It's no secret I'm a huge space nerd, but I definitely thought this was worth sharing. Released last week, this 4K (Ultra HD) fly-through tour of the entire International Space Station is sure to turn your interior design sense upside down.
German industrial designer Dieter Rams is best know for his "functionalist" approach: that good design makes a product useful, and allows the design to disappear. (The calculator and podcast app on your iPhone mimics Rams' designs.) Best know for his work with Braun, he's about to celebrate his 84th birthday, and still lives with his wife, Ingeborg Kracht-Rams, in the home he designed in the 1960s, just outside of Frankfurt and it's as awesome as you'd think it would be.
Might I interest you in taking a free-roaming tour through a Frank Llyod Wright home that was never built? That's impossible you say? Nonsense. With all of our advances in digital mapping and 3D printing, imagining something is now almost as good as actually building it.
I studied in London for a semester while I was in college, and a friend of mine stayed with a family who lived in a house that was once convent smack dab in the middle of London. I remember walking though the house with an odd feeling since the house was at once extremely home-y and chill, but at the same time carrying a sense of excitement that only comes from getting unrestricted access to a public place.
Looking to get away from the limelight of his success in 1940, Ernest Hemingway sought out this private home in Havana and purchased it for $12,500. The quiet he experienced there helped serve as the inspiration for this Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Old Man and The Sea and is worth taking a tour through by photo.
Fun fact of the day: the Leatherman multitool company is actually named for its founder, Tim Leatherman. I'd always imagined it being a vision of some hardcore Platonic ideal of a rugged tinkerer with everything at the ready. Kat Bauman and Outlier Solutions took this totally engaging look at the Leatherman factory in Portland, Oregon, and the production and design process of its eponymous tools.
Check out the video below for some history and a look at how these tools are conceived and manufactured:
Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.
Recently, Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and Self Edge fame paid a visit to the Tanner Goods shop, a design and craftsman team who produce heritage leather goods.
His photos of their workshop are fascinating, and it's quite engaging to see how a small team turn full leather hides into handmade belts, wallets, boots, dog collars/leashes, and other leather goods.
Andy DuCett is a Minneapolis-based artist and maker, who works in a variety of media, and has created an awesome space for all his tools and other goodies to live and work together.
Oh, and by "other goodies," I mean hundreds of toys and action figures, mixed in with high tech design gear, power tools, and all sorts of art supplies.
Oh, the internet interior design scene. You could spend a lifetime just clicking around, looking at images of incredible homes, clever ideas, and beds you just wanna snuggle up in.
Or, you can wait for some blogger to sieve through all the junk, and compile an amazing top ten, and then just look at that.
"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
To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.
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."
Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.
Like a tour? Of course! Welcome.
As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a designer."
Brian Vann is a master steamster from San Francisco who makes [mostly] handbags and totes out of vintage fabric. He recently reorganized his studio, and took lots of photos. ReadyMade mag's Make Nice blog recently highlighted his creative space.
A vintage soap dish, magentized to catch pins, and Brian's platter collection: