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cayce zavaglia: embroidered portraits


hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches

american artist cayce zavaglia considers herself a painter, yet has difficulty considering her work of embroidered portraits as painting themselves.

her realistic impressions of people are executed using crewel embroidery wool, for which over time she has created a system of sewing threads in a sequence that gives the appearance of a particular color or tone – her method of ‘mixing’ colors. threads are sewn in precise directions in order to mimic the way lines are layered in a typical drawing an allusion of depth, volume and form. throughout her series of work, the stitches have become tighter and more complex. each piece is hand embroidered and in total zavaglia has a developed 14 portraits thus far.

oleg dou: cubs


‘cubs’ by oleg dou
all images courtesy oleg dou
(above) ‘fawn’, 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou

a modern interpretation of an old practice, ‘cubs’ by moscow-based photographer oleg dou is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.

veev: eel self-heating bench at seat, san francisco


‘eel’ installation by veev for the two-year ‘seat’ urban furniture exhibition in san francisco.

‘eel’ is a sculptural installation that responds to environmental conditions and the presence of visitors, shifting its colour and light and generating heat upon its surface. the project is the work of veev, the experimental design studio of thailand-born, US-based architect raveevarn choksombatchai.

usable as a seat, the surface of ‘eel’ releases heat only when the sculpture senses that visitors are nearby,
emitting a range of colour and intensity of light in response to environmental stimuli. the project investigates the performative and transformative quality of architecture in response to changing conditions in the environment, raising parallels to questions of climate change and drawing attention to fluctuations in our living environment.

‘eel’ is on exhibition at san francisco’s fort mason center through june 2013 as part of the ‘seat‘ exhibition.

1950′s Coke Commercial


Check out the awesome old coke logo.

yaohua wang architecture: beijing house II


yaohua wang architecture: beijing house II

‘beijing house II’ by yaohua wang architecture, beijing, china.
Images courtesy of yaohua wang architecture.

During the modernization of Beijing, except for some historical houses, independent housing typology was almost eliminated. Afterwards, the new model became huge, stacking commercial residential buildings.

Thus, with the support of the client, project Beijing House II is trying to seek new methods of bringing the independent housing typology back to Beijing’s contemporary city life. This design scheme adds a new house onto the exterior of an obsolete factory building. Inside the house there are bedrooms, a studio and a green room. By doing this, the design uses the empty city space in the air and rediscovers the typology of independent housing in Beijing city.

Meanwhile, this scheme also brings about new challenges because Beijing has frequent earthquakes and this design scheme suggests a big cantilever house, which is attached onto the exiting building. Therefore, to keep this in mind, a mechanical system is introduced to counteract a potential earthquake.

The design attitude of this scheme is very honest when dealing with the fluid geometry and the mechanical system. This scheme tries to mix and merge these two different styles together instead of hiding any one of the two different systems. This becomes one of the main features of the design.

philipp aduatz: melting chair at TENT london 2011


philipp aduatz: melting chair at TENT london 2011

‘melting chair’ by philipp aduatz

j. mayer h.: rapport


j. mayer h.: rapport – experimental spatial structures
berlinische galerie, berlin
on now until april 9th, 2012

‘rapport’ by j. mayer h. at berlinische galerie
photos by: ludger paffrath ad jesko malkolm johnsson-zahn

‘rapport’ is an exhibition which offers insights into the interdisciplinary approach of the german architectural office of j. mayer h. an exploration in experimental spatial structures, j. mayer h. has developed a walk-in installation for the museum’s 10-metre high entrance area. walls and floors are clad in carpeting in which data security patterns are printed in black and grey. The space-consuming concept negates the strict geometry of the institution in which it is installed. the larger-than-life repeating patterns produce a flickering impression and transform the white gallery cube into a scenario of inter permeating forms and structures. supplementary three-dimensional models translate the two-dimensional patterns into concrete forms.

the overall title of the show ‘rapport’, is meant to be ambiguous. on one hand it is a german-language term from textile manufacturing that refers to the serial pattern of the installation. alternatively in the military field, the term ‘rapport’ means ‘dispatch’, while in psychology it describes a human relationship in how one conveys something and themselves to others. In this context it also refers to the starting material of the installation: data security patterns, which are used for example, on the inside of envelopes. in this case they stand for confidential communication between two parties. 

aerial view

an idea of the scale of the graphics

ground level view

alternative views

bruketa&zinic + brigada: typotecture


bruketazinic + brigada: typotecture

Before and after the zavrtnica business centre of croatia’s capital city zagreb has received a facelift, thanks to the staff of the agency brigade, part of the bruketa žinić group, and its architects, interior and product designers. an entire block of buildings with four structures has been refurbished as a whole by means of ‘typotecture’ – the use of extremely large scale typography on architectural structures. The project is supported by B.M.V. engineering who own the commercial space, a collection of heterogeneous buildings found within a former factory complex. in terms of their architecture, distribution and façades, the existing structures were all completely different.

To unify them as well as to tone down the building block, black and white were used to anchor the surrounding buildings. In the concept, the central structure, no. 10 is particularly important. this is the seat of the administration of the zavrtnica business centre, and the most dominant building of the unit. it is a cube shaped builing, and by painting it white, the designers succeded in raising it up out of the back roundation and surrounding buildings, making it exceptionally more visible. not only upon entering the business centre, but also at much larger distances. in this way, people entering and leaving the city can notice this building as a sort of landmark just before entering the city, or upon departing from the nearby zagreb main train station.

the final look – the building can be seen from the train that runs by the business centre. The designers felt that using standard ‘legible’ typography would counter the architecture, as then the text would become the dominant feature.

unusually large letters

up close look

the side buildings

the back of the building

branimir sabljic, srdana alac and damjan geber (brigada and bruketa žinić group OM)

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

A happy box


It is not a box…

Busan Opera House


This is an amazing structure. Australia-based practice lacoste + stevenson architects, in association with ARUP sydney, has completed an entry into the open international competition for the design of ‘busan opera house’, a new cultural complex due to start construction early 2014 in busan, south korea. Aiming to maximize on the surrounding parkland as well as to make the architecture flexible for large outdoor events, the design features moveable facade parts that open and close to meet the needs of a variety of events. Read Full Artical @ designboom