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Flickd – Design

I’ve been obsessing about design lately. 

I used to believe life was all about timing but I have changed my mind.  Now I firmly believe life is all about design.  Some things work by design while other things don’t… by design.

On a simple scale, this bridge is illustrative of that very idea.

(I have no idea where this bridge is… sorry)

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The Room is Spinning

This dynamic building annoys me.

Designed by architect David Fisher, it is getting major coverage because each of it’s 80 floors will independently rotate 360*.

Everybody is so excited by it’s “innovative design”, but honestly, the only thing that appeals to me is the practical nature of every apartment having an equally majestic view… and price tag.  However, it is that same practical sensibility that hates everything else about it.  

The Power of Three:

 

  1. Let’s face it… the more moving parts anything has, the more likely it is that it will break.  And what happens when one of the floors gets stuck or worse yet breaks loose causing everybody on the floor to suffer from non-alcohol induced “spins”?  Eugh!
  2. The nature of the design mandates that all stairs, elevators and pipes need to be feed down the center of the building.  And the idea of all the guts of building being only in the backbone seems dangerous and messy… Of course, I have never been a fan of high rises since I wondered how toilet contents from the top floor got to the sewer. ‘Nuf said.
  3. Although there are some sleek, almost ripple-like designs in some of the images above, I would go OCD-crazy if my building looked like the 5th image.  I don’t want to come home to a deranged Rubik’s Cube.
So go ahead… shoot me!  I don’t like it even though everybody else in the world seems to.  But what’s new… I feel the same way about Facebook.

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Dog Spelled Backwards

I am a spiritual person… but not in the traditional sense of the word.  However these amazing churches are enough to make me… well, go to church!

Iglesia de Santa Monica in Madrid, Spain looks like a cross between a sea barnacle and the little wonky-eyed monster you feared was under your bed when you were a kid.  And, what is up with that ominous sky?  Spoooooky! 

The new distorted window in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, England is intended to emulate the rippled image of a cross as if it were being reflected in water.  This window, designed by Shirazeh Houshiary, is part of a $36 million refurbishment of the church which was originally built back in 1726.   Check out more via The Guardian.

 

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Herringbone

I am a fan of herringbone.   What once was seen as “old mans fabric” has made a much deserved comeback and I approve.

The most remarkable example of this trend is by Alison Brooks Architects who have designed two Herringbone Houses in Wandsworth, London via dezeen.

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I only wish I knew how to PhotoShop these houses with a pipe for the ultimate in sophistication!

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XOO

When I was a child my mother and I would have these special “hookie” days.  These entailed her calling my elementary school to fib to report that I was too ill to attend that day while secretly whisking me off to a day of shopping with her in Beverly Hills.  On our drive there we would pass the American Cement Building on Wilshire Blvd.   

American Cement Building

The exterior of the building was designed by Malcolm Leland out of reinforced concrete sculpted into a pattern using 10 foot tall X-shapes.  The building looks cool because it is so different but I wouldn’t call this 60’s style facade beautiful… until now…

I just found these amazing bookends inspired by Malcolm Leland’s X00 industrial design thanks to Velocity Art And Design.

Bookends

I no longer live in LA – I don’t want to live there right now nor am I convinced that I will ever again but when I found these I got this warm familiar feeling.  (Insert: Barbara Streisand’s Memories)  I must have them!!!

I wonder how many other LA-born would feel the same way if they saw these beauties? 

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