Habitat 67 is a landmark housing complex in Montreal, Canada. Designed for the 1967 World’s Fair by architect Moshe Safdie, it began as his master’s thesis project. The building consists of 354 identical prefab concrete apartments, each with at least one private garden. They look like blocks balanced together, and I wasn’t too surprised to learn that Safdie used Legos to plan the arrangement of spaces. Habitat 67 is owned by its tenants, including Safdie who owns one of the penthouse apartments.
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Gray leather is the perfect balance between too masculine and dark black & too pristine and delicate white. It’s soft while also strong, modern and clean, and pairs well with other colors and textures.
A2 was founded in 2008 by sisters Sara and Anna Larsson. The Swedish company focuses on a collection rooted in Scandinavian design and tradition, but remain modern, interesting, and functional. The designers began the company to curate a collection of furniture and home accessories that were made locally by independent artists and craftsmen. Aren’t these cabinets beautiful?
(Images via A2)
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the only museum in Los Angeles to have a collection that is exclusively contemporary. The permanent collection exceeds 6,800 works of art, all produced after 1940. The museum opened in 1979 and has three locations in Los Angeles: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. Opening tonight at the Pacific Design Center location is Gas Giant, an incredible installation made from thousands of pieces of paper by New York artist Jacob Hashimoto. “Gas Giant will expand and adapt to the MOCA Pacific Design Center’s space, beginning with black and white elements in the first floor, then progressively ascending chromatically via the staircase to an explosion of color and light on the building’s second floor.” (source)
Gas Giant is will be on exhibit at MOCA from March 1-June 8, 2014.
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If there is one standard piece I see in most nurseries these days it’s a sheepskin rug. Used as a chair cushion (typically for an Eames rocker), a rug or a decorative throw, they are a great way to add a cozy touch to a room. And they’re available in all different sizes, faux and real, for all different prices. (Ikea is one great source.)
Jules Leleu (1883 –1961) was a French furniture designer who started his career working for the family painting business. After WWI he focused on furniture design and opened a gallery in Paris. He won a grand prize at the 1925 Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs and became very well known for his simple shapes and use of high quality materials. He excelled in inlay designs and marquetry, and expanded his repertoire to include not only exotic woods, but fiberglass, plastic and metals as well. He became known for designing high end residential and corporate interiors as well as ocean liners.
One of the strangest tourist attractions in Poland is a whimsical structure called The Crooked House. Meaning “little crooked house” in Polish, Krzywy Domek is a 43,000 sf sstructure designed in 2004 by architects Szotyńscy & Zaleski as a tribute to the fairytale drawings of children’s book illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer. The building is home to the Rezydent shopping center and houses retail space, cafes and restaurants. It was constructed to appear squished into the adjacent buildings and has become the most photographed piece of architecture in the country (source).
(Images via Krzywy Domek)