I was perusing Maine Home and Design the other day and fell upon an ad for an architecture firm I just love. Van Dam Architecture and Design does absolutely beautiful and thoughtful work, with careful consideration of site, context, and materials in each project. You can check out more images here, and here are a few of my favorites:
I know next week most folks will not be as attached to their computers, so I thought I would send a Happy Holidays from Design Public! greeting to all of you now. Here is a virtual version of my holiday card for this year:
In searching for new inspiration for my loft I came across an AMAZING visual resource: www.lightlocations.com. The UK based site rents the homes and apartments for photo shoots…what a photographer’s paradise! The main emphasis is on all white interiors (my dream) but if you are not into lots of white there are a smattering of other styles and collections worth viewing. And let me tell ya, their photos make the spaces look very very good.
For those of us who are process oriented and like to see how things are made, here is a great vintage video detailing the creation of an Eames Shell Chair. Just as a heads up, the video is a bit long and perhaps dry to some, but luckily they included great tunes to keep you enthralled…
Last week I was thinking about a project I wanted to make with wool felt (yes, I spend a good amount of time thinking about textiles, don’t you?!) when James announced that Josh Jakus was the newest addition to our site. What a sign of inspiration! Josh is known for his felt pieces made from factory excess fibers and rubber designs made from recycled tires. When people use one of Josh’s products they naturally encounter the way it was conceived and developed. Amazing stuff. Enjoy the Q&A!
I’ve read that you have a background in both architecture and furniture design. What was the turning point that led you from architecture and furniture to soft goods?
I started doing furniture design in architecture school because they had a woodshop and I’ve always enjoyed manual work. As a design process I liked the simplicity and perfection of furniture as a counterpoint to architecture, which is so complicated and messy (sometimes in a good way). After I finished school I continued making furniture while I did freelance architectural work. My intent was to turn the furniture into a business that would go along side my architecture, but it proved to be very difficult to come up with commercially viable pieces. So I decided to experiment with Read the rest of this entry »