Welcome to this week's exhibit of the best damn projects you'll find in one week's worth of design blogs. (Actually, some of these are a bit of a back-log of prjkts we've found, but who cares.) Featured below are works from all different areas of Design—which is why I couldn't think of a focused enough title for this post and instead went with the very articulate "all the things"—,alternatively humorous, nice, pretty and cool. Enjoy:
Unsangdong Architects: Hyundai Pavilion
Hyundai Motor Group commissioned this pavilion for the 2012 international Expo in Yeou, South Korea, to show off their vision of "motion imagination." Some serious company propaganda bs went into defending the ideas behind this pavilion—the completely mistranslated and nonsensical version of which defense can be found here—but the pavilion is still interesting. The entire architectural object of the pavilion houses a large interior room with walls made up of dynamic cubic units that are constantly changing pattern. The result is is living pixellation that simulates intelligence in the round, a supposed essay in "motion imagination".... certainly an entertaining and relatively unique experience. This interior bloc was also pixellated on its outer side with light boxes that change color as well. Check out more images of this pavilion on the Contemporist and Unsangdong's website—many of their projects are extremely mature and worth a glance.
YOD Design Lab: Odessa Restaurant
The first of two restaurants on this Prjkt Dump, this Odessa Restaurant seems to be focused on tactility and the proliferation of visual textures. What caught my eye is the fascinating rope installation that houses six booths by creating a kind of field condition around and above them, insulating them from the rest of the restaurant (which is kind of plain). Unfortunately, the rope-box is more or less the best part of the project by a long shot and is poorly integrated with the rest of the project, giving the impression of a lock-box-esque dense object standing in an empty, mundane space. BUT, that 35 square feet is awesome. (The rest of the project is given over to all kinds of materials and small scale installations that I think would be on the taxing side, after a while.) It reminds me a bit of a Charles Moore-sian aedicule on steroids and only for eating. The detailing within this space is also fabulous, with Einstein bulbs and wooden pulleys encouraging the idea that you're dining in a vast working network in some shipping facility. Check out more photos on the Contemporist YOD Design Lab's website.
MSB Estudi-taller d'arquitectura: Domus Sent Sovi
I'm sorry to say, I lied earlier. This project isn't quite a "restaurant" but a "gastronomy center" in an old cork-factory and school in Girona, Spain. It is a 3-floor project with tasting areas, auditoriums, and store. This is another material-heavy project, but is super successful at it, I think. The entire building functions as an arboreal diagram, with a dark, heavy space on the subterranean floor, a ground floor that is dominated by bent, brushed, curvilinear metal strips and three trunk-like volumes. The upper floor has a ceiling/lighting installation of light perforated metal strips in a massive frond shape that more or less follows the diagram of circulation throughout the level. Overall I think this project is simple and elegant and is an example of successful culinary-"architecture" (restaurants included). (via ArchDaily.)
SLO Architecture: Harvest Dome 2.0
Last week the Prjkt Dump featured an umbrella-based project that was pretty but not profound. That projects dreams of being this project when it dies (since this one is composed of umbrella skeletons—400 hundred umbrella skeletons to be exact). After Harvest Dome 1.0 crashed and was destroyed, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture started its second incarnation, where used umbrellas found a Bucky Fuller-inspired apotheosis as a 24 foot diameter skeletal orb, sent floating along the river on 128 plastic 2 liter bottles, and illuminated by LEDs. According to Archinect, the project was meant as "an artistic representation of NYC's accumulation of waterborne debris," which I totally believe and I think is genius.
WAMHOUSE: Armchair PSINA
Super weird and sometimes kitsch Polish design studio WAMHOUSE has come out with this new arm chair. Let me say this first and foremost: at first I thought it was a gnarled, formal sculpture-furniture-object reminiscent of a chair one might find in Casa Batlló or some such place. Unfortunately, I was unacquainted with this firm until now. I'm sad to say that there is a pink attachment reminiscent of a dog's tongue (not pictured here) that transforms this entirely gorgeous object into a graphic cartoon of a dog's face. I once had a studio professor who told a student during a review "if someone says out loud that your project looks like a turtle, then you're screwed. No matter what, no matter if it's the best piece of architecture in 100 years, it is still going to be that building that looks like a turtle because you can't get it out of your head." That's how I feel about this chair, now. SO, it was awesome, and still is I'm sure, but not as a dog. Check out more stuff froM WAMHOUSE here. (via +MOOD.)
Emil Kozole: Typometry
I find this typography both fascinating and beautiful and extremely frustrating and ridiculous all at the same time. So good luck. But I put it here for that very reason. It is nice, even, graphically powerful, and very elegant. It is also free, for all who wish to download it. Also, the images that Kozole has made, inspired by his typeface and/or designed to show off the strongly graphic geometry of it, are clean and gorgeous and have me drooling. (I'm classy like that.) The frustration I have with this face is slight and nerdy and type-anal, but has to do with the presence, in some of the characters, of curves in places that seem anomalous compared to the rest of the characters; and the inconsistency of the thick stroke's placement/array from character to character. But the set is, like I said, very nice and definitely a new feature in my fontbook. Check out many more poster-worthy images on Design You Trust.
This non-project is actually a blog post that I found in my news feed at some point this week, and I'm featuring it here because I love all things foreign-policy/economy related and because my best friend is a geographer so this is in part for him. The post is titled "40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense Of The World" and is exactly that. It features 40 geography-based infographics displaying all kinds of information about the international community, international trade and cultures, and generally cool stuff one should most certainly know in this super-global 21st century. (For example one of them is a gif map of internet usage across the world throughout the day, featured on a previous Prjkt Dump actually!!) Check it out—it will make you smile while also making you a more responsible human being, and it won't even take that long.
Tim Leong: Super Graphic
This book is guaranteed to make you smile with its clever graphic humor and it may even have the power of making comic book fans out of people who previously could not be bothered (aka. Me). It is 197 pages explaining the comic cosmos in laborious, data-driven infographics, explaining things like the history of Wonder Woman's paint line, the relative fortunes of Bruce Wane, Richie Rich and Scrooge McDuck, and the author's general enjoyment of each individual Superman movie. Speaking of the author, Leong is the design director at Fortune Magazine, previously having done the job for Wired!, and his work is really nice. Check out these awesome images from the book on Co.DESIGN, and definitely spend the well worth it $15 for a paperback copy on Amazon. This item would make a covetous coffee book table for any house or apartment.
Andy Gilmore: Nebula Prints
Check out these ridiculous prints by graphic artist Andy Gilmore, whose work can be found (and purchased) here and here. His new series is six nebula-inspired prints composed of painstakingly ordered geometries and riotous color. I can't say much more about his work other than that I think it is breathtakingly beautiful and I'm about to get one for my house. Love. (via design milk.)
Fong Qi Wei: Time is a Dimension
I also think these images are fun and beautiful in their way. The artist took photos of the exact same vista throughout a whole day, and then has collaged different strips of each photo together, making a time-lapse image of a single building or a single skyline throughout a 24hr period. Simple, and brilliant. As far as images are concerned I think these pieces, as artifacts, are fascinating and inspiring, and somehow wise. They remind me of Xárene Eskandar's time-lapse video collage of different times of day, featured in one of our first Prjkt Dumps. Check out more images on Architizer and Fong Qi Wei's website.