The Exbury Egg

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Artist Stephen Turner is working and studying for a year, in an egg. An artful exercise in sustainability, immersing himself in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. His goal is to better understand the impact of human activity on the environment, and explore a more empathic relationship with nature. A beautiful vessel developed by a team of boat makers, architects and researchers, it is a simple structure, hand crafted, intimate and purposeful.

“The Exbury Egg will be  a temporary, energy efficient self-sustaining work space for artist Stephen Turner in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. It is a place to stay and a laboratory for studying the life of a tidal creek, a collecting and collating centre with integral storage & display areas. It will take on the patina of 730 daily tides below the water line, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and bleaching by the sun above.  The Egg will be ‘tethered’ like a boat and will rise and fall with the tide. The light touch and basic nature of the ‘Exbury Egg’ aims to re-appraise the way we live; to properly consider sustainably and future use of natural resources. ”

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Wire Fabric Drapery

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Looking for something a little different when it comes to window covering? A bit more modern and dramatic perhaps? Woven metal fabrics have long been used commercially, but are also great for the home. They offer versatility, unique texture, and durability and come in a range of colors. Textures vary depending on the size of the weave and material choice. Think of the possibilities. From glare control for a large window, to a room divider, offering flexibility to create intimate or generous gathering space. Or how about a shower curtain?  Wonderfully unexpected and maintenance free.

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Handmade Pouf


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The Maki stool by Magda Pinczynska is plain, practical and portable. Rolled cardboard felt-wrapped drums offer seating anywhere you would like. While the handmade pouffes feature a handle for schlepping and a row of rivets pinning the cover in place, there’s a soft-edged simplicity to each one. 100% recycling cardboard.

 

 

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The Chameleon House

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In the rolling hills of Northern Michigan, this intriguing home overlooks a cherry orchard and a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Completed in 2006 by Anderson Architecture, this striking structure took less than eight weeks to build thanks to the use of prefabricated materials.  The steel frame of this house is wrapped in corrugated, translucent acrylic slats, allowing it to take on and reflect the changing colors of the landscape, like a chameleon blending into its habitat. With breathtaking sunsets on the Peninsula  at dusk, the house is aglow with the reflection of the setting sun. Because it sits on a steep hill, the entrance of the home leads to the third floor, letting residents descend to the bedrooms or walk up to the living area. From within, windows frame the not to be missed views, and when passing by one can’t help but to be taken by its presence in the landscape.

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The Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture

        

        

High School seniors are heading back to school, many beginning their search in earnest for their college of choice. There are many considerations when selecting a school, academics, location, size… and yes, Architecture.  The built environment has a profound effect on us all, creating a vibe and resultant culture.

Architectural Digest highlighted the ten US Campuses with the best architecture. Very interesting indeed. Before you read the list, do you recognize any of these structures?  Many of these prestigious campus’ are home to more than a single noteworthy building. If you want to learn a bit more about the building and architecture of each campus, click on an image to visit Architectural Digest’s article.

1.  University of Virginia, Architect Stanford White  2.  Harvard University, Le Corbusier  3.  Yale University, Gordon Brnshaft  4.  Brown University, Diller Scofidio + Renfro  5.  Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright  6. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Mies van der Rohe  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frank Gehry  8. Pratt Institute, Steven Holl  9.  Cornell University, Rem Koolhaas  10. Bennington College, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

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