Inspiration Rx # 12

This posting comes to us via Norway where the Aurlandsfjellet Tourist Route opens to the public next month. This scenic mountianous road starts at a platform that stands perched over 650 feet to Norway’s deepest  fjord. The view must be absolutely stunning to say the least, for across from the platform is a white capped mountain that stretch as far as the eye can see. Take a look for yourself and enjoy a picturesque view at  http://www.dezeen.com/2012/08/11/slideshow-feature-aurlandsfjellet-tourist-route/

The Hilltop stairway  built by the Dutch NEXT Architects firm, seems on the surface to a small and rather ordinary walkway set on top of a hill. However a topographical view of the structure  give the viewer another perspective. The overall shape of the structure resembles a teardrop that had been taken from the yen yang symbol. Due to the design of this walkway, many start off by taking a walk on it, but somewhere along the way, people have ended up just hopping off of it. Pleasing to the eye, perhaps not so much for the body. Check it out at  http://www.dezeen.com/2014/02/04/elastic-perspective-hilltop-staircase-next-architects/

Now a days, China has been on an artistic and architectural push, and this is no different. A New York design firm WXY Architecture had built this , what appears to be a double helix structure  as a foot bridge that even in the evening seem a safe place to walk due to the entire bridge is illuminated at night. Located on the Nanhe-River, the structure is simple in its approach yet spans across the river to connect two land masses in the Xinjin in the Sichuan province of China. See more on this topic at ://www.dezeen.com/2010/06/27/nanhe-river-landscape-bridge-by-wxy-architecture/

Speaking in terms of conceptual design, a firm named moomoo has put together a mock up of their latest concept the I house. It is a house that is entirely wrapped in insulation that was initially intended to be used primarily on roofs. The overall result seems to be much plainer that that of the traditional home that has windows and so forth, for the covering do not appear to accommodate the windows. See more on this interesting approach to design see here at   http://www.dezeen.com/2012/12/12/dezeens-a-zdvent-calendar-l-house-by-moomoo-architects/

Out of Germany come this rather interesting take on the cube and just what can be done to change and or manipulate it to serve the needs of the builder or the designers client. It is a cantilevered white structure is which the same motif that is seen from the outside is mimicked on the inside in terms of the simplicity. Really cool Design, see it here at   http://www.dezeen.com/2012/12/18/dezeens-a-zdvent-calendar-house-r-by-bembe-dellinger/

 

Inspiration Rx #11

Fresh off the press during the Expo in Milan is a unique collection of furniture and window coverings that were designed by Dutch designer Lex Pot. They achieve this stunning effect by sandblasting the soft areas leaving behind what looks like installed yet very fine toothpick panels. Read the article at http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/17/diptych-sandblasted-wood-new-window-lex-pott-milan-2014/

They say bigger is better, and man is this place huge! A London based firm named Grimshaw, working with Nordic and Haptic has announced plans for what may be the largest airport terminals located in Istanbul. This will be the largest airport under one roof. See the images and be amazed at http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/16/grimshaw-unveils-worlds-largest-airport-terminal-under-one-roof-for-istanbul/

Now this is sure to inspire anyone, especially those who appreciate gardens. Grimshaw, along with Samoo have collaborated on the building of a National Ecology Center botanical greenhouses in South Korea where exotic birds, tropical plants, and even waterfalls are housed inside this huge biodome. What more fascinating than the building is the overall shape of the structures themselves. http://www.dezeen.com/2013/11/07/national-ecology-center-botanic-greenhouses-by-grimshaw-and-samoo/

Up some zzzz’s, then this is what you have been waiting for. A sofa that fuses the latest sound absorbing technology while maintaining versatility. Introducing the MEET sofa, designed exclusively for different types of activity, whether family or business, this sofa handles it all. check it out at http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/19/meet-sofa-fattorini-rizzini-partners-offecct-milan-2014/

This next citing take the term form fit to the next level. Web site named Dezeen, along with Mini Frontiers, micro robotics have teamed together to change the face of the fashion industry as we have come to know it. As the title of the report states, ” Cloths will shrink to fit at the push of a button within the next five years. See this revolutionary new look and technology at  http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/21/movie-studio-xo-lady-gaga-anemone-benjamin-males/

 

 

 

Inspiration Rx #10

You know, there is something to be said about innovation in design. The firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson had designed the lodge for a family at the Kicking Horse Mountain  ski resort in Canada, was named as one of the top architects and earned the  American Institute of Architects‘ 2014 Housing Awards earlier this week. As striking as the exterior appears, the most impressive was the interior, with the stairwell was utilized as a dresser, rather than the arrant bathroom. See for yourself the sleek and function resort at     http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/11/kicking-horse-residence-bohlin-cywinski-jackson-ski-resort-canada/

Gotta give it to the Aussies for this one, a pavilion that combines a sharp sloped roof with the curvature base on the Australian countryside. Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects built this structure which resembles the famous auditorium locate in Sydney. Behold the spaciousness of this building and stand in awe at  http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/05/national-arboretum-australia-park-tonkin-zulaikha-greer-taylor-cullity-lethlean/

Here is an example of furniture that offers a change of direction. A Berlin clothing store buy Mexican design studio Zeller & Moye use display stands that are concertina-shaped stands on the sales floor. A change in the way that a stores sale floor is utilized. Although they are made of raw concrete boards, the look and feel are soft and contrast well to the walls that frame the store. Learn more about this design at  http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/11/zigzag-cement-board-berlin-clothing-store-odeeh-zeller-and-moye/

In China, a marvelous structure is being built that appears to defy gravity. The plan is to have the building complete for the run up to the next Milan 2015 Expo. Studio Link -Ar, and Chinese founded company headed up by Chinese architects Yichen Lu and Qinwen Cai, accompanied by Kenneth Namkung had collaborated along with Tsinghua University to create this wavy structure. http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/01/china-pavilion-expo-milano-2015/

In the spirit of this particular posting, I finish with a rather odd looking structure which reminds me of a Roger and Martin Dean creation. A Chilean architect named Smiljan Radic designed the Serpentine Pavilion and was named designer of the year constructing this edifice translucent domed structure out of white fiberglass. See it here at http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/12/smiljan-radic-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-2014/

 

Museum Book | Collateral Final Overview

Since February 14, 2014, our class had been given an assignment dubbed the Museum Book Project. Although the topic is completely up to the designer and or illustrator, there were certain goals which had to be met before continuing to the next phase of the project. We first had to blog three different choices of what we would like to see as a museum exhibit. Of the three that were blogged, we then narrowed our choices down to just one. The three that I had chosen initially were. 1.History of Echizen Ningyo (Dolls), 2. History of Echizen Paper & Culture, 3. Japanese Armor Design. Of the choices listed I decided to represent the Japanese Armor Designs and give explanation as to the functionality, name, purpose, and the construction of the overall suit.

The first step in the process was to create a set of “Mood Boards”, which were to be used not only as tools to keep us on the path towards our initial concept, but to also show the direction of that concept, which were submitted to a critique so as to further enhance the dynamics of our ideas. The Mood Boards were to show not only the concept, but to break down that concept into four separate or different components of that idea in detail. Once that had been established, we were then instructed to approach this project as though we were actually doing the work for an actual museum or venue event. Of course, I choose to run with the idea of the Japanese Armor, from a stance of their construction, function, design elements, as well as the overall beauty and elegance within the suits design. The first weeks set of spreads were the Kabuto or Helmet, for we had to create four different spreads to present that one aspect.

The following week, an additional four spreads were generated for the Kote section, with some revised spreads from the week prior. All the while, critiques were given to make suggestions or minor tweaks along the way to maximize the impact of our individual representations or topics. At this particular point, everyone should have been well on their way towards developing a their books based on the level of critiques and suggestion made for each student. Then we had been cut loose on our paths to go ahead and finish the other chapters of our books and to have them ready for critique. Following that week, we then had to do some hardcore editing of the pages from what we keep and that which was to be deleted. Apart from a;ll that, I had prepared for the book center spreads that showcased the armor in their detailed beauty and grander.

Now came the time for the mock-up, which is basically a smaller version of the entire vision for the work to be displayed visually. After making all the necessary changes, along with keeping in line with the timeframe, we were requested to write an About Page detailing the significance of the exhibit and to provide the viewer with some insight into the exhibit process. The other about page, I had outlined the actual assignment, so that when people read the book, they will have a general understanding of what had actually had gone into the development of the material, research, and the accumulation of the information that had gone into this project. This assignment should also show show your level of attachment to the ideas contained herein as well as demonstrate your total understanding of the project of the work involved.

Now we move to the closing of the project, whereby we print our book as we  had intended it to appear, however we have another twist to contend with, that being additional elements were added to compliment the work we had done. This area of the process is the Collateral, where we are to create Event Tickets, T-Shirt Outlines, Event Posters, and a Wildcard Item which could be anything, as long as that had some relevance to the topic at hand. For this section, I had created a 24 x 36 Event Poster which had been a much larger form of the Book Cover Art, Event Tickets to match, A T-shirt Design that conveyed the quiet nature of the book direction, and as a added touch, Hashi (Chop Sticks) with a reinforcing motif to the topic . All of this, which was due today in class and ready to be presented to the rest of the class. All-in-all, a well written and fully explained accumulation of history, displayed as though the work was actually in a museum. Below are images of the book and all the swag that had been produced to complete this visual experience. Enjoy! Active File Bushido Armor of the Warrior Museum Book Print 1 copy, Bushido Armor of the Warrior Poster 24×36, Ticket, Event T-Shirt Product Design Finish,