Christoph Niemann – Imaginative visual story-teller

I just spent the better part of the day going through Christoph Niemann’s work on Instagram and – Wow. If you’re interested in quirky and imaginative graphic work, just drop everything and head over there. This is amazing, amazing work.

This series is of the Season Campaign of Deutsche Oper, Berlin. From his website:

I spent a day in the opera, and eventually decided to use everything but the actual stage as a basis for the drawings. The photos were taken back stage, in the work shops, outside the opera house and in the (wonderfully restrained) lobby with it’s iconic paper lamps.

Layers in Nature – Canvas artworks by a French artist

Mark Robinson, for OEN:

Rieu-Piquet focuses on graphic work that in many ways depicts life. His goal is to reconnect with natural order and graphically translate this on to a material of his choice, usually canvas or paper. Although sometimes he uses more physical representations in his drawings, such as buds in bloom or roots of a plant, usually the embryonic state interests him the most. He meticulously tries to mimic these patterns on a small scale, repeating them again and again to create order and interest.

Simple and minimal cubic house in Belgium

Via This is Paper:

The architects behind the studio aim to minimise architecture practically, caring for functionality above all. [..]

This simple cubic house is shaped as a coherent solid volume and fulfilled with simplicity, art and design. Featuring wide, glazed surfaces which introduce rural landscape to the interiors, the villa invites one to get amazed by the architecture that is practically beautiful.

Impeccable detailing and finishing.

Vitsœ’s new office for headquarters and production

Caroline Williamson, for Design Milk:

British furniture brand Vitsœ not only moved into a new home for their headquarters and production, they had a hand in both the design and construction of the new space in Royal Leamington Spa. The new facilities span 135 meters in length, 25 meters in width, and six meters in height, and are naturally ventilated and naturally lit thanks to its thoughtful design, which came together with Vitsœ’s in-house team along with yacht designer Martin Francis.

The new building is thought of much in the same way as the company’s iconic 606 Universal Shelving System, as it’s constructed like a kit of parts that can be adapted over time depending on their needs. The design focuses on natural materials, natural lighting, and natural ventilation as a way to create a connection between the employees and their surroundings, while also helping to keep energy consumption down.

The building marks the first time a wooden structure in the UK is constructed entirely out of the newly developed beech laminate-veneer lumber (LVL), a high-performance engineered hardwood that adds a layer of sophistication to a wooden building.

CSS-only hand coded “Paintings”

Jason Kottke:

This is kind of nuts. Diana Smith creates CSS-only hand coded “paintings.” Here are the rules she sets for herself.

All elements must be typed out by hand

Only Atom text editor and Chrome Developer Tools allowed.

SVG use is limited, and all shapes can only use hand-plotted coordinates and bezier curves – without the aid of any graphics editor.

If you’ve ever done anything around web development / front end design, you’ll appreciate the craft in minutia that goes into these projects.

Colourful strings weave through renovated offices of Californian design agency

Eleanor Gibson, for Dezeen:

Blue and red threads form a colourful canopy above the workspaces of a multidisciplinary design team in Oakland, California, overhauled by architecture practice Medium Plenty.

The installation of strings created by artist Annie Tull takes “top billing” in the renovation, which saw the architecture team strip the space back to its “concrete bones” – including exposed beams and columns.

Working with Enlisted Design’s founder and lead designer, Beau Oyler, Medium Plenty chose neutral additions – like white partitions and pale plywood pegboard walls – for the 4,500-square-foot (418-square-metre) studios.

The colourful threads, in groups of red, blue and a dark grey, provide a contrast to the pared-back elements.

LEGO-compatible furniture

Rain Noe, for Core 77:

From furniture manufacturer MOOW comes the Stüda, a LEGO-compatible table designed by Italian firm Nine Associati. Offered in three different sizes, the storage units are surfaced not in LEGOs themselves, but in Corian that they’ve CNC-milled to provide the studs.

A retro boutique hotel that looks straight out of a Wes Anderson film

Dan Howarth, writing for Dezeen:

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa was rejuvenated by US design firm AvroKO, which has worked on hospitality projects including a “micro hotel” in New York City. Located in the town of Calistoga, in California’s Napa Valley, the building was constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

Calistoga Motor Lodge’s new interiors have a retro feel, with colours, patterns, furniture and lighting pieces all taken from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

“The interiors, as well as the brand identity, gleaned inspiration from graphic moments one might encounter during mobile adventuring, such as gas stations and truck stops, faux wood panelled vehicles, sports uniforms, etc,” said a statement from the hotel, “while much of the guest experience and styling moments feature ‘analog’ leisure of decades past, such as hula hooping and jump rope.”

Unlike homes, hospitality and retail space really offer the scope to mix a number of palettes since the stay is short and memorable. Despite this (plus the graphics), AvroKO has managed to produce a warm and fairly minimal aesthetic with crisp details.

The windows of New York, illustrated

Jason Kottke:

José Guizar is a Mexican designer living in NYC with an obsession for the city’s windows. For his Windows of New York project, he’s done dozens of illustrations of all styles of window from around the city (mostly lower Manhattan).

The Windows of New York project is a illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since I first moved to this city. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the streets. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.

Somehow I prefer these illustrations to the ‘fancier’ architectural renderings. They are bold, crisp and (in a certain way) more relatable.

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