black, marble and brass, plus the book by tham & videgard arkitekter

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all images via fantastic frank.se

i am having two subjects in one post today.

remember the virtual monday post? that’s right, the realization of the project looks JUST LIKE the rendering, in good way! the marble countertop/backsplash with brass trim, framed by black cabinets with brass hardwares… minimal yet rich in materiality, michitecture’s #1 design mantra.

and remember the atrium house by tham & videgård arkitekter featured back in 2012?  stockholm-based architecture office TVARK’s book looks perfect in one of the HG7 project, packhuset. you can look inside the book here via idea books.nl (which offers really awesome book preview). buy the book from amazon(US).

happy sunday!

black, marble and brass, plus the book by tham & videgard arkitekter

from the field

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recently i came across field, a washington DC-based design brand in collaboration with designers from all around the world and (the sweet part) manufactured in USA by a network of independent craftsmen. well, if you’re curious how i came across to field : south australia-based daniel/emma is the common tread. here are some of my favorites:

+ magnifier (waldorf, MD) by daniel/emma 

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from the field

[book] five borough farm

five borough farm_design trust for public space

been eyeing the book since last summer… and finally i am having my own copy!  ( for locally-made fans, the book is printed on recycled paper and bound in USA)

the project began in 2009 as a call for submission to improve public space in new york city. design trust for public space has conducted in partnership with red hook-based added value to address the urban agriculture across the city. all the photos in this book are by rob stephenson, who was awarded the photo urbanism fellowship, has documented over 100 farms and gardens from june 2011 to july 2012.

from the design trust for public space : ” Five Borough Farm offers a roadmap to farmers and gardeners, City officials and stakeholders to understand and weigh the benefits of urban agriculture, and makes a compelling case for increasing resources—from soil and compost to growing space to funding—to grow urban agriculture throughout the five boroughs of New York City.”

the other reason that keeps me wanting to own this book, is the info-graphic and illustration designed by graphic design fellow agnieszka gasparska, founder of new york-based creative studio kiss me i’m poish. their clean and minimal graphic approach results a effective visual communication throughout the book.

if you’re interested in knowing more about the project, check out the executive summary on their campaign website five borough farm. you can also look inside the book here. i highly recommend this book to those who are interested in exploring the possibilities of urban agriculture. it is beyond growing food in the city.

[book] five borough farm

mjolk volume 1

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[all images courtesy mjolk]

my latest obsession is the toronto-based gallery and lifestyle store mjolk, where scandinavian design meets japanese crafts. the store actually has been around for about 3 years by now… somehow i never came across the name. but anyway, never be too late.

i am so excited to see a place where have most of the design items that i’ve been eyeing on. and yes, if the name John Baker and Juli Daoust sounds familiar to you… the owners are also the bloggers behind kitka.

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mjolk volume 1

in brooklyn style

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i got this nice deluxe (as indicated on the magazine cover) issue at kinokuniya when we visited BKN/ NYC last december (same weekend that we stayed in wythe hotel).  the first 3/4 of the magazine are more focus on places in japan, and the rest of 1/4 are dedicated to “in brooklyn style”.

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in brooklyn style

ブルータス | CASA brutus

brutus casa_kitchen

 

[all images courtesy of brutus magazine]

few weeks ago i bought a special edition of  japanese lifestyle/interior magazine brutus “ブルータス特別編集:居住空間学 deluxe” from kinokuniya, which totally reminds me again that there is almost no way you can buy this simply awesome magazine online in US. i’ve always been a fan of brutus and i have to tell you, after reading all kinds of lifestyle/interior/design magazines… brutus is among the bests. (because japanese know the best!) minimal advertisement spreads, curated articles, nicely written stories with beautiful photography… you gotta love it.

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ブルータス | CASA brutus

la hune, saint germain

la hune, saint germain

you would think you can buy anything from amazon… well, not exactly! i spotted couple interesting books which i assumed “i will just buy them from amazon after i go back to the states”. it turned out most of the books we’re interested in can only be found from amazon.fr, not amazon.com!! (crying) now i feel regret, really really regret, that why i didn’t buy them there…

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la hune, saint germain

nordic inspiration from est

[all images via est]

est, an citrus-y fresh new online magazine, “global living with an australian twist”, is my recent addict. i like how they deliver the life style with personality, not just pretty pictures on glossy paper. and coolest part? for people like me who always want to check out product website after flipping through the magazine: all the product/information is linked to the website as you read!

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nordic inspiration from est