REFORM ARCHITEKT’S MIRRORED HOME CAMOUFLAGES BETWEEN THE TREES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Just outside the Polish capital of Warsaw, Marcin Tomaszewski of local architecture practice Reform has created a dwelling that appears to float amid its woodland setting. Planted between the trees, the ‘Izabelin House’ exterior design heavily features a mirrored facade which clads most of the lower level, giving the illusion that the upper half of the home is floating in mid air above the forest bed.

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Formed of two horizontally configured volumes, the home’s lower storey is clad with reflective paneling. Consequently, these mirrored surfaces appear as an extension of the forest floor, with opaque areas stacked above. Large apertures present sweeping views of the property’s surroundings, while the design also comprises an area of sheltered decking at ground level.

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The architect’s biggest challenge will be to preserve the existing trees which are currently located on the planned construction site. Furthermore, they will need to figure out a way to prevent birds from flying into the home’s highly reflective exterior surface.

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Atelier Martino&Jaña Posters for Guimarães Jazz, Portugal

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When you think of good design and music, I generally think Jazz. And Jazz album covers, photographs, and posters. Last year for the Guimarães Jazz in Portugal, Atelier Martino&Jaña teamed up with illustrator Alexsandra Niepsui to create these fantastic Jazz posters that we most definitely want up in our house. (via)

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If you bought Michael Jordan’s house, would you change the number on the gate

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For $29m, you can have a 9-bedroom, 15-bath, 4-half bath, 32,683 square foot, 2-story, 15-car garage home that used to house Michael Jordan. The thing is, do you keep that #23 on the gate? Because my CYO number was 12, and those were some good memories of sitting on the bench while the coach’s son played.

Lake County, here we come.

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The Lieb House, designed by Venturi & Rauch

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Designed in 1969 by Philadelphia’s Venturi & Rauch and currently sitting in Glen Cove, New York, was bought by Deborah Sarnoff and Robert Gotkin for a dollar and spent another $100,000 moving it to Glen Cove. We like the 9. Nice look. A box, sometimes, in its banal state, is the best thing to behold. (via)

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Kelly Lee Barrett

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Los Angeles based photographer Kelly Lee Barrett continues to build a beautiful body of work that is an intimate tale about the human condition. Since moving from San Francisco to the city of angels, she has captured a series of playful moments that have given birth to a world filled  with hallucinatory colors and psychedelic fueled adventures.

This exploration of our world has even found its way into our own hands via a set of handcrafted award winning photo-books. In them, she brings insight and humor into everyday urban life. The cleverly organized photos inspire multiple associations about how we communicate with one another in our fast paced culture.  -James Pawlish / The Citrus Report

JP: Who is Kelly Lee Barrett? Tell us a little about yourself.

KLB: “You live among illusion and in the world of apparition. But there is a reality. You yourself are this reality, but you don’t know this. If you awaken to this reality you will see that you are nothing and being nothing you are everything”. -Kalu Rinpoche

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So how long have you been taking photos? When did you decide photography was for you?

I’ve been shooting since I was a kid. Both my dad and grandpa were photographers. My grandpa set up a mini dark room in my bathroom when I was thirteen. I loved the smell of the photo chemicals. In high school, I had to choose between marching band and photography. Photography smelled better.

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What kind of equipment do you like to use? Are you primarily shooting digital these days?

I love using my grandpas old Nikon lens and filters on my DSLR to get that analog film feel. I really can’t stand producing super poppy, crisp, digital photos. So easy and boring. I still like to break out all my traditional film cameras at times, but it gets too pricey since I shoot a ton. Digital shooting offers me more creative flexibility, archiving convenience, and affordability.

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Your work has a dreamlike psychedelic quality to it. Can you explain your creative process?

I’m a very visual person. I like to create my own world, surrounding myself in things that make me happy, in hopes to block out the bad. I create dreamlike psychedelic images because I want to live in a dreamlike psychedelic world.

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Are there any photographers or artists who have influenced your work?

I enjoy exploring Flickr. I’m addicted. There, I’ve discovered amazing photographers like Neil Krug, Ellen Rogers, Synchrodogs, Aëla Labbé. Other artists that inspire me are Miranda July, Ed Ruscha, Kenneth Anger, and Yoko Ono.

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You’ve created a series of books that have featured a number of different themes. Is there a specific process you follow when designing them? Can you tell us how they’ve evolved since you first started?

I made my first photo book in college at U.C. Santa Cruz, after getting back from spring break in England. One night, I was sprawled out on the floor with all my photos from the trip and a bone folder from my print making class. I folded one of the photos in half and the light bulb in my head went on. Over the last ten years now, I’ve been hand-making my little books. I love presenting my images in book form, to create a visual story, in a portable, simple, intimate setting for the viewer.

I like to do all my shooting first. With no particular end result in mind. I then get everything printed and sprawled out on the floor. Next, I start playing with the images sequencing, creating associations and dialogue. The last stage is to construct the book using my bone folder and adhesive. The whole approach is very relaxing and meditative. Its a very time consuming, hands on, loving process.

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You made the pilgrimage from San Francisco to Los Angeles a few years ago. Do you find the south to be a good home base?

Yes, I grew up here. I absolutely adored living in San Francisco, and will live there again. Though, its always good returning to your roots. I have a deep passionate love-hate relationship with LA. There is the typical ego maniac, materialistic consumer, don’t leave your house without high heels and a fancy car,  kind of vibe that I don’t relate to. There is also a mysterious beauty, hidden gem, David Lynch, old hollywood vibe, that keeps me here. I love shooting and getting lost in the hollywood hills, luscious and quiet. The energy here in LA just keeps getting better; beautiful people and places coming out of the wood work every day. I feel very lucky to be living here in this exciting moment.

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What are you working on right now?

I’m always shooting. I have a couple books in the works: my LA book set series, a pyramid book, a long-haired men book, and a ladies of Los Angeles book.

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Whats currently on your playlist?

Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin,  Madlib, Flying Lotus, Cut Chemist, Carlos Nina, Little Dragon, Lulacruza, Harry Nillson,  Gwen McCrae,  Angerine Dream, and  Yes.

See more of Kelly’s photos and books at: www.kellyleebarrett.com

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Google Business street views: Great idea

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We have been waiting for this, especially with our upcoming trip to NYC; the ability to look inside restaurants and stores to see what they have going on inside as opposed to a passing street view. Isn’t that amazing? We have gone from thinking street views of most of the Western World is just okay, and we now want to make sure we can virtually go inside each store. And then buy things via their webstore. Who needs to leave their house anymore?

From DesignBoom, “google has brought its street view technology to businesses, offering explorable 360-degree views of the interiors of local restaurants, hotels, gyms, and other companies. currently accessible only through the businesses’ ‘places’ page or a direct search on google maps, the service is planned for integration with google maps and street view, letting users  virtually walk inside shops from nearby streets.”

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What the hell is this Ed Lee Video all about?

Didn’t Ed Lee not want to run at some point? Didn’t he sort of lie to we San Franciscians? (Note to others, Ed Lee is the interim Mayor of SF who is now running for the full time gig.) And although this video is bizarre to a degree we can’t even fathom even with the Internet, and sort of incredible, we kind of don’t know if it is scoring our vote. Had they included the cast of Full House, E-40, Mrs Doubtfire, Jeremy Fish, or that dude in Black Eyed Peas who doesn’t talk, then we might have been sold.

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