The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.
Designed by Hideyuki Kumagai, the ‘Leaf Thermometer’ shows green when the temperature is comfortable range of 68-77°F. When the area drops below 68°, the leaf turns a dead brown, and if it’s hotter than 77°, it goes yellow. Available in packs of 5 or 8, Hideyuki Kumagai really needs to start making full trees of these.
The Heart of Hale County by Rob Walker
For 20 years, young design idealists have descended on this sad and gorgeous place with the best intentions. What have they wrought?
SeaOrbiter is a futuristic, semi-submersible aquatic research vessel designed by “sea architect” Jacques Rougerie. With construction set to begin this spring, the SeaOrbiter will feature 12 separate decks, containing a mixture of pressurized and un-pressurized labs and living quarters. With a goal to be actively exploring 24/7, the crew of 18 will definitely be living with the currents in this, the first “nomadic international oceanic station.”
Frank Gehry has been chosen to design a 300-unit residential building in Berlin that will become the city’s tallest skyscraper. Rising to nearly 500ft, the twisting stone tower looks as if Gehry had chopped up his original model for New York’s Beekman Tower into four parts, thrown out the top piece, and glued the rest back together with his left hand. That being said, it still looks nice.
Designed by Kirsten Camara, the Analog Memory Desk features two large spools connected by 1100 yds of butcher paper flowing over a glass-topped, hard maple surface and frame. It is, as Kirsten explains it, “a desk to record all the small items you write down once, but intend to forget tomorrow.”
Because the inside of the car is personal.
images pulled from Car Interiors
TOC Studio produced an edition of bookends in wood and steel with a Bacterio laminate exterior. The laminate was designed by Ettore Sottsass for Abet Laminati in 1978 as an expression of anti-design and the miscegenation of high and low culture. Get them here.
Isuzu concept cars and trucks (1983 – 2001)