Archive for August, 2010

Skosh Bar by Maria Mortati

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Designer Maria Mortati, of SF Mobile Museum fame, conducted a project called the Modern Survey of Colloquial Measurement.  The resulting Skosh Bar offers a variety of common household measurements including a dab, tad, skosh, pinch, smidgen and bit.  May come in handy for grandma’s old recipes.

On a side note, bear with me as I finish my masters dissertation and wrap up my time in London.  Posts will continue to be sporadic, but I will get back on track by the time LDF rolls into town.  It will be my last hurrah in this fair city.  Dissertation due in 6 days and counting…

Concrete Canvas

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Concrete Canvas is a company started by two RCA graduates, Peter Brewin and William Crawford.  The two developed a new material that can be inflated, watered down and dried to form a temporary structure within twelve hours.

Juliette Warmenhoven

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Dutch designer Juliette Warmenhoven’s work is based on, “…very small everyday things that get little attention because they often are considered to be too ordinary and common.”  Her potato music box (right) is made from paper and rope that has been plastic coated.  They look like delicate bird cages.  The colors are unreal – just like the roof outside the building of the exhibition.

Terunobu Fujimori: Treehouse

Monday, August 9th, 2010

My future friend Terunobu Fujimori has created an amazing treehouse inside the Victoria & Albert museum in London.  As part of the ongoing exhibition 1:1 Build Small Spaces, Fujimori was one of seven architects asked to create full scale small structures within the museum.  Fujimori’s work often relates to the natural world with a focus on architecture before civilization. For his treehouse, Fujimori charred all of the wood, which helps make the structure waterproof and resistant to bugs.  You can see a wonderful video about the project here.  The exhibition will be open free to the public until August 30th.

Tim Liles: New New England

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

‘New New England’ is a collection produced by  NH-based designer Tim Liles with the help of local craftspeople.  The ‘Crested Comb Chair’ is a simplified version of the classic Windsor, made from native maple with streamlined joinery.  The chairs are made by Fred Chellis of Little River Windsors in Berwick, ME.  For the ‘Braid Dead Rug’ Tim collaborated with the Country Braid House in Tilton NH, bringing modern colors and graphics to a traditional craft.  As a native New Englander I really appreciate this collection; every region of the United States has local artisans with specialized skills and knowledge.  It’s nice to see someone tapping into these creative resources and collaborating rather than churning out another factory made widget.

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