Sunday, 18 March 2012

A great house.

This is the hobbit house that I read about in a daily mail article. It was built by Simon Dale and his family, at the cost of around £3000. Which is not bad at all I think.

The moon rises on the house which is roofed with grass and nestles in its woodland surroundings
I really love this little house.
Finished article: Simon Dale's family home, made with his bare hands
Who wouldn't want to live here??

The original film version of Bilbo Baggins' house 

Simon Dale's project can also be found on his website.

In fact, I was so inspired by this project, that I have just put myself forward as a volunteer on the Lammas Project.... how exciting?!?!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Current Affairs

Right now, I am taking a break from writing my history and theory essay on gypsies. It's brilliant; I'm loving writing it. I am desperately trying to get it done before I leave for my hitchhiking trip to Croatia, as I won't have time or the means to do it on the road. 

Writing about gypsy life means that I get to watch (and read reviews and comments on) My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
Below is my FAVOURITE gypo wedding clip.

 I also have found that maybe the architect look of wearing black frame glasses is coming into the public eye:
 A screenshot from Azealia's '212' 


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Further to the Architectural Chairs....

To prove my point about how overused/ recognisable some styles of architectural chair are, here is a  promotional video of a model house... Check out the series of 'it' chairs.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Architectural Chairs

It seems to me that all architects design a chair or two at some point in their careers. 
I hope that I can be on the list at some point in the future.

Here are a few that I have come across recently.
Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid
Florian Schmid's concrete fabric chairs made with cement covered fabric, which is
stitched then drenched in water and left to set. It reminds me of modrock to a degree...

The Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe
Mies Van der Rohe's infamous Barcelona Chair.  This piece is inescapable, and
 in SO many London offices. It tends to also be used in architectural
photoshoots. A clever 'tribute' to it was a sofabed made
 by MADE, which is on my wishlist......
Trabecula Bench,  Janne Kyttanen. A beautiful (and expensive) laser sintered piece of functional art.
The Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen's tulip chair, the shape and
 style of which has been replicated many times.
The Egg Chair.jpg
Arne Jacobsen' egg chair. A recognisable  form due to many imitations. In fact, it
may itself have been inspired by Saarinin's Womb Chair

In uni news:
I am now in Project 7, which involves designing a 'thinker's dwelling' for Schumacher College. I am seriously considering this wondrous place as a post graduate option.... I'll see how it goes.
I am also deep in writing my current Architectural Theory and History essay, which is all about Settler Irish Travelers. Which gives me a great excuse to watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding more.