Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Just a great design from Kyoto-based katsunobu tasho architecture + unvoice. Really inspiring use of the plot, deferring one corner of the home's potential footprint to a gravel courtyard and, in the process, creating a surprisingly intriguing roofline. Its modest materials and decidedly sterile interior adds to its sense of quiet, while its openness to the street adds a new, welcoming dimension. For more, visit k tasho. Via designboom.

The Orchard House

We're sort of on a Remodelista kick lately. That being said, we were predictably excited to come across this project by the Czech firm Nachazel Architects. Built long ago with utility in mind, its reincarnation as a pared-down living space results in a definitive sense of calm - the perfect place to escape. Plus, painted brick? Can't beat it. For more, visit Nachazel Architects.

A London Conversion

Spotted on Remodelista, we're all pretty impressed by this 2006 carriage house conversion in London. Its modest exterior is betrayed by interior stone tiles and ample natural light. It's always fun to see what can be done with the big open spaces you find in formerly non-residential buildings. For more visit, The Modern House Estate Agents.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Los Gogo Goes Surfing

SINGLE FIN 6'2'' // BOARDS from losgogo on Vimeo.

As an addendum to our earlier post on wooden surfboards, here is a Chilean architects Los Gogo's foray into wooden surfboard construction. A decidely more DIY approach than our previously mentioned craftsman, but it seems to do the trick. For more, visit Los Gogo. Via NOTCOT.

United Measures

What better way to feel good about your art then with a spot on frame? Find out how at United Measures.
Via SeeSaw.

Stelton Pure Black Knives

It just may be that I will never get sick of a matte black finish. Winner of 2011's Red Dot Award, Stelton's Pure Black knives are made from a single piece of steel, making them not only easy on the eyes, but easy to clean as well. $280 gets you the three knife set along with a white magnetic knife rail. Available at Home. Via Remodelista.

An Abridged Baltic Getaway

After taking the summer for granted, I am just now remembering the value of having somewhere to getaway. I spotted this little number on the New York Times a few months back and still catch myself thinking about it. Wanting a place they would realistically be able to spend their weekends, Jussi and Riina Pulva opted to buy a lot (dilapidated cabin included) within the Lauttasaari Recreational Park, a mere 10 minute bike ride from their Helsinki home. Limited by the footprint of the original cabin - 150 square feet - and with the two kids to accomodate, they looked to ship design to for efficient usage of space. The result is an appropriately pared down space, just small enough to not tempt its owners to spend the day inside.
See more at the NY Times.