Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Faraday House

located outside Bern,Switzerland

designed by Jomini Zimmerman Architects 

and Thomas Jomini Architecture Workshop. 

Photos by Joel Tettamanti.

Big Desk Bliss ^_^! 

In comparison to my tiny desk at home... 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Advice from visiting designer D Block

" What effects business and society 

effects us as well"

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Ron Arad

Born in Israel 1951

Architect & Designer

Studied at the Belzalel Academy of Fine Art, Jerusalem.(1971-1973)

Then at the Architectural Association, London, under the mentorship of Peter Cook. A key founder of the Archigram movement. 

Worked briefly as an architect.

Formed One-off With Dennis Groves, 1981

Established Ron Arad Associates, 1989
Established Ron Arad Architects, 2008, to run in conjuncture with the above.

Professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London, 1997-2009

Awarded London Design Week Medal for design excellence, 2011.

 Royal Academician, Royal Academy of Arts, 2013.

Considered a sculptor of furniture and spaces, Arad has pushed the boundaries of acceptability with his choices of materials and decorative components.

He has cultivated a high tech/post punk/post apocalyptic aesthetic, utilising deliberately coarse industrial materials, coupled with found objects and scrap. 
However, he is also highly selective of his materials and the ways in which they are manipulated.  

His initial aesthetic is most prominent in his interior design during the 1980's, such as his work for Bazaar on London's South Molton Street, 1984, in which cast concrete features where accompanied with an air of dislocation, destruction and decay. 

Arad's furniture takes a more ironic and playful vain that is undeniably present in the form of his "Big easy" chair. 

The big easy series was intended to demonstrate that comfort could be obtained using industrial materials, that would not normally be associated with soft furnishings.

Later Arad moved toward mass producing some of his earlier designs, Such as his "Book worm" Bookcase, that was first produced in limited numbers and constructed from steel, and later re released made out of translucent plastic for more general consumption and manufactured by Kartell. 

Monday, 10 November 2014


 Images courtesy of various sources

Japanese Monks that successfully underwent the process of self mummification. 

A full explanation of the concept and procedures used can be found here

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Armature XVII 



Sculptures by 
Snail Scott

Flowers on my desk ^_*! 


The Polygon Nuclear Test Sea 1 (After the event), Kazakhstan 2011 

 Kurchatov IV (Telephone Exchange), Kazakhstan, 2011

 The Aral Sea (Officers Housing), Kazakhstan 2011

 The Aral Sea III (Fishing Trawler), Kazakhstan 2011

The Polygon Nuclear Test Site I (After the event), Kazakhstan 2011


Friday, 17 October 2014

5 Clever Ways To Handle Small Interiors

Creedmore abandoned psychiatric center


Memphis Design Group

A design collaborative formed by Ettore Stottsass in the 1980's, comprised of Italian designers and architects. 

The name apparently originates from this Bob Dylan Song, which was being played on repeat throughout their first meeting. 

Their main creative influences were the Art Deco and Pop art movements, and their main aim was to reinvigorate the radical design movement by contesting the contemporary concept of 'good design'. 

They met again in the February of 1981, by which time the members had produced 100+ drawings.  September the same year the group exhibited a range of clocks, lighting, furniture and ceramics, intentionally using materials that lacked culture, such as coloured laminates, at the Arc 74 Showroom, Milan. To an audience of internationally famous architects and designers.

They also released a book; "Memphis, the new international style". 

The group had always fully intended to be a fad, and in 1988 Stottsass disbanded the group, having left himself in 1985. 

Members included; 

Alessandro MendiniMartine BedinAndrea BranziAldo CibicMichele de LucchiNathalie du PasquierMichael GravesHans HolleinArata IsozakiShiro KuramataMatteo ThunJavier MariscalLuciano PaccagnellaGeorge Sowden and Marco Zanini

Century chaise by Andrea Branzi '82

Anti- Design was a movement that originated in Italy and spanned from 1966-1980.

Notable characteristics included use of striking colours, distortion of scale and ironic/kitsch presentation.

The primary function of their designs was to subvert the way the user thought about the object. This was a form of open rebellion against the avant-garde designers working in the industry at that time, who conformed heavily to the perfectionist aesthetic of modernism. 

A key spokesman for the movement was Ettore Stottsass, who later went on to found the Memphis 
design group. 

Other notable groups are Archigram and Superstudio 

The movements manifestos can still be considered revolutionary, focusing on function over beauty and principles such as temporary and throw away design that reflects the mass production of objects to fulfil consumerist greed. 

Their main aim was to make people think and engage with the products, even if they did ultimately throw them away. 

The movement ultimately became the root of post modernist design. 

Designers within the movement include; 

Vico Magistretti, Gianfranco Franco Franchini, Livio Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Piero Gilardi and Paolo Lomazzi 

The Boalum Flexible Lamp 1979 
Manufactured by Artemide 
Designed by Gianfranco Franco Franchini & Livio Castiglioni

Monday, 22 September 2014



Rafel Araujo is a Venezuelan artist/illustrator who's stylistic influences include both Da Vinci and M.C. Escher. 

Working on an old drafting table, Araujo began drawing his own perspective illustrations, eyeballing the trigonometry to plot dot sequences that would allow him to create curved shapes like double helixes and cones. If you look closely at Araujo’s drawings, you’ll notice each of the main shapes sits within a line-drawn square or rectangle—he began adding this to his works after realizing these scaffolding boxes created a more reliable way to correctly position the dots. “There is naturally a learning curve,” he says. “And as problems are solved, you become more adept and, again, daring.”

As Araujo became more confident in his skills, he began adding ink-drawn butterflies, insects and shells to the canvas and painting them with acrylic in order to add visual complexity to his work. Each illustration takes him upwards of 100 hours, and that’s if he doesn’t mess up. “Painting is very similar to cooking,” he says. “You’ve got to be always careful!”