculine decor" (whatever that means...) is often so serious: lots of dark colors, too much technology, and not a ton of fun. But, if there ever was a "manly" designer with a sense of humor, Antonio Ballatore is your guy. The fourth winner of HGTV's Design Star and star of The Antonio Project simply gets it, combining color, texture, and good times into some pretty inspired places. His is the only show I watch on HGTV, which, as a full time design and decor writer, is saying something. Dude knows his stuff.

He dubs his downtown LA spot, "Medieval cave dwelling meets modern loft living." And, sure, the guy has a pretty big budget and

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Jul 27, 2011

Rooftopping: Amazing, Vertigo-Inducing Urban Photography

Rooftopping, which the Daily Mail calls, "a new heart-stopping photography craze sweeping across the globe," looks mostly dangerous, and kinda the most awesome thing I've seen in a bit.

"Those brave enough to give it a try must go to the tops of the world's tallest buildings, shimmy to the side and then hang off the edge in a bid to capture the perfect picture.

 

Travel photographer Tom Ryaboi has spent his life dangling from buildings trying to achieve what he calls the ultimate rush. He said: 'When you climb to the top of a skyscraper and open its hatch for the first time, a pure rush of adrenaline hits you as you overlook the city from above."

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Jul 25, 2011

How I Spent My Totally Awesome Weekend

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So, you know those days when it's late Sunday night, and you realize that you totally wasted your free time over the weekend? Like, no projects, no friends, no special meals, no resting, no reading...just cataloged hours down the internet rabbit hole, maybe some laundry, and justa buncha driving?

Then, you know those other weekends, when it's Monday morning, and you're like, "Wow. What a full and awesome couple of days that was."

I had one of those this week.

Okay, well, to be fair, this was an "extended" four-day weekend for me. (No posts on Thursday and Friday. Did you notice?) For my birthday gift, my mom organized a trip to Columbus, IN, which is a small town of 40,000 people that has, like, sixty major examples of modern architecture. All the churches, elementary schools, public buildings, even the jail are contemporarily designed works of art. Six of the buildings are national historic landmarks. The library was designed by I.M. Pei, the church across the street by Eliel Saarinen, and the local bank branch by Eero Saarinen.

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Apr 28, 2011

Moby Has a Castle: The Musician's Masculine Mid-Century Style

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Moby, once the epitome of urban, NYC musician type, has a new home: a castle in the Hollywood Hills. And? It's pretty awesome.

It has a turret built for the original owner's pet monkey, the Rolling Stones slept here for a bit, plenty of adult films have been shot around the pool, and possesses a killer tiki bar.

"There is also what he calls the “penultimate” Hollywood view, for which you have to go up the stairs to the master bedroom. Be careful: Moby’s one rule is no shoes on the rug. O.K., now plop down on the rumpled bed. Looking through the window straight ahead, you can see the canyon fall to the Hollywood Reservoir; to your right and up the hill is the famous Hollywood sign. If he were a Hollywood producer and wanted to impress some actress, Moby says, he’d use that view."

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Apr 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 13, 2011

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Girls with Steve Buscemi Eyes is fascinating, questioning what exactly goes into recognizing faces.

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Jan 13, 2011

Guy Makes Entire Village Community out of Recycled Junk

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Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."

Click to watch this fascinating trailer:  

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Dec 27, 2010

Six Ice Hotels to See Before They Melt

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Twenty years ago, the Jukkasjarvi hotel in Sweden began accepting reservations. And twenty years ago, it melted. Then, nineteen years ago, it was back. 

Of course, the Jukkasjarvi hotel is made of ice. And while its the first and still the largest, there are lots of ice hotels this winter worthy of drool. Just don't do it for too long, cause it might freeze.created at: 12/27/2010

"If you're imagining simple igloos and snow caves, think again: Ice hotels are an extraordinary, otherworldly exercise in sculpture and design.

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Dec 23, 2010

Falling Water Gets the Gingerbread Treatment

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It was bound to happen: the U.S.'s most famous architectural accomplishment meets the holidays most beloved architectural tradition. 

Melodie of Garden Melodies reworked the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece for the 2010 Gingerbread Festival in Orem, Utah.

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Unfortunately, she lost to this guy, "Candyland":

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Oct 08, 2010

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones, and Also Make Amazing Sculptures

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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates impressive, architectural art pieces exclusively from found stick, twigs, and stones. At 28, at home with two kids, he built his first piece, a log home. Then, "at 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought “it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.”

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Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around buildings. "  

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Aug 30, 2010

Forget the Stairs! A Concrete Spiral Slide Goes Outside to Get from One Floor to the Other

"Hey, Chris. I need you downstairs for a sec, but be careful, cause your dad is doing his glassblowing on the stairs again."

"No problem...I'll just take the slide."

Zip.

At least, that's how I imagine the conversations in this house go.

  

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Aug 23, 2010

The World's Most Famous Buildings, in LEGO

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The Smithsonian National Building Museum is currently exhibiting LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition, a collection of scale models of famous buildings and structures out of Lego bricks. Curated/built by former architect Adam Reed Tucker. "Piece by piece, brick by brick, this LEGO Certified Professional (one of 11 worldwide) creates large-scale artistic models of some of the world's most famous structures including the Empire State Building, St. Louis' Gateway Arch, and Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO affords viewers a new, detailed look at familiar buildings. Visitors can lean in close to see the complexity of a building's intricate design and engineering or take a step back to appreciate its stunning sculptural form in full."

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Jun 28, 2010

Interior Design for Men, Made Easy

If there's anything we've tried to promote on ManMade, it's that guys and girls alike should make things that make their lives better. And this is never more true than when in reference to designing the spaces you in which we live and work. Unfortunately, as Dave Odegard points out, "It's no secret that the apartment of a single guy isn't much to look at. Whether just out of college or several years into the real world, most guys don't even attempt to shake the dorm room look of plain white walls, movie posters, centerfold pullouts, and hand-me-down furniture."

Dave has done a great interview with design Kibwe Daisy of Design for Men, a

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May 19, 2010

Superhero Lifestyle: The Space Age Mansion of Iron Man

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There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.

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'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital house there.' "

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Apr 26, 2010

Five Unbelievable Life-Sized and Practical Lego Projects

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No matter how old we get, we can't let go of Legos, those interlocking plastic blocks that can be eternally connected in infinite ways. And many of those infinite ways can actually go way beyond just playful modeling.

Inhabitots has assembled five of those constructions, all of which are real world uses of the popular brick, including an entire home by James May (above), recycled Lego-like blocks for use in developing nations or emergency shelter situations, zoo sculptures of endangered animals, a kitchen counter, and a large boardroom meeting table.

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Mar 17, 2010

The World's Biggest House of Cards...Ever

The structure weighs 44 stone and measures 33 feet by just under 10 feet

U.S. based-architect Bryan Berg set out to beat his own Guinness World Record to create the world's largest structure made solely of playing cards.

Forty-four days, 4,051 decks (218,792c cards), and several near-collapses later, he's recreated a replica of the Venetian Macau, which is on display in its namesake luxury hotel and casino.

US 'cardstacker' Bryan Berg poses for photographers after successfully making a new Guinness World Record for the largest house of free-standing playing cards

  

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Feb 16, 2010

Great "Man Cave" Designs

Rainn Wilson Man Cave

man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from mancavesite.org)

I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.

Contemporary design and architecture site Styleture have assembled several inspiring man cave designs. The common themes? Pool tables, big tvs, and lots and lots of woodtones.Man Cave with Nice Pool Table

  

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