Morning Paper 12-29-16

THINKERS SPACE

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The architectural details are a sight to behold as well. We’re talking high ceilings, marble floors, and Serlian windows that open up to balconies with stunning views of the lagoon. It’s no surprise that over the years this property has been home to many other artists looking to be inspired on a daily basis.

Read more on http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/real-estate/news/a7625/friedrich-nietzsche-home-for-sale/

BREAKING BOUNDARIES 

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“I came to realize that I was being condemned, not by lack of ability, but by my color,” Williams wrote in a 1937 essay. “I wanted to vindicate every ability I had. I wanted to acquire new abilities. I wanted to prove that I, as an individual, deserved a place in the world.”

Read more on http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/12096-the-boundary-breaking-career-of-aia-gold-medal-winner-paul-revere-williams

FAKE IT

 

Don’t have a designated office? Don’t worry: You can still create a working space wherever you have a little bit of extra space. “Create room for a small desk in your living area, bedroom, or even dining area,” Harrison says. “You can add floating shelves above it to house office supplies and display decorative objects.” Ta-da, an office nook.

Read more on http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/home-office-decor

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Morning Paper 1-02-2016

DEAM + DIME FOR TARGET

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The collection includes a number of playful and functional animals that Chris and Nick had fun designing. Chris explains that it all started when Target suggested they design something “figural” or decorative, “which is not a typical starting point for a modernist.” He continues, “But I did recall that many of the midcentury Scandinavian furniture designers had also created animal figures. I thought that was a good place to start.”

Read more on https://www.dwell.com/article/deam-dine-reveal-their-design-process-behind-modern-by-dwell-magazine-for-target-77d5afd2

 

STONERS

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Stonework is the new go-to for a refreshing interior of cool tones and rough finishes. Add a few warmer pieces in blush orange or Tyrian purple for a dreamy retreat which will get your senses tingling…

 

 

Morning Paper 12-28-16

MAKE IT RIGHT

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Last year the world media converged noisily on New Orleans to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This year marked a quieter but still significant milestone: it’s been a decade since the actual start of the structural recovery, which began tentatively in early 2006. So this is an apt moment to assess the results. How have the citizens of New Orleans been choosing to rebuild their residences? What do the reconstituted cityscapes look like? What do the choices reveal about the various homeowners, builders, developers, architects, authorities involved — and most of all, about New Orleans society?

Read more on https://placesjournal.org/article/post-katrina-architecture/

 

TIMELESS PAINTED FLOORING

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When choosing a pattern that will impress for years to come, it’s important to keep scale and continuity in mind. The size of the motif should be based on the size of the room, though Pearson tells us that the current trend is to go large. To help with the flow from room to room, he uses a combination of finishes—say, wood and marble—to coordinate the floor with design elements from around the house. In terms of making your floor last, physically, a final coat of polyurethane sealer is key to finish and protect it. High-traffic areas might require a touch-up coat every three to four years, but painted floors can stand up to plenty of wear and tear.

Read more on http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/miles-redd-how-to-painted-floors

 

LOW CEILINGS? NO PROBLEM.

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These 11 designer tricks will teach you how to make your ceilings look taller.

Read more on http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/interior-designers/g4023/designer-tricks-to-make-ceilings-taller/

 

Morning Paper 12-27-16

THE RYOKAN IN TOYKO

While Japan’s earliest ryokans were conceived around the 17th century, during the Edo period, and frequently appeared along popular routes that linked Edo (present day Tokyo) to other parts of the country, today’s ryokans – just like western hotels – range in their level of luxuriousness. But even the most plush properties are still rooted in history, and capture austere simplicity, while conveying the idea of omotenashi.

Read more on http://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/travel/a9448/ryokan-tokyo/

THE FUTURE IS ICE ARCHITECTURE

Though there are four standard types of reinforced ice construction, researchers from hydraulic engineering research company B. E. Vedeneev VNIIG, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, identify the igloo as the first and best known of these. Made from blocks of wind-blown snow for its insulating capabilities, this one-room building typology exhibits a catenoid section—constructed with an ideal size ratio between diameter and height— to mitigate structural tension as the material gradually compresses over time. The scientists recognize that the Inuit often employed lichen to strengthen igloo structures as well as to minimize creep.

Read more on http://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/a-promising-future-for-ice-architecture_o

TEXTILE LEGACY

From as far back as I can remember I’ve had looms in my life. From I was 7 years old, we lived in a small house attached to the workshop so after school the workshop would become my playground. There is nowhere I feel more at home than in the workshop surrounded by our looms, piles of yarn and the smell of the lanolin in the wool. Our house was and still is full of my grandmother’s and my mother’s textile designs – rugs, blankets, cushions, furnishing fabrics, curtains.

Read more at http://www.decor-living.com/interviews.html