Secret Rooms for Kids…and Adults

Secret rooms we wish we had while growing up and even as adults…What do you think?

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Laser-Scanned Photoshoot

Check this out, London based studio ScanLAB has collaborated with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to produce the first fashion shoot done with 3D laser scanners instead of cameras.

How does this work? Well… ScanLab used an advanced terrestrial laser scanner to digitise both the models and the location to create high-resolution “point clouds” of data.

3D laser scanning can create detailed digital models of extremely large spaces in full colour. “There are two processes we use,” said Shaw. “The first is a spatial capture, which works on a quality of reflection. We then usually scan in full colour as well, although we didn’t do that for the Vivienne Westwood project.”

Die Traumdeutung from ScanLAB on Vimeo.

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All images and text via dezeen.com

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Monday Morning Photo(S) Sesame St. Edition

For Today’s Monday Morning Photo(S) we have a look at  Florida-based designer Andrew Bloomfield who has visualized a concept headquarters for popular children’s series Sesame Street


As you walk in to the four-story office, visitors or employees will see a giant Sesame Street mural that decorates the lobby upon entering the building leading you through the space an  creating a very visual lobby.

The interior of the office is brightly painted and photographs of the characters from Sesame Street are hung up around the office contrasting with similar color and patterns on the ceiling and surrounding walls.

Check out the office below: 

Photos via the designers website

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Living in a Pyramid

This amazing pyramid house concept has been designed by Juan Carlos Ramos, an architect from Michoacan, Mexico.

The house consists of glass walls allowing natural light that will brighten the interior of the house, perfect for a small family, with two bedrooms a living/dining and a very cool library on the top of the pyramid.

Would you live in a pyramid?

See more of his work here 

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Bus turned Pool House

This double decker bus was re-purposed as a backyard “pool house”

This is the New Orleans home of artist Miranda Lake. The bus is a vintage Routemaster which she bought from a friend and describes as “one big shiny, giant happy pill you can actually get inside of.” 

Its a bit creepy but it has some charm to it… You can see her house by clicking here 

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The Most Creative Lamps

Lighting is a very important element in design, we have a list of some of the most creative lighting fixtures out there, add a fun light fixture to your next design project!

The Cloud

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The Greenhouse Lamp

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Peel Wall Light

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Gummy Bear Chandelier

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Lumio: Portable Book-Shaped Light

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Ice Cream Cone Bulb Sockets

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Balloon Lamp

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Brain Light Bulb

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Wine Bottle Lights

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Broken Plates Chandelier in Waddesdon Manor

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Remembering Robin Williams as “Mrs. Doubtfire”

Remembering Robin Williams…

When you think of the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, what comes to mind? Robin Williams dancing-vacuuming in drag inside that old Victorian home in San Francisco right? 

Well as a tribute to the award winning actor/comedian, we decided to take you inside the beautiful house where the movie was filmed, the location is in the Pacific Heights neighborhood here in San Francisco.

The house is considered a “Victorian Painted Lady,” even though it’s not as colorful as the other “Painted Ladies”  The real address was mentioned in the movie by Sally Field’s character Miranda as 2640 Steiner Street.

 

The interior scenes were filmed in a Bay area warehouse that they used as a sound stage.

The Set Designer was Garrett Lewis, who worked on other films like Panic Room, Wedding Crashers, and Hook.

The movie won an Oscar for Best Makeup. It took over 4 hours to turn Robin Williams into a woman each day.

Even though the house was designed  in the early ’90s, it really isn’t as outdated as you’d think to be after almost 20 years. You can tell they were going for a more classic, timeless look–nothing too trendy and something that worked with the location. 

Here’s how the house looks today, shown from the corner we never see in the movie (viainetours):

Photos via hookedonhouses.net

 

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Monday Morning Photo(s) 5th Ave. Edition

For today’s Monday Morning photos we have a look at the New York flagship store for fashion house Valentino designed by David Chipperfield Architects.

David Chipperfield Architects has designed the 1,850-metre-square store for Valentino at the former Takashimaya Department Store at 693 Fifth Avenue, in a Postmodern building originally designed by architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson.

“Valentino has identified architecture as the idea for the interior whereby architecture is brought into the store in a process that reduces the superficial decoration by steering away from the use of paneling — an approach that privileges concreteness over shallowness,” said Chipperfield in a statement.

A new eight-story black steel and aluminium facade will feature thin vertical bars, influenced by Mies van der Rohe’s nearby Seagram Building.

Very similar to the San Francisco (see here) the designer is using the exact same materials but in different ways throughout the high end retail space.

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Inside, shoppers will enter into a eight-metre-high atrium, clad in grey terrazzo and including a display wall of 39 individual shelves for accessories.Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield

 

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Nightclubs during the Day!

Nightclubs tend to be  glamorous and fun at night but why are they so ugly during the day? Here are a few not so glamorous exteriors of nightclubs during the day…could we as designers do something to change this?

This is why the exterior of a design project is as important as the interiors!

 

SF Badlands, San Francisco, California

 

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Futuristic Hybrid Train

Here is the  first look at the new line of prototype hybrid trains debuting in Moscow Russia designed by  Uralvagonzavod a tank production company. The train runs on large on-board batteries, much like hybrid cars.

The interiors of the trains are very sleek and modern but very comfortable!

Source (in Russian): http://zyalt.livejournal.com/1112328.html

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