FF&F or Fixtures, Fittings and Finishes are an integral part of the design process in our office. A quick explanation; fixtures are taps and bathroom ware, kitchen sinks, they are things that are fixed into place. Fittings are items like lights, pendants, blinds, security systems and the like, they happen to be fitted in place. Finishes are materials and coatings, what is the floor, what are the walls, the ceiling, the window frames and roof? This process starts well before the beginning of any project as we are constantly researching and sourcing new materials and fixtures for future projects, we have no preconceived ideas of what will suit you or your project when you come to us but we are constantly cataloging bits and pieces whenever we see beautiful items. We are, of-course, designers so we reward other good designers by taking note of their products over poor designers or copies. We seek beauty, harmony and balance in every item that goes into a new project and we seek out tested innovations. We also look at products that we believe will have longevity and stand the test of time.
I just finished a semester of tutorial work for the Professional Practice course at Monash University Art, Design & Architecture dept (MADA) with Thom MacKenzie of Winwood MacKenzie. Thom put together a very exciting new way of lecturing this final year subject that was far removed from the dry “don’t get sued” mentality of the course during my degree. The lectures were very insightful and the work produced by the students was exceptional. It was great to be involved and to give back but I took away just as much.
The image above is Silverscreen 2010 by Callum Morton, Callum is the professor of Fine Arts at Monash, this work of his is installed at Monash Uni between the Architecture building to the left and the DCM designed Arts building to right and above the MUMA gallery entrance. Callum’s work is always spectacular.
UK designer Raymond Ng has come up with a beautiful and simplified concept for the classic telescope design. Traditionally, telescopes have been very technical to the point of discouraging the less experienced, Raymond notes “it eliminates complex looking scopes, dials and switches for a clean user experience”. The object is stunning but the level of modification makes it special, you can start with the basic lens and as your experience level rises you upgrade the main scope attachment providing deeper exploration. His concept also offers viewing enhanced with augmented reality (AR). To understand what that means I suggest you download SkyGuide on the iOS App Store, I use this regularly and it’s also great for children to get a handle of the universe around us. The tube internals are painted with Vantablack, very cool. I would love to see his design come to fruition as the premise is fantastic, I assume that concepts like this either need an established company to make them a reality or alternatively a keen designer can go down the Kickstarter path.
I extrapolated his name from his website address and a link to his Instagram, I also assumed he is in the UK by the same means. Strange to not have a Bio. via Yanko Design here and the designers own site here. Some more images below.
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These images are pretty extraordinary. You need to really look at them closely to see what is going on, I’ll give you a hint, there is no tree in this room. I’ve added more images after the jump or check out his site here for more. I probably saw this on Colossal, always interesting.
Beautiful video artwork by Afridimensional. Reminds me of the genesis for our corporate ID graphics, an obscure nothing image mirrored over itself. via Gizmodo
All car manufacturers are working with electric cars now and the technological side of things seems to be moving along very nicely thanks to the great work of our modern day Nikola Telsa; Elon Musk, refer to a few of my previous posts on Tesla here or Mercedes’ version here. Once the safety measures are fully ironed out, we will then be able to sit back and relax and literally take our hands off the wheel. Volvo have uploaded their concepts to the inter-webs and they look fantastic. Travel pods that turn into meeting pods or a relaxation mode in the form of a lounge or a bedroom on wheels. It’s a pretty cool idea travelling overnight and waking up refreshed at your destination. Apparently Volvo have gone a little further then most when considering safety, as only Volvo can. They have proposed a safety blanket in lieu of the seatbelt, this allows unrestricted movement when laying down however in the event of an accident the blanket becomes taut and holds the occupant in place… brilliant piece of design thinking, lets see how they go.
Check out the 10:30am appointment on the display window in the image above. I’ve also attached a few more renders below that look great. Via Jalopnik.
Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer ℅ Lucasfilm Ltd. This one has been recut to some Beastie Boys “Sabotage” by Chris Galegar at War Starts At Midnight. Via Gizmodo.
Interestingly I saw this version being played on a screen at a major department store in the Melbourne Emporium. I don’t know if it was intentional but it was very cool.
Not the design magazine but bona fide wallpaper. I realise wallpaper comes in and out of ‘fashion’ but personally I do love big graphic paste up custom wallpapers. I was recently lucky enough to have a great client that was very receptive to all of our proposals. One of these included a couple of custom wallpapers, the easy sell was a full wall world map in the kids play room, easy sell as you can justify this as educational. The slightly harder sell was a full wrap around beach scene in the powder room. He was totally into it from inception but her… not so much. The fact it was a powder room that you can easily avoid made it more palatable for her, alternatively, close the door and you just won’t see it. The flip side is when a guest comes around then the reactions are fantastic. Its a bit of fun that was fun to do. Below you’ll find the sketch elevations. This project will be photographed soon, so check back again.
Less of a symposium and more a pre-marketing marketing campaign by a developer. That said, it was astonishing to be able to watch six of the top international architectural firms battle it out and present their ideas for this particular site. The building is a heavy mixed use $2B tower at a Site on the corner of City Road & Southbank Boulevard in Southbank Melbourne (currently a BMW showroom). This boulevard has some major adjustments underway as the Arts Precinct expands southwards and now east to this site and beyond to the Yarra River. I don’t think anyone mentioned the notion this is likely to be Australia’s tallest structure but everyone was aware that City Road is a basket case in need of some major love. The idea this was a ‘future cities’ talk is not far off as this building will house a future city with 250,000 square feet of space.
The MPavilion is a highlight on the Melbourne architectural calendar and an offshoot of the Serpentine Pavilion in London. The most recent iteration was designed by Rem Koolhaas & David Gionotten from OMA (the Office of Metropolitan Architecture). This was amazing and the lecture series with both of them and Virginia Triolli plus Naomi Milgrom was pretty heavy on theory. I was sceptical that Rem would show up to our little island in the south here but further listening meeked out the fact OMA have been working with Naomi for a number of years on a masterplan of her Sussan Corporation land holding in Cremorne, check out the rooftop artwork by Ugo Rondionone in a previous post here. If you didn’t catch a glimpse of the pavilion when it was at Queen Victoria Gardens then do not stress, it has been permanently relocated to Monash University. The next pavilion will be designed by Carme Pinos so go search that one. Previous pavilions in 2014 (inaugural) by Sean Godsell, 2015 Amanda Levete; 2016 Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. Follow the link below to see the others or go directly to the MPavilion site for everything you need.
If you are wondering what this picture above has to do with the SEA or social media; I have no idea but it’s a beautiful image, I suspect it’s by Slim Aarons on Capri and it’s somewhere I’d rather be than chilly Melbourne right now.
In a minor attempt to escape the cold I ventured north and happened to be in town for the latest instalment from the Sydney East Architects (SEA) network / lecture series, this one was hosted by the very civil Kieran McInerney with architect / social media boss Jenna Rowe and media magnate / digital artist Marcus Piper (Mezzanine magazine). The subject was social media and more specifically Instagram, I was keen to go along to this as I had recently switched off all my social media accounts as a little experiment. I was interested to see how others used these types of accounts and the biggest takeaways were authenticity and engagement. The former was reasonable but the later did not resonate with me.
Katelin Butler from Design Speaks / Houses Magazine / Architecture Australia / Dulux Study Tours / Architecture Media regularly puts on these talks where the architect and client get up and talk about their new home. It is always amazing to hear these conversations and this was a special one with the calibre of architects; Sioux & Tim from Multiplicity discussed The Great Australian Bight & PanovScott went through 1 of 16, a stunning row house in Newtown. Both very special houses in their own way but the most interesting bits are the process and the relationships that you never get a handle on when viewing a glossy picture. I also really love knowing how the client found and chose their respective architect, a pretty important piece of the puzzle for me. That’s Tim in the photo above with the tiny tot car, very similar to those old ones with Corb and his Citroen.
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Is it an artday or a boat day, I don’t know myself so lets say it’s both. This little puppy is just so beautiful that it doesn’t really matter, it’s really a piece of art on the water. I think I am drawn to well designed boats because so many of them look like they aren’t designed at all. This is the Q30 Motorboat by Q Yachts, a 30ft vessel powered by a quiet electric motor. These motors are pretty new on land and sea so speed and range are sacrificed however the environment has been sacrificed at the hands of diesel for too long. Capacity for 8 with a stunning little interior cabin and B&O sound system. Check out some of the other yachts in our Journal here.
More images after the jump below. First seen on UnCrate and link to Q here.
Also know as Yakisugi; translates to ‘burnt cedar board’ which is an age old Japanese protective wood treatment. A typical timber cladding board is literally charred on one side which creates a carbon layer on the surface of the timber. This forms a protective layer to combat UV, weather decay and insects in lieu of a coating while also providing a very striking appearance. The board is brushed to remove any of the loose heavy charcoal that may come away leaving subtle textures and a blackened surface.
Timber has very interesting properties in that it has a char factor that will protect the integrity of a timber from structural failure under certain conditions. This performance is better than structural steel as steel will quickly bend and fail under high heat. All this is a moot point in severe fire conditions as fire will take out anything and everything.
Global warming represented graphically without all the numbers and anything else that could possibly distract you from the facts. The numbers were taken from the U.K Met Office data between 1850 – 2017. Kudos to the designer Ed Hawkins. Via Gizmodo.