Architecture + Influence : A Short Film on the Work of Philip Johnson

For what seems like months I’ve been itching to bring forward the work of influential American architect Philip Johnson, however I wanted to both present a project that did his work justice and secondly share something that hadn’t been seen or spoken about already. So late last night as I was dwindling down my time before bed I decided to check for any developments online and …

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The Artek Open Archives

My loved ones over Christmas were kind enough to buy me several books that I’ve been yearning for over the past year, firstly ‘Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible’ which I’ve yet to dig into, and also ‘Alvar Aalto, Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban’ which is one I’m currently reading. Even though it’s extremely long, a few paragraphs into the book and it got me thinking about his career and what influenced it, a company …

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North Cascade Mountain House by Finne Architects

Browsing around today I stumbled across this idyllic home which can be found hiding away in the beautiful mountains of the North Cascades, situated in the Canadian province of British Columbia. I’ve recently been reading a little into the architectural phrase genius loci which is the idea that all landscape designs should be adapted to the context in which they are …

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Admiring the Work of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

As time goes by working here on the site it’s seems that a trend is starting to appear where I’m referencing less and less creatives from the present and more from the past. Barbara Hepworth was perhaps the most notable individual recently given the fact that she passed in 1975, so today I’m going to continue this running theme once more as we delve into the history of inspiring American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I think what …

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Estate in Extremadura by Abaton Architect Firm

Sometimes some of the most innovative designs are hidden away in places that you’d never imagine would harness such wonderful consideration for creating, like this abandoned stables found in the west of Cáceres which has been rejuvenated by Spanish architectural firm Abaton. I’ve not come across their work before but I was really impressed with their ability to combine lots of quaint rustic elements into a modern and contemp …

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Short Film on Karen & Christian Boros

We return to a collective that we’re quite fond of today in Freunde von Freunden and their latest short film with German creative couple Karen and Christian Boros who collect art and house it in their living space. As I explained in today’s earlier post, architecture has played more of a prominent role in sourcing inspiration for me recently with the work of Freunden consistently consuming my urge in recent months for a little cons …

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Admiring the work of Lake Flato Architect Studio

I think when you love everyday design like we do, it’s inevitable that you’re going to fall for architecture in a big way. Much like all the other elements we share here on the site, architecture provides a big dose of inspiration for us on a daily basis. Particularly in the morning when I tend to browse around for some breathtaking homes like these ones from Lake Flato, all of which motivate me to work hard so one day I can …

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Architecture Photographed by Grant Mudford

This is a prime example of two creative subjects coming together to form a great marriage, as seen here with this series of photography based on architecture by Grant Mudford. Incredible to see such great photography coupled with the admiration for the buildings themselves and how they’ve been designed, you really do see them in a whole new light. Grant is a Los Angeles based photographer who first studied …

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Inside the Eames House

After much thought and deliberation I decided to do a small post on the Eames house, also known as Case Study House No. 8 since it was an experiment in American residential architecture sponsored by the Arts & Architecture magazine. They commissioned major architects of the day, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Richard Neutra to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the Unit …

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Artist Series by Hillman Curtis

Brooklyn based filmmaker Hillman Curtis recently released this wonderfully put together film which introduces us to the thought process behind the work of architect Daniel Libeskind. I’ve brought it across because the piece threw up a debate in my own mind about what I think design should be, as I always think it’s important to challenge what you believe in even if it’s just to reaffirm your own beliefs. There’s not …

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Joseph Erlanger’s House by Phillip Kalantzis

This morning I decided to bring across some photography by Phillip Kalantzis, a New York city based photographer, who took these fascinating pictures of professor Erlanger’s House in Urbana, Illinois. Erlanger was the head of contemporary Dance Division at the University of Illinois, with the house being designed for as little upkeep as possible since the Professor’s busy schedule left no time for …

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