The team at Moleskine have collaborated with LEGO on their new collection of Ruled and Plain Notebooks. These notebooks not only boast a LEGO themed cover with an embedded LEGO block, it also includes minifigure and block shaped adhesive labels.
See all four LEGO x Moleskine notebooks here.
I am sure inside most of us there is a desire to create really gorgeous cakes. Where their taste is as equal to their beauty. That is why I have such a crush on shops like Potter + Butler, they make wonderfully fun cake and cupcake toppers. I love to bake, it is something I do to relax. But I'd like to improve on the presentation of it all, and having lovely cake toppers would surely do that.
I think Herriott Grace is easily one of my most admired places on the internet. Everything Lance and Nikole Herriott create make me sigh with delight, and just a pinch of envy. Even their cake toppers are simplistic gorgeousness.
Forked tree branches framing this house in southeast Australia were intended by architect Paul Morgan to resemble the sun-bleached kangaroo and sheep bones scattered around the surrounding woodland.
Positioned amongst the trees, the wooden cabin provides a weekend retreat for a small family and contains a living room and kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The zigzagging external columns connect with a system of wooden trusses to form the structure supporting the building’s overhanging roof.
This roof also extends across a driveway at the rear of the house, where the main entrance is located.
A number of trees were felled to make room for the cabin, but were then milled and cured onsite to provide panels for lining the interior.
Photography is by Peter Bennetts.
Here’s a bit more information from Paul Morgan Architects:
This project has evolved the building type, the small weekender, by answering a simple question—how does one go into a forest and use the forms of the ecology to build a house?
The project is a small cabin in Victoria’s Central Highlands. The clients are medical practitioners/ academics with a daughter attending university. The brief included a living area, small kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. They asked for a small forest cabin in which they could practice choral signing. They desired a small habitat that connected them with the isolation one finds in a forest, and the closeness to the birdlife.
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Our practice was interested in the forms of bleached bones of kangaroos and sheep found lying around on farmland. When considering these bones, we were particularly interested in the thickening of the joints required to carry additional loads, and how these structures could be interpreted in found timber. This idea developed into utilising tree forks or bifurcations as the structure for the cabin.
The bifurcations were sourced from forest floors and farmland, and, due to their age, were well seasoned. They were joined to straight columns with internal metal plates by a sculptor. An internal column with radiating beams completed the structure, the complete triangulated truss system attaining great inherent strength.
Stringybark trees were removed from the site to make way for the new house. A mobile milling machine was delivered to site, and the lining boards were milled, cured on site, and then fixed internally. The figuration of the boards in the living room has great character, and relates to the experience of being in the forest. It also results in a minimal carbon footprint for the sourcing and installing of the lining boards.
The design sought to achieve an almost transparent relationship with the surrounding forest, achieved through an eco-morphological transformation of remnant timber into structure. It developed the typology of the small Australian house, conflating it with the precedents of the primitive hut and the tradition of Aboriginal structures.
Guactruck is Manila’s first designer food truck.
They’re a staple in New York City, Portland and much of California, turning up in urban centers across North America by the day (at least come summer time): colorful, designer food trucks hawking delicious street food from around the world, from Korean tacos to crispy falafel. Multiple trucks park outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard, and near the startup hub of San Francisco’s Mission Street.
Now, the designer food truck phenomenon has spread its wings to the busy streets of Manila, Philippines. Started by Michealle Lee and Natassha Chan, Guactruck opened business recently as the country’s first designer food truck. It wasn’t easy, they tell me.
“In the first month, most of our customers were foreigners,” said Ms. Lee, who hatched the idea after a stint living in Los Angeles to study business. “The Pinoys [Filipinos] were intimidated, even with free samples.”
In the spirit of LA’s many fusion restaurants, Guactruck provides Mexican-style Filipino dishes. Taking a page from Chipotle’s playbook, they offer a build-your-meal plan along a buffet-style assembly line, with everything from soft tacos to burrito bowls stuffed with you choice of delicious Filipino dishes like pork adobo, chicken tocino and garlic rice. The tasty, unexpected blend partly reflects Guactruck’s roots in Southern California, which has a rich Filipino and Mexican community.
Guactruck’s food is all sourced from local businesses, thus substantially reducing the company’s carbon footprint in an island nation.
“It’s hard to find Mexican ingredients,” Ms. Chan noted. “We made sure the food is more Filipino, prepared in a Mexican style.”
This practical business decision—to use authentic, accessible ingredients—dovetails with their abiding interest in sustainability. All of the food is locally sourced, which drastically reduces their footprint in an island nation where much of the food is shipped in from overseas.
Beyond cuisine, Ms. Lee and Ms. Chan aim to innovate with sustainable business initiatives. The truck, a retrofitted Mitsubishi L300, is almost entirely self-contained and comes with LED and energy-saving lighting. They paid meticulous attention to the interior design to ensure all available space was maximized; only a generator sits outside to help power the truck during hours of operation.
The interior is as thoughtfully-designed as the exterior
Why travel all the way to Italy when you can visit a place much closer by that is shaped like Italy? That is the alluring ruse proposed by this poster, created in 1907 by Arthur Gunn for the Great Western Railway. Gunn’s work was meant to inspire an exodus of holidaymakers from Paddington , the …
Re-designed baseball bats at AmDC’s upcoming home invasion-themed show
Just past 3 A.M. you hear an unwelcomed guest in your home. What do you grab to protect yourself? This was the question posed to 10 leading designers taking part in the American Design Club’s upcoming show Threat: Objects for Defense and Protection. Using a raw wood XBat baseball bat as a template, each designer reached deep into their imagination—or nightmares—to envision how they would respond to a home invasion.
The 10 resulting pieces represent a range of reactions. Jonah Takagi and Fort Standard go on the offensive with meat tenderizer-inspired bats, while Paul Loebach‘s ultra simplistic saw blade embedded bat seem equally aggressive. On the other hand, David Weeks‘ wooden rifle takes aim at a more design-driven defense.
Matthew Bradshaw‘s molded bat features a sculpted handle formed to the nervous grasp of imaginary men, the stacked hands resembling the schoolyard competition of hand over hand. Harry Allen teamed with Swarovski crystal on a bat emblazoned with the phrase “namaste”, while Joe Doucet split his bat down the center with a blazing orange streak offering a warning of what’s to come.
Now, AmDC has launched a fundraiser for the as-yet-untitled designs called “Name That Bat“. Donate $10 to submit a name online between now and the end of March. AmDC, along with the designers, will select final titles, and the winners will receive the bat they named.
Photography by Kendall Mills
According to The Washington Post, “American citizens know little about current events in general and even less about overseas events.” This isn’t a recent phenomenon. Designer Johnny Selman points out that “even at the height of the Cold War, when international issues were front page news, the American public displayed only superficial awareness of overseas events and foreign policy.” But instead of just feeling depressed and embarrassed about it, Selman decided to create a poster based on the news he heard that day and every day, for an entire year.
BBCX365 became his thesis project at Academy of Art San Francisco, where he was mentored by graphic designer/artist Paula Scher. Selman devised a minimalist mantra to guide him through the year. He set goals for himself like, “Reduce the story to its simplest visual form. Don’t over think it. Don’t over work it… Stay neutral. Be bold. Don’t be afraid.” To that Scher added these very wise words:
Be culturally literate, because if you don’t have any understanding of the world you live in and the culture you live in, you’re not going to express anything to anybody else.
Whereas most thesis projects barely see the light of day, Selman’s project was honored with two AIGA SF cause/affect awards as well as a Judges Choice and First Place in the Student category at Academy of Art. See the rest of the posters and the stories behind them as well as more of Selman’s very excellent work.