Back in my architecture major days, I got to study – and obsess – the work of geniuses like Calatrava or Gehry – but I never thought it would be possible to take a class, even if it was online, with one of them. Now, thanks to MasterClass.com, you can take video classes and learn from the best, including Architecture and Design classes taught by Frank Gehry himself! Check out the video and visit their site if you are interested or just want to tell people you took a Gehry class once…
If you have not heard by now, NETFLIX just launched a great documentary series called ABSTRACT featuring eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design. These series take us deep into their creative process, allow us to explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.
During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age :). So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…
Nike’s deep roots in New York City are represented in its latest campaign: New York Made. Made possible through partnership with the New York City Parks and Recreation Dept., Nike’s commitment to the city and its community is at heart of the program, which kicks-off through the opening of the New York Made: Stanton Street Courts by Kaws. Designed by Brooklyn-based, world-renowned artist Brian Donnelly, the court embodies Nike’s drive to elevate sport, culture and community through innovative collaborations.
New York City’s Department of Records recently launched the Municipal Archives Online Gallery. A gallery composed of almost a million digitized photographs taken mostly by anonymous photographers and municipal workers dating back to the mid-1800s. This collection covers New York City’s history thoroughly from its architecture and people to its infamous depression and organized crime era. Enjoy!
Banksy strikes again! You may remember the artist’s Guantanamo stunt at Disneyland a couple of years ago (HERE) Well, this time, he took things a little further, creating his own
amusement bemusement park exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, England. Dismaland features a Disney-like castle, mini golf park, a ferris wheel, carousel, and work from 58 global artists. Of course, all with a twist of Bansky. Dismaland is open to the public from August 22 through September 27th. Check out some photos before you book your trip… Continue reading…;
As most of you know very well, every year – every December to be specific, Miami turns into a unique, extravagant, classy, and busy city full of art fairs, shows, music, inspiration, and great food. This year, like every other year, my mission was to visit as many art fairs, galleries and shows as possible (it is extremely hard) as well as catching up with a couple of friends that visit Miami to work on their awesome projects. Now, I know it’s been some time since Art Basel 2014, but I promised I would share photos and here I am to deliver (had to go through hundreds), and to give you, who could not be in Miami, a little glimpse of what you can experience and enjoy for one entire week.
When it comes to combining Design and Technology, there are few companies who truly like to experiment, research and improve their fields. NIKE is definitely one of them. Their constant pursuit of better and improved experiences or products always delivers game-changing solutions. This is why, TEAGUE, leading design consultancy for aviation, partnered with NIKE to develop an athlete-focused airplane, catering not only comfort and privacy, but entertainment, and features like Recovery, Circulation, Sleep, and Concentration.
Remember the old days, when hotels were just… hotels. A clean room, pool and on-site restaurant were pretty much all that was offered. Well, not anymore. The impressive rise of boutique hotels has definitely changed the hospitality game. I mean, how could you not love them, they’re unique, well-managed and marketed, and offer something that big chain hotels don’t – personality and intimacy. The Music Hotel in Berlin is a great example of the passion, and attention to detail that goes into these new ‘cool’ hotels. The music-themed property cleverly based its guidance and signage system on popular song titles, making the overall experience fun, unique and memorable. Very boutique…
It’s been a while since we snoop around cool offices around the world so I figured we could bring it back by checking out Coca Cola’s London headquarters. Fully re-designed and built by Morey Smith Architects, also known for their Red Bull, Sony or Möet Hennessy work, the building hosts 300 employees and is decorated with new and vintage Coca Cola items including signs, bottles, and art.
Woke up to some very sad news coming from New York this morning. Mr. Massimo Vignelli, one of the true iconic legends of Design, and an incredible source of professionalism, knowledge and inspiration is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. Whether you are a Designer or not, his work touched many lives and is still around (Google him) inspiring many of us. I had the enormous pleasure of meeting and spending some time with him last year while in New York and he was not only inspirational but a genuine, kind and amazing gentleman. Since Massimo has decided to spend his last days at home, his son Luca would like all those for whom his father was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter. This is a special and touching request, and I urge you all to be part of it and show a legend like Massimo how much he means and has done for us. Keep reading for information…
You’ve probably noticed that many designers, artists and brands are embracing a different, more hands-on approach to their work and projects more and more – and this is great! And although I hate to use the word, this crafty ‘trend’ is based on skills, innovative methods of communicating a message, fresh ideas, and lots of manual labor and materials. What more can we ask for!? Adobe recently commissioned The Made Shop to re-imagine their logo, which gave them free range to get creative and tap on their architectural background. The result, a lovely collection of logos made out of pencils, water, flowers,gum, coffee, and sugar.
It’s been a while since we feature cool office spaces, and with shows like Scandal or House of Cards, I figured GitHub’s San Francisco Headquarters would be the perfect office to feature. Why, you ask? Well, not only does this 55,000 square foot office come with pool tables, an amphitheater used for presentations and events or a restaurant-sized speakeasy liquor bar. It also features meeting rooms ‘themed’ like the ones at the White House, and perhaps the coolest reception lobby you will ever find. A full replica of the White House’s oval office. Yup, enough said.
It’s Friday. Perhaps you are making plans to hit the beach this weekend (unless you’re up north. Sorry.). And if you, like me, tend to get bored of laying under the sun for hours and need some sort of activity to get you busy, I got you! Today’s post is meant to inspire and challenge us, as it features the incredibly amazing sand work of Calvin Seibert. Check out some samples of these beautiful geometric structures as well as Calvin’s description after the jump…
When it comes to great companies and products, I tend to be a very loyal costumer. And looking back at 2013, I noticed that there were a few products I not only recommended, but also used (a lot!) throughout different jobs or projects I was fortunate to be part of. One of these great companies is Dropbox. Sure, we all know how awesome they are, so we won’t talk about it. Instead, I want to share a photo-tour of their sweet new San Francisco offices co-created by Geremia Design and Boor Bridges Architecture, you know, to kick off the year and hopefully inspire agencies, companies and designers out there to re-think their creative environment and make it fun and inspiring this year.
When it comes to beautiful architecture, lovely interiors and great taste, advertising agencies will always be at the top of the list (with a few exceptions, of course). And since we all enjoy checking out cool offices, today I want to share McCann Erickson’s new 5 floors, 130,000 sqft NYC headquarters, designed by Gensler and Tom Dixon/Design Research Studio. Check out the great space, furniture and sweet lighting after the jump.
When it comes to cool headquarters and offices, startups and tech companies really do take the cake. Don’t know if it is the influx of young(er) blood and beliefs or simply the understanding that creating a well decorated and comfortable environment will always keep employees happy and production growing. Unfortunately, as simple and true as this equation is, there are still many offices and corporations who do little or nothing to improve their old or tacky in-house culture or decoration. Twitter is definitely one of the companies that share this ideology, and it is reflected in their sweet HQ offices located in San Francisco. Housed in a lovely 1937 Art Deco building, this HQ comes with great social areas, a couple of cool conference rooms, an impressive cafeteria, a rooftop social area and garden, a yoga studio, game rooms and more…
Although I am not a huge ‘american’ football fan (I know… you have 30 seconds to boo me) the NFL has, and will forever have, a very special place in my heart since it was my first ‘Big’ client when I opened my own Advertising / Design studio back in 2006. Not only was it a great experience and client because they believed in us, but also because we learned – a lot, and enjoyed a few perks and benefits :) Since I know most of you are hardcore football fans, here’s one for you. Architecture studio Ted Moudis Associates recently completed the construction and decoration of the new NFL headquarters located in Manhattan. Tour the offices after the jump…
Last week I received a great email from someone who watched and enjoyed the Rio post (HERE) so much, that he is now planning a trip to Brazil! After all, that is the goal of this blog :) Speaking of traveling, my friends just got back from their European vacation, and seeing their photos made me realize how much I’ve been wanting to visit Europe and how I should really stop postponing this idea. So, to get us all in a happy, adventurous mood, today I want to share a lovely video I’ve had bookmarked for a while featuring the magic of Paris. The Quiet City features Paris’ beauty and iconic landmarks in a way we usually don’t get to enjoy. During winter…
During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age. So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…
We all know about the crazy budgets and expenses when it comes to Hollywood films and how intricate sets or even small cities are built just to generate a perfect, and realistic atmosphere. But what happens to all these sets once films wrap and move into studio post-production? Apparently, they’re simply left behind… NY based Photographer Rä di Martino discovered an abandoned Star Wars set in Tunisia after seeing a tourist photo and tracking it with the help of locals. Her series called Every World’s a Stage features great photos of the Tatooine set , or what’s left of it, from Star Wars IV.
I’m sure you’ve heard about China’s vertical urban growth and the lack of real estate. French graphic artist and photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze was so impressed and inspired upon his arrival to Hong Kong that he decided to photograph its architecture and chaos, creating a series called Vertical Horizon. For some reason, some of these remind me of my Monday mornings.
We all love a beautiful, clear sky. And most of us enjoy architecture. So, what happens when you combine both? Well, french artist Thomas Lamadieu decided to do it, creating a perfect canvas for his illustrations. The ‘negative’ space between facades comes to live as Lamadieu perfectly fills it up with lovely illustrations and characters. Check out some photos after the jump!