Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

This sweet & tiny forest pad belongs to lucky ducks Mariah Morrow & Ryan Lingard.  It measures in at a miniscule 130 square feet and yet seems to provide room enough for all things necessary for a cozy, marshmallow toasting getaway.

To see more photos and get the full story on how this little nesting nugget came to be, click here.  The story was photographed for Sunset Magazine by the talented Tom Story and written by Laura Dye Lang &  the very sweet Miranda Jones.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, Miranda, and 3 other talented Sunset folks (Jess, Ebby, & Sue) when they came up to photograph a story with me a couple of weeks ago.  More to come on that sooooon…  for now, I’m shouting out a big ‘Gimme!’ to THIS story’s star!

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Design : Ryuji Nakamura Architects, charge/Ryuji Nakamura, Makiko Wakaki
Photo : Ryuji Nakamura Architects

via Dezeen

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Thanks to John’s favorite things list over at Cuckoo for Coconuts, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of Mid-Century goodness in the form of entire scanned copies of old LIFE magazines.  Heaven.  Every week I’m going to share some of the lovely bits I dig up there.  Starting now…

{ my favorite add from this issue. love the legs! } 

{ Igor Polevitzky’s Birdcage House/Heller House }


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Unhappy Hipsters

You can come out when you can properly explain the differences between Modernist architecture and postmodern ornamentation.

(Dwell, February/March 2006)

She had this uncanny way of making him feel so, so small.

(Dwell, November 2006)

My friends are really hooking me up this week.  A great find sent in by my old & good university chum Sarah Kaye, Unhappy Hipsters is a laugh inducing take on the dark underbelly of the modern design world.  Shining a light on the down side of clean lines and sparse furnishings has never been so funny.   

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Since this tis the season for coziness, visions of warm fires dance in my head.  This one’s a beauty.  Designed for a municipal playground in Trondheim, Norway by architecture firm Haugen/Zohar, this enclosed fire, storytelling, and playing space is the ultimate in community health.  I think if we here in Canada spent more money on this kind of well being (community & family) instead of on, say, fear mongering media campaigns and medical administration for faux pandemics,  that would be a far greater public health benefit.  Not to mention how much cooler our parks would look…

ps.  There are doors that slide into place and lock to keep the space from becoming a nighttime den for the devious…

via: RADDblog

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This Swiss delight was a collaboration between Dutch architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.  Located in the village of Vals, and surrounded by other underground hobbit style homes, it would only take a quick blink to miss this buried treasure.  The elliptical arch of the opening frames a stunning view of the mountains and surrounding valley, while it also allows enough natural light in to flood the interior rooms with warm sunshine.  I would also guess that the energy used to heat this beauty would be substantially less than an above ground dwelling, with all that soil for insulation, so not only is this choice to go underground preserving the natural beauty of the valley by not adding another man made structure, it’s also reducing it’s other footprints.  Big ups to their going under and to all stealth architecture!

via RADDblog

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{ Flow 2 from Studio Gorm }

Ok.  I realize that I could benefit from a blogging 12 step program…  Making promises of daily inspiration I don’t always keep, sleeping in and missing the zippy intertube wagon, and then more sleeping vs. working…  I need help.  So I will be putting out the call for some soon.  I’m going to be re-working my offerings here at P+M aiming for a January launch and will be looking for some guest writers.  If any of my lovely readers have an interest in contributing a weekly post, please let me know.  We’ll twalk.  

In the mean time, I’ll do my best to keep you up to date with all global greatness past and present, even if it comes in little bursts here and there.

Here is a burst of some of the fine things I’ve been saving up over the last few weeks.

{ photo of West German Ceramics by Wai Lin Tse via Bloesem }

{ tiny little boxes via design, straight through the heart }

{ water tower series by German photographers Bernd & Hilla Becher via pitch. deisgn union}

{ top: 24kt Gold Quartz necklace bottom: Asterisk necklace.  Both by Laura Lombardi }

More to come sometime soon!

xo paige

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Happy Wednesday!  Today, I am in a rush to get up to my studio and am therefore going to lean on my favorite go-to graphic gurus, grain edit, for the book pic of the week.  Second Homes For Leisure Living presented by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association is a booklet that I sadly don’t own and deeply covet.  It is going to get added to my hunter’s list for sure.  Just as many details from these awesome Mid Century (re)treats are going on my dream house list (like the deer for instance…).     


I’m afraid I have to be super lazy today and just post pictures.  (This will not become a habit I promise!) For all the publisher, architect, & illustrator info, please head over to grain edit’s post.  While you’re there look around awhile.  I guarantee you’ll like what you see!  Dave Cuzner runs a tight ship loaded up with oodles of loveliness.  (He is going to be sharing a bit of himself with us soon for my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series. Can’t wait!) 


via grain edit

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Remember the scene in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye sends his father’s precious 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder through the glass and over the edge of the über modern Frye family garage?  Well you now have the opportunity to relive this moment (or just sit there and imagine it) for yourself.  You need just two things: $2,300,000 & a desire to move to Highland Park, Illinois.  The Ben Rose home used in the classic 1986 movie, designed by 20th century architects by A. James Speyer and David Haid,  is available through Sotheby’s .   Now that would be a true testament to your love of all things 80’s…

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via: this is a design blog, & additional image from: lucky warrior

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c-152The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes is hidden by spruces and sits 15-ft. above ground on concrete pillars. The hammock offers a quiet napping place– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.


I just can’t get enough of inspired forest living.  I don’t know if it’s just my deeply ingrained love for the Ewok village, or if it was my own experiences going to our summer cabin as a kid.  Whatever it is, I am yearning for it.  Here are some good mid-century dwellings that stirred it up for me today.

summer-house-1The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Neil Rantoul cleaning his rifle on a pull-down bed in the boys’ quarters which doubles as a painting studio– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-132Interior of the Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. (L-R) Neil Rantoul listening as brother-in-law Mark Harrison strums a banjo in the living room– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-14The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Talbot Rantoul relaxing on the sun-dappled porch– Martha’s Vinyard, MA 1965.

c-19Wood-panelled exterior of John and Janet Smith’s summer home near Pend Oreille River which they built themselves from a set of architect’s plans ordered from a magazine– Spokane, WA 1970.

via: The Selvedge Yard

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