Located in a former textile factory in Brooklyn, ‘Cabin in a Loft’ is an architectural project conceived by Terri Chiao. Rather than constructing dividers to help define the large space, Chiao built an elevated tree house and cabin to serve as the bedrooms. The kitchen and living area sit between the two structures, while storage was built into both elevated rooms. As a result, “living in the space can feel like living outdoors, in a small community of two houses.” Thanks to Marc for the tip.
Nice project from Christoph Brach & Daniera ter Haar, who graduated from Eindhoven in 2007. The pair have been experimenting with vegetables and their natural color. The vegetables are made into inks which are fed into a specialized printer. The result is a print that oozes and grows before your eyes.
As part of their final project at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, students Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren designed a collection of furniture and accessories made from salvaged materials. The pair combined old clothes with furniture found in the streets of Berlin to create new pieces where objects and textiles intertwine. Spengler and Hallgren recently showed their work at the HEIMTEXTIL 2011 in Frankfurt.
Nike has just launched a new series of women’s sneakers made from recycled magazines. Each shoe is been stitched with a variety of clippings to create a one-of-a-kind style, which is then covered with a protective finish. There are currently three sneakers in the collection, including the Nike Air Rift, Nike Blazer, and Nike Flash Macro. Available in Europe, China and emerging markets as of Jan. 1 this year.
Amazing project from Julien Devaux, a student at ENAD in Paris. Devaux has partnered with Moldavenir, a non-profit in one of Europe’s poorest countries, Moldavia. The project, called Noroc (which means health and good fortune), is meant to solve some of the social and environmental issues facing one of Moldavia’s small villages. In this town landfills cover the countryside; many containing usable items such as old buckets and pots. Devaux has found a way to upcycle the waste and combine it with the villagers’ traditional craft, basket weaving. The result is a new series of objects used for lighting, storage and seating.
(via Jo Meesters)
If you are in the Denver area, my studio, Poesy&Praxis, is putting on our first event of the year, the Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop on Jan. 29th. This drop-in community event is for all the folks who have never been able to part with that favorite holey sweater. We will be celebrating repair by using simple wool felting techniques to patch up all the stained, torn and over-loved woolly items in our lives.
Join the fun and repair your woollies for winter part II. The Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop will take place Saturday, January 29th from 1-3 PM at the Novo Coffee Roastery at 3008 Larimer St. in Denver. Novo will be serving up delicious cups of joe all afternoon. Cost is $2 per woolly item (all supplies will be provided). We will also be repairing items to donate to local shelters, so if you have an item to give, please bring it. We will patch them up! All ages welcome.
Thanks to my friend Stephen for sending me the link to this tree hotel in Sweden. Harads offers a variety of unique hotel rooms set amongst the trees in a small village in northern Sweden. The Mirror Cube (seen here) is made from lightweight aluminum with a reflective outer shell. The hotel room, which contains a double bed, bathroom and rooftop terrace, can be accessed by a rope bridge. The hotel only has a handful of rooms available at the moment, but plans to create over 20 different kinds of unique rooms in the next few years.
It’s nice to start off the year with something simple like this wooden bottle opener by Brendan Ravenhill. Pop the cap with a nail, keep it on the fridge with a magnet.