Derek and I have been exploring the area in and around Jackson, WY on cross-country skis, downhill skis, and hiking boots and have just fallen in love with it. Teton National Park is a 15 minute drive from our house. It has amazing cross-country and backcountry skiing, as well as an incredibly beautiful and contemporary visitor center. After a brilliant day of exploratory cross-country skiing we were lured into the eye-catching structure. Designed by the Seattle-based office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the building’s tactile materials and expressive forms reflect the jagged shaped mountains to the west, while the douglas fir columns in the interior evokes the idea of a forest. This is definitely a worthwhile building and exhibit to check out!
This winter we are living in Jackson, WY and have immersed ourselves in the beauty and awesomeness that surrounds us every day. Daily we are exploring the area, either on our downhill skis, cross country skis, or hiking boots. Between my enjoyment for winter activities and my recent project of designing a hotel room, I was instantly captivated by theWhitepod Resort in Switzerland. Designer Sofia de Meyer, developed this unique hotel that links man and nature in a very eco-friendly way. Set amongst the majestic Swiss Alps with stunning views of Lake Geneva, the 15 dome-like pods are designed to blend in with their surroundings, not only visually but also by having a low impact on the environment.
I have been asked to design a hotel room for a fundraising project and it really activated my creative energy! Instantly, the The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto popped into my head. I stayed there two years ago and fell in love with the concept. The Gladstone Hotel is a historic Victorian/turned Art Hotel in Toronto. Each of the 37 rooms is designed by a local artist from various disciplines including visual artists, interior designers, architects and material-based artists. Each room has its own vision, concept, and personality creating a unique experience for each guest. Not only is it a hotel, it is community oriented gathering place, holding a diverse array of events from film screenings, art exhibitions, wedding parties, and fundraising events hosted by artists, community groups, business, and individuals.
Architect John Lum designed this gorgeous cardboard “Dining Womb” for DIFFA’s Dining By Design in San Francisco. It is made from laser-cut sheets of packing cardboard set into plywood combs and can seat 20 people. The gorgeous shape is accentuated by the unobtrusive glowing light. I love how the plants are integrated into the design of the table.
Gary Chang, a Hong Kong architect, has transformed his tiny 330 sq. ft. apartment into a hip, livable, and movable space. He has managed to incorporate 24 rooms into one space through the use of a custom built sliding wall system in which “the house moves for him”. He nicknamed it the “Domestic transformer”. Chang explains, ” living in Hong Kong, it was a necessity to learn how to cope with tight space and to utilize every inch.” In turn he created a unique, efficient, and user friendly space.
click here to watch the “Domestic Transformer” in action.
Designing small spaces can be a huge challange but Poteet Architects seemed to have figured it out…from functionality to chic design everything seems to be done right. I love that they were able to change a very ordinary and functional object into a completely livable and comfortable space. Great use of complementary colors, roof space, lighting…a wonderful transformation!
This home is on the Greek island of Tinos belonging to interior designer Marilyn Katsaris, designed by Greek Zege architects. They did a great job cultivating the original character and charm while having a modern flavor.
“Dougherty’s works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look ‘found’ rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings.”
L’hotel in Pietra is a boutique hotel located in the historical center of the ancient city of Matera, Italy. In 2008 the owners restored and refurbished this excavated stone church, from the 13th century to become a hotel. Just another reason to visit Italy!