Sunday, February 27, 2011

Taking the past to light the future

After last weeks post I went on a search to find repurposed lighting. I stuck out several time and then I got my copy of Interior Design Magazine in the mail and as if it knew what I was looking for there was an ad for repurposed lighting. Conant Metal and Lighting located in Burlington, Vermont “Work Wonders with Metal and Light” has several catalogs full of creative solutions from furniture design to lighting design. Here are some of the great repurposed lighting fixtures they have up on their website.

Science Beakers turned into light fixtures

Yes, that was a fan.

Music stand turned desk lamp

I think I just found a new company to be obsessed with, they work is inspirational and it appears they have a great work ethic. Many of their customers talk about how great it is to work with Conant Metal and Light and how they do a great job of bring a concept to life. One customer even talks about how Conant does a great job of taking their sketch on a cocktail napkin and making it work. They do great work and I would like to use some of their work in my project. Let me know what you think!

Bucket lamp similar to last post

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspiring Imagination

While working on my concept for my project this semester my friend/person who deserves a lot of credit pointed out a project by Polyanna Paraskeva + Associates in the most recent edition of Interior Design Magazine, which gave me a great idea of where to go with my project. My project is all about inspiring a Childs imagination, to “think outside of the box.” This picture where Polyanna Paraskeva uses buckets and trashcans as light fixtures inspired me to come up with the concept.

I would like to come up with several ways to use things in unconventional ways. Such as a bucket for a light fixture, also this light fixture would be really fun for young students.

The overall project is amazing and I encourage you to check it out further because it really does an amazing job with scale, imagination and comfort of the end users. So for my concept of inspiring imagination this project did a great job inspiring me not just for my current project but for several projects in the future. Here are a few of the pictures from the project.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Designing for the Road

Designing for the Road

Airstream trailers have recently become a popular home for travelers, tailgaters and trend followers. Actor Matthew McConaughey started the trend of renovating or customizing Airstream trailers and using it as their home. Architectural Digest wrote an article about McConaughey in 2008 that lit the fire under the tread. In the article McConaughey talks about how his trailer is the perfect home because he loves to travel and with the Airstream as his home he can wake up one morning and look out the window and see the beach and the next morning wake up to see the mountains. The article had interior images of his home and I believe it allowed people to see that the space functions so well and prove that we do not need the 3,000 plus square foot homes that society tells us to buy. The airstream has about 200 sq feet of livable space.

In my search to find fun Interiors in Airstream trailers I came across the website of design build firm Hofmann Architecture based in California. The Principal architect Matthew Hofmann remodeled a 1978 Airstream into his office, home and means of travel. On his blog Hofmann writes about why he decided to do this:

Here are a dozen real life reasons why living in 158 sq. ft. can be a very grand experience.

1. Lower utility bills - serious sustainability

2. Quicker to clean - 30 minutes tops

3. Less maintenance - Say “goodbye” to the chimney sweeper, garage door repairman, and gardener

4. A lot less clutter – I’ve reduced my paper use by 90%

5. Better connected to my girlfriend – the small space encourages us to interact and work out our problems – we no longer have our “caves” or sides of the house to escape to.

6. I’m taking more trips to the farmers market I’m purchasing more fresh fruits and vegetables. No excessive frig/freezer or pantry spaces stuffed with outdated food

7. Discourages procrastination – harder to ignore need-to-do’s when they’re staring right at you)

8. Less stuff gets lost - less places to hide, and when they do, they tend to surface a week later in a shirt pocket

9. Impulse buys – The question when purchasing an item “can I afford it.” Has changed into “can I store it?”

10. Fewer house guests – Thanksgiving is a great time to spend time with your family, and so much better enjoyed when they stay at hotels.

11. Simplified entertainment technology – I sold and no longer own: A dvd player, audio receiver, 7 speaker surround sound, plasma tv, desktop PC, laptop computer, countless remote controls, wireless home speaker system, and portable radio. I then purchased: an IMac.

12. I ended my dysfunctional relationship with Costco. – I realize now that I don’t really need a 5lb bag of peanuts or the treadmill that discourages me from ever leaving the confines of home. Though, I still enjoy accompanying a friend to the mega box store to try the free samples.

I am obsessed with the idea of redoing an Airstream and its now on my list of things I want to do in the future. I have included pictures from McConaughey’s home and Hoffman’s home along with some other great remodels; the blog Airstream love also has a collection of great images. In the Architectural Digest article McConaughey is quoted saying “Architecture is a Verb” and I love that idea and think that you will fall in love with the idea like I did, let me know what you think!

McConaughey outside his Airstream

McConaughey's "Office"

McConaughey's kitchen

Hofmann's trailer

Hofmann's office

Hofmann's kitchen area

Hofmann's bathroom

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A new way to apply color.

A new way to apply color.

In doing research for my project this semester I came across this awesome idea of how to apply color to a wall. I believe this is one of the most fun ways to store you color pencils while lightening up the room with fun color. The best part is that you can use the pencils. I think this would be so fun to have on the walls at a school or even in a child’s bedroom. I am strongly considering using this idea in my art classroom for my studio project. The only thing that would really stink is being the person who has to sharpen them all originally. I hope you enjoy this idea as much as I do.

Images from Gearfuse