Friday, 13 March 2015

5 for now...

A few things that I've come across lately that peeked my interest:

1. Tower House - an incredibly fun, explorative, and innovative house by Andrew Maynard Architects, in Alphington Australia.
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

2. An interesting departure from the traditional form of a cabin, Cabin Norderhov is located in Norderhov, Norway - a creative small project by Atelier Oslo.
© Lars Petter Pettersen
© Lars Petter Pettersen

3. Deptford Goth made another great track; "Feel Real"

4. Here is a really great interview with the partners of my all time favourite architecture firms; Fearon Hay Architects.

5. The latest from our own adventures in home improvements:
We recently purchased a house that was previously suited into two units, and thus had a 2nd kitchen. We are taking over the whole house, as our boys need lots of room to romp and play, and we are slowly turning the second kitchen into a media/tv room. It's been great fun experience so far - tearing out the existing cabinetry, capping the plumbing and electrical, a little framing and drywall, lots of patching, and painting, and now finally about to install some carpet. During the whole process, the room was still used as the TV room, so the boys have seen every stage as we've progressed. I think they will be very happy to get the cozy carpet down, but I have to say they are such happy-go-lucky little creatures that have been intrigued in the entire process without complaint.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Another Happy Fathers Day

I'll admit it; I am lucky. 
I have two remarkable little boys who take up massive amounts of my time, massive amounts of my love, and throw it all back at me tenfold.
Being a father is amazing journey, and I get to travel it with these two little monkeys.
The brothers. They are the essence of my heart and soul.  

Seriously! What a couple of imps!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

M-RAD: Fresh Hills

While I was attending Dalhousie, getting my masters in Architorture, I had a partner in crime with whom I had an spectacular amount of fun; Matthew Rosenberg, founder of the LA based design office M-RAD. Getting into all the kinds of trouble one really should, and some that one shouldn't, we supported each others Scotch habits, and helped each other make it through the late night x-acto blade and super glue marathons that are so prevalent in architecture school. Sadly, our time together was cut short (perhaps for the best), when he moved on to pursue his masters of architecture at SCI-Arc, whereas I stayed on at Dal. Needless to say, we've stayed in touch over the years, and recently I was happily impressed with an outstanding achievement of his, when he received second place in the Fresh Kills Land Art Generator Competition

His project Fresh Hills for Fresh Kills was not only conceptually strong, but a beautiful, poetic response to the site, and so I felt the need to share it with you.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Inventive: Thread Wrapped Furniture

I came across the video below earlier today. I have seen the furniture by Anton Alvarez, but I had not previously seen the process by which it is made. It is by far one of the most interesting process driven designs I've seen in a while. 

With thread and glue replacing standard joints and screws, the process by which the furniture is built is fascinating and uses a custom-made machine designed by Alvarez. Aside from the really cool inventiveness of the machine to wrap the string while adding glue, the aspect that appeals to me is that the process of making this furniture is itself a craft; the craft of thread wrapping, and it's a seemingly new craft at that. 
Check it out...

Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez from Dezeen on Vimeo.

More description and images can be found from Dezeen HERE.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Video: Gloam

I came across this beautifully created short animation, and fell in love with the spooky yet gentle woodland creature Gloam. I can't wait to show my boys tonight, we've got plans to design/build a pint-sized haunted house out of cardboard boxes in order to begin prepping for Halloween. This movie will provide a great ending to the night, we'll sit in our newly created haunted house eating cookies while listening to the fire crackle in the background. Sounds like a perfect October night to me, good thing everything always goes according to plan when little children are involved...

Hhmmm, Better keep my fingers crossed.

Gloam from We Are The Forest on Vimeo.

Follow the link here to see the 'behind the scenes' shot breakdown. I'm always fascinated by process, and it was really interesting to see.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Life Moves Fast...

What an amazing week we've had. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by with the day to day, but when you're more busy that usual it just flies. This past week was definitely no exception to the rule for us. The start of October is a busy time for us here; Keiran's birthday, Thanksgiving, and Grammy's birthday, throw into that mix a John Fogerty concert and a head shave fundraiser and its a whirlwind!

The night everything really ramped up I received a last minute phone call from Carl, Loreen's brother, inviting me to see John Fogerty as Carl's wife wouldn't be able to make it. SWEET! (Sorry Nicole) What an amazing show! We were witness to almost every major hit he ever had, and he's still got a voice of gold, with skills on the guitar that would give Jimi Hendrix shivers.

The very next day was Keiran's birthday party. Talk about an awesome affair, with 15 pint sized party troopers being granted superhero status after graduating from a rigorous training program. As usual, Keiran's mother went a little 'overboard' on the prep work (a standard carried by Cahoon Ladies I've been told), she made an amazing cake (with a little Photoshop help from me, and a rice paper and edible ink printer), a buffet of food fit for a small wedding, custom capes and masks for all the little hero's, and goody bags packed with an assortment of superhero fuels. Fun. Exhausting. Memories were made.

Birthday Morning

How Old!?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

VIDEO: Ai Weiwei: NEVER SORRY [Trailer]

This will be an amazing film.

Ai Weiwei, hero to millions, is China's most famous artist/political activist/designer. In the film he gives the inside story to his work and life while striving to make a positive change through his art and social media in China. Though Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, held him in secret detention, beat him, and most recently destroyed his new studio, he will not stop battling to speak out against the ongoing problems in China. Journalist Alison Klayman directs the film and provides unique insight into contemporary China, and the country's most outspoken critic.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this film! Enjoy the trailer...

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry OFFICIAL TRAILER from Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry on Vimeo.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Architect: Bates Masi Architects

Today, I'm showing off the work of one of my favorite Architecture practices in the US. As with pretty well all of the architecture that I show on Design Dad, their work brings together an amazingly successful marriage of form and material. Bates Masi Architects is a small practice run out of Sag Harbour, NY. Each of their projects involves a uniquely targeted design approach to meet the clients needs/desires, including researching materials, craft, environment within an architectural scope. There are all kinds of subtle but highly innovative details they generate for each project. The firm approaches each project as an opportunity to enrich the lives of the client and all who interact with the architecture while enhancing the environment.

See for yourself why they rock.

Robbins Way
Amagansett, NY
Bates Masi Architects

Bates Masi Architects

Bates Masi Architects

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hello 10,000th Visitor!

It's nice to see we're getting quite a few return visitors these days! We have now passed an average of 2,000 hits per month, and have garnered a total of 10,000 site visits to date! Heh, well, it's enough to keep me happy, so I'll keep at it... Cheers!