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"Paradox though it may seem--and paradoxes
are always dangerous things--it is none the less true that Life
imitates art far more than Art imitates life."

-Oscar WIlde, The Decay of Lying

(via The Joy of Living at designjunction | We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine)

Maggie’s provide emotional, practical and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. But they do more than that.

They believe in the power of design. Rather than providing these very important things from a room in the hospital or a porter cabin somewhere in its grounds, they commission top architects like Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry to build stunning centres in the grounds of specialist cancer hospitals. They invest in beautiful interiors – Paul Smith recently designed one for Nottingham. The walls are hung with proper art. Every detail is thought of from regularly plumped cushions to the size and weight of the mugs.

(via The Joy of Living at designjunction | We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine)

Maggie’s provide emotional, practical and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. But they do more than that.

They believe in the power of design. Rather than providing these very important things from a room in the hospital or a porter cabin somewhere in its grounds, they commission top architects like Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry to build stunning centres in the grounds of specialist cancer hospitals. They invest in beautiful interiors – Paul Smith recently designed one for Nottingham. The walls are hung with proper art. Every detail is thought of from regularly plumped cushions to the size and weight of the mugs.

— 1 year ago

(via 1 | An Experimental New Starbucks Store: Tiny, Portable, And Hyper Local | Co.Design: business   innovation   design)

This week in Colorado, Starbucks opened a store unlike any before it. There are no leather chairs or free power outlets. In fact, there’s no space for the customer at all. Starbucks has reimagined the coffee hut as a “modern modular,” LEED-certified drive-thru and walk-up shop. The building was constructed in a factory and delivered from a truck, but its facade is clad in gorgeous old Wyoming snow fencing. As diminutive as the shop may be, its designer wants drivers to pass by and ask “What is that?” only to conclude that, oh, “it’s art.”

(via 1 | An Experimental New Starbucks Store: Tiny, Portable, And Hyper Local | Co.Design: business innovation design)

This week in Colorado, Starbucks opened a store unlike any before it. There are no leather chairs or free power outlets. In fact, there’s no space for the customer at all. Starbucks has reimagined the coffee hut as a “modern modular,” LEED-certified drive-thru and walk-up shop. The building was constructed in a factory and delivered from a truck, but its facade is clad in gorgeous old Wyoming snow fencing. As diminutive as the shop may be, its designer wants drivers to pass by and ask “What is that?” only to conclude that, oh, “it’s art.”

— 1 year ago with 4 notes

#Starbucks  #portable store  #modern modular  #modular design  #design 
(via ReFleece iPad Sleeve — Devices and Cases — Better Living Through Design)

It’s an iPad sleeve, big deal. Except this one is made from reclaimed fleece jackets and sweaters, so it beats the pants off other normal sleeves (ba-dum ching!). The shells are lightweight, fuzzy, and water resistant thanks to a unique method of fabrication created by designer Sam Palmer. Every single case is made in the US from recycled materials that are sourced locally. There’s also a ReFleece Kindle Cover ($25, shown below), if you’re interested.

(via ReFleece iPad Sleeve — Devices and Cases — Better Living Through Design)

It’s an iPad sleeve, big deal. Except this one is made from reclaimed fleece jackets and sweaters, so it beats the pants off other normal sleeves (ba-dum ching!). The shells are lightweight, fuzzy, and water resistant thanks to a unique method of fabrication created by designer Sam Palmer. Every single case is made in the US from recycled materials that are sourced locally. There’s also a ReFleece Kindle Cover ($25, shown below), if you’re interested.

— 1 year ago with 1 note

#ReFleece iPad Sleeve  #iPad  #kindle  #iPad sleeve  #Sam Palmer  #design 
(via An Endless Desert)

This was my first trip to a proper desert. It’s the kind of desert that I imagined after watching Lawrence of Arabia countless times (it’s one of my favorite movies). Getting up and down these dunes in the middle of a hot summer day is enough to make you collapse. I think I lost one liter of water per dune.

After a while, I started to find it a little easier to walk around once I could better predict the hard parts and soft parts of the sand. But, by then, I had already made all my mistakes and my shoes were completely full of sand. Trudging around with 15 lb feet makes the effort across the dunes extra-special.

(via An Endless Desert)

This was my first trip to a proper desert. It’s the kind of desert that I imagined after watching Lawrence of Arabia countless times (it’s one of my favorite movies). Getting up and down these dunes in the middle of a hot summer day is enough to make you collapse. I think I lost one liter of water per dune.

After a while, I started to find it a little easier to walk around once I could better predict the hard parts and soft parts of the sand. But, by then, I had already made all my mistakes and my shoes were completely full of sand. Trudging around with 15 lb feet makes the effort across the dunes extra-special.

— 1 year ago

#Photography  #desert  #endless desert  #Trey Ratcliff 
(via Personal Home Transformed Into a One Million Dollar Project)

If you’re married to an architect, you’d better think twice before deciding what to do with your home. It’s a fact that they challenge their creative minds and end up transforming their personal houses into stunning residential projects worth millions. It’s the case of Angelo Morasco who decided to take a chance with his private home and add more value to it. The South Clarkson Residence is located in Denver, Colorado and it had been thought as an eco -friendly project, aiming to protect the natural resources as much as possible. After completing the house, the Morascos decided to put it up for sale! So, in case you are thinking of relocating take a good look at this jewel, worth $ 1 million. It looks like a stylish compact house, with large rectangular windows, in the middle of a tranquil neighborhood from Denver. The exterior is built from natural wood, giving you the feeling that you are looking at a contemporary project with rustic natural finishings.

(via Personal Home Transformed Into a One Million Dollar Project)

If you’re married to an architect, you’d better think twice before deciding what to do with your home. It’s a fact that they challenge their creative minds and end up transforming their personal houses into stunning residential projects worth millions. It’s the case of Angelo Morasco who decided to take a chance with his private home and add more value to it. The South Clarkson Residence is located in Denver, Colorado and it had been thought as an eco -friendly project, aiming to protect the natural resources as much as possible. After completing the house, the Morascos decided to put it up for sale! So, in case you are thinking of relocating take a good look at this jewel, worth $ 1 million. It looks like a stylish compact house, with large rectangular windows, in the middle of a tranquil neighborhood from Denver. The exterior is built from natural wood, giving you the feeling that you are looking at a contemporary project with rustic natural finishings.

— 2 years ago

#Architecture  #Angelo Morasco  #South Clarkson Residence 
(via Blog: Hey Doodlers! Doodle for Blik - Doodlers Anonymous)

Blik, the makers of the finest wall decals around, are constantly on the lookout for doodlers and illustrators to work with on a number of custom projects. Past clients include Google, Threadless, IGN, and the Pasadena Art Center (just to name a few), so this makes for an incredible opportunity for any illustrator with a sweet portfolio.

(via Blog: Hey Doodlers! Doodle for Blik - Doodlers Anonymous)

Blik, the makers of the finest wall decals around, are constantly on the lookout for doodlers and illustrators to work with on a number of custom projects. Past clients include Google, Threadless, IGN, and the Pasadena Art Center (just to name a few), so this makes for an incredible opportunity for any illustrator with a sweet portfolio.

— 2 years ago

#Blik  #illustration  #illustrators  #art 
(via Venice Biennale 2012: SPAINLab / Spain Pavilion | ArchDaily)

During the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale opening, we had the chance to interview Débora Mesa, curator of the Spain Pavilion together with Antón García-Abril, partners at Ensamble Studio.
SPAINLab, the name of the exhibit, looks to expose the research process behind the works of contemporary Spanish Architects:

(via Venice Biennale 2012: SPAINLab / Spain Pavilion | ArchDaily)

During the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale opening, we had the chance to interview Débora Mesa, curator of the Spain Pavilion together with Antón García-Abril, partners at Ensamble Studio.
SPAINLab, the name of the exhibit, looks to expose the research process behind the works of contemporary Spanish Architects:

— 2 years ago

#Venice Biennale  #architecture  #Debora Mesa  #SPAINLab  #Spain Pavilion  #Anton Garcia-Abril  #Ensamble Studio 
(via Botanic Superlatives: The World’s Largest Vertical Garden | Garden Design)

Vertical gardens have grown a lot since 1988, when French botanist Patrick Blanc first experimented growing plants without dirt—on a wall. Their popularity seems limited only by its design, which has been demystified as a fairly straightforward system of a water source, a frame, and a couple layers of felt or wool. Restaurants in Mexico and studios in Manhattan now grow walls of philodendrons, ivies, ferns, bromeliads, begonias, and hoyas. And they’ve been growing bigger. A living wall in Milan was recently granted the superlative title of world’s largest. Designed by architect Francesco Bollani, the vertical garden carpets 13,600 square feet of an Italian mall’s facade.

(via Botanic Superlatives: The World’s Largest Vertical Garden | Garden Design)

Vertical gardens have grown a lot since 1988, when French botanist Patrick Blanc first experimented growing plants without dirt—on a wall. Their popularity seems limited only by its design, which has been demystified as a fairly straightforward system of a water source, a frame, and a couple layers of felt or wool. Restaurants in Mexico and studios in Manhattan now grow walls of philodendrons, ivies, ferns, bromeliads, begonias, and hoyas. And they’ve been growing bigger. A living wall in Milan was recently granted the superlative title of world’s largest. Designed by architect Francesco Bollani, the vertical garden carpets 13,600 square feet of an Italian mall’s facade.

— 2 years ago with 12 notes

#Botany  #vertical gardens  #design  #garden  #garden design 
(via London Design Festival 2012: Live Vertically with the Magnetic ‘Magic Wall’ at 100% Design - Core77)

We don’t know if Viennese apartments are even smaller than those in New York, but the city’s latest export seems to be made especially for cramped city dwellers. The Magic Wall, shown at 100% Design during London Design Festival, is a system of magnetic panels that you affix to the walls in your kitchen, garage, closet, storage room, etc.—wherever you need to clear out a little extra space—and use to hold metal objects like pots, pans or knives, or configure with a line of magnetized accessories like shelves, to organize books, cooking ingredients, desk items—even potted plants.

(via London Design Festival 2012: Live Vertically with the Magnetic ‘Magic Wall’ at 100% Design - Core77)

We don’t know if Viennese apartments are even smaller than those in New York, but the city’s latest export seems to be made especially for cramped city dwellers. The Magic Wall, shown at 100% Design during London Design Festival, is a system of magnetic panels that you affix to the walls in your kitchen, garage, closet, storage room, etc.—wherever you need to clear out a little extra space—and use to hold metal objects like pots, pans or knives, or configure with a line of magnetized accessories like shelves, to organize books, cooking ingredients, desk items—even potted plants.

— 2 years ago

#London design festival  #design  #magic wall