Design Blocks

Archive for August 2011

Yes these are extreme closeup images of sand grains! I think this would make beautiful art for someone.

{All Images via Sand Grains Site}


How many of you have heard of 3D printing? No I am not making it up  there really is such a thing and our industry does utilize it! Recently, one of our students sent me this video where they showed how they took a large wrench and created a 3D print of it. I thought this would be a post to share with you as many of you might not realize that this technology is available though it is quite expensive.

This video depicts recreating the wrench from start to finish using computer technology and a 3D printer.

The next two videos show how 3D printing is being used in architecture industry. The first one is about 5 minutes long while the last one is about 2 minutes in length.I hope you find them informative!

I have posted about New York designer Steven Gambrel previously and his beautiful designs. Well he has updated his company portfolio and I encourage you all to check it out, especially the images from the lower fifth townhouse!

{Image via Steven Gambrel’s Site}

I would love to meet the owners of this home, they seem like they would be a lot of fun!

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{No these are not my babies feet 🙂 }

I have had many people ask if my baby has arrived yet and unfortunately my answer has been no! She has decided she wanted to hang on well after her due date and take her time. Because of this I am officially set for an induction this morning. As soon as we are settled I will post an announcement of her arrival. Please keep your fingers crossed that she cooperates and that today is truly the day.

So in the contemporary reinterpretations post I included images of various types of furniture based on historical designs. The first one I illustrated was this sofa which is available from West Elm:

{Image via West Elm, Chester Tufted Sofa}

Were you able to determine that this updated classic is based on of the original Chesterfield Sofa?

The true origination of the Chesterfield sofa is uncertain but via a Shelter Pop article from AOL it states:

“This icon of the furniture world is widely thought to have been commissioned by, and consequently named in honor of, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, in the 18th century. Aside from being a much-admired politician and writer, the suave Earl was a known trendsetter. When the Earl requested a cabinetmaker to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort, thus was the inception of the Chesterfield sofa with its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim. There has never been any solid confirmation of this noble beginning. However, this namesake is certainly appropriate. Stanhope was a noted writer of letters to his illegitimate son, extolling all method of manners and morals. The Chesterfield sofa is certainly a refined and mannerly example of seating.”

This sofa is constantly being updated and reinterpreted in new and interesting ways, just look at this Google search and you will see tons of images. It’s important to note that the classic characteristics of a Chesterfield is that seat back is all one height, it had deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms and displays nail head trim.

Loving this creative play space.

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