Category archive: architecture

May 22, 2014

Goodnight Moderne: 1930 Ideal Home Exhibition Nursery

The Ideal Home Exhibition was an annual home tour run in the UK by the Daily Mail. In 1930, their concept for an ideal nursery included a Fritz Lang nanny sitting in a chunky, moderne-style chair, with fake Warren...
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April 18, 2014

WHOA, Edward Durell Stone Kids Furniture Exists

Architect Edward Durell Stone designed MoMA, the Kennedy Center, and the house next door to us on the Upper East Side, but I had no idea he ever designed kids furniture. Yet here some is. In 1969 Stone built...
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April 14, 2014

Peter Pearce Curved Space Diamond Structure, aka The Hakone Soap Bubble Castle

A couple of months of Throwback Thursdays ago Johnson Trading Gallery posted these photos to their Instagram. It's a wacked out biomorphic geodesic Habitrail of a jungle gym playground pod whatzit structure they bought on eBay. [And apparently flipped...
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February 13, 2014

Modern Primitives Baby Chair By Aranda\Lasch

Looking around Johnson Trading Gallery for something slightly less utilitarian than $20,000 plywood bookcase sculptures, I found this: the Modern Primitives Baby Chair by Aranda\Lasch. The New York-based architecture practice produced the Modern Primitives series in collaboration with Fendi...
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December 27, 2013

War-Ravaged England Builds Giant Dollhouse For Queen

Sometimes England is so weird. Like the time the whole place was devastated and dejected and injured and dead in the wake of World War I, and Princess Marie-Louise thought building a huge dollhouse for Queen Mary filled with...
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December 26, 2013

The Bank, By Superflex And The Residents Of Sharjah, UAE

It's Things I Really Want To Post Before The End Of The Year Week here at DT, starting with The Bank. The Danish artist collective Superflex contributed one of the most thoughtful installations for this year's Sharjah Art Biennial....
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October 16, 2013

Susie's Pavilion, Or Rory Hyde's Folly Playhouse

Designing a house for your parents used to be a going-solo architect's rite of passage. Now post-architects build playhouses at their parents for their kids. At least that's my theory about young alt-architect Australian Rory Hyde, whose new book...
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October 11, 2013

[St]architects Make Elaborate Dollhouses For KIDS Fundraiser

KIDS, a British charity helping disabled kids and their families, has rallied 20 architects and such to make dollhouses to be auctioned at a fundraising gala next month. The inspiration for the project is "The Queen's Dolls' House," an...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 6, 2013

Brooklyn OSB Nusery Hive By Openshop

While searching around for OSB kid furniture I came across this loft renovation that Openshop did in 2006. The architects stuck the master bedroom and a nursery into a big OSB form they called a hive. To soften things...
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August 2, 2013

Ikea Cardboard Market Stand Exists

Doesn't it seem weird that Ikea hasn't had cardboard furniture and playthings all along? I mean, think about it. Anyway, they have it now. It's in the new catalogue. One market stand, so your kid can pretend he has...
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August 1, 2013

That Cradle In That Modern Farmhouse In The Italian Alps

Did you guys see that in the NYTimes? Well, here it is! I'm going to guess that it's just for playtime, and that if they want the kid to actually sleep, they'd get a window blind. Or maybe everyone just...
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July 23, 2013

Bozart Boom: Three Kaleidoscope Dollhouses For Sale Out There

Dust off your credit scores and fire up the pre-approved mortgages, because the Bozart Kaleidoscope dollhouse market is ROARING BACK, people. Not that anything's reaching the crazy speculative heights of the pre-2008 doll real estate bubble, of course. But there...
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July 19, 2013

Mountain-Dwelling Japanese Have One Word For Kids Sled. And Box.

I don't know why, I guess it's because I didn't watch enough [any] Grizzly Adams when I was a boy, but I just assumed that in the olden times in the mountains of Japan, when the snow fell thick...
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May 21, 2013

The Lozziwurm Is Open

Rejoice, Western Hemispherians! Yvan Pestalozzi's Lozziwurm playground structure is open for business at the Carnegie. Go check it out, or maybe wait a little longer, until the amazing-looking playground design exhibition opens in June. Just sayin'. A Playful Worm...
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April 26, 2013

Playgoda On The Playa

Holy smokes, I had no idea that Gregg Fleishman, the plywood architect artist behind the Playgoda series of slot-together playground structures, is in the Burning Man business. This will be the third year Fleishman and his collaborators are building...
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April 18, 2013

Library/Stairway/Home Theater/Slide By Moon Hoon

There is a LOT to love about this awesome space at the energetic center of architect Moon Hoon's Panorama House, built in Chungbuk, South Korea. I mean, it's a family room, a stairway, a library, a home theater [with...
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March 24, 2013

Dan Graham Pavilions For Kids

The artist Dan Graham is probably best known for his mirror & glass pavilions, walk-through minimalist-style sculptures where your views and reflections shift with every step. They can be fun enough for the kids on their own, but it turns...
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March 11, 2013

Robert Bliss's Cradle For A Young Viking Or Viqueen

Except for some chairs he made while studying at Black Mountain College, modernist architect Robert Bliss, didn't really get into designing furniture until after he retired as dean of the University of Utah's architecture school, in 1986. In 1990...
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March 4, 2013

The Radiant High Chair

Wow, kudos to architectural historian/mom Victoria Solan for working Le Corbusier into this helluva thinkpiece about of one of the world's greatest high chairs, the Ikea Antilop:As a formal composition, IKEA's $25 Antilop high chair hews to a Corbusian...
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February 27, 2013

2 Reasons We Don't Live In A Paul Rudolph House

I just realized I don't hate Buzzfeed-style web listicles after all; I just haven't seen enough ones I really like. 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes That Will Kill Your Children [projectophile via @langealexandra]...
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February 21, 2013

Western Hemisphere/Pittsburgh Finally Getting A Lozziwurm

A press release announces that the Carnegie Museum of Art is installing a Lozziwurm in a new "pocket park" in front of the museum, in advance of two potentially awesome, upcoming shows: the 2013 incarnation of the venerable Carnegie...
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December 12, 2012

Pequenitos In Portugal, Portugal Dos Pequenitos

I'm sorry, did I miss an entire day? I've been trying to wrap my head around the amazing photographs that DT photomaster DT sent along with some offhand comment like, "Hey, playhouse with toy Moorish cannons?" and "thought you...
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November 25, 2012

Modernists' Kids Had The Best Nurseries

In the wake of MoMA's Century Of the Child exhibition, Paul Makovsky at Metropolis Magazine has assembled an awesome collection of images and childhood stories from the offspring of mid-century modernist designers. There's György & Juliet Kepes' daughter Julie,...
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November 20, 2012

Turniture II: Rocking Plywood Playhouse/Bar By Lester Walker

Speaking of plans for cutting circles out of plywood in 1970, this popped up a few weeks ago on retronaut, and then I lost track of it. It's called Turniture II, a 4-in-1 convertible outdoor furniture project by architect...
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November 8, 2012

Artists' Kids Always Have The Best Rooftop Treehouses

As if the guy who built an inflatable pipe organ as big as a football field could imagine any less. Sculptor Tim Hawkinson and his daughter started designing a treehouse when she was about 5. Now that she's 9,...
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October 31, 2012

Trick Or Treat Freakout: Poeme Electronique

Hopefully, you all live in places where local officials have arbitrarily rescheduled Halloween, so you can fire up the porch speakers & projectors like DT reader Mike, and freak the neighborhood kids the hell out with Le Corbusier &...
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October 19, 2012

Century Of The Child Playground Symposium Livestream, Yo

Whoa, I can't believe it's about to start. As part of the exhibition, Century of The Child, MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin is hosting Child in the City of Play, a symposium exploring urbanism, play, and child development, starting at...
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October 12, 2012

Boy On The Wall, Hammarkullen, Gothenburg, By Jens S. Jensen

Today in Century of The Child News: Swedish photographer Jens S. Jensen tells the story of taking the great picture that the MoMA curators decided to use to establish the identity of the exhibition, the 1973 shot of a kid...
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September 3, 2012

George Nakashima And His Family Moved To New Hope In 1943.

You'd think that as a parent, I'd be less surprised by now at the constant discoveries of the extent of my own ignorance. And yet. Last night, while surfing through the archive of the War Relocation Authority's nearly 7,000 photos...
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June 18, 2012

Pokotto By Mitsuru Senda って, 知っている?

Gymboree-style, built-up, modular play structures wrapped in padded vinyl are so commonplace now, it's hard to imagine how unusual Mitsuru Senda'a Pokotto [ポコット] play structure might have looked in the early 1970s. The Japanese architect and playground designer created...
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June 5, 2012

Ausgezeichnet! Thost House Crib & Changing Table By Marcel Breuer

One of Marcel Breuer's earliest residential commissions came in 1926, while he was teaching in Gropius' Bauhaus in Dessau. It was an interior and furniture project in Hamburg for Eberhard Thost, and Breuer did at least a living room--and...
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June 4, 2012

Imagine There's No Dinero: Nuno Nono Preschool

Girod + Anton Arquitectos designed the Nuno Nono preschool in Valencia [2011] to be a blank slate that doesn't overwhelm children's innate power of imagination and creativity with the kind of representational fun/whimsical design that adults mistakenly think kids...
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May 13, 2012

Um, YEAH! Mondo Cane Kid Chairs At Partners & Spade

Oh Partners & Spade, I can't stay mad at you. Let's never speak of Dan Colen again. Instead, let's just do high fives and brohugs about the awesome kids chair exhibit you are putting on in collaboration with the...
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April 19, 2012

Bouncy Stonehenge By Jeremy Deller

Seriously, they may not have been able to keep a drummer, but Spinal Tap did manage to hold onto the title of Best Stonehenge Model for a very long time. Until the day British artist Jeremy Deller's full-scale Bouncy...
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March 15, 2012

Antwerp Central Youth Hostel Bunk Beds By Vincent Van Duysen

You might think that, whether it's the kids or the dads, the Daddy Types demographic would be as far away from the subject of youth hostels as it's possible to get. I thought that, too, and no amount of...
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March 5, 2012

Modular Ply Playhouse Cubes By Play-Modern

Well, these are cool. Play Modern is a modular ply cube playhouse system designed by Kansas City architect Kimball Hales and, uh, Mrs. Hales. Ah, here we go: Laura. BYU alums, in case the names didn't give it away...
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March 3, 2012

Transformer-Style: Changing Table In Disguise

I lose track of the awesome tiny space design blog Shoebox Dwelling for a couple of months, and it fills up with interesting kid-related posts. Like this "Swiss Army-style" studio apartment in Gramercy, which has a murphy bed and...
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February 23, 2012

The Deam Guide To Airstream Living

You may remember Christopher Deam from such blog posts as "guy who created plexi-walled cribs for his twins" and "molded ply guy whose wife started Dwell." Anyway, he also has been doing Airstream trailer renovations, which look awesome, perfect for...
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February 22, 2012

DTQ: Who Made These Paintings On The Cover Of Dwell Asia?

First off, Dwell Asia is apparently a thing that exists. Published, presumably, under license by a local magazine company. But what I want to know is, who made those superhero-ish, Mexican wrestler-ish painting/poster/images in the Singapore [?] house that...
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February 8, 2012

Bricked Out Lego Loft

Finally, some more data on building with Lego. A while ago, we had a new radiator cover made for the kid's room, and I had a mind to cover it in Lego bricks, like Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti's insanely...
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February 6, 2012

Infantcore

Last fall, artist Nate Page pulled the windowed facade of the Echo Park gallery Machine Project back 25 feet into the space, creating a temporary "sidewalk alcove" he called Storefront Plaza. Which turns out to be the perfect place...
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February 3, 2012

Metamorphokit (1971): Build It Yourself Modular CalArts Dorm Furniture

Good googly moogly, all this work on DIY/modular/industrial/plywood/Bauhaus bedroom furniture and I'm only finding out about Metamorphokit NOW?? I am clearly doing it wrong:Dubbed Metamorphokit by the designers [CalArts faculty member Peter de Bretteville and Toby Cowan], it was...
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January 16, 2012

Specific Kids' Objects

Last Summer, David Zwirner Gallery screened a couple of documentaries about Donald Judd, including The Artist's Studio, a 2010 remix of vintage 1970s footage by Michael Blackwood. Blackwood had filmed Judd and his family both in Marfa [in 1975]...
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Laser-Cut Steel Dollhouse By Bunker Hill

Though he's mostly into Swedish pine and plywood lately, in the mid-to-late 2000's, Stockholm architect Daniel Franzen definitely had a laser-cut steel phase. One result is this awesome steel dollhouse inspired by the barn house he designed for Swedish...
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January 12, 2012

Future Systems For Kids: Hauer-King House

From the way she and Jan Kaplicky divvied up the projects post-divorce, it looks like Amanda Levete got one of Future Systems' first, widely published projects: the 1994 Hauer-King House in Islington, London. It's so funny, I remember totally...
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January 5, 2012

LAT: Schindler With Kid

I would guess that when you marry an architect's daughter, you're not going to be fazed by your father-in-law's inserting himself in your househunting and remodeling projects. In fact, you might even welcome it. Especially if you've got a...
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January 1, 2012

Future Systems For Kids: Dinghy Sofa & Josef's Bed

Until I just reorganized some shelves and went through my stash of their 1990s architecture books, I guess I'd forgotten how utterly awesome Future Systems was. The London firm comprised of Amanda Levete and Czech emigre Jan Kaplicky was...
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December 8, 2011

A Brief Gingerbread Occupy Roundup

Unfortunately, the Gingerbread Occupy camps I've found so far have all the ramshackle visual blandness of the originals, without the political electricity. In other words, they need some gingerbread geodesic domes! Two lonely white chocolate Occupy tents at a gingerbread...
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Gingerbread Geodesic Dome Kit By Scout Regalia

Look, I'm as stoked as the next guy for a gingerbread geodesic dome. And while I was gonna grouse about how Scout Regalia's $25 dome kit is pretty much just two pieces of cardboard, and how, really, the gingerbread...
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