Functional Furniture

Jun 12, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

bench plantera bench that pairs as a planter - outside AIA Portland

I really like this idea of having a functional object, such as a bench, that can have multiple uses. Something that celebrates the relationship between the built and natural environment. Plus, I can always use a little more greenery in my life. 

Stephan Zirwes photographs: otherworldly and inspring

Jul 27, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Check out a good sampling of his work here, or go to his website for a more complete viewing.  Photography considers space and composition just as much as architecture does, so it is inspiring on many levels.  I could absorb these images all day...

Topics: Art, Inspiration

The city of Eindhoven as a music score for piano

Apr 21, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

It's a kind of player piano that reads the city like a score.  The music it creates is not "harmoious" per se, but then again, what city is?  The analogy of architecture as music and vice versa has always been a source of fascination.  Goethe was quoted as saying "Architecture is 'frozen music'… Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music."

Device above: 'stadsmuziek' at Milan Design Week 2011 by Akko Golenbeld

Topics: Architecture, Art