The fifth estate: designers wield the power to shape a new era

Prediction about Building Architecture

“IN THE 15TH CENTURY, everything changed,” wrote Victor Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. “The human mind discovered a means of perpetuating itself that was not only more lasting and resistant than architecture but also simpler and easier. Architecture was dethroned. The lead characters of Gutenberg succeeded the stone characters of Orpheus. The book was to kill the building.”

While Hugo’s predictions that the printing press would lead to the demise of the cathedral were clearly incorrect, his remarks indicate a common prejudice in favor of language. We think of journalists as the powerful fourth estate–sharing facts and insight, shaping opinions and beliefs, providing inspiration–but cast architects and designers in a primarily passive role, responding to the needs of others. To do so is to miss Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin’s point: “Design is a language that is communicated visually.”

Architecture concept

Architecture concept

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Natural Selection for Home Furnishing

Home Furnishing Furniture Selection

The public expanse is essentially open with living, dining, and kitchen areas. But this is not an amorphous space. It is subtly delineated thanks to the design team’s deft deployment of columns, a double-faced, freestanding fireplace, an articulated ceiling, and built-in banquette. Surprisingly, the house’s coziness and warmth go hand in hand with its grandeur and drama–which exactly met the clients’ demands.

Finishes and furnishings humanize the building’s potentially overwhelming scale and develop a vocabulary addressing both contextual issues and the overriding desire for a contemporary approach. Brukoff introduced his clients to the project’s potential through photography. “I showed them the works of Luis Barragan, Ricardo Legorreta, and modern architecture from the Canary Islands, explaining that [a solution] could be Spanish/Mexican in feeling and, at the same time, distinctly modern,” says Brukoff. “After showing them photos of Anasazi ruins made of dry stack stone work, they were convinced to create similar stonework fireplaces and to use random flagstone limestone floors.” These materials, used throughout, set the stage for the interior. They are supplemented with pale stained stucco walls, cedar ceiling and framing systems, and cherry cabinetry. The intent, says Brukoff, “was to create a seamless environment that looks as if it couldn’t have been done any other way.”

The designer, who has created numerous furniture collections for commercial production, opted to go the custom route for the majority of pieces here. Scale was a major factor Under his authorship are the living room sofa, occasional tables, dining table and console, Tibetan rug, and coffee table.

Wood table and chairs for home furnishings

Wood table and chairs for home furnishings

The architect’s and designer’s involvement extended to lighting–“the best lighting job I’ve ever done,” Brukoff comments. “To convince the client what lighting could do to a house, I showed him a project I’d done in Atherton. After seeing that, he was on the team.” Brukoff staff designer Gary Helfand shares design credit.

Special home design for natural lighting

Special home design for natural lighting

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Hospitality Interior: wall covering

Koroseal

Anya Larkin recently signed a licensing agreement with Koroseal Studios, a newly formed division of Koroseal, to create vinyl wall coverings. One of the first collections from Larkin is shown here and includes Shagreen, Origami, Celebration, Rick Rack, and Charisma. Koroseal, 3875 Embassy Parkway, Fairlawn, OH 44333.

Hopitality wall covering material 1

Hopitality wall covering material 1

Furniture Innovations

Allegory Fern and Rush are made by using wood pulp and water-based inks, and contains no formaldehyde. Innovations, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013.

Hopitality wall covering material 2

Hopitality wall covering material 2

Guard Contract

Engage is a 54-in.-wide, Type II wall covering reminiscent of handcrafted scrollwork. Offered in 21 colorways, including rich jewel tones, metallics, and soft neutrals. Guard, 1280 North Grant Avenue, Colombus, OH 43201.

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Useful tips for buying process of cordless drill

The cordless drill is a useful and handy equipment to have around your house when you want to drive screw into wooden object or plaster and drill hole on the wall. It is also popular in the market due to battery powered version, which is easier and lighter to use particularly when you need to climb up the ladder or work in confined areas. On the other hand, a corded drill could make it hard for you to use in such condition and you probably waste a lot of your time to unwind the cord. Therefore, the first thing you need to consider before buying the best cordless drills is how long the devices can last between each period of charging. You would not want to be stuck halfway in a task since the equipment is running of power and you have to patiently wait for recharging the battery.

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Top Benefits of Using A Slicer for Preparing Vegetables

For many housewives, they always want to quicken their preparing and cooking times so that they will be able to do something else.
And if you are one of the busy moms who always seek for a better way to prepare all of the ingredients for a meal, you may have heard about Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer – one of the most popular and well-loved kitchen tools by many home cooks.

 

If you have not heard about it as well as vegetable slicer, read on and I will tell you how wonderful it is to equip a piece of this slicer.

Here are some benefits of using a slicer for your food preparation:

1/ You Can Save A Lot of Time

I think it is very common for every home cook to spend most of the time preparing for the ingredients rather than cooking. In fact, you will see that preparing takes twice the amount of time as when you cook food. Not to mention that the task of slicing and dicing vegetables is very repetitive and boring.
With a slicer, you can increase the speed of preparing for the vegetables. Luckily, you don’t have to stand a lot in the kitchen as well
You will have more time to spend outside the kitchen to do things that you love.

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What is the Importance of Considering the Features of Best Impact Driver for Home Improvement?

Before people, starts searching for the best impact driver they want to purchase always ensure that they know and understand that what jobs & tasks it will be utilized for in future. Are they only utilizing it for various household jobs sometimes or are they the contractor or carpenter who needs the tool, which is able to handle the inflexibilities of daily basis work.

Moreover, there are all kinds of the impact drivers like those, which are lightweight, compact and small to heavy, powerful and large ones. However, the people key factors, only the ones that really decide the types of jobs the certain impact driver is ideal for, would be speed or torque. (more…)

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