Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Tidy Little Package

Electrochef - Circa. 1920

General Air Condition - Circa. 1950's

All-in-one kitchen design may not have ever really caught on, but there are a few modern designers attempting to give them another chance. These modern marvels would be equally fantastic in a charmingly rustic barn or a sleek and sophisticated pent house apartment.

"Adaptable Kitchens for a Growing Family" by Marcello Zuffo

Turkish designer Fevzi Karanan's Kitchen

Kenchikukagu by Toshihiko Suzuki Architects

By Sebastien Poupeau

Whirlpool's Green Kitchen concept designed to redistribute 60% of the water and heat generated from various kitchen appliances to fuel other appliances or functions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Introducing Lil' Lou nee Louis

So, it might be just this side of tacky to boast of puppy love on a design related blog, but I can't resist. My darling little Lou isn't a designer, doesn't know much about design, but he is painfully chic by nature.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

resurrection: chalkboard paint

Admittedly, chalkboard paint in interiors has been widely used for quite some time now. The concept may be a bit passe, but the moody bedroom of sappy protagonist, Tom Hansen, in 500 Days of Summer has revived my interest! After scouring the world wide web for days the only photo that I could find of said bedroom shows only the slightest glimpse of Tom's fantastic faux headboard. If you can take your eyes off of the endearing Zooey Deschanel, try to peek behind her graceful shoulder for a slight look at his awesome "headboard".

And, here are a few great examples of chalkboard paint used in interiors.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hermitage Amsterdam

A stunning 17th century building is magically transformed by Hans Van Heeswijk Architects to house the Russian State Museum's Dutch outpost. The building was constructed for use as a "home for old women" in the 1680's, and continued to serve as an elderly institution for 324 years.

Hermitage Amsterdam highlights the pomp and poise of Russian culture in a modern and witty way. Well done.