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Tag Archives: Wood
The installation Pink Punch created by New York-based architect and designer Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod, who works as a landscape designer and artist at POLYMÉTIS, aims to attract visitors by its striking color, off the beaten path, through the shaped garden rooms, and into the forest. The new garden room uses the traditional technique of tree wrapping (used to protect trees from the elements) and the color pink to divide the “wilderness” from the garden, in a non-traditional way.
With initial training and a mentorship in Prague under Puppet master Michaela Bartonova, Wez Champion is establishing himself as a “one of a kind” puppet carver in the Australia. Combining the traditional Czech carving techniques with the unique Australian experience and “heart”, Wez is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in wooden puppet building and loves the challenge of custom puppets.
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Such awesome, minimalistic design!
British architect John Pawson’s minimalist remodelling of a church in Augsburg, Germany, includes slices of onyx over the windows to diffuse light more softly through the space.
Slices of finely veined translucent white stone were laminated to glass and installed in the choir windows. ”The effect of this is to generate the optimum light conditions, screening out direct sunlight and bathing the space in a haze of diffused luminescence,” John Pawson architects explained.
The apse is the brightest space in the church, followed by the nave where the altar sits on a new podium. Lighting in the side aisles is more subdued, where clerestory windows and carved sculptures of the apostles maintain links to the church’s Baroque past.
At night the illumination comes from LED lights concealed in the choir apse, at the base of columns in the nave and in rings round the cupola domes overhead.
The floor and altar are finished in Portuguese limestone, while the dark stained wood of the pews, choir stalls and organ provides a strong contrast with the otherwise pure white interior.
The St. Moritz Church was founded nearly 1000 years ago and has been transformed many times over by fire, changes in religious practice and bombing. After the Second World War only the baroque outer walls remained and the church was rebuilt by German architect Dominikus Böhm in a simplified post-war style.
“The work has involved the meticulous paring away of selected elements of the church’s complex fabric and the relocation of certain artefacts to achieve a clearer visual field,” said the architects.
Artist and innovator Henrique Oliveira has transformed the Palais de Tokyo into one of his organic creations that merges from the columns and beams into a whirlwind of branches. With a title of “Baitogogo” this work is one our favorites from this master of intricacy.
On display until September of this year in Paris, the installation is influenced by his Brazilian culture and the constant usage of “tapumes,” or wooden blockades. The organic works are also metaphorically used for the descriptive growth of favelas and tumors all with the simple visual representation. It all draws back around to Brazil, and this particular space is a beautiful analogy.
European design and architecture firm, The Fundamental Group, focuses on holistic living and lifestyle– and their designs and products embody it all. From being recognized in international publications such as Elle, Vogue and Brigitte, this small group is getting their beautiful work out there.
The “Atlas” table is one of their amazing oak/smoked oak tables with a brass base that makes a huge room statement. The inspiration behind it are the Atlas Mountains, that border the Sahara desert. With their integral math skills, the creative wood blocks are put together with a beautiful juxtaposition and wondrously seamless integration.
SPUD Group, PAD Studio and designer Stephen Turner have collaborated to create a space that can be tested out as a small shelter to stay in and use as a ‘lab’ for one year. The Exbury Egg, as they have titled it, was constructed with boat building techniques and houses only the essentials. A small stove, shower, desk and bed/hammock are there; while any means of electricity will all come from solar power.
The last treehouse looks more like a minimalistic home – in miniature size. I think it’s beautiful! I think they all are.
Big thanks to Daniel for showing me this!
Zander Olsen wraps white fabric around trees to “intervene” with the organic lines of a landscape, often blurring our sense of foreground and background to generate a jarring sense of flatness. Olsen suggests such compositions convey a new “visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.” As a result, the lush wonders of Wales, Surrey, and Hampshire are transformed into beautiful abstract images, with pops of white.
South America has some beautiful land and places to stay, but none are quite like the boutique experience and design of Tierra Patagonia, located just along the Lake Sarmiento in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The reserve has been a part of the National Park since 1978, and this low key 40 room accommodation and spa are the perfect fit for those wanting to visit and experience the indigenous beauty of the area, with a complementary space.
The interior of this hotel is covered in wood, with a low profile facade and green practices throughout. The furnishings and design are all intimate and richly defined by space. Natural branches, warm textiles and bathtubs adjacent to the bed. Architects Cazu Zegers talks in detail about her concept and process for the space, explaining that the entire shape of the building is aerodynamic in a sense. Inspired by the dunes of the landscape, the hotel is meant to blend in seamlessly and for the guest to arrive with just the mountain view in sight, “The idea was to get here and almost say, ‘wait, where is the hotel?’
OMG. I’m in love with this home!
Tucked into the lush forest in the coastal village of Mar Azul, a province of Buenos Aires, Casa Cher is a modern dream home built as a summer residence for a family of four. Designed by Argentinian firm BAK Architects, this small structure is embedded into the varying levels of the forestal land surrounding it.
This home stuns with just two main materials: concrete and glass. A full glazed front and rear allow views and light (which can be limited underneath a forest canopy) to penetrate these minimalist spaces. Variously-sized picture and clerestory windows add a pattern of energy to the front of the home, as does the profile of a concrete entrance stairway. The facade melds into the woods, with both the exterior and interior exuding a rich, autumnal palette.
With two bedrooms, two baths and a shared living room and kitchen, the home effortlessly flows while reaching two distinct floors as a split-level plan. A linear perspective of the forest is attained from the main living area, which features a wood-burning fireplace, as well as sliding glass doors to experience the fresh air. So intriguing is the “suspended” terrace, a wood-planked form with cut-outs for growing trees. A soft blanket of pine needles contributes to the organic beauty of this modern dwelling.
Another interesting feature is the customized concrete. Seen as a dining table, kitchen countertops and sink basin, shelving, even a bed and lounging bench, this primary design element is as unique as it is functional. Warm woods in some of the furnishings, upon a counter and as decorative bowls, play contrast to the raw concrete, gracefully echoing the rugged outdoor landscape.
There’s no avoiding insects wherever you may be in the world, and while bird houses, feeders and the like are in no shortage – it had designers Vaulot & Dyevre asking, what about the bugs?
In an effort to promote biodiversity in urban areas, “Insectopia” was created and installed in Paris. Ultimately, it is a tree trunk with hundreds of wood blocks individually crafted and grouped together to create a type of hotel for bugs. Each block is different in size but all have the same red pitched roof and hollowed out circular opening. Openings vary in diameter, and each wooden piece is mounted at a different height– with most ending up in a large grouping at the pinnacle of the trunk.