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The Architecture Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Connemara, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Dakota rube

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    ^^How creepy do the dogs paws look?
     


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    Like whats-her-name's thumbs.
     


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    My god. Every school book I had in grammar school looked like that. Hell, that might have been one of them.
     


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    Somebody posted a video taken inside Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque during the earthquake. The building made it through the earthquake with minimal damage.
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    I find the baroque, formal chandelier and sconces a brilliant contrast to the modern minimalist architecture.

    The owner is obviously an astute collector, and the interior is highly curated (although I admit the Paul Evans sideboard thing is starting to get popular...but at prices approaching 100 grand, it won't get that popular).

    What would have been a real shame, is seeing the inside of this home look like a page out of Dwell magazine...full of Nelson & Eames shit.
     


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    The chandelier has electric candles with drip pans. It's retarded from now until eternity.
     


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    Has anyone here designed their own house, or rather, the look of it, then handed it off to an architect? How is it done? I always dream of a house built into the natural rocks, not unlike some the previous posts. But who knows when or where I'll end up building a home, so it's somewhat moot to design a house based on unknown natural features.

    I designed the upstairs floor (partly/kinda) when I was 8 or so to my family house. My father is a carpanter, and designed the entirety of our small but great home, so as the eldest son, who would be sharing a bedroom with brothers, I got my say haha.
     


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    I find the baroque, formal chandelier and sconces a brilliant contrast to the modern minimalist architecture.

    The owner is obviously an astute collector, and the interior is highly curated (although I admit the Paul Evans sideboard thing is starting to get popular...but at prices approaching 100 grand, it won't get that popular).

    What would have been a real shame, is seeing the inside of this home look like a page out of Dwell magazine...full of Nelson & Eames shit.


    Really?

    It's a clichè as old as the hills, it's staid and extremely dowdy, and, especially in that context, it absolutely looks like sh*t.

    Being "astute" has its drawbacks, evidently...that and/or typical "genius creative interior designer" crap.

    Nelson/Eames/simpler would be fine there. Nothing wrong with that stuff, despite Dwell's lack of any real influence.
     


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    Herzog & de Meuron are working on the transformation of a 19th century Hong Kong prison into an art gallery. Hong Kong has run out of prisoners to keep the jail operational.

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    There's a great old prison here that hasn't been used since the Watts Riots, and since the 30s prior to that. Wish the city would do something interesting with it.
     


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    The context is exactly what makes it not "cliche". The interior of this home is about as far from cliche as you can get. The only thing even remotely cliche might be those Biedermeier inspired Ted Muehling bronze candlesticks on the dining table. But they work, so what the fook.
    Why...because "you" think so? If she went on a shopping spree at DWR...then she would have "taste"? Hardly....this woman obviously has an actual sense of personal style, and a very good eye for art and antiques. The "new" furniture was designed by the architect and the rest is the owners personal collection...I doubt a "designer" was employed, and I'm sure the woman has never seen the inside of a big box furniture store (unlike most of you here it would seem). If the interior looked like a Lenny Kravitz apartment or something designed by Kelly Werstler, then it would look like "genius creative interior designer" crap.
    Fantastic...so when you purchase a site and commission Olson Kundig to build your house, when it's done, you can run down to DWR and then prove what an original you are.
     


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    The context is exactly what makes it not "cliche".
    This thing has been played out since 1950. It's like indie bands covering ganster rap songs. The first three times it was clever. Then it became ridiculous. In general I hate overhead lighting fixtures for a couple reasons: 1) They are almost ALWAYS loud and obnoxious. Every person designing one is motivated by the minuscule chance that they can create an iconic lighting fixture, so they always swing for the fences. and 2) They have very poor light distribution characteristics because the thought process in their design is solely an aesthetic one. They are almost exclusively used in large rooms for ornamental effect and they have a very poor ability to distribute the light evenly over the entire space. That means they are usually excessively blinding and non-functional. Now that we have electric lights, there's little reason to suspend unfiltered lights four feet from the ceiling like candle chandeliers of the 18th century necessitated. Houses should have quality lighting integrated into the actual form of the spaces for consistency. [​IMG]
     


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    Okey-dokey, then, [​IMG]....

    You like it; I think it's horrendous. We have different tastes.

    It IS a clichè, however; the modernist house/decorative furnishings "contrast effect" has been done many, many times, often with an ugly result, and is a pretty stale "idea".

    I have never shopped at DWR, and I don't really care where the client shopped. Just doesn't work for me.

    Big deal.
     


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