Archinature you can wear.

May 22, 2013 § 3 Comments

Really.

MIRTA Jewelry

From a designer in Croatia, Mirta Handmade Jewelry.

h/t Design Milk.

This month.

April 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Has felt quite similar to this image…standing on the edge of a hot lava vortex of death, yet surrounded by cool serenity.

Journey to the Center of the Earth: An Incredible Glimpse Inside an Active Volcano volcanoes lava landscapes

I’m trying to keep the vortex of death away, but work is full of crazy deadlines. I’m looking forward to May 1, when I can completely drop off from three-plus deadlines a week. I just need to get through this week.

I do so enjoy slightly falling into the pit of fire, though. It keeps me alive.

h/t on the image: thisiscolossal.com I recommend clicking through for more gorgeous, raw images of this life of ours.

Perhaps listen to the most relaxing song of all time while viewing.

Ada.

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ada Louise Huxtable. Look her up. She is brilliant.

I was a bit disappointed to pick up her book on Frank Lloyd Wright (prairie style holds a special place in my heart, growing up down the street from a Purcell/Elmslie house, and living in the Midwest.)  It turns out that she researched it, but did not write a chunk of it; instead preferring to reprint some of what others have written about his life. Nonetheless, her perspective on him is comprehensive and I appreciate how she integrates his life with his work.

But honestly, how can you go wrong with a woman who fiercely defends the recognition of how the built environment impacts our lives? Not just from the architect’s perspective, but the community as well.  This is the epitome of sustainability.

I recommend reading her, if you haven’t already. She put a voice to an inanimate perspective. 

perfect office space.

February 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

I LOVE THIS IDEA.

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This dude’s office space is in a sand box. It would not work at an office – the germs would be awful – and it would not work at home with kitties, but how awesome is this idea?

h/t inspirez

Good things.

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today has been a good day, for many reasons. First off, I slept last night for the first time in a while. It was glorious waking up refreshed rather than exhausted.

Breakfast at a local coffee joint, then this:

Purcell-Cutts House Living Room

That is the Purcell Cutts house (photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts). Living in Minneapolis, Prairie-School Architecture has a great meaning. Elmslie and Purcell were both here, and there is a rich history of buildings they provided the city – and state.

The Purcell Cutts house was designed by Purcell and Elmslie for Purcell. However, the Purcell’s only lived in it for a few years before selling it to the Cutts, who lived in it from 1919 to 1985, when it was gifted to the MIA. They kept everything original. Which is so rare.

The entire house is gorgeous. I felt instantly at home there, and could live there quite happily. Being in the city, and so close to your neighbors, but feeling nothing but privacy and a connection to nature is something the Prairie-School does best. I wish we could all live in a house like this.

The house is delightful, and if you’re ever in the Twin Cities, I recommend touring it. More photos here.

Archinature cont.

December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was trying to find this when I posted previously, but could not for the life of me remember where it was and what it was called. I saw this on a post recently, and it completely embodies “archinature” to me.

photo by Kristof Vrancken / Z33

This church, designed by Gijs Van Vaereburgh, is in Belgium. It’s called “Reading between the lines”.

It’s so beautiful for so many reasons.

Check out more photos at Architecture Lab, and the story at the architect’s website.

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