February, 2010

House K by Yoshichika Takagi

February 7th, 2010

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I am in love with House K by Yoshichika Takagi, a home in Hokkaido Japan. (A place we would love to go this year.) I can’t get enough of the Hiroshima dining chairs by Naoto Fukasawa which we sell here at the store. The beech wood is so silky smooth!

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We WILL have a fireplace in our home… Someday.

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The architects wanted to create the feeling of a home within a home.

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Blog love: Dos Family

February 5th, 2010

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I’ve heard a lot about Dos Family lately so yesterday I finally decided to really check it out. And I am obsessed. Written by Swedish decorator Isabelle Halling McAllister and photographer Jenny Brandt, I can’t get enough of the gorgeous and interesting house tours (thanks to Jenny’s amazing photography), and the family feel of this blog. Anyway, go check it out!

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Unique siding ideas

February 3rd, 2010

We were very lucky to find a really cool building with a beautiful facade, but the front of the building does not inform the back. The back is a dirty beige stucco that desperately needs to be changed at some point. This could be years down the road, but I’m keeping track of all the beautiful potential siding out there.

Here are some favorites:

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Copper house by Archivision Hirotani Studio.

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I just love copper as a material. We have a PH copper exterior light at the front of the store and it would be so cool to use copper siding at the back. It’s durable, beautiful but probably way too expensive…

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Villa K by Videgard Hansson Arkitekter

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This beautiful Swedish home has a black painted plywood exterior! Now that seems a bit more affordable (but still expensive when you consider all the labor costs). You know here at Kitka we love plywood but I wonder how well it handles the outdoors?

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Less and more: the design ethos of Dieter Rams

February 2nd, 2010

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There’s a new book that will hit shelves any day now. It’s called “Less and more: the design ethos of Dieter Rams” a book about one of the most prolific industrial designers of all time.

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The book explores the philosophy behind Ram’s design.

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1950s transistor radio by Dieter Rams, I’ve always wondered if this design somewhat influenced the Ipod.

Rams once described his design approach as “Weniger, aber besser” which translates to “Less, but better.” He also created the 10 rules of design over twenty years ago, rules that are now law for anyone who has a true understanding of good design:

Good design is innovative
Good design makes a product useful
Good design is aesthetic
Good design helps us to understand a product
Good design is unobtrusive
Good design is honest
Good design is long-lasting
Good design is consequent to the last detail
Good design is concerned with the environment
Good design is as little design as possible

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Recently I’ve been on the look out for a new/old turntable and am currently stalking 60s and 70s Braun turntables designed by Dieter Rams, maybe I’ll get some more ideas when this book becomes available.

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