SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE RURAL STUDIO
Samuel Mockbee dedicated his life, as a teacher and architect, to creating structures that elevated the living standards of the rural poor.
“It’s not about your greatness as an architect, but your compassion” -SM
A Tudor Cottage in Elle Decor
This month Elle Décor did a great story on our very own Steven Johanknecht’s tudor cottage in Sliverlake…
Also on ElleDécor.com is our new chocolate collaboration with Valerie Confections: Super Choc-O-Food. check it out here.11 notes
Congratulations to all the Oscar winners.
1972 Munich Olympics Posters
What you get when Graphic Designer Otl Aicher is head of your Olympic design committee: A series of promotional posters created for the games with artists ranging from color theorist Josef Albers to African American folk artist Jacob Lawrence and everyone in between.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser10 notes
Commune Fireplace Tools
We’ve been working on a set of fire tools. We wanted to reduce them to their most basic form and create something that could work in any given environment.
Here are a selection of some of the very tempting finishes that we considered. We ended up going with the bronze coat because it was more ubiquitous, less stylized, and would obviously hide the soot.
We worked hard on getting tong handles right…its harder than you might think.
And here is the final product…
We also made designed a screen to go along with it….
Check them both out at www.communeshop.com2 notes
Robert Maillart x Max Bill
Robert Maillart (1842-1940) a Swiss civil engineer from the future and Max Bill (1908-1994) a Swiss typographer from the Bauhaus came together to make (what we think) is one of the most beautiful books around. Printed in 1934 and reprinted in 1956…We just got our copy.
photographed on our awesome table made by Sculptor Alma Allen103 notes
La Ciudad Universitaria - Caracas,Venezuela
Carlos Raul Villanueva designed a small utopia of art and architecture for the students of La Ciudad Universitaria In Caracas, Venezuela. In a pretty forward thinking manner (or ancient) He approached design/art holistically: working artists and artisans directly into various functional roles within his design…Including acoustical paneling by Calder and stained glass windows by Leger. The lines between art, design, and sculpture are merged making one insanely inspiring school to attend.
A small selection of some great punk posters…In a way, they are examples of perfect graphic design: They have a point of view, hold information, look pretty, and were done in 15 minutes.
Tower of Power
Around 1922 when Mussolini (full title: His Excellency Benito Mussolini, Head of Government, Duce of Fascism, and Founder of the Empire) had hit his stride in political power, he had personally taken over the ministries of the interior, foreign affairs, colonies, corporations, defense, and public works. In true Fascist form all public utilities, as well as art and architecture, were controlled and regulated by the state so that they all worked toward the advancement of their ideologies. Architecture became Mussolini’s preferred vehicle for launching Fascist propaganda. It was forcefully portrayed, in the solidity of its materials and the vastness of its measures, the sublimity of imperial power. Fascist ideology aside…it’s an an awesome example of design backed by a united philosophical consensus.
All Images from the book “L’Architettura Delle Case Del Fascio”79 notes
Thank you Tony for the tip.
Turkey Part 2
More inspiration from a recent trip to Turkey.
Turkey Part 1
Some inspiration from a recent trip to Turkey.
A collection of unique signatures by Swedish furniture designers from 1650—1850 used to brand their wood furniture.18 notes
GLASS EYE FOR ACE
Steve Halterman takes us through the process of creating and installing his new stained glass piece for Ace Palm Springs.
Poster board inserts cut to the size of each window — and the drawing begins
Inserts with the completed design drawing are assembled on the windows to fine tune the design and ensure a perfect fit
Glass cutting begins
All pieces of the design are cut from the glass
Construction begins — lead and zinc strips are used to hold the glass in place
Glass filed down for perfect fit
Putty is pressed between the glass and track on lead-zinc straps to secure the glass
Whitening process to harden and remove excess putty then patina is applied to the straps
Panels loaded and transported to the Ace Hotel
Panels are cleaned and polished prior to installation
Panels are installed then a second layer of clear 1/8” glass is installed over the stained glass for protection and easy cleaning
Check out Steve Halterman’s stained glass lanterns for Commune at communeshop.com11 notes