Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lego - The Architecture Edition

For those who never made it through the rigors of architecture school, now there's an opportunity. For those who love plastic blocks, now there's more than a castle to build. The only problem with Falling Water, however, is the roof leaks. And watch out not to build Burj Khalifa too high, it has a tendency to lean and fall down.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jacques Fresco - Futurist Designer

His work is a revelation and fascination; it stems from Bucky Fuller's futurism and seems to have influenced many contemporary architectural projects. But see for yourself, the 2006 film, Future by Design by William Gazecki is a documentary about Fresco's life and output.  (get DVD here; trailer here and here )
Anyone who loves vintage World's Fair futurism, as I do, Utopian conceptualizing and optimistic urban planning will enjoy Fresco's work and outlook.
He is a self-educated structural designer,  industrial designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator, and futurist, with focus on philosophy, science, and engineering. 

The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DIY - Unique Coat Rack

Easy entryway organization. Attach sawed-off wooden hangers to a board by screwing them in through the back. Add heavy-duty picture hangers to the back of the board for mounting on the wall. Throw hats on top and hang purses and coats on the hangers' hooks. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Volkswagen's take on the iPhones Autocorrect

Creating value with Brand Identity

Good Design is Good Business says Tom Watson, former chairman of IBM.

Creating value is the indisputable goal of most organizations. The best companies consistently demonstrate their value through the superior quality of their products and services and their unswerving dedication to meeting their customers needs, the best Brand Identities are the most public and widely communicated symbols of that value. 

When the Brand Identity is viewed as an important asset to the company by senior management it has the ability to actively build trust and promote awareness. It is a competitive advantage and has the ability to position the company above the crowd. 

This Identity is a symbol of the corporate culture and engenders pride. It extends customer loyalty through familiarity and paired with an effective Brand Strategy has the ability to build synergies across business lines. 
"Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind." -Walter Landor
"I am irresistible, I say, as I put on my designer fragrance. I am a merchant banker, I say, as I climb out of my BMW. I am a juvenile lout, I say, as I pour an extra strong lager, I am handsome, I say, as I put on my Levi jeans" -John Kay

My favorite LOLCat

I seriously laugh every time 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

DIY - Oh Fork!

Forks as Storage Solutions
    For a unique and organized display, attach decorative vintage forks to the wall to hold tickets, receipts, and business cards. So Chic.

Favorite Graffiti

Saturday, June 18, 2011

DIY - Laundry Organization

Transform your waste-of-space entertainment center into a handy, hardworking laundry station!!
Apply a fresh coat of paint, then install a hanging rod in one of the tallest sections to function as storage and a place to drip-dry delicates. 
Use baskets for organized storage of ironing supplies and other necessities. A lazy Susan can be used to keep cleaning supplies within reach.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

DIY - Dog Bed

Pamper your pooch by building a bed made from an unused side table. 

Remove the top and doors, then cut away any support pieces. 
After sanding rough edges, apply a fresh coat of paint that will complement your space. Finish by placing a fluffy dog pillow inside. 
DIY Dog Bed Part 2 is here.

Brand Awareness Test

 How many can you guess?
- All  
- Bubbalicious 
- Campbells
- Dawn 
- Eggo 
- Fritos 
- Gatorade 
- Hebrew National 
- Icee 
- Jell-o 
- Kool-aid 
- Lysol 
- M&M's 
- Nila Wafers 
- Oreo 
- Pez 
- Q-tips 
- Reese's 
- Starburst 
- Tide 
- Uncle Ben's 
- V8 
- Wisk - Xtra 
- York  - Zest

Monday, June 6, 2011

ICONS - The Photoshoot - Virgine Magazine

Another beautiful photo shoot by Virgine Magazine
Sixteen new creations of the most recognized icons from different fields and eras were created through ten different photographers’ lenses, introducing twenty models for the iconic images with various fashion labels. 


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Coke can Dress

 Ryan Yoon captures fashion made from unusual objects for the premier issue of Virgine Magazine. Featuring a bevy of coke cans, M&Ms and iPads.

DIY - Dresser ReVamp

Once you've picked your wallpaper you can begin your dresser makeover. Rejuvenate the drawer fronts of this tired dresser with Floral wallpaper and a corresponding layer or two of paint.


To cover the Lamp, just cut paper slightly larger than the shade, adhere, pressing firmly to smooth wrinkles. Once dry, slice off the excess paper with a craft knife.
Use the same technique to cover artist's canvasses with coordinating papers for instant art!!!
Its a pretty easy peasy dresser makeover. For an "all paint" dresser revamp project go here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Launch of Virgine Fashion Magazine

VIRGINE’s goal is to create a fashion platform where industry-leading artists combined with up-and-coming artists can directly interact with each other via VIRGINE’s website


 in New

and Seoul
. Additionally they are offering a free download of the entire magazine until June 16, 2011.