Swarm Home recycles canvases found in Dutch markets

June 23rd, 2011 - 

All the time I said that nothing can be more beautiful than Dutch art. And in generally, Dutch everything. They are amazing in everything they do. This time, the art is lead a step further: Swarm Home recycles canvases found in Dutch markets and antique shops and transforms them into new things: bags or chairs, beautifully decorated sofas, jewelry designs and benches.
Each object has a story: paintings are juxtaposed to create functional art. Leslie Oschmann begin her business by collecting interesting objects and paintings she found in the markets. She manipulates them and creates a new life for
the old paintings. The art is now useful and it is even more precious, becoming a practical object. Objects are made in Amsterdam and a purse, for example is about 2-300 euros. Via here.

Small dimensions = 13 inches x 17 inches or 33 centimeters x 43 centimeters. 
Large dimensions = 15 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches or 38 centimeters x 38 centimeter x 14 centimeters

The Pyramid Project built by LAR in the Mexican city of Merida

June 23rd, 2011 - 

The city of Merida is on the Yucatan Peninsula, home of the ancient Mayan civilization.The Pyramid Project will be built following the same basic construction rules as those of a Mayan pyramid just that this time, the construction will have a lot of eco-friendly “gadgets” incorporated: solar panels and water containers.
The plants will pyrify air and also they will lower the energy consume due to the fact that with this, no air conditioning will be needed anymore. The offices and apartments planned to be built here will use natural resources and they will be
also connected with the past because of the Mayan pyramide shape. The structure will be an icon of efficiency for sure. Via here and here.

Vertical farms in a city skyscraper in Prague

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Two architects Michal Votruba and Michaela Dejdarova thought of this agricultural landscape idea. For big cities that have the need to have more green spaces, this is a wonderful idea of how to have your private garden or your special piece of land.They two architects suggest the growing of local fruits and vegetables directly where there is the need.
Instead of just using transportation to bring fruits and goods in an office center, it is better to directly cultivate them in the nearby. Exactly, more precisely to have terraces directly on the skyscarper. The concept essentially involves the
stacking of modular tetrahedrons that offer added surface area to green terraces and encourage the penetration of sunlight and air. The system uses rainwater collection systems and integrated solar panels to reduce the consume of energy and water. So, bring farmlands to the urban spaces. Via here.

The Agung Sedayu Center in Jakarta

June 23rd, 2011 - 

The Agung Sedayu Center is a new project that a lot of designer and architects projected to be the new icon of the mangrove forest of . The building will have two towers that are not symmetrical: they will rotate to have a nice panormic view and to capture the sun as much as possible.
Between these two towers there will be a corridor. A corridor without artificial air conditioner encircles each floor. The corridors serve as a barrier between the sun’s heat and the workspaces. I like the structure so much: the building is so
perfect integrated and it is so organic. I never thought office building could be so good integrated and so friendly as a shape with the nature.

Architects: Agung Mahaputra, Andika Priya Utama, Arief Aditya Putra, Dely Hamzah, Nidia Safiana, Rahadi Utomo  
Via here.

The "Lingo" series, skates made out of recycled wood

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Circle Factory is taking care of different projects and I really do not know what to choose as my favourite. Because I like them all: bowls, the Lingo skateboard series, the sculptures and the great decorative t-shirt designs. The pictures below are making part of a bigger series of skateboard designs made out of recycled wood parts.
The artist George Peterson is working in woode since 1992 when he started to carve fine products and original art. This time, he gathered together relics of old skateboards: parts that were used and thrown away. I think these
pictures reveal an incredible beauty and his art reminds me of what I have seen at the Quai Branly Museum: African and Oceanian art. The “Lingo” series by George Peterson is currently being shown at Altered Space Gallery in Venice Beach, CA. Via here.