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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.

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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…

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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.


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”.

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This concept is so cool, and I am not even a dog. Which is a matter of opinion I suppose.

Sweet idea - silly name. This WeMo Switch from Belkin enables you to turn this on/off remotely.

Sweet idea – silly name. This WeMo Switch from Belkin enables you to turn things on/off remotely. Like your coffee maker from bed?… or kids bedroom light at schoool and freak them out?


Pre-fab proto type and of course it’s located in the desert where there are no misquotes, winter or neighbors as it appears. How high can a scorpion jump?


According to the style police at BHG, copper is back!


In an attempt to expand into adjacent markets but same demographics…the Waldorf Astoria is now offering a “driving experience”. I wonder if this was a concept inspired by their valet service.


I could do this, especially if I didn’t have to leave the pool or paint the place. AD is featuring this New Hampshire home.


Vac form shoes of recycled plastic. A quick eco-cool option by Lou Moria.


New antique” (?) bar stool by Marcel Wanders.


Designer ice cream…this makes it even harder to keep your cake and eat it too.


KickStarter does it again… paper size based water jugs for your messaged bag. Would it be awkward to drink from one of these?… if you buy one let me know.


This German site sells these, several other great ways to deal with keys and their gnomes are on sale.


New line of dog beds… “shags”.

Block_Honeycomb_bModular Arts is adding a layered looking options to their vast offering.

 graphic-render-ollieApp operated robot. Amazing fun. But other than that I wonder is there if this had a live video feed on it would truly good it would serve the world?

Hay_CopenhagueChair-Desk.jpgOriginally designed for collegiate library application by the brothers team of

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay, they have expanded the line to include a solitary dorm room options.

3035965-slide-s-3-frank-gehrys-colorful-biodiversity-museumA Ghery that looks like crumpled construction paper rather than silver fish in a bucket? This tribute to the Florida shoreline is featured in Fast


Method does it again. This time the product is dispensed from pressure applied to the bottom and forcing it out rather than mixing it with compressed gases. Brilliant. Like toothpaste without the “after dinner mints” drying in the sink bowl.

 HEM-Debut-Collection-1-White-Shelf“High end affordable furniture” from HEM. Proof that great things can be designed with commodity materials. Like a nail, flour, 3 colors of paint or TFL (thermo fused laminate).


Ways to use a spent kid’s wagon. How many of you have one of those just sitting around. Next up is what to do with spent Little Tikes play cabins.


Trek’s new Lync 5. Designed just for the commuter. If only my commute was less than 74 miles everyday or is that just an excuse?


Design boom found this “tubed amp” for your mobile device. Those of you don’t know what I mean by ‘”tubed” need not apply.


I am not crazy about the setting this desk is in but the desk itself is pretty well done. Great for Jack & Jill.


OK so we missed boating season but sledding season is just over the next hill. This Silver Sonic waterproof pocket from Orvis is perfect for that because you never know when you will launch out of a maneuver and land in the pool at the Aspen Ritz Carlton.

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New outdoor clothing company: Aether.


Daylight savings time… time to think about time… time to give thought to how you track time. The Braun  BN0032. Timeless design. Stainless steel band, little red chevron on the date… orange second-hand as if the seconds are burning past.


Dwell has this article on innovative workspaces in the Chicago area.. some great ideas.


The Cookoo Watch. Not a smart watch but a watch that is connected via bluetooth with your mobile device and can do things like serve as a remote shutter release for your camera. And the box it comes in becomes a bird house when your done with it.


The money clip… that doubles as a bottle opener… right?


Magnetic coat hangers… wonder if they spin?… slide?… do with an aluminum rod?…

F5-Thomas-Overthun-IDEO-0-portraitFrom the “designers you should know something about file: Tomas Overton from IDEO. I had the pleasure of working with Tomas on the early stages of Steelcase’s Pathways program.


From an article at on “porches we love”. I thought is article was on “Porsche’s we love” but it was pretty good anyway.

 MollaSpace-PaperPot-white-silo.jpg“Paper Pot” facial tissue dispenser… this cute little ball might be more fun to carry around under your arm if you are stuck at home with a honker than a sharp-edged box. Available at the Dwell store.


Odd mix of historic and regional foot-ware but it seems to work. These new scrubs from Beckett Simonon could be yours and then you could go hiking in your wingtips or wing it while hiking the urban jungle.

 Incurva-Wine-Rack-Formabilio-Mario-Pagliaro-1-500x355Wine rack? Magazine rack? Another great use of formed plywood from Incurva.


“Formwork” for Herman Miller. Designed by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin. Legos for those of us at a desk 73% of the day.


Sporting event freaks take note. Housing units that can be moved to a variety of excepting arenas. Taking modular living to a new level.


Starck does it again.

Barbara Hill's Dancehall/House in Marfa, Texas September 14, 2010 Misty Keasler

I know this would be to stark for a lot of you but can you image how freeing it would be to have access to this dwelling in Texas as a “retreat”?

By Jon King