Leaf House by Mareines & Patalano Architects

Admittedly this is a rather more elaborate than the architecture we traditionally feature here, in the search for a group of firms I’ve not come across before I found myself admiring this “Leaf House” which has been built by Brazilian architects Mareines & Patalano. I felt this was worth making an exception to the rule however, as the project made me begin to consider the challenges faced by the designers in hotter climates so hopefully it …

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Jean Prouvé Architecture, Prefabricated and Dismantable Houses

As you may know already I’ve showcased various bits of imagery over the year from gallery Patrick Seguin, which happens to be one of my favourite “go to” places at the moment. Patrick is actually quite a prominent figure of the 20th century design world who helped promote various famous creatives such as the brilliant Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, and the man who we’ll …

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Hiroshima House from Suppose Design Office

The Japanese designers never cease to amaze me when it comes to architecture because of the sheer lengths they will go in order to connect their homes to the surrounding environment. This innovative house from the quirkily named “Suppose” design office attempts to bring the outside inside, implementing an interior sand floor with raised beds that form the traditional areas of the home. At a first glance it’s hard not to question the practical …

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Stoneware and Ceramic Design Works by Ole Jensen

Some great minimalist stoneware and ceramic objects by Danish designer Ole Jensen. Usually I like the quirky independent pottery but Normann Copenhagen have produced some great objects over the years, for example check out Aaron Probyn’s cutlery, it’s an amazing set which makes me really envious and slightly ashamed that I don’t have some in my own kitchen. Ole Jensen foll …

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Riola Church and Parish Centre in Italy, Alvar Aalto

You probably already know this but I’m a massive fan of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, his works never fail to inspire and impress me. Also, every time I research the man I come across new information that I’ve never seen/heard before, the Alvar Aalto architecture file is a particularly great resource to use. A website that has fantastic explanations on every build that he’s ever design …

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Casa de Lavre by Nuno Merino Rocha

I felt it was about time we brought across some architecture that was more recently constructed, yet just as considered as those we’ve been highlighting from the past. My search landed me in Portugal where architect Nuno Merino Rocha has undertaken this functional, understated build which looks to blend into it’s environment and offer its owner a less is more approach to living amongst nature. Through the use of a flush shutter sys …

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Isamu Noguchi, A Man at Work

After a long week it’s great to finish on such an icon as Isamu Noguchi. He really is an amazing talent and I was lucky enough to talk to The Noguchi Museum who gave me access to some imagery of Noguchi at work. This felt like an interesting and inspiring subject to talk about since Isamu is a man of many talents, he was mainly known for his sculpture and public works but he also dabbled in architecture, set design, ceramic …

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Selection of Work from AABE Architects

Yesterday we visited an architect from the past in the short film of Russel Wright’s home, so today I thought we’d highlight the work of someone a little more present with a collection of work from Belgium based collective AABE Architects. Coming across their portfolio yesterday I was taken back by their sleek minimal style which has quite a classic feel to it, less is certainly more on this evidence and they’ve got the balance of substance and mini …

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Short Film on Russel Wright’s Manitoga

I thought we’d turn our attention to another mid-century master today, so I’ve sourced out this great short film which introduces Russel Wright’s Manitoga home and offers up further context to the American designers life. This project has been put together by women’s retailer Anthropologie, which I thought was a little random but welcome nevertheless as their assistant director of operation Lori Moss talks us though Russel’s beautiful …

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Selection of work from Fairfax & Sammons Architecture

I’ll be the first to admit that these builds are a lot grander than we would traditionally share, but I just got blown away by their attention to detail and use of natural light, so I’m making an exception to the rule today. All of the below have either been built completely from scratch or restored to former glory by Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons who are passionate architects come historians, known …

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Selection of Work by Henning Larsen Architects

I’ve been sniffing around the webpages of the major architectural awards today as I wanted to turn to a real leader in the field for our next post on this topic. My internet travels landed me in Copenhagen with the inspiring body of work from Henning Larsen Architects who were founded back in 1959 by the man himself. Today this collective is responsible for over 160 employees worldwide and last year …

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The Hill Country Jacal by Lake Flato Architects

We couldn’t go a whole week without including a slice of architectural inspiration in the format, it just wouldn’t feel right. So I’ve raided the archives of Texas based firm Lake Flato once again presenting this beautiful hill country home which is based upon a Mexican design concept called the Jacal. This type of construction is defined as a lean-to structure which is popular in hotter climates as it allows the flow of air within the build to circulate …

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