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Medibank, Melbourne. A project as depicted in Interior Design Magazine by Hassell. This realigns what one would typically associate as a bank interior.


Of course. A transparent canoe from fancy.com.


New cutlery offered through ALESSI. It’s always puzzled me that when you shop for this type of item you are prevented from actually holding it and feeling how it feels. The balance, the thickness of the handle in your hand. This set appears (at least) to have a better shape for the spoons (more like a mini-shovel), the knife looks balanced like it will double equally as well as a spreader as it will a carver. Well done.

UntitledOK. I admit it. I have a small fetish for REAL watches. A fetish that my fiscal resources cannot and should not accommodate. Which is why this site is so nice. It allows you to peruse a litany of refurbished pieces of mechanical art. Some are just out or reach. Perhaps in due time one will show up under the Christmas tree.

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Waldilla Wood has some incredible wood flooring options. I have no idea how they route or install this stuff…crazy designers.

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Loox Design’s new powder coated metal…shelving tile…a divider for above and one for below each shelf, with each shelf…sounds like a riddle…with a divider in the middle…anybody want a peanut….stop rhyming and I mean it.


The “Turning Torso” project just celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary. This building spins 90° in only 9 stories and stands 623 ft. tall. It is located in Malmo, Sweden and is Scandinavia’s tallest building.


I can’t believe nobody as brought this to market yet but regardless it’s look like a blast. Electric jet board by Onean.


What’s nice about this piece other than simplicity is that there is a place for greenery that appears intentional, yet not overbearing. And there is a place for the other tools one might use if they actually read something other than a media phone. From WorkOf.


What do Julian Lennon and Le Corbusier have in common? This article will tell you about that and several other details in this non-fictional twisted story of combative creative types. CAUTION there is some “PG-17” rated content but if you are a architecture history freak this is an amazing story full of un-knows. Including the fact the “The Crow” got hit by a boat prop and almost lost his leg swimming at Monaco one time.

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I just came across this digital article on “rehab pools” from Interior Design Magazine. These first two photots represent projects that we as “space manipulators” are capable of. That is, to fully understand the needs of the end user and design the space to accommodate and enable the events that take place there. These are both just “indoor pools”. The are both just “structures”. But they have been designed with almost completely different results based on those understandings. These works confirm that we make a difference. The hard work pays off. We are enhancing peoples lives. And that even though it is difficult to get others to understand at times, the struggle to make something difficult, appear or function easily… is worth it.thumbs_63842-1-Cannon-Denver.jpg.1064x0_q90_crop_sharpen

University of Colorado, Anschutz-Health and Wellness Center by Cannon Design.


Bedford Family Center, Westport Weston Family “Y”, Connecticut. By Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

By Jon King

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John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Featured on the Longboard Siding Company web site.

from the longboard siding company’s web site… the term”long board” will for ever be associated with surfing to me… is this a church or a education center?


steelcase “brody”… an idea who’s time has come, face the aisle, place for your stuff, alternate postures, access to utilities… thank you


diving bell spider inspired design made of carbon fiber that supports a translucent membrane in stuttgart… it’s ironic that people will take shelter in a structure that was inspired by something that would severely frighten them…


staircase designed for dogs… if dogs are in fact a domesticated animal, then wouldn’t their “stairs” be more like a mountain climb?


the new LaGuardia… still a frightening approach…

By Jon King

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Colorfull kitchens via Dwell. When every car on the road or wardrobe is black, grey or white… this is a pleasant change. Learn more.


Mid-Century rehab in Portland. Very true to form and well done.

 USCourthouse-ThomasPhiferandPartners-Exterior1a_tcm20-2185463The new US Courthouse in Salt Lake City by Thomas Phifer & Partners. Learn more.

leatherman_tread_inlineThe new Leatherman “Tread” bracelet. Learn more.

 3041438-poster-p-1-how-to-be-a-success-at-everythinghow-smiling-changes-your-brainProof that smiling is good for your brain. Learn more.

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One winner in the Best Architecture Photos contest. A stair case by Zaha Hadid. Freshome.com.


Leeo nightlight and alarm. Will sound an alarm when necessary and communicate with whomever via WiFi.


This is pretty cool… Terrance Conran plays match-maker. By pairing established designer with “upstarts” to create solutions for their own homes. Read more here at Design Milk.


New pellet stove  and matching case goods called MIA by Sara Ferrari.


A rare interview with Sir Jony Ive…in Vogue.


Laser engraved rolling pins by Valek.


Fun and seasonable stuff from Home Decorating Trends.


Levi’s re-introduces the Orange Tag 615’s. My all time favorite but now they cost $205.00


One of the common responses people have to the modern movement is that it’s “too harsh”. Yet in the same breath they will talk of a need to simply their life. This article at Dwell does a great job of 1) utilizing commodity materials in a beautifully appropriate way, 2) creating a ‘modern’ setting that is warm and comfortable.


Grazing Grill. One you can sit at, cook your meal the way you want it and dine with other chefs.

17-1Check out this architects web site. It’s crazy. Moon Hoon.

 b364fa16df6f995ae70693f5d4d31def.Remember Bob Villa?… roof top gardens from his site that make you say “why didn’t I think of that?”


Ya… so… I am a pet guy.

 item0.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.palm-beach-estate-for-sale-01-exteriorOn the market in Palm Springs. 6,500 square feet. $8.7 million.




I am not a big golfer. Or good golfer. I’m sure there is a correlation there. But this is a pretty sweet device. The new Vapor driver from Nike Golf. So new it’s not on their website yet.


Tool update. Chauhan Studio.


Stone pillows… pillows like stones?


Architectural Digest has this article on homes that inspired great literary works. “The hammer shape the hand”.

By Jon King