Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category
Amazingly enough we’ve never posted about David Clark, an Austin-based craftsman creating incredible furniture and structures. I spoke with David a while back at Spartan, for which he created the display furniture, and was really inspired by his choice to not limit himself creatively, to branch out from graphic design (his profession at the time) and just jump in.
We discussed the satisfaction that comes from working with your hands, how a graphic designer’s skills will definitely benefit someone building furniture, and the beauty in creating something that will likely have a much longer lifespan than the majority of graphic design. More of my favorites after the jump. Also, check out his sweet new logo by our pal Ryan Rhodes.
The employees of local ad shop McGarrah Jessee are lucky folks these days. They recently moved in to the building above. That photo was taken shortly after it was built in the early 1950′s. Between then and now it hasn’t been treated too well, but luckily the folks at McGarrah Jessee have turned that around.
I consider Eames furniture and the mid-century modern movement, in which it played a central role, a cornerstone of our aesthetic here at Public School. Over the years, however, the brand’s impact has been diluted, in part because “Eames” has become a catch-all term for anything and everything mid-century. The issue is further complicated by the fact that Charles and Ray Eames had so many affiliations and collaborators whose contributions often went uncredited . Today, if you search for Eames on Craigslist or Ebay, for example, you are lucky if half of the results are actual Eames pieces.
To help us make sense of this complex narrative, Marilyn and John Neuhart wrote The Story of Eames Furniture, which aims to explain exactly “how Eames furniture got to be the way it is.”
Check out this interview with authors, who were both employees of Charles and Ray Eames for 30 years. (After the break)
We dream of what it’d be like to touch the clouds we fly through and stare at as children but fog never really gives us the satisfaction because it is normally all encompassing. Well Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and German climate engineering firm Transsolar teamed up earlier this year to produce Cloudscapes, an installation to allow you to do just that. Using three layers of different temperature and humidity air, they created a space in which people can travel through clouds. Science and art are amazing. More beautiful photographs after the jump.
The problem with really big buildings is that as you increase square footage, you normally need to also increase your height. Unless of course you’re in the business of building 747′s. Steven Holl’s horizontal skyscraper design is meant to solve that problem. Instead of a building that rises from the ground and its surroundings it flows and reflects the surroundings off its exterior. It also happens to be as long as the Empire State Building is tall.