Design Blocks

Archive for January 2011

This video has been floating around for a while now but I think it is a great example how designers can influence a space and change the way people use and interact in it. “This video details a set of  stairs, with a moving escalator next to it …. both of which lead to the same spot on the floor of the upper level. At first no one took the stairs, almost 97% of the people took the escalator.” Realizing they wanted to change the ratio and increase the use of stairs they explored how to make it more fun and make people want to take the stairs. Watch the video to see how they increased stair traffic by 66%. I think this is an excellent lesson to keep in mind as you design your projects and influence the overall surroundings.


A fresh perspective on reupholstering a Louis XV frame via Casa Sugar today.

{Image Via Casa Sugar}

Last week I ran across this story on BBC news about Frenchman Louis Mantin’s home that has recently been opened as a museum. The wow factor is that the home remained untouched for a 100 years per the wishes of Mr. Mantin that were dictated in his will. Via the BBC he was” was an aesthete and gentleman of leisure who bequeathed his opulent home to the town of Moulins on condition that a century later it be a museum. After he died in 1905, the mansion was closed up and fell into dilapidation. Now thanks to a 3.5m euro ($4.7m; £2.9m) refit funded by local authorities, it has been returned to its original pristine state.”

His home is essentially a time capsule as it holds all of his original furnishings and collections! Click on this link to view a short video touring the home!

{Image via Careers in Interior Design}

Often times I find that students are unsure of what career track they want to follow upon graduation from their design program. Interior design is an interesting field in the sense that it does not have a cut and dry path. Sure many students want to graduate and begin working for a design firm while others may want to continue their education, or follow a route where they work in design sales, drafting, etc. I wanted to share with all of you the Careers in Interior Design website, as I think it has some excellent information that helps to define interior design and breaks it down into different categories. I encourage you all to check it out and then go to the NCIDQ website to learn about the exam the requirements that designers must pass to qualify for state licensing. It is important to be informed and to understand all the various areas and professional requirements it takes to become an interior designer.

How fabulous are these Pantone cookies created by freelance designer and illustrator Kim Neill! She even worked with royal icing to form the colors from her pantone chips! I encourage you all to check out her post and to see more images of her tasty looking cookies!  She has even posted the recipe for her cookies and for the icing.

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Because the spring calender seems to be filling up I wanted to post the calender of events for IIDA North Florida. They have a lot of really interesting tours and CEU’s coming up and I always encourage everyone to attend. It is a great way to learn about new products, see what other designers are doing and meet people in the industry. I hope to see you all there.

Talk about blending in with nature, the Mirror Cube Tree Hotel in Sweden certainly does! This hotel is literally a “tree house” that is completely covered in mirror so it can reflect its surroundings. What an amazing experience it would be to stay there see it in person!  Check out their website to see more pictures and learn more about this innovative concept!

{Can you see it? Images via Twistedsifter}